Tuesday 31 July 2018

Some news from Australia - July 2018

Several small tournaments have recently been played in Australia.

Nick Brill and Martin Kennedy shared the first place in the Canberra tournament held last week. The event was played in home and away games and both Nick and Martin finished the group stage with 10 points and the same goal-difference. Ryan Farrall was 3rd and Bruce Millar was fourth.

On July 1, Steve Dettre finished on top of a group of 4 to win the event co-hosted by the Northern Falcons and Subbuteo Parramatta in the premises of "Good Games Bella Vista". Adrian Elmer was runner-up, Ray Micallef 3rd and Vince Micallef 4th.

On July 19, Adrian Grunbach won a small tournament hosted by Subbuteo Parramatta. Adrian finished on top of a group of 3 while Adrian Elmer was runner-up, Mathew barrie was 3rd.

Action in Perth (report from the Facebook page)
To wrap up a wonderful weekend of table football in Perth, local lad Marc Tan Yew Loy and Melbourne visitor Benny (Western Flickers TFC) headed up to Chris Thorn's country castle Serenity (aka Subbuteo Perth HQ) for a small WASPA tournament “The Western Flickers Tournament”.

The format was a double round robin where the players faced each other twice. Carrying his recent hot form, Benny won all his matches to take out the WASPA title. Marc finished runners up while Chris Thorn completed the placings having picked up valuable tips from the more “experienced” players.

Most importantly, it was great fun day and everyone had a fabulous time ! And special mention to Barbara Thorn for the most beautiful vegetarian pizza ever.

Round robin scores:
Benny 2 Chris 0
Marc 1 Benny 2
Chris 0 Marc 1
Chris 0 Benny 4
Marc 0 Benny 1
Chris 0 Marc 3

Hobart TFC tournament (report from the Facebook page)
With two Western Flickers members in Perth for the FISTF IO, and several Melbourne based players having competed the night before in the NPTFC WASPA, it was a small gathering that participated in the HTFC WASPA held for Yago Dzelalija’s trip to Melbourne. Yago was keen for some competitive action in the lead up to a European holiday that will include some WASPA action in Holland.
The format was a round robin league with each player playing one another twice, once on Astrobase and once on Extremeworks.
Kevin Grant surged to an early lead in the standings with a win over Yago whilst tournament host Adrian Connolly held Luke Radziminski to a scoreless draw. Luke soon worked his way to the top of the standings and looked set to build on his excellent results in the NPTFC WASPA the night before by strolling to the title. However, Adrian took advantage of his home advantage in the return fixture held on his Extremeworks pitch and caused the upset of the day with a 1-0 win. This meant the competition would go down to the wire with Luke, Kevin, and Adrian only separated by a point with two games to go. Luke held his nerve and took the title. Adrian remained undefeated but a further three points behind by virtue of drawing all his games on the Astrobase surface.
There was some side interest in the Tasmanian rivalry! Yago and Adrian were the founders of the Tasmanian Table Football scene 30 years ago. There was still nothing between them in their first competitive head to head clashes since the early 90s, with both matches ending in draws.
It was great to see a HTFC player in competitive action and holding is own in a small but strong field. Plans are being discussed to bring an event to Hobart if enough interest from interstate players can be generated.

New name for Parramatta
Following discussions amongst the active members of the "subbuteo parramatta club", they have decided to return to their roots and rebrand back to the name we started with in 2013 "Western Sydney Subbuteo". They feel that, with a move of the clubhouse away from Parramatta to Bella Vista, and because the name better indicates the diverse region from which we all come, "Western Sydney Subbuteo" best represents who the club is.

As Herman Kruse is back in Sydney, people should not forget the next events:
- Friday, 3. August 7 pm Herman's monthly WASPA will happen in 27 Bertram Street. Panzerotti this time and white wine.
- Club's juniors international game AUS vs GER at 18th Aug.
Western Sydney Subbuteo will have a WASPA tournament on August 2 at Good Games Bella Vista (7.00 pm)

More new players in Toronto

Five players attended the 4th Toronto tournament on July 28. There were three beginners and they did well as Howard Christie finished on top of the group stage before winning his semi-final against Mike Chieffallo. Mike Sgro won the other semi against Andrew Christie before winning the final (1-0) against Howard. Well done Toronto Subbuteo Club!

A first WASPA title for Angel Valverde

Apart from the nice summer sunny day, the main reason for the success of the VII MontGoal was the participation of great players like the Dutch Henk Landzaat, and the Spanish Pedro Benavent and Angel Valverde, both selected to play the forthcoming World Cup in Gibraltar end of August. In particular Valverde must be considered a top players, one of the best actually playing in the world federal circuit.

The formula was a league followed by semi-finals and the finals, including a total of 20 matches played in the sunny Javea.

The level was as high as expected. As forecasted the winner was Valverde after an interesting final against Landzaat. Pasquale Carrassi finished third, showing a promising improvement in terms of concentration and effectiveness. Benavent played as well great matches during the league. Bill Dunham also showed a great attitude but was unlucky loosing the consolation final against the more experienced Abraham Martinez.

Monday 30 July 2018

Neil Youngson wins NETFA final event

Here are the results from Saturday's NETFA Brigantes AGM tournament.

Round 1

Andy Mill 0 - 1 Neil Beeforth
Nigel Lamond 0 - 2 Ben Staples
Rob Heseltine 2 - 3 Mike
Stephen Dobbison 0 - 1 Dave Brothers
Chris Kaberry 0 - 1 Neil Youngson

Round 2

Neil Beeforth 3 - 3 Ben Staples
Mike Parnaby 3 - 0 Dave Brothers
Neil Youngson 4 - 0 Andy Mill
Nigel Lamond 1 - 1 Rob Heseltine
Stephen Dobbison 0 - 3 Chris Kaberry

Round 3

Mike Parnaby 0 - 1 Neil Youngson
Neil Beeforth  3 - 0 Dave Brothers
Ben Staples 4 - 2 Chris Kaberry
Nigel Lamond 0 - 0 Stephen Dobbison
Rob Heseltine 0 - 1 Andy Mill

Final standings

                              P      W   D    L     F     A   GD  PTS
Neil Youngson      3        3    0    0     6     0    +6     6
Ben Staples          3        2    1    0     9     5    +4     5
Neil Beeforth        3         2    1    0     7     3    +4     5
Mike Parnaby       3        2     0    1     6     3    +3     4
Chris Kaberry       3        1     0    2     5     5      0     2
Nigel Lamond       3        0     2    1     1     3    -2     2
Andy Mill               3        1    0     2     1     5    -4     2
Dave Brothers      3        1    0     2     1      6    -5     2
Rob Heseltine      3        0     1    2      3     5    -2     1
Stephen Dobbison 3      0     1    2      0     4    -4     1a

Thursday 26 July 2018

Manuel Reguera winner in Peru

Earlier this week there was Subbuteo action under WASPA banner for the second time in Lima, Peru. Manuel Reguera finished on tp of a group of four to claim the honors while Italian player Davide Bozzano was runner-up, Cesar Kasuga was third and Marco Chuquihuaca was fourth. There were many close games and some excellent moments between the players who are building slowly but surely a good future for the game in the country.

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Daley and Nicholls winners in Wales

Players in Drury
Wales had two great WASPA tournaments this week-end.

Brian Daley gets trophy from Cayne Maathews
London Road Subbuteo Club held their monthly tournament with a good field of 8 players. Martin Blanchard and Cayne Matthews came on top of their respective groups but failed to qualify for the final. In the final Brian Daley defeated Richard Stock (1-0) to claim the title while Dan Nicholls defeated Danny Bird (3-1) in the Plate final.

On Friday Knighton TFC was holding a Regional tournament with six players. In the end of the Swiss ladder, Dan Nicholls finished on top with 4 wins. In the standings Danny Bird was runner-up while the other players were Tom Taylor, Rory Gittoes, Matt Booth, Kenny Evans.

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Some more Summer action in Belgium

In Templeuve, the monthly event held on July 5 had a small turnout of 7 due to the heat and the holidays. After seven sessions of games of 20 minutes, Geoffrey Marain took the honors with 6 wins. There were close games in the last sessions with Steven Delfosse finishing fourth but having lost a good opportunity to be runner-up.

Final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer)
2. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
3. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
4. Steven Delfosse (Templeuve)
5. Julien Hourez (Templeuve)
6. Benjamin Marain (Warcoing)
7. Jean-Luc Canfin (Tournai)

Small field in Vresse
There was a small field of 4 players for the WASPA tournament held in Vresse last week. Pascal Droeven took the honors with 3 wins while Renaud Parisel was runner-up, Philippe Thys took the third place and Tom Léonard was fourth with some good results in his group games.

Monday 23 July 2018

Jayden van der Merwe wins the Gold Cup

Saturday 7 July 2018, Pretoria, South Africa:
One week before the actual World Cup Final, a small field of 6 players participated in the 4th edition of the PFC Gold Cup. The players got to play 5 matches each with 2 points a win, and 1 point a draw on offer.
The day's highlights included the following:
A fast paced 1-1 draw in Round 1 action between Jayden vd Merwe (BELGIUM) vs Chessray Jooste (JAPAN). Kegan vd Merwe (PORTUGAL) scoring with his left (weaker) hand for a 1-1 equaliser two minutes from time vs Julian vd Merwe (ENGLAND) in Round 1. Jayden scoring in the first minute of his Round 2 match vs Bevin Reed (FRANCE) - from which Bevin never recovered for the match to end at 1-0 in Jayden's favour. Gary Downs (MEXICO) scoring with 4 seconds of play left to earn a 1-1 draw vs Kegan in Round 2 action. In Round 5 action, an all important winner for Bevin with 20 seconds left to play to complete a 2-1 "come from behind" win over Kegan. A very significant 1-0 win for Jayden vs Julian. Gary recording a 1-0 victory over Chessray - scoring the goal within the last minute of play, for Gary to capture
3rd place overall on the day !

The log standings will show Bevin Reed on top - by virtue of goals scored. However, due to the head to head ruling, Jayden was awarded the 2018 PFC Gold Cup title thanks to his 1-0 victory over Bevin in Round 1 action. Jayden has really exerted his dominance on this annual event - making this his 4th consecutive triumph of the PFC Gold Cup, implying that no other player in Pretoria has ever conquered the Gold Cup since it's inception in 2015! This triumph marks Jayden's 15th WASPA title to date.

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

The PFC website & facebook page will be updated shortly with photo's & news content at :

Saturday 21 July 2018

Adrian Connolly wins the Connolly cup

We held a Waspa with 3 players on July 3rd up at the Club house in Morangup and played a round Robin league structure with the outright winner being decided on points and goal difference.
First match pitted McNulty up against Connolly who was using his new Orange indigenous tcha Arrows HW team and within 3mins they struck the first blow with a superbly structured move that pulled McNulty all over the place and finished with a rasping arrowed finish to put the Western Flickers player 1 nil up. McNulty tried to get back but was caught again by another fine fluid counter attack and Connolly wizzed in a second goal with a delicate chip that fizzled over the hapless keeper, Connolly continued his fine start after the mini break and struck a fatal 3rd and killer goal that handed McNulty his heaviest defeat since last year . McNulty took on Thorn in the second game but after dominating possession and creating 4 or 5 great chances he found Thorn's keeper in brilliant form and couldnt fashion that goal to break the deadlock so it ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Connolly took on Thorn and again set the pace with a clinical display racing into a 2 nil half time lead with 2 superb finishes one being another chip over the keeper and the follow up a low drive that left Thorn clasping at thin air. The 2nd half was much improved from Thorn who never stopped believing and fashioned a chance or two but ultimately Connolly yet again showed his class and scrambled home a 3rd and decisive goal to put it it to bed and keep up his 100% winking start intact. Into game 3 and Conolly took on McNulty and again was in merciless form as he took a 1 nil lead after another raid through the middle ended up with a slick finish that sailed over the keeper and 2mins later the lead was doubled after a fine set of passes unlocked McNulty yet again and the native Tasmanian was again ruthless as another accurate drive swung past to put him 2 nil up. After the mini break McNulty got back into the game as a purposely misshit daisy cutter confused Connolly who went the wrong way as the ball rolled over the line in almost slow motion to half the deficit. McNulty sensed a possible come back and with 4 mins left he got his rewards with another well worked move down the right ending in a goal to tie things up, Connolly came back and both players were counter attacking each other but the game ended all square at 2-2 as the final bleep screeched out. Mcnulty and Thorn then played out yet another 0-0 somehow and it followed the same path as the first game with McNulty creating chances but Thorn repelling every effort with a wonderful display of goal keeping meaning the last game between Thorn and Connolly made no difference to who won as Connolly was already the champion in waiting pending goal difference for 2nd and 3rd spot. Connolly beat Thorn 2 nil in the final game to claim a much deserved title and becomes the first player from over East to win a WAPSA competition on Perth soil so well done to Adrian and we hope to see him again in the future as this is his 3rd time at an event in just 2yrs now so definately a case of 3rd time lucky for the Melbourne based legend .

Full results from WASPA Connolly Cup.







Report by Ross McNulty
Link: Original report

Thursday 19 July 2018

Europa League tournament in Greece

The Flaming Flickers in Athens are always looking for ideas to make their tournaments attractive. They recently held the "Europa League" with 32 involved players competing in home and away knock-out games.

There were five rounds and in the final, Gioannis Mpougiouris (Atletico Bilbao) defeated Nikos Liakopoulos (Marseille) to win the tournament.

Nikos Mantzarounis and Nikos Psomiadis made it to the semi-finals.
The next tournament of the will be the "Copa Libertadores" to be held in the premises of Kallithea on July 21.

International meeting in Berlin

Last Thursday we step back on the pitch with a great event! We had amazing guests for our first WASPA International Meeting as Hermann and Oliver Kruse all they way from the Northern Falcons TFC in Melbourne and german champions Marcus Tilgner and Bodo Reckzeh from our cousins down at the Sparta Spreeathen Berlin took part in the tournament.

We were 7 in total and battled each other in exciting matches, at the end what mattered was the new friendships we made and the friendly atmosphere with which we enjoyed this cup.
Congratulations to our 12 year old Oliver for his terrific skills, regardless of the young age he put up a great show out there againt veteran players!

Our 3 pitches were working around the clock to assure even playing time for all the partecipants, in end some player played a bit more, some a bit less, therefore the final standing cames out of dividing points to number of game played, according to percentage of victories over game played our champion is Bodo Reckzeh! Congratulation buddy!

Final standings:
1. Bodo Reckzeh (Sparta Spreeathen 74/82)
2. Marcus Tilgner (Sparta Spreeathen 74/82)
3. Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons TFC)
4. Nico Müller (Berlin)
5. Olliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons TFC)
6. Christian Meyer (Berlin)
7. Alberto Tarantino (Berlin)

Original report:

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Mauro Camilleri winner in Attard

Attard Subbuteo Club had another WASPA tournament last week-end with 8 players taking part. Mauro Camilleri defeated Josef Camilleri in the final to claim his second WASPA title. The two Bormla players had large victories in the semi-finals against Walter Attard and Joseph Agius. Conratulations to the Bormla players but also to Attard Subbuteo Club for continuing the work to help young players and to promote table football in Malta.

Subbuteo events in Wales and England

Dave and Adrian in Gillingham
Kent Invicta had a small WASPA event Friday (13th) night. In an evening of sometimes very tight games, it was the Welsh Wizard, Adrian Davies who topped the group of 5 players with 4 wins from his 4 games. Kye Arnold came second after a slow start but soon found the net frequently as the evening progressed with 3 wins from 4 games.

1. Adrian Davies 12pts+6
2. Kye Arnold 9pts +5
3. Terry Arnold 4pts -1
4. Dave Collier 2pts -3
5. Paul Frank 1pt -7
Action in Knighton

Last Friday six players met in Knighton to play a WASPA promotional tournament in Swiss format. Danny Bird took the honors as he won his four games to finish with 12 points. Dan Nicholls (9), Tom Taylor (6), Matt Booth (4), Rory Gittoes (3) and Kenny Evans (1) were also taking part. It is great to see the Knighton club growing with regular events.

There were three smaller events in England held earlier this month with turnouts of three players. In Chopwell (July 5) Nigel Lamond took the honors after defeating Dave Brothers while Chris Kaberry was runner-up with 2 draws.

In North Shields (July 8), Chris Kaberry was the winner of the evening with two games won against Dave Brothers and Stephen Dobbison while Brothers defeated Dobbison to be runner-up.

Also in North Shields but on July 12, Dave Brothers took the honors with 4 points in 2 games while Nigel Lamond (3) was runner-up and Andy Mill took the third place (1).

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Rudy Hesty winner in Singapore

The Farrer Park Flickers held their monthly WASPA (World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association) tournament on 13 July 18 evening at their clubhouse, the Pek Kio Community Centre. Six flickers took part; five from the host club (Rudy Hesty, Anas Bin Rahamat, Fauzi Ghani, Vikas Chandiramani, and Nic Tan) and one from the SG Lions Table Football Club (Enzo Fornaro).

We played four rounds of Swiss competition with many close games but in the end Club captain, Rudy Hesty, was top, while Anas Bin Rahamat came in second.

Monday 16 July 2018

World champion Rémy Huynh wins in Bande

Last Thursday the club of Wamme had a special WASPA tournament with 12 players including a few special guests like Justin leroy and current FISTF world champion Rémy Huynh (Rochefort TS), former world number 1 Sébastien Scheen, top belgian veteran player Benoit Massart and French top female player Stéphanie Cécillon. The event was played in Swiss system so that everyone played four games. Rémy Huynh fininshed on top with 10 points while Sébastien Scheen was runner-up and Justin Leroy was third. For everybody it was a great evening with a chance to play many great games with several players with different levels of skill.

Friday 13 July 2018

WASPA monthly standings of June 2018

Dear friends,
here are the standings of the WASPA circuit after the events held in June.

WASPA Season results 2017-2018
WASPA ranking - June 18

Amazing tournament in Budapest
We are very happy to see some great developments, in particular we had a great WASPA world cup for the first time on June 30 and July 1. The friends from Budapest have been perfect hosts and it was a good week-end where players from several nations had the chance to meet and play a lot of games. Huge thanks to the Budapest club for running a great week-end in a superb venue. We are now thinking about the future of the world cup and we are open to all proposals to make something successful again next season. Finally, congratulations to Christian Filippella who lives in California and won both events (Saturday and Sunday), proving he's a fantastic player.

Great field of 20 players in Templeuve
We also had 25 regional tournaments, 2 promotional events and 1 tournament with old rules. Australia is really a very active nations with a total of 8 events held in June. They deserve credit for what they are doing to promote the game. We have also been pleased to see three great tournaments in the USA, in particular the first event held in Portland, Oregon. Canada is back in action with more events in Toronto and Mike Sgro is doing a good job to try to put things in place in other cities. The Templeuve club (Belgium) was glad to have the visit of Northern Ireland's Craig Stewart for a great week-end of play. Malta held the third event of the season with a good turnout of 12 in Attard. Wales is a growing nation with always successful events in Drury and Knighton. There were 2 events in Singapore and for the first time we had a winner from Hong Kong so congratulations to Antonio Carabillo for putting another country in the highlights! Finally, well done Greece for continuing to organize events with the old rules.

The first WASPA tournament in Portland
Missing results? We are waiting for results of events held in Colorado (USA) and maybe some other events have not been reported. If you see any mistake, don't hesitate to send a message to vincent.cop@rsca.com

We now have 1554 players from 48 nations in the rankings and you can see all details in the attached Excel file.

Old rules event in Greece
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

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group
We also have a WASPA page

Young flickers in Melbourne
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, 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

Thursday 12 July 2018

WFW25 Junior WASPA event report

On June 30 the junior Pelicans were the stars of the show with a WASPA event exclusively for the kids.

The talented Briffa boys were unfortunate last minute scratches so we had to make a change in the competition format. Instead, our 5 remaining rising stars competed in a simple round robin format.

Returning from a long break, Aiman Hanafi had a tough session but still played really well to earn a couple of deserved draws. Jayden and Billy were neck and neck all day and only a single goal difference snared Jayden third spot. Charlotte continued her recent fine form with a second place finish, while top seed Benjamin was the dominant player of the day winning all his matches.

More importantly, it was a fun session with excellent sportsmanship all round. Our senior players gave out some tips as they refereed the game and Charlotte even had a go to referee a couple of games ! Well done C !

The future is looking bright indeed for our club juniors.


Tuesday 10 July 2018

TFAS CUP 2018 Consolation Plates WASPA

It was a very interesting GP tournament held as the Sports Hub Library in Singapore, where some of the results were unexpected and some of the top seeds did not advance from the group stages!
Players who were knocked out after the group stages were automatically eligible for the Plates WASPA. They include our good friends from Perth!

Eight players were knocked out of the 16-player tournament. They were randomly drawn into a knockout stage format, and hence a series knockout rounds followed.  Antonio Carabillo and Bernard Lim reached the final of the WASPA, with Antonio winning 3-2.

Thursday 5 July 2018

Report of the first WASPA World Cup in Budapest

The players on Saturday
Last week-end was a moment to remember for the table football community as the very first WASPA world cup took place in Budapest, Hungary. For this inaugural week-end, the format of games was special with two individual tournaments where players could play as many games as possible. American player Christian Filippella won on both days. On Saturday Marco Zucchi (Czech Republic) and on Sunday Gábor Baross (Hungary) managed to reach the final and to take the second place.

The trophies on Saturday!
There were 19 participants on the first day: Hungarian hosts, and American, Russian, Italian (coming from Romania), Austrian and Czech guests. Amongst the Hungarian participants there were two players who tried subbuteo for the first time. The group matches did not bring surprises, not as the semi-finals and the final. In the final Christian Filippella played against Marco Zucchi, and won. András Hicz (Hungary) and Daniel Vranovitz (Austria) were classified as third.

The final 4 on Sunday
On Sunday there were 13 players in the tournament and the best players reached easily the quarter-finals. Filippella won the semi-final easily while the other semi-final was decided by a shoot-out between Gábor Baross and Marco Zucchi. The final brought a great match, Filippella won only 3-2 against the Hungarian player. András Hicz and Marco Zucchi shared the third place.

The final results and the pictures you can find here:

Some comments from the players

Gábor Baross (Hungary): "In April I couldn’t imagine how could I organize this tournament well. I had problems with the previous venue, that’s why I couldn’t promote the event as I wanted it. Fortunately the president of our association offered this room, which was excellent. It is in the center of Budapest, the location was nice and clean and he offered us free lunch. On Sunday evening I was tired, but very happy, because I didn't mess up the schedule and I saw everybody was happy and felt themselves well in this weekend. The atmosphere was friendly, and good to see how the players tried to teach the two new Hungarian players, who never played subbuteo before. We played a lot with friendly mood with friendly players – that’s the philosophy of WASPA, so thanks Vincent for this associaton."

Christian Filippella-Naszádi András
Christian Filippella (USA): "I believe that it was a wonderful tournament, very well organized in a great central location. Gabor offered us a great lunch both days and everyone was very friendly and accommodating. A great sportmanship in every game. Budapest is a beautiful city. I really enjoyed my time and I hope the event will be held every year with more participants from other countries. I think it's the first time an American player wins a world title so that is great for ASA as well."

Marco Zucchi-Adrián Száki
Marco Zucchi (Czech Republic): "I really enjoyed, not only because of Subbuteo but because it was a perfect mix to play, enjoy Budapest and most importantly to know new people. I thank Gabor and Vincent because with this WASPA Tournament I have had the possibility to really enjoy and to come back with a nice experience and new friends to keep in my life suitcase. Really good done!"

Daniel Vranovitz-Székely Miklós
Pasquale Carrassi (Italy): "The WASPA World Cup has been perfectly organized by Gabor and the friends of the Budapest Subbuteo Club. I really appreciated and highly recognize the big efforts they did. The location was one of the best I have ever seen in both WASPA and FISTF circuits and thanks to the great sponsorship the tournaments in the two different days were free and included a nice catering service. Really amazing! It was a friendly atmosphere and all players were respectful and fair. The city of Budapest is also wonderful, one of the best capitals in Europe and deserves more that a visit. 10/10 for the WASPA World Cup, hope to be there next year!"

Szathmáry Károly-Andrey Vlasov
Andrey Vlasov (Russia): "We are very happy that we participated in WASPA World Cup. First of all, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to organizers of the tournament, especially Gábor. The tournament was in the center of the city, in a beautiful historical building, in a comfortable hall. Throughout the tournament there was a perfect friendly atmosphere. Despite the fact that players had very different level of Subbuteo skills all our matches were very interesting. Free coffee, drinks and lunch were a pleasant bonus for the participants of the competition. We hope that such a World Cup will now be held every year."

Evgenii Vlasov-Madai András
Peter Szilvássy (Hungary): "It was superb, familiar and very friendly. I was happy to know kind people from other countries. The place was beautiful - Eiffel Palace - in the heart of Budapest. Thanks to  our sponsor also for fine food, amazing lunch... Gábor Baross was an excellent organizator (and good player, too) - kind and patient... The glass trophies were special and with a very nice design... Thanks to photos and thanks for idea of this 1st WASPA World Cup of Budapest to Gábor Baross. Let's play again together, make subbuteo great again!"

Great flicks and newcomers in Melbourne

TGIF ! What a great session of Friday Flicks !

It was a combo night of a WASPA event for our club players, as well as friendly social flicks where we introduced a few newcomers to the game.

For the WASPA (World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association) event, a small but dedicated group of 5 players competed for honours. The round-robin matches were all played in great spirit and sportsmanship. It was a tight competition with top seed Benny taking out the title on the night with a narrow win in the final round of matches. Special mention to our juniors Charlotte and Billy who did really well competing in the Open category for the first time gaining valuable experience.

Newcomers flicking like pros
Having seen an article about Western Flickers in the local Maribyrnong & Hobsons Bay Star Weekly newspaper, a local family decided to come and try out the game. The kids immediately took the game and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Credit to master coach David and master junior coach Billy providing expert guidance to the new flickers. Well done !

To close off the memorable night, we also had a couple of always-fun-filled doubles games.