Monday, 28 November 2022

Vittorio de Pascale winner in Osmate


Last week six players met in Osmate (Italy), in the Varese area, to play a tournament with the old rules. The IV Osmate Cup (Endurance Challenge) was a good day of Subbuteo table football with players competing in home and away games. Vittorio de Pascale was the big winner of the day while Claudio Colpani was runner-up!

Thanks to the players for running another good event under WASPA banner!

Final standings:

1. Vittorio de Pascale (Ligures Genova)
2. Claudio Colpani (Papata Group Ponticino)
3. Enrico Frisone (Ligures Genova)
4. Giancarlo Riva (Ligures Genova)
5. Mirko Balio (Macerata Subbuteo Club)
6. Luigi Bauleo (Ligures Genova)

Cape Town: German visitor at the November tournament





Cape Town City Subbuteo Club were very pleased to be able once again to welcome Subbuteo Sankt Pauli player Sven Schilling. A highlight of the afternoon was the tight tussle to separate him and Cape Town player Neil Hampton - they drew 0-0 in the first round, drew 0-0 again in the 3rd and 4th place play-off, 0-0 still after extra time, 1-1 after 5 penalties each, before Sven finally snatched it on the 8th penalty!

A high enjoyable afternoon as always, and a special thanks to Mike for the awesome Biltong… :)

(Report by Clinton Gahwiler)

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Patrick de Jong winner in Antwerp!

Top 3 of the night

Belgians and Dutchmen sharing a good moment

This month's WASPA tournament in Antwerp was a special one with four Dutch players visiting the Belgian club. A total of 9 players competed in Swiss system and after the four session,s the big winner was Patrick de Jong who was the only player to win four times. Marco de Bruin was runner-up while Jos Ceulemans took the third place. A good time was had by all and more importantly players from Belgium and the Netherlands spent some good time together.

Final standings:

1. Patrick de Jong (Valletta Lions TFC)
2. Marco de Bruin (Dutch Legends)
3. Jos Ceulemans (SC Flanders)
4. David Wouters (SC Flanders)
5. Johan Lourdon (SC Flanders)
6. Stéphane Lambert (OSC Yokohama)
7. Geert Leys (SC Flanders)
8. Rinaldo van Dijk (SC Flanders)
9. Xavier Aret (Dutch Legends)

Monday, 21 November 2022

Rudy Hesty wins at Vikfield


The October session of the 2022 TFAS Singapore League had to be postponed to November 13 due to the Omicron wave taking out majority of the players in October. A total of 8 players gathered at VikField - Home of Vikas - for a 2 groups of 4 round-robin format. The top 2 players of each group qualify for the Cup event while the bottom 2 play in the Plates. In the midst of all the pizzas, chips, fun & laughter, Rudy Hesty took home the crown by beating Kok Wee Tan 3-0 in the Cup Final while host Vikas took home the Plates title. Congrats Rudy! And many thanks to our gracious host Vikas!

Friday, 18 November 2022

England: summary of WASPA events held in October 2022

England has become the power of the WASPA circuit. Many events have been held in October and it's almost impossible to publish separate stories for all tournaments. Here is a summary of results we collected during the month.

Tournaments with FISTF Rules

Morecambe Bay (October 2)


1. Brian Daley (London Road)
2. Shaun Dunne (Manchester)
3. Dan Nicholls (Wales/London Road)
4. Luca Lanzani (Morecambe Bay)
5. Lucasz Whittle (London Road)
6. Rob Wilkinson (Morecambe Bay)
7. Keith Carman (Morecambe Bay)

Chasers Open (October 2)

Quarter-finals:
Alberto Borsani - Kevin Cordell 1-0
Simon Goodman - Martin Bellefontaine 0-1
Rudi Peterschinigg - Victor Jones 3-0
Brian Butterworth - Elliot Bellefontaine 1-2

Semi-finals:
Alberto Borsani - Martin Bellefontaine 0*-0
Rudi Peterschinigg - Elliot Bellefontaine 1-2

Final:
Alberto Borsani - Elliot Bellefontaine (not played)

Rochford and Southend (October 4)


1. Stewart Grant (Rochford)
2. Kevin Dyson (TSPA)
3. Joe Playle (Rochford)
4. Mark West (Chasers)
5. Graham Boyd (Rochford)
6. Neil Sparks (Rochford)
7. Ian Horncastle (Rochford)
8. Gary Gladwell (Chasers)
9. Adam Jackson (Chasers)
10. David Horncastle (Rochford)
11. Dan Brown (Rochford)
12. Eddy Wilding (Rochford)
13. Jack Baxter (Rochford)
14. Lee Walker (Rochford)
15. Mark Francis (Rochford)

Pedmore (October 6)


1. Justin Scott (Wolverhampton)
2. Rob Paterson (TSPA)
3. Graham Harwood (Leicester)
4. Richard Roper (Wolverhampton)
5. Simon Bodily (Pedmore TFC)

Surrey (October 10)

1. Alan Lee (Woobly Hobby SC)
2. Lee Fenton (Surrey)
3. Tony Banks (London SC)
4. Simon Goodman (Surrey)
5. Mark Hammersley (Surrey)
6. Chris Philips (Surrey)

Haverhill (October 12)


1. Martin Bellefontaine (Wales/Cardiff)
2. Valter Baroncini (Haverhill)
3. Marco Barqueiro (Haverhill)
4. Mike Williams (Haverhill)
5. Joe Harrington (Haverhill)
6. Peter Holmes (Haverhill)
7. Gerry Harrington (Ireland/Haverhill)

Yorkshire Phoenix/Dewsbury Moor TFC


Another cracking night at Dewsbury Moor Sports Club - some close games and a close table in the end. Five round Swiss was the order of the night.
It went down to the final round of games where Martin Blanchard edged out Craig Heward 2-0 to take the nights spoils. 

1. Martin Blanchard (London Road)
2. Dan Nicholls (Wales/London Road)
3. David Russell (the Glide, Slide...)
4. Andy Boyer (TSPA)
5. Craig Heward (Yorkshire)
6. Paul Lawrenson (Yorkshire)
7. Russ Harker (Yorkshire)
8. Kevin Adderley (Yorkshire)
9. Darren Brook (Yorkshire)

Badmore (October 14)

1. Richard Badger (Wolverhampton)
2. Mick Hammonds (Wolverhampton)
3. Justin Scott (Wolverhampton)
4. Gage Badger (Wolverhampton)

North East Midlands (October 18)

1. Dave Collett (North East Midlands)
2. Colin Fletcher (Yorkshire)
3. Andrew Forster-Fake (Chesterfield)

Solent (October 20) - Final club league


1. Jason Christopher (Solent)
2. Paul Pearson (Solent)
3. Malcolm Jamieson (Solent)
4. Corey Martin (Solent)
5. Paul Izard (Solent)
6. Steve Smith (Solent)
7. Nigel Morgan (Solent)
8. Dave Hunter (Solent)
9. Tony Martin (Solent)
10. Roger Duckworth (Solent)
11. Kyle Jamieson (Solent)
12. Tim Hill (Solent)

Worthing (October 20)

1. Shaun Allison (Worthing)
2. Nigel Pestelle (Worthing)
3. Steve Taylor (Worthing)
4. Ian Maskell (Worthing)
5. Joe Currey (Worthing)
6. Chris Stapleton (Worthing)

Badmore/Wolverhampton (October 21)

1. Mick Hammonds (Wolverhampton)
2. Justin Scott (Wolverhampton)
3. Richard Badger (Wolverhampton)

Wolverhampton (October 23)


Another fabulous afternoon's play at Wolves TFC! 16 players took part in the Wolves October WASPA event. 

The final was a superb battle between Wolves club mates Mick Hammonds and Chris Bedford. The game switched from end to end in an enthralling 3 all draw. Extra time couldn't separate them either and so it was decided on shots and Mick took the title. In a very strong plate event, Dan Nicholls beat Rob Paterson by 2-0 to take the trophy.  

Well done to everyone that attended and played the afternoon. Thanks also to The Claregate Pub for hosting and their hospitality.

Quarter-finals:
Aaron Skinner - Cayne Matthews 1-1*
Chris Bedford - Steve Wannacot 7-0
Mick Hammonds - Justin Scott 3-1
Tom Heslop - Ruby Matthews 1-4

Semi-finals:
Cayne Matthews - Chris Bedford 1-2
Mick Hammonds - Ruby Matthews 3-0

Final:
Chris Bedford - Mick Hammonds 3-3*

Plate Semi-finals:

Graham Harwood - Dan Nicholls 1-4
Nick Pearson - Rob Paterson 0-1

Plate Final:
Dan Nicholls - Rob Paterson 2-0

Dagenham (October 26)

1. Stephen Moreton (Rochford)
2. Gary Gladwell (Chasers)
3. Adam Jackson (Chasers)
4. Jonathan Beales (Chasers)
5. Mark Francis (Rochford)
6. Samantha Levy (Chasers)

Leicester (October 26)


1. David Rogers (Leicester)
2. Graham Harwood (Leicester)
3. Trevor Arthur (Leicester)
4. Sean Wenlock (Leicester)
5. Alex Ashcroft (Leicester)
6. Paul Taylor (Leicester)
7. Mark Weaver (Leicester)
8. Matt Baum (Leicester)
9. Scott Hunt (Leicester)
10. Kevin Coleman (Leicester)

North East Midlands (October 26)

1. Dave Collett (North East Midlands)
2. Brian Kinrade (Isle of Man/Moralzarzal Subbuteo CAD)
3. Andy Henly (Leicester)

Chesterfield (October 30)


Quarter-finals:
Brett Price - David Rogers 1-0
Graham Harwood - Sam Curtis 0-1
Jeremy Boothman - Trevor Arthur 2-1
Paul Lawrenson - Andrew Forster-Fake 4-0

Semi-finals:
Brett Price - Jeremy Boothman 0-3
Sam Curtis - Paul Lawrenson 0*-0

Final:
Jeremy Boothman - Paul Lawrenson 0-3

Plate Semi-finals:
Simon Bodily - Richard Roper 0-2
Colin Fletcher - Luca Lanzani 3-1

Plate Final:
Richard Roper - Colin Fletcher 0-3

Tournament with Old rules

Surrey (October 10)

1. Simon Goodman (Surrey)
2. Tony Banks (London SC)
3. Gianluca Zucchelli (London SC)
4. Lee Fenton (Surrey)
5. Laurent Zecchino (London SC)
6. Chris Philips (Surrey)

Tournament with Advanced rules

Andover (October 10)


A big thank you to all the players that took part in the first The Rowland Lyons Memorial Trophy. It was a fun night playing 1968 advanced rules Subbuteo using Rowlands own HW teams. 

Two groups of 4 competed with the group winners playing the final and the group runners up for 3/4th places. The 4 other players then played off for the Andover Subbuteo Club monthly trophy which Steve Smith won.

A big thanks must also go to Paul Jeans at the Masonic Hall and for presenting the awards and donating the hall for free plus the bottles of drink to the winner and runner up.

Rowland would have been proud.

Final:
Nigel Morgan (Solent) - Jason Christopher (Solent) 1-2

Plate event:
1. Steve Smith (Solent)
2. Kyle Jamieson (Solent)
3. Shaun Ellis (Andover)
4. Jon Willing (Andover)

Facebook links:

English Subbuteo Association: https://www.facebook.com/groups/239943602816912

Morecambe Bay SC: https://www.facebook.com/themorecambebaysubbuteo

CHASERS (Chadwell Heath & South Essex, Romford Subbuteo) Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314595413269756

Rochford & Southend Casual Subbuteo Club: https://www.facebook.com/RAS.Subbuteo.Club

Pedmore TFC: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086283292039

Surrey Saracens Subbuteo: https://www.facebook.com/groups/858264647945999

Haverhill Rovers Subbuteo and Table Football Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/378921166394976

North East Midlands Senior Subbuteo League: https://www.facebook.com/NEMSSLSubbuteo

Solent Table Soccer & Subbuteo Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2759539824274495

Wolverhampton Table Football Club: https://www.facebook.com/WolverhamptonSubbuteoFootballClub

Yorkshire Phoenix TFC: https://www.facebook.com/yorkshirephoenixtfc

Leicester Foxes Subbuteo Club: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083610377617

Worthing Fivestar Table Soccer Club: https://www.facebook.com/worthingfivestar

The Andover Subbuteo Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/985139298989041

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Fabrizio Coco wins Birthday tournament


The Northern Falcons celebrated their 4th birthday at Willoughby Park Bowling Club with a tournament featuring players from all four Sydney clubs: Northern Falcons (Steve & Louis Dettre, Eliot Kennedy, Adrian and Katelyn Grunbach, Neil and Jonty Brener); Sydney TFC (Fabrizio Coco, John Palamara); Western Sydney Subbuteo (Franck Cozzarin); Hipfingerz (Geoff Sirmai). In additon we had special guest Martin Kennedy visiting.

Fabrizio claimed the event with a 2-1 win over Eliot in the final, after some close and entertaining games.

It was great to see John Palamara back in action, and to see Katelyn continuing her Subbuteo journey.

Franck scored two wins, but Adrian got the points to qualify for the semis.

Steve avenged his loss to Louis last month with a narrow 1-0 win, with Louis hampered by the eternal Subbuteo injury: a broken nail.

Geoff was looking in fine form, with a brilliant display of keeping but conceded a dramatic last minute goal to Steve to drop out of semi contention.

In the semis, Fabrizio outgunned Adrian 1-0, while Eliot took the other match on shots 3-1.

In the final, Fab scored first, then made it 2-0 before Eliot staged a late fightback for a 2-1 result.

Thanks to all members who came, and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the Christmas Cup & Party (December 15).


Sunday, 13 November 2022

Matthias Averlant claims first WASPA title



On Friday the Templeuve United club had a good turnout of 16 players from 7 different clubs for the "Remembrance Day" tournament. Players were put in 4 groups and then knock-out games decided positions 1 to 16. There were many close games and several matches ended in sudden death or shootout. in the semi, Matthias Averlant (AS Hennuyer) had to wait the shootout to beat Jean-Pierre Genart (SC Temploux). Averlant defeated Frank Lannoy (Temploux) 3-1 in the final to claim his very first title.

It was a well-deserved win for Matthias who had been runner-up in WASPA tournaments 28 times but never won a final (!!!)

Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai) was the other semi-finalist.

Loris Celton won the Junior final against Lucas Rivière. Hopefully more juniors will join the club in the near future.





Saturday, 12 November 2022

Record turnout at Remembrance Day Cup


The Johannesburg Table Football Club aka 'Joburg Eagles' hosted their third in the series of 'Eagles Nite Series' Events on Thursday the 10th of November in their lavish and upmarket home venue of the Randburg Astro Hockey Club.

The tournament was aptly named the Remembrance Day Cup as an honour to all who fought and losy loved ones locally and overseas. Chairman of the Joburg Eagles presented a Roll of Honour before the event depicting names put forward by all attending players of friends and family who fought in conflicts all over the world including our local Border War in Namibia and Angola.

A record turnout of 14 people enhanced this very special tournament. All players were placed in 2 groups of 7 and 2 games per group were played on the 4 tables.

Once again 'Just for You Meals' sponsored delicious toasted curry chicken and chicken mayo sandwiches. Delicious doughnuts were also sponsored for all players rounding off a good meal.

Once again there were a lot of spectators watching resulting in great marketing value for the Joburg Eagles. There were 2 newbies, including one junior, namely Koketso, who were thrilled at flicking around on the field of dreams.

Carl Bolweg was a visiting player from ETS Subbuteo Club. The top 2 players from each group qualified for the Cup semi finals and position 3 and 4 qualified for the Plate Semis.

Tournament favourites, Sean and Clifford topped their respective groups and qualified along with Carl and Waynne for the Cup semis. Greg, Paul, Chris and Innocent qualified for the Plate semis.

Greg defeated Paul in the Plate Final on penalties to claim overall 5th place.

In the Cup semis, Sean and Clifford accounted for Waynne and Carl respectively. Carl capped off a good evening by edging out Waynne by the odd goal to claim 3rd spot.

Once again, old adversaries and great friends, Sean and Clifford squared off in yet another Final. Play was very tight and once again the game ended goalless and penalties had to separate the finalists.

Clifford saved Sean's first three penalties and scored two of his own to gain a massive advantage. Although Sean scored his fourth, Clifford saved Sean's fifth penalty for an unassailable lead and claim the special commemmorative Remembrance Day Cup.

The next event in the Eagles Subbuteo Nite Series is scheduled for the 1st of December once again the annual Father Christmas Cup will be up for grabs. A secret Santa will also be arranged during the event with a new and unique special Skills Tournament.

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Saturday, 5 November 2022

Fred Elesbao winner in Sankt Pauli


Three visitors met with three of our “Braun und weiß” regulars for our small monthly competition on Tuesday. Fresh from their World Cup exploits Leon Schneider and Carsten Bock made their debuts in Hamburg from the Berlin Subbuteo Club, with monthly regular Fred Elesbao travelling up from Hannover SG94. 

Every player recorded a win on the night in a tightly fought league, although winner Fred did win all 5 of his fixtures to finish 5 points clear of 2nd placed Simon. Berlin SC’s Leon is fast improving and finished 3rd with Andre 2 points above Carsten & Dimitrios who scrapped it out at the bottom. Thanks to our friends who travelled to us on another cold Hamburg night.

(Report by Simon Stewart)

Friday, 4 November 2022

WASPA rankings of October 2022 are out

Dear all, you will find in the attached files the updated rankins and results of the WASPA circuit.

PDF file with results 

Excel file with rankings and statistics

The Flaming Flickers and the Kallithea Flame clubs were back in action in October


Players at the National Championship in Dublin, Ireland

October was a really busy month with 37 regional tournaments, 1 National Cup, 5 tournaments with old rules, 1 tournament with advanced rules and 1 test-match.

Halloween tournament in Sydney, Australia

If you see some missing results, don't hesitate to contact me. The best way to send results is to send an e-mail to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Players in Johanneburg, including two guys from Malawi

We had a total of 365 individual entries, which is much more than the average. England was once again the most active nation with 18 tournaments held over the country. That's not surprise to see English clubs dominating the rankings of clubs (Top Clubs and Development League) and Alan Lee taking the lead in the overall individual ranking. In the season ranking, Patrick de Jong from the Netherlands is the new leader. Congratulations!

It's amazing to see that the 23 “top clubs” have already scored ranking points in the season, which means a lot about the motivation of the different clubs. The fight against relegation will be extremely interesting this season.

Andrew Martini and Stéphane Lambert played a test-macth in Japan

It was good also this month to see more nations joining the circuit. We had the very first test-match in Japan between players from New Zealand and Belgium. Spain held their first event of the season and it was good to see the clubs of Trieste (Italy), Achaioi (Greece), Barcelona FT (Spain) and Maryland SC (USA) back in the circuit.

Players at the Tournai tournament in Belgium

Some clubs or regional groups organize local circuits like for instance in Johannesburg (South Africa), Templeuve (Belgium) or Catalunya (Spain). That's a great idea to try to attract some new players and that's a great source of inspiration for others!

Thumbs up also for the Republic of Ireland as the Dublin club held a fantastic National Championship under WASPA banner. It's amazing to see a great field of 16 players and another title for Mark Farrell who defeated Martinog Bradley in the final!

We are aware that there are things to improve like:

- having more tournament reports on the WASPA blog;

- having more young players involved!

- having more tournaments in some countries where we feel the WASPA philosophy could really help to develop the game.

Ferran Coll, a big name winning the Barcelona tournament

Jason Christopher winner in Andover

We are looking for motivated organizers who are ready to become WASPA ambassadors in countries were there are no (or not many) WASPA tournaments for the moment. We would be pleased to have more contacts in France, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia, Southern Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. If you are interested to help, your ideas are more than welcome.

Your feedback is welcome. If you see more things to improve, please send a message to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Don't hesitate to run tournaments under the WASPA banner. It's a great way to promote your club, to attract new players and to create local or regional development and we all agree this is what the game needs nowadays.

All your ideas to make the WASPA circuit more attractive are more than welcome. Don't hesitate to send your feedback. We also hope to see more and more clubs running events under the WASPA banner in the future.

We also take to opportunity to thank our partners:

- SubKits at https://www.facebook.com/subkits

- 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 vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

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

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Vincent Coppenolle, WASPA organizer