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South end 2013 season with glittering Gala Ball

South end 2013 season with glittering Gala Ball

South Melbourne FC ended its 2013 season with a glittering and successful Gala Ball at Lakeside Events (formerly Albert by the Lake) at Lakeside Stadium.

Over 220 guests were in attendance to celebrate the Club’s achievements. The event was opened by the Master of Ceremonies, and SMFC Director, George Triantos who reflected on the achievements and success stories of the season that had just ended.

Following the opening address, South president Leo Athanasakis spoke about the challenges ahead for the club as well as recognising the hard work the Board had put in throughout the year. In addition, Leo thanked all the major corporate partners of the Club, as well the SMFC Media Team who had put in a tremendous effort this season.

The highlight of the evening was retiring Club legend Fernando De Moraes being honoured for his distinguished and extraordinary service to the Club. Guests were treated to video highlights of some of De Moraes’ greatest moments on the playing field, which showcased his talent and skills which troubled many defences over the years. A visibly emotional De Moraes had to hold back the tears as he fondly discussed memorable moments of his career, and spoke about the passion for the shirt and for his dedication to the South Melbourne faithful.

The Sam Papasavas Award, which is awarded for service, dedication, and contribution to the Club, was awarded to Paul Zarogiannis for his outstanding work in the production of SMFC TV. Paul had produced the video highlights packages for the Club’s 50th Anniversary Gala Ball in 2009, and the following year was instrumental in the production of SMFC TV which first premiered on Channel 31. Throughout the last three years, the quality of content and production had improved dramatically, and has been one of the success stories of the Club’s multimedia platforms.

DJ Johnny Mav took over as his funky tunes saw many make their way to the dance floor and kick up their heels.

It was a night of great celebration, as the curtain fell on the 2013 season. South Melbourne FC would like to thank its guests for attending a memorable event.

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