Over the weekend, Melbourne’s top flickers converged in Balwyn to compete in the Western Flickers Open 2019 (FISTF Satellite) tournament.
A strong field of 17 players – including two FISTF debutants – competed for honours across the categories.
In the Open category, the early stages went to form with the top 4 FISTF ranked players all reaching the semi-finals. In the grand final, perennial rivals – but also good mates! – Benny Ng (Western Flickers TFC) faced off against Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC). It was a close contest as usual, and Benny won the dramatic final 2-1 with the winning goal coming just over a minute from full-time.
In the U19 Junior category, Aidan Deverell was the surprise package of the day. Making a welcome return to competitive table football after a long hiatus, he stormed into the final with a string of impressive performances. However, he fell agonisingly short in the final against top seed and fellow Western Flickers club-mate Benjamin Ng who won the title by a solitary goal. Special mention to Rosa Deverell who performed credibly in her first competitive table football tournament.
In the Women’s category, reigning Asian and Australian champion Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix TFC) fended off strong challenges from rising stars Juliette Browne and Charlotte Wright (both WFTFC) to add another Women’s FISTF trophy to her already impressive list of honours.
In the WASPA plate event, the other debutant Nathan Urbaniak (MTFC) won in the final against Anthony Madiona (WFTFC) 1-0. Displaying a natural talent for the game, we’ll no doubt see Nathan competing for more titles in the near future.
Congratulations to all the category winners and it was good to see all three Melbourne based table football clubs sharing the titles.
Together with Open semi-finalist Paul Mercer (NPTFC), all 3 FISTF category winners – Benny, Beth and Benjamin – will next be headed to Singapore to compete against the continent’s best players in the Asian Cup of Table Football 2019 on June 15-16.
All who came would surely agree that it was an awesome day of flicking fun! Western Flickers TFC would like to thank everyone for supporting the event and helping to make it a great day. We hope to see everyone – and more! – again next year.
P.S. If you are from Melbourne and would like to try out the beautiful fun game of table football, check out the Western Flickers Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/WesternFlickers – and send us a message. We meet regularly for friendly social games and all are welcome.