Monday, September 20, 2021

Vale Kenneth 'Ken' Joseph Worden (1943 - 19 September 2021)

Photo:  Ken Worden as coach of the Malaysian national team. 

The death has occurred in Townsville, Queensland, of footballer and coach Ken Worden, 78.

Worden was one of the finest players to play in Tasmania, and he also coached here.

Born in Preston in England in 1943, Worden was signed as a youngster by Burnley and later Preston North End.

He came to Australia in 1971 to join Northern New South Wales club Weston Bears and moved to Tasmania in 1974 to play and coach Hobart Juventus.

He was also player-coach with Hobart Olympia in 1978, White Eagles in 1980, and Launceston Juventus in 1981.

He was passionate as a player and coach and demanded total commitment from his players.

His assets included speed, a wonderful left foot and a ferocious shot.

His trademark trick was to pretend to push the ball forward with the outside of his left foot.  He would, instead, sweep his left foot over the ball, only to then hook the ball back and beat the defender on the inside.  Everyone knew the trick was coming up, but no-one could stop him.

I, and hundreds of other spectators, sitting high in the main stand at South Hobart, thoroughly enjoyed seeing him do this time and time again as he mesmerised defenders.

Worden had a short fuse on occasion and served a few suspensions following dismissals.

One of my favourite anecdotes relates to his time as player-coach of Launceston Juventus.

At one training session, he so infuriated a player that the player punched him and knocked him down onto the muddy turf.  Training stopped and all the players held their breath and wondered what would happen next.  Worden simply jumped to his feet and said that was the sort of commitment, attitude and fighting spirit he wanted from his players and continued the training session.

In 1982, Worden left Tasmania and joined Kern United in Townsville.

He then turned to coaching full time and went to Western Australia as coach of Floreat Athena.

His strength as a coach was soon evident and he coached Melbourne Croatia to an NSL title in 1990 and to the runners-up spot the following year.

Worden then turned his attention to Asia and was a much sought-after coach in South-East Asia.

He coached Selangor in Malaysia and was the national coach of Malaysia in 1992-93 and the national coach of Singapore in 1994.

He returned to Malaysia and coached Selangor from 1994-1996 before returning to Australia to coach Melbourne Knights again from 1997-98.

Asia lured him back and he had spells as coach of Sabah, Selangor and Terengganu in Malaysia.

He was coach of Southern Myanmar in Burma from 2010 until 2013,and spent a short time in Malaysia (2015) again before retiring and returning to Australia two years ago.

His time in Tasmania was memorable and those who saw him or knew him as a player and coach will always remember his enthusiasm for football and his total commitment to the game.


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday results - 19 September 2021 [Two additional photos of interest.]

Photo:  Devonport Strikers with their Tier 1 trophy after beating Beachside with a stoppage-time winner direct from a corner. [PlessPix] 

Football Tasmania 2021 Tas Social Final League Winners Tier 2

University 5 (Ryan Peterson 2, Oliver Dodd, Remy Dodd, Mark Astley) beat Northern Rangers 1 (Thomas Duncan)

Photo:  Uni Bees with their Tier 2 trophy after beating Northern Rangers 5-1 today. [PlessPix]

Football Tasmania 2021 Tas Social Final League Winners Tier 1

Beachside 3 (Charlie Reinhardt, Dylan Barrett, Simon Burrett) lost to Devonport City Strikers 4 (Chris McKenna 2, Grant Ashdown, Adrian Paez)

Photo:  Northern Rangers, the losing Tier 2 finalists. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Beachside, the losing Tier 1 finalists. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Beachside fans at today's final at KGV Park. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Devonport's Jackson Ansell has a shot against Beachside. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Action from Uni Bees versus Northern Rangers. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Devonport's Chris McKenna aims a header at the Beachside goal. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Beachside's Harry Bird halts a Devonport attack. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Action from the Uni Bees versus Northern Rangers game. [PlessPix]
Photo:  University's Junghyun Jay Kim gets past Northern Rangers' Cesar Penugia. [PlessPix]
Photo:  Beachside keeper Michael McKenna, arguably the man-of-the-match, saves brilliantly from Devonport's Jackson Ansell. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Chris Schofield of the Barnstoneworth club was asked by Football Tasmania to present the medals and trophy at the Tier 1 final yesterday.  Here he is presenting referee Brenton Kopra with his medal. [PlessPix]
Photo:  Football Tasmania asked University's Jack Harrison (right) to present the Tier 2 medals and trophy and here he is doing just that after Uni Bees beat Northern Rangers in the final. [PlessPix]

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Saturday results - 18 September 2021

Photo:  New Town White Eagles' Sam Leszczynski (left) about to be brought down for a penalty by Lions' Jack Bearman. [PlessPix] 

Men’s Southern Championship

New Town Eagles 4-2 Kingborough Lions United

Taroona 3-1 Glenorchy Knights

University 1-2 Hobart United

South East United 1-1 Beachside

Olympia Warriors 1-2 Metro

Photo:  New Town White Eagles goalkeeper, Mitch Stalker, scores a penalty against his Kingborough Lions United opposite number, James Ross,  in their Men's Southern Championship game at KGV Park today. [PlessPix]
Photo:  The New Town White Eagles Men's Southern Championship 1 side which won the league title.  They beat Kingborough Lions United 6-3 today.  Coach Adam Shackcloth was given the championship medals by Football Tasmania during the week and asked to present the medals himself to the players.  This was a very poor gesture by Football Tasmania. [PlessPix]
Photo:  A tussle for the ball in the Championship 1 game today. [PlessPix]
Photo:  Eagles' Lucas Eugster blocks a Kingborough shot by Michael Stephens. [PlessPix]
Photo:  Eagles' Ben Whitehall crosses before Lions' Vincent Turner can block. [PlessPix]
Photo:  Sam Leszczynski scores against Lions today. [PlessPix]
Photo:  New Town White Eagles celebrate their Southern Championship title. [Photo by Keith Butler]
Photo:  Eagles parade their trophy. [Photo by Keith Butler]