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:  Derwent United (yellow shirts) against South Hobart in an under-13 match at Weily Park [PlessPix]

The newly formed club Derwent United is making good progress at both junior and senior levels.

I watched the club’s under-13 side beat South Hobart 7-0 at Weily Park in Bridgewater on Saturday morning and, believe me, there are some talented players in Derwent United’s ranks.

The club’s senior side is currently competing in Division 4 and are 6th in the 10-team competition.

They lost 3-0 to Metro on Saturday.

Under the stewardship of president Ron Cure, and with the support of people such as Jim Mackinnon and Korean coaches Hyo Suk Jin and Michael Park, this club can go places.


Photo:  The Derwent United under-13 side with Jim Mackinnon and coaches Hyo Suk Jin and Michael Park [PlessPix]

The Bridgewater, Gagebrook and New Norfolk areas have huge untapped potential and it’s good to see this being mined at last.

A Korean Under-13 national team is due in Hobart at the beginning of July and it will be interesting to see their games against Tasmanian junior sides.


Photo:  Action from the  Derwent United versus South Hobart game [PlessPix]

Junior teams from Korea have visited a couple of times in the past two years and have always been impressive in terms of skill and team-work.


Photo:  Action from the under-10 match between Rosetta Knights and Derwent United [PlessPix]