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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The FFT Board will meet on 15 December to make a decision on where the Tasmanian Institute of Sport team, the State under-15s and the State-under-14s will play next season.

At a meeting of club presidents on Tuesday evening, a proposal was put to the FFT Board that the TIS should play on Wednesday nights against Premier League Reserve teams in a stand-alone competition.

The proposal that the TIS play in the senior Premier League competition on weekends was not supported.

FFT will absorb the TIS team fees, but TIS must pay referees’ fees.

It was also proposed that the State under-15s play in Division One on weekends, which means there may be no bye in that league next year.

If the under-15s were to win the Division One title, they would not be eligible for promotion to the Premier League. The second-placed team would be promoted.

The State under-14s and under-13s may be asked to play on weekends in ‘higher youth competitions to be determined early in 2010’.

The under-13s, under-14s and under-15s are all full-time FFT squads and all costs will, apparently, be levied against squad players, which means parents will be footing the bill.

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The Tasmanian Football Show on Aurora TV will not resume next season as some people had hoped.

Club presidents voted against the idea after FFT decided clubs would have to contribute a significant amount of money for the program to be revived.

The FFT Board had committed to a $25,000 budget for the show, to be funded 50 per cent by the southern Premier League clubs and 50 per cent from FFT’s general revenue. This general revenue would involve increasing player registrations by $1.

After a majority of clubs voted against re-activating the program, the presidents requested the FFT Board to consider applying any subsequent uncommitted funds towards ‘local promotion of the game’.

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Hobart United goalkeeper Nathan Grandin has transferred to Metro for the coming season.

Scottish import Grant Malcolm is also back in Tasmania and may well resume his career with Metro.

Metro’s other two Scottish imports from last season, Ricky Orr and Colin Sweeney, who are in Victoria, hope to play somewhere interstate next season.