Monday, July 28, 2014

Report and Results of FISTF/WASPA Los Angeles Open, 28th July 2014

A great day’s play was enjoyed by thirteen players at the FISTF/WASPA 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.
Zach Walker (right), Los Angeles Open champion
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. 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) Tournament results Group A Erik Haefke 2-1 Thomas Baumeler Cameron Tucker 0-6 Thomas Baumeler Cameron Tucker 1-2 Erik Haefke 1. Erik Haefke P2 W2 D0 L0 F4 A2 Pts 6 2. Thomas Baumeler P2 W1 D0 L1 F7 A2 Pts 3 3. Cameron Tucker P2 W0 D0 L2 F1 A8 Pts 0 Group B Paul O’Donovan Rossa 0-2 Trisha Baumeler Steve Tucker 1-1 Paul O’Donovan Rossa Trisha Baumeler 2-0 Steve Tucker 1. Trisha Baumeler P2 W2 D0 L0 F4 A0 Pts 6 2. Paul O’Donovan Rossa P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A3 Pts 1 3. Steve Tucker P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A3 Pts 1 Paul O’DR beat Steve Tucker 2-0 in shoot-out Group C Wayne Smith 4-0 Conan Mullen Conan Mullen 0-2 Dan Cranston Wayne Smith 1-3 Dan Cranston 1. Dan Cranston P2 W2 D0 L0 F5 A1 Pts 6 2. Wayne Smith P2 W1 D0 L1 F5 A3 Pts 3 3. Conan Mullen P2 W0 D0 L2 F0 A6 Pts 0 Group D Varant Kurkeyerian 0-7 Zach Walker Rob Tucker 7-1 Josh Tucker Rob Tucker 0-6 Zach Walker Varant Kurkeyerian 7-1 Josh Tucker Zach Walker 6-6 Josh Tucker Rob Tucker 0-1 Varant Kurkeyerian 1. Zach Walker P3 W2 D1 L0 F19 A6 Pts 7 2. Varant Kurkeyerian P3 W2 D0 L1 F9 A8 Pts 6 3. Rob Tucker P3 W1 D0 L2 F7 A8 Pts 3 4. Josh Tucker P2 W0 D1 L2 F8 A21 Pts 1
Swiss derby between the Baumeler, father and daughter
Quarter Finals Erik Haefke 1-2 Paul O’Donovan Rossa Wayne Smith 0-7 Zach Walker Dan Cranston 7-0 Varant Kurkeyerian Trisha Baumeler 0-0 Thomas Baumeler Thomas Baumeler beat Trisha Baumeler 2-1 in shoot-out
Daniel Cranston vs Varant Kurkeyerian
Semi Finals Paul O’Donovan Rossa 1-4 Zach Walker Dan Cranston 2-1 Thomas Baumeler Final Daniel Cranston 3-4 Zach Walker (OT) 3rd/4th Place Play Off Thomas Baumeler 3-0 Paul O'Donovan Rossa FISTF/WASPA Los Angeles Open Champion 2014 – Zach Walker (Colorado)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reminder about the National

Here are some more details about the National.

Saturday July 26th – arrive 8.30am for 9am flick-off
The ASA National Open (all ages)
The ASA National Veterans (aged 40+)
Mary Jane consolation competitions for both Open and Veterans

Sunday July 27th – arrive 9.00am for 9.30am flick-off
Open competition (all ages)
Mary Jane consolation competition for Open

$15 for both days play, and including two lunches

The Club House
Seabridge Lane
Huntington Beach
California 92646

Two Pictures of the Venue

Nearest airports to Huntington Beach
Los Angeles (LAX) – 36 miles
Irvine / Santa Ana (SNA) – 12 miles
The easiest mode of transport around southern California is car, so renting a car is recommended
Taxi from LAX to Huntington Beach is $120 each way
Taxi from SNA to Huntington Beach is $40 each way

Four recommended hotels close to venue
Regency Inn – 0.9 miles from venue

Best Western – 2.5 miles from venue

Huntington Surf Inn – 2.5 miles from venue

Hilton (pricier) – 2.3 miles from venue

All 16 hotels in Huntington Beach

Evening entertainment on Saturday night
Dinner and drinks at Dukes Restaurant, Pacific Cost Highway, Huntington Beach Pier 7.30pm

Responsibilities and Officials for the week-end’s play

Competition Organizer
Rob Tucker
Cell: 240-298-5796

Venue Organizer & Liaison
Competition Registration
Paul O’Donovan Rossa
Cell: 714-907-3658

Pitch Transportation and Set-Up
Steve Tucker

Head Referee
Wayne Smith

Register NOW for the ASA Nationals in July!
Please email or Facebook Paul O’Donovan Rossa with your wish to be registered to play at the Nationals, and your name will be added to the list of players attending below

Accident Waiver
All players will be required to sign on Saturday that they waive any claim for accident or incident whilst on the facilities at Seabridge and in the Clubhouse and vicinity – as taking out insurance to cover the unlikely event of anything occurring would be financially prohibitive upon this competition taking place

Travel and Accommodation Enquiries
Please direct any queries on Huntington Beach, and travel to and accommodation in Huntington Beach, to Paul O’Donovan Rossa and I will help the best I can (as a Huntington Beach resident, not a travel agent!)

If you are travelling out to this part of California it is a great opportunity to extend your stay and have a holiday or short break here – with all the beaches, beach events, Disney, whale watching (including blue whales in July) and Orange County shopping and evening life.  Any questions, just ask.

Players attending so far
Zach Walker (4 times and 2013 ASA Champion)
Daniel Cranston (2011 ASA Champion)
Neal Rivera
Craig Cousino
Josh Tucker
Cam Tucker
Rob Tucker
Steve Tucker
David Jensen
Varant Kurkeyerian
Wayne Smith
Paul O’Donovan Rossa

Unable to attend this year
Tom Shirley (ASA Chairman)
Paul Eyes (2012 ASA Champion)
Alex Batacchi

Huntington Beach (adapted from Wiki)
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in southern California. The city is named after American businessman Henry E. Huntington in 1909.  According to the 2012 census, the city population was 189,707; making it the largest beach city in Orange County in terms of population (other nearby beach cities are Laguna Beach; Newport Beach; Sunset Beach; Seal Beach).  Huntington Beach is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by Seal Beach on the northwest, by Costa Mesa on the east, by Newport Beach on the southeast, by Westminster on the north, and by Fountain Valley on the northeast.

Huntington Beach is known for its long 9.5-mile stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing and Subbuteo, and beach culture. The ocean waves are enhanced by a natural effect caused by the edge-diffraction of open ocean swells around the island of Catalina. Swells generated predominantly from the North Pacific in winter, and from a combination of Southern hemisphere storms and hurricanes in summer, focus on Huntington Beach creating consistent surf all year long.

Huntington Beach is the site of the world surfing championships, held in the summer every year. The city is often referred to as ‘Surf City’ because of this high profile event and its history and culture of surfing.  It is often called the "Surfing Capital of the World", not for the height of the waves, but rather for this consistent quality of surf.

Average temperature in July – 71F (high) 63F (low)

Pictures of Huntington Beach

Other pictures of Huntington Beach

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

George Vassiliades wins in San Francisco

The day was full of sunshine, the World Cup, and winning tournaments on goal differential for George Vassiliades and AEK Tibet. They Cypriot took the day thanks to a 1-1 draw against Hotspur Subbuteo, who finished the day in second place. After losing both of their games, Vincent's Olympique and Joe's South Berkeley SC went into the Wooden Spoon Final needing a win. It all came down to a draw, then extra time, THEN penalties (which the Frenchman won 2-1 after six rounds). All-in-all, a great day of flicking with good friends. Until next time!

(Report from the NCSC Facebook page)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

US players in the world rankings

US players in the FISTF Open ranking of May 2014:
55 GASPARINI Andrea 346,00
294 HAEFKE Erik 40,80
499 SMITH Wayne 16,00
618 KURKEYERIAN Varant 11,20
727 TUCKER Cameron 6,40
728 TUCKER Rob 6,40
840 RUSSELL Stuart 4,50
893 TUCKER Steve 3,20
894 O'DONOVAN ROSSA Paul 3,20
895 TUCKER Josh 3,20

US players in the FISTF Veterans ranking of May 2014:
289 O'DONOVAN ROSSA Paul 15,00
390 HAEFKE Erik 6,00

US players in the WASPA ranking of May 2014:
69 Paul O'Donovan (Maryland SC) 49,90
89 Alex Batacchi (Tampa Bay TSC) 41,00
95 Wayne Smith (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 40,00
97 Andrea Gasparini (CR Vasco da Gama Futmesa) 39,50
110 Patrick Sheridan (Maryland SC) 36,25
120 Daniel Cranston (Maryland SC) 34,00
125 Zach Walker (Washington Tuesday SL) 33,00
131 Nate Pate (MiSTFA) 32,00
136 Steve Laskey (Cleveland Metro TFC) 31,00
178 Steve Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 24,80
186 Massimo Conturso (SC Connecticut) 23,50
186 Paul Eyes (Maryland SC) 23,50
199 Varant Kurkeyerian (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 22,50
201 Paul Pate (MiSTFA) 22,15
209 Neal Rivera (Maryland SC) 20,35
225 Craig Cousino (no club) 19,00
225 Ilias Gikias (Chicago Area SC) 19,00
235 Peter Vahle (Northern California SC) 18,00
302 John Coyle (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 13,00
320 Daniel Louis (Tampa Bay TSC) 12,50
320 Rob Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 12,50
332 Tim Tumminaro (Chicago Area SC) 12,40
340 Isabel Batacchi (Tampa Bay TSC) 12,00
385 Chris Sweetland (Chicago Area SC) 9,20
387 Richard Mike Mellott (no club) 9,00
387 Luis Silva (SC Connecticut) 9,00
407 Eric Walton (Washington Tuesday SL) 8,50
426 Brian Lambert (MiSTFA) 8,10
428 Conan Mullen (Northern California SC) 8,00
448 Cameron Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 7,50
458 Simon Neil (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 7,00
521 Eric Albertson (MiSTFA) 6,00
532 Brad Hendricks (Kansas City Subbuteo League) 5,80
540 James Husley (Tampa Bay TSC) 5,50
540 Andrew Zunino (Philadelphia Subbuteo Futbol Syndicate) 5,50
556 David Jensen (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 5,00
556 Sean Mann (no club) 5,00
556 Joe Schmidt (Northern California SC) 5,00
581 Chad Idema (MiSTFA) 4,80
584 Gregg Deinhart (Washington Tuesday SL) 4,75
595 Shane McNulty (Kansas City Subbuteo League) 4,60
611 Mark Crawford (no club) 4,20
615 Brandon Minton (Suncoast TSL) 4,00
615 David Qualls (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 4,00
615 Tom Shirley (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 4,00
615 George Vassiliades (Northern California SC) 4,00
670 Miguel Marques (SC Connecticut) 3,50
696 Ricky Alvarez (no club) 3,40
696 Miko Mann (no club) 3,40
706 Adolfo Colindres (Patapsco SC) 3,25
720 Sid Bond (no club) 3,00
720 Chad Price (no club) 3,00
720 Tory Reed (Colorado SC) 3,00
746 Dewey LaRochelle (Washington Tuesday SL) 2,95
760 Byung Kim (Maryland SC) 2,75
765 Jody Schaaf (Savannah SC) 2,50
765 Jamie Zacharda (no club) 2,50
817 Jason Mitchell (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 2,00
817 Kevin Nieman (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 2,00
817 Josh Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 2,00
889 Brendan Dames (Patapsco SC) 1,85
889 Mike Hitselberger (no club) 1,85
889 Grant Lilly (no club) 1,85
889 Rory Nolan (no club) 1,85
889 Matt Steinmuller (Maryland SC) 1,85
889 Corey Wiggs (no club) 1,85
889 Evan Winter (Patapsco SC) 1,85
905 Michael Koster (MiSTFA) 1,50
936 Alex de Lencastre (SC Connecticut) 1,00
936 Landon Hunter (MiSTFA) 1,00
936 Michael Knorr (MiSTFA) 1,00
936 Nick Lawson (MiSTFA) 1,00
936 Frank Silva (SC Connecticut) 1,00
936 Frank Jr Silva (SC Connecticut) 1,00
936 Vincent Vidal (Northern California SC) 1,00
1112 Kevin Antoszewski (Maryland SC) 0,90
1120 Eric Cha (no club) 0,50
1120 Joshua Chang (no club) 0,50
1120 Nicholas Chiacchio (no club) 0,50
1120 Jackson Duan (no club) 0,50
1120 Matt Fox (Suncoast TSL) 0,50
1120 Sebastien Gisin (no club) 0,50
1120 Ryan Jung (no club) 0,50
1120 Ryan Kenny (Maryland SC) 0,50
1120 Timothy Kim (no club) 0,50
1120 Michael Kimack (no club) 0,50
1120 Mike Kistler (no club) 0,50
1120 Jongho Lee (no club) 0,50
1120 Jack Lorenz (no club) 0,50
1120 Tej Mehta (no club) 0,50
1120 Brian Mengele (Patapsco SC) 0,50
1120 Denish Parsulapeti (no club) 0,50
1120 Joey Peters (no club) 0,50
1120 Karson Porter (no club) 0,50
1120 Jon Raza (no club) 0,50
1120 Michael Shlining (no club) 0,50
1120 Bill Switala (no club) 0,50
1120 Howard Veal (no club) 0,50
1120 Dave Waligora (MiSTFA) 0,50
1120 Jen Waligora (MiSTFA) 0,50
1120 Ben Williams (no club) 0,50
1120 Michael Zacharda (no club) 0,50

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship

On Sunday, May 25, 2014, seven players competed for the first Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship. The players were placed in two groups, a group of four players and a group of three players. The top two finishers in each group would compete for the Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship while the remaining three would play in the consolation round, the Mushroom Bowl. The player with the highest points average would get a bye into the championship of the Mushroom Bowl.

In group A, Paul Eyes and Neil Rivera qualify for the Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship; Adolfo Colindres receives a bye to the Mushroom Bowl final with a 1.333 points average while Andrew Zunino will participate in the play-in game for the Mushroom Bowl Final.

In group B, Daniel Cranston and Matthew Steinmuller qualify for the Pennsylvania Championship while Jamie Zacharda will participate in the play-in game for the Mushroom Bowl Final.

The Mushroom Bowl - Play-in Game:
Andrew Zunino defeated Jamie Zacharda 2-0

The Mushroom Bowl Final:
Adolfo Colindres defeated Andrew Zunino 1-0 to win the Mushroom Bowl

The Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship - Semi-Finals:
Paul Eyes defeated Matthew Steinmuller 2-0
Daniel Cranston defeated Neil Rivera 3-0

The Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship:
Daniel Cranston captured the Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship by defeating Paul Eyes 3-2.

Final Standings
1. Daniel Cranston
2. Paul Eyes
3. Neil Rivera
4. Matthew Steinmuller
5. Adolfo Colindres
6. Andrew Zunino
7. Jamie Zacharda

(Report by Andrew Zunino)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tournament in Chattanooga

There will be a tournament in Chattanooga, TN on August 9. If there are enough entries, the event will be held at the venue where the Nationals was (called the Nutrition Center). If no out of towners, then Tom Shirley's residence would be the site.
Contact: Tom Shirley at

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Peter Alegi wins in Michigan

The semi between Alegi and Gikas
There was a tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan last saturday 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 in the sudden death.