Thursday, December 2, 2010

Beachside well into pre-season training, and former FIFA referee joins FFT Board of Directors

Photos (Top to Bottom): Bernhard Klasen was in fine form at Beachside training tonight; Brett Pullen, Beachside's senior coach, makes a point at training while assistant Farrell Shaw watches; Goalkeeper Michael Soszynski clears during a practice match at this evening's training session; Brett Pullen, Beachside's new senior coach; Tom Gordon (green top), the Nelson Eastern Suburbs striker, trained with Beachside tonight; Michael Soszynski and Brett Pullen at training; FFT CEO John Boulous welcomes Jack Johnston to the board of the organisation [PlessPix]

Beachside had two dozen players at training at Sandown Park this evening.

Coach Brett Pullen and his assistant Farrell Shaw conducted the session.

Neither Colin Shepherd nor Nathan Robinson was present.

Tom Gordon from Nelson Eastern Suburbs was there, as was goalkeeper Michael Soszynski and defender Jason Harvey.

Striker Bernhard Klasen was prominent in the practice match that featured at the session.


South Hobart had over 30 players at their session tonight, conducted by senior coach Ken Morton, who was assisted by Gary Upton, Jed Donohue and Marcus Parschau.

South have a useful new French player, and an Englishman who has played at a high level.

New Town Eagles had only a dozen at their Monday session this week, but some reports say they had double that number at the Wednesday session.


Former FIFA referee Jack Johnston recently joined the board of Football Federation Tasmania.

Johnston, a former Tasmanian Police Commissioner, is the only Tasmanian to have reached FIFA status as a referee.

He officiated at the 1983 World Youth Championship in Mexico, which was won by Brazil, who beat Argentina 1-0 in the final at the Azteca Stadium.

That series still holds the record for the highest average attendances for this competition (36,099).

Johnston was a player with Caledonians and, after moving to Launceston in his work as a police officer, turned to refereeing.

He refereed many top games in Tasmania and interstate, including Socceroos matches.

His experience should prove invaluable and his refereeing career may well serve as an inspiration to the current crop of young referees.


Anonymous said...

I hear Zebras are doing pre season on Gold Coast playing against 3 State league teams. Any truth to this Walter?

Anonymous said...

Tom Gordon has seen the light?

Anonymous said...

Good to see Jack getting involved. Was a very respected ref in Launceston, and a pleasure to be refed by him.

Anonymous said...

I heard zebras were doing pre season on gold coast also?

Anonymous said...

I heard Zebra's are doing pre-season at KGV and Queens walk in New Town.. Amd i know for a fact that they aren't going to the gold coast.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that on the Zebra's website it clearly says they started preseason training on the 15th of Nov at John Turnbull Oval. So your fact's must be pretty reliable.

Anonymous said...

pre season trip to gold coast obviously idiots..... not their entire pre season lol

Anonymous said...

wouldnt zebras put the money into getting their own ground instead of sending the boys on a weekend bender in queensland?

Anonymous said...

Zebras would never waste money they are a truely professional outfit run by a great team of people.. A trip away is to thank the guys for the hard work and effort put in to the club.. Welcome back bubble welcome Liam Scott, welcome young Mack enjoy the reserves for another year Hall Fish, Engles, Youngie

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Anonymous said...

Where is Josh Fielding playing next year?

Anonymous said...

anon 9.20 i can't wait to say told you so. why would they want a ground when kgv is the best ground to play on in the league?

Anonymous said...

Anon 11.01...Professional ? Get your head out of the sand.

Anonymous said...

Sam McIntyre to Zebras, Josh Fielding to Olympia. You know it makles sense.

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumour josh fielding may have to have the year off to play his role of kramar in the new series of seinfeld that will be shot soon