Building upon yesterday’s announcement of Table Football being showcased at select Melbourne City games this season, we are pleased to announce that the Brisbane Subbuteo Club has confirmed a similar arrangement to showcase Table Football as part of pre-game activities at Brisbane Roar A League home games this season! More details will be provided in the lead up to their first home game. If you are in Brisbane, be sure to go along and join in the fun!
Altona Cup 2018
The largest and longest running Western Flickers’ event went back to its roots this year at the Laverton Bowls Club as part of the Altona Board Gaming Festival organised by Western Flickers’ own Adam Deverell.
Eight players players contested this years’ event. Western Flickers outgoing President and current WASPA World No. 2 Benny Ng was the top seed and hoped to take out his first Altona Cup. Current FISTF Asian champion Carl Young’s lack of WASPA action meant he was unseeded for his favourite event on the WASPA calendar. The second see was Luke Radziminski who has been in the rise in 2018.
Luke drew Carl, Beth and Kevin in his group; whilst Benny drew his bogey man Adam Deverell, Adrian Connolly and Fauzi Rahman.
The drama began early in the opening round. Luke went to a 2-0 lead over Carl, before the clash ended 2-2. These would be Carl’s last goals conceded on the day. Meanwhile, Kevin beat Beth to top the group at this early stage! The shot of the group table is now framed proudly in Kevin’s shed!
In the other group, Benny easily accounted for newcomer Fauzi. Adam Deverell scored a great counter attacking goal on the run to take a 1–0 lead against Adrian before Adrian’s pressure told in the second half. Adrian could not convert more chances and would later rue this with the game ending 1-1.
Kevin then took a shock 1-0 lead into half time against Luke before Luke turned the game around to win 2-1. Carl accounted for Beth 4-0 as he started to blow off the cobwebs.
In the other group Adrian easily accounted for Fauzi, but Benny again couldn’t defeat Adam with a scoreless draw ensuing.
In the final group games, Carl took top spot of Group 2 on goal difference from Luke after another 4-0 win, this time over Kevin. Benny took top spot in Group 1 with a narrow 1-0 win over Adrian, whilst Fauzi will have been round to have got his first goal of the tournament in his 1-3 loss to Adam.
The semi finals pitted Benny against Luke, with Adam against Carl. Adam continued his strong defensive work and great goalkeeping to go into half time 0-0 before ultimately succumbing 0-3.
Meanwhile there was even more drama in the other semi. A tense game finished 2-2, before Benny took the game with a goal in sudden death extra time.
The final the saw two players who’s performances on the day had some symmetry. Both progressed top of their groups with u points and had showed defensive strength to have only conceded in one game, identical 2-2 draws with Luke. A tight and tense final ensued with Carl on the attack most of the game, but Benny also having some great opportunities on the counter attack.
The game finished scoreless in normal time and it looked set to go to penalties before Carl grabbed the golden goal with less than 2 minutes on the clock in extra time.
Congratulations to Carl on the win. All those that competed appreciated seeing the Asian Champion back in competitive action. Whilst he may have been a little rusty, the performances of several others to push Carl during the event shows how far the game is progressing in Melbourne.
Thanks to all that competed and for Adam Deverell for organising the venue for the Altona Cup to keep it as one of the showpiece events of the Table Football calendar in Melbourne.
Today the Australian Table Football Association announced its calendar of events that will form part of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) World Tour.
From Sydney to Perth, action will take place all over the country as players compete for World Ranking points against interstate and overseas opponents.
The season will kick off with an International Open held in Melbourne on October 20-21, 2018 and will close in Fremantle with the Perth International Open to be played from July 12-14, 2019.
The new addition to this year’s calendar is the Canberra Satellite which will be the first FISTF event to be played in Canberra. Hosted by the Canberra Table Football Club, this event will take place on March 10, 2019, which is on the Canberra Day/Labour Day (VIC) long weekend.
The season’s biggest event is set to take place in Sydney with the 2019 Australian Grand Prix scheduled for January 18-20, 2019. The standard of play at this tournament is expected to reach a new high this season with talented overseas players set to travel down under to attempt to win Australia’s most prestigious tournament.
The Altona Cup Satellite will make a return this season (May 25, 2019) and Sydney TFC will again host a Satellite with their popular Christmas Cup event being now played for FISTF points (December 2, 2019).
All tournaments will have an Open category and where possible an U19 (Junior) and a Ladies category. The Melbourne International Open and Sydney Grand Prix will also feature FISTF Teams Events.
Registration for all of these tournaments is now open on the ATFA website with each event having a dedicated webpage.
We look forward to seeing many Australian and overseas players at these tournaments over the coming season.
Season 2018-19 Australian Calendar of FISTF Events
|Tournament Category||Dates||City||Host Club/s||Individuals||Teams||Tournament Webpage|
|International Open||October 20-21,2018||Melbourne||Northern Phoenix, Western Flickers||Y||Y|
|Satellite||December 2, 2018||Sydney||Sydney TFC||Y|
|Grand Prix||January 18-20, 2019||Sydney||Northern Falcons, Sydney TFC, Subbuteo Parramatta||Y||Y|
|Satellite||March 10, 2019||Canberra||Canberra TFC||Y|
|Satellite||May 25, 2019||Melbourne||Western Flickers||Y|
|International Open||July 26-28, 2019||Perth||Subbuteo Perth||Y|
The 2018/19 ATFA Committee was elected today at the 2018 ATFA Annual General Meeting held at Good Games Bella Vista, NSW.
Congratulations to the elected members and wishing you a successful year ahead.
2018/19 ATFA Committee
President: Adrian Connolly (Western Flickers TFC)
Vice-President: Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)
Secretary General: Steve Wright (Western Flickers TFC)
Treasurer: Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)
Communications Officer: Adrian Elmer (Western Sydney Subbuteo)
Board Advisors: Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix TFC), Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)
The final Australian event on the 2017-18 FISTF Calendar is set to be played this Saturday as players from across Australia and Singapore head west for the Perth International Open.
Held at the beautiful Fremantle Town Hall, competition is sure to be hot this year with Singapore’s Benny Ng and Tan Yew Loy headlining the international challengers for the title.
Local favourites include Western Flickers’ Steve Wright and Perth’s Ross McNulty and Alan Kimber who have been training hard to take victory on home soil.
The field is full of tournament experience with John Harty, Bev Bone and Chris Thorn having played recently at the Singapore Grand Prix, while Hugh Best returns from his appearance at the Japan Grand Prix last weekend.
As part of the football festivities, a football collectors fair will also be held on the day. More information about the collectors fair can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/175506096656388
The ATFA would like to wish all players good luck for the tournament and we hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend!
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”.
Entry for spectators is free and we encourage people of all ages to come down and watch. There are spare tables on hand for beginners to try out the game. For anyone interested in playing Subbuteo table football, this would be the perfect opportunity to come down and see what all the excitement is about.
Perth International Open
Saturday July 28
Fremantle Town Hall
8 William St, Fremantle WA 6160
Follow the action at: www.facebook.com/SubbuteoAustralia
5 Australians will compete across three Individual Categories on Saturday the 1st with two players (Robert Green and Fabrizio Coco) possessing previous World Cup Experience.
On Sunday the 2nd Australia will compete in the teams event for the first time since the 1994 World Cup with Robert Green captaining the team.
Preparations for the tournament are well underway with the players training hard in their respective states in the lead-up to the to tournament. The team will assemble in Gibraltar in the days prior to the tournament and will play an International Friendly against the USA to complete preparations on Thursday August 30.
The ATFA would like to wish all the players the very best of luck for the tournament and we look forward to updating you all with the teams progress as they prepare for and compete in the tournament.
Team Australia at the 2018 FISTF World Cup:
Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC)
Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC)
Paul Mercer (Northern Phoenix TFC)
Robert Green (Northern Falcons TFC)
Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)
Benji Batten, Fabrizio Coco, Paul Mercer, Robert Green (C), Hugh Best
Steve Dettre (Northern Falcons TFC)
Vincenzo Coco (Sydney TFC)
SUBBUTEO PERTH & JURONG CENTRAL SINGAPORE WASPA TOURNAMENT May 2018.
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
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.
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.
Sydney Satellite Report
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org who is responsible for running the competition.
SWEEPSTAKE ENTRANTS (Current as at 08/04/18):