Paphos twin girls mad about
By Bejay Browne
might not be unusual for girls to play football in other
countries around the world but this is a phenomenon which is
only now being gradually accepted by the Cyprus community.
Twin girls Maria and Georgia Xenofontos are 17 years old and
they are helping to turn around prejudices and make it more
acceptable for young girls in Cyprus to play football.
The twins grew up in New Jersey in America with their two
brothers and they have the support of both of their parents.
But they said that a number of their friends had been forced
to quit the Cyprus national team due to pressure from their
Maria and her twin sister play for U-19 (the national team)
and their local Paphos team, Pafia.
Maria said, “We are behind the times here and people seem to
believe that girls and women playing football is a boyish
Although the girls were born in Cyprus, they moved to
America when they were four year old. They returned, with
their family to live in Paphos three years ago.
Maria, whose position is goal keeper said, that they started
playing football because they were living in America, where
it’s very normal for girls to play football. She said that
is seemed accepted in Cyprus that girls took part in
activities such as ballet, volley ball and swimming.
The sisters admitted that they love to play football; and
started playing little league in the States at the tender
age of four. The girls are currently studying at the new
high school of Yeroskipou in Paphos and said that joining
the local football team helped them to make friends.
Georgia aspires to being a journalist and speaks fluent
Spanish, Greek and English.Maria believes she will either be
involved in nursing or landscape architecture.
They both advised other Cypriot girls to give the sport a
Georgia said “We would say to other girls, get onto a team
because it gives you something to do after school instead of
sitting at home and watching TV.”
Children’s Arsenal football
club established in Paphos
Football crazy kids in Paphos now have the chance of joining
a training school established by Arsenal Football Club, its
first on the island. The scheme is not about drilling
children to win but helping them to improve their
footballing skills and learning how to be good team players.
The Arsenal method of coaching is “about teamwork, mentality
and attitude”, according to Alex Alexandrou, one of the
coaches. But the school – open to children from five to 16 -
could help outstanding players fulfill their dreams of
playing professionally on the island and abroad because
coaches from Arsenal will visit every year and stellar
talent will be spotted. Other Arsenal soccer schools, as
they are known, are to follow in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca
and possibly Polis, with them all incorporated in a league.
The Paphos team will be called the Arsenal Warriors. The
opportunity to open the Paphos School was offered to Tassos
Makris, an ex-footballer who used to run a soccer academy in
the town. Try-outs for the Arsenal Warriors and other teams
have already begun. Every nationality is welcome, although
training will be in English. Application forms for try-outs
are available now from Alexandrou’s ‘Fat Mamas’ Restaurant
on the Tombs of the Kings Road in Paphos. Training will be
on Mondays and Thursdays, with games on Saturdays.
For more information call 99 301708 (between 10 am and 1
New Paphos Tigers Sponsor
We the Paphos Tigers Rugby Club are absolutely delighted to
have found a major sponsor in M1 Lux (Cyprus) Ltd of Paphos.
The enthusiasm, help and support that they can bring into
our club is fantastic, and with the connections that they
have with ex International Rugby stars such as Andy Moore (
26 Caps for Wales), and Director of M1 Lux (Cyprus) Ltd and
Scott Gibbs (53 caps for Wales) is really invigorating, and
we look forward to many varied and exciting ventures in
We would like to thank John Thornton Managing Director of M1
Lux (Cyprus) Ltd for making this sponsorship happen and look
forward to a long and jointly prosperous alliance working
together with M1 Lux (Cyprus) Ltd and their team of
January 2009 Articles:
Bowling Tourists Ignored by CTO says Press Officer
NORRIS FORSTER, the Press and Marketing Officer for Bowls
Cyprus who plays at the Aliathon Club, has pressed the
claims of Bowls as potential saviour of tourism in Paphos.
"It would appear that we are now bringing more bowlers to
the island than golfers," he said, "and the beauty is,
because the game is played over here on artificial surfaces,
we don't use any water.
He was talking ahead of the European Bowls Championships
that take place in February (22 -March 3) at the Athena
Beach Hotel in Paphos. They were held at the same venue two
years ago when the all-British Cyprus team finished in ninth
place out of the 12 countries taking part.
But Forster has complained that the Cyprus Tourism
Organisation (CTO) take little or no notice of bowling.
"I have sent them a letter with a lot of information and
figures on bowling here but have yet to hear back from them.
There is never any mention of bowling in the information
that they give out and we have the largest number of bowling
greens in the Middle East, so it’s a shame not to promote
There are four bowling clubs in the Paphos district - the
Aliathon, Coral Bay and Louis Phaethon bowling clubs and the
Aphrodite Bowling Club at Erimi.
November 2008 Articles:
Pafos Darts League to meet
Larnaca in Inter Town Event - the first at new HQ
THE FRIENDSHIPS forged when officials from he Pafos Darts
League met recently in Limassol with representatives of the
Larnaca Friendly League have already born fruit with the
announcement that two teams from the leagues will meet each
other in Inter Town matches in Paphos on November 29th.
The venue will be the new Headquarters of the Pafos Darts
League at the Ambassador Restaurant on Daidalou (opp.The
main Greek Orthodox Church). The Ambassador will become the
centre of the darts world in Paphos with regular
tournaments, exhibitions and special days being held there
in the future.
Said Secretary, Terry McGovern: "We now have a great
permanent venue to stage events, the first of which will be
our meeting with the Larnaca Friendly League, and hopefully
we can get some of the top UK players to visit us next year
for exhibition matches.
met the Larnaca officials when we took Darts Historian Dr.
Patrick Chaplin to Limassol so that he could do some
research on the origin of darts in Cyprus. He met the man
who started it all and representatives of the Cyprus Darts
Federation and other leagues from Limassol, Famagusta and
Nicosia," he added.
Baghdatis returns after injury
AS BRITAIN'S Andy Murray revels in another ATP Series win
and his elevation to World No.4, Cypriot tennis hero, Marcus
Baghdatis, begins the long haul back up the rankings with
his appearance in the Davidoff Swiss Indoors 2008 event at
In the first round he meets Marcel Granollers of Spain This
is the first time that the two players have met. In his last
appearance on court, Baghdatis, was trailing Croatian Ivo
Karlovic 2-1, having won the first set 6-4, in the Metz Open
in France, when he collapsed in pain from what appeared a
serious back problem and had to retire.
He is currently ranked at 24th in the world.
The Cyprus tennis team will next be in action on March 6
next year when they play Portugal in the B Division of the
Davis Cup Euro-African Zone.
October 2008 Articles:
PAPHOS POST INTERVIEW
'Doctor of Darts' on the oche in Cyprus
PATRICK CHAPLIN is a rare academic. He has a PhD in Social
History - not that unusual - but it's the nature of his
subject that makes him unique. He is a Darts Historian and
is known as 'Doctor Darts.
His thesis - Darts in England (1900-1939) - was the social
piece of history that earned him the degree from the Anglia
Ruskin (ARU) in Cambridge last year.
He is also a regular visitor to the island with his wife of
35 years, Maureen, and spent his seventh holiday in eight
years here last month. While here he took a day away from
holidaymaking to meet up with the officials of the Pafos
Darts League, Limassol Darts Association, Larnaca Darts
Association and the Cyprus Darts Federation all in Limassol.
It proved quite a historic occasion and I managed to grab
the good doctor for a little while to find out what makes
him so keen on this pub and social club activity.
Said Patrick: "When I set up my original Darts History
website back in 2000, I had no idea how successful it would
be or indeed if anyone else out there in the global Internet
community was interested in the history of this great
In fact, he has been staggered by the response from darts
fans and within a comparatively short time this website has
become among the most popular darts sites on the Planet.
Chaplin (58), who lives in Malden, Essex, is a retired civil
servant, who now spends most of his time researching darts.
He threw his first darts when he was seven year old at a
fairground and started to play 'seriously' at the age of 12,
although he never had any aspirations to be a professional
He worked or Essex County Council as an administrator from
1966 until he took early retirement in March 2004 at the age
It took him 10 years of part-time, self-funded research
before he was eventually awarded his PhD. Tony Wood, the
editor of the magazine - 'Darts World', dubbed him - 'The
Doctor of Darts'.
really began to take hold after in the 1920's. In that era
there was so much going on with dance, greyhounds, cinema,
theatre and leisure became a family thing - if you could
afford it," said Patrick!
brewers, publicans and licensed victuallers in the mid-20's
got together to find a way to bring the working man in
particular back into the public-houses. They set up a
standard set of rules for darts and it went from there.
could say that the game of darts saved the English
public-house," he added.
Darts is said to have its origins in the cross-section of a
tree and an old name for the board is a butt, which infers
that the bottom of a wine-barrels was used as the original
dartboard. It is also said that archers used these types of
targets with shortened arrows.
In recent times the game has had its ups and downs but it is
certainly booming at the moment in Cyprus, where the Pafos
Darts League alone has reported an increase of teams from 16
last year to 24 taking part for the 2008-09 season.
Cyprus football teams no longer
the whipping boys
WITH TEAMS from Cyprus gaining qualification to the UEFA
Champions League where they will be mixing with the likes of
Real Madrid, Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon, it’s no
longer a case of little Cyprus supplying cannon fodder for
the big boys.
And the amount of money Anorthosis can earn is guaranteed at
around EUR54 million.
Meanwhile, the national side entertained world champions,
Italy, in their opening World Cup qualifier and were
extremely unlucky to be beaten 2-1 in injury time.
Things are looking up on the football fields of Cyprus.
August 2008 Articles:
Marcos says 'Yello' to the
MARCOS BAGHDATIS has been confirmed as one of the star
tennis players taking part in this month's Olympic Games in
Beijing. This was announced by the International Tennis
The list of participants for the tennis tournament, which
takes place between August 10-17, also includes World No.1
Roger Federer and 16 others from the top-20 men. Former
Wimbledon champion, Goran Ivanisavich, and 17 of the top-20
women are also entered.
After several poor performances Baghdatis has dropped in the
world rankings to no.29 but is ranked 23rd for the
He will not, however be playing for Cyprus in the Davis Cup
MTN, who are the official sponsors of the 23 year-old tennis
star, are offering their subscribers a chance to meet and
play tennis with him with their 'Pay-As-You-Go Marcos Pack.'
The pack gives them EUR10 free airtime and 200 free SMS.
There are also 10 tennis sets to be won and two winners get
a day with him. The draw takes place on August 20.
He has also worked for the Cyprus Tourism Organisation
working as a sports ambassador to help sell the island
around the world.
Paphos Tigers 'Fun Day'
PREPARATIONS ARE now in full swing for the delayed Paphos
Tigers 'Fun Day' event.
The annual event, which mixes rugby and stalls, will take
place at the Kiniras Sports Centre in Geriskipou on Sunday
The event is normally held in May each year but there was a
doubt over the availability of the ground. This has now been
settled and the club will be using the Kiniras Centre this
This year promises to be even bigger and better and should
kick the new rugby off with a bang for the Tigers, who ended
up in three finals last year only to lose them all.
First official training session for 2008-2009 season will be
on Tuesday 5th August at the Kiniras 6.30 pm. At the end of
the session on August 5, the players will vote for a captain
(providing that they have paid their annual subscription of
The Ayios Nics 15’s Tournament is scheduled for
Fun and sport in one day at the Tigers ‘Fun Day’.
Golf course policy halted for re-valuation
THE GOVERNMENT of President Christofias has reversed the
policy of its predecessor with regards to the building of 14
new golf courses.
They are to evaluate the whole situation and decide again
what is necessary and what isn’t.
It seems that the policy of the previous government was not
carefully examined and was thought out in a bid to attract
more tourists and give a chance for pro-government
developers to make a killing.
The water required for building villas and on the golf
courses themselves would have had a severe impact on the
environment and on the limited supplies that the country
has. The Interior Minister, Neoklis Sylikiotis, has given
assurances that no permits would be issued for the creation
of golf courses and the creation of villas before the
government have made a full re-valuation of the government
July 2008 Articles:
Tigers still looking for ground
and sponsors but aim to win back titles in forthcoming
PAPHOS TIGERS - the town's
rugby club, who finished the season as runners-up in both
the Joint Services League and Cup competitions - have vowed
to go one better at the start of the new season in
September, writes Chris Mills.
Already the new committee, elected at the AGM in May, has
met and discussed the problems that beset the club at the
present time. The lack of a permanent ground and the
withdrawal of last year’s sponsor being the two main ones.
are determined to go one better next season and reclaim the
league title," said President Barrie Hattam. "Always bearing
in mind that although we play professionally and to win, we
are also there to enjoy ourselves."
Tigers are always looking for sponsors and a fund-raiser at
the Keg & Barrel recently raised EUR1700.
The club held its annual 'Awards Dinner' at the Aqua Mare
Hotel at the end of June.
Paphos Tigers was founded and established in 2003 as the
first independent rugby club on the island. The driving
force was a group of South Africans - all ex club players
from different regions of South Africa. The club has around
30 players but is always looking for fresh talent and former
players to assist with coaching.
Current squad members come from - Cyprus, South Africa,
Romania, Bulgaria and Great Britain – with the youngest at
18 and the oldest at 50!
The aim of the Tigers is quite simple - to bring the game to
people who have played or been involved in rugby in one way
or another and in that way expand the game throughout the
island both on and off the pitch.
One of the club's main problems has been a permanent ground.
They have used the Kiniras Sports Centre on a fairly regular
basis for both training and matches but this is not always
available and because of the uncertainty regarding its use
the club’s annual Fun Day event this year as been
rescheduled for September.
Several Tigers members have been involved in Coaching
Courses. Gary Thomson, Nick Bilton, Richard Morgan, Tony
Newbon, Graham Boyle, Theo Lenos, James West, Tony Thoma and
Matt Lowe have all taken their Level One Officiating
Coaching Course, while Thomson, Bilton, Morgan, Newbon and
Boyle all went on to take Level 2 FIRA Rugby Coaching
Courses. Both run by the Cyprus Rugby Federation.
Gary Thomson went on to do an Officiating Course with the
RAF and is now a Joint Services Referee.
Thanks to the nurturing of Nick Bilton, Tony Newbon and
James West, three Colts will be eligible to play for the
senior team next season.
Aliathon take all but three
THE ALIATHON Club took most of the honours when Bowls Cyprus
held their second annual National Championships on the rinks
of the Louis Phaethon Hotel, Geriskipou - winning eight of
the 11 trophies at stake, writes Chris Mills.
The exceptions being - the Ladies Fours, won by the host
club, the Men’s Four-Bowl Singles won by Loukas Paraskeva of
Aphrodite (Erimi), who also featured in the Men’s Fours won
by the Aphrodite Club.
Despite the very high temperature out on the green, the 48
finalists provided the audience with some very exciting
games. The Men’s Pairs & Fours provided nail-biting finishes
with each final being decided by the last bowl.
The Championships were held against the marine background
and in the breaks between games; the hotel management
provided it's usual good food and attractive ambience.
Two- bowl Singles (Philosophy of Hair Trophy) - Mieke Meijer
(Aliathon) bt. Irene Owen (Aliathon) 21-10. Four-Bowl
Singles (Constantinou Bros Trophy) - Linda Ryan (Aliathon)
bt. Irene Owen (Aliathon) retired unwell at 13-5. Pairs
(Drakes Pride Trophy) - Irene Owen & Sol Robertson (Aliathon)
bt. Effro Tooms & Barbara Steele (Aphrodite) 25-8 .Triples (Henselite
Trophy) - Sol Robertson, Mieke Meijer & Linda Ryan (Aliathon)
bt. Kitty Colliar, Eunice Warner & Tina Woodcock (Aliathon)
27-10 (after 16 ends). Fours (Gala Leisure Trophy) -
Catherine Allison, Margaret Harley, Sheila Wright & Val
Williamson (Louis Phaethon Hotel) bt. Gillian Moore, Mo
Turner, Effro Tooms & Pat Austin (Aphrodite) 18-10.
Two- bowl Singles (Trophy Planet) - Peter Bridger (Aliathon)
bt. Newton Spores 21-7. Four- Bowl Singles (Constantinou
Bros Trophy) - Loukas Paraskeva (Aphrodite) bt. Roy Bosworth
(Aphrodite) 21-15. Pairs (F & E 4 x 4 Service Centre Trophy)
- Alistair Colliar & Roger Humphrey (Aliathon) bt. Geoff
Earle & Roger Shire (Louis Phaethon) 19-15. Triples (Taylor
Bowls Trophy)- Pat Ryan, Geoffrey Gardner & Ben Hebdige (Aliathon)
bt. Peter Bridger, Jim Campbell & Lindsay McMillan (Aliathon).
Fours (Ioannides Honda Trophy)- Loukas Paraskeva, Rob
Archer, Roger Moore & George Walker (Aphrodite, Erimi) bt.
Peter Bridger, Roger Humphrey, Alistair Colliar & Lindsay
Mixed Pairs (Kleanthis Savva Trophy) - Anna Clarke & Peter
Bridger (Aliathon) bt. Newton Spores & Mo Turner (Aphrodite)
* The Aliathon Club (Kingfisher team) have also finished
champions of the 2008 Tens League with 123 pts. Louis
Phaethon (Larks team) were in second place with 85pts and a
very close third, one point behind, was the Coral Bay
(Kestrels). There were eight teams competing this season and
it is hoped that more will join for next year.
Cyprus has its ups and downs in European Rugby Sevens
ALTHOUGH THERE were mixed fortunes for the Cypriot national
rugby side at the European Rugby Sevens Tournament in
Georgia, they can gain some consolation for putting up some
good performances, particularly against the eventual
winners, Wales – this year’s Six Nations champions.
They met the Welsh in their first match and stunned the
watching crowd by taking a seven-point lead after only one
minutes play. Unfortunately, the much-more experienced and
professional team from the Land-of-our-Fathers recovered
their composure and went on to win 36-7.
However, in the next match Cyprus faced the hosts, Georgia,
and quitted themselves well to win 14-12.
Tragedy was to strike in their next game against Israel when
captain, Andrew Binicos suffered a bad leg break and Cyprus
went down 12-10. They faced a tough Bulgarian side next and
despite having a depleted team battled hard to a 17-7 win.
This gave them a semi-final chance against neighbours,
Greece, but with a number of players missing they went down
to a 19-5 defeat.
In the play-off they gained some revenge for the earlier
defeat by the Israelis, winning 17-12 to finish in seventh
place out of 10 in this their first venture into European
rugby. Wales won the tournament beating Georgia in the final
Paphos Tigers had three players appearing in the tournament
– George Agathocleous and the Thoma brothers – Chris and
* A HIGHLIGHT for the team was a photograph they had taken
with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias aboard the plane
that took them to play in the tournament. President
Christofias was on his way to meet British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown. The President had taken time to walk through
the economy class seats and meet other passengers. Coach
Niall Doherty explained to the president that all the
players, bar one, were naturalised ex-patriates.
Baghdatis appoints new coach
CYPRIOT TENNIS star, Marcos Baghdatis, a beaten finalist in
last year's Halle Open Tournament, went out this year in the
quarterfinals to world no.1 Roger Federer, 6-4,
Federer, who went on to win the tournament for the fifth
time, uses it as a warm-up for Wimbledon and has now won 59
matches in succession on grass.
Baghdatis, who crashed out in the first round at the French
Open then appointed himself a new coach – the 43 year-old
Swede Peter Lundgren – who has coached Federer, Marat Safin
and the British Davis Cup team.
June 2008 Articles:
Mayhem for Darts
THE LATIN Club's second Random Mixed Pairs Darts Knockout
proved a great success with nearly EUR300 being raised for
the Paphos Hospice of St. Michael Building Funds.
The fixed entry of 64 pairs
was quickly reached with a few unfortunately missing out and
at the end of the day victory in the final went to Dawn
Saggs and Paul Lewis, who beat Lorraine McCormack and Mick
White, 2 legs to 1.
Dawn donated her winnings to
the fund as did John Buttress, who won the highest checkout
with a 136 score.
The main sponsor of the
event, organised by Lynne and Phil Harper, was Gerald
'Investor' Morse, with help from Dave Pottinger of JJT
Many of those entering had
never played darts before. It is hoped to make the even
bigger and better next year.
Football Legend Kenny Dalglish visits Cyprus
LIVERPOOL and Scottish football legend, Kenny Dalglish paid
a recent visit to the island to take part in a one-off event
in Paphos running a seminar at Aphrodite Hills.
Dalglish - one of the game's
'greats' - mingled with fans and admirers all wanting to
Many of them got the chance
to hear some of his anecdotes on his life in football,
particularly on his beloved Liverpool Club, at the seminar.
He also talked about the current state of the game and
predicted (rightly as it happens) that Manchester United
would take the Premier League title.
He said that he enjoyed his
stay on the island and would certainly love to make a return
Committee to look at Ways for Sportsmen to delay
IT TOOK a concerted campaign to save tennis star, Marcos
Baghdatis, from being recruited into the army thus denying
him a promising career in the sport. And now a committee is
to be set up to establish whether young Cypriot footballers
and other sportsmen have to give up their sports careers to
do military service.
The committee is to look at
ways in which a compromise formula can be found so that
young men could still pursue their chosen sport while doing
army service at the same time.
Discussions have already been
held between the Defence Minister, Costas Papcostas and the
Cyprus Sports Organisation, the Football Federation and
other sports bodies.
subject is not a simple one and needs further study," said
Papacostas after the meeting.
Baghdatis fought long and
hard to gain an extension to perform his military service
and it was only through extreme pressure and widespread
publicity that it was granted to him.
committee will prepare a study and inform us. I hope that we
can come up with concrete solutions that will be jointly
acceptable," said Papacostas.
Cyprus has high hopes of medals at Beijing
CYPRUS will hope to come back with at least one gold medal
from the Beijing Olympic Games. The main chances will come
from tennis star Marcos Baghdatis, world skeet shooting
champion, George Achilleos and Antri Eleftheriou in Skeet
and Kyriakos Ioannou in the High Jump. They also have a
chance of medals from Andreas Kariolou in windsurfing.