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ATFA Merchandise – 2024 Edition

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ATFA Merch Sales close this Sunday!
Hi all, I will be placing the order with Konqa first thing on Monday morning, meaning this is the last week to place an order for any of this beautiful ATFA gear.
In the comments below I have listed the current status of orders to show how just a few more orders can help ensure costs come down for each item (meaning ATFA can break even/ possibly order extra), and most importantly that we can actually get all the items produced.
If you have any questions send me a message, particularly if you are an overseas player who would like something!
Cheers!

AGFA Cup 24 open for all!

The latest edition of the AGFA Cup will be staged on Sunday, May 5 at the Willoughby Park Bowling Club.
With a start time of 10am for flick-off at 11am, we expect proceedings to be finished by 4pm.
The event will be staged with large groups (of 6), playing each other once, before the knock out phase.
We will also have a youth event, for players of school age. Already we have 3 entries and would love more.
Match are played as 15 minute ‘lightning’ matches. The action is fast and furious.

The Club itself has a bistro and a bar. Bar access to restricted to those over 18.
There is plenty of parking onsite.
The club’s address is 13 Robert Street, Willoughby.

Anyone who wants to attend, please email us at northern.falcons.76@gmail.com
We would appreciate the heads up so we can plan the competition software and know how many boards to set up on the day.

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World Cup 2024 Selection Process

As outlined in early 2023, the selection process for players wishing to represent Australia at the 2024 FISTF World Cup in Tunbridge Wells, England in September is as follows:

The first placement in the Open, Junior and Women’s categories will be the top FISTF ranked player, who nominates, in each category. For Veterans, the top ranked Open category player eligible for veterans, who nominates, will be selected.

The second place in each category will be determined at a National Championship, with the national champions of each category selected.

The FISTF rankings from the end of February 2024 will be used to determine the highest ranked nominating players in each respective category.

The Australian Table Football Association would also like to have a team in as many of the categories as possible. Up to eight players can be nominated for a team.

If you would like to nominate to represent the ATFA at the World Cup, please fill out the nomination form below. Once the number of nominees in each category is known the ATFA will determine if, where and when the National Championship will take place. Cutoff date for nominations will be 48 hours after FISTF’s world rankings for March are released in the first week of March.

A week has passed since the Australian Grand Prix, and while it wasn’t the biggest we have held, it certainly had a great vibe.
It was a tough event in some regards, with the heat across both days being especially draining, and some of the best players in Australia thrown in together with Singapore’s Vikas Chandiramani, and our cousins from across the ditch in New Zealand.
As Adrian Elmer said elsewhere on the web, the World Ranking system and the Aussies in it, threw up some interesting clashes.

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A huge thanks to all those in the LOC who helped out: Adrian Elmer and his fantastic design skills, school-teacher voice and head referee duties with Eliot; Adrian & Katelyn Grunbach, ably helped by Johnny Ball and Jonty Brener to decorate the venue as best we could; Eliot and Jonty taking the lead with table set-up, again helped by whoever was free; the Hipfingerz and Sydney guys for being there to assist (special thanks to Tony for his coffee machine!!)

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A special mention to Adrian G who sourced sponsorship from ASICS for vouchers for the winners of the three individual categories. A huge thanks to ASICS.

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We also had fantastic support from Sydney FC who provided a voucher for Sydney FC home match — and despite our best efforts, Adrian Elmer declined the award, and it was given to the Vagabonds Hipsters who played in the team event — Geoff Sirmai, Greg Werner, Louie Dettre and Jonny Ball. Lucky they’re all Sydney fans.

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Another award was made by the LOC to the youngest player who stayed the course and played across both days: Tim Phokos, who was given the Futbol Cult voucher. Many thanks to Anthony Siokos for his donation.

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One of the unheralded (on the weekend) stars was Louie, who put in another huge effort to run the streaming, despite some glitches here and there because of the vagaries of the internet. The lure of the green pitch was too much and he played on Sunday. Thanks to Geoff, Benji and Tony for assisting with commentary in the latter phase of Saturday.

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And where would we be without Paul Mercer who worked like a trojan to fix some issues with the results spreadsheet, which let us run the tournament.
The action on the table was very dramatic.
Peter Thomas claimed back to back AGP titles, but was pushed all the way in the semifinal by clubmate Benji Batten, and was taken to extra time in the final by Rob Green before scoring a dramatic golden goal.
Each group had its own dramatic scores. In Group One, young Tim Phokos caused a major upset by beating Nick Brill 1-0, but was unlucky not to progress because of goal difference. Nick then went on to make the semi finals.
In Group 2, Frank Cozzarin got the wins that mattered despite a 6-0 loss to Eliot Kennedy, and moved to the Round of 16.
Group 3 saw Kostas Barbaris come back from a long hiatus to also get the points to make the next phase, while in Group 4, Adrian Connolly overcame Adrian Grunbach to move on.
Greg Werner benefitted from regular game play to make it out of Group 5, while Adrian Elmer upset the form book by topping group 6 after a 2-0 win against Daniel Lombard.  In Group 7, Steve Dettre also surprised seeded player Fabrizio Coco with a 2-1 win.
In Group 8, Benji started well with a 2-0 win against Rob Green, but both ended up qualifying for the Rd of 16.
In the women’s event, Beth Eveleigh stamped her authority with a 4-0 win against debutante Katherine Patten, while Imojjen Elmer kept pace with her, the title only being decided on goal difference to Beth.

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In the U16 event, Katelyn showed the benefits of regular matches at the Falcons to take the crown.
In the Open knock out rounds, the two surprises were the elimination of Eliot Kennedy by Rob Green, and Nick Brill shrugging off his slow start to the day by beating Steve Dettre in extra time.
In the quarterfinals, Benji beat Vikas and Nick kept powering on with a win against Luke Radziminski.

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Green looked to be hitting his straps with a 4-0 win against Nick in the semis, whole Peter had a real fight against Benji before coming out 3-2 winner.

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In the final, Peter came back from being 0-1 at the break, to equalise and then take the title with a golden goal in extra time.

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ATFA AGM 2023

The 2023 ATFA AGM was held on Sunday 19th November.  The minutes are now available for review by those unable to attend.  The incoming Committee are:

– President: Adrian Connolly

– Vice President: Peter Thomas

– Secretary: Eliot Kennedy

– Treasurer: Nathan Urbaniak

– Ordinary Committee Members: Adrian Elmer, Luke Radziminski, Giuseppe Tardiota

We would like to thank outgoing Secretary Steve Wright for his service on the committee over recent years.  We welcome the addition of Nathan Urbaniak to the Committee for the first time, and thank the other members for continuing in roles on the committee.

The AGM agreed that a small membership fee will be reintroduced for 2024.  This is required in the longer term to cover the costs of the association.  More information on that to follow soon, along with the process to apply for some of the modest funds available from ATFA to aid the growth of the game, particularly equipment for the development of new and emerging clubs.

ATFA AGM 2023 Minutes

Australian Grand Prix Registration

agp 2024 800pxThe 2024 Australian Grand Prix is coming! It will be held in Sydney at the Willoughby Park Bowling Club, 13 Robert Street, Willoughby NSW 2068.
The event will begin with the traditional Dinner/Draw on Friday, 2nd February, at the club’s Willows Bistro. The competition will be held on 3rd & 4th February.
Individual Events (Open, U20, U16, Women) are planned for Saturday:
Opens: 9am start
U20, U16, Women’s: 1:30pm start

Club Teams (Open, Youth, Women) on Sunday.

There may also be other events on Friday afternoon after set-up, and Sunday, including a ‘Travellers Cup’ for those not participating in a Teams event.

Entry:
Open: $13 per person
Youth (tournaments to be determined based on final entries): Free
Women: Free

Team: $17 per team (payable by team captain)
Youth Team event (depending on entries): Free
Women (depending on entries): Free

Dinner on Friday 2nd February is $15 per person. Food will be Halal and Vegan friendly. Please indicate on this form if other dietary requirements or allergies need to be considered as it will be a canape style set menu event.
Drinks are NOT included but can be purchased at the event as the club has a full bar.
A buffet dinner will be available on Saturday night for $15 per person.
Tickets for non-players to the Friday Dinner/Draw event or the Saturday Dinner are also available. Places should be prebooked for this.
Willows will be open for participants and spectators to purchase food and beverages on site during both days and on Sunday night if needed.

Payments can be made via EFT to the following account:
Account Name: Northern Falcons TFC
BSB: 062-692
Account No.: 4524 0944

OR

PayPal to:
info@ozflick.net

Please put your name and ‘AGP2024’ in the reference description to identify your payment.

Registrations close 23:59, Friday 26th January 2024.
Full payment is required for registration to be considered complete (unless prior arrangements are made in the case of players traveling from overseas).

Format of the tournament will follow FISTF requirements for the final number of registered players.
All boards will use ExtremeWorks pitches and goals.
As per FISTF regulations, players may normally play in only one category at each tournament, unless the number of registered players makes it possible for the organiser to allow players to compete in two categories. This will be decided once registrations are closed.

All players will be required to have two teams which have contrasting colours (discs) to aid with the live streaming and recording of matches. If you do not wish to have your match streamed, please alert the organisers on the day.
A FISTF appointed Equipment Controller wlll conduct a random equipment check on figures/bases.

Please register below.

2024 ATFA Committee Nominations

At 5pm (AEDT), Sunday November 19, 2023, 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 2024 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. Having a voice on the Committee is a great way for the different clubs and regions around the country to be heard in decisions that ATFA needs to make from time to time.

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 2023 season were free. All Members of the 2022 season were automatically rolled over as Members for the 2023 season.

The Committee consists of 7 people. Generally, 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), Saturday October 28, 2023
Voting (if required) : 12:01am (AEDT) Monday October 30 – 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday, November 12, 2023

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 (Western Flickers TFC)

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.
current member – Peter Thomas (Melbourne TFC)

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 (Northern Falcons TFC)

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 (Western Flickers TFC)

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee Advisor (General) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.
current members – Adrian Elmer (Western Sydney Subbuteo), Luke Radziminski (Melbourne TFC), Giuseppe Tardiota (Brisbane TFC)

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.