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:  Marquee signing Jason Culina will not be flying for the Newcastle Jets this season [PlessPix]

This is an unedited media release from Tara White:

Star Newcastle Jets marquee signing Jason Culina has today confirmed he requires season-ending osteotomy surgery.

Jason underwent major knee surgery during the off-season and was on the verge of a much-anticipated return several weeks ago when he identified pain in his knee. His original cartilage procedure was a success but due to the alignment in his knee he now requires a further operation.


Photo (L-R):  Andy Brennan, Liam Scott and Brayden Mann pose with coach John Aloisi and a Marconi player at yesterday's training session [Photo courtesy of Victoria Woods]

South Hobart players Liam Scott, Andy Brennan and Brayden Mann had their first training session with the Melbourne Heart youth squad yesterday.

The players flew to Melbourne yesterday morning and attended the training session, which was the first for the Heart youth squad under new coach John Aloisi.

Hold your fire!

I was contacted this morning by Football Federation Tasmania and it seems that the list that has been provided to clubs of their top three vote-getters in the Vic Tuting Medal is incorrect.


Photo:  Todd Hingston (left) and Mark Baker with their medals [PlessPix]

Todd Hingston, 23, of Northern Rangers, and Mark Baker, 31, of league champions Prospect Knights, are the joint winners of the 2011 George Dale Medal.

Hingston was the winner of this award, for the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League best-and-fairest player, for the previous two seasons.