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Satellite wins for Pawsey & Finch!

The Enderby Satellites produced some tight games culminating in close finals over 2 days of play.

The Saturday saw a 16 man field end up with England & GSCD’s Justin Finch up against Ireland & Yorkshire’s Mark Farrell. An entertaining final saw the players deadlocked on 2-2 before going to shots where the England Legend Finch held his nerve to win 2-1 in the shootout.
In the youth categories it was Kent’s Joseph Kinrade who continued his good recent form with a 3-0 victory over Yorkshire’s Connor Bowden in the Under 19’s final whilst in the Under 15’s it was an all Kent final as Thomas Price beat Rhys Williams 2-0 to claim victory. The Sunday tournament had a smaller 10 man field but still some great games were had as London’s Dave Pawsey overcame Yorkshire’s Brian Daley 2-1 in a close final to win the trophy.

(Report by Terry Arnold)

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A crowded hall in the Open of Athens

During the week-end of February 13 & 14, a FISTF International Open took place in Athens. On saturday 16 teams competed to win the team event and it was another broke, record for organizers. The guys of Falcons TSC defeateds Olympia in the final. proteas and Athinaikos reached the semis.
On sunday 80 players competed in four incididual categories. In the Open Pappas beat Ppakonstantinou in the final.
In the veterans Kapsambelis took the best on Drazinakis in the final.
Irini Patrikiou won the ladies section after a final won on shots against Papanikolaou.
Finally, the winner of the U15 section was Sourlas. He won the final against Vlassopoulos.

Full results here: Open – Athènes2

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Andrea Gasparini wins in Osaka

Osaka-Open-Feb16-1Last sunday Japan was celebrating another big day of table football. This time action was held in Osaka. Among the 7 competitors, there was a special guest, Andrea Gasparini from the USA. Gasparini, who is a member of the Brazilian club Vasco de Gama, was clearly the best player, defeating Suguru Fujino in the final. Congratulations.

Full results here: Open – Osaka

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Charleroi and David Gonzalez on top in France

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The Grand Prix of France was held in Issy during the first week-end of February with 100 players from 10 countries taking part. There were many surprises in the Open category.

The young David Gonzalez from Spain won the final against Sébastien Scheen from Belgium. Jean-Marie Amberny (who previously defeated the top seed Christophe Dheur) and Axel Donval reached the semis.

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Forlani vs Herbaut in the ladies final

Nicola Borgo was the clear winner of the U19 final after he beat Steffen Despretz (6-2).

Nicola’s young brother, Francesco Borgo, won the U12 category but struggled to beat Belgium’s Basile Magermans on shots.

Players from eugies (Belgium) dominated the U15 tournament. This time Maxime Rairoux took the best on Corentin Bouchez while their clubmate Corentin Boltz was also a semi-finalist.

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Happy players of Charleroi

In the veterans, world number 1 Gianfranco Calonico was out in the last 8 rounf after he lost to Lucio Canicchio. Canicchio later lost his semi against local player Thierry Vivron. Vivron beat Belgium’s Pascal Scheen in the final.

Paola Forlani won the group stage of the ladies category but in the final, local player Audrey Herbaut took the honors after defeating the Italian lady on shots.

In the team event, The Belgians of SC Charleroi were the best of the 17 teams taking part. They deafted Tiburones FM in the final. 2 Belgians teams (Black Devils Subbuteo and ST Stembert) also reached the semis.

Full results: Grand Prix – Issy

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Another Major for Flores in Rome

In the last week-end of January, 150 players travelled to Rome to play the Major organized by the club of CCT Roma. There were players from all over Europe and the level was as always very high. In the end, the Open, final was a Spanish story between two world champions. Carlos Flores defeated Juan Noguera and added another important title in his collection of Major. To be noted the two Spanish players were the only foreign representatives in the quarter-finals with six Italians.

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Final of the veterans (Massimiliano Croatti, Referee Antonio Montaño, Gerardo Patruno)

Italians took their revenge in the veterans. Gerardo Patruno defeated Massimiliano Croatti in the final. Malta’s Mario Camilleri and Spain’s Vicenç Prats also ended in the final 4.

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Andrea Bolognino was the U15 winner

In the youth categories, Italians dominated the event in all competitions. Leonardo Giudice took the best on Lorenzo Tamburri in the U19, Andrea Bolognino was the best U15 (final against Alessio Picchi) and Francesco Tozzi beat Gianluca Signorelli in the U12 final. Tania Signorelli was the ladies champion.

In the team event, F.lli Bari Reggio Emilia (with Bari, Licheri, Zambello, Flores and Nastasi) won the final against Fiamme Azzurre. The Spanish team of Tiburones FM and the surprising boys of Lazio TFC made it to the semis.

Full results: Major – Rome

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Winning comeback for Christian Filippella

Newbury-Satellite-2016-1Newbury Park, California FISTF CHALLENGER 07/02/16
On Sunday February 7, 2016, the Southern California Subbuteo Club hosted the FISTF Challenger event in Newbury Park, California.  Seven competitors participated in the tournament, showcasing the return of Italian great, Christian Filippella.  In his first tournament in the United States, Christian defeated Paul O’Donovan Rossa 3-1 in the final, to capture the FISTF Challenger Championship.  Entering the semifinals, Christian won group A and Varant Kurkeyerian (USA) won Group B. In the semifinals, Christian defeated João Bruno Casaca (Portugal) 6-0 and Paul O’Donovan Rossa edged out Varant Kurkeyerian via penalties (6-5), after finishing the match 0-0.

(Report from the organizers)

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Dheur and Charleroi dominate in Eugies

On Jamuary 9 & 10, 111 players from 5 nations met in Eugies for an International Open. In the Open section, top seed Christophe Dheur defeated Pierre De Leeuw (Athinaikos) in the final. Florian Giaux was the only Belgian to stop Raphaël Pommier (France) in the U19 tournament. In the U15 category, kids from the local club made the law and Corentin Bouchez defeated Maxime Rairoux. The Père family took the honors in two categories with Olivier beating Bruno Goset inthe veterans final while Lucas won the U12 category. The only foreign victory came from the ladies section with Victoria Büsing taking the honors against Emilie Despretz. On sunday, the guys of Charleroi won the team final against Rochefort TS. 18 teams were taking part!

Full results here: Open – Eugies

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Last seconds decide Finals

Two finals decided in the last seconds, and one on shots, were the highlights of the Australian Grand Prix in Sydney.

Christian Haas of Austria (World #8) beat Australia’s Carl Young (World #771) 3-2 with a goal in the dying seconds to claim the Individual title, while it was Carl’s goal in the last seconds that gave his Melbourne TFC a spectacular win on goals against Singapore’s Jurong Central 1-1 (6-5) in the teams event. And in the U15 final, Northern Falcons’ Jonty Brener claimed the title 1-0 on shots against Subbuteo Parramatta’s Imojjen Elmer after a tight 0-0 draw.

The event featured players from 10 clubs and six nations, as well as a spectacular opening dinner and draw on the Friday night, hosted by football commentator Simon Hill (himself a Subbuteo player) with guest Rale Rasic, former Socceroo coach of the famous 1974 team, and football commentator Stephanie Brantz.

There was an abundance of goals and great results in the group phase of the individual event, with all the seeded players topping their groups.
Outstanding results were John Ho (AGP seed 3) against Benji Batten 3-3, Anas Rahamat against Peter Thomas (Seeded 2) in a 1-1 draw, and Raffaele Lombard’s 1-1 draw with Bernard Lim (Seeded 8).

In the barrage round, Raffaele overcame his close rival Fabrizio Coco 1-0, but then fell in the Round of 16 to Peter Thomas 0-1.
Carl moved on with a 2-0 win against John Ho, while Rob Green (Seeded 6) had to battle hard to beat Adrian Elmer 1-0.
In the quarters, Christian Haas (Seeded 1) eased into top gear with a 5-1 win against Vikas Chandiramani (Seeded 9), and Carl edged Rob Green 1-0.

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Individual winners

Peter Thomas fell to his clubmate Young in the semi in an extremely tight match, while Christian secured the other final place.

In the final, Christian scored after just two minutes, then repeated the dose after 4 mins to race to a 2-0 lead, before Carl pegged him back with some determined play just before half time and then drew level after four minutes of the second half. But the Austrian champion kept his head and with the clock counting down and seven seconds remaining, he slipped through Carl’s defence for an unbelievable winner!!

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Melbourne TFC

In the teams event, reigning champions Northern Falcons were severely weakened by the absence of top players Eliot Kennedy, Jonathan Ball and Dominic Grenot, but the replacement players battled valiantly in the group phase.
It quickly became apparent that the two Singapore teams would face in the semi, while Melbourne and Parramatta would play in the other.
Melbourne pulled off a close win to make the final, facing up against Jurong.
Once again the tactics of team selection made the difference, with Peter Thomas facing Rudy Hesty and Carl against Anas, while Benji took on Mohammed Rizal and Benny played Vikas.
As Benji took the lead in his match, and Vikas led Benny, the match was finely balanced.
With Peter and Rudy trading goals, it looked like Jurong had the match in the bag, with Anas leading Carl.
But once again, as the clock counted down, it took a steady hand, as Carl banged in an equaliser that gave his team the win on goals.

In the U15 event, two newcomers to competitive play provided some great action, with Gabriel Lombardi of Subbuteo Parramatta making the semi final, and Daniel Sirmai of the Northern Falcons enjoying his debut.
Sisters Æowyn and Imojjen Elmer of Subbuteo Parramatta, Jonty Brener and last year’s winner Benjamin Ng of Melbourne TFC made up the numbers, with close matches all around.
In the final, Jonty held his nerve, scoring with a delightful chip in the shootout to beat Imojjen 1-0.

Full results here: Grand Prix – Sydney

(original report from the Subbuteo Australia pages)