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): Jonathon Lo scored twice against Taroona tonight; Jim Pennicott scoted twice against Taroona to make it four goals in three matches for the youngster; Luke Huigsloot (right) has joined South Hobart from Clarence United [PlessPix]

South Hobart have signed defender Luke Huigsloot from Clarence United.

Huigsloot is expected to make his debut on Saturday in the friendly against Beachside and then also play in the opening round of the Steve Hudson Cup in Launceston on the Sunday.

“This is a massive signing for us,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“He’s a dynamic young player and we think he’ll be a big acquisition to us.

“Hopefully, we’ll bring something to his game, and he’ll certainly bring something to our game.”

South Hobart beat Taroona 4-1 in a friendly this evening at Wellesley Park.

Jonathon Lo and Jim Pennicott each scored a brace, while Felix Kanga replied for Taroona with a penalty.

“The game was good in patches,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton. “But, at other times it was scrappy.

"It was another good work-out for us. It wasn’t a full side for us, but still a good side.

“They worked hard. The young lads fought hard for each other. Not a bad work-out.

“The first 20 minutes we blitzed them off the park. We scored after just four minutes and the game could have been over.

“But, we fall into the habit of dropping into their ways a little bit. But, a good work-out. We’ve had good numbers at training but we didn’t play a lot of players tonight.”

“Taroona worked the ball well and maintained discipline and tried to play out from the back. It was refreshing.”

Photos (Top to Bottom): Former Croatia player Joe Glasovac (left) and a friend at last year's grand final at KGV Park [PlessPix]; The Rapid Wrest Point match program for the game against Croatia on 29 July 1978 [Courtesy of the Rodney Tattam Collection]

Shown above is a Rapid Wrest Point match program for the game against Croatia on 29 July 1978.

It is an interesting design, based on English match programs of the day. Again, it was produced without the aid of the sort of technology we are accustomed to today.

The Rapid versus Croatia game was a Radio Rentals State League match and it is interesting to look at the league table contained in the program.

Rapid were on top of the 10-team competition, while White Eagles were second. Launceston United were last.

Rapid became Kingston Cannons and last season merged with Christian United to form Southern FC.

Croatia became Glenorchy Knights and are still in the southern top-flight today.

Of the Rapid team listed in the old WM formation, Chester Willcock attends most South Hobart games these days as his son, Dean, plays for that club.

Stephen Kannegiesser is involved with Clarence United as his daughter plays for their women’s team.

Other players listed are still about but rarely, if ever, go to games.

Coach Karl Schwesinger was a master pastry chef from Austria and ran his own business in Hobart. He also played for and coached South Hobart (when he won the Rothmans Gold Medal), White Eagles (New Town Eagles) and Juventus (Tilford Zebras).

Rapid had two excellent Iraqi imports - Noory Aziz and Munther Alwan. They were a delight to watch and technically gifted.

Of the Croatia team, many are still about, but not at games.

Rodney Tattam, the goalkeeper, is involved with women’s football, while Joe Glasovac was at last year’s grand final.

As a matter of interest, the State League teams, in descending order on the ladder at the time of this match were:

Rapid Wrest Point, White Eagles, Croatia, Launceston Juventus, Devonport. Olympia, Caledonians, Ulverstone, George Town, Launceston United.

Photo: Dane Hudson ready to kick off Prospect Knights' season [PlessPix]

I interviewed Prospect Knights coach Dane Hudson on the eve of the Steve Hudson Cup competition.

Prospect Knights have been drawn in Group B of the competition, together with Olympia Warriors, Launceston United and Ulverstone.

The Knights open their campaign on Sunday at 11am against Launceston United.

Walter Pless: How old are you, Dane?

Dane Hudson: I will be 49 years of age in April this year.

WP: Tell me about your coaching background.

DH: My coaching background covers all the age groups and genders. I have been coaching senior football for 6 years.

WP: What about your playing background?

DH: I have played since a child and started my senior career at 17 years of age after not playing after high school. I have stopped playing altogether now due to a broken feta suffered in a social game last year.

WP: What is the most difficult thing about coaching?

DH: The most difficult thing about coaching, I think, is believing with everything you have that you will win, but then you lose. No answers, no pats on the back, and just bewilderment.

WP: What’s the most rewarding thing about coaching?

DH: The most rewarding thing about coaching is seeing the group you are involved with develop, not only as players, but also as people and put into place strategies that you have introduced and coached knowing that if they are implemented correctly you will be successful.

WP: What is your coaching philosophy?

DH: My coaching philosophy is a coach should sell not yell.

WP: What are your aims with Prospect Knights this season?

DH: My aims this year with Knights are to continue our development as players and as a group and offer pathways to our younger players that they can place a value on as the future unfolds.

WP: How would you rate the Northern Premier League?

DH: I think the standard up here continues to improve as coaches continue to become better informed. Gone are the days, I think, where clubs employ good players to coach, only to then realise they are good players but not necessarily good coaches.

WP: Who will win the Northern Premier League title this season?

DH: I think, as previously, any top-four club can win it this year. Rangers are always strong, are well coached and have terrific self-belief. Devonport never say never, and, again, are well coached tactically and technically. Riverside play very attractive football and have both developing coaches and players. Knights are a very proud group, don’t take backward steps, and are again developing coaches and players and I really believe we will go very close this year.

WP: Do you have any new players?

DH: No new signings as yet, but we are hopeful some new arrivals in town will be attracted to us for the 2011 season.

WP: How does your squad rate compared to last season?

DH: I think our squad will be a bit stronger than last year. The World Cup didn’t do us any favours and if we can remain relatively injury free we should have our strongest team available for quite a few years for most of the season.

WP: What improvements would you like to see in Tasmanian football?

DH: I think if we all, inside our own clubs, continue to demand the very best of each other, the sport will continue to improve outside of any other influences. I have no magic pill to offer or any particular strategy to employ, but I know we are all passionate about our game and we will all strive to be successful in what we can control.