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International Table Football set to touchdown in Perth

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For the first time in history, Perth, Australia will play host to an event on the world tour of Sports Table Football (Subbuteo).

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”.

The 2017 Perth Winter Classic comprises of two individual events which both go towards the world rankings. The Saturday is an ‘International Open’ classification and the Sunday is a ‘Satellite’ event.

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A strong and competitive field will battle it out on the pitch headlined by Singaporean players  Irwan Iskander and Vikas Chandiramani (world ranking 177) who make the trip to Perth with silverware in their sights.

Local favourites include Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco (56), Melbourne TFC’s Benji Batten (127) and Perth’s Ross McNulty and Alan Kimber who have been training hard to take victory on home soil.

The event will be hosted at the Fremantle Town Hall, Corner William, Adelaide and High Streets, Fremantle on the 29th and 30th of July.

Entry for spectators is free and we encourage people of all ages to come down and watch, with 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.

Player List:

  1. Benji Batten (Melbourne Table Football Club, Australia)
  2. Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC, Australia)
  3. Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC, Australia)
  4. Herman Kruse (Northern Falcons TFC, Australia)
  5. Vikas Chandiramani; (Jurong Central Subbuteo Club, Singapore)
  6. Irwan Iskander (Jurong Central SC, Singapore)
  7. John Harty (Perth Subbuteo Club, Australia)
  8. Chris Thorn (Perth SC, Australia)
  9. Alan Kimber (Perth SC, Australia)
  10. Ross McNulty (Perth SC, Australia)
  11. Hugh Best (Perth SC, Australia)
  12. Ron Byrne (Perth SC, Australia)

Victory for the Ng’s at the FISTF Satellite of Melbourne

By Luke Radziminski

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A rare satellite event was organised in Melbourne where the club championship has evolved into the State Championship to cater for the growing clubs in Melbourne. The tournament was open for others to enter from interstate. We hosted Giuseppe Tardiota from Brisbane Table Football Club and Hermann Kruse with son, Oliver, from Sydney (Northern Falcons).

14 seniors and 7 juniors took part in their respective categories.

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The open category consisted a dominant number of Western Flickers with a mixed bag level in skills, with some new and still learning the game. However, 2 Western Flickers have managed to reach the semi-finals after Benny Ng had to recover from a 1 goal deficit to Giuseppe with an equaliser to push through into extra time where it remained a stalemate with end-to-end action. Benny went through on penalties. Benji Batten had outclassed Simon Briffa and Adam Deverell picked up an extraordinary rare win over Luke Radziminski (2-0) through counterattacking and brilliant finishing. Hermann Kruse had also powered through the quarter finals after defeating Kevin 3-0

In the semi-final Benji dominated Adam with a convincing 6-0 win, in the other game Benny Ng struggled against Hermann, picking up an early 1-0 lead and after missing a few shots to bury the game, Hermann created a few scares going into clear shooting positions but could not get his shots on target, hitting the bar twice. Ultimately Benny was able to hold out in a tense second half, winning 1-0.

The grand final between Benny and Benji was equivalent to an arm wrestle as there were minimal shots than expected and excellent blocking from both players made creating shots ever so frustrating. Benny scored in the first half but throughout the game Benji was unable to find an opportunity to peg one back. Benny is now crowned as the Champion of Victoria.

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Extra games were made sure for those who did not qualify in the group stages as they were placed into a WASPA tournament in the Plate Series. Adrian Connolly became the eventual winner with Western Flickers making a clean sweep of all three awards.

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In the U19 Category, 7 players took part. Benjamin Ng progressed to the final after defeating Aidan Deverell in the Semi-final while Northern Falcons’ Oliver Ollnow booked his ticket with a win over Billy Wright. Oliver took the lead in the final, however two second half goals from Benjamin saw the Australian grand Prix Junior champion take the title. Alex Briffa won the Junior Plate competition.

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FISTF Satellite of Melbourne 2017

Melbourne TFC will be hosting a FISTF Satellite event on Saturday April 29. All players are welcome from across Australia for what will be a fantastic event. 1 day, individual competition played to full FISTF format. Players who want to come on Friday can have friendlies against local players on the Friday night.

Venue is:

15th Brighton Scout Hall: 6 Wolsley St, Bentleigh VIC 3204

The cost of the event is $15 per player with Juniors free. ALL event entry fees must be paid in advance by bank transfer.

Melbourne Table Football Club Inc.

B.S.B: 013 355

A/C No. 2914 879 38

Please sign up using the googleform below, and direct any questions to Benji Batten: benjibatten@hotmail.com.

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Magic of the Cup in Melbourne

By Benji Batten

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On sunday 19 March Melbourne Table Football Club hosted its biggest ever waspa tournament- the MTFC FA Cup.

Using a swiss system, 15 players battled it out at the 15th Brighton Scout hall with each player representing an english club.

In the Open category Peter Thomas representing Hartletpool United was victorious with Benjamin Ng as Manchester United taking out the Juniors.

Many thanks to all for coming and playing in a great spirit and particularly to Kevin Grant for his fantastic work helping get 7 (yes seven!) boards set up in the venue.

Join us for our next event on Saturday April 29- the FISTF Satellite of Melbourne/Victorian Championship. Contact benjibatten@hotmail.com if interested

Join team Australia at the 2017 Asian Cup of Table Football in Japan

The next Asian Cup will be staged in Tokyo, June 10-11, 2017.

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As with the past two Asian Cups, there will be an Individual event, plus a club event, and a national team event.

This is a fantastic event for all Australian Subbuteo Players to travel to, with the opportunity to play many games against highly skilled opponents from all over Asia. In addition, it provides the unique opportunity to represent Australia in an international match (with an international competition between Australia, Singapore and Japan set to finally become a reality).

With the 2018 Asian Cup returning to Australia (Melbourne) just six months after this event, it would be fantastic for our players to go and support Kenzo Koi and his Japanese players, so they can return for a trip down under.

Interested players can contact Steve Dettre, who will be co-ordinating the Australian Continent for this event. Contact Steve at ertteds@gmail.com

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2017 Australian Grand Prix Set for Take Off

 

10931524_1534778550141070_785821066451635780_nThis weekend from the 3rd to 5th of February, the Australian Table Football Association will host the 2017 FISTF Grand Prix of Australia at the Associazione Napoletana in Leichhardt.

The tournament will feature more than 30 players travelling from all over Australia and Singapore to compete in the event.

The individual event is sure to be hotly contested with world #45 Peter Thomas (Australia’s highest ranked player) the tournament favourite. Thomas will face stern competition, notably from Singapore’s Benny Ng and Australia’s Fabrizio Coco and Eliot Kennedy who will each be seeking to cause a big upset and take the title.

There is a truly national flavour to this year’s event as the Perth Subbuteo Club brings a team for the very first time. Brisbane Subbuteo club will also play in the teams event along with Melbourne Table Football Club, Sydney TFC, Subbuteo Parramatta and the Northern Falcons TFC.

Saturday will feature the individuals battling it out in open and junior categories, while on Sunday a teams competition will take place with the current champions Melbourne Table Football club competing against 6 other teams. Additionally, the Sunday will play host to the first all-female table football tournament in Australia with 4 players contesting for the title of Australia’s top female player.

As always, the event is sure to be a cracker, with great fun to be had players and spectators who will be immersed in the excitement, action and drama that will unfold over the weekend.

Entry for spectators is free and we encourage people of all ages to come down and watch, with 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.

Please direct all enquiries to Benji Batten – Tournament Organiser.

benjibatten@hotmail.com

 

Christmas Cup Claimed by Coco!

Report by Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC)

The Sydney Table Football club has held its first christmas cup on saturday 10/12/16.
The event was held in the Club house in the premises of Good games in Burwood.
8 participants were divided in 2 groups of 4 with the top 2 place getters of each group qualifying for the major trophy, while the 3rd and 4th place getters taking part in a consolation tournament.

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Daniele Lombardi (stfc) and Tony Credentino (stfc) topped the group A while Benji Batten (mtfc) and Fabrizio Coco topped the group B.
In the first semifinal, benji was victorious against tony with a clear 3-0.
In the second semifinal fabrizio got the victory against daniele 3-1 after a tough match as was expected from the beginning.

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The consolation tournament had presence of two new players, two brothers Billy and Terry Koutsas playing in a official tournament after a few years of inactivity. The match ended with a clear 3-0 win for Terry.
In the other semifinal, two new players also, Yago Dzelaljia (canberra) and Kostas Barbaris (stfc) battled out for a place in the final. Yago got the victory on penalties shootout 2-1(See photo) but unfortunately he had to forfeit the final due to running out of time for his journey back home. It was a fantastic pleasure to have him playing in the christmas cup.
The major grand final was a very even contest between fabrizio and benji. The stfc player raced ahead to a 2-0 lead and looked set for the win, but Batten clawed back two goals in the final two minutes (including one with just 3 seconds to play) to take the game to extra time.

Fabrizio recovered though and proved too good in extra time, winning 5-3.

Congratulation to the winners and well done to the players who made this tournament possible. See you next year for a more competitive and bigger tournament!
Thank you all guys!!!

Major winner Fabrizio and Consolation winner Terry

Major winner Fabrizio and Consolation winner Terry

 

Beth Eveleigh Interview

Beth Eveleigh has been a pioneer for womens table football in Australia becoming the strongest female player on the circuit. Always playing with a smile, she helps to ensure we always have great fun at our Tournaments in Melbourne!

Tell us a bit about how you first started playing Subbuteo. Where were you and how old were you?

My first game of Subbuteo would have been on my bedroom floor in 1975! I was living in Bristol and supported Bristol City FC. I think I was imagining myself at Ashton Gate…I played with a few friends, before TV’s Match of the Day on Saturdays and before the Big Match on Sundays! I was 11 ?

Beth Eveleigh v Juan Menendez

Beth Eveleigh v Juan Menendez

What were some of your most memorable Subbuteo moments growing up?

I think my most memorable moments were kneeling on my number nine, hating the introduction of the silly corner kicker figure (never lasted) and buying flood lights that actually worked! Ah…the 70s!

When did you start playing Subbuteo again?

I rediscovered the game about 5 years ago. Now living in Australia however I couldn’t find anyone to play against…until…MTFC ?

Have there been any big changes in the game since you were a kid that you’ve noticed in the last year or so?

Huge changes: key skill of swerve gone, figures flat, pitches smooth, keepers huge and importantly the new tactics make modern subbuteo less like real football and more like a tactical, skillful game of its own.

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Playing WASPA tournaments more regularly, what do you aim to achieve at each tournament?

Improvement, wins and points…plus most importantly enjoyment.

What has been your favourite tournament so far? What has been your most memorable match?

The MTFC 4th Annual Club Championship in April this year.

Most memorable match and moment was scoring against Peter Thomas!

Group stage action between Beth Eveleigh and Cristos Garagounis

Group stage action between Beth Eveleigh and Cristos Garagounis

Who is the best player you have played against?

Peter Thomas

What team do you use, is there any special connection to that team?

Tcha Sniper 2.0. Red & White, Bristol City! Always Bristol City!

Thank you, Beth- Keep on Flicking!

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Double Delight for the Ng family in Melbourne

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Luke Radziminski reports from the sporting capital of Australia:

A turnout of 5 senior players and 3 juniors attended in March where 2 separate WASPA categories were formed so the juniors could maximise their enjoyment playing against each other with the same skill level. Chris Hannington was also a brand new entrant and played his first ever Subbuteo games with the junior players.

Juan had returned for a second stint which solidified his interest in the game and had begun investing into his own teams already! Although it proved to be a difficult outing for him against the more experienced players, he managed to score a goal against Adam losing 2-1 in a tight contest.

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Benny managed to finish first place in the 5 man round robin format, where defeating Benji proved to be crucial, finishing two points above second placed Luke. A play-off final was formed between 2nd and 3rd place to decide the 2nd grand finalist where we saw Luke up against Benji, their previous game finishing in a 0-0 draw in the round robin. It turned out to be a slug fest with Luke dominating possession and shots in the first half in which he found himself 1-0 up at halftime. The second half saw Benji slowly getting back into it where he managed to find holes in Luke’s iron curtain but was kept at bay from his goalkeeping. It was the same case on the other end as Benji’s goalkeeping frustrated Luke and looked as if it would be impossible to score another. It was a heated contest with moments of confusion on the pitch with the complexity of the rules, which only ran down the clock and adding salt into the wounds of Benji as this marginally diminished his momentum of searching for an equaliser. It ended 1-0 to Luke.

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Benny and Luke faced each other in the grand finale, both remaining undefeated on the day. It turned out to be a 0-0 draw with both Benny and Luke equally matched. It was unfortunate that neither managed to find the net compared to their previous bout ending in a 1-1 draw in the round robin. It was however, decided on penalties where Benny won scoring the only goal. This marked a significant win for Benny, who had won his second WASPA tournament and also witnessed his son, Benjamin, taking the junior crown in his tournament, marking March 2016 as the month of the Ng family victorious in Melbourne.

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But can he do it on a 30 degree day in Brighton?

4 Hour Subbuteo Marathon From Down Under

Luke Radziminski Reports:

Yeah, I must admit that the format wasn’t the most ideal. With a turnout of 7 players it was set up as a round robin event with 10 minute halves and a grand final after where top 2 go through after 7 rounds. There was only 5 minute breaks in between games on a day where it is over 30 degrees and have 3 boards squeezed into a small room. Could they do it on a hot, dry day in Brighton? Just barely.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Going back to the small room scenario, I was made unaware that the larger hall would be occupied for a birthday function and as soon as I arrived I saw a pre-school activity session occupying the smaller room. It was another panic mode for myself as we had no place to set up the event with only half an hour until the first games were about to start. Fearing the worst, I was half expecting an angry mob of 4 subbuteo players chasing me down the street with machetes and clubs as soon as they have found out there is no venue to play subbuteo after a long drive to reach Brighton. But not to worry, the small room had freed up 10 minutes before the start of the event and it was a rushed preparation to set up tables and had them vacuumed before everyone had arrived.

The man of mystery; Tom Nowacki had returned to the scene after 1 year in hiding and a new player, Juan Menendez, had joined the party. Juan had briefly played subbuteo back in Brisbane while growing up with his brothers. He recently moved to Melbourne and was very keen to experience an organised subbuteo event. He had surprised everyone with his solid flicking for someone to take part in their first ever tournament and even notched up a 1-0 win over tom and a 0-0 draw with Beth Eveleigh.

New player Juan in action with Christos and Beth facing off in the background

New player Juan in action with Christos and Beth facing off in the background

On paper, Christos Garagounis had made significant improvement in his performance achieving draws against the more experienced players Benny Ng and Luke Radziminski with scores of 1-1 and 0-0. He achieved 4th place in result of this. In other games Luke and Benny had won their first points against the superior Carl Young in 0-0 draws. Carl remained undefeated however and sealed his spot into the grand final, the second entrant was has contested between Luke and Benny. Each player achieved the same results in the 6 rounds however it was decided from the first round of games where Luke had defeated Benny 1-0.

The grand final stood goalless at halftime, where Carl had dominated possession but was kept at bay from Luke’s goalkeeping. However in the second half Carl’s flicking had been flawless and disallowed Luke to advance forward with some precise blocking. Eventually it was too much for Luke to handle and was cleaned up 2-0 in the end.

Players interested in joining the Melbourne Table Football Club can e-mail Luke Radziminski at luker@internode.on.net

All Smiles at the 3rd Annul MTFC February Cup
All Smiles at the 3rd Annul MTFC February Cup