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:  John Moutsatsos...new Zebras women's coach [PlessPix]

John Moutsatsos is the new coach of Tilford Zebras Premier Women’s side for the 2013 season.

The appointment of ‘Mouse’, as he is affectionately known, was announced this morning by Tilford Zebras president, Nick Di Giovanni.


Photo:  Ronnie De Felice, shown here holding a trophy won by that great Juventus side of the early 1980s, will coach Zebras' women's reservesBruce Ward (extreme left) and John Charlton (in line with, but behind Ronnie) were two of the best imports to have played in Tasmania, as was goalkeeper Steve Craven, shown here in red [PlessPix]

“John comes to the Zebras from Olympia, where he successfully coached the Premier Women Reserves to the 2012 Premiership,” Di Giovanni said.

“Congratulations to John as we at the Zebras are excited at what he will bring to the developing young squad in 2013, along with Ronnie Di Felice, who will coach the Premier Women Reserves and also be John’s assistant.

“2013 may well be the year the Zebras really challenge the top three clubs, which will make the women’s game a lot more competitive and entertaining.”

Moutsatsos was a prominent player for DOSA in years past.


It seems that Victory League clubs other than Olympia Warriors, Glenorchy Knights and Devonport City are not that keen to comment on the payment of players and are content to stay out of the debate.

Kingborough Lions United and Northern Rangers preferred not to comment, while Tilford Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni said it would be a matter for the club’s next committee to decide.

Zebras have their AGM coming up soon.


Photo:  Vicki Woods, the president of South Hobart FC [PlessPix]

South Hobart president Vicki Woods said:  “At this point, South Hobart Football Club have not committed to making player payments in 2013.”

I guess that leaves the door open for the State champions to decide whether anyone is worth paying once they assemble their squad.

Launceston City have not responded to my query.

In past State Leagues, they have led the way in terms of imports and player payments, so watch this space.


Photo:  Roger Munro (with ball), who was recently made an Olympia Legend, in action during the days Olympia were paid.  Behind him is team-mate John Paplos and on the right is Olympia's Keith Broadhouse [Photo by Ralph Dymond]


Photo:  Ronnie Bolton (left) and Nick Cook, in the days when Olympia paid their players [Photo by Ralph Dymond]


0 #52 jerry kruijver 2012-11-01 06:34
That is a fair point callan,sorry i only just saw your post now.To be frank i would love to make myself usefull somewhere but dont really know how to go about it now i am in reality very much a day before yesterday man.You have my email on the backpost and any clues you can give me are welcome.If my posts are only percieved as being negative then maybe i should take the cowards way out and become anonymus.Lookin g forward to hearing from you.
-40 #51 Decentric 2012-10-31 22:10
Mouse is a great role model, a true gentleperson, with a wicked sense of humour. I'm delighted to see him coaching at senior level in the women's game. Players have improved as footballers under his tutelage too.

Zebras have acquired a fantastic acquisition to their coaching staff. Whoever was involved at Zebras in the process of appointing Mouse, you have been wise - it is a sage decision by Zebras.

I may now be switching my allegiance and will follow Zebras in the state league.
+8 #50 Callan Paske 2012-10-31 06:06
#46 - I was warming up the keyboard to write exactly this! Spot on.

It's not about offering just money. Some will have the resources to do so and still be left with no quality players.

It's about offering an attractive package to a player. That could be all about money or it could be about the program, the culture and the vision moving forward.

As for loyalty, yes it is a valued attribute, but you can't knock someone for trying to make an extra couple of hundred a week when that might make a big difference to their quality of life outside of football.

Jerry - I'm yet to see anything but negativity from you on any story on here for the last couple of months. Are you considering actually actioning any of your suggestions by taking the time to follow them up at Board level?
+1 #49 Anonymous 2012-10-31 05:20
Quoting Anonymous:
Anonymous #24, I bet SH will be looking for a couple of imports and they'll pay them ahead of the rest of the home grown players.

Imports from up North is the word....
+8 #48 Whalers Fan 2012-10-30 02:43
Word on the street is Eli Luttmer has been offered a lucrative contract by the Woodbridge Whalers to kickstart their journey to the V-League.
+12 #47 Pedro RAmirez 2012-10-29 12:07
Congratulations Mouse you deserve the opportunity to coach at a high level as possible. I am sure you will be great for the girls at Zebras.
+6 #46 Anonymous 2012-10-29 04:59
Obviously players in this state are loyal to football and play for the right reasons. 99% of them have played their entire career without revcieving a cent.

Most clubs believe that there facilities and footballing environment are such that players from other clubs would enjoy it there if they came along and gave it a go. Money can be that catalyst that will get better players to join your club and give it a chance - hopefully once they are there they will see the things in your club that you see in your club.

There is no point comparing our 'paid' players to paid players in other states/countrie s. We are an amature sport in tassie. HOWEVER, if you want to entice a quality player from another club you need to offer them something they don't already get. That can be game time, leadership opportunities, to step up a grade etc etc. If the player you are chasing is a GOOD player, they will already have all of these things. So what can you offer them to get them to try your club? MONEY. If you have it.
+4 #45 Andy TYE 2012-10-29 01:34
Congratulations mouse, a gentleman of the game. I'm sure things will go well.

On the subject of money, it doesn't phase me one way or another if clubs pay players.

It doesn't make sense though to compare our situation with pro sides like Man City and United.

Payments might bring short term success but we need to think, will the players who are paid today be there tomorrow, if and when the money dries up.

The juggling act will probably be, can we pay today whilst still investing in the future.
+6 #44 James Bond 2012-10-28 23:06
Good appointment.

Mouse knows the game and is a gentleman.
+2 #43 Anonymous 2012-10-28 00:41
#38 It's a hip flask , a necessity when playing at cold South Hobart in those days.......

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