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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)

11 March 2018
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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2017 Spring League Cup – Subbuteo Parramatta Leg

IMG_0084Following the completion of the Spring League, being run in three of Sydney’s club – Northern Falcons TFC, Subbuteo Parramatta and Sydney TFC – the final three weeks of November were set aside for each club to take a turn hosting a WASPA tournament. The last of these was held by Subbuteo Parramatta at their Bella Vista Good Games headquarters. Nine players joined in, most of who had not been able to play in any of the other two tournaments in the previous weeks.

Eliot Kennedy, Steve Dettre and Adrian Elmer were seeded into the three groups, with the other six players randomly placed. Steve Diasinos and Gordy Dudley assured organisers they would be arriving, just a little late, but double checks were made to ensure they were heading to the correct venue – you can never be too careful with these two. After a year without playing, Jordan Kolaczyk was also making a return, sporting his newly hand-painted i-Base Professionals.

IMG_0088The opening round of games through up a few surprises. In Group 1, Dave Sultana was at his consistent best and held top seed, Eliot, to a goalless draw. In Group 3, Kostas Barbaris showed the results of a few months’ solid play against some of Australia’s best players within his own club, Sydney TFC, his defensive flicking being particularly good and surprising Adrian with two quick, well worked goals. Adrian pulled one back just before half time and found an equaliser a few minutes before full time but Kosta was unfortunate that his immense improvement this season was not rewarded more. Meanwhile, in Group 2, Falcon Steve Dettre edged past club mate Adrian Grunbach with a 2-1 victory, Adrian’s late surge making Steve very nervous. The second phase saw Dave eventually take hold of his match against Jordan, who was having his first flick since the 2016 Spring League, with Dave taking the honours 2-0. Adrian G and Gordy played out a tight affair, Adrian scoring a solitary goal to earn the 3 points. Meanwhile, in a real arm wrestle, the two Greeks, Kostas and Steve Diasinos, took each other to the wire, with Steve also finally coming out with a single goal victory. In the final group matches, Eliot gave Jordan a bit of a Subbuteo lesson as Jordan grew increasingly desperate to get forward possession. Steve Dettre managed to squeeze one goal past Gordy Dudley who was defiant in his defence. Steve did have one shot right on full-time which found the net. It was unclear to all involved whether it had happened before or after the final whistle, however, so a 1-0 scoreline was settled on. Steve Diasinos had all the possession and applied all the pressure in the opening five minutes of his game against Adrian E, culminating in a beautiful shot on the run that sailed goalward. Somehow, Adrian managed to grab his ‘keeper with his left hand and get it in the way of the shot, the rebound ending deep in Steve’s half. One possession and three flicks later, the ball was in the back of Steve’s goal from a shot from an acute angle by Adrian. The circumstances of the goal turned the game on its head, finishing 3-0 to Adrian, a scoreline which flattered him but which he was delighted to inflict on Steve.

In the Repechage play-offs, Kostas and Gordy played out a 0-0 draw before each putting a solitary goal past Jordan, making for a very democratic conclusion. The Barrage round saw a typically tight tussle between Subbuteo Parramatta club mates Adrian E and Dave. Adrian managed to score a solitary goal to maintain his unbeaten competitive record against Dave. Meanwhile, in their first ever match up, Adrian G gave Steve Diasinos a spanking, slotting 3 unanswered goals past Steve’s ‘keeper. Adrian E than, unfortunately, ran into a brick wall in the shape of the diminutive Eliot. Eliot bossed the match and ran out a 4-0 winner. Meanwhile, Steve Dettre controlled the bulk of the possession in his semi against Adrian E, but couldn’t find a way past Adrian’s staunch defence (though Adrian was lucky to see one of Steve’s shots rebound off his unattended goalkeeper). Adrian, however, did manage some of his own counterattacks and 2 of these resulted in goals, one in each half.

IMG_0107Dave maintained Steve Diasinos’ misery in the 5th/6th play-off, putting one goal past his team mate. Meanwhile, Adrian G made a complete about face from the opening round encounter with Steve Dettre, taking a 3-0 lead into the half-time break. Steve came out with a better performance after the break, winning the half but still succumbing 4-2 in the 3rd/4th play-off. The grand-final saw the tournaments two shortest players face-off (something to do with centres of gravity being an advantage or something). In a fairly dour, technical match, Eliot pressed for much of the game, as he usually does, but Adrian’s defensive organisation and flicking were meaning his ‘keeper had little to do. Midway through the second half, however, Eliot got the half chance that was all he needed after a poor defensive flick from Adrian, and took the lead. Adrian attempted to take the game to Eliot but didn’t create any meaningful chances, meaning Eliot was able to take the tournament with a 1-0 victory.

Another great evening of friendly rivalry. As always, a great thanks to Nathan at Bella Vista Good Games for hosting us with lots of room for our pitches. Over the three weeks of Spring League Cup tournaments, 17 different players were able to take part. Many have one eye on the Asian Cup approaching in January and the series proved to be an invaluable opportunity for all players to continue improving.

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2017 Sydney International Open Tournament Report

As far as can be seen from the current records available to us, the 2017 Sydney International Open was the second largest one-off Subbuteo tournament ever held in Australia, its 43 competitors falling just a couple short of the legendary 1988 Sydney Open. With two days of action and seven different competitions taking place, there was no shortage of competitive fun for all involved. A strong contingent from Melbourne made their way up, with others coming from Berry, Brisbane and Singapore.

The room in full swing - Women's tournament in the foreground, Teams to the back and Junior WASPA on the left.

The room in full swing – Women’s tournament in the foreground, Teams to the back and Junior WASPA on the left.

Saturday saw two FISTF tournaments take place, the Women’s tournament and the club Team’s Tournament. In the former, the Elmer sisters played out a goalless stalemate in their opening round game before Charlotte Wright from Melbourne lost one game to Æowyn and won the other against Imojjen. This was enough to set up a rematch between her and Æowyn in the final. However, Æowyn’s experience came through and she was able to take her first ever FISTF title with a 1-0 win in the grand final.

The Teams was a much more complex proposition. Top seeds, the Northern Falcons, were drawn against Sydney East’s Hipfingerz and a Barbarians team – players from a variety of clubs without their own team for the tournament who banded together. In the other group, Subbuteo Parramatta drew Sydney TFC (largely made of players who had helped earn Subbuteo Parramatta their 2nd seeding!) and the traveling Western Flickers from Melbourne. The group stages went according to the form guide, with the Falcons gliding past their opponents and Sydney TFC making similarly light work of Group Two. The Barbarians managed to edge Hipfingerz in Group One, but the Hipfingerz went through by virtue of the fact that, as an unrecognised FISTF outfit, the Barbarians were not permitted past the group stages. Which left the match between Subbuteo Parramatta and the Western Flickers as the main point of interest for the group stages. While Benny Ng snagged one point for the team from Melbourne, the other three games went the way of the hosts, giving them a berth against the Falcons in the semis.

Sydney TFC continued their whitewash record with another four wins over their Hipfingerz opponents in one of the semi finals. Subbuteo Parramatta went into their semi knowing they had a glimmer of hope if they could all perform at their best. However, only Paul Magee could follow through on the promise, the Falcons putting Subbuteo Parramatta to the sword, exemplified by a 3-1 victory by Adrian Grunbach over ex-team mate Richard Wilson in their first competitive match in 20 years, and a 6-0 master class by Steve Dettre against the hapless Adrian Elmer.

Teams finalists - Sydney TFC and Northern FAlcons TFC

Teams finalists – Sydney TFC and Northern FAlcons TFC

The final turned out to be the most evenly balanced in Australian Subbuteo history, going down as a final for the ages. With 5 minutes of the contest remaining, the Falcons had a 2-1 lead and one hand on the winners’ certificates. However, in a pulsating final few minutes, both Tony Credentino and Raffaele Lombard were able to put equalisers past their respective opponents, Hermann Kruse and Eliot Kennedy, to leave three of the four games as draws when the final whistle blew. This meant that Fabrizio Coco’s sole victory, against Adrian Grunbach, was enough to give Sydney TFC a 1-0 victory and the title!

The gang share a meal.

The gang share a meal.

While all this was taking place, the collected juniors and eliminated opens players all played respective WASPA tournaments, with Oliver Ollnow coming out on top in the Juniors and Benji Batten claiming his first title in some time in the Opens. The excellent day’s play concluded with a live broadcast draw for Sunday’s two FISTF tournaments, and then two thirds of the players heading out for a dinner together at Frango’s, a great time of catching up with old friends and establishing new friendships.

Sunday morning saw an eager crowd gathering early outside our venue – Good Games Bella Vista – for a bright and early beginning to the individual Opens and Juniors FISTF tournaments. In the Juniors, twelve competitors were split into 3 groups for the early rounds. These went to form with seeded players, Jonty Brener, Oliver Ollnow and Daniel Sirmai each topping their groups. Charlotte Wright backed up her performance from Saturday’s Women’s tournament with a solid showing, going down 1-0 to new player Thorben Pfister in the barrage. In the semi’s, Jonty put two past Thorben, while Daniel Sirmai and Oliver Ollnow played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, Oliver finally taking the tie with an extra time winner. So, the final pitted the two rivals from Saturday’s Junior WASPA final against each other yet again. This time, Jonty put up a far sterner fight and neither player could wrestle an advantage during either normal or extra time. So, as the players from the Opens tournament gathered around, the two went to a shootout. In the end, Jonty held his nerve to take an extremely close fought 3-2 shots victory and claim his second FISTF tournament win.

The Opens saw a large field split into 7 groups. Here, again, the seeded players all managed to take top spot in their groups though not without the occasional scare. Recently returning to the game, Stephen Wright from Western Flickers sent a few small shockwaves around the venue when he accounted for Steve Dettre in their group clash, the battle of the Lombardi brothers went down to the wire before Raffaele prevailed, and Adrian Elmer was almost able to eke out a draw against a nervous Benny Ng before Benny’s experience held out.

The barrage round is where the dust really settled, with each of the top seven seeds making their way to the quarter-finals, joined by the founder of Australia’s newest club, Northern Phoenix’s Christos Garagounis. The extremely tight field meant that predictions from here on were impossible. A rollercoaster game saw Benny Ng come from behind to defeat his old nemesis, Benji Batten; Raffaele Lombardi narrowly accounted for Eliot Kennedy in the latest chapter of their ongoing rivalry, needing an extra time winner; Fabrizio Coco began to stamp his authority on the tournament with a 4-0 win over Steve Dettre, while Bernard Lim was getting into the swing with a 2-0 win over Christos. In the semis, Bernard made a big statement with a clear 3-1 victory over Raffaele, while Fabrizio edged Benny 2-1. Which set up a grand final showdown between the tournament’s top two seeded players.

Bernard tips another of Fabrizio's shots wide in the grand final

Bernard tips another of Fabrizio’s shots wide in the grand final

The grand final, however, didn’t start out as the tight tussle most were expecting. In the 9th minute, Bernard scored his third unanswered goal, his complete domination meaning the game seemed over almost before it had begun. Collecting himself, however, Fabrizio managed to claw a goal back just before half time to give himself hope for the second half. After a five minute break the players came back out and things changed dramatically. Bernard struggled to get a touch and, when he did, could not mount any significant forays into Fabrizio’s territory. The entire half was completely dominated by Fabrizio who forced corner after corner from Bernard’s last line of staunch defence. Midway through the half, he finally broke and Fabrizio was within a single goal of drawing level. The same pattern continued, with Fabrizio battering Bernard and Bernard holding on tight – with his excellent defensive flicks and, when needed, the odd great save from his ‘keeper. In the end, the opening three minutes, where Bernard scored two goals, proved to be the telling segment of the game. Fabrizio could simply not get through for an equaliser and Bernard held on to claim victory, and the title, in a titanic grand final struggle, 3-2.

Most of the weekend's competitiors.

Most of the weekend’s competitiors.

Four tightly contested grand finals in the weekend’s FISTF tournaments were testament to the success of the tournament, where every player played with determination, balanced by an overwhelming spirit of fair play across the weekend. A huge thanks to all who turned out to make this one of the most successful tournaments in our game’s history in Australia, traveling from far and wide to be here, and an extra thanks to our host – Nathan at Good Games Bella Vista – for supplying us with an excellent venue and all the support he gave in setting up, running and packing down the tournament. With plans already afoot to make the next tournament at the venue even better, the only way is up for our great game.

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

28th WASPA BLC

June 2017 Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

report by Shane Robinson

28th Brisbane League Cup

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Left to right, Shane, Gareth, Pino and Gus

Shane and Pino head to head

Gareth’s goalkeeper getting a good work out !

Pino on another lightning attack

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

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

Kennedy Claims 40-Year Anniversary AGFA

The AGFA Cup holds a special place in the hearts of many Sydney Subbuteo players, as it was the first inter-club tournament played in Australia, way back in 1977. Members of the North Shore Association and the Northern Falcons came together in a one night tournament, with modified rules, to challenge for a now-famous piece of silverware.
Forty years later, two of the original protagonists joined 21 others for the latest edition of the Cup, with the first Junior AGFA as well.
There were 16 players in the Open category, and 7 in the Junior, including an impressive 4 female players.

Group photo... apologies to those who left early

Group photo… apologies to those who left early

Eliot Kennedy (Falcons) claimed his 3rd AGFA (previous were April 1986 and April 1999), beating an impressive Richard Wilson (Parramatta) 1-0 in the final.
The three former Cherrybrook Bulldogs players – Wilson, Nick Brill and Adrian Grunbach — all made the quarter finals, showing an impressive continuation of their form since returning from the Subbuteo wilderness after 20 years.

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Meanwhile, young Oliver Ollnow finally claimed a final, beating Imojjen ELmer 1-0, after being pipped in the last three finals in which he appeared – including the Junior Parramatta event, Sydney WASPA and the Melbourne Satellite — ironically becoming the first German to win the AGFA (Anglo German Football Association) Cup!

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In the first phase of the Open, Hermann Kruse pipped Falcons returnee Dominic Grenot 2-1, while Dave Sultana (Parramatta) beat out Kevin Grant (Western Flickers) 1-0, who made the Herculean trip from Melbourne — by road! Kevin also delivered a swag of his custom tables and boards along the way!! Eliot Kennedy stamped his authority on group 1 with a 3-1 win against John Palamara (Hipfingerz), while Richard Wilson looked set to qualify after a 2-0 win against Louis Dettre, also making his long awaited return to the board. Adrian Elmer (Parramatta) beat Neil Brener (Falcons) 2-0, and Nick Brill and Dom Grenot shared the points in a 2-2 result.

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In the Juniors, Imojjen caused the upset of the whole day when she beat 2016 GP winner Jonty Brener 1-0, who then also qualified after he beat novice Angela Wooden 4-0. Chris Soldatos (Sydney TFC) squeezed into the semis with a better goal difference in his group, joining Oliver.

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In the quarterfinals, Eliot dominated Dominic 3-0, while Nick overcame former clubmate Adrian Grunbach 2-0, and Adrian Elmer beat Steve Dettre 1-0. Richard Wilson had to rely on shots to overcome Dave Sultana (2-0) after a scoreless match.

In the semis, Eliot did enough to beat Adrian 1-0, while Richard continued his surge, beating Nick 2-0.
In the Juniors, Imojjen relied on shots to beat Chris 2-1, while Oliver beat his great rival Jonty 2-0.

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A great day, and many thanks to the Good Games guys, especially Manager Sonny Keen Chong Lei, for providing us with the space and prizes.
We also raised more funds towards Harley Ullrich’s medical expenses, also in part thanks to Sonny allowing all the entry fee to go towards Harley’s fund.

Full results:
agfa cup xvii results

For more photos, go to:
AGFA XVII Photos

Victory for the Ng’s at the FISTF Satellite of Melbourne

By Luke Radziminski

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A rare satellite event was organised in Melbourne where the club championship has evolved into the State Championship to cater for the growing clubs in Melbourne. The tournament was open for others to enter from interstate. We hosted Giuseppe Tardiota from Brisbane Table Football Club and Hermann Kruse with son, Oliver, from Sydney (Northern Falcons).

14 seniors and 7 juniors took part in their respective categories.

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The open category consisted a dominant number of Western Flickers with a mixed bag level in skills, with some new and still learning the game. However, 2 Western Flickers have managed to reach the semi-finals after Benny Ng had to recover from a 1 goal deficit to Giuseppe with an equaliser to push through into extra time where it remained a stalemate with end-to-end action. Benny went through on penalties. Benji Batten had outclassed Simon Briffa and Adam Deverell picked up an extraordinary rare win over Luke Radziminski (2-0) through counterattacking and brilliant finishing. Hermann Kruse had also powered through the quarter finals after defeating Kevin 3-0

In the semi-final Benji dominated Adam with a convincing 6-0 win, in the other game Benny Ng struggled against Hermann, picking up an early 1-0 lead and after missing a few shots to bury the game, Hermann created a few scares going into clear shooting positions but could not get his shots on target, hitting the bar twice. Ultimately Benny was able to hold out in a tense second half, winning 1-0.

The grand final between Benny and Benji was equivalent to an arm wrestle as there were minimal shots than expected and excellent blocking from both players made creating shots ever so frustrating. Benny scored in the first half but throughout the game Benji was unable to find an opportunity to peg one back. Benny is now crowned as the Champion of Victoria.

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Extra games were made sure for those who did not qualify in the group stages as they were placed into a WASPA tournament in the Plate Series. Adrian Connolly became the eventual winner with Western Flickers making a clean sweep of all three awards.

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In the U19 Category, 7 players took part. Benjamin Ng progressed to the final after defeating Aidan Deverell in the Semi-final while Northern Falcons’ Oliver Ollnow booked his ticket with a win over Billy Wright. Oliver took the lead in the final, however two second half goals from Benjamin saw the Australian grand Prix Junior champion take the title. Alex Briffa won the Junior Plate competition.

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26th Waspa Brisbane League Cup

 

Woody Point (Redcliffe) Club house.

Six Brisbane flickers turned up on a rather more pleasant morning to last month’s scorcher. Derek and Shane returned after a long absence Derek with a beaming smile after seeing his beloved Brighton secure promotion into the Premier League for the first time.

In the first round Wil fought back after slipping 2 nil behind in the first half to 2-1 against his Dad. Gus became worried but hung in and eventually scored late on to secure a win, the best goal though was scored by the younger Gillespie. Rik welcomed back Derek with a same score line, 3-1.

Round 2 had last months finalists Rik and Gus go toe to toe. Rik got off to a good start and enjoyed the better of the first half and was approaching the half time whistle 2 up, but Gus broke through and got one back just before the 15 minutes were up. Encouraged Gus came out determined in the second half but as much as he tried Rik’s solid defence denied a comeback, the game finishing 2-1 to Rik. In the other game, Wil fought well but came off second best to Giuseppe losing a credible 3-0.

Round 3 witnessed Wil & Derek get their first point of the day, drawing 1-1. In the other game, Giuseppe won a hard fought game 3-1 with Gus, Giuseppe getting b
ack to top form.

Round 4 finished with the big guns winning, Giuseppe beating Derek 3-0 and Rik beating Wil 3-1.

Round 5 enabled the Newcastle v Brighton match up, with Gus’s Newcastle coming out on top 4-0. The other match-up was a full dress rehearsal of the final, as the top two players faced up. A very tight and thrilling encounter ended 3-3, so giving no clues to who might just win the final.

 

The Final as expected was extremely tight. Giuseppe really was hitting his straps but Rik’s solid defence kept him out. At the other end it was similar, and it was no surprise when half time came around and the scores were level 0-0. The breakthrough almost came against the run of play, with Giuseppe having the majority of attacks, but Rick tucked the first goal under Giuseppe’s keeper. The lead however was only maintained for about 3 minutes, when Giuseppe on the break scored a cracker in the bottom corner 1-1. Again no surprise when the final whistle went, it was stalemate 1-1, ten minutes of further action was required. Four minutes into extra time Rik again tucked a nice shot under Giuseppe’s keeper. Giuseppe fought back without relent, however it would be Rik who scored the all-important next goal, with just two minutes left. Giuseppe had a mountain to climb being 3-1 down, and that was the way it finished. Another great final between these two, and the speed and skill on show was a pleasure to watch.

So another great day at Woody Point, the home of the Brisbane Subbuteo Club. Good to see Shane, Derek and the cooler weather back. A big thanks to Giuseppe for hosting, and to all the players who contribute to make it such an enjoyable competition.