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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Photo: Kurt Reynolds demonstrates a technique for youngsters [PlessPix]

Kurt Reynolds, 43, is the new Football Federation Tasmania director of coaching and game development manager.

It is an inspired appointment as Reynolds is a Tasmanian who has reached a high level of the game, playing in the old NSL and captaining the Young Socceroos at the Under-20 World Cup in Chile in 1987.

If anyone can inspire our youngsters through personal experience, it is Reynolds.

He has done it, and he can tell our young players what is required for them to make it beyond these shores.

I interviewed Reynolds following his appointment.

Walter Pless: Where did you play your early football in Tasmania, and for how long?

Kurt Reynolds: I commenced playing with Trevallyn Junior Soccer Club in Launceston at the age of 7. From there, I progressed into the northern representative teams and Tasmanian state teams from U/13 to U/17. At 13 years of age, I joined Launceston Juventus ( now Launceston City), where I initially played U/17s and then progressed into the senior state league squad. At 15 years of age, I was selected into the AIS program on a fulltime scholarship.

WP: How did you catch the eye of the various national selectors?

KR: Through participating in the National Youth Championships, playing in the National Youth League with the AIS, and playing in the NSL.

WP: Tell me about your international career.

KR: My first international experience was with the AIS squad where, on two occasions, we travelled to Germany and Holland, where we participated in youth football competitions. The tours included tournaments at Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, with clubs from all over Europe competing. My first youth international was in 1986 at KGV against Czechoslovakia. We won the match 2-1. So, I have fond memories at KGV. Under coach Les Scheinflug, the Young Socceroos went onto the World Youth Cup qualifiers in Auckland, New Zealand, where we gained qualification with wins over Chinese Taipei, New Zealand and Israel. In preparation for the World Youth Cup in Chile, the team toured Thailand, Noumea and New Zealand, then Argentina on route to Chile. Competing in a World Youth Cup was, without doubt, my career highlight. Our group was based in Santiago and included Togo, Yugoslavia and the hosts, Chile. We achieved a 2-0 win in the opening match versus Togo, where Alistair Edwards and myself scored. Yugoslavia, who went on to win the competition, handed us a 4-0 drumming. Then came a 2-0 loss to Chile at their national stadium in front of 75,000 screaming Chileans.

WP: Tell me about your NSL career.

KR: My NSL career started at Blacktown City in Sydney in 1987. On return from the World Youth Cup, I transferred to Apia Leichardt under coach Rale Rasic. During that season, we won the NSL Ampol Cup competition. I then transferred back to Blacktown City, who had gained promotion back into the NSL. In conjunction with an employment opportunity, I then transferred to West Adelaide, where I played one season in the NSL, followed by a season in the South Australian State League.

WP: What did you do when your playing days were over?

KR: During my early 20s, I commenced a career in FMCG ( fast moving consumer goods) with Pepsi Cola. As the NSL was semi-professional, players needed another income source and potentially another career. Over time, I gained valuable learnings and promotion into more senior roles, predominantly in sales and marketing, which enabled me to progress into roles with a major Australian gourmet food importer and then Dairy Farmers in 2000. In 2002, I was approached by a large Saudi Arabian dairy business company to head up their sales and marketing group and relocated to the Middle East. Living and working in such an interesting and culturally diverse region was a wonderful experience.

WP: What was the highlight of your time with the Young Socceroos?

KR: Definitely the World Youth Cup in Chile. Pitting yourself and the team against players such as Yugoslavian

Photos (Top to Bottom): Jeremy Walker; Will Abbott (right); CEO of FFT John Boulous [PlessPix]

Jeremy Walker and Will Abbott will play with Premier League club Kingborough Lions United in the 2011 season.

The Lions were the successful club in the application process for the two National Training Centre players.

Three clubs in all applied for the youngsters.

Perth Glory 4-2 Adelaide United


Perth Glory moved off the foot of the A-League ladder with a 4-2 home win against second-placed Adelaide United at NIB Stadium last night.

Adelaide lost Paul Reid after only 10 minutes when he clashed heads with team-mate Iain Fyfe, and they had central defender Robbie Cornthwaite sent off in the 75th minute when he brought down Mile Sterjovski and conceded a penalty. Sterjvovski was lucky to still be on the field at that stage as he had earlier kicked out at an opponent with play stopped for a free-kick, but Mr Beath took no action.

Jamie Coyne put Glory ahead in the 6th minute when he nodded home a corner from the left by Sterjovski.

The Glory could have scored twice more in the following minutes, but Sterjovski