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:  Connor Schmidt puts Fergus Aitken away for Tasmania

The Tasmanian State under-13 and under-14 boys’ teams continued to have mixed fortunes at the National Championships in Coffs Harbour, NSW, on days 3 and 4 of the competition.

On Day 3, the under-13s drew 0-0 with Victoria Country, while in the under-14s, Tasmania downed Victoria Country 4-1.


Photo:  Michael Ballack being interviewed in Yokohama.  He rates a chapter in Kuper's book. [PlessPix]

Andres Iniesta, the 27-year-old midfielder of Barcelona and Spain, is one of the finest footballers in the world.

He scored the goal that won the 2010 World Cup Final for Spain and instantly became a national hero, if he wasn’t one already.


Photo:  The winning Tasmanian 10-years-old boys' team

The Vikings National School Futsal Championships were held in Brisbane last week and Tasmania sent more than 100 players from 11 teams to the event.

The Tasmanian 10-year-old boys’ team won the national title in their age group with a 2-0 win over Queensland in the final.


Photo:  Ken Morton and some of his touring party at Hobart Airport [PlessPix]

Ken Morton and 15 South Hobart youngsters left Hobart for the UK on Tuesday afternoon for a two-week trip which will include games against English clubs’ youth sides.

The touring party will arrive in Newcastle and base themselves in the Midlands at Birmingham.