Friday, 10 September 2021

An amazing summer for English Subbuteo

July and August have been a huge period for Subbuteo in England that lead the country to the first place of the WASPA rankings.

Here is a quick summary of results from different clubs of this summer.

East Lancashire SC

The club held a tournament on July 1 with an good turnout of 10 players including visitors of London Road SC and Manchester TFC. Brian Daley proved to be the best player in place in the final as he defeated local organizer Chris Bedford (4-0) while semi-finalists were Dan Nicholls and Danny Lilley.


Haverhill Rovers TFC

The club's first tournament of the summer took place on July 4 with 7 players competing in a league format. Eliot bellefontaine took the honors after winning his six games while Rudi Peterschinigg and Alan Lee shared the second place.

The next club tournament was played on July 15 with just 3 players. Alan Lee was the tournament winner with Joe harrington as runner-up and Gerry Harrington in third place.


Surrey Saracens SC

Alan Lee finished on top of a group of 5 on July 5 while Simon Goodman was runner-up. Other players were Ian Maskell (3), Lee Fenton (4) and Dave Croucher (5).


On July 20, it was another group of 5 players competing again in league format. Alan Lee won his 4 games and Simon goodman was runner-up.


On August 1, 6 players attended another tournament at the club. Alan Leed won his five league games and the rest of the table was as follows: (Simon Goodman (2), Ian Maskell (3), Paul Woodhouse (4), Dave Croucher (5) and Lee Fenton (6).

The last tournament of the season took also play in Surrey with 4 players. Alan lee won again, Paul Woodhouse was an excellet runner-up. Ian Maskell was third and Lee Fenton was fourth.


Games in Faverham

There was a small tournament on July 7 when London Road players visited Alan Lee. Alan won his four games, Cayne Matthews was runner-up and Ruby Matthews took the tihird place. This was a good rehearsal for the Stanway Rovers tournament taking place on the next day.


Stanway Rovers SC

Alan Lee won another tournament after his 4 group wins against Kevin cordell (2), Simon Goodman (3), Cayne Matthews (4) and Ruby Matthews (5).

The August tounament had a better turnout of 5. Alan Leed managed to win anouther tournament while Martin Hodds was runner-up. Other involved players were Kevin Cordell, Joe Harrington and Gerry Harrington.


Wrexham (Wales)

A tournament held in Wales but another English winner as Alan lee finished on top of the group format to claim another title. London Road players Cayne Matthews (2), Ruby Matthews (3) and Brendan Ashley (4) were also taking part.


Manchester TFC

After a long break the Manchester club was back in action on July 28. Due to some late droupouts only three players took place and East Lancashire's Chris Bedford too the honors while Shaun Dunne was runner-up and Danny Lilley was third.


Harrow Hawks TFC


On July 31, Alan Lee won the Harrow tournament with Rudi Peterschinigg being runner-up, Victor Jones 3rd and Neil Doherty 4th.


North East Midlands Senior SL


Another new club joined the WASPA circuit on July 31. Three players only were taking part but there were some close games. Colin Fletcher took the honors while Andrew Forster-Fake was runner-up and Andy Henly was third.


North Shields SFC


We were glad to see the North Shields club back in action. Andy Mill (in the above picture) finished on top of a group of 3. Nigel Lamond was runner-up and Tom Heslop was third.

The second North Shields tournament was held on August 29 in Boldon. Chris Kaberry made a successful come-back to the game, winning the small event. Tom Heslop was runner-up, Andy Mille was third.


Liverpool TFC


Also Liverpool TFC was back in action in August. Brian Daley finished on top of a league of 9 players. The special guest of the day was Phil Redman who finished 2nd. Brian Kinrade was 3rd. The rest of the table was as follows: Chris Bedford (4) ; Shaun Dunne (5) ; Lucasz Whittle (6) ; Steve Heidstrom (7) ; Oscar Heidstrom (8) ; William Heidstrom (9).


Dudley-Kingswinford TF

A new club has just been created in Dudley-Kingswinford where local organizer Derek Air organized a first tournament under WASPA banner with three players. Campbell Air was the winner while Derek Air was runner-up and Ryan Marsh took the third place. Good luck to the new club!


London Road Subbuteo club (Wales)


The London Road August tournament attracted a smaller turnout of 5 players but England's Brian Daley was the winner again. other involved players were Cayne Matthews (2) ; Ruby Matthews (3) ; Brendan Ashley (4) ; Lucasz Whittle (5).


England on top in the WASPA rankings

As a conclusion of a great summer with so many involved clubs organizing tournaments, two English players finish the season on top of the WASPA ranking. Alan Lee is now the undisputed number 1 while Brian daley is number 2. Both players also finish on top of the season ranking with Darren Clarke being also in the top 10 (10th place). England is on top of the ranking of nations and the club of Surrey Saracens SC took the third place in the WASPA Development league. East Lancashire Subbuteo Club is 5th in the same table.

As for the future, there are big hopes to see more players returning to the game next season and to see some bigger events. Some new clubs might be joining the WASPA circuit in the next few weeks, which means England will probably remain the power of the WASPA circuit in the next 12 months but also a source of inspiration for other nations.

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Final season report - extra records and statistics for the season 2020-2021

Dear Subbuteo fans, dear players and club organizers,

like every year, we send you another file with detailed statistics of the past season.

I must apoligize for the lack of updates on the WASPA website in the last few weeks due to work commitments. I really hope this can be improved for the new season.

Could you please chek some details among your club members like:

- are all you players listed for the right club (it's the transfer period). Please note you can play for different clubs in the WASPA/FISTF circuits;

- are all juniors (players born in 2005 or later for the new season) listed in the junior ranking? If names are missing, pelase send me the correct birthdates;

- is your club correctly listed in the "top clubs" or Development league" sections? Doors are open to get new club playing!

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

Yours in sport,

Vincent Coppenolle, WASPA organizer

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

WASPA records of August 2021 - Final rankings of the season

Dear Subbuteo fans, dear players and club organizers,

This is the end of the WASPA season and I'm pleased to send you the final WASPA tables for the period 2020-2021.

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Perth Subbuteo players from Australia won the Top Clubs section this season

Here are some highlights of the last 12 months:

- we finish the season with 967 ranked players. After such a long covid break, we can be very happy about this number.

- 443 players attended at least one tournament in the last 12 months. 30 players attended their very first WASPA tournament in August.

- Alan Lee is not only the season champion but also the number 1 player in the Open ranking. With both Alan Lee and Brian Daley, England is the solid leader in the ranking of nations.

- It was a complicated year to recruit new players and in particular young players. The number of juniors is down to 67 and we must congratulate Ruby Matthews from Wales for being the world number 1. Evangelos Kotrotsos is very close but Ruby made some spectacular performances in August.

- Australians dominate the ranking of clubs. Perth (1) and Brisbane (2) while London Road (3) and the Flaming Flickers (4) remain the best clubs in Europe.

- 5 of the 27 "top clubs" didn't score points this season and will be relegated to the Development League next season.

- In the Development League, congratulations to our friends from South Africa as Johannesburg TFC is the season winner. Alon with runner-ups of Lions Zante (Greece) and Surrey Saracens SC (England), they are promoted in the Top Clubs section for next season.

- Some clubs in the Development League didn't score points but also some clubs have made a solid debut and will be allowed to join the Development League next season.

- Big sadness for the ranking of clubs for juniors as only 8 clubs in the world (and 4 from outside Europe) managed to have 3 juniors (players born in 2004 or later) in the final ranking. From September juniors will be players born in 2005 or later. The big conclusion of this is that the world is not ready to have a strong organisation for juniors. 2 years ago FISTF launched the "European Cup for junior cups" but how can we have an elite of juniors if we are not able to have a stronger base? I really believe a club could only be allowed to attend such a European tournament if they prove they can be present in the WASPA ranking of junior clubs! Thanks to the 8 clubs who did the necessary work to have players involved and congratulations again to London Road Subbuteo Club (Wales) for being a solid winner!

As for August, we had a total of 24 tournaments (21 regional, 2 old rules, 1 promotional event for juniors) in England, Northern Ireland, Belgium, the USA, Greece, Italy, Singapore and Wales, which is rather positive.

We had a total of 200 tournaments in 17 different countries but also a lot of test-matches.

Group picture of a great tournament in Derry, Northern Ireland

Finally, I would like to say that all ideas to improve the WASPA circuit are welcome. We are open to discussion as long as people come with proposals to have more involved players, more involved clubs, more nations,... If you have different format of competitions that could be included, the ideas are welcome!

We also take to opportunity to thank our partners:

- Victory kits at https://www.victorykits.co.uk/

- Flicks for Kicks at http://shop.flickforkicks.com/

- MAD ABOUT GAMES at http://subbuteo2012.co.uk

Players at the Swiss Cup

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 new 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 new Subuteo season.

Vincent Coppenolle, WASPA organizer

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Great Subbuteo nights in Templeuve

Players on August 13

After a very long break, the Templeuve United club in Belgium started playing again in June and in August, the club decided to host the 4th, 5th and 6th WASPA tournaments of the season. The three nights had good turnouts of 9, 6 and 9 players.

After the games on August 20

The first tournament held on August 13 was played in Swiss system. Geoffrey Marain was simply unbeatable and won all his games. In the second tournament, players competed in a league format and Geoffrey marain was once again on top to claim another trophy. Finally, Marain won the third meeting and this time, the games were once again played in Swiss system. The highlights of the three meets were the presence of both David and Richard Boulanger (USC Huy) in the first meet, the fact that Matthias Averlant was runner-up in 2 of the 3 meets and the presence of some new players with the hope they will be hooked and come back to the club in September.

Table of August 13:

1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
3. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
4. David Boulanger (USC Huy)
5. Stéphane Lambert (OSC Yokohama)
6. Richard Boulanger (USC Huy)
7. Benjamin Marain (Templeuve)
8. Jean-Baptiste Defretin (Templeuve)
9. Jason Delattre (Templeuve)

Table of August 20:

1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
3. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
4. Didier Moons (Templeuve)
5. Sébastien Sorge (France/Templeuve)
6. Benjamin Marain (Templeuve)

Table of August 27:

1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
3. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
4. Stéphane Lambert (OSC Yokohama)
5. Didier Moons (Templeuve)
6. Loris C. (Templeuve)
7. Sébastien Sorge (France/Templeuve)
8. Jocelyn C. (Templeuve)
9. Jordan Bonte (Templeuve)

Last of the Summer Wine Cup ‘21 results

A COVID hit venue couldn’t stop Derry City TFC thanks to the gracious hospitality of Lawrence Watson, who set up two tables in his house for 6 players. A tight league format finished with Martinog Bradley coming out on top following a 1-0 win over Barry Spence who came in runner up. Oisin Mor had a good run, finishing 3rd overall. Many thanks again to Lawrence for hosting.




Final table:

Martinog Bradley - 15pts
Barry Spence - 12pts
Oisin Mor - 7pts
Lawrence Watson - 4pts
Dee Jenkins - 3pts
Jude Morrow - 1pt

Monday, 30 August 2021

July and August tournaments in Australia

Here is a quick summary of the WASPA events held in July and August in Australia.

Due to the sanitary restrictions, only a few tournaments took place Down Under and only three clubs managed to run events.


The Perth guys had a great tournament in July with 7 players taking part. After the group stage, Brian Pearson proved to be on top as he defeated Mick DeVincentis in the final. Noel Mani and Ron Byrne were the semi-finalists while Alan Kimber won the consolation tournament.


In August, six players attended the other Perth tournament and this time games were played in a league format. Alan Kimber was the tournament winner after winning his five games. Mick DeVincentis was runner-up and Noel Mani took the third place.


In Brisbane, the local group also run two tournament. In July, five players were present and the top two players in the league format qualified for the final. Kevin halliday, who was undefeated in the group stage, could not win another game and Gerry Vickers won the final after a very close game (2-1).


In August, the seven players were divided in two groups and then the serious things started in the knock-out stage. In the final, Kevin Halliday defeated Gus Gillsepie to win the tournament. Gerry Vickers and Gareth Whalley made it to the semi-finals while Wayne Miller won the consolation tournament.

Finally, the Western Flickers in Melbourne had also a small tournament with three players. Benny Ng was undefeated after home and away games and took the honors while Melbourne TFC's Benji Batten was runner-up and Adrian Connolly took the third place.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

August Subbuteo session in Singapore


August 29, 2021 - Sports Hub Library 

After more then a month of no action due to strict Singapore Covid 19 measures, SPH open their doors again allowing us to flick at venue. 5 flickers were allowed but due to unforeseen circumstances the main organiser had to pull out, leaving Bernard Lim, Vikas, Rizal Taib & Rudy. 

Due to long layout, the enthusiastic players decided to test their endurance & play a marathon 2 rounds round robin, hence each players get 6 games. 

6 backbreaking games later, Rudy came out tops with full points, followed by Vikas, Bernard & Rizal. 

Final Table
1st - Rudy - 18 pts
2nd - Vikas - 10 pts
3rd - Bernard - 7 pts
4th - Rizal - 0 pts 

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Salvatore Visconti wins Swiss Cup

Final: Milan Knezevic - Salvatore Visconti 2:3

Swiss-Subbuteo started the new season on August 22, 2021 with the first Swiss Cup. 10 participants from Belgium, France, Italy, Serbia and Switzerland were taking part.

A great Subbuteo tournament was played in the new venue at Restaurant Hard, Birsfelden/Basel. Fair play, fun and friendship were in the foreground.

Roman, Hervé, Jérome, Lorenzo, Milan, Renato, Salvatore, Peter, Eric

Already in the groups, there was intense fighting. Salvatore Visconti (Belgium) was the deserved winner, but also Milan Knezevic (Serbia) entered the final with a lot of tactics, but had to accept the decisive goal 10 seconds before the end. In the small final, Eric Lienhardt (France) won against Hervé Fino (France).

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Elliot Bellefontaine wins 2021 Derry Open

Elliot (right) receives trophy from Craig Stewart

The Derry open took place on Saturday in Northern Ireland. Organizers had great support for the tournament with 5 players travelling from England and 2 from Wales. in total 15 players were taking part. Tournament favourite, Elliot Bellefontaine, proved his high fee for playing in Austria with a well deserved win over Rudi Peterschinnig of Harrow in the final. Cayne Matthews took the plate competition for London Road Subbuteo Club after a comprehensive win over Derry’s Craig Stewart.


A great day and night was had by all, now looking forward to next year's Open which will be on a much larger scale.


Huge thanks to Martinog Bradley, Lawrence Watson and the Derry players for hosting a great event but also for the great promotion through social networks!

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

WASPA records of July 2021 - Subbuteo results, rankings and statistics

Dear Subbuteo fans, here are the monthly updates of the WASPA circuit after the 24 régional tournament, 1 tournament played with the old rules and 2 test-matches held in July. Huge thanks to the organizers for giving us the feeling that things are slowly back to normal. This is very encouraging for the future and we are very happy to see more and more clubs holding tournaments under WASPA banner.

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A great night of play in Derry, Northern Ireland

There were many tournaments in England in July and we can thank the different local organizers for promoting the game at regional level. We were also glad to see tournaments in Wrexham (Wales) and Derry (Northern Ireland).

Great tournament in Baden Baden, Germany

In other countries, the situation is also going better with two events held in Belgium, one in the Netherlands, one in the USA, two in Singapore, two in Greece, three in Australia but the "big hit" of the month was the tournament held in Baden Baden, Germany with six players from 5 different nations playing home and away games. Huge thanks to Milan Knezevic for hosting the event! Also special thanks to the H'Attard club in Malta for organizing another good event.

Players in Templeuve, Belgium

As for the rankings, congratulations to Alan Lee for being the new number 1 in the individual table. Alan is also the leader of the season ranking while Evangelos Kotrotsos is the best junior. England is on top of the rankings of nations while the best clubs are Subbuteo Perth (Top Clubs section), Johannesburg TFC (Development League) and London Road Subbuteo Club (Junior clubs).

Good turnout in Attard, Malta

In August, we will collect ideas to improve the circuit next season. The new season will start on September 1 and we hope that many clubs and players will be excited to take part!

We also take to opportunity to thank our partners:

- Victory kits at https://www.victorykits.co.uk/

- Flicks for Kicks at http://shop.flickforkicks.com/

- MAD ABOUT GAMES at http://subbuteo2012.co.uk

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

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group

We also have a WASPA page

Keep in mind WASPA is also looking for new 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, WASPA organizer