Northcote City pulled the curtain on another successful 2014 season with a very worthy 1-0 away win against Hume City in Broadmeadows Valley Park while the Under 20s produced another emphatic performance with a resounding 6-1 win against their opponents.
After the game, a very proud Under 20s head coach Alex Gymnopoulos took the time to reflect on the season.
“I am extremely proud of the boys this year, they have been fantastic from the word go. It is always challenging coaching kids at this level and age group but I can sincerely say we have a fantastic group of kids here at our club.”
“We had Jonathan Bounas, Aaron Ward, Luke Gavalas, Anthony Rizk, Nasr Said, Ricky Gonzalez, Jacob Eliopoulos, Steve Sifinos, Chris Di Bartolo and Chris Oghanna all feature in our seniors this year and in recent years. That’s a fantastic result for our club in terms of player development but a testament to our coach Goran Lozanovski who has faith in playing our kids.
Alex also spoke about having a sound environment around the club as reason for the continued success and development of the young talent, “I cannot praise my assistant David Kalifatidis and team manager Jack Sidiropoulos enough. David is such an amazing mentor to these lads it’s amazing, when I see the interaction between them it’s not just coach to player but it’s like friend to friend. The kids adore him and trust him and take his advice on board, that’s how much respect they have for him. As for Jack, well another amazing Northcote City person, he just loves the club, has been involved for over 30 odd years, it’s incredible, and the love and respect he has for the kids in reciprocated in full.”
Finally, Gymnopoulos paid tribute to departing captain Adrian Chiappetta and Liam Wooding, who will return to South Australia after one season with the club.
“Chippa has been one of our clubs most loyal servants, he arrived in 2009 so he has spent some amazing years here in terms of the success we have had as a club. He and his family became part of our club from the moment he arrived as a young boy and now he departs as a man, I just want to thank him for everything he has done for the club as a person and as a player. He always made sure he boys in the Under 20s were looked after, taking the time to give great advice. I just want to wish him the very best for the future and he will always be a part of our club no matter what.
“Liam although only with us for one year left a wonderful impression on all of us. He is extremely dedicated, I would regularly see him pumping out extra sessions, I can see why he was good enough to represent his country at youth level, I also want to wish him the very best for his future and thank him as well.”
Congratulations to all our staff, players and fans in this inauguaral NPL season.
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