CABRAMATTA INTERNATIONAL NINES
BY TERRY LIBEROPOULOS
at Cabramatta, Sydney
Greece A put up a brave effort but were eliminated from the tournament
after losing 18-16 to Niue in the Plate semi-final.
A try to Peter Vardis in the corner, followed by a magnificent
conversion from the sideline put the Greeks ahead 16-14 but a late try
to Niue gave them the victory. The Greeks went into the game with only
three fresh reserves after injuries to a number of key players.
Greece A opened their campaign with a 28-8 win over Niue Development
with Adam Bouris and Jake Vrahnos each scoring a brace of tries while
Vardis added the other one.
In a physical encounter with the Philippines, the Greeks went down
24-6 but were not helped by a number of questionable decisions by the
referee. Bouris ended up scoring the only try for Greece. The
fustration boiled over late in the game when skipper Michael Korkidas
was sin binned for a massive shoulder charge.
The Greeks then took on Canada and despite an early try to Terry
Constantinou, Canada piled on three quick tries to lead 18-6 before
Vardis’ try made it 18-10 at half-time.
Canada scored early in the second half before a wonderful break from
Matthew Georgiades resulted in Liam Sue-Tun Katrotis scoring to reduce
the deficit to a converted try but Canada held on to win 22-16.
Greece A then went into the Plate Division and shut out the Latin Heat
(representing South America) 20-0 in the quarter-finals.
In hot conditions, Greece led 10-0 at the break thanks to tries from
Kristian Aroutsidis and Georgiades. Further tries in the second half
came from Ben Toussis and Nathan Hughes.
GREECE A SQUAD:
Michael Korkidas (c), Adam Bouris, Petros Thanos, Ryan Kambouris,
Peter Vardis, iam Sue-Tin Katrotis, Nathan Hughes, Adfam Kambouris,
Kristian Aroutsidis, Jake Vrahnos, Matthew Georgiades, Steve
Spiliotopoulos, Matt Constantinou, Terry Constantinou, Ben Toussis,
Coach: Steve Georgallis.
Assistant coach: Jim Pizanias
Trainers: Mark Andrews, Mick Weldon, Paul Tate.
Staff: Dennis Lowe, Michael Psarakis.
Manager: Terry Liberopoulos