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:  Aaron Brazendale (left) has joined Beachside from Zebras [PlessPix]

Beachside beat Taroona 5-4 in an entertaining pre-season friendly at Lower Queenborough this morning.

There were several news faces on view for both Southern Premier League outfits.

Alex Gordon is back from overseas and joined his brother Tom in the Beachside line-up.


Photo:  Adam McKeown scoring a great goal for New Town Eagles against South Hobart in 2010 [PlessPix]

Adam McKeown, the 23-year-old New Town Eagles striker, today signed for Victory League club Tilford Zebras.

Eagles are not included in this year’s inaugural State-wide competition and McKeown has consequently trained with Zebras, Olympia Warriors and South Hobart.


Photo:  Ronnie Bolton in the Clarence technical area during a game at KGV Park [PlessPix]

Clarence United have been cleaned out.

They have lost 20 players from last season’s Premier League squad, which is disastrous for what was one of the top sides in last year’s Southern Premier League.


Photo:  Some of the participants and coaches at today's Glenorchy Knights junior clinic [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights are running three community football clinics for youngsters in the Glenorchy area.

The first clinic was held at Eady Street today and there will be two more on each of the following Wednesdays from 10.30am until 12.30pm.


Photo:  John Boulous is happy with progress on several fronts in Tasmanian football [PlessPix]

Crowd donations to the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal at Saturday’s A-League match at Aurora Stadium in Launceston totalled $2,091, which was a magnificent effort.

In addition, a percentage of the ticket sales also went to the appeal.

“I think it’s a really good effort,” said Football Federation Tasmania CEO, John Boulous.


Photo:  Tommy Fotak took Zebras training this evening [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras had two dozen senior players at training tonight.

The session was conducted by assistant coach Tommy Fotak because senior coach Stephen Pitchford is still on crutches following knee operations in December.


Photo:  Alessandro Del Piero has encouraging words for Tasmania's Jeremy Walker after today's match in Sydney [Photo by Jim Vafakos]

Tasmania’s Jeremy Walker played his third senior A-League match for Melbourne Heart as they went down 2-1 to two late goals by Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney this afternoon.

Walker was often in action against Sydney FC’s marquee player, Alessandro Del Piero, and it was the Italian’s cross in stoppage time that resulted in Rhyan Grant scoring Sydney’s winner before a crowd of 13,125.


Photo:  The Mariners' Zachary Anderson and Victory's Archie Thompson vie for possession [PlessPix]

(A League, Aurora Stadium, Launceston, Saturday, 12 January 2013)

Melbourne Victory 1 (Flores 42)

Central Coast Mariners 1 (McBreen 77)

HT: 1-0   Att: 6,238   Ref: J Gillet

Melbourne Victory: Coe  -  Ferreira, Ansell (Broxham 46), Leijer, Traore  -  Dilevski (Bru 61), Milligan, Celeski  -  Rojas (Nabbout 81), Flores, Thompson  (Sub not used:  Velaphi)

Central Coast Mariners: Ryan  -  Bojic, Anderson, Zwaanswijk, Rose  -  Hutchinson, Montgomery (Bozanic 38)  -  McGlinchey, Kwasnik (Ibini-Isei 46), Sterjovski (Griffiths 90)  -  McBreen  (Sub not used:  Pasfield)