Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Amazing tournament in Cheshire

A hugely successful Subaleague International Xmas Cup 2017 with 27 teams entering from 6 countries and age-range from 10-77 was held last week-end in Cheshire, England. 9 groups of 3 with goal handicap for those who don't play regularly. 16 through to the second round then straight knockout from there, again with a handicap system for less experienced players.

The tournament was won by Mat Atkin, who last won it in 1993. He won the final 4-2 against Angus Young, who had previously never made it past the first round. Peter Vahle and Andrew Garbutt were the losing semi-finalists.

The plate competition was won by Richard Meddings, who beat Gerry Sweeney in the final play off. Groups were decided using the unique Hale's Board, involving trick shots such as 'Round-the-Tree' and 'The Ramp'. A fantastic event at a fantastic venue, sponsored by Bar 7 in Prague. (Report by David Young)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Kenny Beggs takes the DCTFC Summer Cup

Kenny Beggs takes the Summer Cup honours in a hard fought tournament
The DCTFC Summer Cup took place last week in Derry. It was another good evening of Subbuteo organized by Derry City TFC. The thime organizers had a lower than expected turnout but it prompted a different format this time. Kenny Beggs took the honours after a hard fought final match against current league champion Mark McCrossan with only 1 point separating the two of them.

Final standings:
1. Kenny Beggs
2. Mark McCrossan
3. Martinog Bradley
4. Brendan Rodgers
5. Martin Bradley
6. Craig Stewart
7. Lawrence Watson

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Mark Farrell wins in Yorkshire

20/5/2017 Heckmondwike Sports Club.
Since the inception of the UK team event championship in 2015 at Heckmondwike, Yorkshire Phoenix have always held a strong tournament. The table tennis centre with its bright lights and intimate surroundings has always proved a popular venue and this was no exception. Players travelled from Manchester (Blanchard) Liverpool (Daly, Matthews, Len) and Ireland (Farrell) to play on the pitches at Yorkshire.

Mark Farrell
In a well attended tournament, 14 player settled it out over 5 intense Swiss format sessions. Ruby Matthews, one to watch in the future offered a strong challenge and was very unlucky not to take home more than the U9s trophy on the day,. In a well fought battle she was unlucky to concede four goals to her dad Cayne who played well in the early rounds.

Seasoned players like Mike Burns and Brian Daly, Mike Parnaby and Andy Boyer made it a tough competition throughout. Craig Hewards FISTF balsa army almost did enough to win but Mark Farrell the coolest head on the day flew back to Ireland the victor. A genuinely enjoyable competition with everyone playing with a great spirit. The team event in June is a great chance to get involved and continue a run of fantastic events. Please get in touch with Yorkshire Phoenix if you would like to be part of our next event.

Highlights of the games on the day
Boyer 4 t price 2
Farrell 2 0 blanchard
Martin b 3 parnaby 2
Cayne 4 1 ruby
Mark 2 1 mike burns
Brian Daly 2 1 Martin B

Winner – Mark Farrell
Runner Up – Craig HEward
Third – Brian Daly
Under 16s – Thomas Price
Under 9s Ruby Matthew

Final standings:
1. Mark Farrell (Ireland/Yourkshire)
2. Craig Heward (England/Yorkshire)
3. Brian Daley (England/Yorkshire)
4. Mike Burns (Scotland/Yorkshire)
5. Martin Blanchard (England/London & Essex)
6. Len Parsons (England/Merseyside)
7. Brian Kinrade (Isle of Man/Moralzarzal)
8. Thomas Price (England/Kent Invicta)
9. Andrew Garbutt (England/Lincoln)
10. Andy Boyer (England/Yorkshire)
11. Brett Price (England/Kent Invicta)
12. Cayne Matthews (Wales/Manchester)
13. Mike Parnaby (England/NETFA Brigantes)
14. Ruby Matthews (Wales/Manchester)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Steve Bennett wins the Letham FISTF Open

Steve vs Andy in the final
Andy vs Gareth in the semi-final shots
This Sunday the Letham International Open took place with 12 players competing in the individual tournament. The event was also a WASPA torunament and attracted 5 visitors from Glasgow besides the 7 local players. Steve Bennette defeated Andy Beskaby in the final (4-2) while Gareth Christie and Rob Conway lost in the semis. David Baxter defeated Craig Thom in the Plate final. Congratulations to all.

Two titles for Danny Bird

Danny against Tom Knighton TFC is continuing to work to develop local activities. In May the club had two tournaments under WASPA banner...