Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  The KGV Park pitch will be dug up and work started today [PlessPix]

Work began today to dig up the KGV Park pitch and replace it with an all-weather artificial surface costing $1.2 million.

The KGV Park surface will be maintained as a FIFA 1-Star football turf, which is a high-quality artificial pitch similar to those utilised in Europe and North America.

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Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins gets to work [PlessPix]

The world-class artificial pitch, which Football Federation Tasmania president Sean Collins said would be the best such pitch in Australia, will allow games to be played all year and in all types of weather.

The pitch is developed by Grassports Australia.

There will also be other minor improvements at KGV Park, including a new scoreboard and fencing.

The redevelopment funding is part of the $8.7 million Glenorchy sports and community precinct transformation.

“Improving the quality and total number of football grounds is a major priority for FFT, working in partnership with governments and ground owners,” Collins said.

“More Tasmanians play football than any other sport, and we need more grounds to ensure that everyone who wants to play can get a game week in, week out.

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Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins (left) and FFT CEO John Boulous at KGV Park at the start of the work program today [PlessPix]

“We’re delighted this day has arrived.

“It allows us to hold more matches here, use it as a training base, and opens new opportunities like summer competitions.

“It’s our hope that KGV Park will be ready to go for Round One of the Victory League and we’re working closely with Council and Grassports Australia to make that happen.”

The Glenorchy City Council and Football Federation Tasmania undertook a rigorous tender process and thorough surfacing research on the project before awarding the task to Grassports, including the selection of world’s best top of the line Poligras Premier surface.

The combination of Grassports excellent reputation that spans 40 years and the superior Poligras products made tender selection straightforward.

Poligras Premier R-RS is a leading “one turf” option that will offer the best possible performance to the new facility.

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Photo:  The 'big guns' move in to transform the KGV Park pitch [PlessPix]

The Premier R-RS incorporates the latest re-spring yarn together with “cool yarn” technology to minimize heat generation and encourage year-round participation for all ages and skill levels.

In keeping with world-class sustainability performance, the yarn has a 21% recycled component.

The combination of Grass and the STI Laid insitu elastic shockpad provides not only premier performance, but also minimises future resurfacing costs.

This installation represents the first installation in Australia of this system and completion is expected in March 2013.

This follows on from the successful installation of the Wakefield Park double field installation in Auckland NZ.

This facility not only achieved FIFA two star rating (best in the world) but also complies with International Rugby IRB rule 22 Compliance.

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+1 #42 Anonymous 2012-11-22 11:12
Easy #41 The surface at KGV will be Fifa 1 rated , worth a lot of cash and installed on the correct substrate . Worrior park is like the chickenfeed version , not fifa rated and just thrown down on an old hockey pitch .
No prepare for all the Olympia people to defend their second rate surface . I will probably get asked what my teams surface is like etc etc
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+1 #41 Original Anonymous.. 2012-11-22 09:49
Without reading all the comments, can anyone tell me the difference between the proposed surface at KGV and Warrior Park? Will there be a cost, quality & authenticity difference?
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+2 #40 Coco Pops 2012-11-22 05:53
Matt very good observation how did you come to that conclusion.?
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0 #39 Anonymous 2012-11-21 21:59
Quoting James Bond:
Whatever way we look at this the home of Tasmanian soccer will be changed forever.

No doubt it is a different game when played on artificial surface.

I would've preferred to see the showgrounds upgraded in this way instead. KGV is an iconic soccer stadium. I understand the thinking behind the decision but ultimately it is a sad end. The surface had improved and was being managed more sensibly.

Thanks for the memories.....


I think the main reason the ground has been upgraded is to allow training to occur ie potential 24 7 use. Sensible management as u put it is not an ongoing option.
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+2 #38 Matt 2012-11-21 21:36
Its a shame, home of football chose artificial turf, the ball does not bounce or travel the same way as it does on grass. there is not subsitute for the real thing
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+7 #37 James Bond 2012-11-21 07:30
Whatever way we look at this the home of Tasmanian soccer will be changed forever.

No doubt it is a different game when played on artificial surface.

I would've preferred to see the showgrounds upgraded in this way instead. KGV is an iconic soccer stadium. I understand the thinking behind the decision but ultimately it is a sad end. The surface had improved and was being managed more sensibly.

Thanks for the memories.....
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+9 #36 Roy 2012-11-21 01:17
Personally I'd prefer if it was kept as a grass surface. astro/synthetic /artificial what ever the type, it's still trying to imitate the original, grass. I remember the Melbourne Knights players saying how much they loved the surface when they were down a few seasons ago. In the past 5 seasons I can only remember 2 or 3 premier league matches that have had to be postponed. If you are missing large parts of your season or the quality is effected by weather, weeds, drainage or soil components then fair enough, it is a good option. In Olympia's situation they had access to a great venue that already had a sand based astro pitch with a solid base. Upgrading it to be suitable for football was a great direction to go. I believe they should have spent it on the change rooms and facilities as they are the facets of the venue that are lacking. However they are at least doing it properly, so I applaud them for that. In the end it is more money and exposure for our great game and it adds an extra string to our bow.
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+4 #35 Anonymous 2012-11-20 21:23
Great to see a new pitch going in. Can only benefit our game and will allow for less wash outs. Best venue/complex for training grounds is still up north in devonport.
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0 #34 Anonymous 2012-11-20 13:22
#31 finally a good ? and not senseless crap.
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+2 #33 Anonymous 2012-11-20 11:51
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Olympia, I don't have a problem with ur pitch. I like playing on it. But don't compare this pitch to ur pitch. There will be a MASSIVE gap in quality between the two.


just like there is between Olympia's ground and your ground ;0)


Maybe. But no other club gets on here and bangs on about how good their ground is.
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