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Coco reclaims Christmas Cup

Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco claimed the 3rd edition of the Christmas Cup, a traditional tournament organized by Sydney Table Football Club. This year for the first time it was also played under the FISTF regulations and format as a Satellite event.

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It was a very good turnout of Open players and junior players coming mostly from local area of Sydney but also interstate. The great weekend started with a traditional dinner draw. A big surprise during the draw was seeing Fabrizio Coco in the same group with clubmates Daniele Lombardi and Antonio Credentino — definitely the group of death!

The tournament had 4 groups with a total of 14 Open players and 2 groups for the U19 category for a total of 7 players with Gabriel Lombardi, Oliver Ollnow and Jonty Brener taking part also in the main category and played an incredible level showing how far they have grown during these years!

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Raffaele Lombardi (Sydney TFC) current number 55 in the world ranking, was the top seed player and favourite to win the title, followed by Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons WR 81), Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC WR  107) and Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons WR 204).

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It was a pretty easy life in their group stages for Raffaele and Eliot in their groups, but not really for Fabrizio who had to face his top team mates Daniele Lombardi (1-1) and Antonio Credentino (3-1) but still finished first in his group on goal difference. Herman finished 2nd in his group on goal difference, behind Giuseppe Tardiota (Brisbane Subbuteo Club WR 165).

The quarter finals started with a big match between the two Sydney TFC brothers Raffaele Lombardi vs Daniele Lombardi (2-1) followed up by Jonty Brener vs Giuseppe Tardiota (0-2), Oliver Ollnow vs Fabrizio Coco (0-2) and Eliot Kennedy vs Hermann Kruse (4-1).

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The semifinals were just as tight,  where everything was about to happen.

Raffaele Lombardi and Giuseppe Tardiota finished 1-1 after Giuseppe took the lead. Only the Golden Goal saw decided the victory for Raffaele 2-1. In the other semifinal Fabrizio Coco vs Eliot Kennedy was a  game plenty of occasions from both sides where Fabrizio took the lead in the first half and Eliot equalized in the second half finishing the game with 1-1 results. Only the penalty shootout decided the fate of the game that saw Fabrizio winning 2-1.

The Open final was a Sydney TFC matter between Raffaele Lombardi and Fabrizio Coco, battling without pause. An intense game well refereed by Eliot saw Fabrizio claiming his 2nd Christmas Cup title winning 1-0 against his club mate.

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In the junior category Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons) took the title beating in final Gabriel Lombardi (Sydney TFC) 2-0 .

Congratulations to all the players who competed in the tournament and many compliments to the incredible juniors growth in the game!

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Melbourne City fans try their hand at table football

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Victorian table football’s three clubs united to promote table football and support the Melbourne City FC pre-game entertainment prior to their A League clash with Newcastle Jets on Sunday 2nd December at AAMI Park.

There was a touch of “table football’s coming home”.  After all, it was through a fan forum for the then Melbourne Heart FC that current Melbourne Table Football Club (MTFC) President Luke Radziminski and former Australian Table Football Association President Benji Batten met.  These two players founded MTFC and then played a key role in getting table football back on track in the state.

It was a great opportunity to showcase table football to the thousands of football fans in attendance thanks to Melbourne City FC.  Many fans tried the game outside AAMI Park in City Square, both those new to table football and those that had seen or played the game before.  It was fantastic to see people of all ages, male and female, eager to play.   This is truly one of the great things about table football.

Inside the venue, table football was also available in the VIP corporate room of McDonald’s.  The McDonald’s workforce that were in attendance had fun trying their hand (or should that be finger!) at table football both pre-game and during half-time.  Dual AFL premiership player Leigh Colbert, present at the event, noted that his son was particularly keen on the game.  He was one of many bitten by the table football bug!

Hopefully this was the start of ongoing involvement between table football and Melbourne City FC.  With this on the back of similar activity held by Brisbane Subbuteo Club prior to a Brisbane Roar A League game, and the planned Perth Subbuteo Club’s involvement with Perth Glory pre-game, it is great to see involvement between table football clubs and Hyundai A League clubs.  Exciting times for Australian Table Football!298E4A09-6811-4D0E-B3E8-2A6CC4D35A19 39DE3797-6950-428A-BDFB-D698F2A40532 9B32FB06-A092-43AF-971B-CB82DE4D26EC 1D0C93A0-B71D-49D7-BF21-54A7B1A7921F ACF8746D-03B5-46A6-861E-6F225F47AE5F

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.

Flicks In The Sticks #3

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In what has become a highlight of the Victorian Table Football calendar, the 3rd edition of the annual “Flicks in the Sticks” (FITS) WASPA was hosted by Kevin Grant at his property. The event drew its largest number of entries to date, highlighting that many players earmark this as one they must attend.

Nine Open and five Juniors competed. Both events were the traditional FITS round robin league format. This time with the number of players it was a lightning 1×20 min match format.

In the juniors it was again Charlotte Wright who was dominant and taking out back-to-back junior WASPA. Three wins from four games without conceding was an impressive set of results. Not far behind were Billy Wright and newcomer Liam Browne who showed his debut form at the Melbourne IO weekend was not fluke. Jayden Truter took out 4th after defeating debutant Sean Browne in the final game.

In the Open category, from the offset Benny Ng was again the player to beat.
Christos Garagounis took out the clash of the Club Presidents in the opening round with a tight 1-0, making Adrian Connolly pay for hitting the right upright on three occasions.
Tonly Madiona proved tough to beat, only losing to Adrian and Benny on the day. His draw with Christos allowed Adrian to climb to second leading into the final round of games where most ladder positions remained up for grabs.

With Adrian winning 6 in a row after his first round loss, his clash with Benny would determine the WASPA winner. Benny won the toss for the kick off and took an early lead. An open attacking game somehow ended with neither player adding to the scoreline for Benny to take the title.

Christos was held to a 2-2 draw by Benjamin in his final game to finish in 3rd place. Steve Wright took out 4th place with his final round victory over Beth Eveleigh. A further win behind was Tony Madiona on goal difference Kevin thanks to their 0-0 stalemate in the final round. It was a rare lean day of scoring for Kevin who usually is involved in several high scoring clashes. Junior competitor in the open category Benjamin Ng finished in 7th, ahead of Beth on goal difference by virtue of Benjamin’s strong final round performance against Christos. Juliette Browne finished 9th and did well to contain all players – there are no easy games in the Open category!

There was also a WASPA Teams category held with the results between three players from each of the two clubs counted for this (Benny, Adrian and Steve from Western Flickers and Christos, Kevin and Beth from Northern Pheonix). The Western Flickers took out this title to prove that West is Best 🙂

Finally, thanks again to it host Kevin Grant for this much loved event. A great rural location for us all to escape to and play the game we love with good friends.

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Fabrizio claims title on Opening night of Northern Falcons new club

Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco took the honours as the Northern Falcons celebrated moving in to new club premises.
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After more than four year at Good Games Chatswood, the club has relocated to the Willoughby Park Bowling and Recreation club, still within the Willoughby district. Many thanks to Councillor Brendon Zhu, and Willoughby Park President Roger Womersley for making this happen. The club is fully licensed, and we are able to make use of their great facilities. There is plenty of space for us to set up boards, and just as importantly, there is plenty of car parking.

Nine players attended the first session at the club, with Fabrizio laying down a serious challenge in the first round with a 2-0 win against Tony Credentino.
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Hermann Kruse and Neil Brener tussled out a tough 0-0 draw, while Geoff Sirmai came from behind with a cracking goal to get a 1-1 with Steve Dettre.
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Fab won again 2-0 against Jonty, while Hermann was plagued by bad shooting in another 0-0 draw, this time with Kostas Barbaris.
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Steve and Adrian Grunbach traded goals, with Adrian twice taking the lead, only to be pegged back.
In the group ranking deciders, Tony beat Jonty 2-0, Kostas beat Neil 1-0 and Adrian overcame Geoff 1-0.

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In the barrage round, Tony clipped Adrian 1-0, while Steve beat Hermann on shots after coming back from 1-0 down to a wonderful opportunist shot by Hermann.

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The Sydney lads wrapped up the semis, with Tony winning comfortably, and Fab finally beating Steve’s keeper during the shootout after being denied four times in the match with miraculous saves!

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Fab then took the title with two goals in the first five minutes setting the scene for a 3-0 win.
It was great to see plenty of friendly matches happening too! As always, our mate Harley Ullrich remains in our memories, and his Memorial Board hosted the final.
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The Northern Falcons currently have five boards — two Kevin Grant specials, and three older Falcons boards — and will put the calendar up soon. All players from across Sydney, whether experienced or beginners, are welcome to attend.

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ATFA releases Vision 2023

After consulting with Australian-based Table Football players via an online survey, the Board of the Australian Table Football Association (ATFA) has produced a Vision Statement to focus on what we aspire for Table Football in Australia to become by 2023 in our key focus areas of Growth, Community and Excellence.

Vision 2023 is available from the Documents section of the ATFA website where you can also find other useful information such as the ATFA Code of Conduct, Constitution and information for tournament organisers.

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Williamstown SC to host Table Football Evening

The Western Flickers Table Football Club are pleased to announce that a “Come and Try” Table Football exhibition will be run on Tuesday 20th November from 6pm at the Williamstown Soccer Club, JT Gray Reserve, Kororoit Creek Rd, Williamstown, VIC 3016. Everyone is welcome to come along, find out about this version of football (soccer) and have a go!
Western Flickers Table Football Club, based in Melbourne’s western suburbs and originating in Hobson Bay, are excited by the possibility of this being the start of a long term affiliation with Williamstown SC. In addition to Williamstown SC being a local soccer club in the Hobson Bay area,  they share many of the same values as demonstrated by the growth of this community focussed soccer club that now has over 30 teams to cater for all ages, both genders, and all abilities.

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New home for the Northern Falcons

The Northern Falcons TFC have a new home!
Set in the middle of their home turf on Sydney’s lower north shore, the Willoughby Park Bowling Club will give the club more space and the capacity to hopefully grow the club.
The Northern Falcons will start with an invitation event on Monday, 12th November.
A Facebook event has already been created with all the location details. As an added bonus there is ample parking at the club, and for those using public transport, there are a number of buses that pass along Eastern Valley Way.
We have to say a huge thanks to the staff at Good Games Chatswood who gave us our first homebase, but their participant numbers have grown and so we’ve been looking for a new location as space became a premium in the Chatswood location.
Many thanks to Willoughby Park Bowling Club director Roger Womersley and local councillor Brendon Zhu who have helped make this happen.

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Latest Asian player rankings

Latest Asian player rankings, from the FISTF lists, sub-set generated by Paul Mercer.

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Please note: Players are only considered registered with FISTF if their respective national association has submitted their registration form. Please contact your national association for more information.