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:  The Saturday Crew

The Ulverstone Soccer Club have started up what they call a ‘Saturday Crew’.

This involves getting out in the community and helping where they can every Saturday in the off-season.

“So far, we have been working at the Mt St Vincent Nursing Home in Ulverstone for two weeks, where we have raked up and disposed of old pine bark and then replaced it with 24 cubic metres of gravel,” said Ulverstone’s senior coach, Nick Owen.

“We have also helped out a guy who supported one of our fundraisers with his garden.

“Future projects include holding a free barbecue at the Ulverstone Golf Club and, hopefully, supporting another nursing home.

“We started this initiative to boost our profile in the community and to also have some way to pass the time whilst waiting for the soccer season to come back around.

“Ulverstone is an AFL-mad town, so it is our goal to win over some of the community and, hopefully, start getting a bit more support from the council and local businesses.

“Hopefully, this idea inspires some other clubs to get out in their community some more and help out.

“Despite the aches and pains of shovelling gravel, it is a satisfying activity and it is especially rewarding when the people on the receiving end are grateful for your help and generosity.

“It is an easy thing to get started.  All you need is at about 10 willing people and to make a few phone calls.”

Owen said that pre-season training will commence before Christmas and will involve plenty of variety and challenges.

The players will meet at the Ulverstone High School, but training will be conducted at various venues in Ulverstone.

Tuesdays will be challenging physically, while the Friday session will be devoted to fun activities and team building, followed by socialising activities for those interested.

“It is our aim this year to implement the 4-3-3 formation, and variations of it, throughout the senior men’s teams and also the junior development squads,” Owen said.

“After Christmas, our main focus will be on making sure players fully understand their role, and the role of others, within this formation.”