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Sydney International Open 2017

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Subbuteo Parramatta is proud to be hosting the 2017 Sydney International Open. The tournament will be held on the weekend of September 23 and 24 at Good Games, Bella Vista – Lower podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, NSW.

On Saturday, September 23, there will be a Teams Tournament. On Sunday, September 24, there will be an Individual Opens Tournament and an Individual Junior Tournament. Pending numbers, we may also run an Individual Ladies Tournament and possibly a Junior Teams Tournament.

Entry fees for the tournament is $12 per day for 18s and over, and $5 per day for Juniors (payable on the day of the event). All players are welcome to enter. All entrants must be ATFA Members (or members of their own international associations if from outside Australia). Membership can be obtained at the tournament or via our membership form online ($10 for 18+, free for Juniors).

We will also seek to organise a social dinner for the Saturday evening for any players interested in attending.

Please register for the tournament using the form below.

ATFA Annual General Meeting 2017

This Sunday, July 2, ATFA will be holding its AGM. The meeting will begin at 2:30PM and take place at Good Games Bella Vista (Lower podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, NSW). All players are welcome to attend and registered ATFA Members are encouraged to participate where appropriate.

During the meeting, results of this week’s ATFA Board elections will be announced and the new ATFA Board installed.

For any players unable to attend in person, we will be setting up a Facebook video conference in order to stream events in real time. Contact Adrian Elmer at ajebec@netspace.net.au or via Facebook to be added to the video conference.

club poster sp good games 600pxFollowing the AGM, Subbuteo Parramatta’s regular club meeting with friendly games and training will take place and all players are welcome to join in doing what it is we’re all actually here for – playing Subbuteo!

Australia’s Subbuteo Team Beats Japan in Asian Cup in Joyous Table Football Win

This article first appeared on the ABC News Australia website – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-11/australias-unheralded-subbuteo-team-beats-japan/8607988

By Tracey Holmes


Australia faces Japan in Subbuteo Asian Cup.
Photo: Table football can be a tense affair. Multiply that a few times when its played in the Asian Cup. (Australian Table Football (Subbuteo) Association)
Map: Japan

There are no fancy uniforms, no Sports Commission grants, nor a single dollar in sponsorship.

To be brutally honest, there’s not even much fanfare for this team of unheard-of Australians, in a little known sport, who this weekend celebrated their first overseas victory since 1994.

The event is the Asia Cup. The sport is table football, or Subbuteo.

Never heard of it? Never mind. You have now.
Australia plays Japan in Subbuteo Asian Cup
Photo: Australia cobbled together a team in time for the Asian Cup, even flying in one team member from Sweden. (Australian Table Football (Subbuteo) Association)

The event is being played in Tokyo and the Australians spent last night celebrating a 3-1 win over Japan.

Australian team spokesman Steve Dettre told The Ticket “people may laugh but it’s like any sport, you play at a pretty high level and it’s quite tense”.

“Some of the best players in Asia are here, actually some of them are ranked in the top 50 in the world,” he said.

“It’s quite a challenge playing at this level … like the game I just played, one mistake and the other guy scored, so it’s pretty hectic.

“We’ve got about 200 to 300 players in Australia now. It doesn’t sound like a lot but we started from ground zero and we let everybody know the Asia Cup was coming up … so we put together a team.

“We got a guy from Perth, two are from Sydney and an Aussie guy flew in from Sweden.”

There are six nations, including Australia, to contest the prestigious ‘Open’ event on Sunday. Saturday featured a veteran’s comp and the Nation’s Cup — featuring Japan, Singapore and Australia.

Australia’s Subbuteo factfile:

Our highest ranked international Table Football player is Melbourne TFC’s Peter Thomas, ranked 40th in the world
The Melbourne Table Football Club is ranked 44th in the world
There are table football clubs in every Australian capital city
Club membership is for men and women, boys and girls of all ages
Matches consist of two 15-minute halves
The Asia Cup Open will be covered by NHK Japanese television
Australia has never won the Asia Cup

Despite its historic victory over Japan, the Australians weren’t good enough for Singapore who walked away with the Nation’s Cup.
Australian and Japanese players at Subbuteo Asian Cup
Photo: Raffaele Lombardi (R) is one of Australia’s team-members in Tokyo. (Australian Table Football (Subbuteo) Association)

The International Federation of Subbuteo Table Football (FISTF) is not as advanced, or well funded, as their cousins from FIFA so a win at the Asia Cup doesn’t provide a pathway to a world event.

“The international scene is not that developed, but obviously that’s a future plan,” Dettre said.

“All we’ll get for winning something here will be bragging rights.”

ATFA Board Elections

Over the last 12 months, one of the tasks undertaken by the ATFA Board has has been to make ATFA a registered not-for-profit association. As part of this, under the Association’s constitution, Board membership must be voted for by ATFA’s registered members at the beginning of each financial year.

All ATFA members are also invited to stand for election as volunteers on the ATFA Board and so the nomination process for this is now underway. All current ATFA members are free to stand. Nominations must be supported by 2 ATFA members and acknowledged by the nominee. Members are free to nominate any number of nominees.

As per the constitution, the Board must consist of 7 members, 4 who are Office Bearers and 3 Ordinary Committee Members. Below is a list of the role descriptions for each member.

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

President : oversees the Board. In conjunction with the Board, the President sets dates for, and convenes Board meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Board meetings.

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

Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Board and ATFA membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.

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.

Ordinary Committee Members

Board 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.

Board Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Board in relation to all decisions made at the Board level.

All Board members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Board. It is expected that all Board members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Board membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.

Nominations close at 11:59PM on June 24, 2017. Voting will take place during the following week via the ATFA website. The ATFA Annual General Meeting will take place at Good Games Bella Vista (Lower podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, NSW) at 2:30PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017, during which time votes will be counted and the ATFA Board for 2017-18 endorsed. All members are invited to attend the AGM (which will be followed by actual games of Subbuteo!!).

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Mat takes on Richard on the near table, with Adrian C battling Dave at the back

Mat takes on Richard on the near table, with Adrian C battling Dave at the back

Western Flickers’ Adrian Connolly was heading to Parramatta for a week of business, so the Subbuteo Parramatta club held a WASPA tournament to give him something to do while he was away from home. Adrian had sharpened his skills at the Victorian Championships the previous weekend and was looking to put them to use. Meanwhile, the Subbuteo Parramatta club was using its new clubhouse at Good Games Bella Vista for their first ever Opens WASPA tournament.

With 5 players making their way to the midweek competition, a straight league was settled upon as the best way to go. The opening round saw Adrian C take out a 2 goal victory over Richard with Adrian E doing the same against Dave. In the second round of games, things got really tight – Richard and Adrian E slugging out a 0-0 draw and Mat peppering Dave’s goal, only to see everything saved or hit the woodwork. Then, in the final minute of the game, with his first shot of the game, Dave slipped one past Mat’s ‘keeper with the ensuing victory dance telling the full story! Dave followed this up with another 1-0 win, this time over Richard, while Adrian C continued to build an impressive run with a 2-0 victory over Mat. The 4th round fixtures saw a very tight 0-0 between Adrian C and Dave, while Adrian E got over Mat by the solitary goal. This left Dave, Adrian C and Adrian E all on 7 points with one round remaining. Unfortunately, Dave had the final bye so wouldn’t be able to take the title, leaving the match between the two Adrians as the virtual final.

(l-r) Richard, Adrian C, Mat, Dave, Adrian E

(l-r) Richard, Adrian C, Mat, Dave, Adrian E

In the final games, Mat picked up his first points of the tournament with a goalless draw with Richard. Adrian and Adrian squared up and the game, as was typical of all the evening’s matches, was an incredibly tight affair. However, late in the first half, the Melburnian made a beautiful incisive flick and shot on the run, putting the ball into the goal with the Sydney-sider not even behind his goal line. Holding on to his lead for the rest of the fixture meant that Adrian C would return home with the title, having seen off all his Subbuteo Parramatta opponents.

For full results, click here.

For more photos, click here.

ATFA Membership

The Australian Table Football Association is happy to be able to announce that, due to the exponential growth of our game over the last few years, we are now in the position to be able to have a formal membership process, enabling us to fall in line with the Federation of International Sports Table Football’s requirements for full member nations.

We have endeavoured to keep membership fees to a minimum. They will be $10 for the season for players 18 years of age and over, and free for Juniors. Membership is required for players to compete in any FISTF tournament worldwide. It also allows Opens players (18 and over) to nominate to volunteer on the ATFA Board and vote in ATFA Board elections.

Normally, membership will run for each FISTF season – from September until the following August. For this year, memberships taken up now will be valid until August 2018. There will be a Board election in late June/early July for which all members will be able to both nominate and vote.

ATFA Board General Meeting

In March, the interim Board of the Australian Table Football Association met to consider a few points needed for the administration of the game in Australia. While most of this information will already be fairly common knowledge amongst Australian players, the minutes are published below so that anyone can have a look. It is envisaged that the next Board meeting will occur around the end of the current financial year. This will coincide with the inauguration of ATFA memberships and the full election of the ATFA Board by ATFA members.

to read the board meeting minutes (pdf format), click here.

Subbuteo Parramatta Junior WASPA Tournament – Autumn 2017

group photoSchool holidays can only mean one thing, the return of Subbuteo Parramatta’s Junior Subbuteo Tournament. This autumn, the club took the opportunity to try out a new venue – the newly opened Good Games store in Bella Vista. Suffice to say all who attended were impressed by the space, the lighting and the hospitality provided, so much so that the club has now decided to use the shop as their new permanent clubhouse.

Seven players lined up for the tournament and, for the first time in Australian history (maybe even the world, anyone got access to all the records?!), the females outnumbered the males in an open tournament. With a couple of those involved in their first ever junior tournament, the future looks bright.

Players were divided into two groups. WASPA rankings were used to seed two players into each group, the others placed randomly to fill them up. Oliver was the dark horse – not having played as many tournaments as others, his ranking didn’t place him as a seeded player, but his intense practise over the last 6 months meant that he was poised to give the seeded players a shake. The group games were all very even, with 2 goals being the greatest margin in any fixture. At the conclusion of the group matches, the places all went according to seeds, except for Group Two, which turned out to be something of a group of death. Oliver made good on his dark horse status, taking his place at the expense of Imojjen, who lost both her fixtures in incredibly close 1-0 results to Oliver and Jonty. Meanwhile, Jonty and Oliver, with identical results and a head-to-head draw, had to go to a shootout to decide first and second place in the group. Oliver came out on top in a tight tussle.

In the repechage, Imojjen beat the day’s youngest competitor, Catherine, by a single goal to set up a final game against her good friend, Maddy. The two then played out a scoreless draw, the fatigue of a few hours’ straight Subbuteo play taking its toll.

The semi-finals saw Daniel line up against Jonty and Oliver faced Æowyn. None of the players could be separated. Oliver and Æowyn both put the ball in the back of the net during their game – Oliver while the referee had stopped play and Æowyn 5 seconds after the half-time whistle – but couldn’t break the deadlock during normal play. Likewise, Daniel and Jonty played out a scoreless draw and so both semis went to shots. Oliver took a straightforward 2-0 shots victory over Æowyn, but Jonty and Daniel needed 10 shots each before they could be separated!

oliver battles jonty in the grand final

oliver battles jonty in the grand final

Fatigue definitely set in for Æowyn in the 3rd/4th play-off, with Daniel running away with a 3-0 victory. Meanwhile, Jonty and Oliver renewed their group game rivalry and, again, couldn’t be separated. A goal to each left them with their second shootout of the day. This time, however, Jonty turned the tables, taking the match, and the title, with a shot to spare.

An excellent afternoon of Subbuteo with fairplay and friendliness a feature throughout. A big thanks to the parents who brought their children along and hung around to referee and give coaching tips. A big thanks to the Palamaras and the Sirmais who trekked from the opposite side of the city and many many thanks to our wonderful host venue, Bella Vista Good Games. The juniors will be back next holidays!

for full results, click here
for more photos click here

Subbuteo Parramatta Junior WASPA Tournament

Subbuteo Parramatta is proud to host a Junior WASPA Tournament during the upcoming NSW school holidays. We’ll be using the wonderful space at our new headquarters – Good Games Bella Vista. All school aged players are welcome, girls and boys. New players are especially welcome – we can loan you equipment and teach you how the game is played. Entry is completely free. So come along for some school holiday fun.

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