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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015 31 SPORT Bentleigh on cruise control Still undefeated and on a six-match winning streak, Bentleigh Greens are off to Geelong to claim another win As the dust settles from the blockbuster round one rematch between South Melbourne and Oakleigh Cannons, two Greek-sponsored clubs enter their own matches today. Bentleigh Greens are travelling all the way to Geelong to take on North Geelong Warriors. The Greens had trouble getting their win last week, after being held by a re-energised Cannons for an hour before they were able to break through. A Goran Zoric opener saw the Cannons dominate for a majority of the match, until the side was left with 10 men thanks to a dangerous challenge by Ben Clarke. That left the door open for the Greens with a chance to hammer for a win. Matt Thurtell capitalised on a killer pass from Daniel Visevic around the hour mark, and ten minutes later a free kick helped Jack Webster seal the win. Amazingly, Bentleigh Greens hadn't won a match against Oakleigh Cannons for 11 years, the match finally breaking the overhanging hoodoo for the local rivals. The momentum built under John Anastasiadis will help them immensely in the next round as they chase South Melbourne at the top. New signing Ryan Love and the returning Luke Bentleigh Greens coach John Anastasiadis broke an 11-year drought against Oakleigh Cannons. O'Dea will boost the selection for the Greens as they start to look towards title contention. Geelong knows it will need to bring its very best to battle against the Greens. The warriors lost their top goal scorer in their 2-0 loss against Werribee City and are languishing at the bottom of the ladder. The Greens, on the other hand, sit third on the ladder, on equal points with Heidelberg United. Northcote City is now precariously three points away from a relegation, but with half the season to go, there is time for the club to change tack. It had a very difficult time last week up against South Melbourne but managed to get one past them respectably in their 2-1 loss. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. They take on Green Gully, a team that finally got its first win of the season after six weeks and a change in coach. Last time these two met, Green Gully thrash Northcote 4-1. Now the two look more equally matched. Vic police investigate Kokkinakis dazzles Murray in practice match brawl Greek-sponsored club Yarraville Glory match marred by spectator violence A junior football player was hit by a spectator, inciting a brawl at a match between Greek-sponsored club Yarraville Glory and Spring Hills Stallions on Sunday. Police say they received a report on the incident and are investigating the matter, while the Football Federation of Victoria's legal, regulatory and compliance department is also investigating and assisting police. Calls to radio station 3AW say adult spectators joined in a brawl after a junior player was hurt. Up to two children were reported to have been injured, one being taken to hospital suffering a head injury before being cleared. Yarraville Glory Jon Balakis told the Herald Sun he could not comment on the matter before it went to a tribunal. The FFV says it has a zero tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour at matches. Source: Herald Sun Greek Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis beat Andy Murray in a one-set practice session before the French Open Greek Australian teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis declared his French Open intentions after wowing Andy Murray in a dazzling centre-court practice session at Roland Garros. Flying at a career-best ranking after breaking through for his maiden Challenger title last weekend in Bordeaux, Kokkinakis has carried his sizzling clay court form to Paris and looms as an unseeded danger to avoid at the draw. Murray has a perfect 10from-10 record on dirt this season, claiming the prized scalp of nine-times French Open champion Rafael Nadal en route to back-to-back successes in Munich and Madrid this month. But the world no. 3 and dual grand slam winner was no match for Kokkinakis as friendly banter between the two good mates gave way to Murray's muttering and frustration in a hearty one-set duel on Thursday. Thanasi Kokkinakis prepares for a place in the French Open. It was Kokkinakis' first appearance on Court Philippe Chatrier and he thrived in another big confidence booster ahead of his main-draw debut at the season's second grand slam starting on Sunday. "It's obviously good to hit with a top player who's playing such great tennis at the moment," Kokkinakis told AAP. "I've known him for a little bit now so it's good to have that connection." One of only three teenagers in the world's top 100, Kokkinakis soared to 83rd in the rankings after his victory in the south of France. "My first Challenger win, it's a good feeling," he said. "It was a strong challenger, too, so it was good to get the win in a strong field. It gave me a lot of confidence." After winning seven matches in Bordeaux, Kokkinakis made the wise decision to opt out of this week's Nice Open - where fellow Australian young guns Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios retired midmatch with illness and injury respectively - to recharge and prepare at Roland Garros. Now he feels primed for a strong run, fearing no one ahead in the draw. "I mean, there's a lot of tough draws you can get, but I'm obviously at my career- PHOTO: AP/LYNNE SLADKY. high (ranking) now and hopefully I can keep rising from that," Kokkinakis said. "You can get anyone here. You can get guys in form or guys not in form. It's just about how you apply yourself for the match and make sure you focus and be 100 per cent focused no matter who you draw. "Everyone's got to start in the lower ranks and prove themselves, but I definitely feel like my hitting is higher than 83 (in the world). "I've just got to make sure I put the wins on the board. I know my level's there so if I keep working hard, I'll be right."
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