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 Tasmanian women's side trained yesterday in preparation for today's game against Victoria at 1pm at KGV Park [PlesssPix]

Grant Nutting is the new president of Southern Premier League club New Town Eagles.

He replaces Bill Shackcloth after an election at yesterday’s AGM.


Photo:  Spencer Prior, FFT's new technical director and a former Manchester City player, took training yesterday [PlessPix]

A statement issued by the club said:  “The club would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Bill for his contribution and commitment during his time as president.”

Nutting outlined key points of focus for the upcoming season.

“It is with great privilege, and an even greater sense of responsibility that I accept the role of President of the New Town Eagles Soccer Club,” he said.

“The club has a proud history and has recently gone through a period of significant change.

“To address this change, we, as a club, will be implementing a restructure to our coaching models, as well as finalising the implementation of a new business plan.

“These changes are required if we are to meet the criteria set out by Football Federation Tasmania.

“It will also best place us in a position to gain acceptance to the V-league in 2016 if expansion of the league occurs.

“I also believe these changes will bring a greater stability to our on-field performances.

“It will ensure that our juniors are given every opportunity to improve their skills, as well as enjoying the great atmosphere that the club and all its valued members provide.

“Our first action as a committee will be to release a public notice seeking expressions of interest for the positions of technical director, senior coach and senior reserves coach.

“We will start our on-field preparations in the form of pre-season training in the last week of November, and welcome all past and present players to attend, as well as any new players looking to get involved.

“I look forward to making contact with you all on an individual basis to discuss how we can all contribute to achieving our goals.

“My contact details (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are on our new website that was launched yesterday, newtowneagles.com, and I welcome your input and suggestions.

“We have the opportunity to make the 2014 season a significant one in our club’s history, and to be given the opportunity to oversee this has me enthused and excited at the possibilities.”


Photo:  Goalmouth action observed by Spencer Prior [PlessPix]


Photo:  A shot for goal [PlessPix]


Photo:  The Tassie women's team in training [PlessPix]


Photo:  Rani Cavarretta on the ball, supported by Ellie Gavalas as Georgia and Lucy Foote close in [PlessPix]




+3 #5 Anonymous 2013-10-31 09:38
Eagles just need a few experienced heads to support their kids and they could be competitive next year. Getting a few guys back like Whitehall, Shackloth, Gordon, Wass and guys of that ilk would do a lot for the club - They don't need superstars just some guys who will fight for the badge and put their body on the line. They've got Chris Stingle and a few other great clubmen there, just need to try and build on that while bringing through the young talent. Really hope to see Eagles back up at the top of the table!
+5 #4 Anonymous 2013-10-29 23:00
I think Eagles can rise from the "Dead", they believe that if they can maintain the youth that they have and develop the talent that they can be a force again.
I did notice during the year that Eagles have a lot of the young African boys. As we all know the African kids have a lot of talent.
It seems that Eagles future will depend on nurturing these kids, good luck and all the best
+3 #3 Anonymous 2013-10-29 22:08
They certainly have gone from chocolates to boiled lollies haven't they!
+2 #2 Anonymous 2013-10-29 08:59
+4 #1 On the Sidelines 2013-10-28 11:50
Best of luck to the new committee. Hope you can turn recent fortunes around and regain ground. Proud club with a proud history.

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