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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W Davis Brassington and Pearce

Photo:  Northern Rangers' Shane Brassington (centre) bagged four goals, but Kingborough looked as if they didn't have a clue [PlessPix]

With more results such as yesterday, the Victory League is in serious danger of imploding.

Thirty goals in four games may sound exciting and entertaining, but it’s an illusion.

One has to consider the results of each match. If each ended in something like 5-2 or 4-3, then that’s exciting.

But scorelines of 12-0, 8-0, 5-0 and 4-1 (the latter less so) make a mockery of the competition.

Tilford Zebras showed no mercy to their northern sister club Launceston City and annihilated them 12-0 at KGV Park.

Northern Rangers got back on track and belted Kingborough Lions United 8-0 away at Lightwood Park, while Olympia Warriors downed Glenorchy Knights 5-0 at a canter at Warrior Park.

Reigning champions and current leaders South Hobart did their old ‘boxer-with-one-hand-tied-behind-his-back’ sideshow alley trick by knocking out Devonport City 4-1 away at Valley Road with ten men.

South Hobart skipper Hugh Ludford was sent off early in the second half and yet the southerners were still too good for the pride of the North-West Coast.

They’re becoming quite adept at this. A couple of weekends ago, South Hobart had goalkeeper Kane Pierce sent off early in the match and, with 10 men, easily beat Northern Rangers 6-1.

What does that tell us? It tells us that South Hobart are miles ahead of anyone else in terms of results, and that they are prepared to employ cynical professional fouls to get their way, even if it means having a player sent off.

A Rigby and Cuthbertson

Photo:  Northern Rangers' Aiden Rigby (left) is not normally a centre-forward, but he starred with a hat-trick [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania needs to have a serious look at the Victory League, and quickly.

It’s okay to meet all the administrative requirements, but surely one of the KPIs is on-field performance? You can write beautiful strategic plans, business plans, balance the books and have qualified coaches with nice bits of paper, but if you embarrass yourself on the field with appalling results, what is the point?

One would be tempted at this stage, two years into the Victory League, to adopt the view that the old Southern and Northern Premier Leagues produced football of a quality similar to the current Victory League.

It’s true that the Victory League has captured the imagination of the media, but has it grabbed the allegiance of the football public?

Yesterday’s attendances indicate that the answer to this is a resounding ‘nyet’.

The official attendance at Warrior Park was 222, but Olympia openly admitted that this included all the players and officials.

Zebras would have been lucky to have had 80 at KGV Park, while the attendance at Lightwood Park would barely have been 100.

I can’t comment about how many turned out at Valley Road because I wasn’t there.

There is now a clear gap between the top four teams and the bottom four sides.

One has to wonder whether the initial choice of the eight teams for the inaugural Victory League in 2013 was the correct one.

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+2 #35 TasFootball 2014-06-30 14:14
Quoting Richo:
Everyone surely knows this: whether you have a Victory League or not, there's no changing the fact that most clubs have too many players who haven't been taught correct basic technique. It's not their fault. The lack of good quality technical and then tactical training is the problem at club level...........

Agreed, No excuses for coaches not able to implement technical training to young players and progress through to seniors, resources are everywhere, here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWkRaQpxarY
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+1 #34 anon 2014-06-30 12:09
#32, i believe that the VL clubs are supposed to have an U/12 boys team and a thriving SAP but one club doesn't have either.
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+2 #33 Anonymous 2014-06-29 22:54
Quoting Anon:
Quoting southern anonymous:
At the risk of taking a bandaid off an arterial bleed, Eagles, and Clarence should have been in before Knights and Kingborough. It is easier to get your financial house in order, than to attract players...or so it would seem. Performance should have ALWAYS been a criteria.


In the 2012 SPL season Boro finished 4th above both Olympia, Zebras and Glenorchy - even if performance was a criteria Boro would surely still be there.


agree they deserved to be included as a foundation club but they have gone backwards in the last 2 years with the wrong coaching appointments. 2013 was worse than this year strangely enough as their list was significantly better.

However, their current list is technically the worst of the Southern clubs in my opinion and going backwards. Robbins will have a big job to arrest the slide.
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+3 #32 Anonymous 2014-06-29 22:53
Quoting Anonymous:
one of the few things the FFT board got are the clubs they choose for the Victory League. There is ample proof of this if you so choose to look for it.


I call bull$#!t. If there is ample proof then show us, because nobody I know has ever seen it.

Here's some purely anecdotal proof for you to consider (relating to the South):

- Attendances are lower than in 2012;
- FFT's CEO resigned in disgust after six months.
- South still dominates an ucompetetive league.
- Eagles FC are still here & have made seriously good modifications to Clare St
- CUFC are still here and are running 7 senior and 9 junior squads.
- Uni are still here and (in the SPL at least) are doing better than both.

You tell me what goals set for the V-League are currently being met, because if anyone is still on the "they're fine" bandwagon, then I've got a bridge to sell you.
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+2 #31 Anonymous 2014-06-29 21:12
Quoting Jono Griffiths:

I don't have the stats to back it up but from memory the crowd seemed to be the same if not bigger in the SPL. I believe a big part of this was that the 19's and reserves were playing beforehand. For starters the majority of the players would hang around for the senior game and along with them their parents. Then all those players would hassle their friends to come along to the game and create more interest in it. I remember playing 19's and begging my mum and dad to hang around for the senior games.

I know it's impossible to have this every week because of the youth structure compared to the senior structure now, just felt like making a point.

Like I said, I'm still all for the state league.

Anyway, that's all I've got, cheers.


Well said young man. hope to see you in the start XI this weekend
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+4 #30 Anonymous 2014-06-29 20:00


I choose to learn from someone other than Dean May thankyou.

Classic ignorance. Just because you don't like someone doesn't mean they don't have valid points or you can't learn from them. If you are a coach, & I hope for this sake of ignorance you're not, coaches should always be looking for ways to learn & listen or at the very least, different perspectives to help them & their core values. Too many current coaches lack this & lack the ability to man manage players & implement tactics, hence the massive player movement this year.
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+8 #29 Ronnie Bolton 2014-06-29 17:32
Football is about opinions. Good to see some constructive banter for a change, instead of folks being nasty about what others say . Whether you agree with Walter or not you have to accept his views on the local game.You don't have to agree but I would hasten to add that you must respect what he says. Has been around the game for a long time and has seen the best and worst of it.Like I said it's about opinions.
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-10 #28 Fact 2014-06-29 14:10
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Richo:
Everyone surely knows this: whether you have a Victory League or not, there's no changing the fact that most clubs have too many players who haven't been taught correct basic technique. It's not their fault. The lack of good quality technical and then tactical training is the problem at club level. Until the next generation possess a high level of ball mastery and understanding of patterns of play etc, the standard will remain poor whatever structure you have. Instead of bagging out guys like Dean May & Ken Morton, learn from them. If the game is to progress, FFT need to invest the reserves in their bank account into massive support for this technical training at club level, delivered by people who don't just have a piece of paper that says they can coach.


I choose to learn from someone other than Dean May thankyou.


Dean May to join South soon.
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+18 #27 Jono Griffiths 2014-06-29 12:39
I would like to start by saying that I am definitely for the state league, but I just want to make a point on attendances for senior games.

I don't have the stats to back it up but from memory the crowd seemed to be the same if not bigger in the SPL. I believe a big part of this was that the 19's and reserves were playing beforehand. For starters the majority of the players would hang around for the senior game and along with them their parents. Then all those players would hassle their friends to come along to the game and create more interest in it. I remember playing 19's and begging my mum and dad to hang around for the senior games.

I know it's impossible to have this every week because of the youth structure compared to the senior structure now, just felt like making a point.

Like I said, I'm still all for the state league.

Anyway, that's all I've got, cheers.
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-9 #26 Anonymous 2014-06-29 11:50
Quoting Richo:
Everyone surely knows this: whether you have a Victory League or not, there's no changing the fact that most clubs have too many players who haven't been taught correct basic technique. It's not their fault. The lack of good quality technical and then tactical training is the problem at club level. Until the next generation possess a high level of ball mastery and understanding of patterns of play etc, the standard will remain poor whatever structure you have. Instead of bagging out guys like Dean May & Ken Morton, learn from them. If the game is to progress, FFT need to invest the reserves in their bank account into massive support for this technical training at club level, delivered by people who don't just have a piece of paper that says they can coach.


I choose to learn from someone other than Dean May thankyou.
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