Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Vale Basil Masters (1934 - 2021)

Photo:  Basil Masters was one of Tasmania's leading referees. 

The death has occurred in Hobart of former leading referee, Basil Masters, who was 87 and had suffered ill health in recent years.

Masters was born in Worcesteshire in the United Kingdom and played representative football for Gloucester City schoolboys when he was 14 and 15 years old.

He joined the British Army and played for an army team that won the Welsh minor Challenge Cup in 1952.

Masters later played with Yeovil Town in the Southern and Western Leagues, as well as for Trowbridge Town.

He qualified as a referee in 1959 and attained Class 1 status in 1966.

He served in the British Army in South-East Asia, where he officiated in the Singapore versus Malaysia international at the Pesta Sukan Festival of Sport International.

After leaving the British Army, Masters came to Tasmania in October 1974 and became a prominent referee in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a leading referee educator.

Photo:  Basil Masters (centre, in black referee's uniform) as linesman before the game at KGV Park in the early 1980s between Tasmania and the Australian Institute of Sport. [PlessPix]  

He was renowned for his knowledge of the laws of the game and was a stickler for following them.

He was a disciplinarian and brooked no misbehaviour by players on the pitch.

Masters was a linesman for Tasmania’s game against English First Division side Sunderland in 1976.

Former referee, Jean-Pierre Raymond, remembers Basil fondly.

“He was one of a kind,” Raymond said.

“What you saw was what you got with him.

“He encouraged many to take up the whistle, including myself, Kim Barker, and many others.

“His knowledge of the laws of the game was unbelievable.

“He could recite you word for word any item in the law book.

“He was a straight shooter and loved the game with great passion.

“I still remember and talk about the one infamous incident at KGV when he was attacked by a player.  He was knocked out cold but refused to leave the field.  He dismissed the player and finished the game.

“He was very respected by all who knew him.”

In the absence of a marked pitch, Masters was known to use a toilet roll to represent the side-line as he taught young referees about how to judge when a ball was in or out of play.

My condolences go to Basil’s family and friends at the passing of one of the characters who graced the game of football in Tasmania.

Photo:  Basil Masters (partly obscured at centre) before the Tasmania v Australian Institute of Sport game at KGV Park in the 1980s. [PlessPix]

Photo:  The Referees team in 1990 that used to play a match against University for the Doug Slater Memorial Trophy.  Doug Slater was a leading referee in the 1960s and 1970s.  Basil Masters played in the game and showed some silky skills.  He would come off before the end to get ready for another game which he was refereeing.  The line-up in this photo is: Back Row (L-R):  Keith Todd, Guy Phillips, Tommy Hutchinson, Ken Barker, Basil Masters, Colin George, Him Anderton and Gordon Jablonski.  Front Row (L-R):  Emidio Giusti, Karl Jakubec, Richard (?), Peter Angel, John Howlin and Jean-Pierre Raymond. [Photo courtesy of Guy Phillips]

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Youth game today between South Hobart and Kingborough Lions United

Photo:  Dangerous play? [PlessPix] 

South Hobart hosted Kingborough Lions United at Bell Street today for some youth games.

I watched the game between the two clubs' under14/15 sides.

Kingborough won 2-1, but South Hobart were unlucky when they hit the crossbar in the second half.

South's goal came from a penalty.

Photo:  Kingborough dominated the first half and South Hobart the second. [PlessPix] 

The game was refereed in the second half by Metro's young Queensland goalkeeper, Indigo Sharp, who has been out on loan to Metro from South Hobart.

With South Hobart's senior keeper Nick O'Connell now with the Brisbane Roar Academy, Sharp has been recalled by South Hobart for the 2022 NPL Tasmania season.

Meanwhile, Football Tasmania's planning for the 2022 season has suffered a hiccup with the resignation of recently appointed competitions manager, Chris Garret.

Garrett joined Football Tasmania in July this year.

Photo:  The grounds were in excellent condition today making ball control and passing relatively easy. [PlessPix] 

Football Tasmania will need a replacement soon to organise the 2022 rosters and competitions.

I do hope there will be 28 rounds in the NPL Tasmania competition as that ensures that sides will meet each other four times, twice at home and twice away.

That seems much fairer than the current set-up of three rounds, namely 21 games, where some sides meet opponents two at home and once away, which is hardly equitable.

Photo:  Action from today's Under 14/15 game. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Indigo Sharp (right) refereeing the game. [PlessPix]

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A litle dip into history, and some recent newsclips

Photo:  A couple of badges of Eastern Suburbs SC and Clarence City from the 1970s and 80s. [Courtesy of Steve Omant] 

The history of Tasmanian football has always interested me.

I recall filming a game at the Domain Number 3 ground in about 1972 between Eastern Suburbs and Harimau, the reserve side of Malaysian Tigers.

The footage is not great as it was filmed with a Bauer wind-up movie camera using Standard 8mm colour film.

I only filmed a few minutes of the game as a spool of Standard 8 film had a running length of about 5 minutes.

That footage is now available on Youtube if you’re prepared to look for it.

To my surprise, I was recently contacted by Stephen Omant, who, after attending Rose Bay High School, began his senior career with Eastern Suburbs Soccer Club, which was founded in 1971 and was in existence until 1980.

The club then became Clarence City in 1981 until 1984.

Photo:  Clarence reserves of 1982 at Wentworth Park.  Back Row (L-R): Stephen Omant, Nigel Grainger, Colin ?, Mike Szabo, Martin Sloane, Peter ?, Karl Schwesinger.  Front Row (L-R): Terry Potter, ?, Derek Wills (Goalkeeper), Peter Krause, Karl Schwesinger's son. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]  

A breakaway club from Eastern Suburbs in 1978 was Phoenix, who also lasted until 1984 but are still a lower-league social club now.

Barnstoneworth broke away from these clubs in 1996.  Chris Hindmarch, a founding member, passed away a week ago aged in his early 70s.

They originated from one of the reserve teams and still exist today, while in 1997, a new club Clarence United was formed.

Clarence United latest iteration is as Clarence Zebras, formed in 2019 when Clarence United and Hobart Zebras merged to form a new NPL Tasmania club.

Photo:  Eastern Suburbs senior side in 1974 at South Hobart.  Back Row (L-R):  Peter Pearce, Mike Barter, Ian Morrisby, Peter Lakin, Klaus Eleveld, Patrick 'Paddy' Gibson, Stephen Omant.  Front Row (L-R): Steven Grainger (Goalkeeper), Bob Risk, ?, Syd Cairns, Michael Walker, Michael Page, Jim Atkinson. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]  

Stephen Omant has provided me some historical photos of Eastern Suburbs.

There are some names missing in the line-ups and readers may be able to provide these missing names.

Photo:  Eastern Suburbs SC Division 2 Knock-out Cup side at KGV Park. Back Row (L-R): Michael Walker, Peter Nunn, Mathew Eastman, John Geappen, Mike Barter, Michael Murtagh.  Front Row:  Stephen Omant, John Glancy, Andrew Eastman, Malcolm Allen, Grant Hall. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]  

Photo:  The Eastern Suburbs SC shirt from the early 1970s. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]
Photo:  The Eastern Suburbs badge showing the club was founded in 1972. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]


The merger between the non-existent Hobart City (disbanded in 1991) and Beachside has been approved at the Beachside AGM.

I had posted a detailed article about this merger late last month, but apparently some people were not happy and I was asked to take it down, which I did.

I have since heard that the merger has gone ahead and the new club even has a badge and a playing strip for the 2022 season.

How this merger will work, I have no idea.

I am presuming that some former Hobart City people will provide money and Beachside will provide the players.

I asked for quotes form some of the leading lights in the merger proposal, but nothing has been forthcoming.

So, good luck fellas.  I hope it all works out.  I never was asked to re-publish the story, but it’s now old news anyway.


Clarence Zebras have signed South Hobart fullback, Marcus Eugster.

He was unable to command a regular NPL berth at South Hobart and decided to move across the River Derwent, as did South Hobart striker, Sam Tooze.

Clarence Zebras commence training on Thursday, 2 Decemeber, under senior coach Franco Previdi.


South Hobart’s senior NPL goalkeeper Nick O’Connell has moved to Queensland to join A-League club Brisbane Roar’s Academy.

I wouldn’t be surprised if his replacement is young Queenslander Indigo Sharp.

Sharp came down for trials with South Hobart a year ago before being sent on loan to Metro for the 2021 season.

He got plenty of experience there in the Southern Championship and may well be recalled by South Hobart, where Nathan Reid is reported to be content to play in the Southern Championship because of his study and work commitments.


Former South Hobart assistant coach, Peter Savill, has been announced as senior coach at Northern Championship side Northern Rangers.

Savill, one of the most experienced players and coaches to have ever graced the game in Tasmania, will be in his second stint with Northern Rangers.

Savill played for England Schoolboys and was an apprentice at Leeds United during Brian Clough’s short tenure there in 1974.

Savill came to Tasmania in the late 70s as an import for Launceston Juventus.