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ATFA AGM 2021

The AGM for ATFA was held on Sunday 21st November 2021.  Please find attached meeting minutes and final financial position report for the 20/21 financial year.  These will also be shared directly to our members.  Thank you to Paul Mercer for his support of Eliot Kennedy in finalising our financial report.

We are pleased to confirm that the incoming ATFA committee is as follows:

President: Adrian Connolly

Secretary: Steve Wright

Treasurer: Eliot Kennedy

Ordinary Committee Members: Adrian Elmer, Giuseppe Tardiota, Hugh Best and Luke Radziminski

The Vice President role is presently a casual vacancy.  The Committee may choose to appoint a member to this role, but this may only be filled by one of the committee members as there is a maximum of 7 committee members as per the ATFA Constitution.    The President cannot also fill the role of VP.

The committee, as it’s first action, agreed at the AGM that fees will again be waived for 2022 due to the financial position of ATFA and COVID restrictions impacting certainty of events.  The membership status of each contact will be further communicated directly to members and those players who have been members in the past or indicated an interest.

ATFA AGM 2021 Minutes Final-ATFA-Financial-Statement-2020-21

Final ATFA Financial Statement 2020-21

ATFA 2022 Elections

As previously advertised, voting for the 4 contested Ordinary Committee Members will occur: 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021.  The form is below for submitting your votes.

Under the constitution there can be at least 3 ordinary committee members, and the total number of committee members is to be 7.  As we have had 8 nominations, we will need to hold an election to determine the 4 remaining committee members from the 5 ordinary committee member nominations.

The incoming committee will take effect from the official appointment at the AGM from 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021.  This will again be held virtually via a Messenger video call.

ATFA Committee 2022 Nominations

Nominations for the ATFA Committee for 2022 have now closed. The nominations received were:

President – Adrian Connolly

Treasurer – Eliot Kennedy

Secretary – Steve Wright

Ordinary Committee Member – Adrian Elmer

Ordinary Committee Member – Hugh Best

Ordinary Committee Member – Luke Radziminski

Ordinary Committee Member – Geoff Sirmai

Ordinary Committee Member – Giuseppe Tardiota

No elections are required to determine the three roles of office bearers for which there were nominations (President, Treasurer and Secretary), as they are unopposed.  Thank you to Adrian, Steve and Eliot for accepting nominations to continue in these important roles.  The role of Vice President will be a casual vacancy.   Under the constitution, the committee may appoint a member of the association to fill the vacancy once the new committee is in place at the AGM.

Under the constitution there can be at least 3 ordinary committee members, and the total number of committee members is to be 7.  As we have had 8 nominations, we will need to hold an election to determine the 4 remaining committee members from the 5 ordinary committee member nominations.  As previously advertised, voting will occur: 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021.  Details will follow soon.

The incoming committee will take effect from the official appointment at the AGM from 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021.  This will again be held virtually via a Messenger video call.  Please contact our President Adrian Connolly via a private message, or post below if you’d like to attend – we will then add you to the group for the AGM video call.  From the 4 elected ordinary committee members, once the new committee is in place at the AGM, the committee may appoint an ordinary member as Vice President; the Treasurer or Secretary may hold two roles; or the position may remain a casual vacancy. This will be discussed at the AGM.

2022 ATFA Committee Nominations

At 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021, ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting. All ATFA members are invited to participate – a video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2022 season.

To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee.  As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee.  Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.

If you are an ATFA member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details in the google form at the bottom of the page. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Note that as per earlier announcements membership for the 2021 season were free due to the impacts of COVID-19 during 2020 and 2021.  All Members of the 2020 season were automatically rolled over as Members for the 2021 season.

The Committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.

Nominations close: 11:59pm AEDT, Sunday October 24, 2021
Voting : 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

President : oversees the Committee. In conjunction with the Committee, the President sets dates for, and convenes Committee meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Committee meetings.
current member – Adrian Connolly

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.
current member – Giuseppe Tardiota

Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Committee and ATFA Membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.
current member – Eliot Kennedy

Secretary General : is responsible for: supplying all documentation required by FISTF in regards to ATFA club and player memberships; FISTF tournament registrations and results or any other necessary documents; keep minutes of all committee or general meetings.
current member – Steve Wright

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee Advisor (Communications Officer) : is responsible for communications to the Australian Subbuteo community, including: the upkeep and co-ordination of the ATFA website; the ATFA calendar; the ATFA mailing list.
current member – Adrian Elmer

Committee Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.
current members – Hugh Best, Luke Radziminski

All Committee Members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Committee. It is expected that all Committee Members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Committee membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.

2020 ATFA President’s Report

This year was unprecedented – a season disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Thankfully, to the best of our knowledge, no members of the Australia Table Football community contracted COVID-19.  However, we were all affected in some way by the impacts it had on our lives and the way we lived them in 2020.  I’d like to thank everyone for their compliance with restrictions and patience with returning to COVID safe competition.  The health of our community should remain our top priority.

One of the rare highlights for the year in Australian Table Football was the 2020 Australian Grand Prix held in February at the magnificent Lakeside facilities associated with South Melbourne FC.  It was fantastic to return to this location for a FISTF event for the first time since the 2018 Asian Cup.

With the FISTF season changed to a calendar year this simplifies some aspects of our communication and membership with ATFA.  Membership will now align to a calendar year.  Due to the disruption of 2019-20 season preventing competition for most of the year we are pleased to announce the 2021 memberships to ATFA will be free of charge.  We hope this may also enable use to expand our reach into new and returning players.  It is a credit to the ATFA Committees over the years that the organisation is able to be able to accommodate this.

2021 will no doubt continue to raise challenges as the world continues to battle the pandemic.  Significant doubt remains at present regarding the hosting of the Asian Cup in Japan and the World Cup in Italy against the COVID-19 backdrop.  Locally, Australia is making significant progress in managing the pandemic and there now appears to be a possibility to return to hosting FISTF events in Australia as domestic borders re-open and restrictions ease.  We must all remain vigilant to the necessary controls and compliant to restrictions for the health and safety of competitors, their families and the wider community.  I will continue to provide advice, when requested, to clubs and hosts of events, in developing COVID safe plan that they may require.

I look forward to seeing you all again, and returning to safe competitive action.  But above all, stay safe and healthy – both physically and mentally.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

ATFA COVID-19 Update

STATEMENT: TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020

Next week the remaining states not already at Step 2 will be moving to this step of the Federal Governments’ 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia .   Sport and recreation is one of the 10 elements of the Federal Government’s Framework, and states the following at Step 2:

  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in outdoor sports consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all indoor sports, including gyms
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person

Each State is implementing the 3 Steps in its own way and according to its own timeline depending on the State’s individual circumstances.  For any club or individual wishing to organise an event, it is essential that local State government guidance and regulations be consulted in each State for exact requirements and timelines.  For example, one additional requirement in Victoria is that “Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive”.

Community sport, such as Table Football, is considered in Step 3 of the 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia as follows:

  • Community sport expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.

The AIS Framework gives guidance on the measures required to return to community sport.  A key requirement is to maintain social distancing of 1.5m wherever possible, even at Step 3.  This is particularly problematic for Table Football.  Combined with the activity being indoors (which is higher risk) and the duration of proximity in just one game typically exceeding the close contact definition of the Department of Health (15 minutes within 1.5m).  This makes the return to competition Table Football challenging, at best.

ATFA is closely monitoring developments and the potential requirement for a COVID Safe Plan for Table Football with respect to operations under the control of ATFA.  A COVID Safe Plan may be needed prior to the resumption of any ATFA affiliated events, i.e. events on the FISTF Calendar.  The ATFA Committee are hopeful that work by the likes of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) may lead to the issue of a suitable COVID Safe Plan that covers a wide range of community sports and recreation such as ours.  COMPPS seek to understand, advocate and educate for sport and sport related policy to provide the best policy landscape for Australian sport to thrive.  Last Friday 22nd May, COMPPS issued a statement on the return to participation in community sports.

We appreciate some members may wish to receive more guidance from ATFA, but there is much to work through for the volunteers on the ATFA Committee.  Most states are still developing requirements for the return to play for community sport and recreation.  Examples are given below to illustrate the complexities faced by ATFA due to the variations across the nation.   This is current as at Tuesday 26th May 2020 in this constantly evolving regulatory environment:

  • On Monday 25th May, Victoria announced the requirement for State sport associations to develop and submit to an expert panel a COVID Return to Play Plan. VicSport has also released a Return to Sport checklist that associations and clubs can use that sets out a range of essential business and operational actions recommended to undertake when considering a return to sport.     Victorian requirements for community sport and recreation include the need to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m wherever reasonably possible, that no indoor activity may occur, and indoor recreation facilities must remain closed.  From June 22 sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.  The Victorian Government has stated that “indoor sports and those with physical contact will take longer to roll out, because of the significantly increased risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).”
  • NSW requires sports to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people, indoor sporting activities are not permitted, and indoor community or recreation facilities cannot open (specifically calling out table tennis centres as prohibited from opening). Evidence of recent changes and exemptions appear to indicate the compliance to the 1.5m distancing as an ongoing requirement for all non-family members in NSW.  Businesses such as gaming stores have been observed to be remaining closed to gaming, opening only for purchase of supplies.
  • QLD has released some of the most comprehensive information on their Return to Play plan. This includes checklists and guides for sporting clubs and organisations.  Presently in the state no indoor activity is permitted, except for pools (with restrictions to 10 people).  Non-contact community sport is planned to commence on the 12th June provided there is 1.5 metres between people.  Stage 3 is planned to commence from 10th July and maintains the stated requirement for 1.5 metres between people.
  • Western Australia has eased restrictions to Phase 2 of the WA Roadmap. Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule apply to all activities Phase 2.  The WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is yet to release updated information to supersede the fact sheet issued on the 7th May which had additional requirements relating to community sport and active recreation including implications for shared equipment, physical distancing, and even activities in private residences.  They are yet to announce specific details of Phase 3 or 4 of the WA Roadmap.  Businesses with somewhat comparable risk, such as Pot Black , remain closed due to COVID-19.
  • Tasmania has announced the state’s Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania. The Plan refers to the Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) as the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania, although the Tasmanian Government states that there will be some instances where Tasmania’s approach varies from the AIS Framework.   From June 15, indoor sport and recreation activities are planned to commence for up to 20 attendees, but there is no further guidance at this stage with respect to any additional requirements to support this such as physical distancing or elements of the AIS Framework.

Most ATFA members have participated in or organised social Table Football events in the community including club WASPAs prior to COVID-19 restrictions coming into effect.  Such events are not under the operational control of ATFA, nor should they be viewed as being endorsed by or affiliated with ATFA.  Strict penalties apply in each state for individuals found by local authorities to be in breach of the applicable state based COVID-19 regulations.  If any such fines occur these will not be covered by ATFA or the ATFA Committee.  Check for the current State COVID-19 restrictions for any applicable community sport and recreation activity.

Fundamental to the COVID-19 requirements, and the current restrictions on sport and recreation, is the protection of the health of the community.  Please take care of your own health and help to minimise the spread to those most vulnerable in the wider community.

ATFA Committee

COVID-19. A word from the ATFA President

As has been widely communicated throughout the media, the coronavirus outbreak is now a global pandemic and the number of people affected is rising fast throughout the world, including Australia.  Our thoughts are with you all and your families in what are almost unprecedented times.  I wish those directly affected a full and speedy recovery.

I know you will all be watching how fast this situation is evolving and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information and the rate of change.  I have attempted here to put together some key links to the primary sources of data of relevance to you all at work and home so that you can be informed with the right information to make decisions you may need to make for the health and safety of yourself, family and friends.  This information can also be used if you are still considering holding any table football gatherings.

Many clubs are wisely cancelling planned gatherings until the situation improves, in line with what the likes of grassroots football has now implemented via FFA.  At the request of the organisers, the Brisbane FISTF Satellite event planned for July has been cancelled.  I fully support this decision.  Whilst ATFA does not control club activity, particularly social or WASPA events, you must comply with ever evolving government-imposed restrictions on gatherings which the Prime Minister has now indicated may last for 6 months.  Many ATFA members or their direct family are in higher risk categories given their age or compromised immunity systems.  People can have the virus with little or no symptoms but transfer it to those at higher risk from the disease.  Half a game of Table Football falls within the current health definition of close contact.  With all this in mind, I personally strongly caution against any table football events being held at this point.  Members of our community are establishing a solo league for those keen to continue some level of participation in the game.  For details head to:

http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?p=5437

This is an extremely challenging time for all of us.  It is a time to look out for each other.  Be mindful of the mental health as well as physical effects on each other of the outbreak, and the potential to be distracted at work or on the road.  Many people will also be undergoing significant financial hardship and the additional stress this creates.  During this time you, your family or people you know may experience feelings of anxiety, distress and concern in relation to the COVID-19 www.beyondblue.org.au can provide support and advice, they can also help you identify other resources where you can get support.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert: Federal Government Information

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The central resource to find out how the government are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms is found at www.health.gov.au.  The government also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers on this site which is regularly updated as the situation and status of knowledge evolves.

You can find key information on topics such as:

  • how to protect yourself and others;
  • symptoms and when to get tested;
  • who to contact if you are concerned; and
  • additional advice for travellers, and health and aged care sectors.

Checklist for individuals and families

As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has a checklist to help you take steps to plan and protect the health of you and your family.  This is available online and includes guidance on:

  • Planning ahead to be ready
  • Cleaning and disinfection recommendations
  • Checklist to get your household ready
  • What to do if you are sick
  • FAQ

Football Federation Australia: COVID-19 response

The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has also made some announcements regarding the impact of COVID-19 on all levels of the code.  To stay abreast of the latest announcements, check with your local club (if you are a member) or the FFA website:

www.ffa.com.au

Whilst ATFA is not part of FFA, many of our members or their families still are active participants in football at some level.  FFA directive may also serve as useful guidance on whether to hold table football events for your local club.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Workplaces

 The Safe Work Australia website is an excellent resource to help workplaces and has been updated with a specific page to advise businesses:

www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-pcbus

Rudy Hesty adds Australian GP to his Asian Cup victory

Players from the Australian Grand Prix 2020

Players from the Australian Grand Prix 2020

The Australian Grand Prix of Table Football kicked off on Friday 7th February with players arriving for the Dinner Draw held at 1959 Bar & Grill within South Melbourne FC’s fantastic facilities.  The draw threw up a couple of candidates for the dreaded Group of Death in the Open event, but with the depth in quality there would be no easy progression to the round of 16.

Due to several players suffering from illness, the Juniors competition was reduced to a round robin competition between all competitors, and the women’ event unfortunately had to be cancelled.  All individual events were held on the Saturday, with the Club Teams and International Team friendly held on the Sunday, along with a WASPA for those players without Club Teams at the event.

JUNIOR FISTF

In the junior’s event, the clash between the top two ranked players determined the title.  Northern Falcons’ Torben Pfister claimed the title with his 2-0 win over Western Flickers’ Benjamin Ng who finished as runner up thanks to his 1-0 victory over clubmate Jayden Truter.

OPEN FISTF

Group 1 pitted top seed Bernard Lim against top ranked Central Victoria TFC Player Steve Wright and Western Flickers junior Jayden Truter.  Bernard comfortably topped the group, scoring 7 goals without reply, whilst Steve progressed thanks to a 3-0 victory over Jayden.

Group 2 drew current Asian Champion Rudy Hesty from Singapore with former European, English and Scottish Champion (plus World Cup runner up!) Michael Dent from Malaysia.  Making up the group of three was ATFA President Adrian Connolly.  The Group started with Adrian doing well to contain Rudy before succumbing to a 1-3 loss, before upsetting Michael 2-0 to progress.  Rudy narrowly accounted for Michael 1-0 to ensure he topped the group.

Group 3 was the most tightly contested.  The 3rd seed Benny Ng seemed to be cruising to the round of 16, but a 0-1 loss to North Falcons’ junior Torben Pfister in the final round saw the pair deadlocked with Northern Pheonix’s Christos Garagounis on top.  With all three players sharing 1-0 victories over each other, the 3-way head to head was deadlocked.  This meant the unfortunate Christos was relegated to 3rd place on goal difference by virtue of his smaller victory over the remaining group member, Arjuna Hanafi.

In Group 4 the clash between reigning AGP Champion Robert Green and 2018 World Cup junior Australian representative Benji Batten determine top place in the group.  The reigning champ prevailed 2-1.  Benji progressed in second place thanks to narrow victories over Italian Claudio Recinelli and Northern Pheonix’s Paul Mercer.

In Group 5 Jurong Subbuteo Club’s Vikas Chandiramani comfortably progressed with three straight wins, scoring 11 goals without conceding.  The top FISTF ranked women’s player at the event, Beth Eveleigh, progressed in second place thanks to her win over newcomer Nathan Urbaniak of Melbourne TFC who took out third place after defeating Hipfingerz’ Jeremy Simpson.

Group 6 was one of the “Groups of Death”.  Anthony Madiona had to forfeit his games due to illness, leaving Jurong SC’s Rizal Taib, Northern Falcon’s Eliot Kennedy, and Melbourne TFC’s Luke Radziminski to battle it out.  Luke started well, winning the first two games to top the group and putting his name forward as a dark horse for the title.  5th seed Eliot progressed in 2nd place with a 6-2 win over Rizal in the final group game.  Rizal can feel somewhat unlucky to have copped 10 goals in just two games by virtue of the tough group, and he would later show this by making the final of the consolation WASPA.

Group 7 pitted Australia’s Italian Tony Credentino against Singapore’s Italian Luca Maida.  Both started well with strong wins over their other two opponents – Central Victoria TFC founder Kevin Grant and Western Flickers’ newcomer Peter Benholm.  With the final clash between Tony and Luca ending 1-1 it was Luca who topped the group on goal difference.  Kevin took out third place with his 2-0 win over Peter.

In Group 8, Giuseppe Tardiota quickly established himself as the main threat to 8th seeded FISTF President Steve Dettre.  Both Giuseppe and Steve had comfortable wins over Juliette Browne and Benjamin Ng to set up the final game to decide the group.  Giuseppe took out the clash 1-0 to top the group, whilst Benjamin defeated Juliette 3-0 to finish 3rd.

The round of 16 saw several familiar clashes.  Giuseppe Tardiota was out for revenge against Adrian Connolly who defeated Giuseppe 4-1 at this stage of last year’s AGP, whilst Melbourne TFC’s Benji Batten and Luke Radziminski resumed their friendly rivalry, and the experienced Northern Falcons duo of Eliot Kennedy and Robert Green renewed acquaintances once more.  Luke and Adrian perhaps suffered a little from the long breaks after games in their small groups prior to the round of 16, but credit to Benji and Giuseppe who were both playing well by this stage and took out their clashes.  Robert Green was also looking strong in his 4-0 over clubmate Eliot.

In the other clashes, top seed Bernard Lim overcome Tony Credentino 2-1, Torben Pfister defeated Beth Eveleigh 4-0, Luca Maida defeated Steve Wright 4-1, Rudy Hesty defeated Steve Dettre 4-1, and Benny Ng narrowly took out his clash with Vikas 1-0.

The quarter finals were tight affairs, with the exception of Rudy Hesty’s 7-2 win over Benji Batten – Rudy confirming his early favouritism.  Torben beat Luca 2-1, with the junior FISTF Australian Grand Prix winner now advancing to the semi finals of the Open event.  The other two clashes went to sudden death golden goal extra time.  Benny Ng and Robert Green scored the crucial goals that took them through to the semis, with Giuseppe and Bernard bowing out.

In the semi finals, Rudy was again in ominous form, defeating Torben 5-0.  The other clash was much tighter.  Benny Ng holding on for a 1-0 win over 2019 Australian Grand Prix winner Robert Green.

This set up an all Singaporean final, meaning that for the first time a Singaporean would be taking out the title.  The final was a tight and tense affair.  Both players didn’t give an inch.  The title needed to be decided on a penalty shootout.  Rudy kept his nerves and won the shootout 3-0 to claim the 2020 Australian Grand Prix Open title.

 

Australian Grand Prix winner Rudy Hesty (left), celebrates with runner up Benny Ng

Australian Grand Prix winner Rudy Hesty (left), celebrates with runner up Benny Ng

OPEN WASPA CONSOLATION PLATE

A Consolation Plate WASPA event was held for other those competitors eliminated from their groups in the FISTF Open.  The players from the Groups of 3 were given a bye into the ¼ finals, along with the best 3rd place from the remaining groups, Christos Garagounis.  In the barrage, Benjamin Ng overcame Peter Benholm 3-0, Nathan Urbaniak beat Juliette Browne 3-1, Arjuna Hanafi beat Kevin Grant 2-1, and Claudio Recinelli defeated Jeremy Simpson 3-1.

The ¼ finals saw narrow wins for Michael Dent, Nathan Urbaniak, and Benjaim Ng.  All three won 1-0 over their respective opponents.  Razil’s clash with Claudio was a more open affair, with Razil prevailing 5-2.

The semi-finals saw Rizal narrowly defeat Nathan Urbaniak who did well to make the WASPA Plate semis in his first FISTF event.  Meanwhile Michael Dent looked good in his 3-0 win over Benjamin Ng.

The final was again a tight affair.  Michael controlled much of the tempo of the game and scored the only goal of the game to take out the title.  The result meant that the FISTF Open winner and the WASPA Consolation Winner both came from Group 2 of the FISTF Event, perhaps unofficially giving it the title of the Group of Death!

SUNDAY WASPA

On the Sunday a WASPA event was held between those players not involved in a club team.  A strong field was available.  The players were divided into two groups.  The final places were decided in a straight clash of 1st vs 1st from each group so that players could watch the final of the FISTF Club Team event.  This put added pressure on each group game, particularly in Group 2 where Giuseppe and Tony were battling it out for top spot.  Their clash finished in a 0-0 draw, meaning that Tony took out the group on goal difference to set up a title clash with Bernard Lim, who comfortable won the other group.  Both Tony and Bernard had not conceded a goal in their group games, but both had been scoring freely as well so it set up an interesting final.  Tony pushed the top FISTF ranked player at the event all the way before ultimately going down 2-3 to Bernard.

In the remaining playoffs, Giuseppe defeated Arjuna 2-1 to take out 3rd place, whilst Nathan defeated Peter 1-0 to finish 5th.

FISTF CLUB TEAMS

Six clubs contested the team event – all four Victorian clubs, plus Northern Falcons from Sydney and Jurong Subbuteo Club of Singapore.  Unfortunately, due to flight cancellations resulting in an earlier flight home than planned, Torben Pfister was not available to play for his club in the event.

In Group 1, as expected, the North Falcons progressed, their only defeats being virtue of the forfeits caused by Torben’s unavailability.  Western Flickers narrowly overcome Northern Phoenix to progress with the Falcons to the semi-finals.

In Group 2, Melbourne TFC and Jurong Subbuteo Club were too strong for Central Victoria TFC competing in their first FISTF event as a team.    The clash between Melbourne and Jurong determined top spot, with Melbourne prevailing.

In the semi-finals, the forfeited 4th tie proved too much a handicap for Northern Falcons to overcome in their narrow defeat to Jurong, whilst Melbourne proved too strong for the Western Flickers after some high scoring clashes, including Benji Batten’s 4-3 win over Adrian Connolly (after Adrian gave him a 4 goal head start early in the clash!).  The Melbourne team, with Carl Young and Peter Thomas back in its ranks, looked to be hitting its stride nicely for the final.

The final was filled with goals and drama.  Two individual contests were level at 2-2, and a narrow win to each team in the remainder meant that the teams clash progressed to golden goal extra time.  Benji Batten scored the golden goal that gave this club the title and couldn’t hide his delight!

INTERNATIONALS

Firstly, a B international friendly was held between Australia and Singapore.  Adrian Connolly, Giuseppe Tardiota, Tony Credentino and Paul Mercer were pitted against Bernard Lim, Luca Maida, Rizal Taib, and, Arjuna Hanafi, respectively.  With two individual wins each, and an equal goal difference, the friendly ended in a draw.

The A international was almost as close.  With two draws, and a win apiece, the clash was decided on goal difference.  Rudy Hesty was again the hero for Singapore, with his larger victory than that of Benji Batten giving the win to Singapore who once more prevailed over Australia in an A international.

This concluded the weekend’s event.  A big thank you to all players who competed and helped out throughout the weekend in various official and unofficial capacities to ensure the tournament delivered on expectations, and more.  Special thanks must go out to Paul Mercer for his great organisational skills, and Kevin Grant for all his heavy lifting and transporting of all the boards (as well as building them in the first place!).  We hope to see you all at future events, be it a FISTF event on the international calendar or a local WASPA.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

Registered Players List for the 2020 Australian Grand Prix

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Here is the updated list of registrations for the 2020 Australian Grand Prix to be held in Melbourne on February 8 and 9. It’s not too late to sign up and join in for our biggest tournament of the year! Register HERE 

OPEN CATEGORY

OPEN
1 Steve Wright Central Vic TFC
2 Charlotte Wright Central Vic TFC
3 Billy Wright Central Vic TFC
4 Juliette Browne Central Vic TFC
5 Kevin Grant Central Vic TFC
6 Jeremy Simpson Hipfingerz
7 Luca Maida Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
8 MOHD RIZAL TAIB Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
9 Rudy Hesty Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
10 Vikas Chandiramani Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
11 Nathan Urbaniak Melbourne TFC
12 Benji Batten Melbourne TFC
13 Arjuna Hanafi Melbourne TFC
14 Luke Radziminski Melbourne TFC
15 Torben Pfister Northern Falcons TFC
16 Robert Green Northern Falcons TFC
17 Eliot Kennedy Northern Falcons TFC
18 Stephen Dettre Northern Falcons TFC
19 Beth Eveleigh Northern Phoenix TFC
20 Paul Mercer Northern Phoenix TFC
21 Christos Garagounis Northern Phoenix TFC
22 Bernard Lim SG Lions TFC
23 Giuseppe Tardiota Sydney TFC
24 Tony Credentino Sydney TFC
25 Anthony Madiona Western Flickers TFC
26 Peter Benholm Western Flickers TFC
27 Adrian Connolly Western Flickers TFC
28 Benny Ng Western Flickers TFC
29 Benjamin Ng Western Flickers TFC
30 Jayden Truter Western Flickers TF

 

JUNIOR CATEGORY (U19)

1 Charlotte Wright Central Vic TFC
2 Billy Wright Central Vic TFC
3 Torben Pfister Northern Falcons
4 Benjamin Ng Western Flickers TFC
5 Jayden Truter Western Flickers TFC
6 Josh Tey Western Flickers TFC

LADIES CATEGORY

1 Charlotte Wright Central Vic TFC
2 Juliette Browne Central Vic TFC
3 Beth Eveleigh Northern Phoenix

TEAMS CATEGORY 

1 Melbourne TFC
2 Northern Falcons TFC
3 Western Flickers TFC
4 Jurong Central SC
5 Central Victoria TFC
6 Northern Phoenix
7 Sydney TFC

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Australia vs Singapore