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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 May 2019
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019 winners WINNERS KATERINA STEFANIDINIKOLETA KYRIAKOPOULOU The dynamic duo of the Greek high jump team began their season in the best way possible. Taking the top two places in the Diamond League of Shanghai, Stefanidi and Kyriakopoulou both had successful attempts at 4.72 metres, with the difference being Kyriakopoulou needed two tries to make the jump. With such a great team, Greece will be considered a force to be reckoned with for all other major competitors in the season. APOSTOLOS TELIKOSTOGLOU Not the most popular name on the athletics field, the 24-year-old Tae Kwon Do athlete was able to walk away with the silver medal from the recent world championship tournament that was held in Manchester, UK. This was the first time a Greek athlete accomplished such a feat in the sport, with Telikostoglou making history for his nation even SINNERS JOSE HOLEBAS We may have recently included him in our Winners list, but the former Greek international’s performance in the FA Cup final with Watford was surely not one he will want to remember. With most of Manchester City’s efforts coming from their right side with Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez, Holebas was constantly on the back foot and was unable to hold back the incoming waves of attacks by the “citizens”, resulting in a crushing 6-0 defeat for his side. Sure, he didn’t have much support from his teammates, but some better defending from his side could’ve maybe reduced the margin of their defeat, leading to a more respectable result. Still a great effort for such a team to make it all the way to the final though. NICK KYRGIOS It’s really difficult to figure out what is going on inside the mind of Nick Kyrgios, especially when he appears to be overreacting for no apparent reason. But at some stage he needs to understand that he isn’t just playing for himself. He is an athlete representing a whole country within international tournaments and as such, is required to demonstrate a certain level of respect towards crowds, fellow sportsmen, umpires, and everyone else in the field. If he can’t take the heat, perhaps he should walk away. He has already stated that playing tennis is not “his favourite thing in the world”, so why does he keep pressuring himself to do so? Still though, despite his horrendous behaviour, it doesn’t give anybody the right to label him as a “spoiled little Greek brat”... KOSTAS SLOUKAS This season has seen many ups and downs for Turkish club Fenerbahce and 29-year-old Kostas Sloukas. But it appears to be ending on a sour note, as they were unable to overcome the obstacle of fellow Turkish side Anadolu Efes in the opening game of the Euroleague Final Four last weekend, leaving them missing out on a position in the grand final. Sloukas himself only managed to contribute eight points towards his team’s efforts, pointing out after the game that he was “very angry at himself” and that it “isn’t possible to allow two players (Micic and Larkin) to score 25 and 30 points respectively and hope to go to the final”. Sloukas will of course be a member of the Greek national team in the forthcoming World Cup in Beijing. Easiest win of the season for the Spartans The team now turns its attention towards Saturday’s game against local rivals, Old Xaverians ALEX ANYFANTIS It turned out to be quite the easy weekend for the Spartans. The Hawthorn club were prepared to face Old Ivanhoe at Rathmine Reserve on Saturday, however the visitors were plagued by injuries and suspensions, leaving only a handful of players available for the game. This of course meant that Old Ivanhoe did not meet the necessary requirements set by the league to be considered eligible to play, so they were left with no choice but to forfeit the match. This win keeps the Spartans clear on second place, with a sinners & DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM by alex anyfantis Just as every week, we choose the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sport Greek NPL teams faced with tough challenges Sydney Olympic were subjected to yet another home defeat at the hands of the Sydney FC youth team, while the Greek rivalry between West Adelaide and Adelaide Olympic ended on a 1-1 draw ALEX ANYFANTIS It's been a difficult season so far for the majority of the teams of Greek origin playing in the Nation Premier Leagues around Australia. Most of them have proven unable to string together a series of good results, leaving them in middle to bottom positions on their respective ladders. Katerina Stefanidi and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou continue to bring home the medals for Greece. PHOTO: APE/MPE though he was defeated in the final by the far more experienced Milad Beiji Harjeghani from Azerbaijan. Telikostoglou is a member of the Greek Tae Kwon Do team that will attempt to make their way into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. CHRISTOS VOLIKAKIS The bike-rider continued to demonstrate his great form, winning three medals in the Minsk Grand Prix. He began by win- ning the silver medal in the point race, while one day later he was able to take first place in the Keirin by gathering a total of 112 points. He ended his successful streak by coming third in the Madison, which is a doubles race. He was accompanied by his brother Zafiris Volikakis. The 31-year-old cyclist is well on his way to representing Greece at next year’s Olympics after his many successful races this season. The only bright exceptions to this rule seem to be Floreat Athina in Western Australia and the Olympia Warriors in Tasmania, as both teams currently sit on third place. However last weekend the "Olympians" were forced to a 1-2 home defeat at the hands of table-leaders Devonport, which now leaves them even further behind in the chase for the top spot. At Belmore, Sydney Olympic were unable to maintain their four game unbeaten run intact, as the youth team of recently crowned A-League champions Sydney FC beat them comfortably, 2-3. The New South Wales club have been really struggling, and they are a far reach from the team that topped the table in the regular season and went all the way to win the league in the play-offs last season. SYDNEY OLYMPIC Result: v Sydney FC U21 (H) 2-3 (11', 71' A. Sanchez - 10' Koop, 50' Ivanovic, 55' King) Position in NPL NSW: 7th (11 mp, 15 pts) Next game: Sutherland (A) WEST ADELAIDE Result: v Adelaide Olympic (H) 1-1 (90' pen. Bouraee - 29' pen. Pounenidis) Position in NPL SA: 10th (10 mp, 8 pts) Next game: Adelaide Comets (H) Sydney Olympic couldn’t escape the clutches of the Sydney FC youth team, losing even more ground in the defence of their title. PHOTO: PHOTOSBYLOOPII In South Australia, the local derby between the two Greek clubs ended without a winner, as a penalty kick in the closing minutes of the game proved sufficient to allow West Adelaide to walk away with the one point against Adelaide Olympic. The only Greek club that managed to win last weekend was Canberra Olympic, who had an easy afternoon against Belconnen United, beating them 2-0. ADELAIDE OLYMPIC Result: (see above) Position in NPL SA: 8th (10 mp, 12 pts) Next game: South Adelaide (A) OLYMPIA WARRIORS Result: v Devonport (H) 1-2 (81' Nkoso - 4' Stone, 53' Fitzgerald) Position in NPL TAS: 3rd (11 mp, 23 pts) Next game: Hobart Zebras (H) CANBERRA OLYMPIC Result: v Belconnen United (H) 2-0 (44', 58' pen. Domenici) Position in NPL CT: 2nd (5 mp, 12 pts) Next game: Woden Weston (H) The Spartans continue to be among the top teams in the league. PHOTO: GEORGE DEMETRIOU better goal percentage than Williamstown. This Saturday they will meet with their rivals, the Old Xaverians for the seventh round of the competition, with the game being held at 11.40 am at Stradbroke Park in Kew. It's worth noting that the Old Xaverians were the other team to be promoted to the higher division alongside the Spartans.
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