England Legend Kasper Bennett (Open) and English Junior Champion Kye Arnold (U12) have both won the Cardiff GP which took place at the Swalec Stadium on Saturday 30th November 2013. Bennett produced a tremendous display at the event which featured many World Class players and was just reward after his recent losing semi finalist performance on a shoot out at the Berlin GP.
Bennett was the real star of the show and on current form could be set to cement his place in the Top 5 in the World which is fantastic news for England.
In the U12 category Kye Arnold beat Joseph Kinrade 2-0 and Thomas Price beat Daniel McCormick on shots 3-2 after a 1-1 draw to get to the final. The final was an all England affair with Kye Arnold beating Thomas Price with a 2-1 victory to claim his first ever Grand Prix at U12 level.
Merseysides Connor Bowden lost on shots to Margault Delval in the U15’s Semi-final with Emilie Despretz becoming the eventual winner. James McCormick & Christopher Bowen went out in the groups.
Elliott Bellefontaine was runner-up in the U19’s to David Vantassel with Ewan Kinrade losing in the Semi-final and Jo McCormick was a Semi-finalist in the Ladies.
In the team event there was a good turnout for English clubs which included teams Yorkshire Phoenix, Manchester TFC, London and Essex United and rising stars Kent Invicta.
Bristol Subbuteo Club entered the event with just 4 players which meant they were down to the barebones. However the squad included Former World Youth Champion Paulo Gouveia, Former English Champion David Pawsey, Welsh Wizard Phil Dacey and the Cardiff GP Open Champion Kasper Bennett.
The team managed to get to the final of the team event by winning their group and beating Valletta Lions and Valletta Subbuteo Club who included England's Chris Short and Chris Thomas. Unfortunately after beating Brussells SC 2-0 in their group , they ended up losing to the same team in the final. Former World Champion Gil Delogne scored the winning goal with just 5 seconds left to win the overall match for his team.
The tournament had a fantastic turnout with more than 100 players registering for the event, making it the largest FISTF / Subbuteo tournament in the UK for many years. The entries included players from as far as Greece, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Malta, Scotland, Ireland and England.
The event was brilliantly organised by Welsh Stalwart John Lauder and Colin Lewis and included the use of the San Siro Tables provided by the ESA.
Bristol Team Picture Below from left (Pawsey, Dacey, Bennett and Gouveia).
Kronenbourg Plate Cup Winners - Manchester TFC (Daley, Schott, Lilley & Bowden)