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Two titles for John Field in Gibraltar

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Last week-end 31 flickers from 5 nations met in Gibraltar to play the local Grand Prix. The Open category had a great turnout of 24 and local player John Field, who was also the organizer of the event, beat clubmate Patrick Dean in the final. Spain’s Antonio Montaño and Antonio Casin lost in the semis. Spain’s David Gonzalez won the U19 event while Gil Afonso from Portugal was the best U15.
John Field, who was in a hot week-end, also won the veterans category.
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Foreign guests made the show in the team event and Tiburones (Spain) beat GRD Tires from Portugal in the final to claim the trophy.

Full results here: Grand Prix – Gibraltar

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Christian Haas wins in Mallorca

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On May 9 and 10 41 players from five nations attended the grand prix of Spain in the sunny island of Mallorca. Despite the presence of two promising spanish players in the semi-finals (Antonio Casin and David Gonzalez), the final was a foreign affair with Christian Haas (Austria) taking the honors against Belgium’s Justin Leroy. Spanish players took the honors in the other categories as Antonio garcia won the U19 event while Antonio Montaño defeated Vicenç Prats Salas in the veterans final. Montaño’s team of Tiburones (top picture) was on fire on the sunday as they won the team events, defeating Murcia in the final. Congratulations ot all the winners.

Full results here: Grand Prix – Majorque

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Report of the TFAS Future

SINGAPORE – TFAS Future was held at the home of Jurong Central Subbuteo Club on the 17th of May 2015. A total of 23 players took part in this competition.

Players were drawn into 5 groups of 3 players and 2 groups of 4 in accordance to the FISTF regulations. The 7 seeded players took their places in their respective groups according to the latest available FISTF world rankings which saw Rizal Taib took the 1st seed spot at group A.

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At the end of the group games, the top two players of each groups qualify for the next round while the bottom 2 went to play in the plates. There was no upsets in the group stages where all the seeded players went through to the next round even though they encounter tough challenges from some unexpected players in their respective groups.

The plates event went extremely well where the players who are knock-out from the group stages were given a chance to redeemed themselves in an another event. The Plates final was between Singapore former U19 champion Azhar and Athur Yeo. It was a very end to end match where both players have their own chances at goal. The interesting Plate finals saw Athur Yeo won Azhar by 3 goals to 1. This deserving win saw Athur winning his first silverware in this sports.

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The Futures main event has an interesting twist right from the barrages stage where we saw some of the top seeded players being knock-out. One of the key matches of the barrages was between two seeded players, Amin and Chandru faces of with each other. It was a very tight game which saw Amin won by just a goal to qualify for the quarter finals. Seeded players, Isaac was also knock-out by one of the veteran player, Sunil.

Quarter final was even more exciting where we saw a top seeded player of the tournament, Rizal Taib was knock out by Noor Haikal. 2 more shocking results which saw young Bharvin beat veteran Sunil by 2 goals to nil. His younger brother, Ruhan did not dissapoint too as he beat senior and seeded player, Amin to a goal to nil. Both of them who were both under the age of 16 shows what a talent they had in this sport and what a bright future for Singapore Table football.

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The Semi Finals was a tough match for the two brothers, Bharvin and Ruhan who were match-up with a more senior players, Henry and Noor Haikal respectively. Even though both of them did made a good challenge for their opponent, the more experienced Henry and Noor Haikal won their match respectively with a very respectable scoreline.

The 3rd and 4th placing of the Futures saw both brothers playing with each other to fight for the 3rd place. A lot of thrash talking and mind games between them before the start of the match. As exciting as it is, the elder of the brother, Bharvin who eventually won the 3rd spot with a tight score of 2-1

The finals of the Futures was between Henry and Noor Haikal. Both players with the same playing styles met in the finals of the TFAS Futures. It was a nerve wrecking match where both players trying to get the first goal of the game. Finally the breakthrough was on the 13th minutes of the game where a mistakes by Henry cost him a goal. Second half of the finals saw Henry playing an all-out attack to catch the game but it was backfire as a good counter attack play by Noor Haikal got him another two more goals. The finals end with a result of 3-0 with Noor Haikal crowned as champion of the competition. The undefeated Noor Haikal who scored 17 goals and only conceit 1 goal in the competition was the deserving winner of the competition.

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The prize presentation sums up the whole competition. Congratulations to the winners and job well done to the organizers and the outstanding players who made this event a successful one and special thanks to Jurong Central Subbuteo Club for hosting this event.

(Report by Noor Haikal)

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Erik Haefke wins Satellite in Michigan

Congratulations to Eric Haefke (Iowa; Chicago United) for his first tournament win in Michigan, defeating perennial finalist and title holder Peter Alegi (Lansing MI; Chicago United) 4-3 in sudden death overtime.

Nine participants at the annual Flicko de Mayo, for the second time a FISTF Satellite, enjoyed a great high-scoring tournament. Dario Passadore from Florida pulled off a 3-2 win against Ilias Gikas (Chicago) in the group stage to keep him from a repeat semi-final against Peter Alegi. Alegi won the all-Italian semi-final 2-0, while Erik Haefke won an open encounter with Marcus Fila 5-2.

The final saw Alegi down two quick goals, but he recovered to tie 2-2 before a further marker from Haefke put the Iowan ahead at half time. The second half saw no further scoring until around 15 seconds from time, when Alegi scored the equaliser. To no avail, however, as Haefke walked off with the trophy by scoring the golden goal four minutes into overtime.

Group A: Alegi 8 Pate 1, Fila 7 Galarza 0, Alegi 3-0F Galarza, Fila 3 Pate 3, Alegi 2 Fila 0, Pate 3-0F Galarza.
Group B: Passadore 5 Sweetland 0, Haefke 3 Ewer 0, Gikas 4 Sweetland 0, Passadore 0 Ewer 1, Gikas 4 Ewer 2, Passadore 1 Haefke 3, Gikas 3 Haefke 5, Ewer 1 Sweetland 2, Gikas 2 Passadore 3, Haefke 4 Sweetland 0.

Group A
Peter Alegi ……….. 3 3-0-0 13-1 9
Marcus Fila ………. 3 1-1-1 10-5 4 (GD, forfeits excluded)
Paul Pate ………….. 3 1-1-1 7-11 4
Alex Galarza ……… 3 0-0-3 0-13 0

Group B
Chris Sweetland … 4 1-0-3 2-14 3 (H2H 2-1)
Mike Ewer ………… 4 1-0-3 4-9 3
Erik Haefke ……….. 4 4-0-0 15-4 12
Dario Passadore … 4 2-0-2 9-6 6 (H2H 3-2)
Ilias Gikas …………. 4 2-0-2

Consolation Final
Gikas 5 Pate 0

Semis
Alegi 2 Passadore 0
Haefke 5 Fila 2

Final
Haefke 4 Alegi 3 (AET)

Results file: Satellite – Grand Rapids

(Report from MiSTFA)

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Rémi Soret and Proteas Athens win in Gillingham IO!

With 70 players from 10 different nations taking part, the 2 day event in Gillingham provided some great action!

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The individuals ended up with some super finals, especially in the junior categories.

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In the Open, France’s Rémi Soret beat Belgium’s rising star, David Vantassel 2-0 in an all AS Hennuyer final (top picture shows the final 4 of the event: Vincent Coppenolle, Rémi Soret, David Vantassel, Geoffrey Marain) whilst Belgian Legend, Oliver Père of AS Hennuyer (see picture above), won the Veterans final 3-0 over Yorkshire & England’s Martin Hodds.

Steffen Despretz (Belgium & ASH) came out on top in the Under 19’s final with a 3-1 win over England & London & Essex United’s Elliott Bellefontaine.

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Both the U12’s and U15’s finals ended going all the way to sudden death shots resulting in England’s only winners on the day. The Under 15’s was finally won by Kent and England’s Kye Arnold with a 2-1 shots win over the Belgian, Matthias Averlant of Templeuve United after a 1-1 draw in normal time (see picture above with Kye and Matthias). The Under 12’s final was an all Kent & England affair as Thomas Price edged out Joshua Humphreys 3-2 on shots again after a 1-1 draw.

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On the Sunday, it was the Greek team, Proteas Athens (see picture), that came away with the team winner’s trophy at the Gillingham IO with a slender 1-0 over England’s Yorkshire Phoenix after victories over London & Essex Utd ‘C’ and ‘A’ teams respectively in the semi-final.

Full results here: Open – Gillingham

(Report from Terry Arnold)

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TFC Mattersburg and Alexander Haas dominte in Traiskirchen

The FISTF Open of Traiskirchen was held on May 2 in 3. Organizers were happy to have a good turnout of 9 teams and 48 individuals from 4 nations. Alexander Haas took the honors in the Open category, defeating Germany’s Alexander Ruf in the final. Björn Kegenbein and Christian Haas lost in the semis. Austria’s Marios Strommer from the host club beat Moritz Jung from Germany in the U15 final. There was a strong field of 15 veterans and Erich Hinkelmann defeated David Busch in the final. Maike Krause from germany defeated Noemi Bernhardsgrütter from Switzerland in the Ladies final and Daniel Vranovitz was the best U12. On sunday, TFC Mattersburg won the team evetnt as the beat Sparta Spreeathen 74/82 in the final. TFC Wiener Neustadt and TSC Royal 78 lost in the semis.

Full results here:  Open – Traiskirchen

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Malta: big wins for Samuel Bartolo and Juan Noguera

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On April 25 and 26, the island of Malta was hosting two international events. On Saturday, Spain’s Juan Noguera (picture)won the International Open, defeating Mark Gauci in the final. Andrew Abela (U19), Jurgen Balzan (U15) and Thomas Ebejer (U12) won the youth sections while the veterans final was between two Maltese players with Jason Pisani defeating Charles Aquilina.

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On Sunday, Samuel Bartolo beat Hansel Mallia in the final (see picture) of the individual grand prix. Andrew Abela (U19), Andrew Deguara (U15) and Thomas Ebejer (U12) won their respective categories while Massimo Cremona won the veterans section. The Reggio Emilia player beat Italy’s Lucio Cannichio in the final. Valletta Subbuteo Club took the honors by winning the team event.

Open results: Open – La Vallette 2
Grand Prix results: Grand Prix – La Vallette

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Perfect week-end for Athinakos players in Glasgow

During the week-end of April 11 and 12, 51 players from 7 nations attended the grand prix of Scotland in Glasgow. The Open category was a Greek story as Kostas Sesses defeated clubmate Dimitris Kosmopoulos in the final. Ireland’s Mark Farrell and Scotland’s Steve Bennett were the semi-finalists. Elliot Bellefontaine (England) won the U19 section by beating Italy’s Antonio De Francesco in the final. Stefano de Francesco was clearly the best veteran. He defeated England’s Martin Hodds in the final. Joseph Kinrade was the best U12, winning a small group of three players. On Sunday, 9 teams entered the team event. Athinaikos CS (Greece) defeated London & Essex United (England) on goal difference to win the title.

Full results here: Grand Prix – Glasgow