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:  University's Olinda Grove complex [PlessPix]

University have slashed club membership fees for students from $265 to $190 for the coming season.

“We hope this makes soccer a more affordable option for students and we are, therefore, able to attract more students into our ranks,” said University president, Miles Barnard.


Photo:  John Boulous, the Football Federation Tasmania CEO (left) and FFT Competitions Manager, George Kalis, at today's fixture list launch [PlessPix]

The Victory League fixtures for this inaugural season of competition were released today, with the Launceston derby kicking off the season on 23 March 2013.

Launceston’s Mitsubishi Park will host a double-header in Round One, with Devonport City playing Tilford Zebras before the Launceston derby between Northern Rangers and Launceston City.


Photo:  Olympia's Seung Yong Jin (No.10) scores against Taroona [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors beat Taroona 6-0 at Warrior Park tonight in a pre-season ‘friendly’ that turned ugly and was abandoned before the end.

The match was in its third 25-minute period when an altercation between players threatened to get out of hand and Olympia Warriors president George Mamacas entered the field of play and declared the game over.


Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton addresses his players after the first third of Saturday's game [PlessPix]

It’s always interesting and, indeed, vital to get the opinion of coaches after their teams’ games.

Following Saturday’s game between South Hobart and Glenorchy Knights, I spoke to Ken Morton and Chris Hey, the respective coaches, about what they thought of the game, which South Hobart won 7-1.


Photo:  South Hobart's Nick Morton (left) is tackled by Glenorchy Knights' Mynonge Kamba [PlessPix]

South Hobart beat Glenorchy Knights 7-1 in a Victory League pre-season match at South Hobart today.

In a curtain-raiser between the clubs, South Hobart ran out 11-2 winners, but they fielded several senior players, including Shae Hickey, Hugh Ludford, Matt Lewis, Chris Hunt and Mark Ambrose.


Photo:  The new NTCA training pitch, home of Northern Rangers [Photo courtesy of Brendon Lichtendonk]

South Hobart beat Northern Rangers 3-1 in their Victory League pre-season friendly at the NTCA Ground in Launceston today.

It was the first time a match had been played at the new NTCA venue, at the back of the clubrooms.

Devonport City won the Mies Family Cup for the second year in a row on Saturday at Launceston’s Mitsubishi Park.

Launceston United performed creditably and finished as the runners-up in the tournament, which was hosted by Launceston City.


Photo:  South Hobart's Mizael pursued by Tilford Zebras' Mark Page [PlessPix]

South Hobart beat Tilford Zebras 5-2 in a pre-season friendly at South Hobart today.

In the Under-20 curtain-raiser, South Hobart downed Tilford Zebras 5-0.