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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Tasmania did well but ultimately succumbed to a penalty.

Tasmania won their second game 7-0 against Northern Territory, after leading 5-o at half-time.

The scorers were Eli Luttmer, Alex Nandan, Patrick Lanau-Atkinson, Ben Watkins, Elliott Lovell, Brady Kronk and Declan Foley.

The Tasmanian under-14s lost their opening fixture 5-1 to Northern New South Wales.

In their second game, Tasmania beat Country Queensland 3-1 through goals by Fionn Collin, Daniel McGinn and Jim Eagles.

Photos (Top to Bottom): Michael Bulis, Hobart Olympic's senior best-and-fairest player and leading marksman; Robert Lebski, Olympic's most consistent senior player; Amelia Jones, Bliss Cantrell and Adele Jarvis scooped the women's awards; Clubman-of-the-Year John Moutsatsos; Out-going president Steve Kaproulias (left) welcomes new president George Mamacas to the helm

He was presented with his award at the club’s awards dinner at the Hellenic Hall last night.

The Olympic striker, who scored 15 times in the league to be the club’s leading scorer in the Premier League and the equal third marksman in the top flight, also finished runner-up in the Vic Tuting Silver Medal count on Friday night.

Defender Robert Lebski was named as the club’s most consistent player.

In the Under-19s, Matthew Huizing was the best-and-fairest player, while Dipendra Kunwar was the leading scorer.

In the Women’s Division One team, Theresa Fiotakis was the ‘Most Improved’ player and Kate Murray the best-and-fairest player.

Colin Banks was the best-and-fairest in the Premier Reserves and was presented with the Luka Mamacas Trophy by Luka Mamacas Junior.

The top scorer was Emmanuel Tsakiris and the most consistent player was Aaron Percy.

John Moutsatsos was named as the ‘clubman of the year’, while Dipendra Kunwar and Bliss Cantrell were announced as the club’s equal leading scorers and they were presented with their trophies by Voula Karipides.

Cantrell was the Women’s Premier League side’s top scorer, Adele Jarvis was the ‘most consistent’ player and Amelia Jones the best-and-fairest player.

The coach’s award went to Adele Ortmann and Caitlin Hale.

Out-going club president Steve Kaproulias handed over the reins to incoming president George Mamacas, who last served in that position in 2000.

Mamacas said he was determined that the club would revert to its former name of Olympia as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

Farrell Shaw has stood down as senior coach but a replacement has yet to be named.

Shaw thanked his players and the committee for their efforts during the past season and during his three-year tenure as senior coach.

Defender Chris Tsimiklis, who is in his fifth year of a medical degree next year, will be based in Launceston and may not be able to play for Olympic next season.

Josh Fielding, the 27-year-old Glenorchy Knights central-midfielder, has won the 2009 Vic Tuting Silver Medal as the southern Premier League’s best-and-fairest player.

Fielding polled 30 votes, 13 more than second-placed Michael Bulis, a striker with Hobart Olympic, and 14 ahead of third-ranked Marc Iseli, a central-defender from Kingborough Lions United.

“I feel ecstatic,” said Fielding after being presented with the medal at last night’s award presentation dinner at Tattersall’s Park Function Centre in Glenorchy.

“You don’t play football for awards like this. You play for team success, but you take things that come your way.

“I was very surprised [to win by such a huge margin] because there are a lot of quality players in the league.

“I thought Luke Cripps and Liam Scott might have been up there with Ricky Self, but yeah, the referees see it a different way and that’s the way the game goes.

“I had a very enjoyable season, personally. Last year I did the coaching and this year I let it go and had the captaincy and I really enjoyed it.

“I thought I had a very good season overall. It could have been better in a few games, but I’m very happy with the way it went.”

Fielding said he and his wife were expecting their first child any day now and he might be told to hang up his boots.

“The wife might want me to hang up my boots, unfortunately,” he said. “The first baby is on the way.

“I’ll wait and see. Have the baby, move on, and, hopefully, start a pre-season fresh and then move on for Glenorchy Knights next year. That’s my plans.”

Fielding said he enjoyed the role of playmaker in the team.

“Centre-midfield is my favourite position by a long way,” Fielding said.

“I love playing in centre-midfield. In between the strikers, feeding the strikers and helping our defence and laying the balls through.

“I’m not a goal-scorer, but I’m a playmaker. That’s what I like to be.”

Fielding said Glenorchy Knights had had a very successful season in finishing third.

“A lot of people saw us in the relegation zone,” he said. “But, we proved them wrong.

“Every year, the Knights get talked about as being in the relegation zone, but, as a team, we haven’t got big-name players, but we play together as a team and that gets us results.

“We beat every team in the league and you can’t take that away from us.”

Andrew Brown was announced as the Premier League coach-of-the-year for 2009 after taking Clarence United to the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy success and the State Premiership from fourth spot.

“I feel absolutely thrilled,” Brown said. “It’s like the players’ player award, but for coaches.

“It’s not your own people judging you, but you’re actually being judged by the people you’re trying to beat each week.

“It’s a very humbling experience.

“It means an awful lot to me personally.

“I don’t expect it to happen to me next year because we had such a super end to the season and I think that might have influenced a few people, but I’m more than happy to accept it on behalf of all the coaching staff because we worked very hard as a group and a lot of the things I get the credit for, it’s usually somebody else’s idea and I’ve used it to the best advantage.

“So, the whole group deserves the award and I’m thrilled.”

Brown said that he would be at Clarence United next year but not necessarily as the senior Premier League coach.

“I guarantee you I won’t be going to another club,” he said.

“Whether I’m coaching seniors or reserves, or youth, I will be at Clarence United.”

Seth Otte of South Hobart won the Premier League Reserves best-and-fairest award with 24 votes.

Vanessa Johnson of Hobart Olympic was named as the Premier Women’s League best-and-fairest player with 32 votes.

Ronnie Bolton, of Clarence United, was voted the Premier League Women's competition coach-of-the-year.

Liam Marsh of Clarence United and Jeremy Walker of University shared the Premier League Under-19s best-and-fairest award, both having polled 23 votes.

Metro striker Ricky Orr took out the Division One best-and-fairest award with 37 votes.

Kim Barker was voted the 2009 Referee of the Year. It is the ninth consecutive year that he has won this award.

The complete list of Rothmans Gold Medal and Vic Tuting Silver Medal winners since the inception of the Rothmans award is:

Rothmans Gold Medal Winners

1971 John Kirkpatrick

1972 Karl Schwesinger

1973 Brian MacKay

1974 Billy Jones

1975 Dudley Hall

1976 Alistair Hales

1977 Danny Spendiff

1978 Larry Nunn

1979 Brian Davidson

1980 Brian Davidson

1981 Wolfgang Stuetzel

1982 Eric Young

1983 Liam Monagle

1984 Ian Parker

1985 Peter Sawdon

1986 Colin Guest

1987 Liam Monagle

1988 Peter Sawdon

Vic Tuting Silver Medal Winners

1989 Peter Savill

1990 Chris Barrell

1991 John ‘Snow’ Compagne

1992 David Stoddart

1993 Tom Huigsloot

1994 Tom McGinn

1995 Craig Nichols

1996 Anthony Guilbert

1997 Brett Pullen

1998 Scott Hadley

1999 Julian Proud

2000 Brett Pullen

2001 Ben Harbinson

2002 Colin Shepherd

2003 Colin Shepherd

2004 Brett Pullen

2005 Tom Roach

2006 Tom Roach and Chris Sanita

2007 Bart Beecroft

2008 Ben Crosswell

2009 Josh Fielding

Jade Clay, the dynamic Glenorchy Knights midfielder, must be one of the favourites to win the 2009 Vic Tuting Silver Medal as the southern Premier League’s best and fairest player.

The winner will be announced at a function on Friday evening at the Tattersall’s Park Function Centre.

Clay had an outstanding season for the Knights, who finished third.

He might not have scored many goals, but he was unselfish in his distribution and made chances and goals for team-mates.

His speed troubled most teams and his reading of the game inspired the Knights to some excellent performances as he brought others into play.

Team-mates Amadu Koroma and Josh Fielding are also in the mix and should poll well.

Clarence striker Luke Cripps was the league’s leading marksman with 25 goals and represents a serious threat to Clay in the polling.

Ben Crosswell won last year’s award with 24 votes and was the leading scorer with 24 goals, but he is ineligible this year because he was sent off.

Kingborough Lions United defender Marc Iseli is the workhorse of his side and will have caught the eye of the referees, who allocate votes on a 3-2-1 basis after each game.

The three leading vote-getters for each club and who have, therefore, been invited, are: Luke Cripps, Ben Parker, Sam McIntyre (Clarence United), Jade Clay, Amadu Koroma, Josh Fielding (Glenorchy Knights), Michael Bulis, Dipendra Kunwar, Dmitri Nester (Hobart Olympic), Charles White, Ross Hinkley, Marc Iseli (Kingborough Lions United), Adam McKeown, Alex Gordon, Andrew Clark (New Town Eagles), Jonathon Ladic, Julius Ross, Liam Scott (South Hobart), Andrew Telega, Ryan Smith, Ricky Self (Hobart Zebras), Rory McCallum, Hamish Peacock, Richard Delara (University).