Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Eamonn Kelly (left) and John Fiotakis during an Olympia game [PlessPix]

Eamonn Kelly has been appointed coach of the Olympia Warriors’ Southern Women’s Premier League side for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, with Sarah Fitzgerald as his assistant.

Kelly replaces the highly successful John Fiotakis, who was in charge of the women’s team for the past six seasons.

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Photo:  Sarah Fitzgerald in action [PlessPix]

“The club would like to thank John Fiotakis for his commitment and work done over the last 6 years with the women’s program,” said Olympia Warriors president, George Mamacas.

“His success has been great in building and guiding our women to winning premierships and cups over this period of time.

“We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Sarah Fitzgerald, a mainstay of the women’s team, will undertake the required coaching courses over the next two years in order to be qualified.

Kelly has agreed that he will step aside in 2017, whereupon Fitzgerald will take over the role of head coach.

“This is a fantastic arrangement for Olympia,” said Mamacas.

“Through finishing the coaching courses and being under the tutelage of Eammon for two seasons, it is anticipated that Sarah’s gain in coaching knowledge and player management will be a great asset to our club in the future.

“It is rare to find two people of such high quality to be involved with the women’s game at club level.

Kelly began his coaching career in 1980 and he has coached at the highest level in the state and was also State senior men’s coach in 2007-2008. He has a current B licence.

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Photo:  John Fiotakis and Eamonn Kelly call the shots from the technical area [PlessPix]

Fitzgerald’s playing career spans more than 30 years and she started playing football when she was five years old.

She reached the national stage at the Under-19 level and has represented Australia, playing in Europe and New Zealand, as well as in Australia.

She was a member of the Australian Olympic Squad in the 90s.

She represented Victoria whilst playing in the Victorian Premier League.

In 1998, she won the best-and-fairest award for the Victorian Women’s Premier League.

In 2003, she was again called up to the national squad, where she trained with the Matildas and attended camp at the Australian Institute of Sport.

She has been with Olympia since 2010.

“Olympia is proud to have this arrangement in place, with Sarah being arguably Tasmania’s biggest export to the mainland in women’s football,” George Mamacas said.

“To have her ultimately in 2017 become head of Olympia FC Women’s program will be a fantastic thing for, not only our club, but for women’s football in this state.”

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Photo:  Olympia Warriors president George Mamacas (left) has succession planning well in hand [PlessPix]

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+6 #52 Brett Clark 2014-11-21 03:08
By the way don't call them an army they are minions
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+6 #51 Brett Clark 2014-11-21 02:29
If you are sarcastic I will be rude,and your plans are stupid, and still won't put your name to your plan.
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+5 #50 yeti 2014-11-20 23:37
Quoting Oh my god!:
Brett

I have already said that your way is the right way. There is no need to be rude and call my ideas stupid. It is an opinion and we are all entitled to them.

We have agreed that my ideas are shortsighted, and that you and your army will save the women's game.

O hail Brett

too late
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-10 #49 Oh my god! 2014-11-20 21:06
Brett

I have already said that your way is the right way. There is no need to be rude and call my ideas stupid. It is an opinion and we are all entitled to them.

We have agreed that my ideas are shortsighted, and that you and your army will save the women's game.

O hail Brett
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+9 #48 Brett Clark 2014-11-19 07:52
Unfortunately the game is ran by the Fft and I think it may be to late to save it but at least we can stop your stupid ideas finishing it.
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-20 #47 Oh My God! 2014-11-05 21:07
Like I said, I give up, I leave the welfare of the women's game in your hands.

Good luck!
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+22 #46 anom 2014-11-04 02:07
what brett Said makes sense.
At least he puts his name to comments.
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+20 #45 Brett Clark 2014-11-04 02:04
Hi if you want would love to debate you any time at Football house on the subject.
If you could put your name to your post then we would know who you are so we know if you actually are involved in the game.
All I was doing was replying to your comments which I didn't think had much reasoning behind it.
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-29 #44 Oh My God! 2014-11-03 20:55
Sorry Brett Clark, you obviously have a monopoly on the only right way to go with the Women's program.

I apologise for even thinking that maybe there might be another way to create pathways for girls and women to enter and stay in the game. I was obviously very wrong as you strongly state in your post.
I sincerely hope that if FFT go with the status quo of a Premier/Reserve s setup for 2015 and beyond, it proves to be the right decision, otherwise we can just forget about women's football developing further in Tas.
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+33 #43 Brett Clark 2014-10-29 11:30
didn't I just say that the Zebras reserves easily won the games in the summer cup against social teams that played in the summer cup and they were the top three teams in the social league this year.
And those games weren't played from memory full 90 minutes,
If your club can't get enough players maybe you should have look a your club.
Don't think players are going to grow running around playing against teams that train once a week.
Maybe should watch a bit more of the game
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