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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Photo:  Anthony Breaden, known as 'The Gorilla' in his Tasmanian playing days, sports his personally designed goalkeeping gloves in Hobart today [PlessPix]

Anthony Breaden, 38, has come a long way since leaving Tasmania and playing for the Young Socceroos at the Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria in 1999 and with Adelaide City in the NSL.

One of two goalkeepers in the Australian squad - the other was Michael Turnbull - Breaden was in the company of illustrious opponents such as Xavi (Spain), Ronaldinho (Brazil), Ashley Cole and Peter Crouch (England), Tim Howard (USA), Shinji Ono (Japan) and Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay).

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Photo:  The TJ  Goal Keeping Australia gloves designed by Tasmania's Anthony Breaden [PlessPix]

Brett Emerton and Jason Culina were also in the Young Socceroos squad, coached by Les Scheinflug.

Spain won the tournament and Australia did not get beyond the group stages, but it was a learning experience for the young Tasmanian, Breaden, who hails from Somerset.

Breaden credits Neil Connell with his rise as a goalkeeper. Connell, a Scottish import in the 1990s, played for Caledonians and Olympia.

“If it hadn’t been for Neil Connell, I wouldn’t have got to where I did,” Breaden said.

Breaden attended the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and then moved to the South Australian Institute of Sport in Adelaide, where he was signed by National Soccer League club, Adelaide City, one of the powerhouses of the former NSL.

A plumber by trade, Breaden is still involved in goalkeeper coaching with Cumberland United in South Australia.

But, he has also turned his hand to designing goalkeeping gloves and his TJ Goalkeeping Australia brand of gloves is becoming popular.

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Photo:  Adelaide united keeper Daniel Margush wearing the Breaden designed gloves in an A-League match last night [Photo by It.Is.U.Designs]

Adelaide United’s A-League goalkeeper Daniel Margush wears Breaden’s brand of glove and did so in the 3-0 win over Perth Glory yesterday.

Breaden is in Hobart this week with his young son visiting family.

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Photo:  James Wilson (left) and Anthony Breaden donning the TJ Goal Keeping Australia gloves at Berta cafe and restaurant in North Hobart today [PlessPix]

He also caught up with South Hobart goalkeeper, James Wilson, who is training with Hobart Zebras, and who wears Breaden’s brand of gloves.

Several young goalkeepers in Tasmania are wearing the brand and one of the attractions is that the gloves are relatively cheap compared to the big-name brands but are reputed to be just as good.

“When I was starting out as a youngster, my parents couldn’t afford three or four pairs of gloves a season,” Breaden said.

“This glove which I designed is only about $60 a pair and so most young keepers could afford a few pairs for a season.”

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Photo:  Adelaide United's keeper, Daniel Margush, kept a clean sheet against Perth Glory last night [Photo by It.Is.U.Designs]

Wilson is impressed with the design and is a convert to the brand. When he finishes with a new pair, he uses them for training.

Breaden designs the gloves and gives the specifications to a female goalkeeper in Western Australia, who is also a graphic designer. When the design is complete, the plans are sent to the manufacturer, who produces them and returns them to Breaden for distribution.

They can be purchased on-line on Facebook under TJ Goal Keeping Australia, or via Twitter @Anthony Breaden.

Breaden’s advice to aspiring young keepers who want to get to the top and even represent their country is to work hard at training.

There is no substitute for hard work, he says, and the opportunities are so much greater these days than when he was starting his career.

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Photo:  Anthony Breaden's business card.  His is a success story for Tasmanian football. [PlessPix]

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0 #7 Anon 2018-01-16 02:01
#5 Walt. You are spot on. Many comments here are obviously made by people who are still wet behind the ears and have no idea about the history of the game or players in this state.
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+3 #6 Hugo 2018-01-14 22:57
He was originally from NW. played at Burnie at the same time as Corey Baldock who went on to play professionally in Bolivia.
Two of the best keepers Tassie has seen fighting for the top job, one of them had to play ressies.
Both great Men who have deserved all their successes.
Worked very hard on their trade.
We called him ‘Skid’ not Gorilla
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+8 #5 Walt 2018-01-14 09:13
I could add a few more, too, such as Cahut, Ambrosino and Clarkson. The point I was making is that there's nothing new under the sun and people shouldn't think we're entering a new era. It's been done before but people either have short memories or don't know what's gone before.
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+4 #4 anon 2018-01-14 02:17
Quoting Walt:
#2 Anon. Lots of people think the five Tassie A-League players who have played in that competition are unique and that Tassie has finally made it. In a way, they are unique because the A-League is now the highest national competition. But, the equivalent competition before the A-League was the NSL and we had several Tassie players in that. And, we had youth (Reynolds, Breaden, Fabrizio et al), Olympic (Longo) and senior (Longo) international players, too. It just shows how important it is to know the history of Tasmanian football because there's very little new under the sun. It's a pity that few people are aware of, or appreciate, the contribution of our NSL and international trail blazers.

You can add Pullen and Hudson
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+15 #3 Walt 2018-01-13 23:09
#2 Anon. Lots of people think the five Tassie A-League players who have played in that competition are unique and that Tassie has finally made it. In a way, they are unique because the A-League is now the highest national competition. But, the equivalent competition before the A-League was the NSL and we had several Tassie players in that. And, we had youth (Reynolds, Breaden, Fabrizio et al), Olympic (Longo) and senior (Longo) international players, too. It just shows how important it is to know the history of Tasmanian football because there's very little new under the sun. It's a pity that few people are aware of, or appreciate, the contribution of our NSL and international trail blazers.
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-8 #2 Anon 2018-01-13 08:58
very popular goalkeeper judging by the comments, never heard of him.
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+1 #1 drew port exile 2018-01-12 10:04
up the foxes, cumberland a fine club, who at times mixed it in adelaides top division

good story on a good person
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