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Subbuteo Parramatta Autumn Junior WASPA Tournament Report

poster 600pxIt has been exactly one year since Good Games Bella Vista played host to Subbuteo Parramatta for the first time. Before the store was even officially opened, it enthusiastically let the club hold a Junior WASPA tournament during the April school holidays. And, so, one year on, the Junior players were back for an anniversary tournament. With 8 players in attendance, the tournament was the largest Juniors only tournament the club has held to date.

The Northern Falcons brought along a strong contingent to join some of the Subbuteo Parramatta regulars and a couple of new players. Oliver and Æowyn were the highest two ranked WASPA players and so took the seeded positions in each group. The other 6 were then drawn randomly into the two groups.

Round One saw Oliver battle his sister, Hermine, the far more experienced older brother taking the honours 3-0. Meanwhile, their club mate Jonas played brand new Subbuteo Parramatta player, Ethan, in his first ever tournament. Ethan put up an excellent showing, but Jonas pipped him 1-0. In Group 2, none of the four players could find the goal. The Elmer sisters hadn’t played since their outing in last September’s Sydney International Open and it was showing as relative newcomer, Angela, playing her second ever tournament, and youngster Moritz, were both able to hold them to scoreless draws.

action shotThe second round was a repeat performance in Group Two, with different player combinations. This time, Imojjen and Æowyn played out a scoreless draw, as did Moritz and Angela. In Group One, Hermine put in an excellent showing, also holding Jonas to a scoreless draw. Tournament favourite, Oliver, put 2 goals past Ethan, the result showing that Ethan was picking up the finer points of the game very quickly.

In the final round, Group One took its turn to go entirely without troubling the scorer as 2 very close games ended in 0-0 draws. Organisers were sweating over some results in Group Two, however, as further draws could have led to a 4-way shootout to determine group positions. In the end, however, both Moritz and Imojjen were able to slip goals past Æowyn and Angela respectively to make the table clear cut.

In the Semi Finals, Moritz played well against Oliver but Oliver’s finishing proved the difference with 4 unanswered goals. Meanwhile, Jonas managed a solitary goal against Imojjen to take his place in the Grand Final. The lower placed players also enjoyed consolation friendlies against each other, with all 4 tables in constant action.

In the 3rd/4th Place Play-off, Moritz and Imojjen played out another 0-0 draw, both agreeing their play had taken a turn for the worse as the day was fading. They were declared equal 3rd place getters. After their goalless draw during the group stage, the Grand Final between Oliver and Jonas was shaping up as yet another close affair. Midway through the first half, Oliver took a lead after dominating much of the play. However, Jonas took this as his cue to renew his efforts and began to carve out chances for himself. Over the course of the rest of the game, both players had a few chances to score but couldn’t dominate. In the end, the early goal proved to be the difference, with Oliver taking the title.

group photoMany thanks again to Good Games Bella Vista for their hospitality, and to Hermann Kruse from the Northern Falcons for bussing the Junior Falcons across the extreme reaches of Sydney and refereeing at the tournament. Well done to all the players who all performed with the camaraderie and fair play that they have come to be known for.

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report by Adrian Elmer

Subbuteo Parramatta Junior WASPA Tournament – Autumn 2017

group photoSchool holidays can only mean one thing, the return of Subbuteo Parramatta’s Junior Subbuteo Tournament. This autumn, the club took the opportunity to try out a new venue – the newly opened Good Games store in Bella Vista. Suffice to say all who attended were impressed by the space, the lighting and the hospitality provided, so much so that the club has now decided to use the shop as their new permanent clubhouse.

Seven players lined up for the tournament and, for the first time in Australian history (maybe even the world, anyone got access to all the records?!), the females outnumbered the males in an open tournament. With a couple of those involved in their first ever junior tournament, the future looks bright.

Players were divided into two groups. WASPA rankings were used to seed two players into each group, the others placed randomly to fill them up. Oliver was the dark horse – not having played as many tournaments as others, his ranking didn’t place him as a seeded player, but his intense practise over the last 6 months meant that he was poised to give the seeded players a shake. The group games were all very even, with 2 goals being the greatest margin in any fixture. At the conclusion of the group matches, the places all went according to seeds, except for Group Two, which turned out to be something of a group of death. Oliver made good on his dark horse status, taking his place at the expense of Imojjen, who lost both her fixtures in incredibly close 1-0 results to Oliver and Jonty. Meanwhile, Jonty and Oliver, with identical results and a head-to-head draw, had to go to a shootout to decide first and second place in the group. Oliver came out on top in a tight tussle.

In the repechage, Imojjen beat the day’s youngest competitor, Catherine, by a single goal to set up a final game against her good friend, Maddy. The two then played out a scoreless draw, the fatigue of a few hours’ straight Subbuteo play taking its toll.

The semi-finals saw Daniel line up against Jonty and Oliver faced Æowyn. None of the players could be separated. Oliver and Æowyn both put the ball in the back of the net during their game – Oliver while the referee had stopped play and Æowyn 5 seconds after the half-time whistle – but couldn’t break the deadlock during normal play. Likewise, Daniel and Jonty played out a scoreless draw and so both semis went to shots. Oliver took a straightforward 2-0 shots victory over Æowyn, but Jonty and Daniel needed 10 shots each before they could be separated!

oliver battles jonty in the grand final

oliver battles jonty in the grand final

Fatigue definitely set in for Æowyn in the 3rd/4th play-off, with Daniel running away with a 3-0 victory. Meanwhile, Jonty and Oliver renewed their group game rivalry and, again, couldn’t be separated. A goal to each left them with their second shootout of the day. This time, however, Jonty turned the tables, taking the match, and the title, with a shot to spare.

An excellent afternoon of Subbuteo with fairplay and friendliness a feature throughout. A big thanks to the parents who brought their children along and hung around to referee and give coaching tips. A big thanks to the Palamaras and the Sirmais who trekked from the opposite side of the city and many many thanks to our wonderful host venue, Bella Vista Good Games. The juniors will be back next holidays!

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Subbuteo Parramatta Junior WASPA Tournament

Subbuteo Parramatta is proud to host a Junior WASPA Tournament during the upcoming NSW school holidays. We’ll be using the wonderful space at our new headquarters – Good Games Bella Vista. All school aged players are welcome, girls and boys. New players are especially welcome – we can loan you equipment and teach you how the game is played. Entry is completely free. So come along for some school holiday fun.

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Subbuteo Parramatta Junior Holiday WASPA Tournament Report

Play gets underway - Imojjen v Othniel at the back, Andrew v Æowyn at the front.

Play gets underway – Imojjen v Othniel at the back, Andrew v Æowyn at the front.

School holidays can mean only one thing – another Junior WASPA tournament at Subbuteo Parramatta. 4 players were free this holiday, two of whom were competing in their first WASPA tournament. Sisters, Imojjen and Æowyn Elmer, were joined by new club members, Othniel Antwi and Andrew Kuany. The boys had both played in school competitions over the last 2 years, so were far from new to the game, but this was their first chance to take their enthusiasm outside the school gates.

A simple group format, with the top two progressing to a final, was decided. Andrew started confidently, having recently won his school’s Subbuteo tournament, but was soon brought back to earth when Æowyn went ahead and then held on in their opening encounter. Meanwhile, Imojjen and Othniel played a tight tussle. Imojjen’s shooting fingers were nowhere to be found, however, and Othniel found the back of the net to take the game 1-0. The second round saw Imojjen lose again, by the same score, to Andrew, while Æowyn and Othniel, each looking to head to the top of the table, played out a stalemate in their encounter. The mind games then began – Imojjen couldn’t progress to the final, but her result against Æowyn would have a large bearing on who would. Andrew knew a win over Othniel would see him leapfrog his opponent, while a draw might be enough if Imojjen could beat Æowyn. And so the trash talk began in earnest! Imojjen and Æowyn battled out a scoreless draw, their skill levels dropping significantly as they, by their own description, both played their worst game ever. The result, however, meant Æowyn was in to the final, regardless of the other result. Othniel took a lead over Andrew to the half time break, as the two attempted to out-talk each other more than out-play each other. An equaliser early in the second half meant that Andrew could make the final with one more goal. In a tense finish, though, it was Othniel who kept his nerve and scored a winner with couple of minutes to go.

Othniel on the attack against Æowyn in the Grand-Final

Othniel on the attack against Æowyn in the Grand-Final

In the 3rd and 4th play-off, Imojjen had a number of shots on goal but just couldn’t get her accuracy to work on the day, while Andrew was far more clinical with his chances, taking the game 2-0. meanwhile, in the Grand Final, Æowyn’s accurate flicking was proving too much for Othniel. She took a deserved 1-0 lead into the half time break and was looking confident. Othniel managed to hang on, though and started getting some shots of his own, though Æowyn’s goalkeeping was proving to be another huge hurdle. With under a minute left on the clock, Othniel broke into the scoring area and finally found a way past Æowyn’s ‘keeper to send the game to extra time. The deadlock couldn’t be broken, though, so the two went to a shootout. Othniel’s first shot was a shocker, dribbling harmlessly across the area, Æowyn’s blazed over the top with hers and Othniel buried his second to take the advantage. Now it was Æowyn’s turn to lose her shooting touch and, though she did keep out Othniel’s next two with some good goalkeeping, she was nervous with her shooting and failed to trouble the scorer. With his final shot, Othniel took an unassailable lead to take the title.

l-r : Imojjen, Andrew, Othniel, Æowyn

l-r : Imojjen, Andrew, Othniel, Æowyn

A great day of friendly rivalries and some hilarious on-field commentary and light-hearted sledging. Canberra TFC’s Yago Dzelalija was also able to come up for the day and reintroduce himself to the game, assisting with refereeing and getting some extended friendly flicks in himself. A great day was had by all.

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Subbuteo Parramatta School Holidays Junior Tournament

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Subbuteo Parramatta is proud to host a Junior Tournament during the upcoming school holidays. The tournament will be held on Tuesday, October 4, starting at 10AM at the Subbuteo Parramatta Clubhouse. All players of school age are welcome. New players especially welcome. All equipment is provided, if needed, and entry is free. The tournament is an official World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association (WASPA) tournament so all players will receive points to go towards their WASPA world rankings.

Please register for the tournament using the entry form below. In compliance with child protection regulations, all competitors will need to be supervised by a guardian at the tournament.

Contact Adrian Elmer at ajebec@netspace.net.au for all enquiries.

Sydney Junior WASPA Tournament

Setting up for the opening round

Setting up for the opening round

The Subbuteo Parramatta club proudly hosted ATFA’s first ever stand-alone junior tournament during the recent school holidays, with results going towards the players’ WASPA ranking points. A small but dedicated bunch turned up at the Subbuteo Parramatta clubhouse bright and early on Monday morning to spend a few hours having fun over the Subbuteo pitches. Lucas brought along a couple of mates, brothers Jakob and Thomas, who spent the first round watching how to play and picking up the rules. Imojjen and Daniel played out a scoreless draw while Æowyn scored an excitedly celebrated winner in her clash with Lucas. The two new boys got their first taste of playing in the second round of group games. Both showed they had picked up the basics very well. Their respective opponents, Daniel and Lucas both came away with wins, but the margins were small with neither Jakob nor Thomas looking out of place. In the final group games, Imojjen slipped one goal past a quickly learning Thomas, while Æowyn and Jakob played out a goalless draw. So Daniel came out on top via a superior goal difference in Group One, while Æowyn topped the Group Two table.

The joy of Subbuteo.

Thomas, Daniel and the joy of Subbuteo.

In the first semi-final, Lucas slipped a goal past Daniel to take the match, while the two sisters, Imojjen and Æowyn, picked up their rivalry but couldn’t be separated, even after extra-time. A shoot-out was called for, with both girls bursting with nerves. Hugs were given between each shot but it was Imojjen who prevailed in the end. Which means the two group winners were consigned to the 3rd/4th play-off and the two group runners-up were headed to the final, demonstrating the closeness in quality between all the players.

Thomas and Jakob faced each other in the minor placing play-off where big brother Jakob scored his first competitive goal to take a 1-0 victory. In the 3rd/4th play-off, Daniel snuck a solitary goal past Æowyn with a quick manoeuvre that left Æowyn unable to get her hand on her ‘keeper in time. And so to the grand final. Imojjen was playing one of her best games ever and crafted a deserved lead midway through the first half. From here the game was a tense affair, with neither player being able to get on top. Imojjen looked to be heading to the title but this also lead to nerves kicking in. With just over 60 seconds left on the clock, Lucas shot his equaliser into the back of Imojjen’s net. With neither player able to find a quick winner, the game went to extra time. Again, neither player could find a way through for a decisive goal, so shots were called. Lucas took an early lead with his second shot, but Imojjen kept in touch after this. With a chance to draw level with her fourth shot, nerves really kicked in and Imojjen managed an incredible feat – her flicking finger doing an amazing dance around the figure and connecting directly with the ball, sending it off sideways! Lucas’ 5th shot was saved by Imojjen, but he held a 2-1 lead, meaning Imojjen needed to score her 5th to send it to sudden death. In spite of a good shot on target, Lucas’ ‘keeper was able to keep the ball out and he jumped off in celebration of his triumph, Imojjen having lost her second consecutive tournament grand-final shoot-out.

Imoojen and Lucas, the grand-finalists.

Imojjen and Lucas, the grand-finalists.

An excellent morning of fun for all involved with a few new players introduced enthusiastically to the great game. A big thanks to Geoff from the Hipfingerz club for making the trip out and helping with officiating. Hopefully we will see the junior scene continue to grow!

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