Sunday, March 27, 2011

Interview with former player Charlie White

Today on the blog we have a special interview with former player, coach and President of the Kingborough Lions United Soccer Club. Charlie was and still is highly regarded by his former clubmen and other local clubs. He played with great strength and leadership and is also a very humble and loyal man.

White after scoring 4 goals in a match
Name: Charles White 

DOB: 27 Feb 1980

Profession: Teacher

Nickname: Charlie

Place of Birth: Hobart

Have you always played for Kingborough Lions United Soccer Club?
I played for Albuera Street Primary, then for West Hobart Junior soccer club.  We then joined Caledonians who of course joined with KIngborough to form KLUSC.  I also played a season with Hobart Juventus at about Under 16 level and was actually coached by Zebras now Senior Coach Romeo Frediani.

How long were you president of the Kingborough Lions United Soccer Club?
I was President of KLUSC for a couple of years, however I was vice president for 2 or 3 years prior to that as well.

What is your favourite position to play?
I loved playing Centre Midfield when I was a bit younger, however I literally played every position on the field at Senior level, even goal keeper in a Reserves game.  It's funny though, your favourite position is not necessarily where you played your best or most memorable games, I can remember great games that I played as striker, right midfield and centre back, so being versatile was the key to me playing for so long at KLUSC.


Being a physical player yourself, who is the most physical player you have ever played on?
I loved playing on Colin Shepherd as he was a massive challenge when I first started playing because he was smarter than most players and also physical with it.  Snow Compagne (Devonport) was easily the hardest
player to play on, literally too big and too good in the air for me (and most other players for close to 30 years!) Recently the player that was the most challenging was Tom Roach (South Hobart) he is fast, tall, great athlete and great skills. 


Who is the most talented player you've ever played against?
I played against a lot of really good players, especially when I first started, I used to mark the centre mid of other teams, players like Shepherd, Stoddart (NTE), Nicholls (HO), Hadley when at the Knights.  Best Player overall though was undoubtedly Paul Trimboli who played for South Melbourne when I played against them in 1999.  He played for Australia so I think that says enough, I think I played on him for 75
minutes and won one header and did not touch the ball that much!


Who is the most talented player you have ever played with?
I was lucky enough to play with some great players.  Best ones were easily Ian Parker who was generous enough to teach me a lot when I first started and a great player who played until he was 40, Steve Chetcuti was my favourite though, great presence, strong and modest, I loved playing with Steve and enjoyed his friendship when he was down here.


How are you enjoying the change from your playing career to refereeing career?
I enjoy the lack of pain that I experience after reffereeing compared to playing!  I enjoy being involved with the game that I loved playing, especially at a high level.  For me it was not a hard transition, however I understand the difficulties that people have with referees, especially when neither party has any understanding of the role the other is trying to do.  Ignorance from a player or referee is the biggest issue to getting consistency.


What was the main motivation in the switch from playing to refereeing?
I have a young family who take up lots of my time and I did not want to be devoting so much time to playing that I had in the past, coaching would of course have taken up a similar time, so reffereeing was an obvious step.  I also was a bit of a critic of referees and believe that if you criticise people you should also be prepared to try and understand the job that they are doing.  After reffereeing for a year, my thoughts have not changed very much, so more players should take up the whistle!


Who did you idolise when you were first starting your footballing career?
I loved Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman both at Liverpool because of their ability to play together and create a bit of magic.  I also loved Georg Hagi who played for Romania,  he had a brilliant World Cup when they knocked out Argentina in about 92 or 96, a player who was all left foot, yet managed to always get onto it, small, skillful and a great beard for some of his career!

What is your highest goal scoring tally in one season?
9 goals, I scored 8 a couple of years otherwise about 4 or 5 a season.


What is the most memorable senior game you've ever played in, and why?
I remember playing against Launceston in the old State League and it was memorable because I scored my first senior goal after a long run and average finish.  I remember playing against Hobart United and scoring 4 goals in a half to eventually run out 9-0 winners and secure second spot for the season and I clearly remember beating the Knights 2-0 at KGV when they were undefeated all season and scoring the 2 to do that.


Having coached the Kingborough Under 19's team (in 2007?), have you considered coaching?
I coached an under 14, under 15, 2 years as Premier Youth coach and then in 2007 the under 19s.  I enjoyed the challenge but the time is the biggest restriction.  I do have my senior licence but no, not coaching at the moment, never say never though.

What's your favourite thing to do when you're away from the game?
Relax with my family, golf, a bit of gardening, mundane things really!


Is there anyone you'd like to thank that has been a significant part of your playing career?
I've had some great coaches, fantastic team mates and been part of a great club, too many people to thank individually, the person who supported me the most was my girlfriend and now wife (Christie) who allowed me the time and gave me the support to play, train, do my roles as president, coach etc etc, if she didn't do that then I couldn't have done much.

What has been your proudest moment in football? (Or biggest achievement inthe game?)
State Teams and playing South Melbourne was easily the biggest moments, amazing experience as SM were the Australian Champs, and then went off
to the World Club Championships to play Vasco Da Gama, Man United and here they were playing Tas  literally 5 or 6 weeks before that.

White scored one goal in Kingborough's most memorable win in recent times. 3-0 over South Hobart

Friday, February 11, 2011

Summer Cup Roster for Men's Teams

Summer Cup Roster for Men's Premier Teams

Saturday 12th February 2011

South Hobart SC v Clarence United                                  KGV Park @ 02:00 PM
FC Nelson Eastern Suburbs v Metro Football Club        North Chigwell @ 12:00 PM
Glenorchy Knights v New Town Eagles                            North Chigwell @ 02:00 PM
Tilford Zebras v Taroona FC                                               Olinda Grove 1 @ 12:00 PM
Beachside HSC v University                                               Olinda Grove 1 @ 02:00 PM
Olympia FC v Hobart United FC                                         Olinda Grove 2 @ 12:00 PM
Kingborough Lions v DOSA Soccer Club                         Olinda Grove 2 @ 02:00 PM

Saturday 19th February 2011

Glenorchy Knights v Metro Football Club                         North Chigwell @ 12:00 PM
Tilford Zebras v University                                                  Olinda Grove 1 @ 12:00 PM
Beachside HSC v Taroona FC                                          Olinda Grove 1 @ 02:00 PM
Kingborough Lions v Hobart United FC                            Olinda Grove 2 @ 12:00 PM
Olympia FC v DOSA Soccer Club                                     Olinda Grove 2 @ 04:00 PM 
South Hobart SC v Nelson Eastern Suburbs                   South Hobart @ 02:00 PM
Clarence United FC v New Town Eagles                         North Chigwell @ 02:00 PM

Saturday 26th February 2011

Tilford Zebras v Beachside HSC                                      Olinda Grove 1 @ 12:00 PM
University v Taroona FC                                                    Olinda Grove 1 @ 02:00 PM
Kingborough Lions v Olympia FC                                     Olinda Grove 1 @ 02:00 PM
Hobart United FC v DOSA Soccer Club                          Olinda Grove 2 @ 12:00 PM
South Hobart SC v Glenorchy Knights                             South Hobart @ 02:00 PM
Clarence United FC v Nelson Eastern Suburbs             North Chigwell @ 02:00 PM
New Town Eagles v Metro Football Club                        North Chigwell @ 02:00 PM

Wednesday 2nd March 2011 - Semi Finals at KGV 

Saturday 5th March 2011 - Grand Final at KGV

Summer Cup Roster for Men's Premier Reserves Teams

Saturday 12th February 2011

Glenorchy Knights v New Town Eagles                           North Chigwell @ 04:00 PM
BeachSide HSC v University                                             Olinda Grove 1 @ 04:00 PM
Tilford Zebras v Taroona FC                                              Olinda Grove 1 @ 10:00 AM
South Hobart SC v Clarence United FC                           KGV Park @ 12:00 PM 
Nelson Eastern Suburbs v Metro Football Club              North Chigwell @ 10:00 AM
Olympia FC v Hobart United FC                                        Olinda Grove 2 @ 10:00 AM
Kingborough Lions v DOSA Soccer Club                        Olinda Grove 2 @ 04:00 PM

Saturday 19th February 2011

BeachSide HSC v Taroona FC                                         Olinda Grove 1 @ 04:00 PM 
Kingborough Lions v Hobart United FC                           Olinda Grove 2 @ 10:00 AM  
South Hobart SC v Nelson Eastern Suburbs                  South Hobart @ 12:00 PM
Glenorchy Knights v Metro Football Club                        North Chigwell @ 10:00 AM 
Tilford Zebras v University                                                 Olinda Grove 1 @ 10:00 AM 
Olympia FC v DOSA Soccer Club                                    Olinda Grove 2 @ 02:00 PM 
Clarence United FC v New Town Eagles                        North Chigwell @ 04:00 PM

Saturday 26th February 2011

University v Taroona FC                                                       Olinda Grove 1 @ 04:00 PM
Kingborough Lions v Olympia FC                                       Olinda Grove 2 @ 10:00 AM
Clarence United FC v Nelson Eastern Suburbs               North Chigwell @ 04:00 PM
South Hobart SC v Glenorchy Knights                               South Hobart @ 12:00 PM  
Tilford Zebras v BeachSide HSC                                        Olinda Grove 1 @ 10:00 AM
Hobart United FC v DOSA Soccer Club                             Olinda Grove 2 @ 04:00 PM 
New Town Eagles v Metro Football Club                           North Chigwell @ 10:00 AM

Saturday 5th March 2011 - Final at KGV Park

Make sure you get along and support the Kingborough Men's teams. All the best to both teams. 


Summer Cup Squads for Round 1

Here are the squads for the first round of the Summer Cup. Squads were announced at training on Thursday night.

Men's Premier Squad
David Leamey 
Andrew Duncan 
Damian Pearce
Will Abbott
Marc Iseli
Michael Palmer
Trent Pearce
Marcello Marchioli
Ryan Bevan
Joel Scuth
Tom MacDonald
David Cooper
Marcus Bremner
Issac Lucas

The men's Premier squad will play DOSA at Olinda Grove tomorrow (Saturday 12th February) at 2.00pm.

Men's Premier Reserves Squad
Andrew Duncan
Adam Norris
Andrew Kerr
Chase McConnon
Will Davis
Benn Watkins
Colin Hughes
Andy Taylor
Ross Hinkley
Adam Hinkley
Warren Iles
Travers Wailes
Gavin Wailes
Wes Herweynen
Chris Iseli

Please note that the Reserves do not have any games this weekend as DOSA reserves forfeited.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Summer Cup 2011 Draw

The groups for the Summer Cup 2011 has been drawn at KGV last night. This year's competition will combine division 1 teams with premier league teams. There will be 4 groups for the Men's competition and the winner of each group advances to the semi-finals.

Games will be based on two 45 minute halves with a drawn game going to extra time and then penalties if required.

Kingborough have been drawn in group C alongside fellow permier league side, Olympia Warriors and division 1 teams, Hobart United and DOSA.

The other groups for premier and reserves are as follow;

Group A: Tilford Zebras, Beachside, University, Taroona

Group B: South Hobart, Clarence United, Nelson Eastern Suburbs
Group C: Olympia Warriors, Kingborough Lions, Hobart United, DOSA
Group D: Glenorchy Knights, New Town Eagles, Metro

The Summer Cup will start on Saturday the 12th of Feburary 2011.

When the schelude is out i will post it up so you can make sure you can get to all the games and support our teams involved.

The semi-finals are scheduled for KGV Park on Wednesday, 2 March, with the final at KGV Park on Saturday, 5 March.

The prize money for the winner of the men’s Premier League section is $1,000, plus a trophy and medallions. The runner-up receives $375.

The winner of the men’s reserve section collects $350, a trophy and medallions, while the runner-up earns $175.

In the women’s draw there are two groups. Kingborough have been drawn in a group with National Training Centre, Tilford Zebras, Clarence United and University.

The groups are as follows;

Group A: Glenorchy Knights, Taroona, Olympia, Nelson

Group B: National Training Centre, Tilford Zebras, Clarence United, University, Kingborough Lions

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Static vs. Dynamic Flexibility

Taylor Tollison explains the benefits of static and dynamic stretching and which should be used in your training programme.

The two main goals of a sports performance program are to prevent injury and increase performance. As athletes we will perform anything from plyometrics to sprinting to increase our performance. One question that has been debated for some time is whether the type of stretching we chose to perform at the start of our training session will have an affect on our performance and injury levels.


Static stretching

Many trainers advocate the use of static stretching prior to exercise. Static stretching has been used throughout the years for two main reasons: injury prevention and performance enhancement (1). Static stretching involves gradually easing into the stretch position and holding the position. The amount of time a static stretch is held may be anything from 6 seconds to 2 minutes. Often in static stretching you are advised to move further into the stretch position as the stretch sensation subsides.


Does static stretching prior to activity achieve the goals of injury prevention and performance enhancement?

Research has shown that static stretching can be detrimental to performance and does not necessarily lead to decreases in injury. The following are a few studies conducted on the topic of static stretching.
  1. Rod Pope an army physiotherapist in Australia carried out a wide study to assess the relationship between static stretching and injury prevention. Pope monitored over 1600 recruits over the course of a year in randomised controlled trials. He found no differences in the occurrence of injury between those recruits who statically stretched and those who did not. (2)
  2. Gleim & McHugh (1997) would also challenge the premise that stretching, or indeed increased flexibility, reduces the risk of injury. (3)
  3. New research has shown that static stretching decreases eccentric strength for up to an hour after the stretch. Static stretching has been shown to decrease muscle stretch by up to 9% for 60 minutes following the stretch and decrease eccentric strength by 7% followed by a specific hamstring stretch. (4)
  4. Rosenbaum and Hennig showed that static stretching reduced peak force by 5% and the rate of force production by 8%. This study was about Achilles tendon reflex activity. (5)
  5. Gerard van der poel stated that static stretching caused a specific decrease in the specific coordination of explosive movements. (4)
  6. Three 15-second stretches of the hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf muscles reduced the peak vertical velocity of a vertical jump in the majority of subjects (Knudson et al. 2000). (6,7)
  7. Moscov (1993) found that there is no relationship between static flexibility and dynamic flexibility. This suggests that an increased static range of motion may not be translated into functional, sport-specific flexibility, which is largely dynamic in most sporting situations (1)
  8. Static based stretching programs seem best suited following an activity. (8)

Which approach makes sense?

In soccer it is vitally important to have explosive muscles that allow a player to jump higher for the winning header or to explode past an opponent to get to the ball quicker. Almost every movement in soccer is preceded by an eccentric movement. For example, when you run you bend your legs first then explode forward, in jumping you must bend your legs, and finally cutting in soccer requires a lot of eccentric power. Would it not make sense to have optimal power, coordination and eccentric strength to succeed in soccer? If we should not static stretch then how can we stretch to optimize performance on the field? The answer is dynamic stretching.


Dynamic stretching

Many of the best strength coaches support the use of dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching consists of functional based exercises which use sport specific movements to prepare the body for movement. (8) "Dynamic stretching, according to Kurz, "involves moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both."


Do not confuse dynamic stretching with ballistic stretching

Dynamic stretching consists of controlled leg and arm swings that take you (gently!) to the limits of your range of motion. Ballistic stretches involve trying to force a part of the body beyond its range of motion. In dynamic stretches, there are no bounces or "jerky" movements. (9) Several professional coaches, authors and studies have supported or shown the effectiveness of dynamic stretching. Below are a few examples of support for dynamic stretching:
  1. Mike Boyle uses a dynamic warm-up with his athletes. He goes through about 26000 workouts over the course of a summer. In 2002 he did not have one major muscle pull that required medical attention. (10)
  2. Flexibility is speed specific. There are two kinds of stretch receptors, one measures magnitude and speed and the other measures magnitude only. Static flexibility improves static flexibility and dynamic flexibility improves dynamic flexibility which is why it doesn't make sense to static stretch prior to dynamic activity. There is considerable but not complete transfer of static stretching to dynamic stretching (11)
  3. One author compared a team that dynamically stretched to a team that static stretched. The team that dynamically stretched had fewer injuries. (8)
  4. There are few sports where achieving static flexibility is advantageous to success in the sport. Therefore according to the principle of specificity it would seem to be more advantageous to perform a dynamic warm-up which more resembles the activity of the sport.(12)
  5. Dynamic Flexibility increases core temperature, muscle temperature, elongates the muscles, stimulates the nervous system, and helps decrease the chance of injury. (13)
  6. Another author showed that dynamic stretching does increase flexibility. (11)
As coaches, trainers and parents we all want our athletes to lower their incidence of injury and increase our performance. Dynamic flexibility has been used successfully by trainers and coaches to increase flexibility and possibly lower the incidence of injury. It is the job of the coach or trainer to pick the method they feel is best suited for the sport and athletes. The above evidence supports the fact that static stretching prior to activity is not the best solution.

Static stretching does not necessarily lead to a decrease in injury and may decrease performance. If one purpose of the warm-up is to warm-up the body, would not static stretching actually cool the body down? If static stretching is not the solution to a pre-game warm-up what is?



Current research work detailed in Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise 33(3), pp354-358 and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol 15 (1): 98-101 suggests that the use of dynamic stretches - slow controlled movements through the full range of motion - are the most appropriate exercises for warming up. By contrast, static stretches are more appropriate for the cool down at the end of the session.



  1. Raphael Brandon, “Dynamic versus passive stretches”, Peak Performance Issue 150, page 10
  2. Rod Pope, 'Skip the warm-up,' New Scientist, 164(2214), p. 23
  3. Gleim & McHugh (1997), 'Flexibility and its effects on sports injury and performance,' Sports Medicine, 24(5), pp. 289-299.
  4. Mick Critchell, Warm ups for soccer a Dynamic approach,page 5.
  5. Rosenbaum, D. and E. M. Hennig. 1995. The influence of stretching and warm-up exercises on Achilles tendon reflex activity. Journal of Sport Sciences vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 481-90.
  6. Knudson, D., K. Bennet, R. Corn, D. Leick, and C. Smith. 2000. Acute Effects of Stretching Are Not Evident in the Kinematics of the Vertical Jump. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport vol. 71, no. 1 (Supplement), p. A-30.
  7. Tomas Kurz,
  8. Mann, Douglas, Jones Margaret 1999: Guidelines to the implementation of a dynamic stretching routine, Strength and Conditioning Journal:Vol 21 No 6 pp53-55
  10. Boyle, Mike, Functional Training for Sports, page 29
  11. Kurz, Tomas, Science of Sports Training, page 236
  12. Hendrick, Allen, Dynamic Flexibility training, Strength and conditioning Journal, Vol 22 no 5, Pages 33-38.
  13. Frederick Gregory 2001 Baseball Part 1 Dynamic Flexibility, Strength and conditioning Journal Vol 23 No 1 Pages 21-30.


About the Author

Taylor Tollison has a degree in exercise and sport science and is a soccer coach and coaches youth teams in Utah, USA. Taylor can be contacted via his website at

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Facebook Fan Page has been Launched

We've launched our new fan page to work in conjunction with this blog ( and the Kingborough Lions website (

This page will be used to read updates, view match reports, photos, discussions and events.

If you want to contribute to any of our social media platforms then let me know with a comment below.

Fartlek Training

Fartlek training is a Swedish term for 'speed play'. Fartlek is a form of conditioning which puts stress on the whole aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise. The difference between this type of training and continuous training is that the intensity or speed of the exercise varies, meaning that aerobic and anaerobic systems can be both put under stress.

The best thing about fartlek training is that you can adapt the speed and time you run at a certain speed to suit the sport your playing. Not many field sports, if any, involve continuous running with no walking. Therefore you can mimic a likely scenario for your sport. 

Generally in a game of soccer, no player would sprint for 100m. It's generally 50m or less. Also no player would run at over 75% speed for more than 1 minute. Understanding the simple nature of your sport will allow you to adapt your fartlek session to suit your sport. 

A great and very simple sample fartlek session for a soccer player would be the following;

100m jog
40m sprint
50m walk

Repeat 15-20 times.

Or you can do your session based on time;

1 minute jog
10 second sprint
30 seconds walk

Continue sequence until you have exercise for 30 minutes.

If you have any questions or ideas you can leave a comment below. Otherwise make up your own sequence or follow one of these and add them onto your fitness training.
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