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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 May 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 MAY 2019 25 SPORT winners WINNERS ANDREAS KATZOURAKIS The unbeaten Greek prospect (3-0, 3 KOs) took a big step forward in his boxing career as he managed to take out one of the stars of Series Two Walter Wright (17-5, 8 KOs) with their fight being held at Montebello, California. Katzourakis won all six rounds of the competition according to the judges’ ruling. This win will open many doors for the aspiring young athlete who appears to be rising through the ranks very quickly and could soon be considered among the stars of professional boxing. DIMITRIS ITOUDIS The 48-year-old CSKA Moscow coach seems to be following in his master’s footsteps. Zeljko Obradovic’s former assistant now has his own achievements to brag about, with the 2016 Euroleague standing above them. His continued success on the bench of the Russian giants continues, as they are the clear favourites to win SINNERS KOSTAS MITROGLOU The former Olympiacos striker shows no resemblance of his glory days when he scored over 20 goals wearing the Benfica jersey. Nowadays, and after a mostly unsuccessful run at Olympique Marseille, the 31-year-old forward spends most his time waiting for an opportunity by Turkish Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim. Kostas still has plenty of good years of football ahead of him and it is disappointing to watch the Greek national team’s main attacking force be reduced to such a state, especially when we all know what he’s truly capable of. Hopefully, he will return to form soon because he is a vital part of Greece’s efforts to reach the finals of EURO 2020. STEFANOS TSITSIPAS Stefanos Tsitsipas has been gifted with great natural talent, however he recently burnt himself out. In an effort to stay on form, the 20-year-old tennis player hasn’t stopped playing in international competitions since the Australian Open, which appears to be taking a toll on him. To further cement this point, one need look no further than his two recent losses against JanLennard Struff and Felix Auger Aliassime, two undoubtedly good athletes but not close to Tsitsipas’ average. These defeats see the rising star drop out of the Top 10 ranking. Perhaps a small break away from the court would benefit both his body and mind. GREEK CUP FINAL Anyone involved with this game might as well be on this list. The finals for the last three years have been plagued by brutal clashes between fans. The police have reached the point where they seem incapable of containing them, opting for the game to be held in front of empty seats, while teams maintain the selfish position of wanting to hand out tickets to their fans, knowing full well what happens when they do. We’ve seen in the past that no matter how tight security measures are, opponents will find a way of turning a peaceful game into mayhem so perhaps it would be a step in the right direction if the final was indeed held with just the officials present. At the very least, it would ensure the safety of all those involved and not give yet another excuse for Greek football to be discussed for all the wrong reasons abroad. sinners & by alex anyfantis In his weekly column, Alex Anyfantis takes a look at the winners and sinners of Greek and Australian sport Anna Korakaki wins bronze in Beijing. PHOTO: APE/MPE the VTB United League for yet another season, while also having advanced to the final four of the Euroleague. Of course Itoudis has a rich roster that helps make his life easier with the likes of Kyle Hines, Nando Decolo, Sergio Rodriguez and Andrey Vorontsevich at his disposal, but without the proper guidance these players could never have made it so far on their own. ANNA KORAKAKI The Olympic Gold medalist is at the top of her game and one of the best in the world with an air pistol. Korakaki managed to walk away from the World Championships held in Beijing with the bronze medal, with her impressive shot recorded at 25 metres. She is showing herself to be a force to be reckoned with. Young Northcote City forward Noah Mihailidis celebrates his match-winning goal in the FFA CUp qualifier against Boorondara - Carey Eagles last Tuesday. PHOTO: JOSH CHADWICK Fixture squeeze as clubs play midweek FFA Cup qualifiers GEORGE STOGIANNOU The fixtures come rolling in thick and fast for a number of clubs playing both league and cup games this week. A host of FFA Qualifying Cup matches are spread out nationwide over the coming week, with some already having been played in the past week. In Victoria, Greek-based NPL 2 club Northcote City kicked off Rd 6 of the cup with a hard fought 1-0 home win over a dogged State League opponent in Boroondara – Carey Eagles on Tuesday night thanks to a well taken goal by young forward Noah Mihailidis. The home team had the woodwork to thank for preserving their winning lead as the visitors pressed hard for an equaliser late in the match. The win extends Northcote's winning run in Cup and League to four matches. In other FFA Cup qualifying matches played midweek, Sydney Olympic also progressed to the next round of the cup with a 2-0 home win over NPL 3 team Stanmore Hawks, as did Brisbane club Olympic FC which defeated Rochedale Rovers 2-0 to progress to the next qualifying round. Today on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Apollo hosts Grange Thistle SC in the cup while in South Australia, Adelaide Olympic play away to Cumberland United FC. This coming week sees a flurry of midweek FFA Cup qualifying action sandwiched in between league games. In Victoria on Tuesday evening, fans have a choice of watching either an NPL 2 derby as Brunswick City hosts Werribee City in the Cup at CB Smith Reserve in Fawkner, or a couple of NPL 1 derbies as neighbours Heidelberg United and Hume City face off at Olympic Village. Kingston City and Bentleigh Greens go head to head for the second time in just eight days when they meet again at the Grange, following the Greens recent 4-3 league win there. On the same evening, State League 5 club Waverley Wanderers hosts NPL 2 club Langwarrin at Anderson Park (Doncaster) in a David and Goliath battle. Two NPL 1 teams which will meet in the league on Sunday, South Melbourne and Oakleigh Cannons, will have a short turnaround time before they back up for midweek Cup fixtures. On Wednesday evening Oakleigh Cannons host NPL 2 club North Geelong Warriors, whilst on that same evening, South Melbourne revisits Dacland Stadium (formerly George Andrews Reserve) where it recently drew with Dandenong Thunder. On this occasion it will meet State league one team Doveton SC. In midweek action interstate, Northern NSW NPL team Hamilton Olympic hosts an FFA Cup derby match against Hamilton Azzuri on Tuesday evening, whilst on Wednesday, Canberra Olympic hosts Canberra FC. Next Saturday in Tassie, Olympia FC Warriors host Riverside.
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