Wednesday, 19 June 2019

News from Belgium: the first outdoor tournament

Tournaments have recently been held in Hofstade, Templeuve and Vresse.

A great turnout of 12 players
The SC Flanders club had a great turnout of 12 players for their last tournament of the season with visitors from Templeuve United but also a special guest from Romania. David Wouters was on fire in the first three sessions, being the only player to win his three games but in the last sessions, Wouters was defeated by Vincent Coppenolle who managed to win the tournament with 10 points. There were many close games and some surprises but all games were played in a fair spirit.

Final table:
1. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
2. David Wouters (SC Flanders)
3. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
4. Geert Leys (SC Flanders)
5. Bart Van de Vliet (SC Flanders)
6. Jos Ceulemans (SC Flanders)
7. Johan Lourdon (SC Flanders)
8. Frank Lannoy (SC Temploux)
9. Cezar Stoilescu (Bucuresti)
10. Willy De Bandt (SC Flanders)
11. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve)
12. Danny De Greef (SC Flanders)

Players at the Warcoing Ducks tournament
Three days later, as the stay of Cezar Stoilescu in Belgium allowed him to play some more games, a last minute tournament was organized by the Warcoing Ducks. This time there was no surprise with geoffrey Marain winning all his games to claim another trophy while Michaël Dupret was a well-deserved runner-up.

Final table:
1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai)
3. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
4. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
5. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
6. Benjamin Marain (Warcoing Ducks)
7. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve)
8. Cezar Stoilescu (Bucuresti)
9. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)


Finally, this Sunday, the club of SC Semois had a very first outdoor tournament in the center of Vresse. The main goal was to show the game to potential new players and the 8 competitors played in a very fair spirit. After the seven session, Michaël Roberty (JSC Rochefort) was a proud winner, celebrating his come-back to the game while Michaël Hallin was runner-up. A good day was had by all and hopefully the host club will get some new players in the future.

Final table:
1. Michaël Roberty (JSC Rochefort)
2. Michaël Hallin (SC Temploux)
3. Jean Grosdent (Wamme SC)
4. Richard Boulanger (Wamme SC)
5. Raphaël Maillard (JSC Rochefort)
6. Pascal Droeven (Semois)
7. Marc De Vos (Semois)
8. Tom Léonard (Semois)

Three in a row for Simon Stewart

A small turnout for Derry City TFC's final WASPA tournament of this season. An extra time golden goal, over Martinog Bradley, saw Simon Stewart win his third WASPA tournament in a row. Small numbers didn’t lead to small fun though, with a great deal of craic had on a very friendly night. DCTFC return to action in August!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Andrea Lessona wins Summer tournament


Andrea Lessona won the Open category
In the welcoming venue of the Borgo Vercelli's Parish Oratory, on Sunday 16 June, the "1st Summer Tournament" of Subbuteo was held. The event was organized by the local club TSC 69ERS under WASPA banner. Despite the period of the end of the season, there was an excellent turnout of public and players divided into two categories. In the adults, Andrea Lessona won in the final 7-0 against the surprise of the tournament, Riccardo Bruno. In third place, Cristiano Gallo who got the better during extra time on the excellent Ferdinando Marino (2-1). Fifth place went to Andrea Gernnari, a bit subdued about his potential and the placement of previous events. Sixth, Emanuele Gianesini that improves so compared to the last tournament. Seventh the very good Gabriele Montaldi at his absolute debut.

Junior champion Alessandro Cirio
In the Children category, which has always been the most followed and appreciated, Alessandro Cirio beat Edoardo Montaldi 2-1: thus resuming the scepter of "Number 1" after losing to the placed shots, just with Edoardo, the V Province of Vercelli March tournament last. In third place, Marco Vaccarella: at his debut, he beat Mattia Gasparini 1-0, still in the placed shots. In 5th place Edoardo Beccati and in the 6th place Matteo Comello, retired for a family commitment.

Thanks to Agricola Perazzo and Bresciani SRL, Balzaretti Agri-Business SRL, Generali Insurance, Enterprise Video and Patrucco Bakery and Food and the international sponsor Tchaaaa Table Soccer Equipment, all participants received an award from the hands of Carlo Rigolone, who officiated the awards.

Ranking Adults:
1. Lessona Andrea
2. Bruno Riccardo
3. Gallo Cristiano
4. Marino Ferdinando
5. Gennari Andrea
6. Gianesini Emanuele
7. Montaldi Gabriele

Ranking Juniors:
1. Cirio Alessandro
2. Montaldi Edoardo
3. Vaccarella Marco
4. Gasparini Mattia
5. Beccati Edoardo
6. Comello Matteo

(Report translated from the Italian courtesy of TSC 69ers)

Thursday, 13 June 2019

First trophy for Dana Stitt

Sporting Club 18 hosted another monthly WASPA in County Down Sunday 9th June. Club newbies Claire and Dana continued their rapid improvement with some good performances including Dana’s 2-1 win over last weeks club-meet winner Lochlin Bradley.

After the six-game round robin league,  WASPA #30 Simon and Dana were tied on points and goals after their 0-0 draw. Only a shoot-out could separate the pair with Dana pulling off four great saves to take her first WASPA title 2-0 on shots.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Promotion for forthcoming events in June 2019

A quick look at the promotion of forthcoming events with the great job of some of our active clubs.

In Italy, the "69ers" will hold a tournament in Borgo Vercelli and they proudly told the local newspaper the tournament is played under WASPA banner, which is a great form of respect.

In South Africa the Pretoria Flickers have revealed the poster of their next tournament.

In Derry (Northern Ireland), the next DCTFC tournament will be held next Monday.

Finally, the amazing job done by our Spanish friends of Marina Citerior SC who have had support of local sponsors and will hold a special tournament on June 21&22. Rumors said Carlos Flores Lopez will be taking part, which is fantastic for WASPA. there will be a prize money and all details are available from https://www.portaldelamarina.org/evento/torneo-de-subbuteo/

Thanks once again to all organizers for the efforts to promote the game!






Western Flickers Waspa #35 – The Jules Cup

Luke Radziminski won the tournament
Players gathered from around Melbourne for the inaugural Jules Cup with all 3 Victorian clubs represented. Pre tournament favourite Luke Radziminski strode in with his Arsenal 2nd kit team confident of victory in yet another WASPA favourite. Hoping to knock him off his Highbury strut were Paul Mercer and Kevin Grant from Northern Phoenix, Juliette Browne and Steve Wright from host club Western Flickers and junior Flickers Billy and Charlotte Wright.

By fluke of the draw, the title deciding game took place in Round 1 of the round-robin FAST 20 competition with Luke drawn to play Paul. In a close fought battle, Luke came out on top 2-1.

His next five games saw him dominate beating Charlotte 1-0, Kevin 2-1, Steve 1-0, Juliette 3-1 and Billy 4-2 to take an unassailable lead before his last round bye.

Despite his round 1 loss, Paul bounced back quickly beating Kevin 3-0, Steve 3-0, Billy 1-0, Charlotte 3-0 and Juliette 4-0. He ended the tournament in 2nd place with 15 points but perhaps most impressively only conceded 2 goals, both to Luke, and scored 15 to be the tournaments highest scorer and least concede.

The remaining spots were extremely closely fought. Steve started brightly defeating Charlotte 1-0 and Juliette 3-0. Two losses to Luke and Paul dented his charge and his inability to score grew to haunt him.

Billy started well with a 0-0 draw with Kevin and a controversial 1-0 win over Juliette, followed by a loss to Paul. His goalkeeping was exceptional throughout the tournament.

Kevin started with the draw with Billy and back to back losses to Paul and Luke left him struggling with 1 point. Charlotte suffered consecutive 1-0 losses to her dad and Luke before securing her first point in a 0-0 with Juliette. Before her draw with Charlotte, Juliette suffered a 3-0 loss to Steve and a 1-0 loss to Billy. All to play for in the last three rounds.

Round 5 saw Kevin defeat Charlotte 2-1 where all 3 goals were scored in the last 3 minutes of play with Kevin coming back from 1-0 down to score the winner in the last 30 seconds. Juliette took a goal off Luke but succumbed 3-1 and Steve inexplicably picked up the ball in the penalty area to hand Billy a penalty, who then held on with some majestic goalkeeping for the rest of the game.

Billy on 7 points, Steve on 6, Kevin on 4, Charlotte and Juliette on 1. Round 6, Steve with the bye saw Juliette take a point with a 0-0 draw with Kevin, Billy lose to Luke 4-2 and Charlotte lose to Paul 3-0. Kevin had moved to 5 and Juliette 2.

Round 7 saw the Wright Siblings battle with Luke as referee to split the warring clans. Juliette succumbed 4-0 to Paul and with Steve and Kevin unable to break the deadlock, it was left to Billy to take a possible 3rd spot if he could get a draw. However, he was left disappointed as his sister took a 2-0 lead and despite pulling a goal back, he could not get the draw he wanted.

The Junior WASPA took place featuring the Wright siblings (Charlotte and Billy) and the Browne brothers (Liam and Sean).

Another closely contested tournament ensued. Billy quickly got revenge for being left disappointed in the Open event by beating his sister 1-0. Liam eventually overcame a stubborn and rapidly improving Sean 1-0. Charlotte and Liam played out an entertaining contest, end to end table football finally resulting in a Charlotte equaliser in the last minute of play for a 1-1 draw. Billy again scored twice to defeat Sean although it was a much tighter contest than the scoreline suggests.

So Billy needed a draw to take the title, Liam needed a win and Charlotte and Sean were playing for bragging rights only. Congratulations to Sean who scored the goal of the day against Charlotte, but sadly couldn’t maintain that and went down 2-1. Billy took an early lead against Liam and despite Liam attacking well throughout, Billy’s goalkeeping exploits continued as they had done for the remainder of the day and he held on for a 1-0 win.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Big success for the Dutch championship


Ladies in action
After a few years of low activity, the Netherlands had a great national cup this week-end in Ijsselmuiden where 20 players from all over the country competed in a fair and positive spirit. Besides the open category, there were junior and ladies events. In the ladies, Mirjam de Jong finished on top of a group of three after home and away fixtures. Patrick's daughter could proudly celebrate her victory after being undefeated in four games. In the juniors, there were also three players taking part. Martijn de Jong won the cup after finishing on top of the home and away fixtures with more goals scores than Fedde Aret while both players had three wins in four games.

The Open category was very interesting with some players doing a come-back after a long break but in the end, there was a classic final between Maikel de Haas and Patrick de Jong with Maikel, currently player of SC Charleroi, winning the game 2-0. Fabrizio Cavazza won the game for the third place against Nico Marks.

Congratulations to the winners but also to the organizers for managing to offer superb prizes for the champions.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Alekos Apatzis wins Gagarin Cup


A few weeks ago the Flaming Flickers in Greece organized the third edition of the Gagarin Cup in memory of Zaharias Pitihoutis.

The tournament was played with old subbuteo teams and old rules.

Players followed the  teams of the 1963 greek championship and the winner this year was "PAOK" (Alekos Apatzis).

The team defeated "Aigaleo" (Vangelis Scotiniotis) in the final.

Congratulations to the winner and to all the participants for another great tournament with the old rules.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Tokai Garage Classic in Cape Town


Sunday, 9th June 2019
Cape Town City Subbuteo club recently went ‘retro’ by taking the game back to its roots - into the garage! The Tokai Garage Classic was a relaxed, fun event, which climaxed however into a tense penalty shoot-out between Wayne and Clinton.

We were very pleased to add a new junior to our team in Jeremiah Sanya, who impressed with his determination, focus and enjoyment of the game. It very much looked like we can look forward to his on-going participation. Quite possibly, Jeremiah is also the first Ugandan player to take part in a WASPA event. A note of thanks also to his father Tom who helped with the organisation.

Regular Mike impressed with some fine performances which saw him topping the table at one point. We also welcomed Lyle to his first WASPA tournament (having played a few times at work before), and it was great to have David back for his second event, who looks very much like he’ll also be a regular moving forward! Last and certainly not least, it was really great to have Wayne back and playing again. It’s just not the same without his energy in the room. Er, … garage.

Results were as follows:
Jeremiah v Wayne 0-1
Lyle v Mike 0-3
David v Clinton 0-1
Wayne v Clinton 0-1
Mike v David 0-0
Jeremiah v Lyle 0-3
Lyle v Wayne 0-1
David v Jeremiah 2-0
Clinton v Mike 0-1
Mike v Wayne 0-3
Jeremiah v Clinton 0-3
Lyle v David 2-3
Wayne v David 1-0
Clinton v Lyle 2-1
Jeremiah v Mike 0-2

Final standings:
Clinton 12
Wayne 12
Mike 10
David 7
Lyle 3
Jeremiah 0

Penalty Shootout:
Wayne v Clinton 2-3

Saturday, 8 June 2019

WASPA standings in the end of May 2019

Dear all,
here are the updated records of the WASPA circuit after the 39 events held in April. We added 36 "Regional" tournaments, one tournament with old rules and 2 "Promotional events" in the records.

WASPA Season results 2018-2019

WASPA ranking - May 19

Great turnout for the tournament in Heraklion (Greece)
A lot of good things happened in the circuit in May:
- an amazing turnout of 31 players in Wolverhampton, England;
- first leg of the Scottish circuit held in Letham with 10 players taking part;
- several events have been held in Wales;
- another event in Angri (Italy) run by the club of Castello Doria CT;
- the Northern Falcons tournament in Australia had a great turnout of 17 to say goodbye to Hermann Kruse and Olliver Ollnow who will soon move to Germany and start a new Subbuteo project in Berlin;
- Greece had events in Heraklion, Kallithea, Athens, Tavros, Thessaloniki;
- support from our usual partners in Northern Ireland, the US, Belgium, Australia, England, South Africa and Singapore.

For different reasons stories of all events held in May have not been published yet on the WASPA blog. Please accept my sincere apologies for that.
Now that my term as president of the Belgian Association is over, I will obviously have more free time to focus on the WASPA circuit.

Hermann Kruse wins an emotional AGFA Cup in Australia
Special thanks to the organizers of FISTF events who support our circuit by organizing consolation events or small events during their week-end. We enjoyed being present in FISTF tournaments in Michigan, Belgium and Australia in May.

June will be another promising month with great events coming up including the national cup in the Netherlands.

In case some results are missing in the records, please don't hesitate to drop me a line! We can add them next month!

London Road SC winners of the team event at the Wolverhampton tournament
If some juniors (born in 2002 or later) 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

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group
We also have a WASPA page

Players at the latest Toronto tournament in Canada
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

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, vincent.cop@rsca.com