Sunday, March 29, 2020

1990 was the year of White Eagles

Photo:  White Eagles (circa late 1980s and early 1990s).  Back Row (L-R):  Eugene Mycak (coach), Mark Leszczynski, Michael Driessen, Peter Groenewoud, Scott Young, Craig Pitt, Eugene Banasik, Sean Collins, Neil Morrison, Bobby Rybak (trainer).  Front Row (L-R):  Julian Tattersall, David Stoddart, Franco Previdi, Bob Nicholson, Andrew Leszczynski. [PlessPix] 

The 1990 season was the year of White Eagles.

They won the Summer Cup in the south and also the State League title, despite their final roster match against Launceston Juventus away in Launceston being abandoned in the 69th minute when Eagles trailed 1-0.

Referee Brett MacKay called the game off after he alleged that he was pushed in the chest by a Launceston Juventus official after he had approached the bench to speak to the coach and substitutes.

The abandonment of the game did not prevent White Eagles from winning the title as second-placed Hobart Juventus were unable to make up the leeway after going down 2-1 to Ulverstone.

Incidentally, the State League was a 9-team competition following the withdrawal of Launceston United.

The White Eagles squad was:  Peter Groenewoud (GK), Eugene Banasik, Paul Morrison, Mark Leszczynski, Bob Nicholson, Scott Young, Andrew Leszczynski, David Stoddart, Richard Leszczynski, Craig Pitt, Scott Hadley, Simon Templeman, Michael Driessen.

The Cadbury Jubilee Trophy Final was won 1-0 by Hobart Juventus against Olympia, the goal coming from Romeo Frediani.

In the semi-finals of that competition, Caledonians had lost to Juventus but Calies had given a debut to 15-year-old Martin Collins, who later went on to play in the Victorian State League.

Caledonians at the time were coached by former star winger Ian Parker.

The Caledonians side included Brett Pullen, who had NSL experience with West Adelaide and who was selected for the Australian Under-20s squad for the Youth World Cup which was to be held in Papua New Guinea.

Glenorchy Croatia midfielder Chris Barrell won the 1990 Vic Tuting Silver Medal as the State League’s best-and-fairest player.

The medal was named after Vic Tuting, the Tasmanian vice-president of the Australian Soccer Federation.

Photo:  Lyndon Adams presents Taroona's Brian McKay with the league trophy as Vic Tuting (extreme right with spectacles) looks on [PlessPix]

The 84-year-old Tuting was awarded a medal by FIFA for his long service to the game in Australia and in 1990 he flew to Fiji to receive his award at the meeting of the Oceania Football Confederation.  It was presented to him by FIFA coach Karl-Heinz Marotzke.

I had met Marotzke 9 years earlier at the 1981 International Coaches’ Convention in Sydney, held in conjunction with the 1981 World Youth Cup that was being played in Australia.  I was one of three Tasmanian delegates at the convention.  Incidentally, West Germany won the World Youth Cup (Under-20s) final 4-0 against Qatar at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Marotzke was an outstanding coach who had been in charge of Schalke 04, one of West Germany’s oldest and most respected clubs.  He had also coached the national teams of Ghana, Nigeria and Botswana.

I recall doing a 2-hour taped interview with Vic Tuting in about 1990, too.  He was a great mentor of Steve Darby, the Tasmanian Director of Coaching and had had a lifetime’s involvement with football in Tasmania and Australia.

The Northern League in 1990 was won by Riverside Olympic and Launceston United, who had pulled out of the State League, came second.

Riverside also won the Northern Knock-out Cup competition, beating Western Suburbs 5-0 in the final.

Taroona won the Southern League title with 62 points, a massive 14 points ahead of second-placed University.

In women’s football, leading club Rapid was stricken by infighting and the club was renamed Hobart Raiders.  They still won the Southern and State League Women’s titles in 1990.

In the following four years, there would be a huge struggle for dominance between White Eagles and Devonport City, while the Tasmanian State team would play some memorable matches against Victoria, New South Wales and Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight.


Anonymous said...

Walter was their also a game against Sarwak in the late 90?

Walter said...

Sarawak played four games in Tasmania in 1997, Cheers! Walter

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