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Steve Bennett wins in Dundee

On June 20-21 the International Open of Tayside was played in Tannadice Park, home of Dundee United. An excellent days play ended with local player Steve Bennett defeating England’s Trevor Schott in the final.

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Dundee United TFC won the team event, winning a group of four. Yorkshire Phoenix ended as runner-up of the tournament.

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Luca Martinelli: the big man in Enderby

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Luca Martinelli and Justin Finch

There was a fantastic couple of days play at the ESA Satellite Weekender in Enderby. With Individuals each day, there was a lot of action, drama and good spirited play from everyone.

The Saturday event ended up with Yorkshire’s Luca Martinelli beating Dundee’s Paul Andreas 3-1 in the Open while Valetta Lion’s Justin Finch was victorious in the Veterans Final beating Kent’s Jeremy Bradley 5-0.

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The Junior categories saw Christopher Bowen edge out Kye Arnold 3-1 in an all Kent Under 19’s final whilst Kent’s Thomas Price beat Yorkshire’s Dylan Price 3-0 in the Under 15’s. To round up the Saturday play, it was Yorkshire’s Abbie Staples winning the Under 12’s final with a 2-0 win over Kent’s Sam Kelly.

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Jeremy Bradley vs Justin Finch

Sunday was another good day of play as Luca Martinelli did the double, this time beating London’s Colin ‘Taz’ Tarry in the Open Final by a 4-1 scoreline. The Veterans final was won by London’s Dave Pawsey with a 3-1 victory over Yorkshire’s Brian Daley.

The Junior categories all went to Golden-Goal as the Under 19’s was again an all Kent affair as Kye Arnold beat Joseph Kinrade 2-1 in extra time. Joseph however did win the Under 15’s final over his team mate, Thomas Price with an extra time 1-0 win and last but not least, London’s David Peterschinigg just beat Kent’s Sam Kelly 3-2 in the Under 12’s.

(Report by Terry Arnold)

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Two titles for Claudio Murcilli

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The International Open of Rosario was taking place last saturday in Argentina with 10 players taking part. In the Open category, Claudio Murcilli won the tournament after beating Fabrizio Bertolini (1-0) in the final. Sebastian Pesci and Nicolas Lioy lost in the semis. Claudio Murcilli was in a good day, also dominating the veterans section while Fabrizio Bertolini was runner-up.

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First class performance for Juan Noguera in Bologna

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In the last week-end of May the city of Bologna was the host of a fantastic FISTF Major. There were players from many different countries taking part and many of the world’s top players were competing. Serious things started in the early rounds but the first “clash of the Titans” occured in the quarter-finals when Daniele Bertelli defeated top seed Carlos Flores. Bertelli later beat Belgium’s Bessim Golger to qualify for the final. Spain’s Juan Noguera was the hot man of the week-end, beatting Kostas Seses, Luca Battista, Emanuele Licheri and Enrico Guidi to reach the final. The final was very open and Noguera took the honors, defeating Bertelli (3-2) to claim the title.

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The U19 event was also impressive with Belgium’s Florian Giaux (picture) being the unexpected winner after beating William Van Den Houte in quarter-final, David Gonzalez in the semi and Andrea Ciccarelli in the final. Italians were too strong in the U15 event and Matteo Brillantino beat Alessandro Amatelli in the final.

With more than 80 registered players, the veterans section was just awesome. Malta’s Massimo Cremona was the surprising winner, beating Francesco Quattrini in the final. Stefano De Francesco and Belgium’s Eric Threis were excellent semi-finalists.

The other individual winners of the week-end were Giorgio Giudice (U12) and Paola Forlani (Ladies).

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The team event was the other impressive category with 48 teams shared in 12 groups. The winner was just unexpected as the young team of Pierce 14 Altavilla (picture) managed to lift the trophy after beating the Belgian side of SC Charleroi. SC Fiamme Azzurre and the Falcons Athens (Greece) were the semi-finalists.

Full results should be available soon.