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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 SPORT Page 29 Super League restarts, but behind closed doors 9 771321 167062 Bentleigh wounded but ready for Heidelberg Bentleigh Greens’ mid-week match didn’t go to plan, but coach John Anastasiadis says the team is raring to go again HELEN VELISSARIS It might be a good thing that Bentleigh Greens coach John Anastasiadis hasn't had a lot of time to dwell on lost chances. The club's mid-week fixture against Werribee City might have snatched their winning streak away, but the 1-1 draw was respectable for such early days in the season. Anastasiadis is working hard to get his boys up to the huge task, coming up against an in form Heidelberg United on Sunday. as potential championship winners and know a win early on might prove very useful later down the track. "The likes of South Melbourne, Oakleigh [Cannons] and Bentleigh, I think they will definitely be up amongst the leaders," Katsakis says. "We've set that as our target, a w e u " bo an wi th He says the Wednesday 1-1 draw was a case of not making the most of chances. "We had so many chances but unfortunately we didn't score," Anastasiadis laments. "When you don't score you're going to get punished." Heidelberg didn't have the same problem when they came up against Werribee last week. The team walked away with a 1-0 clean sheet, bagging another win for the season start. Coach George Katsakis is quietly confident he'll be able to continue the win- knowing that they'll be there or the challenge." Heidelberg United managed a 1-0 win against Werribee, while Bentleigh Greens drew 1-1 with them on Wednesday. ning streak as they welcome Bentleigh. "The good thing is we're coming off two wins, our confidence is high, we've got a bit of momentum," he tells Neos Kosmos. He will need to work on filling Kane Sheppard and Kenny Mathews positions after the two are out of selection thanks to an ankle and a hamstring injury respectively. "It’s going to make things a little bit difficult with rearranging," Katsakis admits. Anastasiadis is in the same boat, having to decide who to rest and who to play again. Entering their fourth match in three weeks, Anastasiadis confesses he is still working on finding a core team he's happy with. ngs h kn for A to John Anastasiadis still pondering his team sheet for Sunday’s match. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. "It's taken a bit of time, we do have some new boys in the squad that need more time, we're getting there and we're getting better every week," he says. "I ' k bi f i Both Anastasiadis and Katsakis at least aren't taking the Greek derby lightly. Both see their opponents Anastasiadis is expecting to see a couple of teams put their efforts in performing ell in other competitions to mirror the Green's fairytale A Cup run. "A the we mi A "A lot of people will be concentrating on other things like the FFA Cup, so they may take the eye off the ball," he says. Heidelberg United will take on Bentleigh Greens on Sunday 8 March at 4.00 pm at Olympic Village, Catalina Street, Heidelberg West. Victory plays catch up Kokkinakis to Melbourne Victory missed a chance to replace Perth Glory at the top of the ladder last week, but now the two will go head to head Melbourne Victory midfielder Leigh Broxham summed up the disappointing loss to Wellington Phoenix perfectly last week. "We let in three poor goals, two set pieces, we've only got ourselves to blame for the goals. We took our foot off the pedal a little bit, lost our intensity ... credit to Wellington, they were up for it," he said. Kevin Muscat's men have been working hard to fix the mistakes that cost them three points, and sadly, Archie Thompson's 200th game. Complacency, at least, won't be an issue for the players, as their opponents this week are as thorough as it gets. Perth Glory have sat at the top of the ladder for 16 weeks and aren't showing any signs of budging. Victory are their best challenge in the race for the Premier Plate, sitting just three points behind them with the knowledge that they are a game behind. Victory know it can't afford a repeat of last week's match to be real title contenders. Forwards Connor Pain and Andrew Nabbout have been promoted to an 18-man pre- liminary squad to give the team more coverage, while Muscat works on finding a strong replacement for Adrian Leijer who completed his move to Chinese outfit Chongqing Lifan. Perth weren't on their Agame last week either. They missed out on two points when they drew against Brisbane Roar 1-1. Perth is going through a six-match rut without a win, and with their play not having altered much since the start of the season, predictability could be hurting their game. To get the win, Perth needs to lock down the likes of Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses and create enough chances. Perth have shown that they're capable as they were able to secure the win last time the two met. Kosta Barbarouses scored one of the two goals for Victory last week. PHOTO: AAP/JOE CASTRO. Rising tennis teen Thanasi Kokkinakis will lead Australia's Davis Cup side into battle in the Czech Republic after newly-appointed captain Wally Masur pulled a selection surprise. In a further sign of a changing of the guard within Australia tennis, 18-year-old Kokkinakis will open the nation's 2015 World Group campaign in singles against a Czech team missing big gun Tomas Berdych, with veteran Lleyton Hewitt saved for Saturday's doubles. World number 135 Kokkinakis, who only earned a call-up to the squad after Nick Kyrgios withdrew with injury, DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 open Davis Cup World number 135 Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on Czech number one Lukas Rosol will face Czech number one Lukas Rosol in the opening singles rubber of the bestof-five tie on Saturday morning (AEDT) before Australian spearhead Bernard Tomic takes on fellow young gun Jiri Vesely. Kokkinakis is not daunted by the prospect of contesting his first live match in front of a parochial Czech crowd at Cez Arena. "It's a really important (match) but I've been training and playing well over the last few weeks and I really can't wait to get out there," Kokkinakis said. Australia, 28-time champion, is chasing its first victory in the competition's top tier since 2006, having ended a long wait to return to the top 16 last year. A win would set up a home quarter-final against either Italy or Kazakhstan in July.
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