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»