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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 August 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018 27 SPORT NPL STATUS UPDATE A successful weekend for the Greek teams Most came out with impressive results BY ALEX ANYFANTIS A most impressive display last weekend by the Greek teams featured in the NP Leagues all over Australia, as three scored four goals and another two five, with none of them losing. Only Hamilton and Adelaide Olympic were held to draws by far superior opponents. More specifically, Sydney Olympic blew past the Wollongong Wolves by 0-4 at the "Hooka Creek Park", as Olympic FC faced a bit more trouble against Brisbane City, who they ended up beating 4-2. The Olympia Warriors also scored four times against the Kingborough Lions, thanks to a Joffrey Nkoso hat-trick. Floreat Athina annihilated Armadale (which was reduced to 10 men in the second half) by 0-5 and Darwin Olympic left no doubt about who was the better team as they took down Port Darwin, 5-1. In their last performanc- es for the season (as the NPL season ended in South Australia), West Adelaide managed to clinch the win against Birkalla 3-2, largely thanks to two goals from Mitris, and Adelaide Olympic grabbed a last minute equaliser with Harpas as they faced table leaders Campbelltown City. Hamilton Olympic were also fortunate to escape with the one point in their contest against second-placed Lambton Jaffas, thanks to Sutherland's 89th minute screamer. Hellenic FC's game against the Palmerston Rovers was postponed, however this doesn't affect their position as table leaders. SYDNEY OLYMPIC Result: Wollongong Wolves - Sydney Olympic 0-4 (37', 79 Sanchez Lopez, 48' Tsatallios, 91' Max Burgess) Current position in NSW: 2nd (45 points) Next opponents: Sydney United (H) OLYMPIC FC Result: Olympic FC - Brisbane City 4-2 (25' Whyte, 27', 87' Smith, 44' Lofthouse / 13' Hugo, 72' Meyer) Current position in Queensland: 3rd (53 points) Next opponents: Brisbane Strikers (A) DARWIN OLYMPIC SPORTING CLUB Result: Darwin Olympic SC - Port Darwin 5-1 Current position in Northern Territory: 2nd (28 points) Next opponents: Mindil Aces (A) HELLENIC FC Result: Hellenic FC - Palmerston Rovers post. Current position in Northern Territory: 1st (40 points) Next opponents: Casuarina (A) WEST ADELAIDE Result: West Adelaide - Birkalla 3-2 (25' Bouraee, 58', 63' Mitris / 26' Zafiridis, 76' Sims) Current position in South Australia: 7th (27 points) Next opponents: - ADELAIDE OLYMPIC FC Result: Adelaide Olympic - Campbelltown City 2-2 (58'OG Halliday, 90'+4' Harpas / 46' Ditroia, 52' Kirk) Current position in South Australia: 6th (28 points) Next opponents: - OLYMPIA WARRIORS FC Result: Kingborough Lions - Olympia Warriors 0-4 (16' Sammut, 33', 59', 89' Nkoso) Current position in Tasmania: 5th (23 points) Next opponents: Launceston City (H) HAMILTON OLYMPIC FC Result: Hamilton Olympic - Lambton Jaffas 1-1 (89' Sutherland / 28' Kantarovski) Current position in Northern NSW: 6th (27 points) Next opponents: Broadmeadow Magic (A) FLOREAT ATHINA Result: Armadale - Floreat Athina 0-5 (51' red card Annall / 2', 76' Pollard, 5'OG Kuser, 24' Petkov, 71' C.Saldaris) Current position in West Australia: 7th (32 points) Next opponents: Cockburn City (A) The Spartans team, as they prepare to take on Chadstone PHOTO: GEORGE DEMETRIOU Comets flying in the right direction Comets celebrate during and after their FFA CUP win against WA side Gwelup Croatia. PHOTO: ADELAIDE COMETS FC FACEBOOK PAGE GEORGE STOGIANNOU When Adelaide Comets played Victorian NPL club Heidelberg United in a pre-season friendly earlier this year, in preparation for their NPL seasons, few would have predicted they would meet again later in the year for the much higher stakes of an FFA Cup Quarter finals berth. But that's what is scheduled to take place after Tuesday night's FFA Cup draw, which pitted the Comets at home to Heidelberg in an all - Greek FFA Cup interstate derby. The Comets have proven themselves consistent performers in the South Australian NPL in recent seasons, finishing in the top six the previous two seasons and this season finishing fourth after the home away rounds. However, this season they've also distinguished themselves in the Cup both by winning the domestic FFSA Federation Cup with a 2-1 win over Croydon Kings in the final, followed by a resounding 4-0 away win in last month's FFA Cup Rd of 32 tie against WA club Gwelup Croatia. Together with A-League club Adelaide United, the Comets are now South Australia's remaining team in the FFA Cup competition. Young Comets coach Theo Tsiounis, speaking on Football Nation Radio midweek commented: "The whole FFA Cup journey has been amazing for the players and for the club. Gwelup Croatia, heading over to Perth, being able to beat them comfortably and now, drawing Heidelberg who we also played as part of our pre-season preparation, it's huge! There's a buzz around the club and everyone's looking forward to it." Tsiounis was full of praise for the FFA Cup competition and the opportunity in gives aspirational clubs: "I think the FFA Cup competition is fantastic and it just shows you that some clubs are ambitious and some players are ambitious," he said. "The gap between the ALeague and the NPL is getting smaller and smaller. I think the clubs are constantly pushing the boundaries, trying to improve, trying to bring professionalism into their set-ups. We're a club that's got those aspirations long term. We want to keep improving. It's exciting, really exciting time for the club and football in general. Look at last night and what Bentleigh managed to do against Wellington. It's fantastic for football and I think everyone gets behind it as well." Like the Comets, the other Greek based clubs remaining in the FFA Cup, Victorian NPL clubs Heidelberg United and Bentleigh Greens, are well and truly alive in both league and FFA Cup competitions. Bentleigh has been given a Rd of 16 away tie against Northern NSW NPL team Broadmeadows Magic. All three teams and their coaches face similar challenges in trying to balance the demands of the two competitions, especially as the cup matches fall midweek in the lead up to important league games including finals. Tsiounis reflect- Home Team ed on some of these challenges: "We're well and truly in both competitions and it's up to us as to how far we progress," he said. "Unfortunately, trying to balance the two competitions with limited resources and with the loading of the players, it's been quite difficult. And unfortunately, that's cost us a couple of games during the season. But look, it's part of our development as a team and as a club. We want to play more games, we want to play more football, we want to play finals and be involved in those kind of games. I think we're heading in the direction. We just want to keep improving. We're happy with where we're at. Obviously we want to try and go as far as we can in the two comps that we're still well and truly in." Melbourne City FC Avondale FC Adelaide Comets FFA Cup 2018 - Round of 16 Fixtures v v Broadmeadow Magic FC v APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC v Away Team Newcastle Jets v Devonport Strikers v Heidelberg United FC Bentleigh Greens SC Melbourne Victory Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC v W. Sydney Wanderers FC Spartans beat Chadstone with ease Peter Makris in good form kicking a bag of goals The Hawthorn Spartans had an easy afternoon against Chadstone at Jordan Reserve, as they beat them by 53 points. In what was an incredible showing by Peter Makris, who finished the game with seven goals, but the entire Spartan team as well, who managed to score from 27 of their shots, Chadstone never really had a chance to get into the game. The Spartans began the game by putting on the pressure in defence, not leaving them much of an opportunity to threaten their goal. This resulted in an early advantage of 18 points for the home side, who never looked back. In the third quarter, Chadstone attempted to make a come-back by scoring a few consecutive goals, but to no avail as their efforts proved to be too little, too late against a Spartan side who had goals from all their players. It's evident of the difference between the two teams that Hawthorn was ahead in all three quarters of the game. John Farah was also a key contributor with four goalkicks and once again, Stan Neohoritis was on point with his defensive display and his tackles. The Spartans continue to main- tain their great form as they prepare to head into the playoffs. SCORES: 1st QTR 4.3.27 to 1.3.9. 2nd QTR 9.3.57 to 3.4.22 3rd QTR 12.9.81 to 7.6.52 4th QTR 16.11.107 to 8.6.54 Goalkickers: P. Makris 7, J Farah 4, G. Katovolos 2, T. Barber 1, M. Dabab 1, D. Korlos 1 This result will serve as a great psychological boost for the team as they prepare for their second semi-final game against currently second ranked team on the table, Old Xavernians. The game will be played at home at Rathmines Reserve for the Spartans today at 11.40 am in front of what is expected to be a large supporting crowd.
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