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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Daniel Georgievski

Photo:  Melbourne Victory's Daniel Georgievski (right) shields the ball from Sydney FC's Sebastian Ryall [PlessPix]

(A-League Pre-season Friendly, North Hobart Oval, Sunday, 28 September 2014)

Melbourne Victory 1 (Fahid Ben Khalfallah 90)

Sydney FC 1 (Marc Janko 21)

HT: 0-1   Att: 6,920   Ref: S Evans

Melbourne Victory: Coe - Geria, Delpierre, Leijer, Georgievski - Milligan, Valeri, Finkler - Thompson, Berisha, Pain (Subs: Broxham, Barbarouses, Nabbout, Ben Khalfallah, Thomas, Makarounas)

Sydney FC: Necevski - Ryall, Calver, Jurman, Gersbach - Burgess, Antonis, Dimitrijevic, Carle - Smeltz, Janko (Subs: Triantis, Janjetovic, Timotheou, Antoniou, Muata-Marlow)

A Brennan beats Lakic

Photo:  Tasmania's Andy Brennan is tackled by Victory's Tom Lakic [PlessPix]

(Friendly, North Hobart Oval, Sunday, 28 September 2014)

Tasmania 2 (S Brassington 21, M Holden 70)

Melbourne Victory Youth 1 (J Katebian 95)

HT: 1-0   Att: 5,000   Ref: J Hortle

Tasmania: Pierce - Kass, Vandermey, Courtney (Ludford 68), Scott - Nichols (Thannhauser 58), Ludlow, Morton - Brennan, Mann (Leszczynski 73), Brassington (Holden 58) (Sub not used: Nester)

Melbourne Victory Youth: Thomas (Spinella 46) - Deng, Lakic, Ridesic (Miskulin 55), Cavallo - Dover (Duzel 54), O’Doherty, Nigro - Howard, Katebian, Cristaldo (MacLean 65)

A Thompson and opponent

Photo:  Melbourne Victory's Archie Thompson (left) is foiled by Sydney FC's Milos Dimitrijevic [PlessPix]

State Game (North Hobart Oval)

Tasmania 2 (S Brassington 25, M Holden 70) beat Melbourne Victory Youth 1 (J Katebian 95)

A-League pre-season friendly (North Hobart Oval)

Melbourne Victory 1 (Fahid Ben Khalfallah 90) drew with Sydney FC 1 (M Janko 21)

Att: 6,920

North Hobart, the venue for today’s double-header featuring Tasmania against Melbourne Victory Youth at 12.15pm, followed by the A-League pre-season clash between heavyweights Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at 3pm, is no stranger to soccer.

Back in 1923, it was the scene of China’s 2-1 win over Tasmania.

Darren Davies coach a

Photo:  Darren Davies, the Melbourne Victory Youth coach, has up to 20 players to work with, some of whom are on contracts and others who aren't [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory Youth will come to Hobart on Sunday to face Tasmania on the heels of two wins against FC Bulleen Lions during the past week.

Melbourne Victory won both those games, so look out Tasmania!

M Rhodes M Furjanic and Woodham

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights technical director Matthew Rhodes (left), senior goalkeeper Alex Woodham (right) and Michael Furjanic (back row with cap) and the Glenorchy Knights SAP squad [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights stalwart Michael Furjanic was on hand at Prince of Wales Bay on Sunday to watch his grandson, Nicholas Bonnitcha, play in the Skills Acquisition Programme festival.

Michael’s daughter, Anita Furjanic, is currently on the Knights committee and was happy to see her father watch her son play for the club’s SAP team.

A KGV clinic

Photo:  KGV Park was a hive of activity on Thursday evening as Melbourne Victory conducted a clinic for youngsters [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory pressed the flesh in Hobart yesterday following their arrival on Wednesday for their annual one-week stay.

They began the day with a training session at North Hobart Oval and finished with a kids’ clinic at KGV Park, attended by 200 youngsters.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Nicholas Bonnitcha in pursuit of the ball with a Kingborough Lions United opponent [PlessPix]

The third Skills Acquisition Programme (SAP) State-wide festival was held at Prince of Wales Bay last weekend

All nine SAP licence-holder clubs were represented at the festival.