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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 December 2014
SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER 2014 29 SPORT Second chance draw The AFL pre-season and rookie drafts provides former players with another crack at the big time Udinese recruit Panos Armenakas (center bottom) made the squad. Joeys fall short Four Greek Australian youngsters make it into Tony Vidmar’s national side Flanked by some strong Greek Australian talent, the Joeys have finished the Nike International friendlies tournament with three out of three losses, most recently losing to England 2-1. It follows two more defeats against Brazil and the USA, despite some positive play. Four out of the eleven playing in the US friendlies were talented Greek Australians, with Panos Armenakas, Kosta Petratos, Peter Kekeris and Perry Fotakopoulos making an impact in the team's last match. The Joeys drastically im- proved from the 4-0 thrashing against Brazil earlier in the week, and were able to equalise after being one goal down thanks to some expert footwork by Peter Kekeris, who set up the goal for Cameron Joice. Sadly, with another goal by England, there wasn't enough time to give the Aussies a chance to equalise again. Despite the losses, coach Tony Vidmar should be happy with the team's efforts. Losing to some of the world’s best isn't such a bad thing, and is great perparation for next year's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile. ASADA won’t have enough evidence to convict: experts ASADA won't be able to convict 34 past and present Essendon players of doping if two major witnesses fail to give evidence, according to two sports law experts. Biochemist Shane Charter and compound pharmacist Nima Alavi's testimony will be the crux of ASADA's evidence to convict the club of using banned substances. ASADA says Charter bought the banned peptide thymosin beta 4 which was then allegedly compounded by Melbourne pharmacist Alavi. But if the two fail to appear in court, ASADA could be facing problems. Ian Fullagar of Lander and Rogers says the case might not reach any conclusion. "I think the players might get off. It might just fizzle to a non-conclusion," he said to ABC Local Radio. "It'll just end and the players will get off and the game will go on." Catherine Ordway, who speJames Hird cialises in sports law at the University of Canberra, says there is nothing that would compel the witnesses to give evidence. "It would be difficult to see how Alavi and Charter could be compelled to go before the AFL Tribunal because they are not employees of the AFL; they're not players, they don't otherwise come within the AFL's jurisdiction," she said. The AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal has agreed to let ASADA ask the Victorian Supreme Court to subpoena the two men as witnesses, which Ordway says is out of the ordinary. Source: ABC The AFL's pre-season and rookie drafts have provided previously League listed players with a second, and in some cases third chance at the big time. The man on everyone's mind going into the final instalment of the AFL list management process for 2014 was Ahmed Saad, who was sidelined in 2013 because of an 18-month suspension for taking a banned substance, something he vigorously denied knowledge of. His former club St Kilda redrafted him with pick 19 of the rookie draft. Following his comeback to the AFL, Saad said he was relieved by the outcome. "I'm glad that all went away and I could focus on my training ... so I could give myself the best chance to come back and play AFL," Saad said. "I'm absolutely rapt that the Saints showed faith in picking me up again." His ban concludes in February but he will be able to train with his teammates six weeks prior. In other draft news, former Tiger and Lion Andrew Raines found a third AFL home, thanks to the Gold Coast, which picked him up with pick 71 of the rookie draft. And former Power player Nathan Krakouer was redraft by Port Adelaide after three years out of the AFL system, whilst former Blue Kane Lucas found a new home at the West Coast Eagles and former Crow Shaun McKernan became a Bomber. Other prominent names selected included those who were de-listed at season's end and re-drafted by their respective clubs, with the likes of Tony Armstrong (Collingwood), Adam Schneider (St Kilda), Brett Goodes (Western Bulldogs) and Robin Nahas (North Melbourne). Source: ABC Grandstand. Summer futsal registrations open Under 8s and Under 10s keen to keep up their football skills are invited to enrol in a summer futsal (indoor soccer) competition. To be held at the YMCA Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre (MIISC), Riverwood, NSW, the course is open to all skill levels for individual girls, boys and teams aged Under 8 or 10 years old. The games will be 2 x 12 minute halves, in 30 minute timeslots between 4.00 pm-6.00 pm every Thursday evening. Each match will also have pre-match warm up training provided by qual- ified coaching staff. Each team will have five players including one goalkeeper with at least one substitute. The competition will go through till 20th February, 2015, with finals on Thursday 27th February, 2015. To register, contact An- drew on 0414 705 743 or Theo 0412 480 563, email firstname.lastname@example.org (for girls) or allboys5aside@ gmail.com (for boys) to register as an individual player or a full team with a minimum five players per team. Registration costs $80. Former Saint Ahmed Saad was picked up by his former club in the rookie draft. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DAVE HUNT. Diversity top of Cricket Australia’s list Cricket Australia wants to increase its multicultural players by 13 per cent by 2018 Cricket Australia is setting itself some new benchmarks in boosting its multicultural and female participation. It hopes to increase its multicultural participation by 37 per cent by 2017/18 from its current 24 per cent standings and boost its female participation by 30 per cent (from 22 per cent currently). Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland said cricket must acknowledge the varied needs of Australia's diverse communities and provide opportunities for all Australians to get involved in cricket. Boys and girls under 10 welcome to join the Sydney summer futsal competition. "Our goal is to be Australia's favourite sport and to achieve this we must be a sport for all Australians," Mr Sutherland said. "Whether you are a girl or boy, man or woman, a player, umpire, volunteer, or administrator, our new framework is designed to provide the same opportunities to be involved in cricket for all Australians. "We recognise that Australian society continues to evolve and become more diverse. It is Australian Cricket's task to adapt to our everchanging society to continue to provide all Australians with the opportunity to get involved in cricket." The National Community Engagement Framework also includes strategies to further increase indigenous and special needs participation, and include initiatives designed to make cricket more welcoming and inclusive at all levels like the A Sport For All resource. In 2015, Cricket Australia will run 100 workshops with grassroots cricket associations across the nation to introduce the resource.
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