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:  Under-13 trials at Valley Road [Photo courtesy of FFT]

More than 90 youngsters attended Devonport’sValley Road complex on the weekend as Football Federation Tasmania’s 2012 State team program trials moved to the North.

“These young footballers showed their abilities at Devonport in front of a key FFT selection and talent identification group,” said FFT technical director and game development manager, Kurt Reynolds.


Photo:  Chris Hey addresses the Knights at half-time in Saturday's game against Kingborough [PlessPix]

Chris Hey, coach of Glenorchy Knights, says he is being inundated with requests for practice games.

“Now that everybody wants a win under their belt before the season starts, they all want to play us,” said Hey, tongue firmly in cheek.

The Knights will take on University at Prince of Wales Bay this Wednesday at 6.30pm.


Photo:  Simon Hill menioned a couple of Tasmanians in his A-League commentary [PlessPix]

Upcoming practice matches include Olympia Warriors versus Nelson Eastern Suburbs on Friday, 27 January, at 7pm at Warrior Park, and Glenorchy Knights versus Beachside at Prince of Wales Bay on Saturday, 28 January, at 1pm.


Photo:  Devonport's Chris McKenna (left) takes on a Prospect Knights defender [Photo courtesy of Brendon Lichtendonk]

Chris McKenna had his first success as a senior coach when Devonport City won the final of the Launceston City-hosted Mies Family Trophy competition at Mitsubishi Park yesterday in the 2012 season’s first competition.

Devonport beat Ulverstone 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out in the final after the sides finished level at 0-0 after normal time.