Sunday, 28 February 2021

More test matches in Norway and Italy

For the second week, we are glad to publish results of two "WASPA lockdown test matches". We are very happy that players show interest for this kind of games and we thank players who send their results.

Destefanis (left) and Brekke

Riccardo De Stefanis (Subbuteo Oslo) played his second test match on Saturday against a new opponent. This time Riccardo had the visit of Svein Arne Brekke (Skien Wildcats). Svein Arne proved to have more experience to win the series. Resutls of the games were as follows:
Svein Arne Brekke - Riccardo Destefanis 6-0 (4-0)
Svein Arne Brekke - Riccardo Destefanis 3-0 (2-0)
Svein Arne Brekke - Riccardo Destefanis 8-0 (4-0)
Svein Arne Brekke - Riccardo Destefanis 7-0 (4-0)


In Italy, the very first "test match" was played on Saturday between Massimiliano Bonomo (Subbuteo Teramo) and Francesco Pochetti (Old Subbuteo Club Giulianova). The games was played on a original Subbuteo pitch from the 70s and results were as follows:
1. Bonomo - Pochetti 0-2
2. Pochetti - Bonomo 2-0
3. Bonomo - Pochetti 0-3
4. Bonomo - Pochetti 0-4
5. Pochetti - Bonomo 2-2

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Joburg Open once again produces goals, action and enjoyment

Final between Clifford Graaff and Gary Downs

Sunday the 21st of February saw the playing of the annual Johannesburg Open Subbuteo Tournament. 

This is the oldest official Subbuteo Tournament not only in South Africa but Africa, and dates back to 2008 when the newly formed Johannesburg TFC aka The Joburg Eagles hosted the first official tournament under the auspices of the South African Table Football Association (SATFA).

Unfortunately due to the persistence of the lasting Chinese Covid pandemic, numbers were down. However 8 players joined in the fun with a big welcome to Samora Adams who was playing in his first tournament.


The 8 players were drawn into 2 groups and the top 2 progressed to the semi finals with the remaining players competing for positional places.

Group A saw home town favourite, Clifford top the group by narrowly pipping Gary Downs, who has recently formed his own Subbuteo club in the East Rand area of Johannesburg, namely the Easterns TFC on goal difference.

Group B was a much tighter affair and was called the Group of Death as three top players, namely Angus Begg, Liam Chapman and Jason Kennedy battled for the top 2 positions.

The last group stage game between Angus and Jason basically proved to be a quarter-final tie as the victor, Angus, claimed top spot and relegated Jason to third spot.

The semi finals saw Clifford eliminate the ever improving Liam Chapman by a single goal after a defensive lapse by Liam. The second semi-final was a cracker of an encounter between Angus and Gary. Gary got off to a great start and held a slim lead until minutes before the full-time whistle when Angus carved out an opening and netted a very good equalising goal. Penalties resulted and this was a topsy turvy affair whereby both players took the lead only to allow their opponent to come back. After a marathon penalty session, Gary prevailed by 4 goals to 3 and advance to his maiden tournament final as an Easterns TFC player.

Paul Seemu pipped newcomer, Samora Adams, by a solitary goal to claim seventh place.

Jason Kennedy defeated Errol Meyer by the odd goal in three to capture 5th place.

The 3rd place play-off once again produced a tight game between Angus and Liam which was only settled via penalties. Angus got a slight measure of revenge by losing in the semis by penalties to pip Liam by 1 goal to 0 and claim 3rd place.

The final saw Clifford from the 'Joburg Eagles' take on on Gary from the Easterns TFC. Their earlier game ended in a one-all draw and once again a tight final was expected. The spectators were treated to an exciting game whereby Gary had two great opportunities in the opening few minutes only to see the ball fly wide. This presented Clifford with a few chances to open up the scoring. Gary overshot a defensive flick to let Clifford in for the first goal. Gary then threw everything up front for the equalizer, however he was caught on the break and Clifford netted a second goal to claim another Johannesburg Open title.

Once again, all entrants were treated to some great food in the form of waffles and ice-cream, courtesy of Nita!

Suffice to say, the waffles were greatly appreciated on a very hot February Sunday in Joburg.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Australia: latest results from Brisbane, Perth and Sydney


Brisbane Subbuteo Club held the on Sunday the 6th Club Anniversary/ WASPA Tournament postponed last month due COVID. Six Players turned up at the new venue in Caboolture. There were many goals and many exciting matches. Giuseppe Tardiota defeated Gus Gillespie in the final. Gareth Whalley won the game for the 3rd place against Kevin Halliday and Wayne Miller defeated James Gillespie to take the 5th place.

Action in the new venue of the Brisbane club

In Perth, the tournament played on Sunday attracted seven players cometing in a round robin. Alan Kimber and Ross McNulty finished with 15 points but Alan won the decisive game against Ross (2-1) to win the tournament. The finals standings were as follows:

1. Alan Kimber
2. Ross McNulty
3. Brian Pearson
4. Mick DeVincentis
5. Hugh Best
6. Noel Mani
7. Chris Thorn

Finally, it was great to see the Sydney boys back in action at the Northern Falcons game night on Monday. "Some rusty players but a fun evening. The highlight - or possibly the lowlight - was the almost interminable shoot-out in the semi final between Tony and Geoff, which was 1-1 at full time. We had earlier decided to go straight to shots in the event of a draw, rather than extra time, to "save time".... little were we to realise the multi-part drama that was to follow! It was 0-0 after 5 shots, with the keeper, the post and the fans behind the goal kept busy by our two protagonists. Tony finally broke the deadlock with his 9th shot, only for Geoff to bloody equalise, of course. The drama of non-scoring continued until the 14th shot, when Tony finally got a second and Geoff narrowly missed. Phew!! It had only taken about 15 minutes!", reported a very enthusiast Eliot Kennedy. Eliot won the final against Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC) to claim the trophy!

Monday, 22 February 2021

Daniele Spadaro wins inaugural tournament in Naxxar



This Sunday the Maltese club of Naxxar Subbuteo Club held a inaugural tournament with five players taking part. Players respected the sanitary restrictions and competed in a round robin. Daniele Spadaro finished on top with four wins while Joseph debono was runner-up. Claude Cuschieri, Brian Aquilina and Christopher Spiteri were also taking part. Thanks to the Naxxar club for the great effort and hopefully there will be further developments in the near future. There will be another tournament in Naxxar in March but the exact date is still to be confirmed.


Sunday, 21 February 2021

First WASPA lockdown test matches in Belgium and Norway

Earlier this week we announced the creation of the first "WASPA lockdown test matches" and we got very positive feedback from several players. We are pleased to receive the first results from Belgium and Norway.

Stéphane Lambert (left) and Jos Ceulemans had the first games in belgium

In Antwerp, Jos Ceulemans (SC Flanders) and Stéphane Lambert (OSC Yokohama) met on Tuesday. Games ended with the following scores: 1-0, 2-2 and 2-0. Jos won the series.

Riccardo Destefanis (left) and Terje Ellefsen met in Oslo

On Saturday, there were also games in Oslo, Norway, between Terje Ellefsen (Kragerø BFK) and Riccardo Destefanis (Subbuteo Oslo). Results were 11-0, 7-0, 5-0, 5-0 with Terje winning the series. This was also the first appearance of the Subbuteo Oslo club in the WASPA scene.

We are looking forward to getting more results from other test matches played around the world!

Results can be sent to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Lockdown test matches are now a reality

Clinton Gahwiler (South Africa) and Peter Alegi (USA) in a former International test match

We recently received messages from many players from many countries who say they can't wait to start flicking again. Many players just have training sessions with friends and try to find motivation for when things will restart.

Here at WASPA we are thinking it could be good to create a special "challenge" like the "WASPA test matches" but for players from the same country, just to give the possibility to those who can only meet one player at the same time...

The idea is that a player can have a maximum of 3 "test match" sessions per month.

A "test match" would consist in a session of 3 games to 7 games. In the end the winner gets 3 WASPA ranking points, the loser gets 1 point.

In no case a player can have the same opponent in a period of 1 month.

When 2 players send their results, they must also send a picture. We will publish once a week the "results of the week".

The important thing is that:

- players continue to play without disrecpecting the lockdown rules;
- we at WASPA show that the game is still alive;
- rankings are not really affected by those games
- local lockdown rules are respected.

Players should send their results and pictures to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Monday, 8 February 2021

Wins for Barducci and Bonciani in Firenze


The club of Firenze was back in action this week-end with 2 events run under WASPA banner. The first event was played by six competitors divided into two groups before the knock-out stage. Stefano barducci won the final against marco Bonciani (2-1). The other event had five players competing in a round robin and Marco Bonciani won his four games to win the tournament! More than results, the important thing for the Firenze was to meet again and to have a great time together!

Friday, 5 February 2021

WASPA standings of January 2021

Dear Subbuteo friends,

first of all I hope all is well for you and your families.

Excel file (rankings)
PDF file (results)

Tristan Fenech and John Zammit in the recent tournament in Bormla (Malta)

Here are the updated WASPA standings. We had 11 tournaments in January and we are glad to wish a warm welcome to the club of SC Terni 2014 (Italy). Our Italian friends had a great debut with several small events but there are good hopes to see larger events when the situation will be better. We also received results from Malta, Australia, South Africa and Greece. We hope to see more action from other nations in the near future.

Players in Johannesburg, South Africa

No need to say more. Many clubs around the world tell us they can't wait to have meetings again but for the moment, we all need to respect the sanitary restrictions from the local governments.

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/

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 or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Have a great week-end.

Vincent Coppenolle, vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Monday, 1 February 2021

Johannesburg: New Years Tournament provides goals, action and fun!


Sunday the 31st of January saw the playing of the annual New Years Challenge Subbuteo Tournament hosted by the Johannesburg TFC aka 'The Eagles'.

A field of 8 players participated and were divided via a random draw into two groups of 4 players. A bigger field  

was expected, however the continued rain in Johannesburg prevented a few additional players from attending.

Group A proved to be the group of death as three of the top 4 players on the day were drawn together.

The results proved this as three players, Jason Kennedy, Liam Chapman and Carl Bolweg all ended on 6 points.

The two qualifying players were decided on goal difference, and this saw Jason emerge as group winner, followed by Liam and Carl in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

It was welcoming to see 2 newcomers entering a WASPA tournament for the first time in Errol Meyer and Bradley Roulston.

Play-off positional games were played insuring the maximum amount of games were played especially by the newbies. 

Paul Seemu from Malawi claimed 7th place and his improvement has been really good and this must go down to him entering various Solo leagues in South Africa and England.

Carl Bolweg, who unluckily was eliminated from the final qualifications through goal difference, easily accounted for Bradley Roulston who was playing in his maiden tournament to end fifth.

The semi-finals saw an ever improving Liam Chapman, also exposed to our game via the SANSSL solo league, take on Clifford in what proved to be a tight affair. Unfortunately,one defensive lapse by Liam allowed Clifford a tight 1 nil victory. 

The second semi saw Jason defeat newbie Errol Meyer by 2 goals to nil.

The third place play-off saw Liam exact some form of revenge by beating Errol by 3 goals to nil.

The final pitted good friends and adversaries Jason and Clifford against each other in yet another Final.

The final proved a cagey and tight affair with clear cut chances at a premium. Nobody broke the dead-lock and the dreaded penalty shoot-out ensued.

Jason appeared to have left his scoring boots at home and missed his first three penalties. Jason also gifted Clifford a goal by dragging the ball into his net after performing a great save. Clifford converted his third straight penalty to take an unassailable lead and capture his first title of 2021. 

The day was rounded of with a braai where banter and chirps were once again the order of day and also lamenting the current state of affairs due to the bastardly chinese covid pandemic.

However, on a brighter note, everbody enjoyed themselves and the two newbies will definitely be returning for future tournaments.

A special thanks must also go to Clifford's missus, Nita for making a delicious potato bake and salads that were wolfed down after a 'tiring' day of exciting table football action.

The Joburg Eagles look forward to hosting their next tournament, the Johannesburg Open in February!

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Alan Kimber wins January tournament in Perth




Even if activities are suspended in many nations, our friends in Perth, Australia continue to play every month. Their January tournament was a success with 8 players competing in two groups of four and then two extra games for every player to decide the final standings. Alan Kimber and Hugh Best, who won their respective groups, defeated Brian pearson and Chris Thorn in the semis to qualify for the final. Alan won the final (4-0) to claim the trophy. Congratulations to Alan for the win and thanks to all players for a great day of play.

Final standings:

1. A. Kimber
2. H. Best
3. C. Thorn
4. B. Pearson
5. M. DeVincentiis
6. N. Mani
7. R. Byrne
8. A. Taylor

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Welcome to Subbuteo Club Terni 2014


We are aware that there will not be many tournaments in January due to the restrictions in many countries but we are glad to see the first steps of a new club in the WASPA circuit. the italian club of Subbuteo Club Terni 2014 had two small events held on January 6 and 9. Small gatherings but great games played and the honors for local player Marco Perotti. In both events, Simone Perotti was the runner-up.

Welcome to the Terni players and we hope in the future there will be more tournaments played under WASPA banner.

Thanks also to Gianpaolo Abagnale for his work of promotion of the WASPA circuit in Italy.

Friday, 8 January 2021

WASPA standings of December 2020

Dear Subbuteo friends, 

first of all let me wish you a very good year 2021. Let's hope we can have a normal life again and develop new projects.

Excel file with the rankings and statistics

PDF file with the results of tournaments

You will find in the updated results, rankings and statistics of the WASPA circuit. We had 10 tournaments in December and due to the virus, the majority of events was held in the Southern hemisphere (South africa and Australia). We were glad to see some action in Malta and england as well but in many countries, we are very far to see things back to normal. It will probably take a few months before national associations re-start their activities.

Brian and Nick Pearson

If you check the results of events played in December you will see that Nick and Brian Pearson were in action. It's interesting to share the story of the two brothers. Brian won the tournament in Perth (Australia) while Nick was runner-up in Burnley (England). Brian and Nick played Subbuteo together in the 70s and 80s. Nick started again last year with the guys in the North East of England like Mike Parnaby and his friends. Unfortunately, in Februaru his brother Robert passed away and Brian travelled from Australie for the funera. During his stay in England, the two brothers played Subbuteo again for the first time in 30 years. When Brian travelled back to Australia, Nick contacted Alan Kimber at the Perth club and in turn Alan invited Brian along, and now Brian won his first WASPA tournament, which is a great achievement. It was great also to see that Subbuteo brought the brian and Nick together after the loss of their brother. Thanks to Nick for telling us this story. We are very proud at WASPA to see things like that happen ;-)

As for the rankings, there are not many changes in December but you will see Englad and Greece share the first spot in the ranking of nations by places, which is quite unusual.

The Flaming Flickers SC (top clubs) and Johannesburg TFC (Development league) are the solid leaders in the rankings of clubs.

Players at the latest Western Sydney tournament

If you have a minute, please take a look at the WASPA page of clubs and see if the details of your club are pudated. If your club is not listed yet, doors are open to get more clubs in the WASPA rankings.

Another reminder, to make things better, we have decided to carry on a survey to collect ideas and opinions about the WASPA circuit. If you have a few minutes, please be kind enough to answer the WASPA survey. Your opinion is very important! Thanks in advance for your answers!

Link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9tOy4YTcg0b0gqPEmtlJnLCX5fP0Cw7ZJhwoUfk5ZtU914A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Juniors at the recent Johannesburg tournament

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 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 or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Have a great week-end.

Vincent Coppenolle, vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Victory Kits is a new WASPA partner

 

We are pleased to annouce that the WASPA circuit has a new partner. Victory Kits, a company run by Daniel Lilley in England, will offer a discount to all Subbuteo clubs ordering shirts. Please dont forget to mention WASPA when you order Custom Kits. Good luck to Victory Kits for this great project.

Monday, 4 January 2021

Charles Aquilina winner in Malta


Bormla Subbuteo Club added another tournament in the list of the "2020 Christmas cups". The event was played by 8 players on December 29 ans Charles Aquilina took the honors after defeating John Zammit (2-1) in the final. Josef Camilleri and Mauro camilleri were the semi-finalists. Thanks to Josef and his clubmates for another good event. We hope to see more action under WASPA banner in Malta in 2021.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

WASPA wishes for the New year


Hi everybody, it's time to wish you a great year 2021. Even if the last few months have been complicated for our clubs and players, we must think positive and focus on the future!

2020 was a great year as we have seen a huge development of the circuit in England and Wales, the come back of Norway, huge activities in Australia, a stronger organisation in South Africa, big motivation from new clubs in Greece, great events in nations such as the Netherlands, Malta, Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Ireland, Gibraltar,... Canada also confirmed to be an important nation in the Subbuteo scene and the USA had tournaments in many different states.

The lockdown and been a great time to get new contacts with many players in many different countries and we are sure we'll see many new clubs and players competing under WASPA banner in the future!

We are convinced there will be many positive developments as we have seen renewed interest for the game in many places and a lot of clubs are showing interest to join the WASPA circuit!

We stay at your disposal for any question regarding the game and the circuit and we really hope many tournaments will be organized in 2021. If you have suggestions to improve the circuit, your ideas are always welcome. We also hope to see more nations hosting WASPA events as we think we can do much more in South America, Portugal, Spain and France for instance.

Let's wait for better days and once things are back to normal, we are sure the WASPA scene will remain the largest table football circuit on the planet!

Vincent Coppenolle, WASPA organizer
vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Third annual Christmas Binge Cup WASPA Tournament


For the third year running, Western Sydney Subbuteo hosted the 'Christmas Binge Cup' to fill up the dead space between Christmas and New Year. A bumper crowd of 11 players, ranging from absolute beginners right up to the president of FISTF turned out to the temporary (COVID friendly) 'Clubhouse In The Carport' for the tournament. With players all donning masks following the recent outbreak in the Northern Beaches (there were a few doubtful looks cast in the direction of our visiting 'northern' falcons throughout the afternoon) a Swiss system was played out, guaranteeing every player would play most of their games against opponents of a similar level. A range of pitches were used, including the début of the Table Football Monthly Muddy Pitch™, which some players enjoyed more than (vocally complaining) others.

The randomly drawn opening round saw things going as predicted, with Steve, Adrian, Eliot and Geoff taking early wins. The second round proved much tighter, with 3 draws and two 1-0 results to keep all players tight on the table. Round three is where things really settled into a distinct pattern, with dark horse, Geoff, who had already had a win as well as a draw against top ranked player, Eliot, shooting to the top of the table with a victory over Steve. Meanwhile, Tim, playing in his first ever tournament outside of school, registered his first win, while Paul, predictably, played out yet another goalless draw to add to his collection.

The final round began with no fewer than 5 players still in reach of the title. Steve put his previous game behind him to come and shatter Eliot's chances of taking the prize, while Adrian did his bit to have a slim chance with a win over Othniel. In hindsight, those results meant that Ethan and Geoff's game was actually a play-off for the tournament honours - Geoff came out victorious to place himself clearly on top of the table. Meanwhile, Paul played out another goalless draw, this time against David, playing in his first ever tournament.

A successful day for the visiting Hipfingerz, then, with Geoff taking the title and Daniel putting in a personal best to find himself just behind the frontrunners. But, of course, Subbuteo was the winner - with a friendly, exciting tournament played, new players joining the ranks and a great finish off what has been the weirdest of years for Subbuteo playing.

For photos of the event, go t https://www.facebook.com/media/set?set=oa.414987716340879&type=3

(Report by Adrian Elmer)