Who Is 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:  George Harms and Saad Mohamad vie for possession at training tonight [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s two Dad’s Army veteran football teams head to the Gold Coast in Queensland on Friday to participate in the Pan Pacific Masters’ Games.

The tournament commences on Sunday for the Over-45’s and the Over-50s.


Photo:  University life members, including the late president Fred Joughin (fourth from right) [PlessPix]

University are the 12th team in next season’s Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition.

Clubs seeking to fill the vacant 12th position were required to apply to Football Federation Tasmania and address selection criteria.


Photo:  The Newcastle Jets have well and truly taken off [PlessPix]

(A League. Hunter Stadium, Friday, 26 October 2012)

Newcastle Jets 2 (E Heskey 54, 56)

Melbourne Victory 1 (A Thompson 71)

HT: 0-0   Att: 13,912   Ref: A Milliner

Newcastle Jets: Birighitti  -  Brillante, Calvano, Mitchell, Ritter  -  Zadkovich, Wheelhouse, Kantarovski  -  R Griffiths (Taggart 90), Heskey (Bridge 85), Goodwin (Virgili 79)  (Sub not used:  Kennedy)

Melbourne Victory:  Coe  -  Foschini, Franjic, Leijer, Traore  -  Bru, Milligan, Celeski (Jeggo 64)  -  Rojas (Markelis 73), Flores, Thompson  (Subs not used:  Broxham, Velaphi)


Photo:  John Moutsatsos...new Zebras women's coach [PlessPix]

John Moutsatsos is the new coach of Tilford Zebras Premier Women’s side for the 2013 season.

The appointment of ‘Mouse’, as he is affectionately known, was announced this morning by Tilford Zebras president, Nick Di Giovanni.


Photo:  George Mamacas...back as president of Olympia Warriors and calling the shots [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors are the first Victory League club to come out and openly state that they will pay their players next season.

Olympia also paid their players $50 for a win during the past Southern Premier League season.


Photo:  The match program cost six pence

Ferencvaros are one of the most famous clubs in the world.

On Wednesday, 10 July, 1957, the Hungarian club, listed in the program as Hungary, played an Australian XI, containing five Tasmanians, at North Hobart Oval.


Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous announces the new Victory League sponsors on Saturday [PlessPix]

John Boulous, the CEO of Football Federation Tasmania, sounded very confident on Saturday that the inaugural Victory League season next year will get off to a good start.

He was speaking to the media prior to a meeting of Victory League club presidents at KGV Football headquarters and announced new sponsors for the league and unveiled the new league logo.


Photo:  John Boulous, the FFT CEO, fronts the media at Saturday's presidents' meeting [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights and Devonport City are two of the inaugural Victory League clubs who will not be paying their players next year.

Both clubs’ presidents said they were looking forward to the Victory League and making preparations, but player payments were not part of their plans.