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World And Asian Rankings Released

The biggest change in the Asian Open rankings was the introduction of Cedric Garnier, who has changed his national allegiance from France to Japan, where he is a permanent resident.
Cedric entered the Asian Rankings at #4, while Fabrizio Coco moved into 6th place to challenge Peter Thomas’ #1 Aussie ranking.
Singapore claimed the top 3 places in Asia for the first time this year, with Bernard Lim (SGP) moving into third place on the back of his victory at the Sydney International Open.
Raffaele Lombardi (AUS) moved up one place to 10th, knocking Eliot Kennedy (AUS) out of the Top 10 for the first time this year. Kenzo Koi (JPN) also fell out of the Top 10.
Biggest movers were Christos Garagounis (AUS) up 26, Emanuele Funaro (ISR) up 34, and Steve Wright (AUS) up 37 places.
In the Ladies category, Beth Eveleigh (AUS) retains her #1 rank, while Æowyn Elmer (AUS) leapfrogged her sister Imojjen into second place.
Due to changes regarding qualification for age categories, there have been some changes in the junior rankings with players being moved into new categories.

All rankings:
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement Ladies – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement – U12 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement U15 – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement U19 – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement VETS – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement Teams – ASIA

A Fun-Sized Premier League

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.

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“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/

2017/18 ATFA Trading Cards

The 2016/17 Set

The 2016/17 Set

It’s that time of year again, when Australia’s finest Subbuteo players are immortalised as part of the new season’s trading card set. Set to be released at the Asian Grand Prix in Melbourne in January, 2018, we are now calling for all players to contribute!

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!

Click on the photo for a full resolution copy, so that you can clearly see the instructions!

Click on the photo for a full resolution copy, so that you can clearly see the instructions!

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 ajebec@netspace.net.au.

2017 Sydney International Open Tournament Report

As far as can be seen from the current records available to us, the 2017 Sydney International Open was the second largest one-off Subbuteo tournament ever held in Australia, its 43 competitors falling just a couple short of the legendary 1988 Sydney Open. With two days of action and seven different competitions taking place, there was no shortage of competitive fun for all involved. A strong contingent from Melbourne made their way up, with others coming from Berry, Brisbane and Singapore.

The room in full swing - Women's tournament in the foreground, Teams to the back and Junior WASPA on the left.

The room in full swing – Women’s tournament in the foreground, Teams to the back and Junior WASPA on the left.

Saturday saw two FISTF tournaments take place, the Women’s tournament and the club Team’s Tournament. In the former, the Elmer sisters played out a goalless stalemate in their opening round game before Charlotte Wright from Melbourne lost one game to Æowyn and won the other against Imojjen. This was enough to set up a rematch between her and Æowyn in the final. However, Æowyn’s experience came through and she was able to take her first ever FISTF title with a 1-0 win in the grand final.

The Teams was a much more complex proposition. Top seeds, the Northern Falcons, were drawn against Sydney East’s Hipfingerz and a Barbarians team – players from a variety of clubs without their own team for the tournament who banded together. In the other group, Subbuteo Parramatta drew Sydney TFC (largely made of players who had helped earn Subbuteo Parramatta their 2nd seeding!) and the traveling Western Flickers from Melbourne. The group stages went according to the form guide, with the Falcons gliding past their opponents and Sydney TFC making similarly light work of Group Two. The Barbarians managed to edge Hipfingerz in Group One, but the Hipfingerz went through by virtue of the fact that, as an unrecognised FISTF outfit, the Barbarians were not permitted past the group stages. Which left the match between Subbuteo Parramatta and the Western Flickers as the main point of interest for the group stages. While Benny Ng snagged one point for the team from Melbourne, the other three games went the way of the hosts, giving them a berth against the Falcons in the semis.

Sydney TFC continued their whitewash record with another four wins over their Hipfingerz opponents in one of the semi finals. Subbuteo Parramatta went into their semi knowing they had a glimmer of hope if they could all perform at their best. However, only Paul Magee could follow through on the promise, the Falcons putting Subbuteo Parramatta to the sword, exemplified by a 3-1 victory by Adrian Grunbach over ex-team mate Richard Wilson in their first competitive match in 20 years, and a 6-0 master class by Steve Dettre against the hapless Adrian Elmer.

Teams finalists - Sydney TFC and Northern FAlcons TFC

Teams finalists – Sydney TFC and Northern FAlcons TFC

The final turned out to be the most evenly balanced in Australian Subbuteo history, going down as a final for the ages. With 5 minutes of the contest remaining, the Falcons had a 2-1 lead and one hand on the winners’ certificates. However, in a pulsating final few minutes, both Tony Credentino and Raffaele Lombard were able to put equalisers past their respective opponents, Hermann Kruse and Eliot Kennedy, to leave three of the four games as draws when the final whistle blew. This meant that Fabrizio Coco’s sole victory, against Adrian Grunbach, was enough to give Sydney TFC a 1-0 victory and the title!

The gang share a meal.

The gang share a meal.

While all this was taking place, the collected juniors and eliminated opens players all played respective WASPA tournaments, with Oliver Ollnow coming out on top in the Juniors and Benji Batten claiming his first title in some time in the Opens. The excellent day’s play concluded with a live broadcast draw for Sunday’s two FISTF tournaments, and then two thirds of the players heading out for a dinner together at Frango’s, a great time of catching up with old friends and establishing new friendships.

Sunday morning saw an eager crowd gathering early outside our venue – Good Games Bella Vista – for a bright and early beginning to the individual Opens and Juniors FISTF tournaments. In the Juniors, twelve competitors were split into 3 groups for the early rounds. These went to form with seeded players, Jonty Brener, Oliver Ollnow and Daniel Sirmai each topping their groups. Charlotte Wright backed up her performance from Saturday’s Women’s tournament with a solid showing, going down 1-0 to new player Thorben Pfister in the barrage. In the semi’s, Jonty put two past Thorben, while Daniel Sirmai and Oliver Ollnow played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, Oliver finally taking the tie with an extra time winner. So, the final pitted the two rivals from Saturday’s Junior WASPA final against each other yet again. This time, Jonty put up a far sterner fight and neither player could wrestle an advantage during either normal or extra time. So, as the players from the Opens tournament gathered around, the two went to a shootout. In the end, Jonty held his nerve to take an extremely close fought 3-2 shots victory and claim his second FISTF tournament win.

The Opens saw a large field split into 7 groups. Here, again, the seeded players all managed to take top spot in their groups though not without the occasional scare. Recently returning to the game, Stephen Wright from Western Flickers sent a few small shockwaves around the venue when he accounted for Steve Dettre in their group clash, the battle of the Lombardi brothers went down to the wire before Raffaele prevailed, and Adrian Elmer was almost able to eke out a draw against a nervous Benny Ng before Benny’s experience held out.

The barrage round is where the dust really settled, with each of the top seven seeds making their way to the quarter-finals, joined by the founder of Australia’s newest club, Northern Phoenix’s Christos Garagounis. The extremely tight field meant that predictions from here on were impossible. A rollercoaster game saw Benny Ng come from behind to defeat his old nemesis, Benji Batten; Raffaele Lombardi narrowly accounted for Eliot Kennedy in the latest chapter of their ongoing rivalry, needing an extra time winner; Fabrizio Coco began to stamp his authority on the tournament with a 4-0 win over Steve Dettre, while Bernard Lim was getting into the swing with a 2-0 win over Christos. In the semis, Bernard made a big statement with a clear 3-1 victory over Raffaele, while Fabrizio edged Benny 2-1. Which set up a grand final showdown between the tournament’s top two seeded players.

Bernard tips another of Fabrizio's shots wide in the grand final

Bernard tips another of Fabrizio’s shots wide in the grand final

The grand final, however, didn’t start out as the tight tussle most were expecting. In the 9th minute, Bernard scored his third unanswered goal, his complete domination meaning the game seemed over almost before it had begun. Collecting himself, however, Fabrizio managed to claw a goal back just before half time to give himself hope for the second half. After a five minute break the players came back out and things changed dramatically. Bernard struggled to get a touch and, when he did, could not mount any significant forays into Fabrizio’s territory. The entire half was completely dominated by Fabrizio who forced corner after corner from Bernard’s last line of staunch defence. Midway through the half, he finally broke and Fabrizio was within a single goal of drawing level. The same pattern continued, with Fabrizio battering Bernard and Bernard holding on tight – with his excellent defensive flicks and, when needed, the odd great save from his ‘keeper. In the end, the opening three minutes, where Bernard scored two goals, proved to be the telling segment of the game. Fabrizio could simply not get through for an equaliser and Bernard held on to claim victory, and the title, in a titanic grand final struggle, 3-2.

Most of the weekend's competitiors.

Most of the weekend’s competitiors.

Four tightly contested grand finals in the weekend’s FISTF tournaments were testament to the success of the tournament, where every player played with determination, balanced by an overwhelming spirit of fair play across the weekend. A huge thanks to all who turned out to make this one of the most successful tournaments in our game’s history in Australia, traveling from far and wide to be here, and an extra thanks to our host – Nathan at Good Games Bella Vista – for supplying us with an excellent venue and all the support he gave in setting up, running and packing down the tournament. With plans already afoot to make the next tournament at the venue even better, the only way is up for our great game.

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

Asian Cup 2018 Registered Players

Here is the list of players/full teams who have already registered for the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football. To join the ever-growing list, please click on this link: http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?p=3791

Open
Player Name Club Country
1 Benji Batten Melbourne TFC Australia
2 Juan Menendez Melbourne TFC Australia
3 Luke Radziminski Melbourne TFC Australia
4 Eliot Kennedy Northern Falcons Australia
5 Robert Green Northern Falcons Australia
6 Hermann Kruse Northern Falcons Australia
7 Dom Grenot Northern Falcons Australia
8 Neil Brener Northern Falcons Australia
9 Steve Dettre Northern Falcons Australia
10 Beth Eveleigh Northern Phoenix Australia
11 Christos Garagounis Northern Phoenix Australia
12 Adrian elmer Subbuteo Parramatta Australia
13 Hugh Best Subbuteo Perth Australia
14 Chris Thorn Subbuteo Perth Australia
15 Raffaele Lombard Sydney TFC Australia
16 fabrizio coco Sydney TFC Australia
17 tony credentino Sydney TFC Australia
18 Daniel Lombard Sydney TFC Australia
19 Kosta Barbaris Sydney TFC Australia
20 Anthony Madiona Western Flickers TFC Australia
21 Adrian Connolly Western Flickers TFC Australia
22 Kevin Grant Western Flickers TFC Australia
23 Stephen Wright Western Flickers TFC Australia
24 Simon Briffa Western Flickers TFC Australia
25 Antonio Carabillo Subbuteo Club Dragons Hong Kong Hong Kong
26 Anas Rahamat Jurong Central Subbuteo Club Singapore
27 Vikas Chandiramani Jurong Central Subbuteo Club Singapore
28 Rudy Hesty Jurong Central Subbuteo Club Singapore
29 Den Mulia Bin Yusni SG Lions TFC Singapore
30 Tan Yew Loy SG Lions TFC Singapore
31 Bernard Lim SG Lions TFC Singapore
32 Benny Ng Western Flickers TFC Singapore
33 Arjuna Hanafi Western Flickers TFC Singapore
 34 Rizal Taib Jurong Central Subbuteo Club Singapore
Juniors
1 Gabriel Lombardi Sydney TFC Australia
2 Saxon Crapp Sydney TFC Australia
3 Charlotte Wright Western Flickers TFC Australia
4 Billy Wright Western Flickers TFC Australia
5 Benjamin Ng Western Flickers TFC Australia
6 Oliver Ollnow Northern Falcons TFC Australia
7 Jonty Brener Northern Falcons TFC Australia
8 Aiman Hanafi Western Flickers TFC Singapore
Ladies
1 Beth Eveleigh Northern Phoenix TFC Australia
2 Æowyn Elmer Subbuteo Parramatta Australia
3 Imojjen Elmer Subbuteo Parramatta Australia
4 Charlotte Wright Western Flickers TFC Australia
International Players for Club Teams event
1 Vincenzo Coco Sydney TFC Italy
Club Team Event
1 Melbourne TFC ‘A’
2 Western Flickers ‘A’
3 Northern Falcons TFC ‘A’
4 Sydney TFC ‘A’
5 SG Lions TFC
National Team Event
1 Australia
2 Singapore
Awaiting Registration from Japan/Malaysia

2017 September Cup Tournament Report

Steve Dettre and his 1966 flats

Steve Dettre and his 1966 flats

A field of 8 players, ranging from some of Australia’s most experienced table footballers to brand new players, gathered to contest the 2017 September Cup, the 13th edition of this annual tournament. The rules of The September Cup stipulate that only Subbuteo branded bases, goalkeepers, pitches and balls are to be used, so the event is always a fun one where players get to reminisce and pull out their old teams. This year, Steve Dettre went all out and used his original ‘flats’, purchased by his dad in 1966 and still going strong. Meanwhile Paul Magee used the Celtic team he’s had since 1969 – that’s over 100 years of Subbuteo history in those two teams, and players, alone!

Eliot and Adrian soak in the spring afternoon.

Eliot and Adrian soak in the spring afternoon.

Two groups were created for the initial stages. Adrian Elmer, using his hand painted España ’96 squad on 90s bases, faced Eliot Kennedy, using his 1970s heavyweights. Eliot took the lead but Adrian was able to peg back a goal to see the match end in a draw. Meanwhile, in the other group, Dave Sultana took the early initiative in the group of death with a 1-0 win over Paul Magee (a club league fixture between the two two days earlier had seen Paul get up by two goals to nil) while Tony Credentino scored a dramatic last minute equaliser in his match against Steve. In the second round of games, Eliot taught new player, Jason Potter, the ins and outs of the game – Jason using his billiards experience to quickly get on top of flicking angles. Costa Kamarados, playing with his early 80s lightweights, bought as part of a World Cup Edition box set at an Op Shop a year or so ago for just $2, went down 2-0 to Adrian, Paul and Tony played out a goalless stalemate and Dave continued his fine form with another 1-0 victory over Steve. In the third round of group games, Adrian saw off Jason 1-0 as Jason began to work out some solid tactical ploys, while Eliot put Costa to the sword. In the other group, Dave was already guaranteed of top spot but the other three all had a chance of progressing, depending on the results. Tony couldn’t get over Dave to force home his slight advantage, meaning Steve slipped past him with a slim victory over Paul. In a final catchup game, Costa finally found his touch, slotting three unanswered goals past Jason.

The Repechage Semi-Finals saw relatively comfortable wins for Tony and Paul, while the main Semi Finals were much tighter affairs. Adrian continued his unbeaten record over Dave, though the tight game could have gone either way. The other semi final, between, the two old sparring partners, Eliot and Steve, resulted in the tournament’s only shoot-out. Eliot put his shoot-out hoodoo to rest, finally taking the victory after seven shots each, to go to the Grand Final.

6 of the 8 starters.

6 of the 8 starters.

In the Repechage Grand Final, a goal from Tony finally managed to split he and Paul after their earlier goalless draw. In the Grand Final, Eliot and Adrian also faced each other for a second time, having met in the group stage. This time, Adrian scored the first goal towards the end of the second half. Eliot pressed hard for the equaliser in the second. The final few minutes saw him completely dominate possession, but an off-side figure that couldn’t be moved meant he was unable to enter the shooting area while Adrian kept his defence well organised. In the end, Adrian was able to hold on, in the process staging just the second successful title defence in the tournament’s long history.

An absolutely great afternoon played in the best spirits, with the different cloth and nylon pitches and the wild variety of curling and bobbling bases and figures adding an extra element of fun. See you all again next September!

for more photos, click here.

for full results, click here.

ATFA National Kit

Another of the ATFA Board’s recent projects has been to develop a national kit for players. This kit would be used whenever players represent Australia, either individually or in teams events, but players would also be free to wear it any time – you don’t need to be representing Australia to wear it. In recent years, our players have worn Socceroos jerseys, but the Board have thought that it would be good to have its own, distinct kit. So, we have developed a few options. These are based on traditional Socceroos kits but, as you can see, have their own distinctive appearance, featuring the colours of our logo (gold and two sahdes of dark green), rather than being merely cheap imitations of Socceroos outfits.

What we are asking now is for all ATFA members to have their say and cast a vote for their preferred option. The Board has finalised three options, members can now choose their favourite. The design which receives the most votes will be put into production and players will be able to order their kit later this year.

option m

option k

option p

Voting is only open to ATFA members (if you would like to become a member, it’s a simple process that can be done at http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?p=3552).

Cast your vote below. One vote per member.

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.

August Rankings

Not much movement in Asian rankings, apart from some Japanese players dropping down the table.
This is because of the method of calculating the rankings.
According to the FISTF guide and procedures about WR, points from 12 months ago are divided by 2.
And points from 24 months ago are simply removed.
So, to keep in the rankings, you need to play at least one FISTF event each year, and if you want to move up — then play more events!!!
There should be more movement in September, with the Singapore Satellite, the Sydney International Open, and of course the World Cup.

Asian Rankings
Open:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Open 2017

Veterans:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Vets 2017

Teams:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Teams 2017

Ladies:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Ladies 2017

U19:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U19 2017

U15:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U15 2017

U12:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U12 2017

Complete world rankings:
Web-201707 FISTF August WORLD

Asian Confederation Continues Its Development

The Confederation of Asian Sports Table Football Associations (CASTFA) has taken another step towards confirming its credentials with the selection of an official logo.

After two rounds of voting by players from Australia, Japan and Singapore, the winner was a striking logo designed by Australia’s Adrian Elmer

castfa logo shinyWe are very proud that so many players contributed logos to the competition, and then voted on a choice,” said CASTFA President Kenzo Koi of Japan. Ten logos were considered in the first round, with the top three to contest the final stage.

The design competition was conducted by the board of CASTFA, composed of Koi, Australian President Benji Batten, Singapore President Tan Kok Wee, and FISTF Vice President, Asia, Steve Dettre.

In his design notes, Adrian said his winning logo: “… features the colours chosen by the new confederation as the official colours – red, blue and yellow – representing the dominant national colour of each of the three founding member nations – Singapore, Japan and Australia.”

“The image is a stylised map of Asia used to form a hand flicking a table football figure, thus both depicting the nature of our sport as well as making it specific and unique to our region,” he said.

As a simple, contained shape, it will facilitate the addition of the logo to playing shirts, and other appropriate objects.

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“I’m very honoured to have had my logo chosen from an excellent field of contenders,” Adrian said.

“I love doing design work for our sport. I’m never going to be one of the best players and win the world cup but I can always dream that the design work I do for table football might be viewed as amongst the best in the world.”

Adrian has designed the logo of the Australian Table Football Association, as well as many of the Australian clubs.

The CASTFA Board would like to thank the other two designers for their efforts in providing great designs. Singapore’s John Edwards and Japan’s Yuko Nakahara provided stiff opposition to Adrian’s design. The final count was 30 votes for Adrian’s, 25 for John’s and 22 for Yuko’s. Their work won’t go to waste, however, as the Board is considering utilising their designs in other areas of CASTFA’s work.

Yuko Nakahara's dramatic work.

Yuko Nakahara’s dramatic work.

John Edwards' entry

John Edwards’ entry

“We believe their outstanding designs can still live on, in key events and awards under CASTFA’s control,” said Singapore president Tan Kok Wee.

CASTFA is a recognised continental association of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF).

The CASTFA Board