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!