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