Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Some great events in Wales

There is a lot of action going on in Wales for the moment. After a great tournament in Cardiff, three more events have been held recently.
Trevor Schott won the promotional event
First of all, London Road SC held a promotional event on January 13 with a small field of four players but some great games were played. Trevor Schott from England took the honors, finishing on top of the table while Cayne Matthews was runner-up.

On January 14 it was fantastic to see Knighton TFC holding a great tournament with 23 players and five teams. The team event consisted in a group of 5. Cardiff TFC finished on top while London Road SC was runner-up, Wolverhampton SFC was 3rd, Cardiff B was 4th and Knighton TFC took the 5th place. The individual tournament had a great turnout and Phil Dacey took the honors, defeating Brian Daley in the final. Sensation of the day was caused by Ruby Matthews. The young girl managed to reach the semi-finals after defeating Danny Bird in the quarter-finals. Darren Barnes was the other semi-finalist. To be noted the final matches were filmed by the Welsh TV channel for their Sgorio Mwy programme on S4C.

As for Knighton TFC, from Sunday 21st January Knighton Table Football Club/Trefyclo Clwb Peldroed Bwrdd is moving to the Plough Inn in Market Street/Heol Farchnad. Meetings start at 13.00 and finish at 16.15.

See on the left side the story published in the local paper.

Brian Daley won the LRSC WASPA regional tournament
Finally, on January 21, London Road had another great tournament with 9 players involved. Brian Daley defeated Richard Stock in the final while Yanni Kelly and Trevor Schott made it to the semi-finals. Cayne Matthews won the plate event. A great day was had by all.

Casey van Os for the third time in Hoogezand

Last Saturday the Dutch club of GSV de Hyacinth was holding the 4th edition of the "COBEX Top of Holland Tournament" and for the third year in a row, the winner was Casey van Os.

Casey defeated Henk Landzaat (1-1 and 3-1 on shots) in a very exciting final while Nico Marks defeated Jacob Bijlstra in the game for the third place. It was a nice day of table football with 15 players of different ages between 9 and 69 years old.

For the first time there was a foreign player taking part, Stéphane Lambert from Belgium. It was nice to see old and new faces and hopefully this successful tournament will be positive for the revival of the game in the Netherlands, hopefully with more collaboration between Dutch players and WASPA.

Congratulations to Jacob Bijlstra and GSV de Hyacinth for a perfectly organized tournament.

Monday, 22 January 2018

A new club in Berlin

There are great news in Germany where Subbuteo Club Berlin has just been launched. This is the city's second subbuteo club as the famous Sparta Spreeathen is also active for many years but this new project deserves a lot of support. Alberto Tarantino explains the club will try to get new players in the East side of Berlin and games will be played in Biesdorf. The club's first tournament took place on January 17 with 4 players taking part. Nico Müller was the winner and Alberto Tarantino was runner-up. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the future, the numbers will be growing and the collaboration with your club will be positive!
Homepage: https://subbuteoclubberlin.blogspot.be/

Dave Brothers wins in Chopwell

A good morning in Chopwell, despite the snow.

First up was Dave 5-0 Stephen
Not a lot to say. Stephen gave it a go and was caught with some soft finishes.

Next Stephen 0-1 Nigel
Nigel just had the better of the game and was able to come up with the only goal . Both players made some good blocks, showed some good touches and both players had shots.

Finally Nigel 0-0Dave
Nigel had by far the better of the game and had several chances, while Dave never had a shot! Some great blocking from Nigel throughout the game and unlucky with some of his shots. If it was a boxing match, Nigel would have won easily on points.

1st  Dave
2nd Nigel
3rd  Stephen

(Report by Chris Kaberry)

TFAS League 2018 - Match Day 1

The TFAS League 2018 kicked off on 14 January with six players in the first League session of the year. This session also served as “additional training” for 4 of the players who are heading to Melbourne this weekend for the Asian Cup 2018. All the best to them!

After a full round robin format, it was the former Singapore champion, Den Mulia a.k.a. “Ancient Champion”, back on form undefeated in this league session, bagging in 4 wins and a draw! Anas was close behind by a point, having lost to Den in his one of his matches.

The results are as follows:
Kok Wee 3 v 3 Vikas
Anas 2 v 1 Bernard
Den 2 v 1 Haikal
Den 1 v 0 Anas
Haikal 3 v 3 Vikas
Bernard 4 v 2 Kok Wee
Anas 4 v 1 Haikal
Vikas 0 v 3 Bernard
Den 3 v 3 Kok Wee
Vikas 0 v 2 Den
Haikal 4 v 2 Bernard
Anas 3 v 0 Kok Wee
Den 4 v 2 Bernard
Vikas 0 v 2 Anas
Kok Wee 0 v 0 Haikal

1. Den
2. Anas
3. Bernard
4. Haikal
5. Kok Wee
6. Vikas

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Volos Christmas Cup 2018

The Volos Christmas Cup took place on January 3 and was organized by the Greek club of Argonaftes 2004 TSC based in Volos. it was already the third time the tournament was organized under WASPA banner. Alekos Prigkos defeated Antonis Krysilas (from the Flaming Flickers) in the final (3-0) to win the tile while Pavlos Papadopoulos and Spyros Kourias reached the semis. 8 players were taking part! Congratulations to the winner and organizers!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Giolio Astengo first winner of 2018

Cardiff TFC was holding a New year tournament on January 2 with 9 players taking part. Congratulations to Giulio Astengo who travelled 1100 miles just to say he won the 1st Subbuteo trophy of 2018. There was a closely fought final with Darren Barnes. Semi-finalists were Dave Samuel and Colin Lewis. Special mention to Ronald Scheffer who travelled 800 miles to be part of the show!

Friday, 5 January 2018

WASPA report of December 2017

Dear friends, first of all, happy New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2018! I really hope Subbuteo will remain an important hobby in your life!

You will find enclosed the WASPA standings at the end of December.

Welcome to the German club of Kaiserau
December was a very busy month and it was exciting for everyone to see how many clubs wanted to run Christmas tournaments. In total, we had 33 regional tournaments, 4 promotions events, 2 events with the old rules and 1 with advanced rules. Two "test matches" have also been added in the records.

The clubs of Kaiserau (Germany) and Ebenfurth (Austria) have held their very first WASPA tournaments. Welcome to them!

Terrific turnout of 30 players in Kallithea, Greece
The rankings are growing. 40 players have attended their very first WASPA tournament and we now have 1602 players from 47 nations involved. We have "lost" Afghanistan in the ranking of nations. Their two representatives were living in Austria and had been involved in the Subbuteo circuit thanks to the help of Austrian players and hopefully they will be back in the future.

The ranking of "top clubs" is also very exciting to follow with Jurong Central SC, Flaming Flickers SC, Western Flickers TFC and
London Road Subbuteo Club struggling for the first place. We have a total of 22 "top clubs" in our records and hopefully we can get a few more in 2018.

Christmas time in Rochefort, Belgium
Belgium was the most active nation in December with 8 regional and 3 promotional tournaments and more than 100 individual entries, which means 25% of the total entries in December.

It was nice also to see action in Northern California and Connecticut in the US and amazing turnouts in all tournaments in Greece.

First tournament in Ebenfurth, Austria
Well, you can find the updated records in the attached two files (click links to open):
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

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

Christmas tournament in Singapore
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/

Day of promotion for new players in Vresse, Belgium
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

Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,

Vincent Coppenolle

Two test-matches in Greece

On November 13 and 14 the Flaming Flickers had the visit of Lorenzo David Carnevale from Italy who was visiting Athens at that time. The Italian player met local figures in two WASPA test matches. Panos Panagiotides won the session (2-0) against Carnevale and Stamathis Syrmos also won on a closer end (2-1). Games were played on Extreme Pitch. Local players were using TCHA4 arrow2 bases and Lorenzo used Astrobase CC2.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Jérôme Heyvaert wins in Auvelais

The semi-finalists and Massimo Bolognino's look-a-like
The latest tournament in Auvelais took place last week with 8 players taking place. The event was organized by the "Etoile Sarthoise" and players were divided into 2 groups of 4. Bruno and Tony Timpano reached the semi-finals but couldn't stop Jérôme Heyvaert (Charleroi) and William Van den Houte (Stembert) to play the final. In the decisive game, Heyvaert won the game by a single goal to claim the honors and win a 6th WASPA title while Fabrice Guyaux won the consolation tournament.