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2021 Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League

2021 spring league

It’s two months until Spring so it’s time to start organising the 2021 Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League!! We missed it last year due to COVID restrictions but, hopefully, things will be good for the beginning of September this year.

Paul Magee is the incumbent champion, winning the 2019 edition, but has been heard to be offering up lame excuses about ‘bad back’s and the like, in case he gets defeated this year!
The league is open to any player of any age, experience level etc, who is happy to take membership with the Western Sydney Subbuteo club. Entry into the Spring League (and club membership) is completely free.

Follow the link and fill out the entry form. Feel free to pass details on to any players you know – all are welcome.

Click here for the 2021 Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League sign up info.

2020 ATFA President’s Report

This year was unprecedented – a season disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Thankfully, to the best of our knowledge, no members of the Australia Table Football community contracted COVID-19.  However, we were all affected in some way by the impacts it had on our lives and the way we lived them in 2020.  I’d like to thank everyone for their compliance with restrictions and patience with returning to COVID safe competition.  The health of our community should remain our top priority.

One of the rare highlights for the year in Australian Table Football was the 2020 Australian Grand Prix held in February at the magnificent Lakeside facilities associated with South Melbourne FC.  It was fantastic to return to this location for a FISTF event for the first time since the 2018 Asian Cup.

With the FISTF season changed to a calendar year this simplifies some aspects of our communication and membership with ATFA.  Membership will now align to a calendar year.  Due to the disruption of 2019-20 season preventing competition for most of the year we are pleased to announce the 2021 memberships to ATFA will be free of charge.  We hope this may also enable use to expand our reach into new and returning players.  It is a credit to the ATFA Committees over the years that the organisation is able to be able to accommodate this.

2021 will no doubt continue to raise challenges as the world continues to battle the pandemic.  Significant doubt remains at present regarding the hosting of the Asian Cup in Japan and the World Cup in Italy against the COVID-19 backdrop.  Locally, Australia is making significant progress in managing the pandemic and there now appears to be a possibility to return to hosting FISTF events in Australia as domestic borders re-open and restrictions ease.  We must all remain vigilant to the necessary controls and compliant to restrictions for the health and safety of competitors, their families and the wider community.  I will continue to provide advice, when requested, to clubs and hosts of events, in developing COVID safe plan that they may require.

I look forward to seeing you all again, and returning to safe competitive action.  But above all, stay safe and healthy – both physically and mentally.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

2020 ATFA Committee Nominations

At 4PM, Sunday, November 29, 2020 (AEDST), ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting. All ATFA members are invited to participate – a 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 2021 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 an ATFA 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, November 21, 2020 (AEDST)
Voting : Sunday, November 22 – 11:59PM Saturday, November 28, 2020 (AEDST)


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 – Adrian Connolly (Western Flickers TFC)

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

current member – vacant

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 – Steve Wright (Western Flickers 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 (Western Sydney Subbuteo)

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 – Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth), Luke Radziminski (Melbourne TFC)

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.

ATFA COVID-19 Update


Next week the remaining states not already at Step 2 will be moving to this step of the Federal Governments’ 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia .   Sport and recreation is one of the 10 elements of the Federal Government’s Framework, and states the following at Step 2:

  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in outdoor sports consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all indoor sports, including gyms
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person

Each State is implementing the 3 Steps in its own way and according to its own timeline depending on the State’s individual circumstances.  For any club or individual wishing to organise an event, it is essential that local State government guidance and regulations be consulted in each State for exact requirements and timelines.  For example, one additional requirement in Victoria is that “Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive”.

Community sport, such as Table Football, is considered in Step 3 of the 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia as follows:

  • Community sport expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.

The AIS Framework gives guidance on the measures required to return to community sport.  A key requirement is to maintain social distancing of 1.5m wherever possible, even at Step 3.  This is particularly problematic for Table Football.  Combined with the activity being indoors (which is higher risk) and the duration of proximity in just one game typically exceeding the close contact definition of the Department of Health (15 minutes within 1.5m).  This makes the return to competition Table Football challenging, at best.

ATFA is closely monitoring developments and the potential requirement for a COVID Safe Plan for Table Football with respect to operations under the control of ATFA.  A COVID Safe Plan may be needed prior to the resumption of any ATFA affiliated events, i.e. events on the FISTF Calendar.  The ATFA Committee are hopeful that work by the likes of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) may lead to the issue of a suitable COVID Safe Plan that covers a wide range of community sports and recreation such as ours.  COMPPS seek to understand, advocate and educate for sport and sport related policy to provide the best policy landscape for Australian sport to thrive.  Last Friday 22nd May, COMPPS issued a statement on the return to participation in community sports.

We appreciate some members may wish to receive more guidance from ATFA, but there is much to work through for the volunteers on the ATFA Committee.  Most states are still developing requirements for the return to play for community sport and recreation.  Examples are given below to illustrate the complexities faced by ATFA due to the variations across the nation.   This is current as at Tuesday 26th May 2020 in this constantly evolving regulatory environment:

  • On Monday 25th May, Victoria announced the requirement for State sport associations to develop and submit to an expert panel a COVID Return to Play Plan. VicSport has also released a Return to Sport checklist that associations and clubs can use that sets out a range of essential business and operational actions recommended to undertake when considering a return to sport.     Victorian requirements for community sport and recreation include the need to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m wherever reasonably possible, that no indoor activity may occur, and indoor recreation facilities must remain closed.  From June 22 sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.  The Victorian Government has stated that “indoor sports and those with physical contact will take longer to roll out, because of the significantly increased risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).”
  • NSW requires sports to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people, indoor sporting activities are not permitted, and indoor community or recreation facilities cannot open (specifically calling out table tennis centres as prohibited from opening). Evidence of recent changes and exemptions appear to indicate the compliance to the 1.5m distancing as an ongoing requirement for all non-family members in NSW.  Businesses such as gaming stores have been observed to be remaining closed to gaming, opening only for purchase of supplies.
  • QLD has released some of the most comprehensive information on their Return to Play plan. This includes checklists and guides for sporting clubs and organisations.  Presently in the state no indoor activity is permitted, except for pools (with restrictions to 10 people).  Non-contact community sport is planned to commence on the 12th June provided there is 1.5 metres between people.  Stage 3 is planned to commence from 10th July and maintains the stated requirement for 1.5 metres between people.
  • Western Australia has eased restrictions to Phase 2 of the WA Roadmap. Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule apply to all activities Phase 2.  The WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is yet to release updated information to supersede the fact sheet issued on the 7th May which had additional requirements relating to community sport and active recreation including implications for shared equipment, physical distancing, and even activities in private residences.  They are yet to announce specific details of Phase 3 or 4 of the WA Roadmap.  Businesses with somewhat comparable risk, such as Pot Black , remain closed due to COVID-19.
  • Tasmania has announced the state’s Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania. The Plan refers to the Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) as the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania, although the Tasmanian Government states that there will be some instances where Tasmania’s approach varies from the AIS Framework.   From June 15, indoor sport and recreation activities are planned to commence for up to 20 attendees, but there is no further guidance at this stage with respect to any additional requirements to support this such as physical distancing or elements of the AIS Framework.

Most ATFA members have participated in or organised social Table Football events in the community including club WASPAs prior to COVID-19 restrictions coming into effect.  Such events are not under the operational control of ATFA, nor should they be viewed as being endorsed by or affiliated with ATFA.  Strict penalties apply in each state for individuals found by local authorities to be in breach of the applicable state based COVID-19 regulations.  If any such fines occur these will not be covered by ATFA or the ATFA Committee.  Check for the current State COVID-19 restrictions for any applicable community sport and recreation activity.

Fundamental to the COVID-19 requirements, and the current restrictions on sport and recreation, is the protection of the health of the community.  Please take care of your own health and help to minimise the spread to those most vulnerable in the wider community.

ATFA Committee

Latest FISTF and CASTFA rankings

The FISTF rankings have been updated, although there have been no events during April.
Nevertheless, there have been some small changes.
This is because when compiling results and rankings of any one month, points from the  previous 12 months are counted in full, points from between 12- and 24-months prior are halved and points from more than 24 months prior are removed.
Enjoy and stay safe.


COVID-19. A word from the ATFA President

As has been widely communicated throughout the media, the coronavirus outbreak is now a global pandemic and the number of people affected is rising fast throughout the world, including Australia.  Our thoughts are with you all and your families in what are almost unprecedented times.  I wish those directly affected a full and speedy recovery.

I know you will all be watching how fast this situation is evolving and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information and the rate of change.  I have attempted here to put together some key links to the primary sources of data of relevance to you all at work and home so that you can be informed with the right information to make decisions you may need to make for the health and safety of yourself, family and friends.  This information can also be used if you are still considering holding any table football gatherings.

Many clubs are wisely cancelling planned gatherings until the situation improves, in line with what the likes of grassroots football has now implemented via FFA.  At the request of the organisers, the Brisbane FISTF Satellite event planned for July has been cancelled.  I fully support this decision.  Whilst ATFA does not control club activity, particularly social or WASPA events, you must comply with ever evolving government-imposed restrictions on gatherings which the Prime Minister has now indicated may last for 6 months.  Many ATFA members or their direct family are in higher risk categories given their age or compromised immunity systems.  People can have the virus with little or no symptoms but transfer it to those at higher risk from the disease.  Half a game of Table Football falls within the current health definition of close contact.  With all this in mind, I personally strongly caution against any table football events being held at this point.  Members of our community are establishing a solo league for those keen to continue some level of participation in the game.  For details head to:

This is an extremely challenging time for all of us.  It is a time to look out for each other.  Be mindful of the mental health as well as physical effects on each other of the outbreak, and the potential to be distracted at work or on the road.  Many people will also be undergoing significant financial hardship and the additional stress this creates.  During this time you, your family or people you know may experience feelings of anxiety, distress and concern in relation to the COVID-19 can provide support and advice, they can also help you identify other resources where you can get support.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President


Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert: Federal Government Information

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The central resource to find out how the government are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms is found at  The government also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers on this site which is regularly updated as the situation and status of knowledge evolves.

You can find key information on topics such as:

  • how to protect yourself and others;
  • symptoms and when to get tested;
  • who to contact if you are concerned; and
  • additional advice for travellers, and health and aged care sectors.

Checklist for individuals and families

As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has a checklist to help you take steps to plan and protect the health of you and your family.  This is available online and includes guidance on:

  • Planning ahead to be ready
  • Cleaning and disinfection recommendations
  • Checklist to get your household ready
  • What to do if you are sick
  • FAQ

Football Federation Australia: COVID-19 response

The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has also made some announcements regarding the impact of COVID-19 on all levels of the code.  To stay abreast of the latest announcements, check with your local club (if you are a member) or the FFA website:

Whilst ATFA is not part of FFA, many of our members or their families still are active participants in football at some level.  FFA directive may also serve as useful guidance on whether to hold table football events for your local club.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Workplaces

 The Safe Work Australia website is an excellent resource to help workplaces and has been updated with a specific page to advise businesses:


soyo league logoSubbuteo On Your Own League

Due to the current situation brought about by COVID-19, many table football opportunities in Australia have had to be postponed or cancelled. Indeed, our game, unfortunately, lends itself completely to the kind of close contact, touching of common surfaces and touching of common objects that medical experts advice we avoid if at all possible.

Because of the limited scope for us to play our game at the moment, ATFA has decided to hold its first ever SOYO League (Subbuteo On Your Own). All Australian table football players (members/residents/etc) are welcome to register and play. Entry is completely free.

Basically, the SOYO League works by each player registering the results of practise matches which they play on their own, in their own time. You will have two teams in the league. For each match, you will then be assigned two teams. Usually, one of those teams will be one of your own and one will belong to someone else. Sometimes both teams will be neutral teams. And, meanwhile, in other games around the country, someone else will be playing as one of your teams in their game. On completion of your game, post the results, and they will go towards each team’s league results.

one way of modifying things to suit your training needs! courtesy of giuseppe tardiota

one way of modifying things to suit your training needs! courtesy of giuseppe tardiota

Well, you follow the general table football rules. You need to flick the figures of both teams, obviously, so it’s not going to be quite like a regular game. But, remember, these are your own practise matches, so that’s OK. You might actually modify the rules a little to fit your needs. So, for example, you might use a shooting practice target in your goals instead of a goalkeeper. Or you might limit the number of defensive flicks taken. Or, if you want to practise more flicking on the run, make it so that the attacking team can keep flicking without any defensive flicks in between as long as the ball doesn’t stop. It doesn’t really matter – modify the rules so they work for you, and even so that you can focus on specific areas of your game where you know you’d like to improve. As long as you apply them to both teams in your match, it is fine.

The winning team in your game will get 3 points, the losing team 0 points and drawing teams 1 point each. Remember, in most games, one of the teams you control will be someone else’s team, meanwhile, someone else will be playing as your team.

Firstly, what’s the point? The purpose of the SOYO League is to prompt you to practise regularly during this time when the opportunity for normal games is limited. Winning the actual league doesn’t REALLY mean anything, because you never play against anyone other than yourself!! Secondly, mathematically it wouldn’t work anyway, because you only control one of your teams each week, with someone else controlling the other. So you can only rig half of your teams’ games, anyway. And, if everyone always rigged it to win with their own team, then all teams would finish the league on equal points. Lastly, sometimes, you will play a completely neutral game, between two teams from two other players around the country, while both your teams are being played by someone else. You can’t rig the league as, ultimately, it comes down to luck.

Basically, it’s a way for us to keep our community in touch with each other, and to give you a motive to practise, by adding a fun, mock competitive element to it. Use it to improve specific areas of your own game so that, once we’re all able to play freely against each other again, you’re a better player than you are now.

Sign yourself up using the form below. Nominate two teams who you would like to be. They can be world famous foreign clubs, A-League teams, obscure international clubs, NPL teams, table football clubs, the local grassroots club you play for, anything. If two players nominate the same club, I’ll contact them both and we’ll sort something out.

The sign up will be open for one week, then the draw will be put together. The number of ‘Divisions’ we set up will depend on how many people sign up.

You will need to have access to a pitch and two teams.

You’ll need to submit a result each week for your assigned game. If you want, you can stockpile games – play 3 or 4 one evening and submit one result each week for the next few weeks, especially if you know you’ll be away and unable to play at any stage. Or play one game per week – whatever suits you and your time requirements. The results will be submitted to me (Adrian Elmer) either via the SOYO League Facebook Group page, or e-mail. Submit your result only, or write out a full match report, photos etc – whatever helps you (and others) enjoy the league more!

At this stage, we’ll try and keep it short and sharp. Each division will have 5 teams, so will require 8 weeks to complete the home and away league.

Send me (Adrian Elmer) a message on Facebook or an e-mail to ajebec at netspace dot net

Rudy Hesty adds Australian GP to his Asian Cup victory

Players from the Australian Grand Prix 2020

Players from the Australian Grand Prix 2020

The Australian Grand Prix of Table Football kicked off on Friday 7th February with players arriving for the Dinner Draw held at 1959 Bar & Grill within South Melbourne FC’s fantastic facilities.  The draw threw up a couple of candidates for the dreaded Group of Death in the Open event, but with the depth in quality there would be no easy progression to the round of 16.

Due to several players suffering from illness, the Juniors competition was reduced to a round robin competition between all competitors, and the women’ event unfortunately had to be cancelled.  All individual events were held on the Saturday, with the Club Teams and International Team friendly held on the Sunday, along with a WASPA for those players without Club Teams at the event.


In the junior’s event, the clash between the top two ranked players determined the title.  Northern Falcons’ Torben Pfister claimed the title with his 2-0 win over Western Flickers’ Benjamin Ng who finished as runner up thanks to his 1-0 victory over clubmate Jayden Truter.


Group 1 pitted top seed Bernard Lim against top ranked Central Victoria TFC Player Steve Wright and Western Flickers junior Jayden Truter.  Bernard comfortably topped the group, scoring 7 goals without reply, whilst Steve progressed thanks to a 3-0 victory over Jayden.

Group 2 drew current Asian Champion Rudy Hesty from Singapore with former European, English and Scottish Champion (plus World Cup runner up!) Michael Dent from Malaysia.  Making up the group of three was ATFA President Adrian Connolly.  The Group started with Adrian doing well to contain Rudy before succumbing to a 1-3 loss, before upsetting Michael 2-0 to progress.  Rudy narrowly accounted for Michael 1-0 to ensure he topped the group.

Group 3 was the most tightly contested.  The 3rd seed Benny Ng seemed to be cruising to the round of 16, but a 0-1 loss to North Falcons’ junior Torben Pfister in the final round saw the pair deadlocked with Northern Pheonix’s Christos Garagounis on top.  With all three players sharing 1-0 victories over each other, the 3-way head to head was deadlocked.  This meant the unfortunate Christos was relegated to 3rd place on goal difference by virtue of his smaller victory over the remaining group member, Arjuna Hanafi.

In Group 4 the clash between reigning AGP Champion Robert Green and 2018 World Cup junior Australian representative Benji Batten determine top place in the group.  The reigning champ prevailed 2-1.  Benji progressed in second place thanks to narrow victories over Italian Claudio Recinelli and Northern Pheonix’s Paul Mercer.

In Group 5 Jurong Subbuteo Club’s Vikas Chandiramani comfortably progressed with three straight wins, scoring 11 goals without conceding.  The top FISTF ranked women’s player at the event, Beth Eveleigh, progressed in second place thanks to her win over newcomer Nathan Urbaniak of Melbourne TFC who took out third place after defeating Hipfingerz’ Jeremy Simpson.

Group 6 was one of the “Groups of Death”.  Anthony Madiona had to forfeit his games due to illness, leaving Jurong SC’s Rizal Taib, Northern Falcon’s Eliot Kennedy, and Melbourne TFC’s Luke Radziminski to battle it out.  Luke started well, winning the first two games to top the group and putting his name forward as a dark horse for the title.  5th seed Eliot progressed in 2nd place with a 6-2 win over Rizal in the final group game.  Rizal can feel somewhat unlucky to have copped 10 goals in just two games by virtue of the tough group, and he would later show this by making the final of the consolation WASPA.

Group 7 pitted Australia’s Italian Tony Credentino against Singapore’s Italian Luca Maida.  Both started well with strong wins over their other two opponents – Central Victoria TFC founder Kevin Grant and Western Flickers’ newcomer Peter Benholm.  With the final clash between Tony and Luca ending 1-1 it was Luca who topped the group on goal difference.  Kevin took out third place with his 2-0 win over Peter.

In Group 8, Giuseppe Tardiota quickly established himself as the main threat to 8th seeded FISTF President Steve Dettre.  Both Giuseppe and Steve had comfortable wins over Juliette Browne and Benjamin Ng to set up the final game to decide the group.  Giuseppe took out the clash 1-0 to top the group, whilst Benjamin defeated Juliette 3-0 to finish 3rd.

The round of 16 saw several familiar clashes.  Giuseppe Tardiota was out for revenge against Adrian Connolly who defeated Giuseppe 4-1 at this stage of last year’s AGP, whilst Melbourne TFC’s Benji Batten and Luke Radziminski resumed their friendly rivalry, and the experienced Northern Falcons duo of Eliot Kennedy and Robert Green renewed acquaintances once more.  Luke and Adrian perhaps suffered a little from the long breaks after games in their small groups prior to the round of 16, but credit to Benji and Giuseppe who were both playing well by this stage and took out their clashes.  Robert Green was also looking strong in his 4-0 over clubmate Eliot.

In the other clashes, top seed Bernard Lim overcome Tony Credentino 2-1, Torben Pfister defeated Beth Eveleigh 4-0, Luca Maida defeated Steve Wright 4-1, Rudy Hesty defeated Steve Dettre 4-1, and Benny Ng narrowly took out his clash with Vikas 1-0.

The quarter finals were tight affairs, with the exception of Rudy Hesty’s 7-2 win over Benji Batten – Rudy confirming his early favouritism.  Torben beat Luca 2-1, with the junior FISTF Australian Grand Prix winner now advancing to the semi finals of the Open event.  The other two clashes went to sudden death golden goal extra time.  Benny Ng and Robert Green scored the crucial goals that took them through to the semis, with Giuseppe and Bernard bowing out.

In the semi finals, Rudy was again in ominous form, defeating Torben 5-0.  The other clash was much tighter.  Benny Ng holding on for a 1-0 win over 2019 Australian Grand Prix winner Robert Green.

This set up an all Singaporean final, meaning that for the first time a Singaporean would be taking out the title.  The final was a tight and tense affair.  Both players didn’t give an inch.  The title needed to be decided on a penalty shootout.  Rudy kept his nerves and won the shootout 3-0 to claim the 2020 Australian Grand Prix Open title.


Australian Grand Prix winner Rudy Hesty (left), celebrates with runner up Benny Ng

Australian Grand Prix winner Rudy Hesty (left), celebrates with runner up Benny Ng


A Consolation Plate WASPA event was held for other those competitors eliminated from their groups in the FISTF Open.  The players from the Groups of 3 were given a bye into the ¼ finals, along with the best 3rd place from the remaining groups, Christos Garagounis.  In the barrage, Benjamin Ng overcame Peter Benholm 3-0, Nathan Urbaniak beat Juliette Browne 3-1, Arjuna Hanafi beat Kevin Grant 2-1, and Claudio Recinelli defeated Jeremy Simpson 3-1.

The ¼ finals saw narrow wins for Michael Dent, Nathan Urbaniak, and Benjaim Ng.  All three won 1-0 over their respective opponents.  Razil’s clash with Claudio was a more open affair, with Razil prevailing 5-2.

The semi-finals saw Rizal narrowly defeat Nathan Urbaniak who did well to make the WASPA Plate semis in his first FISTF event.  Meanwhile Michael Dent looked good in his 3-0 win over Benjamin Ng.

The final was again a tight affair.  Michael controlled much of the tempo of the game and scored the only goal of the game to take out the title.  The result meant that the FISTF Open winner and the WASPA Consolation Winner both came from Group 2 of the FISTF Event, perhaps unofficially giving it the title of the Group of Death!


On the Sunday a WASPA event was held between those players not involved in a club team.  A strong field was available.  The players were divided into two groups.  The final places were decided in a straight clash of 1st vs 1st from each group so that players could watch the final of the FISTF Club Team event.  This put added pressure on each group game, particularly in Group 2 where Giuseppe and Tony were battling it out for top spot.  Their clash finished in a 0-0 draw, meaning that Tony took out the group on goal difference to set up a title clash with Bernard Lim, who comfortable won the other group.  Both Tony and Bernard had not conceded a goal in their group games, but both had been scoring freely as well so it set up an interesting final.  Tony pushed the top FISTF ranked player at the event all the way before ultimately going down 2-3 to Bernard.

In the remaining playoffs, Giuseppe defeated Arjuna 2-1 to take out 3rd place, whilst Nathan defeated Peter 1-0 to finish 5th.


Six clubs contested the team event – all four Victorian clubs, plus Northern Falcons from Sydney and Jurong Subbuteo Club of Singapore.  Unfortunately, due to flight cancellations resulting in an earlier flight home than planned, Torben Pfister was not available to play for his club in the event.

In Group 1, as expected, the North Falcons progressed, their only defeats being virtue of the forfeits caused by Torben’s unavailability.  Western Flickers narrowly overcome Northern Phoenix to progress with the Falcons to the semi-finals.

In Group 2, Melbourne TFC and Jurong Subbuteo Club were too strong for Central Victoria TFC competing in their first FISTF event as a team.    The clash between Melbourne and Jurong determined top spot, with Melbourne prevailing.

In the semi-finals, the forfeited 4th tie proved too much a handicap for Northern Falcons to overcome in their narrow defeat to Jurong, whilst Melbourne proved too strong for the Western Flickers after some high scoring clashes, including Benji Batten’s 4-3 win over Adrian Connolly (after Adrian gave him a 4 goal head start early in the clash!).  The Melbourne team, with Carl Young and Peter Thomas back in its ranks, looked to be hitting its stride nicely for the final.

The final was filled with goals and drama.  Two individual contests were level at 2-2, and a narrow win to each team in the remainder meant that the teams clash progressed to golden goal extra time.  Benji Batten scored the golden goal that gave this club the title and couldn’t hide his delight!


Firstly, a B international friendly was held between Australia and Singapore.  Adrian Connolly, Giuseppe Tardiota, Tony Credentino and Paul Mercer were pitted against Bernard Lim, Luca Maida, Rizal Taib, and, Arjuna Hanafi, respectively.  With two individual wins each, and an equal goal difference, the friendly ended in a draw.

The A international was almost as close.  With two draws, and a win apiece, the clash was decided on goal difference.  Rudy Hesty was again the hero for Singapore, with his larger victory than that of Benji Batten giving the win to Singapore who once more prevailed over Australia in an A international.

This concluded the weekend’s event.  A big thank you to all players who competed and helped out throughout the weekend in various official and unofficial capacities to ensure the tournament delivered on expectations, and more.  Special thanks must go out to Paul Mercer for his great organisational skills, and Kevin Grant for all his heavy lifting and transporting of all the boards (as well as building them in the first place!).  We hope to see you all at future events, be it a FISTF event on the international calendar or a local WASPA.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

Australian National Team Qualification Tournament

australian table football association subbuteo national team wc trials poster 600px
2020 sees the FISTF World Cup of Table Football take place in Italy in September. Players who are thinking of traveling to Italy for the event are invited to compete in a qualification tournament next month. Please use the entry form below if you would like to compete in the tournament to qualify to represent ATFA at the World Cup. We will also be holding a WASPA tournament on the same day at the same venue – it would be great to have as many players coming along to create atmosphere! So please also enter on the form below if you’d like to play in that WASPA tournament (this will help the Northern Falcons TFC know how many pitches to set up for the day).

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Willoughby Park Bowling Club – 13 Robert St, Willoughby East, NSW
Registrations on the day will be open from 9:00AM.
Flick-off is at 10:00AM sharp.

A tournament held to determine places for Australian table footballers who wish to represent the country at the 2020 World Cup in the Open Individual Event and the Veterans’ Individual Event. There will also be a WASPA tournament held simultaneously, for those not wishing to compete at the World Cup but who’d like to be part of the atmosphere on the day of the qualifying tournament.

Entry to the World Cup qualifying tournament(s) on the day is $20 per player.
Entry into the WASPA tournament is $5 per player
Entry fees payable on the day.

All games will be played on Extremeworks astropitches.

A BBQ lunch will also be available on the day.