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A week has passed since the Australian Grand Prix, and while it wasn’t the biggest we have held, it certainly had a great vibe.
It was a tough event in some regards, with the heat across both days being especially draining, and some of the best players in Australia thrown in together with Singapore’s Vikas Chandiramani, and our cousins from across the ditch in New Zealand.
As Adrian Elmer said elsewhere on the web, the World Ranking system and the Aussies in it, threw up some interesting clashes.

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A huge thanks to all those in the LOC who helped out: Adrian Elmer and his fantastic design skills, school-teacher voice and head referee duties with Eliot; Adrian & Katelyn Grunbach, ably helped by Johnny Ball and Jonty Brener to decorate the venue as best we could; Eliot and Jonty taking the lead with table set-up, again helped by whoever was free; the Hipfingerz and Sydney guys for being there to assist (special thanks to Tony for his coffee machine!!)

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A special mention to Adrian G who sourced sponsorship from ASICS for vouchers for the winners of the three individual categories. A huge thanks to ASICS.

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We also had fantastic support from Sydney FC who provided a voucher for Sydney FC home match — and despite our best efforts, Adrian Elmer declined the award, and it was given to the Vagabonds Hipsters who played in the team event — Geoff Sirmai, Greg Werner, Louie Dettre and Jonny Ball. Lucky they’re all Sydney fans.

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Another award was made by the LOC to the youngest player who stayed the course and played across both days: Tim Phokos, who was given the Futbol Cult voucher. Many thanks to Anthony Siokos for his donation.

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One of the unheralded (on the weekend) stars was Louie, who put in another huge effort to run the streaming, despite some glitches here and there because of the vagaries of the internet. The lure of the green pitch was too much and he played on Sunday. Thanks to Geoff, Benji and Tony for assisting with commentary in the latter phase of Saturday.

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And where would we be without Paul Mercer who worked like a trojan to fix some issues with the results spreadsheet, which let us run the tournament.
The action on the table was very dramatic.
Peter Thomas claimed back to back AGP titles, but was pushed all the way in the semifinal by clubmate Benji Batten, and was taken to extra time in the final by Rob Green before scoring a dramatic golden goal.
Each group had its own dramatic scores. In Group One, young Tim Phokos caused a major upset by beating Nick Brill 1-0, but was unlucky not to progress because of goal difference. Nick then went on to make the semi finals.
In Group 2, Frank Cozzarin got the wins that mattered despite a 6-0 loss to Eliot Kennedy, and moved to the Round of 16.
Group 3 saw Kostas Barbaris come back from a long hiatus to also get the points to make the next phase, while in Group 4, Adrian Connolly overcame Adrian Grunbach to move on.
Greg Werner benefitted from regular game play to make it out of Group 5, while Adrian Elmer upset the form book by topping group 6 after a 2-0 win against Daniel Lombard.  In Group 7, Steve Dettre also surprised seeded player Fabrizio Coco with a 2-1 win.
In Group 8, Benji started well with a 2-0 win against Rob Green, but both ended up qualifying for the Rd of 16.
In the women’s event, Beth Eveleigh stamped her authority with a 4-0 win against debutante Katherine Patten, while Imojjen Elmer kept pace with her, the title only being decided on goal difference to Beth.

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In the U16 event, Katelyn showed the benefits of regular matches at the Falcons to take the crown.
In the Open knock out rounds, the two surprises were the elimination of Eliot Kennedy by Rob Green, and Nick Brill shrugging off his slow start to the day by beating Steve Dettre in extra time.
In the quarterfinals, Benji beat Vikas and Nick kept powering on with a win against Luke Radziminski.

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Green looked to be hitting his straps with a 4-0 win against Nick in the semis, whole Peter had a real fight against Benji before coming out 3-2 winner.

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In the final, Peter came back from being 0-1 at the break, to equalise and then take the title with a golden goal in extra time.

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Fabrizio Coco claims AGFA Cup 22

Fabrizio Coco claimed the 22nd AGFA Cup with a 3-1 win against Adrian Grunbach.

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A change in format to have 2 groups of 8 players catered for our interstate visitor Giuseppe Tardiota (Brisbane Subbuteo) to give players as many games as possible.

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With the lightning 15-minute matches, those 7 group matches equated to 3 1/2 normal games and then a final ranking match.
Special mention must be made to Paul Mercer who created a brand new competition sheet to run the event, and to Tom and Janice from WIlloughby Park Bowling Club for arranging the space.
Things got off to a cracking start with Tony Credentino on fire against Johnny Ball (4-0), and Giuseppe also 4-0 over Billy Koutzas.

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By the end of round 3, things started to take shape, and then in round 6 a few surprises shaped the final phase.

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Biggest surprise was Jonty’s 3-1 win over the previously unbeaten Geoff Sirmai.

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The semi finals had two close battles, with Adrian Grunbach and Eliot locked at 1-1 before Adrian wom 3-1 on shots, while Fabrizio and Tony battled to a 0-0 draw before a marathon shootout ended 4-3 to Fabrizio.

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In the final, Fab started like a house on fire and roared to a 2-0 lead before Adrian pulled one back, and then Fab finished things off with a 3rd.

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Richard Wilson brought along his Toccers

Richard Wilson brought along his Toccers

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Full results of AGFA 22

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Benji Batten claims first FISTF event in Australia in two years.

Benji Batten claimed the first FISTF event staged in Australia for two years when he edged out  Tony Credentino in a tight Sydney Internatonal Open final 2-0 on shots after a scoreless draw.

Benji Batten receives his winners medal

Benji Batten receives his winners medal

COVID has played havoc with the Australian scene over the last two years, and though a range of local WASPA events have kept activity alive, the ultimate aim was to get FISTF action happening again.
At one stage there were 28 entries in the Open, but COVID struck that down to 24, and then 21 on the day due to some late COVID withdrawals. Six players contested the U16 event and 3 women, with four in the teams event.

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It also meant interstate contestants were limited to 2, with Melbourne’s Benji Batten and Nathan Urbaniak making the trek north.

Adrian Elmer (left) with Melbourne's Nathan Urbaniak

Adrian Elmer (left) with Melbourne’s Nathan Urbaniak

All four Sydney clubs were involved in the organising, with the venue being the home of the Northern Falcons – the Willoughby Park Bowling Club.
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Having a great area, and more importantly not having to move the boards anywhere, was great boost. It was all hands on deck on Friday for the set-up, and the Sydney club provided all the sanitising options, and Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Adrian Elmer lending his peerless design skills to enhance the presentation.

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A welcome dinner on Friday and dinners on Saturday and Sunday kept the community feel strong.

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A major surprise was the No.1 ranking of Torben Pfister, the result of inactivity in Australia, but he topped his group. Groups 2 and 3 featured the biggest struggles to qualify, with Adrian Grunbach having the wood over Adrian Elmer in Group 2 and Tony Credentino beating Paul Magee.
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Steve Dettre and Steve Diasinos (Big Steve and Little Steve) continued their rivalry, with Steve Di pushing hard in the first half, before Steve De found his rhythm to run out winner.
In the Junior event, Daniel Sirmai and Gabriel Lombardi stamped their authority on the group early, but Catherine Palamara kept in touch, ahead of Taylor Lombardi and Dimitri Barbaris. In a delightful surprise, debutante Katelyn Grunbach made the semis, and scored against Daniel Sirmai before losing 4-1. Daniel beat Gabriel 2-1 in the final.
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In the women’s event, Catherine Palamara beat Imojjen 1-0, with all three women players offering each other fantastic support and encouragement.
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In the knockout phase of the Open, the barrages provided a couple of surprises. After playing so well in the group, Steve Dettre’s form deserted him against Tony Credentino who snatched a 1-0 win with a shot from an incredible angle. Then Johnny Ball – an infrequent visitor to Falcons’ nights – outperformed Geoff Sirmai, setting himself up for the match of the tournament, the quarterfinal against Benji.

Johnny Ball (Northern Falcions) and Geoff Sirmai (Hipfingerz)

Johnny Ball (Northern Falcions) and Geoff Sirmai (Hipfingerz)

Adrian Grunbach caused a boilover by beating clubmate Torben 2-1, while Tony Credentino ousted Eliot Kennedy 3-0 on shots after a 2-2 draw in their quarterfinal. And while Daniele Lombardi stormed to a 4-0 in his match against clubmate Kostas Barbaris, in the last qf, it went down to the wire.

Card and measuring kits produced by Canada Flicks

Card and measuring kits produced by Canada Flicks

Johnny Ball shocked Benji with an opening goal, and while he pegged that back, Johnny again took the lead before it was all square at the break. In the second period, Benji steadied himself and with 5 minutes to go led 5-2, before Johnny launched an impressive comeback, replete with his own ‘crowd noise’. First he made it 5-3, then incredibly it was 5-4 with a minute to go, when Benji decided to employ the table football version of “taking the ball to the corner flag”. He saw out the clock, and afterwards Johnny proclaimed Benji’s tactics as “the greatest honour that anyone’s given me in Subbo — the fact that he was so concerned I might get an equaliser!”

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Both semi finals ended 2-1, with Tony beating Adrian, and then Benji edging Daniele.
There were few real highlights in the final, with the title decided on shots, 2-0 to Benji.
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Continuing the tradition of Australian table football, the ‘Plate’ event was held as a WASPA. Following the Group Stage of the Opens event, the 8 players who did not make it to the knockout phase and were able to stay around played a knockout WASPA tournament. The draw was open and unseeded.
Adrian Elmer (WSS) was drawn against Daniel Sirmai (HIP) and eased past him 3-0, While Paul Magee (WSS) had the same scoreline against his club mate, Imojjen Elmer (WSS). Nathan Unrbaniak (MTFC) was drawn against Franck Cozzarin (WSS) and came out victorious, 1-0. The final fixture produced the tightest game, with Greg Werner (HIP) playing out a 0-0 draw with Enzo Coco (STFC). Straight to shots and the tenseness continued, Greg finally coming out victorious 1-0 in the shootout.
The semi-final pitted Paul against Greg where the Western Sydney man dispatched his Eastern rival with ease. The other semi, though, was a completely different affair. Neither player was able to break the deadlock in a very tight match and so another shootout ensued. Adrian held his nerve to emerge a 2-0 victor, setting up a grand final showdown with team mate and friendly rival, Paul.
The final itself proved to be an entertaining and open game. Both players controlled at times until Adrian was able to take the lead midway through the first half. From here, though, Paul used every tactic in his unique Subbuteo armoury to control more and more of the game and pile the pressure on Adrian. Finally, with 40 seconds left on the clock, Paul finally got his equaliser. The game, however, didn’t go to shots. Remarkably, from the restart, Adrian broke down the left, charged into the shooting zone and chipped home a winner with just a handful of seconds to go. It was a dramatic finish to a great game worthy of a final.

Quarter Final
Adrian Elmer (WSS) 3 – 0 Daniel Sirmai (HIP)
Imojjen Elmer (WSS) 0 – 3 Paul Magee (WSS)
Nathan Unrbaniak (MTFC) 2 – 1 Franck Cozzarin (WSS)
Greg Werner (HIP) 0(1) – 0(0) Enzo Coco (STFC)

Semi Final
Adrian Elmer (WSS) 0(2) – 0(0) Nathan Urbaniak
Paul Magee (WSS) 4 – 0 Greg Werner (HIP)

Final
Paul Magee 1 – 2 Adrian Elmer

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In the teams event, there were only three ‘official’ contestants, as neither Hipfingerz or Melbourne had a full compliment, and combined to play in the group.
The Falcons were surprised in their match against Hipfingerz/Melbourne, but recovered in the other games.
It came down to ‘points difference’ to decide the Falcons’ opponents in the final, with Sydney TFC edging out the players from the west.
In the final, the depth of the Falcons showed through, with a 3-0 win.
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And to round out the day, an informal Doubles Event was staged, with Benji Batten and Nathan Urbaniak taking the Swiss format event.

A huge thanks to all the players and the Willoughby Park Bowling Club who delivered a fantastic venue.

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Random Pix

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Johnny Ball defends against Eliot Kennedy

Johnny Ball defends against Eliot Kennedy

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Streaming master screen

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Daniele and Enzo

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Frank and Gabriel

Frank and Gabriel

Steve v Daniele

Steve v Daniele

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Melbourne lads

Melbourne lads

Frank Corrazin (WSS)

Frank Corrazin (WSS)

Katelyn and Imojjen

Katelyn and Imojjen

Steve Diasinos

Steve Diasinos

Paul Magee

Paul Magee

Torben and Adrian

Torben and Adrian

Essential: early morning coffee cart

Essential: early morning coffee cart

Torben v Imojjen

Torben v Imojjen

Adrian Elmer, Eliot Kennedy, Neil Brener and Imojjen Elmer

Adrian Elmer, Eliot Kennedy, Neil Brener and Imojjen Elmer

Geoff Sirmai and Imojjen Elmer

Geoff Sirmai and Imojjen Elmer

Adrian Elmer and John Palamara

Adrian Elmer and John Palamara

Basic carry case!

Basic carry case!

Hipfingerz: Geoff and Greg

Hipfingerz: Geoff and Greg

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Katelyn and Gabriel

Katelyn and Gabriel

Adrian and Benji

Adrian and Benji

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Latest FISTF and CASTFA rankings

The FISTF rankings have been updated, although there have been no events during April.
Nevertheless, there have been some small changes.
This is because when compiling results and rankings of any one month, points from the  previous 12 months are counted in full, points from between 12- and 24-months prior are halved and points from more than 24 months prior are removed.
Enjoy and stay safe.

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Father and son double act as Lims top Open and U19 in Asia

Singapore Lions’ Bernard Lim retained his top ranking in Asia in the latest FISTF rankings released overnight.

Antonio Carabillo refereeing Benny Ng v Bernard Lim during the Asian Cup 2019.

Antonio Carabillo refereeing Benny Ng v Bernard Lim during the Asian Cup 2019.

At the same time, his son Isaac, regained Asia’s top ranking in U19 for the first time since May of 2019, with Oli Kruse (Northern Falcons/AUS) dropping down to 2nd, his lowest place also since May 2019.

There was no change in the Vets, U15 or U12.

In the Women’s category, Japan’s Eiko Yoneda (Yokohama) moved to the top of the rankings for the first time, ahead of Kimi Wada (Yamato/JPN) and Beth Everleigh (Northern Phoenix/AUS).

In the team’s category, Singapore Lions continued their leapfrog with Northern Falcons, taking top rank, while Jurong moved back to 3rd place.

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Lim claims top spot in last Asian ranking for 2019

Singapore’s Bernard Lim claimed the top spot in Asia in the last ranking for the Open category in 2019.

Antonio Carabillo refereeing Benny Ng v Bernard Lim during the Asian Cup 2019.

Antonio Carabillo refereeing Benny Ng v Bernard Lim during the Asian Cup 2019.

It was the fist time the Singapore Lions player has ever led the CASTFA rankings.

He overtook Antonio Carabillo (HKG/Dragons), who led Asia for 8 months during 2019.

The Northern Falcons TFC kept their top slot in the teams category, while there were few changes elsewhere in the rankings.

We can expect some big moves after the Australian Grand Prix in February.

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Fab and Torben claim Falcons Christmas Doubles Cup

Lots of laughter, some outrageous goals, shots and genuine comradeship were features of the Northern Falcons Christmas Doubles Cup.
Sydney’s love affair with the doubles format stretches back to the early 70s when Don and Gary Hosie created the idea at the North Sydney Boys High School in their Subbuteo competitions.

Action from North Sydney Boys High 1978 Doubles

Action from North Sydney Boys High 1978 Doubles

Over the years, there have been some slight revisions to the rules, but in essence the format remains the same: two players control one team, with one player controlling the defence, the other the attack, and roles reversing at halftime.

1988 Doubles Action

1988 Doubles Action

It can sometimes be frustrating as the actual number of flicks is reduced, but it also allows for spectacular moves, with shots on the run from free-play, as well as set pieces.
The latest tournament had it all.
With 15 players, we have 7 pairs and Simon Cole volunteered to be the ‘lone wolf’ in the early round.

Christmas Cup Doubles competitors

Christmas Cup Doubles competitors

There were four ‘father/son’ pairs, which tested family ties, as “advice” was either ignored or rejected in classic “father-son fashion”!
As always, it took players some time to come to grips with the format, and goals were at a premium.
In group 1, Fab and Torben were held by Tony and Paolo, while Geoff and Eliot (whose friendship stretches all the way back to those early years of Subbo at NSBHS) scored the first goal of the night against Kostas and his son Dimitris.
Geoff and Eliot headed to the semis after their 1-0 win against the Credentinos, while Fab and Torben hit their straps, beating the Barbaris’ 2-0, then the NSBHS old boys 2-0.

Torben, Kostas, DImitris and Fab

Torben, Kostas, DImitris and Fab

Eliot and Geoff - long time friendship

Eliot and Geoff – long time friendship

In Group 2, Simon Cole, returning to play a
fter many months of sabbatical, showed he had not lost his touch, with some great moves and an excellent ‘cut’ shot to beat Steve and Louis. Jonty and Neil were held by Adrian and Stefanos, before Simon scored another 1-0 win against the Breners. The Dettres sweated on the result of Adrian and Stefanos against Simon, before scoring to beat the Breners and qualify for the semis.

Louis, Steve and Simon

Louis, Steve and Simon

In the semis, Simon was paired with Adrian Grunbach, and they performed well against a sterling effort from Eliot and Geoff, winning 1-0. In the other match, Fab and Torben were looking like a well oiled machine, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime, where they held on.

In the final, Fab and Torben came out on top, winning 1-0 to cap a great night.
Many thanks to the Falcons players for bringing food for the night, and to everyone for playing in such a great spirit, with laughter ringing out all night.

I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Results: Christmas Cup