Friday, 23 February 2018

A first test match in Florida

A test match was conducted between Dario Passadore and Bryan Arnold, members of the American Subbuteo Association, on February 16th. Dario, of the Florida Sharks Subbuteo Club, showed his great skill and style during each of his three wins on the day. A spirited defense and counter attacking were offered by Bryan, of the NoVA Union Subbuteo Club, but he was never able to present more competitiveness against his opponent, a long time Subbuteo player.

Test Match scores:
Dario 6-1 Bryan
Dario 3-1 Bryan
Dario 3-1 Bryan

Thursday, 22 February 2018

George Ebejer wins in Attard

Attard Subbuteo Club was back in action last Sunday. The Maltese guys had their first tournament of the season with a great turnout of 12. George Ebejer managed to win the tournament. The Bormla player defeated Miguel Zahra in the final. Thomas Ebejer and Stanley Farrugia Randon were the semi-finalists. There will be another tournament in Attard on February 25. Interested players can contact Joseph Debono at
Special thanks to William Attard for the beautiful pictures.

Davide Visani is a winner in Firenze

Last monday the club of Firenze had another great tournament with 17 players involved. It was nice to see players from the Italian club competing in a fair spirit.

Davide Visani defeated Luca Pini in the final and Marco Bonciani and Matteo Cherici managed to reach the semi-finals.

Congratulations to all the players involved.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

TFAS League 2018 Match Day 2

The second TFAS League session for 2018 kicked off with seven players on 11 February. It was to safe to say that all the players for this month’s League session are quite equally matched, with goal galore and several tight matches!
A 4-round Swiss System was played. Results were exciting, and after the third round, five of the players were fighting for top spot! Anas and Rudy were on top with 7 points each, Den was close behind with 6 points. Michael and Bernard were not so far behind with 4 points.
Rudy managed to win his final game against Haikal by a close shave, while Anas failed to do the same, with a 1-1 draw against Nic. Hence Rudy came out tops!
Den was surprisingly outplayed by Bernard, converting his potential 2nd place finish into 5th.

Results are as follows:
Nic 1 v 2 Michael
Haikal 1 v 3 Bernard
Anas 2 v 1 Den
Rudy 1 v 0 Bye
Bernard 2 v 2 Michael
Rudy 0 v 0 Anas
Nic 1 v 2 Den
Haikal 1 v 0 Bye
Haikal 3 v 4 Den
Anas 4 v 2 Bernard
Rudy 2 v 1 Michael
Nic 1 v 0 Bye
Anas 1 v 1 Nic
Bernard 3 v 1 Den
Rudy 1 v 0 Haikal
Michael 1 v 0 Bye

1. Rudy
2. Anas
3. Bernard
4. Michael
5. Den
6. Nic
7. Haikal

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dan Nicholls wins in Knighton

Five players attended the WASPA regional event held in Knighton on Sunday. Dan Nicholls finished on top with 12 points while Danny Bird was runner-up with 9 points. The next event in Wales will be the London Road tournament in Drury next Sunday.

Final standings:
1. Dan Nicholls (Knighton TFC)
2. Danny Bird (London Road SC)
3. Tom Taylor (Knighton TFC)
4. Kenny Evans (Knighton TFC)
5. Nick Stimpson (Knighton TFC)

Monday, 19 February 2018

Jean Grosdent wins in Bande

There was a small WASPA tournament with six players involved last Friday in Bande, Belgium. The players competed in a round robin so that everyone had 5 games. Jean Grosdent finished on top with 13 points while his childrens Henri (12) and Aurore (10) also finished on the podium. Giulio Bonfanti was 4th, finishing ahead of Philippe Thys and Maxim Grosdent. A good evening and a great way to prepare the national interclubs day to be played on the next day.

Sydney TFC tournament - February 2018

On Tuesday 13 february we played our monthly WASPA tournament at our club house in Burwood.
7 Players all up were battling out to claim the tournament.
It was very good seeing Oliver Ollnow and Torben Pfister (Northern Falcons) playing very well not conceding much to players as Daniele Lombardi, Fabrizio Coco, Tony Credentino, Hermann Kruse and Kostas Barbaris. So very well done guys!!!
However, Daniele Lombardi has imposed his signature on this tournament, climing it beating in final Fabrizio Coco 3-1 after an intense final which has seen Daniele leading 2-0. Than, Fabrizio came back a few minutes to the end of the game taking out his "cazzimma" but, trying to equalise Daniele scored the goal that closed definitely the match on 3-1.
Congratulations and very well done to all who made this tournament possible, we'll see you next month for another waspa hosted by Sydney TFC!
Stay tuned for updates guys!

(Report by Fabrizio Coco)

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The 9th Trieste Cup for Sandro Ceppi

Our friend Davorin Korosec reports the 9th edition of the Triste Cup was held this week with a great field of 8 players. Players were dropped into 2 groups of 4. Sandro Ceppi of the neighboring club DLF Gorizia took the honors after defeating Davorin in the final on shots. Orazio Torrisi and Diego Giorio were stopped in the semi-finals. In March the 10th tournament in Trieste will probably be even bigger but the exact date will be confirmed soon.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Geoffrey Marain best of 18 in Templeuve

Top 3 of the evening: Steffen Despretz - Geoffrey Marain - Matthias Averlant

5 of the 6 juniors involved 

Five veterans playing with the younger generation

The players
The monthly tournament in Templeuve had a great field of 18 on tuesday with 6 players from AS Hennuyer and 3 from Tournai visiting the Templeuve club. Geoffrey Marain won the event with no surprise as he won his four games while clubmate Steffen Despretz was runner-up and Matthias Averlant was the best Junior. The U19 Templeuve player finishe din third position with 9 points. There were 2 French players and also a total of 5 juniors. it was nice to see Kevin Bonvarlet's first appearance in a tournament and the come-back of jean-Luc Canfin after a long Hyatus. Thanks to all the players involved!

Final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain (BEL/AS Hennuyer)
2. Steffen Despretz (BEL/AS Hennuyer)
3. Matthias Averlant (BEL/Templeuve)
4. Michaël Dupret (BEL/Tournai)
5. Vincent Coppenolle (BEL/Templeuve)
6. Corentin Boltz (BEL/AS Hennuyer)
7. Alain Flament (BEL/SCAF Quévy)
8. Benoit Lagneau (BEL/AS Hennuyer)
9ea André Boltz (BEL/AS Hennuyer)
9ea Jean-Luc Canfin (BEL/Tournai)
11. Franck Santer (FRA/Templeuve)
12. Léa Despretz (BEL/AS Hennuyer)
13. Eric Caillaux (FRA/Templeuve)
14. Florian Renaut (BEL/Templeuve)
15. Benjamin Marain (BEL/Warcoing Ducks)
16ea Julie Taquin (BEL/Templeuve)
16ea Jordan Bonte (BEL/Templeuve)
18. Kevin Bonvarlet (BEL/Tournai)

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Subbuteo Parramatta – February 2018 WASPA

Subbuteo Parramatta’s February WASPA tournament saw 4 of the club’s stalwarts head to the clubhouse at Bella Vista to battle out a very tight competition. Richard Wilson immediately put himself in the bad books by loudly declaring that this would be his first tournament officially as an Illawarra Table Football Club player – he had abandoned the club that had given him so much in getting him back into the game. On top of this, he was also getting his board, long stored at the clubhouse, and taking it home to Kiama at the end of the night. Not a good way to get onside with his opponents.

The first round of games saw Mat Barrie completely dominate Dave Sultana only to find that the woodwork was harder to beat than Dave’s ‘keeper. In the end, the woodwork proved to be the winner, a 0-0 scoreline ensuing. On the Extreme pitch, Adrian Elmer was in unfamiliar territory, dominating his opponent, Richard, instead of spending much of the game defending, as is his usual game plan. A number of half chances were easily batted away by Richard’s ‘keeper until, 20 seconds before the half time break, Richard made a swift counter attack and, with his first shot on goal of the game, went 1-0 up. Adrian equalised early in the second, before Richard took a decisive leave with a couple of minutes to go with a mishit shot that trickled inside the far post beyond Adrian’s stagnant ‘keeper. 2-1 to Richard.

Round two saw a couple of dour struggles. Adrian and Dave did their best to not upset the other’s ‘keeper in any way and finished at 0-0. Richard went to the half time break 1-0 up in his match against Mat though, again, had been dominated by his opponent. Mat got the equaliser he was looking for in the second half and the game finished at 1-1.

Going into the final round, everything was still to play for. A win to Richard would see him take the title and, with his opponent, Dave, yet to register a goal, was the clear favourite. Mat needed a big win and results to go his way on the other pitch and started strongly against Adrian. However, late in the half, and intricate dribbling sequence by Adrian’s attackers through Mat’s defence saw Adrian slip a goal past Mat’s stunned ‘keeper. Mat came out more determined in the second half and piled on some pressure, the game opening up. However, with time ticking away, things were slipping out of Mat’s hands. With 20 seconds to go in the game, Mat earned a flick in deep in his own area and mounted a quick attack. However, a rule debate saw the clock stopped and a deep discussion amongst the four players ensuing. In the end, the decision was made to replay the scenario with the time reinstalled. Mat took off – but forgot to touch the ball with his second flick. Adrian swiftly moved forward, got into the shooting area in one sweeping movement and put the ball in Mat’s goal with the final action of the game. One the Astrobase pitch, a tense struggle took place, with neither player being able to get on top in the first half. In the second half, though, the unbelievable happened, Dave finally bothering the scorer! He held on for a famous victory, throwing the entire table into chaos. When the dust settled, all realised that Dave had emerged as the tournament victor. All that was left was to work out the minor placings. Adrian was in second place on goal difference, but a heated debate ensued as Richard argued the head to head result between equal players should be used, which would give him the second placing. As voices were raised, Richard stormed out with his board on his back and drove home to Kiama. Meanwhile, Dave went home satisfied – his pre tournament goal of finishing ahead of Mat achieved.

Subbuteo Parramatta’s next club meeting will be on Thursday March 1, with the next WASPA tournament on Thursday, March 15, both at Good Games Bella Vista.

(note: some events in this report may be exaggerated for dramatic effect)

Richard 2-1 Adrian
Mat 0-0 Dave

Adrian 0-0 Dave
Richard 1-1 Mat

Mat 0-2 Adrian
Dave 1-0 Richard

…………..P   W   D   L  GF  GA  P
Dave      3   1     2   0   1    0    5
Richard 3   1     1   1   3    3    4
Adrian   3   1     1   1   3    2    4
Mat        3   0     2   1   1    2    2

(Report by Adrian Elmer)