Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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):  George Mamacas, Olympia's president, Peter Eckhardt and and Evan Clayton of Back in Motion Physiotherapists, and Olympia Warriors coach, Glen McNeill, at today's partnership announcement [PlessPix]

Victory League club Olympia FC Warriors today announced a partnership with Back in Motion Physiotherapists for 2014.

Back in Motion will sponsor the Victory League club for the upcoming season and provide exclusive physiotherapy services for Olympia’s players.

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Photo:  Peter Eckhardt was an Australian Olympian [PlessPix]

As part of the service, Back in Motion will engage all players in the Olympia FC Warriors and attend Olympia training twice a week, providing medical clearances, injury treatment and assisting players with pathways to recovery.

Part of the partnership will also involve education and information sessions with Warriors coaching staff and personnel on injury prevention.

All players will also undergo the same physiotherapy screening assessments that are used by Football Federation Australia’s national teams.

Physiotherapists Peter Eckhardt and Evan Clayton of Back in Motion are extremely excited to be sponsoring the Victory League club.

“The aim is to help the club keep the players on the field to minimize games lost due to injury, to optimize team performance with injury prevention strategies and by providing a comprehensive rehabilitation service,” Clayton said.

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Photo:  Evan Clayton of Back in Mortion Physiotherapists [PlessPix]

Mr Eckhardt has 24 years’ experience as a physiotherapist.

He is an APA Physiotherapist and his love of sport comes from his experience as an Olympic athlete in canoeing, in which he had an 18-year international career.

His Olympic experience is not limited to competing, but Mr. Eckhardt has also been a physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic Teams in 1996, 2000 and 2004 and head physiotherapist in Beijing in 2008.

“We are thrilled to be on the Olympia FC Warriors team in their quest to become the league leader in all areas in 2014,” Eckhardt said.

Warriors President George Mamacas believes the partnership is yet another example of how the Eastern Shore club is innovating.

“Olympia FC Warriors are raising the bar once again with this exclusive partnership, making us the Victory League leaders for sports medicine,” Mamacas said.

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Photo:  George Mamacas, president of Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

“At Olympia, we see sports medicine as an integral part of a football club and, as a sporting organisation moving forward, we feel this strategic link with a physiotherapist of this calibre will only improve our squad management and assist our Victory League performance.”

The sponsorship is the first of its kind in the Victory League and involves all players at the club receiving priority through-the-door-service.

They will also provide the Victory League and Development squads with physiotherapy services twice a week during training at Warrior Park, work with players on injury prevention and injury management.

There are also plans to eventually introduce a club doctor at a later date.

“Olympia is always looking to innovate and we are hopeful the strong relationship built with Back in Motion will put us ahead of the pack, on and off the field,” Mamacas said.

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Photo:  Olympia Warriors' Victory League coach, Glen McNeill, is delighted with the new partnership [PlessPix]

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-10 #19 Anonymous 2013-12-15 09:01
(#17 Below) You are so wrong. Anyone at the Olympia Presentation night will be able to testify to how wrong you are.

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George only wants 1 thing mate and that is to win the Victory League , if you believe anything else you are kidding yourself and have your head in the sand."
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+15 #18 Anonymous 2013-12-15 03:38
Quoting Anonymous:
Didn't Kingborough do this last year?


CORRECT
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+10 #17 Anonymous 2013-12-15 03:06
George only wants 1 thing mate and that is to win the Victory League , if you believe anything else you are kidding yourself and have your head in the sand .
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-5 #16 Anonymous 2013-12-14 23:41
George Mamacas wants his club to be successful AND he does things from the boots up.

This is not just about winning the Victory League.

There are kids of all ages at Warrior Park every week. The Club is booming.
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-1 #15 BINGO 2013-12-14 11:49
Anon #3 correct thats the plan you sad individual , if it can be done why not. so says a free market economy. Clubs dont make the rules up they just play by them. This xmas i am going to tell the kids that parents around the world lie about a big fat man in a red suit, for me that is an absolute disgrace that we tell our young ones that this man exists. Why would we trumpet such lies.
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-10 #14 Anonymous 2013-12-14 11:47
I think not. If clubs did have they would most certainly bleat about it. Well done Olympia my son is heading your way 2014...

A comment From #11 Above :
"Lots of nice warm fuzzy comments from the Olympia faithful . All clubs have these sort of connections they just dont bleat about it . Attention seekers"
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-10 #13 Anonymous 2013-12-14 11:20
Quoting Anonymous:
Lots of nice warm fuzzy comments from the Olympia faithful . All clubs have these sort of connections they just dont bleat about it . Attention seekers .


Attention seekers I doubt. This is the way forward for our game and our players. If any other club have such connections at games and training sessions, I would like to know. My children are the ones that matter most and if a club like Olympia lead the way that would ensure that they are cared for, I know where I would wish for them to play once ready for club football
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-4 #12 Anonymous 2013-12-14 11:16
Quoting Anonymous:
Lots of nice warm fuzzy comments from the Olympia faithful . All clubs have these sort of connections they just dont bleat about it . Attention seekers .


Name Them!!!!
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+11 #11 Anonymous 2013-12-14 11:07
Lots of nice warm fuzzy comments from the Olympia faithful . All clubs have these sort of connections they just dont bleat about it . Attention seekers .
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+4 #10 Anonymous 2013-12-14 10:14
Obviously Olympia struggling for players as the big chq book has come out for the opposition players , money doesn't buy happiness but does buy problems .
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