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Daniel Cranston wins “Flicko de Mayo”

Daniel Cranston arrived, saw, and conquered Michigan. He warmed up on Friday night by winning the Gideon Smith Cup, a 4-man WASPA event in East Lansing. In Saturday’s fifth edition of Flicko de Mayo in Rockford, Daniel scored an impressive 24 goals in five matches to claim the title.

For the third year in a row, the tournament was a FISTF Satellite/ASA/WASPA event. 9 players from Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Maryland, and Michigan made up a very competitive field that included five of the top 12 players in the ASA rankings.

After the first round of group play, two groups of three players were formed in the championship bracket and one in the consolation bracket. Defending champion Erik Haefke beat Dario Passadore 2-0 in a key Group A match to earn his third consecutive Flicko de Mayo final. In a reprise of their first round clash, Cranston defeated Haefke 5-2. Passadore took third place with a solid 3-2 win over in-form Ilias Gikas. Tim Tumminaro won the consolation group.

A highlight of the weekend was Chicago United’s win in the inaugural Great Lakes Cup team challenge: a decisive 2-0 victory over host Grand Rapids TSC. A great weekend of subbuteo, sportsmanship, and camaraderie!

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Christian Filippella’s super week-end in California

Two major competitions were held in Newbury Park, southern California over the week-end of April 16th/17th 2016. Players attended from as far and wide as Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and Colorado as well as the top players from southern California as well.

On Saturday the FISTF Satellite competition was won convincingly by Christian Filippella with an extraordinary 7-0 defeat of Paul Eyes in the Final. Up to that point Paul had played well in qualifying and the semi-final versus Mike Tillman, but he had no answer to Christian’s accuracy and impeccable shooting. Christian was a top player in Italy until retiring in 2001 and was recently discovered living in Hollywood, and has re-ignited his passion for Subbuteo, and it looks like that is going to be to the great benefit of USA Subbuteo and the ASA.

On Sunday the American Subbuteo Association held its own California Open Cup competition, and the tournament field was strengthened further by the presence of seven-times USA champion Zach Walker. The match that everyone wanted to see occurred in the final between Christian Filippella and Zach. After Christian took the lead, Zach fought back to equalize in an even first half, but in the second half, gradual and intense pressure wore down Zach’s defence and Christian scored twice in the last four minutes to win the match 3-1. Zach created chances and came very close however. It was a tremendous match to finish a brilliant week-end of Subbuteo competition.

Satellite results: Satellite – Los Angeles

(Report by Paul O’Donovan Rossa)

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Winning comeback for Christian Filippella

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On Sunday February 7, 2016, the Southern California Subbuteo Club hosted the FISTF Challenger event in Newbury Park, California.  Seven competitors participated in the tournament, showcasing the return of Italian great, Christian Filippella.  In his first tournament in the United States, Christian defeated Paul O’Donovan Rossa 3-1 in the final, to capture the FISTF Challenger Championship.  Entering the semifinals, Christian won group A and Varant Kurkeyerian (USA) won Group B. In the semifinals, Christian defeated João Bruno Casaca (Portugal) 6-0 and Paul O’Donovan Rossa edged out Varant Kurkeyerian via penalties (6-5), after finishing the match 0-0.

(Report from the organizers)

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Jesper Nielsen wins in California

The FISTF Future of Newbury Park, California took place on October 11, 2015. The players from California had the pleasure to meet friends from Denmark and Jesper Staal Nielsen was the star guest of the tournament. Players were dropped in two groups. Nielsen was the best player and defeated Rob Tucker in the semi (8-0) and Dario Passadore from Florida (6-1) in the final. Paul O’Donovan Rossa was the other semi-finalist and Joao Casaca won the consolation tournament.

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Daniel Cranston is the US Open winner

During the week-end of August 8 and 9, the city of Chicago was the host of the ASA National. The week-end was fantastic with players travelling from several US States to try to become national champion. Zach Walker, who lives in Colorado, became champion again, confirming his supremacy on the North American game.

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Daniel Cranston vs Zach Walker (referee is Paul Eyes)

On the suday, organizers also held a tournament that was counting as both FISTF Open and WASPA regional tournament. 18 players were taking part, including England’s Colin Tarry. Daniel Cranston from Maryland defeated Zach Walker in the final. Michael Tillman and Paul Eyes were the semi-finalists.

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Michael Tilman against England’s Colin Tarry

The event was really successful and the American Association decided the national will be held again in Chicago, Illinois next year. Congratulations to the winners and to the Chicago United club for their great efforts.

Full results: Open – Chicago

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Thomas Baumeler wins in California

Last saturday 2 Swiss players were visiting the Southern California Subbuteo Club and attended the Challenger of Newbury Park. Local players were happy to meet Thomas and Trisha Baumeler again. The guests of the day noted the improvement in California play. it was also the first tournament in California for Joao and Bruno Casaca, welcoming them to the Club. Both are Portuguese and now live in California.

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Special facts of the day were Trisha beat Paul O’Donovan Rossa with the last flick of the match, Bruno showed well to beat the experienced Steve Tucker in his first tournament here, good showing from Varant and Paul to get to the semi-finals but on the day no one was a match for Trisha and Thomas with their experienced attacking play. The final was attacking and close, decided by a first goal from Thomas.

Results: Challenger – Newbury Park

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Erik Haefke wins Satellite in Michigan

Congratulations to Eric Haefke (Iowa; Chicago United) for his first tournament win in Michigan, defeating perennial finalist and title holder Peter Alegi (Lansing MI; Chicago United) 4-3 in sudden death overtime.

Nine participants at the annual Flicko de Mayo, for the second time a FISTF Satellite, enjoyed a great high-scoring tournament. Dario Passadore from Florida pulled off a 3-2 win against Ilias Gikas (Chicago) in the group stage to keep him from a repeat semi-final against Peter Alegi. Alegi won the all-Italian semi-final 2-0, while Erik Haefke won an open encounter with Marcus Fila 5-2.

The final saw Alegi down two quick goals, but he recovered to tie 2-2 before a further marker from Haefke put the Iowan ahead at half time. The second half saw no further scoring until around 15 seconds from time, when Alegi scored the equaliser. To no avail, however, as Haefke walked off with the trophy by scoring the golden goal four minutes into overtime.

Group A: Alegi 8 Pate 1, Fila 7 Galarza 0, Alegi 3-0F Galarza, Fila 3 Pate 3, Alegi 2 Fila 0, Pate 3-0F Galarza.
Group B: Passadore 5 Sweetland 0, Haefke 3 Ewer 0, Gikas 4 Sweetland 0, Passadore 0 Ewer 1, Gikas 4 Ewer 2, Passadore 1 Haefke 3, Gikas 3 Haefke 5, Ewer 1 Sweetland 2, Gikas 2 Passadore 3, Haefke 4 Sweetland 0.

Group A
Peter Alegi ……….. 3 3-0-0 13-1 9
Marcus Fila ………. 3 1-1-1 10-5 4 (GD, forfeits excluded)
Paul Pate ………….. 3 1-1-1 7-11 4
Alex Galarza ……… 3 0-0-3 0-13 0

Group B
Chris Sweetland … 4 1-0-3 2-14 3 (H2H 2-1)
Mike Ewer ………… 4 1-0-3 4-9 3
Erik Haefke ……….. 4 4-0-0 15-4 12
Dario Passadore … 4 2-0-2 9-6 6 (H2H 3-2)
Ilias Gikas …………. 4 2-0-2

Consolation Final
Gikas 5 Pate 0

Semis
Alegi 2 Passadore 0
Haefke 5 Fila 2

Final
Haefke 4 Alegi 3 (AET)

Results file: Satellite – Grand Rapids

(Report from MiSTFA)

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Report and Results of FISTF Los Angeles Open

LA2014-Zach A great day’s play was enjoyed by thirteen players at the FISTF Los Angeles Open, and we very pleased to welcome Thomas and Trisha Baumeler from Switzerland, on tour in California for a month. Perhaps fate dictated that Trisha and Thomas met together in the quarter-finals in a very tight family affair, with Thomas finally just edging the tie on shots. In the final, USA no. 2 Dan Cranston could have hoped at half time that he had one hand on the title, as he raced into a 3-0 lead over Zach Walker. However, Zach showed yet again why currently his Subbuteo is a level apart in the USA, staging a 3-3 comeback with two minutes left, and scoring the winner five minutes into overtime. A great performance by both players. The event was competitive and intense, but there was no yelling every time a goal was scored (103 goals) and the games conducted in a sporting manner. Thanks to everyone for taking part, and especially to the USA players Dan Cranston, Erik Haefke and Zach Walker, who each travelled over 3000 miles or over 1000 miles to participate in this event and the ASA Nationals yesterday. LA2014-Cranston We wish the event could have had more players. But in the USA (the third largest country in the world after Russia and Canada) we face enormous logistical issues in bringing together a substantial number of players from maybe 21 different playing States to play Subbuteo together. Playing maybe 5-6 games on American Nationals day can mean 1000-3000 miles of air and car rental travel for participants not living in the host state. These isolation issues compound when we (as we did this year) look at sending teams to the World Cup and Champions League, not just the travel it takes but the cost for individuals. The same can be said of playing Canada, Mexico or Brazil, something we’d love to do one day. In the future, sponsorship is the way to go. The potential here in the USA remains huge. And at ground level, we’d like to welcome a new player who has joined the Southern California Subbuteo League whilst visiting the Nationals this week-end, Damir Vranjes. Welcome Damir. (Report by Paul O’Donovan Rossa)

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FISTF is back in Michigan

There was a tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 10 with a field of 8 players competing for a lot of points as the event had the double status (FISTF Satellite/WASPA) and the host club had the chance to meet players of the Chicago Area Subbuteo Club as well as Erik Haefke who has spent the last few months in France and played in several tournaments in Europe. Haefke made it to the final after defeating Mike Ewer in the semi. In the other semi, Peter Alegi beat Ilias Gikas on shots. The final was very close but Peter Alegi made the difference in the final to beat Erik Haefke.