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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 May 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017 27 SPORT Dormant sports foundation looks to relaunch in wake of Lou’s passing GEORGE STOGIANNOU SOURCE: FSA.COM for Europe and Asia as well. Because there's not enough spots. You need to give these kids an opportunity to be developed. The more we have for them the better it's going to be for the game. "We're very passionate about development and were pretty excited about it. I think we can play a major part in what we provide as a football school. We want to find the next Golden Generation. We want to be a part of that, and do our bit for that." The passing of Collingwood great Lou Richards last week, and his state funeral service on Wednesday, attended by people from all walks of life, including politicians, sporting identities past and present, business and media people, evoked many memories of a long and successful life often lived in the public eye. Among those in attendance was George Georgiou who was very proud to be there and felt special pride when Collingwood President Eddie McGuire made mention of Lou's place in the Greek AFL Team of the Century. A co-founder of the Hellenic Australian Sports Foundation, Georgiou told Neos Kosmos after the service that "While Lou acknowledged his Greek background, it wasn't something he went around and trumpeted. Having said that, his daughters and family acknowledged it. It was acknowledged by Eddie McGuire today. We're very proud of that." For Georgiou, Lou's passing brought back memories of his departed mate, and former Carlton player Chris Pavlou who first conceived of the idea of a Greek AFL Team of the Century. When it was announced in September 2004, it was one of the earliest public acknowledgements of Lou's Greek heritage. Lou was named captain, brother Ron Rich- ards was named coach, two uncles Charlie and Alby Pannam (shortened from Pannamopoulos), as well as grandfather Charlie Pannnam Snr were also named in the team: a tribute to a unique family dynasty of footballers stretching back to the origins of the Collingwood Football club in the late 19th century. The process of establishing the Greek AFL Team of the Century helped uncover other Greek connections in Australian sport and soon led to the creation of the Hellenic Australian Sports Foundation to honour Greek Australian sports people and provide scholarship and funds for upcoming sports people. Georgiou said that one of the good things about the Hellenic Australian sports Foundation and the Greek AFL Team of the Century was that it gave us, "the impetus, the momentum to acknowledge other great Aussie sportspeople, like Socceroo Stan Lazaridis and administrator Sir Arthur George. Because we had momentum, we had a Greek Legends dinner honouring Mark Philipousis and Ange Postecoglou. We helped to raise funds, gave out a dozen scholarships to up and coming kids. We're proud we assisted people like Olympic gold medallist skier Lydia Lassila on her way up." As Georgiou explains, in Members representing the Athlos Committee attended the state funeral of Lou Richards on Wednesday to pay respects to the captain of the AFL Greek Australian Team of the Century. Lou’s grandfather Charlie Pannam (shortened from Pannamopoulos) was Greek, and six members of the family played a record 939 VFL games, kicking 1184 goals and won eight premierships between them. (L-R) George Georgiou, George Donikian, and Harry Tsindos attending Lou Richard’s funeral service at St Paul’s Cathedral. PHOTO: BILL ZOGRAPHOS its early days, the foundation enjoyed a lot of patronage and support from the media, buoyed by the Athens Olympics and the profile of people like Andrew Demetriou who was appointed as CEO of the AFL and was also a member of the AFL Greek Team of the Century. After the initial impetus, Georgiou says the foundation ran out of puff and has been lying dormant. He told Neos Kosmos, "It's just a pity that it's currently sitting dormant. That's one reason I wanted to use the opportunity with the pass- ing of Lou Richards to promote Greek Australians in sports and to get the message out there that there's an opportunity to relaunch the sports foundation. “There might be another up and coming sports person we could sponsor. There could be another Mark Philipoussis, Lydia Lassila, or Anthony Koutoufidis out there that we could support to take to another level. Not every Greek Australian family is well-funded or knows their way around the Australian sports industry. Whereas, we're very well connected through business, through sports, through the whole community. "The structure's there. All it needs is some new spirit, some new blood, and it can be fired up again. I'd be happy to take calls if anybody wants to pick up the baton and run with it from an organisational point of view. Also there might be a good teenage sports person out there that needs some advice, encouragement and support." George Georgiou can be contacted on 0418 362 058 Hawthorn Spartans back to winning ways Last Saturday morning in perfect conditions playing at Sportcover Arena in Elsternwick, VAFA Headquarters, the Spartans had a 89-point win over undefeated Prahran Assumption. In a great team effort, the Spartans had a seven-goal first quarter to blitz the opposition who were goalless, had six different goal kickers, and achieved the majority of their KPIs. Peter Nikolakopoulos The club was in front for the whole game and kept Prahran scoreless in the last quarter. Adrian Gileno was on fire kicking nine goals after kicking seven goals last week. The previous week the Spartans beat Richmond Central by 79 points. The Spartans now sit equal top of the ladder. The scores vs Prahran Assumption were: 1st QTR 7.1.43 to 0.1.1 2nd QTR 12.4.76 to 1.1.7 3rd QTR 14.9.93 to 5.1.31 4th QTR 18.12.120 to 5.1.31 (final score) Goal kickers: Adrian Gileno 9, Ari Mitropoulos 3, Nick Criticos 2, John Farah 2, Joe Giorgini 1 and Tom DeWit 1. Best players: Adrian Gileno, Angelo Lekkas, Nick Criticos, John Farah, Dean Bubunaras and James Maddock. The Spartans play Chadstone today at 11.40 am at Jordan Reserve, Burton St, Chadstone.
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