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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 June 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019 27 SPORT Greek teams face stiff test in NPL Round 17 GEORGE STOGIANNOU A number of Greek NPL clubs face testing opposition in their Round 17 home fixtures this weekend. On late Saturday afternoon, it's third versus fifth on the table as the Bentleigh Greens, under new senior coach John Gabrielson, host the Melbourne Knights. It will be Gabrielson's fourth game in charge since the planned departure of longtime coach John Anastasiadis to the A-League. Facing the Knights, they come up against a team which has also had a recent coaching change, although in different circumstances with former coach Mick Collina making way for former player and now caretaker coach Marijan Cvitkovic after an indifferent run of results. The Knights will be keen to get their league campaign back on track after just one win in their last six matches. This will be the Knights' third game in little over a week and fatigue may be a factor working against them. However they will be buoyed by their mid-week 4-2 FFA Cup qualifier win over South Melbourne, and the man of that match, hat trick hero Hamish Watson, has already proven to be a match winner against the Greens this season, scoring a brace in the Knights' 2-0 win over Bentleigh in their league meeting earlier this season. The Greens defence has conceded the most goals of all the top six sides, and coach Gabrielson and his team will be well aware of the attacking threat of Watson, Albano and new Knights' signing Mohamad Awad. Later on the same day, second-placed Heidelberg United hosts a northern derby against fourth placed Hume City in what looms as the match of the round. Both teams enter the game with impressive league results. Host Heidelberg has just one defeat in its last 10 matches whilst Hume City has lost just once in its last nine starts in the league. Even more impressive is Hume City's FFA Cup qualifying form having eliminated a trio of Greek teams, Heidelberg, Bentleigh Greens, and just last Tuesday, Oakleigh Cannons from this season's FFA Cup competition. Memories of the their re- Bergers fans will be hoping striker Tom Cahill continues his goal scoring form against Hume City this weekend. PHOTO: ZIMBIO cent FFA Cup Qualifier defeat to Hume will no doubt be used as motivation by Bergers coach George Katsakis in this match. In that remarkable match just over a month ago, at Olympic Village, Hume proved its resilience, coming from behind three times to eventually defeat the Bergers 5-4 thanks to a late Theo Markelis goal in extra time thus eliminating the Bergers from the cup. On that occasion, the Bergers rued some costly defensive errors and will no doubt feel strengthened by the return of keeper Chris Theodoridis and defender Josh Wilkins who were both absent in that game. In their earlier league meeting this season at ABD stadium, the Bergers won 2-1 thanks to goals to Tom Cahill and Alex Schiavo. Cahill also scored a hat trick in the recent FFA Cup loss to Hume. On Sunday at Lakeside, South Melbourne fans will be hoping their team can bounce back from a deflating mid-week FFA Cup exit when they host league leaders Avondale. Last Monday, Avondale returned to the winners' circle thanks to a Liam Boland hat trick which steered his team to a 3-1 away win at bottom of the table Kingston City. That win broke a winless streak of four league matches for Avondale. South's squad will be strengthened by the availability of recent signings Peter Skapetis and Melvin Becket who were both cup tied in the recent FFA Cup Qualifier loss to the Knights mid-week. Both players had important roles in South's win against Port Melbourne in last weekend's round. Port Melbourne Sharks host Pascoe Vale on Saturday. Mediocre weekend for Greek NPL teams The Greek representatives were able to tally up three draws, two wins and one loss ALEX ANYFANTIS It was a mediocre weekend without many thrills for fans of Greek clubs taking part in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) outside the state of Victoria. In New South Wales, it seems Sydney Olympic are determined to lose the title they worked so hard to get last season. Abbas Saad's men dropped yet another two points at Lily Homes against Blacktown, being held to a 1-1 draw. The game between the Adelaide Raiders and Adelaide Olympic ended in a similar fashion with the same result and it was thanks to a Pounenidis goal during injury time that the visitors were able to walk away with any points at all. The latter Greek team of South Australia, West Adelaide, was also able to claim a point, holding on to a goalless draw against Adelaide City. Meanwhile, both Floreat Athina and the Olympia Warriors dominated their opponents in Western Australia and Tasmania as they claimed 0-6 victories against Perth Glory (U21) and Clarence United respectively. The only Hellenic club to feel the bitter taste of defeat last weekend was Canberra United, who were subjected to a heavy 4-1 loss at the hands of Cooma and dropped to second place in the Capital Territory. SYDNEY OLYMPIC Result: v Blacktown (A) 1-1 (67' Gibbs - 69' Pavicevic) Position in NPL NSW: 8th (14 mp, 17pts) Next opponent: Hakoah (H) FLOREAT ATHINA Result: v Perth Glory U21 0-6 (9' Stynes, 44' Fuller, 72' Ambrogio, 79' Holden, 86' Saldaris, 90'+4' Petkov) Position in NPL WA: 2nd (12 mp, 23 pts) Next opponent: Bayswater City (H) ADELAIDE OLYMPIC Result: v Adelaide Raiders 1-1 (73' pen. Carter - 90'+3' Pounenidis) Position in NPL SA: 7th (13 mp, 17 pts) Next opponent: Adelaide Comets (A) WEST ADELAIDE Result: v Adelaide City (A) 0-0 Position in NPL SA: 10th (13 mp, 11pts) Next opponent: Blue Eagles (H) OLYMPIA WARRIORS Result: v Clarence United (A) 0-6 (6', 60' Mearns, 14', 82' Nkoso, 26', 44' Ryan) Position in NPL TAS: 2nd (13 mp, 29 pts) Next opponent: Riverside Olympic (H) CANBERRA OLYMPIC Result: v Cooma (A) 4-1 (25', 66', 88' Shields, 55' Abot - 26' Woods) Position in NPL CT: 2nd (8 mp, 18 pts) Next opponent: Gungahlin (A) Adelaide Olympic were able to claim yet another point in their effort to escape the middle of the table in South Australia. PHOTO: ADELAIDE OLYMPIC FACEBOOK PAGE Hawthorn Spartans captain and assistant coach Anthony Demetriou. PHOTO: GEORGE DEMETRIOU Spartans captain set for his centennial appearance Behind every great team, there is a great captain and the Hawthorn Spartans are no exception. The Spartans' skipper and assistant coach, Anthony Demetriou has been beside them since day one. He was one of the founding members of the eastern suburb club and today he reaches the milestone of 100 appearances as a player, guiding the team to many important successes and wins along the way. The Spartans will honour their captain before the start of the game and will hope to combine this momentous occasion with yet another win, celebrating Demetriou's important day in the best way possible. Of course their opponents, Swinburne University will not make things easy for them as they too will want a win, but as most teams visiting Rathmine Reserve can attest, such a feat does not occur often. Hawthorn currently sit at the top of the rankings with seven wins and just a single loss this season and they will hope to continue to build on that success as they welcome Swinburne at 11.40 am today.
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