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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The Mies family - Copy

Photo (L-R):  Noah, Peter and Roger Mies.  The Mies family is synonymous with Launceston City [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

Launceston City had their season launch last Friday night at the Australian Italian Club at Prospect in Launceston.

Jez Kenth is the manager and senior coach, while Peter Savill will be the assistant coach.

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Photo:  Andrew Heap, president of Launceston City [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

Launceston City president Andrew Heap announced a club expansion, with West Devils combining with Launceston City to become the Launceston City Devils.

Heap announced that the Federal Group would sponsor Launceston City’s Women’s Super League team to the tune of $5,000.

Launceston City are developing plans to build extensions to the change rooms and club rooms at Bucky Land Rover Park.

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Photo:  The Launceston City new home strip (left) and Away strip [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

City have made several impressive new signings in the off-season.

Goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos, who played a huge role in Devonport City winning the 2016 NPL Tasmania title, has returned to Tasmania from Northern New South Wales and has signed for Launceston City.

Shane Cartwright, who won the 2016 Walter Pless Media Award, has joined City from Olympia Warriors.

Liam Scott, the former South Hobart defender, will fly in from Melbourne each weekend to play for City.

Tyler Fischer and Daniel Syson, both former Devonport City players, have also joined the Launceston City ranks.

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Photo:  Jez Kenth addresses the gathering [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

City are determined to improve and have also employed a sports scientist, Sam Rosetto, to supervise the physical preparation of the squad. GPS trackers will be used to ascertain the physical performance of the players.

There is a positive atmosphere around one of Tasmania’s most famous football clubs and the proof of the pudding will be on Saturday when City host Kingborough Lions United in the opening round of the NPL Tasmania season.

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Photo:  Members of the Launceston City women's team [Photo by Mattjew Rhodes]

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Photo:  Sam Rosetto, Launceston City's new sports scientist [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

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Photo:  Guests at the Launceston City NPL Tasmania season launch [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

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Photo:  Launceston City's Under-18s [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]


+1 #24 anon$$$ 2018-03-16 05:00
Quoting Anon:
Quoting anon$$$:
WOW.......someone has opened the chequebook here,Olympia of the north!!!!

So bloody what I suppose you are going to bag them.

Commenting (or blogging if you prefer) not bagging, don't be so precious
-4 #23 Anon 2018-03-16 03:26
Quoting anon$$$:
WOW.......someone has opened the chequebook here,Olympia of the north!!!!

So bloody what I suppose you are going to bag them.
-1 #22 fftass 2018-03-16 02:17
Lots of imports means less locals involved at all levels. Invest in our kids because FFT do not. The imports just take the money and run.
+3 #21 anonymous 2018-03-15 23:18
#19 You are so correct , approached every club for big dollars and looks like city that desperate and succumbed to the mercenaries .
+2 #20 Brian Young 2018-03-15 22:04
Quoting Brian Young:
Great to see a shot of the three generations of the clan Miles together.

Mies* damned Swiftkey autocorrect. Apologies to the family!
+5 #19 anon 2018-03-15 05:17
Quoting anon:
Three of the new signings former players of Devonport, would of thought that if they were returning to Tasmania Devonport would have been their port of call.....

Can't expect loyalty from mercenaries #10
even when club bent over backwards for them
+2 #18 Anonymous 2018-03-15 01:46
Quoting Anonymous:

I think the issue is that local players aren’t even paid within some NPL teams while the imports are earning hundreds. I agree that there should be a pay difference, but at least bring in a minimum payment scheme for locals.

If you're good enough you'll be in demand and get paid. Bargain for it. Simple.
+6 #17 Richo 2018-03-14 21:47
Great to see new ambition at City. Best of luck to Jez & Andrew and City for 2018.
+9 #16 FBI 2018-03-14 20:15
#10. Coach at Devonport at that time ?
Coach at Launceston City this season ? Don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out lol
+9 #15 Brian Young 2018-03-14 11:40
Great to see a shot of the three generations of the clan Miles together.

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