Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Some news from around the world - October 2018

Some results of several WASPA events have not yet been published so here is a brief recap of events held in different countries.
Players in Northern California
In Northern California, Conan Mullen finished on top of a group of five to win the "NCSC Halloween WASPA". There were some new players involved and some great games.

In Austria the Ebenfurth club had a small tournament a few weeks ago with 4 players taking part. Congratulations to Horst Deimel for the win while Rene Buchler was runner-up.

In Wales the latest Knighton tournament saw Dan Nicholls finishing on top of a group of 4. Tom Taylor took the second place.

In Australia the Western Flickers TFC players had a great gathering on October 14. 8 players competed in a round robin so that everyone had seven game. Benny Ng took the honors while benjamin Ng was runner-up and Steve right took the thid place.

Three more events were played under WASPA banner during the Melbourne Open.

Junior U19 WASPA: The junior WASPA was held for all those eliminated from the FISTF event. Second seed for the FISTF Junior competition, Billy Wright, overcame his disappointment at elimination from the main event to make the final but didn’t join his sister on the winners’ list, going down on penalties to promising debutant Liam Browne in the Junior WASPA final. (report from Subbuteo Australia)

MTFC Open WASPA: The Melbourne IO Event also saw the debut of the Power Rankings to decide the outcome of a WASPA tournament. The rules were:
- 1. Players not occupied referreeing the Junior, Women’s or Teams events on the Saturday were free to organise themselves games on the spare tables and record results.
- 2. The final standings were made using the new Power Rankings system given that not all players played a similar number of games, or games against players of the same standard. Only results on the day counted. A win over a player who had performed well on the day was worth more than a win against a player who was winless.
- 3. All enquires on how Power Rankings are calculated should be directed to Richard Wilson.
- 4. For disputes on the outcome, see rule 3 !
The completion was narrowly taken out by Raffaele Lombardi from Eliot Kennedy and Giuseppe Tardiota in a good indicator of players to watch in the main Open event on Sunday. It was great to see 10 players from 5 different clubs taking part. (report from Subbuteo Australia)

WASPA Open: To ensure the WASPA was complete prior to the FISTF IO Final, the format was a straight knockout competition with 2x10min halves and penalties (no extra time). There were 9 competitors in the WASPA Plate Event, with the previous days’ junior runner up Gabriel Lombard joining the 8 players eliminated from the FISTF Open event. Gabriel played Charlotte Wright in the barrage. After a scoreless draw Charlotte won 2-1 on penalties to move into the quarter finals.
In the quarter finals, Charlotte continued her impressive run of results by defeating Adam Deverell 2-1 on penalties. This set up a semi final showdown with her brother Billy who progressed after Beth Eveleigh needed to forfeit due to illness. Benny Ng accounted for Christos Garagounis to set up a clash with his son Benjamin in the other semi final after Benjamin defeated Juliette 1-0.
In the battle of the Wrights, it was Billy that prevailed 2-1 on penalties after a scoreless draw. In the other semi Benjamin continued his run of wins over his father to progress to the final 3-1.
The final saw two of the Western Flickers’ juniors battle it out for the WASPA Open win. In the end the FISTF Junior IO winner,
Benjamin Ng, proved to strong for the WASPA Junior IO winner Billy Wright. (report from Subbuteo Australia)

Canada had two events in October and both tournaments were played on the same date (October 20).

In Montreal, Simon Harvey won his first WASPA tournament after defeating Pierre Chastenais in sudden death in the final. More importantly, it was fantastic to see five players gathering for a tournament. We really hope for a good future in Quebec.

The monthly event in Toronto had a good turnout of four with Mike Sgro defeating Final Howard Christie in the final.

Finally, in Spain Pasquale Carrassi won the Marina Citerior SC "promotional event" in Javea, which was held a few weeks ago. the italian finished on top of a group of 3 with Scotland's Bill Dunham and Italy's Lisa carrassi also taking part.

Please keep mind all results are welcome. Even if you have only three players, that's enough to have a WASPA tournament. And if you are visiting a foreign country, you can always organize a "WASPA test-match" against a local player to show some WASPA presence.

For any question, contact WASPA at vincent.cop@rsca.com