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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Football Federation Australia is embarking on a 10-year national program to involve Indigenous youngsters in the game of Association Football.

The initiative was announced in Hobart on Tuesday by John Moriarty, the first Aboriginal ever to be selected to play soccer for Australia in the early 1960s.

Moriarty, who is FFA’s Indigenous ambassador for football, is no stranger to Tasmania.

He played for South Australia against Tasmania at South Hobart in 1963 - the match resulted in a 0-0 draw - and his wife is from Devonport and they frequently holiday here.

Moriarty was in Hobart this week to talk to Football Federation Tasmania officials about forming a Tasmanian Indigenous football team to compete in a tournament scheduled for Townsville in July.

“FFA are keen to get Aboriginal soccer players involved on a national basis where it hasn’t been done before,” said Moriarty.

“Although it’s a 10-year program, we’re having a national Indigenous festival in Townsville from the 4th to the 10th of July and we’ll be having Aboriginal boys’ teams and girls’ teams.

“There’ll be 10 boys’ teams and six girls’ teams and we’ll have a Tasmanian boys’ team representing this State.

“We hope they’ll be able to mix, which I’m sure they will, and see the standards and the involvement of other kids from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, from all States, and particularly from the bush communities.

“We hope it will really throw the book wide open, where Aboriginal kids can have an opportunity to come to a national carnival and, hopefully, move on from there in a selection process that will involve them with clubs at the State level, but also to link with the A-League clubs for the future.’

The program and the festival are being funded by the FFA and the boys and girls involved with the Townsville festival will be aged between 13 and 16 years.

FFT will be directly involved in the program.

“We want to ensure that the Aboriginal kids have very close links to FFT and also with the clubs,” said Moriarty.

“Hopefully, there’ll be a natural process where they can get involved and move up the ladder to better themselves within the coaching systems that are here.

“Hopefully, they’ll become involved right to the ultimate and, maybe, we’ll have a couple of World Cup representatives coming out of Tasmania.”

FFT CEO Michael McIntyre said his organisation was extremely supportive of the initiative.

“It’s a great opportunity to increase participation amongst the Indigenous community within Tasmania and be involved with the first national carnival in Townsville in July this year,” McIntyre said.

“It’s a great program with a long-term horizon of about 10 years and I think what it will achieve in that period of time will be tremendous for the community.”

Photo: Jo Burgess at South Hobart on Saturday

Matildas’ star striker Jo Burgess was in Hobart on the weekend to conduct futsal clinics and to visit schools.

Burgess, 29, also took in some of the action at the Summer Cup series at South Hobart.

She said the inaugural national W-League season had been a huge success and she was looking forward to playing in it when the second season starts in August.

Burgess missed out on last year’s Asian Championship because of a family bereavement, and she missed out on the W-League because of injury.

“I’ve been having a lot of hamstring problems and my coach told me to sit it out and get some rest,” Burgess said.

“I hope to get back on the field soon.

“We’ll be having regular camps for the national side until the W-League resumes in August and I’m looking forward to it.

“The W-League was unbelievable and people got to see young talented players they hadn’t seen before.

“We’re getting a lot of new girls now as a result of the TV exposure.”

Burgess said Australia’s two games against Italy had been disappointing [a draw and a loss], but the team had new players and had not been together for several months.

“We stepped down a bit against Italy,” she said. “We had a lot of players who weren’t in the World Cup side the previous year and players such as Cheryl Salisbury and Jo Peters were retiring.

“The conditions were difficult and the girls were struggling a bit.”

She said the pressure was on her now to retain her Matildas’ spot as many young, talented girls were appearing on the scene.

Michael wells beats Martin Piesse for the winner


[Kingborough win penalty shoot-out 10-9.]

University almost took a 3rd-minute lead through Alexander Hoystead, but Marc Iseli cleared after goalkeeper David Leamey fumbled the ball.

In the 16th minute, Damian Pearce headed against the University post with keeper Martin Piesse beaten.

Kingborough were proving very dangerous at corners and Pearce, in particular, was finding the range with his headers.

But, it was University which took the lead against the run of play.

A terrible error in the 18th minute by Leamey gifted the Students a goal.

Michael Wells passed the ball back to Leamey, who, in attempting to clear, gave the ball to Matthew Besley, who couldn't believe his luck. He kept his head and stroked the ball home.

Kingborough might have been level in the 26th minute following yet another corner, but Marcus Bremner headed the ball down and it bounced over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time, Tom McDonald shot inches wide of the target as Kingborough continued to dominate play.

The equaliser came four minutes after the break, Bremner hammering a terrific shot into the roof of the net past an unsighted Piesse.

Piesse was finding himself busy and midway through the second half he did very well to turn Marcello Marchioli's effort wide.

Piesse was again in the action two minutes from the end when he parried Ross Hinkley's fierce shot.

And so, the game went to an extraordinary penalty shoot-out featuring 20 spot-kicks.

Michael Palmer, Marchioli, Joel Schuth, Bremner, Brett Andrews, Ryan Bevan, Iseli and McDonald all scored for the Lions, as did Oliver Venettacci, Andy Wilson, Besley, Brook Teale, James Wilkinson, Johnathon Merry, John Wilson, Joseph Summers and David Procter for University.

Mitch Gooch then shot over the bar for University and it was left to Michael Wells to score for the Lions and earn the bonus point.
  • University coach, Scott Gallacher, said:
"I don't really want to say much.

"Did we just play there?

"It just didn't happen for us today. We just weren't there.

"There's no structure at all.

"The penalty shoot-out was unbelievable. There were some great penalties taken."

  • Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:
"It was not really a good game, I think.

"The standard was certainly not very high.

"First half, we were very ordinary and we spoke about that a little bit at half-time that we probably rushed ourselves a little bit and didn't make the most of the space that we should have had.

"Second half, we used it a little bit better.

"We created some opportunities.

"It wasn't a great game but we're happy to sort of come away with at least playing better in the second half than the first.

"We had more chances than they did and we gave them a goal.

"If you don't take your chances you don't deserve to win.

"We may have been the better side, but not by much."

University: Piesse - A Wilson, Merry, Wilkinson, Procter - J Wilson, Venettacci, Teale, Summers - Besley, Hoystead [Substitutes: Weller, Andrews, Gooch]

Booked: J Wilson

Goals: Besley 18

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Palmer, Iseli, Pearce, Wells - Bevan, Marchioli, Andrews, Schuth - Bremner, McDonald [Substitutes: R Hinkley, Voss]

Goals: Bremner 34

Ref: S Collins

Att: 100

Clarence's Luke Cripps heads home a corner



Clarence United have one foot in the Summer Cup final after this 2-1 win over Glenorchy Knights in Group A of the Premier League section of the competition.

Clarence have a good chance of finally winning something at this level.

They were young, fast and fit and did not allow the Knights to settle into a comfort zone.

Luke Cripps and Ben Hamlett worked hard in attack and always posed a threat to a Knights defence that unsuccessfully tried to play the off-side trap and which too readily gave the ball away in dangerous areas.

And yet, the Knights should have taken the lead in the 6th minute when the Clarence defence were at sixes and sevens, a cross from the right passing by several defenders before carrying to the unmarked Will Roberts on the left.

Roberts went for accuracy rather than power and his tame side-footer was easily caught by Michael Moschogianis.

Six minute later, Clarence hit the lead, Ben Hamlett crossing from the goal-line on the right and Jacob Huigsloot powering a header past Ben Peter.

Seven minutes after the break, Hamlett’s corner was headed home by Cripps to make it 2-0.

The Knights sometimes put together good passages of play. One such passage came two minutes from the end when Josh Fielding released Cosmos Paite down the right and his cross was headed powerfully into the net by Amadu Koroma.

  • Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

“We should have won it in the first half. We missed four goals in the first half.

“The first bit of football we played all day, we scored a goal.

“But, you know, that’s football.

“We just go on to next week.”

  • Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“Any win’s a good win.

“It’s not actually what we came into the Summer Cup for, but we will take it.

“I thought we rode our luck early. We could have been two or three down.

“But, when you’re working on things that these guys haven’t experienced before, it’s going to take time to get it.

“We believe there are more positives than negatives.

“Again, a late goal, which is very disappointing, and it’s something that we worked very hard on. And so, we’ve failed miserably twice this year.

“That being said, I am happy with aspects of the performance again, but we have lots of things to work on.”


Glenorchy Knights: Peter - Wiggins, Djelalija, Clay - Vavoulas - Koroma, Fielding, Kamba, Roberts - Sherman, Smith

Booked: Smith

Goals: Koroma 58

Clarence United: Moschogianis - Toghill, Lewis, Ling, J Huigsloot - McMahon, Parker, Cannamela, Hunt - Cripps, Hamlett

Booked: Hamlett 58

Goals: J Huigsloot 12, Cripps 37

Ref: K Barker

Att: 200