Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Daniele Lombardi rattles the favourites pre-AGP19

Sydney TFC’s Daniele Lombardi caused an upset when he won the pre-AGP19 WASPA, organised by the Northern Falcons on Monday night.
A 10-man field including AGP19 3rd seed Eliot Kennedy (Nthn Falcons), 5th seed Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC) and 7th seed Robert Green was drawn into a four round Swiss competition.

Daniele started inauspiciously when he lost 1-0 to Greenie, but then amassed points and culminated in a 2-0 win over Fabrizio to win on goal difference. “I’m not sure it’s a good thing to have won tonight”, said a surprised Daniele. “I hope I can keep the form going into the AGP.”

Falcons’ Jonty Brener got in some good preparation for the AGP with wins over Adrian Elmer and his dad, while Adrian managed to shrug off his shooting woes, at least some of the time, to grab two precious wins.

Steve and Tony renewed their great rivalry, but this time it ended in a 1-1 draw, while it was great to see Jonny Ball in action, preparing for the AGP.

Great fun all around and in true camaraderie.


Monday, 14 January 2019

Number 5 for Geert Leys

This Monday seven players attended the WASPA tournament of SC Flanders. As usual, the tournament was played in Swiss system. It was very close in the end with everybody losing points but Geert Leys took the honors with 9 points despite losing in the first game to Stéphane Lambert.

Jos Ceulemans was runner-up with 8 points and more goals scored than Stéphane Lambert. Frank Lannoy was 4th, Bart Van de Vliet 5th, Johan Lourdon 6th and Willy De Bandt 7th.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Craigieburn Cup 2019 WASPA tournament report

With the holiday season ensuring a number of absentees, a small but passionate group of Flickers gathered for the annual Craigieburn Cup. With the AGP next weekend and almost all of today’s Flickers making the trip to Sydney, this WASPA event would serve as the ideal warm up tournament.

The format of the day was a simple round robin group stage followed by winner-takes-all Final matches. All games were FISTF style matches.

In the Open and Junior group matches, father and son duo Benny and Benjamin set the stage with 100% records respectively.

Junior final
Back from playing at the World Cup and with a change in equipment, Paul Mercer showed huge strides in his game and put 6 past hapless Anthony. However, Anthony’s game would grow stronger as the day progressed and finished with a 2-0 win over Steve Wright to grab 3rd spot. In the Open final, Paul had the better of the game but struggled with his finishing. In the end, Benny won 3-0 with some clinical shooting to take out the Cup.

In the Junior final, Benjamin started as favourite after having won all his games convincingly - scoring 12 goals in 3 matches! However, “Miss Cool” Charlotte was unfazed and managed to turn around her group stage 0-3 loss to Benjamin to emerge 1-0 victor in a tight match.

Congrats to Benny and Charlotte for the wins and most of all to everyone who took part in a fun day !

And special thanks to Anthony for being such a wonderful host and also to Kevin Grant for going out of his way to drop off the boards.

Junior Group matches:
Benjamin 3 Jayden 0
Charlotte 2 Billy 1
Benjamin 3 Charlotte 0
Billy 2 Jayden 0
Benjamin 6 Billy 1
Charlotte 2 Jayden 0

Open Group matches:
Benny 2 Steve 0
Paul 5 Anthony 0
Steve 0 Paul 0
Anthony 0 Benny 5
Steve 1 Anthony 1
Paul 1 Benny 4

Junior Final: Charlotte 1-0 Benjamin
Junior 3rd & 4th: Billy 1-0 Jayden

Open Final: Benny 3-0 Paul
Open 3rd & 4th: Anthony 2-0 Steve

Thursday, 10 January 2019

A third WASPA trophy for Antonio Timpano

Last Friday a WASPA tournament was held in the premises of the "Etoile Sarthoise" club in Auvelais. Seven players competed in Swiss system. In the end of the evening, Antonio Timpano (formerly SC Seraing but now SC Charleroi) took the honors with four wins.

His brother Bruno was runner-up. Jérôme Heyvaert took the third spot to make sure Charleroi had the top 3 players. Fabrice Guyax (Etoile Sarthoise) was 4th, Vincent Guyaux (Bormla SC) 5th, Jean-Pierre Genart (Temploux) 6th and Peyton Heyvaert (Charleroi) 7th.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

2019 off with a bang with Joburg TFC

Saturday the 5th of January saw the official opening of the 2019 season with the Joburg TFC aka The Eagles.

A competitive field of 8 players flicked off in two seeded groups of 4. Two new members, both junior coaches at Randburg FC, namely Thomas and Moses both acquitted themselves well and really enjoyed the comaraderie and friendly banter which is a hallmark of the tournaments at Randburg FC.

Abes dished up the first upset to qualify as runner-up along with Clifford from Group A. Carl and Chris proved their seedings by qualifying as winner and runner-up from Group B. Both semis proved to be tight encounters resulting in Clifford and Carl winning by solitary goals. This was Carls first final appearance and shows his rapid improvement. The losing semi finalists flicked off for the bronze placing with Chris defeating Abes in a thrilling penalty shootout after the match ended goalless. The game saw Carl make his maiden appearance in a WASPA final and although he lost to Clifford, he had his opportunities which he failed to capitalize on resulting in Clifford securing his first title for 2019.

Clifford also was 4th official at the FNB Stadium (home
of the 2010 WC Final) for a friendly between Werder Bremen
and Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday the 6th of January.
Once again, JOBURG TFC's masterchef and Clifford's better half,  Nita, dished up a delicious lunch which everybody enjoyed along with some ice cold refreshments on a glorious Highveld summer afternoon.

Thanks to all for attending and flicking it out to some entertaining and enjoyable table footie fun.

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Demitrios Rebis winner in Ilioupolis

Roligans Ilioupolis organized a New Year's regional tournament on January 5. Five players played in a single group. The winner was Demitrios Rebis and the runner-up was Chris Kotrotsos.

Final table
1. Demitrios Rebis (10 points and +8)
2. Chris Kotrotsos (10 and +7)
3. Alexis Tzelakis (6)
4. Angelos Foutrakis (3)
5. Stavros Mesonisanakis (0)

Monday, 7 January 2019

Giorgos Stylianou takes third stage of the national circuit

The final
The third stage of the Cyprit circuit took place on January 5 with a good turnout of 12 players. This time there was a different final between Giorgos Stylianou (Famagusta TFC) and Marcos Kalopsidiotis (Salamis) and Stylianou won the game (3-0) to be the third winner of the tournament since the beginning of the season. Giorgos Zangylos (Famagusta) and Panagiotis Panaretos (Phoenix) reached the semi-finals. There will be more action in Cyprus in the next few weeks. The team of Famagusta is the current leader in the Cypriot circuit of clubs. 7 different clubs are involved in the circuit.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Belgium: report from Vresse - Rochefort - Templeuve

Several events have been held in Belgium in the last few days.

In Vresse there was a good turnout of 7 including some unattached players competing in a league format.

Pascal Droeven took the honors with 16 points while Renaud Parisel was runner-up. It was a good day for all players.

Final standings:
1. Pascal Droeven
2. Renaud Parisel
3. Philippe Van Kerm
4. Marc De Vos
5. Grégory Berte
6. Michaël Paquay
7. Pascal Tiste

In Rochefort, 9 players competed in Swiss format with Valéry Dejardin proving to be the best player. Valéry finished the evening with four wins and Maxime Muraille was runner-up with 7 points. It was a good rehearsal before the forthcoming forst day of the Belgian national league for clubs to be held in Eugies on January 5.

Final table:
1. Valéry Dejardin (JSC Rochefort)
2. Maxime Muraille (JSC Rochefort)
3. Luc Grosdent (Wamme SC)
4. Thierry Magermans (Temploux)
5. Bertrand Louis (JSC Rochefort)
6. Basile Magermans (Rochefort TS)
7. Rémy Honet (JSC Rochefort)
8. Didier Stévenot (JSC Rochefort)
9. Raphaël Maillard (JSC Rochefort)

Finally, in Templeuve, 12 players attended the club's monthly event. It was a good night with three French players and the first appearance of new player Zineb Hamza. As for the results, Vincent Coppenolle manage to score a late equalizer in session 2 against Geoffrey Marain. Marain later had a difficult time against Matthias Averlant but won the game (2-1) and in the end, Coppenolle won the tournament thanks to a better goal-difference.

Final table:
1. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
2. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
3. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
4. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
5. Benjamin Marain (Warcoing Ducks)
6. Arthur Clique (Templeuve)
7. Stéphane Lambert (Yokohama)
8. Olivier Bodelle (Templeuve)
9. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve)
10. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)
11. Zineb Hamza (Templeuve)
12. Islam Belahcen (Templeuve)

Christos Agrios winner in Thessaloniki

The last greek tournament of 2018 took place on December 30 in Thessaloniki. 9 players were competing representing the different clubs of the city, Thessaloniki United and Panorama 1978 Subbuteo Club. Christos Agrios defeated Constantios Giapoutzis in the final to claim the title. Congratulations to everyone!

Friday, 4 January 2019

WASPA report of December 2018

Dear all,

first of all, best wishes for 2019. I hope all your dreams will come true in the next few months and hopefully our favorite hobby will remain a priority for all of us.

WASPA Season results 2018-2019
WASPA ranking - December 18

You will find in the attached files the updates records of the WASPA circuit after the tournaments held in December.
Players at the latest Western Sydney tournament in Australia
We have added 31 events in the records (28 regional, 2 promo, 1 advanced rules) + some records of the NETFA mini-leagues and from the Dutch league.

December was a special month because two new clubs organized their first WASPA tournaments. Huge welcome to TSC 69ers from Italy and to Eastern Ontario Subbuteo League from Canada.

You will see in the records that Australia and Belgium have been the most active nations this month with a lot of events organized by many different clubs but it's good to see Greece also had 3 events and Northern Ireland had a tournament with advanced rules.  Events in Italy, Cyprus, England, Singapore and South Africa had a good turnout and we are glad about it!
The first WASPA tournament in Trenton, Ontario (Canada)
We have had tournaments in 18 different countries since the beginning of the season but we really hope many more nations will hold tournaments.

There are not many changes in the individual rankings of the Open category but there is a big change in the Junior section with Olliver Ollnow from Australia being the new number 1. We see now Northern Ireland in the top 5 of nations (ranking by places). In the club rankings there are not many changes but the TSC 69ers from Italy are a new entry in the Junior section. Great job!
Huge turnout for the Flaming Flickers tournament in Greece
If some juniors (born in 2002) don't appear in the ranking, it means we don't have their birthdates so please send your feedback.

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

Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com as there are updates almost every day.
First WASPA tournament of the TSC 69ers in Italy
Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/waspasubbuteo/
We also have a WASPA page here: https://www.facebook.com/WASPA-World-Amateur-Subbuteo-Players-Association-231789816834700/

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
A great WASPA tournament in Singapore
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