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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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

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

Final:
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.

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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

Anas Rahamat maintains his lead in Asian Rankings

Anas Rahamat (SGP) has maintained his #1 ranking in Asia as we move into the final weeks of 2017, while Cedric Garnier (JPN) has edged into second place in the latest FISTF rankings.
The next events will hold great importance as final rankings before the Asian Cup determine group seeding in late January.
There was not much movement at the top of the table, with Singapore claiming 9 of the top 20, Australia 8, Japan 2 and Hong Kong 1.
Most movement happened inside the top 50, with Northern Phoenix’s Paul Mercer moving up 10 places, and Melboourne TFC’s Luke Radziminski rocketing up 18.
Western Flickers’ Adrian Connolly was the biggest mover, leaping 37 places to 69th, closely followed by clubmate Arjuna Hanafi who moved 22 places.
With two new players in the ranking, there are now 135 players in Asia in the FISTF rankings.
In the other rankings, it was pretty much the same as last rankings, which could lead to some intriguing groups in the Teams event in Melbourne.

Latest rankings for Asian players.

Open
FISTF Ranking main Aug Open 2017

Ladies
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – LadiesASIA

Teams
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – TeamsASIA

U19
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – U19ASIA

U15
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – U15ASIA

U12
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – U12ASIA

Veterans
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – Vets ASIA

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.

“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!

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.