Jeux Sans Frontières:
Giochi Sotto l'Albero 1989

Entrants Christmas 1989:
Italy (I) • San Marino (SM)

Presenters:
Claudio Lippi and Feliciana Iaccio (I)
Laura Fabi (SM)

Produced by RAI (I), RTVSM (SM)

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Jeux Sans Frontières:
Giochi Sotto l'Albero 1989

Heat 1

Event Staged: Saturday 16th December 1989
Venue: Ice Palace, Alba di Canazei, Val di Fassa, Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RAI Uno (I):
Tuesday 26th December 1989, 9.30-10.45pm  (La festa di Santo Stefano)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: The Arrival of Christmas

Teams: Brebbia (BB) v. Castiglione delle Stiviere (CA) v. Val di Fassa (FA) v.
Madesimo (MA) v. Riccione (RC) v. San Marino (RSM) v. Recoaro Terme (RT)

Games: Collecting Stars, Collecting Wool, Sheep and Dogs, Laying the Crib, The Wise Men, Donkeys and Gold, Christmas Sacks, Wrapping the Presents, Stuffing the Bird, Laying the Table, Collecting Candles and Hiding the Food.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 Election 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 FR 9
Match Bonus
Points Scored
BB 3 RC 6 5 3 2 4 6 --- 4 2 9
CA 7 MA 4 --- 7 4 6 2 7 6 6 10

FA

1 RC 6 3 4 --- 5 5 6 7 2 4
MA 4 CA 7 4 --- 3 3 4 3 5 3 7
RC 6 CA 7 6 7 5 7 7 5 --- 5 5
RSM 1 FA 1 2 2 7 2 --- 2 2 4 7
RT 5 CA 7 7 5 6 --- 3 4 4 7 8
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
BB 3 9 14 17 19 23 29 29 33 35 44

CA

7 11 11 18 22 28 30 37 43 49 59
FA 1 7 10 14 14 19 24 30 37 39 43
MA 4 11 15 15 18 21 25 28 33 36 43
RC 6 13 19 26 31 38 45 50 50 55 60
RSM 1 2 4 6 13 15 15 17 19 23 30
RT 5 12 19 24 30 30 33 37 41 48 56

Result

 Team

Points

Ranking

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
5th
7th

 RC • Riccione
 CA • Castiglione delle Stiviere
 RT • Recoaro Terme
 BB • Brebbia
 FA • Val di Fassa
 MA • Madesimo
 SM • San Marino

60
59
56
44
43
43
30

7
6
5
4
3
3
1

Additional Information

This was a special two-heat invitation competition between the five best placed teams that did not qualify for the International Final, plus one team from the host town of Alba di Canazei (in the Val di Fassa) and another from San Marino. Unfortunately, Cefalù declined the invitation just four weeks before the competition, and a team from the ski resort of Madesimo (also in the Val di Fassa) was hastily put together to replace them. Each of the two events comprised of twelve games.

The overall winner was decided by their aggregate placings over the two heats. Each heat winner scored 7 points, with 6 points for a second place finish - and so on, down to 1 point for the last placed team.

Unfortunately, there were major errors made with the scoreboard and ranking information across the two heats, including the team of Madesimo inexplicably having 2 pts removed from their score before the results of the Fil Rouge were announced. With the points reinstated, they actually finished 5th and not 6th as given in the programme.

The first game in both of the Giochi Sotto l'Albero heats was an election game and, before the start, each team was asked which team they would like to 'match' with in the game. All teams played in this game (unlike the election games seen in the 1988, 1989 and 1994 series of Jeux Sans Frontières, in which teams scheduled to miss a game would nominate a team to score for them) and when the points were awarded, each team received their customary points for their placing and these were combined with the score of the matched team. This was the only time such a system was used in any JSF competition.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in European Archives

 

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Jeux Sans Frontières:
Giochi Sotto l'Albero 1989

Heat 2

Event Staged: Sunday 17th December 1989
Venue: Ice Palace, Alba di Canazei, Val di Fassa, Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RAI Uno (I):
Sunday 31st December 1989, 8.50-10.30pm (il Capodanno)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: The Feast of San Silvestro

Teams: Brebbia (BB) v. Castiglione delle Stiviere (CA) v. Val di Fassa (FA) v.
Madesimo (MA) v. Riccione (RC) v. San Marino (RSM) v. Recoaro Terme (RT)

Games: Dressing Up, Collecting Coins, Climbing the Poles, Musical Chairs, Horses and Carts, The Barbers, Bursting the Balloons, Grapes and Wine Bottles, The Feast, Cleaning the Mansion, Departing Guests and 1989 Into 1990.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 Election 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 FR 9
Match Bonus
Points Scored
BB 3 FA 4 5 6 3 5 3 4 --- 3 4
CA 5 FA 4 6 7 6 --- 2 4 2 7 9

FA

4 RC 7 --- 5 7 2 5 6 7 4 8
MA 6 FA 4 5 3 5 3 --- 5 6 6 10
RC 7 FA 4 5 5 4 5 5 --- 6 2 5
RSM 2 CA 5 2 --- 2 7 6 2 3 1 6
RT 2 RC 7 7 2 --- 6 7 7 4 5 8
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
BB 3 7 12 18 21 26 29 33 33 36 40

CA

5 9 15 22 28 28 30 34 36 43 52
FA 4 11 11 16 23 25 30 36 43 47 55
MA 6 10 15 18 23 26 26 31 37 43 53
RC 7 11 16 21 25 30 35 35 41 43 48
RSM 2 7 9 9 11 18 24 26 29 30 36
RT 2 9 16 18 18 24 31 38 42 47 55

Result

 Team

Points

Ranking

Final Scoreboard

1st
1st

3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th

 RT • Recoaro Terme
 FA • Val di Fassa

 MA • Madesimo
 CA • Castiglione delle Stiviere
 RC • Riccione
 BB • Brebbia
 RSM • San Marino

55
55

53
52
48
40
36

7
7
5
4
3
2
1

Additional Information

Recoaro Terme and Val di Fassa were each awarded 7 ranking points in this second heat, as they finished in a joint first place. Unusually, the 3rd placed team - Madesimo - were awarded 6 pts rather than the expected 5pts, with the points awards continuing in this fashion down to 2pts rather than 1pt for San Marino's last placed finish. This decision affected the final score, which if scored in the traditional fashion would have meant that Val di Fassa would have finished joint second in the final rankings (see below) with the other two 2nd placed teams (Castiglione delle Stiviere and Riccione) rather than in 4th place.

The points totals shown on the scoreboard were correct in this second heat, but there was some confusion with the first three games. The ranking points were displayed before 1st game but after the 2nd game when all the running total points were displayed, some teams had more points than they should and some had less!

 

The final overall rankings for the two heats was as follows:

Result

 Team

Ranking Points
(Heat 1+2 = Total):

1st
2nd
2nd
2nd
5th
6th
7th

 I • Recoaro Terme
 I • Castiglione delle Stiviere
 I • Riccione
 I • Val di Fassa
 I • Madesimo
 I • Brebbia
 SM • San Marino

5 + 7 = 12
6 + 4 = 10
7 + 3 = 10
3 + 7 = 10
3 + 5 =   8
4 + 2 =   6
1 + 1 =   2

+ =

Additional Information

This was one of those instances when the scoreboard really failed to impress. When refreshing to reveal the final results, combining the rankings from Heats 1 and 2, the scoreboard inexplicably added on points to the team totals - no single team's ranking points were shown correctly. Placings were correct with the exception of that of the Riccione team which was given as finishing in 4th place when they actually achieved a joint 2nd place finish along with Castiglione delle Stiviere and Val di Fassa. The latter team, despite being clearly shown as finishing with the same points score as the Castiglione delle Stiviere team, were placed 3rd on the scoreboard, but this could have been down to a limitation in the computer software. The original scoreboard is displayed below, and it has been corrected for that seen above.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in European Archives

 

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