Friday, August 22, 2014

24th American Subbuteo Association National Championships

These were played at Huntington Beach, southern California on Saturday 26th July 2014. This was the first time that the championship had been played on the West Coast of the States, and pre-tournament some of us were hoping that the shamanic vibrations, flower power history and emotional atmosphere of the West might destabilise some of the players coming in from further East.

The final: Daniel Cranston vs Zach Walker

Well, that turned out just to be another dream, as Zach Walker (Colorado, 5 times USA champion) and Daniel Cranston (Maryland, 2 times USA champion) mowed through the field of mostly Californian-based players including Conan Mullen from Santa Rosa in northern California, and Erik Haefke from Cedar Springs, who this year returned to the States having learnt a high-paced attacking game in France for the last couple of years.
ASA National Champion Zach Walker
National runner-up Daniel Cranston

Both Zach and Dan qualified from their groups without so much as conceding a point, and the final eight players were the top 5 from the Southern Californian club and Erik, as well as Zach and Dan.

The final of the Veterans: Wayne Smith vs Erik Haefke

In some high scoring games, Zach, Dan, Erik and Wayne Smith (who also won the ASA Veterans Cup on the same day in sudden death against Erik) made it through to the semi-finals, but – try as Erik and Wayne did – they were no match for the top two.
Wayne Smith (right), Veterans champion
Erik Haefke, Veterans runner-up

The final was a cracker, Zach took the lead but Dan was playing well too and equalised before half-time.  In the second half Zach then led until just thirty seconds to go, when Dan scored a terrific goal on the run to take the final to sudden death.  Two minutes into the next phase, Zach blasted the ball into the net following a free kick and so won the ASA Nationals for the sixth time.  He is now just one win in the Nationals behind the legendary Gregg Deinhart of Virginia who won seven times between the years of 1996-2004.


Congratulations to Zach who once again showed that right now he is a cut above all other players in the States, and we certainly hope at some point that he will be able to represent the USA at the FISTF World Cup, and captain an American team there too.


The Southern California club did a great job of organizing the competition, and the only low point to mention was that because of the geographical east-west divide in the States, only eleven players entered the Nationals due to distance and dollars. With the majority of the players still on the East side, we now hope for a bigger attendance in Chicago in August 2015.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Results of the "Wednesday Night Chicago Area Subbuteo Club (CASC) Bouts"

The "Wednesday Night Chicago Area Subbuteo Club (CASC) Bouts" are in the books. This ASA / WASPA tournament was played at the Sweetland Grounds on Wednesday, August 13 and was a simple four person, round robin format including Ilias Gikas, Tim Tumminaro, Jamie Zacharda and Chris Sweetland.
We had an absolute blast!! The Sweetland Grounds featured a new basement venue (as opposed to my family room) which was well received! Additionally, the evening featured Jamie's visit to the Chicago area and a wonderful house warming gift of Revolution Anti-hero IPA, compliments of Jamie. Great to see you again Jamie and we look forward to your next visit to the area! You are obviously well-mentored in the game by your east coast friends!
The competition was intense with no real runaway goals. Ilias and Tim were definitely on their games which did not bode well for Jamie and myself!! We got knocked around a bit. It is noteworthy that there were a lot of goose eggs on the losing sides of the ledger....interesting! Below are the results. Match Scores: Jamie 1 Chris 1 Ilias 3 Jamie 0 Ilias 2 Tim 0 Tim 2 Chris 0 Ilias 2 Chris 0 Tim 0 Jamie 2 Ilias - 9 pts - GD +7 Jamie - 4 pts - GD -1 Tim - 3 pts - GD -2 Chris - 1 pts - GD -4 (Report by Chris Sweetland)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tom Shirley takes the 2014 Chattanooga Open

Tom Shirley and Brian King
The 2014 Chattanooga Open was held in Ringgold, GA with Tom Shirley taking the championship with a 3-2 win over Brian King in sudden-death. In the Mary Jane Final, John Reed wins on PK's over 2013's Mary Jane winner, Javier King, 1-0 after 6 rounds. Full Results: 1st round: John Reed 3 Forest Pavel 0 Tom Shirley 5 Simon Neil 0 Javier King 0 Brian King 1 Sean Mann 2 Miko 0 2nd Round: Tom 4 John 1 Forest 0 Simon 5 David 0 Sean 2 Miko 0 Javier 2 3rd Round: Simon 2 John 2 Tom 7 Forest 0 Miko 0 Brian 1 David 1 Javier 3 4th Round: Javier 1 Sean 1 Brian 1 David 0 5th Round: David 1 Miko 0 Sean 0 Brian 0 Mary Jane: John 1 Forest 0 David 1 Miko 3 (Javier bye) Miko 0 Javier 1 Final: Javier 0 John 0 (0-1 pks)
Mary Jane final
Knockout Round: Tom 2 Sean 0 Brian 2 Simon 1 (sudden death) Final: Tom 3 Brian 2
Tom Shirley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

US players in the world rankings

In the FISTF world rankings of July 2014, the US players are ranked as follows:

Open category:
60 GASPARINI Andrea CR Vasco da Gama Futmesa 344,00
172 WALKER Zach Maryland SC 90,00
232 CRANSTON Daniel Maryland SC 63,00
244 HAEFKE Erik - 58,80
307 O'DONOVAN ROSSA Paul Maryland SC 39,20
333 SMITH Wayne Southern California SC 34,00
365 KURKEYERIAN Varant Southern California SC 29,20
516 TUCKER Cameron Maryland SC 15,40
517 TUCKER Rob Maryland SC 15,40
578 TUCKER Steve Southern California SC 12,20
579 TUCKER Josh Southern California SC 12,20
694 MULLEN Conan Southern California SC 9,00
864 RUSSELL Stuart Maryland SC 4,50

Veterans category:
215 O'DONOVAN ROSSA Paul Maryland SC 30,00
387 HAEFKE Erik - 6,00

In the WASPA ranking of July 2014, US players are ranked as follows:

55 Daniel Cranston (Maryland SC) 64,00
78 Paul O'Donovan (Maryland SC) 54,90
79 Zach Walker (Washington Tuesday SL) 53,50
116 Wayne Smith (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 37,50
121 Patrick Sheridan (Maryland SC) 36,25
126 Alex Batacchi (Tampa Bay TSC) 34,50
137 Paul Eyes (Maryland SC) 32,50
144 Andrea Gasparini (CR Vasco da Gama Futmesa) 31,00
182 Ilias Gikas (Hercules Subbuteo Club) 26,00
182 Varant Kurkeyerian (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 26,00
186 Nate Pate (MiSTFA) 25,75
188 Neal Rivera (Maryland SC) 25,35
203 Steve Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 23,80
226 Massimo Conturso (SC Connecticut) 21,00
265 Conan Mullen (Northern California SC) 17,20
266 Erik Haefke (no club)  17,00
266 George Vassiliades (Northern California SC) 17,00
279 Paul Pate (MiSTFA) 16,28
283 Peter Vahle (Northern California SC) 16,00
291 Steve Laskey (Cleveland Metro TFC) 15,50
321 Rob Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 13,60
335 John Coyle (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 13,00
357 Craig Cousino (no club)  12,70
372 Isabel Batacchi (Tampa Bay TSC) 12,00
402 Daniel Louis (Tampa Bay TSC) 10,50
409 Chris Sweetland (Chicago Area SC) 10,30
412 Tim Tumminaro (Chicago Area SC) 10,10
437 Joe Schmidt (Northern California SC) 9,00
480 Cameron Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 8,00
506 Simon Neil (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 7,00
539 Andrew Zunino (Philadelphia Subbuteo Futbol Syndicate) 6,90
540 Matt Steinmuller (Maryland SC) 6,85
541 Brian Lambert (MiSTFA) 6,80
584 Brad Hendricks (Kansas City Subbuteo League) 5,80
610 Adolfo Colindres (Patapsco SC) 5,05
614 Vincent Vidal (Northern California SC) 5,00
640 Gregg Deinhart (Washington Tuesday SL) 4,75
657 Shane McNulty (Kansas City Subbuteo League) 4,60
661 Richard Mike Mellott (no club)  4,50
661 Luis Silva (SC Connecticut) 4,50
675 Eric Walton (Washington Tuesday SL) 4,25
687 David Qualls (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 4,00
687 Tom Shirley (Chattanooga Subbuteo League) 4,00
732 Chad Idema (MiSTFA) 3,90
747 James Husley (Tampa Bay TSC) 3,50
747 Miguel Marques (SC Connecticut) 3,50
747 Brandon Minton (Suncoast TSL) 3,50
747 Jamie Zacharda (no club)  3,50
777 Eric Albertson (MiSTFA) 3,40
777 Ricky Alvarez (no club)  3,40
799 Sid Bond (no club)  3,00
799 Josh Tucker (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 3,00
825 Dewey LaRochelle (Washington Tuesday SL) 2,95
842 Byung Kim (Maryland SC) 2,75
849 Sean Mann (no club)  2,50
849 Jody Schaaf (Savannah SC) 2,50
904 Mark Crawford (no club)  2,10
907 Jason Mitchell (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 2,00
907 Kevin Nieman (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 2,00
975 Brendan Dames (Patapsco SC) 1,85
975 Mike Hitselberger (no club)  1,85
975 Grant Lilly (no club)  1,85
975 Rory Nolan (no club)  1,85
975 Corey Wiggs (no club)  1,85
975 Evan Winter (Patapsco SC) 1,85
982 Miko Mann (no club)  1,70
991 David Jensen (Southern California Subbuteo Club) 1,50
991 Chad Price (no club)  1,50
991 Tory Reed (Colorado SC) 1,50
1030 Timothy Cousino (no club)  1,00
1030 Michael Koster (MiSTFA) 1,00
1230 Kevin Antoszewski (Maryland SC) 0,90
1235 Eric Cha (no club)  0,50
1235 Joshua Chang (no club)  0,50
1235 Nicholas Chiacchio (no club)  0,50
1235 Alex de Lencastre (SC Connecticut) 0,50
1235 Jackson Duan (no club)  0,50
1235 Matt Fox (Suncoast TSL) 0,50
1235 Sebastien Gisin (no club)  0,50
1235 Landon Hunter (MiSTFA) 0,50
1235 Ryan Jung (no club)  0,50
1235 Ryan Kenny (Maryland SC) 0,50
1235 Timothy Kim (no club)  0,50
1235 Michael Kimack (no club)  0,50
1235 Mike Kistler (no club)  0,50
1235 Michael Knorr (MiSTFA) 0,50
1235 Nick Lawson (MiSTFA) 0,50
1235 Jongho Lee (no club)  0,50
1235 Jack Lorenz (no club)  0,50
1235 Tej Mehta (no club)  0,50
1235 Brian Mengele (Patapsco SC) 0,50
1235 Denish Parsulapeti (no club)  0,50
1235 Joey Peters (no club)  0,50
1235 Karson Porter (no club)  0,50
1235 Jon Raza (no club)  0,50
1235 Michael Shlining (no club)  0,50
1235 Frank Silva (SC Connecticut) 0,50
1235 Frank Jr Silva (SC Connecticut) 0,50
1235 Bill Switala (no club)  0,50
1235 Howard Veal (no club)  0,50
1235 Dave Waligora (MiSTFA) 0,50
1235 Jen Waligora (MiSTFA) 0,50
1235 Ben Williams (no club)  0,50
1235 Michael Zacharda (no club)  0,50