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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 February 2019
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2019 Bereveskos aims to make his mark at Lakeside GEORGE STOGIANNOU Six players made their debut for South Melbourne in the season opener against Bentleigh Greens at Kingston Heath just over a week ago. One of those players, 23-year-old Sydney midfielder Dean Bereveskos, described his first taste of a Greek derby, Melbourne style, as "more like a Grand Final." Speaking to Neos Kosmos in the days after the loss to the Greens, the South midfielder said, "I thought the boys put up a very good fight. We took it to Bentleigh even though we were the underdogs going into the match. I thought we did well as a team." Although Bereveskos said he was unhappy with the 3-1 loss, he was pleased with his debut performance after coming on off the subs bench for an injured Kostas Stratomitros. "I felt very comfortable, didn't have any difficulties during the game. It went smoothly." Joining South Melbourne after having spent the last few seasons at NSW NPL clubs, including Bonyrigg White Eagles, Hakoah Sydney City and Sydney Olympic, Bereveskos remarked at some of the differences he's already noticed between the NSW NPL and the Victorian NPL. “First of all, to have so many people watching the game. We never usually get that in a normal season game in Sydney, so that was a big difference... I've noticed that since I've come from Sydney, I've seen that the league is much quicker and also much more physical. It looks like every game is a Grand Final. There are no easy games." Bereveskos says he has settled quickly into life in a new city and club thanks to the people at South. "The club's been fantastic helping me to settle in. The coaching staff, board, club members and team mates have helped me to settle in. The way people have treated me, and the way they've helped me to settle into this city, has been fantastic." Having played senior football in the NSW NPL and also trained at various stages with A-League youth teams at Western Sydney Wanderers, Mariners and Brisbane Roar, he says it was the right time to make DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Flying High, is Sydney FC skipper Teresa Polias after leading her club to a W-League Championship and winning selection in Matilda’s squad. PHOTO: SYDNEY FC.COM Teresa’s Cup runneth over following inclusion in Matilda’s squad Dean Bereveskos ( L) in pre-season action for South Melbourne. PHOTO: SUPPLIED GEORGE STOGIANNOU a move south of the border. "In terms of my football career, it was time for a change, to go and experience a different league. I've been hearing how good the Melbourne league is and you can see [it] with the Melbourne NPL teams making it to the final rounds of the FFA Cup. Plus when you've got South Melbourne asking to sign you, you can't say no. So it was an easy decision for me to come down." Bereveskos has a history of moving to new places in pursuit of his football dreams, even travelling as far as Germany and England as a youth where he spent 12 month spells training and playing at Bayer Leverkusen and Wolverhampton Wanderers youth teams as a 14-year-old and 16-yearold respectively. Reflecting on his experiences as a teenage footballer at professional European clubs, Bereveskos says, "I'm lucky enough to have that overseas experience at a young age, and I'm very grateful for that, to see the way the best players train and play. So it was a bonus for me to be over there. It's another world when you go overseas. The professionalism was the biggest difference I saw between here and there. They train about four or five times a week. When I got there it was up to me to prove my- self. Because, when you go over there, you can't just be at that level, because they can just get their own people. So you need to be that next level. You need to be something special for them to like you, to take you and give you that opportunity.’ "My family supported me through this whole journey overseas, both times. I was lucky enough to have both of my parents with me, mum Angie and Dad Alex." As well as playing football, Bereveskos is currently studying to become a Physical Education teacher. He's also involved with coaching juniors at South Melbourne as well. He says his PE Teacher studies definitely help him coaching juniors. When his playing days finally come to an end, he can foresee a coaching future. "I'd definitely love to do that. That's another journey that can take me wherever." But for the time being, his football goals are to do well in the NPL in Melbourne. "Making a name for myself, making a mark, playing well every week, starting every week, performing every week, either scoring or assisting, and to help the team become successful this year. And if I perform well, hopefully, I do want to get to that next level, A-League or even overseas." It's been a big week of celebrations for Sydney FC's W-League team captain Teresa Polias. Not only did the 28-year-old Sydney midfielder lead the Sky Blues to a W-League Championship in the W-League Grand Final win against Perth Glory last Saturday, but on Thursday she celebrated her selection in the Matildas’ squad for the upcoming Cup of Nations. Newly appointed Matilda's coach Ante Milicic announced the squad earlier on Thursday and rewarded Polias and Melbourne Victory defender Teigan Allen with recalls to the 23-player squad after each of the play- ers had exceptional seasons with their clubs in the WLeague. For Polias, her inclusion in the Matilda’s squad is a welcome return after an absence of four years. The Cup of Nations beginning next week, will give her the opportunity to add to her 10 Matilda’s caps and even more importantly give her a chance to stake a claim for a spot in the Matilda’s squad that will contest the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France later this year. The Matildas will gather in Brisbane for a four day training camp ahead of the Cup of Nations beginning next week with a match against New Zealand. Australia faces New Zea- land on 28 February in Sydney, South Korea on 3 March in Brisbane and Argentina on 6 March in Melbourne. MATILDAS SQUAD FOR THE CUP OF NATIONS: Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Eliza Campbell, Lydia Williams Defenders: Teigen Allen, Laura Alleway, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne, Gema Simon Midfielders: Tameka Butt, Alex Chidiac, Elise KellondKnight, Chloe Logarzo, Aivi Luik, Teresa Polias, Emily van Egmond Attackers: Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Emily Gielnik, Princess Ibini, Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso. 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