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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 June 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2016 25 SPORT Crucial round for bottom four NPL clubs Northcote brings in fresh troops for relegation battle The closure of the mid-season transfer window during the week, saw a late flurry of transfer activity at several NPL clubs. In contrast to most NPL clubs which have picked up three or four new players during the window, Northcote City has signed no less than 11 new players with most coming from interstate. If last weekend's performance is anything to go by, it seems that coach Goran Lozanovski's recruiting strategy is producing immediate results. The coach gave four of his new players a start against Melbourne Knights, and the team produced the surprise result of the round by winning 5-0. Former Newcastle Jets striker Braedyn Crowley showed he has an eye for goal bagging all five goals. The confidence boosting result lifts Northcote off the bottom of the table and also lifts the hopes of the club, that with 10 rounds remaining it may be able to fight its way clear of the relegation zone. Every match is crucial for Lozanovski's side, beginning with its round 17 match last night, when it visited Pascoe Vale, a side just above it on points. With Melbourne Victory hosting Richmond today, the round looms as vital for the bottom four teams. Today's other NPL 1 match sees fifth placed Oakleigh Cannons visit sixth placed Hume City this evening. The Cannons face a Hume City outfit buoyed by its midweek qualification for the round of 32 in the FFA Cup, following a comfortable 4-0 win over Richmond. Whilst Hume has scored some big wins this season over lower placed clubs in the league, it has only won once against a top six opponent. The Cannons won the first encounter between the two clubs 2-1 at home, this season. Oakleigh is enjoying a run of four straight wins at present and have the benefit of a week's rest, after last weekend's match against Richmond was postponed. After being eliminated from the FFA Cup by Melbourne Knights midweek, Port Melbourne Sharks make an immediate return to the Knights Stadium for a second go at the Knights. With both teams equal on points just outside the top six, a win is vital for each to stay in touch with the top six. South Melbourne also needs to put the bitter disappointment of its midweek elimination from the FFA Cup behind, when it hosts Bulleen Lions tomorrow. Expect some changes to the league leader's lineup following the 4-0 loss to Bentleigh Greens. The last time Souths met the Lions, South escaped with a point through a late equaliser. At Olympic Village on Sunday, third meets fourth as the Bergers host Green Gully. Heidelberg will be hoping to bounce back quickly from a surprise 2-1 defeat last round at lowly Pascoe Vale. Spectators will be hoping for a more attacking encounter than the first meeting of these two this season which produced a scoreless draw. In NPL 2 E, second placed Kingston City closed the gap on league leader Dandenong Thunder to just two points after Thunder dropped its first points of the season last week in a 3-3 away draw to Whittlesea Ranges. Today, Kingston faces the tough challenge of taking on cross conference league leader Moreland Zebras, in a bid to stay in touch with Thunder. Fourth placed Box Hill United travels to Bendigo City today whilst seventh placed Brunswick City travels to St Albans Saints tomorrow. In round 12 State league SE 1 action, third placed Malvern City hosts seventh placed South Springvale in a Hellenic derby today, whilst sixth placed FC Clifton Hill hosts league leader Mornington. In NW 1, struggling Altona East faces a tough challenge when it visits fourth placed Banyule City today, whilst Yarraville travels to Keilor Park for a mid-table clash today. Tomorrow Western Suburbs hosts Westgate in another mid table clash. In State League E 5, league leader Monash City hopes to maintain its unbeaten record this season when it travels to third placed Albert Park. Greek Sports Minister condemns offensive Euro2016 Albanian banner The Deputy Minister of Sport Stavros Kontonis has filed a complaint at UEFA over a provocative banner that was raised during Saturday's match between Albania and Switzerland for the Euro. The provocative banner claimed that Greece is 'guilty' over the alleged genocide of Chams, following WWII, To Vima Greek newspaper reports. In his complaint to UEFA, the Greek Minister argues that the banner is "provocative, defamatory, unhistorical and offensive to Greece" and questioned how it was raised, given the major security concerns and planning. The socalled 'Cham issue' was also raised ahead of the recent official visit to Albania by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias. Nick Kyrgios knocked out of Queen’s Club PHOTO: EPA/WILL OLIVER The Australian tennis star remains confident he can bounce back at Wimbledon 2016 A defeat was in store for Nick Kyrgios, in the first-round of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club placing Australia's hopes solely on Bernard Tomic. A misfiring serve, singlehandedly offered Milos Raonic the win, ending faulting twice from 15-30 at 4-all. Raonic fired 20 aces to Kyrgios' 17, conceding only eight points against a thunderous first serve in a clash lasting two hours and five minutes. "I was really impressed with the way he (Raonic) played," Kyrgios told the AAP. "He was trying to be really aggressive from the get go. Maria Genitsaridi scores for Greek national vollebay team Maria Genitsaridi of the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team helped aid the Greek national team to a 4-2 record in pool play of the 2016 CEV Volleyball European League this week in Megalopolis, Greece. Genitsaridi, a senior at Pitt, is currently one of the top-three offensive players for the Greeks, having played in 18 sets through six matches and has put away 38 kills and 2.1 per set. The national team defeated Romania and Hungary in their first two games before falling to Slovenia in the first tournament. In the second round robin, the Greeks repeated as they defeated Romania and Hungary once again but dropped yet another match to Slovenia. Following pool play, the Greek national team is currently in second place, but will have to wait to find out its fate of whether it makes the final four as other teams are still competing, the Pitt reports. I felt really rushed, I didn't serve well, I didn't return well, I thought I probably didn't do anything well today –at all– or yesterday." "I just hung in. I was really impressed with the way he played. I knew it was a tough draw. There's heaps of tough players here. I thought he was playing well. It wouldn't surprise me if he goes really deep this week." Having lost so early on, Kyrgios will again have to rely on exhibition matches to be ready for Wimbledon in 11 days.
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