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Western Invasion – A Successful Operation

 

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A total of 13 players ventured into the quiet and industrious suburb of Altona within Western Flicker’s premises and the home of Benny Ng, who kindly allowed MTFC to organise the tournament. Special mention goes to Yago Dzelalija who travelled from the Canberra especially to participate in this event.

The format was 3 groups drawn at random where Peter Thomas, Benny Ng and Luke Radziminski winning their groups respectively. The third group winner and runners up (Luke and Yago) had to play barrage round against the second placed players from the first and second group in order to proceed into the semi finals.

Luke was narrowly defeated to Benji Batten and Yago defeated Paul Mercer on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Peter Thomas then went on to defeat Yago 4-0 in the first semi final while Benny managed to defeat Benji in an intense, testosterone-fueled arm wrestle in which both players had created chances in each half.

Peter Thomas, representing MTFC then went on to comfortably defeat Western Flicker’s co-founder Benny Ng (5-1) to take home the chocolates.

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Batten Down

In other news, the ‘Wall-shelf of death’ made an appearance in the tournament picking a fight with 3 players in separate incidents on record. The alleged victims; Benji Batten and Paul Mercer sustained bruised shoulders while Luke received a cheeky head-butt that no one noticed. An effective ‘Anti MTFC’ device deployed against the MTFC invasion.

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All 13 Participants (Incl. 3 Juniors)

For more photos, they are featured in the Melbourne Table Football (Subbuteo) Club Facebook Group

Final standings
Pos Player
1 Peter Thomas
2 Benny Ng
3 Benji Batten/Yago Dzelalija
4 Benji Batten/Yago Dzelalija
5 Luke Radziminski
6 Paul Mercer
7 Adrian Connolly
8 Greg Hall
9 Benjamin Ng
10 Kevin Grant
11 Simon Briffa
12 Alex Briffa
13 Harrison Briffa

The Games

Group A
Home Score Away
Benji Batten 4 1 Alex Briffa
Peter Thomas 6 1 Kevin Grant
Kevin Grant 1 4 Benji Batten
Alex Briffa 0 0 Greg Hall
Greg Hall 1 0 Kevin Grant
Benji Batten 0 4 Peter Thomas
Peter Thomas 5 0 Greg Hall
Kevin Grant 1 0 Alex Briffa
Alex Briffa 0 4 Peter Thomas
Greg Hall 0 3 Benji Batten
Group B
Home Score Away
Paul Mercer 0 1 Benny Ng
Adrian Connolly 1 0 Harrison Briffa
Harrison Briffa 0 4 Paul Mercer
Benny Ng 2 0 Adrian Connolly
Paul Mercer 0 0 Adrian Connolly
Harrison Briffa 0 2 Benny Ng
Group C
Home Score Away
Luke Radziminski 3 0 Simon Briffa
Yago Dzelalija 1 1 Benjamin Ng
Benjamin Ng 0 3 Luke Radziminski
Simon Briffa 1 2 Yago Dzelalija
Luke Radziminski 2 0 Yago Dzelalija
Benjamin Ng 1 1 Simon Briffa
Consolation round
Home Score Away
Adrian Connolly 1 0 Benjamin Ng
Benjamin Ng 1 1 Greg Hall
Greg Hall 1 1 Adrian Connolly
Consolation Semi-Finals
Home Score Away
Simon Briffa 3 0 Alex Briffa
Kevin Grant 2 0 Harrison Briffa
12th/13th place Play-off
Home Score Away
Alex Briffa 0 0 Harrison Briffa
Consolation Final (10th/11th place Play-off)
Home Score Away
Simon Briffa 0 2 Kevin Grant
Barrage round
Home Score Away
Luke Radziminski 0 1 Benji Batten
Paul Mercer 0 0 Yago Dzelalija
5th/6th place Play-off
Home Score Away
Luke Radziminski 1 0 Paul Mercer
Semi-Finals
Home Score Away
Peter Thomas 4 0 Yago Dzelalija
Benny Ng 2 0 Benji Batten
3rd/4th place Play-off
Home Score Away
Yago Dzelalija  X  X Benji Batten
Final
Home Score Away
Peter Thomas 5 1 Benny Ng

Melbourne July WASPA 2016 Report

Participation rate is slowly growing back for MTFC with a total of 6 players entering in a round robin format. 2 new faces entered the Brighton scene, with Kevin Grant and Adrian Connolly coming along from Western Flickers. The mysterious Adrian who Benny had praised from Benny in their previous social meetings in the West had showcased his skills after returning to the subbuteo competitive scene since he last played 20 years ago. He finished 2nd out of 6 and played a very tight game against Luke Radziminski in a 1-0 losing effort, however he had Luke on the back foot a couple of times and was unfortunate to not score a goal after some quick dribbling plays into the scoring zone only for the keeper to save from some quick reflexes. Adrian and Christos drew 0-0 however with Adrian defeating Kevin and Christos drawing with Kevin, this became the ultimate decider between 2nd and 3rd placings.

Controversy occurred between Luke’s and Christos’ fixture. Due to the Melbourne cultural atmosphere of leniency on small fouls and errors, where they have being ignored in the WASPA circuit, there was a moment where Christos had encouraged Luke to play on from his own error in which instantly resulted in a goal. Christos knew he immediately regretted this decision and had forced Luke to go into hiding for a week after rumours have emerged that Gate 21 from AEK Athens have arrived in Melbourne in search of the Polish-Australian president. After this report has been posted, he had abruptly left Melbourne to stay off the grid but it was reported he had set up camp out in the bushes of a remote town called Wagga Wagga.

Other participants did enjoy their day and showed signs of improvement as we approach the International Open in September. Western Flickers will now be hosting a WASPA event in Altona at the Laverton Bowls club on the 20th of August. It is expected to be much larger turnout thanks to Benny’s work of spreading the message through his network, where we had seen a significant growth of newcomers from the West attending previous Altona events to experiment the game. There are signs that does show that they are willing to return for more games. Exciting times ahead in Victoria.

Report by Luke Radziminski

Round 1
Christos 0-0 Kevin
Adrian 1-0 Beth
Luke 3-0 Adam
Round 2
Luke 4-0 Kevin
Christos 0-0 Adrian
Adam 0-0 Beth
Round 3
Kevin 0-1 Adam
Luke 1-0 Adrian
Christos 1-0 Beth
Round 4
Luke 3-0 Beth
Adrian 4-0 Kevin
Chris 1-0 Adam
Round 5
Luke 2-0 Christos
Beth 3-0 Kevin
Adrian 1-0 Adam

 

Standings W D L GF GD PTS
1 Luke Radziminski 5 0 0 13 13 15
2 Adrian Connolly 3 1 1 6 5 10
3 Christos Garagounis 2 2 1 2 0 8
4 Beth Eveleigh 1 1 3 3 -2 4
5 Adam Deverell 1 1 3 1 -4 4
6 Kevin Grant 0 1 4 0 -12 1
Winner of the tournament: Luke Radziminski

Winner of the tournament: Luke Radziminski

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Beth Eveleigh (Right) v Adrian Connolly (Left)

Beth Eveleigh (Left) v Adrian Connolly (Right)

Christos (Left) v Keving Grant (Right)

Christos (Left) v Kevin Grant (Right)

Adam (Right) in a friendly battle with his son, Aidan

Adam (Right) in a friendly battle with his son, Aidan

Adrian Connolly in action

Adrian Connolly in action

Melbourne’s Upcoming July WASPA Tournament

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Last 2 sessions, Luke Radziminski has taken first place in Melbourne, will there be anyone to stop his winning streak and break through his iron curtain?

Meanwhile, we have a potential new player coming down to this event and few newcomers interested in returning for another subbuteo session. A mixture of experienced and new players, the active players will be there to help out and teach the game in a friendly and mature environment for anybody wanting to have a go or suss out what the fuss is all about.

For Facebook event, click here.