Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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:  Warrior Park, the home of Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

On Friday night, there was an unfortunate incident in the Olympia Warriors versus South Hobart match at Warrior Park.

South Hobart’s Brazilian forward, Mizael, fell against the low concrete wall adjacent to the clubrooms and was injured.

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Photo:  A low concrete wall runs along the perimeter of the pitch adjacent to the clubrooms [PlessPix]

Olympia’s Warren Wadawu was cautioned by referee Patrick Galloway following the incident.

An ambulance was called and drove onto the pitch to treat Mizael and the game was delayed for 17 minutes.

The incident raised safety concerns about the ground and the proximity of various concrete walls to the playing pitch.

Football Federation Tasmania’s George Kalis has just released a statement about the incident.

"FFT work with all clubs regarding the safety of grounds. Warrior Park has attracted some attention as it's the first artificial pitch in Tasmania, but we believe it's a top class venue for football in the state. No ground is completely safe and you can't make a ground completely safe. In light of the incident from the weekend we are currently working with the club to implement options that address risks around safety. FFT immediately investigated the incident and sought information from both clubs.”

Mizael was not taken to hospital and after being examined by the paramedics returned to the South Hobart technical area.

It is believed that there is footage of the incident as the game was being filmed for FFT, but nothing has as yet appeared on the FFT website or on YouTube.

I have also received an unconfirmed report that New Town Eagles are considering refusing to play at Warrior Park until certain safety measures are instituted.

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0 #96 annnnnn 2012-05-07 03:07
#95 - dont think Mizael would agre with you ?
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+19 #95 Anonymous 2012-05-04 00:06
Let me start by saying I am not an Olympia player, supporter or anyway associated with the club...and that safety is important.
However, for some people to say that the facility is not good is just total crap.
From a spectators point of view I have enjoyed a lot of great matches there both during the day and at night. It always has a great atmosphere and I love the fact that you are close to the play.
So lets not go over board.
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+6 #94 Lurker 2012-05-03 16:50
Quoting Anonymous:
Would of thought the correct avenue was to put in writing your concerns to the governing body..Pathetic Eagles How to make friends and influence people, yeah right. And the facts are you have won zip over the last 20 years, maybe a means nothing Summer Cup..Your behaviour is very ordinary and seems Zebras are training on warrior Park tonight, whilst Olympia and Zebras are enemies on the field they have always had an amicable relationship. That's what friends are for.


I think you should go over the records book between about 99 to 2003-4 then get back to us with your findings, thank you. Krambo would be mighty upset with you!
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+17 #93 Anonymous 2012-05-03 13:51
#88 please read the article, you will see a statement from FFT
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+14 #92 Anonymous 2012-05-03 11:41
Quoting Anonymous:
Do you people listen? Just like Billy zane just said eagles have tried many times to get the cricket pitch removed, they don't like it any more than you jokers do. But if the council won't remove it there is very little they can do! Plus once winter kicks in the middle of the ground will get that mushy that it will probably be the softest place to fall and then you can all quit your bitching! This was supposed to be an article on the injury of the player on Friday night, instead all of you turned it into a chance to gang up and personally attack the eagles boys, it's pretty pathetic when you think about it.

You Eagles people just don't get it so I'll spell it out.
You are complaining about a hazard at Warrior Park and saying you won't play there.
At the same time you admit that you have a hazard at Clare St that you have complained about but it STILL EXISTS and you CONTINUE to play there.
Therefore you are hypocrits.
My suggestion is that you all just shut up and play soccer and stop looking like the fools you are.
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+21 #91 Anonymous 2012-05-03 11:05
Lets just face it we can pick faults with all grounds,lets get on with playing the game.
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-11 #90 Anonymous 2012-05-03 07:47
Do you people listen? Just like Billy zane just said eagles have tried many times to get the cricket pitch removed, they don't like it any more than you jokers do. But if the council won't remove it there is very little they can do! Plus once winter kicks in the middle of the ground will get that mushy that it will probably be the softest place to fall and then you can all quit your bitching! This was supposed to be an article on the injury of the player on Friday night, instead all of you turned it into a chance to gang up and personally attack the eagles boys, it's pretty pathetic when you think about it.
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+11 #89 Coxy 2012-05-03 07:08
I'm happy to play on anything, as long as i'm with my super best friends :)
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-13 #88 jerry kruijver 2012-05-03 06:56
It is totally irresponsible of fft not to have made a statement by now.The longer they wait the worse the damage this anonymus prattle causes will get.The next lot of matches are due to be played tomorrownight.E very club should know by now where they stand and what the situation is.
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+11 #87 Jack Nicholson 2012-05-03 05:41
Billy Zane, so if Eagles have tried to get the cricket pitch removed they are in turn saying it is unsafe and players are in danger, grave danger is there any other kind.?
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