Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Action in Belgium: Titles for Grosdent, Ceulemans, Marain and Timpano

Several events have been held in Belgium in the first half of the month. The clubs of Semois, Flanders, Templeuve and Seraing had some great days of table football with enjoyable moments for everyone.



The first event took place in Vresse on May 7 with 7 players taking part, including 5 from Wamme SC. organizer Pascal Droeven reported the great improvements of the young player Henri Grosdent and the huge potential of U12 player Maxim Grosdent. Jean grosdent won the tournament, proving he was the clear favorite of the day! There will be more action in Vresse soon.

Final standings:
1. Jean Grosdent (wam)
2. Pascal Droeven (sem)
3. Henri Grosdent (wam)
4. Giulio Bonfanti (wam)
5. Marc De Vos (sem)
6. Philippe Thys (wam)
7. Maxim Grosdent (wam)

The SC Flanders tournament had a good field of 9 players. This time there were a few surprises when Geoffrey Marain won his opening game against Vincent Coppenolle.

Marain later won two more games and was still in a position to win the tournament but he couldn't beat Jos Ceulemans in the final session. Ceulemans won the tournament with 10 points while Coppenolle was runner-up and Geert Leys took the third place.

Final standings:
1. Jos Ceulemans (fla)
2. Vincent Coppenolle (tpv)
3. Geert Leys (fla)
4. Geoffrey Marain (hen)
5. Willy De Bandt (fla)
6. Frank Lannoy (tem)
7. Danny De Greef (fla)
8. Stéphane Lambert (yok)
9. Philippe Thys (wam)


May 11 saw 10 players competing in Templeuve. Geoffrey Marain was the man to beat. The AS Hennuyer player won his four games to finish on top of the table. Stéphane Lambert was a deserved runner-up with 9 points.

There were four juniors taking part and for his very first tournament, Arthur Clique took a very promising 7th place.

Final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain (hen)
2. Stéphane Lambert (yok)
3. Michaël Dupret (tou)
4. Vincent Coppenolle (tpv)
5. Eric Caillaux (FRA/tpv)
6. Arthur Clique (tpv)
7. Benjamin Marain (wad)
8. Jean-Luc Canfin (tou)
9. Héléna Marain (wad)
10. Soan Marain (wad)

On May 12, Seraing was holding an event with this time 8 players and a league system. After 7 sessions, Antonio Timpano was the winner with 16 points while Christophe Sabetta was runner-up.

Final standings:
1. Antonio Timpano (ser)
2. Christopher Sabetta (ser)
3. Ralf Grégoire (ser)
4. Bruno Timpano (ser)
5. Michaël Ponthieux (ser)
6. Salvatore Visconti (ver)
7. Richard Boulanger (ser)
8. Geoffrey Kelner (ser)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Juan Gonzalez wins first title in Argentina


On Sunday, May 13, the Buenos Aires International Open took place at the headquarters of the Hudson Table Soccer Club, where the consolation round was played under the concept of WASPA.
First Marcelo Rossi and Juan Gonzalez (debutant) settled the last place in the semi-finals in a game that should have been defined by shoot outs and it was Juan who managed to pass.

Already in semi-finales, Juan returned to win against another debutant, Hugo Senone, while in the other semi-final Brian Gonzalez and Santiago Torres disputed the other pass to the final. And the triumph was for the second in a very tight game.

Brian pulled the thorn of having lost and retaliated with a 4-0 win against Hugo and thus was left with the third place.

In the final Juan was surprised to win in the final to Santiago in what was his first Subbuteo tournament and thus was awarded his first title.

(Report by Mariano Di Luozzo)

Monday, 14 May 2018

Mark Farrell wins the White Star Cup


Eighteen players took part in the 2018 White Star Cup, which was last played for in 2007. The format was four rounds of Swiss system with 2 points for a win. A great day was has by all with lots of competitive games. The standard and friendly attitude of the players made for a great day, which will hopefully be repeated.

Going into the final round only three players could win. Martin Hodds was the only one on maximum points and played Ireland's Mark Farrell, who had dropped just one point to team mate Andy Boyer. The other contender was Kev Dyson, although he would have to have won by a lot of goals to have a chance. In the end Mark won 3-1 whilst Kev drew 1-1 so the player who travelled the furthest picked up the trophy!

Well done to Mark and runner up Marco Ghigliotti. Many thanks also to Rudi Peterschinigg, who once again put in a lot of effort in securing the venue and setting up.

(Report by Jeremy Bradley)

Final standings:
1. Mark Farrell 7 pts 14-6
2. Marco Ghigliotti 6 pts 11-4
3. Rob Paterson 6 pts 6-2
4. Martin Hodds 6 pts 7-4
5. Kev Dyson 6 pts 5-3
6. Jeremy Bradley 5 pts 9-4
7. Rudi Peterschinigg 4 pts 10-3
8. Paul Andreas 4 pts 11-5
9. Panos Stemitsiotis 4 pts 7-6
10. Andy Boyer 4 pts 5-5
11. Colin Fletcher 4 pts 3-6
12. John Turpin 4 pts 5-9
13. Neil Doherty 3 pts 4-9
14. Gerald Brghtwell 3 pts 3-8
15. Dave Croucher 2 pts 6-10
16. Alex Westley 2 pts 3-10
17. Ian Maskell 2 pts 3-11
18. Alex Turpin 0 pts 5-12

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Farrer Park May 2018

A good turn out seeing 7 senior club members battling the monthly WASPA. Players were drawn into 2 groups where only the top in each group going to the finals while the others would play for positioning ranking.

Group A: 1. Anas ; 2. Noor Haikal ; 3. Rudy.
Group B: 1. Fauzi ; 2. Vikas ; 3. Nic Tan ; 4. Ezan.

Group Games
Rudy edged Anas on goal difference after both players beat Haikal & draw each other in a goalless draw. While the ever improving Nic proved to be to strong for the others winning 2 and drawing 1 to top group B.

The Final was between Rudy & Nic. The game started with both trying to play possessional football but Rudy drew 1st blood from a long flick shot which bundle in the goal. The 2nd goal was courtesy of Nic, when the latter tried to clear his shot which deflected onto 2 players & bounced into goal. The final score favoured Rudy 2-0, making Rudy May winner.

Final Placing 
1st - Rudy
2nd - Nic
3rd - Anas
4th - Fauzi
5th - Vikas
6th - Haikal
7th - Ezan

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Stavros Giapoutzis wins in Thessaloniki


On April 25, 6 players of "Panorama 1978 SC" held their monthly WASPA tournament in Thessaloniki. There was a group stage and then finals. In the end, Stavros Giapoutzis defeated Christos Agrios in the final to claim the title. This is Stavros Giapoutzis's first WASPA title. Congratulations to all the players for the great games.

Erich Hinkelmann winner in Steinabrückl

On Thursday six players competed in a league format in Steinabrückl, lower Austria. There were good and fair games but the level was very high. Erich Hinkelmann won the tournament, finishing on top of the league while Stefan Sandner was runner-up. A good day was had by all. Huge thanks to Alexander Haas for making things happen under WASPA banner.

The final standings were as follows:
1. Erich Hinkelmann
2. Stefan Sandner
3. Manfred Pawlica
4. Alexander Haas
5. Robert Lenz
6. Christian Blümel

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Pretoria Cup & Plate event provides great action

Saturday 05 May 2018, Pretoria, South Africa : 
The 3rd edition of the Pretoria Cup & Plate Event attracted a field of 12 players - the players were divided into two separate sections to compete for
the Cup & Plate honours respectively.

A Section - Cup Division Summary
A tough, competitive field with Chessray Jooste and Jayden vd Merwe setting the early pace in Round 1 & Round 2 action to lead the standings. Bevin Reed then recorded a hard fought 2-1 win over Chessray in Round 4 to claim 2nd place overall by virtue of the "head to head" ruling. Jayden then scored 3 brilliant goals to dispatch of Julian vd Merwe by 3-0  to go top of the standings by himself, and in so doing Jayden claimed his 14th WASPA title to date.

List of Pretoria Cup winners :
2016 - Bevin Reed
2017 - Chessray Jooste
2018 - Jayden vd Merwe

B Section - Plate Division Summary
An equally competitive field as the Cup division. Marlin Boyd grabbed everybody's attention with a convincing 3-0 Round 1 win over Gary Downs, and Marlin actually held the top spot for the remainder of the day. Conway Julie constantly found himself in the top 3 positions all afternoon. Stanton Nortjie was lingering within touching distance of Marlin all day, and when Stanton beat Imtiaz Ahmed by 2-0 in Round 4 action, it was Stanton who temporarily went top of the standings. Gary was staging a comeback after his opening defeat and recorded 3 wins on the trot - actually knocking Conway out of contention in Round 4 by way of a 1-0 win. When Marlin dispatched of Rowin Wilson by 1-0 in Round 4, the event was pushed into a final play-off match between Marlin Boyd and Gary Downs. That match ended 0-0 and we needed penalty shots to decide the winner of the Plate. Gary raced into a 2-0 lead during the shoot out, but Marlin clawed his way back to take the shoot out by 3-2.

List of Pretoria Plate winners :
2016 - Kegan vd Merwe
2017 - Stanton Nortjie
2018 - Marlin Boyd

The day's individual acknowledgements :
"Goal Blitz" - Jayden vd Merwe ended the day as the overall top scorer
"Player of the day - one to watch" - once again Gary Downs showed great resolve to bounce back from an opening Round 1 defeat to force his way to a play-off spot.
"Tough as nails" - Osvaldo van Niekerk displayed great goalkeeping skills again to eventually concede and suffer a 1-0 loss to Bevin in Round 1.
"Moment of the Day" - a great second goal for Stanton Nortjie in his Round 4 victory over Imtiaz to end the day with a glimmer of hope in an attempt
to defend his Pretoria Plate title.

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

The PFC website & facebook page will be updated shortly with photo's & news content at :
http://pfctest.leaguerepublic.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PFC-SA/519566284755728

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Davide Visani wins in Firenze


On Monday, the 6th tournament of the season in Firenze, Italy had an impressive turnout of 21 players. Besides 20 italians, Serbia's Milan Knezevic wasthe special guest of the evening. As always, there was a group stage and then games in knock-out. Davide Visani defeated Luca Pini in the final (1-0) while Matteo cherici and Marco Bonciani made it to the semis. Alessio Riccio won the games for the 9th place and Mirko masini the games for the 13th place. Congratulations to the club of Firenze!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Kenny Beggs wins Derry International tournament

 
Kenny Beggs and Mickey Bradley
The first ever Derry Open international Tournament took place this week-end in Northern Ireland. "We had a fantastic event with 24 players from 5 nations taking part. We had coverage on the BBC news and a trophy presentation by Mickey (My Perfect Cousin) Bradley of the Undertones. Spread over 2 days we had an individual event on Saturday 5th May and a team event on Sunday 7th. The Saturday saw an amazing all Ireland final played out between Mark Farrell and Kenny Beggs. An impressive performance from both saw them draw 1-1, with Kenny Beggs taking the win in a sudden death shoot out", reported organizer Martinog Bradley.

Glasgow won the team event
The team event saw Glasgow TSC retain their Interclub Invitational title for the second year running. DCTFC made impressive improvement at this years event, taking runner up over London Road and Wolverhampton subbuteo clubs.

Monday, 7 May 2018

WASPA standings of April 2018

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

You will find the details about the circuit in the attached files:
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

We have added many tournaments in the records: 33 regional events, 6 promotional tournaments, 1 tournament with old rules, 1 tournament with advanced rules, 3 more days of the NETFA mini-leagues.

The first gathering under WASPA banner in Peru
As the WASPA circuit is still growing, this month we had the pleasure to see the first events in Russia and Peru. We are aware that these nations are starting from nothing so any help will be more than welcome. Anyway, having games under WASPA banner in these countries is a huge achievement for the whole table football community.

We are also pleased to see the first event run by the Greek club of Olympia. The tournament was a success with 27 players taking part.

Amazing work with the youth in Sydney, Australia
England was very active in April with 8 different tournaments. Kent Invicta had several events and Harrow had a successful event with 12 players.

Action in Russia
The work together with FISTF was positive with WASPA games played during the Grand Prix of Austria (huge thanks to TSC Royal 78) and the Satellite of Sydney (huge thanks to Sydney TFC).

We with good luck to the Farrer Park Flickers, which is the new name of the Jurong Central Subbuteo Club. The Singapore guys have a new venue as well and will remain a very active club in the WASPA circuit.

New name and new start for Singapore's top club
The "youth in action" program is also a success. We are glad to see nations such as Australia putting a lot of energy to have Junior tournaments. That's the way to go.

Some words about the rankings:
- we are glad to have 139 players in the junior ranking. Maybe some names are missing so if you know some players born in 2001 or later who are not involved, please send the player's birthdate.
- we have 28 "top clubs" and it's great to see Lincoln (England), Sydney (Australia) and Ebenfurth (Austria) added in the list.
- right now we have 17 clubs involved in the "ranking of junior clubs". It's great to see some smaller clubs involved like Castle Newham (England), Cardiff (Wales), Mostoles (Spain) and Kaiserau (Germany) and maybe that will be an incentive for these clubs to be more involved in the WASPA circuit in the future.

Amazing turnout of 27 in Greece
Congratulations to England and Australia for reaching the amazing number of 200 regional tournaments. That's a great achievement.

Once again, thanks to all organizers and players for contributing to make the WASPA circuit always more attractive.

Please also make sure tournaments are announced a few days in advance. Please send your dates and tournament details to vincent.cop@rsca.com

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.

Kent Invicta players in action
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

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