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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 October 2014
SPORT 30 SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 Greek Australian students settled their university ri- valry on the pitch last week in the first ever NUGAS Cup. The indoor soccer tourna- ment pitted nine universi- ties against each other, with 16 mixed teams entering a group stage to make it to the knockout stage. It all bottled down to the grand final, between Mel- bourne University's MUNGA team 5 and Deakin Universi- ty's team 1. Ellen Kafkas, Thomas Tsia- kis, John Liacopoulos, Deniz Genc, Michael Kapri and Ele- na Zafiris from MUNGA team 5 were crowned the winners after a tough battle. President of NUGAS Victo- ria, Tass Sgardelis says the inaugural tourmanet was a success, and heralds all the universities for organising their teams in such a short timeframe. "We were very happy with it, with the turn out, and it was a great cross section of our or- ganisation, great representa- tion from all the universities," he told Neos Kosmos. Held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, players were able to min- gle between games, watch- ing competing teams battle in the group stages, then as the stakes got higher in the knock-out stage, more and more players became spec- tators. The games were played un- der normal futsal rules, with draws ending in a golden boot knock-out. Students came from far and wide to take part, with stu- dents from Melbourne Uni, Deakin, La Trobe, RMIT, Vic- toria Uni, Swinburne, Aus- tralian Catholic Uni and Monash's two clubs. With the success of the in- augural event, Mr Sgardelis says he's keen to make it a yearly staple and include summer tournaments. "We're having a meeting about extending it out to a summer event, having it as an outdoor event," he says. Most of all, what impressed Mr Sgardelis was how easy it was to link all the university Greek clubs and how people were keen to do more as a col- lective group. "We want to build on it and do similar events, not even just sporting events but more competitive things," he says. "I definitely see room for it to grow." MUNGA takes top prize in inaugural NUGAS Cup The winning MUNGA team 5 squad and NUGAS Victoria president Tass Sgardelis (far left). With the success of the first Greek club indoor soccer tournament, NUGAS Victoria president Tass Sgardelis wants to see the event extended to summer HELEN VELISSARIS The Hawthorn Spartans have named Anthony Demetriou as their best and fairest during their annual awards nights held on September 26. Voted in with 160 votes, Demetriou was followed by Tony Brizzi (156) and Mo- hammed Dabab (152) for the coveted award. Also taking home awards was the year's goal machine Ari Mitropoulos, who took home the leading goal kick- er award and the joint best first year player with Bizzi. Most improved was Dean Ekonomides, while encour- agement awards went to An- drew Tashevski-Beckwith, Sam Zito, James El Mous- salli, Adam Karim. Best levendi awards went to Chris Katsanevakis and Andrew Toumbakis, while Anthony Marguccio took home the super levendi award. The club were minor pre- miers this year, ending their season with a whopping 14 match winning streak. They sadly lost their grand final match against the Old Xave- rians, not able to grab their fourth premiership in a row. Spartans end year on high note The club’s best and fairest. Top goal kicker Ari Mitropoulos. Andrew Demetriou gets top gong at best and fairest awards as the club pays tribute to another solid year Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is spending plenty of time in the gym during his break from the international tennis circuit. The 19-year-old is bulking up as he prepares for his sec- ond-year assault on the ATP tour, but it is not just his body that is getting bigger. After a breakout year, Kyr- gios now has the burgeoning profile that comes with being Australia's likely top-ranked men's hope when the home grand slam starts on Janu- ary 19. It is also a fitting descriptor of Kyrgios' aspirations at the Australian Open, an event which kickstarted the teen- ager's surprising 2014 cam- paign when he progressed to the second round. "You've got to definitely be- lieve you can win the tourna- ment," Kyrgios said. "It's important to go out there and believe you can win the tournament. "If you visualise it ... it's supposed to help." This is a school of thought Margaret Court imparted to Kyrgios during Tuesday's Australian Open launch. Kyrgios had a hit with fel- low up-and-comer Storm Sanders, Court and Victori- an minister for sport and rec- reation Damian Drum at the revamped Margaret Court Arena. Kyrgios is currently in Aus- tralia nursing a niggling arm issue. "I'm getting healthy again ... I've been in the gym and ob- viously monitoring my hit- ting," he said. "I've just got to get fitter and stronger. I'm playing at a higher level now, with ful- ly-grown men." Kyrgios will next be in ac- tion at the International Pre- mier Tennis League, linking up with the likes of Serena Williams and Andre Agassi in Singapore. "I'm going to be picking all their brains," he said. Kyrgios vowed to "enter- tain as much" as he can at the Australian Open. "And obviously get some results as well," he quickly added, when asked about the expectation awaiting in January. "I'm playing some really good tennis, hopefully I can carry it through." Kyrgios using his break wisely Nick Kyrgios has put the racquet down for some training ahead of the Australian Open. PHOTO: AP/DARRON CUMMINGS. Tennis star Nick Kyrgios is hitting the gym, working to get his injuries sorted while preparing for the Australian Open in January Each team had to include two women, making it more inclusive. Nine universities fielded 16 teams. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Wearing Panathinaikos colours.
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