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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 July 2015
SPORT 30 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Third strike for Collingwood Port Adelaide hold off Collingwood in thriller Port Adelaide held off a late Collingwood surge to breathe life into its 2015 season with a three-point win in front of just over 45,000 spectators at Adelaide Oval. The Power came out of the blocks early, skipping out to a 26-point lead at quarter time. But the relentless pressure that has become synonymous with Collingwood's 2015 brand would drag Port Adelaide back in the second quarter, which took a slender seven point lead into the main break. Port Adelaide led at every break, taking an 11-point buffer at three quarter time. The Power skipped out to an 18-point lead early in the fourth thanks to the ever reliable Chad Wingard, before the Magpies put on relentless pressure trying to peg them back, but the Power's backline stood strong, thanks to the likes of Matthew Broadbent, who took three intercept marks from inside 50 kicks in the last quarter. Magpie superstar Dane Swan celebrated his 250th game but it wasn't enough to get his team over the line in the end; despite racking up 33 disposals and four marks Collingwood suffered its third tight loss on the trot, taking its total losing margin tally in those games to a meagre 20 points. In his post match press conference Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley vented his frustrations at yet another tight loss, in part due to his side's slow start. "That wears thin after a while, we believe that we're heading in the right direction and we're proud of the players who are representing us at the moment because their effort has been relatively consistent and at a good level, but we're not proud of our first quarter tonight and ultimately that was the defining aspect of the match." His counterpart Ken Hin- kley was full of praise for his charges in their first game since the shock passing of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh - a former assistant at the Port Adelaide Football Club. "We were doing our best to try and not to hang on and we had a lot of numbers So close! Port Adelaide held off Collingwood in their first match since the death of Phil Walsh. HON. back, and Broady (Matthew Broadbent) and a number of individuals kept marking the ball and hanging on and [as I said] Collingwood are in the top five or six or wherever they are on the ladder now and they were going to give everything, and that's a pretty gutsy win by the footy club." The Power and Magpies honoured the late Adelaide coach in a minute's silence before the game, before a post-match tribute rang out across Adelaide Oval. Next week won't get easi- er for the Magpies who are set to face West Coast at the MCG, and are likely to lose midfielder Taylor Adams for an incident that will grab the Match Review Panel's attention after he appeared to drop his knees into Port Adelaide's Justin Westhoff. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/BEN MACMA- His teammate Tim Broomhead will be under an injury cloud after being subbed off with a sore shoulder. Whilst Port Adelaide will face cross-town rival Adelaide in what is set to be another emotionally charged game. Harry Novillo signs permanent deal with City Marco Silva named new Olympiakos manager Melbourne City FC announced it has signed Harry Novillo on a permanent two-year deal ahead of the Hyundai ALeague 2015/16 campaign. Initially signed on a shortterm contract until the end of the 2014/15 season, Novillo joined the club in March this year as an injury replacement for Damien Duff, making 10 appearances for John van't Schip's side. The 23-year-old quickly established himself in Melbourne City FC's starting lineup, earning eight starts and netting three times in his 10 matches. An athletic, quick and dynamic winger, Novillo impressed fans of the A-League with a handful of influential performances, his appetite for goal and powerful finishing. With a strong physique and a willingness to shoot, the former French academy product netted a memorable goal from distance against West- ern Sydney Wanderers, while his last goal came in the 2-0 Elimination Final win over Wellington Phoenix. Head coach van't Schip said Novillo, originally a product of the youth system at French Ligue 1 side Lyon, had impressed since joining the Club in March this year. "Harry was an important player and contributor for us in the final three months of the season and illustrated his value to the team during that period," van't Schip said. "Despite joining the team in March, Harry was able to quickly adapt to a new environment and make a positive contribution and he is an exciting player. "With Harry here from the start of the pre-season, we are confident that he will be able to give even more to the team next season." Novillo commenced preseason training with his team mates at the City Football Academy, Melbourne, on Monday. Source: Melbourne City FC Former Sporting Lisbon boss Marco Silva has been named as the new coach of Olympiakos Piraeus, the Greek champion announced on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Portuguese, who had his contract with Sporting terminated by mutual consent last month, was due to be presented to the local media on Wednesday. Olympiakos announced his appointment on the club website but gave no contract details. Silva is rated as one of his country's top young coaches, after winning the Portuguese Cup last season in what was his first and only campaign at the club, following a threeyear spell at Estoril where he began his coaching career. He replaces countryman Vitor Pereira, who lasted just six months at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium before being sacked by controversial owner Vangelis Marinakis. The 46-year-old Pereira led Olympiakos to a Greek league and cup double but was shown the door in June when it was reported he held talks with Scottish club Rangers about the prospect of taking over as coach. Olympiakos won their 42nd Greek league title and fifth in a row in April before clinching the Greek Cup for the 27th time when they beat Skoda Xanthi 3-1 in the final at the end of May. Source: ekathimerini/Reuters.
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