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:  Lucy Foote (left) and Jessie Williams with the Seasol Bass Strait Cup [PlessPix]

The Tasmanian women’s side will have one more training session before facing the Victorian All-Stars at KGV Park at 1pm on Sunday.

Football Federation Tasmania’s technical director, former Manchester City defender Spencer Prior, will conduct the training session at KGV Park at 10.30am tomorrow.

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Photo:  Lucy Foote looks at the Seasol Bass Strait Cup, which is up for grabs on Sunday [PlessPix]

Tasmanian players Lucy Foote and Jessie Williams fronted up at a media conference today to discuss the game.

Foote was excited about being selected in the Tasmanian side, together with her sister, Georgia.

Both play for Ulverstone.

“I think it’s a privilege, actually, and it means a lot,” said Lucy Foote.

“I’m pretty happy they’ve brought this new women’s State side in and I’m pretty proud, actually.

“I think it’s good for the women in soccer down in Tassie because they can get noticed by, maybe, the Victorian people and [it could] lead them into higher levels of soccer.”

Foote has no illusions about the quality of the Victorians.

“I reckon they’re going to be tough,” she said.  “I think we’ve all got the experience to give them a go.

“I think we’ll all be working hard to try and get noticed.  It’s not very often that Tassie people get noticed.

“I’ve always wanted to play at a higher level, and maybe in the W-League.

“I know that you can’t just go straight there, so maybe [the next step] is to go over to the Mainland and play for a club team.

“Eventually, I’d probably like to get to the W-League, but I’ll just see what happens and take it a step at a time.”

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Photo:  Jessie Williams will use the game as a yardstick to measure her standing in the game [PlessPix]

Williams, 18, has represented Australia at junior level and travelled overseas for tournaments in Asia with the national side.

But, she knows little about the Victorians and has not encountered any of them during her international career.

“I haven’t played against any of them, or with them, as I think they tend to be some of the older players,” Williams said.

“I thought my last State game had come and gone, but, yeah, I’m really excited and looking forward to it.”

Williams said Tasmania’s preparations had gone well and the team has gelled.

“We’ve got so many ex-TIS and NTC players,” she said.

“That’s definitely made it easier and made it an advantage for us.

“It’s made it harder for the Victorians, who may not have played together at all.”

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Photo:  Jessie Williams practises her shooting [PlessPix]

Williams is interested in moving to a higher level in the game following her exposure to the world game at junior international level.

Sunday’s game is, in a way, a litmus test for her.

“I think this game, for me, is probably a chance to see where I’m at in comparison to some of the Victorian girls because I’m hopefully looking forward to moving over there at some stage,” she said.

“It’ll be interesting to see where I measure up against them.

“This year’s been a massive year for Tasmanian football.  It’s been great.

“I hope it keeps growing, especially with the women, and this is definitely a good start.”

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Photo:  Lucy Foote hopes to find the net against the Victorian on Sunday [PlessPix]

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+3 #6 Anonymous 2013-10-26 06:29
Jesse Curren on the bench for CCM, well done lad more than one path way thats for sure.
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+3 #5 Ricky Steamboat 2013-10-25 20:00
Exciting day for the girls..play your game.
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+1 #4 Anonymous 2013-10-25 12:30
Quoting anon:
Why 2 captains ?? Just asking I dont want idiotic answers .


I imagine it's hard to split them. Both have captained NTC/TIS, Lucy captained North and Jessie captained South in the recent match. I don't know who I'd choose, both are very good leaders and players. Similarly, the Michael and Brent are co-coaching, rather than one being senior to the other.
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+2 #3 anonymous 2013-10-25 11:06
Quoting anon:
Why 2 captains ?? Just asking I dont want idiotic answers .

Yes I was wondering that and I think they even have a vice. Not sure anyone left to carry the oranges.
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+3 #2 anon 2013-10-25 09:39
Why 2 captains ?? Just asking I dont want idiotic answers .
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+6 #1 Anonymous 2013-10-25 08:41
Good luck to all our girls !!!
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