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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 July 2018
26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 JULY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM NPL STATUS Olympic cruise to victory As Hamilton lose to Edgeworth and Warriors score impressive win ALEXANDROS ANIFANTIS SYDNEY OLYMPIC Olympic didn't have a game to play last weekend, which means they still remain two points behind NPL NSW leaders APIA Tigers with 36, after last week's defeat by Rockdale. Today, they are facing Sydney FC, who are currently bottom of the league. OLYMPIC FC The team from Brisbane played host to the youth team of Brisbane Roar, and had a particularly quiet afternoon in doing so, grabbing a comfortable 3-0 victory. The score line opened relatively early by Lofthouse in the 18th minute, only for Whyte to double the margin a few seconds before the break (45'). Sanders' goal in the 57th minute sealed the final result that sees Olympic climbing back up to second place of the NPL Queensland board, just one point shy of Lions who are currently in the lead with 48 points. The next game will see Olympic travelling to the Cleveland Showgrounds, where they will meet with Redlands United. Olympic FC: Mooney, Glover, Waters, Whyte, Mundy, Cuminao, Lofthouse, Psaros (76' Byrne), Nazary (69' Dais), Sanders, Smith (80' Lasm). DARWIN OLYMPIC SPORTING CLUB In the Greek ‘derby’ that was held last Tuesday (10/07), Darwin suffered a painful loss at the hands of Hellenic FC at home (05). On Saturday (14/07), Darwin did not have any obligations which saw them fall to third place of the Northern Territory's NPL, 10 points behind leaders Hellenic (21). Today they face Casuarina, which is currently ranking second, with just one point separating the two teams. HELLENIC FC After the triumph at Darwin Olympic, Hellenic managed to stomp on yet another opponent as they continue cruising towards the NPL NT championship title. This time it was University Azzurri who were crushed at the hands of Hellenic by 4-0. Giallouris scored the first goal in the 31st minute, only for Smith to double the lead a little over 10 minutes later (42'). Cawley continued what his teammates had started in the 45th, and Carvalho put an end to the Azzurri's torment in the 55th minute. Today, Hellenic will face the Midil Aces away from home. Hellenic FC: Walsh, Gama, Billias, Hodor, Maskey, McGuire, Giallouris, Carvalho, Bulman, Cawley, Kilmartin. WEST ADELAIDE The team from western Adelaide faced a lot of difficulties, but in the end managed to scrape a 1-0 victory over the Para Hills Knights at the Shores Football Centre, thanks to a Tesfagabr goal in the 29th. This victory sees West Adelaide move up to being sixth on the NPL SA board, with the next game taking them to the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre where they will face Campbelltown City. West Adelaide: Moss, Z Christodoulopoulos, Tesfagabr, Eleftherakis, Yull, Mitris (62' Maiolo), Mantis (81' Petkovic), Balomenos, Bouzalas (87' Composto), Morakis, A Christodoulopoulos. ADELAIDE OLYMPIC FC The other Greek team of South Australia was not as fortunate this week, as they were stuck on a goalless draw against Adelaide United at the Valo Football Centre. This result saw them fall to seventh with 23 points, and next week they will travel to the O' Sullivan's to face South Adelaide. Adelaide Olympic: Atkins, Trimboli, Makridis, Vlassis, Butler-Bowdon, Da Silva, Brown, Waters, Erba, Kamara, Bontor. OLYMPIA WARRIORS FC After two severe losses at the hands of South Hobart and the Hobart Zebras, the Warriors lashed out at Clarence United, annihilating them by 1-8. The goals were scored by Gurson (17', 86'), Castaneda (56', 63'), Vandermei (81', 90'+1'), and an own goal by Reibel in the 88th minute. Stuart had equalised momentarily for the home team in the 31st minute. Not much changed with this win for the Warriors however, as they still rank fifth on the NPL Tasmania table with 16 points. The next game sees them facing the Northern Rangers away from home. Olympia Warriors FC: Little, Bellini, Gurson, Griffiths, Hill, Hills, Holmes, Johnson, Castaneda, Vandermei, Nkoso. HAMILTON OLYMPIC FC Hamilton were unsuccessful in their bid to get a result from table leaders Edgeworth at the Jack McLaughlan Stadium, losing by 1-0 thanks to a Garland goal in the 57th minute. With this defeat, Hamilton remains seventh on the NPL Northern NSW table with 19 points. On Saturday they will play host to Maitland. Hamilton Olympic FC: Warren, Davies, Mcguinness, Papadimitrios (37' Green), Bailey, Cooper, Pettit, Stewart (84' Temperley), Lucas, Musialik (59' Treble), Smith. FLOREAT ATHINA The NPL of Western Australia continues today, where the Athenians will travel to the Plasterboard Centre Stadium to face Inglewood United. Pararoos’ Christodoulou and Tsangas on the international stage They took part in the 2018 Tri-Nations International Challenge Matches in San Diego, USA GEORGE STOGIANNOU Melbourne-based footballers Con Christodoulou and Christian Tsangas are both in the US, playing with the Australia Paralympic soccer team in an international tournament. Pararoos head coach Kai Lammert named both Christodoulou and Tsangas in a 14-player squad for the 2018 Tri-Nations International Challenge Matches played at San Diego’s Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre, the US Paralympic and Olympic training site, from 18 - 21 July. The Tri-Nations International Challenge brings together the Pararoos, the US team, and Canada in a round robin competition. "This tournament will give us vital matches and important exposure to international football for our new players," coach Lammert said, prior to the team's departure. "We had to make some changes due to classification changes earlier in the year, so we will see a mixture of young new faces and experienced campaigners in the squad." Steve Whyte (R), one of Olympic FC’s scorers, during an effort from last Saturday’s game against Roar. Defender Christodoulou is one of the new young faces in the squad, and the tournament will give him his first cap as a senior Pararoo, while keeper Tsangas already had two caps to his name. "I will definitely be nervous as there will be pressure on me since I am a first time Pararoo," Christodoulou said, speaking to Neos Kosmos from the US earlier this week. "But I will also be very stoked to play for my country and proud to take this opportunity. Ever since the training camp in March this year, I have been trying to train at least four times a week and push myself as hard as possible." Despite the added workload of studying in Year 12, Christodoulou has attended weekly training and games for the Victorian Paralympic football team to further develop his strength and cardiovascular fitness for the demands of international football. "This will be a great test for us with USA, who are ranked fourth in the world, and Canada who are 10th,"coach Lammert said. "Our long-term goal is to be back in the top 10, so these games are vital for our preparation to achieve this goal. We had a very successful world championship last year, but with the classification changes, it's a new era in CP (Cerebal Palsy) football and we are looking forward to the new challenge." The tournament in the US is part of the Pararoos' preparation for the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) Asia-Oceania Championships that are to take place in Iran this November. The championship will also double as a qualifier for the 2019 IFCPF World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Christodoulou told Neos Kosmos that watching the Socceroos in Russia last month definitely inspired him to want to follow in their footsteps and play in next year's World Cup in Spain: "As a team, in order to qualify for the World Cup, we will have to beat other teams in several tournaments, so fingers crossed, with our determination and hard work, we will play in a World Cup, which would be my dream," he said.
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