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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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Photo:  Ken Morton at today's announcement [PlessPix]

Ken Morton was today appointed coach of the Tasmanian senior representative team that will play A-League giant Melbourne Victory later this year.

It is also possible that Tasmania will host a number of other visiting sides.

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Photo:  Ken Morton with a Tasmania shirt [PlessPix]

Morton is coach of Victory League club South Hobart and took the club to the past five Southern Premier League titles and three State titles.

Football Federation Tasmania had no technical director at present following the resignation of technical director Kurt Reynolds and this prompted the appointment of Morton as Tasmania’s coach.

Reynolds coached Tasmania against Melbourne Victory last season.

FFT CEO John Boulous said Morton was chosen due to his sustained coaching success within Tasmania.

“Ken has a stellar coaching record and knows the local game inside out and we are excited by the appointment,” said Boulous.

“He is a well-respected coach in the football community and is well positioned to select our very best to compete against Victory later in the year.”

Boulous said the appointment was made early in the season to give Morton time to observe Tasmania’s elite players in the Victory League and assemble a squad that will work together over a longer period of time.

“In previous years, we’ve put a team together in a matter of weeks and we think this new process should allow the team to gel and properly prepare for what has become a highly anticipated fixture on the Tasmanian football calendar,” said Boulous.

Morton has previously coached interstate, as well as in New Zealand, Vietnam, the Maldives and Ethiopia.

He coached Wollongong and Heidelberg in the old NSL before returning to Tasmania, where he has coached numerous clubs before South Hobart, including Rapid, Hobart Juventus, Olympia, Launceston Juventus, Devonport City and Taroona.

Morton said he was ecstatic with the appointment.

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Photo:  John Boulous (left), FFT's CEO, and Ken Morton at today's media conference announcing Morton's appointment as Tasmanian coach [PlessPix]

“It is truly an honour to be asked to coach Tasmania’s best,” he said.

“I thank Football Federation Tasmania for the opportunity and look forward to working with the talented players on show in the Victory League.”

The Tasmanian team will play against Melbourne Victory in a one-off game at season’s end.

FFT said details on the match will be communicated closer to the event.

In the meantime, Morton will select a 22-man squad to prepare for the game.  He will initially select two players for every position, but there will be opportunities for promising young players to participate in the training program.

South Hobart also issued a statement about the appointment, which read:

“South Hobart Football Club are thrilled that Ken has been given this role by FFT.

“Club Secretary Frances Seaborn said on behalf of the Committee:  ‘Our Club is reaping the rewards of having had Ken as our Head Coach for a number of years now.

‘Not only has our Victory League team excelled, but the development of our youth and junior players is very rewarding to watch.

‘Ken encourages all our players to improve their skills, try their best, play as a team but above all, be good people.

‘Good football has followed, but as parents as well as Committee Members, we couldn’t ask for a better environment for our children to grow up in

‘The appointment is fantastic for Ken and is great recognition of his continuous achievements and coaching credentials.

‘There’s no doubt that the boys will thrive under Ken’s guidance, just as all our players at South Hobart have thrived.

‘We wish the State Team the best of luck in their competitions and hope that, with Ken, they’ll raise the benchmark yet again for Tasmanian football.’

“Ken Morton is thrilled with the appointment.”

Morton is quoted in the club’s media release as saying:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been selected by FFT as Head Coach of our State Senior Men’s team.

“I look forward to the challenge of selecting and preparing a squad to play Melbourne Victory.

“My aim is to prepare a very competitive squad for this high profile game.

“I believe Tasmania has the players to produce an exciting side that is prepared to work harder and run longer in the effort to represent their State.

“We look forward to seeing our State’s best senior footballers matching up against Melbourne Victory in a one-off match when they visit Tasmania at the conclusion of our season.”

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+3 #108 julian proud 2013-06-02 11:19
Well done Ken. all the best. Pick a team early, train them to play together and give the visitors a surprise.

giid luck to you and our team.
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0 #107 Anonymous 2013-06-01 14:23
After watching Zebs vs Olympia Norval would be a shoe in and Phillips and Holmes need serious consideration as defensive options - holding Zebs attackers to 1 goal. Also Lachie Nicholls had a great battle with Cairns and Jin was excellent out wide.
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+1 #106 Anonymous 2013-06-01 05:05
Quoting Anonymous:
How a bit this - a little different

Ferguson
Scott Ludfird. Hingston. Williams

Hickey
Ladic. Cairns

Kanakaris Lezinski Mann

Norval
McKeown
Hill / mccarriger
Foley / stone
Brassingron


yeah right 6 SH players in start XI
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+2 #105 Anonymous 2013-05-31 22:34
#10E That's the rule thank you FFT. Common sense finally.
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+4 #104 Knighter 2013-05-31 20:27
Hingston is over rated, gets votes every week for god knows what reason. Pat L A is a far better asset to rangers and gets half the recognition. Hingston wins a header from a corner and gets man of match.
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-1 #103 Anonymous 2013-05-31 13:11
What no SPL or NPL players eligible, next we will see the Socceroos not allowed to pick overseas players, only A League
State team should be open to any player
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+1 #102 Anonymous 2013-05-31 13:10
How a bit this - a little different

Ferguson
Scott Ludfird. Hingston. Williams

Hickey
Ladic. Cairns

Kanakaris Lezinski Mann

Norval
McKeown
Hill / mccarriger
Foley / stone
Brassingron
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+4 #101 Anonymous 2013-05-31 08:05
Quoting Anonymous:
As it reads it's a State team selected from the best players in the "State" not a team selected from the best players in the Victory league . Some players just play for fun and can't be bothered going up north or to the coast just for sport .


If they're playing just for fun they have no place in the State team.
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+4 #100 Anonymous 2013-05-31 07:42
James surely you could see Deans influence in last years team, Tassie have a real chance of being competitive this year, no kids who were clearly not up to the challenge although very grateful for the opportunity they were given I am sure. Ken will do well he can't get away with things other coaches could.
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-3 #99 WTF 2013-05-31 07:23
Quoting Roger Hunt:
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Michael Edwards if you have played under him is a quality coach, has way more accreditation than ken Morton.



Michael Edwards is an assistant coach of the Matildas. You are talking about the national team at professional level here the zenith of football, not an amateur team in the smallest state. Obviously Ken has a great track record with amateur football.

For those who provide negative thumbs down to this comment, I'd almost guarantee they haven't seen an Edwards training session recently. He is a leading coach educator and exemplary training ground coach.
ME has trained nearly all V League coaches. The players in the female NTC program are superb technicians with good game sense.

I think Dean May is assistant keeping coach for the Socceroos - the zenith for Australian coaches. To compare him to an amateur coach is like comparing chalk and cheese. Mark Broadbent has also learnt a

Maybe they all wanted a ridiculous amount of cash to do the job.
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