Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Jayden van der Merwe captures the 2019 Founders Cup

Saturday 16 March 2019, Pretoria, South Africa:
Always a special event on the Pretoria calendar - the Founders Cup is played annually in the month of March to celebrate the formation of the club.
The 24th of March will mark the 6th year of existence for Pretoria Flickers Club!
The day started with a massive tie, where Kegan van der Merwe beat the 2018 defending champion Bevin Reed by 1-0. Julian van der Merwe's lead over Jayden van der Merwe virtually lasted a few seconds as Jayden equalised straight from the restart. Gary Downs was setting the early pace by way of a 1-0 Round 1 win over Conway Julie, followed by another 1-0 win over Kegan. In Round 3, Jayden recorded his first win of the day with a 1-0 win over Gary and then Conway further halted Bevin's progress with a late equaliser for a 1-1 draw with Bevin.
In Round 4, Conway turned heads with a classy 2-0 win over Kegan whilst Gary maintained the top spot with a 1-0 victory over Julian. The tie of Round 4 saw Bevin and Jayden play out to tactical 0-0 draw.
Round 5 saw Gary surrender his lead at the top after a 1-0 loss to Bevin, with Bevin forcing his way into contention - but ultimately Bevin had to relinquish his 2018 title and settle for 2nd place overall.
The last match of the day saw Jayden sneak past both Bevin and Gary, thanks to two well taken goals for a 2-0 win over Kegan !
This triumph sees Jayden vd Merwe get his hands on the Founders Cup again after 6 years, and the triumph also marks Jayden's 19th WASPA title to date !

Individual acknowledgements on the day :
"Goal Blitz" : went to Jayden van der Merwe - once again ending the day as the top scorer.
"Player of the Day" : went to Gary Downs for leading the standings all the way up to Round 5, where a loss to Bevin relegated him to 3rd overall. All indications are that Gary is due some honours soon ?
"Comeback Kid" : despite a Round 1 loss for the 2018 defending champion, Bevin Reed forced his way back into contention but had to settle for 2nd place ultimately.
"Moment of the Day" : went to Conway Julie once again for his 1-1 Round 3 draw against Bevin, followed by a classy 2-0 Round 4 victory over Kegan .

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)

Monday, 18 March 2019

Farrer Park Flickers - March tournament

The Farrer Park Flickers held their third WASPA tournament of 2019 on Friday, 15 March 2019. As usual, players met at their clubhouse, the Pek Kio Community Centre. Like the last tournament, there were six flickers participating, five from the club (Rudy Hesty, Anas Rahamat, Rizal Taib, Vikas Chandiramani, and Nic Tan) and Enzo Fornaro from the SG Lions Table Football Club.

They played a round robin format with 20-minute games. Club captain Rudy Hesty was victorious again this round with 13 points from 4 wins and 1 draw. Anas Rahamat came in second with 11 points, his 2-2 draw with Rizal Taib proving the decisive scoreline that put him second behind Rudy.

The club's next WASPA tournament is on 19 April 2019 (Good Friday); all are welcome to join in!

Final Standings:
1) Rudy Hesty 13 points
2) Anas Rahamat 11 points
3) Rizal Taib 8 points
4) Nic Tan 5 points
5) Vikas Chandiramani 4 points
6) Enzo Fornaro 0 points

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Klaus Fritz wins last minute event in Berlin

Due to some late dropouts in the Northern German Championshios we only had a very small schedule on Saturday. So Berlin players decided to use the time won by having a spontaneous small WASPA tournament.

Four players enjoyed a round-robin and Klaus Fritz was winning this small competition. Ahead of shared second place Marian Flemer and Daria Prazynski with Nico Pretzel finishing in fourth place.

The results:
Daria - Nico 1:0
Marian - Klaus 0:1
Daria - Marian 1:2
Nico - Klaus 0:2
Daria - Klaus 1:1
Nico - Marian 2:2

Well done to Klaus in special and to all participants in general for using the time in a proper way. That's how "sports" should be...

Friday, 15 March 2019

Cayne Matthews wins promotional event

London Road Subbuteo Club held a WASPA promotional on 13th March 2019. London Rd player Chris Bedford hosted the event and six players played a league format. With all still to play for the last two games played could have changed everything. Jonathan Bedford could have won the league with a win over Cayne Matthews in his last game but lost and finished 4th. Last game of the night also see Ruby Matthews have a chance to win the league, she needed a win against her dad and was 1 up at half time, but lost the game leaving her in 3rd place Chris Bedford in 2nd and league winner Cayne Matthews.

Cayne Matthews 13pts
Chris Bedford 10
Ruby Matthews 9 +5
Jon Bedford 9 +1
Raoul Newton 3
Matthew Thomas 0

Jon B 1-0 Raoul N
Chris B 2-0 Jon B
Matthew T 0-3 Raoul N
Chris B 2-0 Matthew T
Raoul N 0-4 Chris B
Jon B 7-0 Matthew T
Cayne M 2-0 Raoul N
Ruby M 2-0 Chris B
Chris B 1-1 Cayne M
Jon B 1-0 Ruby M
Matthew T 0-3 Cayne M
Ruby M 3-0 Matthew T
Raoul N 0-4 Ruby M
Cayne M 6-0 Jon B
Ruby M 1-4 Cayne M

Many thanks to Chris Bedford for hosting a great event.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

BSFC Whitchurch WASPA – Home town Gavin Gurney’s name is on the title

The latest instalment of the series of WASPA tournaments took place in Whitchurch just outside of Bristol. Gavin Gurney was our convivial host providing lashings of hot beverages.

The 4-team tournament was served by a straight round robin format. As is often the case the first match was a cagey one with Bernard O’Connor and Taylor Randles playing out a 0.0. Gavin Gurney’s 1.0 win against Bob Fairbrother upset the bookies odds and Gavin took a lead on the first round table.
Gavin took his imperious form into the second round chalking up a 2.0 win over Taylor.

Bob collected his first points of the day as he beat Bernard 2.0.

Bernard drew 11 with Gavin and became the only person to put one past Gavin and to take a point of him. For Gavin it was the point needed to secure the WASPA title. Bob and Taylor tided up the fixture list by recording Bob’s 1.0 win in the remaining game.

Bernard O’Connor 0.0 Taylor Randles
Gavin Gurney 1.0 Bob Fairbrother
Taylor Randles 0.2 Gavin Gurney
Bob Fairbrother 2.0 Bernard O’Connor
Bernard O’Connor 1.1 Gavin Gurney
Bob Fairbrother 1.0 Taylor Randles

Gavin Gurney 5 points
Bob Fairbrother 4 points
Bernard O’Connor 2 points
Taylor Randles  1 point

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Belgium: wins for Ceulemans, Boulanger and Caillaux

Here are some more news from Belgium where some small events have been held in the last few days.

On Monday the latest tournament in the Flanders had a very small field of 4. The weather didn't help players to get motivation to travel to Hofstade for the monthly event. Jos Ceulemans finished on top of a group format with Frank Lannoy being runner-up, Willy De Bandt 3rd and Geert Leys as 4th.

Last Saturday the FISTF Satellite of Huy gave the chance to players who had lost in the early rounds to play some WASPA games. In the end, Richard Boulanger (Wamme SC) defeated Philippe Thys in the final while Marc De Vos (Semois) and Lulani Verhoeven made it to the semis.

Finally, Templeuve held a promotional tournament on Friday. 8 players took part in the evening but both Matthias Averlant and Vincent Coppenolle couldn't get WASPA points because of their current rankings. After the 7 sessions of 20 minutes, Eric Caillaux managed to claim the title after winning his five games. Jordan Bonte was runner-up and Sébastien Sorge was 3rd. New players Djessy and Gery Dardenne (son and father) and Olivier Blauwblomme also won some WASPA points. To be noted that among the six competitors, five of them were French but all of them are Templeuve United players as the club is very close to the French border.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Rasmus Lund did it again in Hamburg!

Saturday 2nd March saw the 2. SuSP-Cup was held in the “Fanladen” of the Millertor-Stadium, home of Subbuteo St. Pauli.

This year we had a turnout of 20 players, although we had some cancellations in the last few days before the tournament.

We saw 5 players from the home club and 5 guests from Berlin including the only lady Daria Prazynski and the junior Marian Flemer. Denmark was represented by 7 players including the defending champion Rasmus Lund and the U12 players Daniel Raarup and Julius Kluge. Tim Mourant and his teammate Adam Fraser made their way from England and we had a lonely visitor from Northern Ireland named Simon “who” (Stewart).

This year we used the swiss sytem (6 rounds), which nearly no one understand but the organizer.
In the first round the danish players showed that the want to take the cup to Denmark again. Daria takes advantage on the usual nervousness of Marius, when he recognized that this was not a friendly match but a tournament, where he is used to have a difficult start.

In round 2 we saw Jesper defeating his brother Kristian and old Wilfried showed his son Nico, who still is the boss of the family. Marcus did an important win against Thomas for the fight of the top ranking.

Round 3 saw Rasmus defeating Jesper very clearly, taking the lead of the ranking and declaring his claim on the cup. Marcus turned a backlog against Sven in a win. Daria made a lucky draw against Philip, who hit the crossbar in the last second. Ralf made his first ever goal for his first ever win against his clubmate Marcos.

Then we had a dinerbreak with some cake and coffee, salad and a chili con whatever, cooked by St. Paulis best ever housewife Marcos.

After round 4 it was still very close on top of the ranking, because Rasmus and Marcus played a draw ans Sven surprisingly made a draw against Jesper after ahard defense fight, while Kristian defeated Thomas.

In round 5 Rasmus, Marcus, Sven and Jesper did their expected wins and took the lead of the ranking. The Danish youngsters Daniel and Julius get another point against their St. Pauli opponents.

In round 6 Rasmus made it for the cup with an well deserved win against Sven. Marcus saved his 2nd place with a last-minute goal against Jesper, who meanwhile passed him with a 3:0 lead.

In the end Rasmus defended the SuSP-Cup in front of Marcus and Jesper, who all got a trophy made in the pottery of the “elbewerkstätten” by mainly mentally disabled workers.

After the tournament we had a nice diner in an Italian restaurant and afterwards we went to a small pub with a strong flavour of marihuana, which Philip called his second living room. THANK YOU VERY MUCH SIR!

In the end all participants were riding happy into the sunset (which honestly happened some hours before).

(Report by Sven Schilling)

Final ranking:
1. Rasmus Lund (DEN) 17:2 16
2. Marcus Tilgner (GER) 13:7 13
3. Jesper Staal Nielsen (DEN) 11:5 13
4. Thomas Petersen (DEN) 11:3 12
5. Kristian Staal Nielsen (DEN) 9:4 12
6. Sven Schilling (GER) 6:4 10
7. Marian Flemer GER 10:9 10
8. Wilfried Pretzel (GER) 7:6 9
9. Jonas Böge (DEN) 6:9 9
10. Adam Fraser (ENG) 5:10 9
11. Daria Prazynski (GER) 5:4 8
12. Philip Hansen (GER) 5:5 8
13. Simon Stewart (NIR) 4:5 8
14. Marius Willhaus (GER) 4:5 7
15. Nico Pretzel (GER) 7:9 7
16. Tim Mourant (ENG) 5:7 7
17. Marcos Perianes (ESP) 2:8 4
18. Ralf Offenborn (GER) 1:9 4
19. Daniel Raarup (DEN) 0:8 2
20. Julius Kluge (DEN) 0:9 2

Saturday, 9 March 2019

First WASPA title for Demetris Bekos

Last week-end the 6th stage of the cypriot circuit took place in Limassol. 9 players compted and there were many surprises. The Kalopsidiotis brothers didn't attend this time so the door looked open for Marios Nikolaou and Giorgos Zangylos but in the end, the final waq between Ioannis Bekos and Demetris Bekos (0-1). Demetris claims his very first WASPA title. He defeated Giorgos Zangylos in the barrage round and Panagiotis Panaretos in the semi. Marios Nikolaou was the other semi-finalist. Ioannis Bekos and Demetris Bekos play for Erimi Limassol and will be players to follow in the future. Good job to the organizers!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Cape Town City Subbuteo Club: March Event

Last Sunday Liverpool played Everton. Considering that Cape Town City Subbuteo Club tends to be dominated by Liverpool supporters (shock-horror), and that this event was at the same time as that derby, we actually had a good turnout. Albeit not one Liverpool supporter. And neither our solitary Everton supporter.

We did however have a visiting West Ham supporter in England international Justin Finch. Fantastic to have him playing his first ever tournament in Africa after all these years. And a great privilege for us - with many lessons to be learnt.

Warm welcome back to the game for David Clamp, who played his first Subbuteo games in 40-something years.

It was great to see 4 juniors playing, and in fact have one of them make the semi finals for the first time at a Cape Town event.

One of the stand-out moments was young Rafael’s disbelief when Justin scored against him using a long-range flick off his own defensive line. Any thoughts of it being a fluke were put to put to bed however when he repeated the feat in the final, against Clinton.

Clinton v John 6-1
Justin v Rafael 6-0

Justin v Clinton 5-1

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Alekos Apatzis wins Chile 1962 tournament

16 players from different clubs including 4 new WASPA entries competed with subbuteo teams and old rules in the Mundial Chile 1962. The event took place on Saturday, March 2.

Highlight of the event was the first WASPA tournament of the famous chef Ilias Skoulas and his sons Gregory and Dimitris.

There were many great games and people had a lot of fun. The winner was "CCCP" of Alekos Apatzis after a 2-1 win against "URUGUAY" of Franco Alfonso in the final.

Semi-finalists were BRAZIL of Christos Panagiotides and ENGLAND of Panagiotis Patistas. Congratulations to the winner for one more trophy and to all the participants for the great games.