Singapore Subbuteo delegation travelled to Sydney in January for an international tournament. In the club team event, one of the Singapore club managed to reach the final but lost in heartbreaking fashion.
The team went far in the tournament, losing out only in the dying seconds of an exciting final. The crossbar preventing a win does not only happen in football, it happens in Subbuteo as well. Have a watch to see the members of the team talk about the drama that happened during the finals.
You can watch the full interview by clicking here. Subbuteo interview in the [1:23:00]onwards segment
TFAS is pleased to announce the National Team call-ups of the following players for the FISTF International Friendly against Team Australia in Sydney on the 24th January 2016.
Singapore ‘A’ Team
Den Mulia Yusni (Captain)
Rudy Hesty Roselan
Tan Kok Wee
Singapore ‘B’ Team
John Ho (Captain)
Led by Chief-de-Mission Vikas Chandiramani, the International Friendly will take place during the Australia Grand Prix 2016 (AGP16) weekend. The players, who are also representing their respective clubs in the AGP16, are called-up into the respective ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams based on merit – in accordance to the SG Ranking.
TFAS wishes them all the best in Sydney and hopefully bring glory to Singapore Table Football!!
This is a FISTF International Open Event – Individual Open and Individual U19 – taking place on the 10-11 Dec 2016 at the Singapore Sports Hub Library in the centre of the Singapore Sports Hub
There will also be an Amateur Event (for returning and new adult players whom have not been involved in the SG Premier League before), WASPA-style Team Open and WASPA Individual Open (Plate) events over the 2 days of competition.
We hope to have players from around the world participating in this event to help us showcase our sport – Table Football – to the rest of the sporting community in South-East Asia!!
Program for the two days can be found below …
10 Dec 2016
11 Dec 2016
8am – 815am:
Report and payment of tournament fees (to Mr Anas Rahamat)
8am – 830am:
Report and payment of tournament fees (to Mr Anas Rahamat)
815am – 915am:
Individual U19 Draw
Amateur Event Draw
Referees’ Briefing (by Chief Referee Mr Nic Tan)
830 – 930am
Individual Open Draw
Referees’ Briefing (by Chief Referee Mr Nic Tan)
915am – 315pm:
Individual U19 Event & Amateur Event Matches
930am – 730pm
Individual Open Event Matches
(WASPA Plate Event for players that did not qualify from Group Stage)
315pm – 730pm:
Team Open Event Draw – Format TBA
Team Open Event Matches
730pm to 8pm
730 – 8pm
Terms and Conditions …
In addition to the programme details above, pls note the below pointers:
@ 1-min half-time change-over and 4-min interval in between games will be adopted
@ fixtures list with referee info and respective timing will be posted in the ‘2016 TFAS Merlion Cup’ whatsapp chat group after the draw is made so all aware of their match timing and referee duties
@ no further waiting time for latecomers and a walkover will be awarded in his opponent favour with a 3-0 scoreline
@ in the Team Open and Individual Open events, games involving a U15 player and an older player will be capped to a max of 5 goals margin should the older player win. eg. if older player wins 8-1, score recorded as 6-1
@ details of Team Open Event format and how the teams are formed will be announced during the draw
** Note that the above Individual Events are FISTF ‘International Open’ Events. The Open Individual Plate Event is a WASPA Event; while the Open Team Event is a WASPA-style Event. Participants will be allocated into the respective teams on the day itself.
Note: Wait-List requests can still be submitted after the above Closing Date. However, acceptance of the request and an additional ‘late registration levy of $5’ may be imposed as condition for acceptance. These shall be at the absolutely discretion of the organisers.
With the conclusion of June’s TFAS National Championship, Den Mulia Yusni maintains his pole position at the top of the latest SG Rankings!! Congratulations Den Mulia!!
Ouabi Rouis and Rudy Hesty Roselan also remain as the Number 2 and Number 3 respectively. In fact, for the first time since its inception in January 2014, the Top 10 players in the SGR (Open) held on to their respective spots with no changes to their respective rankings …
See below for the complete list of the SGR (Open):
In the SGR (Jnr), Giovanni Choong, Isaac Lim and Luke Lim remain respectively as the Number 1, Number 2 and Number 3 ranked Junior players in Singapore!! Congratulations Giovanni, Isaac and Luke!! Well done boys!!
The complete list of SGR (Jnr) as follows:
Congratulations to all players who made improvements in their rankings. To the rest of the players, keep flicking and you will move up the rankings too …
Will there be a new Singapore Number 1 – for either SGR (Open) or SGR (Jnr) – by the next release? … Stay tune for the next release of the SG Rankings in October 2015 …
2015 TFAS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (INTERNATIONAL OPEN OF SINGAPORE) – PARADE OF NATIONS …
With less than 6 hours to registration close, the Table Football Association of Singapore (TFAS) is proud to announce that 38 players from 7 different nations and origins will be competing in the 2015 TFAS National Championship (International Open of Singapore) this weekend 13-14 June 2015 at the Singapore Sports Hub Library. A truly ‘International Open’ indeed !!
At press time, 16 players have registered for the FISTF Individual U19 category; 29 players for the non-FISTF Team Open category; and 35 players for the FISTF Individual Open category – making up a total of 38 players from 7 different nations and origins. There will also be a WASPA Individual Plate category on the 2nd day of competition (14 June) for players who do not progress from the Group Stage in the FISTF Individual Open category.
As per earlier announcement, the Singapore vs Japan International Friendly will take place on the 1st day of competition (13 June) at around 5:30pm. There will be 2 match-ups: Singapore (U15) vs Japan (U15); and Singapore (Open) vs Japan (Open).
Come down to the Singapore Sports Hub Library this weekend from 8am to 8pm to support Team Singapore; and marvel in the skills of players from 7 different nations/origins on display; and soak in the atmosphere, drama and excitement that only a truly International Open competition can bring !! … Admission is FREE !!
The Table Football Association of Singapore (TFAS) is pleased to announce the following players called-up to represent Team Singapore in the upcoming FISTF International Friendly against Japan during the 2015 TFAS National Championships on the 13 Jun 2015 at the Singapore Sports Hub Library.
Team Singapore (U15)
1. Isaac Lim (Captain)
2. Luke Lim
3. Bhavin Sham
4. Ruhan Sham
Team Singapore (Open)
1. Den Mulia Yusni (Captain)
2. Rudy Hesty Roselan
3. Giovanni Choong
4. Isaac Lim
The International Friendly is scheduled to kick-off around 5:30pm on the 13 Jun 2015. Please come down to support Team Singapore as we take on our friends from Japan.
Team Singapore proves that she is not just A Little Red Dot in the World of Subbuteo Table Football!
The weekend of 17th & 18th of January 2015 turned out to be an eventful weekend for Singapore Subbuteo, proving that it was one of the power houses of Asian Table Football by leaving her mark on the inaugural Australian Grand Prix and Asian Cup of Table Football.
The weekend began with the warm-up matches and the draw of the event which was on the eve of the tournament, on 16 January. A total of 24 players registered for the Open event, which included 3 from Singapore, namely John Ho, Bernard Lim and Vikas Chandiramani, and 1 from Hong Kong, Antonio Carabillo (of Italian decent), who plays his competitive Subbuteo in the Singapore Premier League. Despite being overwhelmed by the 20 Australian participants, Team Singapore overcame the odds with some brilliant displays.
Open Event – First round
The Open event started bright and early on Saturday morning. Top-seed John Ho topped Group 1 with victories over Daniel Lomabrdi and veteran players Steve Dettre and Paul Mercer, to book his place in the quarter-finals.
2nd seed Antonio devastated his opponents in Group 2 by scoring a total of 23 goals without conceding to top the group and book his place in the quarter-finals. Antonio was ready to prove that Hong Kong would be no pushovers despite fielding only 1 representative.
In Group 3, Vikas Chandiramani was drawn against 3rd seed Peter Thomas who had recently participated in the World Cup in Rochefort. Despite losing to Peter, Vikas managed to scrape through to the barrage round on goal difference with a victory over Dillion Izon and a draw with Raffaelle Lombardi.
The tournament’s 5th seed Bernard Lim, with the experience of the World Cup behind him, convincingly topped the group winning all 3 games by scoring a total of 18 goals while maintaining a clean sheet.
This meant that all the Singapore based players had made it past the 1st round!
Open Event – Barrage Round
John Ho and Antonio qualified directly into the Quarter-finals as they were the 1st & 2nd seeds respectively, while Vikas and Bernard had to maneuver through the tricky Barrage knock-out round to book their places in the quarter-finals. Both players raised their game with Bernard comfortably defeating Jonathan Ball by 4 goals while Vikas put up a convincing display against young Harry Wightman by hammering 9 goals past him.
All 4 Singapore–based players had booked their places in the quarter-finals. A great achievement indeed!
Open Event – Quarter-finals
The quarter-finals were exciting affairs with end-to-end action. Veteran player Vikas created the first upset of the tournament by beating top-seed and fellow Singaporean John Ho 4-2 in a high scoring quarter-final. This guaranteed Singapore a place in the semi-finals.
The 2nd semi-final saw the battle of two players with World Cup experience. Sadly one of them would not make it through. Bernard faced veteran Robert Green who regularly played his competitive Table Football in the tough European leagues. Despite a gallant display, Bernard succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Robert.
In the 3rd quarter-final Peter Thomas comfortably defeated Eliot Kennedy 4-0 to book his place in the semi-final.
In the 4th quarter-final, Antonio defeated Steve Dettre 2-0 to ensure that Hong Kong was also represented in the semi-finals.
Open Event – Semi-finals
The first semi-final saw 2nd seed Antonio from Hong Kong facing off against the 3rd seed Australian Peter Thomas. Antonio gave Peter an early scare when he had the first shot at goal which cannoned off the cross-bar. However, Peter with home-ground advantage, kept his cool to overcome Antonio by 3 goals to book his place in the final.
Unseeded Singaporean Vikas faced the 4th seed, European-based Aussie Robert Green in the 2nd semi-final. In the first half, Vikas had to face relentless pressure and put up a gallant display denying Robert with his stout defending to ensure that the game went into half-time even. In the 2nd half, Vikas raised his game to create several chances but could not get the all important goal. The game looked headed for extra-time until Robert scored the winner in the last minute to make it an all Australian final.
Open Event – Finals
The final was a very tight all-Australian affair with Peter Thomas from Melbourne facing Robert Green from Sydney. Peter proved he was the better player on that day winning the title with a solitary goal.
Although none of the Singaporeans made into the final, it was a gallant effort by Team Singapore. We proved that we could mix it with the best of Asia and look forward to 2016 when Singapore will host the 2nd Asian Cup of Table Football.
Australian Grand Prix – Team Event
The highlight of the 2nd day was the Club Team event and the Australia vs Singapore International Friendly.
As this was an official FISTF Grand Prix event, it included a Club Team Event. As all the Singaporean based players were from different clubs, we were not allowed to participate in the team event under FITSF guidelines. However, our Australian hosts were gracious enough to allow us to play as the Singapore Premier League Selection but we were not allowed to progress pass the group stage. A total of 6 teams took part, including Northern Falcons Team A & B from Sydney, Melbourne Table Football Club Team A & B and Sydney Parramatta.
The Singapore Premier League Selection played very well beating Northern Falcons B 4-0 and Melbourne Table Football Club 2-1 to top the group, but sadly could not progress further in accordance to FISTF rules.
International Friendly: Australia vs Singapore
The Asian Cup of Table Football culminated with the FISTF-sanctioned International Friendly between Australia and Singapore, the only 2 nations who had a full complement of players. This was the first international match between these 2 countries.
In addition to John Ho, Bernard Lim and Vikas Chandiramani, the wild card for the Singapore national team was Benny Ng, a Singaporean who is an Australian PR currently residing and working in Melbourne and playing Subbuteo with the Melbourne Table Football Club.
The team selection was very critical with the respective Team Captains carefully selecting the match-ups that would work in their teams’ favour. After much pondering the match-ups was as follows:
Match 1 : Peter Thomas vs Bernard Lim
Match 2 : Eliot Kennedy vs John Ho
Match 3 : Robert Green vs Vikas Chandiramani
Match 4 : Raffaele Lombardi vs Benny Ng
Australia drew first blood when Peter took the lead against Bernard. Subsequently, Raffaele took the lead against Benny and Eliot also took the lead against John. At that stage, all look lost for Singapore as Australia was leading 3-0. Peter then increased his lead against Bernard by scoring a 2nd goal. At half-time it looked as if Singapore was doomed and Australia would be victorious.
However, this proved to be a match of 2 halves. Raffaele was substituted by Benji Batten at half-time. Little did everyone knew that it would prove to be a turning point. Soon after that Singapore started their brilliant fight back. John equalized against Eliot while Benny also equalized against Benji. With Vikas still holding Robert, Singapore managed to reduce the deficit to 1-0.
Benny then took the lead 2-1 against Benji. That meant the match was tied at 1-1. However, Australia had a better goal difference and would have still ended up victorious if things has stayed that way. But it was not meant to be for the home team. John then took the lead against Eliot for Singapore lead the match for the first time at 2-1.
Robert, sensing that he needed to beat Vikas for Australia to stand a chance, started to pile on the pressure but Vikas was doing a good job holding on. Peter then turned up the heat against Bernard adding a third goal with the hope to improve their goal difference in the event that the game was tied. He was hoping for one of his teammates to get the all-important goal that would turn the tie in Australia’s favour.
As the matches entered its final few minutes, both teams tried to raise their game to secure the tie. Bernard tried hard to fight back in an attempt to reduce the goal difference, while both Benji and Elliot tried to find the equalizer for Australia. Vikas was still holding Robert to a 0-0 draw. At this stage, Singapore was still 2-1 up and tried her best to hold on despite relentless pressure from the Aussies who had the backing of the home crowd support.
As the final whistle blew, Team Singapore jumped for joy as they had thought they had won the tie, but not realizing that the game between John and Eliot was still playing due to some stoppages. Eliot piled on the pressure in the dying seconds knowing that if he scored, he would secure a draw which would give Australia victory on goal difference. Eliot had a shot at goal right at the death which turned out to be the final shot of the match but John saved brilliantly. The final whistle blew and Team Singapore celebrated with a victory dance as Singapore became the unofficial Champions of Asian Table Football!
Team Singapore’s brilliant fight-back was against all odds and on foreign soil. A great achievement for its first International victory and what a way to mark the start of the SG50 celebrations!
Match 1 : Peter Thomas vs Bernard Lim (3-0)
Match 2 : Eliot Kennedy vs John Ho (1-2)
Match 3 : Robert Green vs Vikas Chandiramani (0-0)
Match 4 : R Lombardi / B Batten vs Benny Ng (1-2)