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McNulty wins in Morley!

SUBBUTEO PERTH & JURONG CENTRAL SINGAPORE WASPA TOURNAMENT May 2018.

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Yet again for the 3rd year running we welcomed our mercurial Singaporean friend Irwan Iskandar for a night of WASPA flicking at Good Games in Morley on a cool drizzly Wednesday evening. In the round of games to determine final league placings before finals Ron Byrne took on Irwan Iskandar but couldnt hold him off and after a vaillant effort the Perth Evertonian lost out 2-0 in the end as the pressure mounted. Chris Thorn got off to a bad start in his game against Ross McNulty and was 4-0 down at the HT interval, the Wiley former club president and club founder was much improved in the second half though and got a goal back with minutes left to go and was basically much more solid and resilient in the whole of second half to his credit. Next up was the much anticipated clash and derby between the two Singaporeans in Marc Ryan and Irwan, we expected a tight game but Marc ran away with a 5-0 win making him yet again the favorite for this tournament as he has been for every Perth tournament played so far and with an unbeaten record in his 6mths or so at Subbuteo Perth to defend. Marc Ryan took on Rockey Ronny(Ron Bryne) and yet again was defenceless as Marc went on to hit him for 6 without reply but again not a bad result given the quality of Subbuteo he dishes out for fun. Chris Thorn played Irwan Iskandar and the Singaporean proved to difficult to handle rasping in 3 stunning strikes to leave the Morangup boy with much food for thought. Hugh Best was next up and after a routine 3 nil defeat to the imperious Marc Ryan he took on Ross McNulty on the dodgy pitch of slant(as we called it) and after breaking away through the middle approaching HT Hughey poked home what proved to be his first win in nearly 3yrs against his friend and arch rival, again McNulty was quick to hug and congratulate his team mate and the onlooking referee Chris Thorn lauded the moment for what is was although Hughey to this day is still insistent that pitch was awful, but like I said both players are disadvantaged generally so no excuses on my part whatsoever in what was beginning to turn into a very interesting night results wise. Due to the pitch problems we had and our inability to fix up the problems we only had the one pitch so we were forced into 8 fixtures being classified as draws as the night wore on so final standings before finals read:

..P. W. D. L. F. A. PTS.

1/Marc Ryan. 5. 3. 3. 0. 16. 2. 11
2/Irwan. 5. 2. 2. 1. 8. 8. 8
3/McNulty. 5. 1. 3. 1. 6. 4. 6
4/Best. 5. 1 3. 1 4. 6. 4
4/Thorne. 5. 0. 3. 2. 3. 9. 3
5/Byrne. 5. 0. 3. 2. 2. 10. 3

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SEMI FINALS:

Marc Ryan took on Hugh Best in the first Semi Final and yet again produced a masterclass as he ran Best ragged with relentless incision and at half time took in a 3-0 lead, Best gathers himself in the second half and had a few breaks of his own but Marc stepped up and converted two more goals to send a clear message to the other waiting Semi finalists in the following game. McNulty took on Iskandar and theres never been any shortage of goals between these two as they simply do not park the bus when they meet they go toe for toe and blow for blow, after a good start from Iskandar McNulty began to ease into the game an created a few chances but back came Iskandar who fashioned a few half chances himself before heading into the break at 0-0. The second half again was tit for tat but ultimately midway through a quick break caught Iskander with barely any defensive numbers and a shot low clipped in off the right hand post and put McNulty in form control. Iskandar waged a desperate attempt to salvage a draw and poured forward in numbers but McNulty held firm to reach the final.

FINAL:

Marc Ryan started well and clipped an unstoppable shot off the underside of the crossbar and back onto the other post and although clearly making all the initial running McNulty began to find a few breaks of his own and midway through a slick dash down the left involving 3 players led to a missflick defensive block from Ryan that allowed McNulty to crash home off the post a lead nobody could really see coming. Ryan began to react naturally and again went close on 2 more occasions before the half time bleep saved McNulty from going in all square. As the second began it was much of the same McNulty defending deep and concentration levels to the extreme needed. As Ryan became more desperate and Mcnultys Tcha Keeper repelled shot after shot there was optimism for McNulty as he broke quickly on 2 more occasions and one chance rebounded back off the post, as the final whistle drew near Ryan threw everything but simply could not breach Mcnultys rearguard and a 1-0 unlikely first win and defeat was dished out to our Singaporean Perth based brother Marc Ryan in what turned out to be a rare tournament in which every player lost a game.

FINAL STANDINGS:

1/Ross McNulty
2/Marc Ryan
3/Irwan Iskandar
4/Hugh Best
5/Chris Thorn
6/Ron Byrne

2018 FISTF Satellite of Sydney Report

Sydney Satellite Report
29.04.2018

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Report written by Luke Radziminski from the Melbourne Table Football Club:

3am is not your typical wake-up time to travel to a Table Football tournament. But so it was for this tournament, where I undertook the unorthodox journey of pulling a one day trip to and from Sydney to play in the FISTF Satellite in Leichhardt.

4 hours of sleep and functioning for the entire day may be my new record. Sleep deprived and worried I might develop some sort of sleep-onset insomnia through a vicious reconfiguration of my body clock, I managed to drag myself into the car and begin the trip to the Sydney which involved three car legs and a 6:45 am flight.

By 9:30, all of the mornings travels were quickly forgotten as play commenced on the extremepitches at the Associazione Napoletana in Leichhardt. The Open category consisted of 20 entrants- a record for an Australian Satellite event, which included travelling players from Melbourne (2), Perth (1), Canberra (2) and Singapore (1). In addition 5 Juniors contested the U19 Event.

Play underway in Leichhardt

Play underway in Leichhardt

Open Category

Commiserations to Benji who was runner up in the final after narrowly scraping through first place in his group and having to go head to head with the likes of Jonty Brener and Fabrizio Coco in the knockout stage. His match against Fabrizio was a fierce battle where blood was literally shed (albeit just a minor finger cut from Benji). A goal from Benji in the 1st minute of the game was enough as he progressed with a 1-0 win.

Eliot Kennedy of the Northern Flacons came out as the victor after being placed in a ‘group of death’ and battled through the quarters and semis against the likes of Vikas (Singapore) and Raffaele of Sydney TFC. The final against Benji was a tight affair with the scored locked at 1-1 at the break, however two clinical finishes in the second half saw Eliot win his first ever FISTF tournament.

The Open Finalists

The Open Finalists

U19 Category

Gabriel Lombardi of Sydney TFC took out the junior title defeating Jonas Hahn 1-0 in the final in sudden death extra-time. Gabriel won all four of his group games and held his nerve in the tense final to win his first FISTF title.

Gabriel takes on Jonas in the U19 Tournament

Gabriel takes on Jonas in the U19 Tournament

Consolation WASPA Tournament

The Consolation WASPA tournament was designed for those players who did not make it out of the group stage. Even though I had not lost a game in the group stage, literally pulling off a 2010 New Zealand result by drawing all the games, including one against the eventual winner, I finished in third place which sent me to the WASPA tournament. I found myself up against Oliver Ollnow, a junior player of the Northern Falcons in the final. But to my surprise he employed a unique defensive play style and was well disciplined between each flick and decision, which threw me off completely as I have not come across his style of tactics before. Thus, I forced myself to exercise quick-fire shots through the gaps of his defensive line to score two goals as chances were rare. Oliver managed to pull one back on the quick counter but could not find a second goal and I managed to take a 2-1 victory.

The winners

The winners of all three categories with tournament organisers Fabrizio and Tony

Credit for the tournament organisation goes to Fabrizio Coco, Tony Credentino and the Sydney Table Football Club for organising the venue and running the fixtures throughout the day and of course the exceptional Neapolitan Hospitality provided.

We look forward to seeing you all at our final FISTF event for season 2017-18, the Perth International Open to be hosted on July 28-19, 2018. Check out the Facebook event here:  www.facebook.com/events/233484734059485/

 

ATFA World Cup Sweep

With the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia fast approaching, the ATFA is running a tournament sweepstake with the winner given $160 to donate to an Australian Table Football Club of their choice.

Sweepstake Rules

1.Entry into the competition is $5AUD and is to be paid into the ATFA bank account by Sunday June 10 11:59PM. There are 32 places available in the competition and these have all been filled. The entrant list is located at the bottom of this page.

ATFA Bank Details:

Account Name : Australian Table Football Association
Bank Name : National Australia Bank
Account Number : 980742375
BSB : 082088

In the Transaction Description please enter: [Initial Surname] WCS e.g. ‘JSmithWCS’

2. Each entrant will be randomly allocated a team participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The draw for which entrant will be allocated which country will take place on Saturday April 14 at the Victorian Table Football Championship and will be streamed live on facebook.

3. The Winner of the competition will be the entrant whose allocated country wins the FIFA World Cup Tournament (Final to be played on 15 July).

4. The Prize for the winner of the competition is to choose which Australian Table Football Club will receive a donation of $160 from the ATFA. The Prize money will be transferred by ATFA to the main organiser of the respective club. Note: an ‘ATFA Club’ is defined as a club which has at least one current ATFA member belonging to it.

Current ATFA Clubs are:

  • Brisbane Subbuteo Club
  • Canberra Table Football Club
  • Hipfingerz Subbuteo Club
  • Hobart TFC
  • Illawarra TFC
  • Melbourne TFC
  • Northern Falcons TFC
  • Northern Phoenix TFC
  • Subbuteo Parramatta
  • Subbuteo Perth
  • Sydney TFC
  • Western Flickers TFC

If you have any questions about the sweepstake, please contact Kevin Grant at kevingrantcarpentry@gmail.com who is responsible for running the competition.

SWEEPSTAKE ENTRANTS (Current as at 08/04/18):

1 A.Connolly
2 A.Elmer
3 A.Grunbach
4 A.Hanafi
5 B.Batten
6 B.Ng
7 B.Eveleigh
8 B.Wright
9 C.Young
10 C.Wright
11 C.Garagounis
12 D.Grenot
13 E.Kennedy
14 F.Coco
15 H.Kruse
16 H.Best
17 J.Brener
18 J.Littlewood
19 K.Grant
20 L.Radziminski
21 M.Chapman
22 N.Brener
23 O.Ollnow
24 P.Brooks
25 P.Done
26 R.Wilson
27 R.McNulty
28 R.Farrall
29 S.Briffa
30 S.Dettre
31 S.Wright
32 Y.Dzelalija

 

 

Asian Cup 2018 Tournament Report

By Luke Radziminski

It took the organising committee months of preparation and 5 full days of labour work, but it was all worth it as Australia’s biggest ever Table Football Tournament was staged successfully last weekend in Melbourne.

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A True Asian Cup

The 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football was the 4th edition of the region’s premier tournament where players from the CASTFA (Confederation of Asian Sports Table Football Associations) nations descended on Melbourne to be crowned Asia’s best player, club and nation respectively.

First held in 2015, the tournament has since travelled to Singapore in 2016 and Japan in 2017, but returned to Melbourne this year with the added benefit of being classified as a FISTF ‘continental championship’. This meant the tournament was only available to players who are members of CASTFA nations and allowed for a true ‘Asian Cup’ to be played.

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The Buildup

Warm ups and player meet and greet commenced on Wednesday the 17th of January at our venue – Lakeside Futsal, home to South Melbourne Football Club which is inside their footballing venue, Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. Antonio Carabillo and Herman Kruse from Sydney, with son Oliver arrived on the night to have warm up games and had the added benefit of being able to check out the soccer stadium which was hosting a pre-season friendly that night.

Benny of Singapore takes on Antonio from Hong Kong in a pre-tournament friendly

Benny of Singapore takes on Antonio from Hong Kong in a pre-tournament friendly

Thursday the 18th saw a WASPA tournament as a warm up session to the weekend. The tournament was held in the Swiss format with Open and Junior categories. There was a great turnout of eager players, with 18 in the Open and 6 juniors. Four rounds were played in each competition, with two later arrivals joining in after round one of the Open category. From the offset the large contingent of travelling players from overseas and interstate impressed the locals, dominating the top half of the table. However, in somewhat of an upset it was Melbourne’s own Luke Radziminski who took out the event after a series of impressive results. The next seven spots were somewhat more predictable, with all spots taken up by players seeded for Saturday’s Open event based on their FISTF world rankings.

The players eagerly await the start of the Thursday Night WASPA

The players eagerly await the start of the Thursday Night WASPA

In the junior category it was Oliver Ollnow who came out on top of proceedings. He was the only player undefeated, and finished with an impressive 10 goals from his 4 games to build his confidence going into the weekend. Torban Pfister took out second place on goal difference from Gabriel Lombardi. The Wright siblings, Billy and Charlotte were close behind with young Taylor Lombardi having some fun too making up the field.

Melbourne's Luke Radziminski was a shock winner in the Thursday Night WASPA

Melbourne’s Luke Radziminski was a shock winner in the Thursday Night WASPA

Friday the 19th saw the bulk of the players arrive at the venue to play friendly matches before everyone enjoyed the opening ceremony and tournament draw at the 1959 Bar and Grill.

Players enjoying dinner at the Opening Ceremony

Players enjoying dinner at the Opening Ceremony

64 Players battle it out across 3 Individual Categories

Saturday the 20th of January commenced at 8:30am with group games of both the Open Category and Juniors, followed by the women’s category. It was a test of mental strength and fatigue management as the whole Saturday tournament was scheduled to finish just after 6pm. The group games (of 4 players in each) were constructed for the top 2 to go through and the bottom two to qualify for a straight knockout WASPA tournament as consolation. The first half of the qualified players go straight into the round of 16, while the second half, due to the uneven amount of player entry, were qualified into the barrage rounds in order to reach the last 16.

Action in the Individual Event

Action in the Individual Event

The U19 Category had an impressive 16 entrants and it was Oliver Ollnow of the Northern Falcons who took the win, defeating Alex Briffa of the Western Flickers 4-0 in the Final.

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Kimi Wada of Japan won the ladies category title defeating Beth Eveleigh of the Northern Phoenix in the final via a penalty shootout after the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Players in the Ladies Category

Players in the Ladies Category

The consolation plate WASPA tournament for players eliminated in the group stage was won by Benny Ng who took a 3-1 win over Adrian Elmer in the final who flew from Parramatta.

Benny Ng won the Plate Title

Benny Ng won the Plate Title

The tournament itself has set the bar for future events as the Melbourne committee were able to work with South Melbourne’s media team to live stream the finals from all categories and provide commentary and both days. With table football being in such a small market it achieved to reach over 10,000 viewers in the Open Grand Final as they witnessed Carl Young of Melbourne take out the title with a score line 2-0 over Antonio Carabillo of Hong Kong. These live streams can be replayed on Subbuteo Australia’s Facebook page and can be found on Youtube as well.

Historic Juniors Event

On the Sunday we were able to stage the first Junior teams competition to be played in Australia. Western Flickers TFC were the winners after securing a draw with the Northern Falcons thanks to a last minute goal from Harrison Briffa.

Junior Champions: Western Flickers TFC

Junior Champions: Western Flickers TFC

Melbourne TFC become Champions of Asia

3 years ago, Melbourne TFC were defeated in the first ever Asian Cup Teams Final, but this time the boys in Red were able to take the title on home soil.

The team event final saw Melbourne TFC go up against Sydney TFC in the final, a repeat from the first round in the group stages where MTFC won 3-1. The second time round, the fixtures between the four games were shuffled except for Carl Young v Daniel Lombard however this did not play out in Sydney’s advantage and after extremely tight games across three of the four games, MTFC came out the victors 3-0.

The final results were:

Melbourne Table Football Club 3-0 Sydney Table Football Club

Carl Young 1-0 Daniel Lombard

Benji Batten 0-0 Fabrizio Coco

Luke Radziminski 2-1 Raffaele Lombard

Peter Thomas 7-1 Tony Credentino

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Heartbreak for Australia as Singapore claim historic four-peat

The main event of Sunday evening saw Australia play against Singapore in a title decider for the international Asian Cup fixture after both nations comfortably defeated Japan 4-0 each. The fatigue was evidently shown in all 8 players when it came down to their final match of the event as the games were very tightly played, some had rare opportunities at goal and others struggled to shoot on target. Anas Rahamat, Asian current number 1 player, took a shock lead over the more experienced Peter Thomas in the first half, and held on to the one goal margin until full time. Robert Green of Australia managed to defeat Bernard Lim 2-1 and Rudy Hesty of Singapore managed to edge Raffaele Lombard 2-1 as well.

Australia takes on Japan

Australia takes on Japan

In the fourth game Carl Young was leading 1-0 however Den Mulia managed to score ‘that goal’ as others have dubbed it, equalising late in the second half which ultimately swung in favour of Singapore and the overall score ended 2-1. Singapore were crowned the champions of Asia for the fourth consecutive year.

Singapore: Asian Cup winners for the 4th time in a row

Singapore: Asian Cup winners for the 4th time in a row

Australia 1-2 Singapore

Peter Thomas 0-1 Anas Rahamat

Carl Young 1-1 Den Mulia Yusni

Raffaele Lombardi 1-2 Rudy Hesty Roslan

Robert Green 2-1 Bernard Lim

A truly memorable weekend

As the tournament had come to a close, I, Luke Radziminski, President of Melbourne Table Football Club, would like to extend my appreciation to all the players that have travelled the borders and to those who have come from Singapore and Japan. As we all know there is no prize money involved in this small game and we all have given up our weekends to participate purely for the experience of Subbuteo that is set to the highest standard and the comradery involved in this tight knit community.

I would also like to thank the Victorian Table Football Organising Committee for their contributions to making such a special and memorable event: Adam Deverell, Adrian Connolly, Anthony Madiona, Arjuna Hanafi, Ben Batten, Benny Ng, Beth Eveleigh, Christos Garagounis, Paul Mercer, Simon Briffa, Steve Wright. In addition I would like to thank Skip and George from South Melbourne Football Club who allowed us to use their exceptional venue and provided exceptional support in staging this world class event.

Special Mention goes to Kevin Grant who exercised his carpentry profession to an outstanding level of professionalism and commitment into providing high quality playing boards and polishing desks for all players to use at the tournament and the time, patience and sacrifice, alongside Arjuna, into transporting 20 Boards to and from the venue over the week.

Melbourne TFC and Western Flickers TFC would like to thank all players who came to Melbourne for the tournament. We look forward to seeing you all at the various events around Australia in 2018 and at the 2019 Asian Cup in Singapore.

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Results of Individual events:
Results of Individuals tournaments

Results of Teams events (Club, Junior Club, National)

Teams

Landmark Video Coverage for the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football

This weekend, Asia’s biggest Table Football tournament is taking place in Melbourne, Australia with 65 players set to compete over 3 individual categories in addition to Club and National team matches.

The event is part of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) world tour and holds the status of a ‘continental championship’ which offers the highest ranking points outside of the World Cup.

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This event is set to take the organisation of Table Football events to another level and its media coverage will be no different. For the first time, matches will be professionally live streamed through facebook live on the Subbuteo Australia facebook page.

Live video will commence on Friday Night with the Tournament draw taking place at 9:30PM AEDT.

Match streaming will begin at approximately 10am each day and will cover a feature match each session building up to the final matches on each day which will feature live commentary from the venue in addition to a scoreboard and time clock.

The Tournament Venue

The Tournament Venue

In addition to live streaming, you can follow all the results through this link: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=8F15AFC973B4AB3C!105&ithint=file%2cxlsx&app=Excel&authkey=!AOJYjqZb_MuVU7Y

The document will be updated as results are entered so you can keep up to date with the action as it happens!

MATCH SCHEDULE FOR STREAMING

All matches streamed live at: www.facebook.com/SubbuteoAustralia

All times in AEDT

Friday 19 January

9:30pm: Tournament Draw

Saturday 20 January

10:00am onwards: select matches

4:15pm: U19 and Ladies Final

7:15pm: Open Final

Sunday 21 January

10:00am onwards: select matches

2:15pm: Club Teams Final

3:30pm: Japan vs Australia

4:30pm: Singapore vs Japan

5:30pm: Australia vs Singapore

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