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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Collins and Jablonski

Photo:  FFT President Sean Collins (left) and Clarence United coach Alan Jablonski at today's media conference to announce the composition of the Victory League for the period 2016-18 [PlessPix]

Clarence United are in and Glenorchy Knights are out of the Victory League for the period 2016-2018.

Launceston City retained their spot and join South Hobart, Olympia Warriors, Hobart Zebras, Kingborough Lions United, Northern Rangers and Devonport City, who did not have to reapply for membership of the State-wide competition.

Jablonski Alan 4 August 2015 blog

Photo:  A delighted Clarence United coach, Alan Jablonski, facing the media today [PlessPix]

Continued sponsorship of the Victory League by Melbourne Victory is unlikely to continue in its current form as the league will be renamed the Tasmanian National Premier League to fall in line with all other States.

Tasmania’s premier competition had been allowed to retain the name Victory League until now because of the exceptional circumstances, namely the naming rights being held by an A-League club.

All A-League clubs now have youth academies and teams in their respective State’s NPL competition, so Melbourne Victory’s interest in Tasmania will move from sponsoring the top-tier State-wide competition in terms of naming rights to the areas of youth identification and development.

What this means in monetary terms has yet to be determined and Football Federation Tasmania CEO Mike Palmer said negotiations were currently in progress with Melbourne Victory about this.

Sean Collins 4 August 2015 blog

Photo:  FFT President Sean Collins at today's media conference [PlessPix]

The composition of the Tasmanian top-tier State-wide competition for the next three years was announced by FFT president Sean Collins at a media conference held at KGV Park at 1pm today.

Collins, speaking on behalf of the FFT Board, announced the promotion of Clarence United into the PlayStation4 Victory League for the 2016-18-licence period, and then retention of Launceston City.

Glenorchy Knights, New Town Eagles and Riverside Olympic were unsuccessful in their application for the next phase of the Victory League (2016-18).

Collins said the process had included a thorough and encompassing review of the five applicant clubs for the two vacant positions in the league, for the next three seasons.

“Due diligence was taken with all five applicants,” Collins said. “We reviewed their submissions thoroughly and met with each club for them to present their case.

“Following this process, it was clear that Clarence United and Launceston City should be the two successful applicants.

“Clarence United demonstrated a whole of club approach, which impressed the Board, as well as being in a position to field a competitive team over the course of the licence.

“It is clear Launceston City have been on an upward trajectory and the performance of their club on and off the pitch reinforced their position as a member of the Victory League.

"No doubt Glenorchy Knights and their supporters will be disappointed that they have missed out on this occasion, having been a previous licence holder.

“However, FFT will continue to be available to offer advice and assistance to them, and any other clubs aspiring to opportunities, which may arise in the future.

"Clearly, the Victory League is not a closed shop and Clarence are the beneficiaries of it this time around.”

The licence period spans three seasons and the competing clubs will be reviewed each season. The FFT Board and the participating clubs have also committed to identifying a method of promotion/relegation for the following licence period (2019).

Mr Collins believes the transparent application process has been beneficial for clubs both in and outside the Victory League.

“Those in the competition cannot get complacent with their performance on and off the pitch and those outside will continue to have an opportunity in some form to gain entry to the league,” Collins said.

Palmer Mike 4 August 2015 blog

Photo:  FFT CEO Mike Palmer at today's media conference [PlessPix]

The changes to the participating clubs in the Victory League will take affect for the 2016 season and will span the licence period from 2016-2018.

The 2015 PlayStation4 Victory League season has three rounds to run and the title is still up for grabs with South Hobart and Olympia FC Warriors battling it out for Tasmania’s most prized piece of silverware.

Following the season, the Victory Cup will take place with the top six from the Victory League, as well as the Northern and Southern Championship Premiers, competing in a knockout competition.

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-7 #92 Anonymous 2015-08-05 22:40
Clarence write some rubbish there back Jabba, Is the wrong choice deal with it!!!
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+9 #91 LOL 2015-08-05 15:03
Quoting Tasmaniac:
I think this derby thing is a figment of the imagination of CUFC. They are trying really hard to make themselves relevant. Olympia care very little about them and CUFC will not be even competitive against them. It will be just another game for the Warriors business as usual.


Weren't Clarence undefeated in them from the 12 or so games they played whilst in the same league? I understand why you'd want to pretend that didn't exist in that case. LOL
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-1 #90 Anonymous 2015-08-05 12:49
Don't you worry about Olympia they have plenty of cash to refuel their stocks.

Quoting Whole new look:
Quoting Tasmaniac:
I think this derby thing is a figment of the imagination of CUFC. They are trying really hard to make themselves relevant. Olympia care very little about them and CUFC will not be even competitive against them. It will be just another game for the Warriors business as usual.

#66 "2016 Derby"Can't wait for the Eastern Shore Derby. Guarentee it will be the biggest game of the round each time it is played."


Will be interesting to see Olympias team next year as these are the rumors I've heard regarding their current squad.
Holmes - knee
Vandermay - return to Vic
Griffiths -travel
Wooley - Vic Uni
Nichols - moving again
Eyles - Hellas
4 imports potentially gone as well
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+5 #89 mousey 2015-08-05 12:20
Quoting Anonymous:
From KGV to the mud hole at wentworth park, terrific.....


mud hole???? seriously???? how long since you've been to Wentworth?
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+7 #88 Worried warrior 2015-08-05 12:01
Quoting Whole new look:
Quoting Tasmaniac:
I think this derby thing is a figment of the imagination of CUFC. They are trying really hard to make themselves relevant. Olympia care very little about them and CUFC will not be even competitive against them. It will be just another game for the Warriors business as usual.

#66 "2016 Derby"Can't wait for the Eastern Shore Derby. Guarentee it will be the biggest game of the round each time it is played."


Will be interesting to see Olympias team next year as these are the rumors I've heard regarding their current squad.
Holmes - knee
Vandermay - return to Vic
Griffiths -travel
Wooley - Vic Uni
Nichols - moving again
Eyles - Hellas
4 imports potentially gone as well


Tsakiris to melbourne
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+1 #87 Hmm 2015-08-05 12:00
Quoting 2009:
#73
How sad a person are you?
AB is a Clarence legend, life member & longest serving Senior coach.
Ask Jabba what AB has done for him over the last 10-15 years, then look in the mirror & have a reality check. AB would be thrilled for ALL at CUFC I'm sure ... even you.


I was #73, but I think you may have misunderstood. I too am a big fan of AB, which is why I was wondering why he was included with that other list, as I thought he was still a very welcomed spectator at least (unlike some of those other names)!
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+5 #86 Whole new look 2015-08-05 11:53
Quoting Tasmaniac:
I think this derby thing is a figment of the imagination of CUFC. They are trying really hard to make themselves relevant. Olympia care very little about them and CUFC will not be even competitive against them. It will be just another game for the Warriors business as usual.

#66 "2016 Derby"Can't wait for the Eastern Shore Derby. Guarentee it will be the biggest game of the round each time it is played."


Will be interesting to see Olympias team next year as these are the rumors I've heard regarding their current squad.
Holmes - knee
Vandermay - return to Vic
Griffiths -travel
Wooley - Vic Uni
Nichols - moving again
Eyles - Hellas
4 imports potentially gone as well
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+14 #85 Self interest 2015-08-05 11:52
The GK committee made a fatal decision on the coaching job and they are responsible for the clubs demise by treating the competition with contempt. The Victory League is not the place to develop young children - particularly not their own. Committee and coach grossly underestimated the situation.
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+9 #84 14 and 2. 2015-08-05 10:53
Quoting Tasmaniac:
I think this derby thing is a figment of the imagination of CUFC. They are trying really hard to make themselves relevant. Olympia care very little about them and CUFC will not be even competitive against them. It will be just another game for the Warriors business as usual.


275 people were at the last one, between a V-League club and an "irrelevant" SPL Club. Cut the nonsense, because we know better.

Let's lay it out with all due respect: Olympia have been one of the benchmarks of the 2015 V-League.

CUFC has a lot of work ahead of it to match your effort this year. We will go into the derby massive underdogs.

Olympians were the loudest of those who said our club was finished in 2012. You wrote us off then, and your words then, as now, ring hollow.

You disregard us at your peril, as you've always done, and your arrogance remains your greatest weakness.

See you next year :)
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+8 #83 Interested 2015-08-05 10:02
It will be interesting to see if Rex, Lewis, Toghill, Walsh and Stevens return to the Reds or will they stay at their current clubs. And what about Cairns?
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