Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Report of the Flicko de Mayo tournament

Congratulations to ERIK HAEFKE (Iowa; Chicago United) for his first tournament win in Michigan, defeating perennial finalist and title holder Peter Alegi (Lansing MI; Chicago United) 4-3 in sudden death overtime. Nine participants at the annual Flicko de Mayo, for the second time a FISTF Satellite, enjoyed a great high-scoring tournament. Dario Passadore from Florida pulled off a 3-2 win against Ilias Gikas (Chicago) in the group stage to keep him from a repeat semi-final against Peter Alegi. Alegi won the all-Italian semi-final 2-0, while Erik Haefke won an open encounter with Marcus Fila 5-2. The final saw Alegi down two quick goals, but he recovered to tie 2-2 before a further marker from Haefke put the Iowan ahead at half time. The second half saw no further scoring until around 15 seconds from time, when Alegi scored the equaliser. To no avail, however, as Haefke walked off with the trophy by scoring the golden goal four minutes into overtime.

Group A: Alegi 8 Pate 1, Fila 7 Galarza 0, Alegi 3-0F Galarza, Fila 3 Pate 3, Alegi 2 Fila 0, Pate 3-0F Galarza.
Group B: Passadore 5 Sweetland 0, Haefke 3 Ewer 0, Gikas 4 Sweetland 0, Passadore 0 Ewer 1, Gikas 4 Ewer 2, Passadore 1 Haefke 3, Gikas 3 Haefke 5, Ewer 1 Sweetland 2, Gikas 2 Passadore 3, Haefke 4 Sweetland 0.

Group A
Peter Alegi ........... 3 3-0-0 13-1 9
Marcus Fila .......... 3 1-1-1 10-5 4 (GD, forfeits excluded)
Paul Pate .............. 3 1-1-1 7-11 4
Alex Galarza ......... 3 0-0-3 0-13 0

Group B
Erik Haefke ........... 4 4-0-0 15-4 12
Dario Passadore ... 4 2-0-2 9-6 6 (H2H 3-2)
Ilias Gikas ............. 4 2-0-2 13-10 6
Chris Sweetland ... 4 1-0-3 2-14 3 (H2H 2-1)
Mike Ewer ............ 4 1-0-3 4-9 3

Consolation Final
Gikas 5 Pate 0

Alegi 2 Passadore 0
Haefke 5 Fila 2

Haefke 4 Alegi 3 (AET)

(Report from MiSTFA)

Report of the California Cup

Last weekend, May 2nd & 3rd, saw the coming together of the Northern and Southern California Subbuteo leagues for the first annual “California Cup” in San Francisco. This exciting inaugural event included a round-robin on day-one (allowing each NorCal and SoCal player to meet and play each other in a competitive but friendly and sporting “getting to know you” atmosphere), and two “teams” competitions on day-two consisting of mixed-teams rounds (allowing NorCal and SoCal players to join together against their own and opposing league member in a fast-paced and exciting competition) and a final, thrilling, “North vs. South” teams round, decided in the end only by a decisive “golden goal” in sudden death overtime! Despite the competitive edge, this year’s tournament focused on our two great California leagues meeting, building friendships, and looking ahead to the growth of table soccer in California. Participants enjoyed two great days of fun, comradery, and of course, plenty of Subbuteo. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated and made our first annual California Cup a terrific success! And special thanks to our new friend Tonny Villarreal for capturing it all so beautifully on film!

(Report by Conan Mullen)