Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  Nelson president Steve McLarin (right) cutting the anniversary cake as club secretary Toby Colgrave looks on [Photo courtesy of Nelson]

Nelson, currently fifth in the Southern Championship, marked their 40th anniversary with a function at Travelodge in Hobart a couple of weeks ago.

Sixty people attended the function, including present and past players and supporters.

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Photo:  The Nelson team circa 1980 [Photo courtesy of Nelson]

The guest speaker was Alderman Daniel Hulme of the Clarence City Council.

Mr Hulme gave a presentation on sport and recreation on the eastern shore, specifically about the proposed recreational developments at Seven Mile Beach, Football Federation Tasmania’s proposed developments at Cambridge Park, and proposals for North Warrane Oval.

North Warrane Oval is Nelson’s home ground and doubles as a Rugby ground.

The goals are both football and Rugby goals.

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Photo:  Guests at the function [Photo courtesy of Nelson]

Nelson began their life as the team representing the Tasmanian Advanced College of Education, which was situated at Mt Nelson in Hobart.

As well as a Southern Championship team, Nelson has numerous junior teams.

The Nelson women’s team was one of Tasmania’s most successful a couple of decades or so ago under the coaching of the later Ossie Fitzgerald and featuring Sarah Fitzgerald, his daughter, who was of Tasmania’s best-ever female players.

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Photo:  Cutting the cake [Photo courtesy of Nelson]

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Photo:  Nelson secretary Toby Colgrave (left) and Clarence City Alderman Daniel Hulme, who was representing the Clarence mayor [Photo courtesy of Nelson]

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+3 #8 Krusty 2017-08-13 00:16
You can always guarantee the best half time entertainment at North Wazza. The motorbikes burning up and down the surrounding hills whilst playing were gold.
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+4 #7 The Slug 2017-08-12 07:30
Well done Nelson all the best, many fond mrmories from thr 1980's and some great clashes with PO Saints
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+4 #6 Anon 2017-08-12 01:04
Quoting Anonymous:
I have fond memories of beating Nelson every time we played them. Good Club :)

So what most clubs beat Nelson back in those days but at least they tried.
Nelson football club has one thing over you and that thing is called modesty try it sometime.
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+2 #5 Old School 2017-08-11 11:50
Quoting Anonymous:
I have fond memories of beating Nelson every time we played them. Good Club :)

Unfortunately there is always one keyboard warrior with a back handed compliment....j og on.
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+4 #4 Anon 2017-08-10 12:41
Always dreaded the trip to North Warrane to play Nelson womens and that horrible cricket pitch in the middle, its a bit better these days but well done Nelson, good that you still going strong
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+3 #3 Anonymous 2017-08-10 12:17
I have fond memories of beating Nelson every time we played them. Good Club :)
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+6 #2 Anon 2017-08-10 06:41
Quoting Old School:
I have many fond memories of playing with Nelson in their early days. And it is great to see the development they have made and continue to make, since those days. They now have a very good youth and woman's set up . And this year the senior men's teams have been very competitive, and have both moved up the ladder in their leagues. Congratulations to all involved.

I have great memories of playing against Nelson in the 70s and 80s.
It's great to see that such a small club is still surviving and now making an impact.
Well done to all involved and may your club do well in the years to come.
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+13 #1 Old School 2017-08-09 21:50
I have many fond memories of playing with Nelson in their early days. And it is great to see the development they have made and continue to make, since those days. They now have a very good youth and woman's set up . And this year the senior men's teams have been very competitive, and have both moved up the ladder in their leagues. Congratulations to all involved.
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