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Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th 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:  Brian Dale, the president of Kingborough Lions United [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United and Glenorchy Knights are two of the clubs that have gained entry into next season’s inaugural Victory League.

The two clubs represent the northern-most and southern-most areas of the larger Hobart metropolitan area and are excited at the opportunities participation in the new State League competition presents.

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Photo:  Kingborough Lions United are in the Victory League next season [PlessPix]

“Well, obviously, from the club’s point of view, it will ensure our future going forward,” said Kingborough Lions United president, Brian Dale.

“Back in ‘98, we merged with Calies to get in to State League and we saw that as a necessity for our youth and juniors coming through.

“I feel sorry for Clarence and Eagles because both clubs have done a lot of hard work and have got things in place in respect to their juniors and youth, but, unfortunately, two clubs had to miss out.

“And, we would have been in the same boat as Clarence.  We would have felt devastated.

“I think the soccer community now has to make it work.

“State League has failed in the past and I think everybody from administrators, players, referees, the media  -  we all have to do a little bit more.”

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights president Paul Woodham said his club has some recruiting to do [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights president, Paul Woodham, believes his club’s entry into the Victory League provides an opportunity to really get a youth policy up and running.

“We’re really excited about it,” Woodham said.

“We think, for our club, this is a great opportunity for us to show what we can do and what we can produce.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and the start of next season  -  some recruiting to do.

“We’ve got a pretty strong coaching group already in place and, as far as we’re concerned, most of those coaching positions will continue into next season.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights successfully applied for entry to the Victory League [PlessPix]

“We’ll make some announcements in the next week.

“I suppose, for us as a club, it gives us a chance now to build.

“One area we want to work on is in the area of youth.

“We need to develop our youth program and we’re going to appoint a couple of youth development officers to work in that area.

“So, we’re really excited about it and we’re looking forward to it, but I think, for us, it’s a challenge, and it’s going to be a challenge for every club.  Terrific.”

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+1 #45 Anonymous 2012-08-04 09:43
I think the start of the V league would be a great opportunity for some media exposure. watching the local news this evening and not even a mention on whats happening in the footballing (soccer) community.. absolute rubbish if you ask me. all clubs need to come to an agreement about mentioning games times, location etc.. through tv advertising and radio commercials. a good crowd turn out would give many players a confidence boost. maximum of 150 supporters turning out most weeks.. and maybe 250 on a good week.. piss poor if you ask me. more media exposure would do a new league the world of good. congrats to all the teams that qualified for this league. :)
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+4 #44 Anonymous 2012-08-03 11:08
so we are going to have a T league with a few teams from North and South. Same players as before and same amateur clubs, just less in number, cannot see how quality will be improved. We need spectators and nothing have I see has suggested how this will be achieve.
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+1 #43 Anon 2012-08-02 09:55
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Looks like this league was put together to further highlight South Hobarts dominance in Tassie football. Seems a strange coincidence that the two clubs to challenge south over the the last few season and defeat them this season are left out... League should be sponsored by Mures because it seems fishy so far


You're sick.I'm not from South but it would be silly if they were not
looking for a challenge. Sorry get a life ask these teams that miss out to write a better application next time.

Sorry for being ignorant,most of the people involved in football in Tasmania did not know that in order to be successful in sport the pre requisite was to beable to write novels.
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-2 #42 Anonymous 2012-08-02 01:49
Quoting Anonymous:
Looks like this league was put together to further highlight South Hobarts dominance in Tassie football. Seems a strange coincidence that the two clubs to challenge south over the the last few season and defeat them this season are left out... League should be sponsored by Mures because it seems fishy so far


You're sick.I'm not from South but it would be silly if they were not looking for a challenge. Sorry get a life ask these teams that miss out to write a better application next time.
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+22 #41 Anonymous 2012-08-02 00:05
I get along to watch a few Div 1 games and am actually glad to see that Clarenece and Eagles will be in it next year. The standard will be much higher and the reserves competition not such a joke.

All this talk of Eagles and Clarence losing players got me thinking that maybe they will gain a couple as well. There might be a few players who don't want to give up so much time to travel around the state for games. It's a long season when you take into account the summer cup and knockout cup.
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+9 #40 Anonymous 34 2012-08-01 23:27
#16

Quoting melikesfootball:
Like I've said a couple of times already, all the news is about the Victory L now, the rest of the season is pointless. We may as well pull the pin now and let the grounds recover for the real deal.


So it seems your team is already out of the running this year.!!
Just because the V league has been announced you want to take away EVERY players hard work and dedication training and playing for the last 8-9 months .
Me thinks you don't really like football and have no respect for the people that do.
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+8 #39 Anonymous 2012-08-01 20:34
NTC 4 - KB 3
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+10 #38 Gordon Jablonski 2012-08-01 11:21
Quoting jerry kruijver:
call me cynical,irrelevant etcetera etcetera,i have followed tassie football for 40+years,but every gouverning both present and past reminds me of a father with 6 kids,of whom only one is the apple of his eye and who will happily let the others 5 go to hell in a handbasket.Maybe next century daddy will wake up and realise a healthy family is more powerfull then one healthy son.

aaaahhhh...the wisdom of age
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+18 #37 Anonymous 2012-08-01 10:14
Looks like this league was put together to further highlight South Hobarts dominance in Tassie football. Seems a strange coincidence that the two clubs to challenge south over the the last few season and defeat them this season are left out... League should be sponsored by Mures because it seems fishy so far
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+3 #36 Anonymous 2012-08-01 09:43
Quoting Anonymous:
Did FFT ask the Players playing in the South and Northern comps wether they wanted the V League.

I hope it works but times have changed and i dont know that players are willing to put the time in to this comp to see it being a succcess.

If the product is right clubs and players will buy into and it will become a good product but it is a worry when the leagues underpinning this comp have not even been thought about and the potenial ramifications of change that it may bring.

Players may even go the other way instead of playing State League where you have to travel 2 to 3 hours every second or third week, why not play local southern or Northern league and in the souther case travel 15 minute every week to your game.

Remember back in the last state league petrol cost 60 cents a litre, you worked 5.5 day week maybe and Jim Beam was maybe $30 - $40 dollars a carton. Can we afford this league in Our State. I Dont Think So!!


fft asked the club presidents countess times whether they wanted the V league, who unanimously said yes on many occasions, so yes they did.
and if you are worried about the price of a carton of jim beam, easy answer is to grow up and drink beer rather than that rubbish
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