FISTF International Open of Australia 2015

Melbourne 2015

Brisbane Subbuteo Club had 2 representatives competing in the Melbourne FISTF event, Rik Bland and Giuseppe Tardiota. As luck would have it, both players were drawn into the same group of 5, only 2 could progress to the next round of knockout. Each group had a top seed, our Group had Elliot Kennedy from Sydney Falcons, who defeated Rik 3-1, and Giuseppe 2-0, and so took the top spot. 2nd place was decided by the game between Rik and Giuseppe, which was tight, but Rik managed to take the game 1-0 and so finished 2nd in the group and moved to the quarter finals where he had to play top seed and eventual winner Chris Thomas (ranked world no.4 in FISTF rankings last year). Chris is a formiddable player at the top level, and was far too good for Rik, taking a 9-0 win, but a great experience to play such a top player.

Giuseppe finished 3rd in the group stage, so dropped out of the FISTF tournament, and into a WASPA tournament for players that didn't progress from group stages. He managed to get to the final where he met Luke Radzininski for the second year running, and was unfortunate to end up on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline again.

Both players had a great time, and represented Brisbane well.FISTF Oct 15