Glasgow International Open 2022

FISTF competition returns to Glasgow in February next year with an International Open. Not many FISTF events took place in 2020 and the Glasgow Grand Prix was one of the last, shortly before the pandemic hit.

Unfortunately because of the uncertainty which the pandemic continues to cause, the club took the decision not to run a GP. We do not know how international travel will look come February. It seemed more prudent to organise the smaller scale International Open. The competition will not be held at our usual venue of the much loved Normandy Hotel in Renfrew. Instead we will be playing in the west end of Glasgow at the Royal British Legion.

The event is open to all registered FISTF players but due to the smaller scale there will be a limit on the number of participants.

For more information and to register please visit::

https://www.facebook.com/events/956175754985128

Or contact organiser Tom Burns at tomburns1961@hotmail.com

Some memories of previous competitions:

Club night 29/11/21

Seven players attended but only four matches were played. Dave Butler remained unbeaten after tough opening games. He overcame Dave Gladman 3-1 and drew with Tom Burns 1-1. Willie Fleming had a narrow win over Colin Berry and in the Glasgow Cup Dave Houston had his first win by defeating Brian Spoors 2-1. Burns now tops the league on goal difference from John Halpin. Burns has played one game fewer.

Willie Fleming referees the night’s top match
Dave Houston comes from behind to win 2-1

National Championship Event 2

This took place at the Legion in Glasgow on Sunday 28 November. The format used was a four-round Swiss system. Matches were played without referees. Fifteen players took part and the competition was won by Steve Bennett who recorded victories in all of his matches. It was not a good day for Glasgow players with Malcolm Lees finishing fifth and John Halpin, Baver Bari and Ronnie McKenzie filling the next three spots.

Steve Bennett beats Gareth Christie in the deciding match
Tom Burns was close to defeating Gareth Christie
Brian Spoors loses out to Marco Bevilacqua
Baver Bari finished strongly to take seventh place

After two events the National Championship looks like this:

FAPts
1Bennett391024
2Christie23717
3Lees221216
4Bevilacqua251413
5Baxter221913
6Bari191613
7Burns181212
8Halpin8612
9S Fleming152011
10Beskaby131910
11Gladman1012 9
12Spoors625 9
13R McKenzie911 6
14Thom45 4
15Stewart1026 4
16Nicol326 3

Scottish Championship Event 2 Preview

The second event in the Scottish championship takes place this Sunday at the Legion in Glasgow. These are the current standings after Event 1 in Letham

FAPts
1Bennett22712
2Christie10110
3Lees1259
4Bari1297
5Burns967
6Halpin446
7Spoors576
8S Fleming8166
9Gladman355
10Bevilacqua12104
11Beskaby564
12Thom454
13Baxter10124
14Stewart7114
15Nicol3113

Club night 16/8/21

After a gap of 18 months the new season kicked off at last. Season 2019/20 was called as it stood and season 2020/21 was written off. We start again as season 2021/22.

Three games were played. First up was Colin Berry against Brian Spoors. Spoors led 1-0 at half-time but two quick second half goals turned the game for Berry. Spoors, however, managed a late equaliser to gain a deserved share of the points.

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Next up Berry took on Baver Bari. Bari was favourite to win but it was Berry who took an early lead. It was no surprise when Bari levelled the game before the interval. Bari was dominating possession but he was leaving gaps in his defence and Berry was able to exploit this with quick breaks to score two further goals to take a 3-1 lead. Bari pressed forward, succeeded in reducing the deficit but was unable to complete the comeback.

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In the final game Dave Gladman played Brian Spoors. Gladman dominated the first half and displayed fine finishing as he raced to a 3-0 lead which he held till half-time. It was a better second half for Spoors as he pulled a goal back early in the second period. Hopes of a comeback were dashed, however, when Gladman added a fourth to complete the scoring.

Berry22Spoors
Bari23Berry
Spoors14Gladman

Club Night 17/2/20

On a wet and windy night only five players braved the conditions to play. Four cup matches were played.

First up was a preliminary round match in the Handicap Cup. Dave Gladman started a goal to the good against Dave Butler. Gladman’s strategy was clear from the start – keep possession. In the first half he did this pretty well, limiting Butler to one really good opportunity. Butler had much more of the ball in the second period and probably feels that he should have taken one of the two or three excellent chances he had. The Gladman goal survived, however, and he progresses to the next round where he will start his match against Brian Spoors with a four-goal deficit.

All the other matches were in the Glasgow Cup. Ryan McPhail played his first matches in Group A, against Dave Gladman and Baver Bari, players expected to finish in the top two places in the group. In the first match he demonstrated the improvement he has made in defensive skills losing only 1-0 to Baver Bari. In the second he proved that he knew something about attacking as well, taking a shock 2-0 half-time lead over Dave Gladman. Gladman is undefeated in league and cup this season and he was fresh from his Handicap Cup victory over Dave Butler. That record remains intact, however, as he scored two second half goals to secure a point which ensures that he finishes top of the group. McPhail, on the other hand, is starting to compete well and can be pleased with how his play is progressing.

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In Group B Dave Butler had a comfortable 3-0 win over Colin Berry. Butler scored in his first attack . Berry was never allowed to settle, his defence put under long periods of pressure for much of the game. After losing a goal so early he did well to resist the repeated waves of attack and limit Butler to two further goals. Butler moves to the top of Group B, ahead of Tom Burns on goal difference.

Handicap Cup

Preliminary Round

Gladman10Butler

Glasgow Cup

Bari10McPhail
Gladman22McPhail
Butler30Berry

Glasgow Cup results and tables can be viewed here.

Club Night 27/1/20

Eight games were played tonight, five in the league and three in the Glasgow Cup.

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In the league Dave Butler lost his 100% record after a no-scoring draw with Dave Gladman. Butler had much the better of the first half with Gladman failing to have even one shot on goal. The second period was more even but defences were still on top. Both players remain undefeated but Gladman has now had five consecutive draws. Butler’s draw allowed Tom Burns to go five points clear after defeating Dave Houston 3-0. Burns, however, has played three more games. Later Houston did get another point on the board. He led Baver Bari 1-0 at half-time but couldn’t hold on to that lead and conceded in the second period. Bari had earlier lost out to John Mathieson who is now only three points behind Bari but with four games in hand. Colin Berry continues to enjoy perhaps his best season, moving on to the eighteen point mark with a 3-0 win over Brian Spoors.

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In the Glasgow Cup, Tom Burns again lost out to Dave Butler. This time it was by a two goal margin, Butler scoring in each half. Also in group B, Dave Houston lost out narrowly to Colin Berry by 1-0. Houston had by far the greater number of chances in this match but could not convert any. In group A, Brian Spoors look the lead against John Mathieson. Mathieson eventually equalised but he spurned so many opportunities to win the game. It was an inspired performance by the Spoors’ goalkeeper. Mathieson will probably now have to settle for third place in the group.

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League

Butler00Gladman
Burns30Houston
Berry30Spoors
Bari12Mathieson
Bari11Houston

Glasgow Cup

Mathieson11Spoors
Houston01Berry
Butler20Burns

The League table can be viewed here.

Full Glasgow Cup results and tables can be viewed here.

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Club Night 20/1/20

It was another busy night al the Legion with fourteen players attending. In addition to the twelve league players the club also welcomed Barry Corr and Andy Shearer. Twelve league matches were played

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The key match was between leading players Tom Burns and Dave Butler. Burns started the stronger, forcing Butler on to the backfoot. A poor defensive block by Butler allowed Burns to opportunity to score and he did. Burns continued to dominate but could not find a second goal. Gradually Butler started to gain more possession and it was he who was looking the more impressive. This time it was Burns who made a blocking mistake and the score was level. Either player could have scored the winner but Butler was more dominant in the second half and it was he who found the goal. Butler went on to defeat Dave Houston 2-0, making it eight wins from eight matches. Burns later had a good win against John Halpin, keeping him three points clear of Butler but having played three more.

Fraser McKenzie returned to league action and proved he will be a difficult player to beat, conceding only two goals in defeating Brian Spoors and drawing with Baver Bari and Dave Gladman.

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Butler21Burns
McPhail04Mathieson
R McKenzie11Houston
F McKenzie11Bari
Halpin20Spoors
McPhail04Berry
Burns20Halpin
Butler20Houston
Gladman00F Mckenzie
R McKenzie11Mathieson
F McKenzie21Spoors
Houston00Halpin

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The league table can be viewed here.

National Championship Event 3

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GTSA’s Malcolm Lees has become the Scottish National Champion for season 2019/20. He fought off the challenges of Tom Burns and Steve Bennett to secure the title. The third and final championship event took place in Letham on Sunday 19 January.

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After two events Tom Burns led Malcolm Lees on goal difference but after three rounds of play in the third event Lees was now ahead, again on goal difference. As they started the final games Steve Bennett was also in a position to take the title. Bennett lined up against Lees, Burns against Andy Beskaby. To win Bennett needed to beat Lees and hope that Burns lost to Beskaby. Lees needed to beat Bennett and Burns needed to better Lees’ result. Everyone expected Bennett to defeat Lees, in which case Burns would only need a draw against Beskaby. Burns was definitely the favourite going into the final game.

Burns did get a draw against Beskaby, enough to put him ahead of Bennett. Burns went ahead but was pegged back. It was a close match and a fair result. It wasn’t a surprise when Lees took a first half lead against Bennett. He’d done that before. It’s just that he’d never kept that lead – ever. But today would be different. Bennett peppered the Lees goal with shots but could not make the breakthrough. Lees held on and the championship was his.

Final Table

.FAPts
Lees301427
Burns301525
Bennett43921
Bari214118
Bevilacqua181214
Gladman131713
Beskaby211111
Baxter727
Halpin657
Berry996
Mathieson376
Minty343
Thom593
Spoors9620
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Results from the day

Round 1.
Gladman01Burns
Spoors08Beskaby
Bennett100Bari
Lees21Bevilacqua
Round 2.
Bennett31Beskaby
Lees03Burns
Bevilacqua04Gladman
Spoors43Bari
Round 3.
Bennett41Burns
Beskaby01Gladman
Lees90Spoors
Bevilacqua01Bari
Round 4.
Bennett01Lees
Gladman13Bari
Burns11Beskaby
Spoors04Bevilacqua
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Club Night 13/1/20

Only two games were played this evening. Dave Butler continued his 100% record with a 2-0 victory over Brian Spoors. The winning margin could have been greater with Spoors’ goalkeeper performing heroically. Butler moves into second place in the league.

Dave Gladman remains unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with Baver Bari. Gladman’s opening five victories have been followed by three draws. Gladman had to work hard to salvage the draw after Bari had led for most of the match.

Butler20Spoors
Bari11Gladman

The league table can be viewed here.