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:  Coach Michael Edwards and five of the Canberra triallists [PlessPix]

Five NTC/TIS women’s team players head to Canberra tomorrow for trials with W-League side Canberra United.

Adelyn Ayton, Olivia Edwards, Lucy Foote, Madeline O’Brien and Shelbi Vienna-Hallam had a final training session today with coach Michael Edwards.


Photo:  Jessie Williams at training today [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s newest Australian international is 16-year-old Jessie Williams.

The Year 10 student from Mt Carmel College, a member of the NTC/TIS women’s squad, has been selected to play for Australia’s women’s under-16 side against New Zealand next week.


Photo:  New Kingborough coach, Matthew Rhodes [PlessPix]

Matthew Rhodes has taken on the senior coaching job at Premier League club Kingborough Lions United because he things the club has a lot of potential.

“I know the club’s got a lot of potential and I thought I could bring something out of the [playing] group and develop greater consistency at senior level,” Rhodes said.


Photo:  The back and front pages of the match program [Courtesy of Franz Hadorn]

The Tasmanian State team of half a century ago was one of the best ever, even though, for the first time, it was an entirely southern side.

They played Victoria on Saturday, 22 July 1961, and again on Sunday, 23 July 1961, both games being at South Hobart.  The prize for the winner was the 500 pounds ($1,000 these days) BFA Trophy.