Thursday, 11 July 2019

News from Australia - Action in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Australia has been one of the most active nations in the WASPA circuit in the last few weeks. Some results have not been published yet so here is a summary.

In Perth, local players competed in their June tournament. Yan Yew Loy managed to win another tournament after finishing on top of a group of five with Alan Kimber being runner-up. Later in June, Perth players had the visit of Singapore Tan Kok Wee and Tan Yi De. Tan Kok Ween won the small gathering after finishing on top of a group of four.

Brisbane also held a tournament with the usual players. Gus Gillespis defeated Giuseppe tardiota in the final to claim to trophy while Gareth Whalley won the game for the third place against New Zealand's Gareth Whalley.

Melbourne TFC was also in action in June with a tournament attracting the neighbor players of the Northern Phoenix club. Luke Radziminski finished on top of a group of 4 with Paul Mercer being runner-up.

In the first day of July, Sydney TFC was holing a tournament in their new venue. Fabrizio Coco defeated Daniele Lombardi on shots in the final while Hermann Kruse and Kostas Barbaris made it to the semis. 9 players were taking part.

Another event held under the banner of Melbourne TFC was played in July with a great field of players and Banji Batten took the honors after defeating Luke Radziminski.

Northern Falcons tournament (report by Steve Dettre)

Sydney TFC's Fabrizio made the long trek north to the final farewell event for Hermann Kruse, Oli and Hermine Ollnow and recovered from a slow start to claim the Northern Falcons WASPA #5-2019.

With Hermann, Oli and Hermine due to fly back to Germany next Monday, a suitable send-off was staged, with Melbourne's Paul Mercer flying up specially for the evening, and Johnny Ball delaying his drive back to Canberra to play.

Group one started sensationally, with Steve taking a 3-0 lead against Fabrizio before Fab pulled a late goal back. Fab then edged Western Sydney's Adrian Elmer 1-0, before Adrian bowed out with a 2-0 loss to Steve.

Eliot Kennedy and Oli took top spots in Group 2, with Johnny Ball and Neil Brener pushing them hard. In Group 3, Hermann and Paul dominated, but Jonty Brener pushed them all the way. The Barrage matches saw Fab start hitting his form, eliminating Hermann 2-0, before Oli beat Paul 1-0 on shots.

Oli then kept his edge over Steve, scoring in the first three minutes and holding off persistent pressure in the second period, while Fabrizio scored 30 seconds from time to beat Eliot 2-1. In the final, Fab was in full force and ran out a 2-0 winner.

Many thanks to all who attended, and to the Willoughby Park club. We look forward to hearing of the exploits of Hermann, Oli and Hermine in Germany.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

WASPA report of June 2019

Dear all,
you will find in the attached file the updated rankings, statistics and results of the WASPA circuit. Thanks to all players and clubs who contribute to make history month after month.

WASPA Season results 2018-2019
WASPA ranking - June 19

Carlos Flores wins WASPA tournament held in Alicante, Spain
Here are some facts about what happened in June:
- we added 40 more tournaments in the records;
- we have reached 3500 different players in the database (players who have at least played one WASPA tournament since the launch of the circuit);
- we have reached the 2000 WASPA regional tournaments;
- Jeremiah Sanya from Uganda has played in the recent tournament in Cape Town so we have now 50 different nations in the ranking (players from 62 nations have played since the launch of the circuit);
- The fight for the title of "top club of the year" is very close between Northern Falcons TFC (Australia), Flaming Flickers SC (Greece) and London Road Subbuteo Club (Wales) with just a few points difference between the three of them with two months left to go to decide the winner;
- Australians dominate the Junior rankings, which proves once again Europeans have a lot to learn from what's being down Down Under;
- Romania's Cezar Stoilescu took advantage of his work trip in Belgium to play several WASPA tournaments;
- Hungary held their first tournament of the season to celebrate the visit of Sven Schilling (Germany);
- a great WASPA tournament was played during the Asian Cup in Singapore with players from Australia, Singapore and Japan;
- Northern Ireland's Simon Stewart is moving to Hamburg (Germany) and will hopefully become an ambassador of the WASPA circuit in Germany;
- in Spain the tournament in a shopping mall in Odara, Alicante had some special guests with former FISTF world champions Carlos Flores and Alberto Mateos taking part;
- The Masters tournament in Bagworth (England) had good games over two days and a very high level of play and great winners (Elliot Bellefontaine and Chris Thomas);
- The Dutch National Cup was played by 20 players. Besides Maikel de Haas being crowded in the main event, there were also tournaments for ladies and juniors;
- The Stoke on Trent tournament was a success. The event played with advanced rules had a great field of 29 entries!
Players in Budapest, Hungary
Maybe a few results are missing in the PDF file. If you see missing data, please get in touch so that I can correct the files.

Torben Pfister wins Asian cup WASPA tournament
For next season a few projects are already in the books so your feedback is more than welcome to see how we can achieve this:
- how to get more "top clubs" in the ranking section;
- to create a junior ranking of nations.

Richard Stock wins in Stoke for the third time in a row
If some juniors (born in 2002 or later) 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.

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group
We also have a WASPA page.

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 or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

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

South Africa: 2019 Tokai Garage Classic Part 2

Part 2 of the Tokai Garage Classic! Nothing like a bit of garage Subbuteo to warm a Cape Town winter. The usual suspects, plus great to have Jeremiah’s mother join us too - it was very plain to see where Jeremiah’s footballing brain in fact comes from!

John ended up topping the tables, but had to survive a few end-to-end battles.

Special thanks to Fiona and Janine for the delicious catering :)

Final standings
John 13
Wayne 12
Clinton 11
Angus 8
Mike 7
Jeremiah 5
Yoga 0

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Latest results from England

John Turpin v Brandon Lavender
The English Subbuteo Association organized two tournaments last week-end in Bagworth, Leicestershire. The Saturday event was played in Swiss system with Elliott Bellefontaine winning his five games to claim the title. Brandon Lavender was runner-up while Ireland's Mark Farrell took the third place; The final standings were as follows:
Brian Daley vs Elliott Bellefontaine

Martin Blanchard vs Mark Farrell
Final table:
1. Elliott Bellefontaine 10 points (13-1)
2. Brandon Lavender 7 points (11-4)
3. Mark Farrell 7 points (11-6)
4. Marco Ghigliotti 7 points (9-6)
5. Brian Daley 6 points (10-5)
6. Martin Blanchard 6 points (10-9)
7. Aaron Skinner 6 points (5-5)
8. Rudi Peterschinigg 5 points (9-6)
9. Jeremy Bradley 4 points (9-6)
10. Paul Andreas 4 points (9-10)
11. John Turpin 4 points (8-10)
11. Panos Stemitsiotis 4 points (8-10)
13. Brian Kinrade 4 points (7-9)
14. Gavin Gurney 3 points (10-15)
15. Joseph Kinrade 3 points (8-12)
16. Lucasz 0 points (3-25)

Chris Thomas vs chris Short
On Sunday, the Masters event was played between 12 players. After the group stage, close semi-finals saw Chris Short defeated Marf Farrell while Chris Thomas beat Brandon Lavender. Chris Thomas later won the final (3-1) against Chris Short.

Richard Stock
In Liverpool, Brian Daley won the monthly Liverpool TSC tournament after defeating Anthony Dry in the final. Lucasz Whittle and Jim Hannah reached the semis. Liverpool TSC will organize a tournament on July 27 at the Ellergreen community center. Interested players should contact Brian Daley for details.

Finally, the Stoke on Trent tournament held on June 23 had an amazing field of 29 players from many different clubs. The tournament was played with advanced rules. Richard Stock (London Road SC) won the tournament for the third time in a row after defeating Adam Lundy in the final. Colin Fletcher and Justin Scott reached the semi-finals. Richard won three tournaments in succession, played 23 matches, won 21, drew 2, scored 42 goals conceding only one and that was in this years final. Congratulations to the organizers for the great tournament.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Belgium: results from Bande, Huy and Templeuve

Several events have been held in Belgium during the second part of June. Here is a brief summary of results.

A great turnout of 16 in Bande
In Bande, two tournaments have been organized by the club of Wamme as a good way to practice before the FISTF European Championships. Rochefort TS player Corentin Wauthy claimed the honors, finishing on top of the Swiss ladder with just more goals scored than Benoît Massart (Temploux) while returning player Raphaël Maillard managed to take the third spot. 16 players were taking part!

Final table:
1. Corentin Wauthy
2. Benoît Massart
3. Raphaël Maillard
4. Michaël Roberty
5. Luc Grosdent
6. Henri Grosdent
7. Bruno Mottet
8. Jean Grosdent
9. Michaël Hallin
10. Jérémy Ancion
11. Junior Travieso
12. Giulio Bonfanti
13. Aurore Grosdent
14. Martin Antoine
15. Daniel Boistelle
16. Lulani Verhoeven

The other event in Bande took place on June 27 with 12 players competing in Swiss system. Jean Grosdent won the event with 10 points and a few more goals scored than Thierry Magermans (Temploux).

Only happy faces - That's the way to go
Final table:
1. Jean Grosdent
2. Thierry Magermans
3. Mathéo Grégoire
4. Michaël Roberty
5. Michaël Hallin
6. Aurélien Feye
7. Basile Magermans
8. Jérémy Ancion
9. Maxim Grosdent
10. Daniel Boistelle
11. Aurore Grosdent
12. Henri Grosdent

In Huy seven players competed on June 26in a round robin with Bruno Timpano being undefeated to win the trophy while Ralf Grégoire was runner-up thanks to more goals scored than Geoffrey Kelner.

Final table:
1. Bruno Timpano
2. Ralf Grégoire
3. Geoffrey Kelner
4. Richard Boulanger
5. Dany Mlynek
6. Sébastien Dohet
7. Lara Schmeits

Players in the Templeuve tournament won by Geoffrey Marain (right)
The Templeuve club had another visit of Romania's Cezar Stoilescu on June 25 and this time there was no mercy by Geoffrey Marain who claimed another title, winning all his games in a very easy way.

Final table:
1. Geoffrey Marain
2. Matthias Averlant
3 (tied). Eric Caillaux
3 (tied). Vincent Coppenolle
5. Elodie Bertholet
6. Benjamin Marain
7. Cezar Stoilescu
8 (tied). Sébastien Sorge
8 (tied). Arthur Clique

Also in Templeuve, a promotional event held earlier in the month had a small turnout of four but many close games were played in a fair spirit. Eric Caillaux took the honors, finishing on top of the round robin.

Final table:
1. Eric Caillaux
2. Olivier Bodelle
3. Sébastien Sorge
4. Islam Belahcen

Friday, 5 July 2019

Kapsabelis and Giapoutzis winners in Greece



The Kallithea Flame had another successful tournament last week-end with 16 players competing in group stages and knock-out rounds.

The theme of the tournament was the "Copa America" and Marcos Kapsabelis (Brazil) defeated Costas Meleas (Chile) in the final (3-1).

Among the competitors there were a few new players, which is always a great sign of the good health of the organizing club.

Meanwhile in Thessaloniki, the monthly tournament of the Panorama club attracted 9 players with some good games. Stavros Giapoutzis won the final against Ioannis Terzidis while Christos Agrios and Constatios Giapoutzis made it to the semis.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Mick Hammonds wins Lincoln Flickers’ Women’s Marathon World Cup

Lincoln Flickers’ Women’s Marathon World Cup (WASPA event 5: 30/06/19)
All 52 matches of the Women’s World Cup were played in Lincoln by 7 competitors. Group games were 1x10 minutes with 7 playing figures and the knock-out phase was 1x15 minutes with 9 playing figures. The winner was the player with the most wins throughout the competition (shoot-out wins not counting!)
Mick Hammonds (Wolverhampton TFC) proved victorious getting both Germany and Chile to the final with 11 wins in total. Mick beat Andrew Garbutt’s Canada in the Quarter-Finals and Australia in the Semi-Finals both 3-2 on shots – the Australia game coming back from 0-2. Mick’s only defeat of the event came from Wolverhampton rival Richard Badger in the Round of 16 when Nigeria beat Brazil 1-0. The final was decided by a shots result with Germany winning 1-0.
Richard Badger finished second with 8 wins; his Nigeria losing out 2-3 on shots in the Quarter-Finals to Jeremy Boothman’s Netherlands and Cameroon going down to Andrew Garbutt’s Australia 0-1. Despite the additional games neither Lincoln pair could catch Richard both losing to Mick in the Semi-Finals. Netherlands (Boothman) won the Play-off with a thunderbolt strike hit on the run – the Ozzy keeper not ready; despite the setback Andrew Garbutt held third place overall with 7 wins.
Graham Harwood didn’t bring the wooden spoon which went to Peter Sleeth with just the 1 bye win. Peter’s Group E match with New Zealand versus Netherlands he was at the wrong end of a 6 goal thriller (2-4). Graham finished a respectable fifth with 3 wins narrowly going out in the Round of 16 in shoot-outs to the top two. Clinton Simpson had a mixed day with his highlights a win over Graham when Thailand beat USA 1-0! Plus a goalless match when he held A Garbutt’s France with Norway in Group A.
It was a long enjoyable day and a rare yet successful format of play! Well done all for embracing the concept and playing in good spirit. Thanks to Eastgate Tennis Club and Julia for opening up the bar!

Final Win Table (from max. 17 games): 
11 from 17 = M Hammonds, WINNER
8 from 14 = R Badger, RUNNER UP
7 from 16 = A Garbutt, THIRD
6 from 16 = J Boothman, FOURTH
3 from 11 = G Harwood, FIFTH
2 from 10 = CJ Simpson, SIXTH
1 from 10 = P Sleeth, SEVENTH

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Gábor Baross wins mini tournament in Budapest

Our friends in Budapest were back in the WASPA circuit this week-end as German globe-trotter Sven Schilling was paying a visit to the local players. Gábor Baross finished on top of a double round robin with 5 wins and a draw while Sven Schilling was runner-up. Áron Mácsik and Viktor Katona were also taking part. It was an important day for WASPA as we had not had any WASPA presence in Hungary for a long period.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Gregg Deinhart wins Heatwave tournament

The first annual Heatwave Junior 2019 was held in Alexandria, Virginia USA this past Saturday hosted by Gregg Deinhart. It was a long awaited festival of table soccer enjoyment exemplified by comradery and competitive spirit. The participants--Gregg, Andrew Zunino, and Bryan Arnold--played four rounds of intense Subbuteo action. Gregg won the title with six victories and 19 total points. Bryan came in second place gathering a total of 9 points. Andrew collected 5 points with two draws and a beautiful win against Gregg in the final round, 1-0.