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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 May 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 MAY 2017 27 SPORT Sydney Olympic head coach Monroy departs abruptly The sudden departure of Sydney Olympic's head coach Jaime Monroy last week left many people scratching their heads. Appointed late last year as Grant Lee's replacement, the Portuguese-born coach was given the brief to prepare the first team squad for the upcoming season, as well as set the technical philosophy and direction of the whole club. Olympiakos skipper Vassilis Spanoulis in full flight against Anadolu Efes in the play-offs. PHOTO : OLYMPIACOS BC FACEBOOK Header Olympiakos win play-offs to qualify for EuroLeague final four in Constantinople Olympiakos basketball fans hope it's a case that history will repeat after watching their team defeat Turkish club Anadolu Efes, 87-78 in the deciding final game of the EuroLeague play-offs to progress to the EuroLeague final four in Constantinople later this month. The last time the Erythrolefki defeated Anadolu Efes in a play-off series was in 2012-13, when they went on to win the EuroLeague title, defeating Real Madrid in the final. In Tuesday night's playoff decider at Olympiakos's Peace and Friendship stadi- um, both teams started the match locked at two wins apiece. In a close, tense battle, there was never more than a five-point margin between the two at each of the first three-quarter breaks with the visiting Turkish club creating some nervous moments for the home fans by taking a five-point lead at half time. However Olympiakos began the second half strongly grabbing back the lead with a 9-0 point run from which they were never headed. The Greek team's home advantage, experience and depth proved telling factors in the end. Thirty-four-yearpld Captain Reliable, Vassilis Spanoulis led the scoring for Olympiacos with 22 points and six assists which earned him the MVP award for the game. Speaking on Olympiakos BC’s Facebook page Spanoulis told reporters after the match, "Efes was a very, very hard opponent. They showed something different to what they [had shown throughout the season. They played a different brand of basketball - high contact, [a] very physical game. They gave us a very difficult contest. But I believe we performed very well." Olympiakos's depth was on display with important scoring contributions also coming from Giorgos Printezis, Green, Birch, and Papapetrou. The 3-2 play-off win sends Olympiakos to the final four in Constantinople where CSKA Moscow stand in their way of progress to the grand final. Olympiakos and CSKA will face off in the semi-final on Friday 19 May while Real Madrid and Fenerbahce will go head to head in the other semifinal. Olympiakos will be aiming to win its fourth Euroleague title. Hawthorn Spartans lose in arm wrestle with arch rivals Last Saturday in good conditions playing at 9.20 am at Bulleen Park, the Spartans ended up losing by 19 points to top team Old Xaverians in Round 3. The Spartans were in front for 90 per cent of the game and only lost in the last 10 minutes. Looking at the scores for the first three quarters it was an arm wrestle all day. Poor kicking did not help as Spartans had the same scoring shots with the opposition. It was the Spartans’ first loss of the season. None of the KPIs were met and a lot of improvement is still to be made this season as nine new players were playing. The scores vs Old Xaverians were: 1st QTR 1.2.8 to 1.3.9 2nd QTR 2.6.18 to 2.5.17 3rd QTR 3.10.28 to 3.7.25 4th QTR 3.12.30 to 7.7.49 Goalkickers: Ang Christou 1, Joe Giorgini 1 and Mario Bandera 1. Best players: Tom Beech, Adrian Gileno, Sam Speer, Tom DeWit, Adrian Ziccone and Daniel Tyrrell. Today in Round 4 at 9.20am the Spartans play Richmond Central at Rathmines Reserve, Rathmines Road, Hawthorn, VIC. The canteen will be open. For more match details and Spartans fixture refer to hawthornspartans.com.au Jaime Monroy has reportedly returned to Spain. PHOTO: SYDNEY OLYMPIC FACEBOOK Olympic's senior team under Monroy began the season with promise winning five of their first six matches and drawing the other. That was followed a fortnight ago by the team's first loss of the season, to Blacktown City, which proved to be Monroy's swansong. Olympic quickly moved to appoint assistant coach Peter Zorbas as the interim senior coach. Sydney Olympic CEO John Boulous told Neos Kosmos this week that, "Monroy advised us that he was going to return to Spain effective immediately. This was a shock for the club but the way the club, support staff, and players dealt with this setback in a professional manner was a credit to them and their character." Boulous acknowledged the work of Monroy at his brief stay at Olympic during the pre-season and in the early rounds of the season. "Monroy seemed to be settled and enjoying the experience of working with a dedicated group of senior players. Whilst his resignation was sudden, he had made a very positive impact on the program to date . . . Monroy in conjunction with the club and our support staff provided a professional environment for players to develop, with early season performances reflecting this," he said. "The players have rallied and handled the setback in a very professional manner. I think a solid foundation has been set and with assistant coach Peter Zorbas taking the coaching role on an interim basis the club philosophy and technical approach will remain steady, just as we set out at the start of the year." As for Olympic appointing a long-term replacement for Monroy, Boulous said, "The club is currently working through a process to find a suitable replacement who can uphold the club's philosophy and principles and continue the job that has been started. There is no time frame put on this and we have faith that Zorbas, in conjunction with our support staff and players, can continue to build on the great start to the season.” In further news this week, Sydney Olympic bid farewell to another coach with the news that the Football Director and Head of the Women's Program, Grant Lee, has decided to accept the position of Head Coach at Sutherland Sharks. Olympic hosts a couple of big games this week beginning with this Sunday's Rd 9 League match against old rivals Sydney United and continuing with a midweek 6th Rd FFA Cup match against Parramatta FC.
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