TFAS National Championship 2018 Registration is now open !!

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TFAS National Championship 2018

(WORLD CUP Theme)

23-24 June 2018 @ Sports Hub Library

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPENED !!! Click here to register

CLOSING DATE: 20 June 2018 (Wed) @ 2359hrs

This is a FISTF International Open Event – Individual Open and Individual U19 – taking place on the 23-24 June 2018 at the Singapore Sports Hub Library in the centre of the Singapore Sports Hub

With the WORLD 2018 in Russia, all players are requested to select a country to represent. Whenever there are multiple players selecting the same country, a ballot will be conducted More details can be found in the registration form).

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 …

Saturday

23 June 2018

Sunday

24 June 2018
9am – 930am:

 

Report and payment of tournament fees (to Mr Anas Rahamat or Noor Haikal)

 

8am – 830am:

 

Report and payment of tournament fees (to Mr Anas Rahamat or Noor Haikal)

 

930am – 1015am:

 

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)

 

1015am – 1515pm:

 

Individual U19 Event & Amateur Event Matches

 

930am – 1930pm Individual Open Event Matches

(WASPA Plate Event for players that did not qualify from Group Stage)

 

1515pm – 1930pm:

 

Team Open Event Draw – Format TBA

Team Open Event Matches

 

1930pm to 2000pm

 

🏆Prize Presentation🏆 1930 – 2000pm 🏆Prize Presentation🏆

Registration Fees can be found here.

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 ‘2017 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.

Click here to submit wait-list request … 

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.

 

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Flashback: Team Singapore @ Rochefort World Cup 2014

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singaporeAs we begin the 2015 season, we look back at the adventures and expoits of Team Singapore in the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2014 held in Rochefort, Belgium.

Even before the first whistle of the World Cup, the Team Singapore of 2014 had already created many ‘firsts’ in the short history of TFAS:
# First time that Singapore is competing in the Team Open event
# First time that Singapore is competing in the U12 Individual event
# First time that Singapore is sending 4 players to the World Cup (the previous high was 2 players in 2012)

01-SG ContingentThe Singapore Contingent (L-R): Mrs Bernard Lim, Isaac Lim, Luke Lim, Bernard Lim, Mr Alan Collins (FISTF President), Rudy Hesty Roselan, Mrs Rudy Hesty Roselan

Team Singapore was proudly represented by Rudy Hesty Roselan, Bernard Lim, Luke Lim and Isaac Lim.  Rudy and Bernard competed in the Open Individual event; while Luke and Isaac competed in the U12 Individual event.  The 4 of them then competed in the Open Team event on the 2nd day of the tournament.

02-Team SGTeam Singapore (L-R): Rudy Hesty Roselan, Luke Lim, Isaac Lim, Bernard Lim

Individual Competition – 6 Sep 2014

Rudy was drawn into Group 2 of the Open Individual Competition against the likes of Saverio Bari (Italy), Lawrence Alvarez (Gibraltar) and Nuno Henriques (Portugal).  Rudy got his World Cup campaign off to a great start by beating Lawrence Alvarez 3-1 to score his first World Cup goals and notch his first World Cup game win.  This victory go some way to ‘avenge’ the defeat that compatriot John Ho suffered at the hands of the same opponent back in the 2012 Manchester World Cup.

03-Rudy v Lawrence Alvarez (GIB)Rudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Lawrence Alvarez – Gibraltar (right)

04-Rudy v Lawrence Alvarez (GIB)Rudy in action against Lawrence – Final Score: Rudy 3-1 Lawrence

In his second game, Rudy continued his fine form and built on the momentum garnered from his first game to narrowly defeat Nuno Henriques by a solitary 1-0 to take his second World Cup game win.  With 6 points from 2 games, Rudy had qualified to the next round!!  He had created HISTORY – being the first Singapore player to have made it out of the Group stage and qualified into the Knock-Out stage in a FISTF World Cup!!! … Bravo Rudy!!  Congratulations!!

05-Rudy v Nuno Henriques (POR)Rudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Nuno Henriques – Portugal (right)

06-Rudy v Nuno Henriques (POR)Rudy in action against Nuno – Final Score: Rudy 1-0 Nuno

Having already qualified, Rudy took to the third game against Saverio Bari – the seeded player in the Group – in a super-relaxed mindset and mood.  He was duly beaten 0-6 but no matter … as all the hard work has already been done as he prepared himself for the Last 32 knock-out round.

07-Rudy v Saverio Bari (ITA)Rudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Saverio Bari – Italy (right)

08-Rudy v Saverio Bari (ITA)Rudy in action against Saverio – Final Score: Rudy 0-6 Saverio

09-Rudy Group 2

In the Last 32 knock-out round, Rudy was pitted against Luca Colangelo (Italy).  Against the far more superior Italian, who went on to become 1 of the Semi-Finalists of this World Cup, Rudy put up a spirited display only to lose 0-8.  While his World Cup campaign had come to and end, Rudy had certainly made a name for himself and definitely brought glory to Singapore!!

10-Rudy v Luca ColangeloRudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Luca Colangelo – Italy (right)

11-Rudy v Luca ColangeloRudy in action against Luca – Final Score: Rudy 0-8 Luca

Singapore’s other player in the Open Individual Competition, Bernard Lim, was drawn into Group 11 against the likes of Chris Thomas (England), Angelo Borg (Malta) and Renato Kort Kamp (Brazil).  Bernard’s maiden World Cup game was against the seeded player in the Group – Chris Thomas the England captain.  Though Bernard displayed some deft touches and flicks to earn some praise from his opponent, the class and guile of Chris Thomas prevailed as Bernard lost the game 0-7.

12-Bernard v Chris Thomas (ENG)Chris Thomas – England (left) vs Bernard Lim – Singapore (right)

13-Bernard v Chris Thomas (ENG)Bernard in action against Chris – Final Score: Bernard 0-7 Chris

Bernard’s next game was against Angelo Borg, a former top ranked U19 player who was playing in his first Open event as he was no longer eligible for the U19 event.  Again, the class and skills of the Maltese youth was far far more superior as he went on a rampage to build up a superior goal difference.  Bernard, unfortunately, was at the wrong end of a 0-11 thrashing which effectively ended his World Cup campaign after 2 games.  It was indeed a ‘rude awakening’ for Bernard.

14-Bernard v Angelo Borg (MLT)Angelo Borg – Malta (left) vs Bernard Lim – Singapore (right)

15-Bernard v Angelo Borg (MLT)Bernard in action against Angelo – Final Score: Bernard 0-11 Angelo

With his morale and spirits super-low from the manner in which he was knocked-out, Bernard approached his third game with a strong sense of redemption.  He was determined to take some positives out of his maiden World Cup campaign and to restore some pride in representing Singapore after the 2 disappointing displays which he felt he had let down the nation.  Against Renato Kort Kamp, Bernard regained his composure and restored some pride and confidence by putting 5 goals past his opponent to win 5-0; in the process scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup game victory!!

16-Bernard v Renato Kort Kamp (BRA)Renato Kort Kamp – Brazil (left) vs Bernard Lim – Singapore (right)

17-Bernard v Renato Kort Kamp (BRA)Bernard in action against Renato – Final Score: Bernard 5-0 Renato

18-Bernard Group 11

In the U12 Individual Competition, our 2 Singapore junior players – Luke Lim and Isaac Lim were drawn into Group 5 and Group 6 respectively.  Luke was up against Alwin Krause (Germany), Corentin Boltz (Belgium) and Jakob Gerstl (Austria); while Isaac was up against Tommaso Lazzari (Italy), Pierre Laquerbe (France) and Vasco Henriques (Portugal).  It was a real eye-opener for Luke and Isaac to see the difference in equipment and concentration levels of European youths – while alot of our Singapore youngsters are still on beginner type bases, their European counterparts were already using professional bases.  Their accuracy and skill level was another area of the game worth learning from.

Luke opened his maiden World Cup campaign against Jakob Gerstl and lost 0-3.  His second game was against Alwin Krause, who eventually won the Group with 3 wins out of 3 games.  Against the seeded player in the Group, Luke lost 0-4.  Though already knocked out, Luke did very well to wrap up his World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw in his third and final game against Corentin Boltz, 1 out of 8 of the eventual Quarter-Finalists.  In so doing, Luke managed to record his first World Cup point and against a World Cup Quarter-Finalist at that!!  Well done, Luke!!

19-Luke v Jakob Gerstl (AUT)Luke Lim – Singapore (left) vs Jakob Gerstl – Austria (right)

20-Luke v Jakob Gerstl (AUT)Luke in action against Jakob – Final Score: Luke 0-3 Jakob

21-Luke v Alwin Krause (GER)Luke Lim – Singapore (left) vs Alwin Krause – Germany (right)

22-Luke v Alwin Krause (GER)Luke in action against Alwin – Final Score: Luke 0-4 Alwin

23-Luke v Corentin Boltz (BEL)Corentin Boltz – Belgium (left) vs Luke Lim – Singapore (right)

24-Luke v Corentin Boltz (BEL)Luke in action against Corentin – Final Score: Luke 0-0 Corentin

Also on his maiden World Cup campaign, Isaac’s first game was against Pierre Laquerbe.  Unfortunately, unable to re-produce his form in Singapore tournaments leading up to the World Cup, Isaac lost the game 0-2.  Next up for Isaac was the seeded player in the Group – Tommaso Lazzari.  The game started quite evenly and Isaac had numerous chances to take control of the game as his opponent started the game nervously.  Alas, Tommaso was more clinical with his shooting and once he scored the first goal, the result was never in doubt.  In the end, Isaac lost the game 0-3.  With 2 consecutive defeats, Isaac had only his third and final game to salvage some pride.  His final opponent was Vasco Henriques and again Isaac had the chances to take control of the game as he started the game more strongly.  However, his shooting let him down again and he ended up losing 0-2.  It was unfortunate that Isaac ended up empty-handed with no goals and no points to show.

25-Isaac v Pierre Laquerbe (FRA)Pierre Laquerbe – France (left) vs Isaac Lim – Singapore (right)

26-Isaac v Pierre Laquerbe (FRA)Isaac in action against Pierre – Final Score: Isaac 0-2 Pierre

27-Isaac v Tommaso Lazzari (ITA)Isaac Lim – Singapore (left) vs Tommaso Lazzari – Italy (right)

28-Isaac v Tommaso Lazzari (ITA)Isaac in action against Tommaso – Final Score: Isaac 0-3 Tommaso

29-Isaac v Vasco Henriques (POR)Vasco Henriques – Portugal (left) vs Isaac Lim – Singapore (right)

30-Isaac v Vasco Henriques (POR)Isaac in action against Vasco – Final Score: Isaac 0-2 Vasco

31-Luke Group 5 Isaac Group 6

Team Competition – 7 Sep 2014

After the ups-and-downs of Team Singapore in the Individual events the day before; Rudy, Bernard, Luke and Isaac were slated for the Open Team Competition on the second day of play.  For Rudy, he had a fantastic day the day before and he was looking to build on it to further bring glory to Singapore.  For Bernard, Luke and Isaac, they were looking for a much improved performance to redeem and give a better account of themselves.

Singapore was drawn in Group 1 along with Spain (1 of the top Table Football nations), Gibraltar and Switzerland.  Singapore’s first match was against Gibraltar who was also made up of 2 adults and 2 youngsters to make for a evenly-matched contest.  Bernard was up against Lawrence Alvarez (Rudy’s opponent in the Individual event); Rudy was up against Francis Avellano; while Luke and Isaac were up against fellow youngsters Niall Dean and Leon Avellano respectively.

31-SIN v GIBSingapore vs Gibraltar – before the game

Both games involving the adults were tight affairs, as Bernard and Rudy were both edged out by the odd goal – Bernard by 1-2 while Rudy by 0-1.  Luke also lost 0-2 to his slightly older opponent.  Isaac, on the other hand, put up a great performance – finally scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup point in the Team event as he drew 2-2 with Leon Avellano (the U12 World Cup Quarter-Finalist in the Individual Competition) to put away the disappointments of the day before.  Well done Isaac!!

32-SIN v GIBSingapore vs Gibraltar – during the game

33-SIN v GIBRudy Hesty Roselan in action against Francis Avellano – Final Score: Rudy 0-1 Francis

34-SIN v GIBBernard Lim in action against Lawrence Alvarez – Final Score: Bernard 1-2 Lawrence

35-SIN v GIBLuke Lim in action against Niall Dean – Final Score: Luke 0-2 Niall

36-SIN v GIBIsaac in action against Leon Avellano – Final Score: Isaac 2-2 Leon

37-SIN v GIBSingapore vs Gibraltar – after the game

38-SIN v GIB

Singapore’s next match was against the No. 1 seed in International Table Football – Spain.  Rudy played against Carlos Flores / Juan Manuel Noguera; Luke played against Alberto Mateos Navarro; Bernard played against Jose David Somoza; and Isaac played against Antonio Jesus Casin.  This match-up was more of a lesson in Table Football for the Singapore players.  Except for Bernard’s game which was pretty well-contested with both players having clear-cut chances, the Spaniards comfortably won the other 3 games.

39-SIN v ESPSingapore vs Spain – before the game

40-SIN v ESPSingapore vs Spain – during the game

41-SIN v ESP42-SIN v ESPRudy Hesty Roselan in action against Carlos Flores / Juan Manuel Noguera – Final Score: Rudy 3-8 Carlos / Juan

43-SIN v ESPBernard Lim in action against Jose David Somoza – Final Score: Bernard 0-2 Jose

44-SIN v ESPLuke Lim in action against Alberto Mateos Navarro – Final Score: Luke 2-4 Alberto

45-SIN v ESPIsaac Lim in action against Antonio Jesus Casin – Final Score: Isaac 4-7 Antonio

46-SIN v ESPSingapore vs Spain – after the game

47-SIN v ESP

The final match for Team Singapore in the 2014 Rochefort World Cup was against Switzerland.  Bernard was up against Leonardo Cavallaro; Isaac was up against Roman Bernhardsgrutter; while Rudy was up against John Imbrogiano; and Luke was up against Saverio Albano.  Our 2 youngsters did very well and both lost narrowly by the odd goal – Isaac by 1-2 and Luke by 0-1.  After their games, both of them felt that they could have actually beaten their Swiss adult oponents had they been more composed and more confident.  Bernard fought out a tense 0-0 draw in a game which he had all the chances to score the winning goal to notch his 2nd World Cup game win.  However, it was not meant to be as he squandered chance after chance and clearly left his scoring boots back home in Singapore.  It was left to Rudy to salvage some pride for Team Singapore; as he secured Singapore’s first ever Team Competiton game victory by winning his game 3-1.  What a fantastic World Cup Rudy had as he continued to write his name in the annals of Singapore Table Football history with yet another fine performance in the Team Competition following his history-making showing in the Individual Competition.

48-SIN v SUISingapore vs Switzerland – before the game

49-SIN v SUIRudy Hesty Roselan in action against John Imbrogiano – Final Score: Rudy 3-1 John

50-SIN v SUIBernard Lim in action against Leonardo Cavallaro – Final Score: Bernard 0-0 Leonardo

51-SIN v SUILuke Lim in action against Saverio Albano – Final Score: Luke 0-1 Saverio

52-SIN v SUIIsaac Lim in action against Roman Bernhardsgrutter – Final Score: Isaac 1-2 Roman

53-SIN v SUISingapore vs Switzerland – after the game

54-SIN v SUI

55-SIN Group 1

While their predecessors in past World Cups planted and flew the Singapore flag high, the Team Singapore of 2014 definitely created history and wrote many ‘firsts’ into the record books of Singapore Sports Table Football.  By the end of the final whistle, they had added even more ‘firsts’ into the annals of Singapore Table Football:
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Rudy) had won 2 consecutive games in a FISTF World Cup
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Rudy) had got out of the Group stage to qualify for the Last 32 knock-out round
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Rudy) had won a game in the Team Competition
# First time Singapore players (i.e. Bernard and Isaac) had secured draws in the Team Competition
# First time Singapore players (i.e. Rudy, Bernard, Luke and Isaac) had scored World Cup goals in the Team Competition
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Luke) had secured a draw in the U12 Individual Competition

While Rudy was clearly the ‘star’ of Team Singapore at the Rochefort World Cup 2014, fulfilling both his personal targets and also that of the nation, it is worth highlighting the laudable efforts of the other 3 players who though not as successful, also contributed to the success of Team Singapore … Bernard met his personal target of scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup game victory in the Open Individual event.  Luke also met his personal target of securing his first World Cup game point in the U12 Individual event and scoring his first World Cup goals in the Open Team event.  And Isaac also met his personal target of scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup game point in the Open Team event.

In an exclusive interview after the World Cup, our 4 players shared their thoughts for the below:

Question: How would you describe your personal experience of representing your country in the Rochefort World Cup?

Rudy:  Unbelievable dream come true.  Felt like a young teenager going out on a 1st date, nervous yet passionate with the will to try to impress.  Meeting all the big names in the modern Subbuteo and getting the chance to play competitive games (to name a few) with great players like Carlos Flores, Saverio Bari, Juan M Noguero and friendlies with legends players like Massimo Bolognino and Daniel Scheen plus Ladies top player, Trish Baumeler, and the most important of all was making many new friends and strengthening ties with the Subbuteo families from various part of the world, which really made the cross-continent, 16-hours journey a worthwhile and lifetime experience.

Bernard:  Simply ecstatic!! … a boyhood dream come true to finally become a National Player representing Singapore in the Subbuteo World Cup!!  For 2 days, I was living the dream of a ‘professional player’ playing for his country – this has been my dream since I was a little boy at the tender age of 9.  To have finally achieved and done it on the biggest stage in International Sports Table Football (at the World Cup) is something that I will remember for life!!  It has also been a very humbling learning experience for me; but it is an experience that made me better in terms of Table Football.  I also met many new like-minded friends from around the world and had numerous friendly games with them –  a great opportunity and an unforgettable experience!!

Luke:  The experience makes me feel proud to represent my country in the topmost level of Sports Table Football and make new friends from not only a different country, but from a different continent as well.  On overall, it was awesome.

Isaac:  It was an exciting, fun and enjoyable experience.  It was also a good experience to play against older and better opponents.

Question: Would you recommend other players to play in the World Cup?  Why?

Rudy:  Definitely yes, but be prepared mentally and physically. Mentally for the tough games you will encounter; you could end up being hammered by your opponents, personal experience – 0-6, 0-8 against the Italians & 3-8 against the Spanish 😉 .  Physically for the long journey and quick succession of games.  Nevertheless, all this are minor setbacks compare to the wealth of experience you will gain, by playing against world class players and watching the best playing.

Bernard:  A BIG definite YES.  For me, it was priceless to play against the best players in the world and to see up-close the difference in playing standards; the focus and concentration levels; and the speed and accuracy of these top players.  I definitely learnt a lot and benefitted from playing in the World Cup as it made me more aware of the finer details of the game and more importantly, made me realise the areas in my game that needs further improvement.  I strongly believe the experience of playing in the World Cup has made me a more confident and better player.  You also get to make many new like-minded friends from all over the world; which is another added bonus.  I am sure other players would similarly reap the same benefits.

Luke:  I will recommend other players to play in the World Cup as it shows that the popularity of the game is increasing in Singapore despite the electronic and console games that we have today.

Isaac:  Yes, because you can learn from the experience of playing against older and better opponents; and improve yourself and become a better player.  You can also make a lot of new friends.

Question: Would Singapore Table Football benefit from having players in the World Cup?  Why?

Rudy:  It has been proven before from the past players who went to Manchester, England and Madrid, Spain.  World Cup participants bring back new enthusiasm to the locals and belief that we could compete against the big boys in the Subbuteo World Cup.  Year 1, our SG boys (John and Kok Wee) managed to score goals against opponents.  Year 2, our SG player (Den Mulia) managed a win against foreign player while; Year 3, Team SG managed to qualify past the Group stage in the Open category and secured a win in the team event… What next? 😉

Bernard:  Again, a BIG definite YES.  As I have shared above, World Cups make better players and when these players return from the World Cup; they help raise the standards of play in Singapore.  And as the standards of Singapore Table Football increases, Singapore can send more stronger players / teams to the World Cup and further put Singapore on the World Map of International Sports Table Football.  This then creates a ‘virtuous cycle’ that can only be good for Singapore Table Football.  It is my strong belief that had we sent our top 4 or 5 players to the 2014 World Cup for the Open Team event, we would have ruffled some feathers and created another stir to qualify into the Knock-Out rounds – that would be another history-making ‘first’ for Singapore.  I really hope to see this happen in the near future; and also hope to be part of that team when the time comes 😉

Luke:  I think that Singapore Table Football will benefit from having players at the World Cup as you are placing you country’s name on the world map of Table Football and it will especially increase the number of junior players to play Table Football as this is the first time that TFAS is sending junior players to play at the topmost level of Table Football in the world.  However, it would be better if we could get sponsorships to broadcast the our games so as to attract more people to play the game.

Isaac:  Yes, because you come back from the World Cup a better player and may also beat older local players.  This encourages other Junior players to also try and follow your example and improve themselves to beat older players.

Last but not least, TFAS would like to commend the fantastic efforts of all 4 players of Team Singapore; and to congratulate and thank them for putting Singapore firmly in the World Map of International Sports Table Football!! … Well Done, Congratulations and Thank You!!!

Flashback: Team Singapore @ Madrid World Cup 2013

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singaporemadridAs we continue the count-down to the Rochefort World Cup 2014 this coming weekend, we take a look-back at the exploits of Team Singapore in past FISTF Subbuteo World Cup tournaments since the formation of TFAS back in 2009.  In this last of 2 instalments, we focus on the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2013 held in Madrid, Spain.

TFAS sent its second delegation (since the formation of TFAS) to the Madrid World Cup in 2013.  Singapore was proudly represented by our Singapore Champion Den Mulia Yusni.  Well known to all in the local table football community, Den Mulia is our undisputed No. 1 top-ranked player in Singapore; and probably Asia’s No. 1 player as well!!

Watch Den Mulia’s interview before the Madrid World Cup 2013

Many old-timers and veterans would know that Den Mulia had actually represented Singapore several times in past World Cups under the ambit of the now-defunct Subbuteo Association of Singapore.  This is, however, his first appearance under the ambit of TFAS.  His participation further raised the profile of Singapre table football to the rest of the world – further building on the great work Kok Wee Tan and John Ho had started the year before in Manchester, England.

1 Spore v SwitzerlandMaxwell Gautschi – Switzerland (left) vs Den Mulia Yusni – Singapore (right)

1 Spore vs SwitzerlandDen Mulia in action against Maxwell – Final Score: Den Mulia 4-1 Maxwell

Den Mulia competed in the Individual Veteran event and was drawn in the same group together with Maxwell Gautschi (Switzerland), Luili Lopez (Spain) and John Field (Gibraltar).  Den Mulia got his World Cup campaign off to a great start when he recorded Singapore’s first ever win in a World Cup game in the TFAS era!!  He comfortably defeated Maxwell 4-1.  Unfortunately, that victory, in a way, also made Luili and John took notice of our Champion from the little island of Singapore.  They subsequently up the ante and raised their game as they took on Den Mulia, mindful of the quality of our Singapore Champion and careful not to allow further upsets and surprise results from Singapore.  In the end, against stronger opponents at the top of their game, Den Mulia lost the subsequent 2 games – 0-3 to Luili and 0-6 to John.

2 Spore v SpainDen Mulia Yusni – Singapore (left) vs Luili Lopez – Spain (right)

2 Spore vs SpainDen Mulia in action against Luili – Final Score: Den Mulia 0-3 Luili

While a single victory with 3 points was not enough to progress to the next round, Den Mulia has certainly created a stir and made a name both for himself and Singapore.  While Kok Wee and John had planted our Singapore flag and fly it high in the 2012 Manchester World Cup the year before; what Den Mulia had achieved in the 2013 Madrid World Cup effectively raised the Singapore flag and flew it even higher!!  Great job Den Mulia!!

3 Spore v GibraltarJohn Field – Gibraltar (left) vs Den Mulia Yusni – Singapore (right)

3 Spore vs GibraltarDen Mulia in action against John – Final Score: Den Mulia 0-6 John

In an exclusive interview after the World Cup, Den Mulia shared his thoughts on the following:

Question: How would you describe your personal experience of representing your country in the Madrid World Cup?
Den Muila:  The experience was priceless as you are up against some of the best players in the world.  Gives me pride to wear the national colours.

Question: Would you recommend other players to play in the World Cup?  Why?
Den Mulia:  It will be great for players to experience the World Cup as it is run professionally and especially seeing the drama and excitement!!

Question: Would Singapore Table Football benefit from having players in the World Cup?  Why?
Den Mulia:  Singapore Table Football players will definitely benefit competing in the World Cup as it will tremendously improve their game as the level is so much higher.

Lastly, a BIG congrats to Den Mulia and thank you for your contributions to help raise the profile of Singapore Table Football at the World Cup and to make the rest of the world noticed us!!  Well done!!

Continue to watch this space as we bring you the exploits of Team Singapore at the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2014 in Rochefort, Belgium after this weekend!!

Flashback: Team Singapore @ Manchester World Cup 2012

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singaporemanchesterAs we count-down to the Rochefort World Cup 2014 this coming weekend, we take a look-back at the exploits of Team Singapore in past FISTF Subbuteo World Cup tournaments since the formation of TFAS back in 2009.  In the first of 2 instalments, we focus on the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2012 held in Manchester, England.

Singapore’s very first representatives (since the formation of TFAS) in a FISTF World Cup was none other than Kok Wee Tan (our TFAS President himself) and John Ho (our TFAS Treasurer).  As ardent fans of the English Premier League themselves, they jumped at the opportunity to not only represent Singapore in the World Cup in Manchester but also to tour 1 of the key hotbed of English football and to visit the Etihad Stadium – home of Manchester City!!

IMG_0803John Ho (left) and Kok Wee (right) with our National Flag

IMG_0733Kok Wee at the Etihad Stadium

For both Kok Wee and John, this was their maiden World Cup appearance as national players of Singapore.  Their participation put Singapore on the world map of Sports Table Football and tremedously helped raised the profile of Singapore table football and attracted the attention of the rest of the table football community around the world.

DSC_3317Kok Wee (left) and John (right) wearing 2nd white jersey

IMG_05951 of the World Cup Stadium named after our very own Jalan Besar Stadium

Kok Wee was up against Daniele Bertelli (Italy), Jesper Staal Nielsen (Denmark) and Nikos Pappas (Greece) in his group; while John was drawn together with Samuel Bartolo (Malta), Lawrence Alvarez (Gibraltar) and Kostas Stamokostas (Greece).  Both of them competed in the Individual Open event.

IMG_0662kok wee resultsKok Wee’s match results and final Group Standing

IMG_0663john resultsJohn’s match results and final Group Standing

While Kok Wee did not win or draw any of his games, he did managed to score his first World Cup goal and put up a credible performance.  John went 2 steps better and scored 3 World Cup goals.  Unfortunately, both of our players could not progress beyond the Group Stage against much stronger opponents.  Nevertheless, both certainly left their mark on the world stage and made many sit-up and notice.  In fact, over the course of the tournament weekend, both Kok Wee and John had numerous invitations for friendly games from many of the top players around the world; curious about the style and standard of play of Singaporean players.  Well done Kok Wee and John for flying our Singapore flag high and proud!!

DSC_3233Kok Wee in action in full concentration

Watch John in action

In an exclusive interview after the World Cup, Kok Wee shared his thoughts on the following:

Question: How would you describe your personal experience of representing your country in the Manchester World Cup?
Kok Wee: It was definitely a proud moment of being recognised as a representative of my country in such a global event.  Having other players from other countries welcoming us was indeed very heartwarming; and for all that to happen in Manchester, it was really a childhood dream coming true – for Manchester of UK is THE place that I always wanted to visit ever since I started to know football.

Question: Would you recommend other players to play in the World Cup?  Why?
Kok Wee: I would definitely and strongly encourage other players to go play in the World Cup whenever they can.  The experience of watching and playing with some of the world’s top players will be a very good learning process.  Results aside, to be able to interact with players of other countries is also a very enriching experience; and not to mention the friendships forged in the process is simply priceless!

Question: Would Singapore Table Football benefit from having players in the World Cup?  Why?
Kok Wee: Of course!!  Singapore Sports Table Football will surely benefit having in the World Cup – for these players will return with really fruitful experiences and advice that can help build the other players here in Singapore.  This os 1 of the best – if not the best – way in which this Sport can grow not only in Singapore but the whole of Asia region.  And of course, it is yet another avenue that our little island can be featured on the world stage.

Last but not least … Congrats and kudos to both Kok Wee and John!!  You have both done Singapore proud!!  Well done!!

In the next instalment, we focus on the exploits of Team Singapore at the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2013 held in Madrid, Spain. Watch this space!!

Team Singapore at FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2014

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singapore rochefortTFAS is pleased to announce the participation of Team Singapore in the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2014 on the 6 – 7 September at Rochefort, Belgium.  This is the first time in the history of local table football that a Team from Singapore is competing in the Team Competition event.  It is also the first time that TFAS is sending Junior players to the ‘Under-12’ event.

Team Singapore comprises of Rudy Hesty Roselan, Bernard Lim, Luke Lim and Isaac Lim.  Representing our country, the team will be playing in the ‘Open’ category of the 16-nation Team Competition event against the very best nations from around the world.  In fact, Singapore is the only nation outside of Europe/Americas and also the only nation from Asia to participate in this year’s Team Competition event.

Largely still an experimental/development team – with 11-year-old Luke and 8-year-old Isaac teaming-up with adults Rudy and Bernard – the Team hopes to gain invaluable experience and exposure by playing against some of the very best in the world of Table Football.  TFAS applauds the courage of our 2 Junior players who are undaunted with the prospect of playing against adult players.

Our players will also be representing Singapore to participate in the Individual Competition event.  Rudy and Bernard will compete in the ‘Open’ event while Luke and Isaac will compete in the ‘Under-12’ event.

TFAS wishes our World Cup players the very best in Rochefort, Belgium; and hopes that they carry the Singapore flag high and do our country proud!!!

 

Team Singapore Players’ Profiles


rudyName: Rudy Hesty Roselan
Age: 39
Club: Leste Aquila SC
Latest FISTF World Ranking (Open): 193
Latest TFAS SG Ranking (Open): 5
Events Entered: Individual Open and Team Open

Honours:
* 2014 Stadium De Imagio Open (SG) – Third
* 2013 Singapore Table Football Premier League (SG) – Fourth
* 2013 Leste Acquila Friends Cup (SG) – Champion
* 2013 Leste Aquila Champions League (SG) – Champion
* 2013 TFAS National Championships Open (SG) – Runners-Up
* 2013 TFAS Cup Open (SG) – Runners-Up
* 2012 Jurong Green YEC Subbuteo Challenge (SG) – Runners-Up
* 2012 Leste Acquila Cup (SG) – Third
* 2012 TFAS Super 8 (SG) – Champion
* 2011 TFAS SG Eastern Challenge (SG) – Champion
* 2011 TFAS Merlion Cup Open (SG) – Third
* 2010 TFAS Futures (SG) – Champion
* 1990 Singapore National Championships Junior (SG) – Third

Playing Experience:
Started playing in 1989 with groups of friends from the east of Singapore, Rudy Joined his first tournament in the Singapore Junior Nationals aged 14 and managed to get Third placing.  He went on to play for another year or two before the game faded off in Singapore.  In 2010, Rudy managed to stumble back into the game at Orchard Central where he was introduced back into the game by TFAS buddies.  His most memorable event is winning the TFAS Futures in 2010 against a field of seasoned players.  Rudy aspires to play in the FISTF World Cup; with the dream nearly coming through this year at Rochefort.  Through the game, he hopes to continue making lots of friends and to continue playing even after retiring from his full time job.


bernardName: Bernard Lim
Age: 42
Club: Singapore Lions SC
Latest FISTF World Ranking (Open): 320
Latest TFAS SG Ranking (Open): 5
Events Entered: Individual Open and Team Open

Honours:
* 2014 TFAS National Championships Open (SG) – Third
* 2014 Jurong Green CC World Cup (SG) – Runners-Up
* 2014 Stadium De Imagio Open (SG) – Fourth
* 2014 Leste Aquila SC Futures Tournament (SG) – Champion
* 1986 Subbuteo Association Cup Junior (SG) – Runners-Up

Playing Experience:
First started playing the game as a 9-year-old boy back in 1981 with his older brother.  After the initial years of playing ‘local derbies’ with his brother, Bernard began to play competitively in national level tournaments organised by the then Subbuteo Association of Singapore right up to the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Like many old-timers, Bernard stopped playing when the Association was dissolved; and the transition to adulthood took precedence.   After a hiatus of more than 20 years, Bernard re-connected with the game again in June 2013 and has been playing since.  He is estactic to be able to finally fulfill his boyhood dream of representing Singapore (at the age of 42) to play in the Subbuteo World Cup!!


lukeName: Luke Lim
Age: 11
Club: Singapore Lions SC
Latest FISTF World Ranking (U19): 85
Latest TFAS SG Ranking (Jnr): 3
Events Entered: Individual Under-12 and Team Open

Honours:
* 2014 TFAS National Championships Junior (SG) – Third
* 2014 Revive Malaysia Table Football World Cup Junior (MY) – Runners-Up

Playing Experience:
Introduced to the game by his father in Nov 2013, Luke has only been playing the game for 9 months.  His interest in the game is so immense that he first started by making his very own teams out of used bottle caps and paper figures; and using paper balls.  He has also written a handbook titled ‘How to Play Subbuteo: The Basic Rules’ to share with his classmates.  According to Luke, he is fascinated by how a game with simple objects can lead to complex game situations and lots of excitement; and he likens this game to a combination of chess, carrom and football.  This is both his first international overseas tournament and first FISTF Subbuteo World Cup appearance.


isaacName: Isaac Lim
Age: 8
Club: Singapore Lions SC
Latest FISTF World Ranking (U19): 86
Latest TFAS SG Ranking (Jnr): 2
Events Entered: Individual Under-12 and Team Open

Honours:
* 2014 TFAS National Championships Junior (SG) – Runners-Up
* 2014 Revive Malaysia Table Football World Cup Junior (MY) – Third

Playing Experience:
Isaac, like his older brother Luke, was introduced to the game by his father in Nov 2013.  A keen and avid footballer himself, Isaac sees many similarities in both games and the tactics of one can be applied to the other.  As a Subbuteo player, he has made good progress over the last 9 months.  He is excited to be travelling to Rochefort, Belgium in Europe; and to represent his country Singapore in the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup.  Like his brother, this is also both his first international overseas tournament and first FISTF Subbuteo World Cup appearance.


TFAS World Cup 2014 Open Tournament on 29 June 2014

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Last Sunday, the Open event of the ‘World Cup’ themed TFAS National Championships 2014 took place at the Atrium of SAFRA Toa Payoh.  While the Junior event the day before drew 10 players, the Open event attracted a total of 27 players to contest for the ‘World Cup’.

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Besides Den Mulia Yusni (the defending champion from last year’s National Championships) and the usual top-ranked players in Singapore (i.e. John Ho, Rudy Hesty, Kok Wee Tan, Michael Choong, Ezan Ahmad); a host of old-timers/veterans also returned to action for this tournament.  Among them were Erza Aripin (former National Junior Champion), Gary Ong, Vikas Chandiramani, Sham Doulatram, Izham Sidek and brothers Arthur and Bernard Lim.

Our up-and-coming young adults also threw their names into the hat such as Anas Rahamat, Henry Peh and Apple Oh – the only lady player in this year’s tournament.  The top 3 Junior players from the day before – Giovanni Choong, Isaac Lim, Luke Lim – also participated for the experience and exposure; not forgetting experienced Junior Fadhly Fahmi and Japanese Junior Chihiro Takao.

2 relatively ‘newcomers’ – Nic Tan and Nur Hashim – also joined in the fray while the father-son pair of Wai Mun and Eugene Lek made their debuts in their maiden tournament.  Our foreign friends – Kenzo Koi and Antonio Carabillo – also flew in from Japan and Hong Kong respectively to spice-up the tournament with an international flavour.  Unfortunately, top-ranked French player Ouabi Rouis (winner of the last 2 preceding SG tournaments – the TFAS Cup and the Merlion Cup) had to withdraw at the last-minute due to a wrist injury that required surgery.

Format of Play

The 27 players were placed into 7 Groups – Group A had 3 players while Groups B to G had 4 players each.  The top 7 ranked players were seeded into Pot 1 and lots were drawn to determine whuch Group they will each head.  The seeds, as determined in accordance to the latest published FISTF World Rankings, were Antonio, Den Mulia, John, Kenzo, Rudy, Kok Wee and Michael.  The remaining players were all placed into Pot 2 and lots were duly drawn by each player to decide which Group they play in.

After the draw, Groups A to G were headed respectively by: Den Mulia, John, Antonio, Rudy, Kok Wee, Michael and Kenzo respectively.  The winner of Group A and B qualify directly into the quarter-finals while the 2nd-placed players of Groups A and B join the top 2 players in Groups C to G in the barrage play-offs to determine the remaining 6 quarter-finalists.

Group Stages

The Group stages started predictably with defending champion Den Mulia scoring the 1st goal of the tournament in his match against Wai Mun; which he ran out 5-0 winners.  He eventually won Group A as expected.

s-IMG-20140629-WA0055Group A: Wai Mun vs Den Mulia with Referee Sham

While the seeds of Groups C (Antonio), D (Rudy), E (Kok Wee) and F (Michael) played true to form and expectedly won their respective groups comfortably; things were anything but comfortable and expected for what lies in wait for both the seeds of Groups B (John) and G (Kenzo).

Most notable was the performances of Nic in Group B.  Following up his good form in the recent Stadium de Imagio Open in May 2014 where he finished Runners-Up, Nic put up another great performance to force 2-2 draws with both John and Erza.  These 2 results, together with Erza beating John 3-1, meant that Erza won the Group while Nic nudged John down to 3rd place and out of the tournament!!  Kudos Nic, well done!!

In Group G, returning old-timer/veteran Sham, also put in a solid performance winning 3 games out of 3 for a 100% record – surprising quite a few people with victories over group seed Kenzo, 1 of the top-ranked SG player Ezan and fellow old-timer/veteran Gary.  It was down to Kenzo and Ezan to fight for 2nd place with Ezan’s 3-1 win over Kenzo giving him the edge.

s-20140629_115319Group B: Nic vs Eugene with Referee Michael

s-IMG-20140629-WA0033Group B: Erza vs John with Referee Vikas

s-IMG-20140629-WA0040Group C: Antonio vs Izham with Referee Ezan

s-IMG-20140629-WA0032Group C: Anas vs Giovanni with Referee Henry

s-20140629_131200Group D: Henry vs Arthur with Referee Kok Wee

s-IMG-20140629-WA0074Group D: Rudy vs Chihiro with Referee Erza

s-20140629_115218Group E: Luke vs Isaac with Referee Giovanni

s-20140629_130743Group E: Luke vs Hashim with Referee Apple

s-IMG-20140629-WA0041Group F: Vikas vs Fadhly with Referee Bernard

s-IMG-20140629-WA0091Group F: Apple vs Fadhly

s-20140629_145318Group G: Sham vs Kenzo with Referee Den Mulia

s-20140629_145352Group G: Ezan vs Gary with Referee Henry

The final standings of each Group as follows:

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** Antonio had to withdraw after the Group stage, so Anas and Izham were promoted to 1st and 2nd places respectively in Group C to advance to the barrage play-offs.

Barrage Play-offs

No major surprises or upsets were in store and players who were expected to qualify for the quarter-finals duly took their places.  However, not before tense affairs between Anas vs Arthur and Rudy vs Ezan.  In both these games, nothing separates either players with no goals in both normal and extra-time.  Both games were eventually decided on penalty shoot-outs with Anas winning Arthur 2-0 and Rudy winning Ezan 1-0.

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Quarter-Finals

The quarter-finals saw yet another 2 tight and evenly match-ups between Kok Wee vs Rudy and Bernard vs Erza.  The game between Kok Wee and Rudy was tied at 2-2 after extra-time with Kok Wee prevailing 3-2 during the penalty shoot-out; while the game between Bernard and Erza was 1-1 after extra-time with Bernard prevailing 3-1 during the penalty shoot-out.  Elsewhere, Den Mulia and Michael duly won their games to take their places in the semi-finals.

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Semi-Finals

Continuing the trend from the barrage play-offs, both semi-finals were once again tense and tight affairs.  The 1st semi-final between Den Mulia and Kok Wee was tied evenly at 1-1 right up to the final 4 seconds with no clear winner in sight.  However, Den Mulia displayed all the pedigree of a defending champion by scoring the all-important winning goal – with just a mere 4 seconds left on the clock – to take the game 2-1!!

s-IMG-20140629-WA01051st Semi-Final (L-R): Kok Wee, John (Referee), Den Mulia

s-IMG-20140629-WA01081st Semi-Final: Kok Wee vs Den Mulia

The 2nd semi-final between Michael and Bernard was a repeat of their quarter-final clash the weekend before in the Malaysia World Cup.  Then, Michael emerged victorious on shots.  Can Bernard turn the tables on Michael this time around?  Unfortunately for him, Michael’s cool, calm and controlled style of play proved too strong.  In the end, Michael ran out deserving 1-0 winners; having had more possession of the ball.

s-IMG-20140629-WA01032nd Semi-Final (L-R): Michael, Vikas (Referee), Bernard

s-IMG-20140629-WA01072nd Semi-Final: Michael vs Bernard

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Third/Fourth Placing

While some may argue that a third/fourth placing play-off is typically a meaningless and drab affair that is at best a consolation to the 2 losers of the semi-finals, try telling that to Kok Wee (Singapore) and Bernard (England).  With live commentary provided by our very own Vikas, the 2 players played out an dramatic enthralling thriller right up to the very end and literally till the final whistle!!

s-IMG-20140629-WA0113Third/Fourth Placing (L-R): Bernard, Sham (Referee), Kok Wee

The match started with Bernard taking an early lead and seemingly in control of the game and his own fate.  But soon after, Kok Wee, slowly but surely began to exert his influence on the game and started peppering shots at Bernard’s goal.  1 of these shots paid dividends and Kok Wee scored to draw level at 1-1 just before half-time.  The 2nd half was an evenly-matched affair with both players having a fair amount of chances to take the lead, although possession-wise Kok Wee had the edge.  The game remained tied at 1-1 till full-time and went into extra-time.

The open end-to-end attacking style of play by both players continued in extra-time as both players went for the jugular in search of the winning goal.  Kok Wee was rewarded in 1 of these attacks to score and take a 2-1 lead early in extra-time.  With his momentum on the rise, Kok Wee continued to pile on the pressure in the hope of scoring a 3rd goal to kill off the game.  Fortunately for Bernard, he managed to withstand the pressure and held on.

s-IMG-20140629-WA0117Third/Fourth Placing: Bernard vs Kok Wee

With the clock ticking down with less than 30 seconds left, Bernard had a throw-in near the shooting area to create a shooting chance but completely fluffed it.  What subsequently followed had many among the watching crowd skipped a heartbeat or 2.  Kok Wee forced a throw-in only to give possession back.  Bernard immediately launched the ball upfield but only to lose possession to Kok Wee; who subsequently played the ball out for a throw.  At this point, there were 5 seconds left on the clock.  From the ensuing throw-in, Bernard took 2 neat sharp touches to get into a shooting position; and with his 3rd touch, shot into goal in the last second of extra-time as the final whistle blew!!  Dramatically and incredibly, Bernard had equalised to level the score at 2-2 and take the game into penality shoot-outs!!

It had been an emotional roller-coaster ride for both players.  For Bernard – to 1st take an early lead; yet for most part chasing the game for an equaliser; and to eventually score with the last flick of the game.  For Kok Wee – having recovered from the initial setback to take the lead; seemingly in full control to see out the game; and yet to concede a goal as the final whistle went.  What a game!!  What a dramatic enthralling thriller and what a great showcase for the game of Subbuteo Table Football!!

In the penalty shoot-outs that followed, Kok Wee had a bad day – missing all 4 of his shots with 3 hitting the cross-bar and 1 saved – perhaps affected by the events that had just happened i.e. he had earlier also conceded a late goal to Den Mulia in the semi-finals with 4 seconds to go.  Bernard, on the other hand, kept his nerves to score 2 out of his 3 shots to prevail 2-0 on the the day and take home Third Place.  Congratulations Bernard!!

Watch the highlights of the above drama unfold (starting from the 28th sec of the video clip) and the subsequent penalty shoot-out …

Final

After the unforgettable and dramatic third/fourth placing play-off, many in the watching crowd rubbed their hands with glee in anticipation of yet another exciting game – more drama, more drama and yet more drama!!  And boy, they were not disappointed … what they witnessed was calmness personified in the face of adversity by the eventual Champion; and another heart-stopping game of epic proportions!!

s-IMG-20140629-WA0123Final (L-R): Den Mulia, Kenzo (Referee), Michael

The final between Den Mulia (Brazil) and Michael (Italy) started like all other classic finals that we all know – cagey and tentative, with both players feeling out each other.  It was a game of chess between Den (known for his attacking flair) and Michael (known for his controlled and tight possession playing style).

The 1st half was all Den Mulia – true to his instincts – as he went on the offensive and capitalised on his attacking flair to take the game to Michael.  This went on for most of the 1st half.  To his credit, Michael did very well in his defensive game to hold on.  It was 0-0 at half-time.

As the game restarted for the 2nd half, in an obvious change in his tactics, Michael took the initiative and attacked Den Mulia straight from kick-off.  This tactical change caught many in the crowd by surprise and had Den Mulia on the back-foot for long periods of the 2nd half.  This time Michael was in control and looked the more likely to score to steal the winner.  However, both players were evenly-matched and displayed an extremely high level of skill and possession control.  And so it was still 0-0 at full-time.

The period of extra-time did very little to separate the 2 players as the game looked headed for a stalemate.  30 minutes of normal time plus 10 minutes of extra-time could not determine a winner and the game had to go into penalty shoot-out.  And this is where we witnessed a nerve-wrecking and nail-biting shoot-out of epic proportions!!

s-IMG-20140629-WA0121Final: Den Mulia vs Michael

Michael took a decisive 2-0 lead after 3 shots.  And when Den Mulia missed his 3rd shot, he looked a goner and completely defeated.  At this juncture, Michael seemed destined to be crowned the 2014 National Champion and bring home the Cup.  However, as Michael took his title-winning 4th shot, the determined outgoing defending champion made a crucial save.  That seemed to galvanise Den Mulia and proved to be the turning point!!

With his confidence back and the winds blowing strong behind his tail, Den Mulia went on to score from his 4th shot to pull back 1 goal to make it 2-1.  While the mathematical advantage still rested with Michael, the psychological advantage was clearly with Den Mulia – supported by loud cheers from the watching crowd.

Michael had another bite of the cherry with his 5th shot – all he had to do was to score and the game will be over.  Alas, Den Mulia kept his nerves better and made another fine save from Michael!!  As Den Mulia lined up for his 5th shot, he was clearly in the ascendency and had all the momentum.  However, Michael could still win it yet again if he can deny Den Mulia from scoring!!  Again, the defending champion held his nerves and scored a beautifully chipped goal into the top-left-hand corner of the goal to make it 2-2 and take the shoot-out into sudden-death.

In sudden-death, Den Mulia was calmness personified as he made yet another crucial save from Michael.  In the title-winning shot, the pedigree of the defending champion shone through as he scored from another beautifully chipped shot – this time into the top-right-hand corner of the goal to make it 3-2 to successfully defend his title of National Champion!!

Watch the above nerve-wrecking and nail-biting shoot-out unfold …

As a visibly relieved Den Mulia celebrated his victory and looked up to the heavens, he will probably be the 1st to admit that he had been very lucky to escape from the jaws of defeat to triumph.  It was a remarkable performance by Michael as he almost pulled off an upset.  Kudos to Michael!! … For pushing Den Mulia all the way to the cliff – literally a cliffhanger – as Den Mulia hung on precariously.

To Den Mulia, we salute and congratulate you!!  Champions make their own luck; and you had once again proved your mettle and showed why you are our true Singapore Champion and Asia’s No. 1!!  Congratulatiions once again!!

s-20140629_211848TFAS World Cup 2014 Champion: Den Mulia with Kenzo

s-20140629_211756TFAS World Cup 2014 Runners-Up: Michael with Kenzo

s-20140629_211706TFAS World Cup 2014 Third-Place: Bernard with Kenzo

s-20140629_211623TFAS World Cup 2014 Fourth-Place: Kok Wee with Kenzo

TFAS would like to thank all players who had participated in this tournament to make it a success.  And especially to Kenzo and Antonio for travelling to Singapore to participate.  Special thanks also to the WAGs of Bernard, Den Mulia and John for helping out with the score updates, picture/video taking and the promotion!!  Last but not least, congratulations to all winners once again!!

As we conclude yet another successful National level tournament, we look forward to the next one on our tournament calendar – the Merlion Cup in Dec 2014!!  Hope to see everyone participating again then … Till then keep flicking …

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME …

Click here to watch more video highlights of the TFAS World Cup 2014 Open Tournament on 29 June 2014.