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Beth Eveleigh Interview

Beth Eveleigh has been a pioneer for womens table football in Australia becoming the strongest female player on the circuit. Always playing with a smile, she helps to ensure we always have great fun at our Tournaments in Melbourne!

Tell us a bit about how you first started playing Subbuteo. Where were you and how old were you?

My first game of Subbuteo would have been on my bedroom floor in 1975! I was living in Bristol and supported Bristol City FC. I think I was imagining myself at Ashton Gate…I played with a few friends, before TV’s Match of the Day on Saturdays and before the Big Match on Sundays! I was 11 ?

Beth Eveleigh v Juan Menendez

Beth Eveleigh v Juan Menendez

What were some of your most memorable Subbuteo moments growing up?

I think my most memorable moments were kneeling on my number nine, hating the introduction of the silly corner kicker figure (never lasted) and buying flood lights that actually worked! Ah…the 70s!

When did you start playing Subbuteo again?

I rediscovered the game about 5 years ago. Now living in Australia however I couldn’t find anyone to play against…until…MTFC ?

Have there been any big changes in the game since you were a kid that you’ve noticed in the last year or so?

Huge changes: key skill of swerve gone, figures flat, pitches smooth, keepers huge and importantly the new tactics make modern subbuteo less like real football and more like a tactical, skillful game of its own.

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Playing WASPA tournaments more regularly, what do you aim to achieve at each tournament?

Improvement, wins and points…plus most importantly enjoyment.

What has been your favourite tournament so far? What has been your most memorable match?

The MTFC 4th Annual Club Championship in April this year.

Most memorable match and moment was scoring against Peter Thomas!

Group stage action between Beth Eveleigh and Cristos Garagounis

Group stage action between Beth Eveleigh and Cristos Garagounis

Who is the best player you have played against?

Peter Thomas

What team do you use, is there any special connection to that team?

Tcha Sniper 2.0. Red & White, Bristol City! Always Bristol City!

Thank you, Beth- Keep on Flicking!

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Interview With Raffaele Lombardi

In our semi-regular series of interviews with Australian Subbuteo players, we ask them about their history in the game, their views on the game today and other bits of trivia about themselves. (To see previous profiles on Benji Batten, Steve Dettre, Robert Green and Luke Radziminski, click here)

This time, we talk to Raffaele Lombardi. Raffaele is originally Italian but has spent large chunks of his life in Australia and is now a permanent resident here. He is part of the Subbuteo Parramatta club but lives in Berry on the NSW South Coast, about 2 hours south of Sydney. He combines his Subbuteo playing with his regular business trips to Sydney.

Raffaele with his two sons, Gabriel (l) and Taylor (r) on the dias at the recent World Cup in Italy.

Raffaele with his two sons, Gabriel (l) and Taylor (r) on the dias at the recent World Cup in Italy.

Tell us a bit about how you first started playing Subbuteo. Where were you and how old were you?
I was 11 years old, in Italy. Every kid my age played the game and I just had to join in. It was 1983.

What were some of your most memorable Subutteo moments growing up?
Going to my first National tournament organised by Guerin Subbuteo, age 13, in Salerno city – 40 minutes away from my home town. My mum drove me there.
Guerin Subbuteo was the best Tournament. Anyone could win those years as players from all over the country, even the ones without a club, were showcasing all their skills.
Another moment was when I attended the first International tournament in Napoli. I skipped school and never told my mum to this day.
It was the first tournament as Subbuteo Sorrento.

I remember you once telling us a great story about how your first club closed – can you tell us the story again?
As Subbuteo was played only in major towns and cities around my area, growing up in a more touristic area (Sorrento/Amalfi Coast), the closest town was Castellemmare di Stabia, where I was actually born and where my family came from. This city, in those years, was very dangerous and I was not allowed by my parents to attend any games played there at such a young age as the train stations were a no go zone at night.
So, I then decided to create my own club called Subbuteo Sorrento and had only myself as a member.
When I started going to tournaments I was the only kid making decisions amongst these older men and its was all overwhelming for me until one day a heated argument started and I found myself between these older men going at each other. After this incident I decided not to attend tournaments anymore as I was just too young without having any support from my family or friends. I stopped playing in 1991. Once I left Sorrento, as the only member, it meant there was no club there anymore!

When did you start playing Subbuteo again?
Just last year (2014). I sent an e-mail and heard back just before the Spring League in September, so I joined that. I had e-mailed the contact addresses on some websites a few times since I permanently came to Australia (early 2000s) but none of those ever got replies. Then, last year I saw the Facebook page and saw some photos of a tournament in Melbourne (I remember seeing photos of Benny) so sent a message through that to Steve Dettre. He replied to me and put me in contact with Subbuteo Parramatta.

Have there been any big changes in the game since you were a kid that you’ve noticed in the last year or so?
So many, as far as I can remember from the late ’80s my style of game has changed 100%. For me it is all new now and I’m still trying to catch up on all those years that I lost. It has been 24 years since I played. Please remember that!!!

This year you went to the World Cup in Italy. Before you went, what were you hoping to achieve in the tournament?
Score at least a few goals as I knew already the level of those guys is freaky.

How did you go in the tournament – did you do better or worse than you were expecting?
I managed to take home 1 point but I really thought I was going to win my last game as I was 2-0 up. I think I blew that game as I was all over the Swiss player (John Imbrogiano) and could have taken the 3 points home. Never mind. Next time.

What did you notice about the players from different parts of the world and the way they play the game? Do the different countries use different styles or are they all the same once they get to an elite level?
At that level everybody is the same. Any game can be lost or won 8-0 by any opponent. An example was the Grand Final in the open category. Flores won 7-2 against Nastasi, which are the two top ranking players in the world. At half time Flores was 6-0 up. How do you guess that result? AND Flores was almost knocked out when he was 2-0 down against Bari (who I lost 5-0 in my group) with 2 minutes to go and ended up winning in golden goal in the quarter finals. You just can never guess.

What are some of the hints you picked up at the World Cup that you’re trying to work on in your own game now?
No big hints…just be calm. That’s all. But then again everybody knows that, and nobody does it. I am the first offender!

You also have a sideline in importing and selling some of the high end equipment from Italy. How much do you think equipment plays a part in your own game?
They have changed everything in my game. As I said before it has all changed for me and I can assure you that quality in the new bases and pitches makes the difference. And of course high sensibility in your flicking!!!

What football teams do you follow?

1. Juve Stabia – Serie Lega Pro (the team from where I come from)
2. Napoli – Seria A
3. Barcelona – La Liga
4. Juventus – Seria A (but only in Champions League!)
5. All Italian teams in the European leagues!!!

WASPA Interview with Robert Green

This article originally appeared on the official WASPA website on December 15, 2014.
http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/interview-of-robert-green.html

When did you first start to play Subbuteo and what was the first team you got bought?
RG: I’ve played Subbuteo from 1976-78, 1985-95 and 2012-now. I can’t remember the first team I bought, hopefully it was Leeds.

How many years have you been playing and what are the main titles you have achieved in any level?
RG: In total I’ve played for 16 years and my main title was Australian National Champion in 1995.

What is the best thing about this game and why would you recommend it to someone?
RG: The best thing in the game is the camaraderie with other players from many different countries. I would recommend the game for that reason – and also that it’s fun and challenging to play.

Your most memorable moments from this game happy or even sad?

RG: Most memorable moments were beating the great Australian champion Gary Hosie for the first time in 1994 and then becoming Australian champion in 1995.

Who was your strongest opponent and who is your favorite player and why?
RG: The best opponents I ever played were Willi Hofmann (Switzerland), Fabian Brau (Belgium) and – in recent times – Antonio Montano (Spain).

Is it a sport or a game ? What is your opinion about this question that many people ask?
RG: It’s a sport. The level of skill, concentration and practice that you need to be a top player far exceeds what’s needed to become a top player at a game.

What improvements would you like to see in the future and what would you suggest to improve things?
RG: Improving is difficult when people ignore obvious problems. Many players “push” their short blocking flicks and some also use the side of their finger for these flicks. FISTF must commit to cleaning this up – even for offenders from the top group of players. Tournaments would improve if referees are at their tables on time to avoid delays. Again, individual offenders must be held to account for repeat offences. Overall we must strive to be less “amateurish” – how our game looks to the outside world (including sponsors) is important… so delays in starting playing sessions while a tournament organiser yells into a microphone to call “missing” referees is definitely an obvious problem.

What would you recommend to someone who starts the game now? What are the secrets for top performance?
RG: For new players I would say to concentrate on flicking correctly at all times. For top performance it’s about concentration and regular competition (which is something that I miss now).

What are your feelings about how FISTF and WASPA are working and doing something for the game nowadays?
RG: I think the current FISTF / WASPA relationship is a good one. They both work to develop the game. Hoever, FISTF seems to have some “blind” spots (see what I think needs to improve).

What would the WASPA rankings? Do they mean something for you?
RG: The WASPA rankings don’t mean so much to me – but I think that’s because I see myself competing against players in the higher standard FISTF tournaments.

Robert’s passport
Name: Robert Green
Age: 54
Nation: Australia
Club: Northern Falcons (Sydney)
Type of figures/bases used: Using Bodo bases
Job: Computer programmer
Hobbies: hobbies are Subbuteo, football and running online “tipping” competitions for big football tournaments.