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:  John Boulous...he has had a huge positive impact on Tasmanian football and, although he may be succeeded, he will never be replaced [PlessPix]

The resignation of Football Federation Tasmania’s CEO, John Boulous, was announced at a media conference this morning at FFT headquarters.

Boulous had taken up the position on a temporary basis in April 2010 and was appointed on a permanent basis on 19 October 2010.


Photo:  Tasmania's Caleb Ludlow (left) tackles Victory's John Buceto [PlessPix]

[Friendly, Kingston Twin Ovals, Sunday, 29 September 2013]

Tasmania 1 (S Brassington 11)

Melbourne Victory Youth 6 (G Finkler 8, 29, 38 pen, A Proia 36, 71, A Duzel 90)

HT:  1-4   Att:  3,000   Ref:  B Kopra

Tasmania:  Ferguson  -  Scott, Ludford, Hill, Engels  -  Ludlow, Hingston, Morton  -  Brassington, Mann, McKeown  (Subs:  Kanakaris, Hey, Hunt, Williams, Templin, Hickey, Pierce)

Melbourne Victory Youth:  Thomas  -  Jeggo, Karvelis, Ridesic, Murnane  -  Mahazi, Finkler, Buceto  -  Nabbout, Makarounas, Proias  (Subs:  Duzel, Miskulin, Coulter, Clarke, Korkmaz, Dover)


Photo:  Western Sydney Wanderers' Tomi Juric (left) shields the ball from Melbourne Victory's Pablo Contreras [PlessPix]

A-League pre-season friendly (Kingston Twin Ovals)

Melbourne Victory 3 (M Nichols 1, K Barbarouses 26, A Covic 77 og) beat Western Sydney Wanderers 0

HT:  2-0   Att:  5,290   Ref:  S Evans


Photo:  Coaching staff watch as the players warm up [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory trained for 90 minutes at Kingston's Twin Ovals on Friday in preparation for their game against fellow A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

The coaches were glowing in their praise of the surface and football manager Paul Trimboli told me it was vastly superior to the surfaces experienced in Queensland recently.


Photo:  Colin Robbins was an admirable media liaison officer for Kingborough this season and I know all members of the media were appreciative of the efficient and professional manner in which he assisted them on match days at The Den [PlessPix]

Colin Robbins has been appointed as Kingborough Lions United’s technical director for the 2013 season.

Robbins has been with the club for eight years, beginning as a junior coach and moving through the youth ranks.


Photo:  Melbourne Victory players warm up during training at Twin Ovals [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory completed their final training session this morning before Sunday’s game against Tasmania and the Western Sydney Wanderers.

The squad trained at Kingston’s Twin Ovals, which is where Sunday’s double-header will be played.


Photo:  The Melbourne Victory players arrive at the Showgrounds [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory players participated at a junior coaching clinic at the Showgrounds on Thursday afternoon.

The presence of the visiting A-League squad thrilled about 200 local youngsters who had signed up for the clinic, despite the wet and miserable conditions.


Photo:  George Arnott (left) and Marcello Marchioli with the "George Arnott Trophy" [Photo courtesy of Julie Pearce]

Midfielder Marcello Marchioli, the captain of Victory League club Kingborough Lions United, won the 2013 George Arnott Medal as the Lions’ best player during the inaugural Victory League season.

Marchioli just pipped central defender Nick Cuthbertson for the award in the final round of voting.