Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Report of Western Flickers TFC Waspa #22

Anthony Madiona takes the Open title
The St Patricks Day Handicap Event at Briffa Mansions

A hardy crew of 6 open and 6 juniors ventured to Briffa Mansions in Mernda in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne for a new concept WASPA for Western Flickers; A handicap event.

Players were rated by our new handicapper Adrian Connolly based on previous results over the last few months.

With six players in each event, a round robin tournament was played.

Anthony leapt out to a lead in the tournament by winning his first 3 games, beating Benny, Steve and Christos in very tight games. After a loss to Simon, his lead had dropped to 2 points from both Simon and Steve and there were murmurings in the crowd about how, like his beloved Liverpool, he was about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Charlotte Wright won the Junior event
The final round games all took place at the same time. Anthony needed a win over Kevin to definitely win, but a loss or draw could let in both Steve and Simon. Steve was up against Christos and Simon was up against Benny. In a tense contest, Christos scored early to bring the score back to 1-1 and Simon conceded twice to even up his contest with Benny 2-2. With all 3 games finishing even, there would have been a shootout for 2nd, but benny scored in the final minute to beat Simon 3-2. Steve drew and Anthony held out for his first WASPA win. (This writer is reminded of the West Germany v Austria game at the World Cup in Spain in 1982 and would like to see a video of the Kevin v Anthony game to see if they both tried!!!!!)

Over in the Junior event, Charlotte dominated winning all 5 of her games. Billy gained some excellent results too and despite his early loss to sister Charlotte, battled through to finish second. If Dad Steve could have won his last game then the much fabled “Wrightwash” might have been possible. Alex battled hard to finish with 3 wins and 9 points in 3rd place.

All in all a sensational day of handicapped table football giving every competitor a chance to come out on top. Special mention must be made of the hospitality of Simon and Jennifer who opened up their house and catered magnificently. Thank you guys.

So onwards to the Victorian Championships in April. All Victorian based players can enter and we hope to see you all there.

Action in Knighton and Drury

Players in Drury
There was a lot of action this week-end in Wales with two events being played in Knighton and Drury. The Knighton tournament had a small field of four with every player meeting each other twice. After six sessions Dan Nicholls finished on top with 16 points while Danny Bird was runner-up, Tom Taylor took the third place and Kenny Evans finished in fourth position.

Trevor Schott taking the honors
The Sunday event in Drury was supposed to be attended by 16 players but because of the snow only 10 players could make it. After the group stage (two groups of five), the quarter-finals saw no surprise and in the end, Trevor Schott won his second consecutive tournament after defeating Brian Daley in the final. Martin Blanchard and Cayne Matthews reached the semi-finals. Dave Kelly won the final for 5th place while Mark Tilling won the plate against Clive Schott. It was a nice day of Subbuteo. Huge thanks to London Road Subbuteo Club for hosting.

The next London Road tournament will be held on April 29 in Drury.

Monday, 19 March 2018

March event coming up in Pretoria

David Young wins in Prague - Welcome Russia

First Russian appearance int he WASPA circuit with Galina Rudkina

During the FISTF Satellite of Prague, a WASPA tournament was played by six players with a group stage and a knock-our round. David Young defeated Jiri Uchytil (3-0) in the final while 13 years old Viktor Katona from Hungary defeated Miklos Szekely in the game for the third place.

The tournament saw also the first appearance of Galina Rudkina, the first representative of Russia in the WASPA circuit. We are very pleased to see Russia being part of the show! Welcome!

Picture (left): Jiri Uchytil, David Young, organizer Marco Zucchi and Viktor Katona.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

TFAS CUP 2018 Consolation Plates WASPA

After a round of tense and interesting group games in the TFAS Cup 2018, the players who were knocked out after the group stages were automatically eligible for the Plates WASPA.
Eight players were knocked out of the 16-player tournament. A series knockout rounds followed.  Antonio Carabillo and Den Mulia reached the final of the WASPA, with Den winning 2-1.

The results are as follows:

QF Antonio Carabillo 3-0 Hugh Best
QF Nic Tan 3-2 Isaac Lim
QF Fauzi Ghani 3-1 Irwan Iskandar
QF Rizal Taib 1-5 Den Mulia

SF Antonio Carabillo 1-0 Nic Tan
SF Fauzi Ghani 0-3 Den Mulia

F Antonio Carabillo 1-2 Den Mulia

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Canberra tournament - March 2018

Four of our finest Western Flickers made the 8 hour drive to Australia’s capital to participate in the Canberra TFC WASPA #2.
It was an awesome fun evening of flicking with our Canberra hosts - Ryan Farrall and Nick Brill. CTFC pioneer Yago unfortunately could not join us due to flight issues from Sydney.
The tournament was played over 1 10 minute period in a round robin format with no draws allowed. 3 points for a win, 0 for a loss. Draws were resolved by a sudden death shootout, 2 points for winning the shootout, 1 point for losing.
Despite fading light and the attack of the killer mozzies, everyone played well and there was little to split the players. This was reflected in the tight scores with several matches requiring a shootout to determine the winner.
In the end, pre-tournament favourite Benny very narrowly won the WASPA over club mate Steve Wright by just a single point !
Most importantly everyone had a great time, new friendships formed and there were jokes and laughter all around. Table Football was the true winner !
Finally, Western Flickers TFC would like to thank CTFC for being wonderful hosts and we wish them the best of luck growing the game in our nations capital.

Results (Shootout winner indicated by an "S" after name)
Arjuna Hanafi 0-0 Ryan Farrell (S)
Benny Ng 0-0 Nick Brill (S)
Steve Wright 1-0 Tony Madiona
Ryan Farrell 0-2 Benny Ng
Nick Brill 0-1 Steve Wright
Tony Madiona 0-1 Arjuna Hanafi
Ryan Farrell 0-2 Nick Brill
Arjuna Hanafi 0-1 Benny Ng
Ryan Farrell 0-0 Tony Madiona (S)
Benny Ng 2-0 Steve Wright
Nick Brill 2-0 Tony Madiona
Steve Wright 1-0 Arjuna Hanafi
Benny Ng 1-0 Tony Madiona
Arjuna Hanafi 0-1 Nick Brill
Ryan Farrell 0-1 Steve Wight

Final Table 
Benny Ng (WTF)          13pts
Steve Wright (WTF)     12pts
Nick Brill (NFTFC)        11pts
Arjuna Hanafi (WTF)      4pts
Ryan Farrell (CTFC)       3pts
Tony Madiona (WTF)      2pts

(Report by Steve Wright)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

News from England, Wales and Australia

Several small events have been held in many different countries. Here is a summary of the different tournament.

Australia: FISTF Satellite consolation event
After the successful WASPA tournament hosted by Illawarra TFC on Saturday, there was a consolation event after the FISTF Satellite held on Sunday. Kostas Barbaris (Sydney TFC) defeated Steve Wright in the final to claim the title.

Wales: promotional events in Knighton and Sychdyn
Two promotional events have been held int he last few days. The Knighton tournament had fous players and Dan Nicholls finished on top of the table after winning his six games. Tom Taylor was runner-up, Danny Bird was third and Kenny Evans was fourth.

London Road Subbuteo Club also held a promotional event where Richard Partington made his WASPA debut. Cayne Matthews finished on top of the group but Richard proved to be a good players and took the second place. Ryby Matthews and Mark Hopwood were also taking part.

England: Harrow Satellite consolation
After the FISTF Satellite organized in Harrow last month, six players had the chance to play a consolation tournament under WASPA banner. Terry Arnold (Kent Invicta) took the honors after defeating Dave Croucher (Worthing) in the final while Italy's Matteo Lulli and Kye Arnold made it to the semi-finals.

England: Bristol tournament
Last week the new club of Bristol (England) held a WASPA tournament during the club meet. Aaron Skinner finished on top of the table while Simon Donadel was runner-up and Bob Fairbrother took the third place.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

2018 March – Illawarra TFC Fast 15 WASPA

The first ever WASPA tournament for the Illawarra Table Football Club took place in the seaside town of Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales.

As a warm-up to the FISTF Satellite event the next day, the “FAST 15” WASPA had eight players competing for the title, split into two groups while some of the juniors had warm up friendly matches. With games lasting only fifteen minutes (AGFA Cup style) and sudden death penalty shots for all drawn games, it created a fast, fun and competitive tournament.

Group 1 was stacked with the traveling Western Flickers players all the way from Melbourne, obviously attracted to the beautiful harbour side venue location like true pelicans! Also in the group competing in his first ever comp was local Illawarra resident and Glasgow Rangers tragic Alec Anderson who turned up in his bright red fish n chip van stacked with his large collection of Subbuteo playing figures old and new along with his board and several pitches he brought for us.

First round saw new boy Alec have a respectable one nil loss to current “season” World No.1 Benny Ng. The other game proved to be the crucial one in the end with Anthony Madiona drawing one all with teammate Steve Wright after 15 minutes. That produced the first sudden death penalty shots scenario with Anthony eventually taking it out and getting an extra point for his efforts.

Second round saw Benny get a comfortable three nil win over Anthony while Alec despite getting a great chance to score his first ever goal went down narrowly to Steve one nil. Going into the third group games, scores went to form and Benny comfortably went through to the semis with Anthony joining him due to the earlier shots victory over Steve.

Group 2 had the fourth “Western Flicker” Arjuna Hanafi join host and new Kiama resident Richard Wilson along with Sydney TFC players John Palamara and Raffaele Lombard who made the short trip from nearby hometown Berry. Raffaele grateful for not having to make the almost four hour round trip he normally takes to play his club matches in Sydney this time. Rumours have been circling in the local press recently that Illawarra TFC are about to make an approach to sign Raffaele for next season (think of all the time and petrol money you will save Raffaele! *wink wink*)

First round saw Arjuna, having made a mad dash earlier in the day to get to Kiama from Sydney while on work business, went down to Richard four nil while Raffaele put two past teammate John.

Second round saw Raffaele again put two past Richard while in a tighter affair nothing could separate John and Arjuna after 15 minute so it went to sudden death shots in which John held his nerve to gain the extra point.

Last round were more comfortable seeing Richard put three past John and Raffaele not giving any slack to Arjuna putting seven past him in the fifteen minutes.

The Semi finals provided two very tight and intense tussles in true cup knock out style. First off Raffaele despite the large amounts of possession and shot count could only score the one goal past the gallant Anthony Madiona. The other semi went to the wire. In a free flowing match, Richard had a couple of chances early on but then Benny Ng started to pile the pressure on late with a number of chances only to have them thwarted by the metal fingertips of Richards goalie. So it went to shots where Richard first had his effort comfortably saved by Benny. Then despite the fine form of Richard’s goalie during the 15 minutes, Benny picked a gap under the raised keeper and cheekily rolled it under his legs to score and win the match after the first penalty attempt.

The final pitched two of the favourites and the “promoters dream match”. Benny versus Raffaele, Melbourne versus Sydney, the current “season” World No.1 versus the man who could be number 1 if he didn’t have to travel so far to play WASPA tournaments for his current club *hint hint*. Despite a tense start in the end it was Sydney coming out the winner, Raffaele pulled away midway through the match and ended up the three one victor.

Original report with results here

Monday, 12 March 2018

Number 20 for Jos Ceulemans

On Monday last week the club of SC Flanders was playing a tournament in their premises. There were 8 entries and as always it was a Swiss System night. Jos Ceulemans took the honors for the 20th time int he WASPA circuit after winning his four games while Frank Lannoy was runner-up and Geert Leys took the rid place.

Top 3 of the night
Final standings:
1. Jos Ceulemans
2. Frank Lannoy
3. Geert Leys
4. Johan Lourdon
5. Bart Van de Vliet
6. Stéphane Lambert
7. Willy De Bandt
8. Danny De Greef

Saturday, 10 March 2018

WASPA Games during the Major of Frameries

Top 3 made of Steffen Despretz, Bruno Timpano and Frank Lannoy
During the FISTF Major of Frameries some players had the chance to play a consolation event under WASPA banner. Because the tournament had many entries, the main consolation event was restricted to 22 players. It was decided to have a frist session on 10 tables and to have then a B-category. 16 players compted for the main victory and everything was deiced int he last session when Bruno Timpano (Seraing) and Steffen Despretz (AS Hennuyer) played the final together. The game ended on a draw and Timpano took the honors thanks to the best goal-difference. Frank Lannoy (Temploux) took the third place.

The second category had 8 players playing three sessions of games. Anthony Carion (AS Hennuyer) was the only player to win his three games and therefore he was declared winner while Jody Henrioul (Eugies) was runner-up.

Final standings (Belgian unless noted):
1. Bruno Timpano
2. Steffen Despretz
3. Frank Lannoy
4t. Vincent Coppenolle
4t. Paul O'Donovan Rossa (USA)
6. Aggelos Foutrakis (Greece)
7. Bernard Offmann (France)
8. Geert Leys
9. Serafiem Kontos (Greece)
10t Gerhard Grünberg (Germany)
10t Kostas Alexiou (Greece)
12. Richard Boulanger
13. Antonio Timpano
14. Bruno Mottet
15. Sébastien Denne
16. Damien Urbain
17. Philippe Thys (*)
18. Frédéric Cyganek (*)
19. Laurent Calonne (*)
20. André Boltz (*)
21. Laurent Ausset (France)
22. Florian Renaut
(*): dropped to B-category after session 1.

Finals standings of the B-category (All Belgians):
1. Anthony Carion
2. Jody Henrioul
3. André Boltz
4. Rudi De Smet
5. Philippe Thys
6. Florent Versmissen
7. Laurent Calonne
8. Frédéric Cyganek