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 twilight competition will be held at Olinda Grove [PlessPix]

I don’t know about you, but I’m already suffering withdrawal symptoms after the end of the season.

I can remember years when the season was not over until some time in October.

If you are looking for a fix, University will be conducting a twilight football competition commencing on Tuesday, 9 October, 2012.


Photo:  The cover of the 1951 match program for England XI v Tasmania at North Hobart

Basketfuls of broken glass were found scattered over the North Hobart Oval on the morning of Tasmania’s game against an England XI on Saturday, 16 June 1951.

It was an attempt to sabotage the game, which went ahead after the glass was cleared and a police guard was placed on the oval.


Photo:  Former Leeds United player Peter Savill is the new Northern Rangers coach [PlessPix]

Peter Savill has been appointed coach of Northern Rangers.

Rangers, who won the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League title this season, will compete in the inaugural Victory League next season.


Photo:  Alex Leszczynski and Michael Anderson won New Town Eagles' senior Best-and-Fairest Award for 2012 [PlessPix]

Defender Michael Anderson and striker Alexander Leszczynski shared New Town Eagles’ Premier League side’s Best-and-Fairest Award at the club’s trophy presentation dinner on Saturday night.

Striker Adam McKeown, who came third in the Best-and-Fairest count, took out the Most Consistent Award.


Photo:  Aaron Cairns on the ball against Zebras [PlessPix]

Clarence United held their player awards vote count on Saturday night for the 2012 season.

Aaron Cairns took out the players’ player award for the Premier League side, while Sam Cannamela was voted the most valuable player in the seniors.


Photo:  A section of the impressive Sports Centre, where the presentation ceremony was held on Saturday [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras held their youth teams’ presentation ceremony at the Italian Sports Centre in North Hobart on Saturday afternoon.

It was the first time I had been in this building and I was very impressed.


Photo:  Former Liverpool great Kevin Keegan (second from left) working in China recently with Steve Darby (right), once a Tranmere Rovers player and Tasmanian coaching director and coach of Devonport City and White Eagles.  Ironically (look at the badges on their shirts and in the background), they were representing Everton in China [Photo courtesy of Steve Darby]

Bob Paisley was in charge of Liverpool for nine seasons (1974-75 to 1982-83) and won 21 trophies during his reign.

These included three European Cups and six league championships.  The FA Cup eluded him, despite taking Liverpool to Wembley on 11 occasions as manager.


Photo:  Kingborough's Trent Pearce is in the running for the Reserves' award [PlessPix]

Here are the top three vote-getters in the reserves, under-age and Southern League One competitions.