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): Nelson president Bill Hanley; Ryan Mills, the senior side's best-and-fairest player; Andrew Gaskell; Dean Melville; Gab Morrison; Rhys Endall; Ethan Brighella; Maddy Smith; Under-16 girls' team; Division One Reserve side; Richard Flood, the MC for the night [Photos courtesy of Nelson Eastern Suburbs]

Andrew Gaskell won Nelson Eastern Suburbs’ Division One side’s best-and-fairest award at the club’s trophy presentation evening last Saturday.

Rowan Sakul was the best-and-fairest player in the reserves, Rhys Endall in the Under-19s, and Dylan Forbes in the Division Three side.

Oliver Ireland was the recipient of the ‘Best Club Person’ Award.

Oliver Burdon received the club’s goalkeeping award.

Nelson’s Division One Reserves won the title and the Premiership Cup and winners’ medallions were presented to coach Dean Melville and the players.

Medallions were also presented to the players and coach of the women’s team that won the Under-16 Knockout Cup. The team was coached by Michelle Castle.

Ryan Mills was the Nelson Division One senior side’s leading marksman.

Jordan Brighella was the Division One Reserves’ leading scorer.

Ethan Brighella was the leading scorer for the Under-19s, while in the Division Three side, Shane Moore and Simon Walker were the joint top scorers.

In Women’s Division One, the leading scorer was Maddy Smith, and she was also named as the best-and-fairest award winner.

Gabby Morrison took out the same honours for the women’s Division Two team.

Newcomer Sophie Ellston was named as the Division Two side’s most improved player.

The ‘Aaron Wojcik Personality Award’ was won jointly by ‘Kung Fu’ Ali Kabalan and Rob ‘The Real Deal’ Ball.

The Los Angeles Galaxy, complete with David Beckham and Landon Donovan, will be in Australia again this year.

Newcastle Jets will host LA Galaxy in an exhibition match at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday, 27 November, during the American club’s 4-day stay in Australia.

LA Galaxy drew a crowd of 80,000 when they lost to Sydney FC 5-3 in 2007.

The NSW government is in partnership with Newcastle Jets in this venture.

Minister for the Hunter, Jodi McKay, was extremely buoyant when announcing the event.

“This is fantastic news for football fans and for tourism in the Hunter,” McKay said.

“The phenomenal global interest in David Beckham, World Cup hero Landon Donovan, and the LA Galaxy team means Newcastle and the Jets will be in the spotlight for sports enthusiasts from around the world.

“There's sure to be a great deal of global media interest in David, Landon and the LA Galaxy visit to Newcastle and in the game itself.

“It’s sure to generate interest in Australia and around the world for the Hunter as a great place to spend time.”

Jets executive chairman, Ken Edwards, admitted it was a brilliant coup by the club.

“Jodi, together with the Jets, have worked very hard over the past 72 hours to ensure this exhibition match happens for the people of the Hunter,” Edwards said.

“On behalf of the Jets, I thank the NSW Government sincerely for their financial support and the great personal support provided by Jodi to get this deal over the line.”

The Jets have had a huge month since mining and racing magnate Nathan Tinkler took over as owner and this event only adds testament to the work the new officials have done since his instalment.

Meanwhile, the Jets’ assistant coach, Mark Jones, has parted company with the club.

Apparently, his coaching philosophy differed with that of coach Branko Culina.

Craig Deans is Jones’s replacement and will coach the Jets’ National Youth League side.

Photos (Top to Bottom): Chiara Sianski is presented with her award; Aaron Marney took out Metro's senior best-and-fairest award and is shown with coach Matthew Rhodes (left) and president Craig Bidgood (right); Amber Johnstone receives her award; Debra Deegan is presented with the coach's award; Frank and Jan Robins were back from Europe to present their award; Jeremy Morris receives his award after a fine season; Liam Binning was the most consistent for the Under-19s; Lochie Herring was the coach's pick in the Under-19s and is shown with president Craig Bidgood (left), Simon Land and Neil Biggar; Shane Leek was best and fairest in the reserves; Wade Hawkins was the most consistent player in the seniors and is photographed with coach Matthew Rhodes (left) and president Craig Bidgood; Adrian Pickin (right) coached the women's Division One side; 100 gamers for Metro (left to right) Matthew Gasparin, Sharon Ellis, Neil Biggar, Darrin Chaffey, Aaron Marney, Simon Land, Wayne Jackson, Jason Dawes, Kye Mcqueen [Photos courtesy of Metro Football Club]

Metro Football Club celebrated their 2010 season with an awards night on Saturday night at Tattersall’s Park.

There were 75 players, supporters, members and friends that attended the evening.

The 2010 Award Winners were:


Best and Fairest – Paul Hunt

Most Consistent – Liam Binning

Coach’s Award – Lochie Herring

Division 4 Men

Players’ Player – David Morrison

Coach’s Award – Stuart Wiggins

Division 1 Reserves

Best and Fairest – Shane Leek

Most Consistent – Terry Kent

Coach’s Award – Anthony Van Den Houvel

Women’s Division 1

Best and Fairest – Chiara Sianski

Most Consistent – Amber Johnstone

Coach’s Award – Debra Deegan

Division 1 Men

Best and Fairest – Aaron Marney

Most Consistent – Wade Hawkins

Coach’s Award – Jeremy Morris

Players’ Player – Jason Dawes

Leading Goal Scorer – Jason Dawes

Best Clubman – David Lipscombe

Steve Robins Award (Best Clubman/Player) – Debra Deegan

Metro 100 + Game players 2004 onwards – Matthew Gasparin, Sharon Ellis, Neil Biggar, Darrin Chaffey, Aaron Marney, Simon Land, Wayne Jackson, Jason Dawes, Kye Mcqueen

Metro would also like to advise all players members and supporters that their AGM will be held at the clubrooms on Thursday 4th November at 6:30pm

Photos (Top to Bottom): Ben Hamlett, who won both the Golden Boot Award and the Players' Player-of-the-Year Award for Clarence, is now in the USA; Ben Hamlett (red shirt) in a match against University; The Dixon sisters of Clarence; Nick McKim is Clarence's new patron [PlessPix]

Clarence United FC held their celebration dinner for the 2010 season at Tattersall's Park on Friday night.

Senior awards for men’s and women’s premier league were presented by the club's new patron, Mr Nick McKim. Awards were won by:

Men’s Premier League

Golden Boot Ben Hamlett
Coaches Award Ben Parker
Player’s Player Ben Hamlett
Most Valuable Player Ben Hamlett

Women’s Premier League

Golden Boot Marlugu Dixon and Harkana Dixon
Coaches Award Danielle Kannegeisser
Player’s Player Kathryn McLeod
Most Valuable Player Harkana Dixon

The women’s premiership trophy was also formally presented by Mr McKim to coach Ronnie Bolton and captain Kathryn McLeod.

The other premier league awards were won by:

Men’s Reserves

Golden Boot Emmanuel Tsakiris
Coaches Award Adam McIntyre
Player’s Player Angus Hardwick
Most Valuable Player Angus Hardwick and Toby Ling

Women’s Reserves

Golden Boot Sarah Nellis
Player’s Player Emily Nellis
Most Valuable Player Emily Nellis and Elle Ortman

Under 19

Golden Boot Liam Marsh
Coaches Award Jeremy Price
Player’s Player Lachlan Brown

Most Valuable Player Lachlan Brown

Life membership of Clarence United was awarded to Mr Garry Ling.

Club person of the year was Virginia Sparks.

The President’s awards for outstanding young people in the premier league program were awarded to Rachael Riddler and Liam Marsh.

The goalkeeper's encouragement award was won by Amelia VanderNiet.

President Phil Randall said the club is looking forward to the 2011 season.

“We are extremely delighted that Nick has accepted to role of patron within the club," said Randall.

"We also thank our outgoing patron Jock Campbell for his loyal support.

"We are blessed with a wonderful crew of coaches, support staff and volunteers and look forward to building this team even further in 2011.

"Our on field results for 2010, particularly with our women’s program, were fantastic and the plans we are working on for 2011 will ensure we are again challenging for titles and trophies in all grades.”