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:  Referee Patrick Galloway was in charge of tonight's FFT/NTC versus University match at KGV Park [PlessPix]

Two Tasmanian referees have been selected in Football Federation Australia’s National Development Talent Pool.

They are Patrick Galloway and Brenton Kopra, who regularly referee Southern Premier League matches.


Photo:  FFT/NTC's Declan Foley (left) about to tackle University's Saad Mohamad [PlessPix]

Premier Reserves League (KGV Park)

University 1 (A Hoystead 34) lost to FFT/NTC 2 (J De Smit 40, E She 69)


Photo:  FFT/NTC defend their goal against a Lions corner [PlessPix]

(Premier Reserves League, KGV Park, Wednesday, 11 April 2012)

Kingborough Lions United 5 (Farquhar 2, 21, 39, 45, 88)

FFT/NTC 3 (I Kenyi 5, 36, O Thomas 14)

HT: 4-3   Att: 70   Ref: D Gadd

Kingborough Lions United: Dand (Duncan 63)  -  McConnon, Hartog, Bilson, Dordhain  -  J Verdouw, L Verdouw (Morris 54), D Abbott, C Barker (Thomas-Wilson 81)  -  Farquhar, J Otto  (Sub not used:  Nuttal)

FFT/NTC: Brown  -  Kolele, Hill, Stevens, Eyles  -  Undy, D Foley, H Foley  -  She (H Thomas 63), I Kenyi, O Thomas  (Subs not used:  Williamson, Wilson)


Photo:  Dr Ian Syson in Battery Point [PlessPix]

Dr Ian Syson, a lecturer in literature and writing at Victoria University in Melbourne, often takes in local games when he is visiting Tasmania.

He is writing a cultural history of soccer in Australia, but he has also just written two fascinating pieces about soccer and the part it has  -  or has not  -  played in Australia’s ANZAC tradition.

Tomorrow is ANZAC Day, of course, so I encourage readers to have a look at these two articles by Ian at:




Photo:  KGV Park, the home of football [PlessPix]

The size of grounds in southern Tasmania has sometimes been the subject of debate.

When Warrior Park became Olympia’s home ground, for example, people said it was way too small.

Well, I recently decided to end the arguments and measure all the grounds.


Photo:  Knights' Sam Johnson (left) in hot pursuit of Olympia's Kosta Grillas [PlessPix]


(Courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video)


Photo:  Olympia's Chris Tsakiris in possession at the back [PlessPix]

(Southern Premier League, KGV Park, Sunday, 22 April 2012)

Glenorchy Knights 0

Olympia Warriors 2 (Lapolla 1, Kumpulainen 44)

HT: 0-2   Att: 150   Ref: I Jozeljic

Glenorchy Knights: Le Rossignol  -  Nowicki, Holmes, Johnson, Clay  -  Marney, Hey, Griffin (Sherman 70), Huigsloot  -  Strang (Robb 81), Dawes (Letiko 46)  [Sub not used:  Peter]

Olympia Warriors: Kay  -  Phillips, Taylor (Y Mohamad 62), Begovic, P Tsakiris  -  Lapolla, Mason (Woolley 81), Fielding, Meredith (Wadawu 30)  -  Kumpulainen, Grillas  (Sub not used:  McDonald)