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:  Launceston City training at St Patrick's College [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

Launceston City, one of three northern Victory League clubs, commenced training in mid-October at St Patrick’s College in Launceston.

They are training on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30pm until 8pm.


Photo (L-R):  Jason Jones, Dane Hudson, Tony Rossi, Lino Sciulli, Mark Egan and Mick Egan [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

City’s head coach, Dane Hudson, has been busy preparing plans for 2013 and engaging in conversations with players from within Launceston City and interested players from other local clubs.

City have secured the services of Launceston United head coach, Mark Egan.

Egan has been appointed as Hudson’s assistant coach for the Victory League side.

Egan did an excellent job in his time at the helm of United during his time there and, in particular, in 2012, delivered the club its first league points for a few seasons.

Egan was formerly a junior coach at City’s junior club, Westside Devils.

City stalwart and 2011/2012 City Northern Premier League coach, Lino Sciulli, will take on the Launceston City NPL Under-20 team.

Sciulli had a strong season in 2012 as City knocked on the door of the Top-4 in the Northern Premier League.

He introduced a large number of youngsters into senior football, with his squad achieving some admirable results, none more so than the 4-3 win over Northern Rangers, the eventual champions, at Mitsubishi Park in the penultimate game of the season.

Current City Division 1 player, Mick Egan, has been appointed as coach of City’s Under-18s for 2013.

Egan has had a long stint as coach of many junior teams at City’s junior feeder club, Westside Devils.

City Life Member and former senior player, Tony Rossi, has been appointed as coach of City’s Under-16 Team for 2013.

Rossi has also had a long career coaching both boys’ and girls’ junior teams at Westside Devils and is looking forward to resuming his coaching duties after a break of two years.

Launceston City president, Jason Jones, has confirmed City are thrilled with their coaching appointments, particularly in welcoming back those coaches who were already part of the club’s structure, and extended a especial welcome to the club to Mark Egan.

City have confirmed they will once again be staging the Mies Family Cup pre-season tournament on 18 and 19 January 2013.


+2 #14 Anonymous 2012-11-26 01:25
Ahhh so you #13 must be on the board then to know that .
-2 #13 anonymous 2012-11-23 13:31
#12 maybe if they bothered turning up they would be able to report back to players and families what was actually going on and yes there will be an u/18.
+7 #12 Anonymous 2012-11-23 11:47
And they also voted #9 that they were not happy with the structure being proposed by the board . Like the u/18 vote it was being taken back to the board . Don't forget that ALL decisions that affect the football community are being made by 4 people only .
As has been shown before. Just because the presidents vote for something it doesn't automatically make it so .
+7 #11 Anonymous 2012-11-23 07:55
anon #10. Yeah that's after city flogged knights earlier in the year! Enjoy the npl!
Its understandable players who have an aim to play at the highest level will try Rangers - no one can argue they've been the most successful northern club in recent years. But there are only 20 spots up for grabs in each victory league squad and rangers existing squad is quite strong so there might be more players that miss out than you think.
-4 #10 Anonymous 2012-11-23 02:07
City may have knocked on the door, but after beating Northern Rangers and only needing to win the next week to play finals, they couldnt beat a Knights team that hadnt won a game for 2 months.

So in fact instead of knocking on the door they finished 6th. Go Knighters, always good to beat our arch enemy

I reckon most of the better playrs around Lonnie will end up at Rangers, with the ones not making the cut ending up at City
+8 #9 Anonymous 2012-11-22 22:24
#Ronnie maybe if your club had a representative at last presidents meeting your president would have passed on the message that FFT are going to have an u/18 as voted by the presidents of clubs or their reresentatives that bothered turning up.
+12 #8 Ronnie Bolton 2012-11-22 20:27
#4 Not a whinge just a question .
#5 Maybe you should talk to some concerned parents about the gap from 16's to 20's . I have been asked numerous times by parents on this very subject so all I am doing is asking on their behalf.You also want me to give it a break but want to know outcome of meeting, make up your mind.#7 If what you say is true then good on them if that's what it takes to get some sense into the structure.
+14 #7 Anonymous 2012-11-22 12:35
From what I'm told Ronnie all northern presidents told fft its either under 18's or u won't have clubs nominate for under 20's and there'll be no league.
+10 #6 Anonymous 2012-11-22 09:21
I hope the board read the article on the FFT website on the Football awards. Noting the team of the year is a Div 6 side with juniors underneath. This is what football is about giving the community an opportunity to participate
-7 #5 Vegemite on Toast 2012-11-22 07:45
Ronnie you are respected around the soccer community but fair crack of the whip can't you give it a break, and while we have you here whats the update on the workers meeting going back a month ago.?

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