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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 June 2019
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Barbarouses set to join Victory’s arch rivals GEORGE STOGIANNOU Hawthorn storms past Williamstown In their biggest win of the season, the Spartans annihilated the fourth-placed team on the ladder by 108 points It was an impressive display by the Hawthorn Spartans last Saturday at Williamstown.The eastern suburbs club was faced with difficult opposition, as they had to compete with a team that was fourth on the table inside their own home ground. However all this appeared to work as a psychological boost for the Spartans, who, as if they had something to prove, walked onto the pitch and gave their opponents no hope for victory. By the time the first quarter was up, the visitors had already claimed a 50-point advantage. The rest of the game entailed more of the same for the home side, who attempted to break free from the pressure of Hawthorn but simply couldn't find a way to restrain them. On the other hand, the Spartans made the most of their bench, ending the game with 10 different goal kickers. The final whistle found them in the lead by 108 points, a record win for the current season.Of course this also means that they remain at the top of the league, now having seven wins and a single loss. This Saturday they prepare to host Swinburne University in a game that will be captain Anthony Demetriou's 100th. SCORES 1st quarter: 7 8 50 to 0 0 0 2nd quarter: 12 9 81 to 2 0 12 3rd quarter: 17 13 115 to 4 0 24 4th quarter: 21 18 144 to 6 0 36 Goal scorers: Stratus 5, A. Ioannou 4, C. Pana 2, S. Neohoritis 2, W. Eagle 2, M. Dabab 2, T. Barber 1, W. Cowie 1, N. Criticos 1, W. Diamantikos 1 Melbourne Victory star Kostas Barbarouses, 29, looks to be packing his bags and headed to the Emerald City to join Victory's arch rival and current A-League champions Sydney FC. Barbarouses is now a free agent after his contract with Melbourne Victory expired just last week on 31 May. He is reportedly about to finalise a three-year deal with the Sky Blues. Barbarouses was Victory's leading goal scorer in the just completed A-League season, netting 14 goals in a campaign where he was often deployed as a more orthodox striker as opposed to playing on the win in his more customary role. Sydney FC had been in talks with Wellington Phoenix's Golden Boot winner and Johnny Warren medallist Roy Krishna but the parties were unable to reach agreement. It's believed the Sky Blues are after a fast paced strike partner for their English striker Adam Le Fondre, especially with the retirement of skipper Alex Brosque and the expected departure of Iranian International striker Reza Ghoochannejhad, following the completion of his loan from Cypriot club APOEL. 29-year-old Barbarouses’ contract with Melbourne Victory expired last week. Sydney expects to be able to register Barbarouses as a player within their salary cap and not as a marquee player. Barbarouses, whose partner and he are expecting a child in September, indicated on the eve of the recent A-League finals series, that he was ready for a second attempt to play football in Europe. More recently, he has reportedly been looking for a move to Asia perhaps in the J-League or the K-League, in order to secure his future. It's believed that the length of the Sydney offer made it a more attractive proposition to what Melbourne Victory was prepared to offer. Greek NPL clubs in Queensland and Canberra put on impressive display Both Canberra Olympic and Olympic FC asserted their dominance in their respective leagues, as they annihilated Riverina and SWQ Thunder, with all other teams remaining balanced ALEX ANYFANTIS It was a relatively good weekend with some shocking results for the Greek team playing in the NPL's all around Australia. In the Capital Territory, Canberra Olympic was not a... good host to Riverina, as they treated them to eight goals (81), while in Queensland Olympic FC confirmed the great form they're in, bringing the storm to the Thunder at the Clive Berghofer. In the rest of the leagues, Sydney Olympic appear unable to wake up from their deep slumber, dropping yet another two points at Belmore against Druitt Town Rangers (2-2), while in South Australia, West Adelaide were able to snatch a last minute draw against pic, as they were unable to keep up with the Weston Bears suffering a humiliating home loss, 2-4. SYDNEY OLYMPIC Result: v Druitt Town Rangers (H) 2-2 (21', 46' Sanchez - 31' Boyadjian, 76' Roberts) Position in NPL NSW: 8th (13 mp, 16 pts) Next opponent: Blacktown (A) Chris Lucas was the undeniable hero of the week for the red-and-whites of Queensland, managing to find the net four times in their game against the Thunder. PHOTO: PATRICK LEIGH PERSPECTIVES last season's NPL champions Campbelltown City. The only club to lose this weekend was Hamilton Olym- FLOREAT ATHINA Result: v Rockingham City (A) 2-3 Position in NPL WA: 3rd (11 mp, 20 pts) Next opponent: Perth Glory U21 ADELAIDE OLYMPIC Result: v Adelaide United U21 (H) 1-1 (56' pen. Poune- nidis - 11' King-Byrne) Position in NPL SA: 7th (12 mp, 16 pts) Next opponent: Adelaide Raiders (A) WEST ADELAIDE Result: v Capbelltown City (H) 1-1 (90'+4' Yull - 74' Ditroia) Position in NPL SA: 10th (12 mp, 10 pts) Next opponent: Adelaide City (A) OLYMPIC FC Result: v SWQ Thunder (A) 1-6 (17', 44', 46', 77' Lucas, 34' Whyte, 68' Smith - 30' Courtney-Perkins) Position in NPL QLD: 4th (15 mp, 35 pts) Next opponent: Redlands (A) CANBERRA OLYMPIC Result: v Riverina (H) 8-1 (5', 58', 85' Domenici, 27', 35', 57' Adam, 55' Woods - 56' Jackson) Position in NPL CT: 1st (7 mp, 18 pts) Next opponent: Cooma (A) OLYMPIA WARRIORS Result: v Hobart Zebras (H) 3-1 (15' Scott, 27' Mulungula, 63' Hill - 18' Walsh Position in NPL TAS: 2nd (12 mp, 26 pts) Next opponents: Clarence United (A) HAMILTON OLYMPIC Result: v Weston Bears (H) 2-4 (56' Cooper, 76' pen. Harrison - 39' Tjien-Fooh, 72', 87' 90'+6' pen. Morris) Position in NPL NNSW: 8th (11 mp, 14 pts) Next opponents: Lambton Jaffas (A) Ange’s Yokohama climbs up J-League Table GEORGE STOGIANNOU Ahead of a two week break in the J-League, Ange Postecoglou coached Yokohama F Marinos has climbed into third spot on the league table equal on points with second placed Kawasaki and trailing league leaders FC Tokyo by six points. Fourteen rounds into the new season, and J-League fans are asking whether the Marinos are ready to challenge for an ACL spot next season, or even be a contender for the J-league title this season. With four wins in their last five matches, Yokohama is starting to attract attention, and along the way, Postecoglou's team has developed a reputation as possibly the best team in the J-League in an attacking sense. They head the goals scored tally, and forwards Marcus Junior and strike partner Edigar Junio are currently amongst the top scorers in the league with seven and six goals respectively. Just behind them is another forward, the pacey Teruhito Nakagawa, who appears to be flourishing under the Postecoglou style of football, being amongst the leading providers of goal assists in the J-League. The other interesting statistic to emerge is that Yokohama F Marinos is way out ahead of the other J League Postecoglou’s team has attracted plaudits for its exciting attacking style. teams, in terms of the average distance travelled by each team, per game. Tracking data sees the Marinos clock up an average 119 km per game, re- flective of the constant movement and high work rate demanded by the coach. But for others, the jury is still out, claiming that in or- der for the Marinos to be a genuine title threat, it needs to show more consistency. Although it has improved defensively this season, compared with last season, of the top 10 teams in the J-League, only 10th placed Urawa Reds have conceded more goals than the Marinos this season. Their credentials should be made clearer when the JLeague resumes on 14 June. Yokohama will resume its league season against bottom side Shimizu S Pulse followed by a home match against 12th placed Matsumoto Yamaga, two games which are very winnable. Then follows the big test, an away trip to league leader FC Tokyo.
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