Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell to the "Noughties"

The Southern California Subbuteo Club played their last tournament of the decade on Sunday December 27.  The "noughties" have been an exciting decade for the SCSC as their membership has steadily increased to form a group of "regulars" and larger group of "tournament only" players.

It was a treat for the "regulars" to welcome John Carroll and Sean Daly to the Subbuteo table again.  Sean and Wayne Smith were the only two players taking part in the competition who were members of the club at the start of the decade.

  Full report and photographs»

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Last Challenge Cup

SCC Cup 100

And so it ended.

The fantastic run that flicked off on February 22, 2002 finished 7 years, 9 months and 5 days later, on November 27th, in the same way it began.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Season 8 ends

Southern California Subbuteo Club Season 8

The Southern California Subbuteo Club's Season 8 drew to a close on Friday November 20, 2009.

By the last night of play the League Champion, runner up, and Wooden spoon winner was already known.  The only undecided issue was who would finish in third place.  Kevin Nieman had played all of his games and had a two point lead over fourth place Jason Mitchell.  Mitchell had one game left that he had to win to claim third place, he had to play Simon Hutchinson "away".  Simon scored a goal in either half and Jason finished in fourth place.

The last game of the season was the League Cup final.  Mitchell faced league champion Wayne Smith, who was trying to win his second consecutive League Cup.  Smith scored an early goal, and continued to press Mitchell's defense for the rest of the game.  Jason made a number a spectacular saves to deny Wayne a goal.  With just 15 seconds left Smith did finally get his second goal.  For the second season Wayne had done the "double".

While Mitchell's was frustrated on the pitch, he was rewarded with "Player of Season 8" accolade.

Congratulations to all the winners:

  • League Champion :  Wayne Smith
  • Wooden spoon winner :  Dominic Hutchinson
  • League Cup winner :  Wayne Smith
  • Player of the season :  Jason Mitchell

League table, results, reports, photographs, and videos here»

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Zach Walker wins the 2009 CT Cup

Zach & Miguel

2009 ASA CT Cup weekend:

98th Challenge Cup - Zach Walker

Connecticut Cup - Zach Walker

Nutmeg Cup - Luis Silva

North Atlantic Team Cup - SCC


Sunday, October 11, 2009

97th Challenge Cup

SCC Cup 97

As the old joke goes, the Group Stage of Cup 97 could have been renamed "Ligue 1": that was the most of goals scored in a game.

The players struggled finding the net...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Carl Nielsen Memorial Challenge

Southern California Subbuteo Club

On Saturday October 3, 2009, the Southern California Subbuteo Club played host to players from two other Subbuteo clubs for the Carl Nielsen Memorial ChallengeAnders Bruhl Hansen, Jesper Staal Nielsen, and Kristian Staal Nielsen represented the Lega Liga Subbuteo Club of Odense, Denmark, and ex-SCSC regular Ric Rivas and his wife Seow Yin made the journey from Tucson, Arizona to take part.  The Rivases were previously members of the Lions Subbuteo Club, Singapore.

The event was deemed a "challenge" rather then a tournament so that everyone could play the members of the other clubs, rather than the people in their own club.

The Danes were so much better than everyone else winning seven of their eight games, including four "mercy rule" victories. The eighth game was a tie between Hansen and the SCSC Wayne Smith. The "mercy rule" stops the game when one of the players reaches a four goal lead over their opponent.

Ric found it hard to keep up with his former club mates after a long lay off from playing. He lost by three goals to Dominic Hutchinson, and by a single goal to Simon Hutchinson. Seow Yin only played one game, in which she was "mercy ruled" by the older Hutchinson.

And why did we name this event after Carl Nielsen?  Nielsen was born in a small village to the south of Odense, and died on October 3 1931 making the day of the Challenge the 78th anniversary of his demise.

All the results and a full report can be found on the Carl Nielsen Memorial Challenge page on the SCSC’s website.

Monday, October 5, 2009

9th annual CT State League flicks off

SCC Frank Jr & Luis

The new State League flicked off in style on October's first Friday as the club welcomed Luis Silva & his nephew Frank Jr back to action.

Luis' return was announced days before and, despite the absence of regular attendees Rick Marques & Jim Taylor...


Sunday, September 13, 2009

SCC resume activity

The 2009-2010 season, the 9th for SCC, kicked off on a rainy Patriot Day in Wallingford.

The summer has passed without any significant news, with the exeption of the Oakwood exhibition & the Rome meeting, and the club's 4-player hard core got together for a subbuteo revival.

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Calendar of events in CT

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

California State Championship 2009

The third annual California State Championship was played on Saturday August 15 in Simi Valley.

This year's winners were:
- State Champion - Wayne Smith
- Missions trophy - Jason Mitchell
- Sierras trophy - Dominic Hutchinson

Wayne Smith crushed all before him and won the State Championship for the third straight year.

Jason Mitchell presented with Missions trophy

The battle for second place was fiercely competitive and went down to a three way race in the last round of games between Jason Mitchell, Kevin Nieman, who was last year's runner up,  and Simon Hutchinson, runner up in 2007.  Nieman and Simon needed to win their games against John Carroll and David Jensen to move above Mitchell into second place, but they could only draw.  Despite losing his last game to Smith, Mitchell remained in second place to claim the Missions trophy (see left).

Dominic Hutchinson was awarded the Sierras trophy as the only under 19 player present at the tournament.  He also deserves an honorable mention for his performance.  While he lost all of his game he only did so by a single goal, in all but one game when he lost by two which included an own goal, and frustrated many of the other players with his defense.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Californians v Swiss

The Southern California Subbuteo Club welcomed their first international visitors on Sunday August 9.  Trisha and Thomas Baumeler are members of the Subbuteo Players Aargau Süd, Switzerland.  They had taken time away from their vacation to the south western USA to take on the best in California.  It was an opportunity for the SCSC members to play FISTF ranked players and see how good, or bad, they are.

Thomas drew with Wayne Smith, the best player in California, and beat the rest of the Californians. 

Trisha and Thomas Baumeler

Twelve year old Trisha proved a tough adversary with her accurate flicking, which impressed her opponents.  She opened the day with a single goal victory over Dominic Hutchinson.  The next two games proved tougher as she lost to both Smith and Steve Tucker.  One goal was enough to beat Kevin Nieman.  Trisha conceded an early goal to Simon Hutchinson, and equalized early in the second half.  She snatched victory with a goal with only 50 seconds left for her third win of the day.

Both of the visitors were impressed by the hospitality of their hosts.   "Players were unbelievably nice and very hospitable. We very much enjoyed playing Subbuteo in this this beautiful environment. Cordial thanks to the Southern California Subbuteo Club." was Thomas's comments on the Subbuteo Players Aargau Süd's web site.

You can read a more detailed report and see photographs here»

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tampa Bay Table Soccer Club -T.B.T.S.C.

Located in Tampa Florida

The aim of the club is to promote Subbuteo table soccer and bring new players to the game, organising the following open tournaments during a regular season:

Sunshine Cup - Florida Cup - Corsendonk Cup - Gasparilla Cup - Turkey Classic [ until the Savannah Subbuteo Club will approve].

You will find our tournaments pictures and schedule at:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dan The Man at Nationals

Daniel Cranston is crowned new ASA champion
Daniel Cranston was the big winner at the ASA National Championships played in Maryland on June 13, 14. In a record field of 60 players in the Open category Daniel Cranston (Maryland) and Alex Batacchi (Florida) would meet in the final, with Cranston winning 2-0.  Pre-tournament favorite - and 3 time reigning champion - Zach Walker was eliminated in the round of 16 by Maryland youth player Stuart Russell.

Cranston would double up the next day in the U19 final by beating fellow Maryland player Stuart Russell 1-0 in a closely contested match. ASA legend Gregg Deinhart won his second Veterans title when he defeated Jim Taylor (Connecticut) in the final. In the U15 division, Nevin Varghese and Brendan Dames negotiated a 21 player filed to reach the final, where Nevin would win 2-0.  In a Team Challenge tournament (US National team championships are played in December) contested by 6 teams, Maryland defeated WTSL 2-0. Key results from the weekend:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Season 7 ends

The Southern California Subbuteo Club's Season 7 drew to a close on Friday June 5, 2009.

Going into the last night of league play the Championship group title was still to be decided between Steve Tucker and Wayne Smith, who had to play each other twice.  In the Wooden Spoon group the title could be won by either Munir Merchant or Jason Mitchell.  After a goalless first leg the final of the League Cup was still to be played for by Smith and Simon Hutchinson.

Despite some excitement that there might be an upset afoot in the Championship Group Smith proved why he is the best player in California, winning his first game against Tucker 4-0 and fighting back from a two goal deficit in the second to tie the game and win the title.  In the League Cup final he crushed Simon with four goals in the first half and another two in the second.

Merchant's two victories over Dominic Hutchinson and a tie with Mitchell won him the Wooden Spoon championship.

Season 7 winners

Congratulations to all the winners:

  • Championship Group champion : Wayne Smith
  • Wooden Spoon champion : Munir Merchant
  • Wooden spoon winner : Dominic Hutchinson
  • League Cup winner : Wayne Smith

Reports, results, photographs, and videos of Season 7 can be found on the Southern California Subbuteo Club's website here»

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

LA Galaxy Subbuteo Cup

The first Los Angeles Galaxy Subbuteo Cup was a great success. The Galaxy soccer club had approached the Southern California Subbuteo Club to play a tournament at their stadium, the Home Depot Center, to show their fans what the game of Subbuteo is.

On Saturday May 2 we were admitted early to the stadium, before the fans, to set up on the stadium’s Concourse. Their were only a few spectators for the first round, all of them employees of the Galaxy who had heard talk of a Subbuteo tournament and wanted to check out what this was.

By the time we had finished playing the semi finals there was a throng of eager fans all interested in what we were doing and full of questions. We allowed many to have a flick with a few figures and a ball or as a goalkeeper so they could experience the game first hand.

When we were ready to play the final at 5 PM there was a crowd of people watching. As the final progressed those not playing were either demonstrating the game on other pitches or were mingling with the watching fans explaining to them what was going on and the basics of the game.

At the end Wayne Smith was victorious having defeated Steve Tucker by 3-1. Chris Thomas, of the Galaxy, was on hand to present the cup. And we had handed out over a hundred flyers to passer bys. All of the players who had participated agreed that this was a truly wonderful experience, to play Subbuteo at a soccer stadium in front of a large crowd.

After we had packed everything back into our vehicles we watched the Galaxy win their first game of the season, defeating the New York Red Bulls 1-0.

A report, results, and photographs from this tournament can be found on the LA Galaxy Subbuteo Cup page»

Thursday, April 9, 2009

ASA Open April 4 2009

With six players participating in the Open on Saturday April 4 we played with only one group, allowing everyone to play each other once.
After the group stage the first placed player received a bye to the Open final, and the second and third players played in the Open semi final. The player in fourth place received a bye to the Mary Jane final, while the fifth and sixth placed players played the Mary Jane semi final.

At the start of the tournament Munir Merchant, ranked as the sixth, turned the form book on its head by beating the first and second seeds, Wayne Smith and Steve Tucker, in back-to-back games. Steve had a tough time winning only one game in the group stage.

At the end of group play no-one was surprised that Wayne finished in first place. John Carroll and Simon Hutchinson finished in equal second place with the same number points. Munir finished in fourth place, Steve fifth, and Kevin Nieman sixth.

Both of the semi finals were decided by shoot outs. Simon won the Open semi final out shooting John. In the Mary Jane semi final Kevin made the greatest come back in the history of the Southern California Subbuteo Club fighting back from three goals down against Steve, but he lost the shoot out.

The Mary Jane final between Munir and Steve was a closely fought encountered and ended goalless after extra time. In the shoot out Munir scored the only goal to win his first tournament title.

Two early goals from Wayne gave him what he thought was a safe lead. Simon fought back to tie the game before the middle of the second half. Alas, a defensive error by Simon, with three minute left, gave Wayne the shot he needed to score the goal to win.

Congratulations to all the winners:
  • Open
    • Winner: Wayne Smith
    • Runner up: Simon Hutchinson
    • Third: John Carroll
  • Mary Jane
    • Winner: Munir Merchant
    • Runner up: Steve Tucker
    • Third: Kevin Nieman
All of the results and a full report can be found on the ASA Open page»

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ASA Presidential Election Time

'Tis the season... the season for ASA Presidential Election.
The qualifications and duties for this office, per ASA Bylaws, are:
The ASA President needs to be at least 21 years of age and either 1) Served a full term (2 years) as a VP, or 2) Have 5 continuous current years of ASA activity.  The President will serve a two-year term beginning on the first day of the season of the odd numbered year. The function of the ASA President is as follows:
The ASA President handles the organization of all changes to the Bylaws.
The ASA President, or a designated constituent, must regularly be in touch with the members-at-large to report on the business of the Board.
The ASA President, or a designated constituent, is the representative to handle all inquires from other National Associations or FISTF.
The ASA President shall confirm all other ASA Chairpersons as nominated by members-at-large, or the ASA VPs.  
So that basically means that if a person has never been a VP, he/she needs to have been continuously active in the ASA since the 2004-05 season.  I read the “continuously active” bit to mean that a person needs to have at least played in 1 official ASA tournament in each of the last 5 seasons (including the current one).  If needed, Lenny has a copy of the 04-05 season’s rankings since he was statistician back then.
The election will take place throughout the month of May.

Monday, January 26, 2009

ASA Open, January 2009

The first ASA Open of 2009 in the Golden state produced a couple of surprises.

Wayne Smith won Group A, wining both of his games against David Jensen and Kevin Nieman.

Group B produced the first surprise with John Carroll finishing in first place. John beat Dominic Hutchinson, held on under a barrage of shots for a goalless draw against Simon Hutchinson, and defeated number two seed Steve Tucker.

These results led to the number one seed, Wayne, playing the number two seed, Steve, in the Open semi finals. It was closely fought match that perhaps Wayne was lucky not be made to play extra time. In the other semi final David Jensen defeated John Carroll to set up an all “Group A final”.

In the third place play-off game Steve took his revenge upon John to win the game and claim third place.
This final was the first one David had reached, and considering he had only been playing with the Southern California Subbuteo Club for five months this was quiet an achievement.

Wayne adapted to the pitch quicker than David, who struggled with the slow pitch and the back bar on the goals. He finally mastered it during the second half, but by then Wayne had won the match.

Kevin Nieman defeated Dominic in the Mary Jane semi final to go on and face Simon in the final. The game opened with Simon applying a lot of pressure on Kevin’s goal and he won the game with a solitary first half goal.


  • Open
    • Winner: Wayne Smith
    • Runner up: David Jensen
    • Third:  Steve Tucker
    • Fourth : John Carroll
  • Mary Jane
    • Winner: Simon Hutchinson
    • Runner up: Kevin Nieman
    • Third:  Dominic Hutchinson
A full report and all of the results can be found on the ASA Open page.