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 new Victory League logo featuring a stylised football

Football Federation Tasmania this morning unveiled the Victory League logo and named some new sponsors at a meeting of Victory League Club presidents at KGV Park.

The Victory League logo features a map of Tasmania within five patches of a stylized football.


Photo:  Coach John Kosmina felt Adelaide should have got something out of tonight's game [PlessPix]

(A-League, Etihad Stadium, Friday, 19 October 2012)

Melbourne Victory 2 (Milligan 52, Rojas 67)

Adelaide United 1 (Vidosic 50 pen)

HT: 0-0   Att: 19,174   Ref: P Green

Melbourne Victory: Velaphi  -  Foschini, Franjic, Leijer, Traore  -  Milligan  -  Celeski (Bru 64), Flores (Jeggo 70), Hinkler  -  Rojas (Markelis 79), Thompson  (Sub not used:  Thomas)

Adelaide United: Galekovic  -  Bowles, Boogaard, Golec, Cassio  -  Malik, Vidosic, Watson  -  Ferreira (Barker-Daish 73), Neumann (Carrusco 64), Ramsay  (Subs not used:  Fyfe, Hall)


Photo:  Shae Hickey is ready for action again next season {PlessPix]

Shae Hickey is the 25th player to have won the Vic Tuting best-and-fairest medal.

The 27-year-old South Hobart midfielder is far from ready to hang up his boots and is eagerly anticipating next year’s inaugural Victory League season.


Photo:  Shae Hickey, winner of the 2012 Vic Tuting Medal [PlessPix]

Shae Hickey, the 27-year-old South Hobart midfielder, has won the 2012 Vic Tuting Medal as the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League best-and-fairest player.

Hickey polled 25 votes, while Clarence United’s Aaron Cairns was runner-up with 24 votes and South Hobart’s Loic Feral third with 23 votes.


Photo:  Stephen Pitchford, the new coach of Tilford Zebras [Photo courtesy of Raelene Hennicke]

Stephen Pitchford was recently appointed as senior coach of Tilford Zebras.

The 54-year-old former New Town Eagles supremo is looking forward to the challenges of the inaugural Victory League competition next year with his new club.

I spoke to Stephen about his appointment and his plans at his new club.


Photo:  Leno Taglieri in action for Southern FC [PlessPix]

Leno Taglieri has resigned from the Board of Football Federation Tasmania.

He joined the Board just over a year ago.


Photo:  About 50 people attended tonight's meeting [PlessPix]

Between 50 and 60 people attended tonight’s meeting at the Working Men’s Club to discuss Football Federation Tasmania’s league structure below the top-flight Victory League for 2013.

It was an orderly and well-conducted meeting, chaired by Ronnie Bolton, the Clarence United senior coach in 2012, and numerous people were able to express their opinions.


Photo:  Hammy McMeechan (right) with Howrah's Alistair Hales at Wentworth park before the match [PlessPix]

Hammy McMeechan, one of the finest Scottish imports to Australian football has passed away in Melbourne at the age of 71.

McMeechan brought a Victorian third-division side to Hobart at the end of the 1985 season and played Howrah at Wentworth Park.