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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 June 2019
SPORT 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Georgies look to Vassiliadis to lead them back to NPL GEORGE STOGIANNOU Former NSL and NPL club, and now struggling State League One club, Caroline Springs George Cross is hoping recently appointed senior coach Eric Vassiliadis will be able to repeat his promotion winning feats of 2010-2012 when he led Port Melbourne Sharks from State league 2 into the VPL over three seasons. Greek Maritime Golf Event at The Dunes Course features Charis Akriviadis. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Favourable wind for the 5th Greek Maritime Golf Event The 5th Greek Maritime Golf Event, the golf tournament of the shipping community, was held from 8-9 June, 2019 with absolute success at Costa Navarino, presenting two golf games, parallel events and many surprises for the Greek and global shipping industry."Greek Maritime Golf Event" teams, consisted of distinguished executives of the Greek shipping community (four people in each team), enjoyed the game and the summer conditions at the two signature 18-hole courses The Dunes Course and The Bay Course among century-old olive trees overlooking the Ionian Sea and the historic bay of Navarino. Along with the competition, lovers of nature and history joined the guided tour at the beautiful Venetian fortress of Niokastro in Pylos. The day conclud- ed with a cocktail, the gala dinner and award ceremony hosted by basketball legend Joe Arlauckas. The shipping community "embraced" the event's good cause and actively supported the union "Mazi gia to Paidi" ("Together for Children") by fundraising for the group. .In the overall team standings, the team of Sorotos, Karabatsou, Chrousalas, Emanuel won the 1st place. Second place went to the team of Harvey, Robertson, Polemis, Malyan, while the team of Criticos, Hutton, Vovos, Vezhlivtsev took third place.In the other categories, Mr Martinos won "Closest to the Pin" award, Mr Coustas claimed the "Longest Drive" and Ms. Jones the "Putting Competition Winner", while during the award ceremony the event had many lottery winners. The Georgies re-branded themselves this season from their former name of Sunshine George Cross to coincide with their move to newly built, state of the art sporting facilities in Fraser Rise near Caroline Springs. Whilst things are looking good off the park, at the half way mark of the current season the team is struggling at the bottom of the State League table. And although there is no relegation due to a league restructure next season, the club clearly has ambitions of regaining its place in the NPL. Enter Vassiliadis. The former long serving Heidelberg United defender has since the promotion winning days at the Sharks gone on to gain extensive NPL coaching experience, first with the Port Melbourne Sharks, then a brief stint at Melbourne Knights and followed most recently by a season at Northcote City. Speaking to Football Nation Radio earlier this week, in just his second week on the job as senior Georgies coach, Vassiliadis said, "The mandate was to come in and, to use the board's terms, 'to build and consolidate'. I probably wouldn't have taken on the opportunity if there was relegation, because I think it brings with it other challenges and makes it difficult to come in ERIC VASSILIADIS. PHOTO: NK ARCHIVE mid-season, which is what I went through at Melbourne Knights. So I think I come into this role in a much better place, psychologically and mentally, about having a long term vision which is consistent with what the board wants to do." He added, "everything we're doing this year is with an eye to next year and beyond. That's the responsibility we've got." Vassiliadis describes the recent move to the new facility as "tremendously uplifting". "I must congratulate the board and broader George Cross community for what they've achieved. As an old NSL person, I remember the heights of George Cross with my Heidelberg days," he said. "So I think we've finally and for a long time, we've got a facility and a brand that's becoming of our football club. Spartans continue along winning path The Hawthorn Spartans had little trouble against Swinburne, beating them by 48 points ALEX ANYFANTIS It was another fine Saturday for the Hawthorn Spartans who appeared comfortable when welcoming Swinburne University. The eastern suburb club were able to combine vicecaptain Anthony Demetriou's 100th appearance for the club with an impressive win by 48 points, as they achieved most of their targets for the game in what was a great team effort. The man of the hour scored twice, proving that his experience is indispensable to the team and he still has plenty to offer. The Spartans were able to claim an early lead of 30 points in the first quarter and they never looked back, with their opponents just trying to reduce the margin of their defeat. This win sees Hawthorn maintain its position at the top of the ladder as they now have eight points and only one loss in their campaign. Next up they will face the difficult challenge of Essendon Grammar who are second only by goal difference. The game will be held at PEGS Sporting Fields, Keilor Park today, Saturday 22 June, at 11.40 am. Hawthorn Spartans co-captain Anthony Demetriou celebrates 100th appearance. PHOTO: GEORGE DEMETRIOU The board has done everything they need to do off the field. It's now my ambition and my role, together with assistant coaches Steve Bebic and Theo Mihailidis, to run the football department and bring it back to where it needs to be as well." But Vassiliadis remains level headed about what it will take to achieve promotion out of the state leagues into the NPL. He believes the football department needs to take a pragmatic approach, based on an understanding of what's required to be successful in the league. "The State League is a tough league to get out of. It's not always just about throwing some financial resources to it ... Importantly, in my experience, getting promoted from State 2 all the way through to the VPL and NPL each year provided its own unique challenges as a league. So we have no intention of being this ball playing team that builds through the lines. We're not going to go out and try to be something we're not. You know in State 2, it just doesn't work in my experience. It's about getting consistent, sort of match hardened men surrounded by some good vibrant youth. And then getting the culture right." Vassiliadis has recruited four new players to the Georgies in the last two weeks, including George Slefondorfas (ex-Whittlesea Ranges), midfielders Brian Summerskill and Ethan Gage (ex South Melbourne and Bentleigh Greens) and winger Andre Zinio (Preston Lions). He says the new signings bring quality to the squad and he's "absolutely excited to have them on board".
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