by John Fotinos
It’s always a match that’s about passion, rivalry, bragging rights …… and of course, the three points.
But, this Friday’s meeting has a lot more riding on it. It’s South Melbourne, boasting a perfect four from four start & atop the table, hosting a Heidelberg United team languishing in second last spot, with just one point from its four outings.
For coach George Katsakis, it’s a personal milestone of great significance. The man who has led his beloved club to 10 trophies during his tenure, saddles up for game number 350 in charge – a remarkable achievement in any era. Katsakis is an extremely proud man, a fierce competitor and would love nothing more than to snap the current lean run against one of the ‘Bergers biggest rivals.He’ll need to be at the top of his powers to upset the league leaders, and it’s a sure bet his side will be revved up to take on the task.
Leading the team out for his milestone 150th match for the club will be none other than the “Little Mexican” himself, Adrian Zahra. The courageous and skillful skipper never shirks an issue on field, and is the first to put up his hand to play a number of different roles for the benefit of the team.
With two such strong characters leading the charge, expect nothing less than 100% from a team desperate not only to get one over a confident and storied rival, but also trying to ignite a spark in its own season.
The action kicks off this Friday (March 17) at 7:30pm at Lakeside Stadium.