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Austrian Grand Prix | Wins for Bari & Hinkelmann

One of the oldest events in the world with a club who have show us there sport and passion,the world of table football went to Vienna for a sport show and the Royal78 Flash Grand Prix and we had a very good show with super stadiums and a good collection of world class players and clubs ready to do battle

Saturday saw the Individual events Take Place

Winners In Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday were :

Open:
Winner Saverio Bari
Runner up Björn Kegenbein
Semi Finalists Thomas Karnthaler and Konstantinos Seses

Veteran:
Winner Erich Hinkelmann
Runner up Günther Bamberzky
Semi Finalists Lucio Canicchio and Daniel Scheen

U19:
Winner Adam Kraus
Runner up Jonathan Nichtenberger
Semi Finalists Daniel Vranovitz and Lukas Eppensteiner

U15:
Winner Lukas Eppensteiner
Runner up Marios Strommer
Semi Finalists Daniel Vranovitz and Adam Kraus

U12:
Winner Casper Heinrich

Ladies:
Winner Julia Eglicerio

TFC Mattersburg win team Grand Prix Beating ASD Master Sanremo

Semi Finalists were TFC Wiener Neustadt and TSC Royal 78 Kaisermühlen

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MGP of Athens

The 6th edition of the Hellenic major was played in ilioupoli, the weekend 25-26 of june 2016.
Day 1 we had the individual competitions. 99 players were competed in 5 categories.
Saverio bari beat lazaros papakonstantinou in the open final.
Kostas kaperonis won his 2nd major in one month, beating chris aggelinas in the veterans final.
The brothers stef and Emily despretz won the u19 and women categories.

Sunday 24 teams (14 clubs and 113 players) competed in the team event. Falcons manage to won their 2nd title, beating the Italian fogia in the final.
Some statistics

1. The 13 foreigners –out of 4 nations- is the best record in the 6 Hellene majors. Additionally is the second best record –the best ever is 26 in the 1997 gp- in all Hellene international tournaments since the beginning in 1995 (with the exceptions of wc and ec).
2. The 4 foreign teams equalized the best foreign team record (gp 1997 was the first one)
3. The 24 teams is the biggest ever team tournament that took place in hellene soil –with the exceptions of wc and ec-.
4. The 99 individuals is lower than last season by 3 players-.
5. After the major, we reached the 235 hellene players that are active the season 15-16 (even for one game individual or team event).

PHOTOS AND RESULTS

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OPEN INTERNATIONAL OF LISBON

Last weekend at the royal park hotel in Lisbon the 5TH EDITION OF THE OPEN LISBON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZED BY THE 1th GRD may take with the presence of a few dozen players from Portugal and Spain.

List of winners

Teams: GRD WINNERS
Sub 12: Curro Jiménez (AC Remedies)
Sub 19: Afonso Pereira (grd) take
Female: Carolina Villarigues (CF BEL)
Veterans: Nuno Noronha (Tiburones FM)
Open: António Montaño (Sharks FM)

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Major Of England | Wins for Nastasi & Montaño

The first ever Major of England went very well with over 100 players over the two days. With the event moving to London next year we expect to double that figure!

Firstly a massive thank you to Marcus Tilgner who did so much to make this event a success including designing the competition logo, designing & producing the name plates for the team competition, spending hours before the weekend updating his tournament software and working over 27 hours over the weekend helping to organise. His Berlin clock was very well received and the pre printed team sheets were excellent! 

Thank you also to Terry Arnold who helped organise over the weekend and kept the website & forum up to date.

Thanks to Ben Staples for also helping out especially sorting the gaffer tape to hold the new tressle tables together!

Also a big thank you to all the Kent players who put the vast majority of the equipment away at the end of the tournament. Much appreciated.

Special mentions to Bob Green & Dave Croucher who gave up their time along with Terry on Friday evening to help set up the tournament.

Also a big thank you to Matt Lampitt who took a day off work on the previous Friday to lay the new & improved Extremeworks pitches, which played excellently!

Overall it was a great success with a high quality field present. We are proud to have been the first ever Major to offer plate competitions (7 of them) including 5 WASPA events!

Congrats to all the winners!!

Massimiliano Nastasi – Open
Antonio Montaño – Vets
Nicola Borgo – U19
Jurgen Balzan – U15
Lucas Pere – U12
Margault Delval – Womens
Tiburones – Team
Lucio Cannichio – Trevor Spencer Cup
Mark Farrell – Flymo & Shedbuilder trophy
Brian Daley – Vets 4th place plate
Tony Mccann – Vets 5th place plate
Paul Naszalyi – U19 plate
Louis Singh – U15 plate
Josh Forman – U12 plate
David Busch – Sunday WASPA special
Eric Naszalyi – Sportsman Award

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Asian Cup / TFAS National Championships 2016

The annual mid-year Tournament in Singapore came with an ‘improvement’ this year, staging the Asian Cup 2016 and a bigger National Championships, together with it being the very 1st FISTF Grand Prix Tournament for Singapore.

The Singapore GP continued the growth of the game in Asia, with 37 players in the Open event, 2 more than the Sydney GP in January.

More importantly, there were players from Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and Japan, as well as from Austria, Belgium, France and England.

As always, the U19 competition featured 10 young local players fighting it out again in a Swiss format competition. This competition have always seen new comers into the game and its no difference for this year. It was a close finish at the end with the usual promising youngsters of Giovanni Choong, Isaac Lim and Bhavin Sham topping the table with small difference between them. As close as it is, Giovanni proved that he is still the one to beat as he edges out Isaac Lim to the winners podium by 2 points.

With the U19 winners decided, the National Players from both Singapore and Australia took to the tables, to decide the Asian Team Challenge Championship.

Defending a close win over the Australia National Team in the first Asian Challenge in Melbourne back in 2015, the Singapore Team took the challenge again with a slightly different line up, as did Australia.

Once again, it was an extreme close fight between both the National Teams playing out to a 2-2 draw, with Singapore taking the win only with a superior goal difference, and defending their title of Asian Team Champions.

Thereafter, a total of 9 teams — with two special teams making up of a European selection and an Asian selection – took part in the Asian Club Championships. With reigning champions Northern Falcons TFC (AUS), SG Lions SC and Jurong Central SC (SIN), a tough competition was set. The special teams were not to advance beyond the 1st stage, by virtue of the format of the competition, it was the Jurong Central SC ‘A’ Team proving the best of the lot, to take the Club Team Champions trophy.

On the 2nd Day of competition, it was time for the individuals to play for their personal glory in the OPEN Category.

In the group phase there were some surprises and heartbreak. Australia’s Jonny Ball drew the true “group of death”, lining up with Christian Haas (AUT) and Kaspar Bennett (ENG). In his match against Kaspar, he attempted to “park the bus” but was ultimately doomed to a 4-0 loss.

In the last 16, Christian Haas started to assert his authority with a 9-0 demolition of John Ho, while Den Mulia could not repeat his heroics of last year and fell 0-3 to Ouabi. Ruelle caned Chandru Chugani, one of the ‘godfathers’ of Singapore table football, 12-1, while Bernard Lim eclipsed Sham Doulatram 3-2 in a nailbiter.

In the quarters, Peter Thomas admitted he had “nothing in the tank” as he fell 1-0 to Ouabi, while David Ruelle outgunned Kaspar 3-1 and Rudy Hesty became the only Asian player to make the semis with a 3-1 win over Bernard.

Ouabi caused something of an upset by beating top see Christian 1-0, while Rudy had no answer to the raw power of David in a 7-0 masterclass in the semi-finals.

From the beaches of Koh Samui to the tables of Singapore, Belgium’s David Ruelle staged an amazing comeback to the game to claim this inaugural Singapore Grand Prix.

In a tense and highly contested final, be beat Singapore resident Ouabi Rouis of France 1-0, after storming his way through the groups and knock out phase.

In the plate event, Raffaele Lombard of Subbuteo Parramatta beat fellow Australian Steve Dettre (Northern Falcons) 2-0 in the final. This also made the 2nd successive Plate Win for Raffaele on Singapore shores.

After 2 days of intense Table Football Action, we must say that it was one of the most highly contested Tournament TFAS has ever staged.

Till the next Asian Challenge in 2017, to be held in Japan, we look forward to meeting everyone again!

Open Final - Rouis v Ruelle Overall pic The medallists Open and Plate