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2018 Melbourne IO Report

2018 Melbourne IO Report

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FISTF Women’s IO

The women’s event kicked off the weekends’ festivities.  It was contested between Beth Eveleigh of the Northern Pheonix and two Western Flickers TFC Members – Juliette Browne and Charlotte Wright.

A tightly contested round robin league ensued.  Beth drew both her games 0-0, meaning that Charlotte’s 1-0 win over Juliette in the final game decided the proceedings.  Charlotte took out her first FISTF title, with Beth runner up, and Juliette third.

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Beth Eveleigh (runner up), Charlotte Wright (Champion) and Juliette Browne (3rd) with their awards from the Women’s FISTF IO

FISTF Junior U19 IO

The junior event was contested by 8 players in two groups of four.  The top two from each group progressing to the FISTF IO semi finals.

Benjamin Ng and top seed Gabriel Lombard early on showed they were the players to beat in this competition and took out their respective groups.  Charlotte Wright backed up her win in the Women’s event with a strong showing to progress from her group to the semi finals and defeating the vastly improved Aidan Deverell in the 3rd /4th playoff.

In the final, Gabriel played some quality Table Football but it was the killer instinct in front of goal that proved the difference with Benjamin Ng winning the Junior title 3-0.

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Benjamin Ng receiving the Junior title from ATFA President Adrian Connolly

Junior U19 WASPA

The junior WASPA was held for all those eliminated from the FISTF event.  Second seed for the FISTF Junior competition, Billy Wright, overcame his disappointment at elimination from the main event to make the final but didn’t join his sister on the winners’ list, going down on penalties to promising debutant Liam Browne in the Junior WASPA final.

MTFC Open WASPA

The Melbourne IO Event also saw the debut of the Power Rankings to decide the outcome of a WASPA tournament.  The rules were:

– 1. Players not occupied referreeing the Junior, Women’s or Teams events on the Saturday were free to organise themselves games on the spare tables and record results.

– 2. The final standings were made using the new Power Rankings system given that not all players played a similar number of games, or games against players of the same standard.  Only results on the day counted.  A win over a player who had performed well on the day was worth more than a win against a player who was winless.  

– 3. All enquires on how Power Rankings are calculated should be directed to Richard Wilson.

– 4. For disputes on the outcome, see rule 3 !  

The completion was narrowly taken out by Raffaele Lombard from Eliot Kennedy and Giuseppe Tardiota in a good indicator of players to watch in the main Open event on Sunday.

FISTF Open IO

Sixteen players competed in the Melbourne IO.  Top seed Raffaele Lombard and third seed Eliot Kennedy would have been more pleased with the draw than second seed Benny Ng or fourth seed Steve Dettre, and it would turn out to be the case.

In Groups 1 and 3 Raffaele and Eliot cruised though their group games, with Eliot particularly impressed with three 5-0 victories.  Steve Wright progressed in second place in Group 1 on goal difference with his final round win over Juliette, whilst Kevin Grant went through in second place from Group 3 by defeating the 2018 Melbourne IO Junior Champion Benjamin Ng in the contest of that group.

Groups 2 and 4 were both wide open going into the final round of fixtures.  Second seed Benny Ng was at risk of not progressing after letting a 1-0 lead slip against Giuseppe Tardiota to go down 1-2.  Benny needed to defeat Luke Radziminski or hope his club mate Charlotte Wright could do him a favour in the final round of group games.  In the end Luke and Giuseppe got the results they needed to progress, with Luke topping the Group.  Prior to the event, several good judges saw Luke as a dark horse to take out the title and by topping this “Group of Death” this appeared to be the case.

Group 4, the “Presidential Group”, pitted fourth seed FISTF President Steve Dettre, ATFA and Western Flickers TFC President Adrian Connolly, Northern Pheonix President Christos Garagounis, and Adam Deverell.  Adrian put himself in a good position to progress with a 1-0 win over Adam thanks to a goal in the dying seconds of their first round clash, whilst Steve took the pole position expected of the seed going into the final round thanks to a big win over the luckless Adam. Christos drew his clashes with Steve and Adrian and as such needed a win in his final game against Adam, possibly by two goals, to progress.  However, it was not to be with Adam doing his club President Adrian a favour by defeating Christos.  The clash to decide the group winner was one of the games of the event.  Steve took the lead early, but Adrian responded immediately with a goal from the kick off possession and then scored a second goal soon after to take a 2-1 lead.  However, with seconds remaining, Steve drew level with the final action of the first half to tie it up at 2-2.  The second half was much tighter. Ultimately a relentless sequence of corners by Steve Dettre creates the decisive opening for the third and winning goal that saw Steve take out the Group.

The quarter finals pitted Raffaele against Kevin; Eliot against Steve Wright, Steve Dettre against Giuseppe Tardiota, and Luke Radziminski against Adrian Connolly.

The first two games went comfortably I the in form seeds Raffaele and Eliot.  However, in the other games Giuseppe showed his improvement from his time in Italy to overcome Steve Dettre; whilst Adrian Connolly caused an upset by defeating Luke Radziminski 3-1.  This meant 2nd in Group 2 had eliminated 1st in Group 4, whilst 2nd in Group 4 had eliminated 1st in Group 2.  Given both Giuseppe and Adrian only progressed at all from their groups by virtue of results in their final group games this demonstrated how tightly contested this half of the draw was.

The semi finals therefore featured players from each of the three states competing – NSW, Queensland and Victoria.  Given Adrian’s Tasmanian origins and his decade living in WA it could be argued that the semis truly had a National feel. 

In the first semi final Raffaele extended his run to 5 games without conceding a goal to go through to the final with a 2-0 win.  Whilst in the other clash Eliot capitalised on some defensive blocking errors to take a commanding 3-0 half time.  In the second half Adrian became the first player to put one last Eliot’s keeper.  A gripping end could have been set up had Adrian taken a good chance with a minute to go, but a good save by Eliot saw him also comfortably progress to the final 3-1.

The final was therefore contest between two of the travelling contingent from NSW.  The high quality game was streamed live in high definition with the latest technology – timber, rubber bands and an iPhone!  Eliot took an early lead but the top seed Raffaele responded well to equalise and then take the lead. Eliot found the net a second time with a great finish prior to half time but unfortunately the goal was ruled out in what later found to be an error by the referee.  Eliot as always showed why he is such a respected player with the way he handled the decision.

The second half saw Eliot needing to chase the game and in the last minute he had a good chance to score but sent his shot narrowly wide.  Raffaele then attacked and scored a third goal in what would be the last action of the contest.

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Adrian Connolly (3rd), Eliot Kennedy (runner up), Raffaele Lombard (Champion), Guiseppe Tardiota (3rd)

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Club Team Champions - Western Flickers TFC B Team

Club Team Champions – Western Flickers TFC B Team

WASPA Open

To ensure the WASPA was complete prior to the FISTF IO Final, the format was a straight knockout competition with 2x10min halves and penalties (no extra time).  There were 9 competitors in the WASPA Plate Event, with the previous days’ junior runner up Gabriel Lombard joining the 8 players eliminated from the FISTF Open event.  Gabriel played Charlotte Wright in the barrage.  After a scoreless draw Charlotte won 2-1 on penalties to move into the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals, Charlotte continued her impressive run of results by defeating Adam Deverell 2-1 on penalties.  This set up a semi final showdown with her brother Billy who progressed after Beth Eveleigh needed to forfeit due to illness.  Benny Ng accounted for Christos Garagounis to set up a clash with his son Benjamin in the other semi final after Benjamin defeated Juliette 1-0. 

In the battle of the Wrights, it was Billy that prevailed 2-1 on penalties after a scoreless draw.  In the other semi Benjamin continued his run of wins over his father to progress to the final 3-1.

The final saw two of the Western Flickers’ juniors battle it out for the WASPA Open win.  In the end the FISTF Junior IO winner,

Benjamin Ng, proved to strong for the WASPA Junior IO winner Billy Wright.

Thank you to all the travelling contingent from interstate who added so much to the atmosphere and the quality of play.  

A special thanks must also go out to all those involved in organising the event:

Juliette Brown for obtaining the venue

Steve Wright for managing the budget, registrations, payments.

Kevin Grant for all the hard work moving the boards to the site (the boards of which he of course has made himself!) as well as his ingenuous “camera stand” for the live stream.

Beth Eveleigh for again running the best raffle!  Great prizes and a great little fundraiser to help with costs to keep fees down.

Adam Deverell for the BBQ.

Benny Ng as tournament head referee.

The clubs and players that made their boards available 

NP TFC for the WASPA Plate Event.

MTFC for use of their umbrella for the WASPA on Saturday.

All players for stepping into their referee duties when asked, including the visiting Carl Young who walked in to watch at the wrong time when we were one short!

Paul Mercer for his great tournament template to record the results and run the event.

Richard Wilson for use of the Power 

And finally a pat on my own back for keeping you all on track to finish 10mins prior to my schedule on both days, and somehow not losing any of the competition match balls!  Just don’t mention my ability to count to four in the final 😞

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

Western Sydney Subbuteo October WASPA Tournament

IMG_1907 smallIt was an evening of schmoozing with the presidents at the HQ of Western Sydney Subbuteo, with Australian Table Football Association president, Adrian Connolly, visiting from Melbourne and the Federation of International Sports Table Football Association president, Steve Dettre, making the trek across from Chatswood. No doubt the other players put in a quiet word with their suggestions for running the game as they took on their illustrious opponents.

A small swiss system was battled out. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Paul Magee and Paul Stockbridge faced each other in the first round, a game which doubled as their WSS Spring League fixture. Paul M slotted a goal in each half to take the game against a quickly improving Paul S. Meanwhile, Steve went down 1-0 to his Northern Falcons club mate, Hermann Kruse. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Adrian Elmer opened the scoring in his fixture against Adrian C inside the first minute of their clash which proved to be the only goal action of the entire game.

Round two pitted Paul M against Hermann. A fixture which is always a tight one proved so again, with Hermann coming out on top via a solitary goal. Adrian E came from behind to pip Steve 2-1. On the third pitch, the ATFA president found that every touch turned to gold as he slammed six goals past a shell-shocked Paul S.

The final round saw Paul S recover to go down valiantly 2-1 to the other president, Steve, while Paul and Adrian C battled out a hard fought, goalless match in their first ever meeting. In the tussle for the title, Hermann and Adrian E picked up their ongoing rivalry with another evenly pitted battle. Adrian took the lead midway through the game and tried valiantly to hold on, but the extra pressure Hermann put on chasing the equaliser paid dividends with an equaliser with a few minutes to go, meaning the title would be shared between the two.

An excellent evening of friendly competition, with many thanks, as usual, to our hosts at Bella Vista Good Games.

For full results, click here.

For more photos, click here.

2019 September Cup Tournament Report

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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)

McNulty wins in Morley!

SUBBUTEO PERTH & JURONG CENTRAL SINGAPORE WASPA TOURNAMENT May 2018.

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Yet again for the 3rd year running we welcomed our mercurial Singaporean friend Irwan Iskandar for a night of WASPA flicking at Good Games in Morley on a cool drizzly Wednesday evening. In the round of games to determine final league placings before finals Ron Byrne took on Irwan Iskandar but couldnt hold him off and after a vaillant effort the Perth Evertonian lost out 2-0 in the end as the pressure mounted. Chris Thorn got off to a bad start in his game against Ross McNulty and was 4-0 down at the HT interval, the Wiley former club president and club founder was much improved in the second half though and got a goal back with minutes left to go and was basically much more solid and resilient in the whole of second half to his credit. Next up was the much anticipated clash and derby between the two Singaporeans in Marc Ryan and Irwan, we expected a tight game but Marc ran away with a 5-0 win making him yet again the favorite for this tournament as he has been for every Perth tournament played so far and with an unbeaten record in his 6mths or so at Subbuteo Perth to defend. Marc Ryan took on Rockey Ronny(Ron Bryne) and yet again was defenceless as Marc went on to hit him for 6 without reply but again not a bad result given the quality of Subbuteo he dishes out for fun. Chris Thorn played Irwan Iskandar and the Singaporean proved to difficult to handle rasping in 3 stunning strikes to leave the Morangup boy with much food for thought. Hugh Best was next up and after a routine 3 nil defeat to the imperious Marc Ryan he took on Ross McNulty on the dodgy pitch of slant(as we called it) and after breaking away through the middle approaching HT Hughey poked home what proved to be his first win in nearly 3yrs against his friend and arch rival, again McNulty was quick to hug and congratulate his team mate and the onlooking referee Chris Thorn lauded the moment for what is was although Hughey to this day is still insistent that pitch was awful, but like I said both players are disadvantaged generally so no excuses on my part whatsoever in what was beginning to turn into a very interesting night results wise. Due to the pitch problems we had and our inability to fix up the problems we only had the one pitch so we were forced into 8 fixtures being classified as draws as the night wore on so final standings before finals read:

..P. W. D. L. F. A. PTS.

1/Marc Ryan. 5. 3. 3. 0. 16. 2. 11
2/Irwan. 5. 2. 2. 1. 8. 8. 8
3/McNulty. 5. 1. 3. 1. 6. 4. 6
4/Best. 5. 1 3. 1 4. 6. 4
4/Thorne. 5. 0. 3. 2. 3. 9. 3
5/Byrne. 5. 0. 3. 2. 2. 10. 3

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SEMI FINALS:

Marc Ryan took on Hugh Best in the first Semi Final and yet again produced a masterclass as he ran Best ragged with relentless incision and at half time took in a 3-0 lead, Best gathers himself in the second half and had a few breaks of his own but Marc stepped up and converted two more goals to send a clear message to the other waiting Semi finalists in the following game. McNulty took on Iskandar and theres never been any shortage of goals between these two as they simply do not park the bus when they meet they go toe for toe and blow for blow, after a good start from Iskandar McNulty began to ease into the game an created a few chances but back came Iskandar who fashioned a few half chances himself before heading into the break at 0-0. The second half again was tit for tat but ultimately midway through a quick break caught Iskander with barely any defensive numbers and a shot low clipped in off the right hand post and put McNulty in form control. Iskandar waged a desperate attempt to salvage a draw and poured forward in numbers but McNulty held firm to reach the final.

FINAL:

Marc Ryan started well and clipped an unstoppable shot off the underside of the crossbar and back onto the other post and although clearly making all the initial running McNulty began to find a few breaks of his own and midway through a slick dash down the left involving 3 players led to a missflick defensive block from Ryan that allowed McNulty to crash home off the post a lead nobody could really see coming. Ryan began to react naturally and again went close on 2 more occasions before the half time bleep saved McNulty from going in all square. As the second began it was much of the same McNulty defending deep and concentration levels to the extreme needed. As Ryan became more desperate and Mcnultys Tcha Keeper repelled shot after shot there was optimism for McNulty as he broke quickly on 2 more occasions and one chance rebounded back off the post, as the final whistle drew near Ryan threw everything but simply could not breach Mcnultys rearguard and a 1-0 unlikely first win and defeat was dished out to our Singaporean Perth based brother Marc Ryan in what turned out to be a rare tournament in which every player lost a game.

FINAL STANDINGS:

1/Ross McNulty
2/Marc Ryan
3/Irwan Iskandar
4/Hugh Best
5/Chris Thorn
6/Ron Byrne

2018 FISTF Satellite of Sydney Report

Sydney Satellite Report
29.04.2018

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Report written by Luke Radziminski from the Melbourne Table Football Club:

3am is not your typical wake-up time to travel to a Table Football tournament. But so it was for this tournament, where I undertook the unorthodox journey of pulling a one day trip to and from Sydney to play in the FISTF Satellite in Leichhardt.

4 hours of sleep and functioning for the entire day may be my new record. Sleep deprived and worried I might develop some sort of sleep-onset insomnia through a vicious reconfiguration of my body clock, I managed to drag myself into the car and begin the trip to the Sydney which involved three car legs and a 6:45 am flight.

By 9:30, all of the mornings travels were quickly forgotten as play commenced on the extremepitches at the Associazione Napoletana in Leichhardt. The Open category consisted of 20 entrants- a record for an Australian Satellite event, which included travelling players from Melbourne (2), Perth (1), Canberra (2) and Singapore (1). In addition 5 Juniors contested the U19 Event.

Play underway in Leichhardt

Play underway in Leichhardt

Open Category

Commiserations to Benji who was runner up in the final after narrowly scraping through first place in his group and having to go head to head with the likes of Jonty Brener and Fabrizio Coco in the knockout stage. His match against Fabrizio was a fierce battle where blood was literally shed (albeit just a minor finger cut from Benji). A goal from Benji in the 1st minute of the game was enough as he progressed with a 1-0 win.

Eliot Kennedy of the Northern Flacons came out as the victor after being placed in a ‘group of death’ and battled through the quarters and semis against the likes of Vikas (Singapore) and Raffaele of Sydney TFC. The final against Benji was a tight affair with the scored locked at 1-1 at the break, however two clinical finishes in the second half saw Eliot win his first ever FISTF tournament.

The Open Finalists

The Open Finalists

U19 Category

Gabriel Lombardi of Sydney TFC took out the junior title defeating Jonas Hahn 1-0 in the final in sudden death extra-time. Gabriel won all four of his group games and held his nerve in the tense final to win his first FISTF title.

Gabriel takes on Jonas in the U19 Tournament

Gabriel takes on Jonas in the U19 Tournament

Consolation WASPA Tournament

The Consolation WASPA tournament was designed for those players who did not make it out of the group stage. Even though I had not lost a game in the group stage, literally pulling off a 2010 New Zealand result by drawing all the games, including one against the eventual winner, I finished in third place which sent me to the WASPA tournament. I found myself up against Oliver Ollnow, a junior player of the Northern Falcons in the final. But to my surprise he employed a unique defensive play style and was well disciplined between each flick and decision, which threw me off completely as I have not come across his style of tactics before. Thus, I forced myself to exercise quick-fire shots through the gaps of his defensive line to score two goals as chances were rare. Oliver managed to pull one back on the quick counter but could not find a second goal and I managed to take a 2-1 victory.

The winners

The winners of all three categories with tournament organisers Fabrizio and Tony

Credit for the tournament organisation goes to Fabrizio Coco, Tony Credentino and the Sydney Table Football Club for organising the venue and running the fixtures throughout the day and of course the exceptional Neapolitan Hospitality provided.

We look forward to seeing you all at our final FISTF event for season 2017-18, the Perth International Open to be hosted on July 28-19, 2018. Check out the Facebook event here:  www.facebook.com/events/233484734059485/

 

Subbuteo Parramatta Autumn Junior WASPA Tournament Report

poster 600pxIt has been exactly one year since Good Games Bella Vista played host to Subbuteo Parramatta for the first time. Before the store was even officially opened, it enthusiastically let the club hold a Junior WASPA tournament during the April school holidays. And, so, one year on, the Junior players were back for an anniversary tournament. With 8 players in attendance, the tournament was the largest Juniors only tournament the club has held to date.

The Northern Falcons brought along a strong contingent to join some of the Subbuteo Parramatta regulars and a couple of new players. Oliver and Æowyn were the highest two ranked WASPA players and so took the seeded positions in each group. The other 6 were then drawn randomly into the two groups.

Round One saw Oliver battle his sister, Hermine, the far more experienced older brother taking the honours 3-0. Meanwhile, their club mate Jonas played brand new Subbuteo Parramatta player, Ethan, in his first ever tournament. Ethan put up an excellent showing, but Jonas pipped him 1-0. In Group 2, none of the four players could find the goal. The Elmer sisters hadn’t played since their outing in last September’s Sydney International Open and it was showing as relative newcomer, Angela, playing her second ever tournament, and youngster Moritz, were both able to hold them to scoreless draws.

action shotThe second round was a repeat performance in Group Two, with different player combinations. This time, Imojjen and Æowyn played out a scoreless draw, as did Moritz and Angela. In Group One, Hermine put in an excellent showing, also holding Jonas to a scoreless draw. Tournament favourite, Oliver, put 2 goals past Ethan, the result showing that Ethan was picking up the finer points of the game very quickly.

In the final round, Group One took its turn to go entirely without troubling the scorer as 2 very close games ended in 0-0 draws. Organisers were sweating over some results in Group Two, however, as further draws could have led to a 4-way shootout to determine group positions. In the end, however, both Moritz and Imojjen were able to slip goals past Æowyn and Angela respectively to make the table clear cut.

In the Semi Finals, Moritz played well against Oliver but Oliver’s finishing proved the difference with 4 unanswered goals. Meanwhile, Jonas managed a solitary goal against Imojjen to take his place in the Grand Final. The lower placed players also enjoyed consolation friendlies against each other, with all 4 tables in constant action.

In the 3rd/4th Place Play-off, Moritz and Imojjen played out another 0-0 draw, both agreeing their play had taken a turn for the worse as the day was fading. They were declared equal 3rd place getters. After their goalless draw during the group stage, the Grand Final between Oliver and Jonas was shaping up as yet another close affair. Midway through the first half, Oliver took a lead after dominating much of the play. However, Jonas took this as his cue to renew his efforts and began to carve out chances for himself. Over the course of the rest of the game, both players had a few chances to score but couldn’t dominate. In the end, the early goal proved to be the difference, with Oliver taking the title.

group photoMany thanks again to Good Games Bella Vista for their hospitality, and to Hermann Kruse from the Northern Falcons for bussing the Junior Falcons across the extreme reaches of Sydney and refereeing at the tournament. Well done to all the players who all performed with the camaraderie and fair play that they have come to be known for.

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

report by Adrian Elmer

Mar 2018 – Illawarra TFC FAST 15 WASPA

10 March 2018

The first ever WASPA tournament for the Illawarra Table Football Club took place in the seaside town of Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales.

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As a warm-up to the FISTF Satellite event the next day, the “FAST 15” WASPA had eight players competing for the title, split into two groups while some of the juniors had warm up friendly matches. With games lasting only fifteen minutes (AGFA Cup style) and sudden death penalty shots for all drawn games, it created a fast, fun and competitive tournament.

Group 1 was stacked with the traveling Western Flickers players all the way from Melbourne, obviously attracted to the beautiful harbour side venue location like true pelicans! Also in the group competing in his first ever comp was local Illawarra resident and Glasgow Rangers tragic Alec Anderson who turned up in his bright red fish n chip van stacked with his large collection of Subbuteo playing figures old and new along with his board and several pitches he brought for us.

First round saw new boy Alec have a respectable one nil loss to current “season” World No.1 Benny Ng. The other game proved to be the crucial one in the end with Anthony Madiona drawing one all with teammate Steve Wright after 15 minutes. That produced the first sudden death penalty shots scenario with Anthony eventually taking it out and getting an extra point for his efforts.

Second round saw Benny get a comfortable three nil win over Anthony while Alec despite getting a great chance to score his first ever goal went down narrowly to Steve one nil. Going into the third group games, scores went to form and Benny comfortably went through to the semis with Anthony joining him due to the earlier shots victory over Steve.

Group 2 had the fourth “Western Flicker” Arjuna Hanafi join host and new Kiama resident Richard Wilson along with Sydney TFC players John Palamara and Raffaele Lombard who made the short trip from nearby hometown Berry. Raffaele grateful for not having to make the almost four hour round trip he normally takes to play his club matches in Sydney this time. Rumours have been circling in the local press recently that Illawarra TFC are about to make an approach to sign Raffaele for next season (think of all the time and petrol money you will save Raffaele! *wink wink*)

First round saw Arjuna, having made a mad dash earlier in the day to get to Kiama from Sydney while on work business, went down to Richard four nil while Raffaele put two past teammate John.

Second round saw Raffaele again put two past Richard while in a tighter affair nothing could separate John and Arjuna after 15 minute so it went to sudden death shots in which John held his nerve to gain the extra point.

Last round were more comfortable seeing Richard put three past John and Raffaele not giving any slack to Arjuna putting seven past him in the fifteen minutes.

The Semi finals provided two very tight and intense tussles in true cup knock out style. First off Raffaele despite the large amounts of possession and shot count could only score the one goal past the gallant Anthony Madiona. The other semi went to the wire. In a free flowing match, Richard had a couple of chances early on but then Benny Ng started to pile the pressure on late with a number of chances only to have them thwarted by the metal fingertips of Richards goalie. So it went to shots where Richard first had his effort comfortably saved by Benny. Then despite the fine form of Richard’s goalie during the 15 minutes, Benny picked a gap under the raised keeper and cheekily rolled it under his legs to score and win the match after the first penalty attempt.

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The final pitched two of the favourites and the “promoters dream match”. Benny versus Raffaele, Melbourne versus Sydney, the current “season” World No.1 versus the man who could be number 1 if he didn’t have to travel so far to play WASPA tournaments for his current club *hint hint*. Despite a tense start in the end it was Sydney coming out the winner, Raffaele pulled away midway through the match and ended up the three one victor.

RESULTS

(* = shots win)

GROUP 1
Anthony MADIONA *1-1 Steve WRIGHT
Alec ANDERSON 0-1 Benny NG
Anthony MADIONA 0-3 Benny NG
Steve WRIGHT 1-0 Alec ANDERSON
Steve WRIGHT 0-3 Benny NG
Anthony MADIONA 2-0 Alec ANDERSON

GROUP 1 Pl W SW SL L F A GD Pts
1 Benny NG Western Flickers 3 3 0 0 0 7 0 7 9
2 Anthony MADIONA Western Flickers 3 1 1 0 1 3 4 -1 5
3 Steve WRIGHT Western Flickers 3 1 0 1 1 2 4 -2 4
4 Alec ANDERSON Illawarra TFC 3 0 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0

GROUP 2
Raffaele LOMBARDI 2-0 John PALAMARA
Arjuna HANAFI 0-4 Richard WILSON
Raffaele LOMBARDI 2-0 Richard WILSON
John PALAMARA *0-0 Arjuna HANAFI
John PALAMARA 0-3 Richard WILSON
Raffaele LOMBARDI 7-0 Arjuna HANAFI

GROUP 2 Pl W SW SL L F A GD Pts
1 Raffaele LOMBARDI Sydney TFC 3 3 0 0 0 11 0 11 9
2 Richard WILSON Illawarra TFC 3 2 0 0 1 7 2 5 6
3 John PALAMARA Sydney TFC 3 0 1 0 2 0 5 -5 2
4 Arjuna HANAFI Western Flickers 3 0 0 1 2 0 11 -11 1

SEMI FINALS
Benny NG *0-0 Richard WILSON
Raffaele LOMBARDI 1-0 Anthony MADIONA

FINAL
Benny NG 1-3 Raffaele LOMBARDI *

Mar 2018 – Illawarra Open FISTF Satellite (Open, U19, WASPA)

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GROUP 1 Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1 Raffaele LOMBARDI Sydney TFC 2 2 0 0 9 0 9 6
2 Paul MAGEE Subbuteo Parramatta 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 1
3 Anthony MADIONA Western Flickers TFC 2 0 1 1 1 7 -6 1
Raffaele LOMBARDI 6 0 Anthony MADIONA
Paul MAGEE 0 3 Raffaele LOMBARDI
Anthony MADIONA 1 1 Paul MAGEE
GROUP 2 Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1 Daniele LOMBARDI Sydney TFC 2 1 1 0 7 2 5 4
2 Benny NG Western Flickers TFC 2 1 1 0 5 1 4 4
3 Kostas BARBARIS Sydney TFC 2 0 0 2 1 10 -9 0
Benny NG 4 0 Kostas BARBARIS
Daniele LOMBARDI 1 1 Benny NG
Kostas BARBARIS 1 6 Daniele LOMBARDI
GROUP 3 Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1 Stephen DETTRE Northern Falcons TFC 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
2 Richard WILSON Subbuteo Parramatta 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3 John PALAMARA Sydney TFC 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
4 Arjuna HANAFI Western Flickers TFC 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1
Stephen DETTRE 3 0 Arjuna HANAFI
John PALAMARA 1 1 Richard WILSON
Richard WILSON 1 3 Stephen DETTRE
Arjuna HANAFI 1 1 John PALAMARA
Stephen DETTRE 1 0 John PALAMARA
Richard WILSON 2 0 Arjuna HANAFI

 

GROUP 4 Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tony CREDENTINO Sydney TFC 3 2 1 0 7 1 6 7
2 Hermann KRUSE Northern Falcons TFC 3 1 2 0 4 1 3 5
3 Steve WRIGHT Western Flickers TFC 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
4 Alec ANDERSON Illawarra TFC 3 0 0 3 0 10 -10 0
Hermann KRUSE 0 0 Steve WRIGHT
Alec ANDERSON 0 4 Tony CREDENTINO
Steve WRIGHT 3 0 Alec ANDERSON
Tony CREDENTINO 1 1 Hermann KRUSE
Hermann KRUSE 3 0 Alec ANDERSON
Tony CREDENTINO 2 0 Steve WRIGHT
QF1 Raffaele LOMBARDI 6 1 Richard WILSON
QF2 Benny NG 2 0 Tony CREDENTINO
QF3 Stephen DETTRE 5 3 Paul MAGEE
QF4 Hermann KRUSE 0 1 Daniele LOMBARDI
Semi Final Raffaele LOMBARDI 1 0 Benny NG
Semi Final Daniele LOMBARDI 4 0 Stephen DETTRE
FINAL Raffaele LOMBARDI * 5 3 Daniele LOMBARDI

 

Junior Group Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1 Oliver OLLNOW Northern Falcons TFC 4 4 0 0 12 0 12 12
2 Torben PFISTER Northern Falcons TFC 4 3 0 1 11 3 8 9
3 Gabriel LOMBARDI Sydney TFC 4 2 0 2 8 5 3 6
4 Catherine PALAMARA Sydney TFC 4 1 0 3 1 9 -8 3
5 Saxon CRAPP Sydney TFC 4 0 0 4 0 15 -15 0
Torben PFISTER 6 0 Saxon CRAPP
Gabriel LOMBARDI 0 3 Oliver OLLNOW
Oliver OLLNOW 2 0 Torben PFISTER
Catherine PALAMARA 1 0 Saxon CRAPP
Oliver OLLNOW 4 0 Catherine PALAMARA
Saxon CRAPP 0 5 Gabriel LOMBARDI
Torben PFISTER 3 0 Catherine PALAMARA
Gabriel LOMBARDI 1 2 Torben PFISTER
Saxon CRAPP 0 3 Oliver OLLNOW
Shots
FINAL Oliver OLLNOW 1 1 Torben PFISTER * 1 2

 

WASPA Consolation | 20 min matches | Shots if draw
Round Player A Score Player B Shots
QF1 Arjuna HANAFI 0 0 John PALAMARA 2 4
QF2 Steve WRIGHT (BYE)
QF3 Anthony MADIONA (BYE)
QF4 Kostas BARBARIS (BYE)
Semi Final John PALAMARA 1 1 Steve WRIGHT 1 3
Semi Final Anthony MADIONA 0 2 Kostas BARBARIS
FINAL Steve WRIGHT 0 0 Kostas BARBARIS * 1 2

Subbuteo Parramatta – February 2018 WASPA

feb 15 2018 bSubbuteo Parramatta’s February WASPA tournament saw 4 of the club’s stalwarts head to the clubhouse at Bella Vista to battle out a very tight competition. Richard Wilson immediately put himself in the bad books by loudly declaring that this would be his first tournament officially as an Illawarra Table Football Club player – he had abandoned the club that had given him so much in getting him back into the game. On top of this, he was also getting his board, long stored at the clubhouse, and taking it home to Kiama at the end of the night. Not a good way to get onside with his opponents.

The first round of games saw Mat Barrie completely dominate Dave Sultana only to find that the woodwork was harder to beat than Dave’s ‘keeper. In the end, the woodwork proved to be the winner, a 0-0 scoreline ensuing. On the Extreme pitch, Adrian Elmer was in unfamiliar territory, dominating his opponent, Richard, instead of spending much of the game defending, as is his usual game plan. A number of half chances were easily batted away by Richard’s ‘keeper until, 20 seconds before the half time break, Richard made a swift counter attack and, with his first shot on goal of the game, went 1-0 up. Adrian equalised early in the second, before Richard took a decisive lead with a couple of minutes to go with a mishit shot that trickled inside the far post beyond Adrian’s stagnant ‘keeper. 2-1 to Richard.

Round two saw a couple of dour struggles. Adrian and Dave did their best to not upset the other’s ‘keeper in any way and finished at 0-0. Richard went to the half time break 1-0 up in his match against Mat though, again, had been dominated by his opponent. Mat got the equaliser he was looking for in the second half and the game finished at 1-1.

Going into the final round, everything was still to play for. A win to Richard would see him take the title and, with his opponent, Dave, yet to register a goal, was the clear favourite. Mat needed a big win and results to go his way on the other pitch and started strongly against Adrian. However, late in the half, an intricate dribbling sequence by Adrian’s attackers through Mat’s defence saw Adrian slip a goal past Mat’s stunned ‘keeper. Mat came out more determined in the second half and piled on some pressure, the game opening up. However, with time ticking away, things were slipping out of Mat’s hands. With 20 seconds to go in the game, Mat earned a flick in deep in his own area and mounted a quick attack. However, a rule debate saw the clock stopped and a deep discussion amongst the four players ensuing. In the end, the decision was made to replay the scenario with the time reinstalled. Mat took off – but forgot to touch the ball with his second flick. Adrian swiftly moved forward, got into the shooting area in one sweeping movement and put the ball in Mat’s goal with the final action of the game. On the Astrobase pitch, a tense struggle took place between Richard and Dave, with neither player being able to get on top in the first half. In the second half, though, the unbelievable happened – Dave finally bothering the scorer! He held on for a famous victory, throwing the entire points table into chaos. When the dust settled, all realised that Dave had emerged as the tournament victor. All that was left was to work out the minor placings. Adrian was in second place on goal difference, but a heated debate ensued as Richard argued the head to head result between equal players should be used, which would give him the second placing. As voices were raised, Richard stormed out with his board on his back and drove home to Kiama. Meanwhile, Dave went home satisfied – his pre tournament goal of finishing ahead of Mat achieved.

Subbuteo Parramatta’s next club meeting will be on Thursday March 1, with the next WASPA tournament on Thursday, March 15, both at Good Games Bella Vista.

(note: some events in this report may be exaggerated for dramatic effect)

Richard 2-1 Adrian
Mat 0-0 Dave

Adrian 0-0 Dave
Richard 1-1 Mat

Mat 0-2 Adrian
Dave 1-0 Richard

…………..P   W   D   L  GF  GA  P
Dave      3   1     2   0   1    0    5
Richard 3   1     1   1   3    3    4
Adrian   3   1     1   1   3    2    4
Mat        3   0     2   1   1    2    2

Asian Cup 2018 Tournament Report

By Luke Radziminski

It took the organising committee months of preparation and 5 full days of labour work, but it was all worth it as Australia’s biggest ever Table Football Tournament was staged successfully last weekend in Melbourne.

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A True Asian Cup

The 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football was the 4th edition of the region’s premier tournament where players from the CASTFA (Confederation of Asian Sports Table Football Associations) nations descended on Melbourne to be crowned Asia’s best player, club and nation respectively.

First held in 2015, the tournament has since travelled to Singapore in 2016 and Japan in 2017, but returned to Melbourne this year with the added benefit of being classified as a FISTF ‘continental championship’. This meant the tournament was only available to players who are members of CASTFA nations and allowed for a true ‘Asian Cup’ to be played.

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The Buildup

Warm ups and player meet and greet commenced on Wednesday the 17th of January at our venue – Lakeside Futsal, home to South Melbourne Football Club which is inside their footballing venue, Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. Antonio Carabillo and Herman Kruse from Sydney, with son Oliver arrived on the night to have warm up games and had the added benefit of being able to check out the soccer stadium which was hosting a pre-season friendly that night.

Benny of Singapore takes on Antonio from Hong Kong in a pre-tournament friendly

Benny of Singapore takes on Antonio from Hong Kong in a pre-tournament friendly

Thursday the 18th saw a WASPA tournament as a warm up session to the weekend. The tournament was held in the Swiss format with Open and Junior categories. There was a great turnout of eager players, with 18 in the Open and 6 juniors. Four rounds were played in each competition, with two later arrivals joining in after round one of the Open category. From the offset the large contingent of travelling players from overseas and interstate impressed the locals, dominating the top half of the table. However, in somewhat of an upset it was Melbourne’s own Luke Radziminski who took out the event after a series of impressive results. The next seven spots were somewhat more predictable, with all spots taken up by players seeded for Saturday’s Open event based on their FISTF world rankings.

The players eagerly await the start of the Thursday Night WASPA

The players eagerly await the start of the Thursday Night WASPA

In the junior category it was Oliver Ollnow who came out on top of proceedings. He was the only player undefeated, and finished with an impressive 10 goals from his 4 games to build his confidence going into the weekend. Torban Pfister took out second place on goal difference from Gabriel Lombardi. The Wright siblings, Billy and Charlotte were close behind with young Taylor Lombardi having some fun too making up the field.

Melbourne's Luke Radziminski was a shock winner in the Thursday Night WASPA

Melbourne’s Luke Radziminski was a shock winner in the Thursday Night WASPA

Friday the 19th saw the bulk of the players arrive at the venue to play friendly matches before everyone enjoyed the opening ceremony and tournament draw at the 1959 Bar and Grill.

Players enjoying dinner at the Opening Ceremony

Players enjoying dinner at the Opening Ceremony

64 Players battle it out across 3 Individual Categories

Saturday the 20th of January commenced at 8:30am with group games of both the Open Category and Juniors, followed by the women’s category. It was a test of mental strength and fatigue management as the whole Saturday tournament was scheduled to finish just after 6pm. The group games (of 4 players in each) were constructed for the top 2 to go through and the bottom two to qualify for a straight knockout WASPA tournament as consolation. The first half of the qualified players go straight into the round of 16, while the second half, due to the uneven amount of player entry, were qualified into the barrage rounds in order to reach the last 16.

Action in the Individual Event

Action in the Individual Event

The U19 Category had an impressive 16 entrants and it was Oliver Ollnow of the Northern Falcons who took the win, defeating Alex Briffa of the Western Flickers 4-0 in the Final.

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Kimi Wada of Japan won the ladies category title defeating Beth Eveleigh of the Northern Phoenix in the final via a penalty shootout after the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Players in the Ladies Category

Players in the Ladies Category

The consolation plate WASPA tournament for players eliminated in the group stage was won by Benny Ng who took a 3-1 win over Adrian Elmer in the final who flew from Parramatta.

Benny Ng won the Plate Title

Benny Ng won the Plate Title

The tournament itself has set the bar for future events as the Melbourne committee were able to work with South Melbourne’s media team to live stream the finals from all categories and provide commentary and both days. With table football being in such a small market it achieved to reach over 10,000 viewers in the Open Grand Final as they witnessed Carl Young of Melbourne take out the title with a score line 2-0 over Antonio Carabillo of Hong Kong. These live streams can be replayed on Subbuteo Australia’s Facebook page and can be found on Youtube as well.

Historic Juniors Event

On the Sunday we were able to stage the first Junior teams competition to be played in Australia. Western Flickers TFC were the winners after securing a draw with the Northern Falcons thanks to a last minute goal from Harrison Briffa.

Junior Champions: Western Flickers TFC

Junior Champions: Western Flickers TFC

Melbourne TFC become Champions of Asia

3 years ago, Melbourne TFC were defeated in the first ever Asian Cup Teams Final, but this time the boys in Red were able to take the title on home soil.

The team event final saw Melbourne TFC go up against Sydney TFC in the final, a repeat from the first round in the group stages where MTFC won 3-1. The second time round, the fixtures between the four games were shuffled except for Carl Young v Daniel Lombard however this did not play out in Sydney’s advantage and after extremely tight games across three of the four games, MTFC came out the victors 3-0.

The final results were:

Melbourne Table Football Club 3-0 Sydney Table Football Club

Carl Young 1-0 Daniel Lombard

Benji Batten 0-0 Fabrizio Coco

Luke Radziminski 2-1 Raffaele Lombard

Peter Thomas 7-1 Tony Credentino

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Heartbreak for Australia as Singapore claim historic four-peat

The main event of Sunday evening saw Australia play against Singapore in a title decider for the international Asian Cup fixture after both nations comfortably defeated Japan 4-0 each. The fatigue was evidently shown in all 8 players when it came down to their final match of the event as the games were very tightly played, some had rare opportunities at goal and others struggled to shoot on target. Anas Rahamat, Asian current number 1 player, took a shock lead over the more experienced Peter Thomas in the first half, and held on to the one goal margin until full time. Robert Green of Australia managed to defeat Bernard Lim 2-1 and Rudy Hesty of Singapore managed to edge Raffaele Lombard 2-1 as well.

Australia takes on Japan

Australia takes on Japan

In the fourth game Carl Young was leading 1-0 however Den Mulia managed to score ‘that goal’ as others have dubbed it, equalising late in the second half which ultimately swung in favour of Singapore and the overall score ended 2-1. Singapore were crowned the champions of Asia for the fourth consecutive year.

Singapore: Asian Cup winners for the 4th time in a row

Singapore: Asian Cup winners for the 4th time in a row

Australia 1-2 Singapore

Peter Thomas 0-1 Anas Rahamat

Carl Young 1-1 Den Mulia Yusni

Raffaele Lombardi 1-2 Rudy Hesty Roslan

Robert Green 2-1 Bernard Lim

A truly memorable weekend

As the tournament had come to a close, I, Luke Radziminski, President of Melbourne Table Football Club, would like to extend my appreciation to all the players that have travelled the borders and to those who have come from Singapore and Japan. As we all know there is no prize money involved in this small game and we all have given up our weekends to participate purely for the experience of Subbuteo that is set to the highest standard and the comradery involved in this tight knit community.

I would also like to thank the Victorian Table Football Organising Committee for their contributions to making such a special and memorable event: Adam Deverell, Adrian Connolly, Anthony Madiona, Arjuna Hanafi, Ben Batten, Benny Ng, Beth Eveleigh, Christos Garagounis, Paul Mercer, Simon Briffa, Steve Wright. In addition I would like to thank Skip and George from South Melbourne Football Club who allowed us to use their exceptional venue and provided exceptional support in staging this world class event.

Special Mention goes to Kevin Grant who exercised his carpentry profession to an outstanding level of professionalism and commitment into providing high quality playing boards and polishing desks for all players to use at the tournament and the time, patience and sacrifice, alongside Arjuna, into transporting 20 Boards to and from the venue over the week.

Melbourne TFC and Western Flickers TFC would like to thank all players who came to Melbourne for the tournament. We look forward to seeing you all at the various events around Australia in 2018 and at the 2019 Asian Cup in Singapore.

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Results of Individual events:
Results of Individuals tournaments

Results of Teams events (Club, Junior Club, National)

Teams