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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 September 2019
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019 SPORT For the last few weeks, the eyes of the entire nation - or at least those in Victoria - have been focused on the AFL. Of course the Greek community is of no exception, with a few of the participating clubs in the elimination finals enjoying a high level of popularity even among an ethnic group that is more commonly associated with the round ball. Finalists Richmond Tigers have the support of many Greeks, especially those who were born and raised in Australia, and comprehend the impact that the AFL has on the wider community. Which is exactly the reason why on Saturday night when Richmond defeated Geelong securing a place in today's Grand Final, there were plenty of reasons for Richmond fans to cheer. Among those celebrating the win was well-known Greek Australian restaurateur, John Rerakis. He took winners John Rerakis (R) celebrates Richmond’s win alongside Bishop Iakovos and Father Manuel Lykopanidis. PHOTO: FACEBOOK sinners & ARIS THESSALONIKI The Yellows performed admirably in what could arguably be one of the most hostile grounds of the entire Greek Super League, fighting champions PAOK for a 2-2 draw. In fact, they maintained the lead for the largest period of the game and were only equalised by a Josip Misic goal in the 9th minute of injury time. The most impressive fact about their recent string of good results however (since before their game at Toumba, they had also beaten Panathinaikos 4-0 at home), is to his social media profile and posted a photo of himself alongside Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis and Father Manuel Lykopanidis, claiming that the Greek Orthodox priest brought him good luck and that he would need his help for his favourite team's next big game. Mr Rerakis told Neos Kosmos he has been a huge sup- DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Greek fans rejoice as Richmond gets set to hit the MCG in AFL Grand Final porter of the Tigers ever since he can remember, so to see the team make it to a second Grand Final brought him great joy. Richmond last made the final in 2017, when they won the premiership for the first time in 37 years. Saturday's game will be a great opportunity for them to add to their silverware, as Richmond are considered heavy favourites against the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Yet Mr Rerakis and the rest of the fans of the club realise that favourites and outsiders don't mean much once the opening whistle blows, and has enlisted help from above to keep his team on the winning path. "I'll gather the kopelia (mates in Cretan dialect) and we'll go to church on the day of the final to light a candle. It's tradition. We need all the help we can get and as I said to Father Manolis if he has any... connections, now is the time to use them!" by alex anyfantis In his weekly column, Alex Anyfantis takes a look at the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sports A great week for the ‘God of War’ WINNERS that they had managed to accomplish this without a manager on their bench! The team has been on the hunt for a coach ever since Savvas Pantelidis’ resignation at the beginning of the month, with many being linked to the position (such as former Real Madrid legends Fernando Hierro and Guti), but the club has yet to come to an official agreement with any of them. ELISAVET TELTSIDOU Yet another great performance by the judoka who walked away from the Grand Prix in Uzbekistan with the gold medal. This was the fourth gold medal for the 23-year-old in the year and the second in the span of just five months, after winning in Antalya last April. She is rapidly collecting points and has high hopes of making it to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Her win in Uzbekistan was made even more impressive by the fact she was up against the local Gulnoza Matniyazova, with the crowed against her, but she had no problems in scoring two waza-ari and winning the contest. Greece’s Judo Champion Elisavet Teltsidou after winning gold at the International Grand Prix. SINNERS SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS It has been a difficult time for the captain of the Greek national team. It’s not only the bad behaviour that he displays during the Arsenal games, it’s also a recent string of poor performances that have proven quite costly for Arsenal. In the local derby against Tottenham Hotspur, Sokratis got into a scuffle with Harry Winks near the end of the game, getting a yellow card. While near the end of the game with Watford, when his team was leading by a narrow 2-1, it was his clumsy marking that helped the visitors win a penalty kick and score the crucial equaliser, leaving the Emirates with a single point in their bags. Could it be that the pressure of the Premier League is simply too much for the Greek defender? DANIEL RICCIARDO His name was the source of a lot of speculation during the previous Formula One season for his controversial move from Red Bull to Renault, yet he has done very little to justify the depths to which the French team have gone to acquire his services. His reaction to last week’s decision to penalise him for his driving in the qualifiers – stating that “they ruined it for him” – and place him on the back of the grid, only makes things worse for the Aussie pilot. So far in the season, his greatest accomplishment has been a fourth place in Monza.
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