- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 27 May 2013
Photo: FFT CEO John Bouolous (left) and South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris at the official announcement today of the hat-trick record [PlessPix]
South Hobart’s Kostas Kanakaris now holds the record of having scored the fastest hat-trick in Australian football.
He netted the hat-trick in 2 minutes and 51 seconds in South Hobart’s 11-0 win over Launceston City in Round 7 of the Tasmanian Victory League match at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston on 12 May 2013.
Photo: Kostas Kanakaris with his award from FFT [PlessPix]
Kanakaris scored four goals in that game.
Football Federation Australia Statistician Andrew Howe said the South Hobart striker’s hat-trick is a new national record for semi-professional football in the country and eclipses the national league hat-trick record of six minutes, set by Jason Bennett, of the Newcastle Breakers, in a 6-1 win over West Adelaide in 1996.
“We've been scouring the records and can't find any evidence of a faster hat-trick in Australian national or state league history,” said Howe.
“While national league luminaries such as Damian Mori, Shane Smeltz and Con Boutsianis have each scored hat-tricks in under ten minutes, it looks like no-one has ever done it in less than three minutes before.
“Kanakaris's name is certainly up alongside some Australian goal-scoring legends now.”
Kanakaris returned from Greece to play in the Victory League this season and has been a focal point for South Hobart in what has been a great start to their season.
Kanakaris’s record is yet another milestone in a hugely successful inaugural Victory League season.
Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) has honoured the achievement with a plaque detailing Kanakaris’s feat.
“It is a fantastic achievement for Kostas and an indication that the Victory League is an exciting, record breaking competition with national relevance,” FFT CEO John Boulous said.
“It was a remarkable achievement to score a hat-trick in two minutes and fifty-one seconds.”
Photo: FFT CEO John Boulous (left) announces the official record to Kostas Kanakaris at today's media conference at KGV Park [PlessPix]
Kanakaris said he hadn’t realised the significance of his hat-trick during the game and it was not until South Hobart president Victoria Woods mentioned the possibility of it being a record that he started to take notice.
“I’m very happy at what I’ve done,” Kanakaris said at a media conference at KGV Park today.
“I didn’t realize during the game that it happened in under four minutes.
“To tell you the truth, the first goal was a lucky one from a corner. It was probably a mistake by the goalkeeper.
“The other two goals were pretty good quality. One was from a free-kick and the other from a good finish in the top corner.”
South Hobart FC President Victoria Woods said: “We are exceptionally proud that the record was made in our club colours and hope Kostas can score many more this season.
“This is a fantastic achievement for both Kostas and the club, and an indication that the inaugural Tasmanian Victory League is already an exciting, vibrant competition.”
Vision of the hat-trick can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w2p6gUU3gQ