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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 April 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 27 SPORT marathon on earth Despite being faced with temperatures of -33°C, Argyrios Papathanasopoulos has taken out the top spot in the 2018 FWD North Pole Marathon Greek runner Argyrios Papathanasopoulos has won the North Pole Marathon. Held annually at Camp Barneo, also known as the North Pole Camp, as the northernmost race on earth it is considered to be the coldest marathon, with competitors donning warm protective gear from head to toe. But this didn't get in the way of Papathanasopoulos taking out the top spot in the men's race, managing to beat his 46 opponents in temperatures of - 33°C. With a winning time of four hours, 34 minutes and 36 seconds, reaching the finish line he dropped to his knees in exhaustion while proudly holding onto a Greek flag. "Almost unbelievable," Papathanasopoulos said of the win. "You know I'm a Greek guy so this is not the right place for me; it's like an [Inuit] running a race in the desert." China's Guoping Xie won the women’s category at six hours, 43 minutes and 20 seconds. Greek runner wins coldest Heidelberg United receives $2 million for Olympic Park upgrade The funding will go towards improving the facilities at Olympic Park, and encouraging more local participation Heidelberg United Football Club received some great news this week, receiving $2 million in funding from the Victorian Government to help transform Olympic Park. Argyrios Papathanasopoulos at the North Pole Marathon finish line, proudly holding the Greek flag. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK (NORTH POLE MARATHON) Spartans beat Richmond to top the ladder Despite atrocious weather conditions last Saturday, the Spartans jumped Richmond in the first quarter to lead by 29 points. They kept the opposition scoreless in a great team effort at their home ground, Rathmines Reserve, going on to win by 35 points. This win puts the Spartans on top of the ladder with a healthy percentage. Six players made their debut on the day, performing well for the side, which only conceded one goal, making it just five in two weeks. It was an outstanding effort by the whole team, es- pecially the defence led by ex-Carlton champion and All Star and Premiership player Ang Christou. Today, Saturday 21 April, the Spartans play against Therry Penola away at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve at 11.40 am. HAWTHORN SPARTANS V RICHMOND CENTRAL Goal kickers J. Giorgini 3, A. Pana 2, D. Bubunaras 1, A. Karim 1. Best players A. Karim, D. Bubunaras, C. Pana, D. Raponi, B. Coutet, M. Butta, T. Brizzi, A. Christou, J. Giorgini, G. Pappa. The historic announcement, part of the biggest investment in community sport in Victoria’s history with well over $100 million in the upcoming Victorian Budget 2018/19 to improve facilities and access for women into women's and community sport, was made on Tuesday by Minister for Sport John Eren and State Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines. "The transformation of Olympic Village to an ultramodern stadium will be a big win for the Greek community, and both the local and wider football community of Victoria. But above all, it is a win for Heidelberg and the members who have persevered to elevate this club to where it is today," club president Kostas Kanarakis told Neos Kosmos. The upgrade will ensure the club has the chance to train all year round with new sports developed by Banyule City Council, which is also funding the project with $3.1 million in addition to a $500,000 donation from the Soltilo Soccer School. "This historic ground has brought people together for decades – now we're proud to deliver the work it needs to make these clubs more competitive and successful," said Mr Eren. (L-R) Banyule City Council mayor Mark Di Pasquale; Heidelberg United president Kostas Kanarakis; State Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines; Minister for Sport John Eren; Heidelberg United midfielder Stephanie Galea; and Heidelberg United chair Steve Tsalikidis. PHOTO: SUPPLIED fields, lighting, and a synthetic pitch. The wider community will also benefit from the upgrade, which will include recreational facilities such as playgrounds, shared paths, fitness circuits and an Aboriginal spiritual walk and gathering place. Formerly a training base for the 1956 Olympic Games, the project is part of a master plan There is a further $10 million invested to build the Melbourne Victory Football Academy in Footscray Park, providing a home for the Victory W-League side and juniors. With participation in football across the state on the rise, the Labor Government improving local facilities and encouraging more locals to play with a new $2.5 million World Game Facilities Fund. Clubs and organisations can now apply for support to deliver improvement projects. For more information and to apply, go to sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/world-game-facil-ities-fund Petratos sweeps Jets’ awards Among the awards Dimi Petratos took home was Player of the Year GEORGE STOGIANNOU Newcastle Jets attacking midfielder Dimi Petratos has capped off a memorable A-League season by taking out all the major individual honours at his club's gala presentation dinner on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old scored 10 goals, made 11 assists and league high 62 shot assists. In the process he helped the Jets net 57 goals this season, two more than the previous two seasons combined, propelling them into the runners-up spot on the ladder behind Sydney FC. At the awards presentation dinner, Petratos took home a swag of awards including the Jets' Player of the Year, Members' Player of the Year, the Ray Baartz Medal, and the joint Jets' Golden Boot award together with Andrew Nabbout who left The Spartans after a big win on Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED players cover 10 to 11, maybe 11.5 in a game. He has just had a tremendous season." Petratos' performance for the Jets has caught the eye of new Socceroos boss Bert Van Marwijk who awarded him his first Socceroos cap in a friendly against Norway last month in the coach's first game in charge, coincidentally alongside former teammate Nabbout. Petratos will be hoping Petratos unleashes a shot at goal. the club in March to join a Japanese club. The midfielder will also be in the running for the Johnny Warren Medal for the A-League's Player of the Year alongside other strong contenders including Sydney FC's Adrian Mierzejewski and Melbourne Victory's Leroy George. Jets coach Ernie Merrick singled out Petratos' work ethic with special praise. "Ten goals a season in this league is a very good level to get to," Merrick said. "His work ethic has been terrific. He is one of our 13-kilometre players. Most for a good run of performances for his club in the upcoming A-League finals series will keep him in contention for the World Cup Squad that travels to Russia mid year. "There is no doubt that the national coach will be looking at him. He has already played a game for the Socceroos and I would love to see him go to Russia," said Merrick.
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