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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 May 2016
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MAY 2016 SPORT DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Greek Australian new NFL draft pick Adam Gotsis is the name on everyone's lips, after being drafted to join NFL's Denver Broncos. The 23-year old Melbourne player, who suffered a knee injury late last year, was picked up by the reigning Super Bowl champions on the last second-round pick. In an interview with US media, the player expressed his enthusiasm and said he was more than ready to be part of the culture at the Broncos. "It's a memorable moment. Never going to forget it," he said. "I'm just ready to get in there and start learning." The young player's love affair with football started at the age of six, when he started playing Aussie Rules, but it was in his teens that he turned his attention to the American variety, which saw him go on to receive a scholarship to play for Georgia Tech. Joining Gotsis in the draft line-up were fellow Australians Lachlan Edwards and Tom Hackett, who were picked up by the New York Jets. Mid-table Cannons look to consolidate at Gully Greens visit the Village for Mother’s Day Derby After 10 rounds, Oakleigh Cannons is sitting mid-table with just two losses against its name, which marks a steady but significant improvement compared to where it was at the same stage of last season, when it had lost half its games, changed its coach, and had just two wins. This Saturday, current coaches Peter Tsiolakis and Kostas Tangalakis pit their wits against their predecessor at the Cannons, Arthur Papas, when the Cannons travel to fourth-placed Green Gully. Gully is coming off a home loss to Bentleigh Greens and will be determined to quickly get back on the winning track particularly, as it plays most of its league games away from home in the second half of the season. For the Cannons, conceding late goals has proven costly in its last two games, and it will be looking to defend more effectively, particularly if it has to once again protect a result late in the match. Over at John Cain Reserve today, Northcote City can take heart from its breakthrough win of the season last week away to Richmond, when it takes on the much tougher challenge of playing Hume City, which is also coming off a good win last week against Heidelberg United. Expect Goran Lozanovski's side to keep things very tight against a Hume City outfit determined to finish high up the ladder this season and challenge for the title. Match of the round is the Sunday Mother's Day battle at Olympic Village between Heidelberg United and Bentleigh Greens. The Greens took over second spot from the Bergers after the results of last round. Third-placed Bergers will be looking to make a statement of intent and establish its title credentials when it hosts the reigning champion. The Greens have had the edge over the Bergers in recent clashes but prior to last week's loss to Hume, the Bergers were the most consistent side in the league. In NPL 2 East, second-placed Kingston City should be able to maintain its sizeable lead over the chasing teams, when it visits eighth-placed Bendigo City on late Saturday afternoon in a cross conference round. Earlier in the day, fourth-placed Box Hill United and third-placed Brunswick will try to bridge the gap on Kingston when it travels to Sunshine George Cross and high-flying North Geelong Warriors respectively. In State League 1 NW round six action, reigning champion Western Suburbs faces a tough battle today away to third-placed Sydenham Park, while mid-table Yarraville also faces a tough match when it hosts second-placed Westgate FC. In SE 1, Malvern City will be looking for its sixth win in a row when it hosts eighthplaced Berwick City today. At the same time FC Clifton Hill will be hoping to follow up a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Mooroolbark last week with another good result today at home to fourthplaced Warragul United. Bottom-placed South Springvale is also looking to make it two wins in a row when it hosts Morwell Pegasus. Souths withstood a second half comeback from Langwarrin last week to come away with a 3-2 win, its first of the season. The Spartans nail it again Hawthorn Spartans continued its winning ways last week with a 16 goal second half to win by 96 points. Ten goalkickers was proof that the goals were spread among the playing group. The club remains unde- feated on top of the ladder, with a healthy percentage. Every week, Spartans' director of football Phiv Demetriou runs a highperformance development program for a select number of players. The team's helm has been put through an extensive leadership program and the group has developed excellent leaders on and off the ground. Next week the team plays MHSOB at 11.40 am at home, and would like to continue in its present vein of good form to make it five and nil.
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