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:  The match programme, complete with Ken Morton's autograph [PlessPix]

The summer of 1980 saw the visit to Tasmania of German amateur league club Wacker 04 Berlin.

It was the first visit to Tasmania of a German football side.

They played Rapid Wrest Point at South Hobart on Sunday, 6 January 1980, and Dallas Joiner recently gave me a copy of the match programme, which was autographed by several players, including Ken Morton.



Photo:  Sam Saif of Chelsea Training Camps [PlessPix]

Sam Saif, 50, is in Hobart to conduct a coaching clinic for Chelsea FC Training Camps.

The organisation is a partner of Football Coaching International and Vikings Futsal.

Saif, who was involved in coaching at Leeds United when Harry Kewell was there in the early 90s, played in the semi-professional leagues in England.


Sam Saif, who is in Hobart at present conducting a two-day clinic for kids as part of the Chelsea FC Football Training Camp, will take a session with Glenorchy Knights this evening.

The Knights will be training at Cadbury’s from 6pm.