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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2015 31 SPORT West Adelaide lands first NPL minor premiership win West Adelaide and Sydney Olympic kick off NPL finals campaign this weekend GEORGE STOGIANNOU West Adelaide clinched the South Australian NPL minor premiership in their round 26, 2-2 away draw to Adelaide Comets at SA Athletics Stadium last Saturday. The minor premiership win continues a remarkable climb up the leagues for the club since 2012, which has seen it lift consecutive league titles in divisions 3 and 2, before finishing runners up in the SANPL last year. This season's minor premiership win qualifies West Adelaide for the national NPL playoff finals beginning in early September with a match against Perth's Bayswater City. In last Saturday's match against the Comets, West Adelaide's Mitch Nicholson and Ricardo da Silva each scored to put the league leaders 2-0 ahead with just 20 minutes remaining, and Wests looked to be cruising to the minor premiership. However, the Comets hit back with two quick goals from Evan Kostopoulos and Samuel Tesfagabr. Fortunately for Wests, its rival for the top spot, second- placed Adelaide Blue Ea- Let the games begin Greek Superleague kicks off today GEORGIOS HATZIMANOLIS West Adelaide players celebrate their minor premiership win last Saturday. PHOTO: WEST ADELAIDE SC FACEBOOK PAGE. gles, failed to take advantage and they too dropped points in their 1-1 draw against Port Adelaide Pirates, thus finishing runners-up to West Adelaide by just one point. There has been little be- tween the two top teams all season, with both of their league encounters ending in draws. This Saturday, at the Marsden Sports Complex, they NPL ROUND 25 FRI 14 AUG PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS SC 0 - 2 GREEN GULLY SC FRI 14 AUG FRI 14 AUG SAT 15 AUG SUN 16 AUG ROUND 26 SUN 23 AUG SUN 23 AUG SUN 23 AUG SUN 23 AUG SUN 23 AUG SUN 23 AUG SUN 23 AUG # TEAM 1 SOUTH MELBOURNE FC 2 BENTLEIGH GREENS SC come face to face again in the first leg of a two-legged SANPL semi-final, the winner of which advances to the grand final and the loser to a preliminary final. PASCOE VALE SC 0 - 2 MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC 0 - 1 WERRIBEE CITY FC AVONDALE FC 0 - 7 SOUTH MELBOURNE FC SAT 15 AUG NORTH GEELONG WARRIORS FC 3 - 0 DANDENONG THUNDER SC SAT 15 AUG NORTHCOTE CITY FC 0 - 1 BENTLEIGH GREENS SC HEIDELBERG UNITED FC 0 - 2 HUME CITY FC HUME CITY FC V PASCOE VALE SC WERRIBEE CITY FC V NORTH GEELONG WARRIORS FC GREEN GULLY SC V AVONDALE FC BENTLEIGH GREENS SC V OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC V PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS SC SOUTH MELBOURNE FC V NORTHCOTE CITY FC HEIDELBERG UNITED FC V DANDENONG THUNDER SC MP W D L F A D P 25 17 4 4 55 22 33 55 25 16 7 2 45 22 23 55 3 MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC 25 15 5 5 39 25 14 50 4 HEIDELBERG UNITED FC 5 HUME CITY FC 6 PASCOE VALE SC 7 GREEN GULLY SC 8 AVONDALE FC 9 PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS 25 8 6 11 35 34 1 30 10 NORTHCOTE CITY FC 11 OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC 12 NORTH GEELONG WARRIORS 25 5 3 17 28 52 -24 18 13 WERRIBEE CITY FC 25 4 6 15 20 48 -28 18 14 DANDENONG THUNDER SC 25 4 3 18 28 64 -36 15 25 14 6 5 46 27 19 48 25 12 5 8 39 28 11 41 25 12 4 9 34 28 6 40 25 10 4 11 48 44 4 34 25 8 7 10 36 38 -2 31 25 9 3 13 32 46 -14 30 25 7 5 13 31 38 -7 26 This Sunday also sees the start of Sydney Olympic FC's NSW NPL 1 finals campaign, when it takes on the South Coast Wolves in the elimination final. For the second consecutive season, Olympic finished fourth after the home and away season. Last weekend it defeated old rival Sydney United, 1-0 in a final round derby. Olympic hopes to go one better than last season, when its run in the finals took it all the way to the grand final, where it just fell short, losing to a late goal to eventual champions Blacktown City. But Olympic must first get past a tricky encounter with the fifth-placed Wolves. Both teams have excellent form going into what promises to be an exciting final. Olympic has won its last five home and away matches, whilst South Coast Wolves has overcome a terrible start to the season, to win seven of its last nine matches and reach the finals from way back in the field. Olympic won their first league encounter 3-0 at the start of the season and they drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture before the Wolves set off on their successful run to the finals. The 2015/16 season of the Greek Superleague begins today with three games, including the return to top flight football for Athens club AEK and Thessaloniki club Iraklis. The new campaign kicksoff with two simultaneous games at 7.15 pm Greek time. In Mytilene, AEL Kallonis host Iraklis, with Australian striker Kerem Bulut in the squad for the opening game. Bulut signed a three-year deal with Greek side Iraklis after parting ways with 2014 AFC Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers. The former Sydney FC youth team player joins Iraklis, who have just been promoted from Greece's second division, on a free transfer with a view to re-launching his career in Europe after previous spells in Turkey and the Czech Republic. Also scheduled for a 7.15 pm kick off is Panthrakikos against Asteras Tripolis in Komotini. The late match on Saturday kicks off at 9.30 pm, and will see AEK Athens host Cretan side Platanias. The big news for AEK fans is that new signing Diego Buonanotte may be included in the starting eleven, despite only signing for the club a week ago. Coach Traianos Dellas is expected to field an attacking line-up to please the AEK faithful who will be expecting nothing short of victory in AEK's first game back in the country's premier league. There are four games taking place on Sunday, as Atromitos look to bounce back from its midweek Europa League defeat to Fenerbahce when they take on Levadiakos, while Veria host PAS Giannena, both games start at 7.15 pm. Also at 7.15 pm, PAOK entertain Xanthi at Toumba Stadium. PAOK, fresh off its 5-0 thrashing of Brondby in its Europa League qualifier, will be hopeful of continuing that form against a Xanthi side that has traditionally done well against it. PAOK's new Australian signing Terry Antonis is not expected to feature in the game, having only joined the club last week on a three-year deal. In an interview with PAOK TV, Antonis called PAOK an "excellent team, with great people, great players and amazing fans". "When I was presented with the opportunity, I wanted to come play in my homeland, where my grandparents and my parents are from. I feel privileged to be here and it is my honour to play for PAOK," he said. In Sunday's late game, de- fending champion Olympiakos will look to start its campaign with a home win against Panionios. Olympiakos, which has announced it will not sign any more players during this transfer period, has made some very strong acquisitions already and is considered the favourite to win the title again. Coach Marco Silva's biggest challenge will be juggling the demands of Greek Super League with that of the European Champions League, but he has a bigger squad than all of his rivals and anything less than another title will be deemed a failure by the supporters of the Piraeus club. The first-round action concludes on Monday, when Panetolikos hosts Panathinaikos in a game PAO coach Yiannis Anastasiou knows his side must win following its dismal 0-0 midweek draw against Qabala in the Europa League play-offs. PAO won't have star signing Michael Essien in the team or new signing Mehdi Abeid, who just joined the Athens club from English Premier League side Newcastle United. Antonis signs with PAOK After a week of to-ing and fro-ing, Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis has put pen to paper, signing a three-year deal with PAOK FC after completing a medical. Following the deal, the 21-year-old praised Sydney FC and its fans for their support. "I'd like to thank Sydney FC for its help and support in my development over the last five years and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity it has given me," he said. "I will continue to support the club and believe it will go on to have a fantastic season with the talent that is in the squad. I wish the team well as I embark on a new challenge." Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold gave Antonis his blessings as he embarks on the next phase of his football career. "Terry has been a great servant to the club and is a great kid with lots of potential. This is a very good opportunity for him and we couldn't stand in his way. "He has always been keen to Terry Antonis battles Tottenham’s Andros Townsend for the ball during a friendly match in Sydney. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/ROB GRIFFITH. make the step overseas and I've no doubt he'll go on to have a long career in Europe, and with the Australian national teams." Antonis, who holds Greek citizenship, may still be loaned out to fellow Super League club Veria FC, according to reports.
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