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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 July 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016 27 SPORT Heidelberg faces revamped Northcote in Derby Aaron Mooy of Australia is tackled by Andreas Samaris of Greece during the game between Australia and Greece in June. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/DAN HIMBRECHTS. Melbourne City FC confirms Mooy transfer Melbourne City FC can confirm it has agreed the transfer of Aaron Mooy to City Football Group sister club Manchester City FC, with the midfielder signing a threeyear deal with the English Premier League outfit. Mooy, 25, joined Melbourne City in mid-2014 and has since developed into one of the most talented midfielders in Australia's domestic competition. In Mooy, Manchester City has secured a technicallygifted and attack-minded player who has featured in 53 league matches across two seasons for Melbourne City, advancing to become a creative, committed and intuitive midfielder. A two-time Player of the Year at Melbourne City, Mooy carried his exceptional form from his first season into the most recent ALeague campaign, scoring 11 times and contributing 21 assists – a record in competition history. Emerging as a rising star for the Australian national team, his move to the twotime Premier League Cham- pion will provide access to world-class support networks offered by City Football Group. "Aaron is an extremely talented player who possesses the attributes we hope to foster and encourage within the City Football Group," Brian Marwood, managing director, City Football Services, said. "With the unique model CFG provides, Aaron's move to Manchester allows us to further expose him to a high standard of opportunities to ensure his professional growth." As Melbourne City's squad evolves, Australian defensive midfielder Luke Brattan will join on loan from Manchester City for the forthcoming season, marking head coach John van' t Schip's fifth new signing ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. Brattan joined championship club Bolton Wanderers on loan before returning to Manchester City to train and progress in the world-class environment at the City Football Academy, Manchester. The three-time Hyundai ALeague Championship winner returns to Australia, where he made 91 appearances for Brisbane Roar before signing for Manchester City in October 2015. Brattan played a vital role for Roar as a talented holding midfielder across six ALeague seasons and will link up with Melbourne City. Speaking of his move Brattan said: "My experience in England has been a fantastic one and, thanks to my time at the City Football Academy, I have never felt more prepared for a season. “I'm delighted to be joining Melbourne City ahead of what I'm sure will be a really exciting season and I can't wait to get started." Meanwhile, Anthony Caceres has extended his loan deal with Melbourne City until the end of the 2016/17 season after joining the club in January 2016, with the Manchester City loanee provided further opportunities to mature in Melbourne. The midfielder made 11 appearances for City during the 2015/16 season, scoring his first goal for the club against Brisbane Roar in the Round 24 win at AAMI Park. "Aaron was a fantastic contributor to Melbourne City and we must first and foremost thank him for his involvement and impact during his time at the club," van' t Schip said while he wished Mooy success in his latest career move. "He is deserving of his new opportunity and we wish him all the best for the future. "Luke will be a fantastic addition to our squad; he has long been recognised as an impressive young talent in Australia, and we are looking forward to what he can bring to our midfield, particularly after his experience overseas," he said. "Anthony joined us in January and has been an important member of the squad since his arrival. His performances during the final matches of the regular season have demonstrated his notable talent. "We are delighted to have these two players on board as we begin our preparations for the new campaign." Hawthorn Spartans are back on top of the ladder Last Saturday, in reasonable conditions and back at their home ground, the Hawthorn Spartans had another decisive win by 103 points over Prahran Assumption. It was their third of last four wins by over 100 points. The Spartans are now back on top of the ladder after Old Xaverians’ shock loss to Melbourne High, a team Spartans beat last week by 106 points. It was another great team ef- fort for the Spartans, with 38 scoring shots, four even quarters, and meeting 80 per cent of KPIs, with defence only conceded three goals for the game two weeks in a row. Spartans' final score was 18.20.128 to Prahran Assumption 3.7.25. Goalkickers: T. Demetriou 6 , L. Edwards 5, T. Barber 3, J. Farah 2, J. Maddock 1, J. Yap 1. Today at 11.40 am, the Spartans play third team Richmond Central at home (Rathmines Reserve, Rath- mines Road, Hawthorn Mel ref 45 H10). The canteen will be open. For more match details, refer to the Spartans website: www. hawthornspartans.com.au With just eight rounds remaining in the 2016 NPL 1, July looms as a crucial month for relegation-embattled Northcote City. Currently sitting in the automatic relegation spot of 13th on the ladder, City is just two points behind Richmond which occupies the play-off spot, although City has played one game more than Richmond. This Sunday's away game to Heidelberg United is the first of five July games for Northcote. While the Bergers are in third spot, the other four matches in July are against teams directly above City on the ladder, and include fellow relegation candidates Avondale and Richmond, in what will be must-win matches if Goran Lozanovski's team is to claw itself out of the relegation zone. The Bergers and South Melbourne did Northcote City a favour last week by narrowly defeating Avondale and Richmond respectively. Not that City can expect any favours this Sunday from Heidelberg in the local derby. It certainly got none in the Rd 6 encounter against the Bergers at John Cain Reserve earlier this season when Heidelberg romped away to a 6-1 win in the second half, in a result which probably delivered a fatal blow to then coach Gymnopoulos' tenure as senior coach. Since then much has changed at Northcote under new coach Goran Lozanovski, and the Bergers can expect to face a team almost unrecognisable compared to their first meeting. Northcote City's match day squad, which drew against Green Gully last round, contained no less than 12 new players, and included just three players - Karvouniaris, Petrovski and Bounas - who were in the squad against the Bergers earlier in the season. Coach Lozanovski's squad has more attacking options but he's also recruited players who have a stronger physical presence, and are better conditioned, qualities which he sees as vital if his team has to try and grind out results and battle to the final whistle in each of the remaining rounds. On the same Sunday they watch their team in action at Olympic Village, Northcote fans will be keeping a close eye on the results of Oakleigh Cannons’ home match against Avondale. The Cannons last week pushed reigning champion Bentleigh Greens in an entertaining match in which the lead changed hands twice before the visiting Greens ran out 3-2. Today Bentleigh visits a struggling Melbourne Victory in a match the Greens should win, thereby keeping the pressure on South Melbourne which was scheduled to host an in-form Hume City yesterday. In NPL 2 E Rd 19 action today, second-placed Kingston City will be hoping to get back to its winning ways after just a second defeat of the season last week, against Whittlesea Ranges. City hosts Eastern Lions on Saturday while Brunswick City hosts Springvale White Eagles in a mid-table clash. Box Hill United hosts a struggling Murray United. The State Leagues take a break this weekend for a catchup round. Two catch-up games this weekend include Malvern City travelling to Langwarrin for an SE 1 match today, while tomorrow South Springvale hosts an in-form FC Clifton Hill at Warner Reserve. PHOTO: NORTHCOTE CITY FACEBOOK.
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