Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  Michelle and George Mamacas gave Olympia a gift of $400,000 [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors president George Mamacas stunned the audience at the club’s end-of-season dinner on Saturday night when he announced that he and his wife Michelle were writing off the $400,000 loan they had given to the club to obtain the North Warrane ground and build the artificial surface.

The State Government had contributed $80,000 towards the project, which means that Olympia have now discharged the debt on their home ground.  The football ground is the only one of its kind for the code in Tasmania.

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Photo:  Newcastle Jets make perfect take-off to new A-League season under new pilot Craig Deans [PlessPix[

(A-League, Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle, Saturday, 8 October 2011)

Newcastle Jets 3 (R Griffiths 31, 45+1, Byun 90+3)

Melbourne Heart 2 (Dugandzic 23, 51)

HT: 2-1   Att:  12,467   Ref: R Shepherd

Newcastle Jets: Kennedy  -  Elrich, Galvano, Topor-Stanley, Byun  -  Wehrman (Kantarovski 64), Abbas (Virgili 78), Wheelhouse  -  Zadkovich, Haliti (Brockie 67), R Griffiths  (Sub not used:  Nash)

Melbourne Heart: Roganovic  -  Marrone, Thompson, Good, Behich  -  Dugandzic, Germano, Fred (Hamill 83), Williams  -  Hoffmann (Kalmar 72), Maycon (Terra 64)  (Sub not used:  Mattei)

The latest round of Euro 2012 qualifiers last night produced the usual mix of joy, disappointment, upsets and expected performances.

Wayne Rooney was sent off in the 73rd minute of England’s 2-2 draw away to Montenegro, Greece beat Croatia 2-0 in Athens in a match marred by crowd trouble, and Germany beat Guus Hiddink’s Turkey 3-1 away to make it 9 wins from 9 games for the Mannschaft.

[Friendly international, Canberra, Friday, 7 October 2011]

Australia 5 (Wilkshire 3, Kennedy 33, 45+1, Brosque 39, 69)

Malaysia 0

HT: 4-0   Att: 10,041   Ref: Lee Min Hu (South Korea)

Australia: Federici (Coe 46)  -  Williams, Neill, Ognenovski (Spiranovic 46), Zullo (Jedinak 69)  -  Wilkshire (Kruse 62), Valeri (Sarota 46), Kilkenny, McKay  -  Brosque, Kennedy (Troisi 46)

Malaysia: Fahmi (Marlias 73)  -  Jasuli (Zubir Azmi 46), Putra, Zamani, Ahmad (Yong 66)  -  Kalang Tie (Reuben 46), Rohidan, S Kunanlan, Bakhtiar (Wan Zaharul Nizam 46)  -  Norshahrul (Faris 73), Sali