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 Melbourne Victory players arrive at the Showgrounds [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory players participated at a junior coaching clinic at the Showgrounds on Thursday afternoon.

The presence of the visiting A-League squad thrilled about 200 local youngsters who had signed up for the clinic, despite the wet and miserable conditions.


Photo:  Local youngsters attending the clinic greet the Melbourne Victory players [PlessPix]

Following the session, youngsters eagerly queued for autographs and photos with the stars.

Among the Melbourne Victory players were new signing from Brisbane Roar, Mitch Nichols, Brazilian midfielder Guilherme Finkler, who missed most of last season after tearing knee ligaments, and Socceroo Archie Thompson.

Up-and-coming star, 20-year-old Andrew Nabbout was also there, as was new signing Pablo Contreras, a Chilean international.

Tasmania’s new technical director and former Manchester City player Spencer Prior was also present at the clinic.

Ken Morton (south Hobart) and Tommy Fotak (Tilford Zebras) were two Victory League coaches in attendance.


Photo:  Anthony Alexander organises things as Melbourne Victory arrive [PlessPix]

The youngsters were organised for small-sided games according to age by Football Federation Tasmania’s southern development officer, Anthony Alexander.

FFT’s CEO John Boulous, who is reportedly being pursued by New South Wales NRL club Parramatta Eels to take up an executive position with them, was also present.

Boulous said no firm offer had been made.

He also urged Tasmanian football fans to turn up for Sunday’s double-header at Kingston’s Twin Ovals.

Boulous said about 2,500 tickets had been sold and that he hoped for an attendance of at least 6,000.

He said it was important to have a good crowd if Tasmania was to continue to host A-League games in the future.


Photo:  Melbourne Victory's vice-captain Adrian Leijer (left) and midfielder Leigh Broxham watch the youngsters in action [PlessPix]

Sunday’s program begins at noon when a Tasmanian Victory League XI takes on Melbourne Victory.

At 2.30pm, Melbourne Victory will meet last season’s A-League champions, Western Sydney Wanderers.

Wanderers, who have just completed a pre-season tour of Japan, arrive in Hobart on Saturday, complete with their Japanese international Shinji Ono and up-and-coming star striker Tomi Juric, who is already a member of the Socceroos squad.

Youssouf Hersi, Brendon Santalab and Jerome Polenz are other star players that will feature for Wanderers in what should be a fantastic match between two of the A-League’s top sides.


Photo:  Melbourne Victory skipper Mark Milligan (centre) and new signing Mitch Nichols (right) watch the play [PlessPix]

Tony Popovic, coach of the Wanderers, is already being touted as a future coach of the Socceroos, while Melbourne Victory supremo, Ange Postecoglu, is already the most successful coach in A-League history.

Melbourne Victory had their first training session at the Twin Ovals on Thursday morning and some of their players visited the Children’s Ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital in the early afternoon.

Melbourne Victory will have another training session at the Twin Ovals on Friday at 10am, after which some players will visit New Town Primary School and the Optus Store in Elizabeth Mall (3.30pm).


Photo:  Melbourne Victory players watch the local youngsters in a small-sided game [PlessPix]

On Friday at KGV Park at 6pm until 7.15pm, there will be a presentation on the football conditioning model used by Melbourne Victory.

Coaches and anyone else interested is welcome to attend this indoor session.

The Tasmanian State team will train at KGV park following this presentation.


Photo:  A small-sided game at Thursday's clinic at the Showgrounds [PlessPix]


Photo:  Melbourne Victory players supervise a small-sided game [PlessPix]


Photo:  The Showgrounds was the venue for Thursday's clinic [PlessPix]


+3 #7 KL 2013-09-27 05:28
kresinger #5. cmon you wanderers
+1 #6 Anonymous 2013-09-27 05:13

any chance you are going along to the conditioning session? If so are there any chances of you taking some notes and passing them onto interested parties? Happy to email you to get them off you if this is at all possible.

Cheers mate.
+1 #5 Anonymous 2013-09-27 02:48
#3 whos dino ?
+2 #4 Anonymous 2013-09-26 23:21
Would love to be able to see the football conditioning model today, but unfortunately I can't make it due to work commitments.
+4 #3 KL 2013-09-26 21:41
big dino got de-listed I believe walts, me boi
+4 #2 Anonymous 2013-09-26 21:15
Honest question: Would 6,000 be a good turnout on Sunday? How many tickets were printed that 2500 were sold?
+15 #1 Anonymous 2013-09-26 20:54
Great article and photos Walter.

I'm a proud Melbourne Victory fan. Great to see them sharing like the AFL Hawks do.

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