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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Hugo Luttmer; Llewyn Tubb; Ruaidhri Carey, Bryce Clarke and Daniel Palmer; Richard Nettlefold and Phil Gale; Laura Wilsdon; The Division 2 Women's team with coach Owen Tubb; Karen Wills, Owen Tubb and Stratia Anagnostis; Karen Wills; Hiroshi Sagawa; Mark Painter, Chris Hutchinson, Peter Thompson and Jon Stagg; The Carey Family; Ben Horgan; Premier David Bartlett; Emma Bridge; John Meehan

Central defender and captain Chris Wass won New Town Eagles’ best-and-fairest player award for the 2009 season.

Midfielder Andrew Clark was the senior side’s most consistent player, while coach George Krambousanos presented goalkeeper Michael Soszynski with the coach’s award.

In the reserves, Adam Shackcloth was the best-and-fairest player, Craig Minty and Rob Wilson shared the ‘most consistent’ award, and Josh Quan won the coach’s award.

Matthew Fennell was the leading scorer in the Premier Reserves competition this past season.

Matt Ball took out Eagles’ under-19 best-and-fairest award, while Jacob Clamp was the most consistent and Konrad Niekrasz was presented with the coach’s award.

In Division Two, the White side’s best-and-fairest player was Ben Michel, while in the Red side, it was Giovani Vasile who took the honours.

Andrew Leszynski, who played in seven title-winning Eagle sides at senior level, was the club’s Division Three team’s best-and-fairest player and he was also awarded Life Membership.

Riley Smith won the Women’s Division One best-and-fairest award.

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There are reports that the TIS will play in the Premier League next season, thus creating a bye.

The reports also suggest that the State under-15s will compete in the Premier Reserves competition and the State-under-14s in the Premier League Under-19 competition.

This would be a farce and make Tasmania’s top flight competition -seniors, reserves and under-19s - the laughing stock of Australian football, if, indeed, the rest of Australia knows that football is played here.

I also see that my suggestion that FFT approach FFA to hold at least one of Australia’s Asian Champions Cup qualifying games in Tasmania has come to naught.

We just don’t seem to rank as far as FFA are concerned.

How often do we think of Bruny Island? About as often as FFA thinks about Tasmania.