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:  A gathering of young footballers at the Showgrounds for the annual Gala Day [PlessPix]

More than 200 students from schools in southern Tasmania participated in a gala day at the Royal Showgrounds on Tuesday.

Sixteen schools participated in the five-a-side competition organised by Football Federation Tasmania in conjunction with the Southern primary School Sports Association.


Photo:  Anthony Alexander with the coaching book which was the prize for the ball juggling competition [PlessPix]

“Schools from Huonville to Brighton to South Arm and everything in between were involved in a day of football fun,” said Anthony Alexander, FFT’s Southern Development Officer.

The participants were from years 5 and 6, with the highest female participation of the event since its formation three years ago, with 50% of the participants being female.


Photo:  The kids in the swing of things [PlessPix]

Games kicked off at 10am and went until 2pm in one of the biggest primary school participation events on the junior sporting calendar.

“It is a great way to experience the game in a fun and friendly format,” Alexander said.

"For some kids, it is an extension of their football experience and, for others, it is a chance to have a taste of the game.”


Photo:  The 5-a-side pitches ready to go [PlessPix]


0 #2 intheonionbag 2013-09-09 01:34
Thie event in 2012 was run by the Vikings Futsal people at the Hockey Centre. As it waas the same day Melbourne Victory palyed Tasmania, none of the FTT coaching staff got to see what kids can do.
0 #1 Pete Barnes 2013-08-30 03:28
What a fantastic day for the kids, my daughter loved the day.Thanks FFT.
I saw coaches there from the schools ,some clubs like the knights I think it was Janko, and I think I also saw Mark Broadbent there from the NTC.
It is really good to see people from clubs and programs looking at our childeren.
Well Done, good day

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