Who Is Walter Pless?

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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): Aubert Ruzigandekwe, the new coach of Hobart United; Ruzigandekwe conducts training at Cornelian Bay last night; Another coach takes another group of players at last night's Hobart United training session [PlessPix]

The Queensland Flood Charity Day Lightning Premiership involving women’s teams will be held at North Chigwell this coming Sunday, with games commencing at 9am.

The women’s teams that have entered are: Tilford Zebras, Olympia Warriors, Glenorchy Knights, Clarence United, Kingborough Lions United, Taroona, National Training Centre, Nelson Eastern Suburbs.

Games will be of 40 minutes’ duration (two 20-minute halves) and each club may have 20 players in the squad. Unlimited interchange may occur.

The grand final at the end of the day will be one hour in duration (two 30-minute halves).

There will be official referees, but clubs will provide the assistant referees.

Coles Supermarkets have donated the produce for the barbecues conducted on the day.

Metro’s bar will be open from 11am and the band ‘Slide’, will perform at the end of the final.

For further information, phone the organiser of this commendable initiative, Robert Corradetti on 0458 552 532.

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Glenorchy Knights are conducting an Under-19s Knights Cup at Prince of Wales Bay on Saturday 29 January and Saturday 5 February.

Teams are guaranteed of a minimum of four games over the two days.

There is an entry fee of $20 per player.

The competition is mainly for under-19s, but other youth teams will be considered.

The purpose of the tournament is to give youth teams, and particularly under-19 teams, some game time prior to the commencement of the season, according to Corey Smith, who is organising the event for the Knights.

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The Chelsea FC Football Training Camps run by Football Coaching International and Vikings Futsal will be conducted in Tasmania at Easter.

It will cost attendees $150 and they will also received a t-shirt, certificate of attendance, a Chelsea keyring, and a Vikings Futsal certificate.

Sessions in Hobart will be at the University of Tasmania Rugby ground on sandy Bay Road on 25 and 26 April at 8.30am-11.30am for under-7s to under-11s and from noon to 3pm for under-12s and over.

Sessions at Devonport will be held at the Valley Road ground on 27 and 28 April from 9am to noon for under-7s to under-11s, and from 1pm-4pm for under-12s and over.

Again, Corey Smith is your contact person.

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Tilford Zebras have cancelled their trip to Queensland which was scheduled for this week.

The floods in that State have caused huge damage and there are no grounds available.

Zebras were to have held a training camp and played a couple of games against local sides.

Club president Nick Di Giovanni said the club would now postpone the venture until next year.

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Hobart United are in full training at the Cornelian Bay grounds on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Last night’s training, under coach Aubert Ruzigandekwe involved several dozen enthusiastic players.

The club will compete in Division One this coming season and is in Group C, together with Olympia Warriors, Kingborough Lions United and DOSA, in the men’s Premier League section of the Summer Cup.

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Metro host New Town Eagles at North Chigwell today in a pre-season friendly.

The game between the Division One and Premier League outfits kicks off at 6.15pm at the oval just above Metro's main ground.

Entry is via the normal route into the North Chigwell ground and then a short walk up the bank to the oval.

Division One outfit

The grand final at the end of the day will be one hour in duration (two 30-minute halves).

There will be official referees, but clubs will provide the assistant referees.

                       Fielding_kicking_the_ball Fielding Kicking

Coles Supermarkets have donated the produce for the barbecues conducted on the day.

Metro’s bar will be open from 11am and the band ‘Slide’, will perform at the end of the final.

For further information, phone the organiser of this commendable initiative, Robert Corradetti on 0458 552 532.

The draw for the Summer Cup competition was made this evening at KGV Park.

The draw, which is the same for the Premier League seniors and reserves, is:

Group A: Tilford Zebras, Beachside, University, Taroona

Group B: South Hobart, Clarence United, Nelson Eastern Suburbs

Group C: Olympia Warriors, Kingborough Lions United, Hobart United, DOSA

Group D: Glenorchy Knights, New Town Eagles, Metro

Some venues have yet to be determined for the competition, which kicks off on Saturday, 12 February.

The semi-finals are scheduled for KGV Park on Wednesday, 2 March, with the grand final at KGV Park on Saturday, 5 March.

The prize money for the winner of the men’s Premier League section is $1,000, plus a trophy and medallions. The runner-up receives $375.

The winner of the men’s reserve section collects $350, a trophy and medallions, while the runner-up earns $175.

If the 90-minute matches are drawn, there will be two periods of extra-time of 10 minutes each, followed by penalty kicks if the game is still undecided.

The women’s draw is:

Group A: Glenorchy Knights, Taroona, Olympia, Nelson

Group B: National Training Centre, Tilford Zebras, Clarence United, University, Kingborough

The draw for the 2011 Summer Cup competition was conducted at Soccer House at KGV Park this evening by George Kalis and Dale Itchins, two Football federation Tasmania officials.