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:  Metro's Irish signing, Craig Murray, is a qualified electrician and accomplished goal-scorer [PlessPix]

Craig Murray, Metro’s Irish striker, has scored five of his side’s 9 goals in Southern League One.

His infectious Irish humour comes through as he explains his overall performances and goal-scoring feats.


Photo:  Craig Murray hails from County Clare, where he played for Rock Rovers, together with Ashley Glynn and Barry Woods [PlessPix]

“So far, so good,” the 26-year-old Murray said.  “I’ve been playing up front and I’m enjoying it.

“I like to think I’m a striker, but people tell me I’m a midfielder.”

Murray is renowned for his willingness to shoot at sight.

“If you don’t shoot, you don’t score,” said Murray, who is proficient with either foot.

“I haven’t played as well as I’d like, but I’m going all right and have scored some goals, including a penalty.  I missed one, too.”

Murray hails from Country Clare in Ireland, where he played for Rock Rovers, together with Metro’s two other Irishmen, 30-year-old midfielder Ashley Glynn and 29-year-old fullback Barry Woods.

Woods left Tasmania for Townsville on Tuesday after only a few weeks in Tasmania, so Metro are down to two players from the Emerald Isle.


Photo:  Metro's two Irishmen, Craig Murray (left) and Ashley Glynn [PlessPix]

An electrician by trade, Murray came to Tasmania from Victoria for work.

“I’ve been in Australia for the last three-and-a-half years, but due to work, or lack of work, in Melbourne, I decided to give Tasmania a go and I’m enjoying it down here so far,” he said.

“I might stay, but I reckon I’ll go back to Melbourne next season.

“I was playing in Melbourne for the last two years for Melbourne City Spartans in a Sunday league.

“It’s a pretty good standard over there.  I was actually back there on the weekend to watch some games and the standard is quite good compared to here.”

Murray is friends with former Metro player Jarrod Saunders, who helped him find work in Tasmania through Craig Bidgood.

“I’m actually good friends with Jarrod Saunders, who used to play with Metro, so through him I got work,” Murray said.

“Metro put me in touch with Craig Bidgood and they found me work.”

Murray is optimistic about Metro’s season, despite the club currently being in fifth place in the 7-team competition.

“If we can put a couple of good results together, we could do quite well,” he explained.

“It’s a very tight league and teams are taking points off everyone, so I don’t see why, if we string a couple of good results together in the next few games, we shouldn’t do very well.”

Murray is a little uncertain about his future in Tasmanian football.

“It’s up in the air at the moment,” he said.  “If I don’t go back to Melbourne at the end of this year, I may go home and do a degree in electrical engineering.

“But, it all depends.  A lot of people there are telling me to avoid going home because of the way the recession is at the moment.

“I’ve been in Australia nearly four years now and I’m starting to miss home.  We’ll see how we go.”


Photo:  Craig Murray has an eye for goal and is adept with either foot [PlessPix]

He has not seen much of the Southern Premier League.

“I saw a couple of Summer Cup games,” he said.

“I’d like to see Clarence.  I met one of their Scottish guys who used to play with Metro and he’s a nice guy, so I’d like to go out and see them play.

“But, because the [League One and Premier League] games often clash, I don’t really get a chance.

“I’d love to play Premier League, but I’m happy here at Metro.

“It’s a really good club.

“It’s a young team, so in a few years they may come good.”


+2 #6 Sam walker 2012-06-01 15:41
Blog for mathletes
0 #5 Doug 2012-06-01 12:49

I think he was generalsing. Surely Matthew !
+7 #4 Matthew Gasparin. 2012-05-31 23:25
A young team! I haven't been called that for long time...!
+4 #3 Sam walker 2012-05-31 12:01
Dont listen to them Craig . Your about ready to peak physically . Frank the tank
+5 #2 Jarrod Saunders 2012-05-31 10:10
cute love handles Murray xox
+4 #1 Barry Woods 2012-05-31 06:08
The jersey looks a bit snug in the bottom picture 'pork chop' :)

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