Buy This Issue
The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015 29 SPORT Malthouse coaches 715th game Mick Malthouse etched in AFL history as he fields his current club against his former Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was crowned with the AFL's all-time coaching record when he fielded his team against Collingwood on Friday night. Surpassing legendary Magpies coach Jock McHale, Malthouse managed to coach his 715th senior match in front of a huge crowd at the MCG. Earlier in the week, he said his first instinct was to brush it off as just another statistic. But late last year when AFL head office asked him whether he would like to pick his opponent for the match, Malthouse said the weight of the milestone came home. "In my 30 years in football it's never happened. I started to realise the enormity of it," he said. From there came the realisation that he should embrace the occasion and share it with everyone who had been a part of his coaching journey which began at Footscray in 1984. "Get over yourself - this is not about you," Malthouse said he told himself. "It's about the team and people that you've crossed over a long period of time. "The greatest thing about this football game is when you win, you share. That's why I say it's a shared award." Malthouse has spent so long in the game, replying to his well-wishers might take all weekend. He took to the field for 174 VFL games as a player with St Kilda and Richmond. At the age of 30 Malthouse quickly made the transition from playing to coaching, taking the reins at Footscray from 1984-89. He steered the AFL's original frontier club, the West Coast Eagles, to two flags after joining the club in its fourth season. He took over from Tony Shaw at Collingwood in 2000 after the Magpies had slumped to the wooden spoon the year before. He guided Collingwood to two grand finals early in his tenure before eventually winning the flag in a grand final replay against St Kilda in 2010. His coaching job at Carlton is his fourth at the AFL. Injuries to blame Sydney FC’s coach Graham Arnold says injuries cost the club the Premiers’ Plate Losing the Premier's Plate has been a bitter pill to swallow for Sydney FC's coach Graham Arnold. Finishing second on the ladder just three points shy of premiers Melbourne Victory, Arnold says injuries cost the team badly and played a major role in the club not nabbing the silverware. "I won't give Melbourne Victory one day of credit for winning this competition," Arnold said. "If we didn't have four season-ending injuries in the month of November-December, we would have won the league by 10 points." Nicky Carle, Sasa Ognenovski, Ali Abbas and young striker Corey Gameiro were all ruled out before the season break for the Asian Cup. Arnold says it hurt the team's morale, but bringing in "three very good players in Jacques Faty, Mickael Tavares and Robert Stambolziev" helped bring the Sky Blues into form. While they can't turn back the clock, they are at least readying themselves for a crack at the Championship silverware, as they prepare for the semi-finals in two weeks. They take on the highest ranked winner to come out of this week on Saturday 9 May. Carlton coach Mick Malthouse. Spartans back home In round 4, the Hawthorn Spartans will take on Richmond Central at home Sadly the Hawthorn Spartans didn't even get a match last week as their opponents North Old Boys/St Patricks conceded by forfeit. But that win has boosted their rankings, sitting second on the ladder just bellow the Old Xaverians. They will be hoping to hit the pitch with a bang on Saturday as they return home to host their major sponsor day. Back to the drawing board for the Spartans. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. PHOTO: AAP/JOE CASTRO. The club is taking on new opponents Richmond Central in the hopes of climbing its way up to top position. It’s hoping as many fans as possible make it to support the club and grab a souvlaki from the canteen. The match will start today at 11.40 am at home, Rathmines Reserve, Rathmines Road, Hawthorn. Australian Grand Prix changes dates Graham Arnold says he could have won the league by 10 points were it not for player injuries. PHOTO: AAP/DAN HIMBRECHTS. The Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne has undergone a scheduling shake-up for 2016 that will see the race start later in the year and earlier in the day. The Albert Park race, which was held on March 15 this year, will maintain its traditional opening slot on the Formula One calendar but will be pushed back to run from March 31 to April 3 as part of next year's condensed season. In a strange twist, the first three days of the event, including the qualifying races, will take place before daylight savings ends, while Sunday's big race will run after the clocks in Victoria have been wound back. The revised date has been welcomed by Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief executive Andrew Westacott. "Over the past 20 years Melbourne has become synonymous with the start of a new Formula One season, and we look forward to again welcoming all the teams and drivers to our great city in 2016," Westacott said. "The new date will see an earlier start time, and fans can expect the same great on-track action and offtrack entertainment across the four days." The full 2016 Formula One calendar has not yet been released.
25 April 2015
9 May 2015