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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Lunnon at training

Photo:  State coach Tim Lunnon puts Todd Hingston, Matthew Ferguson and Nick Morton through their paces at training at Wentworth Park yesterday [PlessPix]

The Tasmanian squad currently training for the game against Melbourne Victory Youth on 28 September at North Hobart Oval will not be reduced to 18 players until 22 September.

This decision has been made because the availability of the South Hobart players is in doubt because of the club’s coming NPL Finals series commitments.

South players

Photo:  South Hobart players Brayden Mann, Ben Hamlett, Caleb Ludlow and Hugh Undy at training yesterday...they may not be available for Tasmania's match against Melbourne Victory Youth [PlessPix]

It had originally been intended to reduce the squad of 30 to 18 next week.

It will now not be reduced until the week of the Melbourne Victory game.

South Hobart FC will represent Tasmania in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Final Series later this year and will host an elimination final against the Victorian NPL Champions [probably South Melbourne] on the weekend starting 20 September.

If South Hobart were successful in the first round of the NPL Finals series, they would play a match the following weekend that would clash with Tasmania’s commitments.

This would make the 11 South Hobart players selected in the 30-man squad unavailable to play for Tasmania.

With this potential clash in mind, Tasmania Head of Selection, Spencer Prior, in consultation with the Tasmanian coaching staff, has decided to hold together the 30-man squad until the Monday prior to the September 28 match.

Brennan and Holmes

Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan and Olympia Warriors' Alex Holmes sitting out yesterday's session [PlessPix]

"It would be irresponsible for us to cut players given where South Hobart are at with the NPL Finals series and the possibility South Hobart players could be unavailable for Tasmania,” said Prior.

“We want to keep all players engaged so that, if South Hobart win in the NPL Finals series, we have a strong, settled squad and the boys have a really clear idea as to what we want to do on and off the pitch, technically speaking, and also the culture we want to build within the Tasmania group.”

“The squad will remain at 30 players until Monday, September 22, where it will be reduced to 18, and additional players may be added in the case of serious injury or unavailability.

"We will trim the squad the week prior to the match and, whether it includes South Hobart players or not, we expect a strong squad to take on Victory.”

Mearns and Pierce

Photo (L-R):  Nick Mearns of Olympia, Marshall Pooley of Northern Rangers and Kane Pierce of South Hobart work under the supervision of State coach Tim Lunnon yesterday [PlessPix]

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+1 #22 Anon 2014-08-26 11:31
The NPL Finals Series was actually announced by FFA in February & included the dates...
http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/ffa-launches-2014-national-premier-leagues/85707

I love that people are slagging off FFT for giving people a heads up of a potential issue, zero sense in the matter. They would have known for a while but thought to plan for it as they are obviously keen on setting up a contingency if the unthinkable happens.

They clearly didn't plan around it when they'd announced a date for next week to trim the squad (and a date for the game), despite the NPL fixture being out for over 6 months. So the criticism is valid!

Yeah and I dare say they knew that but Spencer obviously decided now to be extra safe and not cut it, don't get all the hate about what seems like cautious planning, they could have easily said nothing and not a word would have been spoken as chances are South Melb will trounce them
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+2 #21 Hmmmm 2014-08-26 10:00
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anonymouse:
Quoting Hmmmm:
Was the VPL schedule only announced today (doubtful...), or did the geniuses involved at FFT only just realise this?


The NPL Finals Series was actually announced by FFA in February & included the dates...
http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/ffa-launches-2014-national-premier-leagues/85707


I love that people are slagging off FFT for giving people a heads up of a potential issue, zero sense in the matter. They would have known for a while but thought to plan for it as they are obviously keen on setting up a contingency if the unthinkable happens.


They clearly didn't plan around it when they'd announced a date for next week to trim the squad (and a date for the game), despite the NPL fixture being out for over 6 months. So the criticism is valid!
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+12 #20 Curious Chris 2014-08-26 06:34
Does anyone know of an U20's state team this year?
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-2 #19 note taker 2014-08-26 05:32
Quoting Anon:
By the way south stack their teams to win each week I would have thought that they would have enough quality player to allow the state team players to play for the state and still resume their npl team with VDL quality, obviously wrong.
Tassie would have to be the only stae in aus that is dictated by a clubs coaches poits, again wrong , state is bigger than the club....



Oh my gosh... they don't really stack their team do they? What other secret things can you tell us?

Your comment makes no sense, go back to school!
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+8 #18 The groundsman 2014-08-26 01:56
How many times are the team training or is it just sundays ?
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+12 #17 Coastie 2014-08-26 01:11
Are South Hobart really representing Tasmania or are they merely Tasmania's representative in the NPL series?
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+16 #16 Anon 2014-08-26 00:45
They should be cutting the squad as late as possible anyway in my honest opinion in case of injuries and whatnot but it also keeps every player on his toes right up until the game which should keep up the fight for places.
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+19 #15 The Real Deal 2014-08-26 00:40
Let's be honest it wont matter as South Hobart wont get near South Melbourne
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+4 #14 anon 2014-08-26 00:30
Quoting Typical.:
Make South decide what's more important. If it's South, then consider them out and start training the starting 11 who are completely committed to the team.

#3 tutt tutt, bit of jealousy there???
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+2 #13 Anon 2014-08-26 00:17
Quoting Anonymouse:
Quoting Hmmmm:
Was the VPL schedule only announced today (doubtful...), or did the geniuses involved at FFT only just realise this?


The NPL Finals Series was actually announced by FFA in February & included the dates...
http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/ffa-launches-2014-national-premier-leagues/85707


I love that people are slagging off FFT for giving people a heads up of a potential issue, zero sense in the matter. They would have known for a while but thought to plan for it as they are obviously keen on setting up a contingency if the unthinkable happens.
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