SPIRIT ALIVE AND KICKING IN THE SUBURBS
After a 2004 finals game played at Ireland Park, the NSW
Soccer website reported "a story of the sportsmanship
we should all aspire to!"
In a world-class display of sportsmanship, amateur soccer
player Kerry Agiasotis has upheld the highest values of the
Olympic spirit and FIFA's Fair Play ethos at considerable
On Sunday in the Southern Districts All Age Men Division
2 Grand Final, the score was locked at 0-0 between Liverpool
Olympic and Chipping Norton. An Olympic player went down with
In a moment of confusion that followed, most players came
to a standstill expecting the ball to be kicked out of play
to allow for treatment, as is the custom. But two people didnt
hear the calls to "put the ball out the
referee and the Olympic player advancing on goal
As the Chipping Norton defenders hesitated, the Olympic player
put the ball into the net. The referee awarded the goal, much
to his dismay when he turned to see the Chipping Norton and
Olympic players dumbfounded by the turn of events.
Under the Laws of the Game, the referee had no authority
to disallow a good goal and explained this to
the players. 1-0 Olympic.
Thats when Olympics Captain/Coach, Kerry Agiasotis,
rose to the occasion. He quickly consulted his team then asked
Chipping Norton to kick the ball to him at the re-start.
Kerry then dribbled the ball to his own goal and calmly scored
an equaliser. 1-1 and justice was seen to be done. The Grand
Final was a thrilling contest after that.
Olympic was leading 2-1 with only a few minutes left to play,
but Chipping Norton scored the equaliser, putting the match
into sudden-death Golden Goal Extra Time. Chipping Norton
emerged triumphant 3-2.
It was then that the truly magnificent sportsmanship of Kerry
Agiasotis was plain for all to see. The Olympic Captain/Coach
warmly congratulated Chipping Norton, making no mention of
the disappointment he was feeling.
Kerry Agiasotis had just suffered his FIFTH GRAND FINAL DEFEAT
IN SIX YEARS!
He very modestly accepted the praise for his exceptional
sportsmanship, but said he had no regrets about his own
goal. It was a team decision, he insisted.