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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 October 2014
SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 31 SPORT ELECTRICIAN REQUIRED Enthusiastic 21 years old apprentice looking for new employer to finish his apprentic- ership. Very keen and hard working, reliable and punctual. Contact Chris Stamels on 0418 375 596. Θέσεις Εργασίας Seeking Employment Εργασία Employment GREEK RESTAURANT for sale. High profitable. Long lease. Under Manage- ment. One of Queensland's best. Asking $1,600,000. Phone 1300 395 208. After an embarrassing loss in its group opener against Romania (0-1), Greece is des- perate to get back in form to make sure it contests another European Cup. It takes on two qualifying matches in the space of three days - today it will take on Finland and Tuesday it takes on Northern Ireland. New Greece coach Claudio Ranieri knows his fortunes must change to prove his worth, and to keep Greece stable in its rankings after a phenomenal World Cup cam- paign. Already his dream team is becoming depleted, with de- fender Jose Holebas ruled out of both qualifying games after picking up a groin injury in a weekend Serie A match. The 30-year-old left wing- er, a World Cup standout for Greece this year, has been re- placed by Kostas Giannoulis of Olympiakos. It is the second injury sub- stitution since Greece an- nounced its squad. Defender Avraam Papa- dopoulos is out because of a cheekbone injury, while Udinese midfileder Panagio- tis Kone is doubtful. Despite leading the scorers' chart in the Turkish league, Fanis Gekas has once again been benched, as Ranieri opt- ed instead for Panathinaikos' Nikos Karelis. At least Greece has history on its side for their upcom- ing match. Finland has never made it past the qualifying stage, and Northern Ireland haven't in 28 years. Ranieri still maintains that Greece is Group F's favourite, and expect these two matches to show, once again, how de- serving Greece is of its top 20 ranking. "We made a lot of mistakes in the defeat, but I'm not an- gry," Ranieri said of the Ro- mania match. "It was the first match and nothing has really changed. Greece and Romania remain the favourites in the group." The full squad: Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnez- is, Panayiotis Glykos, Stefanos Kapino and Sokratis Dioudis. Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis, Loukas Vintra, Jose Holebas (out), Costas Manolas, Sokra- tis Papastathopoulos, Vangelis Moras, Costas Stafylidis and Yiannis Skondras (a last-min- ute replacement for injured Avraam Papadopoulos). Midfielders: Yiannis Maniatis, Costas Fortounis, Panayiotis Tachtsidis, Andreas Samaris, Alexandros Tziolis, Panayiot- is Kone, Charis Mavrias, and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (injury doubt) Forwards: Dimitris Salpin- gidis, Costas Mitroglou, Nikos Karelis, Stefanos Athanasiadis and Giorgos Samaras. Desperate Greece enters into more qualifiers No mistakes: Greece coach Claudio Ranieri is expecting six points from the two qualifying matches. PHOTO: AP /THANASSIS STAVRAKIS. Injuries cloud three key players, but coach Ranieri is expecting six points from the two qualifying matches against Finland and Northern Ireland A depleted Panathinaikos upset the odds and beat fa- vourite Olympiakos 77-76 at home in the Greek Cup's most important quarter-fi- nal this week. It has joined PAOK, Apollon Patras and Nea Kifissia in the last four. Despite playing behind closed doors, without several key players due to injury and having changed most of the squad and its coach, Pana- thinaikos defeated the Reds with a memorable comeback at the end. The Greens were the strong- est at the start and led by up to 10 points (14-4) five min- utes into the game and 33-32 at half-time. A solid start to the second half allowed Olympiakos to advance by 13 points (55-42), but the ghosts of past defeats of the Reds at the Olympic Sports Hall returned to haunt them and allowed the host to go level (75-75) with a Dimitris Diamantidis three- pointer before scoring the winning basket with Este- ban Batista. In the other quarterfi- nals held this week, PAOK thrashed KAO Dramas 88- 63, Nea Kifissia reached the semi-finals for the first time in its history beating Aris 73-69 and Apollon Patras emerged victorious from its clash with the teenagers of Panionios at Nea Smyrni with an 81-63 score. Greens upset Reds to reach Cup semis Panathinaikos through to the Greek Cup semi-finals. PHOTO: V. STOLI. Panathinaikos joins PAOK, Apollon Patras and Nea Kifissia in the last four GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Nick Kyrgios and Lydia Lassi- la have missed out on being named the Australian athlete who most inspired the na- tion in the past 12 months, after Sally Pearson took the coveted 'Don' award at the Sports Hall of Fame gala din- ner event. Tennis star Kyrgios and Sochi aerials bronze medalist Lydia Lassila (nee Ierodiaco- nou) were two of six finalists for the award, that included Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo, marathon man Michael Shelly and cricketer Mitchell Johnson. Pearson took out the prize for successfully defending her Commonwealth Games 100 metres hurdles title in Glas- gow amid stiff competition. "To be honest, this is a huge surprise, I really didn't expect this tonight," Sally Pearson said during the awards night on Thursday. "After the year that I had trying to get back in seven weeks to make the Common- wealth Games after tearing my hamstring, that was hard enough, so I did not expect it this year," Pearson said. Also at the awards was box- ing great Stan 'The Man' Longinidis, who will now become a mentor to a young judo hopeful, Jake Bensted. Mr Bensted is one of five young athletes under 21 to be named recipients of the 2015 Scholarship and Men- toring Program. Tennis great John New- combe AO OBE was elevated to ‘Legend’ status. A former world number one tennis player, Newcombe won seven Grand Slam sin- gles titles, as one of the last of the Australians to domi- nate international tennis during the late 1960s and '70s. Kyrgios, Lassila miss out on Hall of Fame awards Aerial skier Lydia Lassila at the awards. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Nick Kyrgios narrowly missed out on the ‘Don Award’. Sally Pearson receives coveted ‘Don Award’, while boxing great Stan Longinidis will become a mentor for rising boxing stars Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis will be a mentor to rising judo athlete Jake Bensted.
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