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The 2002 Giffen Cup was open to the ASA for the first time, thus making ranking points available to all the participants for the first time. Unfortunately only Giffens made up the third annual event but there were eight participants from three different states, making it one of the larger regional tournaments of the 2002-03 ASA season.
 
The first two editions of the Giffen Cup were played in a double-elimination format, but 2002 saw group play introduced to the event. A random draw divided players into two groups of four and the pairings were thus:
Group A: Charles, Matt, Andrew, Michael
Group B: Nick, Trudy, Alex, Stephen
 
Group B quickly was labeled the group of death since all four participants have a plethora of ASA tournament experience among them. The group also included a 2002 ASA National quarterfinalist, a two-time Giffen Cup runner-up and a FISTF quarterfinalist.
 
GROUP PLAY:
Trudy, who famously took Gregg Deinhart to shots in a FISTF quarterfinal a couple years ago, found out first-hand how brutal Group B was as she stumbled to a fourth place finish with 0 points. The ever-improving Alex took third in the group and defeated Trudy 2-1 after losing his opening matches. Nick and Stephen both won their opening matches over Trudy and Alex before meeting in their final group match to decide the top finisher in the group. Nick jumped out early on Stephen, but the First State Subbuteo Club player was able to equalize and that's how they finished. Both finished group play with 7 points, but by virtue of superior goal differential Nick earned first place and the right NOT to face Andrew in the semifinals...or would he.
 
Group A brought a couple surprises, namely that for the first time ever in Giffen Cup play, Andrew did not win all of his matches and that for a couple minutes it looked as if Andrew would not even advance to the championship bracket. The first Group A match pitted Ohio player Michael against Andrew, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw making it the first time anyone had gotten a result against the former WTSL player in Giffen Cup play. Michael followed the draw up with a scoreless draw against Matt and with a win over Charles to finish with five points. Andrew bounced back from his blip against Michael to defeat Charles 4-0 setting up a vital final group match of Andrew v. Matt, who also had defeated Charles 2-0. With Michael taking care of business against his father, Charles, the Ohioan led the group with 5 points. At 4 points apiece Andrew and Matt both had everything to lose--the winner would take first place, the loser would be in the Mary Jane. A draw, of course, would mean a three-way tie atop the standings at 5 points apiece. Andrew held a superior goal-differential, meaning any result would see him win the group. A 0-0 tie would see Michael through with more goals scored. A 2-2 (or better) draw would see Matt through. A 1-1 draw would force a shoot-out tiebreaker between Matt and Michael.
 
Andrew and Matt were scoreless at half time, but midway through the second frame the youngest of the tournament participants took a shock 1-0 lead when Andrew left his 'keeper stranded. Suddenly facing elimination from championship contention, Andrew overcame nerves to tie the match shortly thereafter. But neither player could shake the nerves from there on out and the match ended 1-1, meaning Andrew claimed first place in the group but that Matt would have to face Michael in a shootout for the right to advance. The Ohioan, who had not played in about four months prior to the tournament, exhibited impressive shooting ability. Michael converted all five of his attempts to defeat Matt 5-3 in the shootout and to advance to the semifinals.
 
MARY JANE:
The Mary Jane brought a bit of redemption for Trudy as she swept past Matt (1-0) and avenged a loss to Alex (1-0) in the finals to claim the Mary Jane medal and fifth place in the standings. Alex had previously defeated Charles 3-0 in the semis to earn sixth place. Matt claimed seventh with a 2-0 win over Charles, who showed considerable improvement despite not flicking a figure in 12 months time.
 
CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET:
Having avoided a match-up with Andrew in the semifnals, Group B winner Nick took advantage and impressively defeated Michael 2-0 to make his first ASA final appearance. Andrew v. Stephen was the other match-up and was a repeat of the two prior Giffen Cup finals. Experience won out in this match. Despite breaching Andrew's defense time and time again and out-shooting the defending champion by a 2:1 margin, Stephen fell on the sword 4-1. Andrew made 4 of 5 shots in the match to keep the hope of a three-peat alive, whilst his Delaware opponent was left to rue what might have been.
 
The third-place match saw Stephen's game further deteriorate as Michael went ahead early 1-0 and used a patient ball-control tactic to dominate possession for long stretches forcing Stephen to make haste in an effort to equalize. The leveler never came and Michael gave Ohio a third place finish in the Giffen Cup by winning 1-0. 
 
The championship match pitted CvilleSC members Andrew and Nick against each other, ensuring the cup would stay within the region. The first half was back and forth but it was not long before Andrew went ahead 1-0. Nick furiously searched for the equalizer while doing a good job of not letting Andrew stretch the score. Nick's best first-half chance came when Andrew stranded his 'keeper. Having marked up well, however, Andrew forced Nick into a tricky angled shot. The effort chipped nicely, but skippered just wide of the right post to keep Nick off the board. Things took a dramatic turn just before the halftime whistle. Andrew took a cheeky chip shot with 1 second left on the clock. Nick's 'keeper got a hand on it but the ball willed itself across the line and suddenly Andrew was up 2-0 at the break.
 
The second half brought a lot more action and myriad shots. Andrew looked to put the match in the books but Nick's 'keeper made several brilliant saves to keep his side in it. On the other end, Nick's chances were not as many but certainly did not lack in quality. One such shot came with a long flick from distance that caught Andrew completely unawares, but the shot caromed off the post and back into play. Nick also broke through the middle of Andrew's defense and sent a shot to the lower right corner, but Andrew's goalkeeper got down to push the shot out for a throw. The score remained 2-0 and that's how it ended as Andrew claimed his third straight Giffen Cup title.
 
Congratulations to all the players. Thanks to the Giffen parents for providing the venue and the trophy and medals.
>2002 Giffen Cup Results/Standings

Group A Standings

Group B Standings

Player

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Player

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1. Andrew

1

0

2

6

2

4

5

1. Nick

2

0

1

6

1

5

7

2. Michael*

1

0

2

3

1

2

5

2. Stephen

2

0

1

5

1

4

7

3. Matt

1

0

2

3

1

2

5

3. Alex

1

2

0

2

6

-4

3

4. Charles

0

3

0

0

8

-8

0

4. Trudy

0

3

0

1

6

-5

0

*Defeated Matt 5-3 in shootout tiebreaker

Group A Results

Group B Results

Charles

0

2

Matt

Nick

2

0

Trudy

Andrew

1

1

Michael

Stephen

2

0

Alex

Andrew

4

0

Charles

Nick

3

0

Alex

Michael

0

0

Matt

Stephen

2

0

Trudy

Michael

2

0

Charles

Stephen

1

1

Nick

Andrew

1

1

Matt

Alex

2

1

Trudy

Championship Bracket

Mary Jane Bracket

Semifinals

Semifinals

Andrew

4

1

Stephen

Trudy

1

0

Matt

Nick

2

0

Michael

Alex

3

0

Charles

Third Place

7th Place

Michael

1

0

Stephen

Matt

2

0

Charles

FINALS

5th Place

Andrew

2

0

Nick

Trudy

1

0

Alex

Final

ASA

Standings

Pts

1. Andrew

10

2. Nick

8

3. Michael

6

4. Steve

4

5. Trudy

2

6. Alex

1

7. Matt

1

8. Charles

1