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:  The visiting Korean players and their coaches pose with FFT staff at last night's dinner [PlessPix]

The visiting Korean junior football team hosted Football Federation Tasmania officials at a dinner last night at the Wah Yuen restaurant in New Town.

Sung Jin Baek, the director of the Korea Youth Football Association, attended the dinner.


Photo:  Sung Jin Baek, director of the Korea Youth Football Association, at last night's dinner [PlessPix]

He was in Tasmania two years ago with another Korean junior side and was delighted to catch up again with highly respected youth coach, Hyo Suk Jin, who coached Derwent United to the Southern League One title last season.

A Korean international referee also accompanied the visiting Korean side and attended the dinner last night.

FFT representatives at the dinner were president Sean Collins, CEO John Boulous, coaching director Kurt Reynolds and southern development officer Anthony Alexander.


Photo:  FFT staff and the Korean coaches, referee (second from left) and officials [PlessPix]

Jim Mackinnon, who is involved with Derwent United, was also present.

A reciprocal visit by a Tasmanian team to Korea was discussed at last night’s function.

Korean youth teams have paid about four visits to Tasmania in the past five years while one Tasmanian junior side has been to Korea to participate in an international tournament.

The presence in Tasmania of Hyo Suk Jin, who is highly regarded in Korea as a coach, has prompted these visits to Tasmania rather than to other Australian States and cities.

The Korean party leaves Tasmania at 5pm today to return to Korea.


Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins addresses the Korean youngsters with the aid of an interpreter [PlessPix]


Photo:  The dinner was held at the Wah Yuen restaurant in New Town [PlessPix]


+12 #1 Tim 2013-03-19 05:32
Watch that hand Kurt. haha

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