Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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 Glenorchy Knights training tonight at the scenic venueof Ogilvie High School [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights had 20 players at their training session this evening on a perfect pitch at Ogilvie High School.

Some players are still unavailable because of the University twilight series, athletics competitions and study commitments.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights senior coach Chris Hey at training this evening [PlessPix]

Knights’ Victory League senior coach Chris Hey was impressed with the form of his players and with the effort put into training.

Hey’s assistant coach, Matthew Rhodes, worked with the squad for some of the session.

Hey and Rhodes are both undertaking the C Licence course that is currently being run at Warrior Park, even though he already has the C Licence.

He was apparently told that some aspects of the course had changed and that he would be advised to attend.

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Photo:  Brian Kabangu in possession at Knights' training tonight [PlessPix]

Zac Baltic will coach the Knights’ reserves next season.

Hey said that he would take serious account of training attendances and that players would have to earn a start in the senior Victory League side.

He said he would rather blood a 16-year-old youngster who trained than play an established player who missed training and was not putting in an effort.

Past performances and status as a player  -  in other words, reputation  -  would count for little.

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Photo:  Knights assistant coach Matthew Rhodes supervises a training game [PlessPix]

He said that, given there was no relegation from the Victory League for the first three years, he would rather give a youngster who showed promise and put in the required effort a chance because in three years’ time that youngster may develop into a very good player.

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Photo:  Matthew Rhodes and Will Roberts at tonight's training session [PlessPix]

Meanwhile, Romilton Amaral, who coached the Knights reserves last season, has left the club and has been appointed senior coach of Premier League club University.

Amaral, a Brazilian, takes over from Gary Slicer.

He is believed to have offered to continue to assist Knights in pre-season training until University begin their pre-season program on 7 December.

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Photo:  Romilton Amaral is University's new coach [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Brian Kabangu builds up an attack [PlessPix]

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+1 #32 Anonymous 2012-12-10 02:24
Quoting Darren Anderton:
#13 'Congratulations to Romilton for getting the University head job.'

Pretty good 'bonus' that Romilton has organised in his contract, I wonder how many he gets per year?

Quoting Anonymous:
yes very funny darren


But seriously?
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+4 #31 Anonymous 2012-12-03 05:39
yes very funny darren
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+7 #30 Darren Anderton 2012-12-03 03:56
#13 'Congratulation s to Romilton for getting the University head job.'

Pretty good 'bonus' that Romilton has organised in his contract, I wonder how many he gets per year?
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+3 #29 Anonymous 2012-12-03 03:00
#28 your a little arrogant aren't you....
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0 #28 Anonymous 2012-12-03 02:09
#27 - because they are now nothing more than social teams
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+4 #27 Anonymous 2012-11-30 15:37
Why the hell are Div 1 losing their reserves sides? There is no promotion/releg ation for 3 years so why mess with it until then?

Ridiculous.
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-3 #26 Anonymous 2012-11-30 03:09
Quoting Adrian:
Quoting Yosemite Sam:
A side that is prepared to blood youth as there is no relegation shouldn't have been given a V-League licence in the beginning. Every team is on an even playing field and should be aspiring to win the competition without the comfort of falling through the basement.

its a shame we have not promotion/relegation its a basic element of our game gone missing. does anyone know if the premier/div 1 relegation/promotion remains in place


doesn't happen in A League
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-7 #25 Anonymous 2012-11-30 00:31
sorry to hear you have deserted us romilton all the best though for the 2013 season .
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+4 #24 Anonymous 2012-11-29 22:03
The question of whether to play youth over experience is a tough balancing act.

The performance of the team must come first but we must also look to the future.

Some teams are fortunate where they are strong enough to be able to blood youngsters without the team performance faltering.

Others are left with the choice of
either struggling forward with an equal number of wins, draws and losses or playing young players but losing the majority whilst they learn and adapt.

I think that you will find that most clubs are not patient enough to allow a coach to develop a team over a long period of time. Most want results in the short term.

The recipe for team success is complex and youngsters are a major part of that but still only one part.

Club location, financial structure, facilities, administration and coaching personnel also all play a major part in success.

Alex FERGUSON was once told that you never win anything with youth and he proved them wrong but only after a lot of years of heartache.

The story could have been different if Uniteds' owner at the time was Roman ABRAMOVICH.
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+5 #23 Adrian 2012-11-29 21:45
Quoting Yosemite Sam:
A side that is prepared to blood youth as there is no relegation shouldn't have been given a V-League licence in the beginning. Every team is on an even playing field and should be aspiring to win the competition without the comfort of falling through the basement.

its a shame we have not promotion/releg ation its a basic element of our game gone missing. does anyone know if the premier/div 1 relegation/prom otion remains in place
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