Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  Glen McNeill has been very successful since taking over as coach of Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors defender Harry Taylor will undergo a complete knee reconstruction.

The English import slipped in the closing stages of Olympia’s 3-2 win over Tilford Zebras on Friday, 7 July, and badly twisted the knee.

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Photo:  Olympia's Harry Taylor (left) tackling Glenorchy Knights' Tom Huigsloot [PlessPix]

He was stretchered off and taken to hospital after the match.

Taylor said on the weekend that he would see a surgeon this week and decide on the timing of the operation.

He hoped that he would have recovered in time for the commencement of the next season.

Meanwhile, coach Glen McNeill is delighted with the progress Olympia have made in his period in charge.

McNeill took over from Franco Previdi in May and Olympia won in his first game in charge, downing New Town Eagles 1-0 at Warrior Park.

In McNeill’s tenure, Olympia have won four games, drawn two and lost two, picking up 14 points from a possible 24.

“We reinforce every week that we’re a team that, when we get the ball on the ground and try to play to feet, roll it into feet, that we’re a really good footballing side, and we keep pushing that,” said McNeill after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with New Town Eagles at Clare Street.

“Sometimes it gets away from us and we’re under pressure, but, generally, the boys have really re-invented themselves the last six weeks.”

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Photo:  Glen McNeill issues instructions to his team [PlessPix]

McNeill said Sunday’s result in very wet and muddy conditions showed that his side could play football away from Warrior Park’s artificial surface.

“It’s a good test for us,” he said.  “But the boys are very upbeat about the result today and disappointed that we didn’t just get a result.

“It’s four points off them [Eagles] in the last two games and so, the second-placed team playing us at third-last, we’re happy with that result.”

McNeill said his side were looking forward to entertaining fourth-placed Kingborough Lions United at home at Warrior park next Friday.

“I’m optimistic every week,” McNeill said.

“I’ve got the utmost confidence in my boys and I think they have a great skill set, a big heart and, really, each week that they come out, anything can happen.”

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+8 #83 Anonymous 2012-07-21 12:02
Fact Jeremy Walker plays for MHY,he got there himself.not Dean, nothing else worth mentioning.
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-4 #82 Anonymous 2012-07-21 01:20
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The eldest player is 18 for a start.Did Dean organise the Heart trials?The overall success rate of players making it will be low because when they go across to the mainland there are plenty of players there age already playing at a high level.


I think you ll find dean does organize the trials, yes all the boys could play with any premier side but they have bigger ambition than just playing southern premier. It more about the quality training and development these boys get that makes that technically and tactically available to compete at the next level. Let's not forget the facts- since the TIS/ NTC program has been going tassie has seen 3 players at under age national camps in luttmer,Stevens and Eyles , 2 players playing VPL in walker and Abbott , and one securing A league youth contract in walker. Rumor has it Abbott will get a youth contract at heart this season too so all in all that's not bad.. What have any of the clubs done without going back 10-15 years for an answer.

It is a known fact the NTC were not allowed in State wide Cup as clubs voted against it,as they said was nt fair if NTC beat them, it is known that Dean wanted the NTC in the premier league but again clubs voted against it..
Seems people are always against things they have no real understanding of. Go and speak to dean, get to understand the pathway and accept the fact if the boys don't make it the premier clubs soon want to sign them up.
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+1 #81 Anonymous 2012-07-20 07:58
How old is Desmit.rest my case.
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+6 #80 Anonymous 2012-07-20 07:39
Kingborough pulled out of the Div 1 U/19s as well a few week prior to Eagles,#10 are you going to have a go about their development program as well. So stop being personal
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+3 #79 Anonymous 2012-07-20 07:36
#72 put your name up as i know you don't know the facts so until you do best to keep your big mouth shut
Shane
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+4 #78 Anonymous 2012-07-20 05:41
The Foley boys turn 18 in September according to FFT website profile.
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+11 #77 Mouse 2012-07-20 05:16
How cant you accuse dean of a win at all cost mentality. when it is every other team in the Reserve league that continually drops senior players on wednesdays to play the NTC. Normally these players dropped would never ever play reserves at a weekend.

Every player that played for NTC Wednesday night would play seniors at one of the 8 spl clubs in hobart if allowed . Let's not kid ourselfs if it's about development dean should be saying drop your best players , bring it on .
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+5 #76 Anonymous 2012-07-20 03:59
The eldest player is 18 for a start.Did Dean organise the Heart trials?The overall success rate of players making it will be low because when they go across to the mainland there are plenty of players there age already playing at a high level.
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-4 #75 Anonymous 2012-07-20 01:33
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Dean May makes the rules,older players are as stated big fish little pond. Boys you need to do a Jeremy Walker move away from Dean so you can develope to play under different coaches and play with personality which is currently being worn away. Or you can stay and win each week to satisfy someones ego.


Walker was the same age as the Foleys and De smit are now when his trials with Heart were arranged. Abbott too, we saw how his standard dropped off when he was released to play Premier League. These boys are not too old to be in the program, but choose to stay as they know how the pathway works and have bigger ambitions than Southern Premier league. i m sure we ll be reading soon of these lads having A league trials and being successful.

How cant you accuse dean of a win at all cost mentality. when it is every other team in the Reserve league that continually drops senior players on wednesdays to play the NTC. Normally these players dropped would never ever play reserves at a weekend.
The oldest player in the NTC squad is 17 and the youngest 13 and yet, no one acknowledges that week in week out these boys play entertaining, possessional based football which ultimately results in a win. If that is a win at all cost mentality then i d love that coach at my club.
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+5 #74 Anonymous 2012-07-19 23:39
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It is interesting to note the discussion about how many senior Zebras players played in the 4 to 1 defeat to the NTC. The Scribe quoted 6 which was challenged but has now been confirmed to at least 5 players. I understand Ethan Engles played who has been playing in the seniors occasionally of late so that may make the 6 players. Whether it is 5 or 6 players it should not matter. The NTC won the previous game 10 nil so the inclusion of some senior players was clearly beneficial and hence produced a more competitive match. I have been of the view that NTC were to good to have been in PLR but instead should have played in the PL.



You need 3 teams to play in the PL, buddy

What about the state teams u15 and so on... they could make up one reserve team in no time...



The u19 NTC team is actually the u14 state team.
No such thing as an u15 state team.
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