As every third week-end of the month, there was no important FISTF tournament this week-end. All over Europe, there were several competitions for teams and here is a very brief summary of the national competitions.
AUSTRIA: TSC Royal 78 (Stefan Sandner, Alexander Haas, Heinz Eder and Murat Tünger) has become Austrian Cup winner. They beat TFC Wiener Neustadt in the semi and TFC Mattersburg in the final, a big performance.
ITALY: CCT Black & Blue Pisa (article picture) won the national Cup in San Benedetto (final against Fiamme Azzurre). The team of Perugia (picture) won the U19 tournament.
MALTA: the national championship for teams took place this week-end. The winners are Valletta Subbuteo Club (picture) while the Valletta Lions are runner-ups.
SPAIN: Congratulations to the team of Tiburones (picture) for winning the national title. During the week-end, invidual titles have also been awarded to David Gonzalez (Open), Ferran Coll (Veterans), Antonio J. Casín (U19), Antonio García Fernandez (U15), Kristian Sylagiev (U12).
BELGIUM: the third (of 4) day of the national league was played in Rochefort. After 12 games, SC Charleroi is still the leader of the league with 29 points while Rochefort TS have 28. Verviers-Herve (22), SC Stembert (20) and Brussels SC (20) are still competing to qualify for European cups. SC Eugies “B” is the leader of Division 2.
Last week-end 30 players attended the FISTF Open of Tires in Portugal. Among the competitors, there were three players from Spain and one from Greece. Thigs started on saturday with the victory of Tiburones in the team event. The Spanish team defeated the home team of GRD 1º Maio Tires in the final.
In the age categories, the winners of the youth section were David Gonzalez (U19) and Gil Afonso (U15) while the veterans had a good field of ten players and Nuno Noronha won the final on shots against António Montaño.
The Open category on sunday had a good field of 26 entries. U19 player David Gonzalez from Spain beat Veteran Nuno Noronha (4-1) in the final to claim the trophy. Ricardo Pavão and Hugo Carvalho were the smei-finalists.
Full results: Open – Tires
During the week-end of February 14 and 15, an international open tournament was played in the Acharnis Hotel, Parnitha. The tournament was organised by the Pobladores Griegos team. On saturday we had the team event. 10 teams (from 7 clubs) were present. Falcons Athens (see picture) won the final against Scarlet Battalion SC. Olympia and the home team Pobladores reached the semis.
On sunday we had three individual categories: the ladies, open and veterans. In the ladies section (5 players) Dionysia Koulosousa won the group. Eleftheria Papanikolaou was second.
In the open category (49 players), Spyros Hantzaras was the winner. Kostas Seses reached the semi. Lambros Drossopoulos and Nikos Naskos were the semi-finalists.
In the veterans (11 players) Marcos Kapsambelis (picture) won the final against Lazaros Papakonstantinou. Aggelinas brothers Chris and George reached the semis.
The consolation tournament was named as a WASPA tournament. Yannis Salamouris beat Dimitris Patrinos in the final.
In the attached file you can see all the results: Open – Athènes 2
(Report by Chris Aggelinas)
The Grand Prix of France took place this week-end in Issy-les-Moulineaux with a strong field of 162 players coming from 11 nations. Besides the 54 French players, there were 108 foreign players. In the Open category, the top seed was the current world champion Juan Noguera. The player from Spain was defeated in the semi-final by Belgium’s Christophe Dheur. Dheur later beat Sami Targui in the final to claim the title (1-0). Maikel de Haas from the Netherlands was the other semi-finalist.
There were many big games in the veterans section. World number 1 Gianfranco Calonico had a perfect road to the final but in the last game, Patrick de Jong from the Netherlands tied 2-2 and finally took the title on shots.
Françoise Guyot from France won the ladies category, defeating Audrey Herbaut in the final. In the other categories, the titles were awarded to Belgium’s Florian Giaux (U19 – picture), Italy’s Nicola Borgo (U12) and Belgium’s Corentin Bouchez (U12).
On sunday 30 teams attended the club tournament. SC Charleroi took the honor after beating Fiamme Azzurre in the final. The Belgians made a great tournament, managing to qualify their second squad for the semi-final as well.
Congratulations to the organizers for a great tournament.
ESA’s first event of 2015, the Leicester International Open, had many players competing for silverware as London & Essex United captured the team title with a tense victory over Yorkshire Phoenix. The 11 team event had some great games and plenty of goals as the teams battled for supremacy. In the end the semi-finals saw 3 English teams in the last 4 as Kent Invicta lost to London & Essex Utd and Yorkshire Phoenix beat Scotland’s Tayside Kickers. The Final, although a low scoring affair, provided plenty of drama as London took the game 2-1 over their Northern rivals.
The Individuals provided some excellent play on the Saturday with Scotland’s Steve Bennett winning the Open 3-1 over Paulo Gouveia from Portugal. The Veterans final had the same finalists as last year with the Belgian, Daniel Scheen narrowly beating Spain’s Luis Mendez 3-2.
The youth categories were again keenly contested, providing great tournament experience for the younger players. It was an all English final for the Under 19’s as London’s Elliott Bellefontaine edged out Kent’s Christopher Bowen 2-1 on shots after a 1-1 draw. The Under 15’s saw the Belgium’s Noe Scheen in action yet again over his English rival, Kye Arnold from Kent. This was another close game finishing with Scheen winning 3-2 with a sudden death goal. The Under 12’s had an all-England and Kent final, as finally, the impressive Joseph Kinrade won his first FISTF tournament title with a 2-0 win over teammate Thomas Price.
Steve Bennett (TAY/SCO) 3-1 Paulo Gouveia (GRO/POR)
Daniel Scheen (WIE/BEL) 3-2 Luis Mendez (TIB/ESP)
Elliott Bellefontaine (LEU/ENG) 1-1 (2-1 sh) Christopher Bowen (KIV/ENG)
Noe Scheen (WIE/BEL) 2-2 (3-2 sd) Kye Arnold (KIV/ENG)
Joseph Kinrade (KIV/ENG) 2-0 Thomas Price (KIV/ENG)
Sunday Team Event
London & Essex Utd ‘A’ ENG 2-1 Yorkshire Phoenix ‘A’ ENG
Dave Pawsey 1-0 Brian Daley
Matt Thomas 0-0 Luca Martinelli
Brian Butterworth 0-1 Paul Lawrenson
Phil Holmes 1-0 Ben Staples
(Report by Terry Arnold)