Rik Bland on top in Brisbane!

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The 10th Brisbane Subbuteo Club Cup was a hotly contested affair in more ways than one. Played in steamy conditions of 34 degrees, the league was a very close run thing. Arch rivals Giuseppe and Rik were tied in the first round. It was Giuseppe who took the 3 points with a comfortable 5-2 win. In the second round, Gus managed his first ever competitive victory over Giuseppe, with a very tight 2-1 win. As the temperature increased so did the competitiveness. Round 3 saw four of the big guns fight out draws. This left Gus on top of the table with maximum points.

Round 4 was also a close run thing with 2 draws and a 3-2 win to Andrew B over Giuseppe. Round  5  finally brought Gus’s undefeated run to an end at the hands of a ruthless Rik. Adam also stepped up the pressure with a 4-2 win over Andrew B. Unfortunately our veteran Rob had to retire after round 5, as the heat took its toll.

Round 6 was to prove a costly one for Giuseppe who fell to a 2-1 loss to Andy R, this ultimately cost him a place in the semi finals for the first time. Gus managed a very narrow victory over Andrew B which was a great comeback after his wooden spoon performance in October.

Round 7 was a decisive one for the 2 Andrews who were battling out for a place in the final 4. Andy R just needed the draw, but Andrew B found his shooting form and notched up a very convincing 4-1 win with his new Man Utd team, and an awesome looking George Best. Adam beat Rik to finish top of the league table, Gus coming second followed by Andrew B and Rik 4th.

The first of the semis was a close battle between Andrew B and Gus. Andrew B took the lead early in the first half with Gus equalising just before half time. Andrew proved to be the stronger though scoring again in the second half. Despite a late flurry from Gus Andrew held out to reach the final.

The second semi final was fought out between last months finalists. With Rik losing to Adam in his previous 2 matches, Adam was the favourite to progress. However, Rik had found his form and pulled off a very credible 3-0 win.

The final between Rik and Andrew B started off with both players being very careful. It soon hotted up though and Rik carried on with his rich vein of form by leading 2-0 at half time. Rik scored again to increase what looked like an unassailable lead but Andrew scored from a quickly taken throw in. The comeback wasn’t to be however, and Rik secured his second trophy success with a late goal to win 4-1.

Results:

10Th Brisbane League Cup

 

Round 1:   Ref Round 2:   Ref
  1. 1.   Andrew B-Rob B
3=0  
  1. 1.   Rob B-Rik B
0=3  
  1. 2.   Giuseppe T-Rik B
5=2  
  1. 2.   Gus G-Giuseppe T
2=1  
  1. 3.   Gus G-Andrew R
3=1 AdB
  1. 3.   Andrew R-Adam B
0=1 AnB
Adam B-Bye     Andrew B-Bye    

 

Round 3:   Ref Round 4:   Ref
  1. 1.   Rob B-Gus G
0=2  
  1. 1.   GiuseppeT-AndrewB
2=3 RoB
  1. 2.   Adam B-Giuseppe T
1=1 AnR
  1. 2.   Rik B-Andrew R
2=2  
  1. 3.   Rik B-Andrew B
2=2  
  1. 3.   Adam B-Gus G
1=1  
Andrew R-Bye     Rob B-Bye    

 

Round 5:   Ref Round 6:   Ref
  1. 1.   Andrew R-Rob B
6=1  
  1. 1.   Andrew B-Gus G
0=1  
  1. 2.   Andrew B-Adam B
2=4 GiT
  1. 2.   Adam B-Rob B
3=0  
  1. 3.   Gus G-Rik B
0=2  
  1. 3.   GiuseppeT-AndrewR
1=2 RiB
Giuseppe T-Bye     Rik B-Bye    

 

Round 7:   Ref
  1. 1.   Rik B-Adam B
1=2 GuG
  1. 2.   Andrew R-Andrew B
1=4  
  1. 3.   Rob B-Giuseppe T
0=3  
Gus G-Bye    
Standing:

Pt

G

W

N

L

F

A

1. Adam B

14

6

4

2

0

12

5

2. Gus G

13

6

4

1

1

9

5

3. Andrew B

10

6

3

1

2

14

10

4. Rik B

8

6

2

2

2

12

11

5. Giuseppe T

7

6

2

1

3

13

10

6. Andrew R

7

6

2

1

3

12

12

7. Rob B

0

6

0

0

6

1

20

  1. 8.

Semifinals

      Adam B-Rik B

0=3

Gus G-Andrew B

1=2

Final

Rik B-Andrew B 4=1  

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