Thursday, 23 November 2017

Farewell tournament for Giuseppe Tardiota in Brisbane

11th of November, at Woody Point 1pm flick off.
This was the Brisbane Subbuteo Clubs 33rd competition, and sadly the last four our great friend Giuseppe who is moving back to Italy next month. Giuseppe wanted to play with Heavy Weights and the new rules, we couldn't say no. In fact, not only has Giuseppe been dabbling with the dark arts of the Heavy Weights, but so had Andrew R and Shane.

We had five players turn up, heavyweights in hand. It was to be a round robin, with the top 2 going into a final. Gus made the draw, and it turned out well getting Gerry first up, who admits he is a slow starter, and Gus beat Gerry 4-1, Gerry took solace in the fact he got his first goal against Gus (many more will follow). Giuseppe tied 1-1 with his fellow dark arts comrade Shane.

Andrews first game ended in a 3-3 draw with the now warmed up Gerry and Shane played another draw with Gus, 0-0. Giuseppe got his first victory of the day beating Gus 1-0 whilst Andrew went to town on Shane winning 8-1.  Andrew was really enjoying his heavyweights and beat Giuseppe 1-0 whilst Shane managed yet another draw, this time a 1-1 with Gerry.

The last round already had Andrew in the top 2, Gus and Giuseppe were level on points but Gus had a superior goal difference. So Gus just needed to win better then Giuseppe. Giuseppe however drew with Gerry whilst Gus beat Andrew 1-0 to make it an all Sunshine Coast final. Incredibly each player had only lost 1 game at the end of the round robin.

So our first Heavyweight final saw Andrew take the lead, but Gus levelled it. Andrew's dominance with the round bottom players payed off and he took the lead once again. The score didn't change after that, and Andrew won 2-1. It was a special win for Andrew who played exceptional subbuteo, as it was his first ever Brisbane final win.

Another great day, and the end of one era and the start of another, farewell Giuseppe, you will be sadly missed, and welcome our new champion who will be even harder to beat.

Daniel Cranston is Delaware Valley Open Champion

The 2017 Delaware Valley Open took place last Sunday in Avondale, PA with a good turnout of 10 players. The Open champion was Daniel Cranston who defeated Gregg Deinhart 4–0 to capture his third straight Delaware Valley Open Title, his forth Delaware Valley Open title overall. In the semis, Daniel Cranston defeated Andrew Giffen 3–2 in overtime while Gregg Deinhart defeated Paul Eyes 2–1 in a shoot-out when Gregg scored on his first three shots in the shoot-out while Paul was only able to score on his first two attempts. The score of the shoot-out was 3–2.

The consolation event, called "Mushroom Cup" saw Bryan Arnold defeating Grant Lilly 2-1 in overtime to win his first Mushroom Cup.

Thanks to Andrew Zunino for hosting the tournament

2017 Delaware Valley Open Champion: Daniel Cranston
2017 Mushroom Cup Champion (Consolation Round): Bryan Arnold

Final Standings:
1.) Daniel Cranston
2.) Gregg Deinhart
3.) Paul Eyes
4.) Andrew Giffen
5.) Andrew Zunino
6.) Adolfo Colindres
7.) Bryan Arnold
8.) Grant Lilly
9.) Doshu Tokeshi
10.) Nicholas Deinhart

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Furio Segnani wins in Trieste

Last Friday, November 17, the 7th Trieste WASPA Cup took place with the participation of 6 players in a group dominated by Furio Segnani with 5 wins. To reach the final, three players were fighting in close games but finally Davorin Korosec managed to be runner-up. In the final, Furio Segnani gave no chance to Davorin to claim the title as he won the tournament on shots. Congratulations!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Northern Phoenix WASPA No.3

Friday 10th November 2017
Northern Phoenix players
Northern Phoenix Waspa No.3 saw a total of nine competitors fighting it out in the Open division whilst a total of three flickers competed in the junior event. The event also marked the first ever occasion where all three Northern Phoenix members would be simultaneously attending and competing for honours.

Each of the senior competitors where split into one of three groups – with a seeded player (based on current Waspa rankings) being allocated the first entry into each group and the remaining players being drawn randomly thereafter.

After the first round of competition, two of the three seeds made it through to the Premiers Plate whilst the runners up faced off for the Silver Plate. The remaining three flickers from each group fought it out for the Bronze plate.

Benny Ng won the Open tournament
The Premiers plate was to be decided by the winner of the Paul Mercer/Benny Ng clash. The honours went to the later, Benny securing a 2-0 victory and adding another Waspa title to his impressive resume. Kevin Grant’s single win and single draw were enough to secure the Silver plate whilst similar results for Christos Garagounis allowed him to take out the Bronze plate.

In the junior competition, Billy and Charlotte Wright along with Alex Briffa played a round robin format – each player competing in four matches. Alex went through the proceedings undefeated whilst Billy secured second place (on goal difference from Charlotte).

All in all a fun evening of table football for everyone involved.

News from Harrow

Paul Andreas won the latest stage of the Harrow Hawks TSC Championship. Marcho Ghigliotti was runner-up, above Rudi Peterschinigg and Elliott Bellefontaine on goal-difference.

Martin Bellefontaine is 5th, Victor Jones 6th and Neil Doherty 7th.

The club is also pleased to announce the signing of Kevin Cordell. The former London & Essex United player joins the club after a short break from the game.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Number 10 for Bevin Reed

Saturday 18 November 2017, Pretoria, South Africa :
Once again Bevin Reed proved just too strong for a field of 15 entries to capture the 2017 PFC Scudo Campioni event !
Over the 30 scheduled fixtures, we witnessed all the thrills, spills, shock results, counter attack movements, good goalkeeping skills and the achievements of personal milestones that the sport of Subbuteo can provide !
Below are a few notes of mention and highlights stemming from this event :
Ø  The noticeable absence of Chessray Jooste from the event due to pre-arranged commitments elsewhere
Ø  Thanks to debutant Nathanael Thyssen for a new club milestone - a record entry of 15 participants !!!
Ø  Chris Abrahamse recording his first ever win by 1-0 over Imtiaz Ahmed in Match 1 !!!
Ø  Imtiaz Ahmed registering his first ever win by 2-0 over debutant Nathan Thyssen in Match 11 !!!
Ø  Conway Julie confirming his first ever victory over Julian vd Merwe (by 1-0)  - adding more misery to Julian following his poor run at last weekend's Cape Town Open
Ø  The exciting 1-1 Round 3 draw between Bevin Reed and Jayden vd Merwe - considered by many as the defining moment of the event. A match where Jayden took a well deserved lead
Ø  Strangely enough, the first ever matchup between Gary Downs and Julian vd Merwe in Match 17, with Julian taking the honours with a 1-0 win this time around !!!
Ø  The excellent goalkeeping skills of Gary Downs in Match 23 to survive an onslaught from Jayden - frustrating Jayden to a 0-0 draw, with Jayden clinching 2nd place overall !!!
Ø  An impressive 3rd place finish for Conway Julie - undefeated on the day !!!
Ø Chris Abrahamse (playing only his second event) finishing tied 5th overall with Stanton Nortjie - both players posting undefeated runs !!
Ø The official announcement that Gary Downs has now pledged his allegiance to Pretoria Flickers Club - welcome aboard Gary !!!
Ø Thanks to Gary for providing the club with 4 "half-sized" training pitches to help members sharpening up their skills !!!
Ø A personal milestone for Bevin Reed as he registered his 10th WASPA title to date !!!!

only to be caught on a brilliant counter attack movement by Bevin within the final minute of play !!!

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

The PFC website & facebook page will be updated shortly with photo's & news content at :

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

Friday, 17 November 2017

Sydney Spring League - Day 1

Ten players on a Monday night contested the first of three linked WASPA events to decide the Sydney Spring League.
In the end, Steve Dettre went through the night winning all six matches, scoring 14 and conceding 1, to take the final against Tony Credentino.
Many thanks to Neil Brener who stepped in at the last minute to ensure an even 10 player tournament.
In group 2, Hermann Kruse got a couple of narrow wins before having a shock against Geoff Sirmain when Geoff opened the scoring.
Adrian Grunbach continued his fine run of form, scoring two beauties against Adrian Elmer, and then comprehensively beat Geoff.
In group 1, Oli Ollnow got up against his perennial rival Jonty Brener 3-0, and then beat Dom 2-1 in a great performance.
In the semis, Steve score a spectacular on-the-run goal against Adrian before closing out a 2-0 win, while Hermann had to default against Tony because he was running out of time: he had to get Oli home on a school night! The responsible parent!
The final started spectacularly, when Steve scored within 30 seconds, then eased his nerves as Tony piled on the pressure in the second half, scoring with a rifling low shot that squeezed in at the far post.
As always, thanks to all players for the good spirit and humour on the night, and to Daniel and Robbie from Good Games for their assistance.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Raul Benita claims first WASPA title

The club of Marina Citerior in Javea (Spain) organized a tournament counting for the "Province of Turia" under WASPA banner. 8 players were taking part and both clubs of Turia and Marina Citerior were fielding four players. In the end experienced player Raul Benita defeated clubmate Fernando Gómez in the final while Pedro Benavent took the third place and Pasquale Carrassi was the other semi-finalist.

Luca Pini wins in Firenze

The second tournament of the Firenze league took part on Monday with a good field of 17 players.

After the group stage, there were many close games to decide the winner. In the end, Luca Pini defeated Emanuele Cattani on shots after the close final (0-0) to claim the victory.

Davide Visani and Simone Faraoni made it to the semi-finals and Riccardo Ferri won the consolation tournament.

Congratulations to the club of Firenze and Marco Bonciani for the great work.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Action in Donegal, Republic of Ireland

"Donegal Subbuteo" had a four player tournament on Friday evening. Cormac played for the first time in 2 years. He first played back in December 2011 as a 10 year old! Anyway there was some great games between Brian, Cormac and Caoimhe. They haven't played a lot lately so there was plenty of goals and action in every game. We played a group format with players playing each other once. Brendan used Heavyweight bases and the other 3 used the more modern bases. The idea of this was to make the tournament more equal for everyone. And as you can see from the final table, Brendan just pipped Caoimhe on goal difference! But great to see the younger ones having so much fun and determination to beat each other in this great game we all love.

Here is the final table:
Brendan Rodgers...3...7...+4
Caoimhe Rodgers...3...7...+2
Cormac Coyle...3...1...-3
Brian McCorkell...3...1...-3