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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.

 

Magic of the Cup in Melbourne

By Benji Batten

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On sunday 19 March Melbourne Table Football Club hosted its biggest ever waspa tournament- the MTFC FA Cup.

Using a swiss system, 15 players battled it out at the 15th Brighton Scout hall with each player representing an english club.

In the Open category Peter Thomas representing Hartletpool United was victorious with Benjamin Ng as Manchester United taking out the Juniors.

Many thanks to all for coming and playing in a great spirit and particularly to Kevin Grant for his fantastic work helping get 7 (yes seven!) boards set up in the venue.

Join us for our next event on Saturday April 29- the FISTF Satellite of Melbourne/Victorian Championship. Contact benjibatten@hotmail.com if interested

2017 Australian Grand Prix – Opens Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tournament report by Steve Dettre

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

2017 Australian Grand Prix – WASPA Consolation Tournament

Ross Mcnulty celebrates his victory

Ross Mcnulty celebrates his victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

report by Ross Mcnulty

SYDNEY AGP2017 WASPA TOURNAMENT

ELIMINATION PLAY OFFS :

3 Chris Thorn *
0 Andrew Kuany

3 Yago Dzelalija *
0 Othniel

QUARTER FINALS

3 Ross Mcnulty *
0 Jeremy Simpson

2 Chris Thorn *
0 Kostas Barbaris

1 Terry Koutzas *
0 Beth Eveleigh

1 Richard Wilson *
0 Yago Dzelalija

SEMI FINALS:

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

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

FINAL:

2 Ross Mcnulty *
0 Terry Koutzas

Australian Grand Prix – Teams Tournament Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The grand final matchups were as follows

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report by Benji Batten

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

24th WASPA BLC Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Semi.

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

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

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

2nd Anniversary Cup

23rd Brisbane League Cup

Special Second Anniversary Tournament

It was the second anniversary of The Brisbane Subbuteo Club, and up for grabs was a very nice (and large) trophy for the winner to hold for one year.  And for the first time a minor trophy was to be competed for by the bottom group.

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Things were made easy by the fact we had eight players competing, which meant we could run two groups of four, the top two from each would then play off for the major trophy, and the bottom two from each for the minor. The format being another group stage with the two highest finishers having to play a final. So it was going to be hard fought for no matter what. Just to make it slightly harder it was very hot and humid, but it would seem some people will do anything for a bit of cake.

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It was an open draw, no seeding, but it turned out that the four stronger players were split evenly in the two groups. Group A had Rik Bland, Wil Gillespie, Gus Gillespie, and Gareth Whalley.  In Group B we had James Gillespie, Derek Hovell, Andrew Ridgen and Australia’s #1 Giuseppe Tardiota.

Rik won all three games, beating Gus 4-2 quite comfortably. Gus came second  securing his spot in the last four. Wil came bottom of the group to Gareth, but was just warming up. Group B saw Andrew lead by goal difference to Giuseppe, and they both fought in frantic 3-3 draw. James finished bottom to Derek.

In the minor trophy group, Wil rallied to finish second on goal difference, pipping Gareth. The top 3 all had 6 points but Derek’s goal difference was far superior. So Derek and Wil would meet in the final.

The Major trophy group saw top spot beat bottom spot by 2 points. A very tight group indeed. The first round saw Gus beat Andrew scoring some very quick goals indeed, three from kick offs. Andrew did well to comeback and had most of the attacks in the second half but the damage was done. Rik and Giuseppe fought out a very skilful game which ended 1-1. Round 2 saw Rik edge Andrew by a goal in a 3-2 thriller. Gus found Giuseppe’s goalkeeper in fine form and could not get past him, and Giuseppe scored a clinical through the middle goal to take the 3 points. The final round saw Gus hold onto to hard fought point from Rik with a 1-1 score line. In the other game, Andrew came out on top to beat Giuseppe 3-2 which saw Giuseppe drop to third and let Gus into the top two on goal difference.

The minor trophy saw a couple of tired players do their best, Wil taking a lead in the first half and managing to hold on to it, despite a flurry of shots from Derek’s Seagulls. A good experience for these players.

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The Major final was very tight. Not the score fest the same two players started with at the beginning of the day, both players defending like lions. Gus however managed to score a good finish after a large slice of luck went his way. Rik went into half time 1 down but with 15 minutes to go, Gus was worried. As expected, Rik came out and worked his way down both flanks with Gus’s back to the wall hanging on. Eventually Rik broke through and scored a nice chipped goal for the equaliser.  Two minutes later the whistle blew. 10 minutes of extra time required, after 6 games in the heat it was a marathon. Extra time saw Rik have the largest share of possession but Gus did manage the odd flurry forward. And just when it looked like it might go to penalties,  Gus finished a nice move with a goal on the fly (unfortunately the video camera we had setup didn’t record it). Gus held out and the large Trophy went to a new custodian, Rik having won the year before, and Giuseppe winning the very first tournament.

A great anniversary tournament, and a very tight one. The cake got devoured and everyone survived and had a ball despite the heat. A big thanks to Rik for the awesome Anniversary Trophy, and to Giuseppe who does such a great job as host we can’t thank him enough. Good luck in Sydney.

Group A     Group B    
Round 1:     Round 1:    
Will G-Gus G 1 4 Giuseppe T-James G 3 0
Rik B -Gareth W 3 0 Derek H-Andrew R 0 3

 

Round 2:     Round 2:    
Gareth W-Will G 1 1 Derek H-Giuseppe T 0 2
Gus G-Rik B 2 4 Andrew R-James G 4 1

 

Round 3:     Round 3:    
Gus G-Gareth W 3 0 Andrew R-Giuseppe T 3 3
Will G-Rik B 1 3 James G-Derek H 0 3

 

Standing A: Pt G W D L F A  
Rik  9 3 3 0 0 10 3 QA
Gus G 6 3 2 0 1 9 5 QA
Gareth W 1 3 0 1 2 1 7 QB
Will G 1 3 0 1 3 3 8 QB
Standing B: Pt G W D L F A  
Andrew R 7 3 2 1 0 10 4 QA
Giuseppe T 7 3 2 1 0 8 3 QA
Derek H 3 3 1 0 2 3 5 QB
James G 0 3 0 0 3 1 10 QB

 

Group A     Group B    
Round 3:     Round 1:    
Andrew R-Giuseppe T 3 2 Gareth W-Will G 2 1
Gus G-Rik B 1 1 James G-Derek H 0 3

 

Round 2:     Round 2:    
Rik B-Andrew R 3 2 Will G-James G 3 0
Giuseppe T-Gus G 1 0 Derek H-Gareth W 3 0

 

Round 1:     Round 3:    
Gus G-Andrew R 4 2 James G-Gareth W 0 3
Rik B-Giuseppe T 1 1 Derek H-Will G 1 2

 

Standing A: Pt G W D L F A
Rik B 5 3 1 2 0 5 4
Gus G 4 3 1 1 1 5 4
Giuseppe T 4 3 1 1 1 4 4
Andrew R 3 3 1 0 2 7 9
Standing B: Pt G W D L F A
Derek H 6 3 2 0 1 7 2
Will G 6 3 1 1 1 6 3
Gareth W 6 3 1 1 1 5 4
James G 0 3 0 2 1 0 9

Major Final

Gus G– Rik B 2-1 ET

Minor Final

Will G-Derek H 1-0