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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Devonport City appear to be facing a huge challenge in 2019 in defending their NPL Tasmania title and the Lakoseljac Cup.

Not only have they lost coach Chris Gallo, but star striker Brayden Mann has also left, and there are rumours that Michael Holden and Guillermon Lazcano will be packing their bags soon.

Gallo has gone to Queensland as coach of new NPL Queensland side Magpies and Whitsundays Crusaders FC based in Mackay.

Mann has signed for newly promoted NPL Victoria outfit Dandenong City SC.

Holden is rumoured to be moving to Queensland where his girlfriend will continue her tertiary studies.

Import Lazcano’s future is uncertain but is unlikely to involve Devonport City.

Meanwhile, Northern Rangers have yet to make an announcement about their NPL Tasmania future.

Rangers’ president Rod Fulton has resigned and the club has yet to respond to Football Federation Tasmania’s request for a commitment to the 2019 NPL Tasmania season.

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Kingborough Lions United’s young goalkeeper, Nick O’Connell, will be out of action for the entire 2019 NPL season.

The 17-year-old custodian was injured against Clarence United near the end of the 2018 season.

The injury turned out to be a torn posterior cruciate ligament and O’Connell has undergone full knee reconstruction surgery.

It will take him 10 months to fully recover, so he will sit out the entire 2019 season.

There have been whispers that Hobart Zebras keeper Sheku Kamara will return to the Lions for next season.

And, Hume City FC’s football manager David Smith remains a favourite for the vacant Hobart Zebras coaching position.

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+3 #16 Road Trip 2018-10-15 05:31
But my understanding from what we were told is that the 10 team league reduces the travel for the northern teams because there is an extra team up north. That was one of the positives. Is that not the case anymore?

It’s still another hour ish road trip with another team in Launceston for Devonport. I reckon they’d love an away trip 10 mins down the road in the same city
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+3 #15 Charles Calthrop 2018-10-15 01:33
Quoting Anon:
Has to go to 8 teams and be 21 games. At 10 teams 16 games is not enough so 27 is the only option game wise. Could be 24 with rangers gone though

I'm just looking back at what was sent out when this was announced nearly 2 years ago. It's going to be 18 matches home and away. Then the top 8 play an extra 3 matches for 21 games as we have now. The bottom 2 are either relegated or have a playoff. So same number of games with less travel. Grove Road has been deathly silent; maybe it's time for an FFT update on what is actually going on?
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+5 #14 Charles Calthrop 2018-10-14 21:50
]Heard Devonport may struggle to get players interested playing in the NPL due to the increased travel commitments with 10 teams. Don’t blame them. Could this change be the demise of the state league - following the TSL path with a northwest team first to pull the pin due to travel?
Quoting Slow train to...?:
Heard Devonport may struggle to get players interested playing in the NPL due to the increased travel commitments with 10 teams. Don’t blame them. Could this change be the demise of the state league - following the TSL path with a northwest team first to pull the pin due to travel?

But my understanding from what we were told is that the 10 team league reduces the travel for the northern teams because there is an extra team up north. That was one of the positives. Is that not the case anymore?
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+8 #13 Anon 2018-10-14 11:28
Quoting Slow train to...?:
Heard Devonport may struggle to get players interested playing in the NPL due to the increased travel commitments with 10 teams. Don’t blame them. Could this change be the demise of the state league - following the TSL path with a northwest team first to pull the pin due to travel?

Ten teams will destroy it even A league haven't extended this quick and that's the whole country
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+2 #12 Really 2018-10-14 11:19
Quoting Anon:
Should not be able to hold a position at a club and work for FFT.
Should not be able to hold a position at a club and select and coach FFT representative teams.
Both leave the person and FFT open to criticism.


Absolutely agree
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-8 #11 Anon 2018-10-14 10:20
Has to go to 8 teams and be 21 games. At 10 teams 16 games is not enough so 27 is the only option game wise. Could be 24 with rangers gone though
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-5 #10 Slow train to...? 2018-10-14 08:00
Heard Devonport may struggle to get players interested playing in the NPL due to the increased travel commitments with 10 teams. Don’t blame them. Could this change be the demise of the state league - following the TSL path with a northwest team first to pull the pin due to travel?
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+8 #9 Anon 2018-10-13 12:24
Should not be able to hold a position at a club and work for FFT.
Should not be able to hold a position at a club and select and coach FFT representative teams.
Both leave the person and FFT open to criticism.
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+14 #8 Anon 2018-10-13 07:02
Quoting Really:
Quoting And:
Ben Horgan has left Taroona. Highly qualified, he could slot in to an NPL club easily


Rumour has it he's heading to Clarence.
But should a fft employee be a coach .
Personally I don't think so they leave them open to criticism.

Wow that must be the biggest job intassie to fix with no youth or academy coaches
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+8 #7 Really 2018-10-12 10:47
Quoting And:
Ben Horgan has left Taroona. Highly qualified, he could slot in to an NPL club easily


Rumour has it he's heading to Clarence.
But should a fft employee be a coach .
Personally I don't think so they leave them open to criticism.
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