Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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:  University life members, including the late president Fred Joughin (fourth from right) [PlessPix]

University are the 12th team in next season’s Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition.

Clubs seeking to fill the vacant 12th position were required to apply to Football Federation Tasmania and address selection criteria.

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Photo: Olinda Grove, the home of University [PlessPix]

Those criteria were:

Governance

Facilities

Technical

Coach accreditation

Finance

The FFT Board considered the applications and today announced the inclusion of University.

The teams in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League in 2013 are:

South Hobart U20, Kingborough Lions United U20, Glenorchy Knights U20, Olympia Warriors U20, Tilford Zebras U20, New Town Eagles, Clarence United, Beachside, Taroona, Nelson Eastern Suburbs, University, FFT/NTC

From last season’s League One competition, Southern FC, champions Derwent United, Hobart United and Metro are the teams to miss out on the SPL.

In a media release issued late this afternoon, FFT stated:

“The Board of FFT met to review all of the submissions and have offered University Soccer Club the opportunity to fill the remaining place in the Southern Premier League in 2013.

“The Board thanks all of the clubs that made applications.”

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-3 #102 Jim 2012-11-02 02:19
i understand FFT elections are up in January, or alternative there must be an avenue for members to call a special meeting and push a vote of no confidence in the FFT board
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+1 #101 Anonymous 2012-11-02 01:44
Nobody knows how many players will leave the clubs destined for the SPL in 2013 to go to a V league team and therefore the actual standard of the SPL league is unknown.

I would have thought that the standard would be halfway between the V League and 2012 Div 1.

I hope that the reserve teams for the V League are strong enough to provide good competition.

Players at age 18 or 19 should be good enough to compete with senior men. The u20's would also have up to 5 older players to provide the physicality to go with the younger talent so they should be competitive.

I think that the SPL senior teams will be at least at the level of 2012 Div 1 but probably higher.

Some of the younger players from 2012 may go to the V league but older players unable to travel will drop back to teams like Taroona, Clarence etc.

The SPL will hinge on the U 20's so lets hope that they are strong.
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+3 #100 Richo 2012-11-02 00:07
http://richardrantsblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/besiege-the-be?the-revolution/
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+6 #99 Anonymous 2012-11-01 22:03
Quoting jerry kruijver:
The AFL was forced into merging clubs because they could no longer prop them up financially.But why would you force amateur clubs out off existence that are clearly just getting enough support to keep going from its own supporters.Most countries have hundreds of amateur clubs that will never hit the big time,but are thriving nonetheless in the lowest of the low leagues because they give a chance to ordinary clodhoppers to play.If most of the players could show the same commitment to the clubs as those supporters things would be a lot different.The annual circus of musical chairs in clubhopping makes it very difficult for coaches and clubs to really plan ahead.
Me likes football is spot on,nobody is against the Vleague but it needs good strong leagues underneath it.Lets find a way to hang on to as many kids as possible so there are good numbers of new senior p[layers arriving every year,most of them will not be top players but what is so wrong with becoming a usefull player in the lower leagues?

Dave Hoppitt said it well. Players may not be of a quality to play state league but they still want to feel that whatever level they compete at they are actually competing. I have already had one VLeague coach tell me that his instructions to his U20 coach will be that they are not playing for points but are to use the SPL matches to test different players in various positions and develop strategies.
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+4 #98 Anonymous 2012-11-01 10:04
Quoting Anonymous:
Mikelikesfootball- if the V-league reaches crowds of 500-1000 I'd say that we should congratulate FFT, and be delighted they are vindicated.

So you'll boycott games to stop the game in Tasmania reaching unprecedented levels of success???

That's not to say I agree with all that's gone on, but I can't let your comment pass!

Libero

Delusional crowd figures.RABBLE
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0 #97 Anonymous 2012-11-01 06:27
#95,
idiot ! You obviously know how it went then !
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+10 #96 Nick O 2012-10-31 22:01
Obama,

You are correct about the set up in the North. 6 NPL + 3 Victory league U/20's.

I think the set up works OK in the north as there are no clubs excluded from the NPL as has happened in the south.

The hardest part we (Devonport)are faced with regarding Victory League is squad selection. It will be tricky to juggle the players that aren't in the starting line up. Each week only 5 can drop back meaning 3 will only get limited time on the field and 1 will miss out all together. This situation makes it difficult to cater for everyone.

I don't think the league should require a team to have a set squad. Your squad should be every player at the club. It worked well in the old State League where you could only drop 3 down from the higher level. Currently, I am looking good for the reserve keeper within the Victory League squad only because I don't care if I get a game or not. It's better than a young keeper travelling all over the place only to not get a game every week.

I understand it is probably designed so that clubs can't recruit multiple players mid-year to help their cause for a championship or wooden spoon battle but it also stops people aiming to play at a higher level getting a decent hit-out each week.
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-1 #95 anonymous 2012-10-31 21:40
#94 ask your club President , that is if he bothered to turn up or you just wanting to put more crap on the blog ?.
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+3 #94 Anonymous 2012-10-31 10:11
So nobody knows how the President's meeting went last night ?
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+8 #93 jerry kruijver 2012-10-31 08:44
The AFL was forced into merging clubs because they could no longer prop them up financially.But why would you force amateur clubs out off existence that are clearly just getting enough support to keep going from its own supporters.Most countries have hundreds of amateur clubs that will never hit the big time,but are thriving nonetheless in the lowest of the low leagues because they give a chance to ordinary clodhoppers to play.If most of the players could show the same commitment to the clubs as those supporters things would be a lot different.The annual circus of musical chairs in clubhopping makes it very difficult for coaches and clubs to really plan ahead.
Me likes football is spot on,nobody is against the Vleague but it needs good strong leagues underneath it.Lets find a way to hang on to as many kids as possible so there are good numbers of new senior p[layers arriving every year,most of them will not be top players but what is so wrong with becoming a usefull player in the lower leagues?
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