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:  Romilton Amaral (extreme right of back row) with the youth team he formed in Brazil a couple of years ago [Foto do Brasil]

University have confirmed the appointment of Romilton Amaral as their Southern Premier League coach for the 2013 season.

“We will be conducting three pre-season trainings before Christmas, starting on the 7th of December at 6.30pm at a location to be confirmed,” said University’s chairman and senior player, Miles Barnard, who has said he will continue to play for the club in 2013.

“Without knowing the standard of the SPL for 2013, it is hard to make a statement about the club's expectations, but at this stage we are confident of being title contenders.

“We have not lost any players from last year, except for Julian Proud, with key players such as Aaron Hindmarsh and Alexis Bull all signed on for the 2013 season.”

Romilton coached Glenorchy Knights’ reserves last season and he has previously coached and played for Hobart United.



Photo:  Peter Mies (fifth from right in back row) and son Roger Mies (fourth from right in back row) with the Launceston City team at Olinda Grove in the 1990s [PlessPix]

Launceston City will again host the Mies Family Cup over two days at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston next year.

This is a two-day tournament for senior men’s teams and there is no entry fee.

It will be held on Friday, 18 January and Saturday 19 January 2013 and the first eight clubs to apply will be included in two pools of four teams.

The winner of each pool will meet in the final.


Photo:  Peter Mies (third from right) with Launceston Cioty supporters and coaching staff at a game at KGV Park [PlessPix]

The objective of this pre-season tournament is, according to the club, to provide participating teams from all over Tasmania with valuable pre-season competition to try new structures, gain match fitness and to enjoy a fun festival with atmosphere.

The games will be of two 25-minute halves and a new game will be played each hour, with a minimum of two games per team.

Prize money and trophies will be awarded to the first and second-placed teams.

Applications should be forwarded to Matthew Heather at:

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-5 #10 G.K 2012-12-07 05:02
Well have had the pleasure and time to do the pre season rounds . I'm a little scared for the training that I've experience at most clubs , 75percent are doing DRILLS that under 13 do and a lot of passing the ball with awkward decision involved . Ok 75 percent of our Vic coaches don't have a C Licence and are at the moment involved with FFT for that reason , and all the best to them as they all will pass and will become better in their job . PRE SEASON is the most important part of the year and if the methods are not right then you are plaing catch up for the rest of the season . ..........A ..Endurance ....Stamina ..... Strength ....Power ...Flexibility ....Speed these are the important areas that you work on as pre season B ....Performance Psychology..... Acquisition of skills ..... Biomechanics of sport .... Sports Nutrition .... and Adopting a balanced approach . ....C.... Games ... Formation ....Team selection .... All these come slowly as the pre season moves on, to achieve the last , you need as many small games and practice games as possible ... Pick your 20 players work with them but always keep a eye on the rest , as you never can tell the one you don't pick could be the one that proves you wrong ... Good luck to all clubs if you need a pre season plan dont be scared to ring me I'll be happy to help and provide one . Remember experience is hard work , we will never stop learning from one and other . 0401303500 .thank you GK
-1 #9 Anonymous 2012-12-06 06:56
Whoops wrong blog!
0 #8 Anonymous 2012-12-06 06:55
Duffy, Toby and other futsal players to Rangers?
+10 #7 Tim 2012-12-06 03:44
I give it half the season & he'll be gone. No offence to the Uni players but a lot different commitment wise that what he will expect. As I said it's not meant to be an offensive comment to the Uni players but it's just a fact. It's takes them a long time to get to pre-season. Romilton will not be able to handle this
+6 #6 Anonymous 2012-12-04 09:47
Quoting Anonymous:
With all respect, Newtow has to be the clear favourite in this race.

That's IF they retain their players from last season and that is very unlikely. Beachside and Taroona would be my picks but it's early days.
0 #5 Anonymous 2012-12-04 08:52
Uni has no chance, unless they sign some players. goal keeper maybe! Think div one is tougher than they might think
-2 #4 Anonymous 2012-12-03 22:00
With all respect, Newtow has to be the clear favourite in this race.
-7 #3 Anonymous 2012-12-03 07:35
Uni to win as many games this season as last season.
+2 #2 Anonymous 2012-12-03 04:05
good to see someone actually cares about uni,post has had no comments, seems very strange.
+3 #1 Anonymous 2012-12-03 02:55
a top choice for Uni. A good year ahead. may be premiers.... a big call ....

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