Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Sven Schilling wins sankt Pauli tournament

Subbuteo Sankt Pauli hosted our 5th monthly WASPA of the season with 8 players travelling from as far away as Hannover to compete. For the first time this season we deviated from our league or Swiss ladder format with two groups of four battling it out for the title.

Group 1 hosted previous winners Sven & Marius along with Marcos and Fred. After two round of games Marius topped the table with 4 points, Sven and Marcos on 3 apiece and Fred on 1. Marcos and Fred played out a 1-1 draw while Sven claimed top spot in the group with a tight 1-0 victory over Marius who claimed 2nd spot thanks to his win over Marcos.

Group 2 was more pedestrian with the winner of the two previous competitions Simon winning all three games against Philip, Andre and Ralf to finish 1st. Philip beat Andre and drew with Ralf to finish 2nd.

In the plate Marcos beat Andre 2-0 to set-up a 5th place playoff against Fred who triumphed over Ralf on shots after a goalless draw. There were no goals this time following their 1-1 group game and it was Fred who took 5th place with a comprehensive 3-0 win on shots. Andre avoided the wooden spoon thanks to 2-1 shots victory over Ralf.

Group 1 winner Sven edged a tight encounter with Philip 1-0 while Simon overcame Marius 2-0 to set-up a final between the two seeded players. In the 3rd place playoff the oldest rivalry at Sankt Pauli was rejoined with Marius coming out on top against his oldest rival with a 2-0 win.

The final itself was a tight affair with Sven having the best of the early chances but unfortunately shooting wide when he should have hit the target. Simon came more into game and forced a good save from Sven before he saw the last chance of the game crash off the crossbar and post to roll harmlessly out for a throw-in. And so it was to be shots once again that decided the victor. Simon won the toss opting to shoot first, but the toss was all he was to win as his first four efforts were all saved by Sven with Sven scoring 2 of his four to win his second Sankt Pauli WASPA.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

London Road January event in Wales



Last Sunday London Road were joined by 3 Wolverhampton TFC players (Justin Scott, Mick Hammonds and Richard Badger), as well as welcoming Sven Schilling from Sankt Pauli SC (Germany). 11 players were split into 2 groups with 1st and 2nd going through to semis and 3rd and 4th playing in the Plate. Group A was topped by Brian Daley with Richard Badger in 2nd. Group B was topped by Mick Hammonds with Sven Schilling in 2nd. Justin Scott and Chris Bedford made the plate from Group A and Cayne Matthews and Mark Tilling from Group B. The plate Final was played out by Justin and Cayne and after finishing 1-1 extra time golden goal was played with Justin breaking the dead lock to win 2-1.



The Parrot Cup Final was played between Brian and Richard and after finishing 2-2 and no goals in extra time went to a shoot out. Brian won the shoot out 2-1 to retain the Parrot Cup.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Varant Kurkeyerian winner in Northern California


On Saturday January 18, NorCal Subbuteo Club held their first event of the 20’s. The WASPA event included 7 players in San Francisco and saw Varant Kurkeyerian beat Conan Mullen 2-0 in the Final.

The tournament also featured the debut of newcomer Sam Omiotek! He’s been training hard with Varant the last 3 months and it showed with two wins and a draw! Cracking debut Sam!!


Friday, 17 January 2020

Fabrizio Coco does it again

Fabrizio Coco won the first tournament of the year in Australia. 6 Sydney TFC players met on Wednesday with a group stage and knock-out games. Fabrizio Coco defeated Tony Credentino (3-0) in the final while Kostas Barbaris and Paolo Credentino were the semi-finalists. Players commited to support Australia firefighters!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Anas wins January event in Singapore

In this new year of 2020, the WASPA tournaments by Table Football Association of Singapore (TFAS) will be renamed as “TFAS Monthly WASPA”. The WASPA is open to everyone, while also serving as a platform for the TFAS League 2020.

The first Monthly WASPA saw a great turnout of 16 players!

All the players went through 4 rounds of the Swiss system, with every player playing 4 games each. Additionally, there were handicap conditions implemented on experienced players when playing against less experienced players.

Every session, 2 to 3 handicap conditions will be randomly drawn. This session’s handicap conditions are:
- No flick for all set piece (corner, free-flick, flick in), but opponent gets to flick.
- Use small plastic goalkeeper

These handicaps are aimed to challenge the experienced players, and at the same time, prevent the weaker players from taking a bashing.

After the 4 rounds, it was Anas who came out tops, undefeated with 3 wins and a draw, with Rudy and Bernard close behind.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

WASPA rankings of December 2019

Dear all,
you will find in the attached files the monthly standings of the WASPA circuit after the events held in December.

WASPA Season results 2019-2020
WASPA ranking - December 19

Christmas Cup in Singapore
We added 28 sets of results, some of them arrived a bit later than expected but we are glad to have seen 27 regional tournaments and 1 promotional events last month. We also had a test-match in Switzerland and some meetings of the NETFA mini leagues.

We are glad to see a new club joining the WASPA circuit in Edinburgh (Scotland) and to see the Ellan Vannin tournament on the Isle of Man.

26 players for the Flaming Flickers tournament
Maybe a few results are missing in the PDF file. If you see missing data, please get in touch so that I can correct the files.

If some juniors (born in 2003 or later) don't appear in the ranking, it means we don't have their birthdates so please send your feedback.

Players at the Attard tournament in Malta
In the different rankings of clubs, we are glad to see the Kragero club from Norway joining the Development league.

Kids having a great day on Subbuteo in Italy
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 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 or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.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

Eugene Plytas with Flaming Flickers tournament

A great turnout and a great atmosphere
The latest Flaming flickers tournament was a real success as our greek friends decided to run their December event with three different categories. 26 players from many different clubs were taking part.

Eugene Plytas receiving his trophy
In the main event, Eugene Plytas was the best of 12 players after defeating Markos Kapsabelis (1-0) in the final. Alekos Apatzis and Manolis Papadakis were the semi-finalists.

Podium of the B category
The B category had 10 players with two groups of 5 and then knock-out games. Achilleas Bogdanidis took the honors after beating Vasilios Argyropoulos (3-0) in the final.

The Juniors
Finally, the Junior category consisted in a group of four with Christian Tsakalakis finishing on top of the table and Nikos Jr Psomiadis being runner-up.

Huge thanks to the Flaming Flickers for another amazing event!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

John Imbrogiano wins Swiss Cup tournament in Eschenbach

Players having a great day in Eschenbach
We continue our review of January events with the great news from Switzerland where after a long absence of more than two years, there was a tournament again under WASPA banner. The Swiss Cup event held in Eschenbach and organized by the Linth Sliders Club had a turnout of five players including South Africa's Clinton Gahwlier. John Imbrogiano (subbuteo.ch) won the tournament, finishing on top of the league with 3 wins and a draw. Peter Erb was runner-up (7 points), Clinton (7) took a great third third place while Roman Bernharsgrütter (3) and Martin Wiesmann (1) were the other competitors.

"The absolute highlight though was the friendships forged and the amazing hospitality shown particularly by Peter Erb and Martin Wiessman. It was also fantastic to meet Subbuteo legend Willi Hofmann who popped in unexpectedly at the WASPA event", commented Clinton Gahwlier on the Cape Town City Facebook page.

Huge thanks to Roman Bernharsgrütter for his great job to organize the tournament and also to bring back Switzerland in the WASPA circuit! A much appreciated effort!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Giulio Astengo wins inaugural event in Cardiff

We are starting publishing the news of January 2020 with the first report of the year. The Cardiff Bluebirds club in Wales was the host of the first tournament of the season on January 2.

Congratulationss to Giulio Astengo for winning the Cardiff WASPA event, the 1st Subbuteo event of the year. Not exactly a goal fest. Both semi-finals (Aaron Skinner v Darren John Barnes & Giulio v Dave Samuel) finished 0-0.

The final between Darren & Guilio was decided on shots after a 1-1 draw.

Finally thanks to the mystery guest turning up to present the trophy.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

December 2019: news from around the world

Here is a quick review of some events held under WASPA banner in December. We are waiting for the last few results of last month to publish the december rankings. Hopefully everything will be ready by the end of the week.

3 dedicated players in Javea
Spain: one more tournament in Javea
The Marina Citerior Club held a 15th "Tea Time Tournament" int he beginning of the month. Unfortunately the club is struggling to get new players but the usual members of the clubs are still very motivated to play together. italy's Pasquale Carrassi finished on top of a small league (with home and away games) with David Mc Aulay being runner-up and Bill Dunham taking the third place.

Presentation of trophies in Ilioupolis
Greece: Roligans Christmas Cup
The Roligans club organized a Christmas tournament on December 21. There were 13 competitors including a special guest of the new club of Ippovotes Chalkida Club. Evangelos Kotrotsos (U15) won the tournament while the runner-up was Tassos Priftis. This time the event was a knockout tournament and the players eliminated played for Category B. Therefore the winner of the B tournament was Dimitrios Rembis.

Players in Thessaloniki
Greece: Panorama still doing well
Also in Greece, the Panorama 1978 SC Thessaloniki organized a tournament with 6 players involved. This time Ioannis Terzidis took the honors after defeating Constantios Giapoutzis in the final (2-0) while Stavros Giapoutzis won the game for the third place.

Some good games in Donegal
Ireland: action in Donegal
Also the Republic of ireland saw some Subbuteo action in the end of December with three players competing in a group format in Donegal. Local organizer Brendan Rodgers finished on top of the table while clubmate Oisin McKeogh was runner-up and special guest from England Nick Pearson took the third place.

Richard Ruffolo - Howard Christie - Mike Sgro
Canada: Howard Christie does it again
This month's tournament in Toronto had a small turnout of three but there were many close games. Defending champion Mike Sgro could not win another event as Howard Christie won the final against Mike to win the "tournament of the decade".

Isle of Man: Joseph Kinrade is a winner
We have been extremely glad to see some action on the Isle of Man where Joseph Kinrade won the "Ellan Vannin WASPA Christmas Cup" after defeating brian Kinrade in the final. The tournament had a good turnout of four players including first time player Lisa Warren from England. The tournament was played as a group of five with the top 2 qualifying for the grand final.

Martin Wiesmann bringing Switzerland back on the WASPA map
Switzerland: Test match in Wil
Just a few days before the WASPA tournament in Eschenbach of January 5 (results coming soon), there was a test match between local player Martin Wiesmann and South Africa's Clinton Gahwiler from Cape Town. The game ended as a draw but more importantly it was a good way to have Switzerland coming back to the WASPA circuit with more good news coming up soon.