Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Beth Bygrave

Photo:  Launceston City's Beth Bygrave [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

Launceston City’s Beth Bygrave won the PFD Women’s Super League Best and Fairest medal for 2017 with 27 votes, one ahead of second-placed Holly Ayton of Taroona.

Launceston City’s Caitlin Storay came third with 19 votes.

Hobart Zebras duo Allie Berry and Danielle Kannegiesser came next with 16 and 17 votes, respectively.

Lucy Johnson of Olympia won the Golden Boot award as the league’s top scorer with 38 goals.

Hobart Zebras coach, Chris Hey, was named as the Super League’s Coach-of-the-Year as his side finished the season unbeaten.

Zebras won 27 games and drew one in their 28 outings.

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-2 #16 Karen 2017-10-18 06:32
What are FFT going to do about that. They are happy to have a devil may care attitude for making these rash decisions egged on by their cheer squads but do they ever think about the real life consequences. What there decision will actually mean for everyone else. Do they care?
Do they think about what happens after they make their blaise decisions. I bet they don’t. Everyone may not be so happy when all their female players are leaving and complaining next year or everyone is complaining about how one sided all the womens competitions are.
Its grate to make these big tough decisions as long as then you are happy to then take all the responsability for the consequences.
This just seems like a chance to stick the boots into a club people don’t like and nobody is concerned about the best thing for womens soccer.
Sorry about the long rave. I'm really angry. It seems like a bunch of men having a peeing competition to me. Nobody actually cares about the players.
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-2 #15 Karen 2017-10-18 06:27
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I actually don’t care why.
Because you got too excited at the chance to stick the boots into Olympia you missed the point of what I was saying.
I’m concerned about what this decision will mean for the rest of us and about FFT respecting the championship and championship 1. I don’t care about Olympia and I don’t need to bring them down, I’m interested in our players and the welfare of womens soccer.
I’m worried about the girls at our club playing championship and champ1 next year. When they turn up next year they will know they have no chance of winning their competition and knowing that four times a year they are going to cop a 20 goal thrashing playing against a team full of state players. #14 – Olympia won Challenge League games by 12-15 goals so I reckon they will win plenty of Champ games by 20.
I wonder how many young players will leave the game
Continued....
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+4 #14 Win by 20 or more 2017-10-18 00:14
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1. They plan to win as many games in both comps as they can by 20 goals or more to drive home to the rest of the clubs and the football community what FFT have forced upon them.


#12. A bit arrogant of Olympia if they think they will win their games by "20 goals or more" in the championship. South and Zebras were pretty strong this year and the others teams will only get stronger. Regardless of what you have heard Olympia will lose some players that still want to play at the highest level.
If they do actually want to win all their games by 20 or more goals I suggest the talented young goal keeper jump ship now!!
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+11 #13 Respect the comp 2017-10-15 06:03
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Karen did you ask your friend at work why this has happened?
The girls don't deserve this but their club does. Olympia have really let these girls down
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-8 #12 Karen 2017-10-13 04:06
You have to wonder if FFT have any idea at all. I heard from a person at my work that the Olympia girls are all staying loyal and staying at Olympia and their WSL squad will play Championship and the current SC team which effectively won the Championship until they were penalised points will play Championship 1. They plan to win as many games in both comps as they can by 20 goals or more to drive home to the rest of the clubs and the football community what FFT have forced upon them. Add to that that without competition from Olympia then Zebras will probably win the Super League undefeated for the second year in a row and you have 3 completely ridiculous competitions at the top 3 levels of womens soccer all brought about by decisions by FFT. Not sure how any of that improves female football in Tasmania – but FFT will have to take the blame if it does occur. It’s their decision. I thought it was their job to promote female football.
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+7 #11 Anonymous 2017-10-02 00:40
Considering Olympia have been kicked out there are a few players that may make a change but I have heard that Innocent is quitting altogether.
It's a shame what's happening with women's football down here as the National team is going on in leaps and bounds and heading forward.
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-2 #10 Wait and see 2017-09-30 10:40
I have heard zebras are losing a few players from their senior list through retirement, moving interstate etc, so they will need to replenish. You will find they may get 2-3 new players to pre season if that. Season has just finished and the sh*t is flying early.
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+1 #9 Succession planning 2017-09-30 10:34
No plan# You have a crack at Zebras and yes I totally agree the club really has to do some hard yards in respect to female youth program as a matter of urgency BUT lets not forget some other clubs who's development is taking whole state / NTC / southern rep sides to clubs through those respective coaches. Just saying.
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-3 #8 Coverciano Coach 2017-09-29 06:15
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Look it up 1&2 everyone does it. The mediocre don't and rely on loyalty from players and loyalty does not exist any more. Every coach/club should be looking at building stronger for the future. I think you will find Zebras ladies are more than happy to stay and fight for their places thank you as with other clubs.


I'm disappointed to hear this.

Any coach chasing other players after winning a title should value add to the current team with the cattle s/he has instead. Team spirit and cohesion goes out the window if one simply coaches by personnel.

If anyone wins a title they can make exactly the same team stronger the next year with effective coaching. Chris is well capable of achieving this without trying to recruit lots of new cattle.
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0 #7 Anon 2017-09-29 04:32
Quoting Succession planning:
Look it up 1&2 everyone does it. The mediocre don't and rely on loyalty from players and loyalty does not exist any more. Every coach/club should be looking at building stronger for the future. I think you will find Zebras ladies are more than happy to stay and fight for their places thank you as with other clubs.

Really? It was just an observation not a whinge.
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