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Nikos Haratsis wins in Larissa

The Greek season ended in the last week-end of August with the Satellite of Larissa run by Evrepidis Prantsoudies and his clubmates. Prantsoudies was close to make a home win but he lost the final to Nikos Haratsis (Scarlet Batallion) while George Niavis and Thanasis Bartzis made it in the final 4. Christos Hytas won the U15 event while Evagelos Kotrotsos was the best U12. The home team of Larissa FTC managed to win the team event as they beat Olympia CS in the final.

Full results: Satellite – Larissa

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Maurizio Lepri and Brasilia Chieti win in Manoppello

The recent Satellite of Manoppello took place last month in Italy with a good field of 44 italian players. Maurizio Lepri (Phoenix) won the Open final, defeating Simone Trivelli (Lazio). Fabrizio Fedele and Mauro Manganello were the semi-finalists of the event. Andrea Di Vincenzo (Fiamme Azzurre) took the honors in the veterans category after beating Giulio Curato (Foggia) in the final. Riccardo Chieppa (U15) and Emanuele Di Francesco (U12) were the other individual winners. The team of Brasilia Chieti won the team event, finishing on top of a group of 6 while Black Rose Roma was runner-up.

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Luca Martinelli: the big man in Enderby

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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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Report of the Satellite in Berry

Subbuteo Parramatta went on the road for this FISTF/WASPA tournament, heading down to club member, Raffaele Lombardi’s home town of Berry. The glorious sunlit day filled the room for the players to face off – some of the old regulars against some old champions who’ve recently returned to the game, as well as some novices to bring renewed enthusiasm.

Group 1 turned out to be where a lot of the action would be – both grand finalists as well as the repechage winner fought out the group stage. Daniele Lombardi was overwhelmed in his matches against Peter Thomas and former Australian junior champion Will Johncock. Their encounter against each other was a cagey affair, ending 2-1 to Peter.

Group 2 saw Eliot Kennedy down Adrian Elmer 2-0 in the first match, Adrian defending doggedly for the opening 15 minutes before letting himself down with some poor play and 2 conceded goals in the opening couple of minutes of the second half. New boy Mat Barrie then did the same to Adrian, Mat’s reading of the game serving him well until Adrian finally managed to break through midway through the second half. Eliot’s experience was too much for Mat in the final game.

Group 3, the only one with 4 players, was also the group that could go down to the wire, which it did. An opening 1-1 draw between Steve Dettre and Raffaele Lombardi could have gone either way, with each player having a golden chance to take the game in the final minute alone, a draw, however, being a fair reflection. Paul Magee got warmed up with a win over the other new boy, Adam Reynolds. Steve accounted for Paul in the second round, while Raffaele dispatched Adam. In the final games, the biggest celebration of the day happened when Adam scored his first ever competitive goal – a well placed finish against Steve – though Steve kept control, winning the game. Paul knew he needed to beat Raffaele to progress to the knock-out stage but, in the end, had to be content with the repechage after Raffaele saw him off 2-0.

The repechage semis saw the experience of Daniele and Paul win out over the new players, Mat and Adam though Mat, again, showed a deft defensive line and made Paul work hard, while both players brought an enthusiasm to the dy and willingness to learn that will see them progress quickly. In the final, two very different styles fought out for supremacy with Paul’s calculated precision rubbing up against Daniele’s flamboyance. Paul took the lead, while Daniele had thought he had equalised with a deft shot before realising he had a figure off-side. In the second half, Daniele pressed hard and finally found the net with a swift series of flicks on the run to bury the ball. As the game looked like heading for extra-time, Daniele took the lead, another swift manouvre and powerful shot giving him the repechage title.

In the barrage rounds, Steve took a comfortable 2 goal to the half-time break over Adrian, but Adrian got into the game much more in the second half, pulling one back and coming close a few more times. Steve’s experience, however, showed through as he made sure of his place in the semis with a 3rd. Will defeated Raffaele 3-1 to take the other semi, meaning the 3 seeded players were in the semis, joined by the the former junior champion playing his first tournament after an almost 20 year lay-off.

While Steve had his moments, Peter took an early goal in their semi, which allowed Peter to settle and dominate. His third goal, in particular, was an absolute screamer, scored by a deep, defensive figure piercing the smallest gap to get a venemous shot on target. Meanwhile, Will was pushing Eliot all the way, Eliot unable to turn field position into scoreboard dominance. 1-1 at full time meant the first (and only) extra time of the day was needed. This turned into an almost non-event, though, as, barely had the extra period started and the audience settled in to watch the tussle, than Will scored a well taken golden goal winner, giving him a rematch against his group opponent, Peter.

Having learned a few things from their earlier encounter, Peter played a perfect opening and was 3-0 up inside 5 minutes. An earlier comment about an extra pie that Will had eaten at lunch came back to haunt him as he appeared unable to move in the face of Peter’s quickfire attacks. He did finally settle, though, and was able to head to the half-time break without conceding again. Midway through the second half, however, Peter put the result beyond doubt with a knock-out blow 4th goal. Will did get some possession and pulled back a well-taken consolation, before Peter rounded out a convincing performance with 2 more to take the game 6-1.

A fantastic day of Subbuteo, played in sublime surrounds with great sportsmanship on display at all levels. It was great to see new and returning players throw themselves at the challenge with enthusiasm, while the regulars continued their onfield duels with each other with both competitiveness and camaraderie.

(Report from Adrian Elmer, originally posted here)

To see the full results click here.
To see more photos, click here.

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Cédric Garnier wins the Yokohama Satellite

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Last saturday 16 players attended the Satellite organized in Yokohama, japan. This time Cédric Garnier was not the only Frenchman taking part as his younger brother Benjamin was also playing and former FISTF President Laurent Garnier came as a visitor.

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Cédric took the honors after beating brother Benjamin in the final. Hideaki Wada and Kenzo Koi were the semi-finalists.

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Karibu Miwa was the U12 champion, winning a group of finve players while Kazuki Okano was second.

Ful results: Satellite – Yokohama

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Santo Longo wins in Reggio Calabria

The Satellite of Reggio Calabria was held on January 10 and 11 with a good field of players in three categories. Santo Longo (Catania) was the best of the 23 Open players. He beat Claudio La Torre in the final. Daniele calcagno and Michele Cortese lost in the semis. Pietro Ielapi won the veterans (final against Giovanni Tonietti) while Claudio La Torre won the U15 section (final against Antonio La Torre). The team event was played as a group of six with a final victory for the team of CCT Siracusa (5 wins).Reggio

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Ouabi Rouis dominates again in Singapore

The recent Merlion Cup held in SIngapore had the status of FISTF Satellite and attracted players from Singapore but also France, Japan and Hong Kong. There was no surprise int he Open category as France’s Ouabi ROuis, who is now established in Singapore, beat local top player Den Mulia Yusni in the final (1-0). Singapore’s Kok Wee and Bernard Lim lost in the semis. The U19 section had 8 entries competing in a Swiss system. The top 2 players qualified for the final and Muhammad Azhar Yusri won the trophy after beating Muhd Fadhly Fahmi (1-0).

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Peter Thomas wins the Satellite of Melbourne

On a historical day for Table Football in Australia, it was only fitting that Peter Thomas- the winner of Australia’s last FISTF tournament in 2009 would claim victory.
In what was Australia’s first FISTF event in five years, a field of 11 players competed in the Melbourne Open Satellite event. The players were split into three groups with the top two players progressing to the final stage.

In Group A, Eliot Kennedy of the Northern Falcons TFC rose to the top after a 4-0 victory over Benji Batten and a 6-0 victory over Giuseppe Tardiota. Giuseppe had travelled all the way from Brisbane to compete and he was able to score his first goal in his second match however it was not enough to overcome local player Benji Batten who recorded a 3-1 victory and progressed to the second Stage.

In Group B, Peter Thomas, finished in first position with little difficulty. Clearly the world cup adventure had improved Pete’s ability and he banged in 14 goals over his three matches. Luke Radzimisnki took second position after incredibly tight 1-0 victories over David Simpson and Dillon Izon. David and Dillon’s match finished 0-0 meaning all players in the group would take points.

Group C, was a far more one sided affair as Carl Young put 8 past young Alex Stefanos and 9 past debutant Brian Holden, the former Welsh Champion taking no time to settle into gear. But there was still a second place available for the final round and so the match between Brian and Alex had high stakes. Alex prevailed winning 1-0 and joining Carl in the finals.

In the Barrage Round Benji Batten played at the top of his game to defeat Alex Stefanos 6-0 and Carl powered past Luke Radziminski but he was unable to keep a clean sheet as Luke scored one of the goals of the tournament to go out with a bang.

The Semi-Final stage saw Peter go on a roll and put six past Benji Batten- each goal better than the last. The second semi was a far more even affair as Carl and Eliot could not be separated after 30 minutes of time and then a further 10 minutes of extra time. Penalties were needed where Carl executed three consecutive shots to progress to the final (3-0 shootout score).

The Final was a very tight and tense affair. Peter grabbed the early lead over Carl but in the second half Carl equalized and fellow players were left in no doubt as to whether a goal had been scored after a load roar from the ex-Welshman. 1-1 at full time, the game entered extra time. With just minutes remaining Peter found the match winner letting out a triumphant ‘yes’ as the ball hit the back of the net.

And so it would be that Peter Thomas would build on his great form at the World Cup to claim maximum points from this FISTF Satellite. Big thanks must be sent to all interstate players and to Brian Holden at the Brighton Church of Christ.
The Australian Table Football Associations next FISTF event is the challenger of Paramatta to be held on November 15, interested players please contact Adrian Elmer at ajebec@netspace.net.au

Final Standings

Eliminated after Group Stage: Dillon Izon (Rex-C bibases/Total Soccer), Brian Holden (Total Soccer), Giuseppe Tardiota (Zuego Profibase/Parodi Subbuteo), David Simpson (iBase Storm)
Eliminated after Barrage Round: Alex Stefanos (Total Soccer), Luke Radziminski (iBase storm/Raptor G2)
Eliminated after Semi-Finals: Benji Batten (Rex-C Bibases) and Eliot Kennedy (ExtremeWorks Universal Bases)
Runner Up: Carl Young
Winner: Peter Thomas (ExtremeWorks Universal Bases)

original post: http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?p=537
Full results of the event can be found at http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?p=530

(Report by Benji Batten)