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:  Miles Barnard with the Vic Tuting Medal [PlessPix]

Miles Barnard of University has won the 2013 Vic Tuting Medal as the best-and-fairest player in the Southern Premier League.

Barnard, 22, who is also the chairman of University, polled 23 votes, one ahead of Ethan Engels (Tilford Zebras) and two more than Eli Luttmer (Taroona).

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Photo:  The respective best-and-fairest winners (L-R) Jessie Williams, Miles Barnard, Francis Kenyi, Lucy Johnson and (front) Melesse Asayhe [PlessPix]

“I’d love to say it was a surprise, but I knew I had a good year, so I gave myself a chance because you never know how the votes are going to pan out,” Barnard said.

“I was a little bit nervous towards the end and, yeah, just a delight to get over the line with this sort of award.

“It’s probably the proudest moment of my sporting life at the moment.”

Barnard, who has completed his pharmacy degree at the University of Tasmania, will return to the North-West Coast, where he hopes to make Devonport City’s Victory League squad next season.

“I always have a crack wherever I go,” Branard said.

“Next year, I’ll be committed to making the V-League squad in Devonport.

“Whether I make it or not, we’ll wait and see.

“I’ll rock up for a pre-season start under their new coach, Nick Owen, I believe, and I’ll put my best foot forward.

“If I’m playing V-League, if I’m playing reserves, if I’m playing in their Div One, I’ll give 110 per cent.”

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Photo:  The Beachside FC contingent at the awards night [PlessPix]

Barnard’s term as University chairman has ended, but he has great hopes for the club.

“The club is starting to get somewhere,” he said.

“We’ve got a few new people on the committee and they know where they want to go.

“They’re with FFT on the pathways of juniors and things like that.  It’s really important to bring the juniors through the club, and that’s where we want to go.

“University have had this stigma over the last few years of being taken not so seriously.  They’re just a bunch of students.

“That’s not where we want to be at all.  The new committee wants to move forward, really grow our junior program, really support our senior teams with the players coming up through.

“One exciting thing with Uni is our women’s program has really taken off recently.

“We picked up five ex-NTC players in our women’s program last year.

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Photo:  The Glenorchy Knights Division One Women's competition winners [PlessPix]

“We had an under-13 team, under-17, Div One, reserves, seniors.

“Next year, we’re looking at even more women’s teams than that.

“So, the club is really moving forward and I hope they can seize on that, grab the momentum, and I hope they build on the men’s side of things, too.

“They’ve really got something positive going on the women’s side, which is good as well because we really want to grow the women’s game.”

Jessie Williams from the NTC won the Women’s Premier League best-and-fairest award with 26 votes.

Sarah Fitzgerald (Olympia Warriors) was second with 25 votes and Olympia’s Rani Cavarretta third with 24 votes.

Lucy Johnson of the Southern Under-16 Girls won the best-and-fairest award for the Southern Premier Women’s Reserves competition with 32 votes.

Francis Kenyi of Southern FC was the best-and-fairest player in Southern League One, polling 28 votes.

The John Barker Best-and-Fairest Medal for the Southern Under-20 competition went to Melesse Asayhe of Tilford Zebras with 26 votes.

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Photo:  Ben Cornish (left) and Charles White with their refereeing awards [PlessPix]

The Southern Premier League coach of the year is Andrew Tye of Taroona, while the Southern Women's Premier League coach of teh year is Michael Edwards of the NTC.

Charles White was the Referee-of-the-Year in the Southern Premier League, while Ben Cornish was the Specsavers Young Referee-of-the-Year.

The leading goalscorers were Ethan Engels (Southern Premier League), Francis Kenyi (Division One), Jaryn Prendergast (Under-20s), Lucy Johnson (Women’s Premier Reserves) and Rani Cavarretta (Women’s Premier League).

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Photo:  Leading scorers (L-R) Ethan Engels, Francis Kenyi, Jaryn Prendergast, Lucy Johnson and Rani Cavarretta [PlessPix]

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Photo (L-R):  Robbie Bolonja, Ivica Bolonja and Tony Dzelalija celebrate the Division Three win by Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Melesse Asayhe (right) shows off his medal to a mate [PlessPix]

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+1 #14 Anonymous 2013-10-14 21:38
his autobiography "Miles from the Barnyard" out now at all good book stores
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+5 #13 Anonymous 2013-10-14 12:56
are there votes for each round anywhere anyone?
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+11 #12 Anonymous 2013-10-14 05:19
Quoting Anonymous:
Well done to Olympia's Vice President Julia Rabitsch who organised the function / catering part of it.

Catering and organising was done by the Hellenic House Greek Community of Tasmania
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+3 #11 Jessie Williams 2013-10-14 04:43
Thank you, whoever you are!
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+1 #10 Anonymous 2013-10-14 00:29
Well done to Olympia's Vice President Julia Rabitsch who organised the function / catering part of it.
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+17 #9 Anonymous 2013-10-13 20:13
The dinner was quality, great food and excellent MC, well done FFT
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+6 #8 Anonymous 2013-10-13 10:05
Miles was donning a very smart white "cricket" jumper at the game today.
What was he thinking.
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-4 #7 Anonymous 2013-10-13 06:40
Wow! With a smile like that should be the face of the V league next year!
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+15 #6 anonymous 2013-10-13 06:11
Quoting Anonymous:
Well done Jessie! Well deserved!

Well deserved but who would want to be a keeper or defender. They never seem to poll well.
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+2 #5 Anonymous 2013-10-13 01:07
University's loss is Devonport's gain! Glad to hear that 'Barnyard' is returning home next year!
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