Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but has been a football writer for 33 years. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Life Member Jurgen Webb (left) and Beachside president John Brierley (centre) present Clinton Brown with his life membership [PlessPix]

Nathan Robinson, Jack Turner and Luke Atkin shared Beachside’s Alistair Hales Best-and-Fairest Award with 24 votes each at last night’s trophy presentation evening at the Lenah Valley RSL.

All senior players voted on the award on a 3-2-1 basis and so this is, in effect, a players’ player-of-the-year award.

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Photo (L-R):  Jack Turner, Luke Atkin and Nathan Robinson shared the Alistair Hales Best-and-Fairest Award [PlessPix]

Goalkeeper Michael Soszynski took out the senior ‘most consistent’ award, while Andrew Douglas was voted the seniors’ ‘most improved’ player.

Rowan Franklin was Beachside’s leading goalscorer.

Cameron Sweeney took out the Coach’s Award and Anthony Grznic was voted the Club Person of the Year.

David Ikin was the ‘most consistent’ in the reserves and Barry Pope the best-and-fairest reserves player.

In the Under-19s awards, Shaun McManus was the ‘most consistent’ and Benjamin Gaskell the best and fairest.

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Photo:  Sue Brierley, John Brierley, Jurgen Webb and Geoff Frame enjoying the evening [PlessPix]

In Division Two, Anthony Grznic was the ‘most consistent’ player and Adam Direen the bets-and-fairest player.

The Division Three awards went to Ben Ryan as the ‘most consistent’ and Lee Gillam as the best and fairest.

Life Membership was awarded to Anthony Grznic and Clinton Brown.

Sue Brierley, wife of Beachside president John Brierley, and Danielle Pullen, wife of senior coach Brett Pullen, received special awards for their services to the club.

Beachside president John Brierley welcomed players and guests to the function, while senior coach Brett Pullen outlined the positives of the past season and the plans for next season.

Pullen announced that Matthew Hedge would be assistant coach of Beachside next season, while Farrell Shaw and Barry Pope would again be in charge of the reserves.

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Photo:  Sue Brierley (left) and Danielle Pullen received special awards, including buckets of special 'Soszynutski' icecream obtained by Luke Atkin [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The two buckets of 'Soszynutski' icecream [PlessPix]

Nathan Robinson announced his retirement but said he still hoped to attend games.

“Our aim is to get more people qualified as coaches, from junior level right through to senior,” said Pullen.

“Pre-season is going to be a lot harder thanks to Farrell [Shaw].  He’s got a really good plan for fitness.

“It’s going to be a fight for spots and if you’re not there, you won’t play.

“We start on 6 December, which is a Tuesday, and we continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays after that.

“I’m currently in negotiations with Somerset and we’re going to try and do a pre-season trip up to Somerset with the senior team and also a junior side.”

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Photo:  Anthony Grznic ws awarded Life Membership, the Division Two 'most consistent' award and the Best Club Person of the Year Award [PlessPix]

Pullen said he had learned a lot in his first season as a senior coach and he praised the contribution of Farrell Shaw to his learning curve.

“We’ve had some really good meetings during the year,” Pullen said.  “We had over 38 players, if you include the Summer Cup, who I tried this past year in our senior group.

“It’s really hard to build consistency with such numbers.  It takes a coach a long time to get to know everyone’s capabilities.

“We’ve had a lot of new players at the club this year and, hopefully, most of them hang about.

“To try and get a consistent 15-man squad is almost impossible in one year and to expect clubs to bounce up and down in a yo-yo effect is no good.

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Photo:  Tom Gordon (left) and Sam Howarth (right) head a table of happy Beachside players and supporters [PlessPix]

“In juniors, we started this year with 10s, 12s, 13s and 14s boys and 14s girls.

“Next year, it’s our expectation to put an extra three or four teams on the park and we’re getting to the stage where we have to book Sandown Park every night of the week.

“The word is getting out that we’re not trying to win everything as far as our juniors go.

“That’s not what we are about as a club.  A lot of people play soccer and we want to keep these kids playing and that’s our aim.

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Photo:  Reserves coach Farrell Shaw (left) and reserves best-and-fairest player Barry Pope [PlessPix]

“I didn’t develop as a soccer player until I was 15 or 16 and I missed out on State teams early on and developed as I got older and got selected later.

“I don’t think the current programs help that, so we’ve got to be responsible as clubs to look after our own and then provide the pathways.

“Michael Soszynski will be running a goalkeepers’ clinic next season and that will highlight exactly that.

“That’s what we’re continuing to work on.

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Photo:  Chris Eickoff (left) and Division Three best-and-fairest player Lee Gillam [PlessPix]

“We’re a big family and we really want to be working together.

“We want to get our kids involved and our partners involved and we want to make sure we’ve got a club room that we can build somewhere and where we can all go back to and have a brew, make a coffee and feel like it’s our home.

“That’s what we’re building towards.”

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Photo (L-R):  Chris Cook, Barry Pope and Under-19s 'mopst consistent' player Shaun McManus [PlessPix]

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Photo (L-R):  Barry Pope, Chris Cook and Under-19s best-and-fairest player Benjamin Gaskell [PlessPix]

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Photo (L-R):  Special coaches' gifts were given to Brett Pullen (left) and Farrell Shaw (right) by Patrick Dunne.  Alan Pullen was absent on the night but also received a gift. [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Michael Soszynski (right) with his 'most consistent' award presented by Brett Pullen [PlessPix]