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:  Total Futbol International on the attack against the NTC tonight [PlessPix]

The NTC beat the Total Futbol International touring side from New South Wales 3-2 in very wet conditions at KGV Park this evening.

The touring side, who arrived in Hobart this morning, will play Victory League champions South Hobart at KGV Park at 6pm tomorrow [Friday].


Photo:  Hyo Suk Jin, the Hobart-based South Korean coach who organised the tour and who will coach the visiting squad [PlessPix]

Tasmanian football fans are in for a treat this week when a squad of 20 players from the New South Wales Total Futbol International academy arrive in Hobart for a 5-match tour.

The Sydney-based squad, whose players range in age from 15 years to 22 years, arrive on Thursday, 21 November 2013, and will play the NTC that same day at KGV Park at 7.30pm.

(A-League, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday, 15 November 2013)

Melbourne Heart 0

Sydney FC 2 (A Del Piero 27 pen, J Chianese 46)

HT:  0-2   Att:  8,941   Ref:  A Milliner

Melbourne Heart:  Redmayne  -  Walker (Mauk 77), Gerhardt, Wielaert, Behich  -  Murdocca, Kalmar (Ramsay 46), Retre  -  Dugandzic (Mebrahtu 63), Mifsud, Williams  (Subs not used:  Vrankovic, Velaphi)

Sydney FC:  Janjetovic  -  Bojic (McFlynn 79), Ryall, Petkovic, Abbas  -  Emerton (Jurman 65), Del Piero, Carle  -  Chianese (Yau 83), Garcia, Naumoff  (Subs not used:  Urosevski, Bouzanis)


Photo:  Richard Welsh at today's media conference announcing his appointment [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) today announced the appointment of Richard Welsh as CEO and he will hit the ground running as of 21 November 2013.

Welsh joins FFT from Athletics Tasmania and replaces John Boulous, who has moved back to Sydney to become the chief operating officer of rugby league club Parramatta Eels.


Photo:  A game in full swing at KGV Park tonight [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania’s six-a-side Wednesday evening competition started today at KGV Park.

Twenty teams are taking part, with four games in progress at any one time.


Photo:  Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick was unable to coach his new side to victory against his former club [PlessPix]

(A-League, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Monday, 4 November 2013)

Melbourne Victory 3 (A Thompson 9, J Troisi 22, 31)

Wellington Phoenix 2 (J Brockie 37, P Ifill 83)

HT:  3-1   Att:  23,226   Ref:  M Gillette

Melbourne Victory:  Coe  -  Geria (Galloway 89), Leijer, Contreras, Traore  -  Nichols (Finkler 41), Broxham, Milligan, Troisi (Pain 85)  -  Barbarouses, Thompson  (Subs not used:  Ansell, Thomas)

Wellington Phoenix:  Moss  -  Fenton, Sigmund, Durante, Caira  -  Riera (Hicks 66), Muscat, Lia (Bertos 72)  -  Brockie, Hernandez, Huysegems (Ifill 69)  (Subs not used:  Boxall, Spoonley)


New Town Eagles, who finished last in the Southern Premier League in 2013, are on the hunt for coaches for 2014.

And, the club are continuing their annual pre-Christmas junior clinics at New Town High School.


Photo:  Matildas star Sally Shipard was the special guest [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras ran a successful Gala Day for female footballers on 13 October.

That was the same day that South Hobart played Sydney United in the NPL Final at KGV Park.