A small but quality field of players assembled at the Louis Joel Art & Community Centre in Altona Beach for the return of FISTF events to Victoria for the first time since the 2020 Australian Grand Prix held just prior to the beginning of the pandemic reaching Australian shores.
The first round of games set the scene for the day with a series of close games. Adrian Connolly held Eliot Kennedy and Nathan Urbaniak almost pulled off an upset against Luke Radziminski, leading 1-0 at half time before the result also finished all square. In the other group, Chris Bowen came back from a goal down to defeat Benji Batten 2-1 in what would be a crucial result in Group A. Peter Thomas scored a goal late in the first half against Beth Eveleigh to take the pressure of before hitting his stride ominously in the second half to win 4-0.
The second round of games saw Luke and Eliot take a box seat for a place in the semis. Eliot defeated Nathan 4-0 and Luke defeated Adrian 3-0 after Adrian hit the self-destruct button in the first half with a remarkable own goal! Peter Thomas locked in top spot in Group A with a 2-0 win over Chris Bowen, a result that would be repeated later in the final, whilst Beth pushed Benji all the way before eventually going down 0-1 to a late winner.
In the final round of group games, Peter stormed home with a 5-0 win over Benji who by know was cursing his luck in the group of death! Chris Bowen cemented his spot in the semis with a 2-0 win over Beth. In the other Group, Luke gave Adrian and Nathan some hope by going to a commanding 3-0 lead at half time against Eliot. However, despite peppering Nathan’s goal Adrian could find the back of the net.
The semis pitted Peter against Eliot, and Chris against Luke. Peter’s attacking prowess and amazing shooting proved the difference against Eliot, progressing to the final with a 3-0. Luke took Chris to extra time with a late equaliser, before succumbing to a golden goal winner.
The final saw Peter continue his impressive form, beating Chris 2-0 to take out the title without conceding a goal whilst also scoring tournament high of 16. Chris’ friendly manner and high quality play was a welcome addition to the Melbourne table football scene. We hope to see more of him now that he has moved here from England.
In the WASPA Consolation Plate event, the semis saw Adrian defeat Beth 2-0 and Benji defeat Nathan 2-1. In the final, Adrian took a 1-0 lead on the counter attack and almost held on for the win before Benji got a deserved equaliser with 30 seconds to play. In a dramatic penalty shootout, Adrian eventually became the victor 3-2 in sudden death shots.
The AGM for ATFA was held on Sunday 21st November 2021. Please find attached meeting minutes and final financial position report for the 20/21 financial year. These will also be shared directly to our members. Thank you to Paul Mercer for his support of Eliot Kennedy in finalising our financial report.
We are pleased to confirm that the incoming ATFA committee is as follows:
President: Adrian Connolly
Secretary: Steve Wright
Treasurer: Eliot Kennedy
Ordinary Committee Members: Adrian Elmer, Giuseppe Tardiota, Hugh Best and Luke Radziminski
The Vice President role is presently a casual vacancy. The Committee may choose to appoint a member to this role, but this may only be filled by one of the committee members as there is a maximum of 7 committee members as per the ATFA Constitution. The President cannot also fill the role of VP.
The committee, as it’s first action, agreed at the AGM that fees will again be waived for 2022 due to the financial position of ATFA and COVID restrictions impacting certainty of events. The membership status of each contact will be further communicated directly to members and those players who have been members in the past or indicated an interest.
As previously advertised, voting for the 4 contested Ordinary Committee Members will occur: 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021. The form is below for submitting your votes.
Under the constitution there can be at least 3 ordinary committee members, and the total number of committee members is to be 7. As we have had 8 nominations, we will need to hold an election to determine the 4 remaining committee members from the 5 ordinary committee member nominations.
The incoming committee will take effect from the official appointment at the AGM from 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021. This will again be held virtually via a Messenger video call.
Nominations for the ATFA Committee for 2022 have now closed. The nominations received were:
President – Adrian Connolly
Treasurer – Eliot Kennedy
Secretary – Steve Wright
Ordinary Committee Member – Adrian Elmer
Ordinary Committee Member – Hugh Best
Ordinary Committee Member – Luke Radziminski
Ordinary Committee Member – Geoff Sirmai
Ordinary Committee Member – Giuseppe Tardiota
No elections are required to determine the three roles of office bearers for which there were nominations (President, Treasurer and Secretary), as they are unopposed. Thank you to Adrian, Steve and Eliot for accepting nominations to continue in these important roles. The role of Vice President will be a casual vacancy. Under the constitution, the committee may appoint a member of the association to fill the vacancy once the new committee is in place at the AGM.
Under the constitution there can be at least 3 ordinary committee members, and the total number of committee members is to be 7. As we have had 8 nominations, we will need to hold an election to determine the 4 remaining committee members from the 5 ordinary committee member nominations. As previously advertised, voting will occur: 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021. Details will follow soon.
The incoming committee will take effect from the official appointment at the AGM from 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021. This will again be held virtually via a Messenger video call. Please contact our President Adrian Connolly via a private message, or post below if you’d like to attend – we will then add you to the group for the AGM video call. From the 4 elected ordinary committee members, once the new committee is in place at the AGM, the committee may appoint an ordinary member as Vice President; the Treasurer or Secretary may hold two roles; or the position may remain a casual vacancy. This will be discussed at the AGM.
At 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021, ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting. All ATFA members are invited to participate – a video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2022 season.
To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee. As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee. Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.
If you are an ATFA member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details in the google form at the bottom of the page. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.
Note that as per earlier announcements membership for the 2021 season were free due to the impacts of COVID-19 during 2020 and 2021. All Members of the 2020 season were automatically rolled over as Members for the 2021 season.
The Committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.
Nominations close: 11:59pm AEDT, Sunday October 24, 2021
Voting : 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021
President : oversees the Committee. In conjunction with the Committee, the President sets dates for, and convenes Committee meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Committee meetings.
current member – Adrian Connolly
Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.
current member – Giuseppe Tardiota
Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Committee and ATFA Membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.
current member – Eliot Kennedy
Secretary General : is responsible for: supplying all documentation required by FISTF in regards to ATFA club and player memberships; FISTF tournament registrations and results or any other necessary documents; keep minutes of all committee or general meetings.
current member – Steve Wright
Ordinary Committee Members
Committee Advisor (Communications Officer) : is responsible for communications to the Australian Subbuteo community, including: the upkeep and co-ordination of the ATFA website; the ATFA calendar; the ATFA mailing list.
current member – Adrian Elmer
Committee Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.
current members – Hugh Best, Luke Radziminski
All Committee Members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Committee. It is expected that all Committee Members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Committee membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.
This year was unprecedented – a season disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, to the best of our knowledge, no members of the Australia Table Football community contracted COVID-19. However, we were all affected in some way by the impacts it had on our lives and the way we lived them in 2020. I’d like to thank everyone for their compliance with restrictions and patience with returning to COVID safe competition. The health of our community should remain our top priority.
One of the rare highlights for the year in Australian Table Football was the 2020 Australian Grand Prix held in February at the magnificent Lakeside facilities associated with South Melbourne FC. It was fantastic to return to this location for a FISTF event for the first time since the 2018 Asian Cup.
With the FISTF season changed to a calendar year this simplifies some aspects of our communication and membership with ATFA. Membership will now align to a calendar year. Due to the disruption of 2019-20 season preventing competition for most of the year we are pleased to announce the 2021 memberships to ATFA will be free of charge. We hope this may also enable use to expand our reach into new and returning players. It is a credit to the ATFA Committees over the years that the organisation is able to be able to accommodate this.
2021 will no doubt continue to raise challenges as the world continues to battle the pandemic. Significant doubt remains at present regarding the hosting of the Asian Cup in Japan and the World Cup in Italy against the COVID-19 backdrop. Locally, Australia is making significant progress in managing the pandemic and there now appears to be a possibility to return to hosting FISTF events in Australia as domestic borders re-open and restrictions ease. We must all remain vigilant to the necessary controls and compliant to restrictions for the health and safety of competitors, their families and the wider community. I will continue to provide advice, when requested, to clubs and hosts of events, in developing COVID safe plan that they may require.
I look forward to seeing you all again, and returning to safe competitive action. But above all, stay safe and healthy – both physically and mentally.
STATEMENT: TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020
Next week the remaining states not already at Step 2 will be moving to this step of the Federal Governments’ 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia . Sport and recreation is one of the 10 elements of the Federal Government’s Framework, and states the following at Step 2:
- Up to 20 people allowed to participate in outdoor sports consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
- Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all indoor sports, including gyms
- Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person
Each State is implementing the 3 Steps in its own way and according to its own timeline depending on the State’s individual circumstances. For any club or individual wishing to organise an event, it is essential that local State government guidance and regulations be consulted in each State for exact requirements and timelines. For example, one additional requirement in Victoria is that “Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive”.
Community sport, such as Table Football, is considered in Step 3 of the 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia as follows:
- Community sport expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.
The AIS Framework gives guidance on the measures required to return to community sport. A key requirement is to maintain social distancing of 1.5m wherever possible, even at Step 3. This is particularly problematic for Table Football. Combined with the activity being indoors (which is higher risk) and the duration of proximity in just one game typically exceeding the close contact definition of the Department of Health (15 minutes within 1.5m). This makes the return to competition Table Football challenging, at best.
ATFA is closely monitoring developments and the potential requirement for a COVID Safe Plan for Table Football with respect to operations under the control of ATFA. A COVID Safe Plan may be needed prior to the resumption of any ATFA affiliated events, i.e. events on the FISTF Calendar. The ATFA Committee are hopeful that work by the likes of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) may lead to the issue of a suitable COVID Safe Plan that covers a wide range of community sports and recreation such as ours. COMPPS seek to understand, advocate and educate for sport and sport related policy to provide the best policy landscape for Australian sport to thrive. Last Friday 22nd May, COMPPS issued a statement on the return to participation in community sports.
We appreciate some members may wish to receive more guidance from ATFA, but there is much to work through for the volunteers on the ATFA Committee. Most states are still developing requirements for the return to play for community sport and recreation. Examples are given below to illustrate the complexities faced by ATFA due to the variations across the nation. This is current as at Tuesday 26th May 2020 in this constantly evolving regulatory environment:
- On Monday 25th May, Victoria announced the requirement for State sport associations to develop and submit to an expert panel a COVID Return to Play Plan. VicSport has also released a Return to Sport checklist that associations and clubs can use that sets out a range of essential business and operational actions recommended to undertake when considering a return to sport. Victorian requirements for community sport and recreation include the need to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m wherever reasonably possible, that no indoor activity may occur, and indoor recreation facilities must remain closed. From June 22 sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive. The Victorian Government has stated that “indoor sports and those with physical contact will take longer to roll out, because of the significantly increased risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).”
- NSW requires sports to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people, indoor sporting activities are not permitted, and indoor community or recreation facilities cannot open (specifically calling out table tennis centres as prohibited from opening). Evidence of recent changes and exemptions appear to indicate the compliance to the 1.5m distancing as an ongoing requirement for all non-family members in NSW. Businesses such as gaming stores have been observed to be remaining closed to gaming, opening only for purchase of supplies.
- QLD has released some of the most comprehensive information on their Return to Play plan. This includes checklists and guides for sporting clubs and organisations. Presently in the state no indoor activity is permitted, except for pools (with restrictions to 10 people). Non-contact community sport is planned to commence on the 12th June provided there is 1.5 metres between people. Stage 3 is planned to commence from 10th July and maintains the stated requirement for 1.5 metres between people.
- Western Australia has eased restrictions to Phase 2 of the WA Roadmap. Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule apply to all activities Phase 2. The WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is yet to release updated information to supersede the fact sheet issued on the 7th May which had additional requirements relating to community sport and active recreation including implications for shared equipment, physical distancing, and even activities in private residences. They are yet to announce specific details of Phase 3 or 4 of the WA Roadmap. Businesses with somewhat comparable risk, such as Pot Black , remain closed due to COVID-19.
- Tasmania has announced the state’s Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania. The Plan refers to the Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) as the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania, although the Tasmanian Government states that there will be some instances where Tasmania’s approach varies from the AIS Framework. From June 15, indoor sport and recreation activities are planned to commence for up to 20 attendees, but there is no further guidance at this stage with respect to any additional requirements to support this such as physical distancing or elements of the AIS Framework.
Most ATFA members have participated in or organised social Table Football events in the community including club WASPAs prior to COVID-19 restrictions coming into effect. Such events are not under the operational control of ATFA, nor should they be viewed as being endorsed by or affiliated with ATFA. Strict penalties apply in each state for individuals found by local authorities to be in breach of the applicable state based COVID-19 regulations. If any such fines occur these will not be covered by ATFA or the ATFA Committee. Check for the current State COVID-19 restrictions for any applicable community sport and recreation activity.
Fundamental to the COVID-19 requirements, and the current restrictions on sport and recreation, is the protection of the health of the community. Please take care of your own health and help to minimise the spread to those most vulnerable in the wider community.
As has been widely communicated throughout the media, the coronavirus outbreak is now a global pandemic and the number of people affected is rising fast throughout the world, including Australia. Our thoughts are with you all and your families in what are almost unprecedented times. I wish those directly affected a full and speedy recovery.
I know you will all be watching how fast this situation is evolving and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information and the rate of change. I have attempted here to put together some key links to the primary sources of data of relevance to you all at work and home so that you can be informed with the right information to make decisions you may need to make for the health and safety of yourself, family and friends. This information can also be used if you are still considering holding any table football gatherings.
Many clubs are wisely cancelling planned gatherings until the situation improves, in line with what the likes of grassroots football has now implemented via FFA. At the request of the organisers, the Brisbane FISTF Satellite event planned for July has been cancelled. I fully support this decision. Whilst ATFA does not control club activity, particularly social or WASPA events, you must comply with ever evolving government-imposed restrictions on gatherings which the Prime Minister has now indicated may last for 6 months. Many ATFA members or their direct family are in higher risk categories given their age or compromised immunity systems. People can have the virus with little or no symptoms but transfer it to those at higher risk from the disease. Half a game of Table Football falls within the current health definition of close contact. With all this in mind, I personally strongly caution against any table football events being held at this point. Members of our community are establishing a solo league for those keen to continue some level of participation in the game. For details head to:
This is an extremely challenging time for all of us. It is a time to look out for each other. Be mindful of the mental health as well as physical effects on each other of the outbreak, and the potential to be distracted at work or on the road. Many people will also be undergoing significant financial hardship and the additional stress this creates. During this time you, your family or people you know may experience feelings of anxiety, distress and concern in relation to the COVID-19 www.beyondblue.org.au can provide support and advice, they can also help you identify other resources where you can get support.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert: Federal Government Information
The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The central resource to find out how the government are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms is found at www.health.gov.au. The government also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers on this site which is regularly updated as the situation and status of knowledge evolves.
You can find key information on topics such as:
- how to protect yourself and others;
- symptoms and when to get tested;
- who to contact if you are concerned; and
- additional advice for travellers, and health and aged care sectors.
Checklist for individuals and families
As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has a checklist to help you take steps to plan and protect the health of you and your family. This is available online and includes guidance on:
- Planning ahead to be ready
- Cleaning and disinfection recommendations
- Checklist to get your household ready
- What to do if you are sick
Football Federation Australia: COVID-19 response
The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has also made some announcements regarding the impact of COVID-19 on all levels of the code. To stay abreast of the latest announcements, check with your local club (if you are a member) or the FFA website:
Whilst ATFA is not part of FFA, many of our members or their families still are active participants in football at some level. FFA directive may also serve as useful guidance on whether to hold table football events for your local club.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Workplaces
The Safe Work Australia website is an excellent resource to help workplaces and has been updated with a specific page to advise businesses: