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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 May 2016
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016 SPORT DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Sharks eye top four spot Heidelberg, Malvern juggle League and Cup fixtures this week Former Heidelberg United teammates Eric Vassiliadis and Lou Acevski will go head to head as opposition coaches this afternoon, when Vassiliadis' Port Melbourne Sharks travel to Hume City for their round 12 NPL 1 encounter. With both teams hovering just outside the top four, each coach will be keen for a win which could give their team a shot at the finals. Both teams will be expecting much tougher opposition than they faced last round when each enjoyed a big win against lowly opposition. Hume took Northcote City apart 5-nil, while the Sharks feasted on Richmond to the tune of 7-nil, no doubt assisted in part by Richmond playing with 10 men for most of the second half. One person hoping that Port gives Hume a tough, torrid encounter will be Malvern City coach Steve Aivaliotis, whose State League 1 SE leaders will face the daunting task of having to knock out Hume City in round six of the FFA Cup at Jack Edwards Reserve, Oakleigh, this coming Wednesday night. The last remaining State League team in the competition, Malvern City expected a difficult draw, but it received no favours in drawing last year's semi-finalist, which will be keen to once again scale the dizzy heights of the latter stages of the national competition. Malvern City will also have to back up from a weekend league match when it travels to Casey Comets this afternoon. In another round six FFA Cup fixture scheduled this coming week, Heidelberg United visits Green Gully this Tuesday evening. A previous league meeting between the two teams earlier this season produced a scoreless draw. Heidelberg coach George Katsakis will be hoping his side will have emerged from yesterday's league match away to Oakleigh Cannons relatively unscathed for the Gully clash. In other NPL action this weekend, Brunswick City and Box Hill United square off in a round 12 NPL2 E Hellenic derby this afternoon at Dunstan Reserve, with third place on the ladder up for grabs for the winner. Box Hill remains undefeated in its last five matches and has overtaken Brunswick City into third place, following City's recent defeats to the two top teams in the NPL 2 conferences, Dandenong Thunder and North Geelong Warriors. Both Brunswick and Box Hill trail secondplaced Kingston City by a sizeable gap which Kingston will be keen to maintain when it visits Goulburn Valley Suns tomorrow. To the State Leagues, and in round six action last week, Yarraville scored an excellent 3-2 home win over second-placed Westgate. It will be looking to back it up today with another win in a SL NW 2 derby away to struggling Altona East Phoenix, which will be looking to atone for last week's loss to bottom of the table Diamond Valley United. Similar to Yarraville, Western Suburbs will also be trying to back up last week's good 1-nil win over third-placed Sydenham Park, with another good result in its home match against Keilor Park on Sunday. In SE 1 action, eighth-placed South Springvale hopes its resurgence continues this weekend with a third consecutive win, when it travels to 11th-placed Mooroolbark. Sixth-placed FC Clifton Hill will be looking for consistency when it travels to ninthplaced Berwick City. Melbourne Victory announces ‘regrettable findings’ from Lakeside investigation Melbourne Victory has announced it has completed its own investigation into an incident involving its fans at a round nine NPL match against South Melbourne, at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday 24 April. The incident occurred soon after half-time, when a group of people left the Melbourne Victory designated seating area in the northern stand and crossed to an area on the oppo- site side of the ground, allocated to South Melbourne fans. According to witnesses, scuffles broke out and security personnel were involved. In a statement on the Victory website, the club says of the investigation that "regrettably, our findings suggest clear involvement from people in an active area associated with Melbourne Victory Football Club". "Our club is incredibly disappointed with the findings and furthermore will continue to assist FFV in their ongoing investigations and any process that may follow. We also want to acknowledge the proactive approach taken by South Melbourne FC throughout this process." The club also announced it will remove those found to be in- volved from the club and that it will make further changes to its security measures for the remainder of the NPL season, although it didn't elaborate. One of those measures, however, was to ban active supporters from entering the next match following the South Melbourne game at home to Melbourne Knights. At that match, Victory supporters were forced to watch the game from outside the ground through a wire mesh fence. The club has also announced a comprehensive review of all its active fan areas for next season's A-League. At this stage, the FFV has yet to officially announce any charges to be heard by its tribunal arising from the Lakeside incident.
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