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Teams tournament Saturday, Opens and Junior Individual tournaments Sunday.
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With 5 players making their way to the midweek competition, a straight league was settled upon as the best way to go. The opening round saw Adrian C take out a 2 goal victory over Richard with Adrian E doing the same against Dave. In the second round of games, things got really tight – Richard and Adrian E slugging out a 0-0 draw and Mat peppering Dave’s goal, only to see everything saved or hit the woodwork. Then, in the final minute of the game, with his first shot of the game, Dave slipped one past Mat’s ‘keeper with the ensuing victory dance telling the full story! Dave followed this up with another 1-0 win, this time over Richard, while Adrian C continued to build an impressive run with a 2-0 victory over Mat. The 4th round fixtures saw a very tight 0-0 between Adrian C and Dave, while Adrian E got over Mat by the solitary goal. This left Dave, Adrian C and Adrian E all on 7 points with one round remaining. Unfortunately, Dave had the final bye so wouldn’t be able to take the title, leaving the match between the two Adrians as the virtual final.In the final games, Mat picked up his first points of the tournament with a goalless draw with Richard. Adrian and Adrian squared up and the game, as was typical of all the evening’s matches, was an incredibly tight affair. However, late in the first half, the Melburnian made a beautiful incisive flick and shot on the run, putting the ball into the goal with the Sydney-sider not even behind his goal line. Holding on to his lead for the rest of the fixture meant that Adrian C would return home with the title, having seen off all his Subbuteo Parramatta opponents.
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School 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!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!
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.
After a holiday hiatus, Subbuteo Parramatta got back into the swing of things with a New Year’s WASPA Tournament on the evening of Monday, January 9, at the Subbuteo Parramatta clubhouse. With newly placed air-conditioning, the normally sweltering in summer clubhouse was cooled to just ‘warm’ and, from all reports, no perspiration was dropped onto any of the pitches. A field of 7 players, representing 4 of Sydney’s clubs, came together to battle it out.
In the opening games, Costa, struggling with strapped knee and elbow (a mix of the stresses and strains of Subbuteo and slot car racing) lost a hard fought match against David. Adrian took a 2 goal lead against Tony before Tony pegged a late one back to make the final couple of minutes uncomfortable. Fabrizio proved too experienced for the improving Heidi on the al fresco pitch in the summer breeze on the verandah.By the time the pool games were finished, Fabrizio had come out on top of the larger group undefeated, followed by David, then Costa, then Heidi. Paul Magee also remained undefeated, topping the smaller group with wins over Adrian and Tony. So Fabrizio went to the first semi to face Adrian, Paul squared up against David, and Tony and Costa headed outdoors for the Consolation Final. Tony made light work of Costa who was, by now, flagging terribly under his body’s protests, taking the game 3-0. Meanwhile, the major semis went to form with Fabrizio putting 2 unanswered past Adrian and Paul edging David by the lone goal.
In the 3rd/4th play-off, David owned the first half and was finally rewarded with a swiftly moved goal in the dying seconds. In the second stanza, Adrian threw everything at David but he, with some help from the woodwork, stood firm to claim his first competitive victory over Adrian and 3rd place in the tournament. Meanwhile, the grand final proved to be one of the more open games of the evening with both players pushing for goals. At half time, Fabrizio held a 2-1 edge and, in a tighter second half, held on for the victory and his 2nd WASPA title in the space of a month.An excellent evening of friendly play. Special mention to Heidi’s son Angus who came along and had his first introduction to the game with some friendly flicks with Paul. With the Australian Grand Prix fast approaching, most of the players will all be using the evening’s tournament as a starting point for their intensive training for the next month, while Costa will be heading for some intensive sessions on the physio couch.
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Match Day 10
Players in each of the three divisions went into the final match day with the table permutations swirling around their brains. The title for each division was still up for grabs with jostling for the minor placings also still in the balance. And so 12 players headed to Good Games in Chatswood for the grand climax.
Unfortunately, Division Two turned into a non-event. Before the evening. Mat Barrie, with two games to play, was the only one who could overtake Steve Diasinos, should he win both fixtures, but he could also finish last if he lost them, such was the tightness of the division. But, alas, a last minute trip to Melbourne for work had him stranded out of the state. The matches were rescheduled for the following week but, again, this proved impossible due to life getting in the way so, with a heavy heart, Mat had to declare the fixtures forfeit. This meant that Steve did get his title, while Harley and Tony each glided past Mat on the table. A slight anti-climax to what, regardless, was an incredibly tight division, with 4 of its 8 completed games ending in draws. Many congratulations to Steve Diasinos.
In the Third Division, Hermann Kruse was in pole position. Only Costa Kamarados could catch him, but would need some favours from others to help him get there. Hermann was on song, though, slotting 4 past Paul Stockbridge before getting the job done in a tight 1-0 tussle with Simon Cole. Ultimately, this was all academic, though, as Costa was held to two draws by the same opponents, meaning Hermann took the title convincingly. Many congratulations to Hermann Kruse!
The First Division still had 3 players in the running. Daniele got off to the perfect start with a tight 1-0 victory over his nemesis, Fabrizio. This also gave Eliot the glimmer of hope he needed. This was dampened, somewhat, when Daniele, having the Subbuteo night of his life, slipped 2 goals past Eliot in their clash, with Eliot only able to find the back of the net once. With one round remaining, all three were still in with a chance for the title. Club league champions, Fabrizio and Eliot, faced each other, while Daniele had the, theoretically, simpler task of facing Adrian. In keeping with the evening’s them of tight, tense tussles, Eliot got the better of Fabrizio by 2 goals to 1. On the other table, Daniele got to a 2 goal lead against Adrian and seemed to be cruising to the title. Adrian, however, pulled a goal back midway through the second half and piled some pressure on for the remainder. But the nervous Daniele held out – 3 wins from 3 games, an unbeaten record in the division and victories against his two nearest rivals meaning he claimed the title emphatically in the end. Many congratulations to Daniele Lombardi.
And so a very successful Spring League, the biggest yet, drew to a close. With brand new players competing, experienced players fighting tight battles, and a middle tier that is growing in skill collectively and beginning to push the top players, the league had everything that could be hoped for. Many thanks to all the players, to those who opened their homes as venues, and to our two great friends in Good Games, Chatswood and The Games Cube, Parramatta, all of who made this the best league series in the 21st century era of the Australian Table Football Association.
Match Day NineThe Spring League really began to heat up in the penultimate date of fixtures. A couple of catch-up matches were scheduled for Monday night, where Johnny pushed Fabrizio all the way in their First Division clash. He eventually went down 1-0, but not before giving Fabrizio a huge scare with a shot on target in the final 30 seconds. He then backed up against clubmate, Steve, this time keeping things even tighter, with a 0-0 result.
Tuesday evening saw the Falcons’ players heading to Parramatta for a full program of games across the 3 pitches. In the Third Division, Costa kicked off with a flurry, putting 3 past Jordan. Jordan backed up against Paul and, with 10 seconds left on the clock in the first half, sent a perfect chip shot into the top left corner to take the lead. In the second half, Paul pushed for the equaliser and carved out a number of half chances, only for his final set up flick to consistently miss, denying him the chance to shoot in anger and pull level. Jordan excitedly picked up his first win of the league. In the final of his triple-header, Jordan then had a narrow loss to Hermann, who was playing with considerable determination. In the final fixture, Hermann then ground out a very tight victory against Costa, finishing 1-0 to make it two from two for the German.
The Second Division is where things are incredibly tight. So much so that every fixture on the night ended in a draw, with Harley, Steve Diasinos and Dave all failing to make a claim of supremacy over any of the others. Harley and Dave opened with a 1-1 battle, followed by Harley and Steve in a goalless stalemate. The final game of the division then saw Dave and Steve play their second draw of the league, this time an entertaining 2-2, with Dave putting Steve under the pump for much of the game but succumbing to Steve’s few counter-attacks. After his flying start on Match Day Eight, Steve had a chance to secure the Second Division title, but his two draws, while leaving him in a strong position, leaves the door open for Mat Barrie to sneak past if he can have a good week next week. Either way, the division is constantly on a knife’s edge, with every fixture showing the potential to go either way.
In the First Division, Eliot had drawn Adrian in the opening game. After Eliot had given Adrian a Subbuteo lesson in the quarter-finals of the recent Australian Open, Adrian was happy to limit Eliot to only 4 or 5 shots over the 30 minutes. Even more to his liking was that Eliot was leaving some holes in his defence, which Adrian was able to occasionally pressure and force the odd save from Eliot. After a goalless opening half, Adrian then sent shockwaves through the division, opening the scoring against one of the title favourites. Eliot doubled his efforts in response and, with a few minutes left, finally breached Adrian’s goal with a deft close in chip, having struck the woodwork with his earlier shots. The score finished 1-1. Steve Dettre and Fabrizio then took to the pitch. An otherwise tight game was punctuated with a steady flow of Fabrizio taking advantage of his chances to finish with a 3-0 victory. The old foes, Eliot and Steve, then faced each other. Stung by his earlier draw, Eliot played with renewed determination and was up 3-0 midway through the second half, in spite of the two players sharing the possession in general play. Steve did strike back, though, with the goal of the evening on the run, but that was as far as the scoring went. Fabrizio then played clubmate, Adrian, in the final game. A tight first half saw Adrian have the first shot, his chip going over the crossbar. Fabrizio’s calmness in front of goals, however, saw him take the lead by half time, which he followed up with 2 more in the second half.
All three divisions are still open for the taking as we head to the final week of fixtures, where a return to the Extreme pitches of Chatswood will, no doubt, please the local Northern Falcons players.
Match Day SevenSubbuteo Parramatta concluded their league with a 3 table, 10 game blitz held at The Games Cube in Parramatta. Daniele and Jordan both had a number of games to complete, so both had 4 game Subbuteo benders. Jordan opened his account with a narrow loss to the Costa, who was able to use his new bases for the first time. Daniele dispatched Paul Stockbridge in their opener before Daniele faced a tricky fixture against Paul Magee, both players aiming for second place in the final standings. However, Daniele was in fine form and took the match with a convincing 3-0 win. Jordan’s goalkeeper got a workout, making a number of saves, though he succumbed to Steve Diasinos 4-0. The next round of fixtures through up some cracking fixtures. Fabrizio arrived from his day trip to the Royal National Park to take a 5-0 win in an entertaining game against Jordan – the league’s winning player against it’s least experienced Subbuteo player. Paul Magee and Mat Barrie played out an intense 1-1 draw. A close call was sportingly given to Paul by Mat, and Paul scored from the subsequent play. The end result was a good indication of the game, though, and demonstrated the great sportsmanship that is often reciprocated between players.
Steve and Daniele, meanwhile, were playing out the match of the evening. Daniele took an early lead and looked to be on track to repeat his earlier efforts. Steve, however, is never one to be flustered and soon found his way into the game, scoring a deserved equaliser before the break. Daniele went ahead again in the second half but Steve, determined to pick up the point which could help him into the top tier of the league, remained calm and precise and again scored an equaliser. And so the result ended 2-2, both players taking the point from an outstanding clash.
Jordan then rounded out his evening with his first point of the league in a very good natured 1-1 encounter with his fellow Subbuteo novice, Paul Stockbridge. Following Steve’s draw with Daniele, Adrian knew he needed a result against Daniele to have any chance of staying ahead of Steve, whose fixture against the always improving but still very inexperienced Costa was a foregone conclusion. Adrian played well to keep Daniele at bay and provide the odd glimmer of hope with the occasional counter-attack. However, midway through the second half, after 20-odd minutes of stout defending, a soft-mistake led to the game’s decisive goal from Daniele, who took the points with the 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, Steve’s exertions against Daniele must have been coming back to haunt him. Though he peppered Costa’s goal, nothing would go in, a mixture of soft finishing and some great goalkeeping. Costa managed two forays forward during the entire game – and decisively buried one of those shots. 1-0 to the team painted in the 2004 Greek, Euros winning uniform – a victory that could not have been more Greek had it been scripted!
A final catch-up game between Daniele and Dave saw Daniele reinforce his 2nd place standing. However, just below him, as the dust settled, an incredibly tight table was to be found. As an indication, Steve Diasinos finished in 7th place. A win against Costa in that fateful final match could have seen him finish 3rd! The league also pointed to the future with introduction of 3 brand new players.
Northern Falcons didn’t play any of their outstanding fixtures due to absences, but their standings in relation to the next phase of the league couldn’t be altered by those games, so these will be caught up in the near future.
Match Day Eight
Match Day Eight saw the two leagues come together for the first time. The top 3 players from each league (not including Subbuteo Parramatta’s guest marquee player, Paul Magee, who is unable to take further part due to work commitments) moved into the First Division, the next 3 from SP and the next 2 from NF moved into the Second Division, and the next 3 from SP and 2 from NF made up the Third Division. All players will play each other within each division. For the first group of matches, Subbuteo Parramatta made the trip up to Northern Falcons HQ at Chatswood.NF’s Simon made a winning start with a 3-0 result over SP’s Paul, though Paul did discover, later in the evening when packing away his figures, that he had gone into the match with only 10 players! SP’s Mat and Steve renewed rivalries, Steve edging this one 1-0 after their 1-1 draw in the SP league. SP’s Adrian had trouble adapting to the Extreme pitches and NF’s Steve put in a commanding display to blitz him 3-0, while SP’s Daniele got over NF’s Johnny by the same score. SP’s Dave put a solitary goal past NF’s Tony in a tightly fought contest.
The two 3rd placed qualifiers for the 1st division, Adrian and Johnny, then faced each other following their respective losses. A dour first half finished goalless before Johnny came out with renewed attacking intent. Unfortunately, this left him more open at the back and Adrian scored two counter-attacking goals inspite of Johnny’s domination of possession and field position. Mat picked up a 1-0 victory in another tight tussle against Dave in the Second Division, while SP’s Steve rounded out a good evening for himself with a 2-0 win over Tony.
In the final round, NF’s Eliot put jet-lag aside in a dominant display against Johnny, putting 5 well taken goals past him. NF’s Harley and Tony battled out yet another draw in the Second Division, which is clearly going to be a very tight league. Meanwhile, in the match of the evening, NF’s Steve and SP’s Daniele renewed their long rivalry. The game was as tight as could be expected with neither player flinching in the first half. Early in the second, Daniele finally managed a small bit of space to have a shot. Steve saved it easily, only to then drag the ball back into his own goal with his ‘keeper to give Daniele the advantage. Not to be discouraged, Steve was soon back on level terms with a fine on-the-run goal from a corner which drew a hearty congratulation even from Daniele. Not to be outdone, Daniele then went back ahead with his own impressive, trademark on-the-run goal to take the advantage back. Steve pushed hard for the equaliser and, with a few minutes left, finally found a couple of centimetres of space through the middle of Daniele’s defense and made no mistake with his shot. The final few minutes were a flurry with both players desperate to take all 3 points, resulting in some heated discussion of close calls. In the end, however, each had to settle for a point in a classic battle that neither player deserved to lose.
Match Day FourTony Credentino had a minor marathon at the Falcons’ end of town as he played consecutive games against Eliot Kennedy, Harley Ullrich and Hermann Kruse. It was an inauspicious start, as Eliot put 5 past him in the opening game. Of course, Tony is not the first to succumb to such a scoreline against Eliot and he certainly won’t be the last! By his next game, though, he was warmed up and scored a hard fought 2-0 victory over Harley. Harley later commented on Tony’s brick wall defines – the foundation of his victory. The final match was a more open affair as Tony and Hermann traded goals to finish up sharing the spoils at 2-2.
Out in the Western Suburbs, Steve Diasinos made his first appearance, playing out two 1-1 draws. The first saw he and David Sultana, with their similar playing styles, cancel each other out, while his clash against Mat Barrie renewed a long rivalry with neither being able to grab the bragging rights. Jordan Kolaczyk continued his learning curve, going down to David and Mat respectively, but picking up many pointers along the way. Later in the week, Adrian dropped in at New Trafford to play a catch-up against Mat, taking a 2-0 win in a game that was much tighter than the score would indicate.
Match Day Five
Northern Falcons finally gave out hope of replacing two players who had had to pull out after the first match day, so their reduced numbers meant that no matches were played on match day five. Back at the Subbuteo Parramatta Clubhouse, Paul Stockbridge was up against it, losing his 3 consecutive matches, but with all his opponents noting his improvement over the course of the league, particularly in his tactical understanding. Steve Diasinos had no answers against Paul Magee though had to admit that even he enjoyed the match, in spite of the 3-0 scoreline. He turned the result around in his second game, against Adrian Elmer, however. Numerous attempts on goal did nothing but underline the poor quality of Adrian’s shooting as he blazed away without result. Meanwhile, Steve was clinical, slotting a goal in each half for the win.
Match Day Six
Wishing to catch the Socceroos match against Japan live on TV, the Falcons convened a little early, playing just a few of their remaining games. The top of the table clash saw Eliot Kennedy race to a 3-0 lead by the break. Not one to roll over, however, Steve scored with 7 minutes to go, then put another one away to make for some nervous moments for Eliot, who managed to hold on for a 3-2 win. Eliot then dispatched Simon Cole 3-0 before heading off to the pub. Meanwhile, Johnny Ball and Tony Credentino battled out an open, but fruitless, 0-0 draw.What was originally planned as the end of league grand finale for Subbuteo Parramatta turned into only a handful of matches, due to late muscle tears and parental illnesses taking the attention of a few players. With the big event, therefore, pushed back a week, 5 players were still free to play a few fixtures. Fabrizio got off to a flyer against Adrian and had a 4-0 lead by the break, with Adrian reminding Fabrizio of the 5-0 mercy rule. The second half was a different affair, however, with Adrian taking advantage of the downhill slope to finish with the (ever so slightly) more respectable scoreline of 4-1. Dave and Paul Magee battled out a very entertaining 0-0 draw, neither player able to take a stranglehold of the close match. Meanwhile, Fabrizio opened his account against Steve in the first 30 seconds and looked to be heading to another big win. Steve was made of sterner stuff, though and, defending stoutly, ‘keeping majestically and offering quite a bit on the counter, he pegged Fabrizio back, the score staying the same until the break. Early in the second half, after all the hard work getting back into the game, Steve allowed Fabrizio in for a relatively soft goal to ease the pressure. The game remained tight, though, with neither player troubling the scoreboard further. Finally, Dave and Adrian exchanged blows in the final match. Another even battle could have gone either way. Adrian had the game’s only clear cut shot on goal, spraying his shot across the goal. Both defences were excellent, though, meaning that neither could make the break through, the 0-0 result a fair indication of proceedings.
With both clubs now having just one week of their leagues left, final standings are on the line. Steve will need two big wins and hope that Johnny can do him a favour against Eliot in the Falcons’ league, while Fabrizio has all but secured the title at Parramatta. The minor placings are still very much up for grabs, with 6 players still in the running for the other two top 3 spots, which would qualify them for the 1st Division as the two clubs join together the following week. A series of games between the newer players at the foot of the table will also go a long way to deciding who has made the best progress in their first league.
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.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. 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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