Football Victoria Bentleigh Greens are Dockerty Cup champions for the third time

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The first of more than 100 clubs throughout Victoria, Australia, entered the most illustrious football championship.

The competition, which is 113 years old, is named after Harry Dockerty, a Football Victoria Hall of Fame member who gave the trophy. Carlton United won the competition’s first edition in 1909, and despite a few breaks over the years, the 97th edition will take place in 2022.

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Dockerty Cup

For the third time in a row, Bentleigh Greens won the Dockerty Cup over the Oakleigh Cannons.

The Greens left it late, but it was excellent because Bentleigh won the trophy thanks to goals from Tom Strickland and superb Yagoub Mustafa, who had come on late after Bentleigh had trailed by a Joe Guest goal early in the second half.

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Bentleigh Greens scoring a goal

In addition to their goal scorers, the Green may praise Pierce Clark for an outstanding first half in which he dodged numerous shots from the Cannons.

This was Senior Coach Nick Tolios' first opportunity to take home a major trophy with a team he had moulded in his image, and he was ultimately rewarded for the depth of the team he had assisted in the building at the club, as the 'next man up philosophy shone through.

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Team celebrating the win

The return of Mustafa to the bench provided little relief for Tolios due to the team's busy schedule and injuries to Pierce Waring, Lucas Derrick, and Ben Carrigan before the game.

Tolios, who is never one to complain, was confident in the strength of his team before the game, and his faith was ultimately rewarded.

The Cannons won the first half and also had the most significant opportunities.

The three stops by Clark that stood out in a half where the Cannons barraged the Greens' goal were those made in minutes 15, 38, and 39.

On the other hand, the Greens struggled at times to play through the Cannon press and saw their best chances come from set pieces.

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Jack Painter-Andrews suffered an unlucky injury in the first half and was forced to leave the game with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

The second half got off to a similar start, with the Cannons taking the lead immediately.

Effortful play on the right wing resulted in a blazing cross slammed into the box. The ball dropped to Guest at the back post, and he made no errors after Jack Webster failed to make his clearance stick.

As the game approached the hour mark, the Greens gradually began to take control of the situation while Oakleigh attempted to maintain its lead.

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Tolios started to search his bench for the other qualities he needed. At halftime, Mitch Hore took Painter-Andrews' position; however, his subsequent substitution of Mustafa for Chris Droutsas in the 75th minute effectively ended the match.

When an opportunity presented itself, the returning Western Australian ran at Oakleigh defenders, quickly putting his speed and deft feet to work.

In the 78th minute, he teamed up with Hore down the left side to bring the offensive midfielder in behind along the left wing. This allowed him to put a beautiful cross to the back post, where Strickland was ready to thump the ball home and square the scores.

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The Greens dominated the final minutes as they gained new energy, and Mustafa scored the well-deserved winner in the 82nd minute to secure the victory.

Wild celebrations ensued as the Greens made three Dockerty Cup victories in as many final appearances.

The players lavishly celebrated their achievement, but they also kept an eye on Wednesday's key Australia Cup match against Sydney FC, followed by a league match against Port Melbourne of equal importance.

Photos copyright: Kostas Deves

Source : Home 2021 - Bentleigh Green Soccer Club

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Nick Bourdaniotis

Director of Photography

Born in Nambour, Queensland, Nick Bourdaniotis grew up in Brisbane till 2001 and then moved to Sydney. Nick's passion for photography began from a young age and his unique and artistic approach to capturing a moment in time ensures his images are always a standout. In his late 30s, his peers pushed him into being a professional photographer as he was taking amazing holiday photos from around the world and here in Sydney. In his mid-40s, Nick's photos were recognized internationally in the Greek community and used in international and local Australian-based publications. Photographing for St Spyridon College is when Nick took his first iconic global photo, the college's year 12 prefect students walking onto the opera house forecourt for the 25th March celebrations in 2015. For the next three consecutive years, Nick photographed iconic photos of the 25th March in Sydney that went viral worldwide. Mid 2016, Greek City Times employed Nick as a photographer. Over the next year, he earnt the title of Greek City Times' Director of Photography and Videography, which he still carries today. Greek City Times is a global media publication outlet. Nick also worked as the photographer for "My Greek Odyssey" TV travel show in Greece, which airs to over 50 million people worldwide. Nick was the lead photographer for the state funeral of the late Archbishop of Australia Stylianos and captured the funeral service and burial for archival and media purposes worldwide. Nick has been photographing significant events for The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia since 2015. In Sydney and Greece, Nick also captures moving moments in time for The Hellenic Incentive (THI), which in 2020 in Greece will work with the associated partners to document the homeless and various charity organizes THI partner within the incentive program. In 2019 Nick was asked to photograph an Australian fashion designer, Thessi Kouzoukas, from Sabba Shirts, which were amazing with Greece as its backdrop. Nick has been asked to photograph famous people, singers or entertainers because of his unique photography. In early 2020 Nick was a fully accredited photographer for the Australian Open tennis, in which he photographed the games of the Greek players and of heritage for publication in Greek City Times. Also, in 2022 Nick was George Kambosos Jr's official photographer at the lightweight world title fight in Melbourne, Australia. Nick's photos of The Greek Presidential Guard (Evzones) have been referred to as the best seen, and these photos have been published in books documenting the history of the Evzones. The most recent publication was the 150 years book of the Evzones released by the Presidential Guard Greece. Nick's versatility and professionalism have earned him an excellent reputation and a loyal high-profile clientele worldwide. Nick is not one to enter competitions or exhibitions as he leaves it up to his critics to judge his artistic unique way of photography. He has always said in his early 50's he will start to exhibit his work across Australia and aboard, as he has a few major exhibitions in the making. In 2021 Nick launched his photographic exhibition around Australia titled "The Evzones Collection" This photo exhibition endorsed by the Greek Presidential Guard and the Hellenic General Staff of National Defence has over 28 beautifully selected photos capturing and portraying the Evzones in a truly remarkable light. In 2023 The Evzones Collection photo exhibition will be exhibited in Athens and then around Greece. Nick's art uniquely evokes Hellenic pride with his images that are published all over the world.