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2017 Coaching Staff

COACHES

Port Melbourne Soccer Club is pleased to announce the coaching staff for 2017

Technical Staff –         Andy Elderton, Dario Serra

Senior Coaches –        Dominic Barba, Vlado Vanis, Tony Belica, Gaffar Iedom, Mark Szabo

NPL Junior Coaches –          Zane Fernandes, Con Karagiannidis, Arto Gedik, James Sneddon,                                                   Vincent Battiato, Dario Serra, Ein Eric

COACHING PROGRAM

The technical department and all coaches are committed to providing Port Melbourne players a clear development pathway.  Through a number of programs and processes the club will provide opportunities and manifest improvement plans in the Talented Player, Skill Development and Player Progression programs as well as International Tours.

Port Melbourne SC is also committed to a coaching pathway to ensure not only are our players reaching their potential, but so are our coaches. The Technical Department will continue to support, develop and review all coaches and players at the club.  Through this monitoring, engagement and education, coaches and players will be given every opportunity to reach their full potential and reach their footballing goals.

Club Statement | Coaching Announcement

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Domenic Barba to the role of Senior Head Coach at Port Melbourne Soccer Club.

Dom will be taking over the reigns from Eric Vassiliadis who has been with the club for the past 7 seasons. This provides a unique opportunity for the club to step outside its comfort zone and take a new direction in this challenging environment of top-flight NPL.

We welcome Dom to the club and look forward to what the 2017 season will bring.

PREVIEW | FFA Cup | St. Albans Saints v Port Melbourne SC

Port Melbourne SC meets St. Albans Saints SC at Knights Stadium this Wednesday night in the Sixth Round of FFA Cup Qualifying, with the winning team to move within one game of qualification to the national Round of 32.

Although St. Albans are the designated home team, their home ground at Churchill Reserve is unable to host this cup tie and it will instead be played at the neutral Knights Stadium in Sunshine North. The draw for the next round of the FFA Cup was held on Monday and both sides now know that the winner will be returning to the same venue to take on Melbourne Knights for a spot in the FFA Cup Round of 32 and the Dockerty Cup semi-finals.

After pulling off a surprise run to the Round of 16 in the 2014 edition of the FFA Cup, St. Albans have already managed to knock-off one NPL opponent in their cup run this year, eliminating Northcote City with 1-0 win away in the 4th Round. They then defeated State League 1 North-West side Yarraville FC 3-1 to progress to the 6th Round.

Port Melbourne SC have performed strongly in the Cup this campaign, with the Sharks defeating NPL2 sides Box Hill United & Sunshine George Cross with the same scoreline of 6-1. Adrian Zahra and David Stirton have lead the way, with 4 & 3 goals respectively in this competition although the variety of attacking threat has seen another 5 players hit the scoresheet across the two games.

 

St. Albans Saints SC v Port Melbourne SC

8:00pm, Wednesday June 1, 2016.

Knights Stadium, Sunshine North

Twitter: Live updates from @PMSCSharks, #SASvPM #FFACup

Sharks through to next round of FFA Cup

Having come off a five day break and a loss to Avondale, Port Melbourne entered Wednesday night’s game with a chance to not only go to the next round of the cup competition, but to return to winning ways.

Sunshine George Cross haven’t been in the best of form in NPL2 West this season, and they too were looking to turn things around. Their line-up included some familiar faces, with former Sharks Martin Mason, Denis Dasoul and Chris Grossman among their starting line-up.

The game starting off with the usual midfield battles, though the Sharks started to find their groove and space behind the George cross defence after 10 minutes. Lambros Honos had a brilliant chance on 12 minutes after being one on one with the George Cross goalkeeper Matthew Jones, though his effort dribbled wide.

Jamie De Abreu found space on the right hand side on 13 minutes, though his effort was dealt with by the George Cross defence. Then on 15 minutes David Stirton was played in behind, with Stirton comfortably putting the ball past Jones and into the back of the net to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

On 28 minutes Adrian Zahra had a goal disallowed for offside, though the quick touches between Honos and Stirton to play Zahra behind the defence were very classy. The Sharks continued to press but couldn’t get that second goal. With the score still at 1-0 at the main break, Sharks manager Eric Vassiliadis rallied his troops to find another gear.

His pep talk seemed to work effectively as Zahra on 47 minutes and Stirton two minutes later saw the Sharks take the wind out of the sails of George Cross. Zahra’s goal was brilliant as he out-reached over his defender at the far post to head the ball in from a De Abreu cross. Stirton’s goal was a clinical finish after he was played in by Zahra, with his stinging left foot shot finding the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

Stand-in captain Alan Kearney was subbed off on 53 minutes with a slight injury, as well as Jacob Eliopoulos on 66 minutes but both seemed to be okay after the game. Sunshine pegged a goal back from Samuel McCall to give his side some hope. His effort saw him latch onto a ball in the box and put it away nicely.

Their joy was short lived though, with Zahra scoring again on 72 minutes and substitute Erhan Yalaz scoring on 76 minutes saw the score line out of reach. Yalaz’s goal was immaculate as he turned right back Moses Gondwe inside out, with the rocket left foot shot shacking the right side of the George Cross goal.

Stirton had another chance four minutes later, though his header was just over the bar. The scoring continued as Zahra completed his hat-trick on 86 minutes with a well guided right foot shot into the bottom right corner of the George Cross goal to give the team a sixth and a passage into the next round of the FFA Cup.

Vassiliadis did say after the match he was pleased with how the players came out the second half, with some key positives ahead of the NPL round 10 game with Bulleen on Monday night.

 

Port Melbourne signs Jacob Eliopoulos

Port Melbourne is pleased to announce Jacob Eliopoulos as our new signing on the eve of our start to the National Premier League season.

Eliopoulos joined his new teammates in a light run this evening,  looking vibrant and enthusiastic and he grasps to life being a shark.

This is a welcome boost for the clubs defensive stocks, with Eliopoulos still only 19 years of age, and with a bright future ahead.

Feel very excited and anxious about the new challenge. Love being involved in a professional environment and hope to get the best out of myself this year.” Eliopoulos said.

Port Melbourne Manager Eric Vassiliadis is just as excited to kick off proceedings tomorrow night against Oakleigh Cannons.

“What i want to see is a result of all our hard work during the pre season., see where the boys are in terms of their performance. I want to make sure the mentality is where it needs to be in order to get a win”

 

 

Port overrun Bergers in pre-season hit-out

A strong second half saw Port Melbourne record a confidence boosting 2-1 win over Heidelberg United in Epping on Sunday.

Both teams fielded strong sides, as they battled hard in trying conditions.

Heidelberg struck first, courtesy of some neat interplay in the front third.

Shaun Kelly went close to responding almost immediately with a confident run down the middle of the park.

Port side came out on the front foot in the second interval and had a number of opportunities to reduce the deficit, via the head of Adrian Zahra and the boot of James Riccobene.

Eric Vassiliadis opted to provide some of his younger players with some game time midway through the half and they soon repaid his faith.

It was Zahra though who leveled proceedings with a free kick that bypassed everyone in the wall 15 minutes from time. A clumsy foul by Kenny Athiu in the area then gave David Stirton a chance to step up from the penalty spot and fire home to confirm the result.

The win maintains Port’s 100% record in its pre-season matches to date.

Heidelberg United 1-2 Port Melbourne 

Starting XI: Gal, Karvelis, Riccobene, Kelly, Krommidas, Kearney, Mulcahy, Honos, Oppermann, Goodwin, Yalaz

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Port Melbourne Soccer Club AGM will be held on the 8th November 2015, 11am at the club.

If you would like to apply for a position on the Executive Board, or on a Sub-Committee, pick up a Nomination Form from the club.  Nomination forms must be returned by 21st October to be eligible for consideration at the AGM.  Forms can be left in the drop box at the club, or sent via email to info@portmelbournesc.com.au

Any PMSC member who has been a consecutive member of the club for a minimum period of 3 years is eligible to be nominated as an office bearer on the Executive Board.

Any PMSC member is eligible to be nominated for a Sub-Committee.

Port to tackle Victory in post-season friendly

Port Melbourne Soccer Club can announce that it will face Melbourne Victory in an exhibition match to be played on the evening of Tuesday 25 August.

Book tickets online at www.trybooking.com/153958

The match will round off Port’s season after the Sharks play their final NPL match against Melbourne Knights on Sunday 23 August.

It will be the first time Melbourne Victory fans will be able to see their side play in Victoria since taking out the A-League earlier this year.

Both Port and the Victory have squared off four times in as many years, with the A-League outfit coming out on top on every occasion.

The match, which will kick off at 7.30pm, will give Port fans a chance to see their side take to the park for the final time in 2015.

Port Melbourne coach Eric Vassiliadis said he was looking forward to seeing his men testing themselves against the A-League champions.

“It’s going to be a really exciting opportunity for our older boys and our younger boys,” Vassiliadis said.

“It’s going to be an opportunity for the club to promote itself, which is huge.”

Match Information
Friendly
Tuesday, 25 August, 2015
Port Melbourne Sharks vs Melbourne Victory
Venue: JL Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7.30pm (local)
Tickets: $12 Adults, Under 14 free. Book through www.trybooking.com/153958

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