Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Tournaments around the world: trophies for Sean Morgan, Mick Hammonds and Rudy Hesty

Here is a brief summary of results held in the first days of the Month.

Sean Morgan wins ETS Subbuteo Club tournament

Our friends in Johannesburg managed a tournament at the start of May 2021 at ETS Subbuteo Club (Only the club's second official one) and it was a great success with 9 Players in all participating on the day. "In lockdown, we have found some new recruits, which is fabulous and they all form part of the Senior section. Gary Downs also started his own Eastern’s Club and one of his players Ian Clarke, making his away debut and playing in his first official tournament and Ian did not disappoint and walked off with a worthy second place finish from Sean Morgan and stealing a 1-0 win over Clifford Graaff to ensure Cliffy walked off with the bronze medal on the day. Great flicking was seen throughout the day and there were plenty of memorable laughs and loads of fun had by all. Hopefully we will be able to start recruiting junior players soon, as the lockdown easing has allows the sports clubs to reopen and start playing competitive outdoor sports again", commented local organizer Jason Kennedy.

Final standings:

1. Sean Morgan (Johannesburg TFC)
2. Ian Clarke (Easterns TFC)
3. Clifford Graaff (Johannesburg TFC)
5. Gary Downs (Easterns TFC)
6. Jason Kennedy (ETS Subbuteo Club)
6. Fernando Rodrigues (Johannesburg TFC)
7. Liam Chapman (ETS Subbuteo Club)
8. Shane Thompson (ETS Subbuteo Club)
9. Jarryd Westerlake (ETS Subbuteo Club)

Mick Hammonds wins small event in Wolverhampton

In England, Wolverhamton TFC had a small WASPA event in the beginning of the month. Just four players happy to compete again and great games. Wick Hammonds took the honors.

Final standings:

1. Mick Hammonds - 9 pts
2. Justin Scott - 4 pts
3. Richard Badger - 2 pts
4. Peter Sleeth - 1 pt

Rudy Hesty still on top in Singapore

Labour day (May 1, 2021) WASPA was small yet meaningful outing between 3 players namely Vikas, Erza & Rudy at Sports Hub library. A round robin format was adopted in still strict COVID-19 measures. End of the games Rudy came on top while Vikas edged Erza with a solitary 1-0 win. 

Stay tune to next week where a different set of players will come down to continue to restart the flicking session in Singapore.

Final standings:

1. Rudy Hesty Roselan (Jurong SC)
2. Vikas K. Chandiramani (Jurong SC)
3. Erza Aripin (Templeuve United)

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Ferran Borbones winner in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia

This Saturday, May 1st, a tournament was played in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, a village known to be the center of "cava" production, cava being the name of "méthode champenoise" sparkling wine made in Catalonia. The tournament was supposed to take place earlier but covid restrictions made it impossible so the local group of the Barcelona area was glad to play this tournament in May. Seven players were competing in league format and in the end, Ferran Borbones was the winner with 4 wins and 2 draws. Pablo Baeza was runner-up while Andres Merino was third.

We are very happy at WASPA to see such a good tournament taking place nowadays in Spain, in particular since five of the seven players made their entry in the WASPA circuit.

Special thanks to Guillem Alsina for making things happen and for sending us some great pictures.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

WASPA monthly report of April 2021

Dear Subbuteo fans, hope all is well for you and your families.

You will find in the attached files the updated WASPA rankings and results (PDF file) after we collected results from Australia, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Greece and England.

The Western Flickers in Australia played their first tournament of the season in April

8 regional tournaments have been played in April but also 7 tournaments with the old rule sand 5 "WASPA lockdown test matches".

You will see there are not many big changes but there is a revolution in the individual ranking as Alekos Apatzis from Greece is the new number 1.

Alan Lee is still the season leader but we have now 3 Australians in the top 5, which proves Australia is the country where Subbuteo lives while most european nations are still waiting for the green light from local authorities to organize tournaments.

Test-match Ceulemans-Lambert in Antwerp, Belgium

Greece is also the new leader in the ranking of nations.

As you probably know, we will celebrate the 10 years of the WASPA circuit in a couple of days. Your ideas to make something special are still more than welcome. If you know what should be done to celebrate this important anniversary, your feedback is more than welcome. We expect to publish a big story on the blog on May 10.

We also take to opportunity to thank our partners:

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

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

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

The very active Terni players in Italy have reached their limit of 12 tournaments played with the old rules

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 new partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each  other), don't hesitate to contact me at vincent.cop@rsca.com or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Have a great week.

Vincent Coppenolle, vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Thursday, 29 April 2021

More results from Australia, Italy and Belgium

The second half of the month was a calm period but no totally inactive as we received results from Australia, Belgium and Italy.

Action during the Sydney TFC tournament

Our friends at Sydney TFC had a small tournament this month with five players taking part. Local organizer Fabrizio Coco took the honors after defeating Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC) by a single goal (1-0) in the final. Tony Credentino was 3rd, Paolo Credentino 4th and Kostas Barbaris 5th.

Players in Perth

In Perth, six players met for the monthly tournament of the "Subbuteo Perth" club. Alan Kimber won four of his five games to claim the victory while Mick DeVincentis was runner up. At the end of the league format, the final standings were as follows: 

1. Alan Kimber
2. Mick DeVincentis
3. Hugh Best
4. Chris Thorn
5. Ron Byrne
6. Noel Mani

Six players also met in Brisbane where experience made the difference in the final when Giuseppe Tardiota defeated Gus Gillespie on shots after a great game (2-2). Kevin Halliday and Gareth Whalley were the semi-finalists while Wayne Miller and Robert Seychell were also taking part.

In Italy, the Ternana players met again on April 25 and Marco Perotti won another title in the end of the tournament played with the old rules.

Finally, in Belgium, another "lockdown test match" was played in Antwerp between Jos Ceulemans (SC Flanders) and Stéphane Lambert (OSC Yokohama). After a draw in the first game, Jos won the other two matches to win the test-match. Congratulations.

Don't hesitate to send your WASPA results by e-mail to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

The updated WASPA rankings and statistics should be available in the next few days!

Monday, 19 April 2021

April 19: results of the week

Despite the restrictions in many areas, we continue to receive results from different countries. Here is a quick summary of results collected from Italy, England and Belgium.

Italy: Terni is the most active club in the world nowadays

The Perotti family members are playing several times a week

We continue to receive results from Terni where the Perotti family is holding more and more gatherings under WASPA banner. The last few tournament saw victories for Emanuele (1), Simone (2) and Marco (1) in always close games. The club of "SC Terni 2014" has already held 11 tournaments with the old rules (and as a reminder, a club can hold a maximum of 12 tournaments with old rules per season). Thanks to the Perotti family for the huge support, considering the last tournament (held on April 17) was a way to celebrate the 10th birthday of the WASPA circuit. More tournaments should be played in Terni in the future and will count for the new Italian WASPA ranking run by Gianpaolo Abagnale.

England: Wolverhampton had a great outdoor session

In England, the Wolverhampton players are eager to play again and Justin Scott sent us results of a small tournament with just three players. Players met each other twice and Justin Scott finished on top with 7 points while Richard Badger had 5 and Mick Hammonds was third with 4 points. Hopefully the Wolverhampton club will be allowed to hold a real tournament in their premises soon.

Test-matches in Italy and Belgium

The pitch of the test-match in the Bonomo family

WASPA lockdown test-matches continue to be played and we have been glad to receive results from Italy and Belgium. In Teramo, the young Nicolò Bonomo defeated his father Massimiliano in a three games session. It's fantastic to see a young boy (8 years old) making a great debut in the WASPA circuit.

Marain vs Coppenolle

In Belgium, Geoffrey Marain (AS Hennuyer), former number 1 in the circuit, played 2 different opponents in the last few days. On Sunday, Marain defeated Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United) in a 3 games session and didn't even let his opponent score a goal.

Boulanger vs Marain

On Sunday, Geoffrey's guest was Richard Boulanger (USC Huy). Marain won the four games played but it was great to see Richard travelling by train for two hours to meet his old rival.

We will be back in the next few days with more results from Australia as our friends down under had tournaments in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane in the last few days.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

April 2021: results from Australia, Italy and Norway

Even if the virus is still there, there are tournaments or Subbuteo games played under WASPA banner in different countries.

Here is a quick summary of recent event held in Australia, Italy and Norway.

Sydney: Fabrizio Coco wins Easter Cup

Steve Dettre reports: "Congratulations to Fabrizio on taking the Northern Falcons Easter Cup, and to Adrian G for making his second consecutive WASPA final, before losing to Fab 2-0.

Group 1 ended up being a true 'Group of Death' with Fab, Steve and Eliot. Steve took the lead against Eliot before being pegged back before the break, as they battled a 1-1 draw. Then Steve battled hard against Fab, surviving three shots that hit the post before registering only their third 0-0 draw since first meeting in 2015. Fab then decided the group with a late winner against Eliot.

In Group 2, Adrian continued his great form after resuming play, holding Tony Credentino 0-0, while Torben accounted for Paolo Credentino 2-0 in his first competitive match in a year. Adrian then beat Paolo, while Tony registered his second 0-0 of the night against Torben. Tony had a chance to progress, but was held 0-0 (again) by his son, while Adrian wrapped up the group beating Torben 1-0.

In the semis, Fab overran Torben 3-0, while Steve and Adrian battled to a 1-1 draw aet, with the tie decided 4-3 on shots after a marathon 13-shot effort.

Many thanks to all who came and the fabulous staff at Willoughby Park Bowling Club who continue to host us."

Original post from the Northern Falcons Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/854801904538974

Mick DeVincentis winner in Perth

Some of you probably ignore there is a new club in Perth, Australia. The "Sports Table Football Club of Western Australia" organized a first WASPA tournament last week-end with a small field of four players but many interesting games.

You can see some videos of the tournament here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1233903783292458

The winner was Mick DeVincentis who finished on top of the group after winning two of his three games. Arjuna Hanafi (Melbourne TFC) was runner-up while host Hugh Best was third and Chris Thorn was fourth with one victory.

Two trophies for Marco Perotti

In Italy, the club of Terni is still very motivated. The club held two more events with traditional rules (old subbuteo). Marco Perotti won the two tournaments while Simone Perotti was runner-up twice.

Alfredo Gianoglio wins test-match

Riccardo Destefanis and Alfredo Gianoglio

We also received results from Norway where a "WASPA lockdown testmatch" was played in Oslo on April 5, 2021. The results were as follows:

Riccardo Destefanis - Alfredo Gianoglio 2-0 (2-0)
Riccardo Destefanis - Alfredo Gianoglio 1-2 (1-1)
Riccardo Destefanis - Alfredo Gianoglio 0-2 (0-1)
Winner: Alfredo Gianoglio

Alfredo scored 2 beautiful goals in the third and decisive match winning April's lockdown testmatch competition!

What about you?

If you are kind to play games under WASPA banner, don't hesitate to send your results to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com
The doors are always open for new players so feel welcome!

Monday, 5 April 2021

The Pelicans are back

After more than a year since their last WASPA in February 2020, it was great for the Western Flickers to be able to host their 43rd edition on a Good Friday holiday.

The round robin competition took place at the club's new base venue - the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre. Just a stones throw away from the Altona town village and its scenic beach, the centre is a fantastic venue with all the modern amenities and then some. Local players are definitely looking forward to hosting more WASPA / FISTF events here soon!

6 Pelicans took part in WFW43 and it was great to be flicking again. Everyone was naturally a bit rusty in the beginning, but before long it was just like we were never away. Cracking goals were being scored and the oohs and aahs of near misses mixed with laughter from friendly banter. It felt so good to be back!

Eventual winner was Benny who pipped Adrian Connolly in the last round after being neck and neck all day. Special credit to young Josh Tey who showed excellent progress in his game - definitely one to watch for the future!

Final placings:

1. Benny Ng
2. Adrian Connolly
3. Anthony Madiona
4. Josh Tey
5. Jason Tey
6. Peter Benholm

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

South Africa: Sean Morgan wins Easterns TFC tournament

The Easterns TFC inaugural tournament was a resounding success. Five guest players arrived and succeeded in making the day a lot of fun with a lot of banter throughout the day. 

"We started with a league type system where each player had to play a home and an away leg. There were a lot of upsets and a few unexpected results too. The players that attended were from Jo’burg Eagles, ETS Table Football Club and Easterns TFC. Unfortunately, due to certain restrictions and health concerns, Pretoria Flickers were not able to attend. The winner was Sean Morgan, who was also unbeaten on the day. The most improved player went to Liam Chapman. Liam has come along in leaps and bounds since starting with the sport less than a year ago. Well done to both Sean and Liam", commented organizers Gary downs.

Easterns would like to thank all the players that attended and look forward to hosting more players at their next tournament.

Final standings

1. Sean Morgan -  Johannesburg TFC 18 points
2. Clifford Graaf -  Johannesburg TFC 11
3. Liam Chapman - ETS Subbuteo Club 8
4. Gary Downs - Easterns TFC 8
5. Jason Kennedy - ETS Subbuteo Club 7

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Subbuteo results from Australia, Italy, South Africa and Norway

Some short news from around the world as Subbuteo fans from several countries continue to play when local rules allow it.

In Australia, the club of Sydney TFC was back in action after a long break. Six players were competing. and Eliot Kennedy managed to defeat Fabrizio Coco on shots after a draw (1-1) in the final. Steve Dettre and Paolo Credentino were the semi-finalists.

In Italy, the club of Teramo organized a tournament earlier this week. Germano Di Corinto managed to win his first tournament. Thanks to Massimiliano Bonomo for organizing the tournament.

South Africa was also in action with a tournament held in Cape Town. "Great to have a few flicks again! Just 4 stalwarts gathered to have only the second event in Cape Town since the advent of Covid. It did mean that it could be played in a garage, which is always a fun throwback to days of old. Wayne hadn’t played for a while, but was back at his absolute best, winning the round robin event by some margin", commented clinton Gahwiler. Congratulations to Wayne McKenzie for winning the tournament.

Destefanis and Ellefsen

Finally, 2 WASPA lockdown test matches were played in Norway. On Saturday, Terje Ellefsen (Kragerø BFK) met Riccardo Destefanis (Subbuteo Oslo). Terje won the test match after winning three individual games. After the games both players had a shoot-out just for fun, Terje won 2-1 but Riccardo had the best goal (always important). :-)

Terje Ellefsen is the current Norwegian Champion and also no. 1 in the Norwegian rankings so he is a tough opponent for Riccardo who is back playing Subbuteo after 30 years away from the subbeatiful game. But Riccardo is learning and improving for every game and he hopes to reach a better level of play soon through playing games and practicing on his excellent training pitch. He also plays against two other Italians who live in Oslo (Alfredo Gianoglio and Alessandro Cataliotti) as well as the very experienced Norwegian Svein Arne Brekke (Skien Wildcats). Destefanis is doing a great job at promoting Subbuteo in Oslo and is hoping to find and recruit even more players in the near future. Please check out Subbuteo Oslo on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/subbuteoslo

Destefanis and Gianoglio

On Sunday, Riccardo Destefanis played another test match against clubmate Alfredo Gianoglio. Results were close (0-0, 1-0, 0-0) and Riccardo won the series. We wish a warm welcome to Alfredo in the WASPA circuit.

There should be more results coming up in the next few days so stay tuned!

If you have results of tournaments or test matches to send, don't hesitate to communicate by e-mail to vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Adrian Grunbach wins Northern Falcons tournament

The Northern Falcons and friends battled the rain that has plagued Sydney for a week -- not to mention COVID -- to stage their March WASPA.

Six brave souls turned up, to play and share a few amber ales.

Jonty Brener opened the evening's scoring before Steve Dettre scored a late equaliser in Group 1. 

Meanwhile Adrian Grunbach scored in his first match in more than a year, beating Neil Brener.

Steve claimed Group 1 with a tight win over Adrian Elmer, who then grabbed second place by beating Jonty.

In Group 2, Tony Credentino beat Adrian G and then Neil to claim the group.

In the semis, Adrian G struck twice with lightning counterattacks to beat Steve, whole Tony outscored Adrian E 3-1.

In the final matches, Steve beat Adrian E for 3rd place, capitalising on a goalkeeper mistake before notching a fast break goal to win 2-0.

Meanwhile, Adrian G took the title with a 2-1 revenge win over Tony, scoring the winner with 30 seconds on the clock.

Once again thanks to all who came and to the Willoughby Park Bowling Club for hosting us.

(Report by Steve Dettre)

Monday, 22 March 2021

Eliot Kennedy wins in Perth

Eliot and Brian

The Perth players had an amazing tournament on Sunday with a great field of 10 players taking part. Among players, Eliot Kennedy (from the Northern Falcons) and Arjuna Hanafi (Melbourne TFC) were the special guests besides seven players of the local club and Hugh Best (Sports TFC of Western Australia). Dur to time restrictions, the tournament was played in three groups and a knock-out round. In the barrage round, Eliot Kennedy defeated Arjuna Hanafi in the game between guests (3-0) while Brian Pearson defeated Hugh best. In the semis, Eliot Kennedy took the honors against Alan Kimber (3-1) while Brian Pearson scored the winning goal in the sudden death against Ross McNulty (1-0). The final between Eliot and Brian was also close but the man from Sydney managed to win the game in the sudden death (1-0) while Alan Kimber won the game for the third place against Ross McNulty (2-1). It was a great day had by all. Congratulations to all players involved!

Sunday, 21 March 2021

MarchFlicks Pennsylvania/Virginia Test Match 2021

Bryan Arnold hosted Andrew Zunino in Alexandria, Virginia, USA for today's test match series. Bryan and Andrew represented their home-states of Virginia and Pennsylvania respectively. The series was very close between the two players: Bryan and Andrew played 3 test matches with each winning a match and then drawing the final match.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

News from Australia, Italy and Wales

The circuit is in a calmer period with only a few events held around the world.

Giuseppe Tardiota wins Brisbane tournament

In Brisbane, Australia six players met on Sunday to play the monthly tournament of the local club. The group was glad to meet a new player, Rob Seychell, and everyone had a great time.

Giuseppe Tardiota defeated Kevin Halliday in the final (3-1) to claim the trophy. Gerry Vickers was third, Gareth Whalley 4th, Wayne Miller 5th and Robert Seychell 6th.

Follow more about Brisbane Subbuteo club on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/brisbanesubbuteoclubinc

Traditional rules are still popular in Terni

In Italy, the club of Terni held two small events played with te old rules (also called "traditional rules") in the beginning of the month. Emanuele Perotti won the first tournament while Simone Perotti won the second event.

More about Subbuteo table football in Terni on the club's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SUBBUTEOCLUBTERNI2014THYRUS

Lockdown test match in Wales

Finally, we are glad to publish results of a "WASPA lockdown test match" held in Wales. Cayne Matthews won his three games against his daughter Ruby. 

Follow the latest news of London Road Subbuteo Club on the club's facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1699324517049032

Don't hesitate to send results of your tournaments and test matches by e-mail to vincent.coppenolle@gmail.com

Be sure we appreciate. Until then, stay safe and keep on flicking!

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

WASPA standings of February 2021

 Dear all,

you will find in this message the usual files with the updated results, rankings and statistics of the WASPA circuit.

Excel file (rankings and statistics)
PDF file (results)

First WASPA tournament for the new club of Naxxar TFC in Malta

We are still aware that it(s complicated to run tournaments under WASPA banner in many countries but we are glad we added 11 tournaments and 4 "lockdown test matches" in the records.

February was a special month. Our friends from Singapore sent us three sets of results of past tournaments and we were glad to add them in the results. In italy, our mates in Firenze held their first two tournaments after a long break. We also got results from Patras (Greece), Brisbane, Perth and Sydney (Australia), Johannesburg (SOuth Africa) while the new club of Naxxar (Malta) held a very first tournament under WASPA banner.

WASPA test match in Norway between Riccardo Destefanis and Terje Ellefsen

The "WASPA lockdown test matches" are a new idea to give the possibility for isolated players to play some official games from times to times. We received results from Norway, Italy and Belgium and thanks to these "WASPA lockdown test matches", the clubs of Oslo, Kragero and Teramo managed to get their first ranking points this season. Maybe it's an idea to follow for those who are eager to play!

As you maybe know, we will celebrate the 10 years of the WASPA circuit in May. Your ideas to make something special are more than welcome. If you know what should be done to celebrate this important anniversary, your feedback is more than welcome.

The club of Firenze was back in action in Italy

We also take to opportunity to thank our partners:

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

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

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

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 new partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each  other), don't hesitate to contact me at vincent.cop@rsca.com or vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

Have a great week.

Vincent Coppenolle, vincentcoppenolle@gmail.com

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.