Friday, 28 February 2014

Ruben Português wins in Massama

There was a tournament last sunday in Massama (Portugal) with 22 players taking part. In the main event, Ruben Português defeated Ricardo Pavao in the final. The level of the tournament was very good with also Sergio Ramos and Manuel Santos in the semis. In the junior section, João Carrilho defeated Vasco Henriques in the final to claim the trophy. Well done to the winners.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Winning come-back for Lazzaretti

The 5th leg of the WASPA Lazio League 2013/2014 took place on wednesday February 26th in the premises of the club in Rome with 11 players taking part. The big fact of the evening was the winning come-backof Patrizio Lazzaretti who won all his games to win the title. Stefano Tagliaferri was an excellent second. He remained unbeaten and finished with 2 wins and 2 draws. Giuseppe Cascioli too the third place and ended with 7 points. Simone Trivelli, after winning three tournaments in a row, ended only in the fourth place with 6 points. Paolo Barone, Claudio Paolino and Sergio Sassi also ended with the same number of points.

Simone Trivelli (111) is still the absolute leader of the WASPA Lazio League, Stefano Tagliaferri (96) is second, Patrizio Lazzaretti (90) third and Gianmarco De Brocco (89) fourth.

20th WASPA title for Geoffrey Marain

Despite some late dropouts, the Templeuve United club in Belgium had a good turnout of 10 players for their monthly tournament played in swiss ladder. There was no surprise as Geoffrey Marain won his four games to lift the trophy while Renald Deloose ended with three wins to take the second place. Well done to Geoffrey MArain for winning his 20th WASPA tournament already.
During the presentation of the prizes
Final classification of the evening:
1. Geoffrey Marain (SC Eugies)
2. Renald Deloose (Templeuve United)
3. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United)
4. Alain Flament (SCAF Quévy)
5. John Verfaillie (Templeuve United)
6. Jason Delattre (Templeuve United)
7. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve United)
8. Sébastien Devreese (SC Eugies)
9. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve United)
10. Sandie Verriest (sans club)
The top 4 of the evening

Poster of the next tournament in Quévy

Tournament to be held on March 29 in Quévy (Belgium).

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Subbuteo action at the Hamleys in Kuala Lumpur

On February 22, the players of the Hartamas Tigers Subbuteo Club in Kuala Lumpur had an exhibition at the famous Hamleys store. Two tables were set up for demos and friendly games and there will be more demos like this every last saturday of the month from now on. Stadiums were decorated with decals of the Hamleys brand but also with stickers of the current clubs partners (FISTF, WASPA, Singapore Subbuteo Association, Imagine games and the Minister of youth and sports). Coach Mike Dent and five young players were present to show the game to the visitors. The demo had a big impact as the "Star Newspaper" was present to cover to event and Mike Dent was interviewed by the reporter. On every subbuteo product sold in the shop, a sticker mentionned the existence of the Hartamas Tigers club. Well done for a great promotion!


Partner of the Hartmas Tigers SC are on the playing Boards

Stickers on the Subbuteo stuff to promote the club

Mike Dent and the kids

The first Chicago tournament for Ilias Gikas

Like all good things, the inaugural Windy City Challenge came with great anticipation and went like the wind! We expected up to nine players for our first tournament but, due to various circumstances, we quickly became 6 players.

The venue was amazing for this type of event! There were endless groups of both parents, kids and young adults milling about just outside the roped off area where we were playing. They were amazingly curious about what was going on. All of the players had an opportunity to engage them in conversation about our hobby/sport. We even had one parent/child inquire about purchasing a game set that was on display. He will soon be a member of our Chicago Area Subbuteo Club! Thanks to Sid Bond we had a great demonstration table available that was used for most of the tournament time by kids and curious parents who played with two of my extra teams. Sid and Tony were our best spokespeople spending a lot of time explaining the game and how the group came together.
Left to right: Sid Bond, Mike Ewer, Chris Sweetland, Ilias Gikas and Tim Tumminaro

As to the games, while the points at the top of the table might indicate otherwise, Ilias Gikas ran away with the tournament with 18 goals for and only 2 against. One of those goals against was mine as Ilias and I drew to a 1-1 tie (my high point in the event and the only blemish on Ilias' record). Mike and Tim were solid all afternoon. Ricky and Sid are new to the sport. Otherwise, the following was the final table:

Ilias Gikas - 13 pts
Mike Ewer - 12 pts
Tim Tumminaro - 9 pts
Chris Sweetland - 8 pts
Ricky Alvarez - 3 pts
Sid Bond - 0 pts

I look forward to our next event which is yet to be scheduled. I also want to schedule some introductory / educational sessions at Tony's facility to try to draw some more new players to the pitch.

(Report by Chris Sweetland)

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Home win for Wayne Smith

The Southern California Subbuteo Club had a tournament in Simi Valley, California this sunday with 7 players taking part.T he torunament had the double status as it was a FISTF Challenger and also a WASPA tournament. After the group stage, Wayne Smith and Varant Kurkeyerian respectively beat Cameron Tucker and Rob Tucker to qualif for the final. In the decisive game, Wayne Smith scored the winning goal in the sudden death to claim the trophy. Congratulations to Wayne.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Third tournament in Greece

The Flaming Flickers in Athens had their thrid WASPA tournament on sunday with a good field of 14 adults and 2 young players. The tournament was played in swiss system and Yiannis Metaxas took the honors with three wins. Yiannis Paschalides ended second with also three wins but less goals scored. Andreas Papakyriakou was third. Congratulations to the Flaming Flickers for another good tournament!

The Valentine Cup for Jeff Parsons

The Valentine Cup was held on sunday in Lincoln (England) with a few close games and Jeff Parsons winning the tournament with a best goal-difference than John Bottomley.  Well done Jeff!

First title for Trisha Baumeler

This saturday the Swiss club of SC Anfield Hoppers had their second WASPA tournament in Zürich with a good turnout of 6 players. This time Trisha Baumeler took the honors as she beat her father Thomas Baumeler in the final (1-0) to win her first tournament in the WASPA circuit. Roman Bernhardsgrütter ended 3rd and Noemi Bernhardsgrütter was 4th. Well done to the Baumeler family!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Marain wins in Quévy

The tournament in Quévy (Belgium) on sunday had a good field of 14 players. The first round was played in three groups and there was no surprise before the next round. In the quarter-finals, the "usual clasico" between Geoffrey Marain and Vincent Coppenolle ended in favour of Marain during the sudden death. Geoffrey beat Renald Deloose in the semi while Vincent Guyaux beat Alain Flament in the other semi. In the final, it was very close till the last minute but Geoffrey Marain finally scored the winning goal in the last seconds to claim the tile. Dany Timmerman beat Jason Delattre in the final of the consolation tournament.
The finalists

Top 4 of the afternoon: Flament, Marain, Guyaux, Deloose

Final table of the day:
1. Geoffre Marain (SC Eugies)
2. Vincent Guyaux (SC Flanders)
3. Renald Deloose (Templeuve United)
4. Alain Flament (SCAF Quévy)
5. John Verfaillie (Templeuve United), Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United), Sébastien Devreese (SC Eugies), Matthias Averlant (Templeuve United)
9. Dany Timmerman (SC Auvelais)
10. Jason Delattre
11. Benjamin Moreau (SCAF Quévy), Philippe Moreau (SCAF Quévy), Christophe Willot (SCAF Quévy), Grégory Sottiau (SCAF Quévy)

First tournament in Parramatta

After a few last minute cancellations, the field was whittled down to 5 for the first ever tournament for "Subbuteo Parramatta" (Australia). Everyone played each other in a league format, which quickly sorted itself into the two frontrunners - Eliot and Peter - pulling away from Billy, Terry and Adrian. heading in to the final round, terry needed a win over billy to pull even with adrian in 3rd place, but the two brothers, as at the last tournament, cancelled each other out in a 2-2 draw.

The final game saw Peter needing a win over Eliot to top the league, as Eliot had a superior goal difference heading in to the game. A scintillating game took place with peter doing most of the attacking but Eliot defending solidly, and looking dangerous on the counter-attack. eliot had never picked up a point against peter and was looking good to hold on after 29 minutes. Then, with 50 seconds left on the clock, Peter finally got one of his custom chips to find the back of the net and celebrated a great victory.

With regular tournament play seeming to improve the quality of all the players, we look forward to heading out to Penrith next month (the exact date will be March 23).

Final table:
Peter Thomas 12 points
Eliot Kennedy 9 points
Adrian Elmer 4 points
Terry Koutzas 2 points
Billy Koutzas 1 point

(Report by Adrian Elmer)

Friday, 21 February 2014

Jos Ceulemans did it again

On February 3, 10 players met in the premises of SC Flanders in Hofstade-Zemst for a tournament run under swiss system. It was already the 6th WASPA tournament organized by the only official club in the North of Belgium and as usual, Jos "the boss" Ceulemans took the honors after ending the evening the 12 points (4 wins). Frank Lannoy and Bart Van de Vliet also ended on the podium. SCF President Filip Van Hulle reported "we had 10 participants, 20 games, 40 beers", which give an idea of the great atmosphere in the hall.
Bart Van de Vliet, Jos Ceulemans and Frank Lannoy
The ranking of the evening was as follows:
1. Jos Ceulemans (SC Anfield Hoppers Zürich) 10 points
2. Frank Lannoy (SC Temploux) 9
3. Bart Van de Vliet (SC Flanders) 6
4. Johan Lourdon (unattached) 6
5. Stephane Lambert (Kent Invicta) 5
6. Rudi De Smet (London & Essex United) 5
7. Eddy Beernaert (SC Flanders) 4
8. Bert Feyens (unattached) 4
9. Filip Van Hulle (SC Flanders) 3
10. Steven De Greveleer (unattached) 1

Busy week in the WASPA circuit

The days to come are going to be the busiest period ever since the beginning of the WASPA circuit as there will be 11 tournaments in the next 6 days. On saturday, there will be tournaments in Chicago, IL (USA) and Zürich (Switzerland). On sunday, there will be the very first event in Edimburgh (Scotland) but also tournaments in Massamá (Portugal), Lincoln (England), Quévy (Belgium), Paramatta (Australia) and Athens (Greece) but also a special event in  Simi Valley, California (USA) where the tournament is also a FISTF Challenger. The WASPA Lazio League in Rome (Italy) will be back in action on wednesday and the last tournament of the month should take place in Templeuve (Belgium) on thursday evening. Good luck to all the players involved.

Luca Parodi wins his first WASPA title

Luca Parodi, tournament winner
24 players attended the "Coppa delle Alpi" held on wednesday in Genova (Italy). The tournament was played with the old rules and due to the large turnout, the event was played in knock-out games. Luca Parodi was the winner of the evening, winning the final on shots against Federico Solari. Parodi already won his quarter-final on shots against Gian Paolo Ghersi and beat Riccardo Pedemonte in the semi-final (2-0). This is Parodi's first WASPA title. Riccardo Pedemonte won the game for the third place against Renato Villa (1-0).

Besides the tournament, there were good news from the club of Levante telling that a new club will soon join the WASPA circuit. "SUBBUTEO Table Soccer Ponente", a club based in Savona (50 km from Genoa) is recruiting subbuteo fans from all over the west coast of Liguria. Their website can be found here: http://stsponente.blogspot.it

Thursday, 20 February 2014

4th WASPA title for Luca Pini

Last monday 14 players attended the tournament organized in Firenze (Italy). The group stage was interesting and group 1 was some kind of "group od death" with Luca Pini, Davide Visani and Simone Faraoni playing together. These three players were in a great day as Pini later beat Visani in the final while Faraoni won the consolation final. Well done also to Sergio Robertiello and Marco Bonciani for reaching the semi-finals.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Next event in Athens

Poster of the next event in Athens.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Invitation for the tournament in Hoogezand (the Netherlands)

Here is the invitation letter from the club of GSV De Hyacinth in the North of the Netherlands for their first WASPA tournament.


Dear subbuteo friends,
It is our pleasure to invite you out for our Waspa subbuteo tournament, called COBEX / Top of Holland Tournament.

The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Registration is open until Saturday, May 3, 2014 by sending an mail to jacobbijlstra@hotmail.com

Mention your name and the club which you are playing for and your nationality. We have made a maximum number of 32 participants that can take part at the tournament. There will be one category, so no separate tournaments based on age .

Cost for participation are 10 Euro per person.
The start of the tournament will be at 9:00 hours and from 8:15 hours you can enter the playing room.

The tournament will be held at the new Woldwijck Center, Pleiaden 21, 9602 KD Hoogezand.
Website: www.woldwijckcentrum.nl/

If you want to stay then we can be helpful in finding a suitable hotel nearby.

Because I do not have all the email addresses of everyone I want to ask you to make within your club our tournament known

Hope to see you on May 10 , and for any questions you can always contact me by sending an mail to jacobbijlstra@hotmail.com or visit our site on facebook
www.facebook.com/groups/475015889259835/

Greetings,

Jacob Bijlstra

Bangor Open victory for Farrell

Mark Farrell won the season's 2nd Irish Circuit Event, John Moore was runner-up and Davy Clegg won the Plate. It was also a WASPA Event. The seven entrants played each other in a League format, with the top 4 qualifying for final group and the bottom 3 contesting the Plate.
Mark Farrell vs John Moore

OPEN: Final Group

Table
1. Mark Farrell, 9pts
2. John Moore, 4pts
3. Kenny Beggs, 2pts
4. Barry Spence, 1pt
Mark Farrell

Plate

Table
1. Davy Clegg, 4pts
2. Alistair Morrison, 2pts
3. Nicky Moore, 1pt
Davy Clegg

Monday, 17 February 2014

First Subbuteo tournament in Madrid under WASPA banner

Nine players, five of them U12, played in an only Open category. All players were newcomers playing their first or second championship. Three of the U12 reached semifinals! Juan Carlos Pendolero Gutiérrez was the winner and Carlos Barios (U12) was the runner-up.

The matches were played under FISTF rules, but only with Subbuteo stuff to make it easier to all the new players with no idea about “pro” items. Also, and due to time restrictions, matches were 20 minutes long.

Seems that a new amateur club will be founded in Madrid and a “Liga” and a “World Cup” will be played in the next months. I will confirm you next dates and events. Next tournament will probably be in March.

(Report by Jose Carlos Guerrero)

First tournament win for Luke Radziminski



Subbuteo Melbourne has played another tournament on the 15th of February which consisted of 6 players, 1 was new and played his first ever WASPA tournament and managed to win a few, He only got into subbuteo about 3-4 months ago. Each player played each other once and the standing was split for the finals (top 2 play for first place, 3rd and 5th spot were up for grabs as well). Benji Batten and I played each other in the grand final where we drew 1-1 with extra time played and proceeded to go to penalties where I came victorious in a 2-0 penalty finish. The final standings of the tournament:

1st: Luke Radziminski
2nd: Benji Batten
3rd: Martin Sarnecki
4th: Adam Deverell
5th: Peter Lipsett
6th: Tom Nowacki

(Report by Luke Radziminski)

First time in Monte Comprati: Enrico Guidi wins again

On February 11th, the Table Soccer Club Black Rose ’98 Roma (www.blackrose98roma.com and www.blackrose98roma.blogspot.it) organized the “Round 9” of the “W.A.S.P.A. Black League” at the “Black Rose Training Center” located in Monte Compatri (Rome), Via Campo Gillaro, 12.

It was the first time in Monte Compatri and it was also a very nice evening tournament with 13 players attended for the secondo 2014 tournament and ready to defy the invincible Enrico Guidi. They were representative of two Italian subbuteo associations (T.S.C. Black Rose ’98 Roma and A.C.S. Perugia 1973). At the same time our player Paolo Bartolomeo dedicated his time to our new player generation (all under 17 years old).

The T.S.C. Black Rose ’98 Roma decided to organize a tournament under the Swiss system so all players could play five games. At the end of the fifth round Enrico Guidi have collected 15 points, followed by Severino Gara at 10 (value opponents: 50) and Marco Lauretti at 10 (value opponents: 40). At the fourth place ended Andrea Capelli (9 points and value opponents 41) followed by Andrea Strazza (9 points and value opponents 39) and Luigi Barone (9 points and value opponents 30).

Enrico Guidi confirm himself a subbuteo machine: five consecutive winning matchs (as usual) and we are still trying to find the player that can stop fantastic player…

In the months to come T.S.C. Black Rose ’98 Roma will organize other W.A.S.P.A. tournaments looking at the different needs (materials and rules) of F.I.S.T.F. and Subbuteo players.
See you soon!

(Report by Andrea Strazza)

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Chris Thomas Wins first stage of 2014 sliders tour

England’s Chris Thomas won an eventful first stage of the 2014 Sliders Tour.
Chris Thomas with ESA President Danny Lilley

Top players in the Open section

Players from all over the UK descended to the National Football Museum, Manchester

Despite the bad UK weather and Valentines weekend, 20 Players from England and Scotland turned out in support of the Sliders Tour 2014.

Valletta’s Thomas defeated Mike Burns, Andy Boyer, Dave Baxter and Brian Daley to win the Open category.

In the U15′s Section, Manchester TFC player Connor Bowden defeated the small field in a round robin special.
U15 winners

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Big tournament in Malaysia

There will be a tournament in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on June 21 and 22. It's likely the event will have the double status (FISTF/WASPA) to attract as many players as possible. Intestered players should contact the organizers at hartamastigers@gmail.com

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The honors for Renald Deloose in Templeuve

There was a WASPA "promotional tournament" in Templeuve (Belgium) on tuesday. Despite of some late drop-outs due to the cold weather and illness, there were 8 players (including 3 Frenchmen) taking part in a great spirit of fair-play. In the end of the swiss system, there was no real surprise as Renald Deloose took the honors with 3 wins and a draw.

Here is the final table of the evening.
1. Renald Deloose (Templeuve United) - 10 points
2. Alain Flament (SCAF Quévy) - 8
3. Maxime Hoguet (Templeuve United) - 7
4. Eddy Beernaert (SC Flanders) - 6
5. Jason Delattre (Templeuve United) - 6
6. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve United) - 6
7. Benjamin Moreau (SCAF Quévy) - 3
8. Philippe Moreau (SCAF Quévy) - 0

Chelsea vs Everton

The group picture

Alain Flament (runner-up) and Renald Deloose (winner)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

23 players and 12th WASPA title for Zangylos in Limassol

There was an amazing field of 23 entries for the tournament held in Limassol on sunday with a lot of young players representing the four active clubs in Limassol (Famagusta TFC, Salamis, Phoenix and Erimi). In the end, Giorgos Zangylos and Kostas Kalopsioditis met again in the final. "Kostas deserved to win but I won the sudden death", reported the winner, Giorgos Zangylos. Daniel Sarris and Kyriakos Stylianou managed to finish in the final 4. Well done to all.



Varant Kurkeyerian wins Red Hill Rumble

Varant Kurkeyerian’s San Luis United took home the Red Hill Rumble with a well played 2-0 win over Conan Mullen’s Santa Rosa Hotspur. The tournament, the first WASPA/ASA event hosted by the newly formed Northern California Subbuteo Club, couldn’t have had better weather. A rainy San Francisco made an excellent backdrop to the heated action on the Astropitches. The group round was dominated by three strong teams, each finishing with nine points on four games and goals galore.

In the Championship Round, Peter Vahle’s Screw-ups Balompie fell behind 2-0 early to Spurs before pulling back one goal. In the final, United turned the tables on on Conan’s boys to bring home the bragging rights for “The Club Down South”.

In the Mary Jane, Vincent Vidal’s Olympique Lyon played Joe Schmidt’s South Berkeley SC to an exciting scoreless draw. The game eventually went to penalties, and was won by South Berkeley thanks to a cheeky roller that just beat the Frenchman’s keeper.

Big thanks to Varant for traveling all the way from the Central Coast, and to Peter for hosting us at his beautiful home. Until next time!

More here: http://norcalsubbuteo.tumblr.com/

Friday, 7 February 2014

Enrico Giannarelli wins in Viareggio

The Italian club of Versilia CT had a tournament last monda in Viareggio with 15 players taking part. There were some good players taking part and players were divided in five groups. The top 2 of each group qualified for the next round while the third player of each group plaed the consolation tournament. In the end, Enrico Giannarelli beat Marco Bacci (1-0) in the final to win the troph while the semi-finalists were Alessandro Casanova and Luca Salvadori. In the consolation tournament, Maurizio Seppia beat Alessandro Toti in the final. Well done!

Dogali wins the promotional tournament in Lurago d'Erba

There was a "promotional tournament" played in Lurago d'Erba (Italy) on thursday evening with five players taking part in group system. Everyone had four games and in the end, there was no real surprise as Claudio Dogali (Master Sanremo) was the winner with four wins. Daniele Lopresto (SC Reggio Calabria) finished second, Fabrizio Olla (Flickers Milano) third, Luca Rajna (TSC Black Rose '98 Roma) fourth and Roberto Cavallo (TSC Black Rose '98 Roma) fitfth.