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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 July 2016
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 JULY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Jesse Makarounas (L). PHOTO: MELBOURNEVICTORY.COM.AU Roar to join the Lions of Lisbon Makarounas signs with Adelaide United A-League club Brisbane Roar is looking to tap into the footballing expertise that helped produce 10 of the current Euro 2016 championship-winning Portuguese squad. Brisbane's Courier Mail is reporting that the Roar is keen to establish a partnership with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, focusing on player development, player academies and player exchanges. Roar's managing director Daniel Cobb is about to head to Europe to try and formalise an arrangement with Sporting Lisbon, an 18-time winner of the Portuguese League title. Sporting's academy is famous for being a production line of players who have gone on to represent the Selecao, as the national team is known - players of the calibre of Ronaldo, Luis Figo, as well as players who played a prominent part in Portugal's recent Euro 2016 triumph against France, including Nani, Quaresma, William Carvalho and Joao Mario. Meanwhile, in other A-League news, former Melbourne Victory midfielder Jesse Makarounas earlier this week signed a one-year deal with reigning A-League champion Adelaide United. Makarounas spent three seasons at Victory where he played 36 games, often coming off the bench, and he's hoping the move to the Reds will give him the opportunity for more game time. Makarounas has represented Australia at U17 and U20 level. His arrival at Adelaide comes at a time when one of its star midfielders from last season, Stefan Mauk, is reportedly about to depart overseas to join Dutch First Division club NEC. It's believed Mauk has a $400,000 buy-out clause in his contract which the Dutch club is willing to pay. Mauk, whose good form last year earned him a callup from Ange Postecoglou to join the Socceroos' squad for the England friendly, will be following in the footsteps of another former Adelaide player and current Socceroo Craig Goodwin, who departed at the end of last season's campaign to join Dutch Club Sparta Rotterdam. 2016 Melbourne Cup returns to the Cowal Gold Mine This week saw the arrival of the 2016 Melbourne Cup to the Cowal Gold Operation near West Wyalong − where the gold used to make the cup is produced. Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts acknowledged its arrival at Cowal and West Wyalong, part of an Australia and New Zealand tour arranged by the Victoria Racing Club. "Today's event has special significance because, for the first time in the Melbourne Cup's 150-year history, the trophy itself uses gold that has been mined, refined and crafted wholly in Australia, and NSW in particular," Mr Roberts said. "The gold originated from Evolution Mining's Cowal Gold Operation and was refined at ABC Bullion's refinery in the inner Sydney suburb of Marrickville, giving a strong NSW link to this premier horse racing event." The trophy, valued at $175,000, is made from 18-carat gold, weighs 1.65 kil- ograms and contains 44 pieces that are hand spun over a 250-hour production process. "In 2014-15, NSW accounted for 12 per cent of Australia's gold production, bringing more than $48m to our state revenue and at this year's Melbourne Cup Day, gold from NSW soil will hold a place of honour in the winner's hands. Our state is the second largest gold producer in the nation." Evolution executive chairman Jake Klein said: "Evolution is proud to be involved in producing the 2016 Melbourne Cup and we would like to thank the Bland Shire Council and the Victoria Racing Club for bringing this event to West Wyalong and giving us the opportunity to share this historic cup with our employees and the whole community." Evolution's Cowal Gold Operation employs 257 people and contributed more than $10m to the Bland Shire economy through local procurement in 2015.
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