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:  The picturesque Goodwood primary School grounds, where many years ago, a local world cup tournament for local senior teams was played [PlessPix]

A five-a-side tournament at Goodwood Primary School on Friday rounded off a series of clinics run over several weeks by Glenorchy Knights in five Northern Suburbs primary schools.

Knights players Jayden Hey, Tom Sherman and Will Roberts, together with youth coach Les Richardson, were assisted by teachers Gary Pennicott, Hugo Luttmer and Tuach Hussein, as well as by Football Federation Tasmania’s southern development officer, Anthony Alexander, in Friday’s tournament.


Photo (L-R):  Gary Pennicott, Lilly, Will Roberts, Tom Sherman, Les Richardson, Jayden Hey, Hugo Luttmer and Anthony Alexander at Friday's activities at Goodwood Primary School [PlessPix]

Goodwood, Glenorchy, Rosetta, Moonah and Bowen Road were the primary schools involved in the program.

Hussein is a teacher at Rosetta, Pennicott at Glenorchy, and Luttmer at Goodwood.

"There are three primary schools involved in this 5-a-side tournament today to finish off the coaching work with Glenorchy Knights,” said Alexander.

“It involves grades five and six, boys and girls, but Moonah and Bowen Road couldn’t make it today.”

Pennicott, who teaches physical education at Glenorchy Primary School and who played State League football with George Town United, said:  “We’re trying to make inroads into local clubs as a school and it doesn’t matter what sport it is.

“We’re trying to get our grade sixes involved in some sort of sport and this is one of the programs that we’ve got, with soccer.

“We’re trying to use the local club, Glenorchy Knights, to be a pathway into sport for them later on in life.

“It’s been going really well.

“We’ve got Glenorchy Knights coming in and we’ve got Canterbury, the hockey people, coming in as well, coming in with us and, yes, our grand plan is to have all our children, by grade six, involved in some sort of outside sport.”

Luttmer, who teaches at Goodwood Primary School and plays with Taroona, said:  “It’s been good having Anthony Alexander involved.

“He’s been with us six or eight times this year and it’s good having the Glenorchy Knights boys here as well.

“It’s the second time they’ve been out to us.

“The kids love it, absolutely love it.

“Today we’ve only got 18, but altogether we’ve had probably 50 of our kids doing the clinics.”

Hussein, a teacher at Rosetta primary School, is a former notable midfielder-cum-striker with Glenorchy Knights.


0 #8 Anonymous 2012-12-21 08:49

I beleive Romeo Frediani is Zebras Junior Development coach, think they are very active in their clinics for juniors and club development. Maybe time to look further afield.
+1 #7 Anonymous 2012-12-02 06:21
What senior clubs are into junior development .
Haven't seen any around the eastern region
-1 #6 Anonymous 2012-11-28 00:35
Quoting Anonymous:
Well done Knights!! lets see if other clubs will follow.

Most clubs at V-League level are already up to their necks in junior development and community service. However it's good to see Knights FINALLY making moves to catch up!!!
+2 #5 Anonymous 2012-11-27 03:21
why is les richardson there he is not a coach at the knights
-3 #4 ME 2012-11-25 22:39
#2. Lets see if other clubs follow???
It should say "About time the Knights took it serious as other clubs have done for quite some time"
+13 #3 Anonymous 2012-11-25 20:59
Great to see Gary Pennicott involved, good bloke, great coach.
+6 #2 Anonymous 2012-11-25 20:57
Well done Knights!! lets see if other clubs will follow.
+12 #1 Anonymous 2012-11-25 09:56
Great to see Knights being active at the grassroots level in their zone.Could pay off big time down the track.All clubs should be made to put something back into their community & not just take & expect like a certain eastern club does.

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