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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Mal Gorrie is the new coach of Devonport City’s Victory League team and he will be assisted in the role by Bobby Eaves.

Gorrie replaces Nick Owen, who stood down for personal reasons at the end of the 2014 season after a year in the job.

Eaves, who was assistant to Owen, will resume his playing career next season after recovering from a knee injury.

Gorrie has been coaching at Devonport City for a number of years with great success at both junior and senior level and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“We, the Strikers, have some very talented youth coming through into the senior ranks and we will continue to look for opportunities for some of the young blokes,” said Gorrie.

"Mind you, I’m really keen to look at all players, regardless of age and experience, and strongly encourage anyone who wants to have a crack at Victory League to come and have a go.”

Devonport City president Rod Andrews thanked all applicants who apllied for the coaching position and he is keen to see pre-season training get underway at their temporary training facilities at Meercroft Park.

“We have just had our main ground resurfaced and the progress with the synthetic practice grounds out the back has been incredible and should see them completed by Christmas,” said Andrews.

“[This will ensure] our club has the best playing, training and social facilities in the State.”

Devonport City’s current technical director, Chris McKenna, will remain in the role for the interim while the search for an alternative technical director continues.

McKenna intends to focus on his role of Skills Acquisition Program Coordinator.

Announcements regarding Devonport City’s pre-season training will be announced in the next few weeks.