Friday, 21 July 2017

Vangelis Scotiniotis wins old rules event

19 players from various clubs competed last Sunday morning for the 1st Gagarin Cup.

The tournament was held in the memory of Zacharias Pitihoutis, Greek National and Panathinaikos Athens player that passed away this year in May.

He was the uncle of our player Giorgos Pitihoutis and member of the Panathinaikos team that took the Greek Champions title in 1963 undefeated. He was a great player and a great personality that was loved by supporters of all teams.

His nickname was "Gagarin" after the Russian astronaut because he was jumping too high for the headers and reminded the astronauts space jumps.

The tournament was played with lightweight subbuteo equipment and the old rules and players followed the teams of the 1963 championship.

Win 3 points, draw 2 points and loss 1 point was the system used back then. Winner was Vangelis Scotiniotis who defeated Leonidas Koutrouanos (2-1) in the final. Congratulations to the winner and to all the participants.

The Flaming Flickers will now have a tournament played with the old rules on July 25.

(Report by Panos Panagitides)
Poster of the next event on July 25

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Richard Stock wins in Drury

Richard Stock wins again at the 9th London Road Subbuteo Club Tournament in North Wales. 9 players attended and a Swiss 5 round system was played. Richard won with 4 wins and a draw with the returning Trevor Schott who finished 2nd, only losing 1 game to Cayne Matthews. Brian Daley finished 3rd and Martin Blanchard came 4th. Great days play with all players having a great time.

London Road Subbuteo Club 16th July 2017 - League Table 
Richard Stock 9pts +8
Trev Schott 7pts +5
Brian Andrew 6pts +11
Martin Blanchard 6pts +8
Cayne Matthews 6pts +2
Dave Merrilees-Kelly 5pts -5
Yani Merrilees-Kelly 4pts -3
Mark Hopwood 4pts -6
Ruby Matthews 3pts -5

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Irwan Iskandar takes the honors in Perth

In the tranquil surrounds of our clubhouse in Gidgeganup we welcomed Jurong Central(Singapore) member Irwan Iskandar. On a fresh cool morning 5 players locked horns for the 2nd time as Irwan had joined us last year as a finalist but was keen to make amends this time and bask in the glory of flicking at our great club once again and having a good laugh along the way of course with us all, also we played for medals instead of trophies this time as we are running out of room at home to store them. We played a one match league table format against each other and then knockout finals once the positions were cemented. With this being the penultimate tournament before our debut major event in the Perth International Winter Classic 2017 commencing on July 27th/29th at Fremantle Town house this was a great way to warm up our fingers in preparation. Highlights of the day were obviously the tense and very open final between unbeaten(on the day) Mcnulty in a repeat of the final from last year against Irwan this time Irwan came from going a goal down to claiming an equalizer with minutes to go, the game was quick and both players refused to park the bus in favour of an attacking game that see sawed from one end to to the other. Mcnulty conceded his first goal of the day and as the the game ended we headed into extra time and a minute in Irwan blasted in a low shot that was to much for Mcnulty to stop and again Irwan at 2-1 up went against extreme defensive tactics when one could of easily understood why he would of parked the bus. A warm embrace was exchanged at the final whistle in a fantastic final between the two who had been favorites on the day due to the absence of AlanKimber who sadly had a bad back, Hugh Best had his best finish with 9 points in the bag and 3rd place with Chris Thorn just behind with 6 points and Ron Byrne finishing lastly but again causes problems to us all. Again i look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks time and im sure your very excited just like i am, also a huge thanks to JohnHarty who along with his partner Bev Bone have poured so much energy into pulling out all the stops for the Perth International and he briefed us all on the day although he did not play, big respect mate ...

(Report by Ross Mcnulty)

Michaël Dupret wins in Templeuve

The great weather and the holidays didn't stop Subbuteo players to attend the latest Templeuve United tournament and there was a good turnout of 14 for the evening on July 18. Among the players there was a newcomer and two guys coming back after a long hiatus of over ten years. Michaël Dupret was the man on fire as he won his four games, including the big fight of the evening against Geoffrey Marain, to claim his fourth WASPA title. Dupret, who currently plays for the small club of Tournai, was a surprising but deserved winner. Congratulations to all the players for the fair spirit during the evening.

Final standings:
1. Michaël Dupret (Magic Team Tournai)
2. Geoffrey Marain (Flickers Milano)
3. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve United)
4. Stéphane Lambert (Templeuve United)
5. Steven Delfosse (Templeuve United)
6. Eric Caillaux (Templeuve United)
7. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve United)
8. Corentin Boltz (SC Eugies)
9. Franck Santer (Templeuve United)
9. Quentin Picou (Templeuve United)
11. André Boltz (SC Eugies)
11. Benjamin Marain (SC Warcoing Ducks)
13. Laurent Calonne (AS Hennuyer)
13. Kevin Altruy (Etoile Rumoise)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Mike Parnaby wins in Darlington

The Brigantes Premier League AGM and tournament was held in Darlington on 15th July 2017.
9 players turned out for this one. A fantastic effort. Mike Parnaby Chaired the AGM, Chris Kaberry ran the tournament and John Bottomley provided the venue and the refreshments.
All the games were played in very good spirit and well refereed.
Everyone had a very enjoyable and pleasant day.
Well done lads, you are all a credit to the game of Subbuteo!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Rick Bland wins again in Brisbane

The Brisbane Subbuteo Club 29th League Cup was played on the 16th of July at the Woody Point clubhouse. Today we had representatives of Brisbane Subbuteo Club, Subbuteo Perth and Ipswich Table Football Club.
In addition we hosted two gusts. Hugh Best from Subbuteo Perth (really a true Queenslander!) and 10yo Finlay McNamara undertaking his first ever Subbuteo experience.
Hugh was great company and we were all honoured he came to share the day with us. Thanks mate!
James Gillespie provided Finlay with some games to demonstrate how to play. Thank you James. Finlay says he will come back next tournament day!
Tournament organiser, Giuseppe (Pino) Tardiotta chose a round robin with the six players, semi finals to follow and then final.
Round one involved Rik against Pino. Rik took the lead but Pino equalised before half time. That score remained until full time. Shane played Gus. There have been some close games between the two and this game was the same. Gus took the lead and Shane got back in the game, scoring before the break. After half time, the game was back and forth before Gus again took the lead. From the kick off Shane came up with an equaliser, 2-2.
Andrew R. (Andy) played Hugh in the other game. Andrew used a Subbuteo heavyweight team for the tournament. He quickly took the game to our visitor and got to 3-0 before half time. The second half was better for Hugh but the match finished 4-0.
Round two Shane played Rik in an open style game. Rik created plenty of opportunities but somehow failed to score. Meanwhile, Shane created a couple of opportunities as well but this game had 0-0 written all over it! And that is how it finished.
Hugh was up against Pino in this round. He and Pino went to half time at 0-1. Pino killed the game off in the second half with a second..2-0.
Gus came up against Andy. Always a good game between these two guys. Gus led 1-0 at the break but Andrew R. came back into it to draw the game 1-1.
Round three and Rik played Hugh. Again Hugh fought valiantly but two goals before half time and another after saw the game go to Rik 3-0. Andy proved too strong for Shane in their game 1-0 at half time, Andrew R. scored two more in the second half, 3-0.
Pino played Gus to finish off the round. After scoring in the first half, Pino pushed for more goals and ended the game winning 3-0.
Round four saw Andy play Rik. This was a tight game and in the end, a second half goal to Rik was the difference. Gus met Hugh and after a scoreless first, Gus Scored three in the second half to win.
Shane played Pino in the other match. Pino was 3-0 up by half time and made it 4-0 in the second half. Shane scored a late consolation goal for a final score of 4-1 to Pino.
Round five, the last saw a couple of very close games. Rik versus Gus, second and third place potentially on the line. Gus scored first before Rik equalised before half time. In the second half Gus scored again but couldn't get enough goals to pinch second. Gus 2-1 over Rik.
Pino met Andy in a game that potentially could see Andy go second. This was a tight game and before half time, Pino scored, 1-0 and that was how it ended. Hugh played Shane in the other game. With nothing to play for they played out a 0-0 result.
The semi finals saw Pino play Andy in another good game. It was 1-0 to Pino at half time. Try as he might Andy just couldn't get on top and Pino eventually won 3-1. Rik played Gus in the other semi, a tight game and 0-0 at half time. Rik scored in the second half and it stayed 1-0.
The final matched Pino against Rik and this game was a close contest. 0-0 at half time, neither player was able to score before extra time was required. In the end, Rik won 2-1.
Another great day, thank you everyone who attended, special mention Hugh Best.
The next tournament will be held on 20th August at the Woody Point clubhouse. Flick off 9.00am

Celebrations in Japan

A tournament was held on July 15 in Yokohama city, Japan under the organisation of OSC Yamato. The tournament was scheduled late because organizers were happy to host U15 play Chihiro Takao who came back from Poland and it was a good reason to celebrate. The tournament attracted 8 players and the winner is Suguru Fujino after shoot-out. The second place is for Chihiro! Local organizers are expecting him to improve his skill very quickly.

(Report with the hlp of Hideaki Wada)

Sunday, 16 July 2017

TFAS League 2017 - Match day 5

The July session of the TFAS League 2017 gathered 6 experienced players, including our Hong Kong counterpart, Antonio Carabillo.

As usual, 4 rounds of the swiss format were carried out. Interestingly, every player managed to win at least once, with Rudy coming out tops, closely followed by Anas in second.

The results are as follows:
Round 1
Bernard 1 v 1 Nic
Vikas 0 v 6 Rudy
Anas 2 v 2 Antonio
Round 2
Rudy 0 v 0 Antonio
Anas 4 v 1 Nic
Bernard 1 v 2 Vikas
Round 3
Rudy 2 v 1 Anas
Vikas 0 v 2 Nic
Bernard 3 v 0 Antonio
Round 4
Rudy 2 v 2 Bernard
Anas 3 v 1 Vikas
Nic 0 v 2 Antonio
1. Rudy
2. Anas
3. Bernard
4. Antonio
5. Nic
6. Vikas

(Report by Anas)

Friday, 14 July 2017

Donegal back in action

After a long hyatus, Donegal Subbuteo Club was back in action on Saturday with a small tournament gathering three players. Each player played each other twice meaning everyone played 4 games in a league format. Here were the final standings.
Brendan Rodgers 12 points
Gary McLaughlin 4 points
Ciaran Rodgers 1 point

It was the Ireland's club first tournament since September 2013! Hopefully the club will have more regular meetings in the future and hopefully a circuit of 3 to 4 tournaments per season.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Andy Mill wins his first WASPA Cup title in North Shields

Andy Mill snatched his first WASPA title on 10th July in dramatic fashion with a well-taken goal just 30 seconds from time.

Dave and Nigel drew the first game 1 – 1. While both players had chances to win, Nigel should have scored midway through the second half when he shot wide of an empty net.  Game two finished Andy 0 – 0 Dave. Again, another tight game between these two that could have gone either way. The final game was very close with both players creating but not scoring. A nervous Nigel was mentally preparing himself for a shootout with Dave, when Andy made a cool move down the left (not like him) and took his time to score from a tight angle. It should be noted that Andy played both his games in an inebriated state after drinking several Jamesons Whiskeys, celebrating with a friend earlier that afternoon. Perhaps he should try this more often!

Thanks to Andy for his hospitality and entertainment. Another excellent mini tournament in Shields!

(Report by Chris Kaberry)