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:  Andy Brennan (front) eludes Jack Turner [PlessPix]

South Hobart striker Andy Brennan is off to England shortly for more trials.

Here is a highlights clip of Brennan in action, courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video:



Photo:  Adam McKeown is a star of Futsal and the outdoor game [PlessPix]

The semi-finals of the Australian Futsal Association’s Premier League will be held on Thursday (tomorrow) at the Moonah Sports Centre in Gormanston Road.

The league is composed of eight teams and features some of the outdoor game’s top stars.


Photo:  Steve 'Spinner' Adkins supervises ball work at the Lions' training on Tuesday evening [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United became the fourth southern Victory League club to commence training for the 2013 season when they held a session at Lightwood Park No. 3 ground on Tuesday evening.

Steve Adkins was in charge, assisted by Kevan Wright.


Photo:  The KGV Park pitch will be dug up and work started today [PlessPix]

Work began today to dig up the KGV Park pitch and replace it with an all-weather artificial surface costing $1.2 million.

The KGV Park surface will be maintained as a FIFA 1-Star football turf, which is a high-quality artificial pitch similar to those utilised in Europe and North America.


Photo:  Brazilian coach Romilton Amaral (right) demonstrates a training routine today [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights began their Victory League preparations this afternoon with a training session at Ogilvie High School.

This was followed by a barbecue.


Photo:  Neil Tate (front row with ball) in the 1956 South Hobart reserves title-winning side [Photo courtesy of Brian Roberts]

Former South Hobart player Neil Tate passed away last week in Hobart aged 79.

He played for South Hobart from 1953 until 1960.


Photo:  Alistair Hales (left) oblivious to the approaching Dave Auton, who is grinning in anticipation of getting in a tackle on the master [PlessPix]

There was a good turnout of former players at Sandown Park this afternoon for Alistair Hales's 60th birthday testimonial match.

Hales, who won the Rothmans Gold Medal in 1976, teamed up with former team-mates from Caledonians, Olympia, Howrah and Beachside in a shortened version of the game.


Photo:  Kim Barker (left) and John McIntyre scored in the Over-50s gold medal final

Three gold medals for the Tasmanian teams at the Pan Pacific Masters Games last week was a wonderful achievement.

I have at last received some details of the finals and some photographs.