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Melbourne City fans try their hand at table football

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Victorian table football’s three clubs united to promote table football and support the Melbourne City FC pre-game entertainment prior to their A League clash with Newcastle Jets on Sunday 2nd December at AAMI Park.

There was a touch of “table football’s coming home”.  After all, it was through a fan forum for the then Melbourne Heart FC that current Melbourne Table Football Club (MTFC) President Luke Radziminski and former Australian Table Football Association President Benji Batten met.  These two players founded MTFC and then played a key role in getting table football back on track in the state.

It was a great opportunity to showcase table football to the thousands of football fans in attendance thanks to Melbourne City FC.  Many fans tried the game outside AAMI Park in City Square, both those new to table football and those that had seen or played the game before.  It was fantastic to see people of all ages, male and female, eager to play.   This is truly one of the great things about table football.

Inside the venue, table football was also available in the VIP corporate room of McDonald’s.  The McDonald’s workforce that were in attendance had fun trying their hand (or should that be finger!) at table football both pre-game and during half-time.  Dual AFL premiership player Leigh Colbert, present at the event, noted that his son was particularly keen on the game.  He was one of many bitten by the table football bug!

Hopefully this was the start of ongoing involvement between table football and Melbourne City FC.  With this on the back of similar activity held by Brisbane Subbuteo Club prior to a Brisbane Roar A League game, and the planned Perth Subbuteo Club’s involvement with Perth Glory pre-game, it is great to see involvement between table football clubs and Hyundai A League clubs.  Exciting times for Australian Table Football!298E4A09-6811-4D0E-B3E8-2A6CC4D35A19 39DE3797-6950-428A-BDFB-D698F2A40532 9B32FB06-A092-43AF-971B-CB82DE4D26EC 1D0C93A0-B71D-49D7-BF21-54A7B1A7921F ACF8746D-03B5-46A6-861E-6F225F47AE5F

Flicks In The Sticks #3

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In what has become a highlight of the Victorian Table Football calendar, the 3rd edition of the annual “Flicks in the Sticks” (FITS) WASPA was hosted by Kevin Grant at his property. The event drew its largest number of entries to date, highlighting that many players earmark this as one they must attend.

Nine Open and five Juniors competed. Both events were the traditional FITS round robin league format. This time with the number of players it was a lightning 1×20 min match format.

In the juniors it was again Charlotte Wright who was dominant and taking out back-to-back junior WASPA. Three wins from four games without conceding was an impressive set of results. Not far behind were Billy Wright and newcomer Liam Browne who showed his debut form at the Melbourne IO weekend was not fluke. Jayden Truter took out 4th after defeating debutant Sean Browne in the final game.

In the Open category, from the offset Benny Ng was again the player to beat.
Christos Garagounis took out the clash of the Club Presidents in the opening round with a tight 1-0, making Adrian Connolly pay for hitting the right upright on three occasions.
Tonly Madiona proved tough to beat, only losing to Adrian and Benny on the day. His draw with Christos allowed Adrian to climb to second leading into the final round of games where most ladder positions remained up for grabs.

With Adrian winning 6 in a row after his first round loss, his clash with Benny would determine the WASPA winner. Benny won the toss for the kick off and took an early lead. An open attacking game somehow ended with neither player adding to the scoreline for Benny to take the title.

Christos was held to a 2-2 draw by Benjamin in his final game to finish in 3rd place. Steve Wright took out 4th place with his final round victory over Beth Eveleigh. A further win behind was Tony Madiona on goal difference Kevin thanks to their 0-0 stalemate in the final round. It was a rare lean day of scoring for Kevin who usually is involved in several high scoring clashes. Junior competitor in the open category Benjamin Ng finished in 7th, ahead of Beth on goal difference by virtue of Benjamin’s strong final round performance against Christos. Juliette Browne finished 9th and did well to contain all players – there are no easy games in the Open category!

There was also a WASPA Teams category held with the results between three players from each of the two clubs counted for this (Benny, Adrian and Steve from Western Flickers and Christos, Kevin and Beth from Northern Pheonix). The Western Flickers took out this title to prove that West is Best 🙂

Finally, thanks again to it host Kevin Grant for this much loved event. A great rural location for us all to escape to and play the game we love with good friends.

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ATFA releases Vision 2023

After consulting with Australian-based Table Football players via an online survey, the Board of the Australian Table Football Association (ATFA) has produced a Vision Statement to focus on what we aspire for Table Football in Australia to become by 2023 in our key focus areas of Growth, Community and Excellence.

Vision 2023 is available from the Documents section of the ATFA website where you can also find other useful information such as the ATFA Code of Conduct, Constitution and information for tournament organisers.

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Williamstown SC to host Table Football Evening

The Western Flickers Table Football Club are pleased to announce that a “Come and Try” Table Football exhibition will be run on Tuesday 20th November from 6pm at the Williamstown Soccer Club, JT Gray Reserve, Kororoit Creek Rd, Williamstown, VIC 3016. Everyone is welcome to come along, find out about this version of football (soccer) and have a go!
Western Flickers Table Football Club, based in Melbourne’s western suburbs and originating in Hobson Bay, are excited by the possibility of this being the start of a long term affiliation with Williamstown SC. In addition to Williamstown SC being a local soccer club in the Hobson Bay area,  they share many of the same values as demonstrated by the growth of this community focussed soccer club that now has over 30 teams to cater for all ages, both genders, and all abilities.

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2018 Melbourne IO Report

2018 Melbourne IO Report

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FISTF Women’s IO

The women’s event kicked off the weekends’ festivities.  It was contested between Beth Eveleigh of the Northern Pheonix and two Western Flickers TFC Members – Juliette Browne and Charlotte Wright.

A tightly contested round robin league ensued.  Beth drew both her games 0-0, meaning that Charlotte’s 1-0 win over Juliette in the final game decided the proceedings.  Charlotte took out her first FISTF title, with Beth runner up, and Juliette third.

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Beth Eveleigh (runner up), Charlotte Wright (Champion) and Juliette Browne (3rd) with their awards from the Women’s FISTF IO

FISTF Junior U19 IO

The junior event was contested by 8 players in two groups of four.  The top two from each group progressing to the FISTF IO semi finals.

Benjamin Ng and top seed Gabriel Lombard early on showed they were the players to beat in this competition and took out their respective groups.  Charlotte Wright backed up her win in the Women’s event with a strong showing to progress from her group to the semi finals and defeating the vastly improved Aidan Deverell in the 3rd /4th playoff.

In the final, Gabriel played some quality Table Football but it was the killer instinct in front of goal that proved the difference with Benjamin Ng winning the Junior title 3-0.

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Benjamin Ng receiving the Junior title from ATFA President Adrian Connolly

Junior U19 WASPA

The junior WASPA was held for all those eliminated from the FISTF event.  Second seed for the FISTF Junior competition, Billy Wright, overcame his disappointment at elimination from the main event to make the final but didn’t join his sister on the winners’ list, going down on penalties to promising debutant Liam Browne in the Junior WASPA final.

MTFC Open WASPA

The Melbourne IO Event also saw the debut of the Power Rankings to decide the outcome of a WASPA tournament.  The rules were:

– 1. Players not occupied referreeing the Junior, Women’s or Teams events on the Saturday were free to organise themselves games on the spare tables and record results.

– 2. The final standings were made using the new Power Rankings system given that not all players played a similar number of games, or games against players of the same standard.  Only results on the day counted.  A win over a player who had performed well on the day was worth more than a win against a player who was winless.  

– 3. All enquires on how Power Rankings are calculated should be directed to Richard Wilson.

– 4. For disputes on the outcome, see rule 3 !  

The completion was narrowly taken out by Raffaele Lombard from Eliot Kennedy and Giuseppe Tardiota in a good indicator of players to watch in the main Open event on Sunday.

FISTF Open IO

Sixteen players competed in the Melbourne IO.  Top seed Raffaele Lombard and third seed Eliot Kennedy would have been more pleased with the draw than second seed Benny Ng or fourth seed Steve Dettre, and it would turn out to be the case.

In Groups 1 and 3 Raffaele and Eliot cruised though their group games, with Eliot particularly impressed with three 5-0 victories.  Steve Wright progressed in second place in Group 1 on goal difference with his final round win over Juliette, whilst Kevin Grant went through in second place from Group 3 by defeating the 2018 Melbourne IO Junior Champion Benjamin Ng in the contest of that group.

Groups 2 and 4 were both wide open going into the final round of fixtures.  Second seed Benny Ng was at risk of not progressing after letting a 1-0 lead slip against Giuseppe Tardiota to go down 1-2.  Benny needed to defeat Luke Radziminski or hope his club mate Charlotte Wright could do him a favour in the final round of group games.  In the end Luke and Giuseppe got the results they needed to progress, with Luke topping the Group.  Prior to the event, several good judges saw Luke as a dark horse to take out the title and by topping this “Group of Death” this appeared to be the case.

Group 4, the “Presidential Group”, pitted fourth seed FISTF President Steve Dettre, ATFA and Western Flickers TFC President Adrian Connolly, Northern Pheonix President Christos Garagounis, and Adam Deverell.  Adrian put himself in a good position to progress with a 1-0 win over Adam thanks to a goal in the dying seconds of their first round clash, whilst Steve took the pole position expected of the seed going into the final round thanks to a big win over the luckless Adam. Christos drew his clashes with Steve and Adrian and as such needed a win in his final game against Adam, possibly by two goals, to progress.  However, it was not to be with Adam doing his club President Adrian a favour by defeating Christos.  The clash to decide the group winner was one of the games of the event.  Steve took the lead early, but Adrian responded immediately with a goal from the kick off possession and then scored a second goal soon after to take a 2-1 lead.  However, with seconds remaining, Steve drew level with the final action of the first half to tie it up at 2-2.  The second half was much tighter. Ultimately a relentless sequence of corners by Steve Dettre creates the decisive opening for the third and winning goal that saw Steve take out the Group.

The quarter finals pitted Raffaele against Kevin; Eliot against Steve Wright, Steve Dettre against Giuseppe Tardiota, and Luke Radziminski against Adrian Connolly.

The first two games went comfortably I the in form seeds Raffaele and Eliot.  However, in the other games Giuseppe showed his improvement from his time in Italy to overcome Steve Dettre; whilst Adrian Connolly caused an upset by defeating Luke Radziminski 3-1.  This meant 2nd in Group 2 had eliminated 1st in Group 4, whilst 2nd in Group 4 had eliminated 1st in Group 2.  Given both Giuseppe and Adrian only progressed at all from their groups by virtue of results in their final group games this demonstrated how tightly contested this half of the draw was.

The semi finals therefore featured players from each of the three states competing – NSW, Queensland and Victoria.  Given Adrian’s Tasmanian origins and his decade living in WA it could be argued that the semis truly had a National feel. 

In the first semi final Raffaele extended his run to 5 games without conceding a goal to go through to the final with a 2-0 win.  Whilst in the other clash Eliot capitalised on some defensive blocking errors to take a commanding 3-0 half time.  In the second half Adrian became the first player to put one last Eliot’s keeper.  A gripping end could have been set up had Adrian taken a good chance with a minute to go, but a good save by Eliot saw him also comfortably progress to the final 3-1.

The final was therefore contest between two of the travelling contingent from NSW.  The high quality game was streamed live in high definition with the latest technology – timber, rubber bands and an iPhone!  Eliot took an early lead but the top seed Raffaele responded well to equalise and then take the lead. Eliot found the net a second time with a great finish prior to half time but unfortunately the goal was ruled out in what later found to be an error by the referee.  Eliot as always showed why he is such a respected player with the way he handled the decision.

The second half saw Eliot needing to chase the game and in the last minute he had a good chance to score but sent his shot narrowly wide.  Raffaele then attacked and scored a third goal in what would be the last action of the contest.

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Adrian Connolly (3rd), Eliot Kennedy (runner up), Raffaele Lombard (Champion), Guiseppe Tardiota (3rd)

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Club Team Champions - Western Flickers TFC B Team

Club Team Champions – Western Flickers TFC B Team

WASPA Open

To ensure the WASPA was complete prior to the FISTF IO Final, the format was a straight knockout competition with 2x10min halves and penalties (no extra time).  There were 9 competitors in the WASPA Plate Event, with the previous days’ junior runner up Gabriel Lombard joining the 8 players eliminated from the FISTF Open event.  Gabriel played Charlotte Wright in the barrage.  After a scoreless draw Charlotte won 2-1 on penalties to move into the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals, Charlotte continued her impressive run of results by defeating Adam Deverell 2-1 on penalties.  This set up a semi final showdown with her brother Billy who progressed after Beth Eveleigh needed to forfeit due to illness.  Benny Ng accounted for Christos Garagounis to set up a clash with his son Benjamin in the other semi final after Benjamin defeated Juliette 1-0. 

In the battle of the Wrights, it was Billy that prevailed 2-1 on penalties after a scoreless draw.  In the other semi Benjamin continued his run of wins over his father to progress to the final 3-1.

The final saw two of the Western Flickers’ juniors battle it out for the WASPA Open win.  In the end the FISTF Junior IO winner,

Benjamin Ng, proved to strong for the WASPA Junior IO winner Billy Wright.

Thank you to all the travelling contingent from interstate who added so much to the atmosphere and the quality of play.  

A special thanks must also go out to all those involved in organising the event:

Juliette Brown for obtaining the venue

Steve Wright for managing the budget, registrations, payments.

Kevin Grant for all the hard work moving the boards to the site (the boards of which he of course has made himself!) as well as his ingenuous “camera stand” for the live stream.

Beth Eveleigh for again running the best raffle!  Great prizes and a great little fundraiser to help with costs to keep fees down.

Adam Deverell for the BBQ.

Benny Ng as tournament head referee.

The clubs and players that made their boards available 

NP TFC for the WASPA Plate Event.

MTFC for use of their umbrella for the WASPA on Saturday.

All players for stepping into their referee duties when asked, including the visiting Carl Young who walked in to watch at the wrong time when we were one short!

Paul Mercer for his great tournament template to record the results and run the event.

Richard Wilson for use of the Power 

And finally a pat on my own back for keeping you all on track to finish 10mins prior to my schedule on both days, and somehow not losing any of the competition match balls!  Just don’t mention my ability to count to four in the final 😞

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

Table Football showcase at Brisbane Roar pre-game

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!C32E4C59-7068-438D-9900-8503DBD93F90

Asian Champion takes out 2018 Altona Cup

Altona Cup 2018

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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.

ATFA Season 2018-19 Events Announced

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