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Asian Champion takes out 2018 Altona Cup

Altona Cup 2018

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The largest and longest running Western Flickers’ event went back to its roots this year at the Laverton Bowls Club as part of the Altona Board Gaming Festival organised by Western Flickers’ own Adam Deverell.
Eight players players contested this years’ event. Western Flickers outgoing President and current WASPA World No. 2 Benny Ng was the top seed and hoped to take out his first Altona Cup. Current FISTF Asian champion Carl Young’s lack of WASPA action meant he was unseeded for his favourite event on the WASPA calendar. The second see was Luke Radziminski who has been in the rise in 2018.
Luke drew Carl, Beth and Kevin in his group; whilst Benny drew his bogey man Adam Deverell, Adrian Connolly and Fauzi Rahman.
The drama began early in the opening round. Luke went to a 2-0 lead over Carl, before the clash ended 2-2. These would be Carl’s last goals conceded on the day. Meanwhile, Kevin beat Beth to top the group at this early stage! The shot of the group table is now framed proudly in Kevin’s shed!
In the other group, Benny easily accounted for newcomer Fauzi. Adam Deverell scored a great counter attacking goal on the run to take a 1–0 lead against Adrian before Adrian’s pressure told in the second half. Adrian could not convert more chances and would later rue this with the game ending 1-1.
Kevin then took a shock 1-0 lead into half time against Luke before Luke turned the game around to win 2-1. Carl accounted for Beth 4-0 as he started to blow off the cobwebs.
In the other group Adrian easily accounted for Fauzi, but Benny again couldn’t defeat Adam with a scoreless draw ensuing.
In the final group games, Carl took top spot of Group 2 on goal difference from Luke after another 4-0 win, this time over Kevin. Benny took top spot in Group 1 with a narrow 1-0 win over Adrian, whilst Fauzi will have been round to have got his first goal of the tournament in his 1-3 loss to Adam.
The semi finals pitted Benny against Luke, with Adam against Carl. Adam continued his strong defensive work and great goalkeeping to go into half time 0-0 before ultimately succumbing 0-3.
Meanwhile there was even more drama in the other semi. A tense game finished 2-2, before Benny took the game with a goal in sudden death extra time.
The final the saw two players who’s performances on the day had some symmetry. Both progressed top of their groups with u points and had showed defensive strength to have only conceded in one game, identical 2-2 draws with Luke. A tight and tense final ensued with Carl on the attack most of the game, but Benny also having some great opportunities on the counter attack.
The game finished scoreless in normal time and it looked set to go to penalties before Carl grabbed the golden goal with less than 2 minutes on the clock in extra time.
Congratulations to Carl on the win. All those that competed appreciated seeing the Asian Champion back in competitive action. Whilst he may have been a little rusty, the performances of several others to push Carl during the event shows how far the game is progressing in Melbourne.
Thanks to all that competed and for Adam Deverell for organising the venue for the Altona Cup to keep it as one of the showpiece events of the Table Football calendar in Melbourne.

ATFA Season 2018-19 Events Announced

Today the Australian Table Football Association announced its calendar of events that will form part of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) World Tour.

From Sydney to Perth, action will take place all over the country as players compete for World Ranking points against interstate and overseas opponents.

The season will kick off with an International Open held in Melbourne on October 20-21, 2018 and will close in Fremantle with the Perth International Open to be played from July 12-14, 2019.

The new addition to this year’s calendar is the Canberra Satellite which will be the first FISTF event to be played in Canberra. Hosted by the Canberra Table Football Club, this event will take place on March 10, 2019, which is on the Canberra Day/Labour Day (VIC) long weekend.

The season’s biggest event is set to take place in Sydney with the 2019 Australian Grand Prix scheduled for January 18-20, 2019. The standard of play at this tournament is expected to reach a new high this season with talented overseas players set to travel down under to attempt to win Australia’s most prestigious tournament.

The Altona Cup Satellite will make a return this season (May 25, 2019) and Sydney TFC will again host a Satellite with their popular Christmas Cup event being now played for FISTF points (December 2, 2019).

All tournaments will have an Open category and where possible an U19 (Junior) and a Ladies category. The Melbourne International Open and Sydney Grand Prix will also feature FISTF Teams Events.

Registration for all of these tournaments is now open on the ATFA website with each event having a dedicated webpage.

We look forward to seeing many Australian and overseas players at these tournaments over the coming season.

 

Season 2018-19 Australian Calendar of FISTF Events

Tournament Category Dates City Host Club/s Individuals Teams Tournament Webpage
International Open October 20-21,2018 Melbourne Northern Phoenix, Western Flickers Y Y
Satellite December 2, 2018 Sydney Sydney TFC Y
Grand Prix January 18-20, 2019 Sydney Northern Falcons, Sydney TFC, Subbuteo Parramatta Y Y
Satellite March 10, 2019 Canberra Canberra TFC Y
Satellite May 25, 2019 Melbourne Western Flickers Y
International Open July 26-28, 2019 Perth Subbuteo Perth Y

A word from the new ATFA President

Australian Junior Benji Batten, ATFA President Adrian Connolly, and Australian Open catgory player Fabrizio Coco finalising World Cup preparations

Australian Junior Benji Batten, ATFA President Adrian Connolly, and Australian Open catgory player Fabrizio Coco finalising World Cup preparations

Congratulations to all my fellow board members who were elected last Sunday 5th August. Personally, it is an honour to be elected as the new President of ATFA.  It is quite surreal to have been nominated by FISTF President and ATFA Legend Steve Dettre some 30 years after first getting in touch with Steve in his role in the old ATSA / ASA, sending me the old Tri-Flick “magazines” and VHS tapes of Gary Hosie vs Willy Hoffman that elevated my interested in the game.  As ATFA President I endeavour to help build upon the great foundations set by Benji Batten and his passionate board.

Two of the immediate priorities of the incoming board are:
– FISTF transfers. These must be completed this month. More information will be distributed shortly to clubs on what is required.
– ATFA Memberships. The current memberships expire on 31st August. With membership required to compete in FISTF events (IO, GP and satellites), at only $10 this represents a great value way to support ATFA and cover costs associated with FISTF registration. The process for renewal and new members joining will be announced soon.

Finally, I would also like to pass on my best wishes to those that are representing Australia at the upcoming World Cup in Gibraltar:
Fabrizio Coco
Paul Mercer
Robert Green
Hugh Best
Benji Batten

It was great to catch up with Fabrizio and Benji this week in Melbourne as they finalise their preparations.  Like many ATFA members, I will be watching the scores (and live streams!) with interest. I am sure they will all enjoy the experience and enhance our reputation by competing with the values and behaviours of the ATFA code of conduct: Friendship, Respect, Sportsmanship, Control, and Understanding.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

2018-19 ATFA Committee Elected

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The 2018/19 ATFA Committee was elected today at the 2018 ATFA Annual General Meeting held at Good Games Bella Vista, NSW.

Congratulations to the elected members and wishing you a successful year ahead.

2018/19 ATFA Committee

President: Adrian Connolly (Western Flickers TFC)

Vice-President: Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)

Secretary General: Steve Wright (Western Flickers TFC)

Treasurer: Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)

Communications Officer: Adrian Elmer (Western Sydney Subbuteo)

Board Advisors: Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix TFC), Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

 

Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League

2018 spring league logo 1000pxIt’s that time of year again. The days are starting to get longer and the chill in the air isn’t so biting. The semis are rolling around in your football season and so you’re looking for something to fill the void once it’s all over. The Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is about to swing into action to fill all your footballing needs.

Now in its 5th year, the Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is open to all players, regardless of age, experience or ability. Registration in the League is free and will automatically earn players membership into Western Sydney Subbuteo for the upcoming table football season (Sep 2018 – Aug 2019).

Games are played weekly during the Spring months, but players will, on average, only need to be available for about 2 of every 3 weeks. The first and third weeks of each month will see us gather at Good Games Bella Vista for matches, while alternate weeks will see us play at a variety of venues around the area. Players can nominate which days of the week work best for them and the draw will be worked out around whatever suits the majority of players, with different days used in different weeks to allow players with other commitments to still compete.

A copy of the League rules can be downloaded by clicking here. Please fill out the registration form below to secure your spot in this season’s Spring League.

International Table Football set to touchdown in Fremantle

The final Australian event on the 2017-18 FISTF Calendar is set to be played this Saturday as players from across Australia and Singapore head west for the Perth International Open.

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Held at the beautiful Fremantle Town Hall, competition is sure to be hot this year with Singapore’s Benny Ng and Tan Yew Loy headlining the international challengers for the title.

Local favourites include Western Flickers’ Steve Wright and Perth’s Ross McNulty and Alan Kimber who have been training hard to take victory on home soil.

Perth players at a recent WASPA Tournament

Perth players at a recent WASPA Tournament

The field is full of tournament experience with John Harty, Bev Bone and Chris Thorn having played recently at the Singapore Grand Prix, while Hugh Best returns from his appearance at the Japan Grand Prix last weekend.

As part of the football festivities, a football collectors fair will also be held on the day.              More information about the collectors fair can be found here:   www.facebook.com/events/175506096656388

The ATFA would like to wish all players good luck for the tournament and we hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend!

Chris Thorn and John Harty at the 2017 Perth IO

Chris Thorn and John Harty at the 2017 Perth IO

Sports Table Football, or “Subbuteo” as it is widely known, is a game based on association football. For many years it was marketed as “the replica of Association Football” or “Table Soccer”.

Entry for spectators is free and we encourage people of all ages to come down and watch. There are spare tables on hand for beginners to try out the game. For anyone interested in playing Subbuteo table football, this would be the perfect opportunity to come down and see what all the excitement is about.

Perth International Open

Saturday July 28

Fremantle Town Hall

8 William St, Fremantle WA 6160

Follow the action at: www.facebook.com/SubbuteoAustralia

 

World Cup Squad Announcement

WC2018Today the Australian Table Football Association announced the players who will represent Australia at the upcoming FISTF World Cup to be held in Gibraltar from September 1-2, 2018.

5 Australians will compete across three Individual Categories on Saturday the 1st with two players (Robert Green and Fabrizio Coco) possessing previous World Cup Experience.

On Sunday the 2nd Australia will compete in the teams event for the first time since the 1994 World Cup with Robert Green captaining the team.

Robert Green in Action at the 2014 World Cup

Robert Green in Action at the 2014 World Cup

Preparations for the tournament are well underway with the players training hard in their respective states in the lead-up to the to tournament. The team will assemble in Gibraltar in the days prior to the tournament and will play an International Friendly against the USA to complete preparations on Thursday August 30.

The ATFA would like to wish all the players the very best of luck for the tournament and we look forward to updating you all with the teams progress as they prepare for and compete in the tournament.

Team Australia at the 2018 FISTF World Cup:

Individual Categories:

U19:
Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC)

OPEN:
Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC)
Paul Mercer (Northern Phoenix TFC)

VETERANS:
Robert Green (Northern Falcons TFC)
Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

Teams Category:
OPEN TEAM:
Benji Batten, Fabrizio Coco, Paul Mercer, Robert Green (C), Hugh Best

Team Officials:

Steve Dettre (Northern Falcons TFC)
Vincenzo Coco (Sydney TFC)

WASPA World Rankings – July 2018

WASPA World Rankings for both the Opens and Junior categories are in for July. In the Opens, Western Flickers’ Benny Ng maintains daylight between himself and second placed Fabrizio Coco of Sydney TFC, while Oliver Ollnow of Northern Falcons TFC holds the lead in the Juniors, ahead of Benjamin Ng of Western Flickers. There are currently 126 Australian players in the Open rankings and, in the Juniors (a new system only set up a few months ago), 24 players.

To see the full rankings, click here.

ATFA Committee Nominations and Elections

On Sunday, August 5, ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting, at Good Games Bella Vista in Sydney, from 3PM. As with last year’s meeting, all ATFA members are invited to participate – a Facebook video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2018/19 season.

To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee. As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee. Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.

The committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.

If you are a member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details below. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Nominations due : 11:59PM, Saturday, July 28
Voting : Monday, July 30 – 11:59PM Saturday, August 4

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

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

current member – Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC)

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

current member – Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)

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

current member – Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)

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.

current member – Peter Thomas (Melbourne TFC)

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee 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.

current member – Adrian Elmer (Subbuteo Parramatta)

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

current members – Christos Garagounis (Northern Phoenix TFC), Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

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

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.