Monthly Archives: October 2015

Hamilton Olympic: Leo Bertos makes life easier in Newcastle


AFTER a career taking in 162 A-League games and an unbeaten World Cup campaign for New Zealand, Leo Bertos believes he still has what it takes to play professional football at age 33.

But, for the sake of his young family, Bertos made the tough decision to transition to life after full-time football a little earlier than planned.

The former Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory midfielder has signed to play with Hamilton Olympic in 2016 after leaving Indian Super League club East Bengal one year into a two-season deal.

The turning point for Bertos and his wife, Regan, was the birth of their first child, Zeno, eight months ago.

“My wife, my son and I found it really tough to live over in India,” Bertos said. “It’s a cool place to experience and visit, but to live there, it’s tough as a family, just compared to what we’re used to. We’re pretty spoilt this side of the world.

“You have to wash your teeth using bottled water, it’s hard to get good produce, just everyday stuff you take for granted here.”

The Bertoses moved in with Regan’s parents at Stockrington while Leo trained with the Jets in the winter and looked for another contract. Overseas opportunities came up, but not in places Bertos wanted to take his family.

Now Bertos, whose father, George, is Greek, is focused on starting his coaching career with the under-11 Emerging Jets side while staying on the pitch with Hamilton.

‘‘I decided to, I guess, call it quits on playing professionally and look to try to stay here and make a life here,’’ Bertos said.

‘‘It’s a tough decision because I can still play, I know that, and I want to, but it was more of a lifestyle decision.

‘‘I still want to play, though, and I’ve got some family friends who are affiliated with Olympic. I’ve got Greek in me as well, so it all comes together.’’

The 2008-09 Wellington player of the year is completing his C-licence coaching course with fellow former national league talent Daniel McBreen, Troy Halpin and Brad Porter.

He hopes it is the first step in a new career in the code.

‘‘I want to stay in the game. I love the game,’’ he said.

‘‘It will be hard for me to go and do another job.

‘‘Financially it will be a big difference, but it’s more about finding somewhere you are going to enjoy working, so I want to be qualified to work in the game.’’

Although coaching is his main focus, Bertos is keen to help Hamilton take the next step after their third place and grand final loss in 2015.

‘‘I don’t just want to play for the sake of playing,’’ he said.

‘‘I want to try to help, and if I’ve got some experience or professionalism I’ve gained that I can pass on to some of the players, that’s part of my role as well. But I guess the main one is to try and improve the team on the field.

‘‘They did really well last year, and generally the club is pretty successful, so it would be nice to go that step further.’’

Bertos’ signing is another coup for the NPL, which has also secured McBreen (Edgeworth) and kept the likes of Matt Thompson (Maitland) and Jobe Wheelhouse (Jaffas) for 2016.

But the addition of Bertos, a World Cup player, is a rarity for the region’s top division.

He played in all three of New Zealand’s games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the All Whites drew 1-1 with Slovakia and Italy, and 0-0 with Paraguay.

Adamstown legend Col Curran is the only Newcastle product to have played at a World Cup, and Bertos could be the only other to experience the tournament then turn out in the NNSW competition.

Bertos, who played 56 games for New Zealand, hopes to carry his World Cup experiences into the next phase of his football career.

‘‘It was a dream, a childhood dream,’’ he said.

‘‘I remember growing up, getting up in the early hours of the morning to watch the World Cup finals on telly and hanging out for the next ones to come around.

‘‘I never thought  I would get anywhere close to that, coming from New Zealand.

‘‘It was a great experience, and hopefully I can stay involved in the game and maybe help develop some players and, who knows, maybe get there in  a coaching capacity in the future.’’

Five Hamilton Olympic players make the Newcastle Football U10 SAP Programme for 2016.


Hamilton Olympic FC would like to congratulate the following boys who trialed and were successful in making the Newcastle Football U 10 SAP Programme for 2016:  

Jamie Lloyd, George Tsamouras, Kayde Wise, Charlie Stevens and Lucas Walshe

We hope the boys enjoy their time with Newcastle Football and  are soon back in the Hamilton Olympic FC colours.

Con Gounis

Squads for Under 10s, Under 11s and Under 12s named

Well done to all the boys who trialled for our SAP squads at the beginning of the month, it is with great pleasure we announce the following boys who were successful in gaining a position…

Matt Brain
Max Bryant
Joel Bucci
Connor Chapman
Connor Clarke
Bryce Duggan
Levi Foster
Toby Gallagher
Charlie Halls
Giles Harrison
Jarrod Hogan
Samuel Holmes
Ethan Lewis
Jamie Lloyd
Lorcan McCallum
Dejan Nikic
Harry Phillips
Cooper Radley
Kalen Routley
Noah Schuberth
Charlie Stevenson
Max Temelkovski
Oliver Tobin
George Tsamouras
Lucas Walshe
Kurtis White
Kayde Wise

Byron Bennett
Luis Bardetta
Sam Carroll
Blake Carter
Oscar Cathcart
Dylan Christoffersen
Mitchell Connors
Cameron Davies
Linus Deeming
Jack Donovan-Schultz
Ryan Duchemin
Liam Endicott
Max Fallon
Remi Flood
Jordie Fuller
Lachlan Graham
Sam Jackson
Matt Kacev
Bailey Kacev
Mason King
Jack Kirk
Jack Knowles
Cael Mowbray
Jack Murphy
Cody Nancarrow
Bailey Newton
Matt Novak
Ben Pearce
Charlie Phillips
Ethan Pichardo
Oliver Rasser
Nate Robertson
Byron Waddell

Ned Amidy
Max Bailey
Marco Baker
Christian Bracco
Sam Brain
Michael Byrnes
Hallam Carlson
Cooper Clark
Jay Coffey
Seb Darney
Will De Vitis
Adrian Delmoni
Kai Evans
Pat Farrell
Myles Gaffney
Lachlan Griffiths
Max Hatton
Oliver Hilton
Matt Honnery
Declan Hughes
Daniel Kacev
Zaik Luck
Daniel Martinelli
Kilian McCarthy
Zac McShane
Tom O’Connor
Riley Parker
Scott Philpotts
Xavier Radley
Jai Rodway
Oscar Ward
Flynn Watson
Corey Winiarczyk


Hamilton Olympic NPL 2016 Youth squads


Hamilton Olympic FC congratulate the following players who have been selected to play in our YOUTH NPL SQUADS for 2016. We would also like to thank all the trialist who participated for places in these teams.

UNDER 13 Youth NPL Hamilton Olympic FC Squad- 2016

Kyle D’Agostino

Kynan Ailwood

Jacob Kalesovski

Christopher Lloyd

Nicholas Forsyth

Angus Tonks

Lachlan Davies

Zane Butterworth

Jarvis Power

Byron Prinsen

Cooper Janzen

Sam MacKinnon

Ben Henderson

Riley West

Matthew Hallett

Coach– Rhys Cooper

UNDER 14 Youth NPL Hamilton Olympic FC Squad- 2016

Jack Stewart

Declan O’Donnell

Braith Reay

Jackson Herdman

Angus McTaggart

Ryan Knowles

Andrew Paksec

Elliot Paksek

Jared Muller

Jack Read-Jones

Joe Langlois

Kellan Barry

 Jay Deamer

Samuel Jameson

Jackson Lane

Coach– George Fellas


UNDER 15 Youth NPL Hamilton Olympic FC Squad- 2016

Marcus Haynes

Jake Mosely

Lachlan Gowdy

Lachlan Keane

Luke Desreaux

Daniel Ball-McKinnon

Connor Henderson

Nicholas Crook

Panayiotis Binos

Ethan Acevski

Samuel Odongo

Vincent Unie

Steve Theacos

Andrew Benbow

Sean McCarthy


Coach– Reece Fellas

UNDER 17 Youth NPL Hamilton Olympic FC Squad- 2016

Conor McCaig

Jonathan Bacci

Dimitri Patsan

 Mason Barry

Bodhi Deamer

Kyle Theacos

Bailey Blumel

Danilo O’Brien

Tim Stewart

Ethan Vince

 Isaac Terry

Kane Treble

Kurtikila Suleiman

Manoli Papaspiropoulos

Tom Suters

Jordan Moseley

 Co- coach – Mario Municchi

Co- coach- Payton Tagaroulias

         For more information:                              

source: Con Gounis

Hamilton Olympic Junior A Division Team Trials

      Junior A Division Team Trials


We are running trials for players interested in playing in the 13A, 14A and 15A inter-district junior age groups in 2016.

Team Trial Date Trial Time
13A Wed 28/10/2015 5:30 for 6pm start
14A Thu 29/10/2015 5:30 for 6pm start
15A Fri 30/10/2015 5:30 for 6pm start

To register your interest to participate in selection trials please press here:

source:Tom Tsamouras


Tom Stewart selected in the 2016 Emerging Jets U16 squad.


Hamilton Olympic FC congratulate Tom Stewart and wish him well on his selection this week in the Emerging Jets Under 16 squad that will be competing in the Senior NPL premiership next year.

Tom has been with Olympic from Under 10s, and is an outstanding defender. He was the Olympic Under 15 Best and Fairest player this year, with his team gaining successive back to back Premierships.

Tom was the only outsider selected in the squad that was just announced yesterday. He joins the following former Hamilton Olympic Juniors who are also involved in the Emerging Jets programme:

U9s- William Harvey. U 10s- Janni Rafty and Lachlan Gillard. U11s- Cohen Bartrop. U12s- Kiery James. U 13s- Patrick Bond and Adam Zervas. U16s- Matthew Cahill and U18s- Lachlan Watson.

source: Con Gounis

Hamilton Olympic award winners for the 2015 senior and youth NPL season


• U 19s Player’s Player- Louis Townsend
Best & Fairest- Daniel Eisenhauer

• U 22s- Player’s Player- Ben Koina
U 22s- Best & Fairest- Heath Kepreotes

• 1St Grade Player’s Player- Kyle Hodges
1st Grade- Mathew Austin Perpetual- Best & Fairest- Jacob Bailey

• Golden Boot- U 19s- Luke Vallone- 13 goals
U 22s- Alex Tserepas- 10 goals
1st Grade- Kane Goodchild- 12 goals
• Most Improved- Tom Davies

• Clubman of the Year- Rhys Cooper


• U 13 Youth NPL 2015
Best and Fairest-
Jackson Herdman

• U 14 Youth NPL 2015
Best and Fairest-
Steven Theacos

• U 15 Youth NPL 2015
Best and Fairest-
Tom Stewart

• U 17 Youth NPL 2015
Best and Fairest- Tom Suters

• U 13 Youth NPL 2015
Players’ Players
Joe Langois

• U 14 Youth NPL 2015
Players’ Players
Equal 1st- Daniel Ball-McKinnon
Equal 1st- Steven Theacos

• U 15 Youth NPL 2015
Players’ Players
Bailey Blumel

• U 17 Youth NPL 2015
Players’ Players
Musa Kamara

Hamilton Olympic FC Interdistrict Award Winners- 2015

1st Grade- Best and Fairest- Equal first- Peter Dimis and Daniel Fellas

–          Player’s player- Alex Gounis

Reserve Grade- Best and Fairest- George Safouris

–                  Player’s player- Lee Koutsoukos

Most Improved- Andrew Milos

Golden Boot- 1st Grade – Kristopher Sofianos

                            2nd Grade- Shane Blakey

source:Con Gounis