Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Rik Bland wins in Ipswich

Ipswich, Queensland - August 23, 2015

This month’s WASPA tournament hit the road, and was hosted in Ipswich. 5 players contested the trophy, which found another new home. After 7 tournaments played, there have been 4 different winners, proving Brisbane has a good competition each month. The round of league games saw Rik Bland take a 100% win ratio, topping the table on maximum points, with Giuseppe, Andrew and Gus battling out a lot of draws, in a tight jostle for positions in the league table.

Semi-finals

RIK 2 V 2 GUS (2-1 PENS) – Gus took the lead twice in this semi final, and was 15 seconds from a place in the final, but a late goal from Rik took it to extra time and penalties.
GIUSEPPE 2 V 1 ANDREW – Giuseppe had his revenge for losing out to Andrew in the 3 previous semi final showdowns, with a close 2-1 win.

Final

RIK BLAND 3 v 2 GIUSEPPE TARDIOTA (AET) – Giuseppe was fast out of the blocks with a goal within the first minute, and it wasn’t long before he added a second to take command of the final. Rik fought back, and after scoring a goal, confidence came back, and managed to get the equaliser in the 2nd half. Extra time followed, and Rik took the lead with a quick burst and shot, taking Giuseppe by surprise, and held on for his first tournament victory.

This really was Rik’s day, with a 100% record in the group games, coming from behind in semi with a last gasp equaliser, and again fighting back from 0-2 behind in the final.