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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 June 2016
SPORT 30 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2016 Bergers Fight to Keep in Touch with Leaders third-placed Dandenong City, whilst maintaining its close pursuit of league leader Dandenong Thunder. Last week Kingston scored an impressive 2-0 away win over Moreland Zebras and this week it faces another tough challenge when it hosts NPL 2 W leader Whittlesea Ranges in a Saturday evening match. Over in Brunswick, the poor condition of Brunswick City's pitch at Dunstan Reserve has meant a venue change today for the visit of Ballarat Red Devils. The match will shift to Clifton Park, Victoria St Brunswick. Meanwhile fourth-placed Box Hill United hosts Moreland City to day. A couple of Hellenic derbies feature in Round 13 State league action this weekend. PHOTO : SMILE FOR PETER/ FC CLIFTON HILL FACEBOOK FC Clifton Hill looks to keep Climbing when it visits Aris today The NPL 1 division's top two teams South Melbourne and Bentleigh Greens extended their lead over the chasing pack after both picked up narrow wins in last week's Round 17. In contrast, thirdplaced Heidelberg United dropped points in a home draw against Green Gully whilst both Oakleigh Cannons and Port Melbourne Sharks suffered defeats. After the draw against Green Gully, Heidelberg coach George Katsakis commented, "Look the way we set up our year was to make the finals. It was always to make the finals. If anything comes over and above that, then it's a bonus. But whilst it's still mathematically possible to win the Premier's Plate, we won't let go." This Sunday the Bergers visit Knights Stadium to take on relegation threatened Avondale FC. Heidelberg won the reverse fixture 3-0 earlier in the season but can expect a tougher challenge against a team desperate for points. The Bergers will be without the suspended Reuben Way. Another relegation threatened team desperate for points is Northcote City which after last week's away loss to Pascoe Vale will be hoping to get something out of its home match today against fourth-placed Green Gully. In NPL 2 E, second placed Kingston City has opened up a huge 14-point gap over In SE 1, South Springvale hosts FC Clifton Hill. The Hillmen will be bristling with confidence after last week's 6-1 win over league leader Mornington. Christopher Davies helped himself to four goals during that win. South Springvale on the other hand, will be trying to bounce back from two consecutive heavy defeats on the road. The other derby takes place in NW 1, where ninth placed Western Suburbs travels to 11th placed Altona East Phoenix with both teams coming off defeats last week. In SE 2, second placed Caulfield United Cobras host third placed St Kilda FC in what could be a crucial game for both promotion contenders, whilst in State League 5 E, second placed Monash City should be able to keep its undefeated run intact when it hosts seventh-placed Glen Waverley SC. Labor MP pledges $500,000 towards modernising the Village GEORGE STOGIANNOU Heidelberg United Football Club's master plan for the redevelopment of the Olympic Village precinct in West Heidelberg received a further boost last Wednesday when the federal member for Jagajaga, Jenny Macklin MP, pledged a $500,000 contribution if a Labor government is elected. The grant will go towards the redevelopment of the social club facility at the club. This is one key part of a four to six million dollar plan to redevelop the whole site into a modern facility. In addition to the social club redevelopment, the plan includes the construction of a new car park behind the grandstand, the relocation of the main pitch closer to the main stand, the construction of new VIP media facilities, the construction of a synthetic pitch and two additional pitches in the area adjacent to and behind the social slub. Minister Macklin's announcement follows a $200,000 contribution made by state government and the City of Banyule towards the construction of female-friendly change rooms at Olympic Village, announced in late April. Speaking at the HUFC Social Club on Wednesday, Jenny Macklin MP said, "The club has been doing a fantastic job working up their master plan. We've been talking about it over many, many months and I'm really pleased to come along tonight and announce that if Labor is successful on Saturday 2 July we will contribute $500,000 for the redevelopment of this fantastic social club. Each and every one of you knows how important this social club is to the whole club. It's a place where everyone can come along, join together, have a lot of fun. But it's also the place where the club itself will raise a lot of money to contribute to the ongoing development of these fantastic grounds." Spokesperson for HUFC, club secretary John Lioupas said, "On behalf of HUFC, I'd like to sincerely thank Jenny for pledging her much valued support by contributing to the redevelopment of this historic site - the training venue for the 1956 Olympic Games and our home since 1979. Whilst this is a historic site, our facilities don't need to be. They are in urgent need of an upgrade. This funding pledge, that has been made today by Jenny along with the recent announcement by the Andrews government and the co-contribution of the City of Banyule for female friendly change rooms, as well as the master plan the council are currently developing for this precinct, will essentially lay the cornerstone for the redevelopment of Olympic Park into a modern facility, not only for our beautiful game but for the whole of the Banyule community. We will build it - brick by brick if we have to. But we will build it." DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Bentleigh to Joust With The Knights in Dockerty Cup Semi GEORGE STOGIANNOU Having last season won its first ever Premier League title, and then followed it up at the start of this season, with its first Community Shield trophy, Bentleigh Greens now has a first ever Dockerty Cup trophy set squarely in its sights after a dominant win over arch rival and traditional powerhouse, South Melbourne secured it a semi-final spot. Last Friday's Dockerty Cup semi-final draw pits coach John Anastasiadis's talented Bentleigh team against another traditional powerhouse and five-time winner of the trophy Melbourne Knights in a match for a finals berth. Bentleigh Greens has a good recent record over the Melbourne Knights which sits just outside the top six after some inconsistent performances in the league this season. Realistically, the second placed Greens are probably the favourites to lift the Cup from here but coach John Anastasiadis commented that he expects the semi against the Knights to be a " tough game. No game's easy for us. We've got to be at our best. We'll prepare appropriately for that game. Hopefully we'll go the next step." One potential problem facing coach Anastasiadis in preparing for the match is finding a suitable replacement for centre-half Ross Archibald. The reliable Archibald has proven to be a more than capable replace- ment for the departed Steven Topalovic at the heart of the Greens defence. But he is expected to be out for six weeks following a shoulder injury suffered in the recent cup match against South Melbourne. The other Dockerty Cup semi-final will be between Hume City and Green Gully. It will be the third time Hume coach Lou Acevski and Gully coach Arthur Papas pit their wits against each other in Cup matches in 12 months. Coach Papas faces Hume City in a second consecutive Dockerty Cup semi-final. The current Gully coach led Oakleigh Cannons to a Dockerty Cup semi-final win over Hume City last season, followed by an FFA Cup quarter-final loss against Hume later in the season. The dates and venues of the Dockerty Cup semi-finals are yet to be confirmed however they will take place between Tuesday 5 July and Thursday 14 July. Hawthorn Spartans’ biggest win of the season against Melbourne High School OB Last Saturday at the Melbourne High School oval Hawthorn Spartans brought home the win in spite of the wet, difficult conditions. Spartans started very well and had a decisive 106 points win against a team they only beat by 31 points last time. It was a great team effort, Spartans had eight multiple goal kickers, seven goals last quarter, 58 tackles, achieved 95 per cent of KPIs, 35 scoring shots, their defence only conceded three goals for the game after allowing 12 goals against them last time. Final score: Spartans 19.16.130 to Melbourne High 3.6.24. Goalkickers: T. Demetriou 3, J.Farah 3, C.Pana 3, N. Criticos 2, N. Gieschen 2, Y. Issam 2, A. Mitropoulos 2 and T. White 2. Best players: Great team effort. This Saturday at 11.40 am the Spartans play Prahran Assumption at home, Rathmines Reserve, Rathmines Road, Hawthorn Mel ref 45 H10. For more match details refer to Spartans website www.hawthornspartans. com.au.
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