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Report of the Satellite in Berry

Subbuteo Parramatta went on the road for this FISTF/WASPA tournament, heading down to club member, Raffaele Lombardi’s home town of Berry. The glorious sunlit day filled the room for the players to face off – some of the old regulars against some old champions who’ve recently returned to the game, as well as some novices to bring renewed enthusiasm.

Group 1 turned out to be where a lot of the action would be – both grand finalists as well as the repechage winner fought out the group stage. Daniele Lombardi was overwhelmed in his matches against Peter Thomas and former Australian junior champion Will Johncock. Their encounter against each other was a cagey affair, ending 2-1 to Peter.

Group 2 saw Eliot Kennedy down Adrian Elmer 2-0 in the first match, Adrian defending doggedly for the opening 15 minutes before letting himself down with some poor play and 2 conceded goals in the opening couple of minutes of the second half. New boy Mat Barrie then did the same to Adrian, Mat’s reading of the game serving him well until Adrian finally managed to break through midway through the second half. Eliot’s experience was too much for Mat in the final game.

Group 3, the only one with 4 players, was also the group that could go down to the wire, which it did. An opening 1-1 draw between Steve Dettre and Raffaele Lombardi could have gone either way, with each player having a golden chance to take the game in the final minute alone, a draw, however, being a fair reflection. Paul Magee got warmed up with a win over the other new boy, Adam Reynolds. Steve accounted for Paul in the second round, while Raffaele dispatched Adam. In the final games, the biggest celebration of the day happened when Adam scored his first ever competitive goal – a well placed finish against Steve – though Steve kept control, winning the game. Paul knew he needed to beat Raffaele to progress to the knock-out stage but, in the end, had to be content with the repechage after Raffaele saw him off 2-0.

The repechage semis saw the experience of Daniele and Paul win out over the new players, Mat and Adam though Mat, again, showed a deft defensive line and made Paul work hard, while both players brought an enthusiasm to the dy and willingness to learn that will see them progress quickly. In the final, two very different styles fought out for supremacy with Paul’s calculated precision rubbing up against Daniele’s flamboyance. Paul took the lead, while Daniele had thought he had equalised with a deft shot before realising he had a figure off-side. In the second half, Daniele pressed hard and finally found the net with a swift series of flicks on the run to bury the ball. As the game looked like heading for extra-time, Daniele took the lead, another swift manouvre and powerful shot giving him the repechage title.

In the barrage rounds, Steve took a comfortable 2 goal to the half-time break over Adrian, but Adrian got into the game much more in the second half, pulling one back and coming close a few more times. Steve’s experience, however, showed through as he made sure of his place in the semis with a 3rd. Will defeated Raffaele 3-1 to take the other semi, meaning the 3 seeded players were in the semis, joined by the the former junior champion playing his first tournament after an almost 20 year lay-off.

While Steve had his moments, Peter took an early goal in their semi, which allowed Peter to settle and dominate. His third goal, in particular, was an absolute screamer, scored by a deep, defensive figure piercing the smallest gap to get a venemous shot on target. Meanwhile, Will was pushing Eliot all the way, Eliot unable to turn field position into scoreboard dominance. 1-1 at full time meant the first (and only) extra time of the day was needed. This turned into an almost non-event, though, as, barely had the extra period started and the audience settled in to watch the tussle, than Will scored a well taken golden goal winner, giving him a rematch against his group opponent, Peter.

Having learned a few things from their earlier encounter, Peter played a perfect opening and was 3-0 up inside 5 minutes. An earlier comment about an extra pie that Will had eaten at lunch came back to haunt him as he appeared unable to move in the face of Peter’s quickfire attacks. He did finally settle, though, and was able to head to the half-time break without conceding again. Midway through the second half, however, Peter put the result beyond doubt with a knock-out blow 4th goal. Will did get some possession and pulled back a well-taken consolation, before Peter rounded out a convincing performance with 2 more to take the game 6-1.

A fantastic day of Subbuteo, played in sublime surrounds with great sportsmanship on display at all levels. It was great to see new and returning players throw themselves at the challenge with enthusiasm, while the regulars continued their onfield duels with each other with both competitiveness and camaraderie.

(Report from Adrian Elmer, originally posted here)

To see the full results click here.
To see more photos, click here.

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Cédric Garnier wins the Yokohama Satellite

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Last saturday 16 players attended the Satellite organized in Yokohama, japan. This time Cédric Garnier was not the only Frenchman taking part as his younger brother Benjamin was also playing and former FISTF President Laurent Garnier came as a visitor.

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Cédric took the honors after beating brother Benjamin in the final. Hideaki Wada and Kenzo Koi were the semi-finalists.

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Karibu Miwa was the U12 champion, winning a group of finve players while Kazuki Okano was second.

Ful results: Satellite – Yokohama

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Den Mulia wins Singapore Open

A total of 12 U19 players contested for the 2015 TFAS Cup U19 Champion title in a Swiss format of 4 rounds. The top 2 players then play-off for the right to be called Champion and Runners-Up respectively; while the next 2 players in the standings play-off for Third and Fourth placing.

The Third and Fourth play-off match was between the Lim brothers of Isaac and Luke. Luke proved the calmer of the pair as he repeated his 1-0 win over Isaac during the preliminaries with another 1-0 win to claim Third place.

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The Final was between Giovanni and Chihiro – who pipped Isaac to the Final play-off with a late winning goal in Round 4 of the preliminaries. Giovanni comfortably repeated his earlier 4-0 victory over Chihiro to emerge Champion with another 3-0 win!

The 2nd day of the event saw a total of 28 players in the Individual Open event in accordance to FISTF guidelines. Players who qualified for the Group stages went ahead with a Barrage round, followed by the traditional Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, 3rd/4th Placings and the Final. At the end of the day, Den Mulia emerged Champions, Rudy came up Runners-Up; while Antonio claimed Third and Anas finished Fourth … Congrats to the winners!

Full report here: http://wp.me/p2MOJj-V2

Full results here: Open – Singapour

(Report by TFAS)

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A first Major for Emanuele Licheri

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Last week-end Frameries was as every year the center of the subbuteo planet. Players from all over Europe came to attend the world’s biggest tournament and this year, we had again a field of more than 200 entries. On saturday, 38 teams were dropped in eight groups and the level was very high with many top european teams while AS Hennuyer was fieldieng five teams and the neighbors of SC Eugies had four teams. The event was very open till the semi-finals but at this stage of the day, Reggio Emilia defeated the Falcons Athens on goal-difference while the Valletta Lions beat SC Charleroi by a victory (2-1). The final was disputed till the end but this time, Reggio Emilia proved to be the side with more experience as Flores (see upper picture in his game against Charleroi’s Michael Casciano), Cremona, Licheri, Monica and Bari won on goal-difference (2-2 and 8 goals to 6).

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The Open category was full of surprises. This time, the top seeds didn’t manage to qualify for the final. In the decisive game, we had a surprising match between Italy’s Emanuele licheri (Reggio Emila) and Malta’s Angelo Borg (Valletta Lions). The Italian was the final winner after ho beat Borg by a spectacular 4-3. Carlos Flores and Mark Gauci were the semi-finalists. On the picture, see the podium of the open category.

There was another Valletta Lion in a final as Charles Aquilina won the veterans section. The Maltese beat Gibraltar’s John Field (2-0).

In the other categories, the winners were Spain’s David Gonzalez (U19), Italy’s David Gonzalez (U15) and Belgium’s Corentin Bouchez (U12) while the ladies category had a Belgian final between Emilie Despretz and Jessica Hardenne. Home player Emilie beat the world champion on shots.

Congratulations again to AS Hennuyer for putting a perfect show with a positive spirit and an amazing field of players.

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Kegenbein and Bamberzky winners in Prague

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The Open of Prague is taking place this week-end and this is the first event in Czech Republic for many years. On saturday, 22 players competed in the Open category. Germany’s Bjorn Kegenbein beat Austria’s Christian Haas in the final (4-1). Thomas wittmann and Alexander Haas were the semi-finalists. 22 players competed in the veterans section and this time it was an all-austrian final between Günther Bamberzky (picture) and Stefan Sandner (2-1). The other individual winners were Elliott Bellefontaine (U19), Alwin Krause (U15) and Victoria Büsing (Ladies). Robert Green (Australia) won the consolation tournament played under WASPA banner.

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On sunday eight teams attended the interclubs. After the group stage, Austrian teams qualified for the final. TSC Royal 78 defeated Sparta Spreeathen (Germany) while TFC Wiener Neustadt beat TSG Rain, also from Germany. The final was close but finally TSC Royal (picture) won the game on a small score (1-0) to win the title.

Congratulations to those who made possible to have a Subbuteo tournament in Czech Republic.

Full results: Open – Prague