Stats courtesy of the Ranger Info Centre
Ranger #: 429
Club Debut: 2017
B’s Best & Fairest: 2020
Executive Committee: 2019-2021
UHS Graduate: 2016
Words by fellow UHS Graduates Thomas Theodoulou & Spiro Athanasopoulos
We love Ari. He’s a strange guy, but we still love him. He has limped, crawled and snorted his way to 50 games for the mighty Rangers.
He has been a loyal servant of the club across three grades and been a fantastic committee member contributing to the club as much as he can. Ari shows the courage and energy of what it means to be a Ranger, always leaving it all out on the pitch. Ari can be remembered for 3 fantastic on field occasions.
Exhibit A: In Ari’s first season at the club, in a hard-fought game against Pembroke Ari took an almighty tumble landing himself headfirst into the turf, same say he can still taste the grass today.
Exhibit B: As the B grade season was coming to a close and the title race was as hot as ever, in sheer moment of pure madness our boy Ari decided to handle the ball in the box and give away a penalty, did we mention that he picked the ball up mid game?
Exhibit C: Ari from day one at the Rangers always wanted to win an individual award. In 2020 Ari pursed to win the B&F as he played a pivotal role in the B’s success throughout the whole year.
He also finally debuted for the A’s and scored to help secure the A’s a comeback draw in the last game of the 2020 season, and yes, he has continually reminded us for the last year.
Besides Ari’s moments of madness and laughter, we can’t help but admire is passion for the club and while sometimes he may be hot headed, we do still love him and every game with him is a pleasure whether it’s A’s, B’s or C’s.
Let’s hope he scores again this weekend and stays top of the golden boot race for the C’s so he has something else to remind us about for the next year. Go well Ari, we love you mate!
– Thomas & Spiro