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Join team Australia at the 2017 Asian Cup of Table Football in Japan

The next Asian Cup will be staged in Tokyo, June 10-11, 2017.

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As with the past two Asian Cups, there will be an Individual event, plus a club event, and a national team event.

This is a fantastic event for all Australian Subbuteo Players to travel to, with the opportunity to play many games against highly skilled opponents from all over Asia. In addition, it provides the unique opportunity to represent Australia in an international match (with an international competition between Australia, Singapore and Japan set to finally become a reality).

With the 2018 Asian Cup returning to Australia (Melbourne) just six months after this event, it would be fantastic for our players to go and support Kenzo Koi and his Japanese players, so they can return for a trip down under.

Interested players can contact Steve Dettre, who will be co-ordinating the Australian Continent for this event. Contact Steve at ertteds@gmail.com

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2017 Australian Grand Prix – Opens Tournament

group photoDrama is probably the best way to describe the Australian Grand Prix 2017.
A late switch of venue, events during the Open competition, some classic encounters, a female competition for the first time, and the presence of representatives of 11 of our club, combined to make this the most dramatic Australian Grand Prix.

The dinner and draw on the Friday night, so ably MC’d by Geoff Sirmai, and catered brilliantly by our own Fabrizio Coco, resulted in some fascinating pairings in the groups of the Open.

In Group 1, Peter Thomas (MTFC) dominated, but one of the two Cherrybrook ‘prodigal sons’ — Nick Brill raised lots of eyebrows with his comeback performance after 20 years out of competition. In his first up match, using Toccers he faced Peter and came away with a credible 6-2 loss, before smacking Kosta Barbaris (Sydney) 6-0.

In Group 2 there was a big surprise when Giuseppe Tardiota (Brisbane) beat Eliot Kennedy (Falcons) 1-0. Yago Dzelalija (Canberra) made his ATFA debut, getting a credible 1-1 draw against Giuseppe, and a 0-0 with Jeremy Simpson (Hipfingerz) before succumbing to the raw power of Eliot 5-0.

In Group 3, Ross McNulty (Perth) threw caution to the wind in his opener against Steve Dettre (Falcons), and despite Steve twice taking the lead, Ross pegged him back — the second being an absolute screamer. But in the second half, Steve’s accuracy wore Ross down, scoring three unanswered goals. Fabrizio won the group after a 1-0 win against Steve.

panorama 1 1000pxGroup 4 featured the bravest individual of the weekend. Despite suffering from the effects of a brain tumour, Harley Ullrich (Falcons) turned up on both Friday night and Saturday: “I wasn’t going to let anyone down. People were expecting to play, and I was going to be there.” He lost 3-0 to Benny Ng (MTFC) and then 2-0 to Rik Bland (Brisbane) before sharing the spoils in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Tony Credentino (Sydney).

Benji Batten (MTFC) made a spirited start to his title campaign with three wins in Group 5, ahead of Jon Ball (Falcons), another debutante in Terry Koutzas (Sydney) and Chris Thorn (Perth).

Hermann Kruse (Falcons) caused a boilover in Group 6, topping the table after playing some of the best table football he’s shown in the last two years. He held Adrian Elmer (Parramatta) 0-0, then Todd Giles (Newcastle) 1-1, before whipping three past another returnee, Richard Wilson (Cherrybrook). Todd had quite literally come straight off the boat, after a night shift in the navy, but lack of match practice took its toll.

In Group G, Paul Mercer (MTFC) topped the table, with Hugh Best (Perth) squeezing through in second place.

The barrage round threw up some of the biggest scores of the weekend. Rik could do no wrong as he beat Hermann 5-1, while Fabrizio went on a rampage against Jon, winning 5-0, and Benny beat Hugh 6-0. But the big surprise was Steve’s 7-1 thumping of Giuseppe, with every shot being an unstoppable meteor. Nick caused the biggest boilover when he beat Paul Mercer 2-0 to progress to the quarters.

Peter Thomas threw everything at Steve in the first half of their Quarter Final clash, with only Steve’s goalkeeping forcing him into the match. In the second half, a lightning attack by Pete broke the deadlock, and we progressed with a 2-0 win. Eternal rivals Benji and Benny faced off in their quarter, with Benji loudly proclaiming his 2-1 victory in a controversial climax to the game! Fabrizio comfortably moved past Rik 3-0, but Eliot had to battle all the way to sudden death extra time — at one stage being down 0-2 — before he could beat Nick 3-2.

opens 1In the Semi-finals, Eliot seemed to be inspired — or maybe just spurred into action — and put on a great performance to beat Fabrizio, while Peter turned on the style to beat Benji 3-0.

In the final, some unbelievable defensive flicks from both players kept the game scoreless until Peter wove his magic to claim his second AGP in three years.

Tournament report by Steve Dettre

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

Asian rankings: Thomas tops the list, Singapore still dominates.

Peter Thomas (Melbourne TFC) claimed Asia’s top position after his Australian Grand Prix victory, edging ahead of Singapore’s Rudy Hesty (Jurong Central), with Den Mulia (Singapore Lions) remaining in third position.
Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons) was the biggest mover in the top 10, moving from 15th to 4th place.
Singapore maintained its place at the top of the nations’ standings, with six players in the top 10, and 8 in the top 20.
Australia had 6 players in the top 20, Japan 5 and Hong Kong 1.
Players from six Asian countries were represented:
Singapore, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Israel and Hong Kong.
Full rankings, comparing World and Asian, with movements compared to positions in December 2016:
FISTF Rankings Feb 2017 – ASIA

World and Australian rankings released

Australia’s Peter Thomas (MTFC) edged four places higher in the latest FISTF World rankings on the back of his AGP17 victory, while also maintaining his Australian #1 spot.
Eliot Kennedy (Nthn Falcons) moved into second place on the Australian rankings, while rocketing 78 places in the world to move to 75th place. He moved ahead of Carl Young (MTFC) and clubmate Robver Green, who slipped to 3rd and 6th places nationally. Carl kept his top 100 ranking, but Greenie slipped down to 166.
Biggest mover domestically was Brisbane’s Rik Bland who soared into the top 10 on the back of his quarter-final appearance at the AGP17.
There were eight new faces on the world ranking, with 48 Aussies in the list.
Biggest ‘bullet’ appearance was Nick Brill who leapt into 11th place after his comeback tournament.
Special mention for Hugh Best (Perth) who is 18th after making the barrage round of the AGP17.
The full rankings, both domestically and internationally, are listed below, with February and December ranks and movements.

Open Category:
FISTF Rankings Feb 2017 – Australia_Open

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2017 Australian Grand Prix – WASPA Consolation Tournament

Ross Mcnulty celebrates his victory

Ross Mcnulty celebrates his victory

After the drama of the knockout stages in the AGP17 the 3rd and 4th players in the group of four advanced into a WASPA Knockout Tournament that ran alongside the Knockout stages of the AGP17. In a thrilling competition full of incidents and some truly special goals Mcnulty clinched victory to head 4,000 miles back to Perth with another title in the bag.

In the first of 2 Elimination play offs to make the Quarter Final Chris Thorn turned on a spectacular display too dispose of local junior, Andrew Kuany, in emphatic style with a 3-0 win. In the 2nd Elimination Play Off Yago Dzezlalija also put on a superb display in a 3-0 win against another local junior, Othniel Antwi, in a gripping match that really showcased the beauty of Subbuteo in its finest essence.

In the first of the Quarter Finals Ross Mcnulty came up against Jeremy Simpson and his dangerous Leicester City Tokas. After an even start, Mcnulty began to dominate play and took the lead just before half time. Simpson tried his all and cannoned a shot against the post but Mcnulty broke quickly and rasped a fine strike past the helpless keeper to go 2 up with 5mins left. Simpson did his all but could not break down the organised defence of Mcnulty’s Manchester City Tcha Arrows team and another goal was added to complete his advance into the Semi Finals. Chris Thorn took on Kostas Barbaris In the 2nd game of the Quarter finals and yet again remained water tight at the back. The veteran 74yr old dominated and took the lead just before half time with a wonderfully constructed goal of sheer patience that paid off. In the second half Kostas put Thorn under pressure but could not break down the defence and half way through the half Thorn added another beauty to join his club mate Mcnulty in the Semi Finals. In the 3rd game of the Quarter Finals, local Greek-Australian lad, Terry Koutzas, faced Melbourne girl and current Ladies No 1, Beth Eveleigh. Again another very tight match was played out with Beth remaining extremely organised at the back and they headed into half time at 0-0. Koutzas finally broke away after a sustained period of pressure midway through the second half and although Beth rallied she could not equalize, Koutzas advancing into the Semi Finals. In the 4th and final Quarter Final Richard Wilson was pitted against Yago Dzelalija and another classic encounter was evident with the first half ending 0-0 with each player going close on numerous occasions. In the 2nd half, Wilson and his dangerous Tokas smashed in an unstoppable shot that nearly took the net out and Yago crashed out after such a valiant effort in another cracker.

Chris Thorne buries his first in his semi final shootout against Terry Koutzas

Chris Thorne buries his first in his semi final shootout against Terry Koutzas

The first Semi Final pitted Chris Thorn against the local Terry Koutzas and after both defences were so organised the game headed into extra time, again they could not be separated and the game headed into shots. After the required 5 shots each, scores were tied at 3 each, so they went into sudden death. Thorn missed his first and Koutzas made no mistake to propel himself into the Final and deny Thorn of a possible show down with other Perth local Mcnulty. In the 2nd Semi Final Mcnulty faced Richard Wilson and his ever dangerous Tokas and after a fine quick counter attack a shot was placed into the top corner from the right too put him 1 up at half time. Wilson really went for it in the 2nd half and duly snatched a deserved equalizer with minutes left on the clock after a great strike. Into extra time and again it remained deadlocked at 1-1 and so the 2nd Semi Final was to be decided on penalties. At 2-2 after 4 penalties each Mcnulty tucked away his 5th and Wilson missed to go out after such a terrific display in the tournament.

The Final was a game littered with quick break aways and tight defensive discipline between Mcnulty & Koutzas but ultimately Mcnulty began to break down The Sydney TFC player and went in 1 up at the break. In the 2nd half Koutzas attempted to get back on level terms but a second and final killer goal landed Mcnulty his first title away from Perth.

report by Ross Mcnulty

SYDNEY AGP2017 WASPA TOURNAMENT

ELIMINATION PLAY OFFS :

3 Chris Thorn *
0 Andrew Kuany

3 Yago Dzelalija *
0 Othniel

QUARTER FINALS

3 Ross Mcnulty *
0 Jeremy Simpson

2 Chris Thorn *
0 Kostas Barbaris

1 Terry Koutzas *
0 Beth Eveleigh

1 Richard Wilson *
0 Yago Dzelalija

SEMI FINALS:

0 Terry Koutzas *
0 Chris Thorn
(Koutzas wins 6-5 on Pens)

1 Ross Mcnulty *
1 Richard Wilson
(Mcnulty wins 3-2 on Pens)

FINAL:

2 Ross Mcnulty *
0 Terry Koutzas

2017 Australian Grand Prix – Womens’ Tournament

Imojjen, Beth & Æowyn (l-r)

Imojjen, Beth & Æowyn (l-r)

ATFA were very proud to play host to the first all-female table football tournament in Australia with 4 players registered to contest the inaugural title of Australia’s top female player.

Imojjen Elmer, Beth Eveleigh and Æowyn Elmer fought out a tight group stage. A fiercely competitive spirit with equal amounts of fair play and sportsmanship were on display from the very first flick. Veteran Eveleigh played out a tense 0-0 draw with the up and coming Imojjen Elmer. Elmer displayed a deft touch and excellent defensive blocking; only lacking the killer instinct at the other end of the pitch. Eveleigh failed to break through and managed to find herself with 5 players offside (twice) whilst pressing for a goal.

Sister v Sister

Sister v Sister

Elmer senior then fought out another goalless draw with Elmer junior who has the determination and tactical brain to challenge in the future. The final group match saw Eveleigh eventually break through the defensive wall and score two goals against Æowyn, taking her into the final against Imojjen.

The final was watched by an increasingly absorbed crowd. Both players had their chances during the match but, once again a tense stalemate occurred which took Elmer and Eveleigh into 10 minutes of extra time. Then as the minutes ticked down Eveleigh found herself in the shooting area, but wide on the left flank with an acute angle on the ball. She took the shot which rocketed into the near top corner, somehow beating Elmer’s ‘keeper. ATFA President Batten noted during the following presentation that “Beth scored a golden goal worthy of winning any tournament”.

Australia's inaugural Womens' Champion, Beth Eveleigh

Australia’s inaugural Womens’ Champion, Beth Eveleigh

Eveleigh presented the Elmer sisters with their second and third place awards and declared the
future of the women’s game in excellent hands. Beth Eveleigh (Melbourne Table Football Club) then accepted the inaugural Women’s Championship trophy with relief! The players all left greatly enthused and determined to see future Womens’ tournaments grow.

Report by Beth Eveleigh

For full results, click here.

For more photos, click here.

Australian Grand Prix – Teams Tournament Report

The teams event at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix provided great entertainment and quality with fierce battles played on the Extreme Pitches in Leichhardt. For the first time, 6 different Australian club teams were represented with teams coming from Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and three from Sydney (Parramatta, Sydney TFC and Northern Falcons).

teams panoramaIn Group A, Melbourne TFC began their title defence with comfortable wins over Sydney TFC (3-1) and Brisbane Subbuteo Club (3-0). This meant the match between Brisbane and Sydney was effectively a semi-final playoff. In what was somewhat of an upset, the Brisbane lads pulled off a 3-1 victory with young Daniel Sirmai etching his name into Brisbane Subbuteo folklore. His 3-0 victory over Terry Koutzas proved the turning point in the first ever team win for Giuseppe Tardiota’s men.

The Northern Falcons were the seeded team in group B and they made a strong start dispatching Perth Subbuteo Club (4-0). However, they faced a more difficult task in their game against crosstown rivals, Subbuteo Parrammatta, The final score was 3-0 with Parramatta’s Adrian Elmer nabbing a result against Jonathan Ball/Hermann Kruse. Adrian’s result proved to be vital as Parramatta had drawn with Perth in a thrilling contest earlier in the day (1-1). Parramatta progressed in second place on games difference, knocking the Perth lads out of the competition.

This year we were able to include a 5th place game in which Sydney TFC won their first ever team game by defeating Perth.

The semi-finals went down to form with the falcons knocking down Brisbane 3-1 and Melbourne defeating Parramatta 3-0.

This meant the Grand Final would be a repeat of the 2015 Grand Prix between the Falcons and Melbourne TFC. The Falcons may have had the home state advantage, but Melbourne was running high on confidence, with their players having performed strongly in the individual event the day prior.

Teams finalists - Melbourne TFC (red) v Northern Falcons (purple)

Teams finalists – Melbourne TFC (red) v Northern Falcons (purple)

The grand final matchups were as follows

Peter Thomas vs Eliot Kennedy
Benji Batten vs Steve Dettre
Paul Mercer vs Hermann Kruse
Benny Ng vs Jonathan Ball

There was great tension as the match began with the individual match-ups failing to produce a goal inside the opening 7 minutes.

But the deadlock would be broken by Melbourne’s Singapore International, Benny Ng, and soon the goals were flowing. Benji Batten went a goal up against Dettre and Paul mercer took the lead over Hermann Kruse. The exception to the trend was Eliot Kennedy who stunningly took the lead against Peter Thomas. Thomas equalised before the break but this gave the Falcons much needed confidence going into the half time break.

Down 3-0 at halftime, the Falcons were up against the wall and things got little better as Peter Thomas took the lead against Eliot. Paul Mercer and Benny were able to stretch their leads out and despite a late flurry from Hermann Kruse and Steve Dettre (who nabbed a draw against Benji Batten), it was a case of too little too late.

Melbourne took the win 3-0 and claimed the Teams cup, thus becoming the first team to go back-to-back in winning this event.

It all shapes up brilliantly for the 2018 edition with Melbourne looking to claim a three-peat but they will face international challengers as the event doubles up as the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football.

Report by Benji Batten

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

A Letter from the Acting ATFA Board President

Dear players and supporters of Subbuteo Table Football in Australia

I am writing to you on the back of a very successful weekend of table football in Sydney, with the 2017 Australian Grand Prix an overwhelmingly positive experience for players.

To the players who attended, I hope you had an enjoyable time. To those who couldn’t make it this year, I hope to see you at next year’s Grand Prix as well as our club events, which will run around the country throughout the year.

During the weekend we held an Australian Table Foootball Association (ATFA) board meeting where we discussed some plans and ideas we will be implementing this season. Please read below to learn about these key updates

1. ATFA BOARD
Following the recent decision by Steve Dettre to step down as president, an interim board of ATFA has been formed until the next AGM:
President – Benji Batten
Vice president – Vacant
Secretary General – Peter Thomas
Treasurer – Eliot Kennedy
Communications Officer – Adrian Elmer
Board Advisors – Steve Dettre, Luke Radziminski, Giuseppe Tardiota

tardiotta, giuseppe web 400The board is very keen to expand its membership to include more of Australia’s playing regions. To that end, I am very pleased to announce that Giuseppe Tardiota from Brisbane has this week agreed to join the board immediately as a Board Advisor. It is great to have Pino on the board.

There will be a full election of the ATFA board later in the year. We will publicise the roles and their definitions, as well as the process of nominating and being elected to the board. In the meantime, the current board will continue to operate.

2. ATFA MEMBERSHIP
Due to the need to fund ATFA’s small number of annual expenses, as well as the desire to continue the growth of Subbuteo table football, ATFA will be introducing a formal membership process whereby players can become official members of our Association for the upcoming 2017-18 season. This will entitle you to play in FISTF events both in Australia and around the world.

Membership will involve a small membership fee, sufficient only to cover our basic expenses (annual FISTF registration fees, fees for our incorporation as an association, website renewal fee, etc). Full details will be published in the coming months, but we look forward to our players’ support as we begin the process of building our national membership base.

3. 2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX/ASIAN CUP OF TABLE FOOTBALL – Save the date
After a very successful 2017 Grand Prix in Sydney, ATFA is excited to announce the 2018 Grand Prix will be held in Melbourne on the 20th and 21st of January 2018. The event will be co-hosted by the Western Flickers Table Football Club and Melbourne Table Football Club. This event will also double as the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football (it is Australia’s year to host the event) with players expected from Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. This event has the potential to be the biggest table football tournament in Australia’s history. I ask that you all save the date in your calendar as it would be fantastic to see you all in Melbourne for another fun filled weekend. Further information on this tournament will be made available in the coming months.

4. 2016-17 AND 2017-18 FISTF CALENDAR
Seeking expressions of interest for other FISTF events in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons

Following FISTF, each season runs from 1 September to 31 August the following year. Until now, our FISTF calendar has involved two larger FISTF events – a Grand Prix (GP) and an International Open (IO) – which so far have been held only in Sydney and Melbourne, the two largest playing centres – as well as a series of WASPA events staged by our affiliated clubs around the country.

We are keen to expand the FISTF calendar to four events a year to promote the game nationally, and the first step in this direction is a FISTF event to be held in Perth in July this year (see our website for details).

For the time being, we plan to continue to hold the Australian International Grand Prix in either Sydney or Melbourne in January each year, with an IO in the city not holding the AGP that year, normally in September/October. We would like to expand this calendar to include an additional IO and an additional Satellite tournament each year. (We can only organise one GP per year, but can hold up to two IOs and up to three Satellite events)

ATFA is therefore seeking expressions of interest from its clubs to host the remaining three events in the 2017-18 season

These events are
– International Open (1 day) in September/October 2017- Note: to be hosted by a Sydney club
– One FISTF satellite and one IO event, or two Satellite events (1 day) – can be hosted within the current season (ie by 31 August 2017) or at any point next season subject to approval from the ATFA board.

We are asking for clubs interested in hosting the event to send an e-mail to Adrian Elmer (ajebec@netspace.net.au), Communications Director, with the following information:
– why you want to host the event
– why you feel you deserve to host the event
– how many players you aim to attract for your event
– where you would look to host the event (general location or a few venue ideas is more than fine, no set venue is needed)
– what dates you would like to host the event

Interested clubs can refer to the FISTF handbook available on the FISTF website for the minimum requirements for each tournament type.

We encourage all clubs to get in touch and submit their interest in hosting an event. Two or more clubs can co-host an event if they are based in the same city.

5. 2017 AND 2018 EVENTS CALENDAR
The best way to maximise attendance at events is to plan as far in advance as possible and ensure we can space out our events. In the near future we will have the Asian Cup in Japan in June, and also a FISTF International Open in Perth in July.

I encourage all clubs to send through the dates of planned league, cup or WASPA tournaments, and even friendly club meetings, to Adrian as soon as they know them, so we can advertise the dates on the ATFA website. The more advance notice is given, the better we can promote the event which leads to a higher attendance of players.

6. FEEDBACK
I am really interested in getting feedback and ideas from all players throughout the year, so feel free to send me an e-mail or a Facebook message. I’d be more than happy to chat about new ideas or ways we can do things better. So I am looking forward to being in touch with as many of our players as possible this year.

I hope you all have a great year. Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you all in action on the Subbuteo pitch this year.
My e-mail address is benjibatten@hotmail.com

batten, benji web 400Benji Batten
ATFA President
On behalf of the entire ATFA Board

24th WASPA BLC Tournament

Seven players turned up to compete in what was supposed to be a 37 Degree furnace, to be pleasantly surprised, it was only 36.

We decided to play a round robin with the top 4 going into semis and a final.

The first round saw last month’s finalists Rik and Gus  go head to head in a drab 0-0 draw, neither keeper  really called into action. Giuseppe fresh back from Sydney took on his nemesis Andy Ridgen, and Andy finished the better winning 3-1. The other game was a 2-0 victory to Gareth over our youngest member James.

Round 2 saw our Sydney FISTF warriors Rik and Giuseppe (Pino) go head to head with Rik emerging victorious 2-1. Derek the Seagull beat James 3-0 and an interesting encounter between Gareth and Gus, where Gareth parked the bus for literally ¾ of the game before conceding a goal and then losing 3-0, Gus was relieved.

Round 3 saw a very tough match between a solid Rik and a pumped Andy end 1-1 with Andy taking the lead. Giuseppe very surprisingly lost 1-0 to Gareth who introduced a very interesting victory dance to all. Derek gave Gus a tough time, and again last month’s champion had to be very patient before breaking through to eventually win 2-0. Derek’s play is certainly improving fast.

Round 4 went in order of the favourites, Andy beating a spirited James 4-2, Rik took apart Gareth who wanted to see Rik at his best, he got what he asked for. Giuseppe beat Derek but only a goal to nil.

Round 5 ended with a 5-1 win to Andy over Gareth, James lost to his Dad 3-0 but got some great tips along the way (which went in one ear and out the other, who listens to Dad ?) and Rik saw off Derek 3-1

Round 6 had a couple of hard fought games. Gareth beating the Seagulls of Derek 3-1 which would eventually see him make the semis, and a great game between the two Sunshine Coasters Andy and Gus finish 1-0 to Gus after a very swift and deadly finish. Giuseppe beat James 4-0 who by this stage wanted to eat his own arm (those of you with boys will appreciate this).

The last round finished with Andy securing 3rd spot beating Derek 3-0, Rik rested some of his best players and beat James 3-2 whilst the crunch match of Giuseppe and Gus saw Gus win 2-0 finishing the league top with no goals conceded and condemning Giuseppe to 5th place, the first time ever not to make the semis. Unfortunately, Gareth who finished 4th had to go home so Gus got  a bye to the final.

The Semi.

Rik vs Andy. Andy was pumped, this was going to be his day, Rik is Australia’s #2 Brisbane’s new #1 – he was not going to be defeated. A very fast and tough game ensued, Andy had been composed all day, sweeping all but Gus to victory or a draw with his new found calm efficiency. Game plan out the window, Andy was going too hard, and found himself  2-0 down. He did however mange a blazing goal back, to go into half time 2-1.  Andy’s half time cup of tea failed to calm him down and his over eagerness to get back cost him dearly as the lethal Rik fired 3 well flicked goals past him to end the game 5-1.

The Final. Gus had not conceded a goal all day, but the only opponent he failed to beat was Rik. Rik also had not lost a game all day, so it was a fitting match up for the final. The first half saw few chances as the two players locked horns and were desperate not to give anything away. However just before the whistle of half time, Gus gave away a ‘back’ which the referee adjudged to be in the shooting area giving Rik a great opportunity which he did not waste. 40 seconds later it was half time. As much as Gus huffed and puffed Rik had the answer, and more.  Rik piling on so much pressure that Gus gave another ‘ back’  to Rik in the shooting area, which the “Narangba Assassin “ despatched with aplomb to make it 2-0. Gus then went all out in desperation to claw himself back into the game, however, there was only to be one winner, Rik found his way through and dealt the killer blow 3-0. So Gus’s chance of the treble ended at the hands of Rik, who is a worthy champion, not only with his skill and cunning, but the great sportsmanlke way he plays the game.

Another great competition with great games and great goals shared amongst friends. We can’t wait for the next one in March.