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:  A giant football on Hobart's Domain, the site of the former Domain No.4 Ground [PlessPix]

I wish all readers and supporters of this blog, and all football people, a very merry Christmas.

Thank you all for your tremendous support throughout 2012.

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Photo:  A blue flare at the Jets versus Sydney FC game [Photo by Jim Vafakos]

Sydney FC remain last on the A-League standings, while Central Coast Mariners have a 2-point lead at the top over second-placed Adelaide United after the weekend’s games.

Sydney FC went down 2-1 away to the Newcastle Jets, while the highly-rated Adelaide United were walloped 6-1 by the Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta.

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Photo:  Premier Lara Giddings does the honours at Woodbridge [Photo courtesy of Dalles Hayes]

Premier Lara Giddings opened the Woodbridge Soccer Club’s new club house last Sunday.

Well-known cricketer and former Kingborough Lions United player Andrew Kerr was the architect involved in the project.

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Photo:  Alec Mackie at a South Hobart club dinner [Photo courtesy of Brian Roberts]

South Hobart stalwart and former player Alexander Mackie passed away in Hobart on Thursday aged 89 years.

Mackie served the South Hobart club in numerous roles over the years and was a guest at the club’s centenary dinner in 2010.

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Photo:  A section of the 26,000 crowd at Sydney FC's game [Photo by Jim Vafakos]

The 11th round of the Hyundai A-League last weekend had more than its fair share of drama and controversy.

Central Coast Mariners are on top with 26 points, one ahead of second-placed Adelaide United, with the third-ranked Melbourne Victory way behind on 17 points.

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Photo:  Tom Gordon, Matthew Hedge and Brett Pullen pursue the player with the ball [PlessPix]

Beachside began training tonight for the 2013 Southern Premier League season.

New coach Nathan Robinson was in charge and there were about 20 players in attendance.

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Photo:  It was action galore at the Futsal finals [Photo courtesy of Raelene Hennicke]

The State finals of the Australian Futsal Association competition were held today.

Beachside won the 13-year-old boys’ title, with Hyenas the runners-up.

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Photo:  Nathan Robinson will coach Beachside seniors in 2013 [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League side Beachside commences training this coming Thursday (13 December) at 6pm at Sandown Park.

Training will be for the club’s senior and under-20 squads.