Monday, 16 November 2015

Western Flickers 3rd WASPA tournament!

Reported by Benny Ng (Melbourne, Australia)

The Western Flickers - a sub-group of the Melbourne Table Football Club – was formed to to cater for players living on the north/west side of Melbourne and provide more opportunities to play the wonderful game of table football.
Today, the Western Flickers hosted its 3rd WASPA (Regional) tournament. Coinciding with one of our player’s birthday, what better way to celebrate than with a Subbuteo themed party / tournament!
Subbuteo Melbourne had one of our best WASPA turnouts of the year with 11 players taking part. These included 2 brand new players having a go at Subbuteo for the very first time and both of them loved it. I have to say both took the game very quickly and played very well! Lots of potential and hopefully we will see them at future Subbuteo events. We also welcomed a special guest player all the way from Italy – Claudio Ranelli. Using a Swiss system variant to give everyone even gameplay amount, the players were drawn  into 3 groups:
Group A – Beth Everleigh, Aidan Deverall, David McCall
Group B – Benjamin Ng, Claudio Ranelli, Paul Mercer, Christos Garagounis
Group C – Fauzi Rahman, Choon Lee, Benny Ng, Adam Deverall

Qualifying Group Round
In Group A, Beth emerged as the winner with wins over rising junior star Aidan and newcomer David. The battle for the runners up spot ended up in a stalemate with Aidan squeezing into second spot because of goal difference. Congrats to David for earning his first Subbuteo point!

Beth giving newcomer David McCall some pointers
Group B was a much tighter affair with Claudio and Paul hotly contesting top spot. Both players had wins over Benjamin and Christos, but Claudio had the slightly better goal difference. It meant that Paul had to beat Claudio in order to win the group, and in a tense match, Paul managed to grab a 1-0 win!

Group C pitted Western Flickers stalwarts Benny and Adam together with newcomer Choon Lee and Fauzi (who was only playing Subbuteo for the second time). As expected, the deciding match was between Benny and Adam, with Benny getting the edge this time with a 2-0 victory.

Newcomer Choon Lee in action
As a result, the following groupings emerged for the next round:
Winners group – Beth, Paul and Benny
Runners Up group – Aidan, Claudio, Adam
Plates group – David, Christos and Fauzi
Consolation group – Benjamin and Choon

The mini-Subbuteo table was a big hit with the younglings!
Deciding Finals Round
As the Consolation group had only 2 players, the single match was won by Benjamin in a narrow 1-0 victory.
The pumped-up Christos won the Plates group, romping home with comfortably wins against David and Fauzi. The match between David and Fauzi had to be decided by penalty shots, with David celebrating wildly when he won a lengthy 26-shot shootout! Well done David on your first Subbuteo outing.

Christos in deep concentration
In the Runners Up group, nothing could split Adam and Claudio so it went to shots as well. Adam came out winner to take the group.

In the Winners group, Beth played bravely despite equipment issues and only just lost to both Paul and Benny. So the deciding match for the overall tournament winner was between Paul and Benny; with Benny having not beaten Paul in a competitive match.
In an exciting and tense game where either player could easily have won, Benny snatched a late goal and held out for a memorable very first WASPA Regional tournament win.

Winner Benny with runner-up Paul
Conclusion
Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it an awesome day filled with Subbuteo fun, food and friendship! It was a blast!
Well done everyone ... GO WEST!!!

The final standings are:
1. Benny Ng
2. Paul Mercer
3. Beth Everleigh
4. Adam Deverall
5. Claudio Ranelli
6. Aidan Deverall
7. Christis Garagounis
8. David McCall
9. Fauzi Rahman
10. Benjamin Ng
11. Choon Lee

P.S. If anyone is interested in taking part in future Western Flickers events or just popping by for chat and look-see, feel free to send Benny Ng an email at bennidokk@yahoo.com
Subbuteo cupcakes anyone?


Special guest player from Italy – Claudio Ranelli – in action against U12 Junior Champion Benjamin Ng