Christian Haas wins the Grand Prix of England

Last week-end the English Grand Prix was held in Enderby with 58 players from 12 nationalities. Most players were dropped in the 2 main categories: Open & Veterans. Austria’s Christian Haas won the Open category after scoring a golden goal in the final against England’s Chris Thomas. Wolfgang Haas and Kaspar Bennett were the other players in the semi-finals. In the veterans, Belgium’s Pascal Scheen ended as winner. The Stembert player defeated Austria’s Manfred Pawlica in the final. The other individual winners were Emilie Despretz (Belgium – U19), Joseph Kinrade (England – U15) and Lucas Père (Belgium – U12). Rémi Soret (France) won the WASPA Open tournament while Paul O’Donovan (USA) took the WASPA Veterans title.

Glide-Slide in Enderby

Chris Thomas, Justin Finch, Kaspar Bennett and Matt Lampitt won the team event

On Sunday, the “Glide Slide Chip & Dip Club” took the honors after defeating Belgium’s AS Hennuyer in the final on goal difference.

(On the picture: Wiener Neustadt players took many trophies: Christian Haas (Open winner), Manfred Pawlica (Veterans final), Wolfgang Haas (Open semi), Günther Bamberzky (veterans semi) could hardly do better)

Full results: Grand Prix – Enderby


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)


Dave Pawsey in the Yorkshire Open champion


Open winner Dave Pawsey (left)

Last week-end the city of Heckmondwike hosted the International Open of Yorshire. This year, 46 players from England, Scotland and Wales were taking part.

Dave Pawey won the Open category, defeating clubmate Elliott Bellefontaine in the suddend eath of the final. Craig Heward and Mike Burns were the semi-finalist.

The Veterans section had a good field of 21. In the end, it was a al-Scotland final between David Baxter and Steve Bennett with The Dundee United player taking the honors (0-1).

The Kent Invicta players dominated the U15 category with Key Arnold defeating Daniel McCormick on shots in the final.

Yorkshire-Open-Jan16-Lees-Naszalyi On sunday, 8 teams were present for the team event. The Glide, Slide Chip & Dip Club defeated Dundee United in the final.

Fulle results here: Open – Heckmondwike

Malcom Lees vs Eric Naszalyi


First international victory for Adrian Davies


Martin Hodds, Veterans champion

Just before Christmas, 17 players met in Gillingham to attend the FISTF Satellite organized by Kent Invicta TFC. Players were dropped in three categories.

Adrian Davies from Wales defeated Gianpaolo Vitulano in the Open final.

Martin Hodds (Yokshire Phoenix) won the veterans final against Paul O’Donovan Rossa from the US.

In the U15 section, Daniel Mccormick was the winner of the day after a close final against clubmate Kane Stanford.


Winning return for the Glide, Slide, Dip & Chip Club!

In a lower than usual turnout at the first English International Open of the season in Enderby didn’t diminish a great weekend of play as some great individual performances and a triumphant return to action for the GSDC Club provided a hugely entertaining event.

A small field took to the tables in the Open category which saw an excellent 1-0 win for England’s Rudi Peterschinigg against Portugal’s Paolo Gouveia. The Veterans category had some great action resulting in Italy’s Claudio Dogali defeating England’s Dave Pawsey 2-0 in a great final.
In the junior categories, it was all Kent and England players battling for the trophies as Joseph Kinrade won the Under 15’s with a 5-0 win over Finnley Taylor whilst Joshua Foreman won his first Under 12’s title 2-1 with a golden goal winner over Conor Atkin.

The Team event saw a reduced field but still a very competitive tournament was played resulting in the Glide, Slide, Dip & Chip returning to the English game with some silverware. In the 5 team league, GSDC came top with 4 wins from 4 games with London & Essex Utd taking the Runners Up spot. Scotland’s Dundee Utd grabbed third place with Yorkshire Phoenix and Kent Invicta in 4th & 5th respectively.

Full results here: Open – Enderby


David Vantassel is English GP champion


The English Grand Prix was a great success with 75 players giving their all in a fantastic weekend of play in Gillingham. The Saturday Individual events proved to be an excellent day of competitive flicking as the players did their best to win the impressive GP trophies.

The Open competition provided some surprises before an all ASH final had Belgian U19 star, David Vantassel, getting a 2-1 golden goal win over his French teammate Remi Soret.


Justin Finch (red shirt) won the veterans

In the Veterans, a vintage performance from Justin Finch saw the Englishman grab a 1-0 over Italy’s Lucio Canicchio.

In the U19’s, a really tight contest was finally won by Belgian Steffen Despretz only just pipping London’s Elliott Bellefontaine to the trophy.


U15 final (Bouchez vs Arnold)

In the Under 15’s, England & Kent’s Kye Arnold and Belgium & Eugies Corentin Bouchez served up a great final which saw a narrow victory 2-1 for the Belgian ‘Coco’ to lift the cup.


U12 champion Joseph Kinrade

It was an all Kent and England final in the Under 12’s as recent ‘SubbuteoOscar’ nominee, Joseph Kinrade, grabbed a 2-0 win over Thomas Price.


AS Hennuyer from Belgium won the team event

The team event had 12 teams battling out for the winner’s trophy – again there were some surprises, great action and tight games along the way before Belgium’s AS Hennuyer lifted the cup after a 3-1 victory over London & Essex United!

(Report by Terry Arnold)


Luca Martinelli: the big man in Enderby


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.


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.


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)


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!


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.


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)


United in dramatic win!

ESA’s first event of 2015, the Leicester International Open, had many players competing for silverware as London & Essex United captured the team title with a tense victory over Yorkshire Phoenix. The 11 team event had some great games and plenty of goals as the teams battled for supremacy. In the end the semi-finals saw 3 English teams in the last 4 as Kent Invicta lost to London & Essex Utd and Yorkshire Phoenix beat Scotland’s Tayside Kickers. The Final, although a low scoring affair, provided plenty of drama as London took the game 2-1 over their Northern rivals.


The Individuals provided some excellent play on the Saturday with Scotland’s Steve Bennett winning the Open 3-1 over Paulo Gouveia from Portugal. The Veterans final had the same finalists as last year with the Belgian, Daniel Scheen narrowly beating Spain’s Luis Mendez 3-2.

The youth categories were again keenly contested, providing great tournament experience for the younger players. It was an all English final for the Under 19’s as London’s Elliott Bellefontaine edged out Kent’s Christopher Bowen 2-1 on shots after a 1-1 draw. The Under 15’s saw the Belgium’s Noe Scheen in action yet again over his English rival, Kye Arnold from Kent. This was another close game finishing with Scheen winning 3-2 with a sudden death goal. The Under 12’s had an all-England and Kent final, as finally, the impressive Joseph Kinrade won his first FISTF tournament title with a 2-0 win over teammate Thomas Price.



Steve Bennett (TAY/SCO) 3-1 Paulo Gouveia (GRO/POR)


Daniel Scheen (WIE/BEL) 3-2 Luis Mendez (TIB/ESP)

Elliott Bellefontaine (LEU/ENG) 1-1 (2-1 sh) Christopher Bowen (KIV/ENG)


Noe Scheen (WIE/BEL) 2-2 (3-2 sd) Kye Arnold (KIV/ENG)

Joseph Kinrade (KIV/ENG) 2-0 Thomas Price (KIV/ENG)

Sunday Team Event

London & Essex Utd ‘A’ ENG 2-1 Yorkshire Phoenix ‘A’ ENG
Dave Pawsey 1-0 Brian Daley
Matt Thomas 0-0 Luca Martinelli
Brian Butterworth 0-1 Paul Lawrenson
Phil Holmes 1-0 Ben Staples


(Report by Terry Arnold)


1st FISTF event in Kent a huge success!

With over 70 players in attendance, the first ever FISTF tournament in Kent, England was a resounding success!

The English International Open came to Gillingham’s 44Two Club where players competed in all categories including many youth players.


The Team event saw 10 teams battle it out in a competitive tournament. In the Semi-final, SC Eugies ‘A’ of Belgium beat Kent Invicta ‘A’ whilst Welsh legends, Cardiff Bluebirds, edged out London & Essex Utd ‘A’. The title was won by the Eugies in the end with a 3-0 victory over Cardiff.


In the individuals it was England’s Brian Butterworth who won the Open on shots 2-1 from Portugal’s Paolo Gouveia. The Veteran’s winner was Phil Redman with a narrow 1-0 win over Rudi Peterschinigg. Elliott Bellefontaine beat Connor Bowden to the Under 19’s title and Kimberley Devreese won the Ladies title. The Under 12’s and Under 15’s saw the two young warriors, Kye Arnold and Corentin Bouchez going head to head in the final of both categories. In the end it was the young SC Eugies star, ‘Coco’ who came out on top though beating Kent Invicta’s Kye in both finals.

(Report by Terry Arnold)