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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 April 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2016 25 SPORT Hawthorn Spartans on course for success Spartans club unfurling last year’s flag. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. This season will mark the sixth year of the Hawthorn Spartans in the Victorian Football Amateur Association (VAFA). Having won two of the last three premierships, the team is geared up to have sustained success in 2016. The recruiting of new players and the retention of most of last year's list will hopefully ensure that the Spartans will continue to be successful. Last Saturday 16 April, the team unfurled their 2015 flag avenging the loss to Old Xaverians in 2014. The successful development program conducted by the club’s director of football Phiv Demetri- ou has seen a number of players develop and improve to the point where some have become permanent fixtures in the team after being peripheral players when they first started. This year they will be coached by Anthony Demetriou and John Farah, while being managed by George Demetriou, who looks after all administrative tasks including sponsorship, merchandise, members fees, recruiting, the fixture and a number of other areas. The Spartans will again play their home games at Rathmines Reserve, supported by the Hawthorn Amateur Football Club. The great number of sponsors that George has worked tirelessly to obtain have been fully supportive of the playing group and the club thanks them dearly for their continued assistance. For more information on the team, check out www.hawthornspartans. com.au Laboral thumps Panathinaikos out of the Euroleague Greens club sacks Djordjevic after defeat A game in front of a capacity crowd of home fans at the Olympic Sports Hall did not help Panathinaikos tackle its defence problems. The Green giants crashed out of the Euroleague holding their heads low last Tuesday as Laboral Kutxa swept the Greek Cup holders with a 3-0 score in the best-of-five play-offs after an 84-75 victory in Athens. The team had the same problems in defence that condemned it to defeat in Game 1 of the series in Spain. The Basques' superiority was evident throughout the entire game. Laboral led by 10 in the first half (38-28) before Panathinaikos fought back to edge ahead 57-56, mainly due to Miroslav Raduljica's efforts, who scored 13 points for the Greek team. The match with the Spaniards was also Panathinaikos captain Dimitris Diamantidis' farewell. Even though the club suffered a tremendous blow, crashing out of the Euroleague, the stands shook at the standing ovation and cheers for Diamantidis. Following the outcome, which gave Laboral a 3-0 win in the quarterfinals, Panathinaikos fired Serbian coach Aleksandar Djordjevic, who took over last June. "Panathinaikos BC announces the termination of its contract with Aleksandar Djordjevic," the club said on its official website (www.paobc.gr). AEK take step towards Cup final Time for Poyet to say goodbye A deft second-half header by captain Petros Mantalos was enough to give AEK Athens a 1-nil victory over Atromitos in the first leg of the semifinal of the Greek Cup. It came less than 24 hours after a bizarre turn of events saw former AEK champion Stelios Manolas take over as coach of the club and lead the team to an important win against an Atromitos side coached by Traianos Dellas, who started the season on the bench of AEK. Last Tuesday, one day be- fore the game, Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet was fired by AEK. The 47-year-old, who had been linked with the vacant managerial post at Aston Villa, joined AEK in October, replacing Traianos Dellas. Press reports said AEK chief Dimitris Melissanidis was unhappy that Poyet had told the media he would be leaving the club at the end of the season prior to informing him. "What he did was unacceptable, it was not the appropriate time to unsettle the team just hours before the semi-final," Melissanidis told reporters, labeling the former Sunderland coach "immoral". He later went on to announce that former AEK and Greek international Stelios A Mantalos header clinched the semi-final for AEK. Manolas will take over on an interim basis. Manolas chose to play Mantalos in a role that gave the Greek international more freedom and it paid off, with the AEK captain having his best game in months and capping it off with the winning goal. Meanwhile, AEK finished the regular Super League season in third place with 54 points, with runaway Olympiakos already crowned champion with 85 points. The club will be involved in a post-season tournament with Panathinaikos, PAOK and Panionios or PAS Giannina to determine places in European competition.
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