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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Photo:  The Twin Ovals complex at Kingston [PlessPix]

It was confirmed at a media conference this morning that Melbourne Victory would play Tasmania and the Western Sydney Wanderers in a double-header at Kingston’s Twin Ovals on Sunday, 29 September, 2013.

Melbourne Victory will play Tasmania at noon, and then fellow A-League outfit Western Sydney Wanderers at 2.30pm.

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Photo:  Richard Wilson said Melbourne Victory would send their full squad to Tasmania [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Richard Wilson, said the full squad would travel to Tasmania for the week and the fixtures would be an important part of the preparation for his side heading into its 2013-14 A-League campaign.

"I think it speaks volumes that we've chosen Tasmania as a testing ground for how we approach the upcoming season," said Wilson at FFT headquarters today.

"The Wanderers had a fantastic debut season on and off the pitch last year and we know it will be a huge match for both sides, so we are excited to be playing them in front of what we consider a home crowd.”

"Playing the Tassie side as an opener will also give our coaches an opportunity to get a closer look at some of the players we've been keeping tabs on throughout the Victory League this year."

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Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous is excited about the coming event [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania CEO, John Boulous, said the games were a major coup for the State and for Kingston and that he hoped the community would come out in force to support the day.

"We've always said we'd love to have an A-League game in the south of the state to give back to football fans in the region and we think this day represents an opportunity to see the best that the A-League and Tasmania has to offer all at the one time," said Boulous.

"This is Tasmania's chance to let its feet do the talking and get out to support not just its own senior side but its adopted A-League team in Melbourne Victory."

Boulous said there were big plans for the day, including junior participation and the creation of an active supporters group for the Tasmanian team.

"We are expecting a lot of Victory and Wanderers fans to be making the trip down and we want to match their voice with one of our own," said Boulous.

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Photo:  The oval where the double-header will be played [PlessPix]

Tickets for the double-header will be on sale from Wednesday, 7 August 2013.  An adult ticket will cost $15 and children's tickets are $7.

Kingborough Council Acting Mayor, Steve Wass, is delighted to be supporting FFT in hosting the event.

“The state-of-the-art Kingston Twin Ovals will provide a fitting surface for a showcase of high-quality football,” said Acting Mayor Wass.

Melbourne Victory FC will also be launching an exciting ‘Young Guns’ membership for children between the ages of 5 and 15.

The membership will include a child entry ticket to the double header and other exclusive benefits, including incentives for clubs who sign up the most members.

Tasmania will play host to a ‘Victory Week’ as the A-League giants tour the state from September 25th to September 30th.

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Photo:  The second oval at the Twin Ovals complex [PlessPix]

Victory will conduct visits to local schools, facilitate junior clinics and assist local coach education as part of the week as the club continues to strengthen its ties with Tasmania.

Boulous said more details of the day would be published closer to the date and tickets will go on sale Wednesday 7 August 2013.

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+2 #60 Anonymous 2013-07-31 12:02
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Quoting Anonymous:
My family and I have been to every A-league game played at Aurora, but as much as we love football our cheap family day out has been sunk by FFT's decision to play these games in Hobart. Living on the NW coast means extra fuel a nights accommodation, food etc. Just another example of FFT forgetting anyone north of Brighton loves football. And it's just not games like this either high level coaching clinics for players rarely come outside Hobart. FFT needs to look outside Hobart there are a lot of football fans in the north.

I have travelled North for every A Leauge game. It's cost me petrol , food etc and on a couple of occasions accommodation due to late games . Now for once I get to shoot down the outlet and have a cheap family day out . Your turn now for once

Fair enough but Hobart to Launceston is no where near Devonport to Kingston sorry no comparison.
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+3 #59 GK 2013-07-31 11:42
Well done FFT and the King. Council , would be great to have some seating but I'm glad it's in Hobart then up North , by saying that it's a great pity we have a chance to break all records yet can't find a ground to have seats or cover , If the weather is behind us then all good but if not ?????? We are all going to be in trouble . Don't keep bringing up Grove RD in one way we lucky to have 2,grounds that we can use no matter the weather , . But i did say a long time ago that no A L Club will play on that type of pitch ???? We here in Hobart are laugh at by the Northerns ?????? Sorry but it's true a great chance with little help when it comes down to playing these games with No cover .... No seats ...... And a lot more No. No. We are shouting out for ALF yet can't find a ground to play on ????? Yes the twins are good looking but they are missing a dress code ????
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0 #58 Anonymous 2013-07-31 10:10
I hope the Wanderers bring their merchandise with them. Victory to get a tuoch up.
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0 #57 Two Bobs Worth 2013-07-31 09:54
I think Abe may have been on the money:
?You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time?
With the additional observation in Tasmania that:
"Some miserable bast..ds will never be happy"
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+1 #56 jerry kruijver 2013-07-31 01:12
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The ALeague will not play on artificial turf it's that simple .

The A-league are professional players and are adaptable to playing on any surface.Playing on a surface that well and truly meets international standards will allow them to play their best football.Maybe fft could have erected a giant tv screen on the next door afl oval to cater for the overflow,like the wembledon tennis does.What bothers me is that we wanted to play state league to bring Tassie football together and that we finally start to get rid of ridiculous north versus south madness.The northern clubs and supporters have been getting the rough end of the travelpineapple for years and have just learned to live with it,even the make up of the v-league makes them do the brunt of the travelling.We have a Tasmanian team playing so to me it makes sense to play in a central location so EVERY Tasmanian only needs to travel a reasonable amount of time.Just rememember it is football federation Tasmania,not football federation southern Tasmania.As far as playing on plastic is concerned just imagine Melbourne victory winning the A-league and having to play in china and not coming out off the chinese dressingroom because they don't like the playing surface.Aurora is not ideal,but it is the most central,you can see the game and has good spectator facilities.
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+6 #55 Anonymous 2013-07-30 22:27
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If you want to blame someone, have a look at yourself and ask of you went.


What, so it's my fault if I don't blindly pour what little leisure time and money I have into every scrap FFT or FFA throws our way?

Let's get real. If I'm going to travel overnight for the sake of football, I'm going to go to Melbourne and an actual A-League game with 25,000 fans and make a proper hash of it.

And I won't be dong either on AFL grand final weekend.
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+5 #54 Anonymous 2013-07-30 22:13
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FFT would not have put the game at the ground if they didn't have plans for viewing etc.


I think the problem is most people here doubt FFT have a plan for any such thing. If they had, it would never have been at the Ovals to begin with.

See, this is planning: "We are doing up KGV surface knowing A-League games can't be played here, but we have a deal in place with *venue* and *clubs* for showcase games."

This would also be planning: "This is the league format for 2013. Our intent is to do X, Y and Z. We will review at the end of the year after getting feedback from club officials, the media and spectators."

Here's some more planning: "We'll open each V-League game day with a women's match beforehand, to help promote equality and the women's game in Tassie."

See? That is planning. Putting your intent out there to be judged on, not this guarded, secretive mess of things we currently have.


AND this is planning - get back in the kitchen!


Sexism? Really?
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-3 #53 Anonymous 2013-07-30 10:59
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
FFT would not have put the game at the ground if they didn't have plans for viewing etc.


I think the problem is most people here doubt FFT have a plan for any such thing. If they had, it would never have been at the Ovals to begin with.

See, this is planning: "We are doing up KGV surface knowing A-League games can't be played here, but we have a deal in place with *venue* and *clubs* for showcase games."

This would also be planning: "This is the league format for 2013. Our intent is to do X, Y and Z. We will review at the end of the year after getting feedback from club officials, the media and spectators."

Here's some more planning: "We'll open each V-League game day with a women's match beforehand, to help promote equality and the women's game in Tassie."

See? That is planning. Putting your intent out there to be judged on, not this guarded, secretive mess of things we currently have.


AND this is planning - get back in the kitchen!
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+1 #52 Anonymous 2013-07-30 10:27
Do you really think it was FFT that chose the region the match was played or do you think two terrible crowds but both victory matches in August and January meant the decision was have a go in Hobart or risk losing matches together. If you want to blame someone, have a look at yourself and ask of you went.
Do you really think John would have suggested twin ovals if North Hobart and Bellerive were available. It was there or not have a game at all of you watch the conference, lets all make it work
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+4 #51 Anonymous 2013-07-30 08:33
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FFT would not have put the game at the ground if they didn't have plans for viewing etc.


I think the problem is most people here doubt FFT have a plan for any such thing. If they had, it would never have been at the Ovals to begin with.

See, this is planning: "We are doing up KGV surface knowing A-League games can't be played here, but we have a deal in place with *venue* and *clubs* for showcase games."

This would also be planning: "This is the league format for 2013. Our intent is to do X, Y and Z. We will review at the end of the year after getting feedback from club officials, the media and spectators."

Here's some more planning: "We'll open each V-League game day with a women's match beforehand, to help promote equality and the women's game in Tassie."

See? That is planning. Putting your intent out there to be judged on, not this guarded, secretive mess of things we currently have.
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