Thursday, 19 May 2022

Martin Bellefontaine wins Solent Open




Malcolm Jamieson receives Plate trophy from Corey Martin

Martin Bellefontaine receives Open trophy from Corey Martin

Last Sunday Martin Bellefontaine took the Solent WASPA Open Tournament title. The tournament was played by 16 competitors from several clubs from England and Wales such as Solent, Sport Vale, Andover, Worthing, Yorkshire Phoenix, London SC and Cardiff.

Tournament Director Jason Christopher was also in a great day, reaching the final after defeating Sam Virgoe in the quarter-final and Dave Croucher in the semi. Martin Bellefontaine was on fire and defeated Jason Christopher by a clear 5-0 in the final. 

Malcolm Jamieson defeated Chris Burford in the Plate final.

More about Solent Subbuteo club can be foudn at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2759539824274495

Main results:

Open Quarter-finals: Paul Izard 0 v 0 Dave Croucher (0-0 after Golden Goal extra time, 0-0 on shots, DC won 1-0 on sudden death shots) ; Tony McCann 2 v 3 Steve George ; Sam Virgoe 0 v 5 Jason Christopher ; Nigel Pestelle 0 v 2 Martin Bellefontaine

Semi-Finals: Jason Christopher 3 v 0 Dave Croucher ; Martin Bellefontaine 2 v 1 Steve George

3rd/4th Place: Dave Croucher 0 v 1 Steve George

FINAL: Martin Bellefontaine 5-0 Jason Christopher

Plate Quarter Finals: Gianluca Zucchelli 0 v 0 Malcolm Jamieson (MJ won on Golden Goal) ; Nigel Morgan 1 v 3 Chris Burford ; Dave Hunter 0 v 2 Tony Martin ; Steve Smith 1 v 0 Corey Martin

Plate Semi-Finals: Malcolm Jamieson 2 v 1 Tony Martin ; Steve Smith 0 v 1 Chris Burford

Plate 3rd/4th Place: Tony Martin 0 v 0 Steve Smith (0-0 after Golden Goal extra-time, SS won 3-2 on shots)

Plate Final: Malcolm Jamieson 6 v 2 Chris Burford

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Aaron Skinner winner in Dublin





Last week-end the third round of the Irish Subbuteo championship took place in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Many thanks to John Moore, Andy Fitzpatrick and Mark Farrell for a successful tournament.

Congratulations to Aaron Skinner on winning the event. The Bristol Subbuteo club player defeated Stanway Rovers player Kevin Cordell in the final while Mark Farrell and Barry Spence made it to the semi-finals.

Martinog Bradley won the Plate event after defeating Mick O'Brien in the final while Finn Skinner won the Junior tournament.

17 players from Ireland, Northern Ireland and England were taking part.

See more about the Irish Subbuteo championship at https://www.facebook.com/ulstersubbuteochampionship/

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Lorenzo Fazio wins junior tournament in Genova




Last week-end another tournament was organized in Genoa Campomorone, Italy for young players only. This time the host of the event was SC Valponte, one of the neighboring clubs of the "Rebels Genova". 12 young players competed in the tournament. The first round consisted in 4 groups of 3 players while the second round saw 3 groups of 4 players to decide the places from 1 to 12. Lorenzo Fazio was the winner this time while Davide Gigliotti was runner-up. Congratulations once again to those who work with the youth and see youth development as a priority for the future of the game!

1. Lorenzo Fazio
2. Davide Ghigliotti
3. Samuele Bignardi
4. Tommaso Sani
5. Enrico Ghigliotti
6. Davide Picollo
7. Paolo Invernizzi
8. Fabrizio Cicchero
9. Giacomo Alessi
10. Andrea Ferretti
11. Lorenzo Vernazza
12. Federico Cereseto


Monday, 16 May 2022

Results from all over the UK - April 2022

Here is a brief summary of results we received since the end of March till the end of April. From now on we will try to publish results from the UK on a more regular base.

Rochford, England, March 22


The Rochford and Southend Casual Subbuteo Club keeps running great evening of table football with old and new players having a great time. This time it was national legend Kevin Dyson whoo took the honors. 

1. Kevin Dyson
2. William Target
3. Neil Sparks
4. Stewart Grant
5. Mark West
6. Jim Jamison
7. Gary Gladwell
8. Jack Target
9. Glenn Asher
10. Paul Matthews
11. David McCartney
12. Mark Francis
13. Jack Baxter

Haverhill, England, April 3

Kevin Cordell vs Alan Lee

Haverhill had an amazing tournament with 10 players from five different clubs divided in 2 groups. In the final, Alan Lee Defeated Rudi Peterschinigg by a single goal (1-0) while semi-finalists were Joe Harrington and Kevin Cordell. Marco Barqueiro defeated Adam Douglas (3-1) in the Plate final.

Wrexham, Wales, April 10

Brian Daley and Cayne Matthews

London Road Subbuteo club had another good event with 7 players competing in a league format. Brian Daley was undefeated and took the honors. Final standings were as follows:

1. Brian Daley
2. Cayne Matthews
3. Ruby Matthews
4. Dan Nicholls
5. Brendan Ashley
6. Brian Hall
7. Lucasz Whittle

Rochford, England, April 14


Some more new players joined the Rochford & Southend club night and this time Ian Welby was the surprising winner of the day, winning his very first WASPA tournament.

1. Ian Welby
2. Mark West
3. Rob Ellis
4. Jack Baxter
5. Chris Rimmington
6. Joe Playle
7. Ian Horncastle
8. Gary Gladwell
9. Mark Francis
10. Russ Wright
11. Glenn Asher
12. Graham Boyd
13. Stewart Grant
14. James Nesbit

Surrey, England, April 12

Surrey Saracens SC had a small gathering with just 3 players but close games. Simon Goodman took the best on his opponents to remain undefeated after home and away fixtures.

1. Simon Goodman
2. Lee Fenton
3. Chris Philips

Stanway, England, April 12

This month the Stanway club had 7 players attending the meeting and the tournament was played in Swiss system. Congratulations to local organizer Kevin Cordell who won the tournament after winning 3 of his fours games.

1. Kevin Cordell (Stanway)
2. Marco Ghigliotti (Harrow)
3. Alan Lee (-)
4. Martin Bellefontaine (Cardiff)
5. Joe Harrington (Haverhill)
6. Gerry Harrington (Haverhill)
7. Adam Douglas (Rochford & Southend)

Wolverhampton, England, April 18

A small tournament in Wolverhampton but great games and Mick Hammonds won 5 of his 6 games to win the event. There were many close games and all players won at least one game.

1. Mick Hammonds
2. Chris Bedford
3. Justin Scott
4. Richard Badger

Bristol, England, April 19


The Bristol tournament had a great turnout of 13 players. Darre Clarke was juist unstoppable and won his four games in the Swiss ladder while David Pawsey was back in action and finished runner-up, sharing the second spot with Aaron Skinner.

1. Darren Clarke
2. David Pawsey
2. Aaron Skinner
4. Taylor Randles
5. Steve Wonnacott
6. Darren Barnes
7. Phillip Bryant
8. Andy Jarvis
9. Malcolm Jarvis
10. Fin Skinner
11. Simon Donadel
11. Peter Marshall
13. Stuart Briffett

Solent, England, April 21

The Solent league, played under WASPA banner, came to an end on April 21. All 10 entrants played 27 games and Paul pearson was the league champion while Corey Martin was runner-up.

1. Paul Pearson
2. Corey Martin
3. Malcolm Jamieson
4. Paul Izard
5. Rob Cashman
6. Steve Smith
7. Tony Martin
8. Nigel Morgan
9. Dave Hunter
10. Roger Duckworth

Worthing, England, April 21

This month's Worthing tournament had 7 players competing in Swiss system. Shaun Allison was in a great day and managed to win the tournament.

1. Shaun Allison
2. Steve Taylor
3. Joe Currey
4. Ian Maskell
5. Nigel Pestell
6. Nathan Holley
7. Sam Virgoe

Derry, Northern Ireland, April 25


The 5 man Easter Cup was played in April 25. Congratulations to Kenny Beggs topping the table on the night, Barry Spence takes runner-up with Martinog Bradley falling third.

1. Kenny Beggs
2. Barry Spence
3. Martinog Bradley
4. Dee Jenkins
5. Oisin Mór

Solent, England, April 27

Jason Christopher receiving the trophy from Paul Pearson

8 players attended the Solent tournament. After the group stage, knock-out games were very close. Jason Christopher proved to be on top after a few weeks off to the game due to an injury and defeated Corey Martin in the final (3-2). Paul Pearson and Steve Smith made it to the semis while Malcolm Jamieson won the Plate final against Nigel Morgan.

Burnley, England, April 28


A small tournament was organized by the East Lancashire Subbuteo Club and Gavin Roper won hs three games to take the trophy. David Scholes was runner-up whil Morecambe Bay SC's Rob Wilkinson took the third place.

1. Gavin Roper
2. Dave Scholes
3. Rob Wilkinson
4. Tim Ingle

Liverpool, England, April 28

The Liverpool club had a tournament with 6 players competing in 2 groups and knock-out games. Brian Daley defeated Lucasz Whittle (5-0) in the final while Paul O'Connor and Steve Heidstrom made it the semi-finals.

Woobly Hobby SC, April 30

Richard Stock

Alan Lee organized the Woobly Hobby SC tournament to celebrate the come-back of Welsh legend Richard Stock. After a long break, Richard played very well but Alan Lee took the honors once again.

1. Alan Lee
2. Cayne Matthews
3. Richard Stock
4. Ruby Matthews

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Singapore welcomes Arjune Hanafi back home after more than 2 years!


KB Doves TFC hosted a 'Long-Time-No-See' WASPA on 11 May 2022 at their club premises at Kebun Bahru Community Club in honour of Arjuna Hanafi.  This is the 1st time in more than 2 years that the Melbourne-based Arjuna is able to return to his home country!!  A total of 4 flickers took part in a round-robin format and each player gets 3 games.  At the end of play, Bernard edged out John on goal difference with both players tied on points after both having 2 wins + 1 draw.  Arjuna finished ahead of Azhari on goal difference to finish 3rd with both players tied on 1 point.

 While we marked Arjuna's home visit with what we all loved best on the table, the off-table banter, catch-up and camaraderie after more than 2 years are all the more memorable and precious.  In attendance was also Arjuna's 2 sons: Aiman & Adam.  Till we next flick again, here's wishing Arjuna & his family safe travels back to Melbourne! Bon voyage!

Monday, 9 May 2022

WASPA rankings and results as per April 2022

Some news faces appeared at the latest event in Tournai, Belgium

Dear friends, you will find here the updated WASPA results and rankings as per the end of April 2022.

Excel file with rankings and statistics

PDF file with results

We are extremely happy because we had 34 tournaments in April, which is a really big number proving that the activity of Subbuteo table football tournaments is back to normal in many countries. Cyprus and Austria had their first event for 2 years and we are glad to see 25 players making their debut in the WASPA circuit. Numbers as slowly rising again, which is a very encouraging sign. it's also good to see the number of juniors rising to 85 but we are sure we can do much better in the future. The youth must be a priority for our clubs as only 7 clubs have 3 juniors involved and can appear in the junior ranking of clubs.

A good turnout of players in Hamburg, home city of the Sankt Pauli club

Here are some highlights of the month:

- TSC 69ers in Italy have been back in action with a first tournament since September and 10 players taking part;

- England is amazing with so many tournaments run by different clubs in different regions of the country. Alan lee and the different involved clubs deserve respect for what they are doing;

- The Sankt-Pauli players in Germany almost beat records as their latest event had a great turnout of 9 players;

- 9 players also showed up in events in the Netherlands and Singapore;

Players at the latest Northern Falcons tournament in Australia
- Australia is still doing well with events held in three different cities;

- We are glad to see small but nice meets in South Africa and Italy (old rules);

- The tournament in Tournai (Belgium) had 14 players including four beginners, which is really nice;

- French players in Symphorien sur Coise did a great job with 12 players taking part, some beginners and plans for another event to be held in May:

Action in Saint-Symphorien, France

- In Baden-Baden (Germany), four players from 4 different nations met for a great day of play;

- In Czech Republic players met for a small tournament, not in Prague this time but in a smaller city called Kladno;

- Players in Limassol met for the first time in 2 years, helping Cyprus to be back in the ranking of nations;

Latest event in Singapore
- Marian Flemer from Germany won the tournament held under WASPA banner during the recent FISTF Open of Traiskirchen (Austria).

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 WASPA banner in the future.

We also take to opportunity to thank our partners:

- Victory kits at https://www.victorykits.co.uk/

- Flicks for Kicks at http://shop.flickforkicks.com/

- MAD ABOUT GAMES at http://subbuteo2012.co.uk

After 2 years the game is back in Cyprus!

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.

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/

Modern and old rules played in the same venue in Greece
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

Action in Borgo Vercelli, Italy
Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Vincent Coppenolle, WASPA organizer

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Tastoglou and Scotiniotis win Easter Cup!




16 players recreated the Greek Easter Cup, a very old competition that no longer takes place. Players were divided in 2 categories: one for players with old equipment and played with old rules and one with modern equipement and FISTF rules. It was again a very good tournament with a lot of action and great games. Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants for another successful WASPA event. 


Tuesday, 3 May 2022

France: Denis Polsinelli winner in Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise



On Saturday the club of Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise was holding a second WASPA tournament with a good turnut of 12 players. There were superb matches and some surprises with some youngsters competing with the older players. The tournament was great with 4 groups of three players and then 3 groups of four players and in the end, the winner of the day was Denis Polsinelli while Mickael Blanc was runner-up and Tristan Monchalin, who was playign his first tournament, was third. The next tournament in Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise will take place on May 14 with the visit of Eric Naszalyi, president of the French association.

Final standings:
1 POLSINELLI Denis
2 BLANC Mickael
3 MONCHALIN Tristan
4 PANDOLFI Cédric
5 GUYOT Daniel
6 BONNET Cyprien
7 MEYGRET Laurent
8 LO PRETI Lorenzo
9 FINO Hervé
10 GUYOT Jade
11 TRICHOT Jean-Jacques
12 MONCHALIN Jérôme

Monday, 2 May 2022

Belgium: results of the April WASPA tournaments

Belgium had a couple of tournaments in the last few days. Clubs of Templeuve, Flanders, Verviers-Herve and Tournai held some great events in a great spirit.


The Templeuve United tournament had 10 players competing in Swiss System on April 22. No surprise this time as Geoffrey Marain was the clear winner of the evening with 4 wins while Matthias Averlant was a deserved runner-up.

Final table:
1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Matthias Averlant (AS Hennuyer)
3. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United)
4. Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai)
5. Benjamin Marain (AS Hennuyer)
6. Pascal Flémal (BX Subbuteo Club)
7. André Flémal (BX Subbuteo Club)
8. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve United)
9. Jocelyn Celton (Templeuve United)
10. Loris Celton (Templeuve United)

In the same evening, four players competed in home and away fixtures in Verviers-Herve. Pascal Scheen finished the evening with the same number of points as his brother Sébastien but was decided winner thanks to the scores in the games between them (2-2 and 6-1).


Last Monday (April 25), 5 players met in Antwerp for the 76th WASPA event of the SC Flanders group. David Wouters was simply unbeatable  and took the honors while Jos Ceulemans was runner-up, Geert Leys was 3rd, Stéphane Lambert 4th and Dirk Sercu 5th. To be noted that during the week-end Dirk Sercu held an introduction day for new players and several kids were introduced to the game with some success. 


Finally, the "Magic Team Tournai" club held a tournament on April 29. There were not big hopes to have a great turnout as three of the usual players were travelling to Malta to play the FISTF tournament in Bormla but maybe the absence of players such as Geoffrey Marain and Matthias Averlant was a source of motivation for other players. David Wouters travelled from Antwerp to play while four new players from the city of Braine were playing their very first tournament. In the end, everything was decided in the last session and Vincent Coppenolle defeated David Wouters to win the tournament while Michaël Dupret was runner-up thanks to a great goal difference. Of course, more importantly, the new players had fun and said they will come back :-)

Final standings:
1. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United)
2. Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai)
3. David Wouters (SC Flanders)
4. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve United)
5. Pascal Flémal (BX Subbuteo Club)
6. André Flémal (BX Subbuteo Club)
7. Didier Moons (Templeuve United)
8. Jocelyn Celton (Templeuve United)
9. Loris Celton (Templeuve United)
10. Xavier Outters (Braine)
11. Sébastien Sorge (Templeuve United)
12. Christophe Van Wambeke (Braine)
13. Romain Van Wambeke (Braine)
14. Sophie Deconinck (Braine)

The agenda of tournaments is already know in the West of Belgium with several tournaments in the books:
- Templeuve United tournament on Friday, May 13 (6.30 pm)
- Magic Team Tournai tournament on Friday, May 20 (6.30 pm)
- Templeuve United "promotional" event on Wednesday, May 23 (6.30 pm)
- Templeuve United tournament on Sunday, June 5 (3.30 pm) wit the visit of Singapore's Erza Aripin.

All players are welcome!

Subbuteo is back in Cyprus!


Bekos vs Zangylos

The final

Saturday was a great day for the WASPA circuit and for the game in Cyprus. After more than two years, the first WASPA tournament took place in Limassol, organized by Famagusta TFC. The fist leg of the Easter Cup had a good turnout of 8 players with some old and new faces. In the end, it was a family affair with Giorgos Stylianou defeating Kyriakos Stylianou (3-1) in the final while Demetris Bekos won the game for the third place against Maximos Koumas. More importantly, it was a great day of play with hope to see more action in Cyprus in the near future.