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Table Football showcase at Brisbane Roar pre-game

Building upon yesterday’s announcement of Table Football being showcased at select Melbourne City games this season, we are pleased to announce that the Brisbane Subbuteo Club has confirmed a similar arrangement to showcase Table Football as part of pre-game activities at Brisbane Roar A League home games this season! More details will be provided in the lead up to their first home game. If you are in Brisbane, be sure to go along and join in the fun!C32E4C59-7068-438D-9900-8503DBD93F90

2019 September Cup Tournament Report

2018 september cup 600pxSeptember means a couple of important things for Western Sydney Subbuteo, the beginning of the annual Spring League and the staging of Australia’s longest continually running tournament – The September Cup. The September Cup also contains an element of particular fondness for competitors as, in keeping with the tournaments history, only Subbuteo branded figures and pitches are used. So, for one tournament every year, 90s Hasbro bases rub up against 80s lightweights, 60s heavyweights and even the occasional team of cardboard or celluloid flats.

This year, 8 competitors turned up to The Old Clubhouse in Toongabbie. Split into two unseeded groups, play soon got underway on one of the coldest September days in living memory. This fact made things interesting for one pitch in particular, the outdoor verandah pitch, where players complained of cold fingers.

Adrian and Kostas in theor opening round battle.

Adrian and Kostas in their opening round battle.

Early games saw Kostas Barbaris come from behind to take a 2-1 victory over Adrian Elmer, Paul Magee and Hermann Kruse batle out a frustrating 0-0 draw, Eliot Kennedy edging Costa Kamarados 1-0 and Antonio Credentino putting 2 unanswered past Oli Ollnow who was playing with old bases for the first time in his life. By the second round of games, Oli had got much more used to the bases and ran out 2-0 over Costa. Eliot got on a goalscoring roll, beating Antonio 3-1, though the general play was closer than this. Paul and Kostas scored a goal each in their match while Adrian broke Hermann’s heart with a solitary winner scored with just 4 seconds left on the clock.

Eliot shows poise against Oli.

Eliot shows poise against Oli.

In the final group games, Group B was reasonably straight forward. Eliot continued his good goalscoring form, in spite of his jetlag (he had made an overnight flight from Korea just to be at the tournament) and was particularly pleased that some of his 1970s curling skills were able to be used for one goal in particular as he beat Oli 3-0. Antonio put 2 past Costa, meaning Eliot and he wrapped up the two top positions in the group. Group B was much more open, with all four players still able to progress and all four players still in danger of missing out. And this was reflected in the tightness of the games. Kostas kept up his unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory over Hermann which gave him top spot in the group and vanquished Hermann to the foot of the table. Meanwhile, Paul used the ‘Magee Swarm’ for large swathes of his match against Adrian, a factor which contributed to him scoring the game’s solitary goal when Adrian fell victim to the dreaded stranded travelling ‘keeper.

The Consolation Semi-Finals saw Adrian victorious 2-0 over Costa while the father-son showdown between Hermann and Oli provided some of the afternoon’s more boisterous moments. Players inside the clubhouse noted that things must be going bad for Hermann to celebrate a goal so loudly while playing against his son as one of his reactions to scoring on the outdoor pitch could be heard from right around the entire property! In the end, however, this was not enough, Oli running out a 3-2 victor. In the 7th/8th play-off, Hermann took out his frustrations 2-0 over Costa, who finished the tournament with the honour of not managing to get his early 80s lightweights to trouble the scorer across the day. in the 5th/6th playoff, Adrian repeated his earlier feat against Hermann, this time against the son, Oli, as he scored a winner with 13 seconds to go after a very even match.

Kostas come close against Paul in the cold in the 3rd/4th playoff.

Kostas come close against Paul in the cold in the 3rd/4th playoff.

The main Semi-Finals saw Antonio finally put Kostas’ unbeaten run to an end with a convincing 3-0 victory. The other match saw the day’s two past masters, legends of the round based figures game from the 1970s and 80s – Paul and Eliot – face each other in the showdown. And the game proved to be as exciting as it had promised. Eliot came out on top in the end (no doubt, the cider he had begun consuming was helping him overcome his jetlag) but it took all 3 of his goals to beat Paul who scored 2 of his own. The 3rd/4th play-off between Paul and Kostas found the pair unable to break each other’s defenses and so the day’s first shootout ensued. After the tightness of the game, the shootout was a one sided affair, with Paul running out a 3-0 winner after only 3 shots each, to snag 3rd place.

Which left just the Grand Final to be played between Antonio and Eliot. As with the 3rd/4th playoff (and, to show just how even things actually were between all the players across the afternoon), the 20 minutes of regular play failed to split the pair. In truth, it was a reasonably dour affair with lots of midfield tussling but not much goalmouth action. And so the players went to shots. Eliot opened his account with a goal from his first shot, then saved Antonio’s effort. From here, things went a little pear shaped for Eliot, however, as is often the case for him in shootout situations. However, he did cling on for a 2-2 scoreline at the completion of the five shots apiece. And so, to sudden death they went. Eliot’s first shot was fired straight at Antonio’s ‘keeper, knocking it away from the goal. Antonio then replied with a deft chip that beat Eliot’s ‘keeper at the near post to take the title.

A new September Cup Champion - Antonio

A new September Cup Champion – Antonio

Thanks again to all the players who got right into the spirit of retro fun and fair play that the tournament has come to be known for. A new name on the old trophy is always a great thing as well, so well done to Antonio for joining the elite club. And, to the eternal bridesmaid, Eliot, there’s always next year.

For full results, click here.
For more photos, click here.
For full video of the Grand Final, click here (part i) and here (part ii)

Asian Champion takes out 2018 Altona Cup

Altona Cup 2018

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

ATFA Season 2018-19 Events Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Season 2018-19 Australian Calendar of FISTF Events

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

A word from the new ATFA President

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

2018-19 ATFA Committee Elected

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

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

2018/19 ATFA Committee

President: Adrian Connolly (Western Flickers TFC)

Vice-President: Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)

Secretary General: Steve Wright (Western Flickers TFC)

Treasurer: Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)

Communications Officer: Adrian Elmer (Western Sydney Subbuteo)

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

 

Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League

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

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

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

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

International Table Football set to touchdown in Fremantle

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

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

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

Perth players at a recent WASPA Tournament

Perth players at a recent WASPA Tournament

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

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

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

Chris Thorn and John Harty at the 2017 Perth IO

Chris Thorn and John Harty at the 2017 Perth IO

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

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

Perth International Open

Saturday July 28

Fremantle Town Hall

8 William St, Fremantle WA 6160

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