Tuesday 30 October 2018

Stavros Giapoutzis wins Panorama tournament

On October 24 five players of Panorama 1978 Subbuteo Club had their October WASPA tournament in Thessaloniki (Greece). The event was played as a league format and all players played each other once. In the end Stavros Giapoutzis was the champion of the day. Congratulations to the winner Stavros and to all the participants for the great games.

Results of the games
1. Ioannis Terzidis - Dimosthenis Kourou. 1-0
2. Stavros Giapoutzis - Nikiforos Giapoutzis 2-0
3. Stavros Giapoutzis - Ioannis Terzidis 1-0
4. Nikiforos Giapoutzis - Dimosthenis Kourou 0-1
5. Stavros Giapoutzis - Dimosthenis Kourou 2-0
6. Iordanis Kanakis - Nikiforos Giapoutzis 0-0
7. Iordanis Kanakis - Stavros Giapoutzis 1-1
8. Iordanis Kanakis - Ioannis Terzidis 0-0
9. Iordanis Kanakis - Dimosthenis Kourou 1-0
10. Ioannis Terzidis - Nikiforos Giapoutzis 1-0

Final standings
1. Stavros G.
2. Ioannis T.
3. Iordanis K.
4. Dimosthenis K.
5. Nikiforos G.

Monday 29 October 2018

More October tournaments in Belgium

Several events have been played in Belgium in the last few days.

In Verviers, there was a small event on Friday with 5 players for those who didn't attend the European Cups. In the end of the group stage, Daniel Scheen finished on top with 4 wins to claim the title.

Final standings:
1. Daniel Scheen
2. Jean-Michel Cuenca (Spain)
3. Philippe Roufosse
4. Salvatore Visconti
5. Benoit Vanwissen

The club of Vresse had an Halloween tournament on Sunday with a good turnout of 10 players and some occasional players taking part. Everybody had 5 games Renaud Parisel finished on top with the same number of points but more goals scored than Pascal Droeven.

Renaud vs Marc

Final standings:
1. Renaud Parisel
2. Pascal Droeven
3. Philippe Van Kerm
4. Tom Léonard
5. Grégory Berte
6. Patrick Vanderlinden
7. Philippe Thys
8. Pascal Tiste
9. Marc De Vos
10. Michaël Paquay

Philippe Thys (right) here with Jos Ceulemans
In Bande, a "promotional event" had a small turnout of 4 among local players. Philippe Thys defeated Aurore Grosdent in shootout after both players ended the group stage with 7 points. This is Philippe's first WASPA title.

Final standings:
1. Philippe Thys
2. Aurore Grosdent
3. Maxim Grosdent
4. Lulani Verhoeven

Top 3 of the evening
Finally, the Templeuve United club had also a "promotional event" on Friday. 8 players competed in a group stage with 7 sessions of 20 minutes. The games of Matthias Averlant and Vincent Coppenolle didn't count for the final table. Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai) took the honors after winning his 5 tournament games. There were some surprises in the end of the evening with Olivier Bodelle being runner-up and Arthur Clique finishing in third place after proving to be a very improving player. More importantly there were 3 U15 players among competitors, proving the club is trying to get some new blood.

Final standings:
1. Michaël Dupret
2. Olivier Bodelle (France)
3. Arthur Clique
4. Eric Caillaux (France)
5. Islam Belahcen
6. Abdurahman Fahad (Iraq)

Sunday 28 October 2018

Alekos Apatzis wins old Subbuteo tournament

On Saturday October 13, 12 players attended the "old rules international champions cup" tournament held in Kallithea, Athens, Greece. 3 groups of 4 teams, old rules and subbuteo original lightweight equipment used made the evening special!

Final winner was Alekos Apatzis who defeated Giorgos Pitihoutis (2-1) in the final. Nikos Liakopoulos and Panos Panagiotides made it to the semi-finals.

Congratulations to all players for a great Subbuteo Saturday morning.

Thursday 25 October 2018

Good season debut for Luca Pini in Firenze

Luca Pini and Davide Visani
The first WASPA tournament of the Firenze club this seaosn took place on Monday with 17 registered players. Luca Pini defeated Davide Visani (2-0) in the final while Marco Bonciani and Tiberio Becucci reached the semi-finals. We are really glad to have the Firenze players in action in the WASPA circuit again this season. Huge thanks to Marco and the local crew for the support!

Great events in Pretoria and Cape Town

Jayden van der Merwe retains the League 3 Cup
Saturday 20 October 2018, Pretoria, South Africa:

This event brought together 8 contestants as we battled it out in the final League Cup event of 2018.
In Round 1 action, the 2017 defending champion Jayden van der Merwe recorded a very conservative opening 1-0 win over Conway Julie.
Osvaldo van Niekerk held his own against Kegan van der Merwe in an entertaining 0-0 draw. Bevin Reed held to a 0-0 draw by Julian van der Merwe in a very open ended match. Then the round ended on a dramatic note, as Chessray Jooste scored with 1 second left to play to record a 1-0 Round 1 win over Gary Downs !
Round 2 saw Conway register his first ever win over Julian by way of a 1-0 victory. Bevin was then made to work for his 1-0 victory over Osvaldo. Kegan & Chessray played to a 0-0 draw, with Kegan pulling off two good stops to force the draw. Jayden then dispatched of Gary by way of another 1-0 win.
At the end of Round 2, Conway found himself in 4th spot overall.
In Round 3, Jayden stepped up his game to register a 2-0 win over Julian. Gary then held Bevin to a 1-1 draw whilst Conway managed a 1-1 draw against Kegan as well. Chessray then beat Osvaldo by 1-0 , opening the way for Chessray to go 2nd overall and just 2 points behind the leader Jayden. Round 4 then produced the highest scoring round of the day - first, Kegan and Bevin played to a 1-1 draw in the battle for potential 2nd / 3rd place.
In the "old timers battle", Julian recorded a 1-0 win over Gary - bringing the overall score to 2-2 in this "personal battle". Osvaldo then done exactly what was required of him - to register a 2-0 win over Conway for Osvaldo to replace Conway at 4th place overall!
Jayden then saved his best for last - an emphatic 4-0 win over Chessray in the potential battle for top honours. The win ensured that Jayden enjoyed an unbeaten run all day to lead the standings from start to finish - a triumph that marks Jayden's 17th WASPA title to date!
This win also ensured that Jayden has managed to end the year as the overall League Champion on 12 points, with Bevin following on 9 points and Kegan taking 3rd place overall with 8 points.

Previous League Champions:
2017 : Jayden vd Merwe
2016 : Chessray Jooste
2015 : Jayden vd Merwe
2014 : Jayden vd Merwe

Individual acknowledgements on the day :
"Goal Blitz" : went to Jayden van der Merwe ending the day as the top scorer.
"One to watch - Player of the Day" : went to Kegan van der Merwe, who was one of three players to post unbeaten runs.
"Tough as Nails" : went to Osvaldo van Niekerk (once again) who displayed great goalkeeping skills most of the day.
"Moment of the Day" : went to Julian van der Merwe for scoring a deftly chipped shot from a virtually impossible angle in his 1-0 Round 4 win over Gary Downs.

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 :

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

Cape Town City Subbuteo Club - October Event

The die-hards were at it again in Cape Town on Sunday the 21st of October. A small group of  6 players battled it out, with Angus ultimately winning his first WASPA title. Great to see juniors Andy and Rafael playing regularly now with the adults, and holding their own. The next event in Cape Town will be our favourite one - the Cape Town Open. Details to follow soon.

Final table:
1. Angus Begg
2. John Fishlock
3. Mike Ryder
4. Clinton Gahwiler
5. Rafael Gahwiler
6. Andy Killick

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Templeuve United October tournament

Last Friday the Templeuve United club had another good show with 10 players competing in Swiss system and three juniors competing for the first time. Among them the young Fahad became the firt representative from Iraq to compete in a table football tournament.

Arthur vs Fahad
There was no surprise in the end as Geoffrey Marain took the honors but this time, he won the tournament on goal-difference after he tied with Vincent Coppenolle in the first session. Thanks to all the players for the great spirit.

Final table (all Belgians unless noted):
1. Geoffrey Marain
2. Vincent Coppenolle
3. Matthias Averlant
4. Islam Belahcen
5. Eric Caillaux (France)
6. Benjamin Marain
7. Arthur Clique
8. Olivier Bodelle (France)
9. Fahad Abdurahman (Iraq)
10. Matthew Lemince

UKI National League in Bristol

The players
The tally for beers bought at Bristol Rovers’ bar on the day has yet to come in but early data suggests that Phil Dacey was a significant contributor to sales!
But then why wouldn’t he celebrate? He had just won the UKI National League Division 1 title! He was unbeaten over 5 games winning 3 and drawing two. Phil had sent a ripple of fear through the division went he beat his Welsh countryman Darren 4.1 in the first game, but then couldn’t break down Rudi Peterschinnig in a tight 1.1 draw, but went on in the 3rd to despatching Cardiff’s David Lauder in a thrilling 3.2 win. Phil’s second draw came against England International Brandon Lavender leaving him to tie up the trophy beating Dave Samuel while second-placed Rudi was beaten by Brandon in the final game 3.2 to deny Rudi the title.

27 people traveled just over 4,000 miles, in total, in a pilgrimage to attend the UKI National League event held at The Memorial Stadium, home of Bristol Rovers F.C. The players from Division 3 accounted for 1,500 of those miles while Division 2 had 1300 miles, Division 1 cooled their heels after just 1000 miles (though they had a player less) and Division 4 had a travel distance of just 300 miles – what does that tell us? I have no idea.

Australian Benji’s Batten was our welcome Commonwealth guest in the Second Division as he swept aside a very strong field with some big scores though John Lauder only narrowly lost 1.2 and Rob Ramsay played his part in a 2.4 defeat. Benji’s only point dropped was against the second-placed Aaron Skinner who can consider himself very unlucky as he only lost once, against Terry Arnold (2.3). The surprise of the day was Nicky Chappell falling below the dotted line to suffer the ignominy of relegation but the general consensus is that he will bounce back quickly.

The trophies
This event was hosted and managed by local club, Bristol Subbuteo F.C. and they supplied the lion’s share of players with 9, Cardiff weighed in with 8, Kent Invicta 3, Worthing Five Star 2, Harrow Hawks 2, SDTFC 1 and 2 ‘unattached’ to a UKI club.

6 wins out of 6 ensured that Kye Arnold would be crowned Division 3 champion and has earned a place in the next level. Simon Donadel won the race for second place on 8 points pipping Dave Croucher (7 points) and Bob Fairbrother (7 points). Sadly one of the flair players, Gareth Thomas, fell one point behind Ian Maskell to pick up the relegation spot.

Okay stat fetishists out there – this is for you:

There were 260 goals across all 4 divisions from 78 games equating to 3.33 goals per game.

There were 64 goals from 15 Division One matches equating to 4.27 goals per game. Division 2 harvested 72 goals over 21 games (3.42 gpg).
Division 3 contributed 71 goals over 21 games (3.38 gpg).
Division 4 gave us 53 goals over 21 games (2.52 gpg).

Capping the day’s activities was Steve Badcott’s return to the game after 10 years to win UKI National League Division 4 silverware. The South Devon TFC player had notched 22 goals, which was just as well since his 10 points were matched by the desperately unlucky Tim Mourant who had beaten Steve 2.1.

Hail the new intake of entrant level players coming back after playing in their youth: Phil Bryant and Andy Jarvis, dare we say, bravely entered the cauldron of this tournament in Division 4 and embraced the event wholehearted and with good spirit. Hopefully, we have not put them off and we hope to have these two players joining the Bristol Subbuteo League, soon.

Division 2 winner Benji Batten
To Simon Donadel for the loan of his pitch for the day. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Neil’s efforts in gathering up the goals so that we had premier standard goals for the day and for the bottomless supply of help and advise (solicited or otherwise J) from John Lauder, Rudi, Elliott, Michael and Tom Burns, Martin Hodds, Victor Jones, Adam Fraser, Aaron Skinner, Tony McCann, Dave Croucher, Brian Barnes, Cayne Mathews, Justin Scott and to Dave Pawsey and Bran Andrew from the ESA who has been unstinting in their help and advise and whose works bode well for the future of the game in this country. To Og Martin who has set up a framework in Ireland that can only be admired and has been a source of inspiration.

A big thank you goes out to the Bristol Subbuteo Club posse of Aaron Skinner who gave up his time on the Friday before the event to help me set up the venue

What a nice venue The Memorial Stadium turned out to be – airy space, great lighting, a bar, and food if required, plus oodles of parking, and a great team in Scott who was our amiable host for the day and Lynette Powell who was my contact throughout the book process and whose can-do attitude made it all so easy.

It remains for me to say thank you to all who attended and brought a good heart that made it a special day. I hope to see you all again at the next one on the 18th may – venue to be confirmed.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/PCUKINL/

Division 1 final table:
1. Phil Dacey (WAL/Cardiff)
2. Rudi Peterschinigg (ITA/Harrow)
3. Brandon Lavender (ENG/Kent Invicta)
4. David Lauder (WAL/Cardiff)
5. David Samuel (WAL/Cardiff)
6. Darren Barnes (WAL/Cardiff)

Division 2 final table:
1. Benji Batten (AUS/Melbourne TFC)
2. Aaron Skinner (ENG/Bristol SFC)
3. Terry Arnold (ENG/Kent Invicta)
4. Robert Ramsay (SCO/Manchester)
5. John Lauder (WAL/Cardiff)
6. Tony McCann (ENG/Cardiff)
7. Nicky Chappell (ENG/Kent Invicta)

Division 3 final table:
1. Kye Arnold (ENG/Kent Invicta)
2. Simon Donadel (ENG/Bristol SFC)
3. Dave Croucher (ENG/Worthing)
4. Bob Fairbrother (ENG/Bristol SFC)
5. Neil Doherty (ENG/Harrow)
6. Ian Maskell (ENG/Worthing)
7. Gareth Thomas (WAL/Cardiff)

Division 4 final table:
1. Steve Badcott (ENG/South Devon)
2. Tim Mourant (ENG/Bristol SFC)
3. Peter Brown (ENG/Bristol SFC)
4. Bernard O'Connor (ENG/Bristol SFC)
5. Andy Jarvis (ENG/Bristol SFC)
6. Taylor Randles (ENG/Bristol SFC)
7. Phillip Bryant (ENG/Bristol SFC)

Monday 22 October 2018

A first tournament in Asti

Last week-end the club of Asti organized their very first WASPA tournament under WASPA banner. It was a great day with 12 players from different clubs taking part. Salvatore Cammarata did a great job to organize everything. The first round consisted in two groups of six players with three games per player. After thate, every player had two more games to decide the final standings. In the end, Vittorio De Pascale (Flickers Milano) defeated clubmate Giulio Astengo in the final. Huge thanks to the organizers for their support!

Final standings:
1. De Pascale Vittorio
2. Astengo Giulio
3. Quilico Stefano
4. Lanzeni Massimo
5. Cammarata Salvatore
6. Di Muri Dario
7. Fassio Andrea
8. Marazzotta Stefano
9. Cammarata Matteo
10. Lepri Marco
11. Barisone Massimo
12. Cammarata Giulia

Sunday 21 October 2018

Latest news from Australia

Home win for Fabrizio Coco
Action in Leichardt
Earlier this week Sydney TFC held their monthly WASPA tournament in their premises of Leichardt. Fabrizio Coco claimed the Sydney TFC October WASPA tournament beating in final Tony Credentino 1-0. Thanks for everyone who made it.
Please note Syndey TFC will also hold a FISTF Satellite on December 9.

Brisbane Subbuteo club
Results from Sunday's tournament on a very wet day in the Sunshine state, the weather was cool and wet but the pie and mash went down a treat. The matches were played in a really friendly atmosphere and welcome back to two of our part time members in Chris Scoles and Derek Hovell, both played like they'd never been away.

A good group in Brisbane
Finals standings:
1. Giuseppe Tardiota
2. Gus Gillespie
3. Chris Scholes
4. Gerry Vickers
5. Gareth Whalley
6. Derek Hovell

Perth Subbuteo club
The Perth players managed to finish their September and October tournaments with some great games being played by all of them. Mark Ryan defeated Ross McNulty in the final (2-1) of the September event while Alan Kimber took the third place.
It was exactly the same scenario in the October event when Mark Ryan took the best on Ross McNulty in the final (3-1). Congratulations to all the players involved!

Saturday 20 October 2018

Steve Bennett does it again

Dundee United held a WASPA tournament last Sunday with six players taking part. It was a good training day before taking part to the FISTF Champion's League in Spain this week-end.

Steve Bennett finished on top of the group table with 5 wins.

The final standings were as follows:
1. Steve Bennett
2. Andy Beskaby
3. Rob Conway
4. David Baxter
5. Dave Minty
6. Craig Thom

Western Sydney Subbuteo October WASPA Tournament

It was an evening of schmoozing with the presidents at the HQ of Western Sydney Subbuteo, with Australian Table Football Association president, Adrian Connolly, visiting from Melbourne and the Federation of International Sports Table Football Association president, Steve Dettre, making the trek across from Chatswood. No doubt the other players put in a quiet word with their suggestions for running the game as they took on their illustrious opponents.

A small swiss system was battled out. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Paul Magee and Paul Stockbridge faced each other in the first round, a game which doubled as their WSS Spring League fixture. Paul M slotted a goal in each half to take the game against a quickly improving Paul S. Meanwhile, Steve went down 1-0 to his Northern Falcons club mate, Hermann Kruse. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Adrian Elmer opened the scoring in his fixture against Adrian C inside the first minute of their clash which proved to be the only goal action of the entire game.

Round two pitted Paul M against Hermann. A fixture which is always a tight one proved so again, with Hermann coming out on top via a solitary goal. Adrian E came from behind to pip Steve 2-1. On the third pitch, the ATFA president found that every touch turned to gold as he slammed six goals past a shell-shocked Paul S.

The final round saw Paul S recover to go down valiantly 2-1 to the other president, Steve, while Paul and Adrian C battled out a hard fought, goalless match in their first ever meeting. In the tussle for the title, Hermann and Adrian E picked up their ongoing rivalry with another evenly pitted battle. Adrian took the lead midway through the game and tried valiantly to hold on, but the extra pressure Hermann put on chasing the equaliser paid dividends with an equaliser with a few minutes to go, meaning the title would be shared between the two.

An excellent evening of friendly competition, with many thanks, as usual, to our hosts at Bella Vista Good Games.

For full results, click here.

For more photos, click here.

Friday 19 October 2018

Mark Farrell first leader in the Ulster Championship

Nine players attended the Donegal Leg of the Ulster Championship, hosted by Donegal Subbuteo, last Saturday 13th October. This was Donegal Subbuteo Club's 9th tournament and 6th WASPA event. Players were divided in to groups with knock-out games in the second round and consolation games. Mark Farrell from Dublin took the honors after defeating Derry's Martinog Bradley in the final. Brendan Rodgers and Nicky Moore made it to the semis and Lawrence Watson defeated Craig Stewart in the consolation final. It wa sa good day of table football played in a great spirit.

Four other events are planned for the 2018/19 season. Down, Strabane, Derry, Belfast will be the next venues. To be noted the date is confirmed for the second round of The Ulster Championship, Sunday 18th November, hosted by Podjistan's finest 'Sporting Club 18'. Interested players can contact Simon Stewart at simonmcstewarty@gmail.com
Donegal SC website: http://www.donegalsubbuteo.webs.com
To be noted Derry City's 2nd anniversary cup will be held on November 5 at the Delacroix Bar, Derry.
Donegal Subbuteo have another WASPA tournament scheduled for 9th November. Contact: donegalsubbuteo@hotmail.com

Thursday 18 October 2018

Brian Daley winner in Drury

The latest London Road Subbuteo Club WASPA Regional Tournament took place on 14th October 2018. It was a 5 players league, all play each other twice. Brian daley took the honors with 8 wins.

The next London Rondon tournament will be held on November at The Parrot, Drury, North Wales.

Rich S 4-0 Dave K
Ruby M 0-3 Brian D
Cayne M 2-1 Ruby M
Brian D 2-0 Rich S
Brian D 5-0 Dave K
Cayne M 0-3 Rich S
Rich S 2-0 Ruby M
Dave K 0-1 Cayne M
Cayne M 0-2 Brian D
Ruby M 0-1 Dave K
Dave K 0-3 Rich S
Brian D 2-0 Ruby M
Ruby M 0-1 Cayne M
Rich S 1-2 Brian D
Dave K 0-4 Brian D
Rich S 2-0 Cayne M
Ruby M 0-6 Rich S
Cayne M 2-0 Dave K
Brian D 4-0 Cayne M
Dave K 0-2 Ruby M

League Table 
Brian D 24 pts
Rich S 18 pts
Cayne M 12 pts
Ruby M 3 pts
Dave K 3 pts

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Mpougiouris wins Octoberfest tournament

On Saturday, October 6 16 players competed for the "beer trophy" of the "WASPA Octoberfest tournament" organized by the Flaming Flickers in Kallithea, Athens, Greece. Bundesliga teams, beer and German sausages snack break made the day special. The winner was Giannis Mpougiouris after a dramatic final against Nikos Psomiadis. The game ended in the shootout and players had to wait the 13th penalty to decide the winner. Congratulations to Giannis for the win and to all the participants for another great WASPA day.

Saturday 13 October 2018

Coppenolle stops Ceulemans's winning streak

Last week SC Flanders had another good night of Subbuteo in Hofstade-Zemst with 8 players competing in Swiss system. There were a few surprising winners and in the end Vincent Coppenolle took the honors with 3 wins and a draw while Jos Ceulemans was runner-up with 9 points. Matthias Averlant managed to take the third place. Thanks to SC Flanders for a great evening with very fair players!

Thursday 11 October 2018

Kenny Beggs and Martinog Bradley winners in Ulster

Seaview Subbuteo at Crusaders FC, Belfast
Players in Belfast
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Sporting Club hosted its second WASPA competition on the road, this time at the wonderful home of Crusaders Football Club, current football league champions of Northern Ireland. Eight competitors travelled from across the north including two returning players; Ernie Bickerstaff formerly a Belfast Barbarians stalwart and Jackie O’Neill a veteran who’s not flicked in anger since the 80’s. The debutants were joined by All Ireland runner-up Kenny Beggs, current WASPA Irish #1 Derry City TFC’s Martin og Bradley, Barry Spence, Simon Stewart, Lochlin Bradley and Craig Stewart who brilliantly organised the evenings event.
The players were split into two teams of four who played each other over four rounds of matches. The Barbarian Select team took the honours 2-2, 3-0, 3-1, 2-2 over the four rounds. Individual results were then tallied into a table where the top half played off for the title with the bottom four shooting it out in the Plate.

In the Plate Ernie Bickerstaff defeated Jackie O’Neill 2-0 while siblings Martin og and Lochlin Bradley continued Irelands longest running Subbuteo rivalry with Martin og running out 4-1 winner. The plate final saw Martin og Bradley avenge his earlier defeat at the hands of Ernie reversing the 1-0 score line to finish the tournament 5th.  Ernie in his first competition back showed some neat play and was unlucky not to return home with some silverware.
In the main competition Kenny Beggs went head-to-head with Simon Stewart in the first semi-final running out 2-0 winner, while Craig Stewart went down 2-0 to Barry Spence. Barry and Kenny have locked horns on many occasions over the years given their longevity in the Irish game and it was Kenny who came out on top winning 1-0 on shots after a scoreless game.
A huge thanks again to Craig Stewart for organising the competition and to Crusaders FC for hosting us. Table Football will be coming home on the 18-11-18 with Sporting Club hosting the second round of the Ulster Championship.

1st K.Beggs
2nd B.Spence
3rd S.Stewart
4th C.Stewart
5th M.Bradley
6th E.Bickerstaff
7th L.Bradley
7th J.O'Neill

(Report by Simon Stewart)
Martinog (right) won the tournament

Frightening Flicks WASPA
Only 4 competitors at this years event played a league format. Martinog Bradley came out on top with Mark McCrossan finishing in second place. Brendan Rodgers of Donegal Subbuteo took third place with Derry’s Lawrence Watson finishing 4th despite some impressive performances.

1. Martinog Bradley
2. Mark Mc Crossan
3. Brendan Rodgers
4. Lawrence Watson

Donegal on Saturday!
Please note the Donegal Leg of the Ulster Championship, hosted by Donegal Subbuteo, will be held on Saturday 13th October and 9 players already registered.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ulstersubbuteochampionship/

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Eagles take flight once again

The Johannesburg TFC 'the Eagles' held there first tournament after a lengthy hiatus at Randburg FC on the 7th of October 2018. It was aptly named 'Back to Basics' as all present showed severe signs of rustiness after a very long break. Three complete novices, namely Paul Semu (Malawi) andtwo juniors namely  Jonathan Kapangilia (age 12) and Nicholas Kapangilia (age 5), both from Zambia, were introduced to the game for the very first time. A mini double round robin was played, with 12 year old Jonathan showing some promising touches to take the Promotion Tournament and ending the day unbeaten.

The main tournament was played on a round robin basis, whereby everyone played against each other. Carl Bolweg showed some delightful touches on the table bearing in mind that a few hours ago he was touring Spain with his under 12 football team from ETS (Education Through Education). The game of the tournament was undoudtedly the encounter between life long friends Chris Dimmer and Johan van Nieuwenhysen. These two started playing Subbuteo in the early 1950's and there passion for the game has not diminished. Johan took an early lead, however Chris' precise play soon turned the tables on his friend and he scored two unanswered goals to clinch third spot. Although Clifford remained unbeaten, his play was light years behind his normal style with a large majority of flicks missing the mark. Abraham, a Tanzanian national, once again enjoyed himself and earned the award of the most 'spirited' player on the day. Goal of the day went to Johan for his scorcher on the run against Clifford.

The ultimate highlight was the enjoyment and friendship which manifested itself once again. 'Just For You Meals' sponsored a delightful light lunch for all the players which went down well especially after the exertions on the table.

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Howard Christie winner in Toronto

Toronto Subbuteo Club recently held a tournament with a great turnout of 8 players. This was the biggest tournament since the rebirth of "Subbuteo Canada". Among the competitors, there were two players from the Montreal club. The first round consisted in a Swiss system round of three games for all with knock-outs games in the second round. Howard Christie took the honors after defeating local organizer Mike Sgro in the final (2-1). Martin Charlebois and Mike Chieffallo made it to the semi-finals.

Besides the tournament, Mike Sgro announced "Club de Subbuteo de Montréal" is up and running with the help of LeWine Hunter and Toronto Subbuteo Club is moving its tournament location to Markham.

Monday 8 October 2018

Chris Kaberry wins the WASPA cup in Ponteland

WASPA Ponteland Sunday 7th October

Short report of the games held in Ponteland on Sunday. This tournament was under the banner of North Shields STF.

Nigel Lamond v Chris Kaberry 0-2
Scores level at half time but a quick two goal blast at the beginning of the second half saw Chris into the final.

Dave Brothers v Stephen Dobbison 5-0
A one sided affair with Dave running out a comfortable winner.

Consolation play-off:
Nigel Lamond v Stephen Dobbison 0-1
Tight game which was ultimately decided after great honesty from Nigel gifted Stephen a shot on goal which went low into the corner.

Chris Kaberry v Dave Brothers 3-0
Chris won the competition with a competent display of accurate shooting.

1. Chris Kaberry
2. Dave Brothers
3. Stephen Dobbison
4. Nigel Lamond

Sunday 7 October 2018

Charles Aquilina winner in Bormla

Before the final

Presentation of the trophies
Last week the club of Bormla was holding their second WASPA tournament of the season with a good turnout of 14 players. FISTF veterans world champion Charlie Aquilina won the tournament after a close final against Jean Carl Tabone (2-1). Melvin Baron and Jamie Bonnici made it to the semis. Huge thanks to Josef Camilleri and the Bormla players for hosting the event.

Friday 5 October 2018

Adrian Davies winner in Kent

Adrian vs Kye
Kent Invicta another great evening of play last Friday. It was the returning Welsh Wizard, Adrian Davies, who took the win in the KIV WASPA League last Friday edging out Kye Arnold on their head to head score line from the first match of the evening. There were many tight games which ended up with Adrian and Kye neck a neck into the last session with Terry Arnold still in a position to take the overall win. However the last games went in Adrian’s favour as the Welshman scored a late equalizer against Terry to draw 1-1 and Kye endured a frustrating 0-0 stalemate with Dave Collier. This meant that after 5 matches the top two players had an identical record of 10 points and a +4 goal difference so their first round result of 1-0 over Kye gave the victory to Adrian. It has to be said that Rob McCormick grabbed the result of the evening however with a fantastic 1-0 win over Adrian in round 2.

Final Table – All KIV
1. Adrian Davies (Open) – 10pts +4 (wins on 1-0 head to head over Kye)
2. Kye Arnold (U19) – 10pts +4
3. Terry Arnold (Vets) – 8pts +3
4. Dave Collier (Vets) – 5pts -2
5. Rob McCormick (Vets) – 4 pts -5
6. Paul Frank (Vets) – 3pts -4

Thursday 4 October 2018

WASPA report of September 2018

Dear all,
please find attached the new updates of the WASPA rankings.

Excel file (rankings and stats)
PDF file (season results)

September means we are starting a new season with new records and renewed rankings.

Players in Attard, Malta
Our ambitions for the new season are:
- to have a great "WASPA world cup" again and we hope to have condidatures by the end of October;
- to keep growing;
- to have more nations involved;
- to have more "top clubs"
- to have more juniors in the rankings and therefore more juniors clubs;
- to have more presence in the FISTF tournaments as consolation events or as separate tournaments so that players travelling to FISTF events have more games.

September was a good month. We added some late records of the Stoke tournament (old rules) while the Pireas tournament will be added next month.

Gathering between Dutch and Australian players in Groningen
There are no many changes in the rankings but it's great to see Mauro Camilleri from Malta being the first leader of the season ranking.

The Junior ranking is now for players born in 2002 or later so you can see some changes in the top 5 but England's Kye Arnold is still the solid leader. We are glad to add the club of Cape Town (South Africa) in the Junior ranking of clubs. Australia's Northern Falcons TFC is the first leader of the season in the "top clubs" ranking.

September was a good month with 30 events in the records. We really hope this season will continue to bring joy in your respective clubs!

Parramatta tournament in Australia
We stay at your disposal for any info regarding the circuit or for ideas on how to improve things!

Please don't forget to send all results of your events (possibly with pictures and a short story for the blog) to my home address at vincent.cop@rsca.com

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.

Big turnout in Wales
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

Marcos Kapsabelis is a new player for the Flaming Flickers and he won the first tournament of the season
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