Table Football: Derek Conti wins the English Grand Prix

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 14:29

Jason Pisani

A few days ago, members of The Valletta Subbuteo Club, participated in the FISTF Grand Prix of England, that was held in London.

There were three different categories and all the Valletta SC players qualified from their respective groups. In the Open category, Roderick Vassallo reached the barrage stage, after playing against French, Belgian and English players. In the barrage, Roderick lost in a seven goal thriller to Florian Giaux of Belgium by four goals to three.

Englishman Chris Short also reached the barrage stage, only to be beaten by French player Axel Donval by two goals to one. Derek Conti easily won his group and went on to win the Grand Prix. In the semi-final, Derek won against Axel Donval by two goals to one and then won a very balanced final with the same score against Belgian Justin Leroy.

In the Veteran category, Jason Pisani eliminated players from Belgium, England and Gibraltar to reach the semi-finals. Here he eventually lost by one goal to nil, against Belgian Pascal Scheen.

In the Team competition, the Maltese team won easily against Harrow and Kent of England, with the identical score of four goals to nil. A draw against Belgian club Stembert was enough to win the group and play against London based English club, Harrow Hawks, in the semi-final. Another three goals to nil win was enough to play the final against Rochefort RTS of Belgium. The final was very balanced and with a two each draw and also a draw in the goals (8-8), extra time was needed to determine the winner. The Belgians scored the extra time goal and eventually won the competition.

The Valletta Subbuteo Club team was formed by Derek Conti as captain, Christian Short, Roderick Vassallo, Gerald Brightwell and Jason Pisani.

Also this weekend, The FISTF Grand Prix of Malta will be held at the Centru Sant Antnin, Triq P.Wistin Magro, Burmarrad. All those interested, are invited to attend from 10am till 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.





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