Thursday, 15 October 2015

2015 Melbourne International Open, WASPA Report

Melbourne hosted its annual FISTF International Open in October for the second time with the inclusion of a WASPA tournament as a consolation event for those who did not achieve a top 2 finish in the group stages playing against the likes of Raffaele Lombardi, Chris and Peter Thomas.

The WASPA tournament started as a quarter final stage and soon the semi-finals followed straight after with Giuseppe Tardiota finishing strongly with a 3-0 win over Daniele Lombardi and Luke Radziminski, the co-organiser of the tournament, battling out a 2-0 win over Dillon with goals arriving in the last 4 minutes of the second half.

Giuseppe on the left, Raffaele Lombardi as the Referee, Luke Radziminski on the right.
The grand final so happened to be a repeat of the 2015 Asian Cup WASPA event that was hosted in Melbourne in January. Luke Radziminski was victorious over Giuseppe in the Asian Cup and questions were raised whether this would become a Déjà vu 9 months later.

The first half was evenly matched, with Luke fortunate enough to achieve an early goal with the two players receiving an equal amount of possession and shots at goal. However the second half proved to be a different story as Giuseppe turned up the heat and out classed Luke on the pitch. Giuseppe dominated possession due to costly errors from Luke while trying to attack and the amount of shots Giuseppe had taken had everybody lose count with an estimate of about 80% were on target. However Luke kept calm in the goals and saved all the goals that were on target, some were point blank and down to pure luck on the day. Some shots were unreadable and it was just guesswork each time.

Luke Radziminski holding up the winner’s trophy, presented by Benji Batten
However it was not to be and history repeated itself as the second half finished for what seemed as an eternity for Luke but managed come out victorious. Credit to Giuseppe flying down from Brisbane on a 1,600km flight trip to Melbourne who was the superior player in the final but could not get past Luke’s goalkeeper on the day.

Final placings
1. Luke Radziminski
2. Giuseppe tardiota
3. Dillon Izon, Daniele Lombardi
5. Christos Garagounis, Benjamin Ng, Vincenzo Coco, Julian Duszniak