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Games starts to grow in New Zealand

It was a beautiful spring day that trans-Tasman rivalry took shape in Sports Table Football.
Adrian Connolly of Melbourne Club Western Flickers was in the “land of the long white cloud” and took the opportunity to fly down from Auckland to the Middle Earth of Table Football, Palmerston North.
Some friendly warm up games over fesh and cheps (otherwise known as fish and chips elsewhere in the world 🙂 ) were held between local champion Ignacio Lopez and Adrian the night before the big event, which was held on Saturday 28th October.
Three local players took on Adrian – the host and local champion Ignacio Lopez, Rodrigo Cardenas, and David Pacheco. Jokes about Chile’s lack of qualification for the FIFA World Cup were not allowed, though that didn’t always stop David (of Mexican decent)!


A round robin format was adopted, with the top two playing off in the final, and the bottom two competing for 3rd/4th positions.
In the first round Adrian stamped his early authority on the competition with a 5-0 win over Ignacio to the shock of local competitors. Rodrigo took the other clash 1-0 over David
In the remaining rounds Adrian took quite a liking to the “home made” pitch created by Ignacio’s brother!
Commercial fields should get advice on how to do line markings from him.
Meanwhile, Ignacio set himself up on his Chilean home ground Pegasus surface. Both Adrian and Ignacio comfortably accounted for their opponents who are were learning the game. Games also served as coaching exercises for the newcomers who both showed early promise and sound defensive blocking techniques.
Rodrigo took out the 3rd/4th play off with a comfortable 2-0 win.
The final though was a close and tense affair between Adrian and Ignacio with the latter rising to the occasion.
Adrian took an early lead but later in the half Ignacio equalised to go into the break level at 1-1.


However, straight from the flick off, Adrian recaptured his lead. The tension increased when Ignacio again equalised. Adrian went straight on the attack again and soon regained his lead. In the end Adrian was happy to walk away with the 3-2 win in a final the fitting finale of the first ever trans-Tasman tournament.
Watching the rapid improvement of the local players was the biggest highlight of the event.
A big thank you to Ignacio and his family for their hospitality.
Let’s hope that soon the Australian-New Zealand rivalry grows even further.

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(Story by Adrian Connolly)

World And Asian Rankings Released

The biggest change in the Asian Open rankings was the introduction of Cedric Garnier, who has changed his national allegiance from France to Japan, where he is a permanent resident.
Cedric entered the Asian Rankings at #4, while Fabrizio Coco moved into 6th place to challenge Peter Thomas’ #1 Aussie ranking.
Singapore claimed the top 3 places in Asia for the first time this year, with Bernard Lim (SGP) moving into third place on the back of his victory at the Sydney International Open.
Raffaele Lombardi (AUS) moved up one place to 10th, knocking Eliot Kennedy (AUS) out of the Top 10 for the first time this year. Kenzo Koi (JPN) also fell out of the Top 10.
Biggest movers were Christos Garagounis (AUS) up 26, Emanuele Funaro (ISR) up 34, and Steve Wright (AUS) up 37 places.
In the Ladies category, Beth Eveleigh (AUS) retains her #1 rank, while Æowyn Elmer (AUS) leapfrogged her sister Imojjen into second place.
Due to changes regarding qualification for age categories, there have been some changes in the junior rankings with players being moved into new categories.

All rankings:
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement Ladies – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement – U12 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement U15 – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement U19 – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement VETS – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement Teams – ASIA

August Rankings

Not much movement in Asian rankings, apart from some Japanese players dropping down the table.
This is because of the method of calculating the rankings.
According to the FISTF guide and procedures about WR, points from 12 months ago are divided by 2.
And points from 24 months ago are simply removed.
So, to keep in the rankings, you need to play at least one FISTF event each year, and if you want to move up — then play more events!!!
There should be more movement in September, with the Singapore Satellite, the Sydney International Open, and of course the World Cup.

Asian Rankings
Open:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Open 2017

Veterans:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Vets 2017

Teams:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Teams 2017

Ladies:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Ladies 2017

U19:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U19 2017

U15:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U15 2017

U12:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U12 2017

Complete world rankings:
Web-201707 FISTF August WORLD

Asian Confederation Continues Its Development

The Confederation of Asian Sports Table Football Associations (CASTFA) has taken another step towards confirming its credentials with the selection of an official logo.

After two rounds of voting by players from Australia, Japan and Singapore, the winner was a striking logo designed by Australia’s Adrian Elmer

castfa logo shinyWe are very proud that so many players contributed logos to the competition, and then voted on a choice,” said CASTFA President Kenzo Koi of Japan. Ten logos were considered in the first round, with the top three to contest the final stage.

The design competition was conducted by the board of CASTFA, composed of Koi, Australian President Benji Batten, Singapore President Tan Kok Wee, and FISTF Vice President, Asia, Steve Dettre.

In his design notes, Adrian said his winning logo: “… features the colours chosen by the new confederation as the official colours – red, blue and yellow – representing the dominant national colour of each of the three founding member nations – Singapore, Japan and Australia.”

“The image is a stylised map of Asia used to form a hand flicking a table football figure, thus both depicting the nature of our sport as well as making it specific and unique to our region,” he said.

As a simple, contained shape, it will facilitate the addition of the logo to playing shirts, and other appropriate objects.

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“I’m very honoured to have had my logo chosen from an excellent field of contenders,” Adrian said.

“I love doing design work for our sport. I’m never going to be one of the best players and win the world cup but I can always dream that the design work I do for table football might be viewed as amongst the best in the world.”

Adrian has designed the logo of the Australian Table Football Association, as well as many of the Australian clubs.

The CASTFA Board would like to thank the other two designers for their efforts in providing great designs. Singapore’s John Edwards and Japan’s Yuko Nakahara provided stiff opposition to Adrian’s design. The final count was 30 votes for Adrian’s, 25 for John’s and 22 for Yuko’s. Their work won’t go to waste, however, as the Board is considering utilising their designs in other areas of CASTFA’s work.

Yuko Nakahara's dramatic work.

Yuko Nakahara’s dramatic work.

John Edwards' entry

John Edwards’ entry

“We believe their outstanding designs can still live on, in key events and awards under CASTFA’s control,” said Singapore president Tan Kok Wee.

CASTFA is a recognised continental association of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF).

The CASTFA Board

New Number One in Asia

Asia has a new number one player, with Singapore’s Anas Rahamat (Jurong) claiming top spot in the Asian rankings over his countryman and clubmate Rudy Hesty.
Most of the other Top 10 remained the same, though two new Aussies dislodged countrymen, with Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC) moving up 13 places to sit at #8, with Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC) into 9th place, after the Perth International Open.
Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons) clings on to 10th place, with Raffaele Lombardi (Sydney TFC) dropping to 11th.
Singapore’s Vikas Chandiramani (Jurong) jumped to 16th place, while Irwan Iskandar (Jurong) leapt 20 places to 28th.
Hugh Best (Perth) moved up 7 places to 29th, while Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC) rocketed 30 places to 46th.
Alan Kimber (Perth) made an impressive debut, entering the rankings at 51, while his clubmates Chris Thorn jumped 29 places to 56, and Ross McNulty moved to 67 and John Harty entered at 73.

Open rankings
FISTF Rankings July 2017 movement – ASIA Open

International standard venue for Asian Cup 2018

South Melbourne FC to host 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football at Lakeside Futsal

One of Australia’s most famous football clubs, South Melbourne FC, has thrown its weight behind table football and the Asian Cup to be staged in 2018.

More than 50 players from Australia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong will take part in a festival of table football in January 2018 at South Melbourne Football Club’s brand new Lakeside Futsal Centre and 1959 Bar and Grill.

Opened in 2017, the state of the art facilities represent South Melbourne’s significant push to re-establish themselves as one of Australia’s football powerhouses with an A-League licence the ultimate goal.

Melbourne club representatives Luke Radziminski (MTFC), Benny Ng (WTF), Beth Eveleigh (MTFC), Kevin Grant (WTF), Benji Batten (MTFC).

Melbourne club representatives Luke Radziminski (MTFC), Benny Ng (WTF), Beth Eveleigh (MTFC), Kevin Grant (WTF), Benji Batten (MTFC).

“We’re excited to host this international event at our new facilities and we can’t wait to see the best Table Footballers from across Asia in action,” said George Kouroumalis, Operations, Media and Marketing Manager for South Melbourne FC.

“We’ve also teamed up with the Melbourne Table Football Club, who will also be on hand to use our facilities across the remainder of the year. At South Melbourne we are passionate about everything football related so Table Football is a natural fit for us,” said Kouroumalis.

South Melbourne juniors have their first flicks!

South Melbourne juniors have their first flicks!

His comments were echoed by Tournament Organiser Benji Batten, President of the Australian Table Football Association (ATFA).

“We are thrilled to be able to hold our world class tournament at a world class venue, which is sure to create a fantastic spectacle for players and spectators,” said Batten.

The event will take place on January 20 and 21 at Lakeside Futsal with the Opening Ceremony and tournament draw at the 1959 Bar and Grill on Friday, January 19.

The big boys check out the silky skills of Luke Radziminski

The big boys check out the silky skills of Luke Radziminski

Sports Table Football, or “Subbuteo” as it is widely known, is a game based on association football. For many years it was marketed as “the replica of Association Football” or “Table Soccer”.

The 2018 Asian Cup will be the fourth in the competition’s history, with Melbourne hosting the inaugural event in 2015.

In addition to an individual competition, the top clubs from each country will compete against one another, and the highly coveted national team event will determine the region’s top country.

Benny explains the finer points of the game.

Benny explains the finer points of the game.

Australia will be seeking to claim their first ever title on home soil but will face stern competition in Singapore who have won the previous three titles.

Location of the Lakeside Futsal centre.

Location of the Lakeside Futsal centre.

Nominations for the World Cup

The Australian Table Football Association is calling for nominations for players wanting to participate at the FISTF World Cup to be held on September 2nd and 3rd, 2017, in Elancourt just outside Paris (France).

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Players who would like to nominate should submit their request, using the contact template at the bottom of the ‘Home’ page of http://subbuteoaustralia.com/

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The Board of the ATFA reserves the right to accept or decline any nomnation.

Nominations must be submitted by July 15.

Any nominee must be a member of the ATFA.

Signed
The ATFA Board

ATFA AGM and Election Results

Australian Table Football Association Inc Annual General Meeting – Minutes
• Date: 2 July 2017
• Time: 2.30PM
• Address: Good Games Bella Vista (Lower podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, NSW

Agenda
1. Welcome and introductions
2. President’s report
3. Financial report
4. Outcome of board election
5. Priorities for 2017-18
6. Any other business / member feedback

Participants
• Benji Batten – President
• Luke Radziminski – Board member
• Peter Thomas – Secretary
• Eliot Kennedy – Treasurer
• Adrian Elmer – Communications Officer
• Kevin Grant
• Fabrizio Coco
• Benny Ng
• Steve Dettre
• Richard Wilson
• Adrian Connolly
• Beth Eveleigh

1 – Welcome and introductions
The meeting was opened at 2.30 pm and the President welcomed members to the meeting. Participation at the meeting was facilitated using video conference facilities.

2 – President’s report
The President reported there was continued growth of table football across the country, with more people playing and participating in events. There are currently 15 affiliated clubs across six states with the most active clubs being Perth SC, Brisbane, Western Flickers, Sydney TFC, Melbourne TFC, Parramatta and Northern Falcons. There are currently 54 Australian players in the FISTF rankings and 127 players in the WASPA world rankings.
A FISTF International Grant Prix was held in Sydney, an International Open in Melbourne, and Satellite event also in Melbourne. Australia had a team at the Asian Cup in Japan, and had players participate in the FISTF World Cup. WASPA events have been held every month of the year.
A significant amount of ATFA’s effort has been focused on formally establishing the association through its incorporation in New South Wales, and establishing memberships of the association. There are now 39 adult members, and nine junior members.
Finances have come into the association through membership fees ($10 per person) and in the future the association will be less reliant on donations.
Earlier this year the ATFA Board discussed its role and decided the focus would be on ATFA being primarily fulfilling its administrative functions and that clubs and players would concentrate on organising events. This allows membership fees to be set a low level and encourages members to sign up. It also allows individual clubs to develop their own model to meet their own needs. In future, any FISTF tournaments will be organised by individual clubs (awarded to those clubs through an application process), and they will take responsibility for the organisation and financial aspects related to those events. ATFA will not itself be organising events.

Item 3 – Financial Report
The Financial Report was provided by the Treasurer and has been provided to all members.
The anticipated revenue for ATFA is expected to cover its administrative costs which include incorporation fees, banking fees, FISTF registration fees, and website hosting fees. Additional revenue might be gained through increased membership of ATFA. At this stage, it is not anticipated that increased revenue is needed.
Steve Dettre noted that FISTF has committed a total of 200-to-400 euros for assistance towards the costs of hosting the Asian Cup in 2018. Should this materialise then it will be put towards costs such as the venue fee.

Item 4 – Outcome of board election
The returning officer (Steve Dettre) provided the outcome of election for positions on the ATFA board. The outcomes were as follows:
PresidentBenji BATTEN (Melbourne TFC)
o Elected unopposed

Vice PresidentRaffaele LOMBARDI (Sydney TFC)
o Raffaele LOMBARDI (Sydney TFC)                    20 votes
o Adrian CONNOLLY (Western Flickers TFC)     19 votes

General SecretaryPeter THOMAS (Melbourne TFC)
o Elected unopposed

TreasurerEliot KENNEDY (Northern Falcons TFC)
o Elected unopposed

Board Advisor (Communications Officer)Adrian ELMER (Subbuteo Parramatta)
o Elected unopposed

Board Advisor (General) – Two positionsGiuseppe TARDIOTA (Brisbane Subbuteo Club) & Christos GARAGOUNIS (Northern Phoenix TFC)
o Giuseppe TARDIOTA (Brisbane Subbuteo Club)    29 votes
o Christos GARAGOUNIS (Northern Phoenix TFC)    14 votes
o Beth EVELEIGH (Melbourne TFC)                              13 votes
o Adrian CONNOLLY (Western Flickers TFC)              11 votes
o Steve WRIGHT (Western Flickers TFC)                        6 votes
o Raffaele LOMBARDI (Sydney TFC)                               2 votes
Note: Two (2) votes were made in error to Adrian CONNOLLY (Western Flickers TFC), in contravention of the requirement as listed in the voting procedure: “You can only vote for Adrian Connolly or Raffaele Lombardi as a Board Advisor if you have NOT voted for them as Vice-President.” These two votes were discounted already, providing the above figure as listed. Similarly, one (1) vote was made for Raffaele LOMBARDI (Sydney TFC) in contravention of the requirement. The above figure represents the discounted voting. These voting mistakes did not affect the outcome of the election for these two positions.

Item 5 -Priorities for 2017-18
The President outlined the general priorities for 2017-18 and provided members with the opportunity for feedback and discussion. The priorities were ensuring continued growth of the game through ongoing promotion, encouraging clubs to host WASPA events, and assisting clubs to hold successful FISTF events. There are forthcoming FISTF events coming up including an International Open in Perth (July), Sydney (September) and a Continental Championship in January. It is hoped that there will be a positive announcement in the coming weeks with regards to the venue for this event.
To encourage greater participation the development of mini circuits will be encouraged in each state/city to try and maximise attendance.
ATFA will investigate ordering some official shirts in the coming weeks. These shirts would be for events such as the World Cup and Asian Cup.
It is proposed that ATFA should develop a code of conduct that all players must agree to play in ATFA events. It is hope to have this in place by September.

Item 6 – Any other business / member feedback
Steve Dettre asked whether any Australian players were planning on participating in the World Cup. The President stated that he expected Robert Green to be playing. Fabrizio Coco stated that he expected Raffaele Lombardi and Daniele Lombardi to be interested.
It was noted that there will be items on the FISTF Congress agenda for voting. These items should be sent to ATFA in advance and will be discussed by the ATFA Board.

Meeting closed.

Big movers in Asian Rankings

Singapore’s Rudy Hesty jumped into top spot in Asia on the back of his runners up slot in the Singapore GP, closely followed by countryman Anas Rahamat in second place, after his victory in the same event.
The Singaporeans’ movement meant Peter Thomas (AUS) lost his top position for the first time in Asia in 2017.
Biggest mover in Asia was Ashley Tan (SGP), former champion in the 80s, who leapt back into form with a grand performance at the Asian Cup in Tokyo, to rocket 512 world placings and 56 in Asia to sit in 27th position.
Another returnee, John Edwards (SGP) made a spectacular entrance to the world rankings, debuting at 515 and 60 in Asia.
Raffaele Lombardi (AUS) stormed into Asia’s top 10 with his appearance in the Asian Cup final, sitting now in 9th place.
Robert Green (AUS) also was a big mover, pushing up 7 places.
In the teams category, Melbourne TFC lost their top spot to Singapore Lions, falling to 4th as both Jurong Central and Yokohama overhauled them.
In the Veterans category, Robert Green still reigns supreme, after taking the Asian Cup.
Singapore dominates the U19 with Giovanni Choong (SGP) leading from Isaac Lim (SGP) and Mohd Bolkiah Musa (SGP).
In the U15, Jonty Brener (AUS) still leads, from Benjamin Ng (AUS) and Gabriel Lombardi (AUS)/
In the U12, with many of the players now moving to the older age groupings, Tan Yi De (SGP) and Tansihq Vikas Chandiramani (SGP) leading the way.
In the ladies category, Beth Evenleigh (AUS) still leads, but Eiko Yoneda (JPN) has moved into second place, ahead of Imojjen Elmer (AUS).

Full rankings are here:

Open Rankings
FISTF Rankings June 2017 movements – ASIA

Teams Rankings
FISTF Rankings June 2017 movement – ASIA Teams

U19 Rankings
FISTF Rankings June 2017 movement – ASIA U19

Ladies Rankings
FISTF Rankings June 2017 movement – ASIA Ladies

Veterans Rankings
FISTF Rankings June 2017 movement – ASIA Vets

U15 Rankings
FISTF Rankings June 2017 movement – ASIA U15

U12 Rankings
FISTF Rankings June 2017 movement – ASIA U12

Asian Cup adventure

The Asian Cup completed its first orbit around the continent in early June when the third edition of the tournament was staged in Tokyo, Japan, following the path of Melbourne, Australia in 2015 and then Singapore in 2016.
Singapore’s Tan Kok Wee claimed the 2017 trophy, beating Australia’s Raffaele Lombard 2-1 in a tense and close match.

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Kok Wee had stormed through from his group, beating seeded player Hideaki Wada (JPN) 4-0.
It was one of a number of upsets where the top seeds failed to take their group, with Antonio Carabillo (HKG) as the tournament’s third seed being the biggest casualty, being dumped out by Ashley Tan (SGP) and Steve Dettre (AUS).

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Raffaele, ostensibly being in the toughest four person group, beat tournament #2 seed Kenzo Koi 2-1 to top his group.

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Ashley Tan followed up his 3-0 win over Dettre to then beat Carabillo 2-0, who needed a win against Dettre in his last match, but could not break the determined goalkeeping of the Aussie to lose 2-1.
Rob Green (AUS) won his group comfortably, after beating #4 seed Bernard Lim 2-0, while John Ho (SGP), Cedric Garnier (FRA) and Gareth Thomas (WAL) won their groups.
Aussie Hugh Best had to face off with Katsuhiko Fukuoka in a shoot-out before making the Round of 16, where the surprises continued.

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Kok Wee eliminated Kenzo Koi, while Steve Dettre knocked John Ho out on sudden death shots. Ashley Tan continued his surprise run with a 7-1 romp over Taichi Kato (JPN) while Lim needed a golden goal to beat Suguro Fujino (JPN) in extra time. Gareth Thomas beat Hugh Best 3-1, while Raffaele was continuing his impressive run with a 6-0 win over Hideaki Wada (JPN), and Greenie beat Makoto Miyake (JPN) 4-1.
It meant that three Aussies had made the quarterfinals; the same number as Singapore, with Garnier and Thomas making up the 8.
Probably the biggest shock of the tournament was Kok Wee’s 3-1 thumping of tournament top seed Garnier, with Cedric later saying he had no answers to the skills and shooting of the Singaporean.
Green edged out Dettre 1-0, escaping a last minute equaliser when his keeper tipped Dettre’s shot onto the bar and out.

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Lim upped the tempo to beat Ashley Tan 3-1, while Raffaele beat Gareth 2-1.
Both semi finals saw some incredibly tense table football, with defence dominating, before Kok Wee and Raffaele progressed to meet in the final.
Green won the Veterans event, beating Lim 1-0, while Eiko Yoneda (JPN) won the women’s event, and Singapore’s Tan Yi De won the U12.

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In the teams, Singapore Lions were triumphant against Yokohama OSC.
In the national team event, Singapore beat Australia 2-1, then beat Japan 4-0, before Australia beat Japan 3-1, with Singapore claiming their thir successive title.
Plenty of praise needs to be heaped on tournament organiser Kenzo Koi and his magnificent organising team. Truly a testament to the growth of the game in Asia, following on from well organised and attended events in Australia and Singapore.

Results
Asian Cup results