Monday, 30 November 2020

WASPA standings of November 2021 + some news

Dear friends, you will find in the attached files the results and updated rankings at the end of November 2021.

PDF file (results)

Excel file (rankings)

The last month was calm with only 7 tournaments added in the records. There were only events in Greece but also in the Southern hemisphere (South Africa and Australia). We hope to see things back to normal soon but we are aware it will take time to see more events in more nations soon. Until things are going better, we really want to improve the circuit.

Players at the Brisbane tournament

To make things better, we have decided to carry on a survey to collect ideas and opinions about the WASPA circuit. If you have a few minutes, please be kind enough to answer the WASPA survey. Your opinion is very important! Thanks in advance for your answers!

Link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9tOy4YTcg0b0gqPEmtlJnLCX5fP0Cw7ZJhwoUfk5ZtU914A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Another important thing is that several players want to see more visibility for the most active clubs. Therefore a page of the WASPA blog has been updated to promote all the clubs that organize regular events under WASPA banner. 

If you see "details coming soon" under your club, please send us details to publish (club logo, brief history of the club, contact person, social networks, website,...)

If your club is not listed but would like to be involved, please drop me a line as well. We are sure we can help each other!

The Western Sydney club was back in action in November

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Link to the page: https://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com/p/waspa-top-clubs.html

We remain at your disposal for any information regarding the circuit. Your ideas to improve the WASPA circuit are also more than welcome.

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 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 or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Have a great week.

Vincent Coppenolle

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Western Sydney 2020 November WASPA tournament


FINALLY! Back in action after a loooong 11 months with no events, firstly due to the closure of our beloved Good Games Bella Vista clubhouse then the outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing shutdowns, subbuteo has not been able to be played competitively by the club. But, with the recent relaxation of some of the more stringent social distancing rules, and by moving the tournament to an outdoors venue, November 14 saw the return of Western Sydney Subbuteo's monthly WASPA tournaments.

A few regular faces, including visiting Northern Falcons Steve and Eliot, were joined by Imojjen playing her first games in just over a year, and newcomer Ethan, who has learnt the game at school and, following one Junior Tournament a couple of years ago, played in his first open tournament.

A league format was decided upon, with all 6 players playing each other once. Early games went as could be predicted - Eliot and Steve slotted regularly past Costa and Imojjen respectively, while Adrian dominated Ethan but only managed a single goal. In the second round, Eliot opened his scoring after 20 seconds against a rusty Imojjen, while the other two fixtures ended in hard fought draws, Costa versus Ethan and Steve versus Adrian. Ethan scored his first goal in the next round as Imajjen had a stranded traveling 'keeper moment, while Adrian just did enough against Costa. Meanwhile, Eliot was refinding his touch, defeating Steve, with three of his goals coming in the last couple of minutes of the game. Adrian eased past Imojjen in the penultimate round, as Eliot did with Ethan, while Steve had a much sterner task beating Costa 1-0.

Which left a tantalising final round. Adrian knew he had to beat Eliot to take the title, while Steve was counting on Eliot to win so that he might slot into second place, with Costa an Imojjen battling each other to move from the bottom of the ladder. Costa was victorious by a single goal in his efforts. Adrian capitulated to Eliot, with Eliot giving him no chance to slip past him on the table. Eliot destroyed Adrian 4-0, including some divine goals from tight angles. Which gave Steve the inside running for second place. However, in the day's biggest upset, Ethan showed he had learned a lot from his first 4 senior games and held the FISTF President to a 1-1 draw - much to the delight of both himself and Adrian.

A perfect Spring afternoon made the outdoor venue quite accommodating, with the occasional breath of wind catching the ball, but only to the level of making it a bit of a charming novelty, rather than an annoyance, also keeping the temperatures very pleasant. The play throughout the tournament was, as ever, in great spirits with an excellent time had by all. 

It was good to be back!!!  

For more photos, go to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set?set=oa.374215830357451&type=3

(Report by Adrian Elmer)

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Gus Gillespie wins in Brisbane



Brisbane Subbuteo Club was back in action on Sunday with a great event attracting seven players. Shane Robinson (Ipswich Kestrels TFC) made his come-back and all players had 6 games; At the end of the day, Gus Gillespie finished on top of the league to claim his 14th WASPA title. The next appointment in Brisbane is December 13.

Final table

1. Gus Gillespie
2. Giuseppe Tardiota
3. Gerry Vickers
4. Wayne Miller
5. Gareth Whalley
6. Kevin Halliday
7. Shane Robinson

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Anas bin Rahamat did it again in Singapore


In October, Vikas K. Chandiramani held a small WASPA tournament under the flag ofd the Singapore Table Football Association. Six players were competing with group games and then finals. Anas bin Rahamat defeated Vikas K. Chandiramani in the final (3-2) while Den Mulia Defeated Italy's Enzo Fornaro in the game for the 3rd place. This is Anas's 38th WASPA title, which brings him in the top 5 of the all-time winners.

All-time winners (top 5):
Geoffrey Marain (BEL) 109 WASPA wins in regional tournaments
Brian Daley (ENG) 63
Rudy Hesty (SIN) 56
Steve Bennett (SCO) 50
Benny Ng (AUS) and Anas bin Rahamat (SIN) 38

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

WASPA records of October 2020

Dear Subbuteo friends,

here are the updated records of
the WASPA circuit after the 17 tournaments played in October.

See PDF file with the results

See Excel file with the rankings and statistics

Unfortunately the virus is stopping more and more clubs and the activity of the WASPA circuit has been limited in the last few weeks. Some nations like Greece and England had a decent number of events but things have been more complicated for many other nations.

Subbuteo among great friends in Brisbane

We have been glad to see succesfful tournaments with great number of players and to see the first tournament in Belgium for 7 months. Malta was also back in action with a good tournament in Bormla where 16 players took part. We had the first event in California for months and England has continued to host many great events. The development in the South of England is really impressive. Cheers also to our friends in Johannesburg who had another event where new players were introduced to the game.

The virus has a very negative effect on rankings as we lost more players in the overall individual ranking in October. We really hope that once the virus is gone we will rebuild a stronger circuit.

Greece is now on top of the 2 rankings of nations while the Flaming Flickers SC are leading the top clubs section and Surrey Saracens SC from England is on top of the Development league.

Young players discovering the game in Johannesburg, South Africa

We remain at your disposal for any information regarding the circuit. Your ideas to improve the WASPA circuit are also more than welcome.

Presentation of the trophy at the
Surrey Saracens tournament (England)

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.

Players at the Sankt Pauli tournament in Germany

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 or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Have a great week and a great new season.

Vincent Coppenolle, vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Athanasios Karamanis wins Roligans tournament


Greece had another successful months with several events held by different clubs. One of the events was held on October 18 in Ilioupoli. The Roligans attracted a great field of 12 players and the tournament was run in Swiss system. The Winner was Athanasios Karamanis, a member of the host club. Congratulations to all involved players.

The final table:

1. Athanasios Karamanis
2. Konstantinos Sochoritis
3. Aggelos Foutrakis
4. Nikolaos Prombonas
5. Giorgos Dimakeas
6. Stavros Mesonisanakis
7. Anasthasios Priftis
8. Chris Kotrotsos
9. Fotis Hondroudakis
10. Pavlos Malindretos
11. Ioulianos Prombonas
12. Panagiotis Skouros

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

England: wins for Daley, Lee and Goodman

Here is a brief summary of the latest news in England where the WASPA circuit is doing great. Of course activity will now be limited again due to the virus but the future looks promising.

East Lancashire Subbuteo Club

The East Lancashire vlub held a very first tournament under WASPA banner earlier this month. 10 players were taking part and Brian Daley defeated Chris Bedford in the final. Stephen Shaw and Lucasz Whittle made it to the semi-finals while Gavin Roper defeated John Lister in the Plate final.

Haverhill Rovers TFC


The third Haverhill Rovers tournament was another success with seven players competing in a league format. Alan Lee won his six games to win the tournament. The final standings of the evening were as follows:

1. Alan Lee
2. Elliot Bellefontaine
3. Joe Harrington
4. Jason Mitchell
5. David Payne
6. Gerry Harrington
7. Valter Baroncini

Worthing Fivestar

There was a small tournament in Brighton on October 13. Alan Lee finished on top of the tournament while Dave Croucher was runner-up and Ian Maskell was third.

Solent Subbuteo Club news

The club will be running a FISTF League alongside a Traditional Advanced Rules League fortnightly on a Wednesday evening. Contact Corey Martin for more information.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2759539824274495

Surrey Saracens SC

The recent Surrey Saracens tournament took place in Reigate and had a good turnout of 8 players. Simon Goodman defeated Alan Lee in the final. Ian Maskell and Dave Croucher reached the semis and Lee Fenton defeated Rob Cashman in the Plate final.

Manchester TFC

The club is preparing for a new venue announcement and looking at the end of November for our return night. COVID-19 is still spoiling matters but we will keep you updated. We are welcoming new and returning players, keep your eyes peeled for more news soon.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/ManchesterTableFootballClub

Transfer news

A few transfers have recently been confirmed in the WASPA circuit.

Chris Bedford (London Road) will now play for East Lancashire Subbuteo Club.
Nick Pearson (NETFA) will now play for London Road SC.
Ian Maskell (Worthing) will now play for Surrey Saracens SC.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Morgan captures Joburg Open

Sean Morgan (left) receives award from Clifford Graaff

Sunday the 25th of October saw the annual Joburg Open being played at Randburg AFC. The Joburg Open is the oldest Subbuteo Tournament in South Africa and Africa, with the first tournament being played in 2008.

This year's edition attracted a lot of interest with a total entries numbering 21.

The Boys Juniors got the ball rolling and saw a field of 8 local boys from Randburg FC and Transition FC divided into 2 groups of 4. Although goals were at a premium, Phumz Chabangu and Declan Wright qualified from Group A, along with Asanthi Ngobe and Sifiso Chauke. Penalty shoot-outs determined the semi finals with Asanthi and Phumz qualifying for a tense Boys Final. Asanthi held his nerve, and scored a marathon 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory to claim the Juniors Boys title.

8 players attended the tournament

The Ladies section, drew the biggest field ever field for a Ladis Subbuteo tournament in South Africa when 8 ladies flicked off to see who would rule the Ladies section. 

The format was a straight knock-out draw and the highlight was the absolute fun and good nature that prevailed through-out the knock-out stages. Jason Kennedy was roped in multiple times as the ladies loved to refer goal-line attempts to VAR. Once again, VAR was not popular although the results were accepted with the normal football chirps.

Nita Graaff qualified for the final against Noni Khumalo in a tight contested final that was only decided via a penalty shoot-out. Nita prevailed in a marathon penalty shoot-out which went to sudden-death and claim her maiden title against a gracious runner-up in Noni.

General consensus amongst all the Ladies were the enjoyment of the day and the fact that they would be back to grace the tables with their presence.

Five senior men contested a very tight and competitive Mens Open with Sean Morgan continuing his current unbeaten streak by easily qualifying for the final with a 100% record in the group stages. Angus Begg, displaying a great improvement, captured a well deserved second spot over Clifford and Jason, to set up a mouth watering final clash vs Sean.

Several ladies played their first Subbuteo tournament

The Joburg Open Final did not disappoint, as Sean and Angus dished up a great spectacle, highlighting the reason for the longevity of our great game. Angus was quick on the attack, however Sean's precise defending kept Angus at bay. Sean then pounced on a mistake by Angus in the midfield to set up his customary wide break and the resultant top corner shot could not be stopped by Angus. Angus then through everything into attack, however just before the final whistle, Sean caught Angus with a counter-attack and a precise through ball saw Sean score his second goal and insure that he captures this years Johannesburg Open title. Sean was also the winner of the inaugural tournament way back in 2008. 

Congratulations must go to all the entrants, as fair play and enjoyment, the club ethos of the Johannesburg Table Football Club aka The Eagles was evident throughout the entire tournament and Subbuteo was the ultimate winner in the end!

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Subbuteo is back in California

Mike vs Sam

The southern members of the NorCal Subbuteo Club held the first WASPA tournament in San Luis Obispo County in California. With Covid-19 precautions in place, a restricted 3-member tournament took place on Saturday Oct 17.

Congratulations to Sam Omiotek for winning the tournament, defeating Mike Jercich 2-0, in Mike’s first ever competition.

Players in Sonoma

Also this week-end, in the effort to make the NorCal Subbuteo Club reborn after lockdown, players decided to play locally and to avoid big club gatherings for the moment. Here are a couple pictures from the first gathering of the 3 Sonoma County members. Prior to COVID, distance and juggling with everybody's schedules have been a difficult part in finding common dates to play. Club members are hoping that the opportunity to play locally will increase their chances to play more often and come back stronger as a club when the time allows. NCSC is still here and is more excited to play than ever!

Monday, 19 October 2020

Giuseppe Tardiota and Ross McNulty winners in Australia

The six competitors in Brisbane

 Australia had two tournaments played under WASPA banner in October.

In Brisbane, six players competed in a group format. Gerry Vickers finished on top and qualified for the final but in the end, Gerry from New Zealand couldn't beat local hero Giuseppe Tardiota who won the decisive game (1-0) thanks to a goal in the sudden death. Gus Gillespie was 3rd, Gareth Whalley 4th, Wayne Miller 5th and Kevin Halliday 6th.

The Perth guys also had a tournament this week-end and the event consisted in a league format with 7 players. Ross McNulty was undefeated and won the tournament with 4 wins and 2 draws. The final standings of the tournament were as follows:

1. Ross McNulty
2. Alan Kimber
3. Brian Pearson
4. Noel Mani
5. Hugh Best
6. Chris Thorn
7. Adam Taylor

Thanks to the clubs of Perth and Brisbane for the great events. The next tournaments will be held on November 8 in Brisbane and on November 15 at the Perth club house (22 Titchborne st Cockburn). New players always welcome.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Jason Pisani wins WASPA event in Bormla

Top 4 of the tournament : Aquilina - Pisani - Tabone - Camilleri

The maltese club of Bormla was back in action this week-end and their tournament played under WASPA banner had a great turnout of 16 players. The event was organized with the help of MSTFA and St george band club. Jason Pisani defeated Charles Aquilina in the final (2-1) while Jean Carl Tabone and Mauro Camilleri reached the semi-finals.

Before the final

Thanks to the Bormla club for a great event.

To be noted there will be another tournament in Malta next month as the Attard club will hold a WASPA event on November 8. Details from Mario Fleri Soler at hattardsc@gmail.com

Friday, 16 October 2020

Simon Stewart does it again in Sankt Pauli


Six players attended the October WASPA at the Millerntor Stadion, home of Subbuteo Sankt Pauli. Sven Schilling and Simon Stewart had risen in the rankings to #15 and #16 respectively but they could  expect strong a strong challenge from a former champion in Marius as well as Fred. 

Simon took the honours with a strong performance on the night triumphing over both Marius and then Sven 2-0, before drawing with Fred 0-0 and rounding off the night with a 1-0 win against Andre. Sven was 2nd winning his three other games against Fred, Ralf and Marius. Fred finished 3rd, 1 point ahead of Marius in 4th. 

We’re hoping to return to competitive action again next month with another WASPA, but our club nights continue every Tuesday with everyone welcome. 

Final table

1.  Simon Stewart   5-0   10 P.
2.  Sven Schilling   6-2    9 P.
3.  Fred Elesbao   3-2    7 P.
4.  Marius Willhaus   4-4    6 P.
5.  Andre Lange   1-5    1 P.
6.  Ralf Offenborn   0-6    1 P.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

A busy period for the Roligans

Despite the hard times the players are living, the Roligans guys had a busy month of September with two tournaments run under WASPA banner but also the FISTF Major (September 12-13) played by 46 players in various categories.

Players at the Regional tournament

On September 27, the club organize a WASPA regional tournament with 9 players. The event was played in Swiss system and Evangelos Kotrotsos took the honors while Demetrios Rebis was runner-up. Chris Kotrotsos was 3rd and Georgios Dimakeas took the 4th place.

Players at the promotional tournament

Earlier in the month, the Roligans also had a WASPA promotional tournament with 9 players also. The winner was the club president Georgios dimakeas while Tasis Priftis. Evangelos Kotrotsos and Georgios Pitichoutis took the places 3 and 4.

Regional tournament table:

1. Evangelos Kotrotsos (u15)
2. Dimitrios Rebis
3. Christos Kotrotsos
4. Dimakeas Georgios
5. Stavros Messonisanakis
6. Prombonas Ioulianos
7. Foutrakis Angelos
8. Chondroudakis Fotis
9. Panagiotis Skouros (u12)

Promotional tournament table:

1. Georgios Dimakeas
2. Anastasios Priftis
3. Evangelos Kotrotsos (u15)
4. Georgios Pitichoutis
5. Kostantinos Sochoritis
6. AngelosFoutrakis
7. Nikolaos Prombonas
8. Christos Kotrotsos
9. Ioulianos Prombonas 

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Number 30 for Ceulemans


After a long break of seven month, the WASPA circuit was back last Monday in Belgium. The SC Flanders club held a very first tournament in the new premises of the club in Antwerp. The new location didn't help to get a strong field of players as only five players showed up. Jos Ceulemans won his 30th WASPA title while geert Leys was runner-up and Davis Wouters was third. Unfortunately it's very hard to know if more WASPA events will be held in the near future in Belgium due to the new restrictions.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Howard Christie wins in Canada


Howard Christie wins the first CanadaFlicks Cup in seven months! The tournament held by the Toronto SC guys took place on September 26th.

Howard defeated Mike Sgro in the final. 5 flickers from ontario were taking part!

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped to keep this long-overdue event safe and fun.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

WASPA standings in the end of September

Dear all, here are the new WASPA records as per September 2020.

Season 20-21(results file)

Ranking file

We have started a new season and we are aware it's really complicated to have fair rankings and standings but it's important to keep the circuit running as it's a sign of hope for the players/clubs/organizers who are waiting for better days.

Players at the Stanway Rovers tournament in England

Even if it's a complicated period, we have had tournaments in South Africa, Greece, Italy, Singapore, the US, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Wales, Scotland, Australia and England in September. Thanks to the organizers for making this happen!

The WASPA circuit is back at the Jurong club in Singapore

Rankings are changing a lot. Brian Daley is still number 1 in the overall ranking but the season leader is Alan Lee from England. Alan has done a great job to motivate clubs to organize tournaments in England and hopefully there will be a strong future for the game in England and in the UK in general even if there are restrictions nowadays, which means there will be less tournaments in October.

Players in Brisbane, Australia

Evangelos Kotrotsos from Greece is the new junior number 1. Please note this season juniors are players born in 2004 or later. If you don't see the names of some of your young players in the ranking, don't hesitate to drop me a line. i just need the correct birthdates to include more players.

The rankings of nations are also changing as Belgium has not organized any tournament for 7 months now due to the covid restrictions. Greece is the new leader in the ranking by places while England is the leader in the ranking by points.

Young players in Johannesburg, South Africa

The rankings of clubs start from scratch in the beginning of the season. In the "top clubs" sections, the Roligans (Greece) are the first leaders but London Road Subbuteo Club and the Flaming Flickers SC are very close. Only 11 clubs have scored points in September so there will be a strong evolution in the next few months. In the WASPA Development League, 14 of the 37 involved clubs have score points. Worthing Fivestar from England is the surprising first leader but Johannesburg TFC and Cardiff TFC are also very close. London Road Subbuteo Club is still the solid leader in the Junior ranking.

Important notice: there is no new handbook for this season yet but there will be a new file soon. I would like to create a discussion group to see how the handbook can be improved. Your ideas are welcome and if you want to be part of the discussion group, just let me know.

We remain at your disposal for any information regarding the circuit. Your ideas to improve the WASPA circuit are also more than welcome.

Action in the premises of Subbuteo Sankt Pauli in Germany

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 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 or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Have a great week and a great new season.

Vincent Coppenolle

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Great success for the Lions Zante



While the records of September are almost finished, we have received great news from Greece where the Lions Zante organized their second WASPA tournament this Sunday. 16 players were present including representatives of the Roligans and Achaioi TSC.
Top 3 of the day: Foutrakis (3), Sotiropoulos (1) and Dimakeas (2)

There was a group stage and a knock-out round. In the end Manolis Sotiropoulos (Achaioi) defeated Giorgos Dimakeas (Roligans) in the final while semi-finalists were Aggelos Foutrakis (Roligans) and Christos Kalandrias (Lions Zante).

Congratuations to the organizers for a great show and thanks to the visitors from other clubs for making this event very special!

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Aussies keep on flicking

The situation is still difficult for some parts of Australia but players in Brisbane and Perth had their monthly tournaments in September as usual.


In Brisbane, five players turned up and they had a great time. Giuseppe Tardiota defeated Kevin Halliday in the final. Gerry Vickers was third and Gareth Whalley beat Wayne Miller to win the Wooden Spoon. The event took place at Gareth's as the club room was not available.

For interested players, this are the next dates at The Community Center North Lakes QLD: 11/10/2020, 08/11/2020, 13/12/2020, 17/01/2021, 21/02/2021, 14/03/2021, 11/04/2021 16/05/2021, 13/06/2021.

In Perth, five players competed in a round robin format with Alan Kimber winning his four games to claim the title. there was a very close fight between other players and Chris Thorn was runner-up with five points while Noel Mani (5) was 3rd, Ron Byrne (3) 4th, and Adam Taylor (1) 5th.

Next club meeting will be the 18th of October at the club house. Address: 22Titchborne st Cockburn. New players always welcome.

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1233903783292458

Monday, 28 September 2020

Jurong Subbuteo is Back Flicking


26 Sept was a delightful flicking session for us, after being absent for several months due to  COVID-19 pandemic & our country strict safety measures. Jurong club Captain hosted the session with stringent precaution made before, during & after every games with 5 players turning out to play a round robin session. 

The long layoff from table football showed on the players form. However with every play, the players began to recover their mojo, & they began playing with more finesse & confidence.  

In the end of the session, the victor of “the come back WASPA” was Rudy, who managed to win all his games. The runner-up was Anas who shared the points with Kok Wee & edged the latter on goal difference. Rizal Taib came in 4th with the rusty Vikas finishing last. 

Eventhough the world is progressing in the combating of the virus, we should never let our guard down & continue to be vigilant & take the necessary safety precaution during this new normal. 

Stay safe to all & continuing flicking.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Sven Schilling wins Sankt Pauli tournament


Tuesday 15th September saw the Subbuteo Sankt Pauli monthly WASPA return with 5 regulars taking part. 

Fred, Simon and Sven started with two victories over the rapidly improving Andre and Ralf to take an early lead. Indeed Andre played well, leading Simon 1-0 for a long period before the Irishman scored twice to snatch the victory, also holding Sven at 0-0 until conceding late in the game. 

It was to be a three-way shootout then to declare a champion. Fred & Simon played out a competitive and attack-minded draw whilst Sven edged Fred 1-0 with a controversial goal. Sven only needed a draw against Simon to take the title which he got thanks to a superb performance and cracking opening goal. Simon huffed and puffed but couldn’t break Sven down until the last minute, scoring his equaliser with just 20 seconds remaining. 

Sven then keeps up his good WASPA form to maintain his strong world ranking. 

Ralf Offenborn - Fred Elesbao   1-2
Andre Lange - Simon Stewart   1-2

Sven Schilling - Andre Lange   1-0
Simon Stewart - Ralf Offenborn   2-0

Fred Elesbao - Simon Stewart   0-0
Ralf Offenborn - Sven Schilling   0-3

Andre Lange - Ralf Offenborn   1-0
Sven Schilling - Fred Elesbao   1-0

Simon Stewart - Sven Schilling   1-1
Fred Elesbao - Andre Lange   2-0

Final standings 

1. Sven Schilling   6-1   10 P.
2. Simon Stewart   5-2   8 P.
3. Fred Elesbao   4-2   7 P.
4. Andre Lange   2-5   3 P.
5. Ralf Offenborn   1-8   0 P.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Morgan takes the Spring Title

Sean Morgan returned to the Subbuteo tables in sublime form by winning the annual Spring Tournament proudly hosted by the Johannesburg TFC aka the Joburg Eagles.

Liam and Sean after the Spring Final

A very good field of 11 players including two juniors, one Malawian, one Zimbabwean and a local sports journalist from the local newspaper, The Northside Chronicle, contested the annual tourney at Randburg AFC.

All the players were divided into two groups and Sean Morgan qualified as group winner without dropping a point and conceeding a goal. The other group was a titanic struggle that was only finalized via goal difference between Liam Chapman, Jason Kennedy and Carl Bolweg. Liam edged out Jason and Carl to qualify as group winner. This is a tremendous feat by Liam as he only started playing recently in the South African Solo league and to make the final in only his second tournament is great news for the ETS Subbuteo Club.

Ryan and Finn after the junior final

Clifford narrowly defeated Carl by a solitary goal for 5th place.Due the fact that we had two juniors partaking in the tournament, a Junior Final was held whereby Finn pipped his friend, Ryan by the odd goal in a penalty shoot-out.

Jason also defeated Angus by the odd goal to secure third spot.

Action shot between Liam and Sean

The Tournament Final pitted favourite Sean Morgan from the Joburg Eagles against the up and coming Liam Chapman from ETS Subbuteo Club. Liam showed some sublime defensive touches, however the classy play by experienced Sean Morgan proved a bit to much for Liam. Sean's continuous pressure counted in the end and he claimed the annual Spring Tournament title by scoring two unanswered goals.

Once again fun and enjoyment was the over-riding result and all players left Randburg AFC looking forward to the next tournament!

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Thursday, 3 September 2020

More wins for the Bellefontaine family


Two more events took place in England in August. The Bristol tournament played on August 10 had a good turnout of 12 players with representatives from the local club and Cardiff TFC but also Alan Lee (TSPA) and Elliott Bellefontaine (Royal 78). Elliot Bellefontaine defeated Aaron Kineer (3-1) in the finals while Welsh players David Samuel and Darren Barnes made it to the semi-finals. Alan Lee defeated Gareth Thomas (2-1) to win the Plate final.


The second Haverhiil tournament played under WASPA banner took place on August 30 with 8 players from different clubs taking part. Martin Bellefontaine (Cardiff) won his very first WASPA title after defeating Alan Lee (TSPA) in the final. Haverhill players Joe Harrington and Marco Barqueiro reached the semis and Jason Christopher won the Plate tournament.

Forthcoming events in the UK

Sunday 6th September: WASPA event at Ty Pawb Wrexham. From 10.30am. Hosted by London Road SC. Contact Cayne Matthews for details.

Monday 7th September: Bristol Subbuteo Club WASPA Event at Bristol Manor Farm FC. The Creek, Portway Bristol BS9 2HS. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Free event with Trophies. Contact- Bernard OConnor 07720593398.

Tuesday 8th September: Surrey Saracens tournament. Contact is surreysaracens@gmail.com

Wednesday 9th September: WASPA event at Stanway Rovers Flickers SC. Flick off 7pm. All welcome. The venue is at Stanway Rovers FC, Colchester. Contact Alan Lee Email: alanlee@lewiswaterman.co.uk 

Sunday 20rh september: Liverpool TFC Tournament in Wrexham. Contact is Brian Daley.

Monday 21st September: Cardiff Bluebirds WASPA Event at Bristol Manor Farm FC. The Creek, Portway Bristol BS9 2HS. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Free event with Trophies. Contact- John Lauder or Bernard OConnor

Wednesday 23rd September: Solent Subbuteo Club WASPA Event at QE2 Activity Centre Southampton. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Contact Corey Martin Email: coreymartin89@hotmail.com or 07947471078

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Guido Cerullo wins in Trieste




In Italy the club of "ASD CRAL Subbuteo Triestina" held a very first tournamnt under WASPA banner on August 23. It was a good event with 9 players in the Open category and 4 juniors. The Open section was played in Swiss system and Guido Cerullo (DLF Gorizia) won his five games to claim the trophy. The junior section was won by the young Valerio. Huge thanks to the Triestina players and welcome int he WASPA circuit! Thanks also to Gianpaolo Abagnale for his work to develop the WASPA circuit in Italy!

Standings of the Open tournament:

1. Guido Cerullo (DLF Gorizia)
2. Daniele Della Monaca (Hawks Treviso)
3. Alex Cafiero (DLF Gorizia)
4. Dario Bilucaglia (Subbuteo Triestina)
5. Alessandro Spiller (Subbuteo Triestina)
6. Gennaro Mancini (DLF Gorizia)
7. Alberto Spiller (Subbuteo Triestina)
8. Matteo Fumai (DLF Gorizia)
9. Federico Del Ben (Hawks Treviso)


Friday, 28 August 2020

News from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

We are sorry we didn't put give more exposure to the latest events in the UK but it deserves for sure a lot of respect has a lot of work has been done to make Subbuteo popular again in different areas.


On July 23, there was a small tournament in Brighton with just three players taking part but it was good to see Alan Lee taking the honors while Dave croucher was runner-up and Ian Maskell took the third place.


On July 25, the Wolverhampton club was back in action after a long break. Here again, it was a small event with four players and Richard Badger was the winner with Justin Scott being 2nd, Mick Hammonds 3rd and Peter Sleeth 4th.

"Congratulations to Richard Badger on his win in the first WTFC post lockdown tournament - the July WASPA. The small competition, played at a home venue was limited to invite only. It was a closely fought contest, played in league format. It came down to the final game, and Richard's draw with Mick was enough to edge out Justin, winning the league by a single point. It was a great afternoons play, and a good start for the club hopefully returning in the near future, once our room is available again. Well done to Richard, Justin, Mick and Peter who took part, and played for their respective supported clubs", reported the organizers. See the Wolverhampton Facebook page here.


The day after, Haverhill Rovers TFC was holding a very first WASPA tournament with a good turnout of 8 players. Elliot Bellefontaine defeated his father Martin in the final (2-1) while semi-finalists were Alan Lee and local player Marco Barqueiro.


In England again, the first Stanway Rovers Flickers SC tournament took place on July 29 with 6 players competing in a group format. Martin Hodds was the winner with 5 games won while Martin Bellefontaine was runner-up. Other involved players were Alan Lee (3rd), Howard Romain (4th), Cieran Dadds (5th) and Francesca Bellefontaine (6th).


In August, the first tournament of the month was held in Wrexham, Wales where the London Road club was glad to be back in action. Here again, there were many close games but Brian Daley finished on top of a league of 9 players. The final standings were as follows:

1. Brian Daley
2. Alan Lee
3. Cayne Matthews
4. Chris Bedford
5. Ruby Matthews
6. Dan Nicholls
7. Mark Tilling
8. Lucasz Whittle
9. Michael Bennett


In Northern Ireland, the Derry City players held their first event for a long time with 4 players involved. Nick Pearson from England finished on top of the leagu with all games won.

Final table:
1. Nick Pearson
2. Martinog Bradley
3. Oisin Mór
4. Jude Morrow


Finally, Liverpool TFC was also back in action last Sunday. As the venue of the club was not available, the tournament took place in Wrexham with 8 players. brian Daley defeated Alan Lee in the final while Cayne Matthews and Ruby Matthews reached the semis. Chris Bedford beat Nick Pearson in the plate final and it was good also to see Gavin Roper of the new club from Burnley taking part!

Forthcoming events

The future is promising with more events to come. See hereunder a list of forthcoming events:

Sunday 30th August: WASPA Event at Haverhill Rovers Table Football Club Flick off at 10am. This is an open invite. The venue is at Haverhill Rovers FC, Contact Gerry Harrington Email: gerryharrington131060@gmail.com

Monday 7th September: Bristol Subbuteo Club WASPA Event at Bristol Manor Farm FC. The Creek, Portway Bristol BS9 2HS. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Free event with Trophies. Contact- Bernard OConnor 07720593398.


Tuesday 8th September: Surrey Saracens tournament. Contact is surreysaracens@gmail.com

Wednesday 9th September: WASPA event at Stanway Rovers Flickers SC. Flick off 7pm. All welcome. The venue is at Stanway Rovers FC, Colchester. Contact Alan Lee Email: alanlee@lewiswaterman.co.uk 

Monday 21st September: Cardiff Bluebirds WASPA Event at Bristol Manor Farm FC. The Creek, Portway Bristol BS9 2HS. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Free event with Trophies. Contact- John Lauder or Bernard OConnor


Wednesday 23rd September: Solent Subbuteo Club WASPA Event at QE2 Activity Centre Southampton. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Contact Corey Martin Email: coreymartin89@hotmail.com or 07947471078