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:  Romilton Amaral has been reappointed as University's senior coach [PlessPix]

Romilton Amaral has been reappointed as senior coach of University.

His assistant will again be Jes Singh.

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Photo:  University's co-chairperson Erica de Jong is third from the right in the front row of this photo of University's 2013 reserves women's team [Photo courtesy of University FC]

The departure of 2013 Vic Tuting Medal winner Miles Barnard, who was also the club’s chairman, will be a loss for the Students.

Most of last year’s senior squad will stay, including the experienced Aaron Hindmarsh and Toby Macgregor, the latter having finished fourth in the 2013 Vic Tuting medal count.

University are engaged in discussions with several Victory League players but no details have been released as yet.

University will commence training on 7 January 2014, from 6.30pm until 8pm at Olinda Grove.

Women’s football is to become a major focus of the University club.

The women’s side had several former NTC players in its ranks in 2013, while the under-16 women’s side won the 2013 Youth Cup.

The club will focus on developing these younger players in 2014, with the assistance of the more experienced players.

A coach for the women’s Premier League side is being sought now that former coach Harry Booth is unable to commit to the position because of his Victory League responsibilities.

“The current playing group offer the opportunity for a coach to work with a quickly developing and talented playing group, who are determined to achieve success in the future,” the club said in a statement.

“The club would like to hear from coaches who have a thorough knowledge of soccer, a string commitment to the game and enthusiasm to take on this exciting role.”

Anyone interested should contact the women’s coordinator at UTASSC, Erica de Jong, on 0407 055 627, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

University have replaced 2012 and 2013 chairman Miles Barnard with joint chairpersons in Erica De Jong and John Hargrave.

De Jong plays in the women’s team, while Hargrave was a star goalkeeper for the club in the 1970s.

“In 2014, the club is looking to focus on creating an inclusive and vibrant club culture,” said De Jong.

“We want to recognise the broader role of soccer in the community by focusing on both on-field success and the social aspects of the club.

“Despite the best of intentions, clubs can suffer from focusing too strongly on the men’s competition only, so this year there will be a strong focus on organising a range of teams and social events which appeal to all of those involved with our club.

“Again in 2014, the club will offer a subsidised registration fee for university students wanting to play with our club”.

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+10 #17 Brett Clark 2013-12-26 08:12
With SAP lot of boys did find it boring ,but I am sure once they are playing as a team they will get more out of it in the skillaroos .
But a lot of kids do prefer playing at club because they want to stay with their mates and once Victory league clubs implement SAP it will be better as more kids can do skills training with theory mates
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+3 #16 Anonymous 2013-12-25 12:38
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The quality of the SH junior development and youth development program is exactly why most SH kids didn't try out for skillaroos. 4 training sessions a week, training camp interstate and plenty of opportunities to play practice matches against stronger opposition , well organized , plus being part of a club.


There we go number 12! Not being a SH I did not know all of it. I just suspect that might be reason they don't feel the need to participate as they already well served at club level.
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+9 #15 Anonymous 2013-12-25 06:53
The quality of the SH junior development and youth development program is exactly why most SH kids didn't try out for skillaroos. 4 training sessions a week, training camp interstate and plenty of opportunities to play practice matches against stronger opposition , well organized , plus being part of a club.
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+4 #14 Anonymous 2013-12-25 00:22
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Hi Walter, on another subject, the skillaroos were named during the week, has FFT sent you who made it and what clubs the players are from as there has been plenty of talk about the V league clubs running the SAP next year


From what i have heard there is 3 players from Zebras, 2 from Beachside one possibly 2 from kingborough, 2 from Hobart United and 2 maybe 3 from New town, unsure about the others


Was there any from South Hobart ??

SH might have a similar program and kids might not see any benefit in doing SAP, It is just a thought!

So your really saying that FFTs SAP is shit and not worth doing ??. Surely every kids dream is to represent your State.


Not at all, if you read comment of number 6, "as there has been plenty of talk about the V league clubs running the SAP next year" So, I think it is a great idea to implement at club level. All I'm said is that SH had already a good program.
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+4 #13 Anonymous 2013-12-24 12:07
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Hi Walter, on another subject, the skillaroos were named during the week, has FFT sent you who made it and what clubs the players are from as there has been plenty of talk about the V league clubs running the SAP next year


From what i have heard there is 3 players from Zebras, 2 from Beachside one possibly 2 from kingborough, 2 from Hobart United and 2 maybe 3 from New town, unsure about the others


I do know that Laka's young boy Brad made it, well done
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-5 #12 Anonymous 2013-12-24 12:03
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Hi Walter, on another subject, the skillaroos were named during the week, has FFT sent you who made it and what clubs the players are from as there has been plenty of talk about the V league clubs running the SAP next year


From what i have heard there is 3 players from Zebras, 2 from Beachside one possibly 2 from kingborough, 2 from Hobart United and 2 maybe 3 from New town, unsure about the others


Was there any from South Hobart ??

SH might have a similar program and kids might not see any benefit in doing SAP, It is just a thought!

So your really saying that FFTs SAP is shit and not worth doing ??. Surely every kids dream is to represent your State.
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+7 #11 Anonymous 2013-12-24 04:31
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Quoting Anonymous:
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Hi Walter, on another subject, the skillaroos were named during the week, has FFT sent you who made it and what clubs the players are from as there has been plenty of talk about the V league clubs running the SAP next year


From what i have heard there is 3 players from Zebras, 2 from Beachside one possibly 2 from kingborough, 2 from Hobart United and 2 maybe 3 from New town, unsure about the others


Was there any from South Hobart ??

SH might have a similar program and kids might not see any benefit in doing SAP, It is just a thought!
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-3 #10 Anonymous 2013-12-24 00:50
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Quoting Anonymous:
Hi Walter, on another subject, the skillaroos were named during the week, has FFT sent you who made it and what clubs the players are from as there has been plenty of talk about the V league clubs running the SAP next year


From what i have heard there is 3 players from Zebras, 2 from Beachside one possibly 2 from kingborough, 2 from Hobart United and 2 maybe 3 from New town, unsure about the others


Was there any from South Hobart ??
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+5 #9 jes 2013-12-23 22:38
Thanks richard and miles for your support
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+2 #8 Anonymous 2013-12-23 11:00
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Hi Walter, on another subject, the skillaroos were named during the week, has FFT sent you who made it and what clubs the players are from as there has been plenty of talk about the V league clubs running the SAP next year


From what i have heard there is 3 players from Zebras, 2 from Beachside one possibly 2 from kingborough, 2 from Hobart United and 2 maybe 3 from New town, unsure about the others
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