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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 July 2016
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 JULY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Keeper Tsangas represents green and gold at World Championships Qualification Tournament in Denmark GEORGE STOGIANNOU As the Matildas prepare to fly off to Rio in search of Olympic glory, and the Socceroos prepare for the second stage of their World Cup qualifying campaign beginning in just five weeks, the Pararoos are currently on international duty in Denmark competing in a 2016 International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) CP Football Qualification Tournament for the Intercontinental Cup. The Pararoos are our senior national disability football team, and in Denmark they're competing to win a place in the 2017 Intercontinental Cup to be held in Argentina in September next year. Katsouranis to return to Olympic Village for elite kunior camp Former midfielder Konstantinos Katsouranis heading the ball during the Socceroos friendly against Greece in 2006. PHOTO: AAP /DAVE HUNT Where one chapter in the footballing life of Kostas Katsouranis closed, another one has opened. Former Greek International Katsouranis is making good on his promise to return to Melbourne, with the announcement that he will be launching his new venture Kostas Katsouranis Elite camps in Australia with the first camp scheduled for Melbourne in late September. Having announced his retirement from senior football immediately after a guest appearance for Heidelberg United in last year's FFA Cup at Olympic Village the decorated midfielder will return to the Village to conduct a week-long training camp for girls and boys from Monday 26 to Friday 30 September. According to the Katsouranis Elite Camp website, the training camp gives junior players between the ages of eight and 16 ten hours of coaching, and includes an evaluation of each player's technical and physical capabilities as well as the opportunity for them to be observed by professional scouts. According to the website, "three participants from each camp will be selected by ‘Kostas Katsouranis team staff’ to attend a weekly training program with [a partnered] European team such as Bayer 04 Leverkusen, SL Benfica, or PAOK to participate in the training pro- gram of [that]club for a week. All expenses are covered by the organisers." After Melbourne, the next stop will be Adelaide where the camp will take place from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 October. This is the first year of the Kostas Katsouranis Elite Camp program and it has scheduled camps over the next two years in major cities in Australia, the US, and Canada with the longterm aim of establishing the Kostas Katsouranis elite academy in Australia and the USA. The cost of registering for the week-long camp in Melbourne is $565. For more information, go to katsouraniselitecamp.com The 14-player Pararoos squad includes five debutantes, one of whom is 19-year-old Victorian keeper Christian Tsangas. Having previously won national representative honours at U19 level, Tsangas was, "rapt, he was amazed, he couldn't believe it" when he learnt of his selection, according to his dad and former coach George Tsangas. "But he's worked really hard for it. He trains on his own a lot - as well as training with Thornbury Athletic Football Club. His brother Jonathan plays as well so he trains a lot with his brother. They tend to go to the local football ground and train hard together. They motivate each other." Tsangas first came to the attention of national team selectors when represent- ing his state Disability Football side in annual national tournaments. His ability as a shot stopper, as well as his ability to read the play, organise his defence, and communicate with teammates made him a standout. George Tsangas says that his son's selection for the Pararoos, "is great for his self-esteem, for his confidence. That's the pinnacle of where they can get to these kids. To get to that level that's the highest level. He's achieved the biggest thing possible, to represent your country in the green and gold. But the hard work begins here, because at the moment he's not the number one keeper. He's currently working on that." Also in the squad is the more experienced keeper Sam Larkings, who won the Best Goalkeeper of the 2007 World Cup tournament. According to George Tsangas, the Pararoos' senior coach Kai Lammert took Christian aside and said to him on his selection to the Denmark squad, "I'm taking you here for experience. But I can see you in the next five years being our number one. I can see great attributes. You've got a great attitude and a football mind." Christian currently plays for Victorian State League Division Five club, Thornbury Athletic FC keeping goal for its reserves team, but prior to that was at Northcote City where his dad ran the disability football program for three years. George says the participation rates in disabil- ity football in Victoria are growing with several clubs running disability football programs. The FFV is also now involved by running the state representative team, however it's still working towards establishing a competitive league for clubs with disability football programs. The alternative at the moment, for players with talent and potential like Christian, is to play in the able-bodied system. George Tsangas says, "I think the able-bodied system is good - and that's a problem, trying to get kids out there and clubs accepting them, as far as their disability [is concerned]. There are a lot of good people out there and a lot of kids I used to work with, currently playing with able-bodied teams which is good. And people are starting to understand their conditioning and physicality. It's a good thing, and to give them a chance as well, and to work around them. Might put them in the reserves, some of the younger ones might play in the U15 B side for instance at community clubs. They are starting to realise and give them more of a chance which is a good thing." Meanwhile, on Sunday evening our time, the Pararoos kick off their tournament in Denmark against the Spanish followed by a second group match against Scotland the day after. Depending on those results, they are hoping to then progress to the quarterfinals stage of the tournament. The Pararoos squad. Hawthorn Spartans beat Brunswick and maintain top of the ladder The Spartans travelled to Brunswick last Saturday and had a good win against the sixth team on the ladder by 74 points in tough and windy conditions in another very even team performance. Final score Spartans 18.9.117 to 5.13.43. With only 21 players, Spartans won the game by starting well with eight goals in the first quarter. Spartans had 27 scoring shots, seven individual goalkickers and met the majority of their KPIs. Goalkickers were T Demetriou 8, J Farah 4, N Gieschen 2, T Barber 1, D Korlos 1, A Mitropoulos 1 and Sam Speer. Best Players – great team ef- fort. After 14 rounds the Spartans have only lost one game, are still on top of the ladder and arch rivals Old Xaverians are second. Today at 11.40 am Spartans play Old Xaverians at home, Rathmines Reserve, Rathmines Road, Hawthorn. This is the last home and away game. The following week Spartans will again play Old Xaverians in the second semi-final, details to be confirmed and we will advise once known. The canteen will be open. For more match details refer to Spartans website www.hawthornspartans.com.au.
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