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:  John Boulous, the Football Federation Tasmania CEO (left) and FFT Competitions Manager, George Kalis, at today's fixture list launch [PlessPix]

The Victory League fixtures for this inaugural season of competition were released today, with the Launceston derby kicking off the season on 23 March 2013.

Launceston’s Mitsubishi Park will host a double-header in Round One, with Devonport City playing Tilford Zebras before the Launceston derby between Northern Rangers and Launceston City.

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Photo:  George Kalis said clubs had been consulted about the fixture list [PlessPix]

Also on the Saturday, Kingborough Lions will host Olympia FC Warriors at Lightwood Park, while on Sunday, South Hobart will entertain Glenorchy Knights, at South Hobart.

Football Federation Tasmania CEO John Boulous said the double-header would be a great way to kick off the season.

“The Launceston derby will be one of the hottest rivalries in the Victory League and it’s a great way to start the year,” Mr Boulous said.

“There will also be double-headers in Rounds 2, 3 and 8 at KGV Park.

“We’ll be looking to make these great events, with half-time entertainment and activities for the whole family.”

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Photo:  John Boulous is exopecting good crowds at Victory League double-headers this season [PlessPix]

The Victory League has 21 rounds, with all teams playing each other three times.

The final round, on 24 August, will all kick off at the same time, which is important particularly if the championship is to be decided on the day.

The finals series have two weeks of semi finals, followed by the grand final on 14 September 2013.

The Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (SPL) has been expanded in 2013, with Beachside, Taroona, Nelson and the NTC squad joining the eight other clubs.

The five Victory League clubs will field predominantly Under-20 sides in this league.

The SPL will start on 23 March 2013 and feature 22 rounds, with the Grand Final on 14 September.

The Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League (NPL) returns in the same format as lst season, with 9 teams playing over 18 weeks.

The NPL will start on 6 April 2013 and have a Grand Final on 7 September.

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Photo:  Work is progressing well on the installation of an artificial surface at KGV Park [PlessPix]

KGV Park will see its first slice of competitive action as Tilford Zebras take on Nelson in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League on Saturday, 23 March 2013, followed by five matches the following weekend.

Competitions Manager George Kalis said the draw was a heavily consultative process.

“All teams have at least ten home games and, while some Southern teams travel across the State more regularly than others, this will be reversed in 2014, so the draw equals out,” Mr Kalis said.

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Photo:  KGV Park today was a hive of acitivity [PlessPix]

“From what we’ve seen in pre-season friendlies, the competition is going to be of very high quality.

“The new KGV Park allows us great flexibility for rostering fixtures without worrying about poor weather.

“It will be the best artificial surface in the country and will provide a great playing experience.

“All indications are the work is on schedule.”

The Forestry Tasmania Southern and Northern Women’s Premier Leagues rosters will be completed next month after the finalisation of team nominations.

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Photo:  No sign of a green surface at KGV Park yet, but it's important to get the base right [PlessPix]

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+4 #42 jerry kruijver 2013-02-04 06:27
I freely acknowledge that there are a lot of very dedicated people keeping junior football going and they help kids develope a love for the game.However their future lies with the clubs no matter what league those clubs play in.I personally got a lot of enjoyment out of coaching kids for the short time i did it.Would it not be better if we could slowly change the whole junior setup so kids are right from their first kick in a club that nurtures them,

the coach gets help from other clubcoaches,the chance to occasionally get older players from the club to spend 5 minutes kicking a ball with them etc.In my opinion 95%of coaching kids is encouragement,m aking every kid feel wanted and at home.I know the present system has been in place since adam had the measles and cannot be changed overnight.It certainly cant be done in the usual bull in a chinashop way as fft is so often prone to do.I know most kids will never become top players,but there is nothing wrong with being a usefull team member in a lower league.At present there are a lot of potential andy brennans,shae hickeys and nathan pitchfords slipping thru our fingers.
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0 #41 Anonymous 2013-02-04 03:48
Quoting Anonymous:
The problem is not the clubs, but the profile. Kids stop playing "soccer", when they can no longer play both "soccer"and AFL. Can do this up to a certain age as rosters do not clash. At about age 13you have to choose. Why would a young person choose a sport with no pathway, no community culture....etc??? We have now made it even more difficult, as the present structure does not encourage participation. The age restrictions will see more drop away than continue in our great game.

AFL is usually played on a sunday, so can play both. It is the cost as i know having a child that has played both
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0 #40 Anonymous 2013-02-04 03:45
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting anon:
#13 if only you had a brain oh thats right , referees are free , ground hire for games and training are free , uniforms are free , equipment is free etc etc etc you may want to join a committee and actually work out what it costs to put a player on the park other than just fft fee , not possble for you as you would rather put negative crap on the blog.

From the point of view of a 17 year old player at a victory league club:
I very much believe that loyalty is important in our game and should be encouraged as it develops a culture of hard work and stability. I however have once moved from one club to another a couple of years ago so I would've been around 15 at the time. The move was as a result of our team being neglected by our previous club. Now to think that from now on for such a move to take place, the new club will have to pay $20 per player (of a 14 or so man team) to the old club who mistreated the players is horrendous, it's like being rewarded for running the club poorly! Or am I missing something?
Also can someone please clarify if there will be under 18s this year?

That's way tranfers should be free
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+3 #39 Anonymous 2013-02-03 11:01
The problem is not the clubs, but the profile. Kids stop playing "soccer", when they can no longer play both "soccer"and AFL. Can do this up to a certain age as rosters do not clash. At about age 13you have to choose. Why would a young person choose a sport with no pathway, no community culture....etc? ?? We have now made it even more difficult, as the present structure does not encourage participation. The age restrictions will see more drop away than continue in our great game.
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+2 #38 Anonymous 2013-02-02 12:14
Quoting jerry kruijver:
#36,just take a look at the last 10 years and compare the number of teams in div2,3 and 4 to the numbers last year.And yet nobody rings any alarmbells.we have thousands of kids starting to play the game in primaryschool of wich only a few hundred go on to the next stage and we are lucky if we see a hundred new senior players appearing on the scene.If the sport is doing as well as president sean makes us believe in his last addres on the fft website then surely every club would be forced to put extra teams on the park.The sport rises or falls on the strenght of the grassroots

Jerry, the problem is the clubs. Kids that play for a school or school based club then the game is at it's cheapest around $85 per player, good value but when playing for club at U13 and up the the cost is as much as 5 times. So how many average Joe's mum and dad are going to pay this king of fee.
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+9 #37 jerry kruijver 2013-02-02 07:41
#36,just take a look at the last 10 years and compare the number of teams in div2,3 and 4 to the numbers last year.And yet nobody rings any alarmbells.we have thousands of kids starting to play the game in primaryschool of wich only a few hundred go on to the next stage and we are lucky if we see a hundred new senior players appearing on the scene.If the sport is doing as well as president sean makes us believe in his last addres on the fft website then surely every club would be forced to put extra teams on the park.The sport rises or falls on the strenght of the grassroots
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+6 #36 Anonymous 2013-02-02 03:53
Would love to see the numbers for how many players register to play soccer at the start of the year in Tas, then by mid-year how many of them no longer appear on any team of any level's team sheet purely because they lost faith/interest in the game/administra tors here... surely you'd try keep all players in the game? joke...
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0 #35 Anonymous 2013-02-01 13:17
Bottom 5 or 6 players in any V League squad of 20 will only be making up the numbers,they will all know who they are by early in the season,and be very lucky to get a game and be doomed to play u/20s
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+20 #34 Ronnie Bolton 2013-02-01 12:29
V League sorted? Not enough planning or foresight , quite simple really.Rushed in amid loads of fanfare.Squads of 20 to be named by February 1st, not happening now. Be honest if you are a coach of a V League team that's been training since November 2012 surely you know what players you are going to select apart from perhaps ones that you may import.Why try and re-invent the wheel? Just my take folks for what it's worth, in some eyes not a lot I know.
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+1 #33 Anonymous 2013-02-01 11:48
Quoting anon:
#13 if only you had a brain oh thats right , referees are free , ground hire for games and training are free , uniforms are free , equipment is free etc etc etc you may want to join a committee and actually work out what it costs to put a player on the park other than just fft fee , not possble for you as you would rather put negative crap on the blog.

From the point of view of a 17 year old player at a victory league club:
I very much believe that loyalty is important in our game and should be encouraged as it develops a culture of hard work and stability. I however have once moved from one club to another a couple of years ago so I would've been around 15 at the time. The move was as a result of our team being neglected by our previous club. Now to think that from now on for such a move to take place, the new club will have to pay $20 per player (of a 14 or so man team) to the old club who mistreated the players is horrendous, it's like being rewarded for running the club poorly! Or am I missing something?
Also can someone please clarify if there will be under 18s this year?
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