Pegasus back in central division

THE Gippsland Soccer League central division will have 11 teams next season after welcoming back Morwell Pegasus.

The club will enter teams in the seniors, under 21, reserves, small sided under seven and nine, under 12 boys and under 14 girls competitions with a proposal for an under 14 boys’ team.

The successful submission to the GSL by Pegasus is separate from its current State League 2 seniors and reserve teams.

During the 2011 central division season, Pegasus fielded a team in the senior second division competition before moving last year to the GSL south division, entering senior and under 19 teams as part of a rebuilding phase for the club’s Gippsland-based group.

The inclusion of Pegasus means one team will have a bye each round of the GSL central division season.

The central division is structured for a 12-team competition. If a 12th team enters, the GSL board will consider implementing a promotion-relegation system.

New administrator

TONY Coltman has been appointed as Gippsland Soccer League football administrator.

Coltman will replace outgoing football manager Paul Crowe.

GSL chairman David Wilson said Coltman had been appointed following a detailed interview process with high quality applicants. He said Coltman has been a well known identity within the Gippsland football community for the past 15 years, with seven year stints as a club secretary and team manager of senior teams at Falcons and Fortuna soccer clubs.

“The first year of his volunteer journey as a football club administrator was as the secretary of the Gippsland Falcons Junior Soccer Club,” Wilson said.

“Over the years Tony has earned himself a reputation as a hard working team member, who is very pro-active, as well as possessing the organisational and communicative skills that we as a league believe will further enhance the day to day operational and administration running of the Gippsland Soccer League’s administration office in Morwell.

“In his role as a club secretary, Tony has formed many lasting and ongoing friendships with opposition club presidents, secretaries, committee members, coaches, players and supporters, who know him as approachable and understanding of the concerns and needs of their respective clubs, always willing to listen and help with advice if requested.”

Wilson said Coltman had resigned as secretary of Falcons and GSL board member to take up his new role of football administrator.

“Tony, in conjunction with the current assistant football administrator Nicole Osborne, will form a dynamic team partnership that will ensure the day to day operations and administration of the Gippsland Soccer League are performed to a high standard,” he said.

Wilson thanked outgoing football manager Crowe for his dedicated service to the GSL during his two-year tenure.

“During this time he implemented many operational initiatives, making long time friends and his passion for the world game is well known,” he said.