Monday, July 28, 2014

Report and Results of FISTF/WASPA Los Angeles Open, 28th July 2014

A great day’s play was enjoyed by thirteen players at the FISTF/WASPA Los Angeles Open, and we very pleased to welcome Thomas and Trisha Baumeler from Switzerland, on tour in California for a month. Perhaps fate dictated that Trisha and Thomas met together in the quarter-finals in a very tight family affair, with Thomas finally just edging the tie on shots. In the final, USA no. 2 Dan Cranston could have hoped at half time that he had one hand on the title, as he raced into a 3-0 lead over Zach Walker. However, Zach showed yet again why currently his Subbuteo is a level apart in the USA, staging a 3-3 comeback with two minutes left, and scoring the winner five minutes into overtime. A great performance by both players.
Zach Walker (right), Los Angeles Open champion
The event was competitive and intense, but there was no yelling every time a goal was scored (103 goals) and the games conducted in a sporting manner. Thanks to everyone for taking part, and especially to the USA players Dan Cranston, Erik Haefke and Zach Walker, who each travelled over 3000 miles or over 1000 miles to participate in this event and the ASA Nationals yesterday. We wish the event could have had more players. But in the USA (the third largest country in the world after Russia and Canada) we face enormous logistical issues in bringing together a substantial number of players from maybe 21 different playing States to play Subbuteo together. Playing maybe 5-6 games on American Nationals day can mean 1000-3000 miles of air and car rental travel for participants not living in the host state. These isolation issues compound when we (as we did this year) look at sending teams to the World Cup and Champions League, not just the travel it takes but the cost for individuals. The same can be said of playing Canada, Mexico or Brazil, something we’d love to do one day. In the future, sponsorship is the way to go. The potential here in the USA remains huge. And at ground level, we’d like to welcome a new player who has joined the Southern California Subbuteo League whilst visiting the Nationals this week-end, Damir Vranjes. Welcome Damir. (Report by Paul O'Donovan Rossa) Tournament results Group A Erik Haefke 2-1 Thomas Baumeler Cameron Tucker 0-6 Thomas Baumeler Cameron Tucker 1-2 Erik Haefke 1. Erik Haefke P2 W2 D0 L0 F4 A2 Pts 6 2. Thomas Baumeler P2 W1 D0 L1 F7 A2 Pts 3 3. Cameron Tucker P2 W0 D0 L2 F1 A8 Pts 0 Group B Paul O’Donovan Rossa 0-2 Trisha Baumeler Steve Tucker 1-1 Paul O’Donovan Rossa Trisha Baumeler 2-0 Steve Tucker 1. Trisha Baumeler P2 W2 D0 L0 F4 A0 Pts 6 2. Paul O’Donovan Rossa P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A3 Pts 1 3. Steve Tucker P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A3 Pts 1 Paul O’DR beat Steve Tucker 2-0 in shoot-out Group C Wayne Smith 4-0 Conan Mullen Conan Mullen 0-2 Dan Cranston Wayne Smith 1-3 Dan Cranston 1. Dan Cranston P2 W2 D0 L0 F5 A1 Pts 6 2. Wayne Smith P2 W1 D0 L1 F5 A3 Pts 3 3. Conan Mullen P2 W0 D0 L2 F0 A6 Pts 0 Group D Varant Kurkeyerian 0-7 Zach Walker Rob Tucker 7-1 Josh Tucker Rob Tucker 0-6 Zach Walker Varant Kurkeyerian 7-1 Josh Tucker Zach Walker 6-6 Josh Tucker Rob Tucker 0-1 Varant Kurkeyerian 1. Zach Walker P3 W2 D1 L0 F19 A6 Pts 7 2. Varant Kurkeyerian P3 W2 D0 L1 F9 A8 Pts 6 3. Rob Tucker P3 W1 D0 L2 F7 A8 Pts 3 4. Josh Tucker P2 W0 D1 L2 F8 A21 Pts 1
Swiss derby between the Baumeler, father and daughter
Quarter Finals Erik Haefke 1-2 Paul O’Donovan Rossa Wayne Smith 0-7 Zach Walker Dan Cranston 7-0 Varant Kurkeyerian Trisha Baumeler 0-0 Thomas Baumeler Thomas Baumeler beat Trisha Baumeler 2-1 in shoot-out
Daniel Cranston vs Varant Kurkeyerian
Semi Finals Paul O’Donovan Rossa 1-4 Zach Walker Dan Cranston 2-1 Thomas Baumeler Final Daniel Cranston 3-4 Zach Walker (OT) 3rd/4th Place Play Off Thomas Baumeler 3-0 Paul O'Donovan Rossa FISTF/WASPA Los Angeles Open Champion 2014 – Zach Walker (Colorado)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reminder about the National

Here are some more details about the National.

Saturday July 26th – arrive 8.30am for 9am flick-off
The ASA National Open (all ages)
The ASA National Veterans (aged 40+)
Mary Jane consolation competitions for both Open and Veterans

Sunday July 27th – arrive 9.00am for 9.30am flick-off
Open competition (all ages)
Mary Jane consolation competition for Open

$15 for both days play, and including two lunches

The Club House
Seabridge Lane
Huntington Beach
California 92646

Two Pictures of the Venue

Nearest airports to Huntington Beach
Los Angeles (LAX) – 36 miles
Irvine / Santa Ana (SNA) – 12 miles
The easiest mode of transport around southern California is car, so renting a car is recommended
Taxi from LAX to Huntington Beach is $120 each way
Taxi from SNA to Huntington Beach is $40 each way

Four recommended hotels close to venue
Regency Inn – 0.9 miles from venue

Best Western – 2.5 miles from venue

Huntington Surf Inn – 2.5 miles from venue

Hilton (pricier) – 2.3 miles from venue

All 16 hotels in Huntington Beach

Evening entertainment on Saturday night
Dinner and drinks at Dukes Restaurant, Pacific Cost Highway, Huntington Beach Pier 7.30pm

Responsibilities and Officials for the week-end’s play

Competition Organizer
Rob Tucker
Cell: 240-298-5796

Venue Organizer & Liaison
Competition Registration
Paul O’Donovan Rossa
Cell: 714-907-3658

Pitch Transportation and Set-Up
Steve Tucker

Head Referee
Wayne Smith

Register NOW for the ASA Nationals in July!
Please email or Facebook Paul O’Donovan Rossa with your wish to be registered to play at the Nationals, and your name will be added to the list of players attending below

Accident Waiver
All players will be required to sign on Saturday that they waive any claim for accident or incident whilst on the facilities at Seabridge and in the Clubhouse and vicinity – as taking out insurance to cover the unlikely event of anything occurring would be financially prohibitive upon this competition taking place

Travel and Accommodation Enquiries
Please direct any queries on Huntington Beach, and travel to and accommodation in Huntington Beach, to Paul O’Donovan Rossa and I will help the best I can (as a Huntington Beach resident, not a travel agent!)

If you are travelling out to this part of California it is a great opportunity to extend your stay and have a holiday or short break here – with all the beaches, beach events, Disney, whale watching (including blue whales in July) and Orange County shopping and evening life.  Any questions, just ask.

Players attending so far
Zach Walker (4 times and 2013 ASA Champion)
Daniel Cranston (2011 ASA Champion)
Neal Rivera
Craig Cousino
Josh Tucker
Cam Tucker
Rob Tucker
Steve Tucker
David Jensen
Varant Kurkeyerian
Wayne Smith
Paul O’Donovan Rossa

Unable to attend this year
Tom Shirley (ASA Chairman)
Paul Eyes (2012 ASA Champion)
Alex Batacchi

Huntington Beach (adapted from Wiki)
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in southern California. The city is named after American businessman Henry E. Huntington in 1909.  According to the 2012 census, the city population was 189,707; making it the largest beach city in Orange County in terms of population (other nearby beach cities are Laguna Beach; Newport Beach; Sunset Beach; Seal Beach).  Huntington Beach is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by Seal Beach on the northwest, by Costa Mesa on the east, by Newport Beach on the southeast, by Westminster on the north, and by Fountain Valley on the northeast.

Huntington Beach is known for its long 9.5-mile stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing and Subbuteo, and beach culture. The ocean waves are enhanced by a natural effect caused by the edge-diffraction of open ocean swells around the island of Catalina. Swells generated predominantly from the North Pacific in winter, and from a combination of Southern hemisphere storms and hurricanes in summer, focus on Huntington Beach creating consistent surf all year long.

Huntington Beach is the site of the world surfing championships, held in the summer every year. The city is often referred to as ‘Surf City’ because of this high profile event and its history and culture of surfing.  It is often called the "Surfing Capital of the World", not for the height of the waves, but rather for this consistent quality of surf.

Average temperature in July – 71F (high) 63F (low)

Pictures of Huntington Beach

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