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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 March 2016
SPORT 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2016 Filopoulos working hard to secure new direction Peter Filopoulos walked through the door at Perth Glory during the most tumultuous point of its history. In the midst of salary cap scandals and off-field discipline issues, the club was at its lowest ebb. But Filopoulos has been trying his best to steer the club in a new direction. "We speak a lot around here about making the right decisions and not getting caught in a position where we have been in the past," he said. "We are talking the talk and we are walking the walk as well, and it is really important that we keep building the credibility." Filopoulos was appointed in 2015 to replace the sacked Jason Brewer. It was a tough start to his time in charge, with the club slumping to the bottom of the ladder earlier this season. But some positive work during the January transfer window, when the club signed highly-rated homegrown talents Adam Taggart and Shane Lowry, and a club record five-game winning streak, finally put the Glory in the headlines for the right reasons. "We haven't put a limit on what we can achieve; basically, we want to be the leading club in Australia," Filopoulos told the ABC. Building a future for WA football The club's four-year plan is ambitious. A key part is to build a new training and administration facility similar to what AFL club the Fremantle Dockers is building at Cockburn, south of Perth. The WA government had been reluctant to get involved with the A-League club in the past, but it appears to be open to the idea of a home of football. It has been working on a business case with the Glory and Football West. The plan would be for the facility to provide a training and administration base for Football West and its highperformance academies. It would also service community soccer clubs and community competition. The Glory would potentially lease part of the facility as its training and administration base. "A lot of the other codes - netball, rugby and AFL - have a lot of government support in being able to build world-class facilities," Filopoulos said. "With what we have been able to achieve as a state in terms of developing football talent, and what Perth Glory has done in representing the state nationally and hopefully internationally shortly, it is time we had world-class facilities to continue developing talent and being a successful football club." In the meantime, the Glory hopes to identify a location for a short-term home within the next 12 months. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Green machine to test itself on Hume GEORGE STOGIANNOU NPL 1 clubs Bentleigh Greens and Heidelberg United both come off big wins from last week and feature in two of the most interesting match ups of Round 3 this weekend. Reigning champion Bentleigh Greens is sure to test the credentials of ambitious Hume City. Both sides have made winning starts to the season, collecting a maximum six points, although Hume could consider itself a little fortunate to collect all three points away to Avondale last week. Minutes after Avondale scored a deserved equaliser, substitute striker Kym Harris came off the bench to score the winner for Hume. At ABD stadium later this evening the team will entertain Bentleigh, which scored a crushing 6-1 home win last week against newlypromoted Richmond. Greens striker Chris Lucas helped himself to a four-goal haul in that game. In another big Round 3 match-up, Heidelberg United hosts another team with an unblemished start to the season, Pascoe Vale. The Bergers, with several missing first choice players, largely redeemed the opening round shocker against South by defeating another old rival, Melbourne Knights, 6-1 last keeper Pierce Clarke, because of injuries and suspensions. The Bergers can expect a tough assignment this week but a win against the Vales would go a long way to laying to rest the ghost of last season's finals loss to Pascoe Vale and the three penalty points arising from the aftermath. The match kicks off at 4.00 pm at Olympic Village. In NPL2 East, Kingston City will be trying for a third straight win when it hosts Springvale White Eagles at the Grange on Monday night. Kingston accounted for Eastern Lions 2-1 last Sunday with Koukal and Mitrovic the scorers. Box Hill United features in arguably the match of the round when it visits Eastern Lions on Saturday after United opened its account for the season with a 3-2 away win at Murray United courtesy of an injury time Okada goal. Meanwhile, Brunswick City will be hoping for its first win of the season when it hosts Nunawading City on Saturday. Greens were head and shoulders above Richmond last week. PHOTO : BENTLEIGH GREENS FACEBOOK. week. Kanakaris and Petrie each scored a brace in a result made even more impressive by the fact that Bergers coach George Katsakis was forced to use several youngsters and fringe players, including 18-year-old reserve Three NPL 1 matches played yesterday were Port Melbourne Sharks v South Melbourne, Oakleigh Cannons v Richmond, Melbourne Knights v Northcote City. Results were unknown at time of going to print. Matildas move closer to Rio Olympics qualification A hat-trick to captain Kyah Simon helped propel the Matildas to a 9-nil thrashing of Vietnam in their second match of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics qualifying tournament in Osaka. Peter Filopoulos The Matildas, who beat hosts Japan 3-1 in their tournament opener on Monday night, were due to face South Korea in Osaka last night. A second win has the Matildas with a perfect record and in top spot on the standings, with only the top two qualifying for the Rio Games.
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