Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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:  South Hobart's Ben Hamlett scored 10 goals against Launceston United on Monday [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s Ben Hamlett joined a small and illustrious group of four players when, on Saturday, he scored 10 goals as his side overwhelmed Launceston United 12-0 in a Lakoseljac Cup Round-of-16 match.

He becomes the fourth player to have scored 10 goals or more in a senior top-flight game, but the record belongs to Walter Worsey, who scored 11 goals in one game.

Walter Worsey at Rapid Reunion 25 April 208 029 for blog

Photo:  Walter Worsey, who turns 83 today [PlessPix]

Worsey, who was playing for Caledonians, is reputed to have scored 11 goals against ANL [Australian Newsprint Mills], in 1957 or 1959, in a 15-1 win for Calies.

He scored a hat-trick for Tasmania against Victoria on a heavy pitch in the early 60s in Hobart. In a second game a couple of days later and on a dry pitch, the Victorians had his measure.

I spoke to Worsey yesterday - he turns 83 today - and he openly admits that he can’t remember the occasion.

“That was a long time ago [about 60 years] and I honestly can’t remember the game,” Worsey said.

“But, if Chris Hudson mentions it in his book [‘A Century of Soccer (1898-1998): A Tasmanian History], then it must be true.”

I have corresponded with Hudson who said he has the newspaper clipping to prove it.

Hudson also writes in his book that Worsey scored a total of 131 goals over two consecutive seasons, which is a phenomenal feat for the former professional sprinter.

Worsey also played for Hobart Juventus and he coached Croatia-Glenorchy to a couple of titles.

A Brennan Hamlett and ball boy

Photo:  Ben Hamlett (second from left) picking the ball out of the net after yet another goal.  Andy Brennan is the other South Hobart player [PlessPix]

The other scorers of 10 goals in one match were Frank Gmelch, who played for Caledonians and Rapid in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and Jim Witheford, a school teacher from Launceston.

Gmelch, who had reputedly the hardest shot in Tasmanian football, played for an Australian XI against the famous Hungarian side Ferencvaros at North Hobart in 1959.

He returned to his native Austria while with Rapid and was killed in a mountaineering accident in the early 1960s.

My good friend and enthusiastic football supporter, Glenn Thompson, who has had a lot to do with developing Indigenous football, particularly amongst youngsters in Borroloola in the Northern Territory, recalled this week how, as a 10-year-old, he was watching Rapid play at South Hobart.

Glenn was seated behind and to the side of the goal at the canteen end of the ground when a shot by Gmelch hit him right in the chest and knocked him completely off his perch. A member of St John Ambulance, who was a familiar figure to local soccer fans and who was always in attendance at South Hobart for games, raced to Glenn’s assistance. Fortunately, he was only winded.

The other member of the ’10-goal club’, Jim Witheforde, was a former soccer correspondent for The Examiner newspaper.

Witheford scored 10 goals for Launceston United against Launceston Croatia in 1971 to cement his place in this special club.

Ben Hamlett and Kannegiesser

Photo:  Ben Hamlett (left) in scintillating form [PlessPix]

Thompson and Moriarty - Copy

Photo:  Glenn Thompson (left) and John Moriarty in Hobart last week.  I had a coffee with them before Easter.  Moriarty was the first Aborignial to play for the Socceroos.  I first saw him play for South Australia in the 0-0 draw with Tasmania at South Hobart in 1963.. He heads the Moriarty Foundation, which promotes football and encourages Indigenous youngsters to play football.  Moriarty sent Thompson and a group of Indigenous youngsters to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. [PlessPix]

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+5 #19 drew port exile 2017-04-20 12:33
Quoting Anon:
Pretty sure Hugo Luttmer scored 10 in North Premier league once.

montello on a windy day, hugo scip considines of various names, good old bert speglic, the first noisy slavic person i ever saw,coastal derbies of real feeling, sad to see burnie as they are now.
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-3 #18 anonymous 2017-04-20 12:29
I heard that Gabes position is being reviewed in May, can't come quick enough. What's a week do it now!
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0 #17 The Truth 2017-04-20 11:02
Its Hammer Time
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-2 #16 Struggle street 2017-04-20 10:40
Quoting Anon:
Struggling with this whole sarcasm thing aren't you?


You are suppose to support with encouragement to our footballers Male or Female on a public site like this not put them down all the time then call it sarcasm.

To answer your question NO I just think your comments are rubbish on an article that promotes an achievement..

You are still struggling with it. The struggle is real
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+6 #15 Brian Roberts 2017-04-20 08:11
Re Walter Worsey's effort ,

It may have been when Calies defeated Hydro 15 - 1 .

I played for the losing side but due to the onset of age can not recall the opposition scorers .
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0 #14 Anon 2017-04-20 05:17
Struggling with this whole sarcasm thing aren't you?

You are suppose to support with encouragement to our footballers Male or Female on a public site like this not put them down all the time then call it sarcasm.

To answer your question NO I just think your comments are rubbish on an article that promotes an achievement..
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-1 #13 Anon 2017-04-19 23:05
What is this , a new post from Kingboroughs Wiki Coach, https://youtu.be/dyBvvO5pl8Q No More No More ????????
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-2 #12 Anon 2017-04-19 22:44
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Decentric:
How about the one on one duels & bodyshape?


What are you talking about, bodyshape , 1v1 duels, he is a bloody striker and he has scored a bag full of goals. Who cares about a strikers body shape when he scores 5+ goals in a game let alone 10. Have you just read those word of a soccer site and you have been hanging out all day to use them.

Hooray to Benny, great game.Keep scoring like that and at the end of the season you'll have a golden boot on the shelf..


Struggling with this whole sarcasm thing aren't you?
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+4 #11 drew port exile 2017-04-19 17:08
jim witheforde, what a top bloke, a good teacher and mentor to a lot of young people.
backbone of the old launceston matric club.
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+18 #10 Anon 2017-04-19 10:33
Pretty sure Hugo Luttmer scored 10 in North Premier league once.
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