Friday, 25 May 2018

Martin Blanchard wins in North Wales

Martin Blanchard and organizer Cayne Matthews
The monthly tournament of London Road Subbuteo Club took place in the usual venue of the Parrot, Drury on Sunday. There was a good turnout of 9 players and this time it was and all-Elgland final between Brian Daley and Martin Blanchard. In the end, Martin Blanchard won the final on shots to claim the honors. Dan Nicholls and Cayne Matthews made it to the semi-finals while Yanik Merrilees-Kelly won the consolation tournament. A great day was had by all.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Alekos Apatzis wins again in Athens

A WASPA tournament was held this week-end during the Greek championships in Athens. 18 players attended the WASPA event in a fair and positive spirit. There were players of all ages taking part and after the group stage, many close games were decided on shots or during the sudden death. In the end, Alekos Apatzis (Flaming Flickers) defeated Spyros Stratoudakis (Pireas Lions) in the final to claim the title (3-2) while semi-finalists were Ioannis Kakavas (Athinaikos) and Phillipos Papidakis (SBSC). Congratulations to everyone and thanks to the Greek association for giving more good games to the players.

Monday, 21 May 2018

TFAS League 2018 Match Day 4

The fourth matchday of the TFAS League 2018 was held on 13 May, with a great turnout of 12 players! This included a special guest appearance from our good friend from Western Flickers from Melbourne, Arjuna!

A 4-round Swiss System was played. There were many goals scored. On the final round, there was a top of the table clash between Anas and Rudy, with 9 points each. The game ended in a stalemate 0-0 draw. However, Rudy came out tops due to goal difference.

Results are as follows:
Luke 1 v 5 Haikal
Rudy 4 v 2 Vikas
Yi De 0 v 3 Isaac
Rizal 0 v 0 Antonio
Arjuna 0 v 4 Den
Anas 3 v 1 Bernard
Haikal 0 v 1 Den
Rudy 5 v 0 Isaac
Anas 2 v 0 Rizal
Antonio 4 v 1 Vikas
Yi De 0 v 5 Bernard
Luke 0 v 0 Arjuna
Rudy 2 v 1 Den
Anas 2 v 1 Antonio
Bernard 2 v 0 Haikal
Isaac 2 v 2 Rizal
Luke 0 v 4 Vikas
Arjuna 3 v 0 Yi De
Anas 0 v 0 Rudy
Bernard 2 v 5 Den
Antonio 4 v 1 Arjuna
Isaac 0 v 2 Haikal
Vikas 3 v 2 Rizal
Luke 3 v 0 Yi De

Standings
1. Rudy
2. Anas
3. Den
4. Antonio
5. Haikal
6. Bernard
7. Vikas
8. Isaac
9. Arjuna
10. Luke
11. Rizal
12. Yi De

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Action in Belgium: Titles for Grosdent, Ceulemans, Marain and Timpano

Several events have been held in Belgium in the first half of the month. The clubs of Semois, Flanders, Templeuve and Seraing had some great days of table football with enjoyable moments for everyone.



The first event took place in Vresse on May 7 with 7 players taking part, including 5 from Wamme SC. organizer Pascal Droeven reported the great improvements of the young player Henri Grosdent and the huge potential of U12 player Maxim Grosdent. Jean grosdent won the tournament, proving he was the clear favorite of the day! There will be more action in Vresse soon.

Final standings:
1. Jean Grosdent (wam)
2. Pascal Droeven (sem)
3. Henri Grosdent (wam)
4. Giulio Bonfanti (wam)
5. Marc De Vos (sem)
6. Philippe Thys (wam)
7. Maxim Grosdent (wam)

The SC Flanders tournament had a good field of 9 players. This time there were a few surprises when Geoffrey Marain won his opening game against Vincent Coppenolle.

Marain later won two more games and was still in a position to win the tournament but he couldn't beat Jos Ceulemans in the final session. Ceulemans won the tournament with 10 points while Coppenolle was runner-up and Geert Leys took the third place.

Final standings:
1. Jos Ceulemans (fla)
2. Vincent Coppenolle (tpv)
3. Geert Leys (fla)
4. Geoffrey Marain (hen)
5. Willy De Bandt (fla)
6. Frank Lannoy (tem)
7. Danny De Greef (fla)
8. Stéphane Lambert (yok)
9. Philippe Thys (wam)


May 11 saw 10 players competing in Templeuve. Geoffrey Marain was the man to beat. The AS Hennuyer player won his four games to finish on top of the table. Stéphane Lambert was a deserved runner-up with 9 points.

There were four juniors taking part and for his very first tournament, Arthur Clique took a very promising 7th place.

Final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain (hen)
2. Stéphane Lambert (yok)
3. Michaël Dupret (tou)
4. Vincent Coppenolle (tpv)
5. Eric Caillaux (FRA/tpv)
6. Arthur Clique (tpv)
7. Benjamin Marain (wad)
8. Jean-Luc Canfin (tou)
9. Héléna Marain (wad)
10. Soan Marain (wad)

On May 12, Seraing was holding an event with this time 8 players and a league system. After 7 sessions, Antonio Timpano was the winner with 16 points while Christophe Sabetta was runner-up.

Final standings:
1. Antonio Timpano (ser)
2. Christopher Sabetta (ser)
3. Ralf Grégoire (ser)
4. Bruno Timpano (ser)
5. Michaël Ponthieux (ser)
6. Salvatore Visconti (ver)
7. Richard Boulanger (ser)
8. Geoffrey Kelner (ser)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Juan Gonzalez wins first title in Argentina


On Sunday, May 13, the Buenos Aires International Open took place at the headquarters of the Hudson Table Soccer Club, where the consolation round was played under the concept of WASPA.
First Marcelo Rossi and Juan Gonzalez (debutant) settled the last place in the semi-finals in a game that should have been defined by shoot outs and it was Juan who managed to pass.

Already in semi-finales, Juan returned to win against another debutant, Hugo Senone, while in the other semi-final Brian Gonzalez and Santiago Torres disputed the other pass to the final. And the triumph was for the second in a very tight game.

Brian pulled the thorn of having lost and retaliated with a 4-0 win against Hugo and thus was left with the third place.

In the final Juan was surprised to win in the final to Santiago in what was his first Subbuteo tournament and thus was awarded his first title.

(Report by Mariano Di Luozzo)

Monday, 14 May 2018

Mark Farrell wins the White Star Cup


Eighteen players took part in the 2018 White Star Cup, which was last played for in 2007. The format was four rounds of Swiss system with 2 points for a win. A great day was has by all with lots of competitive games. The standard and friendly attitude of the players made for a great day, which will hopefully be repeated.

Going into the final round only three players could win. Martin Hodds was the only one on maximum points and played Ireland's Mark Farrell, who had dropped just one point to team mate Andy Boyer. The other contender was Kev Dyson, although he would have to have won by a lot of goals to have a chance. In the end Mark won 3-1 whilst Kev drew 1-1 so the player who travelled the furthest picked up the trophy!

Well done to Mark and runner up Marco Ghigliotti. Many thanks also to Rudi Peterschinigg, who once again put in a lot of effort in securing the venue and setting up.

(Report by Jeremy Bradley)

Final standings:
1. Mark Farrell 7 pts 14-6
2. Marco Ghigliotti 6 pts 11-4
3. Rob Paterson 6 pts 6-2
4. Martin Hodds 6 pts 7-4
5. Kev Dyson 6 pts 5-3
6. Jeremy Bradley 5 pts 9-4
7. Rudi Peterschinigg 4 pts 10-3
8. Paul Andreas 4 pts 11-5
9. Panos Stemitsiotis 4 pts 7-6
10. Andy Boyer 4 pts 5-5
11. Colin Fletcher 4 pts 3-6
12. John Turpin 4 pts 5-9
13. Neil Doherty 3 pts 4-9
14. Gerald Brghtwell 3 pts 3-8
15. Dave Croucher 2 pts 6-10
16. Alex Westley 2 pts 3-10
17. Ian Maskell 2 pts 3-11
18. Alex Turpin 0 pts 5-12

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Farrer Park May 2018

A good turn out seeing 7 senior club members battling the monthly WASPA. Players were drawn into 2 groups where only the top in each group going to the finals while the others would play for positioning ranking.

Group A: 1. Anas ; 2. Noor Haikal ; 3. Rudy.
Group B: 1. Fauzi ; 2. Vikas ; 3. Nic Tan ; 4. Ezan.

Group Games
Rudy edged Anas on goal difference after both players beat Haikal & draw each other in a goalless draw. While the ever improving Nic proved to be to strong for the others winning 2 and drawing 1 to top group B.

The Final was between Rudy & Nic. The game started with both trying to play possessional football but Rudy drew 1st blood from a long flick shot which bundle in the goal. The 2nd goal was courtesy of Nic, when the latter tried to clear his shot which deflected onto 2 players & bounced into goal. The final score favoured Rudy 2-0, making Rudy May winner.

Final Placing 
1st - Rudy
2nd - Nic
3rd - Anas
4th - Fauzi
5th - Vikas
6th - Haikal
7th - Ezan

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Stavros Giapoutzis wins in Thessaloniki


On April 25, 6 players of "Panorama 1978 SC" held their monthly WASPA tournament in Thessaloniki. There was a group stage and then finals. In the end, Stavros Giapoutzis defeated Christos Agrios in the final to claim the title. This is Stavros Giapoutzis's first WASPA title. Congratulations to all the players for the great games.

Erich Hinkelmann winner in Steinabrückl

On Thursday six players competed in a league format in Steinabrückl, lower Austria. There were good and fair games but the level was very high. Erich Hinkelmann won the tournament, finishing on top of the league while Stefan Sandner was runner-up. A good day was had by all. Huge thanks to Alexander Haas for making things happen under WASPA banner.

The final standings were as follows:
1. Erich Hinkelmann
2. Stefan Sandner
3. Manfred Pawlica
4. Alexander Haas
5. Robert Lenz
6. Christian Blümel

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Pretoria Cup & Plate event provides great action

Saturday 05 May 2018, Pretoria, South Africa : 
The 3rd edition of the Pretoria Cup & Plate Event attracted a field of 12 players - the players were divided into two separate sections to compete for
the Cup & Plate honours respectively.

A Section - Cup Division Summary
A tough, competitive field with Chessray Jooste and Jayden vd Merwe setting the early pace in Round 1 & Round 2 action to lead the standings. Bevin Reed then recorded a hard fought 2-1 win over Chessray in Round 4 to claim 2nd place overall by virtue of the "head to head" ruling. Jayden then scored 3 brilliant goals to dispatch of Julian vd Merwe by 3-0  to go top of the standings by himself, and in so doing Jayden claimed his 14th WASPA title to date.

List of Pretoria Cup winners :
2016 - Bevin Reed
2017 - Chessray Jooste
2018 - Jayden vd Merwe

B Section - Plate Division Summary
An equally competitive field as the Cup division. Marlin Boyd grabbed everybody's attention with a convincing 3-0 Round 1 win over Gary Downs, and Marlin actually held the top spot for the remainder of the day. Conway Julie constantly found himself in the top 3 positions all afternoon. Stanton Nortjie was lingering within touching distance of Marlin all day, and when Stanton beat Imtiaz Ahmed by 2-0 in Round 4 action, it was Stanton who temporarily went top of the standings. Gary was staging a comeback after his opening defeat and recorded 3 wins on the trot - actually knocking Conway out of contention in Round 4 by way of a 1-0 win. When Marlin dispatched of Rowin Wilson by 1-0 in Round 4, the event was pushed into a final play-off match between Marlin Boyd and Gary Downs. That match ended 0-0 and we needed penalty shots to decide the winner of the Plate. Gary raced into a 2-0 lead during the shoot out, but Marlin clawed his way back to take the shoot out by 3-2.

List of Pretoria Plate winners :
2016 - Kegan vd Merwe
2017 - Stanton Nortjie
2018 - Marlin Boyd

The day's individual acknowledgements :
"Goal Blitz" - Jayden vd Merwe ended the day as the overall top scorer
"Player of the day - one to watch" - once again Gary Downs showed great resolve to bounce back from an opening Round 1 defeat to force his way to a play-off spot.
"Tough as nails" - Osvaldo van Niekerk displayed great goalkeeping skills again to eventually concede and suffer a 1-0 loss to Bevin in Round 1.
"Moment of the Day" - a great second goal for Stanton Nortjie in his Round 4 victory over Imtiaz to end the day with a glimmer of hope in an attempt
to defend his Pretoria Plate title.

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

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(report by Julian vd Merwe)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Davide Visani wins in Firenze


On Monday, the 6th tournament of the season in Firenze, Italy had an impressive turnout of 21 players. Besides 20 italians, Serbia's Milan Knezevic wasthe special guest of the evening. As always, there was a group stage and then games in knock-out. Davide Visani defeated Luca Pini in the final (1-0) while Matteo cherici and Marco Bonciani made it to the semis. Alessio Riccio won the games for the 9th place and Mirko masini the games for the 13th place. Congratulations to the club of Firenze!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Kenny Beggs wins Derry International tournament

 
Kenny Beggs and Mickey Bradley
The first ever Derry Open international Tournament took place this week-end in Northern Ireland. "We had a fantastic event with 24 players from 5 nations taking part. We had coverage on the BBC news and a trophy presentation by Mickey (My Perfect Cousin) Bradley of the Undertones. Spread over 2 days we had an individual event on Saturday 5th May and a team event on Sunday 7th. The Saturday saw an amazing all Ireland final played out between Mark Farrell and Kenny Beggs. An impressive performance from both saw them draw 1-1, with Kenny Beggs taking the win in a sudden death shoot out", reported organizer Martinog Bradley.

Glasgow won the team event
The team event saw Glasgow TSC retain their Interclub Invitational title for the second year running. DCTFC made impressive improvement at this years event, taking runner up over London Road and Wolverhampton subbuteo clubs.

Monday, 7 May 2018

WASPA standings of April 2018

Dear friends,
you will find in the attached files the monthly standings of the WASPA circuit after all events held in April.

You will find the details about the circuit in the attached files:
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

We have added many tournaments in the records: 33 regional events, 6 promotional tournaments, 1 tournament with old rules, 1 tournament with advanced rules, 3 more days of the NETFA mini-leagues.

The first gathering under WASPA banner in Peru
As the WASPA circuit is still growing, this month we had the pleasure to see the first events in Russia and Peru. We are aware that these nations are starting from nothing so any help will be more than welcome. Anyway, having games under WASPA banner in these countries is a huge achievement for the whole table football community.

We are also pleased to see the first event run by the Greek club of Olympia. The tournament was a success with 27 players taking part.

Amazing work with the youth in Sydney, Australia
England was very active in April with 8 different tournaments. Kent Invicta had several events and Harrow had a successful event with 12 players.

Action in Russia
The work together with FISTF was positive with WASPA games played during the Grand Prix of Austria (huge thanks to TSC Royal 78) and the Satellite of Sydney (huge thanks to Sydney TFC).

We with good luck to the Farrer Park Flickers, which is the new name of the Jurong Central Subbuteo Club. The Singapore guys have a new venue as well and will remain a very active club in the WASPA circuit.

New name and new start for Singapore's top club
The "youth in action" program is also a success. We are glad to see nations such as Australia putting a lot of energy to have Junior tournaments. That's the way to go.

Some words about the rankings:
- we are glad to have 139 players in the junior ranking. Maybe some names are missing so if you know some players born in 2001 or later who are not involved, please send the player's birthdate.
- we have 28 "top clubs" and it's great to see Lincoln (England), Sydney (Australia) and Ebenfurth (Austria) added in the list.
- right now we have 17 clubs involved in the "ranking of junior clubs". It's great to see some smaller clubs involved like Castle Newham (England), Cardiff (Wales), Mostoles (Spain) and Kaiserau (Germany) and maybe that will be an incentive for these clubs to be more involved in the WASPA circuit in the future.

Amazing turnout of 27 in Greece
Congratulations to England and Australia for reaching the amazing number of 200 regional tournaments. That's a great achievement.

Once again, thanks to all organizers and players for contributing to make the WASPA circuit always more attractive.

Please also make sure tournaments are announced a few days in advance. Please send your dates and tournament details to vincent.cop@rsca.com

Well, that's all for now. Please remember you only need 3 players to register your tournament. Don't be scared to join. It's free and tournament requests can be sent by e-mail to vincent.cop@rsca.com

Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com as there are updates almost every day.

Kent Invicta players in action
Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/waspasubbuteo/
We also have a WASPA page here: https://www.facebook.com/WASPA-World-Amateur-Subbuteo-Players-Association-231789816834700/

Keep in mind WASPA is also looking for partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each other), don't hesitate to contact me at vincent.cop@rsca.com

Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit, to get new clubs/nations involved or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,
Vincent Coppenolle

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Peter Alegi wins Flicko de Mayo

Chris Sweetland vs Joe Legatz 

Alegi, 2018 Flicko de Mayo winner
The 7th annual Flicko de Mayo tournament was played on May 5, at The Summit Sports Complex in Lansing, Michigan. Participants came from Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and, of course, Michigan.

The first round of group play featured some exciting games. Erik Haefke held Alegi to a fiercely contested 1-1 draw, while Chris Sweetland scored the only goal against Paul Pate in a crucial head-to-head match. IIias Gikas bounced back from two early losses with a string of impressive wins. Alex Galarza and Joe Legatz put in solid performances as well.

In the semifinals, Haefke fought off Gikas’s comeback and Alegi took care of Sweetland. Alegi’s shooting touch was on fine display in the final, which he won 5-1 over Haefke.

In the last event of the day, Chicago TSC defeated Grand Rapids TSC 2-1 in the Great Lakes Cup (Team Challenge).
Chicago TSC, winners of the 2018 Great Lakes Cup (Team Challenge)

Thanks to all participants for the good competition and camaraderie. See you in 2019!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Alekos Apatzis king of old rules



The club of OSC Kallithea Flame held a WASPA tournament with old rules on April 28 and there was a good field of 12 players. it was already the 13th tournament with old rules in Greece. the winner was Alekos Apatzis who defeated Giannis Mpougiouris (2-0) in the final. The event was played in a good spirit and with old equipment, which made it was a special day for everybody!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Nicky Chappell wins in Gillingham

8 players played some entertaining games in the Kent league this week as Nicky Chappell took the win in the final with a 2-0 victory over Terry Arnold. Current League leader Kye Arnold and Terry both won their groups before Nicky edged Kye 1-0 in a very close semi-final whilst Terry beat Rob McCormick 2-0 in the other Semi. The 3rd/4th playoff saw Kye beat Rob with a solitary goal in sudden death shots with Paul Frank taking 5th with a 2-0 win over Mel Stanford. Simon Keane then grabbed a fantastic 2-0 win over Tony Whitelock in the final round to finish 7th with Tony in 8th. The Kent League will continue through May at Playfootball in Gillingham.

Final Placings:-
1. Nicky Chappell
2. Terry Arnold
3. Kye Arnold
4. Rob McCormick
5. Paul Frank
6. Mel Stanford
7. Simon Keane
8. Tony Whitelock

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Western Flickers TFC Present the Victorian Championships 2018


The Victorian Championships returned for its 2018 version with The Ngs, Benny and Benjamin, looking to retain their Open and Junior titles. They were joined by 9 other Open players and 7 other juniors making 18 players in total at the Coburg Athletics Track clubrooms.

The Open players were split into 3 groups. Group A comprised defending champion Benny Ng, Kevin Grant and Anthony Madiona from Western Flickers. With Benny defeating both players, it was left to the other two gentlemen to provide the game of the tournament. Anthony swiftly took a 3 nil lead, but true to the form of the Liverpool team he plays with, he choked and by half time Kevin had pulled back 2 goals. The 2nd half promised so much and delivered a tighter contest with neither player able to add to their first half tally. Thus Benny advanced to the semi finals and Anthony to the Barrage, with Kevin going to the Plate.

Group B comprised Luke Radziminski from Melbourne TFC, Christos Garagounis from Northern Phoenix and Arjuna Hanafi from Western Flickers. As with Group A, Luke won his 2 games advancing to the semi finals. Arjuna and Christos battled for 2nd place in the group and another tense battle ensued. However, neither player could break the others defence down and a 0-0 result meant that Christos advanced to the Barrage based on his 1-0 loss to Luke.

Group C was a 4 person group with seeded Simon Briffa, Steve Wright and new lady Juliette Littlewood from Western Flickers and Beth Eveleigh from Northern Phoenix. 6 games, 6 results, 4 by the narrow 1-0 score line.  At the end of the group Simon and Steve progressed with Simon topping the group courtesy of a 1-0 win over Steve. Beth finished 3rd and Juliette in only her 2nd tournament performed admirably with some really close games.

The Barrage round was set with Simon against Anthony and Christos against Steve. Simon cruised to a 2 nil victory, while Christos and Steve played a tense 0-0 draw that could not be settled after a further period of extra time.  A controversial shot shootout ensued which Steve eventually won 2-0.

The competition moved into semi finals. Luke outclassed Simon 4-0. Steve took a 2-1 half time lead but could not hold on in the second and Benny came from behind for a 3-2 win.

The final was another tight affair, with both Luke and Benny having their chances. However, Benny managed to take 2 of his and ran out as a 2-0 winner and secure his 2nd consecutive Victorian Championship.

The 8 junior players were split into 2 groups of 4. In group A, Benjamin secured 3 wins to top the group without conceding a goal. Billy started with a 2 nil win over Liam and a 2 nil loss to Benjamin. With Liam defeating Jayden 1 – 0, it left Billy needing a point with Jayden to secure advancing to the semi finals and he achieved that with a dramatic goal. Newcomer Liam secured his first win in a WASPA and played well in his other games.

In Group B, The Briffa brothers once again met in the qualifying rounds and they played out a 1 – 1 draw. With Charlotte losing to Alex 1-0 and both players defeating Crystal, it left Alex qualified and Charlotte needing to beat Harrison to advance to the semi final. Despite a tense game, she was unable to break the deadlock and Harrison advanced. Crystal managed goals against her two brothers and played really well and is developing her game.

Semi finals matched Alex and Billy and Benjamin and Harrison and both group winners eased through 2-0. The final was another tense affair with many chances but no opportunities taken. A 0-0 result meant that the game went to sudden death extra time, first goal wins, and after about 2 minutes, Benjamin managed to craft himself an opening and take the game with a 1-0 win.

So both father and son Ng managed to defend their Victorian Championships in 2018 and we await another exciting chapter next year.

I must thank the following for their assistance in running the championships; Kevin for his tireless efforts with boards and Tony for bringing mini-Anfield; Arjuna and Kevin for the interval BBQ; Simon for getting the trophies and Adrian for organising the schedule. And thanks to the three Victorian clubs for being represented and making the Championships a success.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Subbuteo Parramatta Autumn Junior WASPA Tournament Report

It has been exactly one year since Good Games Bella Vista played host to Subbuteo Parramatta for the first time. Before the store was even officially opened, it enthusiastically let the club hold a Junior WASPA tournament during the April school holidays. And, so, one year on, the Junior players were back for an anniversary tournament. With 8 players in attendance, the tournament was the largest Juniors only tournament the club has held to date.

The Northern Falcons brought along a strong contingent to join some of the Subbuteo Parramatta regulars and a couple of new players. Oliver and Æowyn were the highest two ranked WASPA players and so took the seeded positions in each group. The other 6 were then drawn randomly into the two groups.

Round One saw Oliver battle his sister, Hermine, the far more experienced older brother taking the honours 3-0. Meanwhile, their club mate Jonas played brand new Subbuteo Parramatta player, Ethan, in his first ever tournament. Ethan put up an excellent showing, but Jonas pipped him 1-0. In Group 2, none of the four players could find the goal. The Elmer sisters hadn’t played since their outing in last September’s Sydney International Open and it was showing as relative newcomer, Angela, playing her second ever tournament, and youngster Moritz, were both able to hold them to scoreless draws.

The second round was a repeat performance in Group Two, with different player combinations. This time, Imojjen and Æowyn played out a scoreless draw, as did Moritz and Angela. In Group One, Hermine put in an excellent showing, also holding Jonas to a scoreless draw. Tournament favourite, Oliver, put 2 goals past Ethan, the result showing that Ethan was picking up the finer points of the game very quickly.

In the final round, Group One took its turn to go entirely without troubling the scorer as 2 very close games ended in 0-0 draws. Organisers were sweating over some results in Group Two, however, as further draws could have led to a 4-way shootout to determine group positions. In the end, however, both Moritz and Imojjen were able to slip goals past Æowyn and Angela respectively to make the table clear cut.

In the Semi Finals, Moritz played well against Oliver but Oliver’s finishing proved the difference with 4 unanswered goals. Meanwhile, Jonas managed a solitary goal against Imojjen to take his place in the Grand Final. The lower placed players also enjoyed consolation friendlies against each other, with all 4 tables in constant action.

In the 3rd/4th Place Play-off, Moritz and Imojjen played out another 0-0 draw, both agreeing their play had taken a turn for the worse as the day was fading. They were declared equal 3rd place getters. After their goalless draw during the group stage, the Grand Final between Oliver and Jonas was shaping up as yet another close affair. Midway through the first half, Oliver took a lead after dominating much of the play. However, Jonas took this as his cue to renew his efforts and began to carve out chances for himself. Over the course of the rest of the game, both players had a few chances to score but couldn’t dominate. In the end, the early goal proved to be the difference, with Oliver taking the title.

Many thanks again to Good Games Bella Vista for their hospitality, and to Hermann Kruse from the Northern Falcons for bussing the Junior Falcons across the extreme reaches of Sydney and refereeing at the tournament. Well done to all the players who all performed with the camaraderie and fair play that they have come to be known for.

(report by Adrian Elmer)

Monday, 30 April 2018

Second tournament win for Sandro Ceppi

On April 27 the 11th WASPA tournament in Trieste was played by 7 players divided into two groups. Furio Segnai won group A while Sandro Ceppi (DLF Gorizia) finished on top of group B. Ceppi later qualified for the final and met Gianfranco Grahonja for the tile. The Gorizia player won in extra time to claim his first WASPA title. Furio Segnani won the game for the third place against Gianluca Venturini.
Huge thanks to the club of trieste for their efforts of promotion. The next event will be played on May 25.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Bevin Reed retains the Founders Cup

Saturday 14 April 2018, Pretoria, South Africa
After a 2 month break, the second event on the 2018 Pretoria calendar saw 10 players battle it out for Founders Cup honours. Bevin Reed survived a day filled with upsets to lead the standings from start to finish - the triumph even made more special by a hard fought 1-0 victory in Round 4 over the much fancied Chessray Jooste.
Starting a new trend for this event, the following individual accomplishments were also acknowledged :
"Goal Blitz" : went to Bevin Reed ending the day as the top scorer.
"One to watch - Player of the Day" : went to Gary Downs with an impressive 2nd place overall, as he pushed Bevin all the way right up until the final match in Round 4, making Bevin work for his title!
"Tough as Nails" : went to Osvaldo van Niekerk who displayed great goalkeeping skills to shut out Jayden vd Merwe in their Round 3 encounter, and record a massive upset by beating Jayden by 1-0!
"Moment of the Day" : went to Imtiaz Ahmed for a well executed low & fierce shot in Round 2 to overcome Sherwin Reed by 1-0!

Another "Moment of the Day" candidate worth mentioning has to be the Round 1 result which saw Conway Julie upset Chessray Jooste by 1-0 : a result which obviously spurred Conway onto his way for an impressive 3rd place finish overall!
This triumph for Bevin Reed marks his 11th WASPA title to date, but equally important is his successful defence of his Founders Cup title to maintan the bragging rights for another year - it is also worth mentioning that no other player has won this cup more than once in the 6 editions that it has now been staged !

Finally, a special Thank You to Gary Downs for his generous donation of the mini plaques used to acknowledge the individual accomplishments on the day !

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Western Flickers Promotional WASPA

Western Flickers Promotional WASPA
April 6, 2018 – The Good Games Experiment

Western Flickers TFC held a promotional WASPA on Friday 6 April 2018 at Good Games in Greensborough, located in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Good Games are one of the official distributors for Subbuteo in Australia and the club decided to attempt to establish links to assist growing the game in Melbourne.

Six Open players and 7 juniors attended to play and thus the format decided was a Swiss System with each player playing 4 games. The games themselves were played over 1 x 10 minute period with draws being decided by a sudden death shot shootout. It is a fast action format that allows multiple games to be played where there are limited tables and was used successfully at the recent Illawarra Open WASPA warm up.

In the Open competition, the key result was a 1-0 win for Simon Briffa over Steve Wright which ultimately led Simon to his 3rd WASPA win. He won 3 of his 4 games and won the shootout in his 4th game. Steve won 3 games to finish 2nd. Arjuna Hanafi finished 3rd over Beth Eveleigh from Northern Phoenix TFC purely on the basis of scoring more goals in the competition, with both players winning one game, winning a shootout, losing a shootout and losing a game. Kevin Grant finished 5th and new girl Juliette Littlewood played her first WASPA tournament and played some great games with 3 narrow losses.

Open standings:
Simon Briffa 11
Steve Wright 9
Arjuna Hanafi 6
Beth Eveleigh 6
Kevin Grant 3
Juliette Littlewood 1

In the Junior competition, the same format of competition was utilised. The tournament was a high quality tournament which all competitors enjoyed immensely. Alex Briffa rolled into his 4th WASPA win with 3 wins and a shootout loss to Benjamin Ng who finished 2nd. Siblings Charlotte and Billy Wright finished level on points and separated only on goal difference despite Billy beating Charlotte in a shootout. New player Liam Browne was 5th with some creditable efforts against much more seasoned campaigners. Aiman Arjuna was 6th, resuming competition after a short break and he showed some real improvements in his game. Lastly, new player Sean Browne was 7th although he managed to take 2 experienced players to a shootout following a hard earned draw.

Juniors standings:
Alex Briffa 10
Benjamin Ng 9
Charlotte Wright 7
Billy Wright 7
Liam Browne 4
Aiman Arjuna 3
Sean Browne 2

(Report by Steve Wright)

Monday, 23 April 2018

Fernando Gomez wins again in Javea


Earlier this month the club of Marina Citerior was holding a tournament in their premises of Javea. there was a small turnout of six due to last minute droputs. Fernando Gomez and Pedro Benavent travelled from Valencia to play.

The group stage saw some surprises and the Valencia players easily qualified but also scored less goals against novices than against experienced players and contributed to see Alex Iliev and Stefka Pirova qualify for the semi-finals. In the end, there was no surprise.

Fernando Gomez won the final against Pedro Benavent.

Huge thanks to Marina Citerior Subbuteo Club for their efforts. Hopefully they will have some more new players joinging soon.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The first tournament in Saint-Petersburg




Russia made a real effort this Sunday to organize the first WASPA tournament in the country. The event was hosted by "Lakhta Subbuteo", a family and friends club. Unfortunately, for the first event, only three players were taking part but this is a real important way to see some more developments in the future. After all, we all need a beginning at some point. Evgenii Vlasov and Andrey Vlasov had previously attended several Subbuteo tournaments but for Vasilii Nikolaenko, this was a real "premiere". Andrey Vlasov finally won the tournament, Evgenii Vlasov being runner-up and Vasilii Nikolaenko took the third place.
Huge thanks to our friends in Russia for making this first tournament possible!

Results:
Evgenii Vlasov - Vasilii Nikolaenko - 2:0
Andrey Vlasov - Vasilii Nikolaenko - 4:0
Andrey Vlasov - Evgenii Vlasov - 1:0