Thursday, 30 March 2017

Second trophy for Miguel Zahra

On March 19 eight players met for a WASPA tournament in Attard? mata. Miguel Zahra defeated Nigel Spiteri in the final (3-1) while Sven Zahra and Joseph Agius reached the semi-finals. Congratulations to Attard SC for the youth development project.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Rik Bland wins again in Brisbane

Sunday the 26th of March,
Flick Off 9 am.  Woody Pointe club house.

A very, very warm day in SE Qld saw just six brave the heat for some flickin fun. A straight forward league would be played with the top two playing a grand final.
As always seems to be the case, last months finalists had to face each other in the first round, Rik had found Gus's weakness, and with devastating effect. Three dodgy shots trickled in as the expected thunder shot was being saved (the keeper frantically palming away the expected shot whilst actually watching the ball trickle over the line). Rik did manage a real cracker amongst the his four, and Gus got a couple of good goals back but the damage was done. So Rik started the day as he meant to go on, with a comfortable 3 points. Wil and Andrew played out a goalfest, with Andrew winning 8-5.
The second round had all the local rivalries in one go. Wil beating his brother James 3-1 with a couple of pitch invasions to be dealt with. The Sunshine Coast rivalry between Andrew and Gus saw the latter win 3-0. The Brisbane derby saw Rik take all three points from Giuseppe with a close 2-1 win.
The big game of round 3 was a very close and hard fought battle which ended all square, with Andrew and Giuseppe scoring 2 a piece.
Round 4's big game witnessed Gus go into a staggering 3-0 lead against Giuseppe, which Gus maintained till half time. Giuseppe has a great record of comebacks against Gus, and 3-0 didn't seem enough to the Newcastle man. Sure enough, not long into the second half Giuseppe broke and efficiently pulled one back. Gus though dug in, and refused to let the lead slip away. In the end Giuseppe could just not get the goals and the game finished 3-1 to a very relieved Gus, this securing at least 2nd spot.
Round 5 had the Andrew v Rik game, Andrew would really like to beat Rik, and this time he came no where near. Rik routing the Rovers fan 5-0.
So Rik topped the table with a 100% 15 points. Gus runner up with 12 points. Andrew 4th to Giuseppe by goal difference.
The Final, for the 3rd month in a row was played out between Rik and Gus.
Gus had given his goalkeeper a good work out after the round one game and felt almost confident going into the final. Rik seemed to be cruising and was playing very well, and had to be the firm favourite.
After 3 minutes Rik had the lead, which was doubled after 6. Two nil down Gus found an inner strength and fought all the way, hitting the metalwork twice and certainly having the majority of attacks, but Rik's stoic defending saw him win back to back trophies. Another good final, and a worthy winner.
Another great day, some great goals and a fair bit of good banter, not to mention Giuseppe's awesome lunch and hospitality.

(Report by Giuseppe Tardiota)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Magic of the Cup in Melbourne

On sunday 19 March Melbourne Table Football Club hosted its biggest ever waspa tournament- the MTFC FA Cup.

Using a swiss system, 15 players battled it out at the 15th Brighton Scout hall with each player representing an english club.

In the Open category Peter Thomas representing Hartletpool United was victorious with Benjamin Ng as Manchester United taking out the Juniors.

Many thanks to all for coming and playing in a great spirit and particularly to Kevin Grant for his fantastic work helping get 7 (yes seven!) boards set up in the venue.

Join us for our next event on Saturday April 29- the FISTF Satellite of Melbourne/Victorian Championship. Contact if interested

(Report by Benji Batten)

Monday, 27 March 2017

Spyros Stratoudakis wins the Champion's League

The Greek club of Flaming Flickers has always creative ideas to promote the game and to organize fantastic tournaments. In recent weeks, the Flaming Flickers held a real Champion's league with a total of 32 teams. The tournament was very special as the group stage was played in home and away games. Some groups were very close to decide the qualified teams for the second round. From the last 16 round to the semi-finals, home and away games decided the winners. In the end, Spyros Stratoudakis won the big final against Vassilis Dragossis by a single goal (1-0). Nikos Psomiadis and Yannis Bougiouris reached the semi-finals. Congratulations to the Flaming Flickers for a great achievement!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Chris Kaberry wins in North Shields

Another tight and tense mini tournament was held in North Shields last night, hosted by current WASPA Cup holder Nigel Lamond.

Three very closely fought games were played out with Chris and Dave both edging the host narrowly by 1 - 0 in the first two. The final and deciding game was dominated in the main by Chris who missed some really good chances to take the lead and extend it. Dave made some great saves and was always dangerous on the break. Chris had a great chance with three minutes to go but hit the bar.  A tense shootout followed with Dave taking the lead and Chris scoring twice to move ahead 2-1. Dave tipped off the keeper and bar with his final shot.  These mini tournaments in Shields are very competitive and excellent practice for both playing and refereeing. More groups and clubs should try it.  Thanks to Nigel for hosting and for the tea, coffee and biscuits.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A good evening of Subbuteo in Pecq

A few days after the Templeuve tournament, the neighboring club of "Warcoing Ducks" was hosting another WASPA event in their premises of Pecq. 10 players were attending with this time a group stage and then a second group stage to decide places 1 to 10. Vincent Coppenolle won the decisive game against Geoffrey Marain (2-1) to claim his 8th WASPA title.

The next tournament in the Western part of Belgium will be the Easter Cup to be played on April 11 in Templeuve.

The final standings of the tournament are as follows:
1. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
2. Geoffrey Marain (Flickers Milano)
3. Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai)
4. Franck Santer (FRA/-)
5. Eric Caillaux (FRA/Templeuve)
6. Christophe Bourgeois (Templeuve)
7. Benjamin Marain (SC Warcoing Ducks)
8. Corentin Leroy (SC Warcoing Ducks)
9. Enzo Leroy (SC Warcoing Ducks)
10. Céline Marain (SC Warcoing Ducks)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Marco Bonciani best of 21 in Firenze

The club of Firenze was holding the first tournament of their season on Monday with this time an amazing field of 21 players. Organizers were very happy to meet players from Livorno, Pisa, Breda Pistoia and Versilia 2002. There was a lot of game but in the end, Marco Bonciani remained on top as he defeated Alessandro Toni in the final. Mirko Masini and Luca Salvadori were the semi-finalists. Gabriele Casati won the consolation tournament!

Thanks to the club of Firenze for being the most active Italian club in the WASPA circuit!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Jeremy Bradley wins in Harrow

Lee Fenton vs Adam Kushner during the tournament
The FISTF Satellite of Harrow took place last week-end and it was another good tournament. A plate tournament was played under WASPA banner and Kent Invicta's Jeremy Bradley defeated Paul Andreas (Harrow Hawks) in the final. Congratulations to Jeremy for playing some great Subbuteo while he was also organizing the tournament.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

TFAS CUP Plates Event

Plates players with TFAS President, Kok Wee, in the center
The Group games of the FISTF International Open TFAS CUP 2017 saw a few upsets and tight battles between opponents.

14 players were knocked out after the group games of the TFAS CUP 2017. However, they could still battle it out for the Consolation Plate prize in this Plates WASPA Event.

The top 2 out of the 14 players who had the most points from the group games earlier qualified straight into the Plates quarterfinals. The remaining 12 players would fight for the 6 remaining quarterfinal spots in the Plates barrage round.

After a tense quarterfinal and semi-final which followed soon after, Nic Tan and a young Isaac Lim managed to fight their way to the Plates Final.

People would have expected a much more experienced Nic to win over his much younger opponent with his strategic and precise play. However, Isaac exceeded all expectations and managed to win the final 1-0. Well done!

(Report by Anas Bin Rahamat)

The Bratwurst Cup for Hermann Kruse

What is our sport all about? Is it trophies, big rooms, lots of players? Or is it a few friends getting together, having some matches, a lot of laughs, enjoying the fundamentals of the game, a few beers and some great sausages!!! There's a place for the former at the elite level, but for the majority of times, the latter leaves a better feeling. A great little tournament was staged for Northern Falcons players courtesy of Hermann Kruse, who dubbed it the first Bratwurst Cup! A night of sausages, beer and table football. What more could you ask for on a rainy Friday night? Steve and Jonty, and Hermann and Simon opened the night, with Steve slightly rattled by the thunderbolt shooting of Jonty. Despite leading twice, Jonty kept him on his toes before Steve won 3-2. Hermann was thwarted by some acrobatic saves by Simon, but edged the match 1-0. Neil hadn't flicked 'competitively' for a while, and despite gradually getting his flicking back, went down 3-0 to Steve, while Hermann started to strengthen his grip on the title with a 3-0 win over Jonty, then Neil got his mojo back with a 1-0 win over Simon. Steve and Hermann battled to a 0-0 draw, and Neil beat Jonty 1-0. When Steve was held 1-1 by Simon, after a cracking chip from Simon from close range, it was all for Hermann to claim the cup, which he did when he beat Neil 3-0.

A great night, and what better souvenir from the evening than a couple of Bratwurst each!!!

(Report by Steve Dettre)