Excitement is in the air as the Greek Community Cup kicks off in five days, at Heatherton United Soccer Club, located at 482 Springvale Rd, in Springvale South, Melbourne.
Teams from the Greek community are gearing up to showcase their skills and competitive spirit on the pitch. The atmosphere promises to be electric.
As the countdown begins, anticipation is building for a tournament that will not only highlight the prowess of the players, but also foster a sense of community pride and unity. It’s a celebration of sport, culture, and the spirit that brings people together.
The Vice President of Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), Michael Karamitos, commented, “Following last year’s successful tournament, I am so excited to once again be part of this initiative of the GCM. I wish all the teams the best of luck throughout the tournament and look forward to some great matches.”
“I would also like to announce the Senior Women’s tournament which will commence in February, upon the conclusion of the Men’s tournament. Finally, the GCM will also be hosting a Junior Tournament, at the conclusion of the regular football season,” Mr Karamitos added.
John Hatzis, the President of Malvern City FC, highlighting the importance of this tournament, said, “This year Malvern City (MCFC) will be fielding experienced first team players along with young aspirational players who will be striving to attain Senior Football selection and who are currently mostly part of our NPL high Youth program.”
“We want to ensure that aspirational young players know that there is a real pathway for them at MCFC. When I was a young player myself, I had the opportunity to play against bigger Greek clubs. I hold this experience vividly in my memory,” Mr Hatzis said.
Theo Paraskevas, the President of PAOK Altona East, shared his perspective, “We are thrilled to be part of the Greek Community Cup for another year. It is a great opportunity to unite Greek clubs across Melbourne and for us to test ourselves against the bigger, clubs such as South Melbourne, Heidelberg and Oakleigh.”
Jim Simos, the President of ARIS South Springvale FC, stated, “We are proud to be a part of the Greek Community Cup and to be associated with some of the Greek Community’s finest teams.”
“It is a great initiative from the Greek Community to organise such an event, which will bring together teams that don’t always get to compete against each other. We look forward to seeing a big crowd enjoying quality football played in the best spirits. Good luck to all teams competing,” Mr Simos added.
Finally, Luca Siorini, the President of OLYMPIAKOS East Kew said, “East Kew is here to win, turn heads and surprise. It will signal and be a testament to our success in 2024.”
As the players are warming up, the Greek community is getting ready to witness the thrill of every goal. Team fixtures can be found here.