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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.

Subbuteo Parramatta Autumn Junior WASPA Tournament

poster 600pxIn April of 2017, Subbuteo Parramatta and Good Games Bella Vista joined forces for the first time (the store hadn’t even officially opened at the time!) to host their first event together – a Junior WASPA tournament. Now, exactly one year on, both are proud to be repeating the event with the Autumn 2018 edition of Subbuteo Parramatta’s Junior WASPA Tournament.

The tournament will be held on Thursday, April 26 (during the upcoming school holidays), beginning at midday. It is open to all school aged players and will be held at Good Games Bella Vista – H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista (on the downstairs level). Entry is $5 per player, which goes towards store credit – so you can use it to get refreshments or save up and buy games, paints, cards etc from the shop. All equipment is supplied and all players are welcome, regardless of experience or ability. Pending the number of players involved, we may split into more specific age or gender categories.

Please fill out the form below in order to register for the tournament.

(Please note : Good Games Bella Vista is a publicly accessible space and the store and Subbuteo Parramatta do not take responsibility for the children involved in the tournament. Parents/guardians are encouraged to supervise their children.)

Subbuteo Parramatta – February 2018 WASPA

feb 15 2018 bSubbuteo Parramatta’s February WASPA tournament saw 4 of the club’s stalwarts head to the clubhouse at Bella Vista to battle out a very tight competition. Richard Wilson immediately put himself in the bad books by loudly declaring that this would be his first tournament officially as an Illawarra Table Football Club player – he had abandoned the club that had given him so much in getting him back into the game. On top of this, he was also getting his board, long stored at the clubhouse, and taking it home to Kiama at the end of the night. Not a good way to get onside with his opponents.

The first round of games saw Mat Barrie completely dominate Dave Sultana only to find that the woodwork was harder to beat than Dave’s ‘keeper. In the end, the woodwork proved to be the winner, a 0-0 scoreline ensuing. On the Extreme pitch, Adrian Elmer was in unfamiliar territory, dominating his opponent, Richard, instead of spending much of the game defending, as is his usual game plan. A number of half chances were easily batted away by Richard’s ‘keeper until, 20 seconds before the half time break, Richard made a swift counter attack and, with his first shot on goal of the game, went 1-0 up. Adrian equalised early in the second, before Richard took a decisive lead with a couple of minutes to go with a mishit shot that trickled inside the far post beyond Adrian’s stagnant ‘keeper. 2-1 to Richard.

Round two saw a couple of dour struggles. Adrian and Dave did their best to not upset the other’s ‘keeper in any way and finished at 0-0. Richard went to the half time break 1-0 up in his match against Mat though, again, had been dominated by his opponent. Mat got the equaliser he was looking for in the second half and the game finished at 1-1.

Going into the final round, everything was still to play for. A win to Richard would see him take the title and, with his opponent, Dave, yet to register a goal, was the clear favourite. Mat needed a big win and results to go his way on the other pitch and started strongly against Adrian. However, late in the half, an intricate dribbling sequence by Adrian’s attackers through Mat’s defence saw Adrian slip a goal past Mat’s stunned ‘keeper. Mat came out more determined in the second half and piled on some pressure, the game opening up. However, with time ticking away, things were slipping out of Mat’s hands. With 20 seconds to go in the game, Mat earned a flick in deep in his own area and mounted a quick attack. However, a rule debate saw the clock stopped and a deep discussion amongst the four players ensuing. In the end, the decision was made to replay the scenario with the time reinstalled. Mat took off – but forgot to touch the ball with his second flick. Adrian swiftly moved forward, got into the shooting area in one sweeping movement and put the ball in Mat’s goal with the final action of the game. On the Astrobase pitch, a tense struggle took place between Richard and Dave, with neither player being able to get on top in the first half. In the second half, though, the unbelievable happened – Dave finally bothering the scorer! He held on for a famous victory, throwing the entire points table into chaos. When the dust settled, all realised that Dave had emerged as the tournament victor. All that was left was to work out the minor placings. Adrian was in second place on goal difference, but a heated debate ensued as Richard argued the head to head result between equal players should be used, which would give him the second placing. As voices were raised, Richard stormed out with his board on his back and drove home to Kiama. Meanwhile, Dave went home satisfied – his pre tournament goal of finishing ahead of Mat achieved.

Subbuteo Parramatta’s next club meeting will be on Thursday March 1, with the next WASPA tournament on Thursday, March 15, both at Good Games Bella Vista.

(note: some events in this report may be exaggerated for dramatic effect)

Richard 2-1 Adrian
Mat 0-0 Dave

Adrian 0-0 Dave
Richard 1-1 Mat

Mat 0-2 Adrian
Dave 1-0 Richard

…………..P   W   D   L  GF  GA  P
Dave      3   1     2   0   1    0    5
Richard 3   1     1   1   3    3    4
Adrian   3   1     1   1   3    2    4
Mat        3   0     2   1   1    2    2

Sydney TFC FISTF Satellite Tournament

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Sydney TFC will be the proud hosts of a FISTF Satellite Tournament in April of this year. Held on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of April, there will be a teams event on Saturday and Individual events on Sunday. Cost is $30 for each day of play. For more info, contact Fabrizio Coco at fabcoco92@gmail.com. Register for the tournament using the form below.

WASPA Rankings – Feb 2018

The latest WASPA rankings are in and Western Flickers’ Benny Ng heads up the list of Australian players, while also holding an impressive Number 5 ranking world wide. There is daylight between he and the next placed Fabrizio Coco of Sydney TFC. An impressive 126 players fill up the Australian list.

In the 2017/18 season rankings, based on results since September 1, 2017, Benny goes even better, ranked Number 1 in the world which, obviously, easily ranks him as Number 1 in Australia, with more than double the points of his nearest rival, Adrian Elmer of Subbuteo Parramatta. 78 Australian players have competed in WASPA tournaments this season.

For the full Australian WASPA Rankings, click here

2018 Sydney Cup

sydney premier league2018 sees the launch of a brand new competition for table footballers based in Sydney (or who will be in Sydney very regularly through the year). In an Australian first, the Sydney Cup will run right across the year as a stand alone, knockout tournament, for all players of all clubs as well as those without club affiliation.

The tournament will be conducted as a ‘double-elimination’ tournament, meaning that players are not knocked out until they lose for a second time. All rounds and games will be completely unseeded. Each round will be allotted a period of time to be completed and it will be up to players to contact their opponent and organise a suitable time to play before each round deadline. For full tournament rules, before entering, please read through the entire
tournament guidelines document pdf file here.

Entry is completely free, just fill in the form below to become part of the action. Entries close at midnight on Friday, Feb 9 and the first round of games will take place throughout February.

Official Asian Cup Song Launched

shooter ready coverSHOOTER READY – KEEPER READY – SHOOT!
by Subbuteo All-Stars

Ricky Martin, Shakira, Pitt Bull, Santana, Il Divo, Lonnie Donegan, Placido Domingo, Anastacia, New Order, The Spice Girls, Dizee Rascal, Freddie Mercury, Del Amitri, The Pogues…

Add Subbuteo All-Stars to that list of luminaries who have contributed official songs for teams and tournaments over the decades. The Asian Cup of Table Football is heading to Melbourne, Australia in 2018 and Subbuteo All-Stars have got the music to keep you pumped. With a starring cameo from Australian Subbuteo legend (and current FISTF President), Steve Dettre, ‘Shooter Ready – Keeper Ready – Shoot!’ will drill its way into your head and lodge itself there for you to hum and whistle to your heart’s desire.

Though they have created a catchy, modern pop classic, Subbuteo All-Stars understand that not all table footballers were born this millennium, so to cater to some of the range of players and fans of all ages, they’ve also reworked the song into an 80s synth-pop anthem, an early 90s acid house banger and a brooding 2010s trap track. Rumours of black metal and Eurovision entrant versions remain just that at this stage, but who knows what the future may hold?

Download your copy of the single with all the remixes for free (or make a donation), stream them, pass them on to friends but, most of all, make sure you sing along as you head to Melbourne to pit yourself against Asia’s best over the Subbuteo pitches.

(please remember – laptop and phone speakers are not proper sound systems. plug into a proper sound system, turn up the bass and play it loud!)

Hugh Best Joins ATFA Board

best, hughRecently, ATFA Board member, Brisbane Subbuteo Club’s Giuseppe Tardiota, moved back to his homeland of Italy, meaning his role on the Board became vacant. After a call out for nominations to replace him, Hugh Best of the Subbuteo Perth club came forward and all ATFA members were invited to vote on whether they endorsed his inclusion on the Board. We are pleased to announce that, following an overwhelmingly positive vote of approval from ATFA members, Hugh has now taken his place on the ATFA Board. We would like to congratulate Hugh and welcome him aboard.