The FISTF Major of Rome was held for the first time this week-end. The tournament was a Grand Prix last season and was promoted as Major after the belgian club of Stembert decided not to organize a Major this season. The level was high with many excellent players travelling to the center of Italy. Carlos Flores (Spain/Reggio Emilia) proved to be in the shape of his life after beating Daniele Bertelli in the final. Massimialno Nastasi and Antonio Mettivieri reached the final 4. In the veterans, the level was very high as well but in the end it was a small surprise to see ACS Perugia’s Gerardo patruno beat Malta’s Charles Aquilina in the final. the other individual results were David Gonzalez (U19 – picture), Francesco Vezzuto (U15), the young Antonio Chieppa (U12) and Switzerland’s Trisha Baumeler in the ladies section.
The team event was also very hot with 40 teams dropped in 10 groups. After a perfect day, the guys of Reggio Emilia (Flores, Lamberti, Licheri, Capellacci and Bari) won the tournament. They beat Pisa in the final. ACS Perugia and the Napoli Fighters were the semi-finalists.
(Article updated on January 28, 2015)
The Satellite of Reggio Calabria was held on January 10 and 11 with a good field of players in three categories. Santo Longo (Catania) was the best of the 23 Open players. He beat Claudio La Torre in the final. Daniele calcagno and Michele Cortese lost in the semis. Pietro Ielapi won the veterans (final against Giovanni Tonietti) while Claudio La Torre won the U15 section (final against Antonio La Torre). The team event was played as a group of six with a final victory for the team of CCT Siracusa (5 wins).
The first tournament of the year in Belgium took place in Eugies on January 10 & 11 with some competitors travelling from France, the Netherlands and England. Many top belgian players were not taking part but the current number 1 of the belgian ranking, Christophe Dheur, was there with the ambition to win. After defeating Christophe Brach, Emmanuel Gorgette and David Ruelle, Dheur (SC Charleroi) defeated France’s Rémi Soret int he final (1-0). Int he veterans, the top seed was Daniel Scheen (TFC Wiener Neustadt) but Dan lost to SC Temploux player Benoit Massart on shots in the final. Other winners in the categories were David Vantassel (AS Hennuyer) in U19, Maxime Rairoux (SC Eugies) in U15, Corentin Bouchez (SC Eugies) in U12 and Margault Delval (AS Hennuyer) in the ladies section.
In the team event, 15 teams were dropped in three groups. Rochefort TS beat Brussels Subbuteo Club in the final while SC Eugies and AS Hennuyer lost in the semis.
The Grand Prix of Austria took place on January 3 & 4 and was organized by the club of TSC Royal 78 in Vienna. 11 teams competed in the team event and TFC Mattersburg won the title after a close final against TFC Wiener Neustadt (2-1). TFC Wiener Neustadt B and TSC Royal 78 Kaisermühlen lost in the semis. The Open tournament had a surprising final but Wolfgang Leitner won the event after a close game against Italy’s Marco Bernardis (2-1). Belgium’s David Ruelle and local player Murat Tunger reached the semis. In the other categories, Stefan Sandner won the veterans final against Günther Bamberzky, Lorenzo Praino defeated Lukas Eppensteiner (U19), Marios Stromer came on top of the U15 section, Tomasso Lazzari dominated the U12 group stage of six players and Conny Vulpes won the ladies section.
The FISTF Grand Prix of Australia took place in Melbourne this week-end. For the first time players from Singapore and Hong Kong travelled to Australia for what was also called the “Asian Championship”. Serious things started in the quarter-finals when Vikas Chandaramani defeated John Ho to qualify for the semis. Hong Kong’s Antonio Carabillo also managed to get his ticket for the final 4 after defeating Steve Dettre.
In the semis, Australians seemed to be the strongest players. Robert Green beat Vikas Chandaramani (1-0) while Peter Thomas Peter Thomas defeated Antonio Carabillo (3-0).
Peter Thomas beat Robert Green in the final (1-0) to become the first Asian champion.
Benjamin Ng won the U12 event.
On sunday, the club of Northern Falcons (Sydney) took the honors in the team event after beating Melbourne TFC 2-1 in the final. The consolation tournament was also a WASPA tournament with 12 players. Luke Radzimisnki took the honors after beating Giuseppe Tardiota (1-0) in the final. Congratulations to all the guys in Australia who made things happen.
(Pictures from Mr. Steve Dettre and Mr Benny Ng)
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