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:  Jessie Williams in possession in an NTC match [PlessPix]

Two of Tasmanian’s most promising young female players returned home on Sunday after spending four days at the National Under-16 selection camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Jessie Williams and Ellie Gavalas found the camp challenging but enjoyable.


Photo:  The New Town Eagles squad before the recent match against Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Former Football Federation Tasmania CEO David Smith has been following the banter on this website about New Town Eagles’ playing style with great interest.

David is currently the High Performance Manager of Northern NSW Football.

He was a leading player in Tasmania and also a successful coach.

“I’ve been reading with some amusement the anons’ pounding of Eagles’ playing style,” Smith said.

“As I have not seen them play, it sounds very much like early long balls forward, winning the second ball, no real build-up, which is reminiscent of Wimbledon perhaps.

Norm Boardman, the National Community Coach Education Manager, will be in Hobart on Friday to put on a special practical session for coaches about football conditioning and using the ball and game-centred practices.

The session will be at Sandown Park from 6-7.30pm.


Photo:  Clarence's Korean imports (L-R) are Kyu Jun Kim, Jae Ho Lee and Seung Woo Park [PlessPix]

Clarence United are top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League with a perfect record after three rounds  -  9 points from three matches.

They have scored seven goals and conceded just two.

Part of the story of the club’s on-field success is due to their foreign contingent.

They have three South Korean players and one Italian this season, although 17-year-old Italian Ben Mascolo was injured in the first league match and has not played since.