Thursday, 21 November 2019

Two test matches in Cyprus

Giorgos Zangylos vs Christos Kotrotsos
 Two WASPA test matches have recently been held in Cyprus. Local organizer Giorgos Zangylos had the visit of Christos Kotrotsos (Greece) from the Roligans club and Massimo DalPrà from Bucharest and test matches were the best way to have some official games. Christos Kotrotsos won the first series 2-0 (1-1, 1-0, 2-1) on November 10 while the game between Giorgos Zangylos and Massimo DalPrà was decided on goal difference (1-2, 1-1, 3-1).

Massimo Dalprà vs Giorgos Zangylos
“Test match series” played under WASPA banner are a good way to promote friendly relations between players from different countries or different areas.

Find more details about test matches on the WASPA blog here: https://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com/p/waspa-test-matches.html

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Simon Stewart winner in Hamburg

Seven players attended our 3rd WASPA of the season with our 3rd different champion in what was the tightest race so far.

Going in to the last set of fixtures Marcos topped the table with 7pts knowing a victory over Simon would give him his first WASPA victory, but Sven, Marius, Fred and Simon sat only 1 point behind on 6 points with Philip and Ralf on 5 and 4 points. Fred got a win from his “walkover” tie while Marius beat Philip with a 2-0 victory. Sven defeated Ralf 1-0 with Simon triumphing over Marcos 2-1 in a tight encounter denying Marcos that first WASPA victory. The results left four players tied at the top on 9 points and +3 goals but it was Simon who took the monthly title thanks to his “goals scored” record of 7.

A great night was had by all with friendly competition on the pitch and a shed-load of craic between games.

Next month we’ll be back hosting our 4th WASPA of the season, and every week we meet for practice so everyone is very welcome to join us! Just contact the page for details.

Finally, good luck to Fred and Simon who will be representing Subbuteo Sankt Pauli at the Berlin GP this Saturday.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Elliot Bellefontaine wins White Star tournament

Brandon v Brian

Elliott v Bob
The White Star Circuit had a great event this week-end in Bagworth (England).

Jeremy Bradley put a lot of energy to have a great tournament and there was a great turnout of 17 players cometing in Swiss system with every players having five games.

Elliot Bellefontaine took the honors with 3 wins and two drws and just a few more goals scored than Brandon Lavender.

Three players finished with 3 wins and a draw and Martin Hodds was declared third.

A great time was had by every player. The next stage of the White Star Circuit will be announced soon.

Martin v Rudi

Final table:
1. Elliot Bellefontaine
2. Brandon Lavender
3. Martin Hodds
4. Brian Daley
5. Jeremy Bradley
6. Rudi Peterschinigg
7. Robert Green
8. Raoul Newton
9. Tony McCann
10. Marco Ghigliotti
11. Graham Harwood
12. Neil Doherty
13. Aaron Skinner
14. Chris Bedford
15. Jeremy Boothman
16. Andy Boyer
17. Lucasz Whittle

Monday, 18 November 2019

Bevin Reed wins the 2019 Scudo Campioni


Saturday 16 November 2019, Pretoria, South Africa : 
The 2019 edition of the Scudo Campioni event attracted a field of 8 players, including a return to the tables for Adam Murray after an 18 month lay-off. In Round 1 action, Kegan vd Merwe recorded a 1-0 win over 2018 defending Scudo Campioni Champion Jayden vd Merwe. Then, Conway Julie recorded a 1-0 win over Julian vd Merwe, and in so doing Conway became the first player to score on the newly laid "BUSBY PARK" pitch!
Chessray Jooste and Adam Murray probably produced the match of the day in Round 1, as Chessray scored after just 20 seconds of play. Adam then came back to take a 2-1 lead, whereafter Chessray pulled it back to 2-2 and then Chessray got a 3-2 win, scoring the winner direct from a corner kick - in off Adam's goalkeeper rod! Chessray went top of the standings at that point - actually Chessray went on to maintain the top spot right until the start of Round 4 matches.
The pick of Round 2 action saw Julian take a 1-0 lead over Kegan, only for Kegan to equalise with a contender for "goal of the day" - a sweetly struck low shot from a tightly marked position, squeezing in between keeper and post!
Round 3 action saw Gary Downs play to a 1-1 draw against Adam, with Adam pulling off one great save to deny Gary the win! Jayden got his title defense back on track with a hard fought 1-0 win over Julian, for Jayden to go 3rd on the day. Then, the top of the table clash saw Bevin Reed and Chessray Jooste play out to a tightly contested 0-0 draw.
Round 4 saw Gary and Conway play out a 0-0 draw - after much "talk" from both players leading up to the match, but in the end the "talking" was not matched with any goals! Adam then took a 1-0 lead over Julian, with Julian keeping calm - getting the equaliser 5 seconds from the end to salvage some pride on the day. Bevin Reed then scored a late goal to dispatch of Jayden's challenge - a must win game for both players, as a win for either would have secured a play-off place.
The pick of Round 4 saw Kegan triumph by 2-0 over Chessray - with Kegan clinching the Final play-off place against Bevin. That result was Chessray's only loss on the day, and it came at the wrong time for Chessray - as a win for Chessray would have made him the outright 2019 Scudo Campioni winner. A draw for Chessary would have earned the play-off final against Bevin!
The Play-off Rounds then produced more drama - as Conway Julie beat Jayden vd Merwe by 2-1 on penalty shots for the 4/5th place play-off. Chessray Jooste then beat Conway Julie by 3-1 on penalty shots, for Chessray to claim 3rd place overall.
The Final Play-off match : Kegan vd Merwe dominated possession but could not penetrate a well organised defensive line adopted by Bevin Reed, and Bevin was forced to play on the counter attack. At one stage it seemed like Kegan had accepted that this final will have to be decided on penalty shots, as he (Kegan) had thrown everything at Bevin. Then….one chance (and Bevin's only chance) right at the end saw the pace on the shot deceive Kegan, for the ball to creep in and hand Bevin the 2019 Scudo Campioni title!
Afterwards, Bevin declared that he was the "luckiest player in Pretoria" on the day. Nonetheless, this triumph marks Bevin Reed's 16th WASPA title to date!

Final Standings
1. Bevin Reed
2. Kegan vd Merwe
3. Chessray Jooste
4. Conway Julie
5. Jayden vd Merwe
6. Gary Downs
7. Julian vd Merwe
8. Adam Murray

Individual acknowledgements on the day :
"Result of the Day" : Conway Julie for his 1-0 Round 1 win over Julian, becoming the first player to score on the newly laid "BUSBY PARK" pitch
"Safe Hands" : Adam Murray pulled off no less than 10 good saves during his 4 group matches
"Moment(s) of the Day" : Chessray Jooste had 3 goals voted as the best on the day, including the fastest goal - timed at 20 seconds
"Player of the Day" : Kegan vd Merwe - posting an unbeaten run and forcing a play-off final against Bevin Reed

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success. Next - the PFC Copa del Clausura.

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)

Sunday, 17 November 2019

November TFAS League 2019

The final day of Singapore league 2019 session was graced by a good healthy numbers of players; where 10 players, the regulars + Luke Lim & veteran player, Chandru participating.

After 9 months of gruelling flicking, the last session was extra tense for the league leaders notably Anas & Rudy, who were tied on same points, hence making the final session a “winner takes it all” session .

The session; which adopted the swiss format (5 rounds) had both league leaders separated & seeing Chandru come back game, after a few years against Luca. There were “No giant killers” during the match  ups, with the league decider determined as early in the 3rd round, where both club-mates,  Anas & Rudy squared off. Their match was tight, with few chances created and only a solitary goal in the 1st half securing the win for Rudy who won the league & November WASPA; Anas, secured 2nd while Luca, spotted with his new bases squeeze thru 3rd spot with Isaac getting 4th (Refer to below for final standing).

Conclusion
In behalf of the TFAS League committee, we thank everyone who participated & supported our league; which may be small in numbers but high in energy & camaraderie among the players. Moving forward, we hope to have more enthusiast, flick & enjoy our game together with us.

November Standings:

Place - Name - Pts - GD
1 - Rudy - 15 - +11
2 - Anas - 12 - +6
3 - Luca - 9 - 0
4 - Isaac - 7 - 5
5 - Bernard - 7 - 4
6 - Rizal Taib - 7 - -1
7 - Chandru - 7 - -2
8 - Vikas - 6 - -1
9 - Enzo - 3 - -5
10 - Luke - 0 - -15

Friday, 15 November 2019

A big success in the Flanders

Some old and new faces met in Hofstade
The latest tournament of the SC Flanders club was played on Monday with a great turnout of 14 players. Among the competitors, there were several new faces from the Brussels/Halle area but also visitors from the Tournai area and the tournament was played in Swiss System. Geoffrey Marain was the only player to win his four games, which gave him a deserved tournament win (his 104th WASPA title) but there was a strong fight for reaching the podium. Jos Ceulemans, who lost only to Marain, was runner-up with 9 points while Vincent Coppenolle defeated Geert Leys in the decisive game to take the third place. England's Brendon Lavender was the special guest of the week-end as he travelled to Belgium to play in the belgian league for clubs and stood one more day to play the WASPA tournament, which gave him a total of 13 competitive games. Huge thanks to the Flanders boys for another good evening of table football under WASPA banner!

Top 3 of the evening
Final standings of the evening:
1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Jos Ceulemans (SC Flanders)
3. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United)
4. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve United)
5. Johan Alsteens (SC Flanders)
6. Brandon Lavender (SC Flanders)
7. Benjamin Marain (Templeuve United)
8. Geert Leys (SC Flanders)
9. Stéphane Lambert (Yokohama)
10. Johan Lourdon (SC Flanders)
11. Didier Moons (unattached)
12. Vincent Wouters (SC Flanders)
13. Lars Alsteens (SC Flanders)
14. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve United)

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Historic autumn tournament in Wollbach

Marc Reitz after the final against Stephan Thiele
Something historic happended last Saturday in Germany and this was not only the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall! It was also the 39th edition of the "LV Südwest Autumn Cup" played in Wollbachh and organized by the club of "1. STV Hohenlohe". This was also the club's first WASPA tournament.

Due to some late dropouts there were only five players taking part including Tipp-Kick Bundesliga player Fred Elesbao from Hannover. Players competed in a round robin with the top 2 qualifying for the big final. In the decisive game, Marc Reitz (BSC Schwalbach) defeated clubmate Stephan Thiele in sudden death (2-1) to claim the trophy. It is to be hoped that the autumn cup will gain more popularity in the coming years.

Thanks to the organizers for giving this DSTFB tournament also a WASPA status! Thanks to Rainer Vogt for the notice!

Final table of the tournament:
1. Marc Reitz (BSC Schwalbach)
2. Stephan Thiele (BSC Schwalbach)
3. Rainer Vogt (Sparta Spreeathen)
4. Frank Greier (1. STV Hohenlohe)
5. Fred Elesbao (SG Hannover)

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Bruno Timpano wins Halloween tournament

13 players attended the Halloween tournament held on November 3 in Vresse. There were representatives from four different clubs (Semois, Wamme, Huy and Charleroi) and players were divided intou two groups. In the semi-finals, brothers Bruno and Antonio Timpano, both from SC Charleroi, qualified for the final and Bruno took the best on his brother to claim the trophy. Jean-Grosdent (Wamme) defeated Pascal Droeven (Semois) to claim the third place. Henri Grosdent won the consolation tournament for the 5th place while Esteban Boistelle won the games for 9th place. Thanks to the club of "Semois" who was using a new venue for the tournament and gave a great day of Subbuteo to all competitors.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Daniel Cranston wins the Alex Cup

Daniel Cranston survived an up and down day, to finish on top in a sudden death finish against Gregg Deinhart (3-2) in the Alex Cup Final. Earlier Cranston had lost Bryan Arnold 1-2 in a great result for the Virginia based player. Eyes also defeated Cranston (3-0) to leave Cranston on the brink of elimination. He secured his spot with a shootout victory over Andrew Zunino, before defeating Eyes and Deinhart to take the title. In junior play, Sam Cohen topped a four man field going undefeated on the day. The event was played in honor of Alex Giffen, who sadly passed away last week. The Giffen family (7 siblings) have all played in table soccer events in the mid atlantic area in years past, and they are part of our table soccer family. The players raised $300 in Alex’s name. This money will be sent to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (ACCRF) later this week.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Two more wins for Alekos Apatzis


A quick look at the latest results from Greece. The Kallithea Flame club had two tournaments in October.

The first one was played with the old rules and had a turnout of 12 players. Alekos Apatzis was in a great day, defeating Chris Panagiotides in the final (6-2) while Antonis Krysilas and Manolis papadakis made it to the semi-finals.

A few days later, the "Octoberfest" tournament was played in a German spirit with German teams and beers during the break. Alekos Apatzis (Bayern Munchen) defeated Antonis Krysilas (Monchengladbach) in the final (2-1) to win the event with 12 players taking part. Vassilis dragossis and Nikitas Apatzis finished in the top 4 of the day!

Thanks to our Greek friends for their continued support!

Friday, 8 November 2019

WASPA records of October 2019

Dear friends, here are the updated records of the WASPA circuit.

WASPA ranking
WASPA results

We had 27 regional tournament + 1 tournament played with the old rules in October and we are pleased to have had events in 15 different countries since the beginning of the season.
Latest event in Cape Twon in South Africa
 You will see in the attached files the updated results and rankings but also statistics.

We are happy to see growing interest for the different rankings of clubs (top clubs, Development league and junior clubs) and we are sure we can do much more in the future.

The Templeuve players in Belgium had the visit of Australia's Adrian Connolly
Huge thanks to all organizers who give their continued support and we are hope that many more clubs and players will join this season.

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

WASPA tournament in Budapest during the visit of Pasquale Carassi
Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com as there are updates almost every day.

Latest tournament of the Noerthern Flickers in Sydney
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/

The St. Pauli club in Germany is npow part of the WASPA Development League
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

We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,
Vincent Coppenolle

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Four in a row for Howard Christie

The latest Toronto tournament took place on October 27. Howard Christie took the Finals Match 1-0 against Mike Sgro, and had now won his 4th straight CanadaFlicks Cup! Thank you to all of our participants, and a big shout out to everyone who tuned into our Livestream at home! Tune in next month to watch our November edition of the CanadaFlicks Cup!

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/SubbuteoCanada/

Monday, 4 November 2019

A very active Subbuteo scene in Australia

October was another busy month for table football players in Australia. After the Sydney TFC tournament (https://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com/2019/10/fabrizio-coco-wins-october-tournament.html), six other events took place in the last few weeks.

Players at the Northern Falcons tournament
The Northern Falcons Table Football Club had a great day of table football with 8 players taking part. Congratulations to Eliot Kennedy who won the event. "A good night of action, some great play, and some stunning results. In Group 1, Fab edged out Steve in a tight tussle 2-1 while Daniele did the same against Jonty 1-0. Steve and Daniele then battled to a 1-1 draw, while Fab went crazy against Jonty. To his eternal credit, Jonty bounced back against Steve, absorbing some serious pressure before striking twice on counterattacks and then knocking a third one in for good measure, while Fab overcame Daniele 2-0. In group B, Eliot beat Tony 2-1 while Adrian and Neil fought a tense 0-0 draw. Eliot stamped his authority on the group with a 3-0 win against Adrian, and Tony beat Neil 4-0. Adrian had a chance to make the semis, but fell 2-1 to Tony, while Eliot claimed a 2-0 win against Neil. In the semis, the upset of the night was Tony's 2-1 win over Fab, while Eliot and Daniele played some lovely stuff before Eliot won 2-1. In the final, an early goal within three minutes was enough for Eliot to claim the event", reported local organizer (and FISTF president) Steve Dettre.

There was a Western Sydney WASPA tournament on October 10 with 5 players taking part and competing in a league format. Vince Micallef finished on top with 10 points while Ray Micallef (8), Costa Kamarados (5), Ben Gilbert (3) and Louis Micallef (1) also took part.

In Brisbane, the October tournament had a small turnout of three players but it was a memorable time. It was Giuseppe Tardiota's last tournament before temporarily going back to Italy for a couple of month. Giuseppe won the tournament after home and away fixtures while Gus Gillespie was runner-up and Gareth Whalley was third.

The Perth Subbuteo club had a good day of table football with six players competing in a league format. Alan Kimber won his 6th WASPA title, finishing on top of the league with 5 wins. The final standings were as follows:
1. Alan Kimber
2. Chris Thorn
3. Noel Mani
4. Adam Taylor
5. Hugh Best
6. Ron Byrne

Action in the Western Flickers tournament

In Melbourne, the Western Flickers played their "Ocktoberfest Cup" in a special way. With many of the "Pelicans" galivanting around Australia and the World, they held a WASPA for their newer Flickers. The tournament was run in a simple Round Robin format.

We welcomed Brinley Ang and Ben Ong who were playing in their first tournament after rediscovering the game at the recent successful Singapore Community Day table football promotion. Congrats to the ever improving Peter Benholm who secured his maiden WASPA win.

Still seeking his first WASPA victory, unlucky Benedict had to settle for his third consecutive WASPA runners up finish - and all to different winners too!

Presentation of the trophy at the first central Victoria tournament
October saw also the first tournament of the newly-born Central Victoria TFC. The event took place in Ravenhall on October 31. Steve Wright took the honors after finishing on top of the table while all three players played home and away games. Arjuna Hanafi was runner-up while Kevin grant ws third. There will be another event on November 23 and interested players can contact Kevin Grant for details.