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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Bill Shackcloth, president of New Town Eagles, was bitterly disappointed [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles and Clarence United are shock omissions from next year’s proposed Victory League, especially give their on-field successes in recent seasons.

New Town Eagles are currently second on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder and Clarence are third.


Eagles have a reasonable chance of taking out the league title this year and they meet leaders South Hobart next Sunday in a game that may well determine the destination of the title.

Although current on-field performance was not a criterion for selection, it does seem odd that two well-performing teams in terms of results and league position have been excluded.

In other words, two of the strongest teams in the State (note that I say ‘teams’ and not ‘clubs’) won’t be participating in the top flight.

And surely, ultimately, it’s what a team does on the field that is important in terms of producing a high standard of play that fans want to come and watch.

I spoke to the presidents of New Town Eagles and Clarence United to ascertain their feelings about their omission.

“We are bitterly disappointed,” said Bill Shackcloth, president of New Town Eagles.  “It came as a real shock to us.

“We had every belief that we’d done everything that was required.  We had our meeting, as every other club did, after the applications were submitted  -  that was back in May.

“They [FFT] didn’t seem to have any issues or concerns.  We didn’t have any issues, concerns and were of the belief that we were more than likely a prospect to get in there.

“What I’ve done since Friday, I’ve sent an email to the FFT asking them for a copy of the report.  Not that we’re looking to appeal or do anything like that because I don’t think there is any provision, but simply as a case of finding out where we were deemed to be deficient so that we can take steps to redress that.

“I mean, we don’t believe that necessarily all the clubs that have been invited will accept, and even if they do, that they will survive, so we need to position ourselves to be ready to step into any gap that arises.

“We had a meeting on Friday night after the announcement and I said to the players then that the focus should be the next six, seven weeks, exactly what it was back in November when we set out our goals for the year.

“Let’s do that and remain tight as a playing group.  If, beyond that, players decide that they want to go, I’ll understand that.  But, the feedback I got from that meeting was that, despite a couple of them already having had some approaches, no-one was prepared to move.”

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Photo:  Clarence United president Phil Randall (left) and senior coach Ronnie Bolton [PlessPix]

Phil Randall, the president of Clarence United, was also shocked.

“Ah, yeah, personally devastated,” Randall said.  “Yeah.  We’re really disappointed that we didn’t make it.

“Obviously, we need to wait for our formal feedback from the FFT Board to see where our application was deficient.

“Then we need to build that into our strategic plan and, obviously, in the next three years hope to get ourselves into a spot where we’re an automatic selection to join the top-flight league in three years’ time.”

Randall said there was a possibility that some players would leave the club.

“That’s their decision,” he said.  “I would love for most of our senior players to stay with us and help us get back to where I think we should be, but our philosophy is that it’s their game and their choice and we won’t be begrudging any players who wish to play at the higher level and want to try their luck at another club come next season.”

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0 #77 Anonymous 2012-08-16 22:31
Quoting Anonymous:
White Eagles were always a masterclass clue at playing politics when I was growing up. Sacking my father as coach for example, because "his English wasn't good enough". And that, from a Polish club? Perhaps politics has finally come back to bite them on the arse with this Victory League business. You reap what you sow I'm afraid. The irony of them possibly winning the Southern League this year would be rather delicious.

Sorry that should have read "materclass club". Apologies for the syntax error. On the subject of language, further to my above point, Dad's English was plenty good enough to coach Glenorchy to a State Premiership and South Hobart to their first Southern Title since the 1950s.
Good luck in the Southern League next year, Eagle.
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0 #76 Anonymous 2012-08-16 21:40
White Eagles were always a masterclass clue at playing politics when I was growing up. Sacking my father as coach for example, because "his English wasn't good enough". And that, from a Polish club? Perhaps politics has finally come back to bite them on the arse with this Victory League business. You reap what you sow I'm afraid. The irony of them possibly winning the Southern League this year would be rather delicious.
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-5 #75 Anonymous 2012-08-02 21:13
Quoting Anonymous:
Should be a really close V-League next year for 2nd to 8th spot.

The suspense is killing me the the following two years...


About as close NTE - Clarence - Derwent United next season.
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+7 #74 Anonymous 2012-08-02 13:26
Should be a really close V-League next year for 2nd to 8th spot.

The suspense is killing me the the following two years...
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+1 #73 Anonnymous 2012-08-02 11:29
My reply was:
It is not called stubborness its called loyalty you idiot.

Were did i say they NEED to stay loyal you cretin,

I know some will leave and i do not blame them at all,and i wish them all the luck in the world.We would have them back anytime if things do not work out at another club.

So get your facts right before you post rubbish or at least wait until your parents come home so they can explain it to you!
Know wonder you do not put a name to your posts you probably cannot spell it.

Please do not insult others intelligence or their spelling if you cannot yourself... no wonder* there* where*. They are just opinions, some astute, some not don't get so defensive and add to the debate instead of insulting them.
Quoting anon:
Quoting spider:
. Who would that have been then??



Please do not insult others intelligence or their spelling if you cannot yourself... no wonder* there* where*. They are just opinions, some astute, some not don't get so defensive and add to the debate instead of insulting them.

You were being a smartarse not sharing your opinions,and you were wrong so go away,!!!!!!Spid er was right,you are a cretin.
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+3 #72 Anon 2012-08-02 10:13
Quoting Steffan Elliott:
#65 , I disagree . All FFT required was a youth team in each of the age groups in the criteria and a pathway plan for said youth . The amount of youth teams had no bearing on the outcome as I pointed out in my previous comment . We could have had 20 youth teams and still would have missed out .

So its all about money then,thanks for clearing that up
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0 #71 Anon 2012-08-02 10:03
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Steffan Elliott:
#55 we have more youth than Olympia , knights and Zebras but they all got selected didnt they . So what do you learn from this ? There is more criteria than just lots and lots of youth to get selected for the V-league .


yes you are correct - CUFC have a few more youth teams than some of the clubs selected - the issue for you is that had you maintained the amount of teams you had several years ago FFT would have found your bid more compelling!!

I doubt it
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+2 #70 Anon 2012-08-02 07:32
Quoting Anonymous:
The day that Mamacas. Signed the deal with Randall for the Hockey Centre was the day that CUFC lost the T/ V. league bid. Olympia had zero chance had this not happened. My guess is that Randall and CUFC board had no clue that Mamcas / Olympia would act so quickly in building and developing that faciility. This was the nail in the coffin for CUFC. So the demise of Clarence can be directly attributed to Mamcas.


Yeah , Im sure you would like to think that George . Thought you had more taxing things to deal with than taking cheap shots .
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+11 #69 Steffan Elliott 2012-08-02 05:02
#65 , I disagree . All FFT required was a youth team in each of the age groups in the criteria and a pathway plan for said youth . The amount of youth teams had no bearing on the outcome as I pointed out in my previous comment . We could have had 20 youth teams and still would have missed out .
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-5 #68 Anonymous 2012-08-02 04:45
Quoting Realist:
Quoting Anonymous:
The day that Mamacas. Signed the deal with Randall for the Hockey Centre was the day that CUFC lost the T/ V. league bid. Olympia had zero chance had this not happened. My guess is that Randall and CUFC board had no clue that Mamcas / Olympia would act so quickly in building and developing that faciility. This was the nail in the coffin for CUFC. So the demise of Clarence can be directly attributed to Mamcas.


I guess in return, Clarence & NTE can look forward to the demise of the V-League clubs when they go bankrupt within 3 years when failing to get any income from their crowds of 500-1000 ghosts.

Yes you can watch from the sidelines.

Goodbye, farewell, see you later, tah tah, catcha, arrivederci, geia sas, au revoir, do vidjenja, adi?s, hasta la vista, salani kahle, do pobachennya, ma'as-salama and finally do widzenia.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
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