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 players are interviewed for the audience at today's Victory League launch [PlessPix]

The Victory League was officially launched in Hobart this morning at a function at the Henry Jones Art Hotel.

It was attended by representatives of A-League club Melbourne Victory, Football Federation Australia, Football Federation Tasmania, Tasmanian football clubs, sponsors and Tasmanian politicians.

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Photo:  Two players from each club wore the home and the away Pelada strips [PlessPix]

The Victory League kicks off next weekend and this is the first Tasmanian State-wide League in 13 years.

FFT CEO John Boulous said the league marked a new chapter of professionalism and excellence at the elite level for football in Tasmania.

“We’ve been working towards this day for a long time and it has only been made possible by the hard work of the clubs around the State and through overwhelming support from both the Melbourne Victory Football Club and the local business community,” Boulous said.

“The Victory League will not only serve as our iconic senior men’s league, underpinned by the Northern and Southern Premier Leagues, but it will also represent a visual pathway for our vast array of juniors to aspire to and work towards.”

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Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous (left) and Melbourne Victory managing director Richard Wilson at today's launch [PlessPix]

An excellent promotional video for the new competition was also shown at the launch and will be shown on television.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DsMLO5bBSg

 

The new home-and-away Pelada strips, provided to the eight Victory League clubs free of charge, were modelled by two players from each club.

“It was important to us that we had strong strategic relationships with Pelada as a kit supplier and Redline as a transport provider as these were two major costs for clubs in previous State League iterations that we wanted to try and alleviate,” Boulous said.

Melbourne Victory were represented by managing director Richard Wilson and captain Adrian Leijer.  Leijer missed last night’s clash with Sydney FC because of suspension.

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Photo:  Melbourne Victory skipper Adrian Leijer flew to Tasmania this morning for the launch [PlessPix]

“It’s a very exciting time for football in Tasmania and we at Melbourne Victory are delighted with the relationship we have developed with FFT and their football community,” Wilson said.

“The new Victory League will offer Tasmania’s aspiring young footballers a very real pathway into professional sport, something they haven’t had for many years, so it really is an historic occasion.”

Leijer spoke at the launch and described how he had grown up in country Victoria and was given his chance when he was selected for the Victorian Youth Academy.

He was coached as a youngster by one of Tasmania’s greatest football exports, David Clarkson.

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Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins played in the inaugural State League in the late 1970s [PlessPix]

The Victory League kicks off next Saturday with a double-header at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston featuring Devonport City versus Tilford Zebras and Launceston City against Northern Rangers.

Devonport City beat Tilford Zebras 3-1 this afternoon in the final of the Steve Hudson Cup competition in Launceston.

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Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins addresses the gathering at today's Victory League launch [PlessPix]

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Photo (L-R):  Victory League coaches Stephen Pitchford (Tilford Zebras), Chris Hey (Glenorchy Knights) and Chris McKenna (Devonport City) at today's launch [PlessPix]

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Photo:  FFA's A-League representative Damien De Bohun speaking at today's launch [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Melbourne Victory captain Adrian Leijer being interviewed by the MC at today's launch [PlessPix]

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+2 #42 jake 2013-03-21 22:58
The promotional video missed the mark - attention to detail is so important, why they had the AFL goals behind, a nice piece wasted by a small details. I bet the FFT board approved it, they are known for their lack of attention to the details, just look at the way Mr Collins dresses for major events
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+2 #41 Anonymous 2013-03-21 05:04
omh James seriously is there w womens v league comp no so why would there be any womens teams there seriously your a joke


Quoting James:
Totally disgusted as the sexism that exists with the upper levels of FFT, do you notice any women players or teams at the launch. Of course not FFT don't rank or treat women's football with the same respect - shame FFT and shame on the board
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+5 #40 Anonymous 2013-03-20 23:26
Quoting James:
Totally disgusted as the sexism that exists with the upper levels of FFT, do you notice any women players or teams at the launch. Of course not FFT don't rank or treat women's football with the same respect - shame FFT and shame on the board


Haha... Obviously your name is not James, stick to netball princess :)
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-5 #39 James 2013-03-20 00:27
Totally disgusted as the sexism that exists with the upper levels of FFT, do you notice any women players or teams at the launch. Of course not FFT don't rank or treat women's football with the same respect - shame FFT and shame on the board
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+4 #38 Anonymous 2013-03-19 12:14
Great the vleague kicks off this weekend, so now we move forward but i would like to see the football community lobby FFT, the board and the stae and FederalGov to have a world class stadium in tassie, i don't care where in the stae just as long as we get one. Afl have a class stadium in Launceston, Belerive has a world class cricket ground but the biggest sport in the state only has a plastic pitch at KGV.
The Asian cup is coming to Aus so why not lobby for the future. We say it is the world game, then Tassie needs to have world class teams come and play.
Blind Freddie
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-2 #37 Anonymous 2013-03-19 11:19
At least we don't have an AFL like situation with our strips, whereby larger teams that the AFL favours (yes I'm looking at you collingwood) have a home strip that is "black with white stripes" and an away strip that is "white with black stripes".
Also, off topic this, but I'd like to commend the handling by our governing bodies of the recent sporting scandal, when they opened themselves and clubs up to investigation, unlike the AFL, who have swept the essendon issue under the carpet. This is a disgrace but it seems to have one unnoticed. Right from the beginning, demitriou provided assurances to all that essendon would not be punished. David gallop would never do this. The afl might do some things better than our governing bodies, however we flogged them at this one,
Proud football fan in this instance!
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+9 #36 Anonymous 2013-03-19 07:06
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Quoting Anonymous:
yeah South home strip looks awwwwful.

They should play in the away strip.


disagree - I think the home strip is ok with the red thru the middle of the shirt but the away strip looks crap with the half blue/half red shirt those red shorts and sox.


don't know how south got away with 2 strips so similar. the away strip should be clearly different to avoid any clashes. but south think they can do what they want. hey?
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+8 #35 The Lone Harangeur 2013-03-19 05:50
I find the retention of club colours necessary of course - you must have pride in your club (even if you change them ever other year as a player), but it lends to a conspiracy.

Maybe FFT hate southern reds? Eagles, Clarence...both predominantly red strips. Both not in the V-League.

All the "blue" clubs above...I wonder.

I think we need more clubs with purple strips, see if that confuses FFT.
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0 #34 Anonymous 2013-03-19 05:36
when did Borough decide to ditch their black socks?

Inter Milan would never do that, eh Walter?
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+1 #33 Anonymous 2013-03-19 05:34
Quoting Anonymous:
yeah South home strip looks awwwwful.

They should play in the away strip.


disagree - I think the home strip is ok with the red thru the middle of the shirt but the away strip looks crap with the half blue/half red shirt those red shorts and sox.
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