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Big win for Birthday Boy Benny

Reported by Benny Ng (Melbourne, Australia)

The Western Flickers – a sub-group of the Melbourne Table Football Club – was formed to to cater for players living on the north/west side of Melbourne and provide more opportunities to play the wonderful game of table football.

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Today, the Western Flickers hosted its 3rd WASPA (Regional) tournament. Coinciding with one of our player’s birthday, what better way to celebrate than with a Subbuteo themed party / tournament!

Subbuteo Melbourne had one of our best WASPA turnouts of the year with 11 players taking part. These included 2 brand new players having a go at Subbuteo for the very first time and both of them loved it. I have to say both took the game very quickly and played very well! Lots of potential and hopefully we will see them at future Subbuteo events. We also welcomed a special guest player all the way from Italy – Claudio Ranelli.

Using a Swiss system variant to give everyone even gameplay amount, the players were drawn  into 3 groups:

Group A – Beth Everleigh, Aidan Deverall, David McCall

Group B – Benjamin Ng, Claudio Ranelli, Paul Mercer, Christos Garagounis

Group C – Fauzi Rahman, Choon Lee, Benny Ng, Adam Deverall

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Qualifying Group Round

In Group A, Beth emerged as the winner with wins over rising junior star Aidan and newcomer David. The battle for the runners up spot ended up in a stalemate with Aidan squeezing into second spot because of goal difference. Congrats to David for earning his first Subbuteo point!

Group B was a much tighter affair with Claudio and Paul hotly contesting top spot. Both players had wins over Benjamin and Christos, but Claudio had the slightly better goal difference. It meant that Paul had to beat Claudio in order to win the group, and in a tense match, Paul managed to grab a 1-0 win!

Group C pitted Western Flickers stalwarts Benny and Adam together with newcomer Choon Lee and Fauzi (who was only playing Subbuteo for the second time). As expected, the deciding match was between Benny and Adam, with Benny getting the edge this time with a 2-0 victory.

As a result, the following groupings emerged for the next round:

Winners group – Beth, Paul and Benny

Runners Up group – Aidan, Claudio, Adam

Plates group – David, Christos and Fauzi

Consolation group – Benjamin and Choon

Deciding Finals Round

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As the Consolation group had only 2 players, the single match was won by Benjamin in a narrow 1-0 victory.

The pumped-up Christos won the Plates group, romping home with comfortably wins against David and Fauzi. The match between David and Fauzi had to be decided by penalty shots, with David celebrating wildly when he won a lengthy 26-shot shootout! Well done David on your first Subbuteo outing.

In the Runners Up group, nothing could split Adam and Claudio so it went to shots as well. Adam came out winner to take the group.

In the Winners group, Beth played bravely despite equipment issues and only just lost to both Paul and Benny. So the deciding match for the overall tournament winner was between Paul and Benny; with Benny having not beaten Paul in a competitive match.

In an exciting and tense game where either player could easily have won, Benny snatched a late goal and held out for a memorable very first WASPA Regional tournament win.

Conclusion

Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it an awesome day filled with Subbuteo fun, food and friendship! It was a blast!

Well done everyone … GO WEST!!!

The final standings are:
1. Benny Ng
2. Paul Mercer
3. Beth Everleigh
4. Adam Deverall
5. Claudio Ranelli
6. Aidan Deverall
7. Christis Garagounis
8. David McCall
9. Fauzi Rahman
10. Benjamin Ng
11. Choon Lee

P.S. If anyone is interested in taking part in future Western Flickers events or just popping by for chat and look-see, feel free to send Benny Ng an email at bennidokk@yahoo.com

Tournament Scores

Group A

Beth Everleigh

1

0

Aidan Deverall

Beth Everleigh

4

0

David McCall

David McCall

0

0

Aidan Deverall

Group B

Benjamin Ng

0

1

Paul Mercer

Claudio Ranelli

3

0

Christos Garagounis

Claudio Ranelli

5

0

Benjamin Ng

Paul Mercer

1

0

Christos Garagounis

Benjamin Ng

1

1

Christos Garagounis

Paul Mercer

1

0

Claudio Ranelli

Group C

Choon Lee

0

0

Fauzi Rahman

Adam Deverall

2

0

Fauzi Rahman

Choon Lee

0

5

Benny Ng

Choon Lee

0

4

Adam Deverall

Fauzi Rahman

0

5

Benny Ng

Benny Ng

2

0

Adam Deverall

Consolation

Benjamin Ng

1

0

Choon Lee

Plates

Fauzi Rahman

0

2

Christos Garagounis

Christos Garagounis

2

0

David McCall

David McCall

0p

0

Fauzi Rahman

Runners Up

Aidan Deverall

0

3

Claudio Ranelli

Adam Deverall

3

0

Aidan Deverall

Adam Deverall

0p

0

Claudio Ranelli

Winners

Beth Everleigh

0

1

Paul Mercer

Beth Everleigh

0

2

Benny Ng

Benny Ng

1

0

Paul Mercer

 

Luke Radziminski takes the WASPA title in Melbourne

2015 Melbourne International Open, WASPA Report

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Melbourne hosted its annual FISTF International Open in October for the second time with the inclusion of a WASPA tournament as a consolation event for those who did not achieve a top 2 finish in the group stages playing against the likes of Raffaele Lombardi, Chris and Peter Thomas.

The WASPA tournament started as a quarter final stage and soon the semi-finals followed straight after with Giuseppe Tardiota finishing strongly with a 3-0 win over Daniele Lombardi and Luke Radziminski, the co-organiser of the tournament, battling out a 2-0 win over Dillon with goals arriving in the last 4 minutes of the second half.

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Giuseppe on the left, Raffaele Lombardi as the Referee, Luke Radziminski on the right.

The grand final so happened to be a repeat of the 2015 Asian Cup WASPA event that was hosted in Melbourne in January. Luke Radziminski was victorious over Giuseppe in the Asian Cup and questions were raised whether this would become a Déjà vu 9 months later.

The first half was evenly matched, with Luke fortunate enough to achieve an early goal with the two players receiving an equal amount of possession and shots at goal. However the second half proved to be a different story as Giuseppe turned up the heat and out classed Luke on the pitch. Giuseppe dominated possession due to costly errors from Luke while trying to attack and the amount of shots Giuseppe had taken had everybody lose count with an estimate of about 80% were on target. However Luke kept calm in the goals and saved all the goals that were on target, some were point blank and down to pure luck on the day. Some shots were unreadable and it was just guesswork each time.

Luke Radziminski holding up the winner’s trophy, presented by Benji Batten

However it was not to be and history repeated itself as the second half finished for what seemed as an eternity for Luke but managed come out victorious. Credit to Giuseppe flying down from Brisbane on a 1,600km flight trip to Melbourne who was the superior player in the final but could not get past Luke’s goalkeeper on the day.

Final Placings

1. Luke Radziminski

2. Giuseppe tardiota

3. Dillon Izon, Daniele Lombardi

5. Christos Garagounis, Benjamin Ng, Vincenzo Coco, Julian Duszniak

Chris Thomas takes the Melbourne International Open

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On Saturday the 10th of October 2015, the second edition of the Melbourne Open was held after a successful first edition in 2014 which saw Peter Thomas claim the title.

This year the event had been upgraded from the status of a FISTF ‘Satellite’ to an ‘International open’ meaning more ranking points were on offer and that a player with any ranking position was able to compete.

17 Players contested the event with players coming from 5 clubs and 4 nations and a high standard of play was ensured at the Brighton Church of Christ.

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In Group A Chris Thomas put on a master class to defeat Benny Ng (7-1), Luke Radziminski (5-0) and Julian Duszniak (7-0) which meant he progressed in 1st position. Both Luke and Benny had comfortable wins over new player Julian but with Benny scoring an elusive 8th goal in the final minute of his match against Julian, it meant a draw would be enough for Benny in the group’s finale. Sure enough, the match between Luke and Benny finished all square at 1-1 which meant Ng- the Singaporean International progressed in 2nd place.

Group B looked to be the group of death after the Thursday night draw, and even after David Simpson unfortunately had to pull out due to sickness, there were still close matches expected between Peter Thomas (mel), Benji Batten (mel), Daniele Lombardi (par) and Dillon Izon (mel).

In the early matches, Dillon proved again that he can not hold a lead after going down late to Daniele (2-1) and Benji displayed some shooting prowess in a high-scoring loss to the seeded player Peter Thomas (4-7). Benji then proceeded to dismantle Dillon (6-0) with Peter beating Daniele 2-0 in a very tight encounter.

Peter Thomas in Action

Peter Thomas in Action

These results meant the final game between Benji and Daniele would decide 2nd position. Daniele dominated the first half but with some Manuel Neuer-esque goalkeeping, Benji held himself in the game. Five minutes into the second half the young Melburnian took the lead and after a triumphant celebration, attempted to hold on for the remainder of the match. Daniele equalized with 5 minutes from time though unfortunately he couldn’t find a late winner meaning Benji would progress on goal difference.

Rik Bland defeated Giuseppe Tardiota 1-0 in the Brisbane derby in what proved to be the crucial game in Group C where the Brisbane players were joined by Eliot Kennedy, Benjamin Ng and Vincenzo Coco of Italy. Eliot Kennedy rose to the top after notching up 4 wins with 17 goals with Rik following closely on 9 points. All players in this group finished with points after young Benjamin drew 0-0 with Vincenzo in a close match.

The Brisbane Derby in Melbourne!

The Brisbane Derby in Melbourne!

Group D was a battle of the Italian-Australian heavyweights from Subbuteo Parramatta with Raffaele Lombardi and Fabrizio Coco battling for top spot. After their very tense encounter finished 0-0 with neither player wanting to risk conceding a goal, it was left to goal difference to split these players. Both players notched 6-0 wins over Alexandros Stefanos but Fabrizio put two more past Chris Garagounis to finish on top. The closing game between Alexandros and Chris finished 0-0 meaning again all players took points.

Fabrizio and Raffaele's tense group D encounter

Fabrizio and Raffaele’s tense group D encounter

The Quarter-Final stage proved to throw up the most exciting matches. Rik Bland had his run cut to an abrupt halt by Chris Thomas who was finding his stride (9-0) whilst Eliot Kennedy brought his goal tally up to 20 with a 3-0 win over Melbourne’s Benny Ng. Farbizio Coco also booked his ticket to the semi’s with a 2-0 win over Benji Batten in a very close game with 2 late goals proving the difference in a game played in fantastic spirit.

Quarter-Final between Benji Batten (mel) ad Fabrizio Coco (par)

Quarter-Final between Benji Batten (mel) and Fabrizio Coco (par)

 

The last quarter-final deserves a paragraph of its own as it turned into the game of the Tournament. Fresh off his world cup experience, Raffele Lombardi shocked the hall by taking an early lead over Asian Cup champion Peter Thomas. This lead was held until only 1 minute from time as Peter nailed a long shot which produced his loudest goal celebration in Australia yet and sent the game to golden goal. No goals after a very tense extra time in which both players came very close to getting the winner, and so the match would go to a shootout. Peter held his nerve and won the shootout 3-1 with Raffaele no doubt feeling disappointed having come so close. A special mention must be made to the referee of this match- Giuseppe tardiota.

A goal for Peter in the shootout

A goal for Peter in the shootout

The Semi-Finals were both quite one-sided affairs with the severely jet lagged Eliot Kennedy going down 3-0 to Peter Thomas and Fabrizio Coco going down 5-0 to Chris Thomas which meant the sibling showdown in the final would occur.

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Before the final I learned that Peter has only ever beaten Chris once, and unfortunately we were not able to witness another such result on Saturday. Instead, we witnessed a high quality match of Table football, combined with outstanding sportsmanship that saw Chris put 4 without reply past his younger brother to take out the International Open.

Action in the Final

Action in the Final

Congratulations to  Chris and thank you to all players for coming to Melbourne to participate, we hope to see you all again for the event next year.

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International Open to kickstart the season in Australia

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INTERNATIONAL OPEN TO KICKSTART THE SEASON IN AUSTRALIA

Melbourne will host the first major F.I.S.T.F. event of the Subbuteo 2015/2016 season in Australia with a total of 20 people entering held in the suburb of Brighton this weekend.

The majority are Melburnians, while Subbuteo Parramatta will fly down with a strong team presence of four players. Two from Brisbane Subbuteo Club and one representative of the Northern Falcons TFC finalizes the Australia representatives. Two other participants will add value and intensity to the whole purpose of the International Open as Englishman, Chris Thomas and Vincent Coco of Italy will fly down under.

What to Expect?
Chris Thomas may be tipped as the favorite to win the tournament with a FISTF world ranking #28, and points accumulated from the professionalised tournaments in Europe shows of significant experience earned throughout his playing days. However, his brother Peter, now residing in Australia and member of the Melbourne Table Football Club, will prove to be the greatest hurdle to achieve glory in Brighton.

Peter Thomas is the current Asian Champion in which this was achieved in January 2015 in Melbourne and looks set to provide a thrilling sibling derby match if both players get out of the group stage and progress through the knockouts.

Raffaele Lombardi of Subbuteo Parramatta will return to the subbuteo scene after competing in the 2015 World Cup. Although he experienced losses from two great players in his group stage, Raffaele made Australia proud as he managed to earn a draw (2-2) against Swiss opposition John Imbrogiano. His exposure at the World Cup and observations of the play-styles from Spanish, Italian and Austrian players, who dominated the event, will surely influence on his game and prove to be quite a challenge against his opponents in Melbourne.

What Now?

Evidently, subbuteo is growing in Australia. Melbourne’s upcoming October International Open will hold more players than its previous last year, with new faces and return of players state-wide who are eager to improve their progress from their last flick-out. This will of course produce an appetite for those players to consider travelling to Sydney for the 2016 Grand Prix, held in January.

 Player List

1 Chris Thomas ENG The Glide, Slide, Dip & Chip   Club ENG0054 39
2 Peter Thomas AUS mel AUS0003 60
3 Eliot Kennedy AUS fal AUS0007 194
4 Raffaele Lombardi AUS par AUS0008 219
5 David Simpson AUS mel AUS0015 404
6 Benji Batten AUS mel AUS0004 449
7 Benny Ng SIN mel SIN0097 463
8 Luke Radziminski AUS mel AUS0011 536
9 Alexandros Stefanos AUS mel AUS0017 537
10 Giuseppe Tardiota AUS bri AUS0016 554
11 Daniele Lombardi AUS par AUS0018 555
12 Dillon Izon AUS mel AUS0012 601
13 Beth Eveleigh AUS mel
14 Julian Duszniak AUS mel
15 Christos Garagounis AUS mel
16 Nigel Edwards AUS mel AUS0029
17 Benjamin Ng AUS mel AUS0014
18 Rik Bland AUS bri
19 Fabrizio Coco AUS par
20 Vincenzo Coco ITA par ITA1007

 

 

 

Giuseppe Tardiota on top in Brisbane

Rik Bland Reports:

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September’s tournament was an utter goal fest! This produced the highest scoring games so far, some narrow victories and others not quite so even. 80 goals scored in 18 matches, a ratio of 4.4 goals per game, plenty of action and excitement, a celebration of attacking play resulting in a great day once again, well done to all involved.

6 players contested the trophy, which once again changed hands.

The initial round of league fixtures saw Andrew Rigden struggle to shake off the cobwebs of not having played for a while, by shipping plenty of goals, but did manage to bang in a fair few of his own.

Rob Bennett also needs a special mention, as he claimed his first points by taking 2 draws, from Gus Gillespie and Andrew Bennett. He also found the net on 4 occasions, with one goal of the day contender, great to see Rob find some of his old form again, well done Rob.

Rik Bland again topped the leader board at the end of the league fixtures, with Giuseppe runner up on goal difference, Gus Gillespie taking 3rd, Andrew Bennett taking the last semi final spot in 4th.

Giuseppe vs Rik

Giuseppe vs Rik

Group Stage Results:

Rik 3 – 0 Rob      Andrew R 0 – 8 Andrew B     Giuseppe 3 – 0 Gus     Rik 2 – 3 Gus    Giuseppe 4 – 4 Andrew R    Rob 3 – 3 Andrew B    Rik 1 – 1 Andrew B    Rob 0 – 1 Giuseppe    Gus 3 -2 Andrew R

Andrew R 2 – 7 Rik    Gus 1 – 1 Rob    Andrew B 3 – 4 Giuseppe    Andrew R 2 – 0 Rob

Andrew B 3 – 3 Gus    Giuseppe 0 – 2 Ri

Table After Group Stage

STANDINGS PTS W D L GF GA GD
RIK BLAND 10 3 1 1 15 6 9
GIUSEPPE   TARDIOTA 10 3 1 1 12 9 3
GUS   GILLESPIE 8 2 2 1 10 11 -1
ANDREW   BENNETT 6 1 3 1 18 11 7
ANDREW   RIGDEN 4 1 1 3 10 22 -12
ROB   BENNETT 2 0 2 3 4 10 -6

 

SEMI FINALS

RIK BLAND 2 -1 ANDREW BENNETT

This semi final between the day’s highest scorers was contested quite negatively, with both players very wary of each other’s free scoring, this resulted in neither playing their usual game. Rik took a 2-0 lead, Andrew pulled one back late on, and nearly  equalised with a shot which stuck under the keepers body, on another day this could easily have wriggled through.

GIUSEPPE TARDIOTA 3 – 0 GUS GILLESPIE

Giuseppe flexed his muscles in this semi final, establishing his game, and not giving Gus too many opportunities to find his rhythm.

FINAL

RIK BLAND 1 – 4 GIUSEPPE TARDIOTA

This was a repeat of last month’s final, and Giuseppe was out for revenge. Rik took the lead after 5 minutes, which seemed to spur Giuseppe into life. An equaliser came on 10 mins, and took the lead with the last kick of the first half. The second half saw Giuseppe play a solid game, great in defence, good possession, and clinical in front of goal. Rik struggled with form in the second half, Giuseppe took control and ended up winning comfortably, to get his hands back on the trophy. A worthy winner!

Special thanks to host Giuseppe for organisation and bbq, and also to photographers James and Wll

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Everything’s coming up Milhouse at Melbourne TFC!

Carl Young wins again but the chasing pack is closing- and fast!

Luke Radziminski Reports:

A WASPA tournament of 7 players kicked off the new season with Julian Duszniak participating in his first ever Subbuteo event where he managed to score two goals and earn a point. This event featured surprising results where points where being shared and given from one player to another. In addition, great skills were displayed in these intense affairs proving that it could be anyone’s day due to the increase of skill level and awareness of the game.

The Players

The Players

There were no grand finals, however it was structured as a league format with 7 rounds. Despite losing 3-1 to Benji, Luke Radziminski finished second with one point ahead of Benji after picking up a vital 3 points against Benny Ng. The goalkeeper was chipped from the defensive line with only 10 seconds left on the clock, it was concluded that this was a massive fluke and everything just happened to be coming up Milhouse for Luke on the day. Benjamin Ng demonstrated improvements in his flicking skills and especially his goalkeeping skills where he held a clean sheet against Julian and saving multiple shots against Luke in a tight 1-0 defeat.

Youngster Benjamin Ng vs Julian Duszniak in one of the games of the day

Youngster Benjamin Ng vs Julian Duszniak in one of the games of the day

Carl Young came out to be the winner of the tournament, winning 5 and drawing 0-0 against Benji Batten. It has been a first time in a while where Carl has not scored in a match and dropped 2 points. Although Carl’s winning dominance continues, there has been encouraging evidence of improvement from other Melburnian club members which gives a promising outlook as they seek to improve in the upcoming FISTF International open from the last FISTF event held in Melbourne in January 2015.

Carl on the attack against Benny Ng

Carl on the attack against Benny Ng

We wish all the best to Carl for his overseas travels (which will hopefully feature some Subbuteo) and we look forward to hosting you all next month for the FISTF International Open of Australia (which registration can still be done for!).

To check out details for the October event head here: http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?p=1324

To view more photos of the event head here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.822351617885373.1073741840.744795938974275&type=3&notif_t=like

Carl receives his winners prize from newly re-elected club president Luke Radziminski

Carl receives his winners prize from newly re-elected club president Luke Radziminski

Jeremy Simpson wins in Adelaide!

The Players (L-R Chris Kelly, Myron Shipp, Reuben Haughey, Jeremy Simpson)

The Australian Table Football Association now has 6 active clubs with the first WASPA tournament being held in Adelaide on Wednesday the 19th of August.

The tournament was hotly contested by Reuben Haughey, Jeremy Simpson, Myron Shipp and Chris Kelly who played a single round robin series to determine the winner.

Jeremy Simpson vs Reuben Haughey in the first official Subbuteo match (WASPA points) played in Adelaide
Jeremy Simpson vs Reuben Haughey in the first official Subbuteo match (WASPA points) played in Adelaide

With 3 wins from 3 games, Jeremy Simpson came out on top but Subbuteo was the real winner as Subbuteo activity got underway in Adelaide at the Group North Wargames club (thanks to Myron Shipp for arranging the venue).

If any players are interested in joining the Adelaide club, the can contact Jeremy Simpson at: jezsing@hotmail.com or you can check out their facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632171080247951/?fref=ts

Goal!

Results

Reuben Haughey  – Jeremy Simpson  – 0-2
Chris Kelly          – Myron  Shipp       –  5-0
Reuben Haughey  – Myron  Shipp       –  3-0
Chris Kelly          – Jeremy Simpson – 0-3
Reuben Haughey – Chris Kelly           – 1-0
Jeremy Simpson  – Myron  Shipp       –   2-0

Table

1. Jeremy Simpson- 9 pts, GD +7

2. Reuben Haughey- 6 points GD +2

3. Chris Kelly- 3 points GD +1

4. Myron Shipp- 0 points GD -10

Western Flickers (MTFC) 2nd WASPA Promotional tournament!

Reported by Benny Ng (Melbourne, Australia)

Group Photo

Group Photo

The Western Flickers – a sub-group of the Melbourne Table Football Club – was formed to to cater for players living on the north/west side of Melbourne and provide more opportunities to play the wonderful game of table football.

We held our 2nd WASPA event today and there was much excitement building up to the event with first timers and returning old friends expected to attend. Despite a couple of last minute pull-outs, I am happy to report that the day was another great success!

Continued Growth

Growing upon the inaugural Western Flickers tournament in May, 7 players took part in the WASPA promotional tournament today. A very big welcome to the following Western Flickers first timers:

  • Fauzi Rahmen – A newcomer to the game but very keen to try it out
  • Martin Sarnecki – A Subbuteo Melbourne early pioneer but who has been away from the game for a while since
  • Aidan Deverall – only started playing Subbuteo very recently

To mix things up a bit, the players were randomly split into 2 groups.

The Group Stages

In the group stages, defence and caution was the order of the day with more than half of the matches drawn and the rest mostly decided by a single goal. Only Benjamin achieved a winning margin of 2 goals and this proved to be decided as he topped his group with Benny coming in second.

 

Multi-Table Action in Altona

Multi-Table Action in Altona

 

A special congrats to Fauzi who showed great promise and displayed excellent defensive flicking. He managed to get 2 deserved draws in his very first table football tournament (and would also later score his first goal in the 4th placing play-off match). Well done mate!

In the other group, experience prevailed with Adam and Martin finishing 1st and 2nd respectively despite a strong showing from ever improving Christos using his brand new Sniper 2.0 LW AEK Athens team.

Youth in Action!

Youth in Action!

The Semi-Finals

The semi-finals were a totally different affair with goals aplenty and excitement galore. Young Benjamin’s dream run was ended by a clinical Martin in the first semi-final. In spite of Benjamin deploying a Chelsea-inspired “park the bus” strategy, Martin managed to blast his way through the wall of defenders to win 3-0.

In the other semi-final between Adam and Benny, it was another tense affair the closely matched players. In a game of half-chances, Benny managed to snatch the lead with a nicely worked attack through the middle helped by a defensive error clearing the way. And just as Benny thought he was through to the final, Adam equalised with a tremendous goal from the wing right into the top corner with a minute or so to spare!

A shootout it was then and Benny finally broke his 4-shootout losing streak to get to the final 2-0. Wearing his lucky Singapore jersey (to commemorate Singapore’s 50 years of Independence celebration week) probably helped!

The Grand Final

So, it was Benny vs Martin in the grand finale. And what a memorable match it turned out to be with some truly excellent goals. Benny took the lead with the classic but difficult corner-and-shoot-on-the run into the bottom corner not giving Martin any time to react. It didn’t take Martin to draw level with a stunning long distance strike that chipped the ball into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. 1-1!

The third goal though was a complete fluke with Benny mis-flicking the player who ended up flying towards Martin while the ball trickled slowly into goal with the keeper stunned motionless. Martin then went on a full scale offensive to equalise and was duly rewarded with less than a minute to spare. Taking advantage of a needless free kick given away by Benny on the right edge of the penalty area, Martin scored a brilliant free-kick-and-shoot-on-the-run goal!

Benny breaks his shootout duck

Benny breaks his shootout duck

2-2 and on to another shootout. In a tale of misses, it went all the way with Benny winning by the solitary single shootout goal to achieve his 2nd Western Flickers WASPA tournament win in a row.

Conclusion

All in all, it was a great fun day of table football that was enjoyed by all. Thanks to everyone for making this a successful event. A very special thanks to Adam Deverall for allowing us to use this home and arranging the boards.

With a couple of regulars to return, the future is looking bright indeed for the Western Flickers. GO WEST!

Final standings are:

  1. Benny Ng
  2. Martin Sarnecki
  3. (Joint) Adam Deverall & Benjamin Ng
  4. Christos Garagounis
  5. Fauzi Rahmen
  6. Aidan Deverall

P.S. If anyone is interested in taking part in future Melbourne TFC events (at the clubhouse in Brighton or with the Western Flickers) or just popping by for chat and look-see, feel free to send Benny Ng an email at bennidokk@yahoo.com

 

 

Great Fun at the MTFC July WASPA

The Players

The Players

The theme of the event was ‘short and sweet’ as 8 players took time aside from their busy lives to enjoy an afternoon enjoying the sub-beautiful game.

Players were split into two groups with the top two players progressing to the knockout stage. Matches were played in 10 minute halves and the tournament utilised the full extent of equipment at the MTFC clubhouse (4 Tables).

Aidan and Adam Deverell

Aidan and Adam Deverell

In Group A, Luke Radziminski progressed unscathed as he defeated David Simpson (2-0), Benjamin Ng (3-1) and Nigel Edwards (2-0). Luke was Joined in the semi-finals by David Simpson who secured his place with a 2-0 victory over nigel Edwards. Benjamin Ng finished the group in 3rd with a memorable 1-1 draw against David Simpson and a goalless stalemate with Nigel Edwards who recorded his first competitive point in this match.

Group B proved to be a tight affair after Adam Deverell held Benny Ng to a 0-0 draw in the first round of matches. Benny backed this match up with a tight 1-0 victory over Benji Batten and after another 1-0 win over Aidan Deverell, the once-capped Singaporean international ensured he would top the group. With both Benji and Adam recording 3-1 victories over young Aidan Deverell, their final matchup would decide the final spot in the knockout stage. Benji was able to come out on top, winning 3-1 though Adam’s goal was truly memorable, a thunder strike!

In the 7th Place Playoff Nigel Edwards notched his first competition goal and win with a 1-0 victory over Aidan Deverell who again showed great persistence and determination against much older opponents.

Benjamin Ng displayed the ‘park the bus’ tactic in his 5th Place Playoff game against Adam Deverell, but it success came to a halt with only minutes remaining as Adam took out a 1-0 Victory.

The Semi-Finals were both close affairs. Benny Ng scored early in the first half whilst Benji Batten scored with only 1 minute on the clock to notch up 1-0 wins in their respective semi-finals (Benji against Luke and Benny against David).

In The final between Benji and Benny, chances were few and far between and so after a goalless 20 minutes, the players would be set for another penalty shootout. Utilising his recent shootout experience, Batten prevailed, winning the shootout 2-0.

Action in the Final

Action in the Final

All in all, a fantastic afternoon with a great group of players. 17 Games producing 30 goals and a number of memorable moments, looking forward to the next one.

The Winners' Cup

The Winners’ Cup

Final Standings

1st Benji Batten (Rex-C Bibase)
2nd Benny Ng (Tchaa Sniper 2.0)
3rd Luke Radziminski (Extremeworks Universal)
–     David Simpson (Flickmaster Serie A)
5th Adam Deverell (Raptor G2)
6th Benjamin Ng (Tchaa DST)
7th Nigel Edwards (Zuego Profibase)
8th Aidan Deverell (Zuego Profibase

Fun Fact: This was Melbourne TFC’s 20th WASPA Tournament, here’s to the next 20!

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Gus Gillespie wins the 5th Brisbane League Cup

6 Players- a record high for the club

6 Players- a record high for the club

This month’s tournament was a long day, but very enjoyable for all. A new member and a new name on the trophy too.

The first round of games had Rik Bland topping the league table, with Giuseppe Tardiota, Andrew Bennett and Gus Gillespie completing the top four spots.

The semi finals were a repeat of last month’s encounters, with the same outcome – Andrew beat Giuseppe 2-0, and Gus beat Rik 2-1, (in which Rik scored a bizarre own goal).

The final again went to extra time, and this time Gus prevailed and earned a 2-1 victory. Having built slowly, and peaked at the right time, Gus was delighted with his first trophy.

New member Andy Rigden, previously represented Wales internationally, and after a very lengthy lay off, is keen to get back into the flick of things again. A little time to polish up on the latest rules will no doubt see him contesting the trophy.

The Winner- Gus Gillespie

The Winner- Gus Gillespie

“Brisbane Subbuteo Club’s next Tournament will be on July 26th, interested players can contact Rik Bland at rikbland@yahoo.com.au

 

Standings

Table after Round Robin:

Final   Standing

Pt

G

W

D

L

F

A

1-Rik

12

5

4

0

1

13

4

2-Giuseppe

10

5

3

1

1

12

6

3-AndrewBennet

9

5

3

0

2

12

4

4-Gus

7

5

2

1

2

7

6

5-Andrew Ridgen

6

5

2

0

3

5

14

6-Rob

0

5

0

0

5

1

16

Finals:

Semi-Finals:

Table1

Table2

Rik-Gus   1-2 (ET) Giuseppe-AndrewB 0-2

Final:

Table1

Gus-AndrewB   2-1 (ET)