Report by Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC)
The Sydney Table Football club has held its first christmas cup on saturday 10/12/16.
The event was held in the Club house in the premises of Good games in Burwood.
8 participants were divided in 2 groups of 4 with the top 2 place getters of each group qualifying for the major trophy, while the 3rd and 4th place getters taking part in a consolation tournament.
Daniele Lombardi (stfc) and Tony Credentino (stfc) topped the group A while Benji Batten (mtfc) and Fabrizio Coco topped the group B.
In the first semifinal, benji was victorious against tony with a clear 3-0.
In the second semifinal fabrizio got the victory against daniele 3-1 after a tough match as was expected from the beginning.
The consolation tournament had presence of two new players, two brothers Billy and Terry Koutsas playing in a official tournament after a few years of inactivity. The match ended with a clear 3-0 win for Terry.
In the other semifinal, two new players also, Yago Dzelaljia (canberra) and Kostas Barbaris (stfc) battled out for a place in the final. Yago got the victory on penalties shootout 2-1(See photo) but unfortunately he had to forfeit the final due to running out of time for his journey back home. It was a fantastic pleasure to have him playing in the christmas cup.
The major grand final was a very even contest between fabrizio and benji. The stfc player raced ahead to a 2-0 lead and looked set for the win, but Batten clawed back two goals in the final two minutes (including one with just 3 seconds to play) to take the game to extra time.
Fabrizio recovered though and proved too good in extra time, winning 5-3.
Congratulation to the winners and well done to the players who made this tournament possible. See you next year for a more competitive and bigger tournament!
Thank you all guys!!!