Monday, 22 September 2014

David Simpson wins in Melbourne


Having already lost to rising star Benny Ng and trailing Dillon Izon by 1 goal with three minutes to play in his final group stage, no-one could have imagined that David Simpson would go on to win the Subbuteo Melbourne September cup.

Starting with an insane comeback with two goals in the final three minutes, David progressed to the knockout stage in second position of group A behind Benny Ng. In the Semi-Final he met Benji Batten who had topped group B with 7 points. These two players often have great games and this one was no different, the players unable to be separated after 30 minutes and then a further 10 minutes of extra time.

Ultimately a penalty shootout was needed, David scored early on and despite Benji equalizing with his final shot, David was able to grab the winner immediately after and book himself a spot in the final.

David’s opponent in the final was Benny Ng. Benny had a great tournament up to that point with wins over David, Dillon, tom and Luke Radziminski in the semifinal (3-1). Benny is no doubt a rising star of Melbourne Subbuteo but today his luck ran out against a clinical David who claimed his first title.

The 7th placed game saw young Benjamin Ng score 2 goals and get a win to edge out Tom Nowacki. Eial Donnenfeld defeated Dillon Izon 2-1 on shots after their game finished 3-3 to take the 5th Place. Finally Benji was able to power home to beat Luke 4-2 and claim 3rd place.

Final Placings:
1. David Simpson
2. Benny Ng
3. Benji Batten
4. Luke Radziminski
5. Eial Donnenfeld
6. Dillon Izon
7. Benjamin Ng
8. Tom Nowacki

(Report by Benji Batten)