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:  FFT CEO John Boulous announces the new Victory League sponsors on Saturday [PlessPix]

John Boulous, the CEO of Football Federation Tasmania, sounded very confident on Saturday that the inaugural Victory League season next year will get off to a good start.

He was speaking to the media prior to a meeting of Victory League club presidents at KGV Football headquarters and announced new sponsors for the league and unveiled the new league logo.

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Photo:  John Boulous is happy with progress in regard to Victory League [PlessPix]

“The logo, we’re really happy with it,” Boulous said.  “We developed it in conjunction with Melbourne Victory.

“It shows and represents the State of Tasmania.  It represents where football is going and it appeals to the younger people and it’s certainly something that’s stylised in a way that we want the league to be presented.

“Today is, I guess, a milestone day.  We’ve got all the [Victory League] club presidents here and, certainly, today, we want to engage them and to work on our regulations to make sure they’re obviously robust and are able to stand up during the year.  Their feedback is crucial in that process and we’ll always accept that.”

Boulous said that momentum in regard to the Victory League start was building up.

“The momentum is really going,” he said.  “We obviously announced Melbourne Victory as the naming rights partner.

“We were able to secure Forestry Tasmania for our Premier League and, obviously, we’ve got a really strong travel partner in Redline, which is an iconic Tasmanian brand, as well as Boags.

“So, for us, the support for the league is excellent and we really hope that more sponsors come aboard.”

Boulous said that there was enough money to run the league.

“We’ve got enough [cash] to run the league,” he said.  “Obviously, the sponsors that come in now get a lot of benefit because we’ve got a strong marketing plan to support the league and we really want to promote that.

“But, the partners that are getting on in year one are certainly getting on at the start of the journey and we think it’s the best way to develop football with our partners.

“We have a number of programs to sell.  We have our player pathways and different carnivals and youth and junior festivals, so we have a number of properties that we’re bunching up at the moment and they’re appealing to sponsors because of our large numbers.

“We’re obviously looking at the refereeing as a partner.  We want to sell the referees as a partner to increase the development work we’re able to do with them.

“We have youth and junior carnivals and festivals that we want partnerships with.  For the many sponsors out there, we’re able to put them in touch with lots of parents and certainly lots of children.  It’s pairing up with our key properties and what the market wants.”

Boulous believes that clubs are prepared for the season.

“The clubs are ready to go,” he said.  “Obviously, the first year will be a rush.  It comes around very quickly.

“Certainly, we’re able to get our naming rights sponsor out there, and we’ve been able to confirm the clubs as quickly as possible by going through the right process and we’re working with the clubs on what a match day looks like.

“We want to make it appealing for everyone to come to and we want to attract new people to the game and we believe we can do that with the football on the field and certainly with the activities on match day.

“It’ll be a three-round, home-and-away competition.  There’s an expectation that clubs will travel.

“Clubs understand that there is a travel component.  In Redline we have a very strong partner that will offer very good support in terms of comfortable buses and, certainly, large buses for people to be able to spread out and take spectators.

“The players that play in the league need to be committed.  For us, it’s a league that has our best talent playing in it and with our partnership with Melbourne Victory we hope that there are scouts down here looking at these players and that these players are committed, [including] to pathways beyond Tasmania.”

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Photo:  Club delegates gather for Saturday's meeting [PlessPix]

Boulous said he expected an even competition next season and that FFT would be happy to work with clubs in regard to marquee players, if that is what they wanted.

He said having quality players on the field was important and that FFT would work with clubs to ensure that.

“We want different players coming in and we want our local players subject to high quality players coming in to the competition and to do that we’ll look at any opportunity to work with clubs on that,” Boulous said.

The $10,000 licence fee per club has to be paid prior to the start of the season and would cover things such as refereeing fees.

It was important for clubs to live within their means, Boulous said, to ensure the longevity of the league.

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0 #36 Anonymous 2012-10-25 22:19
I think alot of Football people would be amazed about the amount of money STCA cricket clubs generate and offer players with out any assistance from CA. Its about getting off your ass, stop talking crap and actually start doing something positive instead of bagging everyone and every idea thats put forward
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+1 #35 Roy 2012-10-25 06:18
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Roy:
Do some research around cricket before you start commenting please people. Many different leagues which are not all affiliated. Any one target does not cover all leagues. These payments talked about arent coming from Cricket Australia. The TCA players all pay rego. these are the CA affiliated leagues. Majority of the social and bush cricket leagues are not affiliated with cricket Australia. SCA, STCL, Old schoolars, School cricket, TCA 1st,2nd,3rd grades, u17s-u13s. junior clubs where half of which arent affiliated with senior clubs. Have a go cricket.... There is a hell of a lot of players out there.


No issue with that. It's just there aren't as many as football.
I have done the research and was using Cricket Tasmania's own figures for club cricket versus club football (and not including primary schools, grass-roots, futsal etc).

'Club cricket' as you will see about. The Tasmanian cricket association (TCA) doesn't have an affiliation with 'all clubs'. There for you do not have information regarding 'all clubs'. Futsal is a different sport. As indoor cricket is to cricket. There are many associations of 'club cricket' in Tasmania.
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0 #34 Anonymous 2012-10-25 02:47
Quoting Roy:
Do some research around cricket before you start commenting please people. Many different leagues which are not all affiliated. Any one target does not cover all leagues. These payments talked about arent coming from Cricket Australia. The TCA players all pay rego. these are the CA affiliated leagues. Majority of the social and bush cricket leagues are not affiliated with cricket Australia. SCA, STCL, Old schoolars, School cricket, TCA 1st,2nd,3rd grades, u17s-u13s. junior clubs where half of which arent affiliated with senior clubs. Have a go cricket.... There is a hell of a lot of players out there.


No issue with that. It's just there aren't as many as football.
I have done the research and was using Cricket Tasmania's own figures for club cricket versus club football (and not including primary schools, grass-roots, futsal etc).
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+3 #33 Anonymous 2012-10-25 00:45
Quoting Anonymous:
#5 if this is true then players are being dictated to. Surely if it doesn't work out for a player at a V League club he should be able to move to the club of his choice you can not descriminate against them.


Can you please check the meaning (and spelling) of discrimination. A reasonable analogy would be you buying a Ford and discovering it's seats were uncomfortable and then screaming discrimination because they wouldn't refund your money so you could buy a Holden. You just stuffed up on your research and selection. Your problem, but certainly no discrimination.

So choose your club carefully but don't expect others to be forced to pay for your crappy choices. Oh, and grow a loyalty bone!!
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0 #32 Roy 2012-10-25 00:22
Do some research around cricket before you start commenting please people. Many different leagues which are not all affiliated. Any one target does not cover all leagues. These payments talked about arent coming from Cricket Australia. The TCA players all pay rego. these are the CA affiliated leagues. Majority of the social and bush cricket leagues are not affiliated with cricket Australia. SCA, STCL, Old schoolars, School cricket, TCA 1st,2nd,3rd grades, u17s-u13s. junior clubs where half of which arent affiliated with senior clubs. Have a go cricket.... There is a hell of a lot of players out there.
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+3 #31 Anonymous 2012-10-25 00:10
#29, So Ronnie did get paid. What so he donated the money back after he was paid ( the money went back to the club).
Once Olympia players are paid some will trickle back to the club also through buying food at the Canteen, buying merchandise, supporting club functions etc.
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+4 #30 Anonymous 2012-10-24 10:16
Ronald for president I say!!
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+6 #29 ANON 2012-10-24 06:18
anon #8 and #18
BOOOOOM

You got owned on that one.
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+5 #28 Anonymous 2012-10-24 05:07
Cricket is the sacred cow of Aussie sport in terms of media coverage. Tasmania played Victoria at the MCG this week and that giant venue was empty. And yet, it was covered on the TV news services and in the papers as if the whole nation stopped to watch. Football warrants far more coverage but doesn't receive it.
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+2 #27 Anonymous 2012-10-24 04:37
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
I retired from senior football around 8 years ago and recently joined a local cricket club. Now for $120 a year i recieved 1 training top, 1 game top, after game jacket, cap and wait for it.......my rego paid. My question is why is it so dear for people to play soccer/football in this state.


Do the sums.

Suppose Cricket, AFL and Football in Tas got the same funding - say $1Million each (yeah, I can dream).
Cricket and AFL can spread that money across a much smaller player base than football (yes - they are both much smaller)

More importantly, Cricket and AFL are top down funded due to their commercial broadcast income. Football is grass-roots funded.


Check the paper each tuesday for the cricket results. Much smaller you say


Yeah - smaller.
Cricket Tasmania's own 2012-2015 stragtegic plan has clear participation aspirations outlined.
By 2015 they hope to have a few thousand fewer club players than football had 3 years ago.

Newspaper coverage simply reflects their bias against football.
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