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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Happy New Year to everyone.

2013 promises to be an exciting but challenging year in Tasmanian football.

It will be the inaugural year of the Victory League, the new State-wide competition.

KGV Park will have been turned into an artificial all-weather pitch.

The year will start with a competitive A-League game at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium between top sides Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners.

Tasmanian players are beginning to make their mark on the A-League, with Jeremy Walker making his senior debut with Melbourne Heart, and he and Will Abbott in the ranks of the Melbourne Heart National Youth League squad.

The signs are there that the game is progressing in Tasmania.

We must hope that there will be a good turnout at Aurora Stadium next month and that local attendances for Victory League games will be high.

I wish everyone every success in 2013 and hope sincerely that it will be a landmark season for Tasmanian football.


0 #5 Anonymous 2013-01-06 04:40
Quoting Anonymous:
#3 because they can!!!

Everyone knows that we need to focus from 9 yo.
-1 #4 Anonymous 2013-01-03 08:46
#3 because they can!!!
+1 #3 Anonymous 2013-01-03 03:04
Well said David.
You will find that only the State teams and the NTC will be the only kids allowed to use the ground. Personally i think that all clubs should be given the opportunity to use the new training facility. From my understanding the SAP has changed as the junior associations are now running the U/12 age group. The U/12 coaches at Regional level now have to answer to FFT but yet the programs are run by the junior associations. The SAp was supposed to be introduced to the U/10-13 level but for what ever reason FFT have now changed this
+3 #2 David smith 2013-01-01 22:26
Hi Walter

Once again , echoing the thoughts of many , excellent blog , well written and researched . from someone afar with a great affinity to Tasmania football , a must read

It is great to read of the advances both on and off the field , looking forward to the Victory league and wish all teams participating every success , i am old enough to have played in the first State league in Tassie and the huge lift in quality of the competition that brought,plus the influx of new players that added to the competition , I hope for all concerned the Victory league has the same success.

Congratulations to FFT on the installation of the artificial 3g pitch , having seen the value of such surfaces both for training and playing it will be a major benefit to all users , especially if you can get the juniors teams training at the facility , especially 9-13 age group.

Best Wishes to all in 2013

Dave Smith
-1 #1 Anonymous 2012-12-31 21:20
Go you Warriors!

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