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Australia At The 2017 World Cup

IMG_3724Best wishes go to our two representatives at this year’s World Cup in Paris, being held this weekend (Sept 2-3). Rob Green will be competing in the Veterans tournament and Daniele Lombard will be competing in the Opens tournament.

To keep up to date with all the results and proceedings, as they happen, go to the official FISTF World Cup site by clicking here.

Perth International Open, 2017

venueOver the weekend of the 27th of July the Historic Port City of Fremantle welcomed 12 players to compete in Western Australia’s debut major Subbuteo event, the Perth FISTF International Open Winter Classic 2017. From East we welcomed current ATFA president Benji Batten (Melbourne TSC), Italian teamates Fabrizio Coco & Tony Credentino (Sydney TSC) and the big German Hermann Kruse (Nothern Falcons TSC). Singapore brought over 2 players in Irwan Iskander & Vikas Chadiramadi (Jurong Central TSC) along with Subbuteo Perth hosts Ross Mcnulty, Hugh Best, John Harty, Alan Kimber, Chris Thorn and Ron Byrne.

We set up early on the Friday afternoon and after a nice meal and catch up at a local pub after practice we headed to do the draw for the main Singles event for the following Saturday morning. We did a 3 player ,4 group format with each playing one game against the other with the top 2 progressing into the Quarter Finals and the remaining bottom players entering a WASPA barrage tournament to run alongside the knock out phases.

In the first game of Group 1 Benji Batten beat Hermann Kruse 3-1 to set the early pace in the group after a commanding display from the young Victorian, suddenly all memories of his 9hr flight delay where well and truly remedied. In Group 2 Ron Byrne faced up to Fabrizio Coco who along with Benji and Vikas was an outright favorite at the start and after a gallant effort the Italian proved to much defeating the Evertonian 9-0. In Group 3 Vikas opened up his account with a resounding 7-0 win against Ross Mcnulty to send out a real message of intent. Over in Group 4 Hugh Best and Chris Thorn played out a tense 0-0 draw to boost hopes for either player of a quarter final berth against group favorite Irwan. Into the second round of games and in Group 1 John Harty faced the daunting prospect of playing Benji Batten and he really did himself proud going down just 2-0 against such a quality player over the 30mins. In Group 2 Alan Kimber faced up against Fabrizio Coco and in another well matched game the mercurial Italian popped in 3 goals to firmly set up a quarter final showdown along with Benji in Group 1. In Group 3 Vikas again was banging the goals in as he beat Tony Credentino 5-0 to also join the others into the Quarters and over in Group 4 Irwan Iskander had a 1-0 victory over current newly appointed Perth President Hugh Best in a very tight and close match meaning the fate of who was joining Irwan came down to GD. In the final Group game in Group 1 Hermann Kruse took on John Harty and prevailed 3-0 to secure 2nd place alongside Benji Batten and in Group 2 the all Perth tie of Alan Kimber and Ron Byrne resulted in a 3-0 triumph to send a jubilant Kimber charging towards the Quarter Finals. In Group 3 it was do or die between Tony Credentino and Ross Mcnulty and after a see-saw game it was the Napoli loving Credentino that came out on top with a 3-1 win that catapulted him into the Quarter finals. The final game over in Group 4 pitted Irwan Iskander V Chris Thorn and Irwan powered his way to the Quarter finals with a 3-0 win that meant a joyous Hugh Best would be joining him after edging his Perth team mate on GD.

Into the Quarter Finals and Game 1 set up a classic encounter between Benji Batten and Tony Credentino with the game deadlocked at 2-2 Benji avoided the dreaded penalty shootout after scoring a dramatic Golden Goal 2 mins into extra time, the Victorian was ecstatic and as i watched on as a bit of fist pumping began for the young Australian. In the 2nd Quarter Final Alan Kimber took on Jurrong Centrals Irwan Iskander but could not find the form he needed and ultimately went crashing out 3-0 in another game where chances were taken mercilessly by Irwan and Kimbers usual long distance danger was kept at a premium by the Singaporian. In the 3rd Quarter Final Hugh Best took on Fabrizio Coco and another gallant effort was put in by the eccentric Perth boy but Fabrizio had too much class and went on to pop 4 unanswered goals to make the Semi finals 4-0. The Final Quarter Final game pitted the slick Vimas Chandiramani against the disciplined German Hermann Kruse and after another closely fought game it was Vikas that emerged victorious with a 2-0 win to join the other 3 Semi finalists.

The Semi Finals games were played at the same time and on table one it didnt take long for Benji batten to open his account against Irwan Iskander, and by half time be had opened up a 5-0 lead which had us all thinking it could well be his tournament, he added 2 second half goals in a 7-0 hammering but Irwan was delighted to have got so far in his statement after the game. In another classic encounter Fabrizio Coco faced off against Vikas Chandiramani, it was pulsating game but Fabrizio fashioned an early chance 5mins in with a finely worked move of patience, precision and power to put himself 1-0 up, Vikas played on creating 3 good chances but found the Italian defence to be rock solid on this occasion and after missing one final chance in the dying moments it was the Sydney residents day to join Benji Batten in the final.

groupA Final of real quality began and it was very much tit for tat as both players exchanged a few half chances in an engaging game but Fabrizio took the lead with his usual calm demeanor and from then on defended brilliantly(as he had all tournament conceding 0 goals) as Batten tried desperately to break down his defence. Ultimately it was decided by the one goal and both players could go away with there heads held high as Subbuteo was the winner over the entire weekend as we laughed, cried, made great friends, ate lots of food and generally had a fantastic time together. thanks again to all the other 11 players involved in getting this event off the ground and turning it into reality, especially John Harty and his partner Bev bone who provided all the logistics as well as the world class venue we all flicked at. Thanks to Barbara Thorn who provided the grub for us all to demolish and once again well done Fabrizio Coco on taking out the inaugural Perth FISTF International Open, its an event we at Subbuteo Perth plan on keeping for as long as we can.

Report by Ross Mcnulty

for full results click here (pdf)

Subbuteo Parramatta Spring League 2017

subbuteo parramattaThe Subbuteo Parramatta Spring League is back for its fourth season. The league is open to all players of any age or experience level and new players are always welcome.

The league will begin in September and run weekly for 2-3 months, depending on the numbers of competitors.

Games will be played on alternating Tuesday and Thursday evenings (i.e. Tuesday one week, Thursday the next week). You do not need to be available every week. In most cases, you will be involved in two out of every three weeks, on average. The draw will be organised around your availability.

Entry into the league is free, though some small venue charges will apply for any games you play at our Club Home at Good Games, Bella Vista (this involves a $5 store credit which you can redeem on any in store purchases). Thursday evening games will be played at Good Games, while Tuesday evening games will be played at a few venues around the Parramatta/Blacktown area.

Playing in the league will also qualify you as a member of the Subbuteo Parramatta club for the 2017/18 season. Membership to the club is completely free.

Please fill in your details below to register for the league.

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.