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Gill Damian 14 June 2016 blog

Photo:  Damian Gill had a huge influence on the promotion of football in Tasmania [PlessPix]

Damian Gill is leaving Football Federation Tasmania after four years with the organisation and his departure will leave a huge void which must be filled as soon as possible.

Gill joined FFT in 2013 as media manager but, following the departure of George Kalis last season, he became Competitions and Communications Manager.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:53:43 +0000
Lions' new supremo impressed at his first media conference

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Photo:  Simon Edwards and Gabriel Markaj at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United’s new senior coach, Albanian/Italian Gabriel Markaj, may be young at just 21 years of age for such a position, but he sounds enthusiastic and knowledgeable and spoke impressively at his first media conference today in English, which is not his first language.

The Lions players have warmed to Markaj, as the attendance at the 6am training sessions testifies.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:28:39 +0000
Rodriguez to make comeback with Northern Rangers

Northern Rangers have signed 20-year-old attacking midfielder, Jesse Rodriguez, for the 2017 PS4 NPL Tasmania season.

Rodriguez played for Brisbane Knights in the Capital 1 League in 2015 but had last season off.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:37:54 +0000
Latest coaching appointments announced

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Photo:  New Kingborough coach, Gabriel Markaj [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United FC have appointed 21-year-old Gabriel Markaj as their senior PS4 NPL Tasmania coach for 2017.

He replaces Ian Shaw, who will start as Olympia Warriors’ senior coach on Monday, 28 November 2016, at training at Warrior Park.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 26 Nov 2016 03:03:20 +0000
Chris Gallo is Devonport City's new coach

Devonport City Strikers have appointed Chris Gallo as their new coach.

He replaces Peter Savill, who took them to the 2016 NPL Tasmania title and a fine run to the Round-of-16 in the FFA Cup and who is the new supremo at Hobart Zebras.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:01:35 +0000
Metro celebrate their 75th anniversary

Deans Bloomfield

Photo:  Deans Bloomfield won Metro's senior Coach's Award [PlessPix]

Metro celebrated their 75th anniversary on Saturday with a dinner attended by more than 100 guests at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds function room.

The club was founded in 1941 and currently plays in the Southern Championship competition and is the second oldest still surviving club in Tasmania.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:21:27 +0000
Devonport continue to think big as they try to build on 2016 success

Devonport City Strikers are determined to stay at the top of the PS4 NPL Tasmania tree in 2017 after a year of huge achievements in 2016.

Not only have they replaced their two star Canadian imports, but they are also seeking a coach to replace Peter Savill and are prepared to pay big money in Tasmanian terms for the right man.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:41:35 +0000
Northern Rangers take steps to ensure 2017 season is much better than 2016 was


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Photo:  Marshall Pooley (red top), shown in a game against Kingborough Lions United this year, is Rangers' new football manager [PlessPix]

After a dismal 2016 season at PS4 NPL Tasmania level, in which they finished last, Northern Rangers are keen to make amends for 2017.

The club has appointed former Launceston City coach Lino Sciulli as its new senior coach and has been working on designing a coaching structure that will enable the club to compete at the highest level and also develop up-and-coming coaches.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:18:55 +0000
Former Tasmania United Task Force members excited about latest A-League bid

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Photo:  Entrepreneur Brian Downes, a former Tasmania Unitedx Task Force member, is very optimistic about the latest 'White Knight' bid [PlessPix]

With the fate of the latest bid for a Tasmanian A-League team still in the balance, it may be opportune to reflect on what happened to the previous bid by the Tasmania United Task Force.{jcomments on}

Local entrepreneur and fanatical football follower Brian Downes was intimately involved with that Task Force.

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 05:40:13 +0000
Mike Cockerill, noted journalist, goes in to bat for Tasmania's A-League bid, and other news

A Mike Cockerill in the vast expanse of Aurora Stadium Launceston 1 February 2012

Photo:  MIke Cockerill at Aurora Stadium in Launceston prior to an A-League fixture in 2012 [PlessPix]

Mike Cockerill, Fox Sports A-League commentator and Sydney Morning Herald football writer, published an article on Saturday urging Football Federation Australia to grant Tasmania an A-League licence next season.

The consortium behind the bid is led by former Melbourne Victory shareholders Harry Stamoulis and Robert Belteky and is the most promising development to date.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 23:49:14 +0000
It's win-win for Olympia women players in Melbourne

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Photo:  Olympia's Elite Under-15s in Melbourne last weekend [Photo by Sarah Black]

Tasmanian Women’s Super League and Southern Championship winners Olympia Warriors spent the past weekend in Victoria with their supporting Elite U-15 girls’ squad.

They arrived in Melbourne on Friday and spent the day day at the City Football Academy (CFA), the home of Melbourne City, in Bundoora.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:49:09 +0000
Latest Tassie A-League bid could be the real McCoy, providing FFA agree

Mike Palmer 25 October 2016

Photo:  FFT CEO Mike Palmer at today's media conference.  He was, understandably, coy about the details of the proposal [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania responded today to the strong rumours of a pending bid to place an A-League franchise in Tasmania by conducting a media conference at KGV Park.

It has been reported through EON Sports Radio that former Melbourne Victory director and property mogul, Harry Stamoulis, is leading the bid to establish an A-League club in Tasmania.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:03:23 +0000
Vale Anthony 'Tony' Wallner (1.3.1946 - 20.10.2016)

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Photo:  Tony Wallner in 2008 [PlessPix]

The former Caledonians utility player Anthony ‘Tony’ Wallner has passed away in Hobart at the age of 70.

Wallner was a one-club man, spending his entire playing career with the Scottish-backed Hobart-based outfit.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:43:51 +0000
Young and Dunbabin win top awards at Taroona FC

1 Tom Young with Vic Tuting Medal 24 September 2016

Photo:  Taroona's Tom Young with his Vic Tuting Medal [PlessPix]

Thomas Young, the winner of the 2016 Vic Tuting Medal as the best player in the Southern Championship, won Taroona FC’s best-and-fairest award at the club’s trophy presentation evening last Saturday at The Woolstore.

Marion Dunbabin just beat Adelyn Ayton for the club’s women’s player best-and-fairest award.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:04:15 +0000