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:  Glenorchy Knights' Nicholas Bonnitcha in pursuit of the ball with a Kingborough Lions United opponent [PlessPix]

The third Skills Acquisition Programme (SAP) State-wide festival was held at Prince of Wales Bay last weekend

All nine SAP licence-holder clubs were represented at the festival.

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Photo:  South Hobart score against Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Eight versus eight games were played on pitches measuring 60 metres by 40 metres.

Results were unimportant and Football Federation Tasmania’s technical director, Spencer Prior, said that it was all about fun and demonstrating football technique.

“This is the third SAP Festival,” Prior said. “We’ve just completed cycle three, so it was a State-wide SAP festival.

“There are no results, no competition, but just a good day of fun and football to see where they’re at with their skill development.

“It’s not for me to say how it’s going. I think the proof is in the football and in seeing the standards raised, technically, within the kids.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Toby Butler clears upfield against Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

“Yesterday [Saturday] we did under-12s and it blew me away, actually, in terms of the number of talented kids we’ve now got starting coming through and the way that the programme has developed from Cycle 1 to now and to see how the standard is improving is significant.

“We’ve still got another cycle yet to go this year.

“The ball doesn’t get put away. I really want to see this keep building as a real foundation for youth development within the State.

“The next cycle begins next month. The kids are now finished and will have a bit of time off for the holidays and then they come back in mid-October and then away we go again and do another eight-week block and another festival in December.”

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Photo:  Action from a SAP Festival game between Tilford Zebras and Devonport City (white shirts) [PlessPix]

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Photo:  A Tilford Zebras defender in possession [PlessPix]

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