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:  Callum Brown (centre) in action against South Hobart [PlessPix]

Callum Brown (Glenorchy Knights) and Madison Chambers (Olympia Warriors) won the 2018 Veto Southern Championship Best & Fairest Awards for the men’s and women’s competitions, respectively.

Brown won the Vic Tuting Medal and also the Gold Boot Award as the Southern Championship’s leading marksman.

Jonathon Ladic, his Glenorchy Knights team-mate was equal second with Hobart United’s Riak Dhieu.

Jal David, of Hobart United, was fourth and Beachside’s Henry Fagg fifth.

Chambers, 16, was a point ahead of Taroona’s Mia Fujiura, while third place went to Hobart Zebras’ Janaya Moate.

South Hobart’s Charlotte Ingram was fourth and Olympia’s Bonnie Davies, who won the Golden Boot Award as the league’s leading scorer, was fifth.

The Challenge League best and fairest player was Hobart Zebras’ Matthew Pace, while the Golden Boot went to Olympia’s Jonathan Mulungula.

The Southern Championship 1 best player award went to Beachside’s Shae Hickey, who polled five votes more than second-placed Jade Clay of Glenorchy Knights.

The Southern Referee-of-the-Year Award went to Alastair Cooke, while Brentyn Muir won the Young Referee-of-the-Year Award.

Andrew Leszczynski of New Town Eagles was voted the Men’s Coach-of-the-Year and Martin Dunnington was the Women’s Coach-of-the-Year.


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Photo:  Brayden Mann with yours truly at Valley Road on Saturday night [Photo by Andrew Cooling]

Devonport City striker Brayden Mann completed a marvellous season by winning the Walter Pless Media Award.

He was chosen unanimously by five media people.

I was privileged to present him with the award after Saturday’s NPL Finals series game at Valley Road between Devonport City and Heidelberg United.

Mann polled 50 votes, earning a maximum 10 votes from each person.

The final standings were:

1st- 50 votes, Brayden Mann (Devonport)

2nd- 29 votes, Michael Holden (Devonport), Tyler Fischer (Launceston City)

4th- 23 votes, Guillermo Lazcano (Devonport)

5th- 22 votes, Niko Giantsopoulos (Launceston City)

6th- 21 votes, Mathew Sanders (Hobart Zebras)

7th- 17 votes, Joel Stone (Devonport)

8th- 14 votes, Jordan Muller (Hobart Zebras), Lucas Hill (Olympia)

10th- 12 votes, Beau Blizzard (Devonport), Timothy Baker (Kingborough), Connor Schmidt (South Hobart)


Hobart United's new coach for 2019 is Andrew Brown.

Brown was with Glenorchy Knights this season.

He has playing and coaching experience in Tasmania's top-flight football competitions over many years.


-4 #28 Crystal Ball 2018-09-20 02:07
The Knights will be just fine, they will at least put up a fight, if not upset 1 or 2 of the top 4 teams unlike some of the current NPL teams regardless of player movements.
+8 #27 Anon 2018-09-19 05:23
Quoting Moment:
argh most of these posts are talking crap and guessing. meddling and trying to cause trouble. as they say better to be talked about than not. Knights in NPL end of story jealous are we ...lets see what the playing list is ..wont finish bottom 5 let me say that. I would suggest other clubs just watch and see of new signings

Yes six months wait anything can happen till new season
+11 #26 South Suckers 2018-09-19 03:20
Moment (or knights committee member), at least you are now speaking 'some'truth
Knights will make new signings & the much talked about 'mates' that enabled you back into the NPL will now be playing Challenge league or elsewhere when they find out for as we know Knights have no Challenge
Some of the better players will make NPL and the money-train will continue not unlike another club or two in the south
At least South & Kingborough try to develop Tassie youth & not just exploit it
-16 #25 Moment 2018-09-18 12:48
argh most of these posts are talking crap and guessing. meddling and trying to cause trouble. as they say better to be talked about than not. Knights in NPL end of story jealous are we ...lets see what the playing list is ..wont finish bottom 5 let me say that. I would suggest other clubs just watch and see of new signings
-4 #24 Voldemort 2018-09-18 03:23
Are you a shit-stirrer or just downright dumb?
You speak as if you know the Browns, but I can guarantee you that neither have 'promised' anything to anyone
They have told me they love the boys they played with, like the idea of having a crack at NPL someday, but will make up their mind next year
As for you? Prob a loser from way back lol
-14 #23 Haha 2018-09-18 03:17
Few sours bums on here lately need to get over themselves not everyone is best friends in sport. Move on fellas
+5 #22 True 2018-09-18 01:10
#18 too true
Heard him do it first hand kv9h5
+3 #21 urawanker 2018-09-17 23:23
anonymous 17
u sound like a right tool
maybe you should play for Knights & show all how its done rather than put down players that have just helped your club to NPL
+4 #20 Sour Grapes 2018-09-17 22:25
Such a negative comment from you when they have played a major role in winning promotion to NPL What have they done to you? Are you jealous or just don't want them to stay next year cos they might keep you out of the team
Seems Knights are an exclusive club, not liked in championship & likely to be just as arrogant & exclusive in NPL with players only going there for the money
I'd be happy to have them at my club
+8 #19 Anon 2018-09-17 13:41
Beach side looking for coaches.
Advertised recently on Rhodesys blog.
The blokes who were there taking a year off for family before possible moves to NPL jobs is what the grapevine says.
Well, what drunk blokes in town say on Saturday night.
Not a bad squad for a budding coach to pick up. Easier than trying to lift a cellar dweller up off the bottom.

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