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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Fletcher_Tracy_Olympia_19_02_11Photo:  Fletcher Tracy on the move [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors’ 28-year-old midfielder, Fletcher Tracy, is heading to Western Australia in three weeks’ time to live.

Tracy is currently out of action because of a collarbone injury sustained in a mountain bike mishap.

He is, however, hoping to resume his playing career in Perth.


Photo:  Olympia president George Mamacas watches as club great Dick Girling autographs a ball [PlessPix]

Planning for Olympia Warriors’ 50th anniversary function on 12 March is well underway.

Olympia president George Mamacas met with Dick Girling, one of the club’s greatest ever players, on Monday and talked about the club’s illustrious history.

They looked at a scrapbook kept by Mamacas’s late father, Steve, and this brought back many memories for Girling.

Girling arrived in Hobart in the mid-1950s and signed off as a crewman aboard the British tanker, Atlantic Clipper.

He first played for Caledonians, but then joined Olympia in 1962, the year the club first participated in the top flight of southern Tasmanian soccer.  They had been formed the previous year and won promotion from the Second Division at the first attempt. Girling captained the side from the mid-1960s, when Olympia won five titles in six consecutive seasons.

Football Federation Tasmania has rescheduled three of the four Summer Cup matches for Premier League teams which were washed out on Saturday.

Beachside will now play Taroona at Wellesley Park at 6pm on Wednesday.

Kingborough Lions United will take on Hobart United at Sandown Park No. 2 Ground at 6pm on Thursday.

Olympia Warriors will meet DOSA at South Hobart at 6pm on Wednesday.

The match between Tilford Zebras and University has yet to be rescheduled because of a scarcity of available grounds.


Photo:  Clarence United coach Andrew Brown with the club's three new South Korean recruits [PlessPix]

Clarence United have signed three South Korean players and are awaiting international clearances for them.

Requests for clearances have been lodged and it may take another week or so for these to be granted.

The three players are Seung Woo Park, Kyu Jun Kim and Jae Ho Lee.

Park is a striker whose last club was Howon University.

Kim is a midfielder and the last club he played for was Myanmar Zesweyimi, which I assume is in Burma.

Lee is a midfielder and his previous club was Gimhae City Soccer Club.