Today’s tournament has been the best turn out so far, with 7 players attending. We had 3 tables in play and a great day was once again had by all. With new club shirts, brand new Pegasus astro pitches, on brand new tables, with lights suspended above each table, Brisbane has certainly come a long way in the short time since the club formed in January 2015.
New member Chris Scholes got his first point on the board, welcome Chris! Rob Bennett also had a better point’s tally this time, so well done to Rob too!
The first round of league games surprisingly saw current champ Gus Gillespie fail to make the semi finals. There were goals a plenty in the league games, and some fantastic matches.
Giuseppe started the day on fire, a real hot shot, smashing all before him, and was top of the league table. Rik started the day very poorly, but rallied in the latter games to finish runner up. Andrew Bennett consistently played well again, and last month’s newcomer Andy Rigby upped his game considerably to force his way into the semi finals.
1) Giuseppe Tardiota. 2) Rik Bland. 3) Andrew Bennett. 4) Andy Rigby.
Giuseppe 1 v 4 Andrew B – level at half time, but Andrew turned on the style to run out with a very impressive victory. This was the 3rd semi final in a row that Andrew swept Giuseppe aside to make the final.
Rik 1 v 1 Andy R (2 -4 AET/shootout) – Level at full time, and extra time, Andy did not miss a shot in the shootout, a well deserved victory, especially after a remarkable incident showing incredible sportsmanship. Rik once again failed to progress through to the final.
Andrew B 6 v 1 Andy R – The first half of the final was a very tight game which changed on a couple of big decisions. Tied at 1-1, Andy conceded a soft penalty, and never really recovered. Andrew turned on the style in the 2nd half, scoring some fabulous goals, and looked every bit the champion. This was Andrew’s 3rd consecutive final, and he is definitely the man to beat. Congratulations Andrew!
Andy also must be given a huge amount of credit for making the final in only his 2nd tournament. Having played at a high level in the UK 20 years ago, he is starting to find his touch after such a lengthy lay off, well done Andy.
Special thanks to ‘Pino’ (Giuseppe) for hosting again, a great venue, great facilities, and a much appreciated BBQ for the guys. Cheers Pino!