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 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.
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!)
Recently, 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.
Following the completion of the Spring League, being run in three of Sydney’s club – Northern Falcons TFC, Subbuteo Parramatta and Sydney TFC – the final three weeks of November were set aside for each club to take a turn hosting a WASPA tournament. The last of these was held by Subbuteo Parramatta at their Bella Vista Good Games headquarters. Nine players joined in, most of who had not been able to play in any of the other two tournaments in the previous weeks.
Eliot Kennedy, Steve Dettre and Adrian Elmer were seeded into the three groups, with the other six players randomly placed. Steve Diasinos and Gordy Dudley assured organisers they would be arriving, just a little late, but double checks were made to ensure they were heading to the correct venue – you can never be too careful with these two. After a year without playing, Jordan Kolaczyk was also making a return, sporting his newly hand-painted i-Base Professionals.
The opening round of games through up a few surprises. In Group 1, Dave Sultana was at his consistent best and held top seed, Eliot, to a goalless draw. In Group 3, Kostas Barbaris showed the results of a few months’ solid play against some of Australia’s best players within his own club, Sydney TFC, his defensive flicking being particularly good and surprising Adrian with two quick, well worked goals. Adrian pulled one back just before half time and found an equaliser a few minutes before full time but Kosta was unfortunate that his immense improvement this season was not rewarded more. Meanwhile, in Group 2, Falcon Steve Dettre edged past club mate Adrian Grunbach with a 2-1 victory, Adrian’s late surge making Steve very nervous. The second phase saw Dave eventually take hold of his match against Jordan, who was having his first flick since the 2016 Spring League, with Dave taking the honours 2-0. Adrian G and Gordy played out a tight affair, Adrian scoring a solitary goal to earn the 3 points. Meanwhile, in a real arm wrestle, the two Greeks, Kostas and Steve Diasinos, took each other to the wire, with Steve also finally coming out with a single goal victory. In the final group matches, Eliot gave Jordan a bit of a Subbuteo lesson as Jordan grew increasingly desperate to get forward possession. Steve Dettre managed to squeeze one goal past Gordy Dudley who was defiant in his defence. Steve did have one shot right on full-time which found the net. It was unclear to all involved whether it had happened before or after the final whistle, however, so a 1-0 scoreline was settled on. Steve Diasinos had all the possession and applied all the pressure in the opening five minutes of his game against Adrian E, culminating in a beautiful shot on the run that sailed goalward. Somehow, Adrian managed to grab his ‘keeper with his left hand and get it in the way of the shot, the rebound ending deep in Steve’s half. One possession and three flicks later, the ball was in the back of Steve’s goal from a shot from an acute angle by Adrian. The circumstances of the goal turned the game on its head, finishing 3-0 to Adrian, a scoreline which flattered him but which he was delighted to inflict on Steve.
In the Repechage play-offs, Kostas and Gordy played out a 0-0 draw before each putting a solitary goal past Jordan, making for a very democratic conclusion. The Barrage round saw a typically tight tussle between Subbuteo Parramatta club mates Adrian E and Dave. Adrian managed to score a solitary goal to maintain his unbeaten competitive record against Dave. Meanwhile, in their first ever match up, Adrian G gave Steve Diasinos a spanking, slotting 3 unanswered goals past Steve’s ‘keeper. Adrian E than, unfortunately, ran into a brick wall in the shape of the diminutive Eliot. Eliot bossed the match and ran out a 4-0 winner. Meanwhile, Steve Dettre controlled the bulk of the possession in his semi against Adrian E, but couldn’t find a way past Adrian’s staunch defence (though Adrian was lucky to see one of Steve’s shots rebound off his unattended goalkeeper). Adrian, however, did manage some of his own counterattacks and 2 of these resulted in goals, one in each half.
Dave maintained Steve Diasinos’ misery in the 5th/6th play-off, putting one goal past his team mate. Meanwhile, Adrian G made a complete about face from the opening round encounter with Steve Dettre, taking a 3-0 lead into the half-time break. Steve came out with a better performance after the break, winning the half but still succumbing 4-2 in the 3rd/4th play-off. The grand-final saw the tournaments two shortest players face-off (something to do with centres of gravity being an advantage or something). In a fairly dour, technical match, Eliot pressed for much of the game, as he usually does, but Adrian’s defensive organisation and flicking were meaning his ‘keeper had little to do. Midway through the second half, however, Eliot got the half chance that was all he needed after a poor defensive flick from Adrian, and took the lead. Adrian attempted to take the game to Eliot but didn’t create any meaningful chances, meaning Eliot was able to take the tournament with a 1-0 victory.
Another great evening of friendly rivalry. As always, a great thanks to Nathan at Bella Vista Good Games for hosting us with lots of room for our pitches. Over the three weeks of Spring League Cup tournaments, 17 different players were able to take part. Many have one eye on the Asian Cup approaching in January and the series proved to be an invaluable opportunity for all players to continue improving.
for more photos click here
for full results click here
As you may be aware, a legend of table football’s resurgence in Australia, Giuseppe Tardiota, will soon be moving back to his native Italy. Giuseppe, from the Brisbane Subbuteo Club, was the first player in the current era in Australia to travel interstate for tournaments, flying to Melbourne and Sydney regularly before there were any competitions happening in Brisbane. This set the scene for others to follow in terms of moving around to play. He then went on to form the Brisbane Subbuteo Club, while still keeping up his regular travels. As one of the foundations of ATFA, Giuseppe’s friendly manner and passionate play will be sorely missed.
Since the beginning of 2017, Giuseppe has also served wonderfully as an ATFA Board Member. As he will no longer be with us, we will be holding a by election to choose a replacement to fill his position. Calls are now being taken for this position. The position is that of General Committee Member and is open to all Open ATFA members living in Australia. All decisions made by the ATFA Board are always made following discussions amongst the entire Board until a unanimous decision is reached, so your voice in this position will be vital.
If you would like to nominate yourself for the position, please fill in the required details below. The details you give will be published for all members to be able to see to help them as they vote.
Nominations will close at midnight on Sunday, Dec, 3, with the vote to follow over the following week.
In 2017 we created our first official ATFA national playing strip. They are manufactured by the Melbourne-based Konqa company. All players are welcome to buy the strip (and non-players, too!), not just those officially representing Australia in competition.
We still have a limited number of shirts available, they will cost $60AUD and are available in the following sizes:
Please note that Konqa designs tend to be slimmer fit than usual, so order a size up if you are unsure. A comprehensive sizing guide for Konqa can be found by clicking this link – http://www.konqa.com.au/size-overview/
To place an order, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, shirt size and postage details.
Payment of $60 will need to be made to:
Account Name : Australian Table Football Association
Bank Name : National Australia Bank
Account Number : 980742375
BSB : 082088
During the recent Sydney International Open, we were joined by Sinéad Fogarty who filmed proceedings and interviewed a number of players. She has posted the following article and video on the Hatch@Macleay website…
Sinéad Fogarty meets the football players leaving it all on the table.
Roars of victory and cries of vanquish volley across the kelly green pitch, as the spirit of Maradona and Messi surge towards an atomic orange soccer ball. Players clad in royal purple puncture past a gutter-dwelling defense. A gasp, then a goal.
Yet instead of a stadium, we’re at the back of a gaming store. The pitch is just a few paces long, while the soccer ball mimics a marble. A skittle-like scatter of jerseys hover around several playing tables. Subbuteo is the fanging football you know and love, fun-sized.
“It’s a combination of chess, on the run, with snooker. So it’s tactical, but it’s technical, and it requires a lot of fine motor skill,” says Steve Dettre, from the Northern Falcons Table Football Club.
“The flicking, positioning and the tactics are different from football, but there’s still enough of a connection for the football freaks to love the game.”
Giuseppe Tardiota is one such football freak. A lifelong soccer superfan and hobby-painter, he has been a leading member of the Brisbane Table Football Club for the past five years. A focal point of tournaments around the country are his team of 11 hand-painted figurines. Each are meticulously detailed, down to a manicured moustache.“I used to paint Warhammer 40,000, a tabletop miniature wargame, and then I began painting the miniatures for Subbuteo,” said Mr Tardiota.
High-school art teacher Adrian Elmer also mixes creativity with competitiveness, joining Subbuteo Parramatta four years ago after painting the figurines since he was a kid.
“I run Subbuteo club at my school, and this year we had nearly 50 kids join in. In first term they try it out and practice, before we play a tournament,” said Mr Elmer.
Mr Dettre agrees it’s a great activity for young people as it helps develop fine motor skill as well as sportsmanship: “It’s a bit different from playing a computer game because you’re actually facing the other person – you’ve got to learn to lose, be a gracious winner, and accept the referee.”
Across Australia there are 11 clubs hosting more than 100 active players, many of whom hope to bend it like Benji Batten. President of the Australian Table Football Association, Benji enthuses the fun and vibrant community, and the friendships, are the best thing about the sport.
“When we’re on the tables playing, it’s a little bit competitive. But off the pitch, we’re all just great friends – there’s a real social aspect to it,” said Mr Batten, from the Melbourne Table Football Club.
Finger football aficionado Bernard Lim travelled all the way from Singapore for the Sydney International Open held on September 24. Representing the Singapore Lions Subbuteo Club, Mr Lim is aiming to reignite the passion for the game in his home country, which was very popular during his childhood.
“I started playing when I was a little kid but by the 90s the sport kind of died. In the last five to six years we have been trying to start a revival by getting together old friends, to help restart the whole energy and scene again,” said Mr Lim.
As the final seconds of the match tumble forward, flicks are ferried or desperately thwarted. As the siren sounds, the figurines are bundled into briefcases, before the players rest their weary hands … around a well-deserved bevvie.
– Story, video and graphics by Sinéad Fogarty
the original article can be found at http://hatch.macleay.net/video-a-fun-sized-premier-league/
This season, all that will be required is one simple photo for each player, and to tell us your favourite colour. We just need a current (i.e. taken in 2017) headshot of you. A few specific needs for the photo are:
* It must be front on
* It must clearly show your whole head
* It must be well lit, with even lighting
* It must be taken against a plain background that is a different colour to your face/hair
* It must be taken using reasonably good resolution
Because we know these instructions may be difficult for some to follow, here is a small chart to help you out. Try to get these right as photos that don’t follow the guidelines can’t be used and you’ll miss out on having your beautiful, Season 2017/18 card!
Submit you name, club name (if you don’t have a club, don’t worry, still send in) and photo and, lastly your FAVOURITE COLOUR, to Adrian at email@example.com.