Monday, 3 October 2022

Belgium: results from the Flanders and Templeuve

As the new WASPA season starts, Belgium was one of the active nations in the circuit with three tournaments held in September.

SC Flanders players had a blast in Antwerp

The SC Flanders players had their first event of the season in September 5. Six players competed in Swiss system and Jos Ceulemans took the honors to claim another title while the surprising result of the evening was Johan Lourdon's win over Dave Wouters. The final table was as follows (all SC Flanders players):

1. Jos Ceulemans
2. Geert Leys
3. David Wouters
4. Johan Lourdon
5. Gary Moore
6. Dirk Sercu

Didier Moons (left) vs Sébastien Sorge

In Templeuve, two events were held under WASPA banner. The "promotional event" on September 23 had five players taking part but only three of them were eligible to play (the other two were too high in the WASPA ranking) so Didier Moons took the honors after winning all his games. Sébastien Sorge was runner-up and Jocelyn Celton was third.


Some of the players in Templeuve

On September 30, 9 players attended the club regional tournament. This time the event was held in Swiss system. Matthias Averlant could not play the four sessions due to other commitments at his football club so Vincent Coppenolle won the event on goal-difference after defeating Michaël Dupret in the last session of the evening.

Winner V. Coppenolle and runner-up M. Dupret

The final table of the night was as follows:

1. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
2. Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai)
3 (tied). Stéphane Lambert (Yokohama)
3 (tied). Pascal Flémal (BX Subbuteo Club)
5. André Flémal (BX Subbuteo Club)
6. Didier Moons (Templeuve)
7. Matthias Averlant (AS Hennuyer)
8. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve)
9. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve)

Sunday, 2 October 2022

New season starts in Johannesburg

Johannesburg TFC and Easterns TFC held their first WASPA events of the new season in the last few days. We are pleased to receive results from the different local organizers?

Friendship Cup shared in opening thriller (report by Clifford Graaff)

The Johannesburg Table Football Club aka 'Joburg Eagles' hosted their first in the series of 'Eagles Nite Series' Events on Wednesday the 28th of September in their new lavish and upmarket home venue of the Randburg Astro Hockey Club. The first series event was aptly named the 'Friendship Cup'.

This is a new and exciting iniative by the Joburg Eagles in hosting 9 Nite Series Events during the season whereby points will be will be awarded to each participant for each event based on their finishing position. Overall Series Trophies and medals will be handed out at the end of the 'Eagles Nite Series' in August 2023.

The full list of Nite Series Events will be finalized and published on the Joburg Eagles facebook page shortly.

Once again 'Just for You Meals' sponsored delicious toasted curry chicken sandwiches which were duly consumed by everyone.

A very good field of 8 players, including two newbies of Malawian nationality, flicked off the new season.

Quite a few spectators were drawn in watching some of the games and this proved to be a good marketing event to attract new players.

The 8 players were drawn into two groups of four, with perennial favourites, Sean Morgan and Clifford Graaff, topping their respective groups and qualifying for the first series event final.

Subbuteo stalwarts and lifelong friends Johan 'Nivvy' and Chris once again took part after a fairly long absence away from the beautiful game. ETS Subbuteo Club were represented by Carl Bolweg. Three Malawian nationals completed the field and the two newbies had a great time in their maiden tournament.

Carl and Nivvy were runner-ups in their group and produced an exciting 3rd Place Final by rolling back the years and defeating Carl with a great goal just before full-time.

Paul Seemu, who was introduced to Subbuteo during lockdown, showed some good form to upset Chris and claim 5th Place.

Sammy and Innocent, both newbies, played off for 7th Place with Sammy sneaking in an early goal, much to his delight, and claim 7th Place.

Perennial adversaries and more importantly, friends since school, contested yet another Final. After a goalless final, the match went into extra time. A tightly contested extra period could not provide a winner, and true to the nature of the event name, both players decided to share the trophy in a magnanimous display of comaraderie synonomous with tournaments held in South Africa. The local ethos of enjoyment over winning once again proving to be the winner at the end of the day.

The following Eagles Nite Series event, namely the 'Astro Special' will take place on the 26 or 27th of October (dependent on the local loadshedding schedule.

See you under lites at the Randburg Astro Pitch!!!!!!

Ian Clarke wins Easterns tournament

Also in Johannesburg, the Easterns club held a small event on September 24. Three players were presents and a small league was held in home and away games. Ian Clarke took the honors with 4 wins while Gary Downs was runner-up and Craig Smith was third.

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Preparing the September rankings

Please note September results are due to be sent by October 4 so that we can finalize the new rankings ASAP. For the moments we have received results from 21 regional tournaments, 3 tournaments with the old rules and 2 promotional events.

The most active nation is England with 11 regional events (+ 1 promotional tournament), Australia had 3, Italy 3 (+ 3 old rules events). Other nations had 1: Belgium (+ 1 promotional tournament), Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland.

If you have questions regarding the WASPA circuit, we remain at your disposal. Don't be scared to join :)

Please send your results to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Michael Choong wins to go joint Top!


The September session of the 2022 TFAS SG League took place on September 11 at The Sports Hub Library without 'mask-wearing' for the first time in almost 3 years! A total of 5 players were in attendance for a full round-robin format. Each player gets a total of 4 games.

National Champion Michael Choong staked his claim for the SG League to go joint-top with long-standing leader Anas Rahamat (who was absent). Congratulations Michael! Another notable highlight is the performance of Enzo Fornaro - who followed up his outstanding performance in his last League outing - by beating Vikas Chandiramani 3-2 in a thrilling game to clinch 3rd place. Well done, Enzo!

(Report by Bernard Lim)

Friday, 23 September 2022

Weekly results from England - Inaugural Dewsbury Moor TFC tournament

This week was another busy week for English Subbuteo as several tournaments took place under WASPA banner.

Craig Heward wins Dewsbury Moor TFC tournament


Cracking first Subbuteo club night this evening at Dewsbury Moor Sports Club - plenty of players in attendance, both new and returning. Craig Heward won the main event by one goal in a three way tie at the top of the table, from Tony McCann and Paul Lawrenson. 

Martin Blanchard made a surprise visit and was in friendly action with newcomer Neil Kimpton. Plenty of interest also on a busy night in the sports club which enabled several people to try the game out on the demo table. 

Next club meet Thursday 13th October - get in touch if you fancy trying your hand (report by Paul Lawrenson)

Dewsbury Moor TFC Final Table:

1. Craig Heward (Yorkshire Phoenix) 10pts
2. Tony McCann (Yorkshire Phoenix) 10pts
3. Paul Lawrenson (Yorkshire Phoenix) 10pts
4. Shaun Dunne (Manchester) 7pts
5. Brian Kinrade (Moralzarzal) 4pts
6. Kevin Adderley (Yorkshire Phoenix) 1pt

Dan Nicholls winner in Morecambe Bay

The Morecambe Bay club had a great tournament with a nice turnout of 8 players so they had 2 groups of four and knock-out games. In the end, there was a surprising winner as Dan Nicholls (London Road) defeated Shaun Dunne (Manchester) in the final. Shaun Dunne had a great game in the semi to beat Brian Daley on shots! Luca Lanzani defeated Andy Grundy in the consolation final.

Shaun Allison wins Worthing tournament

Worthing TFC had a smaller turnout of 5 players. Shaun Allison was undefeated and won the tournament. Congratulations Shaun!

Final table (all worthing players):

1. Shaun Allison
2. Steve Taylor
3. Nigel Pestelle
4. Ian Maskell
5. Joe Currey

Tom Heslop winner in North Shields


Earlier this week, the North Shields clubs had a small event with three players. This time Tom Heslop took the honors but all games were very close. 

Final table (all North Shields players)

1. Tom Heslop
2. Chris Kaberry
3. Nigel Lamond

Haverhill Rovers are back - Marco Barqueiro on fire


Well, after a quiet summer re numbers what with business and holiday commitments it was great to have 7 of us play tonight.

Buoyed by watching the World Cup we all were eager to play and it was great having some very close games.

With three tables out in the bar area and an under 18 game in progress we had a few people pop in for a chat.

Fortunately they had our very own Peter Holmes on hand to talk them through the nuance’s of the game. Hopefully will see a few more new faces in the future. (report by Gerry Harrington)

Final table

1. Marco Barqueiro (Haverhill)
2. Martin Bellefontaine (Cardiff)
3. Joe Harrington (Haverhill)
4. Peter Holmes (Haverhill)
5. Gerry Harrington (Haverhill)
6. Mike Williams (Haverhill)
7. Jason Mitchell (Haverhill)

Friday, 16 September 2022

Western Sydney 2022 September Cup


The September Cup has returned after two years of COVID cancellations! 6 players came along for dinner before the big event, with a 7th joining them in time for flick-off. The September Cup is famous for its 'Subbuteo only' policy - all games played on cotton and nylon pitches, all bases original Subbuteo, plastic goals and tiny little Subbuteo goalkeepers! With different base styles used as a handicap, and the unfamiliarity of how to use them, kept things open across the tournament.

2 unseeded groups were drawn, with Western Sydney Subbuteo's Franck and Adrian drawn with Steve Dettre from Northern Falcons and Antonio Credentino from Sydney TFC, while the other group was an all Western Sydney Subbuteo affair featuring Ben Vickers, Costa and Imojjen.

In Group 1, Franck and Steve battled out an excited 1-1 draw while Adrian managed a solitary goal past Antonio. The second round saw Adrian put two into Franck's plastic goal, while Antonio pipped Steve 2-1. In the final round's battle for places, Antonio eased to a 3-0 victory of Franck while Adrian had another close 1-0 win over Steve to top the group.

In the other half of the draw, draws were the order of the day! As the players battled with the ball changing directions on hitting nylon fluff, Imojjen drew 0-0 with both Costa and Ben, while a solitary goal to Costa in his game against Ben shot him to the top of the table.

In the consolation rounds, Ben struggled against both Franck and Steve, conceding two goals in each game but maintaining his position as using one of the tournaments most attractive teams in their Scottish red socks.

The semi-finals saw Antonio ease past Costa, thanks in no small part to Steve Dettre's unfortunately timed bad dad joke, distracting Costa just as Antonio pulled the trigger for his first goal. On the cotton pitch, Adrian took an early lead against Imojjen and seemed to be cruising until he left a big whole in his defense with 3 minutes to go, Imojjen obliging by marching through it and scoring for the second consecutive competitive match against her father. This time, however, she held on for the draw, forcing the game into shots. Adrian made a complete hash of trying to save Imojjen's first shot and, though tying the scores up midway through the shootout, choked when it counted, with Imojjen burying a crack for her 4th shot, and Adrian following this up with a miss in his final shot to see Imojjen through to her first ever tournament Grand Final.

In the 3rd/4th play-off, Adrian dominated possession but struggled to make any meaningful attempts on goal until late in the game, where he finally found a way past Costa's defense to take a victory.

In the Grand Final, Antonio scored an early goal which gave the impression he would cruise to the title. Imojjen, however, had other ideas and put on a fine display for the rest of the relatively even game. She couldn't, however, fashion any clear chances and Antonio was able to see the game out, reclaiming the title which he last won in 2018.

An excellent evening of Subbuteo, with tight tussles, upset results and frustrations with old equipment being the features of the evening. We now look forward to next year's 20th Anniversary edition of the September Cup.

Original report: https://sites.google.com/view/westernsydneysubbuteo/tournaments?fbclid=IwAR2v-zN8uVZPKLHSlJ7alXzlv8y1T0leTVh9XD8XXPwdtdO_UUayuCeWpRE

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Success for Luca Zambello in Borgo Vercelli

Luca Zambello receiving his trophy

Last week-end was a special day for the 69ers club in Borgo Vercelli. For their first tournament of the season, Andrea Lessona and his crew had an amazing turnout of 21 players. The Open category had 15 competitors and some of them were world class players. Luca Zambello (Reggio Emilia) proved to be part of the world's elite by winning the event very easily. Zambello defeated Luca Bisio (TSC Stella Artois Milano) in the final while semi-finalists were Claudio Colpani (Papata Group Ponticino) and Vittorio de Pascale (Ligures Genova). The consolation tournament was won by Ligures Genova's Enrico Frisone who defeated clubmate Giancarlo Riva in the final.
Presentation of the trophy for Angelo Bisio

The junior tournament was disputed by 7 players from 3 different clubs. Angelo Bisio (TSC Stella Artois Milano) was really on fire and defeated Samuele Bignardi (Club Rebels Genova) in the final. Alessandro Gandin (Club Rebels Genova) and Gabriele Saveriano (TSC 69ers) made it to the semi-finals.

Huge thanks to the organizers for a great tournament and for their great efforts of promotions.

Congratulations to the winners and good luck to those who attended the tournament and will also attend the FISTF world cup next week-end in Rome.

See more about TSC 69ers here: https://www.facebook.com/TSC69ERS

Gianpaolo Abagnale winner in Angri

In Angri, Gianpolo Abagnale organized a tournament this week-end with an amazing number of 30 players. In the final, Gianpaolo Abagnale defeated Francesco De Vergori (3-0) to win the title. The final standings were as follows:

1. Gianpaolo Abagnale
2. Francesco De Vergori
3. Luigi Desiderio
4. Pasquale Ceglia
5. Luigi Ostrica
6. Giovanni Scarpato
7. Nicola Cavallaro
8. Francesco D'Aniello
9. Luigi Fusco
10. Giovanni De Vivo
11. Giovanni Esposito
12. Salvatore Esposito
13. Luigi Francese
14. Francesco Grimaldi
15. Nicola Grimaldi
16. Francesco Prezioso
17. Luigi Carraturo
18. Pasquale Montella
19. Luigi Montella
20. Francesco De Simone
21. Antonio D'Amaro
22. Luigi D'Antonio
23. Luca Attianese
24. Francesco Attianese
25. Giovanni Attianese
26. Pasquale Romano
27. Luigi Langella
28. Luigi Nocera
29. Nicola Elefante
30. Luigi Auletta

New season starts in Terni

Finally, the Perotti family held the first 2 tournaments of SC Terni 2014. Like last season, these "old rules" tournaments were small events with 3 players but players had great fun and were happy to play under WASPA banner.

Table of September 1:
1. Marco Perotti
2. Emanuele Perotti
3. Volfango Perotti

Table of September 12:
1. Marco Perotti
2. Volfango Perotti
3. Emanuele Perotti

More about Subbuteo in Terni: https://www.facebook.com/SUBBUTEOCLUBTERNI2014THYRUS

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Eric Lienhardt winner in Birsfelden


Back line: Matthias Stechern, Roman Bernhardsgrütter, Panagiotis Krommydas, Peter Erb, Eric Lienhardt, Renato Parussini, Giovanni Attianese.
Front: John Imbrogiano, Clinton Gähwiler, Martin Wiesmann.

It was with great pleasure that "subbuteo.ch" of Swiss-Subbuteo organised another Swiss-Cup with some good international participation on September 11. The tournament took place at the Rest. Hard in Birsfelden/Basel. Once again, fair play, fun and friendship were in the foreground.

Group A was won by Clinton Gähwiler (South Africa) from Cape Town City Subbuteo Club ahead of the Swiss crew.

Group B was won by Eric Lienhardt (France) ahead of Renato Parussini (Italy) and Panagiotis Krommydas (Germany) aka "Pana".

In the semi-finals Renato was successful against John Imbrogiano (Switzerland) while Eric defeated Pana. The big winner is Eric Lienhardt who won the final (2-1) against Renato. In the small final Pana won.

More importantly, it was great to have 10 different players from South Africa, Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland taking part in a Subbuteo day all together under WASPA banner.

Special thanks from WASPA to Peter Erb for a great organisation!

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

England: great tournaments in Chesterfield and North Shields

We are pleased to receive reports and pictures of great deays of Subbuteo table football in England.

Elliott Bellefontaine winner in Chesterfield







Chesterfield TFC had an amazing inaugural tournament on sunday with a great field of 20 players competing in swiss system. All players had 5 games and in the end Elliott Bellefontaine was unbeaten to take the tile was Aaron Skinner, who was also unbeaten, was runner-up. Huge thanks to Andrew Forster-Fake and his friends for a great tournament!

More about the club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/564371693669325/user/100084214360760

Chris Kaberry wins in Darlington 



Due to COVID, the NETFA BRIGANTES  2019-20 season was abandoned and the players player trophy was never awarded. Chairman, Mike Parnaby, suggested that the lads who are still playing from that season compete for it, so that’s what we did that last night.

Chris Kaberry won the night, but at the final bleeper he made a short speech (see on the live recording on Facebook) and announced that Nick Pearson should win be awarded the medal for his hospitality, sportsmanship and general improvement throughout the 2019-20 season.

The night was tightly contested with some great Subbuteo and refereeing.

Again, thanks to Nick for being a first class host.


Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Patrick de Jong wins Top of Holland tournament


The Netherlands had a fantastic day of Subbuteo table football on Sunday as 18 players (including 2 from Belgium and 2 from Germany) attended the Top of Holland tournament organized in Hoogezand by the club of GSV de Hyacinth. There were surprises in the first round as the 2 Belgians didn't pass the group stage but in the knock-out stage, there were many close games. In the final, Patrick de Jong defeated Germany's Edin Mulasmajic (2-0) while Henk Landzaat and Rinaldo van Dijk made it to the semi-finals. Congratulations to Jacob Bijlstra and his crew for organising a great event!


Henk Landzaat (3) - Patrick de Jong (1) - Edin Mulasmajic (2)

Final table "Top of Holland Tournament"

1. Patrick de Jong
2. Edin Mulasmajic
3. Henk Landzaat
4. Rinaldo van Dijk
5. Marco de Bruin
6. Nico Marks
7. Ronald Scheffer
8. Fred Elesbao
9. Erwin Smit
10. Ard Lukassen
11. Jacob Bijlstra
12. Martin Scheffer
13. Dave Wouters
14. Jarno Marks
15. Xavier Aret
16. Stéphane Lambert
17. Martijn de Jong
18. Cailim Marks

More about Subbuteo in the Netherlands: https://www.facebook.com/Subbuteonederland