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:  Former player Mick Garth returns to Metro as coach [PlessPix]

Mick Garth has been appointed as senior coach of Southern Division One club Metro-Claremont.

The 49-year-old, who still participates in Masters Games tournaments, has no intention of pulling on his boots as a playing coach.


Photo:  With his business interests, Mick Garth will be a busy man this season [PlessPix]

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Garth said.  “Having spent 16 years at the club, I sort of know all the ins and outs.

“A lot of the players that are there at the moment, I’ve sort of had a bit to do with at the Knights a couple of years ago and they’re sort of welcoming the appointment.”

Metro approached Garth in regard to the coaching position.

“Being the sort of person who likes to help out, I thought I’d try it myself,” Garth said.

“It’ll be a big challenge.

“I’ve always liked helping out and being in a support role, but it’ll be a challenge [in this new role], especially with Metro.”

Garth has no official coaching qualifications, but he said “Metro are going to fix all that up”.

Metro lost the Southern League One title last season in their final league match, at home to Hobart United.

It was the second time that Hobart United had cost Metro the title by beating them on Metro’s home ground on the final day of the league season.

“Not knowing the group that was there last year, I don’t know if that was due to ‘stage fright’,” Garth said.

“I only know a few of them [players]. But perhaps at times they do.

“Their coaches never seem to stick around for long and it’s hard to keep a group together when that sort of thing is happening.

“It’ll be a challenge.

“Last week, at one session, they had up to 30 players present so that sort of swayed my decision.

“I went and had a look and [Aaron]Marney, [Jason] Dawes, Woodward and others were there, so there’s a good nucleus there.

“With a bit of luck I can get my young fellows there playing, and we’ve got a few from Derwent United, so all of a sudden you’ve got a squad of 40 to work with.

“I’m disappointed that they’re not in the SPL, but it looks like being a six-team league in Division One and I know that they’re keen for promotion in the next few years in some way or form.

“So, yeah, it’ll be a good challenge.

“The facilities are good and, from what I’ve heard from the president [Alex Paradisis], they’re only going to get better.”

Garth said the Summer Cup would be a huge challenge, akin to being thrown to the wolves.

Metro are in the Men’s Senior A section with Victory League and Southern Premier League clubs.

Metro are in Group C with Olympia Warriors, Taroona and Glenorchy Knights.

“I could lose that job after the first three games,” Garth said with a chuckle.  “That will be a challenge, especially going up against Chris [Hey].

“I’ve had a bit to do with him at the Knights.

“I think I need to see what I’ve got first.

“Initially, it’ll be a learning curve for me, but I’d just like to put into action what I’ve learned under some good coaches.

‘I’ve played under David Smith, Eugene Mycak, David Crosson, Darren Grainger.

“Yeah, it’ll be a challenge initially, but I’ll try and simplify things and nothing is going to be difficult and I want the players to enjoy the game and if the results come, they come.”


0 #24 Anonymous 2014-01-22 10:49
Quoting bla bla blah:
sleeping giant just about to awaken i feel with some of the names there ?

I hope your right MR BLA Bla had a couple of seasons there and enjoyed it greatly. Always felt welcome even though i was past it.
0 #23 bla bla blah 2014-01-22 09:20
sleeping giant just about to awaken i feel with some of the names there ?
-1 #22 Anonymous 2014-01-22 08:46
Big names back at metro.might be an upset in div 1
+4 #21 Gk 2014-01-22 00:07
A lot of football people need to understand..." some thing" about Metro ..1 good people 2 great training grounds 3 their own bar 4 having a meal every Thursday night after training 5 plenty of gear and on and on , I don't see it as a surprise that players are going to the club , my year at the club 100/100 for there support . All the best for the club ..2014 ... You have every thing there Garth , Ronnies words ,,,,!!! Injoy the journey .
+2 #20 bjg 2014-01-21 19:19
Trained with metro last night and was impressed with the turnout and the respect the players showed Mick and dave good work guys
+1 #19 Anonymous 2014-01-21 10:04
metro in for some tasty times
+1 #18 Anonymous 2014-01-21 08:38
The boys will learn well how to shoot over the Xbar.
+1 #17 seenit 2014-01-20 09:35
metro on the rise this year with the numbers that i have heard they have and dave robb getting on board as an assistant with mick garth ,players had a good relationship with them at knights so wouldnt surprise to see some knights players there that miss out.
+4 #16 couldavbeen 2014-01-20 09:28
davey robb to metro as assistant coach ,big loss for knights but the bloke loves the game and having a good time will be great there ,wonder if his boys will join him ?
0 #15 Anonymous 2014-01-18 11:47
The square angle header routine solid be interesting to watch - never seen any other player display that attribute!

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