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:  George Harms and Saad Mohamad vie for possession at training tonight [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s two Dad’s Army veteran football teams head to the Gold Coast in Queensland on Friday to participate in the Pan Pacific Masters’ Games.

The tournament commences on Sunday for the Over-45’s and the Over-50s.


Photo:  Some of the great names from Tasmanian football of the past pose after training tonight [PlessPix]

Tasmania has 18 players in each squad, including some guest players from Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

Some of the players held a final training session at KGV Park this evening, at the same time as a meeting of Southern club presidents got under way in the FFT headquarters building.


Photo (L-R):  Richard Leszczynski, Mick Garth, Michael McIntyre and Richard Ketchell in action [PlessPix]

“We enjoy having a kick even though we’re old,” said Mark Gobbey.  “It’s open to anybody that wants to join us and they’re more than welcome.

“I think we’ve got participation from eight or nine Southern clubs down here that are part of the Army now.

“It’s good fun, but the 27 degree temperatures expected will test us.”


Photo (L-R):  Richard Ketchell, Michael McIntyre, Kim Barker and Darren Grainger show they still have the touch [PlessPix]

The Over-50s have a schedule of five games in six days and the Over-45s have six games in six days.

The finals will be played on Saturday week, so it could mean an extra game for both sides.


Photo:  Richard Ketchell in possession at training [PlessPix]


Photo:  Richard Ketchell controls the ball as Michael McIntyre (left) and Colin Francis watch [PlessPix]


+6 #20 Steffan Elliott 2012-11-05 09:16
Another good day for the army . Girls won 2-0 . Over 45 lads won 4-1 , Mies 2 , daggy 1 and saad 1 and the over 50s were held to 0-0 in a very tough match . Totally out played their opponents in the 2nd half .

Injuries are at a minimum but the main one is Kim Barker . Sliced his knee yesterday on a rock on the ground and had 3 stitches internally and 4 externally . He still played 3/4 on today's game . It was also interesting to see that it only took one and a half games back for him to have a go at the ref .
+4 #19 Steffan Elliott 2012-11-04 09:04
Over 45 s had a resounding 1st up win , 8-0 , scorers , Roger Mies 3 , Daggy 2 , Richard Ketchell 1 , Robin Dodds 1 , Geoff Ireson 1
+5 #18 Steffan Elliott 2012-11-04 03:23
Over 50s kicked off with a 3-1 win this morning . Kim Barker 2 , John McIntyre 1 ( pen )
+2 #17 Manny Vavoulas 2012-11-02 11:30
Good luck boys and hope you show the other states and countries how it's done. Wish I could be there
+3 #16 Steffan Elliott 2012-11-02 07:05
Ronnies the captain of our ship
+8 #15 Ronnie Bolton 2012-11-01 21:18
There's only one Dads Army, one Dads Army, walking along , singing a song , walking in a Tassie wonderland..... .....
+1 #14 Anonymous 2012-11-01 08:46
Quoting egg:
who are you and what do you know about anything that is on this blog stick your name to your comment then we may listen otherwise PO

+1 #13 Anonymous 2012-11-01 03:16
Quoting Anonymous:
Give it a break George.A lot of good decisions have been made by the board the V League and prop up leagues/clubs was always not going to please all. Your like that some of these former players should be running football is ridiculous as is Anon 2 initial comment. Its just like saying Mike Tyson should be running boxing or George Best should rise from the grave and be the head honcho running the English Premier League.

Thats what is happening now so whats the diference
+2 #12 Anonymous 2012-10-31 19:16
I like the shin pads!!!!!!!!!!! !!
+2 #11 Anonymous 2012-10-31 11:20
Egg, i hope your going to pull out some of those famous slide tackles

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