Daily Archives: December 24, 2015

Sydney Wanderers too good for Newcastle Jets, 2-0

A goal in each half has delivered Western Sydney three points for Christmas as they accounted for Newcastle 2-0 at Pirtek Stadium on Thursday night.
A first Hyundai A-League goal from Alberto Aguilar and a Mark Bridge strike did the damage for the home side, who now sit five points clear at the top of the standings.

The Jets will feel aggrieved not have been awarded a first-half penalty, as well as have a marginal off-side call go against them but have now failed to score in their last four outings.

Tony Popovic made four changes to the eleven that started in Perth last weekend with attacking trio Mark Bridge, Romeo Castelen and Federico Piovaccari all named, while Dimas replaced suspended Spanish compatriot Andreu.

Newcastle had Daniel Mullen back from injury ahead of schedule, with the centre-back having missed the last seven matches, while Cameron Watson replaced the suspended Jason Hoffman.


1-0 Alberto (45+2) – In the shadows of half-time Scott Jamieson whipped in a free-kick that found Alberto unmarked at the back stick. The Spaniard made good connection with his header and although Birighitti got his body behind the ball was unable to keep it out.

2-0 Bridge (70’) – Substitute Dario Vidosic made an almost immediate impact when some fine footwork on the edge of the box drew a save from Birighitti. The parry fell to Bridge who produced a deft touch to make space before finding the back of the net with a composed finish.


The Jets were arguably unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when the scores were deadlocked after the Wanderers appeared to handle the ball in the box. Defenders Scott Neville and Daniel Mullen both attacked a Jets corner, with Neville’s leading arm seemingly making contact with the ball. While the handball was spotted the call went against Mullen and Western Sydney were let off the hook.


Wanderers striker Mark Bridge has now scored in each of his last five starts.

Newcastle’s loss is their first at Pirtek Stadium after they were previously the only remaining unbeaten side at Western Sydney’s home ground.

The result extends the Wanderers unbeaten run to nine matches (W8 D1).

The Jets have now failed to score in their last six hours of A-League football.

Romeo Castelen seemed destined to double the home side’s advantage when he scooted away from his marker on the hour mark. The Dutchman showed his speed and agility, first tearing down the sideline before cutting inside but the cover defence arrived just in time to smother Castelen’s shot over the bar.


A head clash between Scott Neville and Nick Cowburn left both players worse for wares after they competed for the ball. Cowburn had to be taken to the sideline for treatment and was subsequently substituted at the break.


Tony Popovic hasn’t had a lot to worry about during his side’s unbeaten run but the finishing ability of marquee striker Federico Piovaccari continues to be a concern. Although the Italian had scored in his last two outings he had numerous chances to add to his season tally but his placement was lacking.


The Wanderers will certainly enjoy their Christmas turkey having extended their lead at the summit and unbeaten run to nine matches.

Western Sydney have now equalled the record for scoring two or more goals in eight straight games and will look to extend that run at home against Adelaide on New Year’s Day.

It’s the total opposite for Newcastle who are now winless in their last eight matches and have failed to score in their last four.

That little bit of luck continues to evade the Jets and no doubt Scott Miller will look to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window.


Western Sydney Wanderers: Redmayne(GK), Neville, Alberto, Topor-Stanley(c), Jamieson, Dimas, Pepper, Nichols (Vidosic 64’), Castelen (Santalab 88’), Bridge (Mebrahtu 80’), Piovaccari

Newcastle Jets: Birighitti(GK), Mullen, Boogaard(c), Kantarovski, Watson, Alivodic, Poljak, Trifunovic, Carney, Cowburn (Jackson 46’), Kitto (Crowley 71’)

Scorers: Alberto 45+2, Bridge 70’

Yellow cards: Cowburn (9’), Topor-Stanley (56’), Trifunovic (64’), Carney (84’)

Red cards: nil

Conditions: 22°C, clear

Read more at http://www.a-league.com.au/article/wanderers-claim-christmas-eve-honours/1atpa3ft90j1n16bvbh81ggg64#fRbUgQbCDt2L6Ebp.99


How to keep homes safe from thieves and fire


NSW Police and firefighters have provided residents with 11 tips to safeguard their homes against thieves and fires during the holidays.

NSW Police Force’s Corporate Sponsor for Crime Prevention, Superintendent Brad Shepherd, said criminals were often opportunists.

“They are well aware that many people leave their homes at this time of year – to visit relatives and go on holidays,” Superintendent Shepherd said.

“Don’t make it easy for them to target your place.

“When away from home, never advertise your travel plans on social media – a Facebook photo showing you on holiday is an open invitation to thieves.

“You might also consider using a timer to activate an internal light or radio to give the impression someone is home.”

Superintendent Shepherd said residents could also ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbour to keep an eye on the property, collect mail, mow the lawn and put out garbage bins.

He said this advice was in addition to everyday measures including fitting security doors, windows, locks and alarms; keeping trees and shrubs trimmed to improve visibility; and not leaving spare keys outside.

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW)’s Superintendent Ian Krimmer said many people cooked large meals for their family and friends at this time of year and some became distracted while cooking.

“Kitchen fires account for more than half of all home fires, and we see an increase in the number of fires involving barbecues at this time of year,” Superintendent Ian Krimmer said.

“More often than not, the cause of those fires is due to cooking being left unattended, so the message is clear this festive season – keep looking when cooking.”

Superintendent Krimmer said fires could also happen in unoccupied houses and units. He said people going away should switch off and unplug electrical appliances and make sure their alarms are working.

Home safety and security tips:

Let a trusted neighbour or family friend know your whereabouts and contact details. Ask them to watch your home, empty your mailbox, mow your lawn and, most importantly, call Triple-Zero if they notice anything suspicious or if the smoke alarm activates.

Dispose of Christmas wrapping and delivery/goods packaging carefully. Don’t advertise your new valuables to would-be thieves.

Lock away your handyman/gardening tools, which may be used to force open doors or windows, and any item that may be used to gain access to the property or cause damage.

Record descriptions, models and serial numbers of your valuables and then put them somewhere safe.

If you live in a bushfire-prone area, prepare your home properly – a full preparation checklist can be found at http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

Switch off and disconnect non-essential electrical appliances and IT equipment.

Ensure any electrical items you decide to leave on continuously, or on timer circuits, are in good working order – that includes lights left on to deter thieves both inside and outside.

Test your smoke alarms and change batteries, if required, to ensure they function.

Before you leave, close all internal doors to help contain any fire that might occur.

Then, check your doors, windows and garage are locked securely, and remove spare keys from hiding places. As you leave, check everything again.

If you have a home security alarm, activate it.


Newcastle Jets on their toes ahead of Sydney Wanderers clash


Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller says while the Western Sydney Wanderers will be tough to beat they do have weaknesses.

The Jets travel to Parramatta Stadium tonight to take on the ladder leaders.

The teams met in early November, with the Wanderers taking the points thanks to a two-one win.

Miller said the Jets will need to be on their toes for the entire match.

“It’s an overall compact unit and they’ve also got their weaknesses,” he said.

“But in the final third they’re very compact in the willingness to find space in and around the centre backs and fullbacks and pace in the wide areas certainly are a threat.”

Jets defender Daniel Mullen has been named in the squad, after missing the past two months with a knee injury.

But the Jets will be without Jason Hoffman due to suspension, after receiving his fifth yellow card last week.

Miller said the atmosphere and strong crowd support at Parramatta Stadium always provides a good game.

“We’ve reviewed the game from the weekend and there was a lot of positive moments and it’s just that transition of playing a more compact style and a lot more options in and around possession and managing the game,” he said.


Αυστραλία: Σύλληψη δύο ανδρών σχετικά με συμμετοχή σε συνωμοσία τζιχαντιστών για επιθέσεις

Στη σύλληψη δύο ακόμα ανδρών προχώρησε η αστυνομία της Αυστραλίας, στο πλαίσιο επιχείρησης για αποτροπή επίθεσης από τζιχαντιστές.

Στους 13 έχει ανέλθει ο αριθμός των συλληφθέντων σε μια επιχείρηση που συνεχίζεται στην Αυστραλία και έχει αποτρέψει μια ενδεχόμενη επίθεση από εγχώριους ισλαμιστές μαχητές πέρυσι, σε στόχους που περιελάμβαναν μια ναυτική βάση.

Σήμερα Τετάρτη (23/12) ανακοινώθηκε από την αναπληρώτρια Επίτροπο της Αστυνομίας της Νέας Νότιας Ουαλίας, Κάθριν Μπερνότι, ότι συνελήφθησαν στο Σίδνεϊ δύο άνδρες, ηλικίας 24 και 20 ετών.

Νωρίτερα τον Ιανουάριο, η αστυνομία απήγγειλε κατηγορίες σε βάρος πέντε προσώπων, ανάμεσά τους και ενός 15χρονου, για τη συνωμοσία αυτή που φέρεται να αφορούσε στον σχεδιασμό επίθεσης σε στόχους όπως το αρχηγείο της αυστραλιανής εθνικής Αστυνομίας στο Σίδνεϊ και μια ναυτική βάση στην ίδια πόλη.

«Δεν υπάρχει συγκεκριμένη απειλή, δεν υπάρχει τρέχουσα απειλή, δεν υπάρχει επικείμενη απειλή και αυτήν την εποχή του χρόνου καθώς οδεύουμε προς τα Χριστούγεννα και την Πρωτοχρονιά, παρακαλώ βεβαιωθείτε ότι οι δουλειές σας συνεχίζονται κανονικά», δήλωσε σήμερα η Μπερν.

Σε βάρος ενός από τους δύο συλληφθέντες θα απαγγελθεί κατηγορία για την σύνταξη ενός εγγράφου που είναι πιθανό να διευκολύνει μια τρομοκρατική επίθεση. Ο δεύτερος θα κατηγορηθεί για συνωμοσία σε προετοιμασία διάπραξης μιας τρομοκρατικής ενέργειας, δήλωσε η Μπερν.

Σήμερα αξιωματούχοι της αυστραλιανής Συνοριοφυλακής δήλωσαν πως συνέλαβαν και απέλασαν έναν Γάλλο υπήκοο ο οποίος είχε προσπαθήσει να εισέλθει στη Μελβούρνη μερικές μόλις ημέρες μετά τις επιθέσεις ισλαμιστών μαχητών στο Παρίσι τον περασμένο μήνα που προκάλεσαν τουλάχιστον 129 νεκρούς. Ο άνδρας μετέφερε εξτρεμιστικό υλικό σε φορητές συσκευές και τρία δοχεία δακρυγόνων.

Πηγή: Αθηναϊκό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων


The demand for Greek street food is growing


Zeus Street Greek takes over NSW

Costa Anastasiadis and George Kyrprianou, proud owners of Sydney’s most popular fast street diner, are expanding – again.

This time, the duo is taking its Greek Australian delicacies to Dulwich Hill, and according to local media “locals are lining up in droves” at Zeus, in New Canterbury Rd.

Kyprianou and Anastasiadis opened their first store in Drummoyne in June 2014, which saw great sucess.

Within only one year, the demand for Greek street food has grown significantly, seeing the Zeus Street Greek team open branches in Dulwich Hill, Cronulla, Newcastle and Rosebery.

“Zeus Street Greek is all about the very best of Australian-Hellenic flavours, in up-to-the-moment street food style, reflecting modern flavour combinations and palates,” Anastasiadis said.

“At the essence of Zeus is a sense of sharing, and we are thrilled to be able to continue sharing the Zeus philosophy with our friends and family across the country.”

Both owners are very passionate about showcasing the traditional and authentic casual Greek food experience with their customers, paying homage to the God of hospitality and the Greek custom of filoxenia.

If you find yourselves in the neighbourhood, don’t leave without trying Zeus’ signature and value-for-money pork roll known as ‘Papou Niko’, served with Aegean slaw, caramelised onion, preserved lemon mayo and parsley.

For more information phone (02) 8315 5600 or head to Shops 2 and 3/362-372 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill from 11.30 am to late. Zeus Street Greek is open Tuesday to Sunday.

Source: Daily Telegraph/News Local