Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Former Vic Tuting Medal winner Tom Roach is back at South Hobart [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s Jeremy Walker is trialling with English Championship (second tier, just below the English Premier League) side Millwall FC.

The 20-year-old Walker, a product of Tasmania’s NTC, was released by A-League club Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart) after 16 first-team appearances.

He was with Heart from 2012 until 2014 and has also played for Victoria’s Oakleigh Cannons, where he made 18 appearances.

He played once for Hume City in the Victorian Premier League.

Walker was due to play for Millwall’s under-21s overnight against Billericay Town in a pre-season friendly.

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Newly promoted English Premier League club Burnley have signed 32-year-old Scottish goalkeeper Matt Gilks from Blackpool.

The club now had three keepers, including Tasmania’s Alex Cisak, 25, and regular custodian, 28-year-old Tom Heaton.

Heaton has a calf strain at present and Cisak and Gilks played a half each in the win against Austrian side Grossklein during the club’s pre-season tour of Austria.

Heaton will also miss the friendly this weekend against Accrington Stanley, Cisak’s former club.

Heaton, who is the first-choice keeper at Burnley, will sign a new contract next week.

[Note:  Burnley beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 away overnight.  Gilks was in goal for Burnley in the first half and Cisak in the second.]

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Reliable sources inform me that South Hobart are about to strengthen their squad with the signings of former players Daniel Brown, Tom Roach and Chris Hunt.

Brown has just returned from Europe, while Roach, a doctor, is back working in Hobart.

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Tilford Zebras midfielder Marcello Marchioli arrived back from Europe on Tuesday.

Marchioli spent much of his time in Poland and is likely tro be back in training with the Zebras soon.

Meanwhile, Zebras' Swedish import, Beqir Hoti, has left the club and may sign with a club on Queensland's Gold Coast.

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+1 #29 C Bomber 2014-07-30 01:47
I have just read someone say that Dogga is an enforcer, physical etc, I myself only ever saw him intimidate smaller, less physical players, to me not really something to hang my hat on. On this same note, where have the physical players gone? Where are the Sheps, Ivan Vucicas, Jankos, Charlie White's, Powelly (for his size)Grundys etc. Have we no space for these players anymore, would they get a game?
Have watched the Vickers Nichols send offs, the tackle was bad, but the response was simply chest beating, was there a slap in there?
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+5 #28 wat 2014-07-29 08:37
Quoting anon pt. 2:
Hunt is a more certain starter than Roach or Brown. He may replace Hammlet, with Brennan/Mann moving more central, where they are more dangerous.

At the end of the day though, does Ken need these players? For the health of the league in general, they would be better off going to another club (anyone except the top 3)


Can imagine that now...

"Yeah look sorry Rexy, I know you are good mates with some of the South players, and you played there last year and all, but you should probably go play somewhere else where you didn't play last year and don't have many mates. Its a clear no brianer mate"

Logic on this blog. Not even once.
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+2 #27 anon pt. 2 2014-07-29 06:34
Hunt is a more certain starter than Roach or Brown. He may replace Hammlet, with Brennan/Mann moving more central, where they are more dangerous.

At the end of the day though, does Ken need these players? For the health of the league in general, they would be better off going to another club (anyone except the top 3). However, success breeds more success and it is natural for players to want to be a part of that. Additionally, Ken is very good at enticing people to the club. Is it Ken's fault? No.
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+3 #26 anon pt. 1 2014-07-29 06:31
Roach is an excellent footballer. While not the prettiest, he gets stuck in, is an amazing athlete and creates chances through hard work. He could easily slot in for Undy and do a similar job.

Brown...depends on whether he wants to play or be more intent on riling up the opposition or ref. On his day is an an excellent defender or midfielder though. Could replace Lewis or Scott, with Scott moving into midfield, which is where I think he is most useful. Scott's clever passing and ability to keep possession under pressure is key for South.
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+4 #25 Anonymous 2014-07-29 04:29
Quoting Keith:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Keith:
Dog Brown will provide some leadership in the team and his presence will improve the atmosphere around the club / in the dressing room.

Excellent signing.

Roach is the most under rated player I have watched. His fitness and work rate was outstanding a few seasons back.
These players will prove to be a real shot in the arm for the club. Massive boost when most clubs are losing players to injuries or suspensions.


yep massive boost to their VDL side for sure Keith


Premiership captain and Vic Tutting medalist. They won't be playing reserves...


yes fine players for sure but the accolades are all in the past Keith - who do they replace in the current senior squad?
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-2 #24 Really? 2014-07-29 00:53
So again you people all thumbing down my comment are saying that V-League will be Walker's first choice to continue his career?

He is trailing at a div 2 England club which is a decent level and that would be his first choice.

Perhaps div 3 England his next choice and then depending on how good his agent is he might be looking at something in Scotland or Asia before heading back too Australia in which he would attempted to get into another A-League club then if that fails a Vic NPL team and if that fails him then he will come home.

But no thumbs me down again because clearly V-League will be his best choice over all those potential options above!
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+3 #23 Keith 2014-07-29 00:38
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Keith:
Dog Brown will provide some leadership in the team and his presence will improve the atmosphere around the club / in the dressing room.

Excellent signing.

Roach is the most under rated player I have watched. His fitness and work rate was outstanding a few seasons back.
These players will prove to be a real shot in the arm for the club. Massive boost when most clubs are losing players to injuries or suspensions.


yep massive boost to their VDL side for sure Keith


Premiership captain and Vic Tutting medalist. They won't be playing reserves...
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0 #22 GK 2014-07-28 12:33
Mmmmmm there's a lot of shit put on here at the moment , J.W. Had a few fair games , but he can thank his coach for giving him a chance ....yes have seen him play 2....3 games , the lad has still plenty to learn and all the best to him .....would have liked to see him go to another club in the A.L. It's a tuff call in the P .L. But with a little luck you never can tell .Dogga have watched this lad grow up and coached him in the Un 18 S.H. Capt the side that year and won the Legue . His a strong player and in Vic . L. Can only play in one spot ???? Technically he lacks skills but as a leader, strength , and to put the fear against the opposition , his the best in the game . You can only have one like that in your side ....Kenny runs a very good school of football .. But that doesn't mean that every child will make it or play for S .H. Vic .L. Side . All Vic. L. Coaches are judged on wins , and nothing else ... Developing is done by others ..... Kenny does both because that's his income
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+1 #21 Anonymous 2014-07-28 11:22
the cynic in me wonders if Ken was more interested in NOT having these players available to other V-League clubs rather than genuinely signing them to play regular senior football for the rest of the season.

With respect, Hunt might be a show for some time off the pine but can't see the other 2 being of great value other than to bolster the Development squad.
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+4 #20 Anonymous 2014-07-28 06:32
Shame Dogga didnt head to Knights to join his ol' mate Hickey in midfield.
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