Monday, 29 May 2017

Second WASPA title for Taichi Kato


This Saturday the club of OSC Yamato hosted a second WASPA tournament at Sakura Living in Yokohama city. The tournament attracted 8 players.

Taichi Kato (Yokohama OSC) defeated Takafumi Kido (Sakuragicho TFC) in the final (2-1). Suguru Fujino (Sakuragicho TFC) and Tomoyoshi Ikeya (Rockwells TFC) reached the semi-finals

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Chessray Jooste wins the 2017 PFC Challenge Cup

Saturday 20 May 2017, Pretoria, South Africa : 

The 2017 edition of the Challenge Cup was played under the theme of "Cup Final Day" where we played out the finals of various domestic & continental cups.
The event attracted a field of 10 entries which included a return to the tables for Conway Julie, who last competed in December 2016 !
The team allocations as follows :
Osvaldo van Niekerk (Chelsea), Jayden vd Merwe (Arsenal),
Marlin Boyd (Barcelona), Bevin Reed (Alaves), Rowin Wilson (Dortmund), Julian vd Merwe (E.Frankfurt), Sherwin Reed (Man Utd), Conway Julie (Ajax), Kegan vd Merwe (Real Madrid), Chessray Jooste (Juventus).
Points allocation as follows : 2 points per win, 1 point a draw. However, for "Cup Finals" the losing finalist earned 1 bonus point if the final was decided on penalty shots !


In Round 1 action, Sherwin Reed upset 2016 defending Challenge Cup winner Kegan vd Merwe by way of a 1-0 win ! In the first final of Round 1, Jayden vd Merwe (Arsenal) kept his calm to beat Osvaldo van Niekerk (Chelsea) by 3-1 on shots. The second final saw Bevin Reed (Alaves) register a 1-0 win over Marlin Boyd (Barcelona). The drama continued in Round 2 as Julian vd Merwe (E.Frankfurt) beat Rowin Wilson (Dortmund) by 4-3 on shots after a marathon shoot out consisting of 18 shots to decide their final !!! In the second final of Round 2, more drama unfolded as Sherwin Reed (Man Utd) beat Conway Julie (Ajax) by 2-1 on shots to emerge as the victor in their final. When Bevin beat Conway by 2-0 in their Round 3 encounter, it was Bevin who topped the standings for the first time on the day by way of GF. In the last "Cup Final" of the day, Chessray Jooste (Juventus) beat Kegan vd Merwe (Real Madrid) by scoring in the last third of the allocated time to register a 1-0 win. The solitary goal for Chessray tied Bevin on points, but Chessray slipped down to 2nd overall by way of GF.
Round 4 - the business end, saw more drama unfold as final placings for the day were still up for grabs ! Marlin ended his day on a high by dispatching of Osvaldo by 1-0. Rowin clinched 6th place overall thanks to a 1-0 victory over Conway. Jayden then scored a fierce, tight angled shot to beat Bevin by 1-0 and thereby affording Chessray a massive lifeline. Chessray duly obliged by inflicting Sherwin's only loss of the day by way of a 2-0 result - the result confirming Chessray as 2017 Challenge Cup Champion!
This triumph marks a 10th WASPA title for Chessray Jooste to date!
In the final match up, Julian vd Merwe clinched 2nd place overall by beating Kegan vd Merwe by 1-0 : not a bad showing by the "old timer" as he joined Chessray as the only other unbeaten player on the day !!!

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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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mauro Nardini wins in Trieste


There was a magnificent evening at the "Cral Trieste Trasporti" with the third edition of the Trieste WASPA Cup. Infuriated challenges on the four playing fields. Mauro Nardini won in a more difficult way than exepected after an extravagant battle against Dawor Korosec in the semi-finals, solved only after the shots. Second place for an excellent Furio Segnani, who in the other semi-finals surprises Eric Benvenuto. Congratulations to all the other participants and especially to the young Diego for the significant improvement shown in the game.

(Report by the organizers)

Friday, 26 May 2017

Patricio Echevarrieta wins in Buenos Aires


On May 25 the second tournament organized by the "Metropolitan Federation of Table Football" was held in Buenos Aires (Argentina). The tournament was called "Revolution May" and was attended by 5 players. The victory went to Patricio Echevarrieta who won his four games. Norberto Martinez, who proved to have raised his level, managed to take the second place. It is worth mentioning the debut federation of Guillermo Gramajo, who despite not having scored points or goals, was a pleasing revelation with a good level of play.

(Report from the organizers)

Michaël Dupret wins another promotional event


The final between Dupret and Flament
On Tuesday evening 10 players from 6 different clubs met in Templeuve for a promotional tournament. There were some surprise in the group stage but in the end, Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai) took the honors after defeating Alain Flament (SCAF Quévy) in the final. Eric Caillaux takes the third place while John Verfaillie wins games for the 5th place. Congratulations to all.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Western Flickers’ Adrian Connolly was heading to Parramatta for a week of business, so the Subbuteo Parramatta club held a WASPA tournament to give him something to do while he was away from home. Adrian had sharpened his skills at the Victorian Championships the previous weekend and was looking to put them to use. Meanwhile, the Subbuteo Parramatta club was using its new clubhouse at Good Games Bella Vista for their first ever Opens WASPA tournament.

(l-r) Richard, Adrian C, Mat, Dave, Adrian E
With 5 players making their way to the midweek competition, a straight league was settled upon as the best way to go. The opening round saw Adrian C take out a 2 goal victory over Richard with Adrian E doing the same against Dave. In the second round of games, things got really tight – Richard and Adrian E slugging out a 0-0 draw and Mat peppering Dave’s goal, only to see everything saved or hit the woodwork. Then, in the final minute of the game, with his first shot of the game, Dave slipped one past Mat’s ‘keeper with the ensuing victory dance telling the full story! Dave followed this up with another 1-0 win, this time over Richard, while Adrian C continued to build an impressive run with a 2-0 victory over Mat. The 4th round fixtures saw a very tight 0-0 between Adrian C and Dave, while Adrian E got over Mat by the solitary goal. This left Dave, Adrian C and Adrian E all on 7 points with one round remaining. Unfortunately, Dave had the final bye so wouldn’t be able to take the title, leaving the match between the two Adrians as the virtual final.

In the final games, Mat picked up his first points of the tournament with a goalless draw with Richard. Adrian and Adrian squared up and the game, as was typical of all the evening’s matches, was an incredibly tight affair. However, late in the first half, the Melburnian made a beautiful incisive flick and shot on the run, putting the ball into the goal with the Sydney-sider not even behind his goal line. Holding on to his lead for the rest of the fixture meant that Adrian C would return home with the title, having seen off all his Subbuteo Parramatta opponents.

(Story by Adrian Almer - Oriinal post at http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?cat=15)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Emotional win for Chris Thomas in Cardiff

Cardiff TFC was holding a WASPA tournament on Monday evening. This time 9 players were competing and Chris Thomas defeated Cgareth Thomas in the final. The tournament was special for the local players who usually hold tournament to visiting celebrities. "This time it was for two who are leaving us. Giulio Astengo is back to Milano and Chris Thomas is back to the North of England", reported John Lauder. We wish Chris and Giolio the best of luck in their new homes!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Some more news from Cyprus

Battle of the chiefs between Zangylos and Kalopsidiotis
Several events have recently been held in Cyprus. On May 7 a small field of 6 competed in the 7th tournament of the national circuit. Giorgos Zangylos defeated Marcos Kalopsidiotis in the final while Kyriakos Stylianou and Panagiotis Panaretos reached the semis.

The players on May 21
On May 21, the 8th tournament of the season had a special guest from abroad. Massimo DalPrà, who lives in Bucharest (Romania) was taking part. The Italian managed to reach the final but lost the game in sudden death against local hero Giorgos Zangylos. Semi-finalists were Marios Nikolaou and Marcos Kalopsidiotis.

Test match between massimo from Bucharest and local legend Giorgos
Giorgos Zangylos and Massimo DalPrà also played a WASPA test match using different sets of bases. The Cypriot defeated the Italian on goal-difference and both players were glad to share some experience together! Congratulations to all.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Bernard Lim wins in Jurong Central

The Jurong Central Subbuteo Club had its fifth session of its league on 5th May 17. The session took its usual form of an individual WASPA tournament. League leaders Rudy (aka Encik Rudy) and Anas Bin Rahamat suffered relatively early exits in the knockout stages with club veteran, Michael Choong claiming tight wins over both, en route to the final. Visiting SG Lions Table Football Club player, Bernard Lim was the other finalist, enduring a close semi-final win against the club’s people’s champion, Fauzi Ghani, winning on a golden goal.

In the final, after a goalless match, Bernard claimed the overall title with a 1-0 sudden death shots victory. Rudy won the Plates title against Vikas. Mohamed Rizal Taib won the Bowl title with a sudden death shots victory against junior, Mohamed Bolkiah.

The next league session will be held at the end of this month, on Thursday, 25 May 2017. All are invited to join in!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Elliott came back and he does it in style

Rudi and Elliott (picture from the archives)
Pretty much this would have been the only title to write after Round 6 of the Harrow League if it wasn't for another two episodes.
Firstly, Neil ended second on the night taking vital points from Rudi and helping Elliott (as if he needed any help) in his run to engrave his name on the cup twice in a row, and secondly the debut of two new players at Harrow, Zoran Higgins, back to flick after long time, and 11 years old Nigel Spiteri, a little Maltese boy, which was looking forward to play Rudi once again (after Chingford couple of weeks ago), so he could finally get a win on the night, unfortunately for him the 4 Round Swiss System used as format for the night, didn't allow the clash to happen (thanks heaven for that).
Anyway, let's start from the beginning, the title says it all, Elliott hasn't showed up for the fifth round but he had very little to lose that just by cruising to the victory in round 6, which gave him yes the WASPA win for the night but also most likely ended Rudi's chase for glory (I won't give up).
The Royal's player won all his 4 matches, not without sweating, and secured himself extra 15 points for the league table (70 in total), after winning rather easily the first round against a rusty Zoran (couldn't draw a worst player for his come back), in the second session walked over Victor (4-0), and managed to score a vital goal to win 2-1 vs Panos, 30 seconds from the end in session 3, with Rudi was basically a final where he could have been happy with a draw, but I don't think he has that word in his vocabulary, and with a classic 2-0 win, after a very tight first half (0-0), he just completed the opera.
Second in the night a surprising Neil, he's getting better by the minute, yes, the 3 Bye points proved to be quite handful in the end but still, he won vs Zoran (1-0), beat the Maltese whizkid (1-0) and lost to Rudi only 2-0 when both lucky goals were scored in the first half, so, credit to the guy for improving his game.
3rd on the night Rudi, a late equaliser from Panos with 40 seconds left on the clock might have cost him the second spot on the night and some extra vital points, but managed to win 2-1 vs Victor with a goal from a corner when there were 24 seconds left to play in the first half with Victor very sportingly taking his blocks quite quick to allow him to play before the end of the half, so, can't really moan about Panos's late goal against him.
The last round as we said was against Elliott an she only had one result to play for, didn't go his way.
A good 4th place on the night for Zoran's return, hopefully we'll see more of him in the future, whilst Panos (5th) and Victor (6th) just weren't in their best night.
Decent effort from little Nigel, watch out for this boy, we'll hear a lot about him in few years time but at the moment he has a more important match to win and we all wish him the very best of luck.
Anyway, Elliott as said is crushing to Title number two but hopefully will have to sweat a bit more for it.

Result and table to follow and see you all next month for round 7.

Session 1
Panos Stemitsiotis v Bye 3-0
Neil Doherty v Rudi Peters 0-2
Nigel Spiteri v Victor Jones 0-3
Zoran Higgins v Elliott Bellefontaine 0-2

Session 2
Panos v Rudi 1-1
Victor v Elliott 0-4
Neil v Bye 3-0
Nigel v Zoran 0-2

Session 3
Elliot v Panos 2-1
Rudi v Victor 2-1
Nigel v Bye 3-0
Neil v Zoran 1-0

Session 4
Elliott v Rudi 2-0
Panos v Victor 0-0
Neil v Nigel 1-0
Zoran v Bye 3-0

Final standings
Elliott 12 pts (15 LP)
Neil 9 pts (12 LP)
Rudi 7 pts (10 LP)
Zoran 6 pts (9 LP)
Panos 5 pts (8 LP)
Victor 4 pts (7 LP)
Nigel 3 pts

The league table sees only Rudi loosing 9 points as he played 6 rounds but only 5 do count for the table, Panos could still take the runner up seat off him, as the tittle looks well strong on Elliott's hands and watch out for Neil too
Elliott 70 pts
Rudi 56 (6)
Panos 53
Neil 44
Victor 39
Marco 36
Paolo 27
Kevin 26
Paul Odr 12
Lee 9
Zoran 9
Martin B 7
John 4

See you all soon folks!

(Report by Rudi Peterschinigg)