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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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Football Federation Tasmania today changed its rules in regard to player movements between Victory League clubs.

The previous ruling was that players could not move from one Victory League club to another in the same season.

This ruling was challenged this week by a Tasmanian player and, following advice from Football Federation Australia, FFT have changed the rule because all Victory League players are deemed to be amateurs.

FFT has decided that it cannot stop amateur players moving from one Victory League club to another, but its new rule does specify that the registration for a player wishing to change clubs must be received by ‘the last Thursday prior to 31 May 2014’.

Curran Ferns of South Hobart is believed to be the player and he is expected to sign for Tilford Zebras.

Ferns was sent off while playing for South Hobart against Northern Rangers on 13 April and was suspended for one game.

He missed South Hobart’s next game, which was against Kingborough Lions United.

He was on the team sheet as a substitute for the game against Devonport City last Saturday but did not take the field.

Northern Rangers’ goalkeeper Michael McKenna is also tipped to move back to Kingborough Lions United.

FFT also sought clarification from FFA in regard to the number of visa players that can play in the Lakoseljac Cup.

Following the advice, FFT has ruled that clubs may play more than two visa players in the Lakoseljac Cup this year but that the team that qualifies as Tasmania’s FFA Cup representative can only play two in the FFA Cup.

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+1 #71 jerry kruijver 2014-05-09 00:38
Tassie is rapidly losing sight of the fact that our main asset is the people who want to play the game.The sport will be much better of if all the clubs nurture every player of whatever abilty and treat the fact that some may have talent as a bonus.It is only the people actually playing the game that can make and keep clubs viable.The better players will always find their way to the top if they have the motivation.If the sponsors of our top football were to run into difficulties it would sink without a trace.Instead of the never ending tinkering ffa and fft are doing with the top they should insure that every kid gets his first kick in a club and every player playing at present stays in the sport.Get the grassroots thriving and the top will look after itself,it would do away with the need for criteria and restrictions and eventually do away with the squabbling over the very few top players year in year out.Things are built from the bottom up,never from the top down.
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0 #70 jerry kruijver 2014-05-08 23:56
Quoting brian:
Quoting Level Fields:
There doesn't need to be a level playing field. There does need to be clear direction on FFT's goals.

Example: I believe they are trying to get less overall clubs. Whether there is merit to that argument is another discussion - fact is, we don't know.

What are FFT trying to do? How do they plan to do it? What is successful and what requires review?

There are so many questions and so little information. How do we demand better transparency from a body we fund with our subs?


I beleive you are coreect regarding Club reduction . However this is being achieved by suble meanss . Make the benchmarks /criteria so exacting only a few will have the ability to comply . As clubs slip lower and lower so will interest resulting in disappearance .
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+2 #69 brian 2014-05-08 03:34
Quoting Level Fields:
There doesn't need to be a level playing field. There does need to be clear direction on FFT's goals.

Example: I believe they are trying to get less overall clubs. Whether there is merit to that argument is another discussion - fact is, we don't know.

What are FFT trying to do? How do they plan to do it? What is successful and what requires review?

There are so many questions and so little information. How do we demand better transparency from a body we fund with our subs?


I beleive you are coreect regarding Club reduction . However this is being achieved by suble meanss . Make the benchmarks /criteria so exacting only a few will have the ability to comply . As clubs slip lower and lower so will interest resulting in disappearance .
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+2 #68 Anonymous 2014-05-03 10:50
Schuth and McKenna back at Borough! Will add some experience to a young and exciting side!
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+3 #67 anonymous 2014-05-03 08:34
Ben Hamlett must enjoy the glory. Can't understand otherwise why someone would be prepared to be the bench boy. Does he not train??
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+1 #66 Anonymous 2014-05-03 07:59
Scutth may be headingg back down the channel
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+2 #65 Anonymous 2014-05-03 07:57
Quoting Anonymous:
So who's on the move?

Any confirmed transfers yet?


Ferns to Zebs for sure and heaps of rumours which may or may not have substance.
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+1 #64 Anonymous 2014-05-03 04:46
So who's on the move?

Any confirmed transfers yet?
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-10 #63 Hammer fan 2014-05-02 12:22
I'm sure Ben Hamlett enjoys South Hobart life and the joys of winning, but he's too good to sit on the bench! Would love to see Benny move on to Glenorchy and play 90 minutes each week! What a pickup that would be!
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+7 #62 Mouse 2014-05-02 07:44
A few Players were cut by their VL clubs early in the season last year. They had to play in a lower league or sit out of football for the season. If another club could strengthen their team with this player then it must be good for the league. This rule change is a good one.
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