Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Scott takes first steps towards the big time

Photos (Top to Bottom): Daniel White...back in Tasmania and probably looking for a club; Liam Scott...hoping to leave Tasmania and move on to a higher level

South Hobart’s 17-year-old defender, Liam Scott, had an exciting week last week.

The youngster had a trial with A-League club Adelaide United and also spent time at a training camp for the Young Socceroos, Australia’s national under-20 side, in Canberra.

The camp was for under-19 players and was held with a view to selecting the under-20 side for the Youth World Cup in two years’ time.

Scott is rapidly shaping up as Tasmania’s next international football representative.

“It was really good playing with the best players in Australia,” said Scott.

‘All of them were on A-League contracts, apart from me.

“I played as a left-back for the full 90 minutes against the Australian Institute of Sport, so it was good.”

Scott participated in two training sessions which were based on technique, movement and how to play at a higher level.

“It was certainly a step up from here,” Scott said. “Just the pace of the game itself is a lot different.

“Kenny Morton has taught me well, so it all went well, which is good.

“I’ll be told if I’m in the squad or not.

“I’ll probably go to another couple of camps as well, which are all part of the process leading to the World Cup in two years’ time.”

Scott said he had also trialled with Adelaide United and hoped to move from Tasmania soon.

He has already won two Premier League titles here with South Hobart, so there is little left for him to achieve here.

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The State Cinema in North Hobart is hoping to screen “Looking for Eric” soon, a movie starring the former Manchester United player, Eric Cantona.

A big night with an impressive guest list is planned for the Tasmanian premiere of the movie, which is not just about football, but life and the search for meaning.

It should appeal to more than just football fans.

The latest edition of “Four Four Two” (the English edition) contains a rather long feature about the movie.

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Daniel White is back in Tasmania after his sojourn with Whittlesea Zebras in the Victorian top-flight competition.

He was at KGV Park on Saturday to watch the double-header.

The former - if only briefly - South Hobart player went to Melbourne to join Green Gully Cavaliers but, after failing to gain a senior berth there, moved on to Whittlesea.

Whittlesea have been relegated and White had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club on a free transfer if they were relegated.


Anonymous said...

always thought tasmanian soccer was an oxymoron until i played there.. good to see the conveyer belt of talent is still moving nicely

jerrie kruijver said...

a bit disappointing to hardly see any reaction on liam scots archievement.congratulations liam and i hope you get the chance to make the most of it.also wel done ken morton.

Fed up said...

A column about Liam Scott has apparently been held over by "The Mercury" for two days now. I saw the paper's photographer taking a picture of Liam at the game on Saturday up in stand and I saw Walter interview him. I'm assuming the story was supposed to be Wednesday's column...nothing appeared. I thought they may have held it over until Thursday (today) and...nothing appeared.

I eventually phoned the sports editor and asked him what happened to the two soccer columns readers generally expect each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and he said the story had been held over twice through lack of space.

That's how they treat our sport, gentlemen, and we all accept it. I don't know how Walter feels as he writes the stuff! But, as for me, I've had it! They treat soccer followers with contempt.

Chuq said...

I agree with "Fed Up" - on the rare occasion that soccer gets a WHOLE PAGE - wow! - generally you find 80% of it the EPL, 10% Walter's column and 10% A-League. Not good enough Mercury!