Who Is Walter Pless?


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:  Nick Di Martino (left) as assistant coach to Glen McNeill at Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United FC have announced the appointment of Nick Di Martino (assistant NPL coach), Greg Calvert (Challenge League and assistant NPL coach), Andrew Duncan (goalkeeper coach) and Jez Kenth (video analyst) to join NPL head coach Mark Broadbent for the 2018 NPL season.

Di Martino, a former star defender with Hobart Juventus, has worked with several NPL clubs in Tasmania and has assisted championship-winning coaches such as Ken Morton, Peter Savill and Chris Hey.

He will be coming to the Lions fresh from a one-year break in 2017.

Calvert and Itchins

Photo:  Greg Calvert (left) with Dale Itchins when he was coaching at Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Calvert returns to the Den having previously coached and played with the Lions 19 years ago.

He has coached at various levels, with his most recent experiences being with youth teams both at State and club level.

Di Martino and Calvert have invaluable years of coaching and playing experience under their belts and Duncan, who is in his second year of transition from playing to coaching, has worked towards his goalkeeper coaching accreditations in2017.

“We have taken care to establish this coaching team, a team with the skill, experience, knowledge and desire to work collectively towards on-field success”,said Kingborough’s Technical Director, Simon Edwards.

“This coaching team is not making up numbers. They are passionate, professional and committed to achieving results.

“These appointments reinforce our strategic goal of bringing focus and stability to the High Performance Men’s program and our academy pathways.

“For players, this means depth and consistency in the coaching ethos of the club.”

Both Di Martino and Calvert come to the Lions with a clear intent of ‘making a difference’.

They see the potential in players, staff and ground-development projects and are excited to be part of building a successful future for the Lions.

“I am passionate about creating an environment players aspire to be a part of,” said Calvert.

“For many years, Kingborough has been spoken about as a sleeping giant [the club has around 600 members] that’s never truly awakened and this is a great opportunity as a collective to make a difference,”said Calvert.

Di Martino looks forward to improving the Lions’ competitiveness.

He hopes to bring an increased intensity to training.

“Without intensity, you will not get to the next level,” Di Martino said.

“To get noticed, you need to knuckle down and train and commit as if you’re at that level already.”

Duncan hopes to build on the achievements of the 2017 season, when two of the goalkeepers in the Lions’ Women’s program were selected for State duties.

Duncan believes he benefits as a coach, having been a keeper himself.

He says the opportunities at Kingborough are too good to say ‘no’ to and one of the things that keeps bringing him back is the culture of the club.

“It’s just such a great place to be around,” said Duncan.

Kenth, who broke his leg late in the 2017 season playing for University’s veterans’ team, is going to provide video analysis and assist the coaching team before looking to re-engaging with physical training.

Lions head NPL coach, Mark Broadbent, is looking forward to the additional benefit these quality coaches will bring.

“Mark appreciates the importance that input from others brings in the coaching process and the importance of the coaching team being aligned, especially on the goal of delivering on-field results which are an outcome of quality player education,” said Edwards.

“We have had planning sessions with the new team and are focussed on the delivery of an intense pre-season cycle kicking off 12 November.

“Following the tumultuous senior coaching turnovers in the previous two seasons, the club is very pleased with the appointments.

“Our commitment is to our players, community, sponsors and football development in the region. We maintain focus on our junior and youth development programs, continual improvement of our high-performance senior programs, facilities and coach development in the region.”

Kingborough Lions United president, Warren Iles, said: “We believe that this coaching team will enhance our ability to deliver on these goals.”


-4 #24 Anon 2017-12-11 00:22
#21.No idea who you are but you obviously are barking up the wrong tree.
Have no idea what you are talking about.
+3 #23 anonymous 2017-12-10 23:06
#20 We smell a rat in the air .
+4 #22 anonymous 2017-12-10 23:05
Rumblings at the Den , not all happy with the so called new "experienced" coaches. As predicted watch this space as the list begins to dwindle.
+3 #21 anonymous 2017-12-10 23:02
#20 Please don't talk about your current club like that as you have only just joined a club which has won jack in the last 30 years let alone 10.
-3 #20 Anon 2017-12-10 00:15
15. You sound like you are from a club that has won jack in ten years and spent more than any other club searching for success. There are reasons why you have won jack. Nothing has changed in that regard so I am guessing the same will occur again this year and next year and the year after etc etc
-2 #19 Anon 2017-12-09 22:29
#17. What you are referring to was old news apparently. There is more news to come so I hope you can enlighten us all on that . I doubt it though because you know jack!
-2 #18 Anon 2017-12-09 22:26
#15 Maybe there are not enough clubs to accommodate everyone as senior coaches. Maybe some cannot commit to more senior roles. They are probably doing more for the game than you are you sniper.
+3 #17 anonymous 2017-12-07 00:05
My My aren't I a cocky prick , one gone from the Den as I mentioned in post #12 , sometimes best to keep your mouth shut when you have no idea what's happening in the football world , all I can say is My My
-2 #16 really 2017-12-06 23:30
#12. Is that you NH? Sounds like one of your comments ?
+1 #15 anonymous 2017-12-06 04:38
#5 If they were quality coaches they would be coaching in their own right in the NPL and not be the coaches assistant every year or coach at lower levels.

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