Conturso Victorious in 2011 Holiday Silver
Dec 4th saw the traditional playing of the Holiday Silver in Ellicott City, Maryland. A total of 35 players competed on the day. With 9 players in the Open section, an impressive 12 players in the U19, and 14 players in the U15.
The big winner on the day was Connecticut’s Massimo Conturso. He cruised through his five man group before defeating National Champion Daniel Cranston in a tight semi final (3-2). Paul Eyes would prove to be his main challenger on the day. Eyes secured his final place after a typically tense encounter with Miguel Marques (1-0).
The final was a close match, with Conturso dominating possession, while Eyes countered with his faster offensive play. The final appeared to be drifting toward overtime with the players tied 1-1 when Conturso converted an opportunity in the last ten seconds to win his second Holiday Silver Open championship.
All players agreed that Massimo played the best subbuteo on the day. Dewey LaRochelle won the consolation Mary Jane final to take home some silverware. Eyes has now taken on the mantle of “plucky loser” after successive final defeats in the 2011 National Championship and 2011 Holiday Silver. He still has some way to go before equaling Conturso who once went an unfathomable ten finals as a runner-up!
In a probable first at an ASA event Eyes and Conturso would then meet again in the Veterans Final. Eyes would run out a 2-1 winner in a low key affair to hand Conturso his only defeat of the day.
In the U19 event there was some impressive talent on show. In the end Matt Steinmuller would defeat Evan Winter 3-1 in the Final. The U15 had it’s fair share of drama, with many shoot outs in the knock out rounds. Hot favorite Michael Hitselberger showed his class with a 5-1 victory over Jimmy Nolan, who was a surprise finalist after only learning to play in the last month.
The Holiday Silver is already poised to continue in 2012, with the venue secured for December 2nd. We hope to see you there.