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Coco reclaims Christmas Cup

Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco claimed the 3rd edition of the Christmas Cup, a traditional tournament organized by Sydney Table Football Club. This year for the first time it was also played under the FISTF regulations and format as a Satellite event.


It was a very good turnout of Open players and junior players coming mostly from local area of Sydney but also interstate. The great weekend started with a traditional dinner draw. A big surprise during the draw was seeing Fabrizio Coco in the same group with clubmates Daniele Lombardi and Antonio Credentino — definitely the group of death!

The tournament had 4 groups with a total of 14 Open players and 2 groups for the U19 category for a total of 7 players with Gabriel Lombardi, Oliver Ollnow and Jonty Brener taking part also in the main category and played an incredible level showing how far they have grown during these years!


Raffaele Lombardi (Sydney TFC) current number 55 in the world ranking, was the top seed player and favourite to win the title, followed by Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons WR 81), Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC WR  107) and Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons WR 204).

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It was a pretty easy life in their group stages for Raffaele and Eliot in their groups, but not really for Fabrizio who had to face his top team mates Daniele Lombardi (1-1) and Antonio Credentino (3-1) but still finished first in his group on goal difference. Herman finished 2nd in his group on goal difference, behind Giuseppe Tardiota (Brisbane Subbuteo Club WR 165).

The quarter finals started with a big match between the two Sydney TFC brothers Raffaele Lombardi vs Daniele Lombardi (2-1) followed up by Jonty Brener vs Giuseppe Tardiota (0-2), Oliver Ollnow vs Fabrizio Coco (0-2) and Eliot Kennedy vs Hermann Kruse (4-1).

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The semifinals were just as tight,  where everything was about to happen.

Raffaele Lombardi and Giuseppe Tardiota finished 1-1 after Giuseppe took the lead. Only the Golden Goal saw decided the victory for Raffaele 2-1. In the other semifinal Fabrizio Coco vs Eliot Kennedy was a  game plenty of occasions from both sides where Fabrizio took the lead in the first half and Eliot equalized in the second half finishing the game with 1-1 results. Only the penalty shootout decided the fate of the game that saw Fabrizio winning 2-1.

The Open final was a Sydney TFC matter between Raffaele Lombardi and Fabrizio Coco, battling without pause. An intense game well refereed by Eliot saw Fabrizio claiming his 2nd Christmas Cup title winning 1-0 against his club mate.

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In the junior category Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons) took the title beating in final Gabriel Lombardi (Sydney TFC) 2-0 .

Congratulations to all the players who competed in the tournament and many compliments to the incredible juniors growth in the game!

Xmas Cup

Fabrizio claims title on Opening night of Northern Falcons new club

Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco took the honours as the Northern Falcons celebrated moving in to new club premises.

After more than four year at Good Games Chatswood, the club has relocated to the Willoughby Park Bowling and Recreation club, still within the Willoughby district. Many thanks to Councillor Brendon Zhu, and Willoughby Park President Roger Womersley for making this happen. The club is fully licensed, and we are able to make use of their great facilities. There is plenty of space for us to set up boards, and just as importantly, there is plenty of car parking.

Nine players attended the first session at the club, with Fabrizio laying down a serious challenge in the first round with a 2-0 win against Tony Credentino.
Hermann Kruse and Neil Brener tussled out a tough 0-0 draw, while Geoff Sirmai came from behind with a cracking goal to get a 1-1 with Steve Dettre.
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Fab won again 2-0 against Jonty, while Hermann was plagued by bad shooting in another 0-0 draw, this time with Kostas Barbaris.
Steve and Adrian Grunbach traded goals, with Adrian twice taking the lead, only to be pegged back.
In the group ranking deciders, Tony beat Jonty 2-0, Kostas beat Neil 1-0 and Adrian overcame Geoff 1-0.

In the barrage round, Tony clipped Adrian 1-0, while Steve beat Hermann on shots after coming back from 1-0 down to a wonderful opportunist shot by Hermann.

The Sydney lads wrapped up the semis, with Tony winning comfortably, and Fab finally beating Steve’s keeper during the shootout after being denied four times in the match with miraculous saves!

Fab then took the title with two goals in the first five minutes setting the scene for a 3-0 win.
It was great to see plenty of friendly matches happening too! As always, our mate Harley Ullrich remains in our memories, and his Memorial Board hosted the final.
The Northern Falcons currently have five boards — two Kevin Grant specials, and three older Falcons boards — and will put the calendar up soon. All players from across Sydney, whether experienced or beginners, are welcome to attend.

Inauguration Cup, Nov 2018

New home for the Northern Falcons

The Northern Falcons TFC have a new home!
Set in the middle of their home turf on Sydney’s lower north shore, the Willoughby Park Bowling Club will give the club more space and the capacity to hopefully grow the club.
The Northern Falcons will start with an invitation event on Monday, 12th November.
A Facebook event has already been created with all the location details. As an added bonus there is ample parking at the club, and for those using public transport, there are a number of buses that pass along Eastern Valley Way.
We have to say a huge thanks to the staff at Good Games Chatswood who gave us our first homebase, but their participant numbers have grown and so we’ve been looking for a new location as space became a premium in the Chatswood location.
Many thanks to Willoughby Park Bowling Club director Roger Womersley and local councillor Brendon Zhu who have helped make this happen.


Latest Asian player rankings

Latest Asian player rankings, from the FISTF lists, sub-set generated by Paul Mercer.








Please note: Players are only considered registered with FISTF if their respective national association has submitted their registration form. Please contact your national association for more information.

Latest World and Asian rankings

Not much movement in Asia in terms of places, across the various rankings.
What is of interest is that there are now 31 people who have dropped out of the rankings, though only 8 new ones in Open, and 4 new in U19.
Our challenge across Asia is to get them back, and to stir things up in Indonesia and Malaysia again!









Kennedy claims latest in Sausage Series!!

Amidst the smell of biltong (South African jerky), boerewors (‘farmer’s sausage’), Babotie (Cape Town Malay curried rice) and a host of other South African dishes, the inaugural “Boerewors Cup” was played on Friday night, the 2nd installment of the unofficial Northern Falcons’ “Sausage Series”.


The mini-tournament consisted of 6 players split into 2 groups of 3, with semi-finals and a final. Group A consisted of Hermann, Neil and Steve, whilst Eliot was with the two juniors, Oli and Jonty, in Group B.

Group A got off to an uneventful start with Neil and Steve playing out a goalless draw. Hermann and Steve then played out a 1-1 draw, meaning all 3 spots were up for grabs in the final game. Hermann however, stepped up a gear to put 4 goals past Neil to secure top spot in the group, and qualification for the semis along with Steve.


Group B started with Elliot, who by his own admission wasn’t at the top of his game, grinding out a 2-0 win against Oli with a goal 5 seconds from the end securing the result. In the rematch of last month’s Asian Cup junior semi, Oli dominated possession, but was unable to put a goal past Jonty, who was also unable to convert any of his few counters, with the game ending in the night’s second goalless draw. The final game saw Jonty against Eliot. Eliot (perhaps feeling the effects of a couple of glasses of wine), struggled to break through in the first half, but found the net in the second, 1-0 the final score. This meant that Elliot’s late goal against Oli saw Jonty progress on goal difference.


The semis saw Eliot defeat Steve in tense affair 1-0, with both players having their fair share of chances. Meanwhile on the other table, Hermann struck every square inch of the bar and post, but was unable to get the ball into the back of the net, the match headed to dreaded shots. Jonty took the lead early, Hermann hit the bar (once again), and the win was secured with a driven shot across the goal, meaning Jonty had qualified for his first WASPA final, without scoring a single goal in regulation time!!!


Eliot grabbed an early goal in the final, and from then on, it was all one-way traffic. Eliot’s experience shone through as he put 5 past a hapless Jonty, claiming a resounding 5-0 victory, and in the process winning the 1st ever ‘Boerewors Cup’.

Thanks to everyone for making the night such an enjoyable one, and hopefully nights such as this one aren’t just a one-off.

report by Jonty Brener

Group a:
Neil v Steve 0-0
Hermann v Steve 1-1
Herman v Neil 4-0

Group B:
Eliot v Oli 2-0
Oli v Jonty 0-0
Eliot v Jonty 1-0

Eliot v Steve 1-0
Jonty v Hermann 0-0 (2-1 shots)

Eliot v Jonty 5-0

Carabillo sensationally claims top spot in new No.1 in Asian World Rankings from FISTF

Hong Kong’s Antonio Carabillo has sensationally captured the Number 1 ranking in Asia after his appearance in the final of the Asian Cup in Melbourne in January.

Antonio Carabillo (HKG)

Antonio Carabillo (HKG)

Despite losing 2-0 to Melbourne TFC’s Carl Young, Antonio leapt to the top of the Asian rankings courtesy of his previous place of #77 on the world rankings.
Carl meanwhile jumped 101 places into 34th on the world list, placing him 3rd in Asia and the top Aussie, ahead of clubmate Peter Thomas.

Carl Young (Melbourne TFC)

Carl Young (Melbourne TFC)

Singapore’s Anas Rahamat of Jurong Central dropped to second in Asia.
There were a swathe of Asian players who had significant world ranking jumps, as can be seen in the world and ranking lists listed below.
Melbourne TFC grabbed top spot on the Asian club rankings, with Sydney TFC moving into 4th place.

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

In the U19 category, Northern Falcons TFC’s Oliver Ollnow added top place in the Asian rankings to his victory in the U19 category at the Asian Cup, replacing Singapore’s Giovanni Choong.

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

With changes to theU15 and U12 category groups, and the Asian players moving into the U19 categories, there was not as much movement there.
In the Ladies category, Northern Phoenix’s Beth Eveligh gained some consolation for losing the Ladies’ final in Melbourne by grabbing the #1 ranking in Asia.

Players in the Ladies Category

Players in the Ladies Category – Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix in yellow).

All rankings are here:

FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Ladies ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Open ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Team ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – U19 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – U15 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – U12 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Vets ASIA

Anas tops the year as the Asian Cup approaches!

Singapore’s Anas Rahamat capped a fantastic 2017 by ending the year as Asia’s No.1 player, edging Jurong clubmate Rudy Hesty into second place.

Anas rose a remarkable 11 places since last December, though at the top of the table his performance was outshone by Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco who has moved 30 places over the course of the year.
The world and Asian rankings mean the following players will be the likely seeds at the Asian Cup in Melbourne, assuming 48 players:
1 Anas RAHAMAT Jurong Central SC
2 Rudy Hesty ROSLAN Jurong Central SC
3 Bernard LIM Singapore Lions SC
4 Peter THOMAS Melbourne TFC
5 Fabrizio COCO Sydney TFC
6 Benji BATTEN Melbourne TFC
7 Den Mulia YUSNI Singapore Lions SC
8 Antonio CARABILLO Dragons Hong Kong
9 Raffaele LOMBARDI Sydney TFC
10 Eliot KENNEDY Northern Falcons TFC
11 Vikas K CHANDIRAMANI Jurong Central SC
12 Kenzo KOI Yokohama OSC

If we reach the target of 50 players, then Robert Green will edge into 13th seed.
There are 133 Asian players in the world rankings, the same as last December. A total of 26 players dropped out of the rankings, but we gained 26 new players. Our collective aim is to entice those dropouts back into action!!!

Jurong Central finished the year as No1 in the team’s category, pipping Singapore Lions who had dominated the season.
It will be a huge teams event in Melbourne, with Jurong and Lions bringing their top teams, but Melbourne and Western Flickers, along with Sydney TC and Northern Falcons having extremely competitive outfits.

Full rankings are listed here.

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Open ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Ladies ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – U12 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – U15 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – u19 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Vets ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Teams ASIA