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:  Tilford Zebras coach Eamonn Kelly is delighted with the new strategic alliance [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras have established a ‘club affiliation’ agreement with Victorian side Moreland Zebras FC.

Moreland Zebras FC are the former Brunswick Juventus FC and the agreement is a formal strategic alliance between the Victorian and Tasmanian clubs.

The document, signed by both club presidents, states that “The purpose of this alliance is to develop the relationship between the Clubs that will create benefits for both parties in terms of player development, information exchange, discussion on game strategy and tactics and he overall enhancement of the working and social relationships of both parties”.

The objective of the affiliation is “To bring together both the Moreland Zebras and the Hobart Tilford Zebras to pool their knowledge and expertise and to foster a greater relationship for the benefit of the two Clubs”.

The key components of the affiliation include player development, player exchange, information exchange, team and club interaction and website links.

This all means that players may go on trial to each club and may be transferred to each club in order to play at a higher level of competition or to receive playing experience in a different playing environment.

It could also include pre-season friendlies between the two clubs.

“It’s something that we as a club have been looking forward to doing for three or four years but have never had the opportunity,” said Tilford Zebras coach, Eamonn Kelly.

“I’m very pleased with it.

“One of the key points in the contract includes player exchange, whether that be them coming from Melbourne or us sending players to Melbourne.”