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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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Keith and booklet - Copy

Photo:  Keith Roberts, the South Hobart stalwart and statistician, with his new booklet [PlessPix]

Keith Roberts has produced a valuable 32-page booklet entitled “Tasmanian Soccer: Winners and Losers.”

It consists of records of football in Tasmania collected by Roberts through painstaking perusal of newspapers and other sources.

The contents are:

First Matches

Leagues

Knock-out Cups

Australian Competitions

Representative

Intrastate

Goals

Did you know?

Women

Promotion and Relegation

Scores you like to hear

Best and Fairest

Records

Clubs Present

Clubs Past

Source

It must have taken years for Roberts to do the research and it takes only minutes to answer the questions that are often on the minds of Tasmanian football followers.

When did Hobart Zebras last win a league title? Who was the top scorer in 1968? Who won the first Vic Tuting Silver Medal and when?

There are some errors, but Roberts assures me these will be corrected in subsequent editions. 

For example, Tony Parker was the southern league top scorer in 1968 and not I. Parker. The latter came to Tasmania at the end of the 1970s and played only for Caledonians. Tony Parker came from Nottingham Forest and played for Hobart Juventus. He was also the ‘gymnastics coach’ of the Tasmanian representative side.

Ben Crosswell, son of AFL great Brent Crosswell, won the Vic Tuting Medal in 2008 while a player with Hobart Zebras.

The booklet has his name with only one ‘s’. “Does it matter?” I hear you ask. Well, yes, it does. I’m sure Brent would think it important.

I can understand how this happens.  I reckon Keith almost went blind reading all those microfilm documents at the library.

This booklet is a valuable reference for anyone interested in Tasmania football and is a valuable supplement to Chris Hudson’s book, “A Century of Soccer: 1898-1998, A Tasmanian History.”.

It is available from Keith for $15. He may be contacted by phone on (03) 6223 6009, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Andy Brennan has signed for NPL Victoria outfit South Melbourne Hellas.

The former South Hobart star as played in the A-League for Newcastle Jets and in the Victorian NPL with Bentleigh Greens.

South Melbourne have just sacked their coach, Chris Taylor, who signed Brennan, so I hope this doesn’t affect the Tasmanian’s future at the club.

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A few weeks ago, there were three Tasmanians playing in the A-League.

Now, Josh Hope and Jeremy Walker appear to be out of favour at Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory, respectively, while Melbourne City’s Nathaniel Atkinson is out of action because of a serious leg injury.

It just goes to show how precarious a football career can be.

I hope all three boys are back in senior action soon.

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Jim Witheford, former player, coach and newspaper correspondent in the north of Tasmania has passed away at the age of 87.

A school teacher by profession, I got to know Jim when he was the soccer writer for Launceston’s The Examiner in the 1980s and 90s. Martin Buggy was their writer in between two spells by Jim.

He was a humble and knowledgeable man and a true gentleman, who contributed greatly to the game in Tasmania.

In concert with all Tasmanian football followers, I extend my condolences to Jim’s family.

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South Hobart’s game against Victoria NPL side Pascoe Vale at South Hobart Oval this coming Saturday will now kick off at 3pm and not 2pm.

Meanwhile, Olympia Warriors are off to Melbourne for the weekend.

They will meet up there with their two new American imports, who should get to know their new team-mates over the weekend.

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+2 #16 Keith Roberts 2018-02-02 23:43
Thanks Brian Young re comments on Mersey.
The publication I'm glad to say includes Mersey (Clubs Past). They played in the North West league 1964-66. Correct, they joined Devonport United to form todays Devonport club. Keeping track of clubs from early years is not easy.
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+1 #15 Brian Young 2018-02-02 20:49
Quoting drew port exile:
Quoting Brian Young:
Wrt Keith's book: But is Mersey, the other Devonport club of the mid-1960s in it? I spoke to Keith once and he had not heard of the club. In that era there was Devonport United and Mersey in the North West league. Players such as Eddie van der Ploeg and Stan Hardcastle played for Mersey.

my father played at mersey with stan and eddie, eddie was also a very good volleyballer, very good vertical leap.

I also played volleyball with and against Eddie. He was a much better player than me!
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+3 #14 Anon 2018-02-02 12:33
Quoting anonymous:
Really who cares about Olympia , maybe George and side kick Julia.

You care otherwise you wouldn't make a comment
You must have a boring life.
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+1 #13 drew port exile 2018-02-02 07:10
Quoting Brian Young:
Wrt Keith's book: But is Mersey, the other Devonport club of the mid-1960s in it? I spoke to Keith once and he had not heard of the club. In that era there was Devonport United and Mersey in the North West league. Players such as Eddie van der Ploeg and Stan Hardcastle played for Mersey.

my father played at mersey with stan and eddie, eddie was also a very good volleyballer, very good vertical leap.
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+2 #12 drew port exile 2018-02-02 07:03
sad to hear of a true football gentleman passing, jim was a man who loved teaching and football.
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+8 #11 Snob 2018-01-31 20:19
Quoting Walt:
Olympia play Ballarat City FC at 6.30pm on Saturday in Geelong (University ground) and then participate in a four-team round-robin tournament on Sunday in Ballarat involving Olympia, Ballarat, Vikings and one other team.


Who cares every other club are fantastic with information except Olympia !
So come on Ballarat FC !
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+7 #10 anonymous 2018-01-31 13:37
Really who cares about Olympia , maybe George and side kick Julia.
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-12 #9 Anonymous 2018-01-31 08:11
Quoting just asking:
Do Olympic have a senior coach yet?


It's Dale
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+3 #8 Walt 2018-01-31 08:03
Olympia play Ballarat City FC at 6.30pm on Saturday in Geelong (University ground) and then participate in a four-team round-robin tournament on Sunday in Ballarat involving Olympia, Ballarat, Vikings and one other team.
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+1 #7 Anon 2018-01-31 07:27
Olympia playing Ballarat on sat
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