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