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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 September 2015
SPORT 30 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015 A-League demoted to SBS2 Free-to-air coverage takes backward step but FFA hopeful of good numbers Football Federation Australia (FFA) boss David Gallop has confirmed the 2015/16 season will be shown on SBS2 - SBS's digital platform - after talks with Channel 7 and the Nine Network failed. FFA was hopeful it could move the free-to-air broadcast at the halfway point of a fouryear broadcast deal, but negotiations stalled with Channel 7 and the Nine Network, who turned their attention to the recently concluded AFL and NRL broadcast deals. "It's been reasonably well documented that FFA and SBS have explored alternatives," Gallop said. "We're expecting to be on SBS2 and we'll work hard with SBS to make it work." FFA is predicting this season will rate better than last, which had to compete with Asian Cup coverage and the Cricket World Cup. The A-League's Friday night games have been broadcast free-to-air thanks to a deal with SBS which commenced two years ago, but after poor ratings on SBS2 during the 2013/14 season, coverage was moved to SBS One last season. SBS2 is thought to have under one per cent of the audience market share. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Sydney’s ‘Buddy’ Franklin withdraws due to mental health issue Star Swan ruled out of clash against Fremantle, unsure of return date The Sydney Swans announced star forward Lance 'Buddy' Franklin has been ruled out of this afternoon's qualifying final clash against Fremantle with what it describes as an "ongoing mental health condition". The club further announced that it was unclear when Franklin would return after it was revealed he suffered an unrelated mild epileptic fit last Friday. In a statement the Swans said: "Our first priority is looking after Lance's health. "Lance has been open with the club about his condition and while we consider it a private medical matter, he is aware he has our full support." Swans coach John Longmire threw his support be- hind Franklin. "It is a condition that is very treatable but he needs time to be able to treat it and that is what we are giving him," he said "In regards to this you need to put the football to one side. It is a challenge for him every day, not just a football thing." Next Saturday's edition of Neos Kosmos will feature a look into the effects of mental health problems in sport and wider society. If you or anybody you know needs support or someone to talk to, Lifeline runs a 24-hour support service on 13 11 14. Alternatively, if an interpreter is required contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask to talk to Lifeline in Greek. Sydney’s Lance Franklin at training. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/PAUL MILLER. Free-to-air A-League coverage will now feature on SBS2. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/TRACEY NEARMY. Victory, City win friendlies Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory both faced off in friendlies against PS4 NPL competition on Wednesday night, coming away victorious. For City it was an 8-0 drubbing of the Oakleigh Cannons in Oakleigh, whilst Victory came away with a come from behind 4-3 win over Hume City in Broadmeadows. Both clubs will now turn their attention to their upcoming FFA Cup encounters, with City to face Heidelberg United on September 29, whilst Victory faces Adelaide United on September 22. Blue and Whites meet Azzuri in SA NPL Grand Final showdown GEORGE STOGIANNOU West Adelaide is just one win away from its first top flight title in 24 years, as it prepares to face its great rival this season in the SA NPL Grand Final at Elite Systems football centre this afternoon. Adelaide Blue Eagles stand in the way of Wests and the championship trophy, and if past matches between the two frontrunners this season are anything to go by, the Blue Eagles loom as a formidable obstacle for West Adelaide. Both teams take confidence into the final. Wake Dekker (R) scored a double against Oakleigh Cannons in Melbourne City’s 8-0 win. PHOTO: TWITTER/@MELBOURNECITY Although finishing runnersup to Wests by just one point, the Azzuri start slight favourites, knowing that the minor premier has been unable to defeat it in four meetings this year. They'll be further emboldened by their last meeting in the second leg of the quali- fying final a fortnight ago, which finished 4-1 in the Eagles' favour and secured a direct passage into today's grand final. Apart from the last twenty minutes of that game when the floodgates opened, the matches between the two rivals have been very tight with three drawn games. West Adelaide is confident it can avoid a repeat of that second half in the last game against the Eagles. West Adelaide qualified for the grand final by defeating West Torrens Birkalla in an exciting match last weekend. Birkalla had the better of the first half, taking the lead in the ninth minute through Ryan Kitto. However, Wests Nathan Andijanto equalised on the stroke of half time to swing the momentum to Wests. Clinical finishing by Wests in the second half proved the difference, with John Karatzas netting a hat trick whilst Tom Briscoe added a fifth. For Birkalla, Kitto scored a second but they were unable to add any more despite creating numerous chances.
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