Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Report of the Flicko de Mayo tournament

Congratulations to ERIK 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
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 13-10 6
Chris Sweetland ... 4 1-0-3 2-14 3 (H2H 2-1)
Mike Ewer ............ 4 1-0-3 4-9 3

Consolation Final
Gikas 5 Pate 0

Alegi 2 Passadore 0
Haefke 5 Fila 2

Haefke 4 Alegi 3 (AET)

(Report from MiSTFA)

Report of the California Cup

Last weekend, May 2nd & 3rd, saw the coming together of the Northern and Southern California Subbuteo leagues for the first annual “California Cup” in San Francisco. This exciting inaugural event included a round-robin on day-one (allowing each NorCal and SoCal player to meet and play each other in a competitive but friendly and sporting “getting to know you” atmosphere), and two “teams” competitions on day-two consisting of mixed-teams rounds (allowing NorCal and SoCal players to join together against their own and opposing league member in a fast-paced and exciting competition) and a final, thrilling, “North vs. South” teams round, decided in the end only by a decisive “golden goal” in sudden death overtime! Despite the competitive edge, this year’s tournament focused on our two great California leagues meeting, building friendships, and looking ahead to the growth of table soccer in California. Participants enjoyed two great days of fun, comradery, and of course, plenty of Subbuteo. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated and made our first annual California Cup a terrific success! And special thanks to our new friend Tonny Villarreal for capturing it all so beautifully on film!

(Report by Conan Mullen)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Darren Koffman wins in Indiana

On April 11, the first WASPA tournament in Bloomington, Indiana attracted six players for a great day of play. Steve Laskey won his five group games and later won his semi-final against Jeff Drake. Darren Koffman won his semi on shots against Chris Barron. In the final, Darren Koffman took the honors, defeating Steve Lasket (2-0) to claim the title. Therron Thomas, who was the host of the tournament, won the consolation final against Brendan Mayhugh.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Michigan Spring Classic for Peter Alegi

Nathan Pate (left) and Chris Sweetland played to a scoreless draw in the Spring Classic
On Saturday, April 11, a WASPA tournament took place at the Woodland Sports complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was the first official event of the year organized by the Michigan Subbuteo Table Football Association and a warm up to the FISTF Satellite "Flicko de Mayo" scheduled for May 2. Peter Alegi won the Spring Classic with four victories and no goals conceded, with Nathan Pate just edging out his dad, Paul, for second place. Chris Sweetland (from Chicago) and Alex Galarza rounded out the table during a fun and competitive afternoon of flicking. Unfortunately, Mike Ewer was a last-minute scratch due to illness.

Scores Nathan Pate - Peter Alegi 0-2 Chris Sweetland - Alex Galarza 2-0 A. Galarza - N. Pate 0-3 P. Alegi - Paul Pate 3-0 C. Sweetland - P. Alegi 0-1 A. Galarza - P. Pate 0-2 A. Galarza - P. Alegi 0-3 N. Pate - C. Sweetland 0-0 N. Pate - P. Pate 1-0 P. Pate - C. Sweetland 1-0

Final Table
P. Alegi 12 pts
N. Pate 7 pts
P. Pate 6 pts
C. Sweetland 4 pts
A. Galarza 0 pts

(Report by MiSTFA)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Conan Mullen wins in San Francisco

The Northern California Subbuteo Club played a small WASPA tournament on Sunday, February 22nd in San Francisco, CA. Only three players were available this month with results as follows.
Conan Mullen 3 - 0 Peter Vahle
Peter Vahle 1 - 0 Michail Keskinidis
Conan Mullen 2 - 0 Michail Keskinidis
Peter Vahle 0 -  1 Conan Mullen
Michail Keskinidis 0 - 1 Peter Vahle
Michail Keskinidis 0 - 1 Conan Mullen

Conan finished top with 12 points, Peter second with 6 points, and Mike third with 0 points. All the games were lively and closely contested with a lot of end-to-end action throughout.

(Report by NCSC)

Monday, January 26, 2015

A first victory for Michalis Keskinidis

Michalis's Sankt Pauli team
There was subbuteo action in Northern California this week-end where fine players met to play a small tournament. Everyone played four games and there was some good fun. Michalis Keskinidis finished on top with two wins and two draws while Peter Vahle was second with 5 points. The other three players tied with 4 points but Conan Mullen was third on goal difference, George Vassiliades was fourth and Vincent Vidal was fifth.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Alex Batacchi wins in Tampa Bay

Alex Batacchi and Zach Walker before the final
After a long hiatus, there was Subbuteo action again in Florida where 7 players met last sunday in the premises of Tampabay TSC. Among the visitors, Zach Walker from Colorado and Jody Schaaf from Georgia had travelled a long way and it was good also to meet Dario and Sacha Passadore who live in the Miami area. Dario was playing in Italy 20 years ago and was glad to start playing again. All players played each other and after the group stage, Zach Walker and host Alex Batacchi qualified for the final. The decisive game was close but Alex won (1-0). "A Mourinho style performance", commented Alex Batacchi after the game. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the future in Florida.
The final