Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Joseph Luis Sanchez wins in Gibraltar

The FISTF Open of Gibraltar took place this week-end. The event was exciting with a great field of players and many top players from Spain taking part. Just like last season, organizers decided to have a WASPA tournament during the week-end. Jose Luis Sanchez (Europa FC TSC) defeated clubmate Jonathan Dotto in the final, offering a victory to Gibraltar. Miguel Ángel Matabuena (FM La Plazoleta) and Manuel Romero (Europa FC TSC) made it to the semi-finals. Congratulations to everyone and huge thanks to John Field for his support to the WASPA circuit. Good luck to the Gibraltar association as they will host the FISTF world cup in September 2018 and the work to prepare a fantastic tournament is already in progress.

Brendan Rodgers is a Donegal champion

Donegal Subbuteo in the Republic of Ireland had a small tournament on Saturday with three players meeting each other twice. In the end, Brendan Rodgers (see picture) took the honors with 10 points while Gary McLaughlin was runner-up (5 points) and Ciaran Rodgers took the third place (1).

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A 9th WASPA title for Bevin Reed

Saturday 14 October 2017, Pretoria, South Africa:
The 2017 edition of the League 2 Cup attracted a field of 12 entries, including debutant Chris Abrahamse visiting from the Centurion area of our province.
The event started with an exciting match between 2016 League 2 winner Bevin Reed and Kegan vd Merwe with Bevin registering a 1-0 win. Further Round 1 action
saw Gary Downs (Easterns TFC) record a 3-0 win over Sherwin Reed to lead the standings. Then, with only 2 minutes into his debut match Chris Abrahamse stunned Conway Julie to take a 1-0 lead, but after digging deep Conway levelled the match 6 minutes later - thereby avoiding a massive upset!
The pick of Round 2 matches saw an exciting match between Jayden vd Merwe and Gary Downs - with Jayden taking the lead and Gary getting an equaliser midway through the game, but with only 40 seconds left Jayden struck again to hand Gary his only defeat of the day.
Round 3 produced the match of the day between Chessray Jooste and Gary Downs - a round of applause sounded at the final whistle as the two players ended a 2-2 draw. Elsewhere, the impressive Stanton Nortjie beat Kegan vd Merwe by 1-0 to go into 2nd place on the standings!
In Round 4 action, Chessray & Jayden played out another thrilling 1-1 draw - the result not helping either's cause as Jayden had to settle for 3rd place overall & Chessray got the 4th spot.
Kegan then beat Julian vd Merwe by 1-0, but Julian got 5th place due to a superior goal difference over Kegan. Bevin's 1-0 victory over Marlin Boyd was a mere formality as Bevin had already secured the title as early as Round 3 - thanks to his dominant goal difference. Stanton continued his unbeaten run on the day by way of a 1-0 victory over Chris to clinch a surprising but well deserved second place. Imtiaz Ahmed then held the much fancied Gary Downs to a 0-0 draw, and Sherwin ended his day with a 1-0 victory over Conway.
A great day of Subbuteo action all round, with plenty of goals scored - with Bevin Reed lethal in front of goal, an effort which saw Bevin capture his 9th WASPA title to date!

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Singapore Premier League: October 2017 results

League day 8 was the second last session for Singapore Table Football League 2017. Eventhought 5 players came, the players field were fill with recent Champions, notably Vikas; winner of Australian Satellite tournament in Perth & Bernard Lim; winner of last month IO tournament in Sydney. With current form on their side the 2 players were ready to out play local champions Anas & Rudy plus seasoned veteran Rizal T.

A round robin format was adopted, with each players playing 4 games.

1st Round
Rudy edging out Bernard 2-0 with the latter adopting the “Cheeky” Off Side trap (which  was never seen done before by him). On a few occasions the COS worked perfectly but alas his finishing let him down.
Anas again showed why he is Asian No.1, with his deadly finishing to register a comfortable 4-0 win against Rizal. 

Round 2
Vikas was next against Rudy. Time & time again Vikas long flick shot trademark shots missed his mark & frustration got into his play. Rudy capitalised on this & ran out 4-0 winners.

Bernard vs Anas. Anas scored 1st but Bernard, fresh from his overseas win scored twice n kept the score at 2-1 till the final 3 minutes of full time. Nerves got to Bernard with Anas equalising with less then a minute & 1/2 to go. To add insult to injury, Bernard’s goalkeeper broke his arm hence a late substitution had to be made. With seconds left, Anas pushed for the last attack.. His attacking player got into the shooting area & with a delicate chip over the keeper, Anas scored .. final score Bernard 2 Anas 3.

Round 3
Vikas vs Anas. Again, Vikas took the game to Anas but the goalpost & some great goal keeping kept Vikas at bay. With quick precision & hard pressing Anas again came up tops & registered a 2-0 win.

Bernard vs Rizal T. Both players need victory to put pressure on the leaders & both did not disappoint. An all out assault by both players saw the score seesawing. However, Bernard took control with the 3rd & 4th goal to kill off Rizal’s attack. Final score Bernard 4 Rizal 3.

Round 4
Rudy vs Anas. Both having 100% winning squared up & within a minute of play, Rudy’s flick blunder resulted in a goal by Anas. Rudy chased the game & got the equaliser by mid game play but again Anas scored with a counter attack to take a 2-1 lead. Just before the break the score was tied 2-2 with Rudy scoring a perfect long distance flick which ball chipped over the keeper & into goal. In the 2nd half, both players went at each other but luck favoured Rudy who managed to score 2 more goals to end the score 4-2.

Vikas vs Rizal T. Both veterans played a fast paced game but Vikas shooting was more clinical hence winning 4-0.

Final Round
Rudy won 4-0 against Rizal T hence wrapping up the Oct title but his win was overshadowed by the battle of the recent overseas winners....Vikas vs Bernard. Apart from bragging rights the league final placing of 3rd & 4th were still up for grabs. Both players needed the win & both played their offensive game. Alas, Bernard outscored Vikas by 2 with Vikas scoring a late goal to end the game 2-1.

Oct Session Table
1st - Rudy - 4 wins
2nd - Anas - 3 wins
3rd - Bernard - 2 wins
4th - Vikas - 1 win
5th - Rizal

Join us again in November for TFAS league. With one more session to go & only marginal points separating the top 2 the final session could yet be the best one.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A good day of play in North Wales

London Road Subbuteo Club held a WASPA event on Sunday called the "Sychdyn Cup". It was the first WASPA regional event of the season for LRSC, just a few weeks after the successful event played with advanced rules. Local players were joined by Manchester TFC new player Ollie Beckett and a league format was played to give every players 5 games. Brian Daley ended on top of the table while Yani Kelly was runner-up. Cayne Matthews was 3rd, Dave Kelly 4th, Ruby Matthews 5th and Ollie Beckett took the 6th place but enjoyed the day and gained a lot of experience.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Subbuteo party at the Overtime Festival

Last Sunday the club of Macerata (Italy) organized a tournament with old rules during the "Overtime Festival", a festival for the books and sports ethics. 8 players were taking part, playing a group stage so that everyone had 7 games and then semi-finals and finals. Alberto Gagliardi defeated Mario Marcolini in the final to win the tournament. Daniele Tombolini, an international football referee, presented the trophies to the winners. Congratulations to Alberto and the Macerata boys for their great efforts to promote old rules within the WASPA circuit.

A first tournament in Nevada City

The weekend of Oct 6-8, a WASPA Promotional tournament was scheduled by the California TSC, to welcome long-time flickers to compete in an official rules competition.  Nevada City, California provided a perfect weekend for outdoor play! The competition was balanced and many matches displayed excellent skill. Varant Kurkeyerian edged out Al deKelaita for the Open title. In a U6 friendly, Leif Bloomstrand showed off his ability and is destined to be a future flicker! 

a BIG Thank you to Rob Kassis and his lovely wife, Wendy for being wonderful hosts on their beautiful property!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Gianfranco Grahonja wins in Trieste

There was another wonderful Subbuteo evening at "Trieste Trasporti" last Friday with the sixth edition of the Trieste WASPA Cup. Games were played on the four playing fields, while in the background it was possible to see the images of Italy's massive draw against Macedonia. After the group stage that decided the finalists in the very last session, a worthy final was played between Gianfranco Grahonja and Furio Segnani. Gianfranco took advantage, then Furio equalized two minutes before the end and while already paying attention to the extra-tima, Gianfranco doubled with a delightful land shot and won the cup. In third place came the unbeaten Vito Truglio, punished in the group by a draw against Dawor. Congratulations to all the participants!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Cape Town Tokai Challenge

Grant, Clinton, Angus & John
Sunday 1st October saw another fun afternoon’s play in Cape Town. As there were only four players, a round-robin format was used, with everyone playing each other twice. All agreed that playing each player twice (albeit in slightly shorter games than normal) made it more interesting.
Many thanks to Grant Lewis Physiotherapy for use of their great venue.

Grant v John 0-1 1-1
Angus v Clinton 0-1 1-2
Grant v Clinton 0-3 0-3
John v Angus 0-1 1-3
Angus v Grant 1-0 0-0
John v Clinton 2-0 1-1

Played / Won / Lost / Drawn / GF / GA / Points
Clinton 6, 4, 1, 1, 10, 4, 13
Angus 6, 3, 2, 1, 6, 4, 10
John 6, 2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 8
Grant 6, 0, 4, 2, 1, 9, 2

Friday, 6 October 2017

Flavio Riccomagno winner in Chile

Enrique López vs Fernando López

Rodrigo López, Enrique López, Fernando López, Ignacio López and Flavio Riccomagno
Last Sunday a little subbuteo tournament was held in Viña del Mar, Chile. It was a great tournament with many close games. Flavio Riccomagno took the honors with 2 wins and 2 draws in a group of 5 players. Ignacio López reported things are moving in Chile and there might be another tournament soon with more players involved.