Thursday, 19 July 2018

Europa League tournament in Greece



The Flaming Flickers in Athens are always looking for ideas to make their tournaments attractive. They recently held the "Europa League" with 32 involved players competing in home and away knock-out games.

There were five rounds and in the final, Gioannis Mpougiouris (Atletico Bilbao) defeated Nikos Liakopoulos (Marseille) to win the tournament.

Nikos Mantzarounis and Nikos Psomiadis made it to the semi-finals.
The next tournament of the will be the "Copa Libertadores" to be held in the premises of Kallithea on July 21.

International meeting in Berlin


Last Thursday we step back on the pitch with a great event! We had amazing guests for our first WASPA International Meeting as Hermann and Oliver Kruse all they way from the Northern Falcons TFC in Melbourne and german champions Marcus Tilgner and Bodo Reckzeh from our cousins down at the Sparta Spreeathen Berlin took part in the tournament.

We were 7 in total and battled each other in exciting matches, at the end what mattered was the new friendships we made and the friendly atmosphere with which we enjoyed this cup.
Congratulations to our 12 year old Oliver for his terrific skills, regardless of the young age he put up a great show out there againt veteran players!

Our 3 pitches were working around the clock to assure even playing time for all the partecipants, in end some player played a bit more, some a bit less, therefore the final standing cames out of dividing points to number of game played, according to percentage of victories over game played our champion is Bodo Reckzeh! Congratulation buddy!

Final standings:
1. Bodo Reckzeh (Sparta Spreeathen 74/82)
2. Marcus Tilgner (Sparta Spreeathen 74/82)
3. Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons TFC)
4. Nico Müller (Berlin)
5. Olliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons TFC)
6. Christian Meyer (Berlin)
7. Alberto Tarantino (Berlin)

Original report:
https://subbuteoclubberlin.blogspot.com/2018/07/meeting12-waspa-international.html

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Mauro Camilleri winner in Attard

Attard Subbuteo Club had another WASPA tournament last week-end with 8 players taking part. Mauro Camilleri defeated Josef Camilleri in the final to claim his second WASPA title. The two Bormla players had large victories in the semi-finals against Walter Attard and Joseph Agius. Conratulations to the Bormla players but also to Attard Subbuteo Club for continuing the work to help young players and to promote table football in Malta.

Subbuteo events in Wales and England

Dave and Adrian in Gillingham
Kent Invicta had a small WASPA event Friday (13th) night. In an evening of sometimes very tight games, it was the Welsh Wizard, Adrian Davies who topped the group of 5 players with 4 wins from his 4 games. Kye Arnold came second after a slow start but soon found the net frequently as the evening progressed with 3 wins from 4 games.

Table:
1. Adrian Davies 12pts+6
2. Kye Arnold 9pts +5
3. Terry Arnold 4pts -1
4. Dave Collier 2pts -3
5. Paul Frank 1pt -7
Action in Knighton

Last Friday six players met in Knighton to play a WASPA promotional tournament in Swiss format. Danny Bird took the honors as he won his four games to finish with 12 points. Dan Nicholls (9), Tom Taylor (6), Matt Booth (4), Rory Gittoes (3) and Kenny Evans (1) were also taking part. It is great to see the Knighton club growing with regular events.

There were three smaller events in England held earlier this month with turnouts of three players. In Chopwell (July 5) Nigel Lamond took the honors after defeating Dave Brothers while Chris Kaberry was runner-up with 2 draws.

In North Shields (July 8), Chris Kaberry was the winner of the evening with two games won against Dave Brothers and Stephen Dobbison while Brothers defeated Dobbison to be runner-up.

Also in North Shields but on July 12, Dave Brothers took the honors with 4 points in 2 games while Nigel Lamond (3) was runner-up and Andy Mill took the third place (1).

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Rudy Hesty winner in Singapore

The Farrer Park Flickers held their monthly WASPA (World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association) tournament on 13 July 18 evening at their clubhouse, the Pek Kio Community Centre. Six flickers took part; five from the host club (Rudy Hesty, Anas Bin Rahamat, Fauzi Ghani, Vikas Chandiramani, and Nic Tan) and one from the SG Lions Table Football Club (Enzo Fornaro).

We played four rounds of Swiss competition with many close games but in the end Club captain, Rudy Hesty, was top, while Anas Bin Rahamat came in second.

Monday, 16 July 2018

World champion Rémy Huynh wins in Bande

Last Thursday the club of Wamme had a special WASPA tournament with 12 players including a few special guests like Justin leroy and current FISTF world champion Rémy Huynh (Rochefort TS), former world number 1 Sébastien Scheen, top belgian veteran player Benoit Massart and French top female player Stéphanie Cécillon. The event was played in Swiss system so that everyone played four games. Rémy Huynh fininshed on top with 10 points while Sébastien Scheen was runner-up and Justin Leroy was third. For everybody it was a great evening with a chance to play many great games with several players with different levels of skill.

Friday, 13 July 2018

WASPA monthly standings of June 2018

Dear friends,
here are the standings of the WASPA circuit after the events held in June.

WASPA Season results 2017-2018
WASPA ranking - June 18

Amazing tournament in Budapest
We are very happy to see some great developments, in particular we had a great WASPA world cup for the first time on June 30 and July 1. The friends from Budapest have been perfect hosts and it was a good week-end where players from several nations had the chance to meet and play a lot of games. Huge thanks to the Budapest club for running a great week-end in a superb venue. We are now thinking about the future of the world cup and we are open to all proposals to make something successful again next season. Finally, congratulations to Christian Filippella who lives in California and won both events (Saturday and Sunday), proving he's a fantastic player.

Great field of 20 players in Templeuve
We also had 25 regional tournaments, 2 promotional events and 1 tournament with old rules. Australia is really a very active nations with a total of 8 events held in June. They deserve credit for what they are doing to promote the game. We have also been pleased to see three great tournaments in the USA, in particular the first event held in Portland, Oregon. Canada is back in action with more events in Toronto and Mike Sgro is doing a good job to try to put things in place in other cities. The Templeuve club (Belgium) was glad to have the visit of Northern Ireland's Craig Stewart for a great week-end of play. Malta held the third event of the season with a good turnout of 12 in Attard. Wales is a growing nation with always successful events in Drury and Knighton. There were 2 events in Singapore and for the first time we had a winner from Hong Kong so congratulations to Antonio Carabillo for putting another country in the highlights! Finally, well done Greece for continuing to organize events with the old rules.

The first WASPA tournament in Portland
Missing results? We are waiting for results of events held in Colorado (USA) and maybe some other events have not been reported. If you see any mistake, don't hesitate to send a message to vincent.cop@rsca.com

We now have 1554 players from 48 nations in the rankings and you can see all details in the attached Excel file.

Old rules event in Greece
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

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group
We also have a WASPA page

Young flickers in Melbourne
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

Thursday, 12 July 2018

WFW25 Junior WASPA event report


On June 30 the junior Pelicans were the stars of the show with a WASPA event exclusively for the kids.

The talented Briffa boys were unfortunate last minute scratches so we had to make a change in the competition format. Instead, our 5 remaining rising stars competed in a simple round robin format.

Returning from a long break, Aiman Hanafi had a tough session but still played really well to earn a couple of deserved draws. Jayden and Billy were neck and neck all day and only a single goal difference snared Jayden third spot. Charlotte continued her recent fine form with a second place finish, while top seed Benjamin was the dominant player of the day winning all his matches.

More importantly, it was a fun session with excellent sportsmanship all round. Our senior players gave out some tips as they refereed the game and Charlotte even had a go to referee a couple of games ! Well done C !

The future is looking bright indeed for our club juniors.

GO PELICANS !!!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

TFAS CUP 2018 Consolation Plates WASPA

It was a very interesting GP tournament held as the Sports Hub Library in Singapore, where some of the results were unexpected and some of the top seeds did not advance from the group stages!
Players who were knocked out after the group stages were automatically eligible for the Plates WASPA. They include our good friends from Perth!

Eight players were knocked out of the 16-player tournament. They were randomly drawn into a knockout stage format, and hence a series knockout rounds followed.  Antonio Carabillo and Bernard Lim reached the final of the WASPA, with Antonio winning 3-2.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Report of the first WASPA World Cup in Budapest

The players on Saturday
Last week-end was a moment to remember for the table football community as the very first WASPA world cup took place in Budapest, Hungary. For this inaugural week-end, the format of games was special with two individual tournaments where players could play as many games as possible. American player Christian Filippella won on both days. On Saturday Marco Zucchi (Czech Republic) and on Sunday Gábor Baross (Hungary) managed to reach the final and to take the second place.

The trophies on Saturday!
There were 19 participants on the first day: Hungarian hosts, and American, Russian, Italian (coming from Romania), Austrian and Czech guests. Amongst the Hungarian participants there were two players who tried subbuteo for the first time. The group matches did not bring surprises, not as the semi-finals and the final. In the final Christian Filippella played against Marco Zucchi, and won. András Hicz (Hungary) and Daniel Vranovitz (Austria) were classified as third.

The final 4 on Sunday
On Sunday there were 13 players in the tournament and the best players reached easily the quarter-finals. Filippella won the semi-final easily while the other semi-final was decided by a shoot-out between Gábor Baross and Marco Zucchi. The final brought a great match, Filippella won only 3-2 against the Hungarian player. András Hicz and Marco Zucchi shared the third place.

The final results and the pictures you can find here:
http://budapestsubbuteo.blog.hu/2018/07/02/christian_filippella_nyerte_a_waspa_vebe_elso_napjat
http://budapestsubbuteo.blog.hu/2018/07/03/filippella_duplazott_baross_gabor_a_dontoig_menetelt

Some comments from the players

Gábor Baross (Hungary): "In April I couldn’t imagine how could I organize this tournament well. I had problems with the previous venue, that’s why I couldn’t promote the event as I wanted it. Fortunately the president of our association offered this room, which was excellent. It is in the center of Budapest, the location was nice and clean and he offered us free lunch. On Sunday evening I was tired, but very happy, because I didn't mess up the schedule and I saw everybody was happy and felt themselves well in this weekend. The atmosphere was friendly, and good to see how the players tried to teach the two new Hungarian players, who never played subbuteo before. We played a lot with friendly mood with friendly players – that’s the philosophy of WASPA, so thanks Vincent for this associaton."

Christian Filippella-Naszádi András
Christian Filippella (USA): "I believe that it was a wonderful tournament, very well organized in a great central location. Gabor offered us a great lunch both days and everyone was very friendly and accommodating. A great sportmanship in every game. Budapest is a beautiful city. I really enjoyed my time and I hope the event will be held every year with more participants from other countries. I think it's the first time an American player wins a world title so that is great for ASA as well."

Marco Zucchi-Adrián Száki
Marco Zucchi (Czech Republic): "I really enjoyed, not only because of Subbuteo but because it was a perfect mix to play, enjoy Budapest and most importantly to know new people. I thank Gabor and Vincent because with this WASPA Tournament I have had the possibility to really enjoy and to come back with a nice experience and new friends to keep in my life suitcase. Really good done!"

Daniel Vranovitz-Székely Miklós
Pasquale Carrassi (Italy): "The WASPA World Cup has been perfectly organized by Gabor and the friends of the Budapest Subbuteo Club. I really appreciated and highly recognize the big efforts they did. The location was one of the best I have ever seen in both WASPA and FISTF circuits and thanks to the great sponsorship the tournaments in the two different days were free and included a nice catering service. Really amazing! It was a friendly atmosphere and all players were respectful and fair. The city of Budapest is also wonderful, one of the best capitals in Europe and deserves more that a visit. 10/10 for the WASPA World Cup, hope to be there next year!"

Szathmáry Károly-Andrey Vlasov
Andrey Vlasov (Russia): "We are very happy that we participated in WASPA World Cup. First of all, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to organizers of the tournament, especially Gábor. The tournament was in the center of the city, in a beautiful historical building, in a comfortable hall. Throughout the tournament there was a perfect friendly atmosphere. Despite the fact that players had very different level of Subbuteo skills all our matches were very interesting. Free coffee, drinks and lunch were a pleasant bonus for the participants of the competition. We hope that such a World Cup will now be held every year."

Evgenii Vlasov-Madai András
Peter Szilvássy (Hungary): "It was superb, familiar and very friendly. I was happy to know kind people from other countries. The place was beautiful - Eiffel Palace - in the heart of Budapest. Thanks to  our sponsor also for fine food, amazing lunch... Gábor Baross was an excellent organizator (and good player, too) - kind and patient... The glass trophies were special and with a very nice design... Thanks to photos and thanks for idea of this 1st WASPA World Cup of Budapest to Gábor Baross. Let's play again together, make subbuteo great again!"