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:  Glenorchy Mayor Stuart Slade and Senator Carol Brown address the crowd at KGV Park today [PlessPix]

The revamped KGV Park football pitch was officially opened today.

Glenorchy Mayor Stuart Slade, Labor Senator Carol Brown and Football Federation Tasmania president Sean Collins addressed the invited dignitaries and the crowd during the break between the two Victory League matches.

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Photo:  Some of the VIPs at today's opening, and Stefano Lufi, Mr Video, filming the proceedings [PlessPix]

Members of the Tasmanian Parliament, including Scott Bacon, Adriana Taylor and Elise Archer were there, as well as Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie.

Many members of the Glenorchy City Council were also there, including David Pearce.

The official guests were hosted at an FFT reception in the main building, from where many watched the games.

Senator Brown marked the opening of the ground by taking a penalty kick  -  and scoring  -  against ‘goalkeeper’ Stuart Slade.

The official attendance today was 705.

Numbered tickets were issued to people as they paid for admission and entered the ground.

I trust this practice will continue as a way of obtaining more accurate attendance figures from now on.

I noticed at least four stars of yesteryear in attendance, and that is good to see.

Karl Schwesinger, a Rothmans Gold Medallist, Tommy Watson, Joe Hanna and George Arnott, a Life Member of the Tasmanian Soccer Federation, were in the crowd.

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Photo:  Mayor Stuart Slade, FFT president Sean Collins and Senator Carol Brown [PlessPix]

It was a marvellous day in terms of the football, too.

The standard of play was high, particularly in the second feature of the double-header, namely the Tilford Zebras versus Olympia Warriors match.

Olympia’s Mexican striker, Eduardo Garza Cabello, scored a magnificent goal, while Olympia’s Colombian goalkeeper, Juan Cale, thrilled with some spectacular saves.

Olympia’s midfielder from Canberra, Lachlan Nichols, was outstanding, as was Tilford Zebras’ midfielder Aaron Cairns.

Tilford Zebras striker Adam McKeown finally broke the ice with a fantastic goal

Many of the local products excelled as well, including Olympia’s Hugh Undy, Glenorchy Knights’ Jayden Hey and Kingborough’s Marcello Marchioli.

The Victory League has got off to a wonderful start and with just three rounds played to date, it can only get bigger and better.

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Photo:  Senator Carol Brown scores a peanlty against Mayor Stuart Slade [PlessPix]

I was excited about today.  It was exhilarating stuff and I can hardly wait for next weekend.

The honours on the field went to Kingborough Lions United and Olympia Warriors, but credit must also go to Glenorchy Knights and Tilford Zebras for never giving in and making the games a spectacle for all to enjoy.

George Kalis of FFT did a great job on the revamped PA system, announcing teams, scorers and substitutions.

I have ranted and raved in print for years about needing to get this part of the match day proceedings right, and it came together beautifully today.

Well done FFT for today.  You got it right and the game can only benefit from such efforts.

I hope that all those politicians and councillors turn up again, even when it isn’t a special occasion, to enjoy our game, the world game  -  football.

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Photo:  Olympia Warriors' Lachlan Nichols (left) produced a memorable display of football today [PlessPix]

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+4 #8 Grassports 2013-04-09 10:29
Great to hear that the day was a great success.
We have built your new ground to worlds best practice and worlds best Poligras turf. It is the best field in Australia.
We deliver it to you with pride from all who worked on the project.
Bernard Evans Director Grassports Australia
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+3 #7 Anonymous 2013-04-09 09:30
#4 - what a sad view you have. This kind of negativity is continuing to stifle progression.
Jump on Walter's wagon and start being a bit more positive
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+8 #6 Anonymous 2013-04-08 07:05
Walter I dunno where I'd be without your wonderful coverage. It's absolutely top notch.
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+6 #5 The Long Harangeur 2013-04-08 01:27
#4 - There really is no pleasing some people. It was a great day for football, though I imagine Zebras fans might disagree.

Of course, if my club's gate receipts were 30% less than promised by FFT's business model, I'd probably send them a bill for the difference.
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-8 #4 Anonymous 2013-04-07 20:21
This was a marquee event, to be sure. Politicians representing all three tiers of government attended.

The wonderful new arena, featuring four of the five southern clubs, with 80% of the best southern football talent on display.

According to Walter, a couple great games of football were actually played too.

This was the grand opening. This was the one where people who've never been to or had drifted away from football could come back and see what's changed. They'd have seen a lot of great things done, absolutely.

It was well promoted, on a glorious Sunday afternoon, with news grabs on television, radio and print media...

And 705 people showed up.

If FFT were going to get 1000 people to a "game" (there was two, yeah?), yesterday was the day.

Walter, I really appreciate you talking up the sport, but the V-League was never about the game itself. It was about some hearty egos and nothing more.

I really hope the clubs themselves can turn this around, because if yesterday is any measurement, FFT can't.
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+19 #3 Taskav 2013-04-07 12:57
Walter thank you for your passion and time. We absentees absolutely rely on your spot on coverage .
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+18 #2 Blue Steel 2013-04-07 12:20
Walter you have bought a little tear to my eye old friend. Lovely positive words. Yes, well done to all concerned for a great day. It was great to see Grove Rd lined with cars almost as far as you could see. And the winners were; FOOTBALL
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+17 #1 The Headline Maker 2013-04-07 12:08
Walter gets it right again.
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