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SEASON 2012/13

Farrell is All-Ireland Champion 15th Sept 2013
Mark Farrell won the All-Ireland Championships in Celbridge Mill, deposing reigning Champion, Kenny Beggs. It rounded off a successful season for Mark, having already won the Irish Circuit before today's event. Full Results

The seven entrants played each other once in a League format, with the top 4 qualifying for the final phase and the bottom 3 competing for the Plate. The results after the split were as follows:

MAIN EVENT ...

Barry Spence 1-1 John Moore
Kenny Beggs 0-0 Mark Farrell
Barry Spence 0-2 Mark Farrell
Kenny Beggs 5-0 John Moore
Barry Spence 2-1 Kenny Beggs
John Moore 0-1 Mark Farrell
Player P W D L F A Pts
1. Mark Farrell 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
2. Kenny Beggs 3 1 1 1 6 2 4
3. Barry Spence 3 1 1 1 3 4 4
4. John Moore 3 0 1 2 1 7 1

PLATE ...

John Hughes 0-3 Nicky Moore
Peter Morrison 2-0 John Hughes
Nicky Moore 0-0 Peter Morrison
Player P W D L F A Pts
1. Nicky Moore 2 1 1 0 3 0 4
2. Peter Morrison 2 1 1 0 2 0 4
3. John Hughes 2 0 0 2 0 5 0

'Old Subbuteo' Victory for Bickerstaff in Wexford 20th July 2013

Congratulations to Ernie Bickerstaff on recording his first tournament victory in County Wexford. There were two WASPA events organised by Nicky Moore on the same day. Ernie won the first event, played to the 'Advanced Subbuteo Rules', topping the six-player table ahead of Nicky Moore. Only old Subbuteo 'Heavyweight' teams were allowed, with no polish and it produced some interesting results! The other event was played to FISTF Rules and was won by Kenny Beggs, with Mark Farrell being runner-up.


Ernie Bickerstaff, winner of 'Old Subbuteo' tournament in County Wexford

RESULTS:

K.McKenzie 0-1 N.Moore
M.Farrell 0-0 K.Beggs
E.Bickerstaff 0-0 J.Moore
     
K.McKenzie 0-0 K.Beggs
E.Bickerstaff 0-0 N.Moore
J.Moore 0-1 M.Farrell
     
K.McKenzie 0-1 E.Bickerstaff
K.Beggs 1-1 J.Moore
M.Farrell 0-0 N.Moore
     
K.McKenzie 2-1 M.Farrell
J.Moore 1-1 N.Moore
E.Bickerstaff 0-0 K.Beggs
     
K.McKenzie 0-3 J.Moore
M.Farrell 0-1 E.Bickerstaff
N.Moore 0-0 K.Beggs

FINAL TABLE:

  P W D L F A Gd Pts
1. Ernie Bickerstaff 5 2 3 0 2 0 0 9
2. Nicky Moore 5 1 4 0 2 1 +1 7
3. John Moore 5 1 3 1 5 3 +2 6
4. Kenny Beggs 5 0 5 0 1 1 0 5
5. Mark Farrell 5 1 2 2 2 3 -1 5
6. Ken McKenzie 5 1 1 3 2 6 -2 4

Beggs Wins 'FISTF Rules' Open in Wexford 20th July 2013
Kenny Beggs won the second WASPA event of the day, finishing above Mark Farrell in a five player group. A last-gasp goal following a corner-flick gave Kenny a 2-1 victory over Mark in the decisive match. This one was played to 'FISTF Rules'. Many thanks to Nicky & family for their hospitality, providing the players with accommodation and food. A great summer weekend in a beautiful location.


Wexford 'FISTF Rules' Winner, Kenny Beggs with organiser, Nicky Moore

RESULTS:

M.Farrell 3-0 E.Bickerstaff
N.Moore 0-1 K.Beggs
     
M.Farrell 1-2 K.Beggs
E.Bickerstaff 2-0 J.Moore
     
M.Farrell 4-0 N.Moore
K.Beggs 2-1 J.Moore
     
E.Bickerstaff 0-3 K.Beggs
N.Moore 1-4 J.Moore
     
M.Farrell 6-2 J.Moore
E.Bickerstaff 1-1 N.Moore

FINAL TABLE:

  P W D L F A Gd Pts
1. K.Beggs 4 4 0 0 8 2 +6 12
2. M.Farrell 4 3 0 1 14 4 +10 9
3. E.Bickerstaff 4 1 1 2 3 7 -4 4
4. J.Moore 4 1 0 3 7 11 -4 3
5. N.Moore 4 0 1 3 2 10 -8 1

Farrell Wins Kildare Open to Secure Irish Circuit
29th June 2013


Irish Circuit Champion, Mark Farrell, attacks against John Moore

Mark Farrell won the Kildare Open, topping a 5-player league with maximum points. His victory also secured the 2012/13 Irish Circuit Championship, as he can no longer be caught with only one event remaining. Two 1-0 victories over Runner-up, Kenny Beggs, made the difference in Kildare, while the other players battled for 3rd place. Ernie Bickerstaff, who has been playing for about a year, had a notable win and draw against the experienced John Moore but John just pipped him into 3rd place. Unfortunately, England's Colin Tarry had to drop out at the last minute due to illness. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Results | Photos

FINAL TABLE:
1. Mark Farrell (ROI) ........ 24 pts
2. Kenny Beggs (NIR) ...... 18 pts
3. John Moore (ROI) .......... 7 pts
4. E.Bickerstaff (NIR) ......... 5 pts
5. Nicky Moore (ROI) ......... 4 pts

The tournament was played under the WASPA Banner in Celbridge Mill which, as usual, was a great venue.


Photo Slideshow


Video: Mark scores against John


Outdoor Subbuteo 9th June 2013
Joe McRoberts and Kenny Beggs made the most of the recent good weather to take the table-top game outside. There were no goals, however, due to the slight breeze which was enough to blow the ball off course whenever there was a shooting opportunity! It was fun trying, though!


Joe McRoberts v Kenny Beggs


Beggs Wins Forestside Open 1st June 2013

The 4th Irish Circuit event of the season (and Northern Ireland's 3rd WASPA event) was won by Kenny Beggs, who topped an 8-player league. John Moore was runner-up and Mark Farrell 3rd. It was all very tight going into the last session, with any of these three players still having a chance to top the table. Mark needed to beat Kenny. John needed to beat Ernie Bickerstaff by two clear goals and hope for Kenny & Mark to draw with each other. John won 1-0 but Kenny scored a late winner against Mark to secure the title. Results | Photos


John Moore v Kenny Beggs at Forestside Open, Belfast


Players' Area in Forestside Shopping Centre


Davy Clegg polishes his team

    P W D L F A Gd Pts
1 Kenny Beggs 7 6 1 0 14 2 +12 19
2 John Moore 7 5 2 0 12 2 +10 17
3 Mark Farrell 7 5 0 2 17 3 +14 15
4 Barry Spence 7 2 3 2 7 4 +3 9
5 Davy Clegg 7 2 2 3 4 9 -5 8
6 Ernie Bickerstaff 7 2 0 5 5 11 -6 6
7 Nicky Moore 7 0 2 5 3 16 -13 2
8 Alistair Morrison 7 0 2 5 1 16 -15 2

The tournament attracted some good publicity, being held in the middle of Belfast's busy Forestside Shopping Centre. Many of the shoppers, young and old, stopped to watch, ask questions and play on the practise table. Emma Lamont won a Penalty Competition for the general public, following a sudden-death shoot-out against her Father and Stephen Betts. Thanks to Ernie Bickerstaff for negotiating the venue and to Forestside for offering us the opportunity to put the game in the public eye.


Forestside Open Slideshow


Farrell Wins Bangor Open 13th April 2013, 9:30am
The Bangor Open, Northern Ireland's 2nd
WASPA Event, was won by Mark Farrell, who made it a hat-trick of Irish Circuit triumphs this season. Kenny Beggs was 2nd and John Moore 3rd. Congratulations also to Ernie Bickerstaff, who won the Plate - his first trophy since starting to play competitively just over a year ago. He even beat ex-Northern Ireland Champion, Davy Clegg, who was making a comeback after a couple of years' break. Seven players took part in the tournament, which had been rearranged following the original postponement due to snow. They played each other once in a league format, with the top 4 qualifying for the Final Group and the bottom 3 competing for the Plate.
Full Results | Photos

Open - Final Group

1. Mark Farrell (ROI) ............. 7 pts
2. Kenny Beggs (NIR) ........... 6 pts
3. John Moore (ROI) .............. 4 pts
4. Alistair Morrison (NIR) ....... 0 pts

Plate

1. Ernie Bickerstaff (NIR) ..... 4 pts
2. Nicky Moore (ROI) .......... 2 pts
3. Davy Clegg (NIR) ............ 1 pt

   

Open Winner: Mark Farrell

Plate Winner: Ernie Bickerstaff


Mark Farrell v Alistair Morrison

The Ballyholme Church of Ireland Halls proved to be an excellent venue. Directions: Follow the Circular Road before Bangor, towards Groomsport.
See
map1 & map2


3rd Barbarians Clubnight Tue 9th April 2013, 7:30pm
Three players attended the 3rd Clubnight at Forestside Shopping Centre.

RESULTS
E.Bickerstaff 0-0 Al. Morrison
K.Beggs 2-1 E.Bickerstaff
K.Beggs 3-1 Al. Morrison


Strabane 'Practice & Rules' Night 24th March 2013
Strabane Subbuteo Club had their first 'Practice & Rules' meeting. Ten players turned up at Fountain Street Community Centre for friendly matches and to familiarise themselves with the rules. They plan on having another few nights like this before commencing a league programme.

Brendan Rodgers from the Donegal Club, also attended and was impressed with the venue. He said "There were four tables set up, with room for four more. It was the first time that I played on the Pegasus astropitches and I must say I loved them. We were using Total Soccer & Zuego bases. It was a great evening with a great bunch of lads. Great to see 3 or 4 younger ones there too."


Snow Hits Northern Ireland Events 23rd March 2013
Two important sporting events fell to the snowy weather this weekend. First, Northern Ireland's Football World Cup Qualifier against Russia and then the much anticipated Bangor Subbuteo Open!! The latter will be rearranged in April, when, hopefully, travelling conditions will be a lot better.


Windsor Park, Northern Ireland's National Football Stadium


2nd Barbarians Clubnight Tue 19th Mar 2013
Only two players were available for this month's meeting in the Management Suite of Forestside Shopping Centre.

RESULTS
K.Beggs 4-0 E.Bickerstaff
K.Beggs 2-0 E.Bickerstaff


Updated Irish Rankings 16th March 2012
Republic of Ireland's Mark Farrell is still top of the Irish Rankings, with Kenny Beggs (NIR) in 2nd place, John Moore (ROI) 3rd and Barry Spence (NIR) 4th.


Strabane Subbuteo Club in Newspaper 7th March 2013
Well done to Jason Tinney, founder member of Strabane Subbuteo Club, for getting onto the front page of his local newspaper, the Strabane Chronicle.
Read full article here.


Jason Tinney of Strabane Subbuteo Club

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/strabane.club.7
Email:
j4sont1nney@live.co.uk


Barbarians: First Clubnight at Forestside 26th Feb 2013
Four players attended the first meeting at Belfast Barbarians' new venue, in the Management Suite of Forestside Shopping Centre. New member, Roy Ryan, was a welcome addition to the club. Next Clubnight will be Tue 19th March.


Belfast Barbarians Subbuteo Club members at opening night in Forestside

RESULTS
K.Beggs 1-0 B.Spence
E.Bickerstaff 3-0 R.Ryan
B.Spence 2-0 E.Bickerstaff
K.Beggs 4-0 R.Ryan


Strabane Subbuteo Club Feb 2013
Good news from the West of the country - Jason Tinney, a player from the past, has been active in revitalising Subbuteo in Strabane. The club has about 20 players and has also arranged with the local Community Center to stage events. They are currently running practice & rules nights before starting a league. Email: Jason Tinney | Club Flyer


Farrell Wins Celbridge Open 5th Jan 2013
Mark Farrell won the 2nd Irish Circuit event of the season on goal-difference, ahead of Kenny Beggs. Six players competed in a League format, playing each other twice. Despite gaining a victory and a draw against Farrell, Beggs had to settle for 2nd place due to a rare defeat by Nicky Moore. The tournament was held in Celbridge Mill and was part of the World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association (WASPA) Circuit. Results

FINAL TABLE P W D L F A Gd Pts
Mark Farrell (ROI) 10 8 1 1 29 4 25 25
Kenny Beggs (NIR) 10 8 1 1 23 5 18 25
John Moore (ROI) 10 5 1 4 22 14 8 16
Barry Spence (NIR) 10 4 0 6 16 18 -2 12
Nick Moore (ROI) 10 3 1 6 10 19 -9 10
Shane Butler (ROI) 10 0 0 10 0 40 -40 0


Updated Irish Rankings Nov 2012
Following his success in the Dunmurry Open, Mark Farrell has gone back to the top of the Irish Rankings.


Farrell Wins Dunmurry Open 27th Oct 2012

Republic of Ireland's Mark Farrell won the first Irish Circuit Event of the new season at the Beechlawn Hotel, Dunmurry. He finished the day unbeaten in a six-player league, only dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with 2nd-placed Kenny Beggs, from Northern Ireland.

History was made as it was the first Irish event to be played under the banner of the World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association (WASPA).

Results | Photos | WASPA Results File

FINAL TABLE P W D L F A Pts Goal-diff
1. Mark Farrell (ROI) 10 9 1 0 25 3 28 +22
2. Kenny Beggs (NIR) 10 6 3 1 20 4 21 +16
3. John Moore (ROI) 10 6 1 3 17 8 19 +9
4. Barry Spence (NIR) 10 2 1 7 10 21 7 -11
5. Ernie Bickerstaff (NIR) 10 2 1 7 7 24 7 -17
6. Alistair Morrison (NIR) 10 1 1 8 3 22 4 -19


Mark Farrell v Barry Spence at Dunmurry Open


Northern Ireland Proud to be affiliated to WASPA Oct 2012

"The World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association (WASPA) is an alternative association for subbuteo table football players and clubs from around the world. WASPA is trying to connect clubs from different countries as being part of a big community of subbuteo fans. Join now! It's free and it's all about playing the beautiful game!" (Quotation taken from WASPA website)

Note: Northern Ireland is also registered with FISTF as a Partner Nation, so players are still able to participate in FISTF Events.


Can You Flick It?
An interesting Subbuteo documentary by Scott Billing ...