Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Coaching staff watch as the players warm up [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory trained for 90 minutes at Kingston's Twin Ovals on Friday in preparation for their game against fellow A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

The coaches were glowing in their praise of the surface and football manager Paul Trimboli told me it was vastly superior to the surfaces experienced in Queensland recently.

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Photo:  Coach Ange Postecoglu makes a point to his assistant, Kevan Muscat [PlessPix]

Indeed, the grass looked a bit like that at the old Wembley Stadium, so there won't be any excuses on Sunday for poor passing.

Western Sydney Wanderers fly into Hobart on Saturday and are unlikely to train befoer Sunday's clash.

The Tasmanain squad were unable to train at the Twin Ovals and had to make do with a final session at KGV Park.

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Photo:  Goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas shows his style [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The venue, including the scoreboard, is in readiness for Sunday's double-header [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Football manager Paul Trimboli (left) and coach Ange Postecoglu watch the players warming up.  They were team-mates at South Melbourne Hellas and both have played against Tasmania at KGV Park [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Archie Thompson (second from right) and friends.  Thompson said he still wakes up in a cold sweat at times after the Socceroos' 6-0 loss to Brazil [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Coach Ange Postecoglu addresses the players at the start of training [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The coaches supervise the warm-up [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The goalkeepers work out to one side as the outfield players run a few laps [PlessPix]

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Photo:  John Boulous, CEO of FFT, does a media interview and makes a final pleas to fans to show up for the double-header [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Socceroos star Archie Thompson faces the media after training [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Melbourne Victory's football operations manager Paul Trimboli played against Tasmania several times in his days with South Melbourne Hellas.  [PlessPix]

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-2 #15 Anonymous 2013-09-29 10:30
Quoting Anonymous:
It used yo be that real men used to follow this game. Standing up wasn't too arduous. Getting a bit wet wasn't an issue because you carried an umbrella or wore a rain coat and hat. It seems these days we just have whingers and blow hards who just want something to complain about. The surface of the ground is brilliant. In fact Archie Thompson rates it as one of the best he's seen and he's played all around the world. So the expectation for the standard of play is excellent. I'm looking forward to it. Of course if it's too much for some of you to stand for a couple of hours, even in the rain, then stay at home, sit on your lounge and watch Monster Garage of some other crap on your 70" flat screen. Pussies!!!!


Sorry mate, we shouldn't have to put up with second best. AFL doesn't, cricket doesn't and hockey doesn't.

Call people what you want but if hundreds are leaving at half time because they've got to sit on the side of a wet hill then we have a problem.
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+8 #14 Anonymous 2013-09-28 23:01
It used yo be that real men used to follow this game. Standing up wasn't too arduous. Getting a bit wet wasn't an issue because you carried an umbrella or wore a rain coat and hat. It seems these days we just have whingers and blow hards who just want something to complain about. The surface of the ground is brilliant. In fact Archie Thompson rates it as one of the best he's seen and he's played all around the world. So the expectation for the standard of play is excellent. I'm looking forward to it. Of course if it's too much for some of you to stand for a couple of hours, even in the rain, then stay at home, sit on your lounge and watch Monster Garage of some other crap on your 70" flat screen. Pussies!!!!
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+6 #13 Anonymous 2013-09-28 12:59
Wouldn't this be a great training base for South Korea before the Asian Cup
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+1 #12 Anonymous 2013-09-28 09:55
Can you buy tickets at the gate tomorrow?
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-2 #11 Anonymous 2013-09-28 09:01
Quoting Anonymous:
A bit too hard to organize some seating is it FFT ??? man it looks like amateur hour again!

You haven't been to the twin ovals as they can't put seating in due to safety requirements on the hill
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+3 #10 Anonymous 2013-09-28 08:39
Quoting Eggs on Toast:
Anon #2 I think the Umbrella and raincoat were invented quite a few years ago., correct me if I am wrong. Maybe grab the pointy end of the brolly and slowly insert it where you see fit and enjoy.


If we spent $1M on spectators facilities rather than artifical surface we could have had 5,000 at KGV.
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+7 #9 Eggs on Toast 2013-09-28 08:18
Anon #2 I think the Umbrella and raincoat were invented quite a few years ago., correct me if I am wrong. Maybe grab the pointy end of the brolly and slowly insert it where you see fit and enjoy.
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-4 #8 Anonymous 2013-09-28 06:02
A bit too hard to organize some seating is it FFT ??? man it looks like amateur hour again!
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+4 #7 Anonymous 2013-09-28 04:34
All the superstars will be playing so get along & show your support. Ground surface looks exceptional ans well bring a chair or rug to sit on and enjoy the day for what it is.
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0 #6 NOT in the know 2013-09-28 04:22
Quoting Anonymous:
It's hard to believe that they have played an AFL season on that surface, as it looks like no one's ever been on it.
The drainage must be fantastic. If all ground were like this there would never be any games called off.
A big challange for the HCC to have some kind of playing surfaces like this in town.

Watch this space.. Nt Hobart going to sand based as we speak.
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