Victoria Bentleigh Greens are Dockerty Cup champions for the third time – Greek City Times

The first of over 100 clubs in Victoria, Australia to compete in football’s most illustrious league.

The competition, which is 113 years old, is named after Harry Dockerty, a member of the Football Victoria Hall of Fame who presented the trophy. Carlton United won the first edition of the competition in 1909, and despite some breaks over the years, the 97th edition will take place in 2022.

Dockerty Cup

For the third time in a row, Bentleigh Greens have won the Dockerty Cup against the Oakleigh Cannons.

The Greens left it late but it was excellent as Bentleigh lifted the trophy through goals from Tom Strickland and superb Yagoub Mustafa, who came on late after Bentleigh was trailing by a Joe Guest goal at the start of the second period.

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Bentleigh Greens scoring a goal

As well as their goalscorers, the Greens can congratulate Pierce Clark on an outstanding first half in which he dodged plenty of shots from the Cannons.

It was senior manager Nick Tolios’ first opportunity to win a major trophy with a team he had shaped in his image, and he was ultimately rewarded for the depth of the team he had helped build. at the club, as the ‘next man philosophy shone.

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Team celebrating victory

Mustafa’s return to the bench brought little relief to Tolios due to the team’s busy schedule and injuries to Pierce Waring, Lucas Derrick and Ben Carrigan before the game.

Tolios, who is never one to complain, was confident in his side’s strength heading into the game, and his faith was eventually rewarded.

The Cannons won the first half and also had the most important chances.

Clark’s three saves that stood out in a half where the Cannons blocked the Greens’ goal were those made at minutes 15, 38 and 39.

On the other hand, the Greens sometimes struggled to play through the cannon press and saw their best chances come from set pieces.

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Jack Painter-Andrews suffered an unlucky injury in the first half and was forced out of the game with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

The second half got off to a similar start, with the Cannons taking an immediate lead.

Hard play on the right wing resulted in a blazing cross slammed into the box. The ball fell to Guest at the back post, and he made no mistake after Jack Webster failed to stick his clearance.

As the game approached the hour mark, the Greens gradually took control of the situation as Oakleigh tried to hold on to their lead.

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Tolios started looking on his bench for the other qualities he needed. At halftime, Mitch Hore replaced Painter-Andrews; however, his subsequent substitution of Mustafa for Chris Droutsas in the 75th minute effectively ended the game.

When an opportunity presented itself, the returning Western Australian raced towards the Oakleigh defenders, quickly putting his speed and deft feet to work.

In the 78th minute, he teamed up with Hore on the left side to bring the attacking midfielder behind along the left wing. This allowed him to put a nice cross to the back post, where Strickland was ready to kick the ball home and level the scores.

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The Greens dominated the final minutes as they gained new energy, and Mustafa scored the well-deserved winner in the 82nd minute to secure victory.

Wild celebrations ensued as the Greens claimed three Dockerty Cup victories from as many finals.

The players celebrated lavishly, but they also kept an eye out for Wednesday’s key Australian Cup game against Sydney FC, followed by an equally important league game against Port Melbourne.

Photo copyright: Kostas Deves

Source : Home 2021 – Bentleigh Green Soccer Club

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Born in Nambour, Queensland, Nick Bourdaniotis grew up in Brisbane until 2001 then moved to Sydney. Nick’s passion for photography started at a young age and his unique and artistic approach to capturing a moment in time ensures that his images are always remarkable. In his late thirties, his peers pushed him to become a professional photographer as he took stunning holiday photos from around the world and here in Sydney. In his mid-forties, Nick’s photos gained international recognition in the Greek community and were used in international and local publications based in Australia. Photographing for St Spyridon College was when Nick took his iconic world first photo, the college’s year 12 student prefects marching onto the forecourt of the Opera House for the 25th March celebrations in 2015. During the three consecutive years, Nick photographed iconic March 25 photos. in Sydney that went viral around the world. Mid-2016, Greek City Times employed Nick as a photographer. Over the next year, he earned the title of director of photography and videography for the Greek City Times, which he still holds today. Greek City Times is a global media. Nick has also worked as a photographer for the travel TV show “My Greek Odyssey” in Greece, which is broadcast to over 50 million people worldwide. Nick was the principal photographer for the state funeral of the late Archbishop of Australia Stylianos and captured the funeral service and burial for archival and media purposes around the world. Nick has been photographing significant events for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia since 2015. In Sydney and Greece, Nick also captures moving moments in time for The Hellenic Incentive (THI), which in 2020 in Greece will work with Associate Partners to document homelessness and various charities organize THI partners under the incentive program. In 2019 Nick was asked to photograph an Australian fashion designer, Thessi Kouzoukas, of Sabba Shirts, who looked amazing with Greece as her backdrop. Nick has been asked to photograph famous people, singers or artists due to his unique photography. In early 2020, Nick was a fully accredited photographer for the Australian Open Tennis, during which he photographed Greek players and heritage matches for publication in Greek City Times. Additionally, in 2022, Nick was the official photographer for George Kambosos Jr during the world lightweight title fight in Melbourne, Australia. Nick’s photos of the Greek Presidential Guard (Evzones) have been called the most viewed, and these photos have been published in books documenting the history of the Evzones. The most recent publication was the book of 150 years of Evzones published by the Greek Presidential Guard. Nick’s versatility and professionalism have earned him an excellent reputation and a loyal, high profile clientele all over the world. Nick is not one to enter contests or exhibitions as he leaves it to his critics to judge his unique artistic way of photographing. He has always said that in his early 50s he would start exhibiting his work across Australia and overseas, as he has some major exhibitions in the works. In 2021, Nick launched his photographic exhibition across Australia called “The Evzones Collection”. This photo exhibition endorsed by the Greek Presidential Guard and the Hellenic National Defense Staff has over 28 beautifully selected photos capturing and portraying the Evzones in a truly remarkable light. In 2023, The Evzones Collection photo exhibition will be presented in Athens and then throughout Greece. Nick’s art uniquely evokes Hellenic pride with his images which are published worldwide.

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