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Flicks In The Sticks – Western Flickers TFC WASPA Tournament

WESTERN FLICKERS GOES NORTH .. Way North!

untitled-1On a beautiful Melbourne spring day, the Western Flickers family headed up north to the little town of Willowmavin (about 1.5 hours north of Melbourne CBD).
Thus far, all the table football events have been held in metropolitan Melbourne. However, community engagement and promotion of the game in regional Victoria is very much part of the long term development roadmap for Western Flickers TFC.
Despite the long trek, there was a great turnout of 8 flickers in the Open category and 3 kids in the Junior category. There were also a few non-players – like locally renowned Subbuteo memorabilia collector Paul Hindmarsh – who came to watch the exciting games and join the social activities.

JUNIOR CATEGORY
untitled-2With a number of junior players unable to attend, it meant that Benjamin and the Briffa boys – Harrison and Alex – would compete for honours in a short simple single-leg round robin format.
Both Harrison and Benjamin won their match against Alex by an identical score line, which meant that the final match between the two would decide the winner. It was a tight match where gilt-edged chances fell to both players. On the day, Benjamin’s clinical finishing was the difference and he emerged victorious. The final score was 2-0 though it did not reflect the close balance of play.
Of special note is that the games were played with 2 x 15 minute halves, as opposed to the usual 10 minute halves. With the three juniors possibly competing at the Australian Grand Prix 2017 event in Sydney early next year, this was a good introduction (or refresher in Benjamin’s case) to the longer format.

OPEN CATEGORY
The 8 players in the Open category were split evenly into 2 groups, with the top 2 WASPA ranked players – Benny Ng and Benji Batten – spread across the groups. The rest were allocated randomly with the draw broadcast on Facebook Live. You can watch a repeat of the live broadcast draw video on the Western Flickers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WesternFlickers/).
 
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The group results went pretty much as the rankings indicated.
In Group 1, Benji steamrolled through the opposition scoring big wins. On the other hand, Christos just managed to scrape through to the next round on a slightly better goal difference over the senior Briffa (Simon).
It was a much closer affair in Group 2 where former WASPA tournament winner David Simpson made an eagerly anticipated return to the sport after over a years’ absence. Despite being away for so long, he showed no signs of rustiness and held tournament top seed Benny to a goalless draw. With both David and Benny winning their remaining matches, it was to come down to goal difference. Thanks to Kevin’s masterful defending in his tie with David that kept the score down, Benny edged through to the semi-finals in group top position thus avoiding an early showdown with Benji in Group 1.

FINAL STAGES
untitled-4The semi-finals were all extremely close affairs. Benny defeated Christos is a tightly contested match 2-1, while Benji only got past David Simpson via a penalty shootout.
It was no different in the grand final with not much between the players. Both players managed to break through the opposing defence with some magnificent goals, but it was tied 2-2 at full time. A penalty shootout ensued and Benny emerged victorious, continuing on his recent run of good form to complete a hat-trick of WASPA titles in a row.

CONCLUSION
Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it another extremely successful Western Flickers WASPA event. Everyone had loads of fun playing the beautiful game and also enjoyed the camaraderie and food during the following BBQ. Table football was indeed the winner.

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The final Open category standings are:
1. Benny Ng
2. Benji Batten
3. Christos Garagounis
4. David Simpson
5. Simon Briffa
6. Chris Hirst
7. Kevin Grant
8. Tim Kee

The final Junior category standings are:
1. Benjamin Ng
2. Harrison Briffa
3. Alex Briffa

Report by Benny Ng
 
P.S. If anyone is interested in taking part in future Western Flickers events or just popping by for chat and look-see, please visit the Western Flickers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WesternFlickers/) and send us a message.

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Western Flickers Goes North

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Western Flickers Table Football Club was formed to cater for players living on the north/west side of Melbourne and provide more opportunities to play the wonderful game of Subbuteo table football. If you are reading this and new to Subbuteo table football, watch this video (https://youtu.be/2GwgHF8IrXQ) for a brief introduction to the game.

It may have been the 2nd coldest (and probably wettest!) Melbourne day in history, but nothing was to stop Western Flickers from holding its 7th WASPA tournament. The event was staged at WTF’s Northern HQ – Meadow Park Soccer Club – a regular venue for social Friday Flicks but hosting its first tournament.
Despite the grim weather, there was a good turnout of 10 flickers in the Open category and 4 kids in the Junior category.

“Veteran” Benjamin Ng vs up-and-coming Alex Briffa

“Veteran” Benjamin Ng vs up-and-coming Alex Briffa

And away we go!

And away we go!

Junior Category
Four of our club juniors faced off for honours. With the Briffa boys – Harrison and Alex – improving with every game, “veterans” Benjamin and Aidan has their task cut out for them. The category was played as a simple round robin format. It was a close tussle in most of the games with little to separate the boys. In the end, the more experienced Benjamin won the category by only a single point over the promising Harrison.

The 10 players in the Open category were split into 3 groups. The top 3 WASPA ranked players – Luke Radziminski, Benny Ng and Adam Deverell – were spread across the groups and the rest randomly allocated.

Group Stages
The groups with Adam and Benny went to script according to WASPA rankings, but the real surprises were in Luke’s “Group of Death”. Beth Eveleigh – the “Queen of Australian Subbuteo” – put in a fantastic performance to hold MTFC president Luke to a goalless draw. This proved to be the key result of the group. With the returning Paul Mercer – once ranked the top player in Victoria – undefeated, it meant that he pipped Luke as group winner.
The other significant results of the first stage was draws achieved by newcomers Chris Hirst and Tim Kee (only his 3rd time playing table football!) against much more experienced opponents. Well done guys!

Kevin Grant facing off against Western Flickers co-founder Adam Deverell

Kevin Grant facing off against Western Flickers co-founder Adam Deverell

Pool Stages
In the Consolation Pool, Beth won the pool comfortably dominating all her matches comfortably. It was a close tussle between Simon and Chris Hirst for second spot, with Simon coming ahead on goal difference. While Tim was unable to repeat his feats in the Group stages, it was a really good performance in his very first WASPA tournament and the fact that he hadn’t even heard of Subbuteo a couple of months ago!

In the Plates pool, Christos Garagounis demonstrated his continued improvement by following up a good win against Kevin Grant with a magnificent 2-2 draw against the much higher ranked Luke. Luke still emerged as pool winner by goal difference.
With Paul and Benny winning their opening matches against Adam in the Winner’s pool, it meant that the final match between the two flickers would be the tournament decider. It was an exciting match-up with Paul attacking and Benny defending resolutely hoping to catch Paul out on the break. In the end, Benny’s counter attacks turned out to be the difference and won his second WASPA title in a row.

Conclusion
Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it another extremely successful Western Flickers WASPA event. Finally and most importantly, everyone has loads of fun and went home happy. Table football was indeed the winner.
GO WEST!

Tournament winner Benny Ng and Runner-up Paul Mercer

Tournament winner Benny Ng and Runner-up Paul Mercer

The final Open category standings are:
1. Benny Ng
2. Paul Mercer
3. Adam Deverell
4. Luke Radzminski
5. Christos Garagounis
6. Kevin Grant
7. Beth Eveleigh
8. Simon Briffa
9. Chris Hirst
10. Tim Kee

The final Junior category standings are:
1. Benjamin Ng
2. Harrison Briffa
3. Alex Briffa
4. Aiden Deverall

P.S. If anyone is interested in taking part in future Western Flickers events or just popping by for chat and look-see, please visit the Western Flickers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WesternFlickers/) or send an email to bennidokk@yahoo.com

Report by Benny Ng