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Moving on

All things change and so did we. Brad Laurine is no longer representing or selling tables in North America. Brad States, "Dennis and I we're on different pages when it comes to the business. Really, we come from different cultures and business worlds. Eastern and Western styles of communication lend itself to confusion and dysfunction."

Sales and service will be handled out of China. Some parts are available in the US. Please check the parts page for current stock.

Dennis Jiang, owner of Fireball will be the contact person. Contact information on the contact page.




2012 Washington State Open

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report by Brad Laurine

Mike Donaldson states, “Well, it is all over but the crying”. At least for some of the Foosers at this year’s 2012 Washington State Open Foosball Championships. Over a hundred players came to the event held at the Country Inn & Suites Hotel, just outside Seattle, Washington. The town of Bothell hosted, May 18th - 20th, in Mike’s humble opinion as the Tournament Director, was a “fantastic success”.

WSO-desk  Donaldson reports, “We had over 20 more registered players than last year with just over 100 participants, from four different N.W. States, and 3 different  Canadian Province’s”.

WSO-cool-trophy-shot There was over $5,500 in prize money and trophies!  Besides the cash and trophies, awards and congratulations were also given out to the inaugural inductees of our newly formed “Hall of Legends”. The inductees on hand were our local Legends Richard “Foz” Fosner, Player/Promoter/Distributor Rocky Willson, Kathy Brainard, who, along with her never-ending list of on-table accomplishments, literally co wrote the book on Foosball, and our very own N.W. Foosball Icon, the Grandfather of the table-soccer tourney, Lee Peppard!

The brand new Fireball tables played great all weekend, with the only maintenance being the replacement of two pins. The new yellow balls were a nice contrast to the blue playing field, and they played great as well.

As for the events themselves, the WSO had a record 35 teams to start things off for the Friday night DYP, and a record number of teams or players in almost every other event.WSO-ITSF-Home-model

In Open Doubles, the number two seeded team of Isaac Bowen and Jason Sherrel, both from Oregon, double-dipped the #1 seeded Washington team of Richard Fosner and Dave Hopfinger. Third place went to Robbie Hayes (OR) & Justin Shaw (OR).

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Open Singles winners were Justin Shaw (#4), Eric Dunn (B.C., #2), and Richard Fosner (WA #1), respectively.

Open Mixed winners were Richard Fosner & Rochelle Mandin, who double-dipped Chris Brazel & Ricky Naegle. The 3rd place winners here were Christian Dunn & Moya Regan.

Women Doubles had another double-dip, with sisters Rochelle Mandin & Michelle Neale beating Moya Regan & Amber Lee. Third place was Julie O’Halloran & Chris Brazel.WSO-Amber

Overall, it was a great time all around. The matches, the Hall of Legends, the camaraderie. We’re all looking forward to next year’s W.S.O.

wso-cards  Yet another successful Washington Open! Great Job to everyone involved and to the players. Thank you, the Fireball Team.

Dennis of Fireball - Feb 21 2012 8:31PM
Hi foos friends from the NW, written by Dennis Jiang of China

I come to this board to read occasionaly. It is nice to know your suggestions, sometimes even better than meeeting in person. As I realize you may have some questions regarding the table and parts, I think I can have my input here directly hopefully to help make playing on Fireball a better experience for most players. Brad has done a great job in the past explaining how we design and improve the tables. We are grateful that the NW has been the first region in the US to try out the table and made it a home for Fireball. As we are planning a US tour this year with 4-5 events across the US and some events maybe held in the NW again, it is important that players and promoters know what to expect by direct dialogue. So let me get to the ponits:

Tables used this year:
Again, for all the events held in the US unless desired differently by the TDs, the tables used in this year's US tour will all be the Fireball ITSF Coin-op 3-man goalie tables. An Fireball ITSF competition table used for the WC with 1-man goalie may be on the floor as the promoters and players want to have first-hand experience on that table to get comfortable when going to the 2013 WC. These 2 tables are made with the same construction above the playfield except the goalie setup and ramps.

Tables used for previous events in North America:
For the last 2 years, 3-4 different models have been used in the US and Canada for tournaments. Reason 1: the US style coinop tables became available only 10 months ago. Reason 2: we were not sure in the beginning what the players wanted in terms of 1-man vs 3-man and lighter/faster rods vs heavier black rods and etc. Now that we are pretty much set on the coin tables for the North America tournaments, things will be simpler and consistant. Here again, I want to appologize about not delivering the right tables last year for the WSO. We are better prepared this year.

Balls
From my experience in the US and Europe travelling and attending tournaments, it is impossible in this age to get the world to unite around one kind of ball. The current Fireball ball is a compromise or mixture of the US style hard ball and the Euro style grippy soft ball. The "developing/growing" countries without  a long tradition playing the hard or soft balls, such as Asians, can easily adapt to the current ball which does not dictate or fix up what style they want to play. For the US/Canada regions, a harder ball is called for maybe. We are making this hard ball now which we may use for the WSO the earlierst. A softer and more resilient ball is also being made for the European market. We now make the P4P balls and the Loenhart balls, which are too soft and wont endure the beating in play. A soft/grippy ball but with toughness yet not too bouncy is what we are working to get. Yes this new sosft will be ground first.

Bumpers
They work fine until the rod is pushed or pulled hard against the wall. If the bumper is reversed on the rods, they will not pop up to ride on the men's shoulder. A more resilient bumper is being developed and tested.

Handles
Some complain that the Fireball handles feel bigger than the T handles. They are actually the same size of 35mm, but the front portion near the wall is indeed a little bigger. The Fireball handle is molded after the Shelti handle whi we made tables for for some years.

I guess that's it for now. I will try to make to the WSO this year if Fireball is again used for this event.
Thanks from Dennis

World Cup 2012

Relative discussion from Foosball.com Forum

Fireball is not American made but is heavily influenced by American(s).

After the last 20 months of changes to the Fireball line, one could say that it is built for Americans. The standards that were in place prior to Americans getting involved were not up to TOUR level performance.

Yes, it is made in China and the price reflects that as well. As the importer of Fireball and the supplier to North America I can state clearly that Dennis and I pay for that license that are on the tables. ITSF is supported by North America and USTSF sees a small part of that payment.

Fireball was chosen by the US Team, as well as the Canadians chose the Fireball table. I am proud that they are playing on Fireball tables.  As a side note; about a dozen countries have chosen the Fireball tables as their home table this year at the World Cup.

The European teams will fare better this year on the Fireball style of table.
The T table is a heavy feeling table and the men are much more clumsy for controlling the ball. I am sure that the Euro-Pin style, with the nimble action that the Fireball rods have is much more to their collective liking.
 
I played last year in Europe (UK Open) on the Fireball table, Tony and I were the only Americans in the 200 or so players. I played against several dozen teams, all with European players. Without exception, they all played stronger on the Fireball table and stated so, both in voice and in action. My Team mate in Open Doubles was not familiar with the Fireball table, but quickly learned his shots with great effect. (5-6th, I think)
We played in Las Vegas in March and completely bombed. He could not, nor does 99% of the European players adjust to the stiff and heavy rod feel of the T table. Hell, I had to play front.

North America had an advantage with T, just like they do with Bonzini, Roberto Sport or Garlando. Fireball is a much more agile <ag·ile ( j l, - l ). adj. 1. Characterized by quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble> table.

Go North America!

Sorry, I am from America, Brad Laurine

Western Open Trophies and Metals

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Professionally photographed by Nike's finest, Mike Holbert

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Costa Rica

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Fireball in Costa Rica

What a great weekend for friends and Foosball in the wonderful country of Costa Rica.

July proved to be a great time of the year to bring down the US players and many of the Players from neighboring countries to San Jose, Costa Rica. Over a hundred players and just as many visitors came to play and watch the action on 15 ITSF Fireball Coin-Op tables.

Cissi Whipple from the United States and Leo Garto, owner/operator of the Fireball tables, organized and ran the event with help of many from the States and Costa Rica.

Cissi_presented_plaque Cissi being presented a plaque from the President of Costa Rica, according to Ms. Whipple.

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Leo's reply to me after giving him props on Facebook, "Thank You Brad!! (the) Players really loved the table, superb ball control, Jarring (did) not even move the ball. Setting up the tables takes only (a) few minutes. I will get you some pics and videos soon."

Leo, what kind of toys do you let your child play with? At least, let him play with a little Fireball man!

Here are some of the Highlights at the event

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Women and men competing in a game of singles

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Cissi Whipple and Natasha Marie Hamilton

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Mike Yore, from the US, shows his intensity at the table

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Who said Foosball is not a workout!

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Young or older, we all enjoy the Game                   

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A close match, 2 games a piece, 2 to 2 in the fifth and final game and one time out left for Mike's opponent and Mike has used both. Those beads can tell the tale on the sharp looking ITSF one man back!

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Tom Yore and Natasha Hamilton

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Tony Spredeman and Joe Hamilton Clownen around... again

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What a fun event for all to be a part of...

Thank you Costa Rica and Leo Garto for making Fireball a part of your Foosball Scene

Special Introduction

Fireball introduces a split cabinet that rocks the Coin Op market

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Well, maybe a little strong, yet we feel that this table will prove to be the players choice. The operators will enjoy the simple functioning "guts" and the extremely low breakage in comparison to the other 30 year old brands on the market.

Pretty strong words.

Fireball is starting to back it up.

The lists of innovations are long and the lists of strengths are even longer. It takes a lot of research to be able to build a table soccer game in the first place. Then it takes even more time to develop it into a working model. Years of product development, mold making, getting the steel correct and the engineering to blend all these elements into one finely tuned professional grade table. So, here we are today, to announce Fireball’s Split Cabinet Coin Operated table.

"The split cabinet was important to introduce, because it a better design then the draw type found mostly in European tables" says, Dennis Jiang, managing director of Fireball. Dennis goes on to say, "We (Fireball) had been making the draw type for the last couple of years and we have had mixed results. The operators are used to them in Europe, but they are hard for the operators and us to work with... they are so confining. For North America, you (Brad Laurine) were very adamant that a split cabinet be brought to the US (and Canada)".

The operators and the players are use to the Split cabinet in North America. Most of us have felt that it is a superior cabinet. When open, the interior of the table is exposed and everything is easily reached. The draw type has several down falls, one of which is the exposure of all the elements that make up the coin operation.

Dennis and I believe we have a winning combination of efforts you will see and feel as you play on this exciting new table.

I am back from China

What an interesting trip. Their are so many different and exciting aspects to China. Educational and well worth the time and effort to reach the distant shores of another country. Understanding a culture that is very different than the West, brings into focus what we have and don't have in our own culture.

The big news, Fireball Factory is filled with really good people, good people from top to bottom.

Dennis Jiang, owner of Fireball manufacturing in China has his hands full building products for the west, his team is ready. If you would like to read more about my trip, please jump to TEAM BLOG. 

http://www.fireballtablesoccer.com/joomla15/team-blog.html?start=3

Brad is going to China to help bring the best playing table to North America

On March 26th, 2011, Brad will take that long trip to Qingdao. Laurine will board the plane in Medford, Oregon and arrive 20 hours later in China. Brad will most likely be a tired but wide eyed at the plant for the first couple of days until the Jet lag sets in.

"I am looking forward to getting into the plant and helping with the adjustments to the coin op table. This is the most important aspect to the trip", says Brad. "We have to make this table the best table so the operators will have complete confidence in its ability to make money".

Brad will return near April 6th and I am sure he will have plenty of great stories. I think he also will finally see he is not the shortest man on the planet... just kidding Brad

Sales opportunity

 

Fireball is proud to put Foosers out front!


We have finally put to paper and ready to announce the development of Fireball Table Soccer sales and distribution.
I will be awarding distribution rights to areas throughout North America. My first meetings will be set in Las Vegas this upcoming week.
Fireball Table soccer and SkillGames International are looking to put you, the Foosball Promoter in charge of his or her own business.

If you were to become a seller of Fireball tables in your area, you would have the opportunity to sell to anyone you choose to sell to. SkillGames International, Brad Laurine would be selling you the tables at wholesale, both coin and Home market tables. You would sell at a price point you believe the market would bare both, for your route, players, and RETAIL (local operations).

The distributors of tables that are in the Tornado group are failing to meet the sales figures. I believe, in the future, Tornado will sell direct from the factory tables. Tornado has recently started selling parts direct to the consumers. The next step is to sell tables direct and pick up the profit that the intermediary (middleman) was receiving.

This is not rocket science, but it is the science of business.

SkillGames International is going to be needing lots of agents. Take this as the first of many requests for sellers/operators/agents in North America.

Yes, not everyone will qualify. Yes, you have to make a financial commitment. Yes, you will have to work to grow your business.
We will have support and inventory.

Fireball is going to make the local operator, Foosball player, sales person an active part of growing Fireball at the very root of our game... Right in your backyard!

Please contact me, Brad Laurine on the contact page.

 

Thank you, Brad

 

 

 

Bart O'Hearn Celebration!

Buffalo Billiards was once again the host of the annual Bart O'Hearn Celebration as the Fireball USA Tour headed to historic 6th Street in the capital city of Austin, Texas this past weekend. The "Bart O'" is renowned throughout the world of Foosball as one of the  tour's most competitive and enjoyable events, while also focusing the foos-world's attention on the men and women of the sport who are no longer with us. This year's event featured performances form some of the biggest names in the sport, competing for the first time in Austin on the new Fireball table, while honoring three recent "fallen foosers" in a heartfelt Saturday night ceremony.

Tournament action from this 11th annual celebration included an awe-inspiring "triple" from the great Tony Spredeman, who had to overcome the efforts of fellow Pro Master players like Tracy McMillin, Robert Mares and Brandon Moreland to earn a sweep of the open events. Tony won singles, doubles and mixed, while finishing second in the Mega DYP, and lost only one match all weekend long on his way to the rare triple treat. However, this accomplishment has now become somewhat common for this amazing Milwaukee superstar, who has won three events in a weekend several times during the 2010 season. Spredeman's ability to play each and every ball with total focus and commitment is a skill that all players should try to emulate.

Tony teamed with first-time-partner Robert Mares to win the Open Doubles title, defeating McMillin and Moreland in the final, and then bested his doubles partner Mares in the Open Singles championship match to win a second title. Spredeman then added a third Bart O' Hearn Celebration championship to his weekend haul by combining with Amy Eckhart to win Mixed Doubles with a victory over McMillin and partner Deliza Baumbach in the final match.

In other open event results, Audrey Moreland won the Women's Singles title for the second year in a row in Austin, coming from the loser's bracket to defeat Gena Murray, while Liz Moore and Melanee Tosh held off Amy Eckhart and Murray to claim the Women's Doubles title.

This year's event also featured the debut of Bart O' Wars, which was played like Goalie War but with the added dimension of successful bank shots counting as two points. In a very competitive and entertaining two-set final match, which was played without the interference of 3- and 5-rods due to the Fireball tables' ease of rod-removal, Brandon Moreland outlasted Li Liem to earn the first ever Bart O' Wars  title. For his efforts Moreland took home a very nice first-place trophy (see photo, above center).

Tournament Directors Brad Laurine and Jim Stevens, and tournament founder Joe Koonce, were determined to continue the legacy of this annual event, while making every effort to make the O'Hearn tourney even better. The 2010 event also marked the first time that the Bart O' had used the Fireball as its table of choice and it seemed to go over well with the more than 160 players who were in attendance. "This is the best Batt O'Hearn event I've ever been to", said one competitor. "I love the new tables…they play great! And this event is already the funnest tournament in the country!"

Joe Koonce began the Bart O' back in 2000 to honor his recently deceased best friend Bart, who had passed away the previous year. But what began as a tournament dedicated to Bart has grown into an annual tribute to all the Foosball players around the world who have passed on.  The Bart O'Hearn Memorial Trophy is decorated with more than 100 plaques honoring the world's Fallen foosers and was on display in Austin for everyone to view and remember the players they knew.

On Saturday night at Buffalo Billiards, Koonce hosted a ceremony to honor O'Hearn, all the Fallen Foosers, and more specifically three individuals who had died during the previous 12 months. With Bart's mother Roberta looking on, Joe paid tribute to the late Austin Smith, who had tragically passed away earlier this year at the age of 15 after losing his dad Paul just a year earlier. Austin's sister Dallas (pictured above right signing the Austin Smith table) was in attendance to receive a special tribute as were other foosball-playing relatives of the Smith family.

All-time great goalie Daniel Smith (no relation) was also honored at the ceremony, with his wife Rene on hand to share in the tribute to her late husband. Daniel teamed with his brother John to earn several major titles during the 1980's and was recognized as one of the sport's top goalies and true gentlemen. Texas fooser Tandy Bustillos, who also passed on during 2010, was also honored during the heartfelt ceremony. As a further tribute to these three Fallen Foosers, tables one, two and three were officially renamed for the tournament as the Austin Smith table, the Daniel Smith table, and the Tandy Bustillos table, respectively.

Other champions at the 2010 Bart O' Hearn included Austin's very own Mike Tan and Tom Goff winning Semi Pro Doubles, and fellow Austin resident Daniel Zepeda earning the Semi Pro Singles title. Albuquerque's Chris Still and Joey Mahoney claimed the Amateur Doubles title, with Cory Taylor of Louisiana taking home Singles honors. Fellow Louisianan Li Liem, who has had a great 2010 season, teamed with Patrick Lyons to double-dip Tony Spredeman and George Henderson to win the Mega DYP...the only match Tony lost all weekend. Patrick Lyons earned his second title of the weekend, teaming with Roger Rodriguez to win the 3500 Limited title in a tough final match against Michael Bates and Joshua Beebe.

And so a great weekend in Austin, Texas came to an end, an exciting three day period filled with fierce competition, great fun and memories of players who are no longer with us. "I love this tournament", said one Bart O' regular, who had missed only one of the ten previous events. "I'll be back next year…and I hope the Fireball table is too!"


Tournament photos and complete results...

 

WOMEN'S SGLS. CHAMP AUDREY MORELAND     BRANDON  MORELAND VS. LI LIEM FOR THE BART O' WARS TITLE

 

2-BALL ROLLER BALL WINNERS CORY TAYLOR AND MICHAEL BATES       JOE KOONCE, BRANDON MORELAND

 

THE BART O' CREW WORKING HARD                       MELANEE TOSH & LIZ MOORE, WOMEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPIONS

 

ROBERT MARES AND DALLAS SMITH COMPETE IN MIXED DOUBLES          DANIEL ZEPEDA, SEMI PRO SINGLES

 

MIKE TAN & TOM GOFF, SEMI PRO DOUBLES    3500 LTD WINNERS  ROGER RODRIGUEZ AND PATRICK LYONS

 

ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND FOR LI LIEM OF LOUISIANA            A CROWDED BUFFALO BILLIARDS

 

CORY TAYLOR, AMATEUR SINGLES CHAMPION    DALLAS SMITH AND COREY JENSEN AT THE AUSTIN SMITH TRIBUTE

 

BART O'HEARN'S MOM, ROBERTA (RIGHT)       THE TRADITIONAL TOAST TO BART ON THE TOURNEY'S LAST NIGHT

2010 Bart O'Hearn Celebration Results

OPEN SINGLES

1 Tony SPREDEMAN 
2 Robert MARES
3 Tracy MCMILLIN
4 Eric SANCHEZ
5/6 Blake ROBERTSON
5/6 Warren VANLANDINGHAM 
7/8 Robert JANAC
7/8 Dennis ORY
9/12 Joe COMPEAN
9/12 Brandon MORELAND
9/12 Le LIEM
9/12 Paul RENKEN

OPEN DOUBLES

1 Robert MARES/Tony SPREDEMAN
2 Brandon MORELAND/Tracy MCMILLIN
3 Chris HAGERMAN/Warren VANLANDINGHAM
4 Scott KING/Chad HANSON
5/6 Michael BATES/Blake ROBERTSON
5/6 Ronnie JOYNER/Randy PRICE
7/8 Paul RENKEN/Tommie BAGLEY
7/8 John GARRICK/Daniel LUERAS
9/12 Mike TAN/Tom GOFF
9/12 Jolly LEWIS/Mark MATARRESE
9/12 Louis ADAMS/Shawn MCMILLIN
9/12 Patrick LYONS/Jason ANDREWS

OPEN MIXED DOUBLES

1 Amy ECKHART/Tony SPREDEMAN
2 Deliza BAUMBACH/Tracy MCMILLIN
3 Warren VANLANDINGHAM/Liz HILL
4 Dallas SMITH/Robert MARES
5/6 Marianne MCNEILL/David VICK
5/6 Audrey MORELAND/Brandon MORELAND
7/8 Joe COMPEAN/Amber HARRISON
7/8 Michael BATES/Gena MURRAY

WOMEN'S SINGLES

1 Audrey MORELAND
2 Gena MURRAY
3 Alice BLACKBURN
4 Marianne MCNEILL
5/6 Amy ECKHART
5/6 Dallas SMITH

WOMEN'S DOUBLES

1 Liz HILL /Melanee TOSH
2 Amy ECKHART/Gena MURRAY
3 Deliza BAUMBACH/Audrey MORELAND
4 Natalie FOX/Tommie BAGLEY
5/6 Dallas SMITH/Brittany CERSOSIMO
5/6 Terri Cissi WHIPPLE/Marianne MCNEILL

SEMI-PRO SINGLES

1 Daniel ZEPEDA
2 David VICK
3 Myke STARR
4 Le LIEM
5/6 Cory TAYLOR
5/6 Mike BOYLE 

SEMI-PRO DOUBLES

1 Tom GOFF/Mike TAN
2 Louis ADAMS/Randy PRICE
3 Jose GARCIA/Tom PENA
4 Le LIEM/Brittany CERSOSIMO
5/6 Patrick LYONS/Daniel ZEPEDA
5/6 Justin GOODWIN/Michael QUINTANILLA

AMATEUR SINGLES

1 Cory TAYLOR
2 Michael QUINTANILLA
3 Joshua BEEBE
4 Steve MACGREGOR
5/6 Brad BAXLEY
5/6 Zeke PUENTE

AMATEUR DOUBLES

1 Chris STILL /Joey MAHONEY
2 Jason WICKS/Audrey MORELAND
3 Deliza BAUMBACH/Carl EVERITT
4 Michael QUINTANILLA/Kelli QUINTANILLA
5/6 Steve WALLING/Justin GOODWIN
5/6 Samuel HARPER/Richard ARCHER

BART O' WARS

1 Brandon MORELAND
2 Le LIEM
3 Joey MAHONEY
4 Mike BOYLE
5/6 Patrick LYONS 
5/6 Daniel LUERAS

MEGA DYP

1 Le LIEM/Patrick LYONS 
2 Tony SPREDEMAN/George HENDERSON
3 David VICK/David RADACK
4 Ahmed GHAYATH/Robert MARES 
5/6 Brad BAXLEY/Corey JENSEN
5/6 Tom PENA/Randy PRICE

3500 LIMITED

1 Roger RODRIGUEZ/Patrick LYONS
2 Joshua BEEBE/Michael BATES
3 Jacob PENA/Daniel LUERAS
4 Jamie MOUTON/Blake ROBERTSON
5/6 Brandon SMITH/Robert JANAC
5/6 Ben CAMP/Mike MORRISON

 

PRO/AM 2-BALL ROLLER BALL

1 Cory TAYLOR/Michael BATES
2 Le LIEM/Laxcy J. VINCENT
3 Ty SCHNEIDER/Daniel ZEPEDA

LAST CHANCE DYP

1 Jimmy GARDNER/Ray SIMMONS
2 Dustin BOWEN/Tony MIRELES
3 Joan TAN/Richard BELLIVEAU

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Louis Open

Rhodes, Liley & Olsen Big Winners at Missouri Event

The Stratford Inn in St. Louis, Missouri played host to the 6th stop on the 2010 Fireball USA Regional Tour this past August 13-15,as Promoters Neil and Chantelle Johnson (pictured above) brought the Fireball Table to the banks of the Mississippi River for the first time. Tournament results saw top-seeded Joe Rhodes hold off Larry Blake to earn the Open Singles title in St. Louis, with Scott Liley and Dan Olsen besting fromer world champion Ron Nevois and Mike Manno to claim the Open Doubles title. Blake also added the Expert Doubles title to his solid weekend, with event promoter Neil Johnson finishing second, while Dan Olsen earned his second title of the weekend in Expert Doubles with partner Erin Meppiel.

 

Open Doubles Champions Scott Liley and Dan Olsen

Open Singles Winner Joe Rhodes

Dan Olsen and Erin Meppiel, Expert Doubles Champions


Expert Singles Champ Larry Blake

Rookie Singles Champion Jesse Schobel and Dave Cloninger & Kelly Grizzle, Winners of Rookie Doubles

Expert Singles Action

 

Fireball St. Louis Open Results

Open DYP
1    Dave Wangrow / Brian Shell
2    Keith Critedon / Ronnie Nevois
3    Angelo Guercia / Paul "Parkway" Smith
4    Al Blessing / Nick Minor
5    Neil "Hollywood" Johnson / Jesse Schobel
5    Mike Weissert / Tom Schomaker
7    Larry Blake / Guy Kuni
7    Neusia Manor / Jessica "Cat Woman" Sanftleben
9    Dan Olsen / Kelly Grizzle
9    Joe Coffman / Stephen Schomaker
9    John Butler / Dave Cloninger
9    Rick Stepp / Erin Meppiel

Rookie Singles

1    Jesse Schobel
2    Mike Weissert
3    Dave Cloninger
4    Tom Schomaker
5    Paul "Parkway" Smith
5    Jessica "Cat Woman" Sanftleben
7    Stephen Schomaker
7    Rick Stepp
9    Kelly Grizzle

Rookie Doubles
1    Dave Cloninger / Kelly Grizzle
2    Mike Weissert / Chris Weissert
3    Tom Schomaker / Stephen Schomaker

Expert Singles
1    Larry Blake
2    Neil "Hollywood" Johnson
3    Bryan Olsen
4    Erin Meppiel
5    Dave Wangrow
5    Tom Hensick
7    Mason Graham
7    Tom Schomaker
9    Tom Pepper
9    Tom Moroney
9    Al Blessing
9    Stephen Schomaker

Expert Doubles
1    Erin Meppiel / Dan Olsen
2    Al Blessing / Dave Wangrow
3    Joe Coffman / Mason Graham
4    Larry Blake / Tom Hensick
5    Stephen Schomaker / Tom Schomaker
5    Neil "Hollywood" Johnson / Bryan Olsen
7    Tom Moroney / Chantelle "Lace" Johnson

Open Singles
1    Joe Rhodes
2    Larry Blake
3    Neil "Hollywood" Johnson
4    Bryan Olsen
5    Tom Hensick
5    Dave Wangrow
7    Stephen Schomaker
7    Mason Graham
9    Tom Moroney
9    Tom Schomaker
9    Al Blessing

Open Doubles
1    Dan Olsen / Scott Liley
2    Mike Manno / Ronnie Nevois
3    Al Blessing / Mason Graham
4    Neil "Hollywood" Johnson / Joe Rhodes
5    Larry Blake / Tom Hensick
5    Erin Meppiel / Bryan Olsen
7    Tom Moroney / Dave Wangrow
7    Tom Schomaker / Stephen Schomaker

 

 

Washington Open


Canadians Dunn and Stranks Surprise Field to Win Open Doubles

Shaw Claims Singles Honors

The Country Inn in Bothell, Washington played host this past weekend to the latest stop on the Fireball USA Regional Tour, as promoter Mike Donaldson presented the 2010 Wasington State Open. More than 85 of the Pacific Northwest's best foosers showed up to compete at this new Fireball event in the Seattle suburbs to try and take home their piece of the $4000 prize pot. Tour players Eric Dunn, Moya Tielens and Rick Martin were in attendance, as were longtime Oregon and Washington pros Rich Fosner, Jack Lenty, Brad Laurine, Jason Sherrill and Kathy Brainard. But it would be a little known duo from Alberta, Canada who would steal the show and take home the weekend's biggest title.

Unseeded Will Stranks and Christian Dunn overcame a very tough Washington State Doubles field to earn their first open victory on American soil, defeating Eric Dunn and Brad Laurine in a hard fought final match. Stranks, who plays and promotes the sport in his home town of Edmonton, would also pull off one of the sport's rarest "doubles", as he also earned first place honors in the Amateur Doubles event with Jeff Schneider.

In another somewhat surprising Washington State result, Oregon's Justin Shaw used his unorthodox - yet effective - playing style to earn the Open Singles title. Shaw kept his opponents off balance with his unique attack, including veteran Canadian pro Tim Dudra, who was defeated by Shaw in a  tough final match. Rich Fosner and Jeff Pipkin finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the Open Singles event.

Other champions from the Northwest's first Fireball event included Jason Sherrill and Julie OHalloran in Mixed Doubles, Michelle Neale in Women's Singles, and Moya Tielens and Jeanette Morris, who took home the first place trophies in Women's Doubles.

See below for photos and complete results from this fourth tour stop (with Albuquerque) on the 2010 Fireball USA Regional Tour.

 

Open Singles Champion Justin Shaw


The Washington State Open Crew

Christian Dunn and Will Stranks, Open Doubles Champions

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 02:16
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