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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.

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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.”

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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