This year, the Otago Secondary School Sports Association (OSSSA) ran Have-a-go days. And we, from Foosball Dunedin, offered a foosball tournament for interested pupils.
The foosball tournament was kindly hosted by the Unipol. In total, 50 pupils from 4 Dunedin high schools joined and played on 5 Leonhart Tournament Foosball tables.
After a short introduction into foosball and some basic rules, the pupils tested their newly gained knowledge via a quick quiz. We then started with a practice tournament until lunch time. And after lunch, the real tournament started. The tournament style was MonsterDYP (Draw Your Partner) where the partner and opponents were always randomly drawn by the tournament software kickertools.
The three winners of the tournament came from King’s High School (1st and 2nd place) and Bayfield High School (3rd place).
Overall, this year’s tournament went very smoothly and we are looking forward to running another foosball tournament for secondary schools again next year.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 has started! During the FIFA Fan Festival in Dunedin, four foosball tables temporarily moved from the Unipol to the Dunedin Townhall. Everybody is welcome to play for free at these tables during the FIFA Fan Festival in Dunedin. Enjoy playing foosball and watching the soccer games!!
The Zoology Postgrad Tournament this April went so well that a couple of participants were hooked wanting to test their skills and battle against players from a different department. Thanks to Neuroscience student Alex inviting a couple of keen foosball players, we had our first Zoology vs Computer Science Tournament in early June 2023. In total, eleven students showed up to fight against each other and help their department to win a trophy.
After 12 rounds, the first challenge cup was won by the Zoology Department with the top four of the table all being from Zoology: 1. Adam, 2. Joshua, 3. Jeremy and 4. Alex B. Congratulation to Zoology!
Computer Science students, be ensured, there will be possibilities for revenge!!
Each year, the Zoology Department of the University of Otago organizes an Orientation event for its Postgraduate students. This is a perfect opportunity for students to get to know each other and Zoology staff in an informal way. This year, the Orientation event was held at the Unipol Recreation Center. After some introductory words from Mark (Head of Department), we had some vegetarian pizza. Soon after, Paul provided information about the rules of foosball and led us through a foosball quiz. The quiz was won by Finn, who can now choose one t-shirt for free from a range of different Zoology t-shirts.
We then started with the actual highlight of the Orientation event – the MonsterDYP foosball tournament. Well prepared due to the quiz, students and staff got excited to have a go at foosball. Each round, the partners and teams were drawn randomly by the Kickertool software. In total, 25 students and staff played a decent number of games on five Leonhard tables. After about two hours and a thrilling last game amongst players from the top of the ranking, the first three winners each received a reptile or marine science book.
According to the excited screams and cheering during the tournament, the students must have had a lot of fun. We hope to see some of them again at our weekly foosball practice and free play that happens each Friday night from 5.30 pm at the entrance area of the Unipol Recreation Center of the University of Otago.
This week Wednesday was a very special day. Why? Because there were 52 pupils from four Otago High Schools which all had a go at Foosball. The tournament was run in collaboration with the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Associations and members of Foosball Dunedin and held at the Unipol in Dunedin.
MonsterDYP was the style of the tournament. The Monster part of the name refers to the fact that the tournament could potentially last infinitely long (there is no predefined number of games and can be finished any time). And the DYP part of the name stands for ‘Draw Your Partner’ meaning that during the tournament, the teammate and the opponents are randomly assigned for each game.
After a short introduction into the rules of Foosball finishing with a small quiz, the pupils started with a practice tournament to get used to the rules, the scoring and the tournament style. After a bit of a chaotic start with delays in kick offs due to missing players, the children more and more self-organized and notified their classmates if they forgot that it’s their turn to play. We used the tournament software Kickertool for random team assignments and tracking of the points for each individual pupil. The current team pairings and the current player rankings were projected onto a screen and soon the kids checked regularly on their current ranks.
After the lunch break, the real tournament started and all points were reset to zero. Now the children took the games a bit more serious than during the practice tournament because there was the possibility to win a foosball tables for their school. After in total 182 foosball games, the winners were determined. The three Leonhart tournament foosball table will go to the Bayfield High School, Logan Park High School and the Kaikorai Valley College.
We are looking forward to running similar tournaments for our community again!
Foosball Resurrection – October 29, 2022 – Three Boys Brewery, Christchurch
What a great day of Foosball in the Three Boys Brewery in Christchurch!
Over the course of the day, about 50 people joined the various social games. It was wonderful to see that players from across New Zealand came for the event.
In between games, we had time to share our stories. Interestingly, often foosball enthusiasts from overseas arrive in New Zealand and are desperately looking for places to play some foosball with others. New Zealand does not have a Foosball culture yet. We want to change that! The Foosball Resurrection event today won’t be the last event. There will be more and we keep you posted. Stay tuned!
A big shout out to the Three Boys Brewery management and staff to provide the space for us and the three foosball tables. And a big Thank You to the Pretzel Box staff: your Pretzels are delicious!
Fancy a game table soccer? If you are in Auckland, you can now play at Ellice Road Social Venue (57 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010) on a professional foosball table sponsored by foosball table manufacturer Leonhart.
The foosball table arrived in Auckland in July 2021, but due to Lockdown and Alert Level 3 for much of the rest of 2021, the table was setup in early 2022.
Get in touch with Blake from Foosball Auckland at https://www.facebook.com/foosballauckland/.
Get the ball rolling!
Ellice Road Social Venue: 57 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
Participants (from top left to bottom right):
Christian Fiedler (Managing Director of foosball table manufacturer Leonhart),
Marcus Schulz (Vice President of the German Table Soccer Federation, DTFB),
Matthias Stadler (Foosball Auckland),
Steffi Neupert and Paul Szyszka (Foosball Dunedin),
Jens Uhlemann (President of the Nordrhein Westfälischer Tischfussballverband),
Dirk Leenders (Foosball Tauranga),
Blake Laing-Smith (Foosball Auckland),
Chucky Prague (Foosball Christchurch), and
Joe Stone (Foosball Hawke’s Bay).