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ATFA Annual General Meeting 2017

This Sunday, July 2, ATFA will be holding its AGM. The meeting will begin at 2:30PM and take place at Good Games Bella Vista (Lower podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, NSW). All players are welcome to attend and registered ATFA Members are encouraged to participate where appropriate.

During the meeting, results of this week’s ATFA Board elections will be announced and the new ATFA Board installed.

For any players unable to attend in person, we will be setting up a Facebook video conference in order to stream events in real time. Contact Adrian Elmer at ajebec@netspace.net.au or via Facebook to be added to the video conference.

club poster sp good games 600pxFollowing the AGM, Subbuteo Parramatta’s regular club meeting with friendly games and training will take place and all players are welcome to join in doing what it is we’re all actually here for – playing Subbuteo!

Asian Cup adventure

The Asian Cup completed its first orbit around the continent in early June when the third edition of the tournament was staged in Tokyo, Japan, following the path of Melbourne, Australia in 2015 and then Singapore in 2016.
Singapore’s Tan Kok Wee claimed the 2017 trophy, beating Australia’s Raffaele Lombard 2-1 in a tense and close match.

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Kok Wee had stormed through from his group, beating seeded player Hideaki Wada (JPN) 4-0.
It was one of a number of upsets where the top seeds failed to take their group, with Antonio Carabillo (HKG) as the tournament’s third seed being the biggest casualty, being dumped out by Ashley Tan (SGP) and Steve Dettre (AUS).

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Raffaele, ostensibly being in the toughest four person group, beat tournament #2 seed Kenzo Koi 2-1 to top his group.

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Ashley Tan followed up his 3-0 win over Dettre to then beat Carabillo 2-0, who needed a win against Dettre in his last match, but could not break the determined goalkeeping of the Aussie to lose 2-1.
Rob Green (AUS) won his group comfortably, after beating #4 seed Bernard Lim 2-0, while John Ho (SGP), Cedric Garnier (FRA) and Gareth Thomas (WAL) won their groups.
Aussie Hugh Best had to face off with Katsuhiko Fukuoka in a shoot-out before making the Round of 16, where the surprises continued.

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Kok Wee eliminated Kenzo Koi, while Steve Dettre knocked John Ho out on sudden death shots. Ashley Tan continued his surprise run with a 7-1 romp over Taichi Kato (JPN) while Lim needed a golden goal to beat Suguro Fujino (JPN) in extra time. Gareth Thomas beat Hugh Best 3-1, while Raffaele was continuing his impressive run with a 6-0 win over Hideaki Wada (JPN), and Greenie beat Makoto Miyake (JPN) 4-1.
It meant that three Aussies had made the quarterfinals; the same number as Singapore, with Garnier and Thomas making up the 8.
Probably the biggest shock of the tournament was Kok Wee’s 3-1 thumping of tournament top seed Garnier, with Cedric later saying he had no answers to the skills and shooting of the Singaporean.
Green edged out Dettre 1-0, escaping a last minute equaliser when his keeper tipped Dettre’s shot onto the bar and out.

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Lim upped the tempo to beat Ashley Tan 3-1, while Raffaele beat Gareth 2-1.
Both semi finals saw some incredibly tense table football, with defence dominating, before Kok Wee and Raffaele progressed to meet in the final.
Green won the Veterans event, beating Lim 1-0, while Eiko Yoneda (JPN) won the women’s event, and Singapore’s Tan Yi De won the U12.

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In the teams, Singapore Lions were triumphant against Yokohama OSC.
In the national team event, Singapore beat Australia 2-1, then beat Japan 4-0, before Australia beat Japan 3-1, with Singapore claiming their thir successive title.
Plenty of praise needs to be heaped on tournament organiser Kenzo Koi and his magnificent organising team. Truly a testament to the growth of the game in Asia, following on from well organised and attended events in Australia and Singapore.

Results
Asian Cup results

Sydney TFC June WASPA Tournament

After a bit of busy times and the very sadly news about our mate Harley Ullrich, here there is a detailed report with all results from the Sydney TFC June Waspa event.

IMG_3524On June 5th, Sydney TFC held their third WASPA tournament at Good Games in Burwood. \There weren’t many players but it was a lot of fun! The tournament was attended by Tony Credentino, Fabrizio Coco, Daniele Lombardi, Kostas Barbaris from Sydney TFC and Adrian Connolly from Melbourne Western Flickers.

All the payers had played just a big group with the 2 top ones playing the final ad the end. Congratulations to Fabrizio Coco who claimed his 3rd Waspa tournament beating in final Daniele Lombardi 1-0.

Congratulations to all the players who made this waspa tournament possible!

See you at the next Waspa on the July 11th lads!

All results as  following:

Tony Credentino – Fabrizio Coco 0-2

Daniele Lombardi – Kostas Barbaris 3-0

Kostas Barbaris – Adrian Connolly 1-4

Tony Credentino – Daniele Lombardi 0-3

Tony Credentino – Kostas Barbaris 1-0

Adrian Connolly – Fabrizio Coco 0-1

Fabrizio Coco – Daniele Lombardi 2-1

Tony Credentino – Adrian Connolly 0-1

Daniele Lombardi – Adrian Connolly 1-0

Fabrizio Coco – Kostas Barbaris 5-0

WASPA FINAL:

Fabrizio Coco – Daniele Lombardi 1-0

 

Harley Ullrich

Harley Ullrich turned up one night at the North Sydney Police Citizens Youth Club back in 1989.
Somehow, we had managed to convince the manager of the venue that table soccer would be a good mix for his club.
In amongst the various martial arts, the weightlifting, ballet and gymnastics, the Falconians Table Soccer Club was an odd inclusion.

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But the bonus was that we had a big sign on the front of the building: Subbuteo table soccer – Monday nights.
And so, a 14-year-old Harley wandered in one night, curious about the game, curious to learn.
Another North Sydney Boys High student, like so many of the originals on the north side.
He became a regular at the Falconians and then when we moved to Stanmore and created the Concoria Club.
Always enthusiastic, despite a few drubbings (“I’ll never forget Gary beating me 17-0”) he was a club regular through to the mid 90s.
When things died down in the late 90s, we lost touch.

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A couple of years ago, searching through facebook, I came upon Harley again.
August 20, 2015: Hey Harley, Are you the former Subbuteo player?
A month later, he got back: “Hey i didn’t see your message. Yes I am. How are you Steve? Been a long time since I played Subbuteo. Are you or anyone still ‘flicking’ around?”

And then he was back into it, playing in tournaments, and getting Giuseppe to paint up a couple of teams for him. He played in the AGP16, getting quite into the game, coming to Northern Falcons nights.

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By this stage I already knew that he had beaten a tumour that had caused issues with his eyesight. His doctors had given him the all-clear, and he had already booked his tickets to travel with us to the Asian Cup in Singapore, June 2016, when he sent me a note.

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“Hey Steve. I’m arriving 7pm Thursday 9th and leaving midnight Sunday 12th, hopefully. I’m having a scan tomorrow which will hopefully clear me to go. Something came up in my scan on Tuesday which my doctors are concerned about. Possibly a new tumour. If it’s confirmed then the trip is off and I start radiotherapy next week. If it’s ok then I’m good to go. Will let you know tomorrow.”
We messaged pretty constantly. We talked about football, the Socceroos and Subbuteo, his health and his treatment.
I knew things were getting tough for him.

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He kept playing, taking part in the AGFA, the Spring League and coming to club nights. He always played things low key when people asked him.
“Pretty positive”, “past the worst of it” and “getting there” were his catchphrases.
Towards the end of 2016, despite his confidence, things got worse.
The cancer was affecting him more.

Harley, back row. Last tournament he played. AGP17

Harley, back row. Last tournament he played. AGP17

He had registered for the AGP17, then contacted me a week before the event to ask about times.
I told him that no one would have thought any less of him if he pulled out.
But he would have none of it.
“If I don’t turn up, then someone gets one less match, and I’m not disappointing anyone.”
Plus he wanted to come on the Friday night dinner draw.
He messaged me: “I’ll be there Saturday. Not sure how I’ll go but I’ll play. I’m more worried about the Friday night now. Pasta is probably the hardest thing for me to eat and I’m guessing that will be the main type of food as Fab is doing the catering. It’s crap because I love pasta! I’ll still be there. I’ll manage somehow.”

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And manage he did.
He lost to Benny Ng 3-0, Rik Bland 2-0, then had a 3-3 draw with Tony Credentino.
He then told me he wasn’t feeling great, said farewell and quietly left.
His brother, Simon, told me they saw him on his way home, proudly sporting his Northern Falcons shirt. “We were all thinking, what a crazy shirt. But he was smiling, because he’d had a great day out.”
“It was the last time Harley went out unassisted,” said Simon.
We talked more on Messenger. Through his sister Zoe, I learned of the expense of his treatment regime.
So the table football community kicked in what we could.
And it seems it was not just the Aussies who helped, with donations from around the globe.
The treatment helped, though he was up and down.

Through February and March, the treatment helped, mainly with his attitude. We met up at his place.

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He monitored the Subbuteo events from his bed. Wanted to play in Hermann’s Bratwurst Cup, and had vague plans of going to the Asian Cup in Tokyo. “I saw the scores and photos from last Friday and was quite jealous. I would love to have gotten involved. Same with the Japan trip. I’m getting better but that’s going to come way too soon. Next year maybe. As I said, I’m getting better it’s just not happening very fast. I’m in a good place mentally though. I’m 100% sure I’ll beat this. Thanks Steve.”

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From talking with his sister, I knew it wasn’t going to be such an easy battle.
In April and May, we talked about the AGFA, Japan and his treatment.
He wished us luck in Japan. “Next time.”
On Sunday morning, 11 June, as I was preparing in the hotel to go to the venue for Day 2 of the Asian Cup, the text arrived, sent by Zoe, that Harley had passed away.
We lost a great friend and a passionate teammate.
Flick on!

By Steve

28th WASPA BLC

June 2017 Competition

10 June 2017 and our 28th tournament was held at the Woody Point Clubhouse. We started at 1.00pm on a pleasant “winter’s” day with host Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Tardiota, Gus Gillespie, Gareth Whalley and Shane Robinson.

A ‘home and away’ round robin was put in place and commenced with Gareth against Gus and Pino playing Shane.  Despite a high pressing game by Gareth, Gus played his methodical game to score three times without reply. In the other game Pino was always in control of a relaxed 2-0 result against Shane.

Next up Pino played Gareth and again looked relaxed as he controlled the game winning 2-0. Gus and Shane continued their ongoing run of close matches, this game highlighted by opportunities and saves at each end. At full time, Gus took the game 1-0.

Game three matched Gareth against Shane. This match was very close and was only sealed 2-0 with a late goal by Shane. Gus took on Pino in a game that would possibly decide a clear group leader. It was played with their usual competitive cut and thrust tactics, Gus using method and close touch versus Pino and his direct approach. In the end a 2-1 result to Pino placed him top after the first round was completed.

Match four saw Gus hit top form by beating a shell shocked Gareth 5-0. In the other game, Shane managed a creditable 1-1 draw with Pino, both goals having been well worked. Match five results were interesting. Gareth again allowed a bunch of goals with Pino winning 5-1. Scoring goals is something Gareth has been working on and it was a positive in this game.

The other match was interesting….Shane took a two goal lead to halftime against Gus with a couple of nice chips. Within minutes of the restart, Gus chipped in from the same spot and was level after about five minutes. Then, minutes later, a stray shot from Gus across the box brushed the underside of Shane’s hand on it’s way to a goal kick. In the spirit the club, Gus was awarded then penalty which he duly scored. Shane hit the underside of the crossbar twice in the remaining time but Gus won 3-2.

In the final matches, Shane lost 0-1 to Gareth who deserved his win after some great pressing and probably the goal of the day. After leaking a few goals in earlier games, Gareth was determined to get a result and threw everything into blocking. The goal was much deserved due to the opportunities he has been creating.

The final game was between Pino and Gus. Gus needed to win, Pino only needed to draw. In another fine match, both players stuck to the task and in the end, Pino got the result 2-0.

Overall, there were more great games and close results. Gareth has continued to adapt to the “new style of figures and tactics’ and admitted it was nice to win a game after being belted a couple of times.

report by Shane Robinson

28th Brisbane League Cup

Round 1:     Round 2:    
Gareth W-Gus G 0 3 Giuseppe T-Gareth W 2 0
Giuseppe T-Shane R 2 0 Shane R-Gus G 0 1

 

Round 3:     Round 4:    
Gareth W-Shane R 0 2 Gus G-Gareth W 5 0
Gus G-Giuseppe T 1 2 Shane R-Giuseppe T 1 1

 

Round 5:     Round 6:    
Gareth W-Giuseppe T 1 5 Shane R-Gareth W 0 1
Gus G-Shane R 3 2 Giuseppe T-Gus G 2 0

 

 

Standing: Pt G W D L F A
1-Giuseppe t 16 6 5 1 0 14 3
2-Gus G 12 6 4 0 2 13 6
3-Shane R 4 6 1 1 4 5 8
4-Gareth W 3 6 1 0 5 2 17

Left to right, Shane, Gareth, Pino and Gus

Shane and Pino head to head

Gareth’s goalkeeper getting a good work out !

Pino on another lightning attack

Shane’s new awesome little plastic men with an uber sliding base take on the Toon!

Back to back trophies for the man in-form, Pino (Giuseppe).

Australia’s Subbuteo Team Beats Japan in Asian Cup in Joyous Table Football Win

This article first appeared on the ABC News Australia website – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-11/australias-unheralded-subbuteo-team-beats-japan/8607988

By Tracey Holmes


Australia faces Japan in Subbuteo Asian Cup.
Photo: Table football can be a tense affair. Multiply that a few times when its played in the Asian Cup. (Australian Table Football (Subbuteo) Association)
Map: Japan

There are no fancy uniforms, no Sports Commission grants, nor a single dollar in sponsorship.

To be brutally honest, there’s not even much fanfare for this team of unheard-of Australians, in a little known sport, who this weekend celebrated their first overseas victory since 1994.

The event is the Asia Cup. The sport is table football, or Subbuteo.

Never heard of it? Never mind. You have now.
Australia plays Japan in Subbuteo Asian Cup
Photo: Australia cobbled together a team in time for the Asian Cup, even flying in one team member from Sweden. (Australian Table Football (Subbuteo) Association)

The event is being played in Tokyo and the Australians spent last night celebrating a 3-1 win over Japan.

Australian team spokesman Steve Dettre told The Ticket “people may laugh but it’s like any sport, you play at a pretty high level and it’s quite tense”.

“Some of the best players in Asia are here, actually some of them are ranked in the top 50 in the world,” he said.

“It’s quite a challenge playing at this level … like the game I just played, one mistake and the other guy scored, so it’s pretty hectic.

“We’ve got about 200 to 300 players in Australia now. It doesn’t sound like a lot but we started from ground zero and we let everybody know the Asia Cup was coming up … so we put together a team.

“We got a guy from Perth, two are from Sydney and an Aussie guy flew in from Sweden.”

There are six nations, including Australia, to contest the prestigious ‘Open’ event on Sunday. Saturday featured a veteran’s comp and the Nation’s Cup — featuring Japan, Singapore and Australia.

Australia’s Subbuteo factfile:

Our highest ranked international Table Football player is Melbourne TFC’s Peter Thomas, ranked 40th in the world
The Melbourne Table Football Club is ranked 44th in the world
There are table football clubs in every Australian capital city
Club membership is for men and women, boys and girls of all ages
Matches consist of two 15-minute halves
The Asia Cup Open will be covered by NHK Japanese television
Australia has never won the Asia Cup

Despite its historic victory over Japan, the Australians weren’t good enough for Singapore who walked away with the Nation’s Cup.
Australian and Japanese players at Subbuteo Asian Cup
Photo: Raffaele Lombardi (R) is one of Australia’s team-members in Tokyo. (Australian Table Football (Subbuteo) Association)

The International Federation of Subbuteo Table Football (FISTF) is not as advanced, or well funded, as their cousins from FIFA so a win at the Asia Cup doesn’t provide a pathway to a world event.

“The international scene is not that developed, but obviously that’s a future plan,” Dettre said.

“All we’ll get for winning something here will be bragging rights.”

Ng takes Phoenix maiden event

Table Football finally arrived to Melbourne’s northern suburbs with the Northern Phoenix TFC hosting its inaugural WASPA on the evening of Friday, 02nd June. Six competitors took part in the event – a round robin competition – each player competing against one another in a five match league format. Ten minute halves were the order of the day as players representing four various TFC franchises jostled for the honour of taking home the inaugural Northern Phoenix title.
The first game of the evening had an extraordinary start as outsider Kevin Grant scored within the opening 60 seconds of the contest against Steve Dettre. A major upset was looming however it wasn’t long before Australia’s Subbuteo Godfather equalised, going on to win the contest 3-1 in a highly entertaining encounter. As the games unfolded, it became apparent that the race for the top prize would be a two horse contest between Steve Dettre and Benny Ng. Both competitors cancelled each other out in their Round Two head to head clash after battling out a 0-0 stalemate. It wasn’t until Round Four however that Ng took the outright lead in the competition after Dettre could only manage a draw against the competition’s host – Chris Garagounis. Ng kept his composure and went on to secure the inaugural Northern Phoenix Waspa after sealing a 2-0 victory against Kevin Grant in the final round of competition.
In other highlights, Simon Briffa continued his fine table football form by notching up a win and two admirable draws in a highly free flowing display on the evening. Paul Mercer also produced a similar output, showing why he remains one of Victoria’s top flickers with a very composed and calculated performance. It is an even more impressive achievement when one considers he hasn’t taken part in any competition for the past four months.
In summary, the 15 matches produced a total of 27 goals in what was a sure sign of how defences dominated proceedings during the course of the evening. More importantly, a fun night was had by all as the Northern Phoenix launched itself onto the Australian Table Football Scene.

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ATFA Board Elections

Over the last 12 months, one of the tasks undertaken by the ATFA Board has has been to make ATFA a registered not-for-profit association. As part of this, under the Association’s constitution, Board membership must be voted for by ATFA’s registered members at the beginning of each financial year.

All ATFA members are also invited to stand for election as volunteers on the ATFA Board and so the nomination process for this is now underway. All current ATFA members are free to stand. Nominations must be supported by 2 ATFA members and acknowledged by the nominee. Members are free to nominate any number of nominees.

As per the constitution, the Board must consist of 7 members, 4 who are Office Bearers and 3 Ordinary Committee Members. Below is a list of the role descriptions for each member.

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

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

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

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

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.

Ordinary Committee Members

Board 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.

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

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

Nominations close at 11:59PM on June 24, 2017. Voting will take place during the following week via the ATFA website. The ATFA Annual General Meeting will take place at Good Games Bella Vista (Lower podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, NSW) at 2:30PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017, during which time votes will be counted and the ATFA Board for 2017-18 endorsed. All members are invited to attend the AGM (which will be followed by actual games of Subbuteo!!).

All quiet on the Asian front

The latest FISTF world rankings have been released, and there has been very little movement in the Asian rankings.
Peter Thomas (AUS), remains on top, ahead of Rudy Hesty (SGP) and Kenzo Koi (JPN), who moved ahead of Anas Rahamat (SGP).
Expect quite a few changes next month, when the Melbourne Satellite, the Singapore International Open, and the Japan Grand Prix/Asian Cup are included!!

FISTF Rankings May 2017 – ASIA