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...he has had a huge positive impact on Tasmanian football and, although he may be succeeded, he will never be replaced [PlessPix]

The resignation of Football Federation Tasmania’s CEO, John Boulous, was announced at a media conference this morning at FFT headquarters.

Boulous had taken up the position on a temporary basis in April 2010 and was appointed on a permanent basis on 19 October 2010.

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Photo:  John Boulous and FFT president Sean Collins at this morning's media conference [PlessPix]

He will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer of Rugby League club Parramatta Eels in Sydney.

Boulous was involved in cricket administration in New South Wales and left to join Football Federation Australia in 2004.

He lectured widely in management for FFA and FIFA throughout the Asian and South Pacific region during his tenure with FFA, and also during his time with FFT.

Boulous and his wife Sarah and their three young children are from New South Wales originally.

Boulous has played a significant role in the many successful achievements of Football Federation Tasmania during his tenure.

He was the driving force behind the introduction of the Victory League and the establishment of sponsorship deals to underpin the new State-wide league.

“I leave very proud of what the game has been able to achieve over the last three-and-a-half years,” Boulous said.

“I would like to thank the many stakeholders that have provided excellent support to the round-ball game, in particular our sponsors and media partners, for starting the journey with us.”

While Boulous will leave FFT, he is excited about the strong position the game is in within Tasmania.

“The sport is in wonderful hands with the many committed people we have involved in our game,” he said.

“I leave with lots of many happy memories and friends and will watch with interest as the sport continues to grow.

“I would like to thank the Board of FFT for their ongoing support and assistance in my time as CEO and the dedication and effort of a wonderful staff.

“I would also like to thank the football community for their support and commitment over my time here.”

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Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins paid tribute to Boulous's contribution to Tasmania football [PlessPix]

FFT President, Sean Collins, has mixed emotions about Boulous’s departure.

“We were delighted to have John as CEO and, while we are sorry to see him leave us, we wish him all the best with his future endeavours,” Collins said.

“John and his family relocated to Tasmania in 2010 to undertake the role of CEO and we thank him for all his hard work while at FFT.

“John brought a very strong emphasis on stakeholder engagement to the role and was a significant contributor to increasing the profile of the sport in Tasmania.”

Collins said the search was on for Boulous’s successor.

“The search for a new CEO will commence immediately,” Collins said.

“We have an ambitious vision for our sport and, in farewelling our old CEO, we provide an opportunity for someone else with the right skill set, experience and work ethic to help the organisation achieve its goals.”

Boulous will remain in the role until the end of October 2013.

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-1 #25 Anonymous 2013-10-05 01:09
Quoting Clutch:
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up to para 6 most of what is commented on in this article is pretty accurate but then we get this
"Crowds in the eight-team Victory League were comparable to the local AFL competition, averaging between 300-400"
Sorry but when did these people turn up on a regular basis ? or is that 300 - 400 per each round?

The point made about a decent rectangular stadium are critical. Until we get one in HOBART (sorry NTH Tassie) we will never be taken seriously.

Sharing a small stadium with the NRL and union shouldn't be a problem, but watch us cock that up if it ever happens.

15000 plus turned up to watch a NRL preseason match and only 5000 for WORLD GAME last weekend.

That proves how we are traveling.


different grounds. If the Victory game was at Nth Hobart we would have got 10k easy .. and they would have stayed til the end.
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+1 #24 Agent Cody Banks 2013-10-04 22:21
NRL's crowd figure was massively inflated but yes still their may not be the appetite for football that us football people like to think there is.

The excellent thing is the juniors playing the game and the growth that looks imminent for our game.

Infrastructure is a necessity but hard to come by and unless we as a football people can demonstrate the passion is there we have buckleys.

We seem to want more than we warrant here in Tassie, we are making strides but honestly we need to be realistic and not get ahead of ourselves, take the positives and slowly build on them.

300-400 crowds wise is not out of question considering that is likely an average and there were a few belting crowds throughout the season.
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+1 #23 Clutch 2013-10-04 12:33
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up to para 6 most of what is commented on in this article is pretty accurate but then we get this
"Crowds in the eight-team Victory League were comparable to the local AFL competition, averaging between 300-400"
Sorry but when did these people turn up on a regular basis ? or is that 300 - 400 per each round?

The point made about a decent rectangular stadium are critical. Until we get one in HOBART (sorry NTH Tassie) we will never be taken seriously.

Sharing a small stadium with the NRL and union shouldn't be a problem, but watch us cock that up if it ever happens.

15000 plus turned up to watch a NRL preseason match and only 5000 for WORLD GAME last weekend.

That proves how we are traveling.
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+5 #22 Anonymous 2013-10-03 21:22
"The playing surface drew effusive praise from both teams, but the spectator facilities - in truth - were rudimentary to say the least."

There were many new football mums and dads there. If we wna tthe to keep coming and bring friends -

gotta be somewhere else next year.
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+7 #21 Anonymous 2013-10-03 10:19
Walter I assume u have seen this interesting article from respected Football Journalist Cockerill, makes some interesting points:

http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/cockerill-opinion-display/Jury-still-out-on-Tassies-football-passion/76250
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-1 #20 Pippin 2013-10-03 08:16
Quoting Anonymous:
Spot on, Walter. A massive loss.
It seems a few people in key positions have been resigning of late - McKenna at Devonport resigned from the head coaching position, John Boulous resigned today - what's next? Ken Morton resigning? Oh wait, he's already done that once this year...


I think the University chairman bernard also resigned?
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+21 #19 Janko Begovic 2013-10-02 23:33
congrates on your new appointment JB. Has been a shining light on football in Tasmania.Listen ed to the people and made things happen, lets hope the next CEO keeps the game growing. We as a football community can't afford to take a step backwards.
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+3 #18 james 2013-10-02 22:35
i believe its a reflection on the board,only after 3 years the CEO moves on. John has done a great job under a tight constraint of on outdated constitution. We need a clean sweep of the board members, and a modern constitution.
Good luck John in your new endevours
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+6 #17 Eggs on Toast 2013-10-02 21:37
All round good guy, approachable, believed in a vision, and stuck to his guns. and most importantly 2 ears and one mouth..Sad news for Football how do we replace him.
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+14 #16 Anonymous 2013-10-02 12:48
I always enjoyed seeing John " around the grounds". Tassie was always going to be a stepping stone for John, as he had no ties to the state. That said, he has made significant change to the game here. I hope the next CEO is as smart, and as personable. I also hope that he/ she is given a clear brief as to the purpose of their role, and that they are supported to deliver on the change required.
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