Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Number 7 for Gus Gillespie

Saturday 9th September - Woody Point 9am flick off:
The Brisbane Subbuteo clubs 31st WASPA competition had a pretty good turnout on a rather splendid Saturday morning at Woody Point, Queensland. Six flickers fronted up with their little men and polish, all ready to go toe to toe for the grand prize. One of last month’s finalists however wasn’t present, Rik was paying for his recent holiday in the UK and had to work the weekend – luckily for him reckoned Andy who was all geared up to give him a flogging…..
So the 4G network of Gareth,  Gerry, Gus and Giuseppe were joined by Shane and Andy.  Gerry faced the current champ Gus and put up a great effort in only his second comp, narrowly losing 2-0. Andy back from the dead saw off Shane 1-0 whilst the two local boys of Redcliffe saw Giuseppe win 3-0.
The next round had Gerry losing 2-0 again, to a very motivated Andy, Giuseppe came back twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Gus, whilst Shane and Gareth also shared the points with a 1-1 draw.
Round 3 witnessed Gerry lose by a 2-0 margin but this time getting a goal and losing to Giuseppe 3-1. Andy continued his winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Gareth. In the last fixture, Gus snatched a late win in a very tight affair with Shane 1-0.
Round 4 gave Gareth his first win of the day, beating Gerry in a close game 2-1. Shane held Giuseppe to a 1-1 draw and last month’s Champ came unstuck against Andy, going down 1-0.
Round 5 had a few permutations, though Andy had secured a final berth, Giuseppe would need a win to gain his spot, whilst Gus needed a win and hoped Andy could finish with five wins. In the other tie, Gerry got his first point of the day, getting a credible 2-2 draw with Shane. Gus did his bit, beating Gareth 3-0 but all goals came in the second half to keep Gus twitching, and Andy finished top of the group in style, beating Giuseppe 2-1, allowing Gus to sneak in the back door.
So the first ever Sunshine Coast derby final would take place, guaranteeing a trip North for the trophy no matter who won. The first half was very cagey, not many chances created as the two defended doggedly, looking for an opening (the ref Giuseppe’s description was a bit more blunt, “boring” he said). The second half opened up a bit and Gus took a lead with 3 minutes gone. This was the signal for the game to really open up and the game went end to end, Andy though definitely creating the better chances. The final buzzer went and Gus had held on to win back to back trophies for only his second time. A great day as usual, good feed from Giuseppe before the final, and all games played with great sportsmanship. The scores were all pretty close today, a sign of things to come as Gerry finds his feet, Gareth’s flicking is up there with the best (some great blocking) and Shane is not far from rekindling his form from yesteryear.

The next two WASPA tournaments will be on October 28 and November 11 at the Clubhouse.

(Report by Giuseppe Tardiota)

Monday, 18 September 2017

Another trophy for Anas

On 15th Sept 2017, Jurong Club welcomed Antonio Carabillo (Dragons Hong Kong) for their 8th session of Jurong league games. To maximise game play, the organisers planned a round robin tournament with all players enjoying 6 games. Most of the games were closed but the two club league leaders, Rudy a.k.a Encik and Anas again prevail against the others with both bagging 5 wins and a solitary draw, which again came from their match which ended 2-2. In the end, the winner of September league had to be determined by better goal numbers, in which Anas scored more. Hence, Anas was crowned the winner of the monthly club tournament.

(Report by Jurong Central SC)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Parramatta: 2017 September Cup Tournament Report

6 of the 8 starters

Steve Dettre and his 1966 flats
A field of 8 players, ranging from some of Australia’s most experienced table footballers to brand new players, gathered to contest the 2017 September Cup, the 13th edition of this annual tournament. The rules of The September Cup stipulate that only Subbuteo branded bases, goalkeepers, pitches and balls are to be used, so the event is always a fun one where players get to reminisce and pull out their old teams. This year, Steve Dettre went all out and used his original ‘flats’, purchased by his dad in 1966 and still going strong. Meanwhile Paul Magee used the Celtic team he’s had since 1969 – that’s over 100 years of Subbuteo history in those two teams, and players, alone!

Two groups were created for the initial stages. Adrian Elmer, using his hand painted España ’96 squad on 90s bases, faced Eliot Kennedy, using his 1970s heavyweights. Eliot took the lead but Adrian was able to peg back a goal to see the match end in a draw. Meanwhile, in the other group, Dave Sultana took the early initiative in the group of death with a 1-0 win over Paul Magee (a club league fixture between the two two days earlier had seen Paul get up by two goals to nil) while Tony Credentino scored a dramatic last minute equaliser in his match against Steve. In the second round of games, Eliot taught new player, Jason Potter, the ins and outs of the game – Jason using his billiards experience to quickly get on top of flicking angles. Costa Kamarados, playing with his early 80s lightweights, bought as part of a World Cup Edition box set at an Op Shop a year or so ago for just $2, went down 2-0 to Adrian, Paul and Tony played out a goalless stalemate and Dave continued his fine form with another 1-0 victory over Steve. In the third round of group games, Adrian saw off Jason 1-0 as Jason began to work out some solid tactical ploys, while Eliot put Costa to the sword. In the other group, Dave was already guaranteed of top spot but the other three all had a chance of progressing, depending on the results. Tony couldn’t get over Dave to force home his slight advantage, meaning Steve slipped past him with a slim victory over Paul. In a final catchup game, Costa finally found his touch, slotting three unanswered goals past Jason.

The Repechage Semi-Finals saw relatively comfortable wins for Tony and Paul, while the main Semi Finals were much tighter affairs. Adrian continued his unbeaten record over Dave, though the tight game could have gone either way. The other semi final, between, the two old sparring partners, Eliot and Steve, resulted in the tournament’s only shoot-out. Eliot put his shoot-out hoodoo to rest, finally taking the victory after seven shots each, to go to the Grand Final.

In the Repechage Grand Final, a goal from Tony finally managed to split he and Paul after their earlier goalless draw. In the Grand Final, Eliot and Adrian also faced each other for a second time, having met in the group stage. This time, Adrian scored the first goal towards the end of the second half. Eliot pressed hard for the equaliser in the second. The final few minutes saw him completely dominate possession, but an off-side figure that couldn’t be moved meant he was unable to enter the shooting area while Adrian kept his defence well organised. In the end, Adrian was able to hold on, in the process staging just the second successful title defence in the tournament’s long history.
An absolutely great afternoon played in the best spirits, with the different cloth and nylon pitches and the wild variety of curling and bobbling bases and figures adding an extra element of fun. See you all again next September!

for more photos, click here.

for full results, click here.

(Report by Adrian Elmer)

Thursday, 14 September 2017

First tournament in Ponteland for Andy Mill

The very first WASPA tournament in Ponteland, England, was held on Wednesday with four players taking part. Thanks to Stephen Dobbison for hosting the tournament. Here is the report of the semi-finals and finals sent by Stephen.

1st semi-final
Nigel Lamond v Stephen Dobbison 0-0  - 3-1
A tight match ultimately decided by a shootout resulting in Nigel progressing to the final.

2nd semi-final
Andy Mill v Dave Brothers 1-0
Two old adversaries competed in the second semi final with Andy being the successor after a goal early in the second half.

3/4 place playoff
Dave Brothers v Stephen Dobbison 1-0
Dave finished in 3rd place after scoring in the first half.

Andy Mill v Nigel Lamond 1-0
A tight affair with Andy taking a lead which was to prove to be decisive but Nigel was unlucky not to force the game into a shootout when he struck the bar with the last flick of the match.

Congratulations to Andy who retains his trophy which was presented by Nigel.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Western Flickers WASPA #16 - The Big Willy Cup

There was a good turnout for mid week at

the Western Flickers September 2017 WASPA. Seven club members competed plus Northern Pheonix President Christos Garagounis and ATFA VP Raffaele Lombardi from Sydney TFC. Great sportsmanship was shown throughout the hotly contested tournament in which several players were fine tuning for the upcoming FISTF Sydney Open.

The Group draw had Raffaele and Benny Ng as the seeds for the two Groups with the top two to progress from each group to the semi finals.


Raffaele's first game went to plan against the lowest ranked Arjuna Hanafi with a big win sending a warning signal to all about the qualities of the 2017 Asian Cup finalist. His other games proved somewhat tighter affairs but his record remained unblemished with four wins and no goals conceded. The pre-tournament favourite was looking the man to beat.

The battle for 2nd spot was tightly contested. David Simpson took the box seat for second spot early on by defeating Christos 2-0, followed by Adam Deverell being locked in a goalless draw with Christos. Going into the final round of Group games Adam needed to score an upset over Raffaele or hope that David slipped up against Arjuna, but neither occurred. David progressed alongside Raffaele into the semis.

Credit should go to Arjuna for his improvement that included a close 2-1 loss against Adam who's defence is always difficult to breach.


Benny Ng and Adrian Connolly both comfortably accounted for their first opponents 3-0, vs Kevin Grant and Anthony Madiona, respectively. Benny then also found his second game to be straight forward with another 3-0 victory, However, there was a gripping clash between Adrian and Kevin that ultimately determine 2nd place. Adrian took an early lead in the opening seconds of the clash, before Kevin pulled one back prior to half time to go into the break all square. In the second half Kevin took the lead. Adrian went on the attack and equalised, prior to scoring a winner in the dying seconds to take a classic sea-sawing affair. Their desire for open, high scoring games continued throughout the group stage with at least three goals in each of the games of these two players.

In the final Group 2 pool games Kevin accounted for Anthony Madiona 3-0 and Benny proved too good for Adrian to take top spot taking the clash 4-1.


The semi finals pitted Adrian up against Raffaele and Benny against David Simpson. Benny continued his strong form to easily account for David 3-0.

The match between Raffaele and Adrian was a closer contest with Raffaele taking a lucky but deserved lead after piling on the early pressure. It may have been a goalkeeping mistake that contributed much to the goal but throughout most of the rest of the clash Adrian had his keeper to thank for staying in the contest to the end before ultimately going down 1-0.


The final saw Raffaele dominate most of the first half in a high quality game. At times Raffaele took corner after corner, but he couldn't break through and was punished in clinical style. Benny made a fast break with Raffaele overcommitted, taking his first chance of the game to grab a 1-0 lead in the dying seconds of the first half.

The second half saw Raffaele again have the majority of possession but the contest was more even than the first. However, Raffaele couldn't make the most of his territorial advantage and the score remained locked at 1-0 until the end. Congratulations to Benny for taking out the win in what was the highest quality competition seen in Western Flickers history thanks in no small part to Raffaelle competing with he was in Melbourne.

(Report by Adrian Connolly)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Mark McCrossan regains his title

The "Last of the Summer Wine" tournament was held on Monday in Derry, Northern Ireland. There was a nice turnout of 8 players and organizers were glad to see Strabane's James McGillian back in action. Mark McCrossan regained his title in a hard fought 1-0 victory over Martinog Bradley. Lawrence Watson played in his second semi-final in a WASPA tournament while James McGillian was the other semi-finalist.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Jayden vd Merwe wins again!

Saturday 9 September 2017, Pretoria, South Africa:
After almost 6 months of gruelling qualification matches, it was no surprise that the top 5 ranked PFC players qualified for the 2017 Champions League event.
The players got to play each twice in a home & away format with 2 points per win & 1 point per draw awarded - and the "head to head" rule applied if there were to be a tie after the league format of matches. Matches were played on the newly laid Champions League edition pitch in the Subbuteo range.
It was clear that the players were battling to adapt to this new pitch - evident by the fact that the event delivered only 19 goals scored over the 20 scheduled matches!
However, it appeared that both Jayden vd Merwe and Chessray Jooste were quick to adapt to the playing style of this pitch as they started to find the goals early and starting exerting their dominance on the standings. In fact, Jayden maintained the number one position on the standings from start to finish - emphasising that he indeed was quickest to adapt to the new pitch. In match 9, Jayden dispatched of Chessray by 1-0 with a fierce driven low shot in the final quarter of the allocated time! A result that would prove very significant especially with the possibilty of the "head to head" rule to determine the event winner.
Match 20 saw Jayden & Chessray square up again - the task was clear for Chessray as a 2-0 win for him would snatch the title from Jayden if the "head to head" rule were to be applied. Jayden surprised all present by going against his normal attacking style as he decided to play a very defensive game against the dangerous & free scoring Chessray - a tactical risk which paid off for Jayden as he held out for a 0-0 draw after Chessray was hugely unlucky to hit the post twice!
In so doing Jayden became the first player to have his name added to the Champions League trophy (a metal miniature replica version of the real trophy).
This is a trophy I'm predicting will become much sought after on the PFC calendar of events!
This triumph marks Jayden's 11th WASPA title to date, and by winning this event Jayden vd Merwe (ARSENAL) will be spared the agony of qualification for the 2018 event!
Next on the calendar - the Europa League on the 16th September 2016, another event which promises to bring some great excitement!

Thanks to all who attended and helped to make the day a huge success as always!
A special thanks to all who assisted in building the table over the past 2 weeks or so!

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

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Eric Benvenuto wins in Trieste

Last Friday, on September 8, the 5th WASPA tournament in Trieste had a field of 6 players competing in a great and fait spirit. It was also the first tournament in Italy this season.

After the group stage, Eric Benvenu managed to win the tournament after defeating clubmate Gianfranco Grahonja.

Congratulations to the players taking part and thanks to Davorin Korosec for organising things and submitting results very quickly. Well done.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

New partner club in Spain

We are very pleased to have a new partner club in Spain. Marina Criterio SC based in the Alicante area in Spain will be starting a new season  next Saturday, so that they will organize a first tournament in the near future, share photos and results with WASPA.
Interested players can contact Pasquale Carrassi at subbuteo.marina@gmail.com

Monthly standings of August 2017

Dear Subbuteo fans, here are the WASPA standings at the end of the season. August has been another great month as we added 30 tournaments in the records (26 regional, 2 promotional events, 2 national cups, 2 with the old rules). 22 players have attended their very first WASPA tournament and we have 1612 different players in the rankings. 1086 different players have attended tournaments under WASPA banner this season and we are very pleased about it. over the season, we managed to reach 3328 individual entries at tournament, it's far better than during the seasons 2015-2016 (3024), 2014-2015 (2981), 2013-2014 (2634) and 2012-2013 (1584). The circuit is growing and we can be pleased to have 367 different tournaments (in 28 countries) during the season. Belgium (56) organized more events but Australia (52) and England (46) were also very active.

Japanese players in action
Back to what happened in August, we are pleased to announce that 2 clubs have organized their very first WASPA tournament: the Halandri Hawks in Greece and Garage Soccer in Florida, USA. Welcome to them! Australia was the most active nation with 4 regional tournaments being held this month.

Greek friends playing under WASPA banner
A few things to point out about next season (starting on September 1):
- Transferts: many players usually decide to change club. When I get the FISTF database, I will update the WASPA records but sometimes we have issues with players deciding to play for a different club in the WASPA circuit. Feel free to e-mail me at vincent.cop@rsca.com to report special situations;
- Top clubs: For the first season, the "top clubs" project managed to have 17 clubs involved. Congratulations to Jurong Central SC (Singapore) for finishing on top. I'm sure our friends from Singapore will do their best to stay on top next season. We really hope we will have more clubs joining the project soon. What are the conditions to become a top club?
a) having organized 5 WASPA events in the previous season (*);
b) having 5 WASPA events in the agenda for the new season;
c) having premises for local development;
d) having at least 8 players in the WASPA ranking (we might change this point to 5 players).
(*): new clubs can also join if they have players ranked in the FISTF rankings.
Several clubs are for sure entitled to become "top clubs": Famagusta TFC, SC Flanders, Attard SC, Harrow Hawks TFC, Club Subbuteo Firenze, London Road SC, Derry City TFC, Pireaus Lions TSC, Kebun Baru SC, Grand Rapids TSC, Sydney TFC. If you are interested to join, drop me a line at vincent.cop@rsca.com;
- Special club projects: We have a Handbook but we remain Open to every proposal to make our circuit better. Some clubs have special requests and all ideas are welcome. For instance, the NETFA Brigantes (England) had a special circuit of "mini-leagues" under WASPA banner this season. For any idea, don't hesitate to drop me a line.
- WASPA events in FISTF tournaments: Many FISTF tournaments had some WASPA events besides the main categories. We must encourage organizers to continue to do that. Sometimes organizers are not aware WASPA or consolation events can be important. We need to support each other and see how we can make big events more attractive;
- Statistics: if anyone is interested to help to compile statistics, it would be more than welcome.

Action in Brisbane - Australia
Whatever happens, having a growing circuit is not the ultimate priority. Our priority is to have happy players who compete in the right level.

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.
The FISTF website can be found here: http://www.fistf.net

Players in Bande competing in the new WASPA top club of Wamme SC - Belgium
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 or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,
Vincent Coppenolle (vincent.cop@rsca.com)