Who Is Walter Pless?

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 (L-R):  FFT CEO John Boulous, Kingborough Mayor Dr Graham Bury and Tasmanian squad memeber Liam Scott at today's ticket launch at Yes Optus [PlessPix]

Tickets for the Tasmania versus Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Victory versus Western Sydney Wanderers double-header at Kingston’s Twin Ovals on Sunday, 29 September 2013, go on sale tomorrow.

“Tickets will be limited, so I recommend all football fans to get in quick or they may not get in at all.” Boulous said today at the official launch of the tickets.

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Photo:  Tickets laid out on the table.  Adult tickets are $15 and children's tickets are $7 [PlessPix]

The tickets will be available from Yes Optus stores in Hobart, Rosny and Launceston, the FFT office and Kingborough Council.

Tickets are priced at $15 for an adult and $7 for a child,and the ticket grants entry to Kingston Twin Ovals for the entire PFD double-header day on September 29.

Tasmania versus Melbourne Victory kicks off at noon, while the Melbourne Victory versus Western Sydney Wanderers game kicks off at 2.30pm.

FFT are saying interest in the PFD double header has been huge, both locally and interstate, and every indication is that it could be a sell-out.

“Contingents from Melbourne Victory’s and Western Sydney Wanderers’ strong supporter bases have indicated their desire to attend and, knowing the strong travelling support these clubs receive, tickets could be snapped up very quickly,” said Boulous.

Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers have two of the strongest supporter bases in the Hyundai A-League, with memberships of well over 10,000 at both clubs.

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Photo:  John Boulous and Liam Scott 'touting' tickets [PlessPix]

Boulous encourages Tasmanian fans to flock in and give the travelling fans a run for their money.

“If you are a football lover, you simply can’t miss this PFD double-header,” said Boulous.

Tasmania squad member, Liam Scott, who was also at today’s launch, hopes Tasmania gets behind the day.

“It is a huge opportunity, not only for the players that take the field, but for the State as we are starved of football of this quality,” Scott said.

FFT will also be launching the ‘Tassie Army’ on Wednesday, which will see a supporter group formed for the Tasmanian team.

Passionate Tasmanian fans are encouraged to sign up for the ‘Army’ by heading to the FFT facebook page.

Mayor of the Kingborough Council, Graeme Bury, said it was a huge community event for his region and the venue was ideal.

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Photo:  If he's successful in being selected for the final Tasmanian squad, Liam Scott won't need these tickets for the game [PlessPix]

Ring FFT on 0362 73 3299 for tickets.

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+3 #29 Nick Owen 2013-08-08 13:34
True #27... Found out this evening. I think I'll get just a general admission ticket. I hear the seats are all sold.
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0 #28 Anonymous 2013-08-08 11:28
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting MICK FROM MELBOURNE:
I'm from the big smoke. A Tassie local wrote this comment on 442.

"Extremely poor choice of venues by Melbourne Victory for this game. They have been bringing games down here for 7 years now and its fine that they have moved the game to Hobart this year but as part of the purpose of this game is to increase the profile of football in this state why have they gone to a ground with no stands, no cover and no facilities? Surely the A-League even in pre-season deserves better than this."


One would've thought KGV, Bellerive Oval or North Hobart would be better than Kingston. What's going on down there?


It seems that no-one actually listens when FFT say that Bellerive is unavailable due to the building works that are going on there and that North Hobart is likely to have a very poor surface due to the local footy finals being played there prior to the event. As the A-League comp starts a couple of weeks after this match and because the A-League Clubs wont play on a synthetic surface, their only option for a good grassed surface is at the Twin Ovals.

Get over it you pack of whingers, and if you want to keep seeing good quality football in Tasmania you'd better get yourself to the Twin Ovals on the 29 Sep.

I think North Hobart will be ripped up for a sand based oval after the footy finals........ was KGV sand based?
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0 #27 Anonymous 2013-08-08 08:40
Quoting Nick Owen:
I've got to ask... Where do NW people get their tickets from?


from your club apparently :)
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0 #26 Anonymous 2013-08-08 05:56
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting MICK FROM MELBOURNE:
I'm from the big smoke. A Tassie local wrote this comment on 442.

"Extremely poor choice of venues by Melbourne Victory for this game. They have been bringing games down here for 7 years now and its fine that they have moved the game to Hobart this year but as part of the purpose of this game is to increase the profile of football in this state why have they gone to a ground with no stands, no cover and no facilities? Surely the A-League even in pre-season deserves better than this."


One would've thought KGV, Bellerive Oval or North Hobart would be better than Kingston. What's going on down there?


It seems that no-one actually listens when FFT say that Bellerive is unavailable due to the building works that are going on there and that North Hobart is likely to have a very poor surface due to the local footy finals being played there prior to the event. As the A-League comp starts a couple of weeks after this match and because the A-League Clubs wont play on a synthetic surface, their only option for a good grassed surface is at the Twin Ovals.

Get over it you pack of whingers, and if you want to keep seeing good quality football in Tasmania you'd better get yourself to the Twin Ovals on the 29 Sep.


OR ELSE!
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+5 #25 Anonymous 2013-08-08 03:46
Many years of proof has led me to say give me Zebras and Warriors any day. As Collins admitted real passion run by people that really care about that particular match up. Nothing else in Tasmanian football even comes close.
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+3 #24 Anonymous 2013-08-08 02:13
Quoting MICK FROM MELBOURNE:
I'm from the big smoke. A Tassie local wrote this comment on 442.

"Extremely poor choice of venues by Melbourne Victory for this game. They have been bringing games down here for 7 years now and its fine that they have moved the game to Hobart this year but as part of the purpose of this game is to increase the profile of football in this state why have they gone to a ground with no stands, no cover and no facilities? Surely the A-League even in pre-season deserves better than this."


One would've thought KGV, Bellerive Oval or North Hobart would be better than Kingston. What's going on down there?


It seems that no-one actually listens when FFT say that Bellerive is unavailable due to the building works that are going on there and that North Hobart is likely to have a very poor surface due to the local footy finals being played there prior to the event. As the A-League comp starts a couple of weeks after this match and because the A-League Clubs wont play on a synthetic surface, their only option for a good grassed surface is at the Twin Ovals.

Get over it you pack of whingers, and if you want to keep seeing good quality football in Tasmania you'd better get yourself to the Twin Ovals on the 29 Sep.
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+7 #23 Anonymous 2013-08-08 00:38
Quoting MICK FROM MELBOURNE:
One would've thought KGV, Bellerive Oval or North Hobart would be better than Kingston. What's going on down there?


KGV is now an artificial pitch, it was done last summer. A-League clubs won't play on it, so that's out.

Apparently Blundstone Arena (Bellerive) and North Hobart are "unavailable". I would suggest it's probably due to Aussie Rules finals, or functions due to the AFL Grand Finals.

The whole thing is pretty farcical. We've heard a lot of interest is being shown by mainlanders, looking to come south for the game. We'd love to see you all, but we're going to be thoroughly embarassed by the quality of the venue we put you up at.

What's going on? According to Sean Collins on this very blog, everything's fine. Somewhere between your question and his statements is probably the truth.
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+19 #22 MICK FROM MELBOURNE 2013-08-07 08:17
I'm from the big smoke. A Tassie local wrote this comment on 442.

"Extremely poor choice of venues by Melbourne Victory for this game. They have been bringing games down here for 7 years now and its fine that they have moved the game to Hobart this year but as part of the purpose of this game is to increase the profile of football in this state why have they gone to a ground with no stands, no cover and no facilities? Surely the A-League even in pre-season deserves better than this."


One would've thought KGV, Bellerive Oval or North Hobart would be better than Kingston. What's going on down there?
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+9 #21 GK 2013-08-07 05:38
18 ... All we saying is this is the chance to brake all records for a game in Tas .... Yet we have no ground with seats , that's all , just remember a few years back we packed Grove RD just to see our lads play ?????? It's a pity , let's pray for good weather .I had visitors from NSW last week and they tell me there's a lot on there way to see the game , theres no talk about the Tas game ???? FFT should market these 2 games not only A L. Game ???? .
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+15 #20 Anonymous 2013-08-07 04:37
#18 why would you play a top football match in a hole .
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