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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 June 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2016 27 SPORT Knockout clash of the titans in FFA Cup State Leagues reach halfway mark GEORGE STOGIANNOU Fans of local football can look forward to a feast of competitive action in the coming days with Round 16 of the NPL this weekend, followed closely by three midweek Westfield FFA Cup Round 7 matches. Those three matches will decide which teams make it to the round of 32 nationwide stage of the Westfield FFA Cup, with Green Gully already having booked its place for the first time in the club's history, after defeating FC Bulleen Lions at home 1-nil last Wedneday evening. Also on the verge of a first-ever qualification into the nationwide round of 32 is Port Melbourne Sharks. Eric Vassiliadis' team travels to Knights stadium to take on Melbourne Knights this coming Wednesday evening. There's little between both sides on paper. They're neck and neck, equal on points in the league, just outside the top six. Coincidentally, the cup tie on Wednesday precedes their next league encounter just three days later, again at Knights Stadium. With so much at stake in the cup and the league, expect two tense encounters between these two over the next week. The Sharks will be without recently-departed experienced midfielders Alan Mulcahy and Lambros Honos. The match of the round promises to be Bentleigh Greens hosting South Melbourne in a Round 7 FFA Cup tie on Tuesday evening at Kingston Heath. Like Frazier and Ali, the fierce rivalry between the league's top two teams of the last twoand-a-half seasons seems to produce monumental encounters. With both sides equally determined to progress to the national stage of the cup, fans can expect another blockbuster. In the remaining Round 7 FFA Cup tie, Hume City hosts Richmond SC this Wednesday, after Richmond knocked out Kingston City 3-1 in a midweek match. In NPL 1 action today, Northcote City hosts Melbourne Knights. City will be trying to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to South Melbourne last Sunday when a City old boy Milos Lujic sunk his former club with a hat-trick. City could do with a few goal-scorers of their own and to this end, coach Lozanovski has signed two former teammates, James Papadimitriou and Danny Charalambous. It's a reunion for the two forwards, who formed a productive strike partnership for the Moreland Zebras in 2015 before Charalambous departed for Bentleigh Greens in the 2016 pre-season. However, a lack of game time at Kingston Heath has prompted him to switch to John Cain Reserve, where coach Lozanovski hopes the two can again form a productive partnership. In NPL 2 E action, Brunswick City faces a tough challenge when it hosts second-placed Moreland Zebras on Saturday. Last week, the Zebras scored a strong home win against fourth-placed Box Hill United. United will have the chance to bounce back after consecutive losses when it hosts eighthplaced Werribee City. Later that evening, second- placed Kingston City, which can now turn its full attention to the league, hosts seventhplaced Moreland City. The State Leagues reach the halfway mark of the season after this weekend's Round 11. In NW 1, 11thplaced Altona East Phoenix has the opportunity to leapfrog 10th-placed Cairnlea FC when the two meet at Cairnlea. Last week, Yarraville SC leapfrogged Western Suburbs with a crushing 4-1 home win thanks to goals from Keith Dunne, Goran Jozeljic and an Ashley Lymn brace. This week Yarraville faces a tougher task when it travels to Sydenham Park SC, while Western Suburbs also faces a tough task at home on Sunday hosting second-placed Preston Lions. In State League SE 1, Mal- vern City has the chance to bounce back from a couple of recent defeats when it hosts unbeaten league leader Mornington. South Springvale will hope to continue its good form when it travels to Frankston Pines. Last week, Nick Galas scored a goal for the ages when he volleyed home a cross to stun Casey Comets and inspire Souths to a 3-nil home win. Meanwhile fifth-placed FC Clifton Hill will be aiming for a third win in a row when it visits third-placed Manningham United. PHOTO: PERTHGLORY.COM Glory chief tackles homelessness in Vinnies CEO sleepout Perth Glory Football Club CEO Peter Filopoulos will be joining the fight against homelessness in Western Australia through his participation in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, to be held in Perth on 23 June. The event, run by the St Vincent de Paul Society, is a fundraiser which involves around 100 business, government and community leaders sleeping inside the WACA to help understand what it means to be homeless. About 10,000 Western Australians are homeless every night, and Filopoulos is aiming to raise a minimum of $5,000, which will help the charity provide immediate relief to those in crisis. "I'm proud to participate in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout because it troubles me to see and hear about the extent of homelessness in Western Australia and throughout Australia," Filopoulos said, explaining that it is an op- portunity to contribute to a worthwhile cause in the hope the Perth Glory community can rally behind it. "I would also like to call on other CEOs from WA sport clubs to shake off their ties and shoes and jump into a pair of trackies and slum it for a night. I've been fortunate enough to live a privileged life and I think all of us with an ability to give back should do it," he added. Currently, around 1,400 CEOs and 10,700 supporters have raised just under $1.5 million through the Vinnies initiative. St Vincent de Paul WA CEO Mark Fitzpatrick believes the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is the perfect opportunity for business, community and government leaders to join in solidarity to help change the lives of those less fortunate. "This year, we want people to understand the true reality of homelessness. While you sleep, more than 105,000 Australians have no place to call home," Mr Fitzpatrick said. Contrary to stereotypes that have bred the misconception that the homeless are mainly middle-aged, more than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no home, representing 17 per cent of the overall homeless population. "Behind each statistic," Mr Fitzpatrick stressed, "is the story of a fellow Australian – someone just like you and me – who has experienced the extreme isolation and desperation of homelessness." Vinnies works tirelessly throughout the year to assist those experiencing homelessness through a number of ways, including advocacy support, budgeting services, living skills and emergency relief that help rebuild lives. To donate or to register for the sleepout as a CEO or executive visit www.ceosleepout.org.au PHOTO: AAP SA govt funds West Adelaide Hellas and Adelaide Olympic GEORGE STOGIANNOU West Adelaide Hellas and Adelaide Olympic are among a group of several South Australian football clubs set to benefit from a midweek announcement by the South Australian state government treasurer Tom Koutsantonis of a $10 million budget measure to build eight artificial pitches and upgrade football facilities at clubs across Adelaide. Treasurer Koutsantonis said in a statement: "Our football clubs need facilities to meet this ongoing demand, and the state government investment in artificial pitches − which can have three times as many games played on them as turf pitches − will help meet that demand. "We want to do everything we can to encourage South Australia's young people to be fit, active and social, and investing in facilities at sporting clubs is one of the best ways we can do this." The treasurer described the budget measure as "the largest ever cash injection into grass roots football in South Australia's history". West Adelaide will be a major beneficiary, with two artificial pitches to be built at its Kilburn Sportsplex in Kilburn. These new pitches will enable the club to consolidate a number of bases used at present for senior men’s and women’s teams (both NPL and amateur) all on the one site. "The club since 1962 has never had a home base,” chaiman Alex Alexandrou told Neos Kosmos. “They've played for a lot of years out of Hindmarsh. So 60 years later, since 1963, we'll finally have a home ground, a home base, home clubrooms that the club can control and hold its own functions and finally have a home. “Unfortunately with some of the Hellenic clubs around Australia, we seem to have always been moving from ground to ground to ground. And our number one goal in the last decade has been to secure a facility. We're lucky enough to have done that." Alexandrou expects the two pitches to be operational within 12 months. "Our pitches will be administered by ourselves, but at the same time we hope for, and we're sure we can get other community groups to use them, as well as local schools. And that's the beauty of the artificial pitches, we can have a lot of usage." Adelaide Olympic will also benefit from the state government funding, with an artificial pitch to be built at its home base.
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