- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 31 July 2012
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.
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.”
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.
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.”