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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019 27 SPORT NPL comps kick off: How the Greek teams are faring Both teams have kicked off their campaigns with straight wins, showing their intentions from early on ALEX ANYFANTIS As the National Premier League competitions across Australia continue, many of the Greek-origin clubs have begun to display signs of their peak physical condition compared to that of their opponents. Most notable among them would be Queensland's Olympic FC, who have already managed to score 15 goals after just three games, in a clear statement of their intent to pick up what they so narrowly missed out on in the previous season after losing 2-1 against the Lions in the play-off final. Their most recent "victim" were the Redlands, who they annihilated 5-0. The Olympic from Adelaide aren't doing much worse either, as they seemed a lot more comfortable up against the NE Metrostars, defeating them 3-1. On the other hand, the second Greek team from South Australia doesn't seem to be doing to well, counting two losses from two games, after they went down 1-0 against the Croydon Kings. However the Greek clubs were also met with a successful start to their campaign in Tasmania, as the Olympia Warriors overcame South Hobart 2-1. OLYMPIC FC Yet another day at the office for Ben Cahn's men who took the lead from early on and never looked back. Lucas opened the score just after eight minutes and Shol added another eleven minutes later. The first half nightmare for the team currently sitting at the bottom of the table in Queensland ended on the 27th minute when Lucas doubled his own personal tally and took the difference that separated the two teams up to three. Lucas sealed his hat-trick on the 67th, while Lofthouse closed the scoreline ten minutes afterwards. Tomorrow Olympic head to the Kawana Western Precinct to face the Sunshine Coast in their first away game of the season. ADELAIDE OLYMPIC Showing a much better image from their opening game, where they were barely able to escape with a win against score in the empty net, but Ricky Da Silva put it to rest on the 32nd, after blasting the ball into the back of the net with a great shot from just outside the area. Now Adelaide Olympic will look toward today's game with the Comets, hoping to expand their winning streak. The Olympic FC players celebrate one of Lucas’ goals against the Redlands. the young striker scored his first hat-trick of the season. PHOTO: OLYMPIC FC South Adelaide thanks to two goals late in injury time, Adelaide Olympic were confident in their showing against the Metrostars. The Greek team wanted to assert themselves from early on and broke the deadlock on the fifth minute, when a clever pass found the feet of Erba who dribbled past the keeper nicely and took the low shot from the edge of the box. Last week's hero Pounenidis also added his name on the score sheet just two minutes afterwards, taking advantage from a great cross from the right that the keeper failed to deal with. Thomas Strain put the visitors back into the game on the 20th minute, connecting with the long pass to carry the ball past the keeper and WEST ADELAIDE From all Greek teams that have started their season, the only one that has yet to taste victory is West Adelaide. Just like in their opening game of the season, they were once again unlucky in their efforts, despite playing against the team currently topping the table in South Australia, the Croydon Kings. One goal by Trimboli on the 50th minute was enough to make the difference between the two teams, leaving the Greek club still searching for their first points in the new league. They will hope to find them at the Marden Sports Complex against the Blue Eagles on Tuesday. OLYMPIA WARRIORS The Warriors also kicked off their season with a win as they beat South Hobart 2-1. The final result might make it appear as if this was a hard-fought victory, yet the home side dominated the game and took the lead after 37 minutes thanks to Ladic's effort. The second half had more of the same and Ryan put the game to rest on the 69th minute. All the visitors managed to accomplish was to reduce the margin of their loss thanks to Desouza's effort in injury time. The Warriors will have a difficult game on their hands today as they go to Valley Road to play against current state champions Devonport. At the same time, even more Greek clubs enter the pitch this weekend within the New South Wales state leagues. More specifically, Sydney Olympic will begin their attempt to protect their state championship at home against Sutherland, while Hamilton Olympic will hope to reach the play offs in the season that began yesterday at Rockwell Park versus the Weston Bears. Two Greek women “can be” - reaching Everest Alpinists Vanessa Archontidou and Christina Flampouri are two peaks away from completing the ‘7 summits’ challenge Vanessa Archontidou and Christina Flampouri are two Greek women with the dream to conquer the world's highest summits, and bring Greece to the top. With five peaks already down and two more to go, if they succeed they'll be the first ever Greek women to do so. Even though they both call themselves "ordinary", nothing about their life goal, or their effort is. While many women in their shoes - juggling careers and familiescan't make it to the gym more than three times a week, Vanessa and Christina train harder than most athletes, climbing four nearby mountains a week, weightlifting and doing crazy rounds of cardio in order to prepare for their next mission which requires them to be able to carry nearly 40 kilograms of equipment each. The duo has also set up an online page, a cause called 'A woman can be' and aside from supporting their alpine ventures they try to empower while changing the world's perceptions around what a woman can be.Their motto is "a woman can be a professional, a mother, a housewife, a climber". Both hard-working pro- fessionals in multinational companies, with their mountaineering team, they have already conquered the Aconcagua Mountain (6962 m.) in Argentina, reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (5892 m.), the highest peak in Africa; the Elbrus Mountain (5642 m.) in Russia and Denali Mountain (or McKinley) (6190 m.) in Alaska, USA. They stood at the peak of Mount Puncak Jaya (4884 m.) in Indonesia and are just about to nail Mount Everest (8848 m .), the earth's highest mountain following the 'Messner version'; then they will take on Antarctica's highest, the Vincennes Mountain (4892 m.). With Nick Mangitsis as their coach, the only Greek that has climbed the '7 summits' and the first and only Greek ever to step on the North and South Pole, they have nothing to be afraid of. to Parnitha or Ymittos, close to Attica we were live. So, before going to the office we go to Parnitha where there is a 600-meter ascent called the Little Stairs. For us, it's very important to be honest because we know that mountaineering is a sport that some people see as being very competitive… "We went to Denali, and a Christina Flampouri and Vanessa Archontidou at Denali, Mt. Mckinley, Mckinley. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Mangitsis has organised and led more than 42 mountain expeditions has prepared them well. "We try to practice four times a week; either it is indoors or outdoors," said Vanessa, who is also a mother of two. "We try once a week to go few meters under the peak, we decided to hold hands and step on the peak together," she explained, stressing the importance of teamwork although it is "The mountain [trhat] has the last word". Although they are both quite fearless, their main challenge and stress revolves around financing their expeditions. Tanks to donations that reached about $11,000 that covers training, travel costs and supplies, their Everest mission is not set to commence on 5 April and is expected to be completed by the end of May. "Because we are not rich, and we do this as a hobby, we try to make this a symbolic action to help other people understand. When you have a goal, even if it's not a mountaineering goal, if it's something that you truly believe in and even if you have obstacles in your way — like being a parent, or 'I'm working a lot and I cannot do it' — there is no obstacle," she adds, making it clear that they are neither superwomen nor super fit. They are both adamant that most people can do what they do: "We say that we're two ordinary women that just have a goal on their mind and by having this persistence and this dream and this goal, we can do everything." "You can be happy, you can do whatever you want and you have a program and a vision." The Hellenic duo will approach the Himalayas from the north side and from the foot of the mountain till they reach 5,306 metres they will also have an Internet connection and will be sharing updates. From there on, the two ladies will be on their own.
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