Saturday, 13 October 2018

Coppenolle stops Ceulemans's winning streak


Last week SC Flanders had another good night of Subbuteo in Hofstade-Zemst with 8 players competing in Swiss system. There were a few surprising winners and in the end Vincent Coppenolle took the honors with 3 wins and a draw while Jos Ceulemans was runner-up with 9 points. Matthias Averlant managed to take the third place. Thanks to SC Flanders for a great evening with very fair players!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Kenny Beggs and Martinog Bradley winners in Ulster

Seaview Subbuteo at Crusaders FC, Belfast
Players in Belfast
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Sporting Club hosted its second WASPA competition on the road, this time at the wonderful home of Crusaders Football Club, current football league champions of Northern Ireland. Eight competitors travelled from across the north including two returning players; Ernie Bickerstaff formerly a Belfast Barbarians stalwart and Jackie O’Neill a veteran who’s not flicked in anger since the 80’s. The debutants were joined by All Ireland runner-up Kenny Beggs, current WASPA Irish #1 Derry City TFC’s Martin og Bradley, Barry Spence, Simon Stewart, Lochlin Bradley and Craig Stewart who brilliantly organised the evenings event.
The players were split into two teams of four who played each other over four rounds of matches. The Barbarian Select team took the honours 2-2, 3-0, 3-1, 2-2 over the four rounds. Individual results were then tallied into a table where the top half played off for the title with the bottom four shooting it out in the Plate.

In the Plate Ernie Bickerstaff defeated Jackie O’Neill 2-0 while siblings Martin og and Lochlin Bradley continued Irelands longest running Subbuteo rivalry with Martin og running out 4-1 winner. The plate final saw Martin og Bradley avenge his earlier defeat at the hands of Ernie reversing the 1-0 score line to finish the tournament 5th.  Ernie in his first competition back showed some neat play and was unlucky not to return home with some silverware.
In the main competition Kenny Beggs went head-to-head with Simon Stewart in the first semi-final running out 2-0 winner, while Craig Stewart went down 2-0 to Barry Spence. Barry and Kenny have locked horns on many occasions over the years given their longevity in the Irish game and it was Kenny who came out on top winning 1-0 on shots after a scoreless game.
A huge thanks again to Craig Stewart for organising the competition and to Crusaders FC for hosting us. Table Football will be coming home on the 18-11-18 with Sporting Club hosting the second round of the Ulster Championship.

Standings:
1st K.Beggs
2nd B.Spence
3rd S.Stewart
4th C.Stewart
5th M.Bradley
6th E.Bickerstaff
7th L.Bradley
7th J.O'Neill

(Report by Simon Stewart)
Martinog (right) won the tournament

Frightening Flicks WASPA
Only 4 competitors at this years event played a league format. Martinog Bradley came out on top with Mark McCrossan finishing in second place. Brendan Rodgers of Donegal Subbuteo took third place with Derry’s Lawrence Watson finishing 4th despite some impressive performances.

Standings:
1. Martinog Bradley
2. Mark Mc Crossan
3. Brendan Rodgers
4. Lawrence Watson

Donegal on Saturday!
Please note the Donegal Leg of the Ulster Championship, hosted by Donegal Subbuteo, will be held on Saturday 13th October and 9 players already registered.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ulstersubbuteochampionship/

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Eagles take flight once again




The Johannesburg TFC 'the Eagles' held there first tournament after a lengthy hiatus at Randburg FC on the 7th of October 2018. It was aptly named 'Back to Basics' as all present showed severe signs of rustiness after a very long break. Three complete novices, namely Paul Semu (Malawi) andtwo juniors namely  Jonathan Kapangilia (age 12) and Nicholas Kapangilia (age 5), both from Zambia, were introduced to the game for the very first time. A mini double round robin was played, with 12 year old Jonathan showing some promising touches to take the Promotion Tournament and ending the day unbeaten.

The main tournament was played on a round robin basis, whereby everyone played against each other. Carl Bolweg showed some delightful touches on the table bearing in mind that a few hours ago he was touring Spain with his under 12 football team from ETS (Education Through Education). The game of the tournament was undoudtedly the encounter between life long friends Chris Dimmer and Johan van Nieuwenhysen. These two started playing Subbuteo in the early 1950's and there passion for the game has not diminished. Johan took an early lead, however Chris' precise play soon turned the tables on his friend and he scored two unanswered goals to clinch third spot. Although Clifford remained unbeaten, his play was light years behind his normal style with a large majority of flicks missing the mark. Abraham, a Tanzanian national, once again enjoyed himself and earned the award of the most 'spirited' player on the day. Goal of the day went to Johan for his scorcher on the run against Clifford.


The ultimate highlight was the enjoyment and friendship which manifested itself once again. 'Just For You Meals' sponsored a delightful light lunch for all the players which went down well especially after the exertions on the table.

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Howard Christie winner in Toronto


Toronto Subbuteo Club recently held a tournament with a great turnout of 8 players. This was the biggest tournament since the rebirth of "Subbuteo Canada". Among the competitors, there were two players from the Montreal club. The first round consisted in a Swiss system round of three games for all with knock-outs games in the second round. Howard Christie took the honors after defeating local organizer Mike Sgro in the final (2-1). Martin Charlebois and Mike Chieffallo made it to the semi-finals.

Besides the tournament, Mike Sgro announced "Club de Subbuteo de Montréal" is up and running with the help of LeWine Hunter and Toronto Subbuteo Club is moving its tournament location to Markham.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Chris Kaberry wins the WASPA cup in Ponteland


WASPA Ponteland Sunday 7th October

Short report of the games held in Ponteland on Sunday. This tournament was under the banner of North Shields STF.

Semi-finals:
Nigel Lamond v Chris Kaberry 0-2
Scores level at half time but a quick two goal blast at the beginning of the second half saw Chris into the final.

Dave Brothers v Stephen Dobbison 5-0
A one sided affair with Dave running out a comfortable winner.

Consolation play-off:
Nigel Lamond v Stephen Dobbison 0-1
Tight game which was ultimately decided after great honesty from Nigel gifted Stephen a shot on goal which went low into the corner.

Final:
Chris Kaberry v Dave Brothers 3-0
Chris won the competition with a competent display of accurate shooting.

Standings
1. Chris Kaberry
2. Dave Brothers
3. Stephen Dobbison
4. Nigel Lamond

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Charles Aquilina winner in Bormla

Before the final

Presentation of the trophies
Last week the club of Bormla was holding their second WASPA tournament of the season with a good turnout of 14 players. FISTF veterans world champion Charlie Aquilina won the tournament after a close final against Jean Carl Tabone (2-1). Melvin Baron and Jamie Bonnici made it to the semis. Huge thanks to Josef Camilleri and the Bormla players for hosting the event.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Adrian Davies winner in Kent

Adrian vs Kye
Kent Invicta another great evening of play last Friday. It was the returning Welsh Wizard, Adrian Davies, who took the win in the KIV WASPA League last Friday edging out Kye Arnold on their head to head score line from the first match of the evening. There were many tight games which ended up with Adrian and Kye neck a neck into the last session with Terry Arnold still in a position to take the overall win. However the last games went in Adrian’s favour as the Welshman scored a late equalizer against Terry to draw 1-1 and Kye endured a frustrating 0-0 stalemate with Dave Collier. This meant that after 5 matches the top two players had an identical record of 10 points and a +4 goal difference so their first round result of 1-0 over Kye gave the victory to Adrian. It has to be said that Rob McCormick grabbed the result of the evening however with a fantastic 1-0 win over Adrian in round 2.

Final Table – All KIV
1. Adrian Davies (Open) – 10pts +4 (wins on 1-0 head to head over Kye)
2. Kye Arnold (U19) – 10pts +4
3. Terry Arnold (Vets) – 8pts +3
4. Dave Collier (Vets) – 5pts -2
5. Rob McCormick (Vets) – 4 pts -5
6. Paul Frank (Vets) – 3pts -4

Thursday, 4 October 2018

WASPA report of September 2018

Dear all,
please find attached the new updates of the WASPA rankings.

Excel file (rankings and stats)
PDF file (season results)

September means we are starting a new season with new records and renewed rankings.

Players in Attard, Malta
Our ambitions for the new season are:
- to have a great "WASPA world cup" again and we hope to have condidatures by the end of October;
- to keep growing;
- to have more nations involved;
- to have more "top clubs"
- to have more juniors in the rankings and therefore more juniors clubs;
- to have more presence in the FISTF tournaments as consolation events or as separate tournaments so that players travelling to FISTF events have more games.

September was a good month. We added some late records of the Stoke tournament (old rules) while the Pireas tournament will be added next month.

Gathering between Dutch and Australian players in Groningen
There are no many changes in the rankings but it's great to see Mauro Camilleri from Malta being the first leader of the season ranking.

The Junior ranking is now for players born in 2002 or later so you can see some changes in the top 5 but England's Kye Arnold is still the solid leader. We are glad to add the club of Cape Town (South Africa) in the Junior ranking of clubs. Australia's Northern Falcons TFC is the first leader of the season in the "top clubs" ranking.

September was a good month with 30 events in the records. We really hope this season will continue to bring joy in your respective clubs!

Parramatta tournament in Australia
We stay at your disposal for any info regarding the circuit or for ideas on how to improve things!

Please don't forget to send all results of your events (possibly with pictures and a short story for the blog) to my home address at vincent.cop@rsca.com

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.

Big turnout in Wales
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

Marcos Kapsabelis is a new player for the Flaming Flickers and he won the first tournament of the season
Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit, to get new clubs/nations involved or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,
Vincent Coppenolle

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Marcos Kapsabelis winner in Kallithea


Despite the storm and the extreme weather conditions 16 players attended the 38th WASPA tournament organized by the Flaming Flickers in Greece last week-end. The winner was Marcos Kapsabelis (Atletico Vibo) after a large victory (4-1) against Costas Meleas. Congratulations to Marcos for the trophy, to Costas for the final and to all the participants for a great game day.

(Report by Panos Panagiotides)

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Eliot Kennedy winner in Canberra


Canberra TFC recently held another great tournament with a good field of nine players including representatives of the Northern Falcons TFC and Northern Phoenix TFC. Players were divided into two groups with the top two from each group qualifying for the semi-finals. Eliot Kennedy won group A and later beat Hermann Kruse in the semi.

In the other semi-final, Kevin Grant defeated FISTF President Steve Dettre by a single goal. In the end, Eliot Kennedy took the honors after defeating Kevin Grant (4-1) in the final.

Nick Brill defeated Martin Kennedy in the consolation final.

Congratulations to Canberra TFC for hosting a great tournament!