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:  Jayden Hennicke (left) with his trophy in Singapore yesterday, and fellow Australian competitor Tom Kentta

Hobart Zebras youngster Jayden Hennicke won the EXPY Street Freestyle Jam 2017 in Singapore on the weekend.

Freestyle Football is a growing sport in Tasmania and some of the skills displayed by participants are truly amazing.

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Photo:  Jayden Hennicke shows his stuff in last year's Oceania Championship [Photo courtesy of Images by Raelene]

The 17-year-old Hennicke has been involved in Freestyle Football for the past two years.

He competed in his first tournament last December in Melbourne.

He came eighth in the 2016 Oceania Freestyle Football Championship.

The Singapore tournament which he won on the weekend was only the second tournament he had competed in.

Only two Australians competed in Singapore.

The other was Tom Kentta from New South Wales, who was runner-up in the 2016 Oceania Tournament last December.

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Tasmanian youngsters are certainly beginning to show promise outside Tasmania.

Jeremy Walker is getting game time for Perth Glory in the A-League, as is Josh Hope for Melbourne Victory.

And, former TIS youngster Jesse Curran is in the senior squad at Scottish Premier Leafue outfit Dundee.

Curran was on the bench on the weekend as Dundee beat Rangers 2-1, but he did not get a run.

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+1 #2 Chris Hey 2017-11-30 10:49
Big congratulations Jayden
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+14 #1 Octo1 2017-11-27 21:15
Awesome article Walter and very well deserved. Congratulations Jay! Great to see Tasmanian youth doing so well.
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