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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 November 2014
SPORT 28 SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014 Page 32 And then there were four Page 31 Wanderers on the verge of making history Young Greek Australian prod- igy Panos Armenakas has de- cided to represent Australia's U-17 squad at the Nike In- ternational Tournament in the United States later this month, revealing his alle- giance to Australia. Heralded as an up-and-com- er and currently contracted to Serie A club Udinese, Arme- nakas has ummed and ahhed about what country he will represent internationally. The 16-year-old has a number of choices, being born in the US to a Greek father, but raised in Australia, Armenakas has had a conflict of interest with his allegiance. He rejected the opportunity to represent Australia at an Asian tournament in Hong Kong last year because of fitness, and subsequently ac- cepted a call-up to play for Greece in a friendly. But his recent decision should have come as a sigh of relief for Joeys coach Tony Vidmar, with Armenakas say- ing it would be a great oppor- tunity to represent Australia. "Of course, if I was called up to be a member of the Joeys squad for the Nike Friendlies, I would for sure accept the invitation," Armenakas told SBS's The World Game. "It would be a great honour to be selected to represent Australia at such a prestig- ious tournament. "It would be even more sat- isfying to be called up, know- ing Australia has continued to monitor my progress and de- velopment, even though I was ineligible to participate in the recent AFC Championships. "For now though, I am 100 per cent focused on working hard every day at Udinese, staying focused, and trying to become the best player I can be." He is the youngest Australi- an in history to be signed by a Serie A club on a professional contract. Growing up in Syd- ney, Armenakas discovered his ability playing for local Greek sponsored club Sydney Olympic. "Sydney Olympic gave me an opportunity to play at a high Australian youth level in their Under-13s when I was only 11 and so; challenging myself with and against older players helped my develop- ment," Armenakas told Neos Kosmos back in August. After Olympic, Armenakas became involved with the AC Milan Academy and then spent some time in Watford in England before he was signed by Udinese. Source: The World Game (SBS). Armenakas pledges allegiance to Australia Panos (L) with Panagiotis Kone. SOURCE: TWITTER/@PANALDINHO10. Panos Armenakas signing his contract with Udinese in June. 16-year-old Panos Armenakas rejected a call-up by Greece APOEL has continue to domi- nate Cyprus' division one, and is expecting another easy win when it comes up against ninth placed Ethnikos Achna on Sunday. The club was able to show its might when it took a 1-0 win over Nea Salamina with a Rafik Djebbour's header in the 26th minute on the week- end, capping its unbeaten run to seven matches. Although still showing wounds from the Paris St Germain game earlier in the week, APOEL's coach Giorgos Donis said he was pleased with the results. Second on the ladder, Apollon is hoping to stay as close to APOEL as possi- ble and has an easy fixture this week to do it. The team takes on tenth placed Doxa which fell 0-1 on home soil against third placed Omo- nia Nicosia but could have easily equalised. Apollon re- turned to winning ways, tak- ing Ethnikos scalp in a clean sheet, 3-0. AEK Larnaca was unlucky not to take all three points against AEL when it drew 1-1, but both teams could be looking at better chances this weekend. AEK Larnaca takes on second last Othellos and AEL takes on eighth Ermis. Ermis' coach Nikky Papa- vassiliou was left fuming after the team allowed Ayia Napa to fight back from 2-0 down and earn itself a point after the match finished 2-2. APOEL rules the ladder APOEL keeping their fans happy. PHOTO: CYPRUS MAIL. Despite their Champions League failings, APOEL are dominating back home Panathinaikos and PAOK retain perfect record The third round of games in the Basket League over the weekend saw PAOK over- come the strong resistance of host KAOD at Drama, and Panathinaikos and Olympia- kos inflict heavy losses on AEK and Kolossos Rhodes respectively. With the out- come of its abandoned game at Aris still un- decided, PAOK made it two out of two in the league with a 68-64 triumph at Drama in a game decid- ed in the last minute. Lefteris Bo- choridis had an amazing 13 assists and three out of three three- pointers to lead Pana- thinaikos to a 92-58 thrashing of AEK at home on Sunday, that forced the visitors to apologise to their fans on Monday for the team's performance. Olympiakos scored its sec- ond win in three matches, as a late rally allowed it to stretch its advantage over Ko- lossos to 28 points in the end, winning by 93-65. In another exciting game AGO Rethymnou defeat- ed host Korivos Amaliadas, while ambitious Nea Kiffisia followed up its win over Olym- piakos with a 79- 68 victory at Panelef- siniakos. In other Saturday games, Aris downed Apollon Patras 69-64 in Thes- saloniki and Tri- kala saw off an experimental Panionios side 98-60 at Nea Smyrni. GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Olympiakos scored its second win in three matches, thrashing Ko- lossos by 28 points. AEK Waverley award their best The AEK Waverley Wanderers capped their solid year with a pres- entation night to con- gratulate their best. The South Eastern club saw a number of sol- id results this season, with the men's state league 4 East team coming fifth, and their metropolitan league 7 South East team com- ing seventh. AEK Waverley boys show off their trophies. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES.
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