Unley High School in South Australia holds inaugural Hellenic Cup

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The inaugural Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

The indoor soccer tournament was organised by the Greek Parents Committee (GPC) of Unley High School and Modern Greek Teacher Lazaros Gialamas. All secondary schools in South Australia that offer Modern Greek as part of their Languages Curriculum were invited to take part.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

The Committee has inherited the long-standing tradition of organising a Greek Dance every year which is always an amazing night and more recently, they have run a souvlaki sizzle on Greek Independence Day and had students from the school’s Greek Dance club perform. However, this year with some new parents on board, the Committee discussed introducing a third event.

George Dracopoulos, GPC Treasurer, led the way in developing a plan for a sporting event with links to culture. The end result was providing students with a mutual involvement in learning Greek language and culture, the opportunity to form connections with one another while incentivising the study of Modern Greek and participation in the school’s Greek dancing club.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

“Sport is a fantastic vehicle that can drive that sense of community like few other initiatives, naturally we wanted to draw from this to connect students across the state, involved in either Greek language study or Greek cultural programs like Greek dance clubs,” Mr Gialamas told The Greek Herald.

One essential aspect of such community events is the generous support from local sponsors. Unley High School and the Hellenic Cup organisers extend their heartfelt gratitude to Con Pappas from Raine and Horne Unley for his invaluable sponsorship. Mr. Pappas’ support not only facilitated the tournament, but also ensured that it was an unforgettable experience for all participants.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

Adelaide High School, Norwood International and St George College accepted the school’s invitation and competed with over 80 students filling Year 8-10 Girls and Year 7/8 & 9/10 Boys teams. The competition began at 9.30am with all three age groups playing across the courts in the Unley High School gymnasium in a round robin format that decided finalists.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

Emerging victorious was St George College in the Year 8-10 Girls and Year 9/10 Boys, while Unley High School won the Year 7/8 Boys age group.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

The day included fantastic competition and sportsmanship, as Greek music was played and souvlakia cooked by the Committee were on sale, helping create a cultural atmosphere.

“With enthusiastic participation from various schools, this event was a resounding success and a testament to the power of sports in bringing communities together,” Mr Dracopoulos said.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

“The spirit of competition was matched only by the spirit of camaraderie, as students, staff, and supporters joined in the festivities. The event was a fantastic opportunity for students studying modern Greek in secondary schools to connect, share experiences, and revel in a day of indoor soccer. It was a celebration of culture, sport, and community spirit.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

“The winners showcased not only their athletic prowess but also the spirit of sportsmanship that makes such events special. The Hellenic Cup served as a platform for students to excel in their chosen sport and create lasting memories.

Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.
Hellenic Cup was hosted by Unley High School in South Australia, on Monday, October 23.

“The Hellenic Cup is more than just a sporting event; it is a celebration of culture, sports, and community. As the event comes to a close, the organisers look ahead with enthusiasm to next year’s edition. Plans are already underway, and in 2024, Underdale High School will be joining the ranks of participating teams. The addition of new schools promises to make the Hellenic Cup an even more vibrant and inclusive event, fostering friendships and a sense of community that transcends borders and backgrounds.”

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