Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. 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:  Let's all roll the ball together and in the right direction [PlessPix]

Happy New Year to everyone.

2013 promises to be an exciting but challenging year in Tasmanian football.

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Photo:  The grass is gone from KGV Park [PlessPix]

Work is well underway on installing an artificial, all-weather football pitch at KGV Park in Glenorchy.

The grass pitch is gone and the base of the new surface is under construction.

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Photo:  Roy Stoneman (left) with the vice chairman of the Australian Soccer Federation, Vic Tuting MBE

The death occurred in Hobart on Wednesday of Roy Stoneman, one of the top football administrators the game has seen in this State.

Roy was 72 and was the chairman of the Tasmanian Soccer Federation for several years in the 1980s.

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Photo:  Mariners Thomas Rogic tangles with Sydney's Alessandro Del Piero as Brett Emerton watches [Photo by Jim Vafakos]

Central Coast Mariners remain top of the A-League ladder despite losing 1-0 away to Sydney FC through a Brett Emerton goal a minute before the end.

The win lifted Sydney FC off the foot of the ladder and into second-last place.

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Photo:  Marco Rojas scored twice and made the other Melbourne Victory goal [PlessPix]

(A-League, AAMI Stadium, Melbourne, Friday, 28 December 2012)

Melbourne Victory 3 (Rojas 34, 74, Thompson 45)

Newcastle Jets 2 (Zadkovich 64, Heskey 73)

HT: 2-0   Att: 21,054   Ref: K Griffiths-Jones

Melbourne Victory: Coe  -  Foschini, Broxham, Ansell, Traore  -  Bru (Dilevski 64), Finkler (Cernak 83), Celeski  -  Rojas, Flores (Nabbout 77), Thompson  (Sub not used:  Velaphi)

Newcastle Jets: Birighitti  -  Gallaway, Chapman, Mitchell (Brown 87), Ritter  -  Zadkovich, R Griffiths, Brillante (Pepper 85)  -  Virgili, Heskey, Goodwin (Taggart 85)  (Sub not used:  Kennedy)

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Photo:  Nottingham Forest and Holland goalkeeper Hans Van Breukelen in 1984 [PlessPix]

The recent announcement that Manchester United will play an A-League selection in Sydney next year took me back almost three decades.

On 3 June 1984, I accompanied several members of the board of the Tasmanian Soccer Federation to the MCG to watch Manchester United play Nottingham Forest.

United beat Forest 1-0 and Mark Hughes was the scorer.

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Photo:  Princess Di shakes hands with Tottenham's Paul Gascoigne at the 1991 Wembley FA Cup Final between Spurs and Nottingham Forest [Photo by Jim Vafakos]

The English Premier League has transformed football, not only in the UK, but in the world.

The EPL has attracted some of the greatest players in the world during its 20-year history, in which just 45 clubs have graced the top-tier of the English game.

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Photo:  Adelaide coach John Kosmina cannot be happy with two consecutive defeats [PlessPix]

(A-League, Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Wednesday, 26 December 2012)

Adelaide United 0

Brisbane Roar 1 (Henrique 65)

HT: 0-0   Att: 11,035   Ref: A Kersey

Adelaide United: Galekovic  -  Bowles, Fyfe, Boogaard, Cassio  -  Carrusca (Barbiero 77), Malik (Watson 71), Vidosic  -  Ferreira, Djite, Neumann (Kostopoulos 63)  (Sub not used:  Izzo)

Brisbane Roar: Theo  -  Franjic, Donachie, Smith, Stefanutto  -  Nichols, Paaratlu, Broich  -  Halloran, Berisha (Murdocca 92), Henrique (Fitzgerald 80)  (Subs not used:  Jurman, Acton)