Saturday, 28 February 2015

Second win for Jean-François Balard

A nice picture for the presentation of the trophies
For the first time a Puylaurens player won two WASPA events. The hero of the evening was Jean-François Balard who defeated Roger Trouillard in the final (1-0). 11 players were present and Ludovic Beauvais travelled specially from Montpellier to play. As always there were surprises. Emilien Gironis was the unexpected semi-finalist. To be noted that Serge Leroy is still unbeaten in WASPA events. This time he was out in the semi after losing on shots to Roger Trouillard. Next friday three Puylaurens players will attended the Templeuve WASPA event before attending the FISTF Major in Frameries.

Home win for Mike Parnaby

Only five players turned up for this edition of our series of WASPA events, but that did not diminish from the enjoyment or competition. Mike Parnaby took the early initiative with a demolition of Andy Mill, but this set up two difficult games for him in the next rounds. Ben Staples sort of slipped under the radar with two wins to meet Mike in the final round. Andy Mill and Rob Heseltine continued to show their improvement and are getting much closer to the other players. Chris Kaberry showed again that he is not to be taken lightly and although he lost to Mike, he deserved better. The final game to decide the winner was Ben v Mike and a 4-4 thriller meant Mike takes tonights honours on goal difference.

Date of next NETFA Teesside WASPA tournament will be 10th April 2015.

(Report by NETFA)

First tournament of the Veroia Labradors

There were seven players at the first meeting of the club organized by an experienced player, Thanasis Giaglis. All of them had a great time and wanted to play more and more untill the lady of the house took back her occupied kitchen around midnight. A great start for Veroia Labradors. Winner was Thanasis Giaglis, second Giannis Katrotzanakis and third Panagiotis Eleftheriou. Rest of the team Dimitris Tsahouridis, Petros Fakas, Anestis Tsahouridis and Thodoris Tarakoulakis.

(Report by Panos Panagiotides)

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Steve Bennett still on top in the Scottish circuit

Last sunday the third stage of the Scottish circuit took place in Glasgow. There were 17 players taking part including three English players from Yorkshire Phoenix. Players were dropped in four groups and every one had more games for places 1 to 17. Steve Bennett was in another good day, winning his group, then defeating Baver Bari in the semi and winning the final against Tom Burns. England's Brian Daley was the other semi-finalist. This is the first victory for Steve Bennett since the Tayside Kickers club has been renamed "Dundee United TFC". It is also Steve's 19th title in the WASPA circuit.
The final ranking was as follows.
1. Steve Bennett (SCO/Dundee United TFC)
2. Tom Burns (SCO/Glasgow TSA)
3. Brian Daley (ENG/Yorkshire Phoenix)
4. Baver Bari (SCO/Hot Club d'Ecosse)
5. Gareth Christie (SCO/Dundee United TFC)
6. Dave Gladman (SCO/Glasgow TSA)
7. Malcolm Lees (SCO/Hot Club d'Ecosse)
8. Ben Staples (ENG/Yorkshire Phoenix)
9. Greg Dand (SCO/Dundee United TFC)
10. Colin Berry (SCO/Glasgow TSA)
11. Connor Bowden (ENG/Yorkshire Phoenix)
12. Ronnie McKenzie (SCO/Glasgow TSA)
13. Andy Beskaby (SCO/Dundee United TFC)
14. Dave Baxter (SCO/Dundee United TFC)
15. John Halpin (SCO/Glasgow TSA)
16. Craig Thom (SCO/Dundee United TFC)
17. Fraser McKenzie (SCO/Glasgow TSA)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Number 33 for Geoffrey Marain

Joffray Laurent, Vincent Guyaux, Geoffrey Marain, Alain Flament
This wednesday 12 players met in Templeuve for the monthly tournament of the local club. There were many good games but there was no surprise as the winner was again Geoffrey Marain who won his four games and finished ont op of the Swiss system with 12 points. Vincent Guyaux finished second thanks to a better goal-difference while Joffray Laurent was an excellent third.

The next appointment of the Templeuve United club will be on March 6, just before the FISTF Major of Frameries, for their next WASPA event. 22 players from 5 different nations are already confirmed to attend!

Final table of the evening
1. Geoffrey Marain (SC Eugies)
2. Vincent Guyaux (Bormla SC)
3. Joffray Laurent (SC Eugies)
4. Alain Flament (SCAF Quévy)
5t. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United)
5t. Renald Deloose (Templeuve United)
7. Sebastien Devreese (SC Eugies)
8. Stéphane Lambert (Kent Invicta TFC)
9. Jason Delattre (Templeuve United)
10. Maxime Hoguet  (Templeuve United/France)
11. Eddy Beernaert (SC Flanders)
12. Benjamin Marain (SC Warcoing Ducks)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A nice win for Majee Nolizam in Tangerong

A small tournament took place this sunday in Tangerang, Indonesia. Five players were taking part and everyone had many games in the group stage as all players met twice. Arudyo Putro Rudy came on top of the group with five wins and three draws and qualified for the final.
In the decisive game, Malaysia's Majee Nolizam took the honors after defeating Arudyo Putro Rudy (2-0). Dicky Dewasanto finished third after defeating Dwi Putranto (1-0) in the consolation final.

Carl Young defeats Benny Ng in Melbourne

A total of 13 (4 under 12’s) players arrived to participate in the February event where the majority were fortunate enough to have a taste of the grand prix in January and the buzz of the subbuteo games had strongly carried on a month later. This resulted in recruiting newcomers and former players coming back after a lengthy absence from the subbuteo scene. Group A was seen as an unwanted ‘group of death’ consisting of Carl Young, Benny Ng, Paul Mercer and Luke Radziminski who have all had the experience of winning tournaments in the past so it was to no surprise tough, heated battles throughout the afternoon with Carl Young taking maximum points however.
In Group B, Benji Batten made a clean sweep from lower ranked opponents as expected and met Benny Ng in the semi-final, where it became a goalless draw however Benny came out on top with a the final score 1-0 in the penalty shootout. A shootout where it really became a Russian Roulette-like scenario where it could have been either player’s day. It was down to luck, correct guessing and positioning of their goalkeepers and it was only a matter of time until 1 goal would have been suffice to go through into the final.
The Under 12’s had a set of random results compared to the previous meet up in the Melbourne Grand Prix, which proves that each participant are on similar skill level which enables a maximum amount of positive experience spread out to all four players. Gabriel knew that Benjamin has had a bit more playing experience under his belt but managed to win 1-0 in another tight contest on the day, scoring himself a $10 voucher at Mind Games Brighton as a reward for winning in the final.
Carl Young on the other hand had an easy game against Dillon Izon coming out 6-0 victorious, however, keeping in mind it was a tough match against Benny first time round by a one goal victory, and it was going to be yet another predictable tough affair.
The final
Both players scored exquisite goals and it went into the penalty shootout where Carl had won 3 goals to 2. It was a game where people had thought Carl may have finally become overthrown from the top spot in the WASPA scene here in Melbourne where he has dominated in each event he has entered. But for now it will be back to the drawing board for each player to learn from their mistakes and practice some more flicking and reach the bar which Carl has set up so highly for those who have only started playing actively between now and 2 years ago.
2014 winner of the February cup, Luke Radziminski was not able to maintain his form since his January WASPA Grand Prix Victory this year, slumping to a 7th place finish in the February tournament. This would conclude that Luke was not able to chip the ball on a 36 degree sunny day in Brighton.

(Report by Luke Radziminski)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Lucio Canicchio wins in Harrow

There was a tournament in Harrow this sunday where unsurprisingly Lucio Canicchio dominated also because the organizers had two last minute defections (Bob Varney and Luca Martinelli) and Gianpaolo Vitulano had to leave earlier.

Anyway there were 7 entries and we had two groups, one of 4 and one of 3, with a barrage round before the semis and the loser went to play in a group of 3 for 5th, 6th and 7th position, so everyone had quite few games. Lucio Canicchio beat Elliott Bellefontaine (7-3) in the final to claim the title!

(Report with the help of Rudi Peterschinigg)

Conan Mullen wins in Northern California

The Northern California Subbuteo Club played a small WASPA tournament on Sunday, February 22nd in San Francisco, CA. Only three players were available this month with results as follows.

Conan Mullen 3 - 0 Peter Vahle
Peter Vahle 1 - 0 Michail Keskinidis
Conan Mullen 2 - 0 Michail Keskinidis
Peter Vahle 0 -  1 Conan Mullen
Michail Keskinidis 0 - 1 Peter Vahle
Michail Keskinidis 0 - 1 Conan Mullen

Conan finished top with 12 points, Peter second with 6 points, and Mike third with 0 points. All the games were lively and closely contested with a lot of end-to-end action throughout.

(Report by NCSC)

Friday, 20 February 2015

The third trophy of the year for David Busch

This thursday we had a good tourn out of seven at the Regional Tournament in Ebreichsdorf (Austria). Players like David Busch and Christian Haas came to test their form before the Austrian Cup, which will take place on Sunday. In the preliminary round Lukas Eppensteiner showed pleasing performances with narrow defeats to Jürgen Lizar and Christian Haas and a win against Mathias Eppensteiner.

At the end of the knock-out phase David Busch won his third title this year in a tight match against Christian Haas. Surprisingly, Roland Schwacha reached the third place after a thrilling match against Jürgen Lizar.

(Report by Thomas Eppensteiner)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Yannis Salamouris wins in Athens

Dimitris Patrinos and Yannis Salamouris close to the new WASPA GREECE banner
During the recent FISTF International Open held in Athens by the club of Pobladores Griegos, it has been decided the consolation tournament would be played under WASPA banner. The event was successful as 26 players competed for the trophy and 19 of them were playing their first WASPA tournament ever. Yannis Salamouris (Atlas) took the honors after beating Dimitris Patrinos (Olympia) in the final. Congratulations to everyone involved to make it a success and special thanks to Panos Panagiotides for his work to promote the WASPA circuit in Greece and to create a successful collaboration between WASPA and FISTF.
Action during the tournament

The WASPA Greece banner

During the final

Dimitris Patrinos, runner-up

Yannis Salamouris, winner

Monday, 16 February 2015

Second title for Giuseppe Tardiota

Congratulations to Giuseppe Tardiota for claiming his second WASPA title in sunday's second Narangba Cup. Rik Bland, Giuseppe Brisbane Roar and Gus Gillespie were back at it again today for a full on afternoon of matches. Played on Rik's new Pegasus pitch, goals were plentiful across the 6 matches.

Giuseppe Tardiota and Rik both finished the event on 9 points but the reigning champion would take the win on goal difference.

Special mention must also go to Gus Gillespie who scored his first competition goals in his two losses to Rik Bland (2-3 on both occasions) and he was also 18 seconds away from a first point before Giuseppe took the lone goal in their second encounter which proved critical in the overall standings.

The players are looking to boost their numbers so please pass on any new contacts to Giuseppe Tardiota at (or "Brisbane Roar" on Facebook).

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Thomas Eppensteiner wins in Budapest

This sunday, the Budapest subbuteo club organized their second WASPA tournament in the main city of Hungary. There were six players and everybody played against everybody twice. Thomas Eppensteiner from TFK Niederösterreich was the winner, Gábor Baross (Budapest Subbuteo) finished second. and Mathias Eppensteiner (TFK Niederösterreich) finished at the third place. The final result:
1. Thomas Eppensteiner
2. Gábor Baross
3. Mathias Eppensteiner
4. Róbert Zsigri
5. Adrián Száki
6. Csaba Laska

Full report, results and pictures at