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:  Jessie Williams crosses the ball at last night's State women's training [PlessPix]

New Launceston City coach, Kurt Reynolds, is determined to turn the Victory League club’s fortunes around.

City finished last in 2013, but Reynolds will start pre-season training on Tuesday, 5 November 2013, in what the club describes as ‘aggressive pre-season program’.


Photo:  State co-coach Brent McKay makes a point at training last night [PlessPix]

The second session will be on Thursday, 7 November 2013, and this Tuesday and Thursday arrangement will continue until the Christmas and New Year break.

In a written statement, Launceston City announced:

Tasmanian Victory League club, Launceston City FC, has launched an aggressive Pre-season Program in order to commence a detailed preparation for season 2014.

“The initiative by newly appointed Victory League – Head Coach, Kurt Reynolds is part of a structured plan to improve the clubs on field performance going forward.

“A third training session each week will be introduced in December and into the New Year.

“All players aspiring to play at Victory League level are welcome to attend the Pre-season training sessions.”

Launceston City will play a touring Korean team at KGV Park on Saturday, 23 November 2013, with the kick-off at 6.30pm.

“It is important that we get moving on our preparation, pre-season program, training matches and player recruitment,” said Kurt Reynolds.

“We are keen to welcome new faces from the local area who want to play at the highest level within Tasmania.

“The Pre-season training plan is all about football, identifying good footballers and working with them towards forming a strong and competitive player group for next year.”



Photo:  Hanna Manuela crosses the ball [PlessPix]

Meanwhile, the State women’s squad will train at KGV Park on Thursday at 6.30pm.

The northern players will attend and Football Federation Tasmania will pay for the players’ accommodation.

New FFT technical director, Spencer Prior, will conduct a training session for the squad on Saturday at 10.30am at KGV Park.

Tasmania will play the Victorian Premier League All Stars at 1pm at KGV park on Sunday.


Photo:  Coach Brent McKay organises shooting practice [PlessPix]


Photo:  Coach Brent McKay shows his frustration at some of the shooting [PlessPix]


Photo:  Keeper Amelia Van Der Niet makes a save.  She has ben playing in Victoria and is familiar with some of Tasmania's opponents [PlessPix]


Photo:  Coach Brent McKay instructs Jessie Williams and Innocent Michael [PlessPix]


Photo:  The KGV Park artificial pitch is proving a real asset in terms of training and playing availability [PlessPix]


0 #29 Anonymous 2013-10-29 01:23
No point playing for a club that doesn't have a coach. Think the rangers clan will be putting the pressure on P McBeath to pull them out of the poo. But he is a top bloke and pretty coach to boot.
+1 #28 Anonymous 2013-10-28 02:56
Rumour has it rangers' col and Michael dickolson will both be at city next year. Taking away good talent from rangers starts now
+4 #27 Anonymous 2013-10-27 05:26
How do we get in contact to attend the pre season?
-2 #26 Anonymous 2013-10-27 02:44
Whitemore back at Rangers? He'd love to do it, best club in the state, but he's waiting on Van Egmond to get the axe at the Jets

0 #25 Anonymous 2013-10-26 13:40
Whitemore back at Rangers, that's what I've heard at the mersh tonight?
-4 #24 Anonymous 2013-10-26 13:34
Poor call I am staying at Rangers, why wouldn't I ? I worked hard to get my place and learnt abput winning under Des Schippper, no reason to go, it ends here

-1 #23 Anonymous 2013-10-26 13:20
I could have started at city this season but didn't luvg rangers

0 #22 Anonymous 2013-10-26 13:15
Nup anon 21 we are stayong at r,gers why wouldn't we?
0 #21 Anonymous 2013-10-26 07:25
I heard nick l.a. has gone with Rigby to city
-2 #20 Anonymous 2013-10-26 03:45
Gazza who are they going to attract? There are no players in launceston to attract. The ones at Rangers will stay there, for whatever you say about them, they keep there players. At the moment the talent pool in lonnie is slim. Only 2 x visa players makes it hard as well. He's not the pulling power of a Morton sorry

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