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Clarence Zebras Officially Launched

Tasmanian Football’s newest club has officially been launched, with the freshly amalgamated Clarence Zebras today unveiling their official Club Logo and playing strips at their Wentworth Park home base.

The new logo and strips were produced by Veto Sports and combines the colours of the Hobart Zebras, Clarence United and draws heavily from the official Juventus FC logo.

It has all come together in quick fashion following the historic September 18th vote that saw members of Clarence United and Hobart Zebras voting to merge the clubs. Just two months later and a brand new club has been willed into existence, thanks largely to the hard work of the newly installed committee.

Co-President Ronnie Bolton said he was surprised at how quickly it all came together and said it was a testament to the good people involved at the club.

“It’s a fantastic day and I am looking forward to the future. It was a relatively smooth process, (the logo design) I thought it might take longer but there are some good people behind this and as you can see, this is the result.”

Mady O’Brien and Jeremy Price model the new kits

His fellow Co-President, Nick DiGiovanni was delighted with the new kits and logo, saying it marked the beginning of a new era.

“It’s a great day, it’s really exciting and everyone has done a great job as you can see. We moved quicker than we thought we could, with so much working going in from both committees and it’s come off really great.”

“This is the start of a new era, with new colours, a new emblem so at least we will look good to start off with, and hopefully everyone likes what they see.”

Clarence Zebras Director of Football Dave Smith, said he was looking forward to the challenge and stressed the importance of the club nailing the off field governance in the setup phase.

“I think its very exciting with the formation of the new body with the amalgamation of the 2 clubs, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to deliver a football program across Southern Tasmania. 

“We’ve got a really good opportunity to develop a Football Club and we want to make sure it’s one that stays long term. So getting the right people on board, like the right coaches, having right the board and administrators setting up the right principles, they’re the keys to us in the first place. “

The club has wasted no time in filling those key coaching roles with Smith himself to coach the NPL side and Chris Hey in charge of the WSL side as was largely expected. Warren Burt, Geoff Brown, John Moutsatsos, Enzo Botte, Sergio Pace and Frank Mainella have also been hired to fill key coaching roles by the club’s newly installed executive.

The Club Executive is as follows:

Co-Presidents: Nick Di Giovanni and Ronnie Bolton
Vice President: Nick Harrison
Secretary: Shirleyanne Ringrose
Treasurer: Enzo Botte

Committee Members: Leanne Downham, Bruce Pears, Bob Nicholson, Sav Perri, Tommy Watson, Le-anne Breganti, Rocky Schiro, Justin Rooke.

The interim Committee will be in place for the 2020 season before a new committee will be voted on at the club’s first Annual General Meeting, which will be held later in 2020.