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2017 Australian Grand Prix – Opens Tournament

group photoDrama is probably the best way to describe the Australian Grand Prix 2017.
A late switch of venue, events during the Open competition, some classic encounters, a female competition for the first time, and the presence of representatives of 11 of our club, combined to make this the most dramatic Australian Grand Prix.

The dinner and draw on the Friday night, so ably MC’d by Geoff Sirmai, and catered brilliantly by our own Fabrizio Coco, resulted in some fascinating pairings in the groups of the Open.

In Group 1, Peter Thomas (MTFC) dominated, but one of the two Cherrybrook ‘prodigal sons’ — Nick Brill raised lots of eyebrows with his comeback performance after 20 years out of competition. In his first up match, using Toccers he faced Peter and came away with a credible 6-2 loss, before smacking Kosta Barbaris (Sydney) 6-0.

In Group 2 there was a big surprise when Giuseppe Tardiota (Brisbane) beat Eliot Kennedy (Falcons) 1-0. Yago Dzelalija (Canberra) made his ATFA debut, getting a credible 1-1 draw against Giuseppe, and a 0-0 with Jeremy Simpson (Hipfingerz) before succumbing to the raw power of Eliot 5-0.

In Group 3, Ross McNulty (Perth) threw caution to the wind in his opener against Steve Dettre (Falcons), and despite Steve twice taking the lead, Ross pegged him back — the second being an absolute screamer. But in the second half, Steve’s accuracy wore Ross down, scoring three unanswered goals. Fabrizio won the group after a 1-0 win against Steve.

panorama 1 1000pxGroup 4 featured the bravest individual of the weekend. Despite suffering from the effects of a brain tumour, Harley Ullrich (Falcons) turned up on both Friday night and Saturday: “I wasn’t going to let anyone down. People were expecting to play, and I was going to be there.” He lost 3-0 to Benny Ng (MTFC) and then 2-0 to Rik Bland (Brisbane) before sharing the spoils in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Tony Credentino (Sydney).

Benji Batten (MTFC) made a spirited start to his title campaign with three wins in Group 5, ahead of Jon Ball (Falcons), another debutante in Terry Koutzas (Sydney) and Chris Thorn (Perth).

Hermann Kruse (Falcons) caused a boilover in Group 6, topping the table after playing some of the best table football he’s shown in the last two years. He held Adrian Elmer (Parramatta) 0-0, then Todd Giles (Newcastle) 1-1, before whipping three past another returnee, Richard Wilson (Cherrybrook). Todd had quite literally come straight off the boat, after a night shift in the navy, but lack of match practice took its toll.

In Group G, Paul Mercer (MTFC) topped the table, with Hugh Best (Perth) squeezing through in second place.

The barrage round threw up some of the biggest scores of the weekend. Rik could do no wrong as he beat Hermann 5-1, while Fabrizio went on a rampage against Jon, winning 5-0, and Benny beat Hugh 6-0. But the big surprise was Steve’s 7-1 thumping of Giuseppe, with every shot being an unstoppable meteor. Nick caused the biggest boilover when he beat Paul Mercer 2-0 to progress to the quarters.

Peter Thomas threw everything at Steve in the first half of their Quarter Final clash, with only Steve’s goalkeeping forcing him into the match. In the second half, a lightning attack by Pete broke the deadlock, and we progressed with a 2-0 win. Eternal rivals Benji and Benny faced off in their quarter, with Benji loudly proclaiming his 2-1 victory in a controversial climax to the game! Fabrizio comfortably moved past Rik 3-0, but Eliot had to battle all the way to sudden death extra time — at one stage being down 0-2 — before he could beat Nick 3-2.

opens 1In the Semi-finals, Eliot seemed to be inspired — or maybe just spurred into action — and put on a great performance to beat Fabrizio, while Peter turned on the style to beat Benji 3-0.

In the final, some unbelievable defensive flicks from both players kept the game scoreless until Peter wove his magic to claim his second AGP in three years.

Tournament report by Steve Dettre

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

2017 Australian Grand Prix – Womens’ Tournament

Imojjen, Beth & Æowyn (l-r)

Imojjen, Beth & Æowyn (l-r)

ATFA were very proud to play host to the first all-female table football tournament in Australia with 4 players registered to contest the inaugural title of Australia’s top female player.

Imojjen Elmer, Beth Eveleigh and Æowyn Elmer fought out a tight group stage. A fiercely competitive spirit with equal amounts of fair play and sportsmanship were on display from the very first flick. Veteran Eveleigh played out a tense 0-0 draw with the up and coming Imojjen Elmer. Elmer displayed a deft touch and excellent defensive blocking; only lacking the killer instinct at the other end of the pitch. Eveleigh failed to break through and managed to find herself with 5 players offside (twice) whilst pressing for a goal.

Sister v Sister

Sister v Sister

Elmer senior then fought out another goalless draw with Elmer junior who has the determination and tactical brain to challenge in the future. The final group match saw Eveleigh eventually break through the defensive wall and score two goals against Æowyn, taking her into the final against Imojjen.

The final was watched by an increasingly absorbed crowd. Both players had their chances during the match but, once again a tense stalemate occurred which took Elmer and Eveleigh into 10 minutes of extra time. Then as the minutes ticked down Eveleigh found herself in the shooting area, but wide on the left flank with an acute angle on the ball. She took the shot which rocketed into the near top corner, somehow beating Elmer’s ‘keeper. ATFA President Batten noted during the following presentation that “Beth scored a golden goal worthy of winning any tournament”.

Australia's inaugural Womens' Champion, Beth Eveleigh

Australia’s inaugural Womens’ Champion, Beth Eveleigh

Eveleigh presented the Elmer sisters with their second and third place awards and declared the
future of the women’s game in excellent hands. Beth Eveleigh (Melbourne Table Football Club) then accepted the inaugural Women’s Championship trophy with relief! The players all left greatly enthused and determined to see future Womens’ tournaments grow.

Report by Beth Eveleigh

For full results, click here.

For more photos, click here.

2017 Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Table Football Association is pleased to be able to announce the full details for the upcoming Australian Grand Prix.

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The tournament will take place over the weekend of February 3-5. Our venue this year will be the premises of the Associazione Napoletana, found at 1A Marion St, Leichhardt, Sydney.

In a packed weekend of Subbuteo, the majority of individual tournaments will take place on Saturday, February 4, including the Individual Opens tournament and Individual Junior Tournaments in U19, U15 and U12 categories (subject to numbers). The individual tournaments will consist of a group phase with the top 2 place-getters in each group progressing to the knock-out stages. For players in the Opens Individual tournament who are eliminated early, a separate WASPA tournament will then take place.

Then, following on Sunday, February 5 will be the club teams tournament and, for the first time in Australian Subbuteo history, a FISTF Ladies Tournament. Another WASPA tournament will also be held for any players not participating in the Teams or Ladies tournament.

The Australian Grand Prix is open to all players, regardless of age, gender, experience or ability. New players are very welcome.

Pricing

For any player aged above 19 (Open age), the tournament entry fee is $30. Your entry fee covers all play for both days, including venue hire and all FISTF fees.

For Junior players (Aged 19 and Under), tournament entry is Free

Payment can be made in cash on the day though payment in advance by bank transfer is much preferred. Online payments can be made via Melbourne Table Football Club Incorporated who will be collecting the entry fees on behalf of ATFA.

Melbourne Table Football Club Inc.
B.S.B: 013 355
A/C No. 2914 879 38
(please include your name and ‘AGP2017’ with payment)

Friday Night Dinner

This year we will again be hosting a dinner on the Friday Night before the tournament. This dinner will take place at the tournament venue. The draw for the weekend’s matches will also be conducted. All players are highly encouraged to attend this dinner. Payments for the dinner will be made separate to the tournament entry fee. The price per person for the dinner will be determined closer to the event as it is dependent on exact numbers (though we are estimating $30.

Attendees will also be free to organise friendly practise matches during the evening.

Registration

To register for the Australian Grand Prix, please submit your full details below.

Australian And World Rankings – October 2016

fistf-waspaThe big news this month is that FISTF have finally update their rankings! The current FISTF rankings include points earned by players at the World Cup and at the Australian Open, both held in September. The list sees Peter Thomas reinforce his position as Australia’s No.1, but the Australian Open victory to Carl Young sees him slip past Robert Green into second place and close the gap on Peter.

In the WASPA rankings, Brisbane Subbuteo Club took another step towards total domination, with Rik Bland moving into second place behind his clubmate Giuseppe Tardiota. While a few inactive players fell off the rankings list, a healthy amount of new players means that another record number, 119, of Australian players have now competed in tournaments over the last 24 months as the game continues to grow.

For a list of full rankings, click here.

Press Release – 2016 FISTF World Cup

FISTF STAGES A SUCCESSFUL WORLD CUP AS TABLE FOOTBALL CONTINUES ITS REEMERGENCE ON THE WORLD SPORTING STAGE

Frameries, Belgium – 2, 3, 4 September 2016

Austria’s Wolfgang Leitner broke a seven-year Latin domination of the table football world when he won the Open category of the 2016 FISTF World Cup in the Belgian city of Frameries over the weekend.

Almost 500 competitions – men, women, veterans and youth categories — competed to find out who is the best in table football, historically known as “Subbuteo”.

The Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) was founded in 1992 and is the governing body of sports table football.  Among its many functions it provides oversight for international competitions, produces the world rankings, organises the official world cup, and determines the playing rules for the game.  FISTF President Alan Collins was on hand to present trophies, chair the organisation’s AGM, and liaise with official guests from local government, manufacturers and national table football federations.  These included the newly formed Russian federation who were participating in their first World Cup.

“It’s great to have the Russians, Australians, Japanese and Americans here,” said Collins.  “The game is going through a global regrowth and it’s great to see more and more countries getting on board.”

Collins also thanked Olivier Pere and the local organising committee.  “Putting on events of this size for our sport is a mammoth task.  Olivier and his team have done a smashing job.”

In the Open final, Leitner beat Italy’s Luca Colangelo 2-1 in an exciting match, to break the stranglehold of Italy and Spain on the title, who had dominated the category since Dutchman Eric Verhagen’s win in 2008.

Nevertheless, the tournament was a gold mine for Italian table football, with the Azzuri picking up four out of six individual titles, including a clean sweep of the U19, U15 and U12 categories.  Italy also won four of the six teams’ events with Belgium picking up the other two.

RESULTS

Men’s Open

Round of 16
Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 2 d. Maikel de Haas (NED) 1
Sebastien Scheen (BEL) 3 d. Alexander Haas (AUT) 2 (sudden death)
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Luca Zambello (ITA) 1
Daniele Bertelli (ITA) 2 d. Remy Huynh (BEL) 1
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 4 d. Axel Donval (FRA) 2
Christophe Dheur (BEL) 3 d. Sami Targui (BEL) 1
Massimo Bolognino (ITA) 2 d. Spyros Hatzaras (GRE) 1
Derek Conti (MLT) 2 d. Wolfgang Haas (AUT) 1

Quarter-finals
Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 4 d. Sebastien Scheen (BEL) 1
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Daniele Bertelli (ITA) 3
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 5 d. Christophe Dheur (BEL) 1
Derek Conti (MLT) 2 d. Massimo Bolognino (ITA) 1

Semi-finals
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 3
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 3 d. Derek Conti (MLT) 2

Final
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 2 d. Luca Colangelo (ITA) 1

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Veterans Final
Gianfranco Calonico (ITA) 6 d. Massimo Cremona (MLT) 2

Ladies Final
Carolina Villarigues (POR) 3 d. Victoria Büsing (GER) 0

U19 Final
Matteo Ciccarelli (ITA) 3 d. Nicola Borgo (ITA) 0

U15 Final
Leonardo Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Claudio La Torre (ITA) 2

U12 Final
Giorgio Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Kristian Silagiev (ESP) 2

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Teams

Men’s Open Teams Final
Italy 4 d. Spain 0

Women’s Teams Final
Belgium 2 d. Italy 2 (goal difference)

Veteran’s Teams Final
Italy 3 d. Belgium 1

U19 Teams Final
Belgium 3 d. Germany 1

U15 Teams Final
Italy 3 d. Austria 1

U12 Teams Final
Italy 2 d. Belgium 0

 

World Rankings – August 2016

fistf-waspaFISTF Rankings have not been updated since July 1 so remain the same as last month (click here for those details). The WASPA Rankings, however, have been dutifully updated as ever. Luke Radziminski reclaims top spot for the Melbourne Table Football Club. The big movers this month, however, are players in Perth and Brisbane. Giuseppe Tardiota and Rick Bland slip into 2nd and 3rd place respectively, while no fewer than 3 players from Perth (Ross McNulty, Chris Thorn and Alan Kimber) move into the top 20 for the first time.

A record number of 113 Australian players now have a WASPA ranking, indicating strong, stable growth for the game in our country. As the new season starts up this month, expect more movement as the tournaments begin to fly thick and fast.

For the full list of Australian players in the WASPA Rankings, click here.

World Rankings – March 2016

fistf-waspaThe WASPA World Ranking updates are in, while FISTF updated theirs in mid-February. With a handful of FISTF tournaments now completed in Australia, the charts are starting to look a little settled, and we also have a number of players in the various junior sections, and a teams update.

In the WASPA rankings, Melbourne TFC still have a stranglehold on the top few spots, but their grip has loosened just a little, with players from Sydney and Brisbane closing in.

Click here to see the full FISTF and WASPA rankings