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Cruel Error Decides International Open Final

A gripping final was decided in the most cruel of fashions, when Melbourne TFC’s Peter Thomas missed with his spare-keeper, allowing teammate Carl Young to manoeuvre and score the winner in a 4-3 decision.

Carl had opened the scoring, before Peter equalised, then Carl raced to a 3-1 lead. With the match seemingly lost midway through the second half, Peter staged a remarkable comeback, only to lose after an errant flick in extra time.


A new venue for Melbourne, Zagame’s — a restaurant and function centre — and a first sponsor for the ATFA in Masita sports wear, were highlights of the weekend with 14 players from five Australian clubs, including the newly created Western Flickers TFC based in the west of Melbourne.

The opening rounds saw few surprises, though Eliot Kennedy (Nthn Falcons) had a tough battle against Giuseppe Tardiotta (Brisbane), leading 2-0 before Giuseppe scored twice in 40 seconds to level it at the break. Eliot steeled himself and won 4-2, while Carl had a real battle to beat Benny Ng (Western Flickers) 2-1, and Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC) survived some early scares to beat Steve Dettre (Nthn Falcons) 1-0.


In the quarterfinals, the standout was the cross-town derby match between Benny of the Flickers and Benji of Melbourne TFC. After extra time and no goals, it went to shots, with Benny claiming a tight 2-1 result.


Many thanks goes to Flickers’ Kevin Grant for transport, to Luke Radziminski, Adrian Connolly and Beth Eveleigh for setting up, and to Chris Simpson of Zagame’s and Masita’s Tim McKenzie and George Campbell for their support.

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2016 Australian Open Draw

The draw for the 2016 Australian Open was held at Zagame’s last night (Thursday) and Association President, Steve Dettre, has been hard at work putting the groups into their fixtures over night. The full list is below. Keep an eye on the ATFA Facebook page during the day on Saturday for result updates.

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2016 Australian Open

poster graphic by Luke Radziminski

poster graphic by Luke Radziminski

Dates – 17 September 2016
Venue – Zagame’s
25 Derby Road, Caulfield, VIC Australia

On behalf of the Australian Table Football Association, we extend an invitation to you to participate in the Australian Open in September 2016.

We are excited to have another FISTF calendar event in Australia, following on from our successful Grand Prix in January, and we look forward to welcoming table footballers from all states of Australia and internationally.

We must thank our hosts and venue partners “Zagame’s”, with special thanks to Zagame’s-Caulfield Venue Manager, Chris Simpson, for helping us get the ball rolling. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship with the Zagame’s Group.

The ATFA board and I look forward to meeting you at the 2016 Australian Open.
Please visit the ATFA website (www.subbuteoaustralia.com)

Yours in table football,
President – ATFA

Zagame’s – 25 Derby Road, Caulfield, VIC Australia

Thursday 15 September 2016
7:00PM – Welcome Drinks and Draw Ceremony = featuring special guests from the world of football.

Saturday 17 September 2016
9:00AM – Session One
12:30PM – Lunch Break
1:30PM – Session Two
5:00PM – Finals
7:00PM – Presentation Function, Special Guests welcome, Closing Addresses