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:  Sean Collins (left), the president of FFT, and John Boulous, the FFT CEO, at today's announcement of the new NPL finals series [PlessPix]

It looks very much as if South Hobart will play the champions of South Australia for a place in the final of the inaugural Australia-wide National Premier Leagues (NPL) finals series in October.

The winner of the Victory League seems almost certain to be South Hobart and the new competition devised by Football Federation Australia commences at the end of the current season.

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Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins [PlessPix]

The NPL finals series is a national competition for the winners of each State’s top-flight competition and will determine the national champions outside the A-League.

In 2013, there are five member federations participating in the finals series:  Football Federation Tasmania (FFT), Football Federation South Australia (FFSA), Capital Football (ACT), Football NSW, and Football Queensland.

Football Federation Victoria will not be entering their champions team in 2013 so Tasmania’s winner  -  almost certainly South Hobart  -  moves straight into the semi-finals.

The semi-final involving the Tasmanian team and the South Australian champions will be played in Hobart at a venue yet to be determined.

Normally, the NPL finals series has three stages:  Eliminations Finals, Semi Finals and a Final, with the final to be held as a curtain-raiser to an A-League fixture.

Football Federation Tasmania will always draw Football Federation Victoria (FFV) in the Elimination Round of the competition.

But, because FFV are not participating in the NPL setup in 2013, this puts the Tasmania champions straight through to a semi-final berth, or just two wins away from what FFT describes as ‘national glory’.

FFT President Sean Collins said today at a media conference at KGV Park that the NPL finals series provides Tasmanian football with a fantastic opportunity.

“The NPL finals series is a tremendous thing for Tasmanian football,” Collins said.

“It enables us to pit ourselves against the best from across the country and measure our standing in Australian football.”

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Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous at today's announcement [PlessPix]

FFT will host the semi-final against the FFSA champions, who also have a bye in the first round.

The match will take place in October on the weekend of the 5th and 6th.

The Final will take place the following weekend of the 12th and 13th of October.

“The Victory League has seen a rise in the publicity and the standard of football within the state and it is fantastic we can now also hold an NPL semi-final to showcase our sport further,” said Collins.

The NPL finals series follows the PFD-sponsored double-header at Kingston that includes an A-League pre-season fixture between Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory against a Tasmanian Victory League representative team.

“The NPL semi-final will provide yet another exhibition of high-standard football for fans to enjoy as well as a demonstration of the rising standard of the local game,” said Collins.

“On our home soil in front of a vocal and partisan Tasmanian crowd there is no reason why our State-wide champions couldn’t do very well.

“October is traditionally a quiet time in the local football calendar so this is a wonderful opportunity for fans to come and see a game which will be high in passion and skill.”


 

 

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-1 #27 Better 2013-08-04 02:29
Quoting Lol:
No doubt that bitter Tasmanians will degrade South Hobart during this competition


Agreed. Too many bitter Tasmanians degrading the NTC at their National Competition this year. Would suspect the same reception for South
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+4 #26 Darren Anderton 2013-08-01 22:14
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FFV has publicised that they have had only 3 withdrawals from an original 45 applicants.
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+8 #25 Anonymous 2013-08-01 20:39
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Lol:
No doubt that bitter Tasmanians will degrade South Hobart during this competition


I hate South Hobart but will support whoever is representing Tasmania!

At the end of the day only one team will represent the state and Tassie must unite whether it is your least or most favourite club!

Just be glad its NOT Olympia
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+4 #24 Anonymous 2013-08-01 06:34
Quoting Darren Anderton:
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Regards costing estimates for NPL applicants in FFV; the 'licence' fee for each club is $50,000, any extra costings associated with a clubs set-up is down to them (i.e. player payments, coaches salaries).

Costing for the new ffv league is shocking, over 1000 dollars per kid just for them to play, club costing in player payments etc is not realistic, every club in the vpl and state league has pulled out
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+14 #23 Anonymous 2013-08-01 06:27
Quoting Lol:
No doubt that bitter Tasmanians will degrade South Hobart during this competition


I hate South Hobart but will support whoever is representing Tasmania!

At the end of the day only one team will represent the state and Tassie must unite whether it is your least or most favourite club!
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+6 #22 Anonymous 2013-08-01 06:04
FFV clubs have cracked the sads because they are being told to do away with the ssf side of their club - become an elite club and have only one team per age group (hellas, green gully to name a couple are renowned for their junior set up but must reduce the number of juniors in their club to become an elite club).
the $50000 licence fee is not the problem - it reflects the rough costs of registering all the appropriate age group teams.
i agree, the extra costs are set by the club. the figure of $150000 comes from conservative modelling based on player costs and coaching costs (done by a consortium of clubs). the difference in vic is it is a semi-profession al league, players in vpl can earn roughly between $200 and $500 (anecdotal evidence as it has been a few years since i played) not to mention the state leagues paying players.
how do you keep the best players playing in the 'best' league if you do not pay them accordingly? how do you ask coaches to have a mandatory c licence to coach (pay $1300 for the privelege) and then not pay a market rate for their services?
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+5 #21 Darren Anderton 2013-08-01 03:56
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Regards costing estimates for NPL applicants in FFV; the 'licence' fee for each club is $50,000, any extra costings associated with a clubs set-up is down to them (i.e. player payments, coaches salaries).
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-1 #20 Lol 2013-08-01 03:40
No doubt that bitter Tasmanians will degrade South Hobart during this competition
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-1 #19 Anonymous 2013-08-01 01:00
FFV aren't in it because a FEW of their top clubs cracked the shits over nothing! There was heaps of articles about it a few months ago!
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+2 #18 Anonymous 2013-08-01 00:58
Who is the SA team likely to be?
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