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)

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Brian Daley still reigns in Drury

Last Sunday London Road SC held their 5th tournament with 7 players in a league playing each other once. brian daley took the honors while Richard Stock was runner-up but organizers were glad to see two young players, Yani Kelly (12 years old) and Ruby Matthews (7 years old) doing very well against older players. The next London Road SC event should be held on April 30. Details to be confirmed soon.

Monday, 20 March 2017

McNulty edges Connolly in gripping style

On a Wednesday evening we staged an extra tournament to welcome Adrian Connolly(Western Flickers) from the Western suburbs of Melbourne in a four man format with a one game league structure and then straight Semi-Finals up at the Club House in Morangup. Adrian is currently 2nd in his clubs league just behind Bennido so he arrived with a good pedigree behind him and was in great spirits during the car journey with Ross Mcnulty in the 45min journey, along the way we stopped for some dinner and the bottle O named Gidgy Grog gave Adrian particular amusement. After the lads Chris Thorn and Hugh Best welcomed us we then began our night with the first games which pitted Mcnulty against Thorn, a tight defensive match ensued but Mcnulty edged the game after lobbing the keeper with a chip shot from just inside the shooting area a minute into the second half after piling on the pressure with high possession, Thorn tried his best but couldnt fashion a chance as Mcnulty remained water tight giving nothing away and triumphing 1-0. In the other game Best faced Connolly and again a tight match was played out with Connolly creating the better chances and midway through the 2nd half he tucked away a fine finish to end Hughs brave resistance and pick up a 1-0 win over the Perth lad who had spent the last weekend in Singapore competing in a Tournament over there and finishing 4th. In the 2nd set of games Mcnulty faced Best but both players had huge issues with their players sticking doggedly to the pitch which seemed to be playing very badly, luckily we have the Extremeworks pitches replacing the old ones soon and this was evident in a dire 1st half with possession being given away frequently as a direct result of the pitch problems. Mcnulty changed his Radical HW side at half time in favour of the Arrows LW and in the second half snook away with the game as he banged in 2 goals midway through the 2nd half with Best not able to get back in the game after a gallant effort yet again. on the other table Thorn played Connolly but it was Adrian who struck first blood with a cracking goal that came from a few quick flicks that opened Chris's back line up, it stayed 1-0 at HT but minutes into the second half he was 2-0 after a thunderous finish after another well worked move down the right flank involving 2 players and although Thorn tried to respond it was all in vain as Connolly made it 3 to put the game to bed and snare the top spot on goal difference after the first 2 games everybody had played. Into the 3rd and final League games the much anticipated top of the table clash pitted Mcnulty against Connolly and the game lived up to the pre match hype as Connolly started by putting Mcnulty firmly under pressure but the defensive flicks were constantly bailing him out just when Connolly looked set to create the shooting opportunity. 5mins in and Mcnulty broke down the right with two player and after entering the shooting zone he duly despatched a clinical finish which had Connolly knocking the goals out of place as the ball nestled in the mini onion bag. Again Connolly kept coming at Mcnulty but yet again defence prevailed and yet another break came with another fine finish put him 2-0 up at HT. In the second half Connolly and Mcnulty continued their attack minded tactics but Mcnulty put the game to bed with a well worked low shot that had Connolly's keeper grasping at thin air and 3-0 it finished, it really could of been a lot closer in all honesty. Thorn faced Best in the final group game to see who could sew up the 3rd spot and again Hugh put up another great effort and had the lion share of possession against Chris but after a goalless first half the game opened up in the 2nd half with both players going close minutes apart, it was Thorn though who got the vital break through after a move down the left opened up Bests rapidly improving defence, the keeper got a big touch from the resulting shot but couldnt do enough as the ball nestled in the net to secure a 1-0 win for Thorn. In the first Semi final Hugh Best took on Mcnulty but within the first 8mins Mcnulty had gone 2 up when more patient and incisive play had opened up Best's resilient backline. In the 2nd Half Mcnulty carried on the pressure and popped in another 2 to make in 4-0 in the end. In the second Semi Final Adrian Connolly squared up to Chris Barbara Thorn Thorn but in another cracking game it was Connolly who started the more brightly and it wasnt long before he had a 2-0 lead after a couple of absolute gems, it remained 2-0 at HT. in the second half Thorn came out fighting but ultimately Connolly was beginning to really get warmed up and consequently banged in another two fine finishes to settle to a 4-0 romp.
Onto the Final---A much anticipated and almost expected final began with both players again going on the attack early on but after great interplay Mcnulty opened up the Connolly defence on the right flank and struck an unstoppable strike that Connolly could not stop, yet again we all laughed as the goal was yet again airbourne due to the goalkeepers over excited effort to keep keep it out, Chris Thorn then retaped the goal down and play resumed, Connolly pushed on but with seconds remaining in the 1st half Mcnulty nailed in a super finish to go 2 up at the break. In the second half as expected Connolly came on strong and after creating a few half chances and a few shots that Mcnulty's keeper did well to deflect Connolly finally got a reward after a fine finish that lobbed helplessly over the hapless keeper. The game opened up again as Mcnulty refused to shut up shop and continued to look for a 3rd, it never came but sadly for Connolly neither did an equalizer that would of sent the game into the drama of extra time and the game ended 2-1 and Mcnulty took the title and continued his 100% home record against visiting players from Singapore, Belgium and now Melbourne. Thanks Adrian until next time pal and we promise to have the goals drilled into place for your next visit hahahah.

Match report written by Ross Mcnulty

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Big welcome to Argentina

Mariano Di Luozzo, Norberto Martinez, Marcelo Rossi & Gregorio Caro Solis

Semifinal Di Luozzo vs Martinez

Gregorio Caro Solis (champion) & Mariano Di Luozzo (2nd Place)
The very first WASPA tournament in Argentina took place on Saturday in Buenos Aires. Our local representative Mariano Di Luozzo explained that only four of the seven players supposed to attend finally showed up but it was a good day with a tournament held in two phases. The group stage decided de games for the play-offs. In the end, Gregorio Caro Solis (Buenos Aires Table Soccer) defeated Mariano Di Luozzo in the final by a clear 5-1 while Norberto Martinez was third, leaving Marcelo Rossi in fourth place. Huge thanks to Mariano for making things possible and making the dream come true to have some WASPA presence in a real country of football fanatics! Let's hope the WASPA presence will continue to grow in South America in the future!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Rémi Soret on top in Templeuve

The runner-up and the winner
It was another good night of Subbuteo held on Friday in Templeuve, Belgium. A good turnout of 12 was present to play is Swiss system and among the players, two new junior players who made their WASPA debut. The night saw some good games with all favorites winning their game sin the first session before Rémi Soret defeated Vincent Coppenolle while Michaël Dupret and Geoffrey Marain tied. French player Rémi Soret later defeated Franck Sauter and tied in his final game against Geoffrey Marain to claim the title of the night. Thanks to a large win over Michaël dupret, Vincent Coppenolle took the second place of the tournament. Marain was 3rd, Dupret 4th, Eric Caillaux and Louis Soret share the 5th place. The next event in Belgium will be held in Pecq on March 21.

Marco Bonciani on top in Firenze

Massimo Balestrieri paid a visit to the Firenze players
Last Monday there was a WASPA tournament in Firenze, Italy with a good group of 14 players taking part including two visitors from other clubs: Massimo Balestrieri (Pistoia) and Marco Trevisan (Livorno). Marco Bonciani defeated Luca Pini in the final, Sergio Robertiello and Emanuele Cattani reached the semis. Stefano barducci won the games for the 9th place. Congratulations to the Firenze players who will have another event on Monday, March 20 in their premises.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Gareth Christie wins in Glasgow

Greg Dand and Gareth Chritis during the decisive shots
The third stage of the Scottish circuit took place in Glasgow on February 26 with 14 players taking part. Gareth Christie took the honors after defeating Greg Dand on shots after a great final (2-2). John Halpin won the game for the third place against Tom Burns.

The final standings of the day are as follows:
1. Gareth Christie
2. Greg Dand
3. John Halpin
4. Tom Burns
5. Dave Baxter
=. Andy Beskaby
7. Dave Gladman
=. Malcolm Lees
9. Ronnie McKenzie
10. Craig Thom
11. Rob Conway
12. Baver Bari
13. John Mathieson
14. Dave Minty

Gareth Christie is the leader of the Scottish circuit with 142 points while Tom Burns has 123 and both John Halpin and Malcolm Lees share the third place with 115 points.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Spring cup for Brendan Rodgers

Derry City TFC was holding the Spring Cup on Monday with a smaller turnout than last month as seven players were taking part. Patrick Mc Keever made his WASPA debut and there were many close games. In the end, the honors went to Brendan Rodgers (Donegal) who claimed a fantastic 2-0 victory over Martinog Bradley (Derry City) in the Spring Cup final. Also very well done to Ian Greer and Lawrence Watson on reaching their first WASPA semi-finals.