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Simon Stewart

Thanks to W5 for hosting the event & organising the following publicity:

  • Announcements on local radio station Cool FM.
  • Preview on GMTV
  • Player interviews for Ulster Television.
  • Live updates on BBC Radio Ulster Saturday Sports Programme.
  • Reports in Belfast Telegraph and Newsletter newspapers.
14th May 2005

Belgium's David Ruelle beat Joseph Mifsud from Malta 2-0 in the final of the 2005 Belfast International Grand Prix. It was Northern Ireland's biggest ever Subbuteo tournament, with 64 entrants from UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. England's Alan Collins won the Veterans, his son Anthony took the Under 19 title, Sam Curtis won the Under 15s and Louise Lawrenson beat Northern Ireland's own Georgia Lee in the Ladies Final. Thanks to W5 for being excellent hosts and living up to their reputation as Northern Ireland's Visitor Attraction of the Year. Full Results | Photos


Belfast GP action from BT Atrium in W5 Discovery Centre

Belfast GP projected on big screen in W5 Discovery Centre

World's Top Players Entertain Belfast May 14th 2005
Dutchman, Eric Verhagen, ranked No.1 in the World, was among the 64 Entrants for the Belfast International Grand Prix, along with other high-ranking players from Belgium, Malta, Austria, Germany, England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland. Eric surprisingly lost in the Quarter-Finals to Malta's Joe Mifsud, who eventually finished runner-up, losing 2-0 to David Ruelle in the final.

Best for Northern Ireland in the Open was Trevor Cummings, who lost in the last 16 to a golden goal by England's Phil Redman. Congratulations to Georgia Lee, Northern Ireland's only trophy winner, who finished runner-up to Louise Lawrenson of England in the Female event.

Spectators were able to follow the action from balconies on different levels of the impressive W5 venue and also see close-up play from the No.1 Pitch projected on the big screen via small, unobtrusive cameras positioned at corners of the table.

There was also a penalty-flick side show for W5 visitors. This proved to be an excellent way to get the public involved, both young and old. The four best penalty-flickers got to keep a shoot-out board as a reward for their efforts.

Radio Ulster Report Mar 31st 05
BBC Radio Ulster has a Subbuteo thread on its Your Place & Mine website, which includes an article about the Belfast International Grand Prix. You may post replies if you wish.