Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Brisbane Second Anniversary Tournament

Saturday 28th of January 2017 - 9am Flick Off @ Woody Point Redcliffe
It was the second anniversary of The Brisbane Subbuteo Club, and up for grabs was a very nice (and large) trophy for the winner to hold for one year.  And for the first time a minor trophy was to be competed for by the bottom group.

Things were made easy by the fact we had eight players competing, which meant we could run two groups of four, the top two from each would then play off for the major trophy, and the bottom two from each for the minor. The format being another group stage with the two highest finishers having to play a final. So it was going to be hard fought for no matter what. Just to make it slightly harder it was very hot and humid, but it would seem some people will do anything for a bit of cake.
It was an open draw, no seeding, but it turned out that the four stronger players were split evenly in the two groups. Group A had Rik Bland, Wil Gillespie, Gus Gillespie, and Gareth Whalley.  In Group B we had James Gillespie, Derek Hovell, Andrew Ridgen and Australia’s #1 Giuseppe Tardiota.
Rik won all three games, beating Gus 4-2 quite comfortably. Gus came second  securing his spot in the last four. Wil came bottom of the group to Gareth, but was just warming up. Group B saw Andrew lead by goal difference to Giuseppe, and they both fought in frantic 3-3 draw. James finished bottom to Derek.
In the minor trophy group, Wil rallied to finish second on goal difference, pipping Gareth. The top 3 all had 6 points but Derek’s goal difference was far superior. So Derek and Wil would meet in the final.
The Major trophy group saw top spot beat bottom spot by 2 points. A very tight group indeed. The first round saw Gus beat Andrew scoring some very quick goals indeed, three from kick offs. Andrew did well to comeback and had most of the attacks in the second half but the damage was done. Rik and Giuseppe fought out a very skilful game which ended 1-1. Round 2 saw Rik edge Andrew by a goal in a 3-2 thriller. Gus found Giuseppe’s goalkeeper in fine form and could not get past him, and Giuseppe scored a clinical through the middle goal to take the 3 points. The final round saw Gus hold onto to hard fought point from Rik with a 1-1 score line. In the other game, Andrew came out on top to beat Giuseppe 3-2 which saw Giuseppe drop to third and let Gus into the top two on goal difference.
The minor trophy saw a couple of tired players do their best, Wil taking a lead in the first half and managing to hold on to it, despite a flurry of shots from Derek’s Seagulls. A good experience for these players.
The Major final was very tight. Not the score fest the same two players started with at the beginning of the day, both players defending like lions. Gus however managed to score a good finish after a large slice of luck went his way. Rik went into half time 1 down but with 15 minutes to go, Gus was worried. As expected, Rik came out and worked his way down both flanks with Gus’s back to the wall hanging on. Eventually Rik broke through and scored a nice chipped goal for the equaliser.  Two minutes later the whistle blew. 10 minutes of extra time required, after 6 games in the heat it was a marathon. Extra time saw Rik have the largest share of possession but Gus did manage the odd flurry forward. And just when it looked like it might go to penalties,  Gus finished a nice move with a goal on the fly (unfortunately the video camera we had setup didn’t record it). Gus held out and the large Trophy went to a new custodian, Rik having won the year before, and Giuseppe winning the very first tournament.
A great anniversary tournament, and a very tight one. The cake got devoured and everyone survived and had a ball despite the heat. A big thanks to Rik for the awesome Anniversary Trophy, and to Giuseppe who does such a great job as host we can’t thank him enough. Good luck in Sydney.

(Report sent by Brisbane SC)

Brian Daley still on top in Drury

London Road Subbuteo Club held a WASPA event on January 29 at The Parrot, Drury. 10 players entered. Group A saw Brian Daley and Cayne Matthews go through to the semis. Group B was very close with Richard Stock through Danny Lilley got his semi place after a last minute equalizer against Algy Taylor. Richard booked his place in the final with a 5-0 win over Cayne. The other semi was very close, 0-0 at full time so a golden goal 10 minutes was played which was won by Brian. A very well played final finished 0-0 and went to Golden Goal which was won by Birthday Boy Brian. Many thanks to everyone who entered, next month's tournament date will be announced soon.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Paul O’Donovan on top in El Cerrito

The Northern California Subbuteo Club hosted a WASPA event in sunny and mild El Cerrito, California, on Sunday, January 29th. The club welcomed visitors Paul O’Donovan Rossa and Varant Kurkeyerian from the California Subbuteo Club. A total of six players took part. Paul O’Donovan Rossa defeated Varant Kurkeyerian in a close final, 4-3, to claim top honors on the day, while George Vassiliades beat Conan Mullen to claim the consolation round’s coveted “Wooden Spoon”.

Great day for all participants. The NCSC hopes to hold more events like this one in 2017!

Stylianou and Kalopsidiotis share honors in Limassol

Season winner Marcos Kalopsidiotis

Tournament final Kalopsidiotis vs Stylianou
This Sunday the club of Famagusta was hosting the last tournament of the national circuit for last season. Due to a number of reasons, the last two events of last season had been postponed and have now finally been played. There were some surprises, specially in the semi-final when Giorgos Stylianou (Famagusta TFC) defeated Giorgos Zangylos (Famagusta TFC) before taking the honors int he final against Marcos Kalopsidiotis. Marcos Kalopsidiotis (Salamis Famagusta) had enough with this second place to win the Cypriot circuit with 59 points while Zangylos ended with 53 and Kyriakos Stylianou (Phoenix) had 52. The day also ended with the celebration of Kyriakos Stylianou's 16th birthday. Congratulations to all 23 players involved in the circuit and let's hope Cyprus will continue to organize some more events in the future.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Robert Ramsay wins Roy Holden Memorial

Wolverhampton Subbuteo Football Club opened the club yesterday with its first ever tournament in memory of former player Roy Holden. Roy was the organisor of the Black Country Subbuteo Club from 1965 to 1999 but sadly passed away in 2011. The event was a great success, with 14 contenders from the Midlands and further afield. It was played in great spirit with a great atmosphere. Robert Ramsey was the eventual winner in a close final. Robert scored his winner against Mike Bradbury with only seconds left. Weekly league meetings start next week in Tettenhall. For more information visit @wolverhamptonsubbuteofootballclub on Facebook or email wolverhamptonsfc@gmail.com

(Report by Justin Scott)

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Marain stronger than the fog

After the final
The fog was an unexpected guest last Tuesday in Belgium, which pushed some players to drop out before the kick-off of the Pecq tournament. Finally only 6 players (instead of 10 or 11) were present to play the tournament organized by SC Warcoing Ducks. There was a group stages with 5 sessions of 20 minutes and then a final. Geoffrey Marain had no trouble to win another tournament but the good surprise came from the U15 player Matthias Averlant who not only qualified for the final but also manage to score two goals in the final. Marain won the game 3-2 to claim a 67th WASPA title. It was goood to see Erwin Delaunoy in action after a hyatus of several months and Nicolas verslype, a solo player from Helchin, was playing his first tournament ever. Thanks to all the involved players who were not scared to take the road to play some good games!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Stanley Farrugia is a winner in Malta

Last Sunday the club of Attard in Malta was hosting another WASPA tournament with a majority of young players.

This time Stanley Farrugia took the honors, defeating Zven Zahra in the final. Joseph Agius and Miguel Zahra reached the final 4.

Congratulations to all the people involved to support youth development in Malta.

Steve Bennett is a winner again

Dundee United players during the recent FISTF grand prix of Belgium in Rochefort
Last Sunday the club of Dundee United TFC was holding the 5th or their 9 tournaments in Letham with 7 players taking part. After 21 games played, Steve Bennett finished on top of the table to win the tournament while Andy Beskaby was runner-up. Congratulations to DUTFC for their ccntinued efforts of promotion in Scotland.

Final standings:
1. Steve Bennett
2. Andy Beskaky
3. Rob Conway
4. David Baxter
5. Drew Orr
6. Craig Thom
7. Dave Minty

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A first success for Jean Grosdent

Great people, great fun!
On Sunday for the very first time the club of SC Semois was meeting players from another clubs as three players from Wamme SC were taking part in a WASPA tournament for a total of 8 entries. Jean Grosdent was the final winner of the day, defeating Renaud Parisel in the final. Pascal Droeven and Tom Léonard reached the semis.

The day was important for the Semois players who learned a lot from the games against new opponents. There will hopefully be another tournament between the two clubs in the near future and hopefully there will be future developments in the South of Belgium.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Jeremy Bradley wins in Harrow

During the recent FISTF Satellite in harrow (England), the consolation tournament was counted as a WASPA event with 11 players taking part. Kent Invicta players dominated the tournament as Jeremy Bradley defeated Kye Arnold in the final. Brian Kinrade and Dave Croucher were the losing semi-finalists. Thanks to Rudi Peterschingg for all his hard work in organising the event!

Lake Effect Trophy 2017 in Michigan

The 2017 Lake Effect Trophy, Grand Rapids' traditional mid-winter WASPA tournament, took place on Sunday, January 22.

A competitive round robin stage produced three one-goal games and two draws. Peter Alegi topped the five-man group followed by a three-way tie between Alex Galarza, Chris Sweetland, and Paul Pate. Joe Legatz continued to make great progress, losing three close matches with his new team on Tchaaa Arrow bases. In the end, Peter won the WASPA tournament with a 4-0 victory in the final against Alex.

Everyone enjoyed a fine afternoon of Subbuteo. Many thanks to Big Kidz Games for hosting us and to Chris Sweetland for coming all the way from Chicago to play.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Cyprus is back in action

The grand final
This Saturday the club of Famagusta was back in action, hosting a late tournament counting for the season 2015-2016 of the national circuit. Nine players were competing and George Zangylos took the honors, defeating Markos Kalopsidiotis in the final. Marios Nikolaou and Charalambos Constantinous reached the semis. Let's keep the fingers crossed to see more action in Cyprus soon.

Old rules tournament in Greece!

The very first WASPA tournament organized in Greece with the old rules took place on Sunday in Kallithea and was hosted by the new club "OSC Kallithea's Flame". Serafim Koulosousas (Proteas Athens) finished on top of a group of 8 players. Miltiadis Giochalas was runner-up. Congratulations to our Greek friends for another great event!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Jurong Central 2017 League - Day 1

Jurong League 2017 flicked off their 1st session with 9 club players on January 2017, Friday the 13th. End of the tournament, Rudy aka Encik JurongSubbuteo edged out Choong Michael & Anas Bin Rahamat in the 3 way Cup final to clinch January title, while Fauzi Ghani once again retained his Plates Award while Mohamed Rizal Taib grabbed the Spoon award.

Final Standings 
1st - Rudy
2nd - Michael
3rd - Anas
4th - Fauzi
5th - Nic
6th - Giovanni
7th - Rizal Taib
8th - Fino
9th - Ding Heng

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Bradley stops Rodgers's winning streak

Mark and Martinog after the final
Northern Ireland definately has the Subbuteo fever. Derry City TFC had another great night of table football on Monday with 10 players taking part and, among them, a new player who isn't affiliated to a club yet.

Brendan Rodgers didn't win for a change! This time the Donegal player lost his semi-final to local player Martinog Bradley. Bradley later won the final against Strabane's Mark Mc Crossan and claimed his first WASPA title after a very hard fought final which went to the very last minute. It was also the first tournament win for a DCTFC player. Congratulations to all.

Kebun Baru(KB) League Cup – Game 3

January 11, 2017

Last Wednesday, Kebun Baru held the KB League Cup Season 1 Game 3. Special guest Sven Schilling from Germany also participated in the competition.

In the competition of 12 players the eventual winner went to Aans who won Rudy in the final on sudden death penalties after they were tied on a 1 all scoreline.

The Plate winner went to Fauzi who won Sven in a similar situation. Nic won Erfan 2 nil to take away the Spoon award.

Monday, 16 January 2017

2 in a row for Casey van Os

On Saturday the city of Hoogezand in the North of the Netherlands was the right place to have fun around Subbuteo tables. The 3rd edition of the 'COBEX Top of Holland tournament" was very enjoyable with a record number of 17 participants. Unfortunately, organizers had two late dropouts. After an exciting tournament Casey van Os won for the second consecutive year the tournament by defeating in the final Nico Marks 3-0. Kenney Gerrets took the 3rd place by beating, after a 2-2 draw, Paul Brinker after shootouts (2-0).

"We are thinking to host more events like this and we contacted the organizers from Hamburg so that we can visit each other in the future", commented Jacob Bijlstra with the hope there will be some growing activity in the future in the Netherlands.

Big fun under WASPA banner at the Belgian Grand Prix

This week-end more than 150 players met in Rochefort for the Belgian Grand Prix. It was a great tournament with an amazing feld of top players coming from many European nations. Besides the main tournament, organizers had several tournaments under WASPA banner. On Friday evening, there was a tournament played in Swiss system with an amazing field of 32 players. It would have been much better to play 5 sessions instead of 5 but time was missing. Rému Huynh from Belgium and Sergio Ramos from Portugal managed to win their four games. Due to a better goal-difference, Huynh was awarded the final win but both players deserved the victory. On Saturday, the consolation tournament of the Grand Prix was also interesting but some players chose to play only one or two games, which made the standings were a bit special. Josef Camilleri from Malta was awarded the win with 3 individual victories and a draw and more goals scored than Paul Naszalyi from France. Here again, both players would probably have deserved thewin. In such a special moment, results were not really important but thanks to the fantastic organisation of the RTS club and the positive attitude of all players, we know that Subbuteo was the real winner of the week-end. Thanks to all who helped to make this week-end something we'll remember for a long time!

Friday top players: Rémy Huynh and Sergio Ramos
Standings of the Friday tournament (all played 4 games):
1. Rémy Huynh (BEL)
2. Sergio Ramos (POR)
3. Florian Giaux (BEL)
4. Martin Antoine (BEL)
5. Vasileios Angelopoulos (GRE)
6. Vincent Coppenolle (BEL)
7. Justin Leroy (BEL)
8. Bruno Timpano (BEL)
9. Thierry Magermans (BEL)
10. Louison Giaux (BEL)
11. Thossa Büsing (GER)
12. Marcel Schulz (GER)
13. Jean Grosdent (BEL)
14. Frank Stiller (GER)
15. Christopher Sabetta (BEL)
16. Antonio Timpano (BEL)
17. Ahmed Choukri (BEL)
18. Corentin Wauthy (BEL)
19. Milan Knezevic (SER)
20. Basile Magermans (BEL)
21. Pedro Sampaio (POR)
22. Mathéo Grégoire (BEL)
23. Carolina Villarigues (POR)
24. Stilianos Matsopoulos (GRE)
25. Victoria Büsing (GER)
26. Uwe Stiller (GER)
27. Dimitrios Kourtis (GRE)
28. Geoffrey Kelner (BEL)
29. Matthias Averlant (BEL)
30. Luis Silva (POR)
31. Panagiotis Krommydas (GER)
32. Pedro Araujo (POR)

Saturday top 2: Paul Naszalyi (left) and Josef Camilleri

Standings of the Saturday tournament:
Thierry Vivron and Jean Grosdent
1. Josef Camilleri (MLT)
2. Paul Naszalyi (FRA)
3. Loris Léonard (BEL)
4. Richard Boulanger (BEL)
5. Jose Manuel Sanchez (ESP)
6. Thierry Vivron (FRA)
7. Alfonso Montano (ESP)
8. Jean Grosdent (BEL)
9. Geoffrey Marain (BEL)
10. Spyros Katsoulas (GRE)
11. Stylianos Matsopoulos (GRE)
12. Christophe Monteiro (FRA)
13. Antonio Timpano (BEL)
14. Milan Knezevic (SER)
15. Panos Krommydas (GER)
16. Panos Aliadis (GRE)
17. Dimitris Kourtis (GRE)
18. Emmanuel Gorgette (FRA)
19. Ludovic Midoux (FRA)
20. Uwe Stiller (GER)
21. Corentin Boltz (BEL)
22. André Boltz (BEL)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Subbuteo Parramatta New Year’s WASPA Tournament

After a holiday hiatus, Subbuteo Parramatta got back into the swing of things with a New Year’s WASPA Tournament on the evening of Monday, January 9, at the Subbuteo Parramatta clubhouse. With newly placed air-conditioning, the normally sweltering in summer clubhouse was cooled to just ‘warm’ and, from all reports, no perspiration was dropped onto any of the pitches. A field of 7 players, representing 4 of Sydney’s clubs, came together to battle it out.

In the opening games, Costa, struggling with strapped knee and elbow (a mix of the stresses and strains of Subbuteo and slot car racing) lost a hard fought match against David. Adrian took a 2 goal lead against Tony before Tony pegged a late one back to make the final couple of minutes uncomfortable. Fabrizio proved too experienced for the improving Heidi on the al fresco pitch in the summer breeze on the verandah.

Heidi and costa on the al fresco pitch
By the time the pool games were finished, Fabrizio had come out on top of the larger group undefeated, followed by David, then Costa, then Heidi. Paul Magee also remained undefeated, topping the smaller group with wins over Adrian and Tony. So Fabrizio went to the first semi to face Adrian, Paul squared up against David, and Tony and Costa headed outdoors for the Consolation Final. Tony made light work of Costa who was, by now, flagging terribly under his body’s protests, taking the game 3-0. Meanwhile, the major semis went to form with Fabrizio putting 2 unanswered past Adrian and Paul edging David by the lone goal.

In the 3rd/4th play-off, David owned the first half and was finally rewarded with a swiftly moved goal in the dying seconds. In the second stanza, Adrian threw everything at David but he, with some help from the woodwork, stood firm to claim his first competitive victory over Adrian and 3rd place in the tournament. Meanwhile, the grand final proved to be one of the more open games of the evening with both players pushing for goals. At half time, Fabrizio held a 2-1 edge and, in a tighter second half, held on for the victory and his 2nd WASPA title in the space of a month.
Paul v Tony (foreground), Fabrizio v David (background)

An excellent evening of friendly play. Special mention to Heidi’s son Angus who came along and had his first introduction to the game with some friendly flicks with Paul. With the Australian Grand Prix fast approaching, most of the players will all be using the evening’s tournament as a starting point for their intensive training for the next month, while Costa will be heading for some intensive sessions on the physio couch.

For full results, click here.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Marco Bonciani does it again in Firenze

Last Monday the club of Firenze was holding the third tournament of their season with a great field of 16 players. There was a group stage and then the top 8 players played for the victory while the other 8 players played consolation games. Marco Bonciani defeated Luca Pini (1-0) in sudden death to claim the trophy.

Emanuele Cattani and Davide Visani reached the semis. Mirko Pasquini won the games for the 9th place while Marco Trevisan won the final for the 13th place. Congratulations to everyone!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

2017 flick-off at SC Flanders

Top 3 of the evening: Ceulemans-Marain-Wouters
SC Flanders had their 2017 debut on Monday night with a small field of 6 players. Geoffrey Marain travelled to Hofstade-Zemst full of ambition and managed to win his four games to finish on top of the table with Jos Ceulemans as runner-up and David Wouters being third. Willy De Bandt claims a good result by taking the fourth place.

Final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain
2. Jos Ceulemans
3. David Wouters
4. Willy De Bandt
5. Geert Leys
6. Johan Lourdon

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Western Flickers 10th WASPA - 2017 Kick-off

January 8, 2017

Saying Goodbye to the old...

Western Flickers kicked off the first WASPA tournament for 2017 by bidding farewell to one of the original club venues in Altona. The house – belonging to one of our founding members – has been the location of one of our biggest WASPA to date and also numerous Friday Flicks. It was indeed sad to bid the old lady farewell. Despite a couple of last minute scratches, there was still a relatively good turnout of 7 flickers – including a rare appearance by Australia’s number 1 ranked table footballer Peter Thomas. As usual, there was also a Junior category for our young flickers.

A rising star, a stunning upset and a dominant champion

In the first stage of the Open category, the players were split into 2 groups with the top 2 seeds – Benny Ng and Peter Thomas – heading the groups. The group matches went as per WASPA rankings, but special mention to Christos Garagounis who continued his rise in the local table football scene by pipping veteran and former Victorian champion Paul Mercer to second spot in Group A.

Meanwhile in the Junior category, both Benjamin Ng and Harrison Briffa overcame Alex Briffa by the same 1-0 score line. Credit must be given to Alex for showing significant improvement and giving the slightly older boys a hard fight. So that meant that the Benjamin-Harrison match would be a winner takes all affair. It was a tight affair with both boys having gilt-edged chances. In the end, a single goal was all that separated the boys and Benjamin emerged the victor.

The top 2 in each Open category group faced off in the semi-finals in the Championship pool. Peter accounted for Christos easily as expected, but the thriller was in the other semi-final where Benny faced off with his jinx player and Western Flickers co-founder – Adam Deverell. Benny dominated the match but Adam negated much of Benny’s attacking play with some excellent defending. The match ended 1-1 and went to a penalty shootout which Adam won in sudden death shots.
In the Plates pool, Kevin just pipped Simon to earn a match against Paul for 4th spot. In the subsequent match, Paul Mercer demonstrated his vast experience by winning comfortably.

In the grand finale, Peter showed no mercy as he defeated Adam easily in a frightening attacking display to clinch the opening WASPA title for 2017!


Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it another extremely successful Western Flickers WASPA event. All the matches were played in friendly spirit with top quality table football play on display. What a great way to kick off 2017!
We look forward to more exciting developments in the continued growth of the Western Flickers. Till next time .. GO PELICANS!

The final tournament standings are:

Open Category
1. Peter Thomas
2. Adam Deverell
3. Benny Ng
4. Christos Garagounis
5. Paul Mercer
6. Kevin Grant
7. Simon Briffa

Junior Category
1. Benjamin Ng
2. Harrison Briffa
3. Alex Briffa

P.S. If anyone is interested in taking part in future Western Flickers events or just popping by for chat and look-see, please visit the Western Flickers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WesternFlickers/) and send us a message.