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:  KGV Park, the home of football [PlessPix]

The size of grounds in southern Tasmania has sometimes been the subject of debate.

When Warrior Park became Olympia’s home ground, for example, people said it was way too small.

Well, I recently decided to end the arguments and measure all the grounds.

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Photo:  The excellent ground at Cambridge has been used by Clarence United for practice games [PlessPix]

A couple of weeks ago, Mark Phillips and I spent a Wednesday measuring 13 grounds.

We started at Pontville at 10am and called it quits at 4.30pm at Olinda Grove.

We drove 134.1 kilometres in the six-and-a-half hours.

Brian Dale, of Kingborough Lions United, kindly measured the three grounds in Kingston for us because we just weren’t going to make it down there before darkness set in.  These were Lightwood Park, Gormley Park and Sherburd Park.

Mark and I were going to use a trundle wheel, but we found it was inaccurate before we'd even finished the first ground.

We recalibrated it, but it was still not giving accurate measurements, so we switched to a 30-metre tape-measure and measured all the grounds with that.

It probably took longer that way, but we are certain of the exactness of the measurements.

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Photo:  North Chigwell, the home of Metro, is shorter than I expected at just 90 metres [PlessPix]

The following Wednesday, Ralph Dymond and I measured five more grounds using a 50-metre tape-measure.

And, thanks to Keith Roberts and Glyn Jenkins, I have also obtained the dimensions of the ground at Nubeena, the home of the Peninsula Pirates.

I also took photographs of many of the grounds, just for the record.

Below is a table showing the dimensions of the 21 grounds measured.

The table lists the grounds in descending order of size in terms of area (square metres), and shows the length and width of each.

Thus, Gormley Park, Pontville and KGV Park are the three equal largest grounds, each having a playing area of 7,000 square metres.

The smallest playing area is Weiley Park, with 4,980 square metres.

South Hobart is the longest ground at 103.1 metres, while North Chigwell, the Showgrounds and Prince of Wales Bay are the three equal shortest grounds at 90 metres.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights play pre-season friendlies at Prince of Wales Bay [PlessPix]

The widest grounds, at 70 metres each, are Gormley Park, Pontville and KGV Park, while the narrowest is Weiley Park at just 49.8 metres.

A comparison with English grounds may be useful.

Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, is 106 metres long and 70.5 metres wide, giving it an area of 7,473 square metres.  This is larger than any of the grounds measured in southern Tasmania.

West Ham United’s ground measures 100.5 metres in length and 64 metres in width, giving it an area of 6,432 square metres.  That puts it well within our southern Tasmanian dimensions.

I hope this information is of interest to readers.

It should at least end all arguments about one ground being larger or smaller than another.

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Photo:  The historic and picturesque South Hobart ground has an unfortunate slope, but it has been the venue for some great games in its time [PlessPix]


GROUND

LENGTH (m)

WIDTH (m)

AREA (m2)

Gormley Park

100

70

7000

Pontville

100

70

7000

KGV Park

100

70

7000

Clare Street

100.2

69.8

6994

South Hobart

103.1

66

6805

Olinda Grove

102.2

65.7

6715

Nubeena

100

65

6500

North Warrane

100.1

64

6406

Wentworth Park

100.1

64

6406

Cambridge

100

64

6400

Sherburd Park

94.8

67.2

6370

Lightwood Park

96.4

66

6362

Wellesley Park

98.6

64

6310

Sandown Park

95

65.7

6242

Warrior Park

99

60.9

6029

Kelvedon Park

98.4

60.9

5993

Queens Walk

99.5

59.8

5950

Prince of Wales Bay

90

65

5850

North Chigwell

90

64

5760

Showgrounds 1,2 & 3

90

62

5580

Weiley Park

100

49.8

4980

 

According to the laws of the game, the minimum allowed length for local matches is 90 metres and the maximum is 120 metres.

The minimum allowed width for local matches is 45 metres and the maximum is 90 metres.

For international matches, the minimum length is 100 metres and the maximum 110 metres, while the minimum width is 64 metres and the maximum 75 metres.

It just goes to show that we could play international matches in Tasmania  -  that is if the only criterion was ground size.

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Photo:  Warrior Park is the only  football pitch in Tasmania with an artifical surface {PlessPix]

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Photo:  Kelvedon Park, the home of Taroona, is one of the most picturesque grounds in Tasmania [PlessPix]

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+1 #62 Bzzzzz 2014-04-22 06:26
This is a great article Walter! I still refer back to it as a reference. I can't believe how much space the EPL players seem to have on grounds which are almost the same size!
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0 #61 Anonymous 2012-04-28 10:22
Yes idiot
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0 #60 Anon58 2012-04-27 13:32
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58 get it right idiot nsjsa decided to move to make it more central because thats who they are northern suburbs


So you were on the Committee of NSJSA at the time and know this for a fact? They moved due to Glenorchy Knights Seniors wreaking the ground at Cadbury's and because of the cost that Glenorchy City Council were charging for a wreaked ground was astronomically high.
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0 #59 Anonymous 2012-04-27 11:06
58 get it right idiot nsjsa decided to move to make it more central because thats who they are northern suburbs
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-1 #58 Anonymous 2012-04-27 07:26
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Weily Park has traditional been a junior ground, that does not need to meet the requirements of FFT Competition Rules. I would assume that making it wider will mean the removal of the U/9 and U/10 ground which is a great shame. Derwent United should perhaps look for a new home ground and leave junior football alone.



Not sure who made the comment about weilys new ground but it wont upset the junior grounds they have a good junior program the new ground i hear is running the other way to the others so all will be good.


When the ground was originally set up for football in 2001, it was not designed to be used for games higher than Under 12 level.

One of the reasons that Weily Park was set up by the NSJSA administration was because the ground at Cadbury's was used for Glenorchy Knights Senior Training and that was ruining the grounds (no grass on them causing them to be often closed).

It appears to me that Derwent United have barged in and taken the ground from NSJSA who moved away from Cadbury's to get away from senior football.
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+1 #57 zlatko belanic 2012-04-26 10:00
Superb work as usual Walter,and the photos make all the grounds picturesque...I have played on some of the best grounds in Australia,and Tassy is right up there....Great memories on many...Valley Rd in Devonport and KGV were favourites..
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-1 #56 Paul 2012-04-26 09:39
Walter, I reckon Taroona's is one of the most picturesque grounds in the world, not just in Tassie.

An amazing enterprise by the way, this ground measuring.
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+4 #55 Anonymous 2012-04-26 03:45
Why would Hobart Utd or Beachside want the games replayed? Draws against Derwent seem like a good result to me. I'd imagine they'd be as happy as anyone for nothing to change.
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+3 #54 Hansel 2012-04-26 02:30
Derek is almost too good looking
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+2 #53 Anonymous 2012-04-26 01:50
Why is that whenever brett pullen is involved shit gets stirred and they sook! So what about weily park beachside couldnt win so they cry foul about whatever can get them across the line ,'beachside just let your feet do the talking".
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