Monday, 18 November 2013

Peter Thomas wins in Penrith

Only three players attended the tournament held on sunday in the Mega Games shop in Penrith.

Numbers were low but the standards of play were high as the competitors proved to have a very good level. They played each other twice and results were as follows:
Robert Green 3 - Eliot Kennedy 0
Peter Thomas 2 - Robert Green 0
Peter Thomas 4 - Eliot Kennedy 0
Robert Green 1 - Eliot  Kennedy 0
Peter Thomas 2 - Robert Green 0
Peter Thomas 4 - Eliot Kennedy 2

So, Peter was first, Greenie second and Eliot third. As ever, Subbuteo was the winner!

Many thanks to Manuel and Christine at Mega Games for their great hospitality, to Peter coming up from Canberra and of course to Greenie for coming from Sweden!

Our next tournament will be at 11am on Sunday 19 January 2014 at Mega Games (unless Adrian Elmer has one sooner than that at Toongabbie?), to coincide with the visit of Paul O'Donovan Rossa from the US. Hopefully we will have better numbers.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Next tournament in Penrith on November 17

Just a quick reminder for the next subbuteo event taking place on November 17 in Penrith.
Details can be found on the Mega Games website here:
If you know ways to promote the event, don't hesitate. Football club and local newspapers would probably be happy to hear of the subbuteo tournament.
The tournament will count for the WASPA circuit (
Top players as Robert Green, Mike Newton and Eliot Kennedy will be taking part! Hopefully many more will follow!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Australian players in the world rankings

In the FISTF world rankings of October 2013, Robert Green is 590th in the Open category. In the veterans, Green is ranked 119th while Gerald Brightwell is 210th.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Carl Young wins in Penrith

There was a good turnout of seven at the first tournament of the season held at Mega Games Penrith. Among the old had (Paul Magee, Eliot Kennedy), a local player (Anthony Ilacqua), the british guys (Carl Young from Melbourne, Peter Thomas from Canberra, Mike Newton from Flinders), there was also a "special guest" as Ignacio López Campbell from Chile was on a business trip in Sydney and had a chance to attend the event. Unfortunately Brett Davis was ill and couldn't attend. We wish him a quick recovery. The event was played in swiss format with Carl Young winning the trophy with 10 points, Peter Thomas finishes second, Eliot Kennedy third and Mike Newton fourth. Mega Games has announced the next tournament will be held on November 17 at 11.00 am.
Carl Young

Australian players in the world rankings

In the FISTF rankings of August 2013, a few Australian players are mentionned.
Robert Green is 597th in the Open category. Robert is also 142th in the veterans while Gerald Brightwell is 211th.
The top 5 Australian players in the WASPA ranking of August 2013 are: Carl Young (55), Mike Newton and Brett Davis (64), Eliot Kennedy (66), John Devaney (70).
Australia is 12th in the ranking of nations.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

First tournament in Toongabbie

There were two tournaments in Australia this week-end and the one in Toongabbie attracted nine players. It was a good tournament and not only because it was a way to celebrate Adrian Elmer's birthday. Imojjen Elmer was also playing her first tournament. She's only 12 and was introduced to the game by her father. In the end, after the group stage, host Adrian Elmer lost on shots to Alex Jennings in the first semi while Phill Parker beat Costa Kamarados. In the final, Phill and Alex tied (1-1) but Alex won on shots to claim the trophy. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Adrian in the semi

Alex Jennings is the winner of the tournament

Nice group picture!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Robert Green at the world cup

Congratulations to Robert Green who was the Australian representative at the FISTF world cup in Madrid (Spain). Robert was supposed to come as a spectator but was invited to replace a last minute drop-out in the veterans. Robert lost to Juan Carlos Granados Cuellar from Spain (0-4), Manfred Pawlica from Austria (0-7) and Thomas Vulpes from Germany (0-2) but he met a lot of old and new friends. Well done!
Bob with Ben staples from England

Thursday, 12 September 2013

A tournament in Toongabbie

WASPA has just been in touch with another group of players in the Sydney area. Adrian runs a subbuteo tournament every year in september for 15 years now. As a coincidence, the date of this year's tournament clashes with the Penrith tournament as it will be held on September 14. The good thing is that Adrian and his friend might be able to attend other tournaments in Penrith or in the area in the future. Anyway, Adrian's tournament will have the WASPA status this year.

Adrian reported he has been a subbuteo fan for many years: "Subbuteo has been very quiet in Australia for a long time. I went to a tournament once as a teenager in the late 80s and there were 50 or so competitors, but there hasn't really been anything much since then! Every year around september I have a look around online to see if anything is around and was very happy to see the australian website, which has only appeared since the last tournament my friends and I had! So, I've been in contact with them and will hopefully be able to get involved."

Interested players should get in touch with Adrian at to try to arranger more games in the future!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Robert Green played in Finland

Robert Green recently attended the FISTF Grand Prix of Helsinki in Finland. Robert played int he Open category and finished in the third place of his group after beating Ile Tuominen from Finland (3-0), losing to Marko Karhunen from Finland (0-5) and Gabriele Silveri from Italy (0-1). Robert was allowed to play also in the veterans. He tied with local player Kari Hakkarainen (1-1) and beat Ile Tuominen (4-0). In the semi-final, Robert lost to George Papadopoulos from Greece (0-4).

Robert will attend the FISTF World Cup in madrd this week-end as a spectator and will later play again in Finland on October 19.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Australian players in the world rankings

FISTF have released the world rankings of June and July. In the ranking of June, Gerald Brightwell was 205th in the veterans. In July, Gerald was 204th.

In the WASPA ranking of July 2013, the Australian players are ranked as follows:
52 Carl  Young Subbuteo Melbourne 42,00
61 Brett Davis Emu Heights Bundesliga TFC 38,40
62 Eliot Kennedy Northern Falcons TFC 38,00
82 Steve Dettre Northern Falcons TFC 30,80
82 Gerald Brightwell West London TFC 30,75
85 John Devaney Lincoln Flickers SC 29,60
124 Robert Green Team Subbuteo Stockholm 20,00
138 Anthony Ilacqua (no club) 18,40
209 Jay Porter (no club) 11,80
210 Paul Magee (no club) 11,60
242 Searle Batten Subbuteo Melbourne 9,00
242 Eial Donnenfeld Subbuteo Melbourne 9,00
277 Luke Radziminski Subbuteo Melbourne 7,60
282 Adam Deverell Subbuteo Melbourne 7,00
282 Rick Piccinelli Subbuteo Melbourne 7,00
329 Tom Nowacki Subbuteo Melbourne 6,00
336 Martin Sarnecki Subbuteo Melbourne 5,80
340 Nick Drage (no club) 5,60
349 Martin Murgolo (no club) 5,00
391 Benji Batten Subbuteo Melbourne 4,40
399 Trent Fernandes (no club) 4,20
403 John Sexton Hamilton SC 4,00
459 Aaron Daniels (no club) 3,40
473 Matthew Murgolo (no club) 3,00
491 Cameron Toazell (no club) 2,80
564 Marlon Faner (no club) 1,00
564 Alex Fleig (no club) 1,00
564 Braiden Graw (no club) 1,00
564 Mitchell Schroder (no club) 1,00

Australia is now number 13 in the WASPA ranking of nations (32 nations ranked)

Monday, 24 June 2013

Semi-final for Gerald Brightwell in Belgium

Gerald Brightwell travelled to Belgium to play the WASPA tournament of Templeuve. Six nations were represented and Gerald was in a great day as he reached the semi-finals after defeating Kevin Cordell (England) in quarter-final. Gerald lost the semi to the final winner, geoffrey marain (Belgium) but that's definately a good performance for him.
Gerald in action

The final 4 of the event: Grégory Puissant (France), Paulo Gouveia (Portugal), Geoffrey Marain (Belgium) and Gerald Brightwell (Australia)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Well done Socceroos!

Well done to the Socceroos for qualifying for the soccer world cup 2014 in Brazil. Hopefully this will be a source of inspiration for Soccer... and Subbuteo (!) in Australia.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Gerald Brightwell unlucky in Chingford

8 players attended the WASPA tournament in Chingford (England) last wednesday. Gerald Brightwell lost his three group games against Paul Andreas (0-3), Rudi Peterschinigg (1-2) and Elliot Bellefontaine (0-1). Gerald is likely to attend the Templeuve tournament in Belgium on June 23.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Australian players competing in Harrow Weald

Two Aussies attented the WASPA tournament in Harrow Weald (England). 18 players from 5 nationalities in total were taking part and players were divided in four groups. Both John Devaney and Gerald Brightwell ended third in groups of four players. John lost to Steve George and Terry Arnold and tied with Jonathan Lopez-Real. Gerald lost to Kevin Cordell and Vasilis Vavourakis from Cyprus but beat Matthias Peterschinigg. In the consolation tournament, Gerald lost his quarter-final to Matthew Henry while John beat Kye Arnold and then lost to Matthew Henry.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Good games for Gerald Brightwell in Birmingham

Gerald Brightwell attended the English Grand Prix in Birmingham on May 5 & 6. In the individual tournament, Gerald played in the veterans section and was dropped in the only group of five. He lost to Scotland's Tom Burns (0-1), Wales's Richard Stock (1-2) and England's Rob McCormick (0-3) but beat John Bottomley from England (4-0). On sunday Gerald played the team event as a member of the Manchster TFC club. He lost to Yorkshire Phoenix's Martin Hodds (4-0), beat Rob McCormick of Kent Invicta (1-0) and lost to Mike Parnaby, the caption of NETFA Teesside (0-4). At least it was a good tournament and Gerald gained experience. His next tournament should be the WASPA tournament in Harrow Weald on May 19.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Australian winner in Europe!

John Devaney, the organizer of the Lincoln Flickers Subbuteo Club in England, has recently announced he would love to play subbuteo for Australia has he is born in Australia and has lived there for many years. On wednesday John won the WASPA tournament in Lincoln, which will hopefully be the first of many other victories. Well done!
John Devaney, another flicking Aussie in Europe!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Steve Dettre wins in Penrith (Australia)

For the fifth time in less than a year, the Mega Games shop in Penrith hosted a subbuteo tournament under WASPA banner. This time 8 players were present and the event was played under swiss system. Steve Dettre won the tournament with 3 wins and 1 draw. Steve Dettre is a legend of table football as he was a Director int he FISTF Board in the early 90's. The rest of the table was as follows: 2. Eliot Kennedy ; 3. Paul Magee ; 4. Mike Newton (England) ; 5. Nick Drage ; 6. Brett Davis ; 7. Anthony Ilacqua ; 8. Jay Porter.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Australian players in the world rankings

In the FISTF World rankings of March 2013, Gerald Brightwell is 302th in the veterans section.

In the WASPA ranking of March 2013, Brett Davis is 44th, Mike Newton (England) 47th, Eliot Kennedy 59th, Gerald Brightwell 79th, Robert Green 84th, Anthony Ilacqua 108th, Anthony Ilacqua 160th, Braydan Howell (Bolivia) 184th, Steve Dettre 232nd, Martin Murgolo 242nd, Paul Magee 267th, Trent Fernandes 275th, John Sexton 276th, Aaron Daniels 324th, Matthew Murgolo 339th, Cameron Toazell 347th, Nic Drage, Marlon Faner, Alex Fleig, Braiden Graw and Mitchell Schroder are 400th.

Australia is 11th (out of 31 nations) in the ranking of nations.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Australian players in the international rankings

Here is the list of Australian players in the WASPA ranking of February 2013. The next WAPA tournament will take place in Penrith on April 27. Hopefully there will be a first tournament in Melbourne soon. You can visit the WASPA blog at

38 Brett Davis 34,40
42 Mike Newton 33,00 (reported under ENGLAND)
53 Eliot Kennedy 25,00
74 Robert Green 20,00
88 Gerald Brightwell 17,75
99 Anthony Ilacqua 15,00
145 Jay Porter 9,00
167 Braydan Howell 7,60 (reported under BOLIVIA)
209 Steve Dettre 5,80
219 Martin Murgolo 5,00
246 Paul Magee 4,60
255 Trent Fernandes 4,20
257 John Sexton 4,00
297 Aaron Daniels 3,40
314 Matthew Murgolo 3,00
325 Cameron Toazell 2,80
374 Nic Drage 1,00
374 Marlon Faner 1,00
374 Alex Fleig 1,00
374 Braiden Graw 1,00
374 Mitchell Schroder 1,00

The FISTF ranking ( has one Australian player ranked. Gerald Brightwell is 300th in the veterans section. Gerald will attend the FISTF Major tournament in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in April.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

News from Penrith

The Subbuteo tournament of last saturday in Penrith had only three players taking part. Mike Newton won the tournament but there are some positive news as the MEGA GAMES shop was moving last week-end to a new location, which is 478 HIGH STREET PENRITH (not far from the old address). The shop is now bigger and there will be a subbuteo table set up so that everyone can practice more often. The dates of the forthcoming events should be announced soon!
The shop will open in the new location on February 22th

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Australian winner in England!

Gerald Brightwell (in the middle with the Valletta jersey) won the tournament!
The first Harrow Weald tournament (England) was played on sunday. There were two last minute dropouts so there were only five players attending but everyone was offered to play 8 games, whcih is great. After the 20 games in the schedule, Gerald Brightwell from Australia (!) was the winner with 19 points while Rudi Peterschinnigg from Italy was second with 17 points. Mark Smith was 3rd, John Ellis 4th and Daniel Fox 5th. The tournament counted for the WASPA circuit.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The real Socceroos?

Vincent Coppenolle from Belgium (who is also the WASPA organizer) played for the first time with his new team last week-end. Great to see a fan of the Socceroos in Europe!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Next tournament in Penrith

the Facebook page of MEGA GAMES Penrith reports there will be a Subbuteo tournament on February 16 at 4.00.
Cost $5 - prizes
They have 2 tables now, so it plays faster.
Hopefully it will attract enough players (3 is the minimum) to be part of the WASPA circuit.
There are also good news from Queensland as John Sexton is trying to start something over there!
Good luck to all.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Australian players in the FISTF rankings

After some months of trouble, FISTF has just released the world rankings of December 2012 and January 2013. In december, Gerald Brightwell was 292th in the veterans table. In January he was still 292th.

A new FISTF Board has been elected last saturday in Issy-les-Moulineaux (France). Luis Filipe Horta (Portugal) is the new president. Vincent Coppenolle (Belgium) is General Secretary, Fred Vulpes (Germany) is Finances director, Joe Zammit Pavia (Malta) is communication director, George Drazinakis (Greece) is sports Director and Thoms Petersen (Denmark) is marketing director.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New club in Brisbane

A new club is ready to start in Brisbane. John Sexton, who recently attended a tournament in Hamilton (Canada), is trying to set up something. his astropitch is ready for games and he has already recruited an ex-Scot. Contact at

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Wel done Gerald

Gerald Edwin Brightwell finished 6th (out of 16 players) at the WASPA tournament in Chingford (London) in England last wednesday! :)