Buy This Issue
The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 August 2015
SPORT 30 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM McMaster weighs in on Goodes controversy Heidelberg United keeper Griffin McMaster has stoked the fires of the controversy surrounding the booing of AFL indigenous star player Adam Goodes. McMaster posted a tweet on Tuesday suggesting the former Australian of the Year and Brownlow Medallist should be deported. McMaster's tweet, which has since been deleted from the social network, read: “Adam Goodes calls Australia Day invasion day ... Deport him. If you don't like it leave." McMaster has since apologised. The controversy surrounding Goodes has widened with the increased booing of Goodes from opposition fans. The booing began after Goodes made a stand against racist abuse from spectators and commentators and increased when he recently celebrated a goal with an Indigenous war dance. The controversy has so dominated AFL commentary this week, coming to a head with his decision to take a couple of days off as he believes it is proving too distracting to his team. His decision has fuelled speculation that any continued booing could force him to retire before the season's end. Initially the controversy centred around whether the booing from opposition fans directed at Goodes was racially motivated. The Swans have made it clear that the booing from fans in Melbourne this year has been racially motivated. But some accused fans have countered by claiming that the booing is because they feel Goodes stages for free kicks. AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan admits there has been a campaign against Goodes and that it is hurting many people in the Indigenous community. When asked by The Age if he felt that the booing was racially motivated, he replied that he thought it was a complicated question and that some spectators didn't know why they booed. Support for Goodes is increasing amongst the players of various clubs. The AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh, speaking to The Age, said that any continued booing of Goodes would be seen as racist by the association. Source: The Age Former Brisbane Roar and current Heidelberg United keeper Griffin McMaster. AFL in Greek: ‘Many Cultures, One Game’ The 2015 AFL Multicultural Round celebrates the contribution of diverse communities to the game’s history NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU To fight the marginalisation of players coming from diverse backgrounds, the AFL dedicates Round 19 to the seven most dominant migrant communities in the country. "Over 14 per cent of AFL players are multicultural, meaning they are born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas," AFL associate Dr Nikos Nikolopoulos, who will be commentating Round 19 in Greek, says. "Among the favourite multicultural stars in the AFL are Essendon's David Zaharakis, Melbourne's Jimmy Toumpas and Collingwood's Patrick Karnezis." Nikolopoulos believes this The Bombers’ David Zaharakis and the Pies’ Alan Toovey contest a mark. PHOTO: AAP /JULIAN SMITH. initiative will help many first and second generation Greeks who are interested in the sport to enjoy the games in their native language. "Through sport we have a chance to promote messages like participation, equality, help and fun, through inclusion", Nikolopoulos adds. "Via our national sport, we can build bridges with the Australian community at large, which the Greek community is a major part of." If you are eager to find out how the word 'Sherrin' translates in Greek, the Adelaide v Richmond game at the Adelaide Oval on Friday 7 August is the perfect opportunity. Renowned community developer, psychologist George PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES. Spartans’ will to win overpowers Assumption Second-placed Hawthorn Spartans overcame a sluggish start and a determined Prahran Assumption to run out comfortable 42 point winners at home on Saturday in their Rd 14 Club XVIII match. Four-goal hauls to Dan Lauletta, S. Neohoritis and J. Farah spearheaded the Spartans to victory over an Assumption side desperate for the win to qualify for finals football. Halkias will also commentate on the game in Greek as AFL's multicultural ambassador. The 50m lines on the playing field will also be marked in Greek to reflect our community's contribution to the sport, while the word 'umpire' will be translated into seven languages and printed on the back of shirts to be worn during the AFL's multicultural round in round 19. The first ever AFL Multicultural Festival celebrating 'Many Cultures, One Game' will be held at the MCG in Yarra Park at the Collingwood v Carlton game on 8 August from 11.30 am-5.30 pm. Meanwhile, from 14 August-31 October 2015 the Immigration Museum will host a photographic exhibition showcasing multiculturalism in Australian Football. * All matches will be broadcast in the corresponding language on AFL.com.au and the official AFL Live app. AFL round 18: Season enters penultimate month SATURDAY 1 AUGUST Cats v Brisbane Lions, Simonds Stadium - 10th v 18th The Cats should stay in touch with the top eight against a Lions team languishing at the bottom of the table after nine straight losses. The Lions haven't won at Simonds since 2003. Collingwood v Melbourne at the MCG - 11th v 15th The Pies will be going all out to break a five-game losing streak and get back on track to make the finals. The Pies must start favourites to make it six wins from their last six meetings with the Demons. Sydney Swans v Adelaide Crows at SCG - 4th v 7th The Swans’ grip on a top four place has loosened with two recent losses. Crows will be looking to consolidate their spot in the eight and will fancy their chances at a venue they've won on their last four visits. Carlton v North at Etihad Stadium - 16th v 8th The Roos climbed into the top eight for the first time this season and won't be in a hurry to leave. A struggling Carlton will have its work cut out to tip the Roos back out. Gold Coast Suns v West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium, QLD - 17th v 2nd An on-fire Eagles outfit are red hot favourites to trample the Suns at Metricon, follow- ing their 52 point demolition of the Swans last week. SUNDAY 2 AUGUST Port Adelaide v St Kilda at Adelaide Oval - 12th v 13th Both sides are unlikely to reach the finals. However, the Saints will be keen to break a three game losing streak at Adelaide Oval. Essendon v Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium - 14th v 6th The exciting Doggies should get over a Bombers team looking to blood youth. The Bulldogs will see this as a great chance to consolidate their place in the eight. Fremantle v GWS at Subiaco, WA - 1st v 9th GWS will have to break a five- game losing streak and kick a winning score against the meanest defence in the league if they’re to have a chance of staying within reach of the eight. The Spartans' Assistant coach said of his team's performance: "We should be pleased with the fact we had a number of contributors who found a will to win when it counted. It was a fairly flat win, which could be costly if we don't come out with the same intensity, energy and enthusiasm as we displayed against the Old Zaverians." Amongst the Spartans' best were Bubunaras, Barber, Criticos and Neohoritis. Today Hawthorn travels to Latrobe University for the final home and away game of the season, where it hopes to give the fourthplaced Latrobe team a lesson in consistent football.
25 July 2015
8 August 2015