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:  Action from Saturday's championships [Photo courtesy of Raelene Hennicke]

The 8th annual Australian Futsal Association Tasmanian Futsal championships were held at Moonah last Saturday.

Some of the best Futsal players from 10-year-olds to senior men from Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart took on the challenge.


Photo (L-R):  Tendeka dos Santos of the Multicultural Resource Centre, Anthony Alexander of FFT, and Sam Johnson of Glenorchy Knights at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) today launched a multicultural football program aimed at connecting people and providing greater cultural awareness through the power of football.

FFT has recently become a funding recipient of the Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program.


Photo:  Goalkeeper Tristan Prendergast recently impressed in a tournament in Vietnam [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s NTC side finished 8th in the 10-team NTC Challenge series held in Canberra last week.

In their final two games, they lost 2-1 to Victoria and 3-0 to New South Wales.

Australia has been drawn in Group B of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

They will face reigning world champions Spain, as well as Chile and the beaten 2010 finalists, The Netherlands.


Photo:  Brisbane's Thomas Broich seems a mere shadow of his former self [PlessPix]

(A-League, Coopers Stadium, Adelaide, Friday, 6 December 2013)

Adelaide United 1 (O Malik 7)

Brisbane Roar 2 (B Barisha 21 pen, 72)

HT:  1-1   Att:  ?   Ref:  P O’Leary

Adelaide United:  Galekovic  -  Elrich, McKain, Malik, Zullo  -  Lustica (Barker-Daish 73), Isaias, Carrusca  -  F Ferreira (Mabil 69), Djite (Jeronimo Neumann 63), Cirio (Subs not used:  Golec, Hall)

Brisbane Roar:  Acton  -  Hingert, Donachie, Smith, Brown  -  Franjic, Brattan, McKay  -  Henrique (Miller 57), Berisha (Yeboah 77), Broich (Subs not used:  D Ferreira, Petratos, Chalmers)


Photo:  Mynonge Kamba may be a star of the tournament [PlessPix]

The Black Scorpions' Refugees/Migrant Soccer Tournament will take place this weekend at Olinda Grove, Mount Nelson.

The tournament is an initiative of the Black Scorpions social group, through the work of event organiser Jal David.


Photo:  Goalkeeper Dand smothers the ball in last night's semi-final between Hobart Knights and Mr Jin's Soccer Academy [PlessPix]

Fielding ineligible players marred some senior football this season, but the indoor game has also suffered.

This year’s Summer Cup Final saw the two winning semi-finalists disqualified from the final, while at last night’s Australian Futsal Association semi-finals played at Moonah, Mr Jin Soccer Academy side was disqualified from the final after fielding an ineligible player despite them beating Hobart Knights 9-3.

Tasmania’s NTC side won its first match of the NTC Challenge series in Canberra today when it beat the Northern Territory 3-0.

Luke Eyles netted a brace and Josh Hope scored the remaining goal.