Sunday, 20 January 2019

Kostas Kalopsidiotis takes the fourth stage


The 4th stage of the Cypriot circuit took place on Saturday with 12 players taking part. Kostas Kalopsidiotis (Salamis) won the tournament after defeating Panagiotis Panaretos (Phoenix) in the final. Georgios Zangylos (Famagusta) and Marcos Kalopsidiotis (Salamis). Huge thanks to the organizers for the amazing work!

Saturday, 19 January 2019

TFAS League 2019 Match Day 1

The first match day of the 2019 season of the TFAS League kicked off on 6 January, with 8 players fighting it out to take an early lead in the League standings.
After 4 rounds of the Swiss System, Anas emerges out on top, with a clean record of 4 wins! However, the man of the match-day was notably the youngest player, Isaac, who came out undefeated at the end of the day, bagging a win against Vikas, and almost winning in the other games he drew.

Results are as follows:
Vikas 2 v 1 Bernard
Isaac 2 v 2 Rudy
Anas 3 v 0 Haikal
Rizal 0 v 1 Nic
Anas 3 v 0 Vikas
Nic 1 v 3 Rudy
Isaac 2 v 2 Rizal
Bernard 3 v 1 Haikal
Anas 3 v 0 Rudy
Bernard 0 v 1 Nic
Vikas 2 v 3 Isaac
Rizal 2 v 2 Haikal
Anas 2 v 1 Nic
Isaac 4 v 4 Bernard
Rudy 12 v 1 Rizal
Vikas 2 v 3 Haikal

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Maltese Christmas Cup for Daniele Spadaro



 Last Saturday the club of Attard was holding the “WASPA Christmas Cup Tournament 2018” in their premises in Malta.

There was a good field of 12 players of all ages and in the end, there was no surprise as Daniele Spadaro defeated Natalino Tanti (2-0) in the final.

Walter Attard beat Joseph M. Debono in the game for the third place (2-1). A good day was had by all.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Kenny Beggs is New year champion


Derry City TFC held their third New Years Cup on Monday and it was a very successful event. 7 players competed in a league format with plenty of drama and good spirits shown on the night. Kenny ‘the legend’ Beggs returned to form to take the first place honours with Martinog Bradley finishing 2nd on goal difference ahead of Mark ‘the Moth’ McCrossan. Oisin Mor chalked up his first competitive victory with a 3-0 win over Paddy Simms.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Daniele Lombardi rattles the favourites pre-AGP19


Sydney TFC’s Daniele Lombardi caused an upset when he won the pre-AGP19 WASPA, organised by the Northern Falcons on Monday night.
A 10-man field including AGP19 3rd seed Eliot Kennedy (Nthn Falcons), 5th seed Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC) and 7th seed Robert Green was drawn into a four round Swiss competition.

Daniele started inauspiciously when he lost 1-0 to Greenie, but then amassed points and culminated in a 2-0 win over Fabrizio to win on goal difference. “I’m not sure it’s a good thing to have won tonight”, said a surprised Daniele. “I hope I can keep the form going into the AGP.”

Falcons’ Jonty Brener got in some good preparation for the AGP with wins over Adrian Elmer and his dad, while Adrian managed to shrug off his shooting woes, at least some of the time, to grab two precious wins.

Steve and Tony renewed their great rivalry, but this time it ended in a 1-1 draw, while it was great to see Jonny Ball in action, preparing for the AGP.

Great fun all around and in true camaraderie.

Results

Monday, 14 January 2019

Number 5 for Geert Leys


This Monday seven players attended the WASPA tournament of SC Flanders. As usual, the tournament was played in Swiss system. It was very close in the end with everybody losing points but Geert Leys took the honors with 9 points despite losing in the first game to Stéphane Lambert.

Jos Ceulemans was runner-up with 8 points and more goals scored than Stéphane Lambert. Frank Lannoy was 4th, Bart Van de Vliet 5th, Johan Lourdon 6th and Willy De Bandt 7th.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Craigieburn Cup 2019 WASPA tournament report


With the holiday season ensuring a number of absentees, a small but passionate group of Flickers gathered for the annual Craigieburn Cup. With the AGP next weekend and almost all of today’s Flickers making the trip to Sydney, this WASPA event would serve as the ideal warm up tournament.

The format of the day was a simple round robin group stage followed by winner-takes-all Final matches. All games were FISTF style matches.

In the Open and Junior group matches, father and son duo Benny and Benjamin set the stage with 100% records respectively.

Junior final
Back from playing at the World Cup and with a change in equipment, Paul Mercer showed huge strides in his game and put 6 past hapless Anthony. However, Anthony’s game would grow stronger as the day progressed and finished with a 2-0 win over Steve Wright to grab 3rd spot. In the Open final, Paul had the better of the game but struggled with his finishing. In the end, Benny won 3-0 with some clinical shooting to take out the Cup.

In the Junior final, Benjamin started as favourite after having won all his games convincingly - scoring 12 goals in 3 matches! However, “Miss Cool” Charlotte was unfazed and managed to turn around her group stage 0-3 loss to Benjamin to emerge 1-0 victor in a tight match.

Congrats to Benny and Charlotte for the wins and most of all to everyone who took part in a fun day !

And special thanks to Anthony for being such a wonderful host and also to Kevin Grant for going out of his way to drop off the boards.

Junior Group matches:
Benjamin 3 Jayden 0
Charlotte 2 Billy 1
Benjamin 3 Charlotte 0
Billy 2 Jayden 0
Benjamin 6 Billy 1
Charlotte 2 Jayden 0

Open Group matches:
Benny 2 Steve 0
Paul 5 Anthony 0
Steve 0 Paul 0
Anthony 0 Benny 5
Steve 1 Anthony 1
Paul 1 Benny 4

Junior Final: Charlotte 1-0 Benjamin
Junior 3rd & 4th: Billy 1-0 Jayden

Open Final: Benny 3-0 Paul
Open 3rd & 4th: Anthony 2-0 Steve

Thursday, 10 January 2019

A third WASPA trophy for Antonio Timpano


Last Friday a WASPA tournament was held in the premises of the "Etoile Sarthoise" club in Auvelais. Seven players competed in Swiss system. In the end of the evening, Antonio Timpano (formerly SC Seraing but now SC Charleroi) took the honors with four wins.

His brother Bruno was runner-up. Jérôme Heyvaert took the third spot to make sure Charleroi had the top 3 players. Fabrice Guyax (Etoile Sarthoise) was 4th, Vincent Guyaux (Bormla SC) 5th, Jean-Pierre Genart (Temploux) 6th and Peyton Heyvaert (Charleroi) 7th.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

2019 off with a bang with Joburg TFC

Saturday the 5th of January saw the official opening of the 2019 season with the Joburg TFC aka The Eagles.

A competitive field of 8 players flicked off in two seeded groups of 4. Two new members, both junior coaches at Randburg FC, namely Thomas and Moses both acquitted themselves well and really enjoyed the comaraderie and friendly banter which is a hallmark of the tournaments at Randburg FC.

Abes dished up the first upset to qualify as runner-up along with Clifford from Group A. Carl and Chris proved their seedings by qualifying as winner and runner-up from Group B. Both semis proved to be tight encounters resulting in Clifford and Carl winning by solitary goals. This was Carls first final appearance and shows his rapid improvement. The losing semi finalists flicked off for the bronze placing with Chris defeating Abes in a thrilling penalty shootout after the match ended goalless. The game saw Carl make his maiden appearance in a WASPA final and although he lost to Clifford, he had his opportunities which he failed to capitalize on resulting in Clifford securing his first title for 2019.

Clifford also was 4th official at the FNB Stadium (home
of the 2010 WC Final) for a friendly between Werder Bremen
and Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday the 6th of January.
Once again, JOBURG TFC's masterchef and Clifford's better half,  Nita, dished up a delicious lunch which everybody enjoyed along with some ice cold refreshments on a glorious Highveld summer afternoon.

Thanks to all for attending and flicking it out to some entertaining and enjoyable table footie fun.

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Demitrios Rebis winner in Ilioupolis

Roligans Ilioupolis organized a New Year's regional tournament on January 5. Five players played in a single group. The winner was Demitrios Rebis and the runner-up was Chris Kotrotsos.

Final table
1. Demitrios Rebis (10 points and +8)
2. Chris Kotrotsos (10 and +7)
3. Alexis Tzelakis (6)
4. Angelos Foutrakis (3)
5. Stavros Mesonisanakis (0)

Monday, 7 January 2019

Giorgos Stylianou takes third stage of the national circuit


The final
The third stage of the Cyprit circuit took place on January 5 with a good turnout of 12 players. This time there was a different final between Giorgos Stylianou (Famagusta TFC) and Marcos Kalopsidiotis (Salamis) and Stylianou won the game (3-0) to be the third winner of the tournament since the beginning of the season. Giorgos Zangylos (Famagusta) and Panagiotis Panaretos (Phoenix) reached the semi-finals. There will be more action in Cyprus in the next few weeks. The team of Famagusta is the current leader in the Cypriot circuit of clubs. 7 different clubs are involved in the circuit.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Belgium: report from Vresse - Rochefort - Templeuve

Several events have been held in Belgium in the last few days.



In Vresse there was a good turnout of 7 including some unattached players competing in a league format.

Pascal Droeven took the honors with 16 points while Renaud Parisel was runner-up. It was a good day for all players.

Final standings:
1. Pascal Droeven
2. Renaud Parisel
3. Philippe Van Kerm
4. Marc De Vos
5. Grégory Berte
6. Michaël Paquay
7. Pascal Tiste


In Rochefort, 9 players competed in Swiss format with Valéry Dejardin proving to be the best player. Valéry finished the evening with four wins and Maxime Muraille was runner-up with 7 points. It was a good rehearsal before the forthcoming forst day of the Belgian national league for clubs to be held in Eugies on January 5.

Final table:
1. Valéry Dejardin (JSC Rochefort)
2. Maxime Muraille (JSC Rochefort)
3. Luc Grosdent (Wamme SC)
4. Thierry Magermans (Temploux)
5. Bertrand Louis (JSC Rochefort)
6. Basile Magermans (Rochefort TS)
7. Rémy Honet (JSC Rochefort)
8. Didier Stévenot (JSC Rochefort)
9. Raphaël Maillard (JSC Rochefort)


Finally, in Templeuve, 12 players attended the club's monthly event. It was a good night with three French players and the first appearance of new player Zineb Hamza. As for the results, Vincent Coppenolle manage to score a late equalizer in session 2 against Geoffrey Marain. Marain later had a difficult time against Matthias Averlant but won the game (2-1) and in the end, Coppenolle won the tournament thanks to a better goal-difference.

Final table:
1. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
2. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
3. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
4. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)
5. Benjamin Marain (Warcoing Ducks)
6. Arthur Clique (Templeuve)
7. Stéphane Lambert (Yokohama)
8. Olivier Bodelle (Templeuve)
9. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve)
10. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)
11. Zineb Hamza (Templeuve)
12. Islam Belahcen (Templeuve)

Christos Agrios winner in Thessaloniki

The last greek tournament of 2018 took place on December 30 in Thessaloniki. 9 players were competing representing the different clubs of the city, Thessaloniki United and Panorama 1978 Subbuteo Club. Christos Agrios defeated Constantios Giapoutzis in the final to claim the title. Congratulations to everyone!

Friday, 4 January 2019

WASPA report of December 2018

Dear all,

first of all, best wishes for 2019. I hope all your dreams will come true in the next few months and hopefully our favorite hobby will remain a priority for all of us.

WASPA Season results 2018-2019
WASPA ranking - December 18

You will find in the attached files the updates records of the WASPA circuit after the tournaments held in December.
Players at the latest Western Sydney tournament in Australia
We have added 31 events in the records (28 regional, 2 promo, 1 advanced rules) + some records of the NETFA mini-leagues and from the Dutch league.

December was a special month because two new clubs organized their first WASPA tournaments. Huge welcome to TSC 69ers from Italy and to Eastern Ontario Subbuteo League from Canada.

You will see in the records that Australia and Belgium have been the most active nations this month with a lot of events organized by many different clubs but it's good to see Greece also had 3 events and Northern Ireland had a tournament with advanced rules.  Events in Italy, Cyprus, England, Singapore and South Africa had a good turnout and we are glad about it!
The first WASPA tournament in Trenton, Ontario (Canada)
We have had tournaments in 18 different countries since the beginning of the season but we really hope many more nations will hold tournaments.

There are not many changes in the individual rankings of the Open category but there is a big change in the Junior section with Olliver Ollnow from Australia being the new number 1. We see now Northern Ireland in the top 5 of nations (ranking by places). In the club rankings there are not many changes but the TSC 69ers from Italy are a new entry in the Junior section. Great job!
Huge turnout for the Flaming Flickers tournament 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.

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.
First WASPA tournament of the TSC 69ers in Italy
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
A great WASPA tournament in Singapore
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, 3 January 2019

Anas Rahamat wins 2018 Xmas tournament in Singapore

The final tournament in the Singapore Table Football calendar with SG Ranking points took place on December 30, 2018 at the Singapore Sports Hub Library. The Xmas Cup was organized under the banner of SG Lions Table Football Club and saw a turnout of 16 players.

The 16 players were randomly drawn into 4 groups of 4 players each for the round-robin Group Stage. The top 2 in each Group qualified for the Cup quarter-finals while the bottom 2 competed in the Plate quarter-finals.  Each player gets at least 4 games.

Groups A & B were particularly tough with Rudy & Den emerging as Group winners respectively; while Kok Wee had the edge in a 3-cornered fight and Anas also qualifying for the Cup quarters.  Group C saw recently-crowned Merlion Cup Open Champion winning the Group; and youngster Isaac (reigning Merlion Cup U19 Champion) pulling-off an upset against Rizal to join Michael in the quarters.  New young player Vikkram from Kebun Bahru TFC won Group D; alongside Adam also from Kebun Bahru TFC.

In the Cup Final, Anas continued his domination of the local table football scene to win 2-0 over Den Mulia to win the Xmas Cup!!  While in the Plate Final, Bernard defeated Vikas 3-1 to win the consolation final.

Final Placings - Cup
Champion: Anas Rahamat
Runner-Up: Den Mulia Yusni
Semi-Finalist: Kok Wee Tan
Semi-Finalist: Isaac Lim

Final Placings - Plate
Champion: Bernard Lim
Runner-Up: Vikas Chandiramani
Semi-Finalist: Nic Tan
Semi-Finalist: Yi De Tan

Congratulations to all winners!!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Subbuteo action in Canada - December 2018

Two tournament have recently been held in Canada.


The Eastern Ontario Subbuteo League tournament took place on Sunday. The EOSL the longest running club in Canada. Rudy Mouw was the champion with Steve Whitehead as runner-up. Mike Whitehead was third and Mike Whiteman fourth. 4 players played and it was the club's first ever WASPA tournament.

The Toronto club had their monthly tournament earlier in December. And for the second time, Howard Christie (picture on the left) is taking home the Subbuteo Night in Canada Championship Trophy! In a thrilling 2-0 match, Howard was able to hold his ground against Peter Sexton's late game push.

Congrats to all of our Tournament participants, and thank you for everyone who tuned in to our first ever Live-Stream! This was our last tournament of 2018, but please join us again come January when we'll be streaming our first event of 2019!

Thanks to Steve Whitehead and Mike Sgro for organizing the events!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

News from Australia - November and December stories

Here are several stories of events held in Australia. Sorry for the delay but it seems I forgot to publish a lot of reports!

Northern Phoenix Waspa No.7
Friday 09th November 2018


The seventh Northern Phoenix Waspa took place on Friday the 09th November, 2018.

With only six players attending the event (Paul Mercer being a late withdrawal), the format for the evening involved each competitor playing against one another in a round robin/league format. All matches were played in the now popular ‘Super 20’ format were each game lasted 20 minutes (no half time break being exercised).

A feature of the evening was how close and even the competition was across all 15 games. Barring Kevin’s 2-0 victory over Beth, all the remaining games that resulted in a winner were decided by a single goal. This is without a doubt testament to how even the competition across Victoria is fast becoming with all players steadily improving the quality of their performances.

Going into the last round, the top spot was a race between Christos, Adam and Kevin – the latter two facing off in their final respective match for the evening. In an unprecedented gesture, the playing group embraced a movement endeavouring to have Kevin Grant win the tournament with chants of “#playingforkev” echoing throughout the venue. In the end, Adam took a 1-0 victory over the home town favourite however it was a last gasp goal by Christos against Beth (with 43 seconds left on the clock) that awarded the Phoenix President with his first ever Waspa victory.

All in all, the night served up some wonderful table football in an extremely fun and relaxed environment.

Western Flickers’ Pizza and Flicks

The last Western Flickers’ WASPA for the 2018 calendar year was held on Sunday 9th December. It was the now traditional pre-Xmas Pizza and Flicks at ATFA President Adrian Connolly’s residence in Williamstown.

With several players busy this close to Christmas it was contested by 6 players in two groups of three. The top two progressed to semi finals, and a 5th/6th playoff held for those eliminated.

Throughout the day the top two seeds Benny Ng and Luke Radziminski were the form players and deservedly cruised into the final. Luke was particularly impressive throughout the event with a number of goals scored on the run and a memorable chip high over Benny’s keeper in the final to take the victory 2-1 in a high quality contest.

Of equal focus in this event was the social aspect with the evening finishing with home made wood fired pizzas, home grown olives, and some home brew Pale Ale on offer too. It was a fitting end to the relaxed event.

The Western Flickers will be at Williamstown Soccer Club this Tuesday night for friendly games one last with this year with anyone interested welcome to come along. The next WASPA is planned for mid January in preparation for the AGP. Details will be announced soon.

Group 1
Benny Ng
Adrian Connolly
Anthony Madiona

Group 2
Luke Radziminski
Benjamin Ng
Jayden Truter

Benjamin Ng 1 Jayden Truter 0
Adrian Connolly 1 Benny Ng 6
Luke Radziminski 1 Benjamin Ng 0
Adrian Connolly 2 Anthony Madiona 0
Luke Radziminski 5 jayden Truter 0
Benny Ng 3 Anthony Madiona 0

Semis
Adrian Connolly 1 Luke Radziminski 4
Benny Ng 3 Benjamin Ng 1

5/6
Anthony Madiona 1 Jayden Truter 0

Final
Luke Radziminski 2 Benny Ng 1

Sydney TFC Satellite

During the FISTF Satellite organized by Sydney TFC, the consolation event was played under WASPA banner. Tony Credentino defeated John Palamara on shot sin the final. Kostas Barbaris and Adrian grunbach were the semi-finalists.

New WASPA-Tournament in Chatswood

Hermann Kruse claim the title of the 1.Chatswood-Neighbourhood-Tournament. Oliver Ollnow, Torben Pfister and Hermann Kruse participated. All matches were very close and tough. Hermann won 1:0 vs Oliver and 1:0 vs. Torben. Oliver won the game for the 2. place 1:0 vs Torben. Though Oliver had a lot opportunities to make a goal the game ended only 1:0. Torben's top reacting goalie prevented him loosing higher.

Results
Hermann Kruse - Oliver Ollnow 1:0
Hermann Kruse - Torben Pfister 1:0
Oliver Ollnow - Torben Pfister 1:0

Table
1. Hermann Kruse 2:0 goals 6 points
2. Oliver Ollnow 1:1 3
3. Torben Pfister 0:2 0

Northern Falcons tournament: Oli causes an upset


Northern Falcons’ junior Oliver Ollnow caused a major surprise when he upstaged his senior clubmates to win the December 17 Christmas WASPA at the clubhouse, now dubbed ‘The Falcons’ Nest’.

While it’s true that Oli didnt win a match in normal time, he did what was necessary to take the tournament, based on a defence of steel and the capacity to work attacks with just two figures – always being willing to move the ball back rather than being boxed in.
He won his three knock-out matches on shots, showing a capacity to finish in shootouts.
The Monday night event attracted 11 players, with Johnny Ball making a welcome return after more than a year in the table football wilderness. Many thanks also to Tony Credentino and Geoff Sirmai for once again supporting our club.

Group 1 saw a pulsating first match, with Neil Brener and Oli sharing the points in a 2-2 draw. Eliot Kennedy beat Neil 2-0 and then struggled against Oli but came up with a 1-0 win.
In group 2, Hermann Kruse stole a first up win against Jonty Brener with a last gasp goal, much to the entertainment of a couple of onlookers who followed Hermann’s exploits in the tournament. Adrian Grunbach overcame Torben Pfister 1-0, Hermann beat Torben and when Adrian and Hermann drew 1-1, Adrian claimed the automatic semifinal placing.
In group 3, Steve Dettre beat Geoff Sirmai 2-1, after Geoff scored a lightning equaliser. Tony Credentino bested Johnny Ball 2-1, but not before ‘Sphere’ scored a shock first up goal.
Steve powered three past Tony in a 3-1 win, and after two scoreless draws, it was Steve and Tony who progressed to the barrage round.

Both matches went to shots, with Hermann edging Tony and Oli beatigng Steve.
Eliot was on fire in the semifinal, knocking in five unanswered goals against Hermann, while Adrian found it touch against Oli’s disciplined defence and went down 2-0 on shots.
In the final, Eliot worked hard to get around the back of Oli’s defence, creating a few opportunities, but wasting the precious chances. Oli was by no means sat back, and worked a few chances of his own.
But it then went to shots, and Oli’s two nicely chipped shots, combined with some good keepin, was enough to claim the event.

Original report from http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?p=4831&fbclid=IwAR1mWOD10AXZ0MZbmp0oFhMvZINjAeqAqU_xOPWjVkIh7nukQ6xMaHJs8Jc

2018 Christmas Binge WASPA tournament

With bellies full from Christmas and Boxing Day feasts, and with players needing to begin their preparations for the upcoming Australian Grand Prix, it was a sizeable crowd that rolled up to Bella Vista Good Games on a warm Thursday evening, with representatives from all four Sydney clubs. A last minute realisation that there was a lack of goal posts meant that only 3 of the 6 available pitches could be utilised (we live and learn!) so the 10 players were split into 3 groups, rather than the preferred Swiss System which had been planned. An unseeded draw threw up a number of interesting match ups.

In the group stage, both Hermann Kruse and Fabrizio Coco made light work of Adrian Elmer. They finished equal on points after drawing their opening game against each other, but Fabrizio finished in top spot as he hammered Adrian while Hermann could only beat Adrian comfortably. Group Two saw Oliver Ollnow continue his recent run of great results, easily topping his group which featured Dave Sultana and new Sydney TFC recruit, Leonardo Nizzoli. Meanwhile, the 4 player Group Three saw the incredibly unlucky Geoff Sirmai finish in 3rd spot, in spite of amassing 5 points in going undefeated - Both Eliot Kennedy and Steve Dettre also finished on 5 points but had better goal differences than Geoff. Daniel Sirmai was the unfortunate victim of the top 3 players' quest for better goal differences.

In the Repechage section, Adrian saw off Daniel 2-0 while Geoff had the same result against Leonardo. In the Repechage final, Adrian attacked for much of the opening phase, before Geoff came into his own in the latter stages. Neither player could, however, break the other's defense and so a 0-0 result saw the two share the consolation category.

The Barrage saw Hermann score an unexpected 2-1 victory over Eliot, though Hermann's recent form means that this probably shouldn't have been a huge surprise. meanwhile, Steve and David fought out a dogged 0-0, Steve eventually coming up trumps, 2-1, in the shootout. The Semi-final between Fabrizio and Steve was tense for the opening 5 minutes, with neither player taking the upper hand. In a flurry over the next five minutes, however, Fabrizio gained a 2-1 advantage as both goals saw excellent opportunities converted. A late 3rd goal confirmed Fabrizio's passage to the final. The father and son match-up (Hermann v Oliver) in the other semi, saw Oliver revert to the 9-1 structure which had served him well in his recent Falcons' WASPA tournament win. Hermann huffed and puffed but struggled to break down Oliver's dogged defence until later in the game. Hermann then rode out a scary stranded traveling 'keeper moment to hold on for a 1-0 victory.

The final, therefore, saw the two opening game, Group One combatants, meet up again. While they couldn't be split in their first encounter, Fabrizio had obviously warmed up by now. His two unanswered goals gave him his second tournament win for the month.

Thanks to all who turned up and enjoyed yet another hard fought, friendly bunch of games. Thanks, as ever, to our great hosts, Bella Vista Good Games. A happy new year to all with lots more table football action in store.

For more photos, go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2081938548719438&type=3
For full results, go to http://subbuteoaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2018-wss-christmas-binge-waspa.html
Original report: https://sites.google.com/view/westernsydneysubbuteo/tournaments?fbclid=IwAR1CVi0P9SnadklurFq2rqr_UeJMsBuX--qmXNktUYUbjhp5wmdjVX05bRs