Avallone continues to press for London Olympics!


Drummoyne Devils, led by former captain of the Russian National team, Olympic games Bronze and Silver Medallist and World Cup Winner, Dmitry Gorshkov, achieved good results during the recent round of the National League. They managed to beat Fremantle Mariners, 7:8, and another Western Australian team, UWA Torpedoes, 9:10, in the first two matches against these teams.

One of the Drummoyne’s leading players is Samuele Avallone who is a candidate to the Australian Olympic team. Both Dmitry and Samuele arrived in Australia several years ago, fell in love with the country and now live here permanently.

Australia is a country of immigrants whose hard work and hunger to succeed helped make its economy the envy of the rest of the World. Many ‘new Ozzies’ have also made a significant contribution to the cultural life and sporting achievements of this nation.

In the period from the 1950s-onwards, water polo has been among the sports that has benefited greatly from the experience and expertise that the ‘foreigners’ have brought. They have been helping not only with water polo development but also in achieving good international results in either athlete or coaching capacities. Some returned to their countries of origin and some chose Australia as their new home-country.

The list is too long to name everyone or to tell their story in one article. Apart from Gorshkov and Avallone, the recent examples are Tomas Lasic, who was a second goalkeeper at the world championships in Perth-1998, and Andrei Kovalenko, who was one of the key players at the Olympic games in Sydney-2000. Kovalenko is currently Head-coach of UWA Torpedoes Men’s National League team and is doing an excellent job there.

The win against one of the favourites of the competition, Fremantle Mariners, is significant for the Drummoyne team. What makes it remarkable is that it was achieved without the team’s leader, Samuele Avallone. The reason why Avallone was not playing in that match was that he was recovering from a broken rib trauma that he sustained for the second time.

The first time it was broken during the NTC Challenge tournament last December. Two months later, during a National League round game against Brisbane Barracudas, the same rib was hit again reaggravating the original injury. This could compromise his chances of making the Olympic team as, at present, he is not feeling 100% because of the injury. When you are not feeling well because of pain you can’t perform at 100%.

In the early 80s, I had my rib broken in a USSR’s National League match. Afterwards, I played 3 more matches feeling some pain but not actually knowing that the injury was that serious. Only several days afterwards when the pain became severe I had an x-ray examination and learned about the full extent of the trauma.

Samuele is a courageous and stoical man. He is coming back in 2-3 weeks to continue helping his team in this season’s National League tournament as well as his quest for a position in the Australian Olympic team. We wish him well and hope that his rib will not be broken for the third time!

To cheer up Samuele, here is an anecdote! I had a good laugh reading it. The characters depicted are from another country. We do not have accountants, lawyers and Mafia bosses that behave like this in Australia.

The Deaf Bookkeeper

A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.00

His bookkeeper is deaf. That was the reason he got the job in the first place.

It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing so he would not have to testify in court.

When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about his missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer who knows sign language.

The Godfather tells the lawyer, “Ask him where the money is!
The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, Where’s the money?

Guido signs back, “I don’t know what you are talking about.” The lawyer tells the Godfather, “He says he doesn’t know what you are talking about” The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Guido’s head and says, “Ask him again and tell him if he doesn’t answer I’ll kill him!”

The lawyer signs to Guido, “He’ll kill you if you don’t tell him.”

Guido trembles and signs back, “OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed at my cousin Bruno’s house.

The Godfather asks the lawyer, “What did he say?” The lawyer replies,

“He says you don’t have the guts to pull the trigger.”

Don’t you just love lawyers?

About Erkin Эркин Shagaev Шагаев
European, world, Olympic champion, two times World Cup winner Чемпион Европы, мира, Олимпийских игр, двукратный обладатель Кубка мира

2 Responses to Avallone continues to press for London Olympics!

  1. Peter Emery says:

    Sir,
    Just to correct some of your statements above from someone who was at all the games in Perth last weekend.
    Samuele Avallone is not the captain of The Devils, Mitchell Emery is.
    Also, Sammy did not enter the water for any of the games in WA, so whoever told you he played one of the games against UWA Torpedoes, needs to confirm their facts.
    The entire team played great, but our best player would have to have been our goalie, John Hahn.
    Regards,
    Peter Emery

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