Melbourne have staged their 16th WASPA event in just under 2 years with an above average attendance of 10 players, with one participant from Sydney representing his club (Northern Falcons) Steve Dettre.
|Carl Young, winner (left)|
|Steve Dettre, runner-up (left)|
Steve Dettre’s Toccer figures were a surprise element towards the majority of Melbourne players who were unfamiliar with its unique play style. The figures are of goliath-like size on the field and the sheer weight of the bases proves it is almost impossible and requires the opponent to study and calculate more than usual if they are trying to force a corner or a throw – in. Luke Radziminski faced Steve in the elimination round in what was deemed as one of the highlights of the tournament. It ended in a 3-2 thriller which ended in sudden death. Luke took a shock 1-0 lead in the first half over the very experienced Steve Dettre, however in the second half Steve managed to pull 2 goals back through some exquisite long ranged chips and Luke then finally managed to equalise with only 2 minutes remaining in normal time. The 10 minute sudden death period ended on short notice where Steve had managed to blockade his own shooting quadrant and belted in his third to send him into the semi’s and ultimately, finishing runners up away from home ousting 8 other Melbourne players. Congratulations Steve.
Noah Loven was the only U/12’s player on the day and although he found the games extremely difficult, it was definitely a learning curve for him to see how the more experienced senior players play on the pitch. With over 2 and a half hours of gameplay on the day it will prove beneficial for him in the long run when he takes on the other U/12’s in their own tournament in the future.
(Report by Luke Radziminski)