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:  Shae Hickey (passing the ball) must be one of the favourites for this year's Vic Tuting Medal [PlessPix]

The top three vote-getters for each club have been named in the lead-up to the best-and-fairest awards in the Southern and Northern men’s and women’s leagues.

The Vic Tuting Medal is the Southern men’s award, while the George Dale Medal is awarded to the North’s best-and-fairest player.


Photo:  Loic Feral (left) and Alex Leszczynski are amongst the top vote-getters for South Hobart and New Town Eagles, respectively [PlessPix]

The George Dale Medal will be announced at a function in Launceston on Saturday, 22 September 2012, and the Vic Tuting Medal at a function in Hobart on Saturday, 13 October 2012.


Photo:  Hugh Ludford captained South Hobart and Tasmania and will be one of the favourites to collect the Vic Tuting Medal [PlessPix]

Here are the nominees:

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Clarence United: Aaron Cairns, Sam Cannamela, David Hoppitt

Glenorchy Knights: Jade Clay, Jayden Hey, Jacob Huigsloot

Kingborough Lions United: Marc Iseli, Marcello Marchioli, Joel Schuth

New Town Eagles:  Michael Anderson, Alex Leszczynski, Adam McKeown

Olympia Warriors: Josh Fielding, Peter Tsakiris, Warren Wadawu

South Hobart: Loic Feral, Shae Hickey, Hugh Ludford

Tilford Zebras: Danny Chadderton, Kurt Engels, Ricky Self

University: Miles Barnard, Alexis Bull, Aaron Hindmarsh


Photo:  New Town Eagles' Adam McKeown (right) is in with a chance of the Vic Tuting Medal [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League

Burnie United: Andrew Gibson, Steven Gibson, Bradley Ryan

Devonport City: Bradley Chilcott, Kamil Douglas, Nathan Gratton

Launceston City: Mitchell Dent, Sam Morley, Alex Sciulli

Launceston United: Nathan Bartlett, Jack Hudsonm Aiden Rigby

Northern Rangers: Adam, Beard, Todd Hingston, Christopher Hunt

Prospect Knights: Mark Baker, Sean Harris, Toby Omenihu

Riverside Olympic: Mark Cristy, Nicholas Lanau-Atkinson, Ryan McCarraghe

Somerset: Brody Denehey, Ryan Liston, Keegan Wells

Ulverstone: Benjamin Foote, Brayden Mann, Joel Stone


Photo:  Chris Hunt is one of the favourites for the George Dale Medal [PlessPix]

Southern Women’s Premier League

Clarence United: Allie Berry, Loren Johnston, Kathryn McLeod

Nelson Eastern Suburbs: Madalyn Boucher, Simone Koeller, Kimberley Martin

New Town Eagles: Tiarna Ford, Raffaele Lubiana, Zoe Nichols

Olympia Warriors: Bliss Cantrell, Rani Cavarretta, Kate Chambers

Taroona: Lisa Susan Bremner, Sacha Rose, Tayla Thomas

Tilford Zebras: Mollie Dabner, Madeline Dobson, Kelsie Minty

University: Elise Norton, Felicity Stringer, Anna Wade


Photo:  Rani Cavarretta is one of Olympia Warriors' top vote-getters [PlessPix]

Northern Women’s Premier League

Burnie United: Mel Berger, Kiarna Carey, Bethany Taylor

Devonport City: Faith Cochrane, Krystine Jeffrey, Molly Stafford

Launceston United: Melissa Griffiths, Tarrisha Jones, Leila Shahtahmasebi

Launceston City: Jill Couch, Lauren Hough, Caitlin Storay

Northern Rangers: Arlene Crooks, Cosette Cuschieri, Felicity Foskett

Prospect Knights: Mikayla Binns, Danielle Dwyer, Skye van Asch

Riverside Olympic: Naomi Celebre, Sabrina Hopewell, Laura Nicholson

Somerset: Emma Humphries, Meagan Kiely, Melanie Quirk

Ulverstone: Georgie Foote, Lucy Foote, Danielle Mitchell

UTAS Griffins: Sarah Myer, Emma Norton, Ellie Schmidt


Photo:  Jill Couch (left) of Launceston City is in the running for the women's award [PlessPix]


Photo:  The late Vic Tuting (in hat) is introduced to the Australian Institute of Sport goalkeeper Tony Franken and the other AIS players before a game against Tasmania at KGV Park.  The Vic Tuting Silver Medal, named after Vic, who was president of the Tasmanian Soccer Federation and a vice president of the Australian Soccer Federation, replaced the Rothmans Gold Medal [PlessPix]


Photo:  The Rothmans Gold Medal nights were all-male affairs, strictly black tie, and invitation-only occasions.  Shown at one such award dinner are (L-R) Eamonn Kelly, Eugene Mycak, Mick Southworth, Eric Young and Peter Brine [PlessPix]


Photo:  Ian Parker (left) and Eric Young both won the Rothmans Gold Medal [PlessPix]


0 #65 Zebras dressing room 2012-09-25 09:25
Kelly wasn't to blame for zebras poor season the whole attitude of the players inside the dressing room was the problem
0 #64 Anonymous 2012-09-19 09:54
the referees voted on these if players are chirpy or not what does it matter chadderton gave the refs shit every week and still got there votes that proves a hell of alot
+12 #63 Anonymous 2012-09-13 08:38
Congrats to young Zoe Nichols being among Newtowns top 3 considering Zoe is 15 years old, great effort
+6 #62 Emmanuel Tsakiris 2012-09-13 08:19
#59, I bet that keyboard cops a whopping every night :)

But good call :)
-1 #61 Anonymous 2012-09-13 07:36
why is sammy mac wearing a south uniform.?
i dont know if i like it yet?
+5 #60 Tommy 2012-09-13 06:02
The whole 'take votes off each other' scenario plays out less often than people believe. When was the last time a player in a team outside the top four won? In fact I'd go so far as to say it's been a while since a player in a side outside the top three won.

My historical knowledge is not the best here, Fish won 09/10 Knights were top four those years were they top three? When Roach and Beecroft won at South where were they on the ladder? What about Shep and Uni?

Can one of our historians enlighten me on this?
+1 #59 Anonymous 2012-09-13 03:34
Quoting Emmanuel Tsakiris:
#20. Please don't be mean. I am not mean to you. Mr anonymous lolololololololol.

or the 20 other ppl who agreed with them :)
+13 #58 Anonymous 2012-09-12 23:49
I would like to see one of the eagles boys, one of the south boys, or cairns win it. I think those 7 guys have had the best seasons from the players nominated. The eagles guys will all take votes off each other, and scott will also take votes off them. The south boys will all take votes off each other, and Brennan will also take votes off them. So I think Cairns is probably the most likely to take it out. I would be happy with that - he is a stand out player.
+9 #57 Paris Saint Germain 2012-09-12 20:06
Would like to see Hugh win it myself. Good season, showed quality in the Victory match and has been good for South for a long time. His freedom to roam the field this year could certainly help him out this year.
+8 #56 Emmanuel Tsakiris 2012-09-12 12:53
#20. Please don't be mean. I am not mean to you. Mr anonymous lololololololol ol.

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