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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Ben Hamlett, the 18-year-old Clarence United striker, left for the United States on Wednesday to take up a sports scholarship at Mountain State University in West Virginia.

“The scholarship will enable me to play soccer and to study,” said Hamlett, who came on as a substitute for Tasmania against Central Coast Mariners at KGV Park on Tuesday night.

Hamlett scored twice for Clarence last Saturday as they beat Burnie United 4-3 away to qualify for the final of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy.

He is Clarence’s top scorer in the league with 11 goals, which makes him equal third on the Premier League goalscoring chart, and so will be missed by the Eastern Shore outfit.

“We’ll be training twice a day, five days a week, and playing twice a week, so this is the next step in my career,” Hamlett said.

“I’ll come back, maybe, after a couple of years, but you never know because after the four years, if you’re good enough, you are put in the draft for the MLS.

“Hopefully, I’ll make that.”

Tasmanian fans will watch Hamlett’s progress with great interest as he is a product of the State development programme.