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»