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:  The Joeys in France with skipper Josh Hope centre of front row (No.15) holding the pennant

Tasmanian youngster Josh Hope has captained the Joeys on their pre-Under-17 World Cup tour of France.

The Under-17 World Cup is scheduled for Chile later this year.

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Photo:  The Aussies line up before the match against the USA

Hope played for the NTC in Tasmania until joining the FFA Centre of Excellence in Canberra last year.

The Aussies beat a French side, Stades Rennais Youth, 8-0 in a friendly during their tour and drew 1-1 with the United States.

The Joeys led the USA 1-0 until 5 minutes from the end, when the Americans equalised.

Hope captained the Joeys in the second half of the game against the USA.

Their final game is against France.

The venue for all three games was Parc Sports News De Beaublanc Stadium in Limoges, France.

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Photo:  Josh Hope (left) in action for the FFA Centre of Excellence

The Joeys Squad for the France International Friendlies is:

Panos Armenakas (Udinese Calcio, Italy)

Daniel Arzani (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Jackson Bandiera (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Joe Caletti (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Nicholas D'Agostino (Brisbane Roar FC)

Henry Davies (FFA Centre of Excellence)

James Delianov (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Lucas Derrick (Melbourne Victory FC)

Charlie Devereux (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Jamie Dimitroff (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Duro Dragicevic (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Perry Fotakopoulos (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Josh Hope (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Cameron Joice (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Danny Kim (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Josh Laws (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Daniel Maskin (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Gian Mendez (unattached)

Brandon Osipov (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Nicholas Panetta (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Kosta Petratos (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Aaron Reardon (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Jamal Reiners (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Kye Rowles (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Jonathan Vakirtzis (Melbourne Victory FC)

Malcolm Ward (FFA Centre of Excellence)

Pierce Waring (Melbourne Victory FC)

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Photo:  Josh Hope with his proud mum. Bec

The groups for the FIFA U17 World Cup 2015 in Chile are:

Group A: Chile, Croatia, Nigeria, USA

Group B: England, Guinea, Brazil, Korea Republic

Group C: Australia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina

Group D: Belgium, Mali, Honduras, Ecuador

Group E: South Africa, Costa Rica, Korea DPR, Russia

Group F: New Zealand, France, Syria, Paraguay

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Photo:  Josh with his equally proud dad, Troy


0 #9 Ziggy 2016-10-12 09:26
Josh is my 3rd cousin!!!!!!!
+5 #8 Phil Randall 2015-09-11 22:29
Congratulations Josh, you are a role model to be respected and admired.
I am continually dismayed at the naysayers of the NTC program and those who believe these elite youth are better off at clubs.
Current Australian captains in two age groups and a player signed to Melbourne city, plus 2 other players invited to Australian selection camps since the appointment of Kenny Weston is pretty compelling evidence of what is the best development pathway for our elite youth.
+14 #7 my boy 2015-09-09 11:46
beautiful player and a beautiful man!! love your work j hope
+18 #6 hope for the future 2015-09-09 09:56
From playing in Tassie to playing for Australia in 6 months! Wow! And captaining a couple of games. For any lad playing this is proof that dreams can come true.
+21 #5 Chris Hey 2015-09-09 08:45
Fantastic achievement Josh. Not only to represent but to also Captain your country. Following in the steps of another great Tasmanian. Domonic Longo.
+3 #4 Youth Development 2015-09-09 03:25
And all these idiots out there who bag FFT for their youth programmes so that they can keep kids in Championship clubs for their own wins instead of giving them the opportunity to move up to their ability and beyond.
Well done Josh, a credit to NTC and to your state.
+24 #3 Mamacas 2015-09-09 00:44
Congratulations and well done Josh.
All of us at Olympia are following your footballing career with great anticipation.

+26 #2 anon 2015-09-08 23:57
Never really any doubt this kid would make it. Hard work and dedication pays off.
+30 #1 Tassies Great Hope 2015-09-08 21:54
Wow. Well done Josh Hope! :)

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