Thursday, 13 December 2018

Another Parrot Cup for Brian Daley


London Road Subbuteo Club held their "25th Parrot Cup" on December 9, 2018. Nine players attended and were split into two groups before knock-out stages. Nine year old Ruby had a great event qualifying for the semi-finals for the first time. Richard Stock won the plate event against new member Chris Bedford.

Ruby Matthews was beaten by Martin Blanchard and Trevor Schott beaten by Brian Daley in the semi-finals. After extra-time the final finished 0-0, Brian beating Martin in shoot out 2-0.

Thanks to Cayne and his friends for another good tournament under WASPA banner. Good to see the game alive in North Wales!

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The Christmas Cup for Kenny Beggs


The Derry Citty TFC Christmas Cup this year was an Old Subbuteo event played to the advanced rules in a league format. A good turn out saw Kenny Beggs top the table with Martinog Bradley runner up, Simon Stewart took the third spot with Mark McCrossan coming in fourth.

Final standings:
1. Kenny Beggs 19
2. Martinog Bradley 14
3. Simon Stewart 13
4. Mark McCrossan 9
5. Brendan Rodgers 8
6. Lawrence Watson 5
7. Craig Stewart 5
8. Oisin Mor 3

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Two in a row for Marco Bonciani


The third tournament of the season in Firenze took place on Monday with 12 players taking part. Marco Bonciani won his second tournament in a row after defeating Luca Pini in the final. Sergio Robertiello and Gabriele Casati manage to share the third place while Giammarco Riccioni won the consolation tournament.

Monday, 10 December 2018

George Zangylos winner in Limassol

The second stage of the national circuit in Cyprus took place on December 2 with 13 players representing 6 different clubs taking part. The final was not a surprise as George Zangylos took the honors, this time defeating Marcos Kalopsidiotis as a replay of the previous tournament (won by Marcos). Giannis Bekos (novice in the WASPA circuit) and Panagiotis Panaretos reached the semi-finals. The next tournament will be held on December 23.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Action in Belgium

Here is a quick look at the recent tournaments held in Belgium.

The Templeuve United tournament on November 28 had a smaller turnout than expected with 6 players competing in a league format and Geoffrey marain taking the honors to claim his 92nd WASPA victory while Matthias Averlant was a well-deserved runner-up. Jordan Bonte won the Junior tournament after defeating Islam Belahcen int he final.

In Bande, there were six players competing on November 29 with Rémy Honet (JSC Rochefort) taking the honors to claim his very first WASPA title. Jean Grosdent was runner-up while Henrin Grosdent was a surprising third.

Last Monday the December tournament in the premises of SC Flanders had another field of six with Geert Leys taking the victory of the day and Frank Lannoy being runner-up.

Finally, the Warcoing Ducks tournament on December 5 had an amazing field of 15 competing in Swiss system. Geoffrey marain had no pain winning another tournament but this time runner-up was Michaël Dupret (who will attend the FISTF tournament in Japan next week) and Junior Corentin Boltz from AS Hennuyer took the third place.

Friday, 7 December 2018

WASPA monthly report of November 2018

Dear all, please find enclosed the WASPA rankings and updated records of November 2018.

Excel file with the rankings
PDF file with the results

We have had results from 37 tournaments played in many different countries. There were 34 regional events, 2 promotional tournaments and a National Cup in South Africa where representatives from the three local clubs had the chance to meet a player from Portugal.
A good National cup in Pretoria, South Africa
Central Sporting Club 18 (Northern Ireland) and Magic Team Tournai (Belgium) have organized their first WASPA events, which is great. Both Australia and Belgium have been very active with 6 regional events in the records. We are very happy to see some great events in Greece, some activity in the US and Canada, the great events in Northern Ireland, Singapore, Wales, Ireland, England and some activity in Austria. We are very happy to see Cyprus back in action.

The "Flaming Flickers" club (Greece) is the leader of the "top clubs ranking" while the Western Flickers TFC (Australia) is currently the number 1 junior club.
Good turnout for the events in Greece
If some juniors (born in 2002) don't appear in the ranking, it means we don't have their birthdates so please send your feedback.

About the WASPA world cup: we have no candidate to take over after FISTF put their European tournament on the date we had booked. If any of you is ready to organize the tournament, let me know. Otherwise there might be a "special" event again in Belgium on the first week-end of July.

We stay at your disposal for any info regarding the circuit or for ideas on how to improve things!
Please don't forget to send all results of your events (possibly with pictures and a short story for the blog) to my home address at vincent.cop@rsca.com
Visit of Cezar Stoilescu in Belgium
Well, that's all for now. Please remember you only need 3 players to register your tournament. Don't be scared to join. It's free and tournament requests can be sent by e-mail to vincent.cop@rsca.com

Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com as there are updates almost every day.
Cyprus is back in the WASPA circuit
Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/waspasubbuteo/
We also have a WASPA page here: https://www.facebook.com/WASPA-World-Amateur-Subbuteo-Players-Association-231789816834700/

Keep in mind WASPA is also looking for partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each other), don't hesitate to contact me at vincent.cop@rsca.com
Action in Virginia, USA
Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit, to get new clubs/nations involved or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,
Vincent Coppenolle

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Bougiouris, Seses and Apatzis winners in Kallithea

Kallithea has been the Center of the Greek WASPA circuit in the last few weeks with three events run by the neighbor clubs of Flaming Flickers and Kallithea Flame.



In the first week-end of November, 20  players attended the first tournament of the month under the theme of "Anglo-Italian Cup".

Despite the last minute droputs of two players, the tournament took place normally and Yannis Bougiouris defeated Markos Kapsabelis in the final on shots.

The winner defended the colors of Arsenal despite his favorite team in the real life is Liverpool while Kapsabelis was playing under "Cremonese". Semi-finalists were Costas Meleas and Vassilis Dragossis.

There was a local pizza break before the semi-finals to make it a special day.

Congratulations to Giannis for the title, to Markos for the close final and to all the participants for another great WASPA event!


Kostas Seses winner on November 17
On November 17, the Kallithea Flame club has another event with 20 players but this time it was decided to play two categories to give more good games to everyone. In category A, 8 players were divided into 2 groups.

Kostas Seses (Olympia) took the honors after defeating Nikos Psomiadis in the final while Alekos Apatzis and Giorgos Pitihoutis reached the semis.

In Category B Christian Tsakalakis was the winner of the day after a close final against Petros Kleonakos.


Finally, the Flaming Flickers finishing their "long term tournament" under the theme of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. It was a really special event with 32 players taking part with many close games and some surprises. Alekos Apatzis (Argentina) defeated Markos Kapsabelis (Poland) in the final. Nikos Psomiadis and Klearhos Sarikakis reached the semi-finals. You can see action in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcxnaw89hQc

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Rudy does it again in Singapore



Farrer Park Friday flicks - 30 Nov 18
5 club players played in a round robin games where Rudy edged out undefeated Michael by 2 points to win the club November event. 

Games 
Rizal 3 - 1 Bolkiah
Rizal 0 - 1 Rudy
Bolkiah 0 - 6 Rudy
Michael 0 - 0 Nic
Michael 0 - 0 Rudy
Nic 1 - 1 Rizal
Nic 2 - 0 Bolkiah
Rizal 0 - 2 Michael
Michael 2 - 0 Bolkiah
Rudy 3 - 1 Nic

Player - Pts. G. 
Rudy 10. +9
Michael 8. +4
Nic 5. 0
Rizal T 4. -1
Bolkiah 0. -12

Monday, 3 December 2018

Nikolaos Skordas winner in Thessaloniki


The Greek club of Panorama 1978 SC is very active and had another WASPA tournament with 11 players in 3 groups on the 21st of November.
The winner was Nikolaos Skordas (Larissa TS). Second place is a player from the host team, Stavros Giapoutzis, and 3rd place is for Dimitrios Karpouzos of the newly found Thessaloniki Utd TSC. Congratulations to the winner and to all the participants for a very nice tournament.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Clifford Graaff retains the SA Championships Title!


Saturday 24 November 2018, Pretoria, South Africa:
The 2018 edition of the South African Championships was hosted by Pretoria Flickers Club - an event which turned out to be special in more ways  than one. The event attracted 16 entries with visitors Pedro Araujo (PORTUGAL) and Nich van der Berg (NETHERLANDS) adding an international feel to the day! The field also included 2009 SA Champion, Sean Morgan - making his first competitive appearance since 2010. A very special effort from newly elected SATFA Chairman, Clinton Gahwiler - making the trip from Cape Town for this event!
Preceding the event, Gary Downs from Pretoria Flickers Club made two very special presentations - firstly to Ramona (PFC Chairman, Julian vd Merwe's wife) for her patience and sacrifices throughout the year during PFC's monthly events. Then secondly, a customised wooden plaque was presented to Clifford Graaff in recognition of JTFC (Johannesburg Table Football Club) being the oldest Subbuteo Club in South Africa - JTFC are well into their 11th year of existence!

It was decided to have a 5 match "Club Challenge" between Pretoria and Johannesburg to start the day. After the draws and match up's were concluded, it
was PFC who triumphed by 3-2 over JTFC. The playing field was then separated as follows - 10 players in the open Section and 6 players in the Plate Section. There were so many memorable matches in both sections - too much to mention all, but below are the summaries from each section.

Open Section Summary
Clinton Gahwiler (CTCSC) was leading the standings after 2 Rounds of play - thanks to a 1-0 victory over Sean Morgan (JTFC), followed by another 1-0 victory over Jayden vd Merwe (PFC). Round 2 also saw a shock 1-0 victory for Gary Downs (PFC) over Chessray Jooste (PFC). As the day progressed, it was clear that the "heavyweights" would soon be squaring up to each other. As the draw would have it, in Round 5, some massive results shaped the day - Sean Morgan dispatching of Bevin Reed (PFC) and Pedro Araujo (Portugal) beating Jayden vd Merwe by 1-0 effectively put an end to Pretoria's chances of delivering a National Champion. The "tie of the round" saw Clifford Graaff (JTFC) dispatch of Clinton Gahwiler (CTCSC) by 2-0. This then meant that Clifford and Sean were top of the standings heading into the final Round 6.

Then, we saw 2009 finalists Sean Morgan and Clifford Graaff play out to a 2-2 draw, with Clifford getting the equaliser with the last flick of the match! Clinton then recorded a 3-0 win over Chris Dimmer to tie Clifford on 9 points overall. However, due to the "head to head" ruling, Clifford Graaff secured his second National title due to the 2-0 victory over Clinton Gahwiler earlier in Round 5.

Final Standings - Open Section
Clifford Graaff (JTFC) - 9
Clinton Gahwiler (CTCSC) - 9
Sean Morgan (JTFC) - 8
Pedro Araujo (POR) - 8
Jayden vd Merwe (PFC) - 6
Bevin Reed (PFC) - 6
Gary Downs (PFC) - 6
Chessray Jooste (PFC) - 4
Carl Bollweg (JTFC) - 2
Chris Dimmer (JTFC) - 2

Plate Section Summary
Kegan vd Merwe (PFC) elected to play in the Plate Section - due to a back injury he sustained at work, during the same week of the SA Champ's. However, it was Imtiaz Ahmed (PFC) - playing only in his second full season in Pretoria - who was really impressive. The Plate Section also included visitor, Nich vd Berg (NETHERLANDS).
On the day, two players posted unbeaten runs - Imtiaz Ahmed and Conway Julie (PFC). Conway's unbeaten run was preserved thanks to a hard fought 1-0 victory over Stanton Nortjie (PFC) in Round 3. When Sherwin Reed (PFC) posted a shock 1-0 victory over Kegan in Round 4, the Plate Section also ended on a dramatic note (much like the Open Section did) - as Sherwin tied Imtiaz and Conway on 5 points overall, forcing the Plate Section into a 3-way shoot-out.

3-way Shoot Out :
Sherwin Reed (5) - (4) Conway Julie
Imtiaz Ahmed (1) - (2) Conway Julie
Sherwin Reed (2) - (3) Imtiaz Ahmed
In the end, all 3 players recorded a win each, and the organisers decided to have a 3-way split for the Plate Section honours - awarding each player with a prize of their own!

Final Standings - Plate Section
Imtiaz Ahmed (PFC) - 5
Conway Julie (PFC) - 5
Sherwin Reed (PFC) - 5
Kegan vd Merwe (PFC) - 4
Stanton Nortjie (PFC) - 3
Nich vd Berg (NED) - 2

In the end, a well supported and totally enjoyable end to the Subbuteo year as far as Pretoria Flickers Club is concerned!
Congratulations to Clifford Graaff on defending his SA Championships title!
Well done to the Plate Section players for delivering a memorable event as well!
Thanks goes out to Gary Downs and his wife Carol-Lynne Downs for providing lunch to all participants on the day.
A BIG thank you to Carol-Lynne and her company DN Accounting Solutions for sponsoring the prizes on the day - could not have done this without you guys!

Finally, thank you to all who attended PFC's hosting of the 2018 SA Champ's. Looking forward to Johannesburg 2020!

The PFC facebook page will be updated shortly with photo's & news content at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PFC-SA/519566284755728

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

Hobart tournament in April 2019

There will be a tournament in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) in April 2019. Interested players can contact Yago at hobarttfc@gmail.com for more details!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Marco Bonciani winner in Firenze

Earlier this week the club of Firenze was holding a second WASPA tournament for this season. There were 12 players taking part and this time Marco Bonciani took the honors after defeating Mirko Masini in the final. Luca Pini and Tiberio Becucci made it to the semi-finals while Cabriele Casati won the consolation tournament. Thanks to all the players for another good evening of Subbuteo!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Some more results from Autsralia - November 2018

Several tournaments recently took place in Australia.

In Perth, the usual group of six players met for the November tournament with a group stage and then knock-out games. Inthe end, Singapore's Tan Yew Loy (aka Mark Ryan) defeated Ross McNulty in the final (2-0) while Alan Kimber defeated Chris Thorn in the game for the third place. Hugh Best was 5th and Ron Byrne was 6th.


Sydney TFC also had a good event with 7 players taking part. Congratulations to Eliot Kennedy for the win and to Hermann Kruse to reach the final beating respectively Oliver Ollnow and Fabrizio Coco in the semi-finals.
The Sydney Christmas Cup will be held on December 9.


In Melbourne the Western Flickers had a great event called "WFW30 - Flicks in the Sticks III" last week-end with 14 players competing. The Open category was a group of 9 players and Benny Ng finished on top of the league with 8 wins while Adrian Connolly was runner-up and Christos Garagounis was third. In the Junior section, Charlotte Wright finished on top of a group of 5 willy Billy Wright was runner-up.


Final standings in Open category:
1. Benny Ng
2. Adrian Connolly
3. Christos Garagounis
4. Steve Wright
5. Anthony Madiona
6. Kevin Grant
7. Benjamin Ng
8. Beth Eveleigh
9. Juliette Browne

Final standings in Junior category:
1. Charlotte Wright
2. Billy Wright
3. Liam Browne
4. Jayden Truter
5. Sean Browne

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

More subbuteo action in Belgium

Some events have recently been held in Templeuve. Last Wednesday the "promotional" event in the agenda of the Templeyuve United club had a good turnout of seven players (+ three other who didn't compete). Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai) took the honors after winning his four games while clubmate Jean-Luc Canfin was runner-up. It was also the first appearance of French player Sébastien Sorge in a tournament.
Top 3 of the evening: Canfin-Dupret-Marain jr

Final standings:

1. Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai)
2. Jean-Luc Canfin (MT Tournai)
3. Benjamin Marain (Warcoing Ducks)
4. Abdurahman Fahad (Templeuve Utd)
5. Arthur Clique (Templeuve Utd)
6. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve Utd)
7. Islam Belahcen (Templeuve Utd)

Players at the tournai tournament
On November 22, the players from the Tournai area had the visit of Romania's Cezar Stoilescu. Cezar couldn't make it in the previous day so the club of Tournai asked to play a WASPA tournament in the premises of Templeuve. With 11 players taking part, the evening was a success. Geoffrey Marain didn't manage to win another WASPA title as he finished the evening with 2 wins and 2 draws. Vincent Coppenolle was a bit lucky to take the first place with 10 points while Stéphane Lambert had 9 and Michaël Dupret was third with more goals scored than Geoffrey Marain. Cezar Stoilescu proved to be an excellent player and took a well-deserved 6th place!

Top 3 of the evening
Final standings:
1. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve Utd)
2. Stéphane Lambert (Yokohama)
3. Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai)
4. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
5. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve Utd)
6. Cezar Stoilescu (Bucharest)
7. Benjamin Marain (Warcoing Ducks)
8. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve Utd)
9. Abdurahman Fahad (Templeuve Utd)
10. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve Utd)
11. Islam Belahcen (Templeuve Utd)


Players in Bande

Also on November 22, another "promotional" event took place in Bande with 4 players. Bruno Mottet (Temploux) won his three games to lift the trophy. Henri Grosdent was runner-up with Aurore Grosdent and Lulani Verhoeven also taking part.

Finally, the first tournament of the season in Auvelais had a good turnout of 7 players from 6 different clubs. There was a big surprise in the final when Jean-Pierre Genart defeated Jérôme heyvaert in the sudden death to win the tournament. Fabrice Guyaux and Pol serwy reached the semi-finals.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Marcos Kalopsidiotis is the new leader in Cyprus


After a long hiatus Subbuteo was back in Cyprus this week-end. The Famagusta club held the first stage of the national circuit and it was a good way to celebrate the new premises of the club. Giorgos Zangylos was very enthusiast about the new project. For the first event, seven players were taking part with four different teams of the country being represented. Giorgos Zangylos reached the final but had to accept the victory of Marcos Kalopsidiotis who is therefore the first leader of the national circuit. Panagiotis Panaretos and Marios Nikolaou are the semi-finalists of the day. Congratulations to all the players invoved.


Saturday, 24 November 2018

Paul Eyes wins Delaware Valley Open




The 2018 Delaware Valley Open has been held last week-end in Avondale, PA and after an eight year drought, Paul Eyes is your 2018 Delaware Valley Open Champion!! Paul defeated Daniel Cranston 3-1 in the final game to win the title. It is always a pleasure putting this event on for everyone!

(Report by Andrew Zunino)

Friday, 23 November 2018

End of Year Pretoria event with an International entry


Padro Araujo and Julian Van der Merwe
Sunday 18 November 2018, Pretoria, South Africa: 
The 2018 edition of this event attracted 11 players - 7 in the Open Section and 4 in the Promotion Section.
It was a great honour for Pretoria Flickers Club to welcome Pedro Araujo from the Portugese club OS Belenenses, as this just reinforced the spirit of this great sport of ours - to kindle new and lasting friendships!
In the Open Section both Pedro Araujo and Jayden vd Merwe won their 4 allocated matches, and as there was no "head to head" to choose from between these two players, the event was forced into a final play-off match!

Pre-tournament favourite (and 2017 defending champion), Bevin Reed did not have a good day trying out his new CLR bases and as a result only managed to win 1 of his allocated matches.
Conway Julie managed a very impressive 3rd place finish on the day!
In the final play-off match, Jayden took a 1-0 lead by the end of the first half, with Pedro equalising within the final 2 minutes of the 2nd half in what turned out to be an evenly contested and tense match-up. In the end penalty shots was required and Jayden triumphed by 3-1 shots over Pedro! In Pretoria we have been employing the "VAR" system for some time now - and Pedro's 4th shot was carefully scrutinised (slomo replay after replay after replay) to eventually make the correct call, where Jayden's 'keeper tipped the ball onto the inside of the upright without crossing the line to bounce back into play! This tiumph marks Jayden's 18th WASPA title to date!

Austin de Gama
In the Promotion Section some tightly contested matches unfolded and when Austin Da Gama beat Shaquille Barman by 2-0 in Round 2, it was clear that the 2017 winner (Shaquille) was about to relinquish his title! A clear sign of progression for Austin - as he ended bottom of the standings during the same event a year ago!
A special mention regarding the debutant Joycelle Tellie, who displayed very impressive touches on the tables all day - enough to earn him a well deserved 2nd place finish!

This event brings the curtain down for 2018 as far as PFC's club events are concerned. The next event = PFC's hosting of the 2018 SA Championships on Saturday 24th November 2018.

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.
Finally….a special note of thanks to all the Pretoria players for your continued support during 2018!

The PFC website & facebook page will be updated shortly with photo's & news content at :
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PFC-SA/519566284755728

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Warcoing Ducks tournament - November 2018


11 players attended the tournament organized by the "Warcoing Ducks" on Friday. Geoffrey Marain had no problem to win his 91th WASPA title after he won his four group games. Stéphane Lambert was a deserved runner-up with three wins while Michaël Dupret managed to finish on the podium. It was another good evening with players from different levels but the weaker players gained experience and had a good time.

Final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Stéphane Lambert (Yokohama)
3. Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai)
4. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
5. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
6. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
7. Olivier Bodelle (Templeuve)
8. Arthur Clique (Templeuve)
9. Benjamin Marain (Warcoing)
10. Abdurahman Fahad (Templeuve)
11. Islam Belahcen (Templeuve)