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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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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.

Subbuteo Parramatta New Year’s WASPA Tournament

group shotAfter 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.

Heidi and costa on the al fresco pitch

Heidi and costa on the al fresco pitch

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.

Paul v Tony (foreground), Fabrizio v David (background)

Paul v Tony (foreground), Fabrizio v David (background)

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.

For full results, click here.

World Rankings – November 2016

fistf-waspaThe new FISTF and WASPA rankings are in. In the WASPA list Giuseppe Tardiota and Rik Bland of Brisbane SC hold their places at the head of the ranking. With the game in Australia having now been played quite regularly all around the country for a few years, positions remain quite steady, particularly at the top end. This is because, for each tournament that players earn points in during one month, their corresponding points from tournaments a year ago halve, and their points from tournaments 2 years ago drop off altogether. That does, of course, mean new players can climb the table with consistent play. And, speaking of new players, yet again there are a record number of players who have competed in WASPA tournaments around the country over the last 2 years, our numbers rising to 127.

In the FISTF list, a smaller than expected turnout in Melbourne at the IO meant that a number of Melbourne players dropped their positions (same calculations as in WASPA).
The top five remained unchanged, while Steve Dettre and Benji Batten swapped places, courtesy of Steve’s points at the Singapore IO. Biggest mover was Northern Falcons’ Hermann Kruse who rose 4 places to 15th. New rankings for Beth Eveleigh (MTFC) and Adrian Connolly and Kevin Grant (Flickers).
We’re expecting lots of new rankings and some significant movement after the AGP17 in February.

For the full WASPA rankings, click here.

For updated FISTF Rankings: click here

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.

World Rankings – September 2016

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Australia has a new Number 1 ranked player! Congratulations to Giuseppe Tardiota who has climbed the rankings steadily and now finds himself at the summit of the WASPA (World Amateur Subbuteo Players’ Association) rankings. It is a reflection of the movement of the Brisbane based players in general, whose regular tournaments have seen them improve consistently. Most of the other positions have remained fairly consistent, with small place movements up and down the list. In keeping with our continual, gradual growth, 5 new names have been added to the rankings list, bringing the Australian total to 118 players who have competed in WASPA Tournaments over the last 2 years.

FISTF have not updated their rankings since July 1, so nothing to report there. However, with the World Cup last week and the Australian Open happening next weekend in Melbourne, expect to see plenty of chart movement in the FISTF rankings in the near future.

For the full WASPA rankings, click here.

WASPA Tournament: Northern Falcons, Good Games, Chatswood, 17 August 2016

As the Sydney Subbuteo scene slowly awakes from its winter hibernation, four players made their way to Good Games Chatswood for an evening of friendly flicking. The regular Northern Falcons evening was just what the doctor ordered as players seek to get back into some flicking rhythm with the Sydney Spring League beckoning.

Eliot (left) vs Adrian (right) in the foreground, with Hermann (left) v Mat (right) in the background

Eliot (left) vs Adrian (right) in the foreground, with Hermann (left) v Mat (right) in the background

Adrian Elmer and Mat Barrie from Subbuteo Parramatta joined Hermann Kruse and Eliot Kennedy for a round robin competition of short (20 minute) games. Eliot and Mat kicked off, with Eliot easing to a 1 – 0 win, unable to turn possession into goals thanks to some good defending and great keeping by Mat, who had several opportunities to grab an equaliser on the break. On the other table, Adrian struck some good form to dispatch Hermann 3 – 0 in the most decisive score of the evening. Adrian and Eliot (pictured below) then played a tight match, with Eliot again tending to dominate possession but only able to convert once. Adrian played confidently and had his chances too and could easily have evened things up. Meanwhile, Mat and Hermann battled to a 1 – 1 draw. In the final round, Hermann very nearly kept Eliot out with some great keeping, withstanding something of a bombardment to go down 1 – 0, and Arian and Mat played a typically tight match, with Adrian grabbing the honours 1 – 0.

In the end, Eliot just came out on top with three narrow wins, with Adrian second on six points and Mat and Hermann both on one point but Mat pipping Hermann on goal difference. But the main result of the night was the chance to get some much needed match practice before the Spring League and the Australia Open next month in Melbourne.

report by Eliot Kennedy

Mat 0 – Eliot 1
Hermann 0 – Adrian 3
Adrian 1 – Mat 0
Eliot 1 – Hermann 0
Mat 1 – Hermann 1
Eliot 1 – Adrian 0

P W D L GD P
Eliot            3  3  0  0 +3 9
Adrian        3  2  0  1 +3 6
Mat             3  0  1  2  -2 1
Hermann   3  0  1  2  -4 1

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.

September Cup 2016

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The days have started to get longer, footballers are becoming either nervous about their upcoming semi-finals or disappointed to have missed out this season. The grass is starting to grow again after hibernation and temperatures are starting to warm up. That can only mean one thing – the September Cup is just around the corner, signalling the start of the new Subbuteo season!

The September Cup was first played in 2003 and is now Australia’s longest running annual Subbuteo Tournament. This year, it returns to its spiritual home date of September 3, the 13th anniversary of the first edition. The September Cup is also unique in the Australian Table Football landscape as it is the only tournament where only Subbuteo brand equipment is used – balls, pitches, figures and ‘keepers. See the golden oldies’ eyes mist over as their figures curl gracefully. Hear the younger players curse as they struggle to stop anything with ‘keepers half the size they’re used to wielding. Feel the warmth and idiosyncrasies of traditional cloth and nylon Subbuteo pitches.

The tournament will be held at the Subbuteo Parramatta Clubhouse, starting at 12:30. Entry is $5 to cover the cost of drinks and nibblies. All players are welcome, regardless of age, gender or Subbuteo experience. New players are always welcome and all equipment is provided if you don’t have any of your own. The tournament will also double as the first round of the newly rebranded Sydney Subbuteo Circuit – a series of 8 tournaments over the season to help determine Sydney’s champion players.