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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 August 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2019 27 SPORT Eight young soccer winners MANNY KOUTROULIS, GREG STAMBOULIDES Elite Private School Carey Grammar - part of the G30 Schools worldwide which boasts schools such as Eton College in London - recently had unprecedented success in securing a Premiership in the APS (Associated Public Schools of Victoria) Soccer Firsts Competition in what is arguably the strongest school soccer competition in Australia. The Carey Team boasts seven players of Greek heritage and a Greek Coach. These include Heidelberg United U20 midfielder and Melbourne City youth developing player Giorgos Stamboulidis, forward and captain Leonidas Kyriakos (formerly Northcote City), defender Harry Katopodis (formerly Oakleigh Cannons), winger Kostas Papas (Manningham United), midfielder Alek Esitzis (Northcote City), keeper Matthew Amoddio, and Angus Dimitropoulos (Boroondara Eagles FC). The boys were led by coach Manny Koutroulis who has just won his fourth title in the APS. The amazing season saw the Carey Team not lose a single match and boasted a remarkable goal difference tally of 26 goals scored and only six conceded. In fact the team finished the season without conceding a goal in the last five league Matches winners WINNERS The Championship winning Carey Grammar Soccer team with their APS Championship trophy Standing – left to right: Aleksander Eskitzis (2nd), Leonn Kyriakos (3rd), Angus Dimitropoulos (4th), Mathew Amoddio (6th), Manny Koutroulis (coach 8th wearing black jacket), Harry Katopodis (9th person far right next to Manny) Seated – left to right – Giorgos Stamboulidis (3rd), Kostan Pappas 4th holding trophy). (450 minutes of Football). No wonder they call their home ground at Wilcox Field "the Fortress". The Final match was played last Saturday at the Fortress against Caulfield Grammar in front of over 1000 people which was unprecedented in this competition. Coach Koutroulis was big on his praise of the team. He stated that "this team has the greatest record statistically at Carey. They play very good football and all are tactically very clever. They also showed strong focus and strength and in a few games had to come back from behind to win their matches and score late winners. I am very proud of these boys and I believe many of them will go on and have strong club careers". The APS Soccer championship is home to many strong schools and has coaching names like former Manchester United Player Jesper Olson (at Melbourne Grammar), Former Melbourne Victory player Grant Brebner (at Haileybury College), George Campbell Xavier College, former South Melbourne striker and Olyroo Michael Curcijia at Caulfield Grammar, former Socceroo and Bundesliga player, Josh Kennedy at St Kevins - and Peter Zois at Scotch College who is a former Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory goal keeping coach, as well as a former Oakleigh Cannons coach. It is not surprising that many players currently play in the Youth Teams of Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City which gives an idea as to the amount of strength of talent pool found in this competition. Spartans game marked by Bubunaras injury The Spartans’ captain was carried off the field, after breaking his fibula and ankle ALEX ANYFANTIS The Hawthorn Spartans had already secured the top position of their league and the absolute advantage for the play-offs. So their game on Saturday against Mazenod in Glen Waverley was more of a procedural affair, rather than a competitive contest. Despite this, they still demonstrated the same level of seriousness that they've shown throughout their campaign, a characteristic which has led them this far into the season. They once again came out onto the pitch to dominate their opponents and were already up by four goals in the first quarter. But things took a turn for the worst in the third when skipper Dean Bubunaras suffered a broken fibula and ankle. His injury was so severe that the PAOK It is a most daunting task to have to come into your first game of the season, when your feet are still heavy from all the exercises and your body still isn’t used to the daily routine of a footballer, and face last season’s Champions League semifinalists. And yet, Greek Champions PAOK performed admirably in their task against Ajax, claiming a 2-2 draw. Of course, we’re still referring to last week’s game that was held at Toumba, where the “twoheaded eagles of the North” made the Dutch giants look like a neighbourhood team, especially during the closing minutes of the first half when they dominated the game and scored two goals, missing many opportunities to score a third. Both Olympiacos and AEK did just as well last week as they claimed away wins against Basaksehir and Craiova respectively, but the name of PAOK’s opponent gives their achievement an extra point of difficulty. EFTHYMIS KOULOURIS Last season’s Greek Super SINNERS ARIS PHOTO: GEORGE DEMETRIOU game was temporarily halted, so that an ambulance could be called to transfer the Spartan captain to the hospital, where it has since been revealed he will undergo surgery. It remains highly doubtful that he will be able to participate in the play-offs, a heavy blow for the team. The result remained unchanged in the fourth and final quarter of the game, with the Spartans walking away with yet another comfortable win by 34 points. The final round of the regular season will be played on Saturday, 17 August against Williamstown at Rathmine Reserve. SCORES 1st Quarter: 4 3 27 to 1 2 8 2nd Quarter: 5 6 36 to 2 2 14 3rd Quarter: 7 6 48 to 2 2 14 4th Quarter: 7 6 48 to 2 2 14 Goal kickers: A. Brizzi 3, D. Stratus 2, N. Criticos 1, C. Pana 1 The latter team from Thessaloniki to be playing in the European qualifiers this season left its fans completely let down last week. Showing good signs in their first two games against AE Limassol, not even the most pessimistic of their followers could’ve predicted the disappointment that was to follow in Norway against Molde. A completely unorganised defence lead to their complete annihilation by the Norwegians and now the team in yellow needs to score four goals if they hope to advance to the next round, as three will only lead them to extra time and won’t be sufficient. FIBA WORLD CUP When so many players sinners & by alex anyfantis Just as every week, we choose the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sport PAOK’s first signs of the season were very encouraging. PHOTO: APE/MPE League top scorer was able to secure himself a transfer to one of the top leagues in Europe (France’s Ligue One) and already he’s making his name heard. The 23-yearold managed to score the late equaliser in his team Toulouse’s inaugural game of the season against Brest, securing them the single point. Hopefully this will be just the start of another great season for the young striker. GIANNIS KARVOUNIARIS The young skipper was able to win the silver medal in the RSX category during the recent youth World Sailing Championships that were held in Sankt Petersburg of Russia. This success only serves to further enhance Greece’s position as one of the top nations in the sport, as the 16-yearold managed to secure 132 points in his 10 races, coming out 2nd in a total of 12 participants. The Hellenic Sailing Federation has given significant funds and manpower to the development of young athletes and this victory comes as confirmation of their efforts. begin walking away from their national teams, it’s the World Cup that suffers. So many top athletes have chosen to give priority to the NBA, putting the representation of their nation to the side as something inconsequential, proving beyond a shred of a doubt that when it comes to the game, money’s the only thing that matters. And yet, throughout all this disappointment there is one athlete that continues to give his all for his nation and feel pride whenever he wears the jersey, putting all others to shame. That man’s name is Giannis Antetokounmpo and he was last season’s Most Valuable Player. GREEK INDIVIDUAL ATHLETICS TEAM Despite their best efforts at the European Championship in Poland, the Greek team was unable to avoid relegation from the Super League to the First Category of individual athletics. The Greeks did what they could, considering their absences, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. Athletes such as Katerina Stefanidi, Voula Papachristou and Miltos Tentoglou did well individually, coming out first in their individual sports, however the points they gathered were only sufficient to give their team the 10th place out of a total of 12 participating nations. Despite the category their nation is in however, it remains certain that Greeks will continue to collect the medals, as they remain one of the traditional forces in many individual sports.
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