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:  Justin Rooke (left), Managing Director of Tilford Auto Group, and Tilford Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni with the Zeljko Kalac signed shirt [PlessPix]

The auctioning of a Zeljko Kalac goalkeeping shirt, signed by the former Socceroo, was one of the highlights of the Tilford Zebras ‘Black-and-White Ball’ at the Australian Italian Club on Saturday night.

Another highlight was the presence of former Hobart Juventus stars from the 1960s and 1970s.


Photo:  Hobart  Juventus stars of the 1960s and 1970s (L-R) are Joe Hanna, Mario Falzon, Phil Owen, John Genovesi, Dominic Rizzolo, Colin West, Tommy Watson, Karl Schwesinger, Remo Carnevale, Vito Tria and Scott Duthie [PlessPix]

They included Karl Schwesinger, Joe Hanna, John Genovesi, Tommy Watson, Scott Duthie, Remo Carnevale, Phillip Owen, Dominic Rizzolo, Colin West, Vito Tria and Mario Falzon.

Schwesinger arrived in Tasmania from Vienna, Austria, in 1961 and initially played with Rapid before moving to Juventus.

He played for and coached South Hobart and was the second winner of the Rothmans Gold Medal.

He was also coach of Tasmania and also had spells with White Eagles and Olympia.


Photo:  Three of Zebras' current stars Jonathan Ladic (left), Kurt Engels (centre) and Aaron Cairns [PlessPix]

Joe Hanna was one of the finest centre-halves to have graced the local game,w hile John Genovesi was selected for the Australian Under-23 team.

Tommy Watson and Scott Duthie were resolute defenders.  Watson later ran marathons, while Duthie came all the way from Canberra for the function.

Carnevale initially played for Caledonians before joining Juventus, where he was noted for his skills as an inside forward.

Phil Owen also began with Rapid before joining Juventus, along with his brother Erik.  Phil played for the Australian under-16 side in 1964 and scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over New Zealand in Sydney.

Dominic Rizzolo was a deadly centre-forward and a goal poacher.

Colin West began his career with South Hobart and was soon signed by Juventus and eventually became a successful coach with University after retiring as a player.


Photo:  Justin Rooke with his purchase [PlessPix]

Vito Tria starred for Metro as well as Juventus, while Mario Falzon joined Juventus from Melbourne and was a hard-working and tough midfielder and defender.

One hundred and forty guests attended the night and were entertained by the excellent local singer, Tony Vogalino.

Many players of Tilford Zebras’ current team were also there and Mark Page, in particular, gave a demonstration of his dancing prowess.

Justin Rooke, Managing Director of Tilford Auto Group, bought the Kalac shirt for $750.

John Boulous, CEO of Football Federation Tasmania, was a special guest at the function.


Photo:  Angie and Justin Rooke and John Boulous at Saturday night's function [PlessPix]


Photo (L-R):  Remo Carnevale, Tommy Watson and his wife,a nd Karl and Ros Schwesinger [PlessPix]


Photo (L-R):  Joe Hanna, Scott Duthie and his wife, and Remo Carnevale and partner [PlessPix]


Photo (L-R):  Dominic Rizzolo, Phil and Kerrie Owen, and Colion and Diane West [PlessPix]


Photo (L-R):  Vito Tria and his wife, Tommy Watson, and John Genovesi and his wife [PlessPix]


Photo:  Tilford Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni (left) and Zebras midfield star Aaron Cairns [PlessPix]


Photo:  Some of the current playing crop at the function (L-R) are Aaron Cairns, Mattias Toghill, Adam McKeown, Sam McIntyre, Nick MacDonald, Jacob Clamp, Henry Fagg, David Cox and Ryan Smith [PlessPix]


0 #5 anonymus 2014-08-21 03:30
Vito tria legend of the game
+3 #4 Brian Clarkson 2013-07-03 06:57
Wow this takes me back a long time,great to see all the old faces again
+3 #3 Anonymous 2013-07-01 09:49
Cairnsy hiding his beer. Always a pro!
+1 #2 Anonymous 2013-07-01 04:01
Aaron Cairns doth thinks he's Robbie Williams
+13 #1 Hashtag 2013-07-01 02:22

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