Bentleigh Greens SC

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Bentleigh Greens
Bentleigh Greens SC.jpg
Full name Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club
Nickname(s) The Greens, Pagkyprio
Founded 1986
Ground Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Ray Georgiou
Coach John Anastasiadis
League NPL Victoria
Website Club home page

Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Cheltenham, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. The club was formed in 1986, by the Greek Cypriot community and currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria. They spent the years 1996–2005 in the Victorian Premier League, becoming finalists 4 times. Bentleigh Greens were promoted back to the Victorian Premier League after finishing 2nd in the 2009 Victoria State League Division 1.

Federal Government announces $3.3 Million Grant for ground redevelopment, including two new synthetic pitches, new change rooms and a mini stadium for the main pitch. The club offers Small Sided Football (SSF) program for players aged 6 to 11 years old and junior coaching for 12 to 18 years old.

History[edit]

Former Bentleigh Greens logo

Around the middle of the year in 1986 a small group of former members of Cypriot Community's Soccer Club, Central City, met at 15–17 Heffernan Lane. This group determined to create a strong Greek Cypriot based team in Melbourne.

There were two previous failed attempts, one in the mid-1950s and secondly Central City from 1977 to 1983 which ran under the control of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria from 1977 to 1980. The "Founders" at this initial meeting were Michael Christopher, Ray Georgiou, Andrew Nicolaou, Michael Iaonnou, Harry Theocharous, Phillip Philippou, Tony Antoniou and Harry Constantinou. After making a huge fund raising effort and gathering together 150 foundation members we were able to take over Greensborough and move it to Victory Park in the City of Moorabbin.

The name of the club was changed to Bentleigh Greens. The club competed in the First Division of the Provisional League in 1987 season. That year the club finished runners up to Chelsea on goal difference. The club has achieved 5 promotions in 9 seasons, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995 plus a Vic-Health Youth championship in 1993–94. Plus 6 Hellenic Cup wins 1991, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2010

Promoted to the Victorian Premier League and competed at that level for the first time in 1996. Qualified for Premier League finals 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Griffin McMaster
4 Australia MF Craig smart
2 Australia DF Dominic D'Angelo
8 England MF Wayne Wallace (c)
10 Australia FW Scott Bulloch
14 England DF Aron Wilford
12 Australia MF Paul Retre
17 England DF Jack Webster
24 Australia DF Luke Pilkington
16 Australia FW Evan Batsis
4 Australia MF Nick Curtis
13 Australia FW Connor Pain
11 South Africa FW Ryan De Vries
4 Australia DF Nick Ansel
20 Australia GK Chris Davies

Former players[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Victorian Premier League Finalists 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002
  • Victorian State League Division 1 Champions 1995
  • Victorian State League Division 2 Runners Up 1993
  • Victorian State League Division 3 Runners Up 1990
  • Victorian State League Division 4 Runners Up 1989
  • Hellenic Cup Champions 1991, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003
  • Victorian U18 South-South East Champions 2011
  • Victorian State U18 Finals Champions 2011

Individual honours[edit]

  • Victorian Premier League Player of the Year Award

1996 – Ike Alagiozidis 2002 – Jim Kourtis

  • Bill Fleming Medal

1996 – Ike Alagiozidis

  • Victorian Premier League Coach of the Year Award

1997 – Harry Chalkitis

  • Victorian Premier League Leading Goalscorer Award

2002 – Juan Nilo

  • Victorian Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year Award

2002 – Jim Kourtis

  • Victorian Premier League Under 21 Player of the Year Award

1996 – Vlad Babic

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