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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 02 September 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2017 27 SPORT Alphington Grammar raises $15,000 for muscular dystrophy Bill Papastergiadis and Nick Koukouvitakis get dunked in an ice pool for a good cause As part of its Father's Day celebrations, Alphington Grammar organised a fundraiser for muscular dystrophy. The event, attended by hundreds of community members, parents and teachers as well as AFL veterans Anthony Koutoufides, Anthony and Bec Daniher, Τony Liberators, Keith Grieg, Peter McKenna and others, was sold out and a total success. Attendees were informed about the disease taking the life of three Australians every day and the toll on patients' and carers' everyday lives. Alphington Grammar, with the help of the community, managed to raise over $15,000. On the fun side, bids were made on the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria Bill Papastergiadis and his business partner Nick Koukouvitakis to be dunked in an ice pool. "It was four degrees outside and the water was even colder," Bill Papastergiadis tells Neos Kosmos. "The water was freezing but the pain was worth it. We need to take the pain for the greater good. The event demonstrates our commitment to the general issues confronting all of us and not necessarily [only] Greek-related matters." Bergers’ to host second A-League opponent in FFA quarterfinal tie South heads north for second Gold Coast showdown Gold Coast City supporters would've been pleased when the ball containing South Melbourne FC's number was drawn as its quarterfinal opponent during last Tuesday evening's FFA Cup quarterfinal draw. Gold Coast City, formerly known as Palm Beach Sharks, have made a habit of halting the FFA Cup run of Victorian Greek-based teams, having ended South Springvale's fairytale run in 2014 and following that up in 2015 by ending South Melbourne's run in the round of 32. In that match, played at Cbus Stadium, the Sharks prevailed after a marathon 8-7 penalty shootout after the teams were locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation time. This year's quarterfinal match-up between Gold Coast City and South Melbourne will ensure at least one member Federation club makes it to the semifinal stage. South's great rival, Heidelberg United will have to repeat its giant killing feat of the Roundd of 32 win over Perth Glory, after drawing another A-League opponent, Adelaide United, at home in the quarterfinals. Heidelberg United coach George Katsakis commented Celebrating the event’s success: Richmond’s Michel Roach, West Bulldogs’ Tony Liberatore, Carlton’s Anthony Koutoufidis, principal of Alphington Grammar Dr Vivianne Nikou, GCOMV president Bill Papastergiadis, Nick Koukouvitakis, Bec Daniher, Marinis Pirpiris, Collingwood’s Peter McKenna, North Melbourne’s Keith Graig. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES Western Sydney Wanderers striker Riera tussles with Greens defender Ross Archibald in last Tuesday’s cup tie. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES on the draw, "It's a huge challenge for us, but we showed with the way we played against Perth and the mentality we took into that game that at our best we can give these teams a game. "We are delighted to get a club as big as Adelaide. They won the A-League the season before last and they have some excellent players. It's a great test for my players and I want to reward the boys who have got us this far," Katsakis said hinting that the Bergers would be relying on the current squad rather than enlisting the services of a marquee player, as was the case when former Greek international Kostas Katsouranis appeared for Heidelberg against Melbourne City in the 2015 FFA Cup quarterfinals. In other quarterfinal match ups, Sydney City will play Melbourne City in an A-League derby while NPL club Blacktown City will host Western Sydney Wanderers in a Sydney derby. The Wanderers ended Bentleigh Greens’ hopes of an FFA Cup quarterfinal berth with a clinical 4-0 win last Tuesday evening at Kingston Heath. The Greens began the match brightly, maintaining possession well in the opening phase of the game, until suffering an early setback when their defence was caught napping bi a quickly taken free kick resulting in an easy goal to Wanderers' skipper Cornthwaite. The Greens stayed in the game until the 52nd-minute when Spanish striker Riera doubled the visitors' lead with a header followed by additional second half goals to Lustica and Mark Bridge. After the match, Bentleigh coach John Anastasiadis rued his team's early lapse in concentration. He commented, " I don't think it (4-0) was a fair reflection. We started off lively. One lapse of concentration led to the first goal. That's a lesson we've got to learn." Anastasiadis was also critical of the FFV for scheduling his team's NPL 1 semifinal against South Melbourne just three days after the FFA Cup match against Western Sydney. He commented after the loss to Western Sydney, "It's not a level playing field. "No-one consulted us on anything. We're playing (an FFA Cup game) on Tuesday and a semifinal on Friday, while South Melbourne are cheering. "The Federation has got to be better than that if they want a serious competition." Socceroos fall to Blue Samurai Dr Nikou with students and parents. The Socceroos' World Cup qualification fate hangs in the balance following a disappointing 2-0 loss away to Japan on Thursday evening. Japan's win was its first ever win over Australia in a World Cup qualifier and means it secures top spot in the group, qualifies for Russia next year, and leaves Australia in a twoway tussle with Saudi Arabia to finish in the other automatic qualifying spot. With just one match day remaining, Australia currently sits in third spot in the group, equal on points with the Saudis who have a two-goal advantage in goal difference. Australia will be out to score as many goals as possible against Thailand on Tuesday evening, then wait anxiously for the outcome of Saudi Arabia's final match against Japan at home. Socceroos coach Ange Poste- (L) Bill Papastergiadis and Nick Koukouvitakis(R). coglou was forced to reshuffle his line-up against Japan on Thursday due to the withdrawal of star midfielder Aaron Mooy and an injury to striker Tomi Juric. The Socceroos came under pressure early as the Japanese played a direct game putting pressure on the Australian defence in the hope of forcing an error or turnover in possession. The Socceroos nervously withstood the initial high intensity start by the Japanese with holding midfielders Jackson Irvine and Massimo Luongo amongst their better players in the first half. However disaster struck for the visitors just before the break when Japan's right-sided attacker Takumo Asano got in behind Brad Smith to volley home a Nagatomo cross to give Japan the breakthrough. The Socceroos, playing with Robbie Kruse as a lone strik- er, created very few opportunities throughout the game. In the second half the Japanese defended in numbers and hit fast on the transition. They eventually cracked open the Socceroos defence a second time when Tosuke Ideguchi took possession outside the box and fired home a 20-metre goal in the 82nd minute. Immediately after the match, Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou commented, "The team we put out there was certainly good enough to get the job done. I'll take responsibility for the team selection, the way we played, tonight's result is on me, it's not on the players or the ones missing. We had our moments, we just never really got control of the game. Particularly in the midfield we had some possession, but we never really threatened as much as we could [have]. The PHOTO: SOCCEROOS.COM first goal really killed us, [I am] obviously disappointed." Meanwhile in other World Cup qualifying matches on Thursday night, Greece was held to a scoreless draw at home to Estonia, while Cyprus kept their slim hopes of qualifying with a comefrom-behind 3-2 home win over Bosnia. Greece remains in second spot in Group H behind Belgium who they play on Sunday, while Cyprus is in fourth spot, three points behind Greece.
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