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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.

The Paella and The Plate

panoramaThe extra long weekend saw the opportunity to sneak in some extra Subbuteo and 11 players turned out to take advantage. With players competing for The Paella Plate, a Spanish theme was used for the tournament, with play preceded by lunch of paella, tortilla and vino, then players each choosing a Spanish club to represent in the Swiss format competition. 10 players competed, while newcomer, Bay, elected to watch and play a few friendly games to get himself acquainted with the rules and techniques.

Highlights of the day’s play included AGP U/15 champion, Jonty Brener (Villarreal), win one of his first senior matches in the first round, Harley Ullrich (Espanyol) scoring one of the goals of the day with a low, drilled far-post rocket from a tight angle, Adrian Elmer (Hércules) picking up his first competitive points against Fabrizio Coco (Athletic de Bilbao) in 18 months and Dave Sultana (Celta de Vigo) firstly scoring his first competitive goal, then picking up his first competitive points with another goal in a 1-1 draw in the following match.

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final standings

After 3 rounds, 3 players were level on 7 points. So, heading into the 4th and final round, Daniele Lombardi (Atletico de Madrid) was ahead on goal difference from Steve Dettre (Valencia), who he would face, and Eliot Kennedy (Barça) who was paired with Neil Brener (Málaga). Daniele came out victorious in the first of those match-ups 2-0, including a trademark goal on the run to finally settle the very tight match, while Neil’s ‘keeper was in inspired form, keeping Eliot out for large swathes of the match. While Eliot picked up the result to keep him level with Daniele, he was unable to beat Neil’s ‘keeper enough times to rein in Daniele’s superior goal difference. Meanwhile, both Tony Credentino (Deportivo de La Coruña) and Adrian, hoping to slip past Steve into a minor placing, cancelled each other out in their tight 0-0 draw, relegating them both to mid-table obscurity.

Maybe it was the food, maybe it was the wine, maybe it was the holiday, but the afternoon was one of the most relaxed tournaments in recent memory, with all players competing sportingly in great spirits. Many thanks to those who played, making it a great afternoon.

group photoFor full results, click here.
For more photos, click here.

Subbuteo Parramatta – The Paella Plate

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Subbuteo Parramatta is proud to host a Spanish themed tournament to be held on Easter Saturday – March 26, 2016. The day’s festivities will begin with a lunch of paella, tortilla and other Spanish delicacies from midday. The Subbuteo playing will begin at 1pm and we’ll be finished by 5pm. The tournament is particularly geared towards introducing new players to the game, so come and learn how to play, guided by some of Australia’s most experienced table footballers. If you don’t have your own gear there will be plenty available for you to borrow. All players are welcome, regardless of experience, age, gender or any other differentiating characteristic.

Bring along something to drink and $5 to cover food costs. Register via the form below – knowing numbers beforehand will help immensely with catering. But also feel free to bring long a friend at the last minute – the more players, the better!

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

Sydney Premier League Rd 6

The Games Cube in Parramatta was heaving on Saturday, February 27. With more people turning up for a miniatures tournament than the owners had been counting on, the Subbuteo pitches got moved from their usual spot in the gaming area right into the middle of the shop floor. This was a great bonus, as the air-conditioning on the sweltering day was much better here, and the game was on clear display for everyone in the packed store to see.

Three tables in action.

Three tables in action.

The Lombardi father and son duo had traveled up from Berry on the morning, Dave Sultana had thrown his wicket away at the end of play the previous Saturday and called in the 12th man for fielding duties so that he could be part of the Subbuteo action, while Eliot Kennedy returned from his sojourn to the US to resume his rivalry at the top of the Sydney Premier League table against Daniele Lombardi.

The tournament was played in a 4 round Swiss System, with the first round drawn randomly. Harley Ullrich surprised Daniele after going down early, scoring an equaliser with a flying counterattack. Daniele was roused from his lethargy and ended with a hard earned 2-1 victory by full-time. Eliot dominated possession but had trouble getting through Adrian Elmer’s ‘keeper and found himself susceptible to the odd counter attack but was able to settle his nerves midway through the second half to take a 1-0 victory. Steve Dettre slipped 3 past Dave, while Mat conceded 2 to Raffaele Lombardi.

Hermann lines up against Gabriel.

Hermann lines up against Gabriel.

Because not enough juniors were able to enter the tournament, 6 year old Gabriel Lombardi had to play in the main competition, where he performed very admirably, earning sporting draws against Hermann Kruse and Adrian. Raffaele put another 2 past Steve, while Dave’s defense improved considerably, keeping Mat to a hard won 1-0 scoreline. In the shock result of the day, Eliot shipped 3 goals against Daniele, their normal tight tussle nowhere to be seen, as Eliot continued to struggle in front of goal while Daniele found every shot was turning to gold.

By the final round, Eliot needed to beat Raffaele by 2 clear goals and hope Adrian could hold Daniele at bay if he were to take the tournament title. Unfortunately for him, Daniele blitzed Adrian in their match opening and it was 3-0 before Adrian could even get a look in. In the end, it mattered little as Raffaele held off Eliot with a 0-0 result that gave Raffaele his first Sydney Premier League title. Meanwhile, in the lower placings, Hermann made a large jump on the table with a 1-0 win over Dave. Dave did manage to score his first goal of the day – a beautiful manoeuvre through a packed box with a shot on the run. Unfortunately, one of his figures was in an off-side position! Still, for only his second ever tournament he is showing signs that it won’t take long before he is a contender.

IMG_8392editA great day’s play with all competitors playing with great sportsmanship. A number of interested onlookers got an introduction to the game, including the owner of The Games Cube, Lindsay who, having supported us wonderfully for almost 2 years now, finally got to play his first game. And, most pleasingly for this organiser, the entire tournament ran exactly to schedule! Thanks all.

For full results, click here.
For more photographs, click here.

2015/16 Sydney Premier League Table after 6 rounds (note: competitors must play a minimum of 4 tournaments to be eligible for final placings)

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WASPA World Rankings

The monthly WASPA rankings have been released with some big movements from players who got a large number of WASPA tournaments under their belt over January. Unfortunately, FISTF rankings are a little less reliable in being updated so none of the results from the recent Australian Grand Prix have yet been added to their rankings (the last FISTF update was January 6) so look for next month’s rankings to see how things have moved in the world of FISTF.

To see the February WASPA world rankings, click here.

A Flurry of WASPAs

Sydney played host to three WASPA events in the lead-up and then during the Australian Grand Prix.
On the Tuesday before the event, we tested out a few of the new boards, with a WASPA featuring local boy Robert Green, back on home shores for the first time in a year, as well as Antonio Carabillo from Hong Kong.
In the semi-finals, Green overcame returnee Tony Credentino, who had played in the first ‘reformation’ event back in 2010, while Fabrizio beat Antonio, before losing to Green in the final.

Rob Green and Tony Credentino

Rob Green and Tony Credentino

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Greenie

Antonio Carabillo and Fabrizio Coco

Antonio Carabillo and Fabrizio Coco

After the first phase of the AGP16, a straight knock out WASPA was staged, with a few upsets in the first round.
Simon Cole upset Northern Falcons club mate Steve Dettre 2-0, while Matt Barrie of Subbuteo Parramatta beat Benny Ng of Melbourne TFC 2-0. New player Jason Lockard (having played in the 90s), beat Geoff Sirmai on shots, while Adelaide’s Jez Simpson also edged through on shots against Northern Falcons’ Todd Giles.
In the quarter finals, Giuseppe Tardiota of Brisbane hit his straps in a 3-1 win against Matt, while Jez’ shootout luck held as he beat Jason.
In the semis, Giuseppe beat Mike Newton, while Tony Credentino showed he was getting back into form with a 1-0 win against Jez.
In the final, after 1-1 at the end of regulation time, Giuseppe claimed the title on shots, his first WASPA victory at a FISTF event after three previous losing finals!

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On the Sunday, a few players who were not in a team conducted their own WASPA, with Matt Barrie, Paul Magee, Giuseppe and Tony fighting it out over two rounds of group matches before Matt grabbed a 2-0 win against Paul in the final.
Once again, the WASPA events proved invaluable as warm up competitions, and also to provide players with as many matches as possible over the course of the weekend!!

Full results of Northern Falcons’ AGP Warm-Up WASPA Tournament – click here
Full results of AGP Consolation WASPA Tournament – click here
Full Results of AGP Non-Teams Players’ WASPA Tournament – click here