Friday, 27 January 2012 12:54 AM
The Organising Committee for the annual Hellenic Cup competition released the groups and fixtures for the 2012 instalment.
All participating teams have been divided into two regions: North West and South East. Within both regions, teams are divided into two groups comprised of of four teams. Group stage matches and quarter final matches will be played with two 35 minute halves, with full 45 minute halves to be played in the semi final and finals matches. Furthermore, extra time will be played over two 10 minute halves if required in the knock out stages. In order to strengthen the competition, Cup Organisers have arranged for the lower ranked sides to compete in a play off system which commenced recently, with the four winners of the play offs entering the group stage of the Hellenic Cup. The main group stage matches are set to kick off on Sunday 16th February with the finals taking place on Saturday 10 March 2011.
Matches in the North West Region will be held at Ralph Reserve, home of Western Suburbs SC. The fixtures in the South East division will be held at The Grange Reserve, home of Kingston City SC.
South Melbourne FC will compete in the South East region, and has been drawn against the following clubs in the group stage: Bentleigh Greens (Victorian Premier League), Kingston City (State League Division 2), Qualifier.
South Melbourne FC clinched its fourth preseason Hellenic Cup in 2011 after defeating Heidelberg United 2-1 in extra time. Despite going a goal down early in the match, South rallied to send the match into extra time before a magnificent Marinos Gasparis goal won the match and the Cup for South at the Kingston Heath Soccer Complex.
SMFC Seniors Hellenic Cup Fixture
Matches to be played at The Grange Reserve (Osborne Avenue, Clayton South)
Sunday 19th February
South Melbourne FC vs. Bentleigh Greens SC
Kick Off 5.30pm
Sunday 26th February
South Melbourne FC vs. Kingston City SC
Kick Off 7pm
Saturday 3rd March
South Melbourne FC vs. Qualifier
Kick Off 7pm