Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Adam McKeown picked up his club's top award [PlessPix]

Striker Adam McKeown won New Town Eagles’ 2011 best-and-fairest award for the club’s senior Premier League side.

Utility player Alex Leszczynski took out the most consistent award, while Jacob Clamp won the coach’s award.

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Photo:  Liam Ferrall best player in Eagles' reserves [PlessPix]

Goalkeeper Liam Ferrall was the reserve side’s best-and-fairest player, Simon Bunt the most consistent, and the coach’s award went to Aaron Smith-Richardson.

The best-and-fairest award in the Under-19s went to Cahlum Steel, the most-consistent award to Travis Ware and the coach’s award to Mitch Stalker.

Raffaele Lubiana won the best-and-fairest award in Eagles’ Women’s Division One side, while Tiarna Ford was the most-consistent player and Reilly Smith was presebted with the coach’s award.

Robert Wilson was Eagles’ Division Three player of the year, while Nick Leitch won the Division Four player-of-the-year award.

Robert Lebski was Eagles’ Over-35s’ side’s player of the year.

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Former Glenorchy Knights player Amadu Koroma has won a Victorian Athletes Development Scholarship worth $20,000 for the next 12 months.

Scholarship recipients will have access to state of the art training and recovery facilities at AAMI Park Sports Campus.  This elite facility provides the ideal environment for athletes to advance their sporting capabilities.

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Photo:  Amadu Koroma wins valuable sports scholarship in Victoria [PlessPix]

As part of the ADS, recipients can join tailored, sports-specific training and recovery programs at AAMI Park, conducted by and under the supervision of ESS High Performance specialists.

Koroma joined Melbourne Knights at the start of the 2011 season but was then loaned out to Western Suburbs so he could have more senior game time.

“I am currently on a loan to a Division 1 club, the Greek-backed Western Suburbs, so I can get more senior football,” said Koroma.

“However, I can return to Melbourne Knights next year, or trial at a different club.

“Things started well for me at Melbourne Knights till late June, when Ivan Dezul got fired.

“I lost my confidence and was unhappy because he was the one who brought me to Melbourne and, under him, I was a happy player.

“When the assistant coach took over, I was not part of his squad as much in terms of playing more senior football.

“This is was what made me lose my confidence, which is why I decided to move to a Division One club.

“Next year, I will return to the Victorian Premier League and fight for a senior spot again and also continue to fight for my goal, which is to reach the A league.

“Melbourne Heart’s new recruit, Adrian Zahra, was on loan to this club in 2009.

“I came to this club to play my part and help them from relegation because they lost lots of players in the transfer window, but it’s been tough.

“ESS will help me develop into a top athlete for my sport and this will be an advantage for me because no other sport but AFL have such routines like this.

“I also will be doing a diploma in sport development with them.”

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Princes Street Zebras Under-7 team has made it to the final 10 of the Optus Small Sided Football Awards.

“The prize for the OSSF National Team of the Year is $10,000 towards the school or club to invest in soccer,” said team coach, Matt Tadd.

“Given the lack of funds at our local school, we were obviously very keen to promote our entry.

“The first round is a popular vote via the website, with a shortlist going to a judging panel, and we’re now in the top 10.

“They are looking for a bunch of kids who show great teamwork, and a love for the game.

“Our entry has made it into the national final, with a shortlist of 10, for the Team of the Year, which will be announced on 4 October.”