Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Volos Christmas Cup 2018

The Volos Christmas Cup took place on January 3 and was organized by the Greek club of Argonaftes 2004 TSC based in Volos. it was already the third time the tournament was organized under WASPA banner. Alekos Prigkos defeated Antonis Krysilas (from the Flaming Flickers) in the final (3-0) to win the tile while Pavlos Papadopoulos and Spyros Kourias reached the semis. 8 players were taking part! Congratulations to the winner and organizers!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Giolio Astengo first winner of 2018

Cardiff TFC was holding a New year tournament on January 2 with 9 players taking part. Congratulations to Giulio Astengo who travelled 1100 miles just to say he won the 1st Subbuteo trophy of 2018. There was a closely fought final with Darren Barnes. Semi-finalists were Dave Samuel and Colin Lewis. Special mention to Ronald Scheffer who travelled 800 miles to be part of the show!

Friday, 5 January 2018

WASPA report of December 2017

Dear friends, first of all, happy New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2018! I really hope Subbuteo will remain an important hobby in your life!

You will find enclosed the WASPA standings at the end of December.

Welcome to the German club of Kaiserau
December was a very busy month and it was exciting for everyone to see how many clubs wanted to run Christmas tournaments. In total, we had 33 regional tournaments, 4 promotions events, 2 events with the old rules and 1 with advanced rules. Two "test matches" have also been added in the records.

The clubs of Kaiserau (Germany) and Ebenfurth (Austria) have held their very first WASPA tournaments. Welcome to them!

Terrific turnout of 30 players in Kallithea, Greece
The rankings are growing. 40 players have attended their very first WASPA tournament and we now have 1602 players from 47 nations involved. We have "lost" Afghanistan in the ranking of nations. Their two representatives were living in Austria and had been involved in the Subbuteo circuit thanks to the help of Austrian players and hopefully they will be back in the future.

The ranking of "top clubs" is also very exciting to follow with Jurong Central SC, Flaming Flickers SC, Western Flickers TFC and
London Road Subbuteo Club struggling for the first place. We have a total of 22 "top clubs" in our records and hopefully we can get a few more in 2018.

Christmas time in Rochefort, Belgium
Belgium was the most active nation in December with 8 regional and 3 promotional tournaments and more than 100 individual entries, which means 25% of the total entries in December.

It was nice also to see action in Northern California and Connecticut in the US and amazing turnouts in all tournaments in Greece.

First tournament in Ebenfurth, Austria
Well, you can find the updated records in the attached two files (click links to open):
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

Well, that's all for now. Please remember you only need 3 players to register your tournament. Don't be scared to join. It's free and tournament requests can be sent by e-mail to vincent.cop@rsca.com

Christmas tournament in Singapore
Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com as there are updates almost every day.

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/waspasubbuteo/
We also have a WASPA page here: https://www.facebook.com/WASPA-World-Amateur-Subbuteo-Players-Association-231789816834700/

Day of promotion for new players in Vresse, Belgium
Keep in mind WASPA is also looking for partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each other), don't hesitate to contact me at vincent.cop@rsca.com

Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,

Vincent Coppenolle

Two test-matches in Greece

On November 13 and 14 the Flaming Flickers had the visit of Lorenzo David Carnevale from Italy who was visiting Athens at that time. The Italian player met local figures in two WASPA test matches. Panos Panagiotides won the session (2-0) against Carnevale and Stamathis Syrmos also won on a closer end (2-1). Games were played on Extreme Pitch. Local players were using TCHA4 arrow2 bases and Lorenzo used Astrobase CC2.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Jérôme Heyvaert wins in Auvelais

The semi-finalists and Massimo Bolognino's look-a-like
The latest tournament in Auvelais took place last week with 8 players taking place. The event was organized by the "Etoile Sarthoise" and players were divided into 2 groups of 4. Bruno and Tony Timpano reached the semi-finals but couldn't stop Jérôme Heyvaert (Charleroi) and William Van den Houte (Stembert) to play the final. In the decisive game, Heyvaert won the game by a single goal to claim the honors and win a 6th WASPA title while Fabrice Guyaux won the consolation tournament.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Anas Rahamat wins 2017 Xmas Cup in Singapore

The final tournament in the Singapore Table Football calendar with SG Ranking points took place on 30 Dec 2017 at the Singapore Sports Hub Library.  The Xmas Cup was organized under the banner of SG Lions Table Football Club and saw a turnout of 14 players
(Standing - L to R): Rizal Taib, Nic Tan, Michael Choong, Vikas Chandiramani, Bernard Lim, Isaac, Luke Lim, Noor Haikal, Anas Rahamat, Den Mulia Yusni, Kok Wee Tan. (Squatting – L to R): Yi De Tan, Ezan Ahmad.
The 14 players were randomly drawn into 2 groups of 7 players each for the round-robin Group Stage playing 5 rounds of Swiss format. The respective 1st to 7th finishers in each Group then play-off each other to determine the overall 1st to 14th positions of the Xmas Cup.  Each player gets at least 5 games.

Both Groups turned out to be very tight and were decided only on goal difference.  Group A saw Den Mulia – back from a long hiatus – taking the Group comfortably with a perfect win record.  Group B saw the revelation of Singapore Table Football in 2017 – Anas Rahamat – also prevailing with a perfect win record.  In the Final, Anas continued his domination of the local table football scene win a tight 3-2 win over Den Mulia to win the Xmas Cup!

Final Placings
Champion: Anas Rahamat
Runner-Up: Den Mulia Yusni
3rd Place: Noor Haikal
4th Place: Michael Choong
5th Place: Bernard Lim
6th Place: Nic Tan
7th Place: Kok Wee Tan
8th Place: Vikas Chandiramani
9th Place: John Ho
10th Place: Rizal Taib
11th Place: Ezan Ahmad
12th Place: Isaac Lim
13th Place: Luke Lim
14th Place: Yi De Tan

(L-R): Den Mulia (Runner-Up), Michael (Fourth), Bernard (Organizer), Haikal (Third), Anas (Champion)
Congratulations to all winners!

A first tournament in Ebenfurth

There were great moments on December 13 in Ebenfurth, Austria where Ebenfurth TFC had an inaugural tournament, "Furthi Cup" which is the Christmas tournament, under WASPA banner and five players taking part. it was great to see some old faces and some people coming back to the game.

The tournament was played as a group robin of 5 with Mario peretti taking the honors while Horst Deimel was runner-up. Rene Buchler was 3rd, Roland Schwacha 4th and Markus Ziergoi took the 5th place.

More details about the club can be found here: http://www.tfcebe.tischfussballverband.at/index.htm

The next event in Ebenfurth will be played in the end of January and interested players can contact Horst deimel for details.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Kostas Seses also wins Proteas tournament

24 players from various clubs competed in the "Proteas Athens Boxing Day", which was the club's 2nd WASPA tournament on December 26. To give four games to everyone, the Swiss system was used in the first part of the tournament and the winner was Kostas Seses (Olympia) after a 1-0 victory in the final against his clubmate Nikos Pappas. Semi-finalists were Koutsombinas and Kollias.

A kids tournament and a subbuteo bazar also took place, completing the festive atmosphere.

Congratulations to the winner, the organizers and all the participants for a great day!

Anas wins Jurong December event

Six players attended the final league session at the JCSC clubhouse, and with the league title still at stake, with Anas and Rudy tied for league points before the start of the session.

A round robin format followed, and it was fate that brought Anas and Rudy to battle it out in the first round of games. It was a very tight match indeed, but it was Anas who managed to edge out his opponent with a 1-0 score.

Although Rudy managed to come out of the following rounds undefeated, Anas managed to win his remaining matches, and crowned the winner of the session, and also the JCSC League 2017!

Results are as follows:
Bolkiah 0 v 1 Nic
Rizal Taib 2 v 0 Ding Heng
Anas 1 v 0 Rudy
Bolkiah 3 v 0 Ding Heng
Rizal Taib 0 v 3 Rudy
Anas 1 v 0 Nic
Bolkiah 0 v 4 Rudy
Ding Heng 0 v 3 Nic
Rizal Taib 0 v 1 Anas
Bolkiah 1 v 5 Anas
Rudy 3 v 1 Ding Heng
Nic 2 v 1 Rizal Taib
Bolkiah 0 v 5 Rizal Taib
Ding Heng 1 v 3 Anas
Rudy 1 v 1 Nic

Monday, 1 January 2018

Western Flickers WASPA 19 - Farewell 2017 tournament

With the Asian Cup just around, many Melbourne flickers took the opportunity for more match practice. As a result there was a really good turnout of 10 players in the Open category and 5 players in the Junior category, with all 3 Melbourne clubs represented.
The juniors played a simple round robin format. Despite a loss to close friendly rival Alex Briffa, tournament favourite Benjamin made up for it by winning the rest of his games and taking out the Junior title. Although Alex would end up undefeated, a couple of costly draws meant that he finished up second. Congrats to young Crystal who continued her progress by securing a draw with the much more experienced flicker Aidan Deverell.

The Open players were allocated to 3 groups using the FIFA World Cup draw method of using seeded pots based on the latest WASPA rankings. As a result, the groups were evenly distributed with ranked players.

As expected, Australia’s WASPA #1 ranked player Benny and ATFA president Benji won their groups comfortably. The other group was a lot closer with the standings only being decided in the final matches. On-form Luke prevailed with the much improved Anthony causing a small upset to finish runners up ahead of higher seeded flickers Simon and Adam.

Luke romped into the tournament final with an unbelievable 5-1 rout of Benji Batten. In the other semi-final, Benny playing on home turf edged past Adrian Connolly 2-1 in a tight affair. So it was to be a “Battle of the Club Presidents” in the final between Benny (Western Flickers TFC) and Luke (Melbourne TFC).

In the grand finale, it was a tale of two halves. Benny dominated the first half and cruised to a 2-0 lead at half time. Luke came out after the break with all guns blazing and totally dominated the second half peppering Benny’s defence with wave after wave of attacks. Somehow Benny managed to cling on to a clean sheet and secure the final WASPA title for 2017.

After the tournament concluded, the club enjoyed a traditional Aussie BBQ followed by a fun-filled board gaming session. It was a fabulous fun day for young and old, with all matches played in great spirit and sportsmanship. What a great way to sign off 2017! GO PELICANS !!

The final tournament standings are:

Open category
1. Benny Ng
2. Luke Radzminski
3. Adrian Connolly
4. Benji Batten
5. Christos Garagounis
7. Anthony Madiona
8. Steve Wright
9. Simon Briffa
=10. Kevin Grant
=10. Adam Deverell

Junior category
1. Benjamin Ng
2. Alex Briffa
3. Harrison Briffa
4. Aidan Deverell
5. Crystal Briffa