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2018 Sydney Cup Grand Final and Wrap Up

grand final poster 900pxIn February, 22 players began the long journey that was the inaugural Sydney Cup. The Sydney Cup was set up as a knockout tournament for all Sydney based players. Players were drawn randomly each round, no seeds, which meant that every round had some very juicy match ups, and the very real possibility of favourites making early exits and underdogs riding the luck of the draw to later rounds. Players were left to organise their own assigned matches, with games being played in games shops, community halls, school rooms, back sheds and lounge rooms across the year. The other feature of the Sydney Cup was the ‘double elimination’ system, meaning that when a player lost for the first time, instead of being eliminated, they dropped from the ‘red’ pool into the ‘blue’ pool. A second loss in the blue pool would see them eliminated, until we were left with just two players – Daniele Lombardi and Eliot Kennedy. And so we came to the 42nd and final game of the competition. The Grand Final was scheduled for Sunday, December 2 and was hosted by Good Games Bella Vista.

The two had played a warm up match each before facing off in the final. Eliot won the toss and elected to flick off first. A tense opening saw both players with equal possession. Then, midway through the half, Eliot made a calamitous defensive flick, knocking his own defenders out of the way and gifting Daniele an open shot at goal. However, as Daniele placed his hand to take his shot, his forearm landed on one of Eliot’s figures. The nerves from both players were clearly showing.

Eliot’s let-off spurred him into action, though, and, a few minutes later, he opened the scoring with shot on the run that was deftly tucked into the top corner as Daniele could only look on. Eliot relaxed with this and dominated possession for the rest of the half. His shooting proved to be a bit wayward, however and, without making too many clear cut chances, conspired to hit the woodwork and Daniele’s ‘keeper a number of times.

The players regathered their thoughts over the half time break and it was Daniele who came out the stronger. An early equaliser meant it was well and truly game on. Eliot responded with renewed pressure and, again, cursed the framework of the goals and Daniele’s ‘keeper as numerous shots failed to bother the scorer. Then, in a classic sucker punch, Daniele counter attacked and took the lead with 6 minutes left on the clock. In spite of his dominance, Eliot found himself behind where it mattered. Still he pressed, and most of the rest of the game found him in or near the shooting zone with Daniele defending stoutly. After a few more shots, even Daniele had to make the comment – “Every time you shoot you shoot straight at my goalkeeper”! With a little under two minutes on the clock, however, Eliot finally had his goal, tying the scores at 2-2, with a huge sigh of relief. And so the scores remained as the 30 minutes came to its conclusion.

The players repolished ready for the 10 minutes of golden goal extra time. Eliot lost the toss and so Daniele took the opening flick-off, in spite of a light hearted suggestion to give it to Eliot and so have the opening possession for the (non-existent) second half! Daniele wisely turned the offer down and elected to take the flick-off. It turned out to be his best decision of the afternoon. After the flick-off, Eliot didn’t even get to touch the ball. Daniele manoeuvred his way forward and a slightly overhit defensive flick from Eliot gave Daniele the chance he needed, burying his shot emphatically into the top corner to finish what turned out to be a rather anti-climactic extra time period after the tense to and fro of regular time. Eliot was left to rue the countless shots he had which were saved or hit the woodwork, while Daniele’s accurate finishing from the handful of shots he created during the game proved to be the decisive factor.

grand finalIt was a great grand final played in excellent spirits, with both players honouring some very tight referee calls without comment, and focusing on playing high quality table football. Many congratulations to both players. It was a fitting finale to a year long saga which, we hope, will be the first of many to come for the Sydney Cup.

For the full results of all the 2018 Sydney Cup matches, click here.

To register for the 2019 Sydney Cup, click here.

Western Sydney Subbuteo October WASPA Tournament

IMG_1907 smallIt was an evening of schmoozing with the presidents at the HQ of Western Sydney Subbuteo, with Australian Table Football Association president, Adrian Connolly, visiting from Melbourne and the Federation of International Sports Table Football Association president, Steve Dettre, making the trek across from Chatswood. No doubt the other players put in a quiet word with their suggestions for running the game as they took on their illustrious opponents.

A small swiss system was battled out. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Paul Magee and Paul Stockbridge faced each other in the first round, a game which doubled as their WSS Spring League fixture. Paul M slotted a goal in each half to take the game against a quickly improving Paul S. Meanwhile, Steve went down 1-0 to his Northern Falcons club mate, Hermann Kruse. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Adrian Elmer opened the scoring in his fixture against Adrian C inside the first minute of their clash which proved to be the only goal action of the entire game.

Round two pitted Paul M against Hermann. A fixture which is always a tight one proved so again, with Hermann coming out on top via a solitary goal. Adrian E came from behind to pip Steve 2-1. On the third pitch, the ATFA president found that every touch turned to gold as he slammed six goals past a shell-shocked Paul S.

The final round saw Paul S recover to go down valiantly 2-1 to the other president, Steve, while Paul and Adrian C battled out a hard fought, goalless match in their first ever meeting. In the tussle for the title, Hermann and Adrian E picked up their ongoing rivalry with another evenly pitted battle. Adrian took the lead midway through the game and tried valiantly to hold on, but the extra pressure Hermann put on chasing the equaliser paid dividends with an equaliser with a few minutes to go, meaning the title would be shared between the two.

An excellent evening of friendly competition, with many thanks, as usual, to our hosts at Bella Vista Good Games.

For full results, click here.

For more photos, click here.

2019 September Cup Tournament Report

2018 september cup 600pxSeptember means a couple of important things for Western Sydney Subbuteo, the beginning of the annual Spring League and the staging of Australia’s longest continually running tournament – The September Cup. The September Cup also contains an element of particular fondness for competitors as, in keeping with the tournaments history, only Subbuteo branded figures and pitches are used. So, for one tournament every year, 90s Hasbro bases rub up against 80s lightweights, 60s heavyweights and even the occasional team of cardboard or celluloid flats.

This year, 8 competitors turned up to The Old Clubhouse in Toongabbie. Split into two unseeded groups, play soon got underway on one of the coldest September days in living memory. This fact made things interesting for one pitch in particular, the outdoor verandah pitch, where players complained of cold fingers.

Adrian and Kostas in theor opening round battle.

Adrian and Kostas in their opening round battle.

Early games saw Kostas Barbaris come from behind to take a 2-1 victory over Adrian Elmer, Paul Magee and Hermann Kruse batle out a frustrating 0-0 draw, Eliot Kennedy edging Costa Kamarados 1-0 and Antonio Credentino putting 2 unanswered past Oli Ollnow who was playing with old bases for the first time in his life. By the second round of games, Oli had got much more used to the bases and ran out 2-0 over Costa. Eliot got on a goalscoring roll, beating Antonio 3-1, though the general play was closer than this. Paul and Kostas scored a goal each in their match while Adrian broke Hermann’s heart with a solitary winner scored with just 4 seconds left on the clock.

Eliot shows poise against Oli.

Eliot shows poise against Oli.

In the final group games, Group B was reasonably straight forward. Eliot continued his good goalscoring form, in spite of his jetlag (he had made an overnight flight from Korea just to be at the tournament) and was particularly pleased that some of his 1970s curling skills were able to be used for one goal in particular as he beat Oli 3-0. Antonio put 2 past Costa, meaning Eliot and he wrapped up the two top positions in the group. Group B was much more open, with all four players still able to progress and all four players still in danger of missing out. And this was reflected in the tightness of the games. Kostas kept up his unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory over Hermann which gave him top spot in the group and vanquished Hermann to the foot of the table. Meanwhile, Paul used the ‘Magee Swarm’ for large swathes of his match against Adrian, a factor which contributed to him scoring the game’s solitary goal when Adrian fell victim to the dreaded stranded travelling ‘keeper.

The Consolation Semi-Finals saw Adrian victorious 2-0 over Costa while the father-son showdown between Hermann and Oli provided some of the afternoon’s more boisterous moments. Players inside the clubhouse noted that things must be going bad for Hermann to celebrate a goal so loudly while playing against his son as one of his reactions to scoring on the outdoor pitch could be heard from right around the entire property! In the end, however, this was not enough, Oli running out a 3-2 victor. In the 7th/8th play-off, Hermann took out his frustrations 2-0 over Costa, who finished the tournament with the honour of not managing to get his early 80s lightweights to trouble the scorer across the day. in the 5th/6th playoff, Adrian repeated his earlier feat against Hermann, this time against the son, Oli, as he scored a winner with 13 seconds to go after a very even match.

Kostas come close against Paul in the cold in the 3rd/4th playoff.

Kostas come close against Paul in the cold in the 3rd/4th playoff.

The main Semi-Finals saw Antonio finally put Kostas’ unbeaten run to an end with a convincing 3-0 victory. The other match saw the day’s two past masters, legends of the round based figures game from the 1970s and 80s – Paul and Eliot – face each other in the showdown. And the game proved to be as exciting as it had promised. Eliot came out on top in the end (no doubt, the cider he had begun consuming was helping him overcome his jetlag) but it took all 3 of his goals to beat Paul who scored 2 of his own. The 3rd/4th play-off between Paul and Kostas found the pair unable to break each other’s defenses and so the day’s first shootout ensued. After the tightness of the game, the shootout was a one sided affair, with Paul running out a 3-0 winner after only 3 shots each, to snag 3rd place.

Which left just the Grand Final to be played between Antonio and Eliot. As with the 3rd/4th playoff (and, to show just how even things actually were between all the players across the afternoon), the 20 minutes of regular play failed to split the pair. In truth, it was a reasonably dour affair with lots of midfield tussling but not much goalmouth action. And so the players went to shots. Eliot opened his account with a goal from his first shot, then saved Antonio’s effort. From here, things went a little pear shaped for Eliot, however, as is often the case for him in shootout situations. However, he did cling on for a 2-2 scoreline at the completion of the five shots apiece. And so, to sudden death they went. Eliot’s first shot was fired straight at Antonio’s ‘keeper, knocking it away from the goal. Antonio then replied with a deft chip that beat Eliot’s ‘keeper at the near post to take the title.

A new September Cup Champion - Antonio

A new September Cup Champion – Antonio

Thanks again to all the players who got right into the spirit of retro fun and fair play that the tournament has come to be known for. A new name on the old trophy is always a great thing as well, so well done to Antonio for joining the elite club. And, to the eternal bridesmaid, Eliot, there’s always next year.

For full results, click here.
For more photos, click here.
For full video of the Grand Final, click here (part i) and here (part ii)

Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League

2018 spring league logo 1000pxIt’s that time of year again. The days are starting to get longer and the chill in the air isn’t so biting. The semis are rolling around in your football season and so you’re looking for something to fill the void once it’s all over. The Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is about to swing into action to fill all your footballing needs.

Now in its 5th year, the Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is open to all players, regardless of age, experience or ability. Registration in the League is free and will automatically earn players membership into Western Sydney Subbuteo for the upcoming table football season (Sep 2018 – Aug 2019).

Games are played weekly during the Spring months, but players will, on average, only need to be available for about 2 of every 3 weeks. The first and third weeks of each month will see us gather at Good Games Bella Vista for matches, while alternate weeks will see us play at a variety of venues around the area. Players can nominate which days of the week work best for them and the draw will be worked out around whatever suits the majority of players, with different days used in different weeks to allow players with other commitments to still compete.

A copy of the League rules can be downloaded by clicking here. Please fill out the registration form below to secure your spot in this season’s Spring League.

WASPA World Rankings – July 2018

WASPA World Rankings for both the Opens and Junior categories are in for July. In the Opens, Western Flickers’ Benny Ng maintains daylight between himself and second placed Fabrizio Coco of Sydney TFC, while Oliver Ollnow of Northern Falcons TFC holds the lead in the Juniors, ahead of Benjamin Ng of Western Flickers. There are currently 126 Australian players in the Open rankings and, in the Juniors (a new system only set up a few months ago), 24 players.

To see the full rankings, click here.

ATFA Committee Nominations and Elections

On Sunday, August 5, ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting, at Good Games Bella Vista in Sydney, from 3PM. As with last year’s meeting, all ATFA members are invited to participate – a Facebook 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 2018/19 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.

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.

If you are a member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details below. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Nominations due : 11:59PM, Saturday, July 28
Voting : Monday, July 30 – 11:59PM Saturday, August 4

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

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 – Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC)

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.

current member – Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)

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 (Northern Falcons TFC)

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 – Peter Thomas (Melbourne TFC)

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 (Subbuteo Parramatta)

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 – Christos Garagounis (Northern Phoenix TFC), Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

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.

2018 World Cup Doubles Tournament – Sydney

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41 years ago, 50 members of Sydney’s Subbuteo crowd staged their own ‘World Cup’. This was the famous ‘Doubles’ format, with players adopting a national team: Geoff Sirmai and Johnny Rado as Hungary; Don and Gary Hosie as England; Martin and Eliot Kennedy as Australia, and so on! Matches produced plenty of drama, fun and spectacular goals.

In conjunction with the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, Northern Falcons TFC and Subbuteo Parramatta are combining to host another ‘World Cup’ (Doubles) on Sunday, July 1, 2018, with some additional rules about pairings.

Entry will be $7 per player.

Pairs will be drawn before the event, with a more experienced player being drawn with a newbie or beginner. Any team comprising a beginner will get THREE free-shots before the match, and will start with however many goals they score!!
If two players want to pre-nominate as a pair, they can, but then the entry fee is $14 each.
Teams composed of relatives (father – son – daughter – uncle – mother etc) will get ONE free-shot before the match (unless one is a newbie!!)
Pairings who wear the national strip of their nominated country will get a bonus point in their group table.
Any national team is valid.
If you want to select your team, that’s another $10 fee!
Otherwise all teams will be assigned with a random draw, comprised of the teams playing at the World Cup in Russia.
All money will go towards the organisation of the AGP19!!

This is a great chance to bring along a friend, as Doubles is a good introduction to the game. Advice on the run from their team mate will help less experienced players.

The tournament will be held at Good Games Bella Vista – Lower Podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, Sydney. Players should arrive at midday and the first round of games will begin at 12:30PM. Register below by midnight, Thursday, June 28. Pairings will be drawn on Friday, June 29.

Special rules for the doubles format can be found by clicking here.

Subbuteo Parramatta Autumn Junior WASPA Tournament Report

poster 600pxIt has been exactly one year since Good Games Bella Vista played host to Subbuteo Parramatta for the first time. Before the store was even officially opened, it enthusiastically let the club hold a Junior WASPA tournament during the April school holidays. And, so, one year on, the Junior players were back for an anniversary tournament. With 8 players in attendance, the tournament was the largest Juniors only tournament the club has held to date.

The Northern Falcons brought along a strong contingent to join some of the Subbuteo Parramatta regulars and a couple of new players. Oliver and Æowyn were the highest two ranked WASPA players and so took the seeded positions in each group. The other 6 were then drawn randomly into the two groups.

Round One saw Oliver battle his sister, Hermine, the far more experienced older brother taking the honours 3-0. Meanwhile, their club mate Jonas played brand new Subbuteo Parramatta player, Ethan, in his first ever tournament. Ethan put up an excellent showing, but Jonas pipped him 1-0. In Group 2, none of the four players could find the goal. The Elmer sisters hadn’t played since their outing in last September’s Sydney International Open and it was showing as relative newcomer, Angela, playing her second ever tournament, and youngster Moritz, were both able to hold them to scoreless draws.

action shotThe second round was a repeat performance in Group Two, with different player combinations. This time, Imojjen and Æowyn played out a scoreless draw, as did Moritz and Angela. In Group One, Hermine put in an excellent showing, also holding Jonas to a scoreless draw. Tournament favourite, Oliver, put 2 goals past Ethan, the result showing that Ethan was picking up the finer points of the game very quickly.

In the final round, Group One took its turn to go entirely without troubling the scorer as 2 very close games ended in 0-0 draws. Organisers were sweating over some results in Group Two, however, as further draws could have led to a 4-way shootout to determine group positions. In the end, however, both Moritz and Imojjen were able to slip goals past Æowyn and Angela respectively to make the table clear cut.

In the Semi Finals, Moritz played well against Oliver but Oliver’s finishing proved the difference with 4 unanswered goals. Meanwhile, Jonas managed a solitary goal against Imojjen to take his place in the Grand Final. The lower placed players also enjoyed consolation friendlies against each other, with all 4 tables in constant action.

In the 3rd/4th Place Play-off, Moritz and Imojjen played out another 0-0 draw, both agreeing their play had taken a turn for the worse as the day was fading. They were declared equal 3rd place getters. After their goalless draw during the group stage, the Grand Final between Oliver and Jonas was shaping up as yet another close affair. Midway through the first half, Oliver took a lead after dominating much of the play. However, Jonas took this as his cue to renew his efforts and began to carve out chances for himself. Over the course of the rest of the game, both players had a few chances to score but couldn’t dominate. In the end, the early goal proved to be the difference, with Oliver taking the title.

group photoMany thanks again to Good Games Bella Vista for their hospitality, and to Hermann Kruse from the Northern Falcons for bussing the Junior Falcons across the extreme reaches of Sydney and refereeing at the tournament. Well done to all the players who all performed with the camaraderie and fair play that they have come to be known for.

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

report by Adrian Elmer

Applications To Host 2018/19 Season FISTF Tournaments

In order to give all the FISTF tournaments held in Australia the best chance to attract players from around the country and the rest of the world, the ATFA Board is seeking to set its schedule of FISTF tournaments in place by the end of May, 2018. The Board is therefore seeking expressions of interest for the remaining FISTF tournaments for next season. At this point in time, the Melbourne International Open (Melbourne, October 2018) and Australian Grand Prix (Sydney, January 2019) are set in place and an application for the Perth International Open in July 2019 already being processed. Aside from these tournaments, ATFA is permitted a further three FISTF Satellite tournaments.

The Board would like to encourage these tournaments in all parts of Australia, especially those where FISTF tournaments have not previously been held. If you haven’t organised a tournament before, don’t be put off, the Board has great experience in organising them and will do everything they can to assist you.

In order to apply to host a tournament, clubs (or collections of clubs in the same city) are encouraged to look at the application process which can be found by clicking here. Send an e-mail to Adrian Elmer once your application is together and the ATFA Board will then consider it. Applications are being sought for the remaining three/four tournaments by May 6, 2018, in order to have the calendar of events for the 2018/19 season set by the end of May, 2018.