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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 May 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017 27 SPORT Calombaris charged with assault over A-League grand final incident The MasterChef judge has found himself in hot water following an altercation with a teen fan at a sporting event on Sunday George Calombaris has been charged with common assault following an altercation with a teen fan at the ALeague grand final on Sunday. The MasterChef judge was seen on footage shot by The World Game, pushing a 19-year-old at the Allianz Stadium which ended with the involvement of police, after Sydney FC managed a victory against Melbourne Victory. In the footage, the celebrity chef and restaurateur was seen talking to FFA's David Gallop while fans from the stands yelled out to him with taunts, some of which were said to be related to the recent bungle in which he was found to have underpaid his staff by $2.6 million. The 38-year-old was then seen walking over to the fans and pushing the 19-year-old before police finally intervened and fellow MasterChef Judge Matt Preston walked PHOTO: THE WORLD GAME him away. Calombaris issued an official statement on Monday in which he admitted to not being proud of his reaction. "I am really disappointed with what occurred last night. I was genuinely shocked when post-match football banter turned into personal abuse about my family," he said. "I regret the way in which I reacted, I am disappointed that I let it get to me, and I sincerely apologise for offending anyone. "While I am not proud of my reaction to the situation, I was offended by a spectator yelling out abusive and derogatory comments about my family. "I have spoken to Melbourne Victory FC and Football Federation Australia today to report the situation and I'm truly sorry that this has happened." Hawthorn Spartans bounce back with a big win over Richmond Lou Richards takes a photo of members of the Pannam-Richards clan: Front row (L-R) Alby Pannam, Charlie Pannam Jnr, Charles Henry Pannam (snr), and Ron Richards. The Spartans are improving each week and with nine new players in the team it can only get better miership speaks volumes for his leadership qualities. Outside Collingwood, many may not know that he wasn't the first of his family to have a successful playing career at Collingwood. In fact he was part of the Pannam-Richards family dynasty, which included six players all up, beginning with Lou's maternal grandfather Charlie Henry Pannam Snr, father of Lou's mother Irene Pannam. Charlie also had two sons, Charlie Jnr and Alby, who both had decorated playing careers at Collingwood. Lou's uncle Alby was also a champion rover and a model and mentor for the young Lou as a footballer. Lou was very proud of the dynasty and wrote in his autobiography, "Between the old bloke (Charlie Snr), his two sons, and the Richards brothers (Lou and Ron) we accumulated 878 games in the Collingwood colours between 1897 and 1955, played in 17 Grand Finals and we took part in eight VFL premierships, and I reckon we averaged 25 kicks a game. Our names feature on every honour board at Collingwood, and when I was named captain in 1952 we created a unique record in the Victorian Football League: three members of one family captaining a VFL club is a feat I won't see equalled in my lifetime and something that I have always been exceptionally proud of." Charlie Snr was reportedly born in 1874 in Daylesford and was the son of one John Pannam, born in Athens in 1874. The name Pannam was in fact an Anglicised version of Pannamopoulos. In his autobiography, Richards says the name change took place in the late 19th century and that's when "the roots of the family tree were severed. We haven't been able to find out much more. It probably explains why Greek cab drivers love me. I get into a cab and the driver says, ‘Hey Louie, welcome aboard. You're one of us.’ At first I was mortally offended. I thought they meant I was an out-of-work cab driver, but in time I got to appreciate my ethnic roots." Lou Richards's ethnic roots were further celebrated in 2004 when he and his brother Ron together with uncles Charlie Jnr and Alby, and grandfather Charlie Snr, were named in the VFL/AFL Greek team of the century. Lou was appointed skipper of that team and Ron was appointed coach. Lou may no longer be with us, but he and the rest of the Pannam-Richards football clan will forever have their place in the Greek Team of the Century. Last Saturday morning in perfect conditions, while playing at home, the Spartans had a 79-point win over Richmond Central. In a great team effort, the team won every quarter, with eight different goalkickers, achieving the majority of their KPIs. In the second half, the Spartans outscored the opposition by 56 points. The final score was Spartans 19.9.123 to 6.8.44. Goalkickers: Adrian Gileno 7, Joe Giorgini 3, Tom Beech 2, William Cowie 2, Tim Demetriou 2, Tom DeWit 1, John Farah 1, and Phil Gaynor 1. Best players: Adrian Gileno, William Cowie, Con Pana, Tom Beech, Dean Bubunaras, and Taleb Elmaneh. The team is currently third on the ladder and the competition is getting stronger. Today at 9.20 am at Sportscover Arena, Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick, Spartans are playing Prahran Assumption for second place on the ladder.
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