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.

Who's Online

We have 106 guests and no members online

Tasmania’s Under-14 representative side beat Capital Football 2-1 on the second day of the national championships at Coffs Harbour.

The win follows Tasmania’s opening day goalless draw with Victoria Country.

Ronnie Bolton, coach of Clarence United, has organised a public meeting of players, supporters and club officials from all clubs to discuss the proposed Southern Premier League format for 2013 which was unveiled last week by Football Federation Tasmania.

The meeting is scheduled for the Hobart Workers’ Club in Liverpool Street at 6.30pm next Tuesday, 9 October, 2012.

On the opening day of the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour, Tasmania had a win and a draw.


Photo:  Triple award winner Francis Kenyi (left) and Southern FC coach Mick Trotter [Photo courtesy of Southern FC]

Francis Kenyi scooped the pool of the Southern FC awards in the senior-team category.

The League One club held their awards presentation dinner at the Queen’s Head Hotel in North Hobart and about 70 people attended.


Photo:  Jeremy Walker will be in his second season with the Melbourne Heart youth side [PlessPix]

Former Kingborough Lions United defender Will Abbott has signed a National Youth League contract with A-League club Melbourne Heart for the 2012-2013 season.

He joins Jeremy Walker, another Tasmanian, who played with the Melbourne Heart youth side last season and who has been retained for 2012-2013.


Photo:  The front cover of the match program, which sold for one shilling

As far as I know, local football identity George Arnott is the only surviving member of the Tasmanian team that played China at North Hobart on Wednesday, 26 August, 1953.

I knew Alistair Rattray, the left-half, and goalkeeper Harry Wise, who have both passed away, but I don’t know about any others in that Tassie side.