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Latest FISTF and CASTFA rankings

There was little movement in the Asian rankings this month, with a few position changes due to previous points dropping out.

Antonio Carabillo (Dragons/HKG) maintained his #1 Ranking in Asia for the 8th straight month, while Den Mulia (Lions/SGP) might be looking over his shoulder as Vikas (Jurong/SGP) continues his move up the Veterans ranking.

Oliver Ollnow (Falcons/AUS) maintained his #1 rank in the U19, while Benjamin Ng (Flickers/AUS) resumed his #2 position.

There were no movements in the Women’s ranking, while in the Teams, the Northern Falcons jumped back to #1 in Asia.

One note: there is a growing number of players who have fallen off the rankings. We all need to make an effort to get these players back, registered and playing!!!






Vale Chris Scoles

The Australian table football community lost one of its own this month, when Brisbane Subbuteo Club’s Chris Scoles succumbed to cancer.
Brisbane’s Gareth Whalley updated us on Chris’ passing.
He was diagnosed in May, but he still battled on and took part in their August tournament.
“He was on about coming to September if we could get a reclining sunlounger for him to rest in during breaks, but he couldn’t come as he’d taken a turn for the worst,” said Gareth.
“‘My last contact with him was about a week and half ago,” Gareth said.
Chris passed away on Saturday, October 5.
The Australian community passes on its condolences to his wife Claire, kids Diamond, Xavier and Eden, and his stepkids Max and Lucy.
Chris was buried on Monday.
Vale Chris.
Keep on flicking.


Green remains top ranked Australian player in Asia; Ollnow in U19 and Northern Falcons claim #1 in teams

The latest FISTF rankings for Asia were a great success for the Northern Falcons, with Robert Green retaining his top ranking among Australian players in the Open category, Oli Ollnow staying #1 overall in the U19, and the club moving into top spot for the first time in Asia.

Antonio Carabillo retained Asian #1, with the only significant change being Cedric Garnier (JPN/Tokyo) moving back to 3rd place after the Japan GP.

Hideaki Wada (JPN/Yamato) rocketed 10 places. There were few changes elsewhere in the rankings, though Kazuki Okano (JPN/Yokohama) leapt an amazing 15 places into the top 10 in the U19 category.

Full Asian (and world rankings):






Carabillo retains top spot, but changes galore

Antonio Carabillo (Dragons/HKG)) retained his top ranking in Asia in the latest FISTF rankings, but there were a raft of changes in the top 40 players in the Asian Open rankings.

Antonio Carabillo retained top spot.

Antonio Carabillo retained top spot.

Asian Cup winner Rudy Hesty (Jurong/SGP) rocketed up 11 places to 3rd place, his highest ranking since December 2017, while Asian Cup finalist Bernard Lim (Lions/SGP) moved into 2nd place.
Benny NG (Western Flickers/SGP) moved up two places to 7th, while Fabrizio Coco (Sydney/AUS) moved up one place to 9th, but top ranked Aussie was still Rob Green (Northern Falcons/AUS) despite falling two spots to 8th.
Among the biggest movers were Tony Credentino (Sydney/AUS) who jumped 12 places to 24th, Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons/AUS) who leapt 25 places to 34th, Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons/AUS) rising 10 places to 35th, Benjamin Ng (Western Flickers/AUS) improving 13 places to 38th, Beth Eveleigh (Phoenix/AUS) up 17 to 45th, Enzo Fornano (Lions/SGP) 59 places to 47th.
Most significant falls were Tan Kok Wee (Lions/SGP) who fell 13 places to 26th, Noor Haikal (Jurong/SGP) down 10 places to 40th.
In the teams category, Singapore Lions retained their top rank on the back of their Asian Cup victory, while Sydney’s Northern Falcons leapt 3 places to 2nd after their semi-final performance in Singapore.
In the Veterans category, Den Mulia (Lions/SGP) entered the rankings as number 1, pushing Benny Ng (Western Flickers/SGP) down to 2nd. Ashley Tan (Lions/SGP) rose 5 places to 3rd, edging Robert Green (Northern Falcons/AUS) down to 4th.
Vikas Chandiramani (Jurong/SGP) was the biggest riser, moving up 11 places to 6th.
Paul Mercer (Phoenix/AUS) entered the rankings at 11th.
In the U19 ranking, Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons/AUS) leapt 3 places to top the ranking for the first time since August 2018.
Isaac Lim (Lions/SGP) fell two places, while Torben Pfister (Northern Falcons/AUS) jumped 4 places to 5th, and Bhavin Sham (Lions/SGP) entered the charts at 10th.
In the Women’s ranking, there were only two changes, with Eiko Yoneda (Yokohama/JPN) and Yuka Kato (Rockwells/JPN) falling a place each, and Charlotte Wright (Western Flickers/AUS) and Juliette Brown (Wester Flickers/AUS) rising one place.

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Fabrizio claims Falcons WASPA; Hermann, Oli and Hermine bid farewell!

Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco made the long trek north to the final farewell event for Hermann Kruse, Oli and Hermine Ollnow and recovered from a slow start to claim the Northern Falcons WASPA #5-2019.

With Hermann, Oli and Hermine due to fly back to Germany next Monday, a suitable send-off was staged, with Melbourne’s Paul Mercer flying up specially for the evening, and Johnny Ball delaying his drive back to Canberra to play.
Group one started sensationally, with Steve taking a 3-0 lead against Fabrizio before Fab pulled a late goal back. Fab then edged Western Sydney’s Adrian Elmer 1-0, before Adrian bowed out with a 2-0 loss to Steve.
Eliot Kennedy and Oli took top spots in Group 2, with Johnny Ball and Neil Brener pushing them hard.
In Group 3, Hermann and Paul dominated, but Jonty Brener pushed them all the way.
The Barrage matches saw Fab start hitting his form, eliminating Hermann 2-0, before Oli beat Paul 1-0 on shots.
Oli then kept his edge over Steve, scoring in the first three minutes and holding off persistent pressure in the second period, while Fabrizio scored 30 seconds from time to beat Eliot 2-1.
In the final, Fab was in full force and ran out a 2-0 winner.
Many thanks to all who attended, and to the Willoughby Park club.
We look forward to hearing of the exploits of Hermann, Oli and Hermine in Germany.

Full results:
WASPA #5 results 2019

ATFA signs sponsorship deal with CCIty Lawyers

The Australian Table Football Association and Sydney-based law firm CCity Lawyers have signed a sponsorship agreement for the benefit of all members.

The Principal of CCity Lawyers, Carlos Bielli, is a fantastic supporter of ATFA, table football and football in general. He hosts the football programme Football Planet on community radio 2RRR (also available online:, and has had several segments devoted to table football.


Carlos has offered a special deal for all members of ATFA.

CCIty Lawyers will process personal wills for $220 for a single person and $350 for a couple.

For each one of these, where the person mentions they were referred by ATFA, it will generate $50 back to ATFA.

If people want more complicated arrangements, such as Trusts etc, then the cost needs to be discussed with Carlos, but ATFA still gets a $50 donation.

To contact Carlos, please go to the website:

Many thanks to Carlos for this fantastic support.



Status quo remains in Asian rankings

The final jockeying for ranking in Asia ahead of the Asian Cup has finished, with no change in the top 8, and Benny Ng (SGP/Western Flickers), edging ahead of Fabrizio Coco (AUS/Sydney TFC) into 9th place.
Antonio Carabillo (HKG/Dragons) retains his top spot in the ranking, ahead of Anas Rahamat (SGP/Jurong), with Cedric Garnier (JPN/Tokyo) in third place.
With Cedric not slated to attend in Singapore, the top 10 for seedings is likely to be:
1. Antonio Carabillo (Hong Kong/SC Dragons Hong Kong)
2. Anas Rahamat (Singapore/Jurong Central SC)
3. Bernard Lim (Singapore/Singapore Lions SC)
4. Michael Choong (Singapore/Jurong Central SC)
5. Robert Green (Australia/Northern Falcons TFC)
6. Den Mulia Yusni (Singapore/Singapore Lions SC)
7. Benny Ng (Singapore/Western Flickers TFC)
8. Fabrizio Coco (Australia/Sydney TFC)
9. Tan Kok Wee (Singapore/Singapore Lions SC)
10. Rudy Hesty Roslan (Singapore/Jurong Central SC)

Antonio Carabillo

Antonio Carabillo

There was no change in the Team rankings, with Singapore Lions retaining their top spot ahead of Jurong going into the Asian Cup.

There was no change in the Veterans ranking as well, but this gives no guide for the Singapore event which will be an 8-player invitation only event.

In the U19 category, there will be a strong contingent of players heading to the Lion City, led by Asian #1 Isaac Lim (SGP/Lions), as well as new #2 Benjamin Ng (AUS/Western Flickers), Oliver Ollnow (AUS/Northern Falcons) and Torben Pfister (AUS/Northern Falcons).

In the Asian Women’s rankings, Beth Eveleigh reclaimed her #1 ranking as Kimi Wada dropped to second.

We can expect some big changes in the rankings after Singapore: hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a wild ride!

All the latest rankings:


Hermann claims classic AGFA Cup triump

Hermann Kruse won a sensational 20th Northern Falcons AGFA Cup, his first major event, and quite possibly his last in Australia as he and his family prepare to return to Germany.

Hermann took a tense final against Northern Falcons teammate Eliot Kennedy 1-0 at the end of a fantastic day with 17 participants from all four Sydney clubs.
He was presented with the AGFA Cup by Willoughby Councillor Brendon Zhu, who was largely responsible for getting the Northern Falcons into the Willoughby Park Bowling Club as our new home. We should also thank Willoughby Park President Roger Womersley and Manager Marcus Creais for their ongoing support.

Hermann, Brendon Zhu, Steve

Hermann, Brendon Zhu, Steve

Hermann was also presented with a special commemorative plaque celebrating our late brother Harley Ullrich by Harley’s sister Zoe, in the presence of Harley’s family. The plaque was made by Kevin Grant and will be a permanent reminder to Hermann, Oli, Hermine, Hagen and Claudia of their links with the Northern Falcons family in Australia. They also received an album of signed ATFA player cards.


Zoe Ullrich presents the plaque to Hermann

Hagen, Hermann and Oli enjoy the player card folder.

Hagen, Hermann and Oli enjoy the player card folder.

The day was a celebration of all that is good with our game: a great tournament, great spirit, a fantastic BBQ, celebrations with friends and family, and some poignant reminders of our past.
As is customary with the AGFA, it was an open draw (not seeded), which threw up some challenging groups.
Additionally, the lightning 15-minute matches, and re-starts from a goalflick, not a flick-off, allowed for consistent action.
In group 1, the match between Johnny Ball and Steve Dettre was a rematch of the very first AGFA Cup final in 1977, with Steve coming out on top 2-0. There were a few twists and turns in the group, with Adrian beating Steve, then in the final matches it was the stubborn resistance from Johhny Ball that was Adrian’s undoing as he went out on goal difference

Paul Magee

Paul Magee

Jeremy Simpson

Jeremy Simpson

Adrian Grunach records his results

Adrian Grunach records his results

Johnny Ball

Johnny Ball

Neil and Tony

Neil and Tony

The surprise in group 2 was Neil’s second place after a 2-0 win over Catherine and a 0-0 draw with John, while Tony claimed top spot.
In group 3, Jonty surprised Adrian Grunbach with a 1-0 win, while Torben held Oli 0-0, then drew with Jonty to give himself a good chance of qualifying, but fell 4-0 to Adrian as they both went out.

Jonty and Adrian G

Jonty and Adrian G

Group 4 was the five player ‘Group of death’, which started explosively as Raffael beat Eliot 4-1, before Paul Magee beat Jeremy Simpson. Fabrizio Coco and Raff played out a typical derby 0-0, then Fab had the second of his 3 0-0 draws against Paul. In the last match, Eliot held on to edge out Fab into second place.

The quarterfinals were played before a growing crowd at the Willoughby Park club, as patrons and visitors became absorbed in the action.
Herman despatched Jonty 2-0, while Raff was in devastating form to beat Neil 5-0, and Eliot overcame Tony 2-0, before it took a dramatic shootout for Oli to beat Steve 4-3.
The semis were equally tight, with both finishing 1-0, before the dramatic final.

A final thanks to Zoe and the Ullrich family for attending the whole afternoon and especially for running the BBQ.

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Zoe was also called on to present the Northern Falcons League Trophy, made from the beloved West Ham team of Harley. The trophy, now known as the Harley Ullrich Memorial Trophy, was presented to Eliot Kennedy, winner of the 2017 title. The current campaign is still under way.

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Full results:
AGFA XX May 2019

Changes at the top in latest Asian Rankings

Hong Kong’s Antonio Carabillo moved to #1 in Asia in the latest rankings, leapfrogging Singapore’s Anas Rahamat.
There were two other changes in the top 10 — with Robert Green taking the top Aussie ranking for the first time, and Fabrizio Coco edging past Benny Ng.
In the Veterans category, Benny Ng claimed top spot, knocking off Greenie for the first time since February 2018.