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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I wish all football fans a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Stay safe and enjoy the festive season.

I have asked Victory League coaches to tell me their New Year’s resolution and to send a message to their club’s fans.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights coach, Chris Hey [PlessPix]

I have had five replies now and will include others as I receive them.

Chris Hey (Glenorchy Knights)

My New Year’s resolution:  To exercise more and lose some extra pounds I have gained over the past couple of years

Message to the club’s fans:  Be patient over the next 12 months and see the rewards of patience grow into the 2015 season and beyond.

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Photo:  South Hobart manager Ken Morton [PlessPix]

Ken Morton (South Hobart)

My New Year’s resolution:  Professionally, to not get complacent and work harder.

To challenge myself and never stop learning and working hard at my football.

Personally, to get fitter and eat less chocolate.

Message to the club’s fans:  This New Year, I would like to let our supporters know we will continue to play an open, attacking brand of football.

This will be more easily achieved with a recent resolution by the Hobart City Council to work with South Hobart FC to make Wellesley Park into a superior football training centre in 2014/15.

Modern lighting and two newly surfaced playing pitches will greatly assist the club and local community.

We thank the HCC for their further assistance with commencement of the building of our new clubrooms which will give our supporters and the local community a gathering point.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the football community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Photo:  Brendan Lichtendonk of Northern Rangers [PlessPix]

Brendan Lichtendonk (Northern Rangers)

My New Year’s resolution:  I don’t have new year resolutions as such, but I guess I’m looking to extend myself in the next stage of football after damaging my ankle earlier in the year, spelling an end to any more serious playing input.

Message to the club’s fans:  A message to our fans would be that, despite losing some key people in our club from 2013, there is a new, fresh batch of people coming through, committed to raising the bar.

I am continually humbled by the commitment of our playing group and their loyalty to the club, and a mentor of mine, Mitch Billing, reminded me during the off-season that it’s your players who are your biggest asset, not your access to funds, facilities and coaches.

I expect for Northern Rangers FC that 2014 will be a hugely challenging year, but our new coaching group of Rod Fulton, Tony Ludby, James Ower, Tim Lunnon and myself, will meet that with the resolve that our supporters expect.

A few fresh faces on our board will bring some fresh ideas as well.

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Photo:  Jed Donoghue is the new coach of Tilford Zebras [PlessPix]

Jed Donoghue (Tilford Zebras)

My New Year's resolution:   To walk for at least 30 minutes each day.

Message to the club's fans:   It is to support your team, encourage the players to improve, provide solutions and, if you can, lend a hand during the season.  That would be appreciated.

I feel that if the players and coaches work hard now during pre-season, we can be successful in 2014.

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Photo:  Devonport City's coach, Nick Owen [PlessPix]

Nick Owen (Devonport City)

My New Year’s resolution:  I have a few.  1. Turn Chris McKenna into a centre-back.  2.  Get Joel Stone to score more goals.  3.  Stop kicking fences near the dugouts.

Message to the club’s fans:  Get to games and support your team regularly.  The quality of the Victory League as a whole package is really unprecedented.

The fans just need to rock up and enjoy the show.  I hope the good citizens of 'heavenport' get to the games and give as much grief to the scummy, big spending, latte sipping Hobart teams as possible (within reason).

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Photo:  New Launceston City coach, Kurt Reynolds [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

Kurt Reynolds (Launceston City)

My New Year’s resolution:  Personally, I plan to further enjoy my home town base of Launceston and surrounds.

Professionally, my main resolution is to build Launceston City FC into a competitive and successful Victory League squad which plays an attractive and proactive brand of football.

I will also further progress my football learning and knowledge, along with progressing personal business interests.

Message to the club’s fans:  Come all ye faithful!  The club is working hard on an exciting series of events, match scheduling and special football moments for season 2014.

We encourage your presence and voice at the club on victory League match days.

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Photo:  Glen McNeill, coach of Olympia Warriors, is looking forward to the trips to Devonport next season [PlessPix]

Glen McNeill (Olympia Warriors)

My New Year’s resolution:   To continue to work hard and keep learning and developing as a coach.

My message to the club’s fans:  Keep attending our games and give us your support.

I would love to see it return to the old days when our supporters had drums, vuvuzelas and real passion on the sidelines.  I think Rangers do it well with their Army!

By the way, Nick, when I'm in Heavenport I will have one sugar in my latte!

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Photo:  Lions coach Stephen Pitchford is in China at the moment [PlessPix]

Stephen Pitchford (Kingborough Lions United)

My New Year’s resolution:  Live every day as if there is no tomorrow.

My message to the club’s fans:  Supporters of KLUFC should expect to see attacking, possession football every week, with the Den becoming a nightmare for visiting teams as the Lions exploit the unique aspects of the rejuvenated playing surface.

 

 

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+1 #19 Anonymous 2014-01-03 16:51
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
The Christmas message to the Rangers faithful on their website relays the message that all is well, no players lost from the 2013 squad and new players from both locally and overseas. Is the minister for all things telling porkies?

Well who have they lost?

Brassington hasn't committed apparently. Where will the goals come from?
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-2 #18 Anonymous 2014-01-01 04:04
FFT and Victory League clubs will be at the Taste of Tasmania from 11am tomorrow (Thursday). Come and see what's new for 2014.
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+14 #17 Anonymous 2013-12-30 11:41
Looking forward to your 2014 coverage Walter, your work is a credit to Tasmanian Football.
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+1 #16 Anonymous 2013-12-28 09:33
Quoting Anonymous:
The Christmas message to the Rangers faithful on their website relays the message that all is well, no players lost from the 2013 squad and new players from both locally and overseas. Is the minister for all things telling porkies?

Well who have they lost?
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+12 #15 Ronnie Bolton 2013-12-28 07:48
Silly season folks , as per usual....
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-5 #14 Anonymous 2013-12-28 04:59
Corey smith put on a good session for knights yesterday
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+7 #13 Anonymous 2013-12-28 00:07
The Christmas message to the Rangers faithful on their website relays the message that all is well, no players lost from the 2013 squad and new players from both locally and overseas. Is the minister for all things telling porkies?
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0 #12 Anonymous 2013-12-27 23:48
Why would rangers struggle??
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+2 #11 Anonymous 2013-12-27 07:43
Rangers will be just fine

Adam Whitemore
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+3 #10 Anonymous 2013-12-27 07:10
Metro did not get into spl for 2014, this was mention from a metro player. But not 100% as some players hear from other members.
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