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Austrians dominate the GP of Scotland

DundeeGP-2Last week-end, the Grand Prix of Scotland took place in Dundee with 29 players from 8 nations taking part. In the Open category, Austrians dominated the competition with Alexander Haas (Royal 78) claiming the title after beating clubmate Heinz Eder in the final. Thomas Wittmann and England’s Gianpaolo Vitulano were the losing demi-finalists. In the Veterans, top seeded player Daniel Scheen from Belgium defeated England’s Brian Daley in the final. Elliot Bellefontaine won the U19 event. On Sunday, the team event saw many surprises. Despite they lost to local team Dundee United, the Austrians of TSC Royal 78 Kaisermühlen finally won the tournament after finishing on top of a group of 5 while Yorkshire Phoenix was the runner-up. Congratulations to the winners and to the organizers for having the event played at Tannadyce Park.

Full results: Grand Prix – Dundee

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Dave Pawsey is the Glasgow Open champion

Last week-end, the club of Glasgow was the host o fthe first International Open of the season in Scotland. England’s Dave Pawsey was the Open winner after beating clubmate Elliot Bellefontaine in the final (4-1). Gareth Christie and Barry Corr reached the semi-finals. Scottish legend David Baxter won the veterans section, he defeated Steve Bennett in the final (2-1). Elliot Bellefontaine took the U19 trophy after finishing on top of a group of 4 players. The team event was played on sunday and the six teams competed in a group. Yorkshire Phoenix ended on top with 13 points while Dundee United was runner-up with 12 points.

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Steve Bennett wins in Dundee

On June 20-21 the International Open of Tayside was played in Tannadice Park, home of Dundee United. An excellent days play ended with local player Steve Bennett defeating England’s Trevor Schott in the final.

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Dundee United TFC won the team event, winning a group of four. Yorkshire Phoenix ended as runner-up of the tournament.

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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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Perth International Open

PerthIO-Competitors PerthIO-Winner-GCFourteen players took part in the Open category of the first Perth International Open in Scotland on Saturday 14th June. Twelve players from local clubs Glasgow and Tayside were delighted to be joined by Colin Tarry, who made the trip up from London. A special guest, Subbuteo legend Mike Dent, also receives major plaudits for playing the day after his wedding in Edinburgh! Mike, originally from the local area, now lives in Malaysia and helps to promote the game there as coach with his club, Hartamas Tigers.

The tournament was played in great spirits and in a relaxed sporting manner, with some tense close games. In typical style, Steve Bennett, Scottish champion (1st seed), cruised to the semi-finals scoring 20 goals in 4 games to win his group. Tom Burns, second in the group also made the last four by going on to defeat Scott Fleming from Tayside, who clinched his group with a closely fought 3-2 win over 3rd seed Colin Tarry. Greg Dand progressed on ‘Goals Scored’ over teammate Gareth Christie (2nd seed) after a 0-0 draw between the pair in the remaining group.

Bennett and Christie also played out a thrilling 0-0 draw in the semi’s; Christie winning with a well-taken golden goal. Dand, competing in his first FISTF tournament for many years, was 1-0 winner in a close match against Burns.

In the final, Christie had the perfect start, winning the ball then scoring a precise looping shot to the back post, on his first possession. However, this was quickly cancelled out by Dand with a fine strike at the other end. There was little between the two players, but half way through the second-half, Christie opened Dand’s defence then scored with a long range shot into the corner for 2-1. Christie continues his run of Scottish IO successes with four wins in the last three seasons.

Open Winner: Gareth Christie
Runner-up: Greg Dand

The team event on Sunday 15th was a low-key affair with just nine players available making up three teams, two from Tayside and one from Glasgow.

However, there were some great games including David Baxter (Tayside B) leading twice against Christie (Tayside A) which ended in a 2-2 draw. New player Andy Beskaby (Tayside B) upset the experienced Tom Burns (Glasgow) with a 2-1 victory, which helped clinch second place overall for his team.

Team Winners: Tayside Kickers 91 ‘A’
Team Winners: Tayside Kickers 91 ‘B’

One more thing… The Scottish Table Football Association would like to wish newlyweds Mike and Tray all the very best for the future.

(Report by Gareth Christie)

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The honors for Gareth Christie in Glasgow

February 25 – Yorkshire Phoenix beat Tayside Kickers in the team event final in the Glasgow International Open at the Normandy Hotel this sunday. On saturday, the individual tournament was full of surprises. Gareth Christie of the Tayside Kickers won the Open final against Bristol’s Paulo Gouveia (2-1 in sudden death) while Daniel Scheen from Stembert (Belgium) won the veterans and his son Noé Scheen won the U15 section. Well done to all.