Friday, 3 December 2021

Chris Short wins Roy Holden Trophy

Chris Short (right) receives trophy from Justin Scott

Wolverhampton TFC players enjoyed a fantastic event at Sunday's Roy Holden Trophy. The competition was played in fantastic spirit which we are sure Roy would of really enjoyed.  

Thanks to the Electric Club for a great venue and a fantastic lunch!  

Well done to the winners!  It was an all Wolves Final with Christian Short winning an incredibly high scoring final 6-4 against Mick Hammonds.  A very fitting game for a great event!

Ruby Matthews from Wales won the Junior event

In the plate event, well done to Colin Fletcher, who went all the way to shots against Rob Ramsey before getting a winner.  

Finally congratulations to Ruby Matthews who won the Junior Final versus Gage Badger!

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Thursday, 2 December 2021

Justin Finch special guest and winner at the South African championships!

The national championships have been held last week-end in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clifford Graaff sends us report of the three competitions held during the week-end.

Eagles and Easterns share SA Club Champs Trophy!!!

The curtain raiser to the South African Open Subbuteo Championships saw the top 3Subbuteo Clubs battle for the prestigious 'Glass Eagle' award and be crowned as the National Club Title in South Africa. The 3 participating clubs were the Joburg Eagles, ETS Subbuteo Club and Easterns Table Football Club.

The first game saw Easterns surprisingly defeat host club, the Joburg Eagles by 6 points to three. Easterns then surprisingly were held to a 5 all draw by ETS. The final game saw the Joburg Eagles defeat ETS by 8 points to 2. In the final positions, the Joburg Eagles and Easterns both ended on 11 points and a unanimous decision was made to share the coveted 'Glass Eagle' between the two clubs.

Justin Finch claims inaugural SA Champs Old School Title

The South African Subbuteo Festival weekend flicked off on Friday evening with the Johannesburg TFC aka 'The Eagles', hosting the South African Table Football Associations (SATFA) first ever 'Old School Subbuteo National Championships'. 

This was the first ever 'Old School' Subbuteo Tournament hosted by the Joburg Eagles and the unprecedented success will definitely see more of the latter being introduced at the Joburg Eagles events. Kevin Mudie, an ex South African professional football player, was the guest speaker and assisted with the seeded draw.

A very competitive field of 16 players were drawn into 4 groups. Unfortunately due to the Corona - Chinese worries the field could've been a lot bigger, however a great evening of 'Old School' Subbuteo fun was had on the classic 'cereal bowl' bases.

English superstar, Justin Finch was a most welcome guest, and proved his superior class against the cream of the crop from South Africa.

The top two players from each group qualified for the quarter finals which saw Justin, Sean Morgan, Clinton Gahwiler and Ian Clarke claim good wins to qualify for the semi finals.

The semi finals dished up two very close and competitive games which saw Justin and Ian qualify for the Final by virtue of one goal advantages against Sean and Jason Kennedy.

The semi finals dished up two very close and competitive games which saw Justin and Ian qualify for the Final by virtue of one goal advantages against Sean and Jason Kennedy.

The first 'Old School SA Final' produced a tight game, however the sheer class and experience of Justin proved superior and he claimed a 1 nil victory against Ian Clarke, who must be a contender for 'Most Improved Player' on the local South African circuit.

English Superstar captures South African title!

Saturday the 27th of November saw the playing of the 6th South African National Table Football Championships proudly hosted by the Joburg Eagles and sponsored by Ola Ice Cream and Just for You Meals.

Randburg AFC hosted the above and the Senior Open proved to be the crème de la crème of the Weekend of Festival Subbuteo.

An immaculately presented hall featuring six tables ranging from a retro Subbuteo field, three impeccably produced local pitches (by Gary Downs of SA Bases) and two Astro pitches greeted the players and created a Subbuteo Hall of Fame.

English star, Jason Finch, who especially flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg was undoubtedly the star attraction. The top ranked South African players from all active clubs were present to partake and enjoy in the fun and festivities which epitomises the local South African Subbuteo tournaments.

A seeded draw pitted the 16 combatants in four groups with the top 2 players qualifying for the Cup event and the bottom two players vying for the Plate Trophy.

Justin, Sean Morgan, Jason Kennedy and Clinton Gahwiler (all the way from Cape Town), topped their respective groups with Angus Begg, Martin Plascott, Ian Clarke and Clifford Graaff were the runners-up.

The quarter finals dished up some scintillating games with Justin easily qualifying for the semis (even with the help of the local Mzanzi Youth Choir who added some musical impetus), Sean, Clinton and Martin accounted for Clifford, Angus and Jason respectively.

The semis saw Justin outclass Martin and Sean defeat Clinton in a titanic struggle.

The final pitted the best local player, Sean Morgan against 'Flicking Finchy' from England.

Although local Sean tried his best, the experience and sheer class of Justin reigned supreme and he beat Sean coutersy of three 'HOLLYWOOD' goals which left the spectators in awe of the skill level of the new South African Championship winner.

In the Plate section, Gary Downs, accounted for Guiseppe Mantazza in an exciting penalty shootout.

As a momento of the SA Championships, all players were presented with a commemmorative goalkeeper with the SA Champs logo on the handle and a beautifully crafted penant, both made by Gary Downs and sponsored by the Johannesburg Eagles!

This brought the curtain down on a weekend of exciting, competitive (yet friendly), joking (and some serious) and general good natured banter and the building of new friendships, fostering of existing ties and more importantly celebrating this great game which has brought so many hours of joy to people all over the world.

Look forward to seeing you all at the next SA Champs in 2022 held by ETS Subbuteo Club.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Patrick Sheridan wins in Denver

Last week-end the members of Colorado Subbuteo Club played their first tournament under WASPA banner in Denver.

5 players competed in a Swiss system format and in the end Patrick Sheridan won the tournament while Zach Walker was runner-up. Tory Reed, Justin Little and Jason Woodridge were also taking part.

We hope the club will host more events in the future and will continue to recruit new players!

Hopefully more clubs in the US will play under WASPA banner in the future. Remember you just need 3 players to run a WASPA tournament.

Sunday, 28 November 2021

WASPA results from four different clubs in Belgium

Here is a summary of recent events held in Belgium. We are glad to see the clubs of Flanders, Templeuve, Huy and Tournai runnng events under WASPA banner.

On October 22, the Templeuve United players organized their second WASPA regional tournament of the season. 11 players were attending and Geoffrey marain was once again the winner after the four sessions of games. The surprising runner-up of the night was Benjamin Marain (Geoffrey's son) who had more goals scored athn two other players with the same number of points: Matthias Averlant and Vincent Coppenolle. the final standings were as follows:

1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Benjamin Marain (Templeuve)
3. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
4. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
5. Didier Moons (Templeuve)
6. Loris Celton (Templeuve)
7. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
8. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)
9. Donovan Dedoncker (Templeuve)
10. Jocelyn Celton (Templeuve)
11. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve)

The club of Huy also played a first WASPA tournament on October 27. Five players competed in a small league and local player Ralf gregoire took the honors while Jean grosdent (Wamme SC) was runner-up. Final table:

1. Ralf Grégoire (USC Huy)
2. Jean Grosdent (Wamme SC)
3. Henri Grosdent (Wamme SC)
4. David Boulanger (USC Huy)
5. Richard Boulanger (USC Huy)

In the North of the Country, SC Flanders players met on November 1. Six players were taking part and David Wouters proved to be on fire and claimed the trophy. Final table:

1. David Wouters (SC Flanders)
2. Jos Ceulemans (SC Flanders)
3. Vincent Wouters (SC Flanders)
4. Johan Lourdon (SC Flanders)
5. Stéphane Lambert (OSC Yokohama)
6. Gary Moore (SC Flanders)

Templeuve United held a promotional tournament on October 2. 8 players were taking part and Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai) was a deserved winner after winning his four games. Final table:

1. Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai)
2. Benjamin Marain (Templeuve)
3. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)
4. Steven Delfosse (Templeuve)
5. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
6. Didier Moons (Templeuve)
7. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve)
8. Donovan Dedoncker (Templeuve)

On November 11, it was a day off for many workers in Belgium and Magic Team Tournai was the organizer of a great tournament with a fantastic turnout of 14. Geoffrey Marain was the winner while Matthis Averlant was runner-up. Richard Boulanger, who travelled from Seraing to play, took the third spot. Final table:

1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
3. Richard Boulanger (USC Huy)
4. Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai)
5. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
6. Stéphane Lambert (OSC Yokohama)
7. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)
8. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
9. Benjamin Marain (Templeuve)
10. Anthony Coppenolle (Templeuve)
11. Didier Moons (Templeuve)
12. Jean-Luc Platiaux (Templeuve)
13. Christophe Bourgeois (Templeuve)
14. David Boulanger (USC Huy)

On November 15, the third tournament of SC Flanders had a smaller turnout of 5. David Wouters was once again undeafeted and won the tournament while it was great to see Filip Van Hulle back in action. The standings:

1. David Wouters (SC Flanders)
2. Jos Ceulemans (SC Flanders)
3. Johan Lourdon (SC Flanders)
4. Geert Leys (SC Flanders)
5. Filip Van Hulle (SC Flanders)

Finally, on November 26, the third WASPA regional tournament of the season took place in the Templeuve club. As the national association was holding the AGM, some usual faces couldn't make it to the tournament. Matthias Averlant managed to win his very first WASPA title on goals scored as three players finished with the same number of points. Eric Naszalyi, president of the French association, was paying a visit in teh Templeuve club to meet some French players who are regular players in the Belgium and and finished runner-up while Vincent Coppenolle ws third.

Final table:
1. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
2. Eric Naszalyi (FTC Issy)
3. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
4. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
5. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)
6. Didier Moons (Templeuve)
7. Loris Celton (Templeuve)
8. Jocelyn Celton (Templeuve)

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Luca Pini winner in Firenze

The club of Firenze held their third WASPA tournament of the season on Monday. 9 players were taking part including Aldo Gentileschi of Papata Group Ponticino. After the four sessions in Swiss system, Luca Pini and Marco Bonciani shared the first place with the same number of points but Luca Pini was decided winner due to the number of points gained by the 4 opponents. Matteo Cherici took the third place. The final standings were as follows:

1. Luca Pini
2. Marco Bonciani
3. Matteo Cherici
4. Tiberio Becucci
5. Aldo Gentileschi
6. Mirko Masini
7. Emanuele Cattani
8. Stefano Barducci
9. Gabriele Casati

Friday, 26 November 2021

WASPA test-match in North Shields

Chris and Nick
Here in North Shields, we currently have a small player base so we need to take advantage of everything WASPA has to offer to make the games as competitive as possible. 

With Nick Pearson playing for London Road, the opportunity was there for a test match. Chris duly challenged him and he gladly took up the gauntlet.

Three tightly contested games were played on a chilly night in The Dungeon with the heater on full blast!

This was a really close one just edged by Chris courtesy of a 1-0 win in game two. Games one and three finished one apiece. It really could have gone either way right up to the buzzer.

Please feel free to view the game on the North Shields Subbuteo Table Football page.

Monday, 22 November 2021

Australia: latest results from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth

Here is a quick summary of recent results collected from different tournaments in Australia. We are glad to see five clubs running tournaments under WASPA banner in November.

The Western Flickers held their first event for a while on November 12 with 5 players from 4 different clubs taking part. Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC) finished on top of the table while Adriann Connolly (Western Flickers) was runner-up, Paul Mercer (Northern Phoenix) was third, Adam Deverell (Western Flickers) was fourth and Kevin Grant (Central Victoria) was 5th.

In Sydney, the Northern Falcons held a tournament using the Swiss system. Seven players were taking part and Eliot Kennedy claimed the trophy. The Swiss format provided lots of drama, with Eliot, Geoff and Torben all with a chance of victory going into the last round. With the score at 1-1 between Eliot and Torben, all Geoff needed was a win. But then Jonty scored, and Eliot went 2-1 up,

Final standings:

1. Eliot Kennedy
2. Jonty Brener
3. Torben Pfister
4. Steve Dettre
5. Geoff Sirmai
6. Simon Cole
7. Neil Brener

The Northern Falcons also announced they have a new logo. The original was a hastily put together design when they had their shirts made for the 2015 Asian Cup. The new logo has taken a while to craft, by Louis Dettre, with some advice from Adrian. While the old logo the falcon head faced backwards, referencing our past, the new logo faces forward, to the future. The star for the Asian Cup victory also features. The logo will adorn a revamped Northern Falcons shirt.

Melbourne TFC held a first Trendy InnerNorth Subbuteo (TINS) WASPA tournament on November 17. Small turnout of 3 but great games. Peter Thomas took the honors while Benji Batten was runner-up and Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix) was third.

This Sunday, the Brisbane tournament was played in memory of Chris Scoles "one of Us" and presenting the trophy was Claire Scoles.

Another excellent performance from Kevin Halliday who manages to finish top of the division 1 in front of Giuseppe and Gus. In Division 2 Gerry Vickers won the group of 4 players.

Finally, the latest Perth tournament attracted six players on Sunday and Brian Pearson finished on top of the gorup format. Final table:

1. Brian Pearson
2. Alan Kimber
3. Mick DeVincentis
4. Hugh Best
5. Chris Thorn
6. Noel Mani

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Barry Dpence wins Anniversary Cup

Derry City TFC held the "Anniversary Cup" on November 8. There was a great turnout of 8 players and Barry Spence managed to defeat Kenny Beggs in the sudden death of the final to claim the title. Lawrence Watson and Dee jenkins made it to the semis while Martinog Bradley won the Plate tournament.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Latest WASPA results from England and Wales

Here is a quick look at results of tournaments held in the last few weeks in the UK.

Rudi (right) receives trophy from Cayne Matthews

During the Wrexham International Open in Wales, 11 players competed in the WASPA Plate tournament. Rudi Peterschinigg (Harrow Hawks) was in a great day and took the trophy after beating London Road's Brian Daley in the final.

The North East Midlands Senior Subbuteo League held a small tournament with local organizer Andrew Forster-Fake meeting Brian and Joseph Kinrade. Brian Kinrade finished on top of the table.

The Liverpool club was back in action on October 17 and Royal 78's Elliot Bellefontaine finished on top of a group of 6. Here are the final standings:

1. Elliot Bellefontaine
2. Brian Daley
3. Lucasz Whittle
4. Gavin Roper
5. Steve Heidstrom
6. Oscar Heidstrom

The monthly London Road tournament in Wales had a small turnout of 5 players. No surprise this month as Brian Daley won his four games to claim the title.

Final table:
1. Brian Daley
2. Cayne Matthews
3. Ruby Matthews
4. Brendan Ashley
5. Lucasz Whittle

Graeme Gibson here in a friendly against Nick Pearson

The new club of Durham City TFC held a first WASPA tournament. Three players competed and had a lot of games. Graeme Gibson defeated Allan Ranson in the final, which was played in the best of 3 games. Welcome to Durham City TFC!

The last tournament in England in October was played in the premises of the East Lancashire Subbuteo Club. 10 players were divided in 2 groups before the knock-out rounds. Brian Daley defeated Manchester TFC's Danny Lilley in the final while Shaun Dunne and Dave Scholes were the semi-finalists and Gavin Roper beat Lucasz Whittle in the Plate final.

We are also pleased to see a new club in Oxforshire. Sport Vale TFC held a first tournament in November 1. Steve George, who is also the local organizer, won the tournament. Paul Ridler and Mark Lyne were the other players taking part.

Our friends in Dudley-Kingswinford also held another tournament on November 2. Due to covid restrictions, only three players were present. Derek Air was unbeaten and won the event. Campbell Air was runner-up and Ryan Marsh was third.

The North Shields players held a promotional tournament in Boldon. Chris Kaberry took the best on Nick Pearson and Tom Heslop. We are happy to see the North Shields players having regular meetings.

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Italy: results from Firenze, Terni and Genova

In Italy, the club of Firenze held a second WASPA tournament with FISTF rules on November 8. The event was played in Swiss system and Luca Pini finished the evening on top with three wins and a draw. The final standings were as follows:

1. Luca Pini
2. Emanuele Cattani
3. Mirko Masini
4. Marco Bonciani
5. Gabriele Casati
6. Matteo Cherici
7. Davide Visani
8. Tiberio Becucci

In Terni, the latest tournaments played with the old rules were played by four players. In November, the first event saw Emanuele Perotti being the winner as he finished on top of a group of 4. There were many close games and 4 of the 6 matches ended with no winner.

Final table.

1. Emanuele Perotti
2. Marco Perotti
3. Simone Perotti
4. Federico Giovanardi

The other tournament took place on November 9 with the same players involved but this time Simone Perotti was the best of the night.

Final table.
1. Simone Perotti
2. Marco Perotti
3. Emanuele Perotti
4. Federico Giovanardi

Huge thanks to the club of Terni for doing a lot of promotion of the game. The club held also several tournaments with the old rules in October with every time 3 to 6 players taking part.

Winners of these events were:

October 4 2021: Marco Perotti
October 10 2021: Simone Perotti
October 11 2021: Marco Perotti
October 13 2021: Emanuele Perotti
October 17 2021: Emanuele Perotti
October 22 2021: Simone Perotti

Special thanks also to the club of "Club Rebels Genova" as the organized two tounaments for Juniors only.

Final standings were as follows:

October 16:
1. Samuele Bignardi
2. Alessandro Gandin
3. Filippo Careddu
4. Riccardo Lenzi
5. Giorgio Defmoide
6. Leonardo De Lisi

October 21:
1. Samuele Bignardi
2. Tommaso Sani
3. Alberto Capoferri
4. Filippo Careddu
5. Andrea Ferretti
6. Riccardo Lenzi
7. Filippo Di Rosa

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