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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Adam Whitemore will take over from Roslan Sa’ad as senior coach of Northern Rangers next season.

Sa’ad, who took Rangers to the Northern league title and to the final of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy, will return to Singapore in December to continue his teaching career in the island republic.

Whitemore is no stranger to Northern Rangers, having had a stint there as coach in 2005.

He coached George Town United in the 1990s and played for them in the State League.

He is also a former player and captain of Northern Rangers.

His assistant will be Tony Ludby, who has also been associated with George Town United and Northern Rangers in the past as a player.

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University must be complimented on their website, which contains an extensive history of the club which was founded 60 years ago.

Former player Jeff Connolly had devoted years - and many, many hours during those years - in compiling the club’s history.

He has painstakingly researched “The Mercury” and recorded all references to the University club in that 60 years.

If one is interested in the club’s senior side of any particular year, for example, the line-up, results and scorers can be found on the website at:


There are also some very interesting photos from matches, which were taken by former player Rhett Knight, who is now a Barbershop Quartet singer.

Connolly deserves a medal for his detailed work because, when the University clubrooms were destroyed by fire in the 1980s, he rescued much of the historical material that was stored there.

If it hadn’t been for Connolly, much of the club’s history would have been lost.

The website even contains referee reports from games involving University, and dozens and dozens of player registration cards, complete with photo ID.

If you were a University player in the 1970s and you were sent off, you may well find a referee’s report on the site detailing the circumstances of the send-off.

The site is well worth a look (there is a link on the FFT website) and it is easy to navigate through it.

It may give other clubs some ideas for their own sites. Incidentally, the number of club sites is increasing and the standard is improving.

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Launceston United are keen to do better next season after collecting the wooden spoon in the Northern Premier League this season.

Hobart United coach Mark Broadbent has, apparently, been approached to be coach, while it has also been reported that Corey Smith has been offered a playing position at the club, with no requirement tor him to train with the club. He can just travel up for matches.

Goalkeeper Michael McKenna is a possible addition to Taroona’s Premier League squad for next season as they return to the top flight.

McKenna is currently employed by Vikings Futsal and is hoping to be fit for the outdoor game next season.

There are also reports starting to trickle through that Hobart United may fold.

They won the Division One league title in 2008 and this past season determined the destination of the title when they beat Metro in the final league match of the season to hand promotion to Taroona.

Many of the club’s committee have resigned and it will be up to the remaining players and supporters to take over the reins.

If they choose not to do so, the club will be history.

Ricky Orr easily won Metro’s best-and-fairest award with 57 votes and the Scottish striker also took out the leading goalscoring award for the club.

Aaron Marney was second with 33 votes and Colin Sweeney third with 31 votes.

Marney was the most consistent senior player and goalkeeper Simon Land collected the coach’s award.

Veteran Terry Kent was the reserves’ best-and-fairest with 23 votes, while Jim Brown, who also took out the ‘most consistent’ award, was second with 15 votes, and Paul Docherty third with 9 votes.

The coach’s award went to Jarrod Berry.

Metro’s Under-19s won the league title under coach Doug Saunders and their best-and-fairest player award was shared by Travis Brooks and Ryan Murtagh with 25 votes each.

Ryan Thurley was second with 20 votes and he also took out the ‘most consistent’ award, while Trent Delaney was third with 18 votes.

Doug Saunders gave his coach’s award to Jack Bowerman.

In the Men’s Division Four team, Scott O’Brien presented the players’ player-of-the-year’ award to Simon Hall.

Nikki Hallam took out the Women’s Division One best-and-fairest award, while Leah Giles was the most consistent and Amber Johnson earned the coach’s award.

Alicia Wilson was the Women’s Division Two best and fairest, Kaitlyn Jetson the most consistent, and Binte Makelele earned the coach’s award.

The Steve Robins Perpetual Trophy awarded for services to the club was won by Simon Land.

The trophy was presented by Steve’s parents, Frank and Jan Robins.

Matthew Gasparin was the MC at the awards dinner, while Greg Saunders delivered the president’s speech in the absence of Craig Bidgood, who is in hospital recovering after surgery.

Long-time club stalwart Karen Rubenach also missed the function because she is in hospital, while former president Jim Mackinnon was in Sydney for the Socceroos’ match against The Netherlands.

Women’s coach Karen Lawler was at the Master’s Tournament interstate.

The club’s three Scottish imports, Ricky Orr, Colin ‘Sam’ Sweeney and Grant Malcolm flew back from Melbourne for the awards evening.

The Netherlands could only draw 0-0 with Australia at the Sydney Football Stadium last night despite having 80 per cent of possession at times.

The visitors had 20 shots at goal compared to the Socceroos' four.

Just over 40,000 witnessed the friendly match on a damp Saturday evening.

It was the first time in 22 games that The Netherlands had failed to score.

Australia will meet Oman at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Wednesday night in an Asian Championship qualifying match.

A 79th-minute goal by former Dutch international Viktor Sikora gave Perth Glory a 1-0 win over Adelaide United in the A-League match in Perth tonight before a crowd of almost 9,500.

The first half
was goalless, but Sikora slotted home the winner after releasing substitute Eugene Dadi on the left of the box and meeting his return ball with a low drive past Eugene Galekovic.

It was a very physical match and Perth played the final six minutes with ten men.

Adelaide's Travis Dodd was playing his 100th A-League match for his club.