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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 August 2015
SPORT 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2015 AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan speaking at the National Press Club. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/MICK TSIKAS. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Spartans win flag Six-goal triumph sees Hawthorn lift second cup in five years JOHN PYRROS AFL sets new multicultural agenda In a bid to strengthen the game’s reach, AFL boss announces new strategy Following the AFL's record breaking $2.508 billion television rights deal, CEO Gillon McLachlan has announced a daring plan to reinforce the game's position as the number one sport in the country. Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra earlier in the week, McLachlan unveiled a new zoning arrangement set to target multicultural and indigenous talent pools. "Australia is changing and if we want to continue to be Australia's game, we need to change too," he said. "We have a machine and we need to pivot and focus on new and emerging communities." "After a positive discussion with the (AFL) commission, the AFL has also received support from our club CEOs to examine a new zoning system where a region is assigned to each club and the clubs are empowered and funded to develop talent and recruit in indigenous or mul- ticultural communities. "It would mean carving up areas in our suburbs, inner and outer, regional communities, for clubs to grow their talent base and ultimately their support base. "The talent developed in those zones will be available to clubs through a priority draft bidding system." The $2.508 billion deal will also allow the AFL to invest in improving clubs and training facilities. A massive effort saw the Hawthorn Spartans triumph over the Old Xaverians in last week's Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) Club XVIII Grand Final. The Spartans lost only the third quarter - by five points - as they worked their way toward a 36-point victory. They managed to keep the Old Xaverians goalless in the first quarter as they piled on the pressure with 17 inside 50s. Finishing the game with eight goalkickers, Hawthorn The victorious Spartans with the premiership cup. managed 51 inside 50s and kept the Old Xaverians scoreless in the final quarter to register a 10.12.72 to 5.6.36 win. Team manager George Demetriou was pleased with how the players stuck to the coaches' game plan. "We put a number of things in place that seemed to work on the day which assisted us winning the game, particularly against quality opposition," he said. "The coaching staff should be commended on the fantastic result." "I thought the coaching on game day was first class." Former AFL stars Ang Christou and Angelo Lekkas featured in their first grand final victory in two decades. Greece names Eurobasket squad Greece basketball coach Fotis Katsikaris has announced the 12 players who will represent the country at the upcoming European Championships. Katsikaris decided on Monday to leave out of his 12-man squad Vladimir Jankovic of Panathinaikos and Dimitris Agravanis of Olympiakos. The team that will represent Greece at the Eurobasket tournament, which will take place in France, Croatia, Latvia and Germany, is as follows: Nikos Zisis Vassilis Spanoulis Nick Calathes Kostas Sloukas Vangelis Mantzaris Stratos Perperoglou Kostas Papanikolaou Giannis Antetokounmpo Kostas Kaimakoglou Giorgos Printezis Yiannis Bourousis Kostas Koufos Greece’s Yiannis Bourousis (R) in action against Puerto Rico at last year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup. PHOTO: EPA/RAUL CARO. Greece beat Russia 80-65 in the final game of a fourteam friendly tournament in Xanthi on Sunday. The final stage of the national team's preparation will take place at the Acropolis Tournament in Athens. Greece played The Netherlands and Turkey on Thursday and Friday respectively and faces Lithuania today. At the European Championships, Greece will face the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Croatia, Georgia, Slovenia and The Netherlands in the group stage. The first game, against FYROM, is on 5 September. Source: Kathimerini Pete Sampras weighs in with ‘advice’ for Nick Kyrgios Former record-holder appeared alongside the young Australian at Nike promotion event Nick Kyrgios (back row) and Pete Sampras (far right) featured in the Nike tennis event in New York. PHOTO: TWITTER/@TELEGRAPH_SPORT Australian tennis up-andcomer Nick Kyrgios has received a stern warning from the ATP World Tour, after it handed him a six-month sus- pended $US25,000 fine and 28-day suspension for his recent controversies. The youngster featured in a Nike promotional tour with the likes of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Serena Williams in New York ahead of the US Open, which is set to begin on Monday. Sampras warned the world number 37 to “behave, young man” as the tourna- ment got under way - a sentiment which was rehashed on Twitter by Canadian Genie Bouchard, who was also present. Kyrgios must refrain from any ‘verbal or physical abuse’ indiscretions to avoid the hefty fine and suspension.
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