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:  Tony Curulli (left) of Jemsz and FFT's John Boulous shake on the deal today [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) has announced a new apparel and Victory League partner, Jemsz Sportswear.

The two-year partnership will see Jemsz provide all eight Victory League clubs with playing strips and kit.

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Photo:  Tony Curulli and John Boulous with a couple of the Jemsz shirts [PlessPix]

Jemsz are an emerging Belgian sportswear company that have made a name overseas and will now partner Tasmania’s Victory League for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

“We wanted to ensure that club costs are kept to a minimum and this partnership means clubs are not out of pocket in securing their Victory League team apparel,” said FFT CEO, John Boulous, at a media conference today.

FFT have been searching for a new Victory League apparel partner to fill the void of previous apparel partner Pelada.

“Jemsz are a great fit for the Victory League,” Boulous said.  “It’s another vote of confidence for the Victory League.

“The company indicated their interest and their ability to fulfil the requirements outlined in the Victory League club agreement, so we were very keen to work with them.

“Jemsz have a good reputation internationally for the quality of their product and their service.

“We are very pleased to have Jemsz on board as a partner for what should be an exciting second season of the Victory League.

“Jemsz are supporting the game here and we hope that our clubs will support them.”

Tony Curulli, Manager Director of Jemsz Australia, is equally delighted with the partnership.

“Our catchcry is sportswear for winners and it is clear to see, after a hugely successful inaugural season, that we are partnering with a winner in the Victory League,” Curulli said.

“We look forward to seeing our quality apparel represented in Tasmania’s top league and also look forward to working with local clubs to achieve their outcomes.”

Jemsz partnership begins with the production of the kit for the Tasmanian Women’s Premier League All Stars team, who will wear their Jemsz strip on 27 October, when they take on the Victorian Women’s Premier League All Stars.

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Photo:  John Boulous signing the Jemsz sponsorship agreement with Tony Curulli today [PlessPix]

Boulous said he had flagged the sponsorship with clubs a week ago and FFT and Jemsz were due to meet southern clubs today and northern clubs tomorrow.

“The majority are very keen to see pricing and quality of clothing, which is why Tony [Curulli] is here for a couple of days to meet clubs and junior associations,” Boulous said.

“Obviously, he’ll do a lot more of that in the months to come.”

Curulli said Jemsz was a young European company that utilises a simple, European, leading-edge design for its apparel.

“We look at all the leading clubs and what’s happening out there,” Curulli said.

“We’ve got designers in house and production facilities in Pakistan, China and Bangladesh.

“We have distribution warehouses in the US, Australia and pretty much all countries in Europe.

“Moving into Tasmania is a great move for us.  It’s a great opportunity to work with a team of a fast-moving organisation with some hindsight and vision of where the game is going.

“We’re very proud of that and we’re looking to support the Victory League, the eight clubs, and discussions over the next eight days in regards to their colours, styling and keeping the competition to the forefront of Australian football.

“We’re very proud to see that one of the teams here did very well on the weekend in reaching the NPL Final.”

Curulli said all his company’s factories are certified to have no child labour and that requirements in terms of minimum wages and government standards are being met.

“These are all particulars that we request from our factories before placing orders to them,” Curulli said.

“We’re not an apparel supplier to the major teams [in Europe].  We do not pay for sponsorship of those teams.  We’re not an Adidas or Nike.  We’re more at the community, grassroots level and we provide value for money with great design at prices the clubs can then, hopefully, have left-over change to invest in junior development.

“What we’re providing the FFT is the full sponsorship of all the apparel for the eight Victory League clubs, all their home and away strips and tracksuits and other gear that they need to get themselves onto the park for the competition.

“That’s the investment that we’re making here to assist the league in strengthening itself.”

Jemsz supplies several clubs in Victoria, including Port Melbourne Sharks, a VPL club, and Sporting Whittlesea, a League Two side.

“We cover the whole spectrum, from VPL down to community clubs with three or four teams kicking a football around a park on a Saturday afternoon,” Curulli said.

“We basically have something for everybody, at a price they can afford, which looks good, and we brand everything up for them with their own sponsors and their logos, so it’s a full service.”

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-4 #18 Anonymous 2013-10-20 12:08
is there anyway a club could pick what numbers they want? or at least make the shirts go to 22 for spares and for players rotating through the teams so players number don't get taken by others
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+1 #17 Anonymous 2013-10-17 22:46
Quoting Anonymous:
Great announcement - I assume V-League clubs will be repaying the favour by kitting all their other men/women/kids teams in Gemsz gear over time.

Only fair.


hmmm...by the numbers of thumbs down from my earlier post, I assume some folks think this should be a one-way street only.

I did say 'over time'
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+3 #16 Anonymous 2013-10-17 15:27
Quoting Anonymous:
John Boulous has done a fantastic job in his tenure as CEO. I'm pretty sure no-one has done as much for the game in terms of off the field re-organisation and improvement in recent history. I hope the board don't rush in and choose a replacement without proper due diligence.

Agree, John has done a fantastic job for football in Tasmania. I think some of the qualities the next FFT - CEO should have are:

1) Football passion.
2) Ability to promote the game at all levels and in all regions.
3) Business experience.
4) Well rounded management skills.

I suspect not easy to find.
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+5 #15 Anonymous 2013-10-17 10:55
Quoting Anonymous:
Am I missing something as on one hand in Walter's article, FFT says that "We wanted to ensure that club costs are kept to a minimum and this partnership means clubs are not out of pocket in securing their Victory League team apparel,? said FFT CEO, John Boulous..." and then it goes on to say "What we?re providing the FFT is the full sponsorship of all the apparel for the eight Victory League clubs, all their home and away strips and tracksuits and other gear that they need to get themselves onto the park for the competition."

Is FFT obtaining the kits for nothing and then charging the clubs as this is what it appears? It reminds me of the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing", or am I being cynical?


Club costs are kept to a minimum because they done have to pay for kits, you snuff.
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+7 #14 Anonymous 2013-10-17 09:29
Quoting Anonymous:
Am I missing something as on one hand in Walter's article, FFT says that "We wanted to ensure that club costs are kept to a minimum and this partnership means clubs are not out of pocket in securing their Victory League team apparel,? said FFT CEO, John Boulous..." and then it goes on to say "What we?re providing the FFT is the full sponsorship of all the apparel for the eight Victory League clubs, all their home and away strips and tracksuits and other gear that they need to get themselves onto the park for the competition."

Is FFT obtaining the kits for nothing and then charging the clubs as this is what it appears? It reminds me of the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing", or am I being cynical?


Don't worry, ur not being cynical - you just can't read.
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+7 #13 Anonymous 2013-10-17 06:19
No12; you are cynical, give up there is no catch to this
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-11 #12 Anonymous 2013-10-17 05:18
Am I missing something as on one hand in Walter's article, FFT says that "We wanted to ensure that club costs are kept to a minimum and this partnership means clubs are not out of pocket in securing their Victory League team apparel,? said FFT CEO, John Boulous..." and then it goes on to say "What we?re providing the FFT is the full sponsorship of all the apparel for the eight Victory League clubs, all their home and away strips and tracksuits and other gear that they need to get themselves onto the park for the competition."

Is FFT obtaining the kits for nothing and then charging the clubs as this is what it appears? It reminds me of the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing", or am I being cynical?
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+4 #11 RandyMachoMan Savage 2013-10-17 05:10
I would like an Australian made Ferrari as well Anon 10..ffs you are sulking by the sounds of it.
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+3 #10 a 2013-10-17 04:14
I would still prefer to see a local company or at worst an Australian company supplying our gear.
OBVIOUSLY they would have exhausted that avenue first..
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+16 #9 Anonymous 2013-10-16 22:21
John Boulous has done a fantastic job in his tenure as CEO. I'm pretty sure no-one has done as much for the game in terms of off the field re-organisation and improvement in recent history. I hope the board don't rush in and choose a replacement without proper due diligence.
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