Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Wubetu Aboye will be Tasmania's representative at an Ethiopian football tournament in Sydney [PlessPix]

Local referee Wubetu Aboye will be officiating in Sydney at Christmas time at an Ethiopian football tournament.

Ethiopian teams from all States except Tasmania will be participating, so Wubetu will be Tasmania’s representative at the event.

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Photo:  Referee Wubetu Aboye (second from right) supervises the toss before a match [PlessPix]

“The tournament is being held in Sydney this year, starting on 25 December and running for one week,” Wubetu said.

“It involves the Ethiopian community in Australia and there are teams from each State, who may have two or three teams each.

“Apart from the football tournament, there will be traditional festivals, cultural dancing and so on.

“Last year, I went and played for Melbourne because two of my best friends were there and they invited me to play for them.  We won the tournament, which was in Melbourne.

“This year, I just want to highlight my refereeing profession, represent Tasmania and be part of the tournament.”

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Photo:  Aboye in action refereeing a match [PlessPix]

The 23-year-old Aboye is a Level 4 referee with Football Federation Tasmania.

“Next year, I’ll be Level 3,” he said.

“One thing that drives me to refereeing is Pierluigi Collina, the bald-headed former Italian referee.

“He is my passion and my favourite referee.

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Photo:  Aboye in an assistant referee's role [PlessPix]

“I love decision making at the right time.”

Aboye is studying bio-medicine at the University of Tasmania and he is not driven to referee at the highest level in Tasmania.

“Soccer has been my passion since I was a kid and I want to help both professions, namely soccer as a referee, and bio-medicine with my science degree,” he said.