TOURNAMENTS

2018 CHRISTMAS BINGE WASPA TOURNAMENT

With bellies full from Christmas and Boxing Day feasts, and with players needing to begin their preparations for the upcoming Australian Grand Prix, it was a sizeable crowd that rolled up to Bella Vista Good Games on a warm Thursday evening, with representatives from all four Sydney clubs. A last minute realisation that there was a lack of goal posts meant that only 3 of the 6 available pitches could be utilised (we live and learn!) so the 10 players were split into 3 groups, rather than the preferred Swiss System which had been planned. An unseeded draw threw up a number of interesting match ups.
In the group stage, both Hermann Kruse and Fabrizio Coco made light work of Adrian Elmer. They finished equal on points after drawing their opening game against each other, but Fabrizio finished in top spot as he hammered Adrian while Hermann could only beat Adrian comfortably. Group Two saw Oliver Ollnow continue his recent run of great results, easily topping his group which featured Dave Sultana and new Sydney TFC recruit, Leonardo Nizzoli. Meanwhile, the 4 player Group Three saw the incredibly unlucky Geoff Sirmai finish in 3rd spot, in spite of amassing 5 points in going undefeated - Both Eliot Kennedy and Steve Dettre also finished on 5 points but had better goal differences than Geoff. Daniel Sirmai was the unfortunate victim of the top 3 players' quest for better goal differences.
In the Repechage section, Adrian saw off Daniel 2-0 while Geoff had the same result against Leonardo. In the Repechage final, Adrian attacked for much of the opening phase, before Geoff came into his own in the latter stages. Neither player could, however, break the other's defense and so a 0-0 result saw the two share the consolation category.
The Barrage saw Hermann score an unexpected 2-1 victory over Eliot, though Hermann's recent form means that this probably shouldn't have been a huge surprise. meanwhile, Steve and David fought out a dogged 0-0, Steve eventually coming up trumps, 2-1, in the shootout. The Semi-final between Fabrizio and Steve was tense for the opening 5 minutes, with neither player taking the upper hand. In a flurry over the next five minutes, however, Fabrizio gained a 2-1 advantage as both goals saw excellent opportunities converted. A late 3rd goal confirmed Fabrizio's passage to the final. The father and son match-up (Hermann v Oliver) in the other semi, saw Oliver revert to the 9-1 structure which had served him well in his recent Falcons' WASPA tournament win. Hermann huffed and puffed but struggled to break down Oliver's dogged defence until later in the game. Hermann then rode out a scary stranded traveling 'keeper moment to hold on for a 1-0 victory.
The final, therefore, saw the two opening game, Group One combatants, meet up again. While they couldn't be split in their first encounter, Fabrizio had obviously warmed up by now. His two unanswered goals gave him his second tournament win for the month.
Thanks to all who turned up and enjoyed yet another hard fought, friendly bunch of games. Thanks, as ever, to our great hosts, Bella Vista Good Games. A happy new year to all with lots more table football action in store.
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OCTOBER WASPA TOURNAMENT REPORT


It was an evening of schmoozing with the presidents at the HQ of Western Sydney Subbuteo, with Australian Table Football Association president, Adrian Connolly, visiting from Melbourne and the Federation of International Sports Table Football Association president, Steve Dettre, making the trek across from Chatswood. No doubt the other players put in a quiet word with their suggestions for running the game as they took on their illustrious opponents.
A small swiss system was battled out. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Paul Magee and Paul Stockbridge faced each other in the first round, a game which doubled as their WSS Spring League fixture. Paul M slotted a goal in each half to take the game against a quickly improving Paul S. Meanwhile, Steve went down 1-0 to his Northern Falcons club mate, Hermann Kruse. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Adrian Elmer opened the scoring in his fixture against Adrian C inside the first minute of their clash which proved to be the only goal action of the entire game.
Round two pitted Paul M against Hermann. A fixture which is always a tight one proved so again, with Hermann coming out on top via a solitary goal. Adrian E came from behind to pip Steve 2-1. On the third pitch, the ATFA president found that every touch turned to gold as he slammed six goals past a shell-shocked Paul S.
The final round saw Paul S recover to go down valiantly 2-1 to the other president, Steve, while Paul and Adrian C battled out a hard fought, goalless match in their first ever meeting. In the tussle for the title, Hermann and Adrian E picked up their ongoing rivalry with another evenly pitted battle. Adrian took the lead midway through the game and tried valiantly to hold on, but the extra pressure Hermann put on chasing the equaliser paid dividends with an equaliser with a few minutes to go, meaning the title would be shared between the two.
An excellent evening of friendly competition, with many thanks, as usual, to our hosts at Bella Vista Good Games.
For full results, click here.For more photos, click here.

2018 SEPTEMBER CUP TOURNAMENT REPORT


September means a couple of important things for Western Sydney Subbuteo, the beginning of the annual Spring League and the staging of Australia's longest continually running tournament - The September Cup. The September Cup also contains an element of particular fondness for competitors as, in keeping with the tournaments history, only Subbuteo branded figures and pitches are used. So, for one tournament every year, 90s Hasbro bases rub up against 80s lightweights, 60s heavyweights and even the occasional team of cardboard or celluloid flats.
This year, 8 competitors turned up to The Old Clubhouse in Toongabbie. Split into two unseeded groups, play soon got underway on one of the coldest September days in living memory. This fact made things interesting for one pitch in particular, the outdoor verandah pitch, where players complained of cold fingers.
Early games saw Kostas Barbaris come from behind to take a 2-1 victory over Adrian Elmer, Paul Magee and Hermann Kruse batle out a frustrating 0-0 draw, Eliot Kennedy edging Costa Kamarados 1-0 and Antonio Credentino putting 2 unanswered past Oli Ollnow who was playing with old bases for the first time in his life. By the second round of games, Oli had got much more used to the bases and ran out 2-0 over Costa. Eliot got on a goalscoring roll, beating Antonio 3-1, though the general play was closer than this. Paul and Kostas scored a goal each in their match while Adrian broke Hermann's heart with a solitary winner scored with just 4 seconds left on the clock.
In the final group games, Group B was reasonably straight forward. Eliot continued his good goalscoring form, in spite of his jetlag (he had made an overnight flight from Korea just to be at the tournament) and was particularly pleased that some of his 1970s curling skills were able to be used for one goal in particular as he beat Oli 3-0. Antonio put 2 past Costa, meaning Eliot and he wrapped up the two top positions in the group. Group B was much more open, with all four players still able to progress and all four players still in danger of missing out. And this was reflected in the tightness of the games. Kostas kept up his unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory over Hermann which gave him top spot in the group and vanquished Hermann to the foot of the table. Meanwhile, Paul used the 'Magee Swarm' for large swathes of his match against Adrian, a factor which contributed to him scoring the game's solitary goal when Adrian fell victim to the dreaded stranded travelling 'keeper.
The Consolation Semi-Finals saw Adrian victorious 2-0 over Costa while the father-son showdown between Hermann and Oli provided some of the afternoon's more boisterous moments. Players inside the clubhouse noted that things must be going bad for Hermann to celebrate a goal so loudly while playing against his son as one of his reactions to scoring on the outdoor pitch could be heard from right around the entire property! In the end, however, this was not enough, Oli running out a 3-2 victor. In the 7th/8th play-off, Hermann took out his frustrations 2-0 over Costa, who finished the tournament with the honour of not managing to get his early 80s lightweights to trouble the scorer across the day. in the 5th/6th playoff, Adrian repeated his earlier feat against Hermann, this time against the son, Oli, as he scored a winner with 13 seconds to go after a very even match.
The main Semi-Finals saw Antonio finally put Kostas' unbeaten run to an end with a convincing 3-0 victory. The other match saw the day's two past masters, legends of the round based figures game from the 1970s and 80s - Paul and Eliot - face each other in the showdown. And the game proved to be as exciting as it had promised. Eliot came out on top in the end (no doubt, the cider he had begun consuming was helping him overcome his jetlag) but it took all 3 of his goals to beat Paul who scored 2 of his own. The 3rd/4th play-off between Paul and Kostas found the pair unable to break each other's defenses and so the day's first shootout ensued. After the tightness of the game, the shootout was a one sided affair, with Paul running out a 3-0 winner after only 3 shots each, to snag 3rd place.
Which left just the Grand Final to be played between Antonio and Eliot. As with the 3rd/4th playoff (and, to show just how even things actually were between all the players across the afternoon), the 20 minutes of regular play failed to split the pair. In truth, it was a reasonably dour affair with lots of midfield tussling but not much goalmouth action. And so the players went to shots. Eliot opened his account with a goal from his first shot, then saved Antonio's effort. From here, things went a little pear shaped for Eliot, however, as is often the case for him in shootout situations. However, he did cling on for a 2-2 scoreline at the completion of the five shots apiece. And so, to sudden death they went. Eliot's first shot was fired straight at Antonio's 'keeper, knocking it away from the goal. Antonio then replied with a deft chip that beat Eliot's 'keeper at the near post to take the title.
A new September Cup Champion - Antonio[/caption]Thanks again to all the players who got right into the spirit of retro fun and fair play that the tournament has come to be known for. A new name on the old trophy is always a great thing as well, so well done to Antonio for joining the elite club. And, to the eternal bridesmaid, Eliot, there's always next year.
For full results, click here.For more photos, click here.For full video of the Grand Final, click here (pt i) and here (pt ii)

AUGUST WASPA TOURNAMENT


four in for this month's waspa tournament. and it was a family affair with recent recruits, vince and ray bringing along their dad, louis. louis is the owner of possibly the finest subbuteo stadium in australia and played his first game in 1961!!
in the first games, vince took adrian all the way, using his 'keeper brilliantly and setting up the odd chance for himself before settling for 0-0. meanwhile, ray put two past his dad. in the second round, louis showed his experience, scoring and then threatening to do a nude run in celebration against vince. in the end he settled for taking off his jacket. meanwhile, ray bore the brunt of adrian's earlier goalscoring frustrations and conceded 3 unanswered. with all 4 players in with a mathematical chance going into the final game, ray and vince cancelled each other out, though vince's goal was shrouded in controversy. this meant that adrian's win over louis gave him the honours for the evening.
Ray Micallef 2 0 Louis MicallefVince Micallef 0 0 Adrian Elmer
Ray Micallef 0 3 Adrian ElmerLouis Micallef 1 0 Vince Micallef
Adrian Elmer 4 0 Louis MicallefVince Micallef 1 1 Ray Micallef

JULY WASPA TOURNAMENT


Thursday, July 19, 2018, 7PMGood Games Bella Vista
Mathew Barrie 0 - 1 Adrian GrunbachAdrian Elmer 3 - 0 Mathew BarrieAdrian Grunbach 2 - 0 Adrian Elmer


JUNE WASPA TOURNAMENT


Thursday, June 7, 2018Good Games Bella Vista
Adrian Elmer 1 0 Fabrizio CocoFabrizio Coco 4 0 Leivur RagnarssonLeivur Ragnarsson 0 1 Adrian Elmer


SUBBUTEO PARRAMATTA

AUTUMN 2018 JUNIOR WASPA TOURNAMENT


Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12PM-3PMGood Games Bella Vista
Junior WASPA Tournament held on Thursday, April 26 at Good Games Bella Vista.8 players competed, split into two groups with the top two from each group going through to the knockout stages and the other two from each playing the consolation stages. Northern Falcons' Oli Ollnow won the grand final against his team mate Jonas Hahn.
All games 2x10 minute halves.NF = Northern Falcons Table Football ClubSP = Subbuteo Parramatta
Group 1 Rd Score 1 Oliver Ollnow 3 0 Hermine Ollnow1 Jonas Hahn 1 0 Ethan Gallardo2 Hermine Ollnow 0 0 Jonas Hahn2 Ethan Gallardo 0 2 Oliver Ollnow3 Oliver Ollnow 0 0 Jonas Hahn3 Ethan Gallardo 0 0 Hermine Ollnow
Pos Player/Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Oliver Ollnow (NF) 3 2 1 0 5 0 5 72 Jonas Hahn (NF) 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 53 Hermine Ollnow (NF) 3 0 2 1 0 3 -3 24 Ethan Gallardo (SP) 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

Group 2 Rd Score 1 Moritz Hahn 0 0 Imojjen Elmer1 Æowyn Elmer 0 0 Angela Wooden2 Imojjen Elmer 0 0 Æowyn Elmer2 Angela Wooden 0 0 Moritz Hahn3 Moritz Hahn 1 0 Æowyn Elmer3 Angela Wooden 0 1 Imojjen Elmer
Pos Player/Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Imojjen Elmer (SP) 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 52 Moritz Hahn (NF) 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 53 Æowyn Elmer (SP) 3 0 2 1 0 1 -1 24 Angela Wooden (SP) 3 0 2 1 0 1 -1 2

Semifinal Rd Score SF1 Oliver Ollnow 4 0 Moritz HahnSF2 Jonas Hahn 1 0 Imojjen Elmer
3rd/4th Place PlayoffRd Score3/4 Imojjen Elmer 0 0 Moritz Hahn
Final Rd ScoreOliver Ollnow 1 0 Jonas Hahn
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