During the week-end of August 8 and 9, the city of Chicago was the host of the ASA National. The week-end was fantastic with players travelling from several US States to try to become national champion. Zach Walker, who lives in Colorado, became champion again, confirming his supremacy on the North American game.
Daniel Cranston vs Zach Walker (referee is Paul Eyes)
On the suday, organizers also held a tournament that was counting as both FISTF Open and WASPA regional tournament. 18 players were taking part, including England’s Colin Tarry. Daniel Cranston from Maryland defeated Zach Walker in the final. Michael Tillman and Paul Eyes were the semi-finalists.
Michael Tilman against England’s Colin Tarry
The event was really successful and the American Association decided the national will be held again in Chicago, Illinois next year. Congratulations to the winners and to the Chicago United club for their great efforts.
Full results: Open – Chicago
On August 8, the city of Las Carolinas in Argentina hosted their first International Open with 8 players taking part. Claudio Murcilli (45th in the FISTF ranking) was the man of the week-end, winning the semi-final against Gonzalo Gómez and the final against Sebastian Pesci (2-1). Fabrizio Bertolini was the other semi-finalist.
Full results: Open – Las Carolinas
During the first week-end of August, the city of Mattersburg hosted the traditional Major with a field of 71 players from 7 nations. Daniele Bertelli won the Open category. The former world champion defeated another Italian, Luca Colangelo, in the final. World champion Juan Noguera and Daniele Pochesci lost in the semis. Marios Strommer wont he U15 event after beating Lukas Eppensteiner in the final. In the veterans, Italy’s Mauro Manganello was on fire and defeated Günther Bamberzky in the final. Elisabeth Slezak from Austria was the last individual winner, finishing on top of a group of 3 in the ladies category.
The team event was an italian affaire, Black & Blue Pisa beat the club of Fiamme Azzurre in the final. TFC Mattersburg and TSC Royal 78 lost in the semis.
Full results: Major – Mattersburg
Open category: Wolfgang Leitner and Alexander Ruf receive trophies from Hans Ruf and Thomas Vulpes
At the FISTF Grand Prix of Germany in Rain, the team of TFC Mattersbrg was on fire, winning not only the team event in a final against SC Stembert from Belgium but also claiming the Open category with Wolfgang Leitner who beat Alexander Haas in the final. Local player Alexander Ruf and Christian Blümel were the semi-finalists.
Lukas Eppensteiner (TSC Royal) won the U15 final against Marios Strommer (TFC Wiener Neustadt).
Veterans: Erich Hinkelmann (left) and Gianfranco Calonico
In a nice veterans category with 27 entries, Italy’s Gianfranco Calonico defeated Erich Hinkelmann in the final (4-3). Manfred Pawlica and Günther Bamberzky also reached the semis.
Finally, in the ladies section, Switzerland’s raising star Noemi Bernhardsgrütter won the tournament after beating Conny Vulpes in the final.
To be noted that organizers also managed to give a WASPA tournament for eliminated players and Arnold Mair from Rain took the honors after beating Daniele Gambe in the final.
Full results: Grand Prix – Rain
Pictures by Gerd Häcker