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Big week-end for Leitner and Mattersburg

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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).

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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

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David Vantassel is English GP champion

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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Two titles for John Field in Gibraltar

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Last week-end 31 flickers from 5 nations met in Gibraltar to play the local Grand Prix. The Open category had a great turnout of 24 and local player John Field, who was also the organizer of the event, beat clubmate Patrick Dean in the final. Spain’s Antonio Montaño and Antonio Casin lost in the semis. Spain’s David Gonzalez won the U19 event while Gil Afonso from Portugal was the best U15.
John Field, who was in a hot week-end, also won the veterans category.
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Foreign guests made the show in the team event and Tiburones (Spain) beat GRD Tires from Portugal in the final to claim the trophy.

Full results here: Grand Prix – Gibraltar

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Christian Haas wins in Mallorca

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On May 9 and 10 41 players from five nations attended the grand prix of Spain in the sunny island of Mallorca. Despite the presence of two promising spanish players in the semi-finals (Antonio Casin and David Gonzalez), the final was a foreign affair with Christian Haas (Austria) taking the honors against Belgium’s Justin Leroy. Spanish players took the honors in the other categories as Antonio garcia won the U19 event while Antonio Montaño defeated Vicenç Prats Salas in the veterans final. Montaño’s team of Tiburones (top picture) was on fire on the sunday as they won the team events, defeating Murcia in the final. Congratulations ot all the winners.

Full results here: Grand Prix – Majorque

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Malta: big wins for Samuel Bartolo and Juan Noguera

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On April 25 and 26, the island of Malta was hosting two international events. On Saturday, Spain’s Juan Noguera (picture)won the International Open, defeating Mark Gauci in the final. Andrew Abela (U19), Jurgen Balzan (U15) and Thomas Ebejer (U12) won the youth sections while the veterans final was between two Maltese players with Jason Pisani defeating Charles Aquilina.

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On Sunday, Samuel Bartolo beat Hansel Mallia in the final (see picture) of the individual grand prix. Andrew Abela (U19), Andrew Deguara (U15) and Thomas Ebejer (U12) won their respective categories while Massimo Cremona won the veterans section. The Reggio Emilia player beat Italy’s Lucio Cannichio in the final. Valletta Subbuteo Club took the honors by winning the team event.

Open results: Open – La Vallette 2
Grand Prix results: Grand Prix – La Vallette

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Perfect week-end for Athinakos players in Glasgow

During the week-end of April 11 and 12, 51 players from 7 nations attended the grand prix of Scotland in Glasgow. The Open category was a Greek story as Kostas Sesses defeated clubmate Dimitris Kosmopoulos in the final. Ireland’s Mark Farrell and Scotland’s Steve Bennett were the semi-finalists. Elliot Bellefontaine (England) won the U19 section by beating Italy’s Antonio De Francesco in the final. Stefano de Francesco was clearly the best veteran. He defeated England’s Martin Hodds in the final. Joseph Kinrade was the best U12, winning a small group of three players. On Sunday, 9 teams entered the team event. Athinaikos CS (Greece) defeated London & Essex United (England) on goal difference to win the title.

Full results here: Grand Prix – Glasgow

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Christian Haas and RTS win the Belgian GP

This week-end the Rochefort Grand Prix was held in the same venue as the FISTF World Cup 2014. In the individual tournament, 88 players from 8 nations were present and there were many surprises. Austria’s Christian Haas won the open section, defeating SC Charleroi’s Sami Targui in the final (2-0). Christophe Dheur and Grégory Puissant (France) were the semi-finalists.

Belgium’s Pascal Scheen won his first big event in the veterans. He deafeated Günther Bamberzky from Austria in the final. Both players had previously met in the group stage. Eric Threis and Alain Jadot were the semi-finalists.

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Other individual winners were Florian Giaux (U19), Maxime Rairoux (U15), Corentin Bouchez (U12) and Audrey Herbaut (Ladies – picture).

On sunday, Rochefort TS won the team event. The home club (not the host club as the organizers were JSC Rochefort) beat SC Charleroi in the final.

Full results can be found here: Grand Prix – Rochefort

(RTS Picture by Steve Closset)

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Sergio Loureiro wins GP of Portugal

This week-end the city of Lisbon hosted a great international grand prix of Portugal with players coming from several european countries and a fantastic venue in a beautiful football stadium.
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The team event was played on saturday and 9 teams were competing. The Spanish side of Tiburones defeated the Italians of Bologna Tigers Subbuteo picture) in a close final (2-1) to claim the title. Individual categories were played on sunday. Sergio Loureiro (Falcons Athens) defeated clubmate Raul Benite in the open final while Belgium’s Sébastien Scheen and home player Ruben Português were the semi-finalists. David Gonzalez took the U19 trophy, Gil Afonso was the best U15 and Diogo Pereira won the U12 tournament. The veterans tournament was interesting as well with 22 entries.

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Italy’s Paolo Finardi (picture) was in a perfect day as he beat top seed António Montano in the group stage and later beat João Rodrigues, Riccardo Marinucci and Nuno Noronha in the final to claim the title. From every player’s point of view, it was an excellent tournament. Congratulations to the organizers.

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Perfect week-end for Charleroi players in Issy

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The Grand Prix of France took place this week-end in Issy-les-Moulineaux with a strong field of 162 players coming from 11 nations. Besides the 54 French players, there were 108 foreign players. In the Open category, the top seed was the current world champion Juan Noguera. The player from Spain was defeated in the semi-final by Belgium’s Christophe Dheur. Dheur later beat Sami Targui in the final to claim the title (1-0). Maikel de Haas from the Netherlands was the other semi-finalist.

There were many big games in the veterans section. World number 1 Gianfranco Calonico had a perfect road to the final but in the last game, Patrick de Jong from the Netherlands tied 2-2 and finally took the title on shots.

Françoise Guyot from France won the ladies category, defeating Audrey Herbaut in the final. In the other categories, the titles were awarded to Belgium’s Florian Giaux (U19 – picture), Italy’s Nicola Borgo (U12) and Belgium’s Corentin Bouchez (U12).

On sunday 30 teams attended the club tournament. SC Charleroi took the honor after beating Fiamme Azzurre in the final. The Belgians made a great tournament, managing to qualify their second squad for the semi-final as well.

Congratulations to the organizers for a great tournament.

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Mattersburg and Leitner on top in Vienna

The Grand Prix of Austria took place on January 3 & 4 and was organized by the club of TSC Royal 78 in Vienna. 11 teams competed in the team event and TFC Mattersburg won the title after a close final against TFC Wiener Neustadt (2-1). TFC Wiener Neustadt B and TSC Royal 78 Kaisermühlen lost in the semis. The Open tournament had a surprising final but Wolfgang Leitner won the event after a close game against Italy’s Marco Bernardis (2-1). Belgium’s David Ruelle and local player Murat Tunger reached the semis. In the other categories, Stefan Sandner won the veterans final against Günther Bamberzky, Lorenzo Praino defeated Lukas Eppensteiner (U19), Marios Stromer came on top of the U15 section, Tomasso Lazzari dominated the U12 group stage of six players and Conny Vulpes won the ladies section.