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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Photo:  Tasmania score against the North-West [Photo by Adam Cai]

The sons of several former greats of the game in Tasmania were on view at Devonport’s Valley Road earlier this month during a three-day training camp for the State Under-13 boys’ squad.

Gianluca Pizzirani, Ricardo Gugliotti and Sam Leszczynski were all in action during the camp held from Monday, 6 June, until Wednesday, 8 June.

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Photo:  Gianluca Pizzirani has scored for Tasmania [Photo by Adam Cai]

Pizzirani’s father, Fabio, was a star with Devonport City, of course, while Gugliotti’s dad, Luigi, played with distinction for Launceston City and later coached the club.

Leszczynski’s father, Andrew, is synonymous with New Town Eagles, where he both played and coached with great success.

The under-13s had three training sessions at Valley Road and, on the Tuesday evening, played a match against the North-West Under-14 regional squad.

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Photo:  Gianluca Pizzirani (green shirt) awaits the outcome of a cross [Photo by Adam Cai]

The game was played before a crowd of about 100.  The Devonport City senior and reserve squads were training at the complex at the same time.

Both junior teams played a 4-3-3 system and the entertaining and skilful encounter ended in a 4-2 win for the State side.

The players were billeted in Devonport and Ulverstone and the camp was an integral part of the build-up to the national championships in October.

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Photo:  Tasmania's Joey Ralston (right) chases an opponent [Photo by Adam Cai]

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Photo:  The North-West Under-14 squad [Photo by Adam Cai]

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Photo:  The Tasmanian Under-13 squad [Photo by Adam Cai]

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Photo:  Tasmania's Thomas Ince shows great technique [Photo by Adam Cai]

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Photo:  Tasmania's Thomas Ince ready to pounce as the goalkeeper is unable to hold the ball [Photo by Adam Cai]