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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MAY 2015 31 SPORT Malthouse: I deserved better Former Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has spoken out and admitted he thought he deserved better than being unceremoniously sacked surrounded by the media's eyes. "One of the things I did feel more than anything, outside the sense of disappointment, I felt as if I sort of deserved just a little bit better," the now retired Malthouse told Gerard Whateley on Fox Footy. "Either a bit more time or less time. I felt a little bit of discomfort that way, but no animosity." Malthouse has been gracious with his sacking, saying he has no regrets and is proud of what he achieved as coach. Earlier in the week he was honest about his frustrations with the Carlton board and singled out chief executive Steven Trigg. Malthouse said he was "very, very disappointed" with the tone of a the letter sent to him by management decrying the team's results. Read more about the state of Carlton's woes on page 29 Kokkinakis to take on Djokovic After a thrilling comeback to beat Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis will take on the world’s best in round three of the French Open Mick Malthouse is now enjoying retirement. PHOTO: AAP/JOE CASTRO. Demetriou charged over betting Greek Australian Swansea striker James Demetriou has been charged with alleged "multiple breaches" of betting rules. The Football Association (FA) said the 19-year-old had been charged on its website on Friday and has given him until June 1 to respond to charges. A statement from the FA read: "Demetriou has been charged for alleged multiple breaches of FA Rule E8 in relation to betting." Demetriou, born in Sydney to Cypriot parents, joined Swansea on a free transfer from club Nottingham Forest. Currently on a two-year contract, Demetriou is yet to play for the first team. Back home, Demetriou spent time at the Sydney FC Youth Academy and made the AEK returns Greek club AEK Athens has just returned to the country's top football league, two years after financial collapse sent it to a lower league. One of the country's largest clubs, AEK sealed its second consecutive promotion with a 1-0 win over Iraklis on Monday on a 59th-minute goal from It took five long sets, but Thanasi Kokkinakis has managed to beat Australia's top seeded player Bernard Tomic to reach the third round of the French Open alongside Nick Kyrgios. The 19-year-old trailed two sets to love and then was down 5-2 in the final set, but battled back both times to win the match 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 8-6. Tomic had been battling a energy-sapping virus the days before, but was able to dominate the first two sets, looking like a win was at hand. NSW elite football program. Shortly afterwards Demetriou moved overseas and was offered a place at Apollon Limasoll, but turned it down for a trial at Southampton. He has also played a number of games for Cyprus' under 21s. An energetic comeback by Kokkinakis changed the pace of the match, forcing Tomic into a fifth deciding set. A fall on his raquet during the fourth set unsettled Kokkinakis, with cuts on his stomach and a hurt hip getting in the way. He needed two medical time outs throughout the match, but fought through the pain, basing a lot of his tactics on his serve. "My hip is pretty sore," he said after the match. "It's pretty bruised right now, but that's all right. "We'll see how it pulls up." The result pushes Kokkinakis to a provisional careerhigh ranking of No 68. Yet, the worst isn't over. Kokkinakis will face reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion Novak Djokovic in round 3. He'll be joining fellow Greek Australian Nick Kyrgios, who takes on Andy Murray. Kyrgios heaped praise on his friend, saying his fighting spirit goes a long way. Thanasi Kokkinakis after his win against Bernard Tomic. PHOTO: EPA/CAROLINE BLUMBERG. "It is massive," Kyrgios said. “That was a tough match. He was two sets to love down when I was watching and it was 2-1 to Bernard, 0-40, and I thought that if Bernard got one of those points there, it was all over. "But Thanna has shown that a couple of times this year. He has been down match points and he has been tough to put away. It is a great effort again." While Kokkinakis has never played against Djokovic, he says he has warmed up with him in practice. South shows it can be beaten South Melbourne have recorded their first loss in the NPLV at the hands of a resurgent Oakleigh Cannons James Demetriou Dimitris Anakoglou. AEK coach Traianos Dellas said he would remain at the club, describing its promotion as a “return to the light” for the fans. Clubs in Greece's second division are currently playing promotion playoffs, and AEK has mathematically been promoted with four games remaining. It took a new coach and a bit of momentum, but Oakleigh Cannons claimed the biggest NPLV scalp last week. South Melbourne showed it in fact could be beaten, succumbing to a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Cannons. Goals to Lambros Honos and new signing Mirjan Pavlovic, one in each half, was enough to finish off South, who dropped their first three points in the season and subsequently dropped to third place. Both Oakleigh Cannons and South Melbourne had Friday night matches, playing Green Gully and North Gee- Tensions flare in the Greek derby. long Warriors respectively. While the top three clubs on the ladder are standing on equal points, Heidelberg United's goal difference has pushed it up on top. While George Katzakis has lost four players in the mid-season transfer window, he's picked up some quality players including stalwart Mark McGough, as well as State League One player Jason Koutsodontis and Mitchell Walsh from a NPL U20s side. Their opponents this Sunday, Werribee City have also been busy in the transfer window and have increased their front line in the search of more goals. They are still two points away from being safely away from relegation and come into a tough run PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. that will see them take on the top three in successive weeks. Stuck in the middle of the ladder, Northcote City is hoping to build some momentum but face a formidable Melbourne Knights. Northcote City were finally able bounce back when they claimed a 3-1 victory over Green Gully last week.
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