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 (L-R):  Premier Will Hodgman, Lions president Warren Iles, Franklin Liberal MHA Nic Street and Kingborough mayor Steve Wass at the announcement.

Kingborough Lions United recently announced major ground and facility developments at Lightwood Park worth $623,000 that will be completed in time for the 2018 season.

The developments are being financed by the Tasmanian Government ($311,000) and the Kingborough Council ($312,000).


Photo:  Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and some of Kingborough's youngsters.

“The growth in local football has been exceeding the availability of grounds throughout the season, especially in junior ranks for both boys and girls,” said Kingborough Lions United president, Warren Iles.

“This project will see a new, natural-grass football ground constructed adjacent to the existing Lightwood Park, with lighting and associated ground improvements and is a great boost for meeting that demand.

“On behalf of all our players and supporters, I thank the State Government, and also the Kingborough Council, who are providing matching funding, for their strong support for our club and for promoting local football.”

Mr Iles said that the redevelopment will support games and training across all age groups and cement Lightwood Park as the premier natural-grass football ground in Tasmania.

“We are particularly excited about the prospect of the Lions next season being able to hold night games for Men’s PS4 National Premier League and PFD Women’s Super League at the Den,” Iles said.


Photo:  Some of Kingborough's cubs out on the pitch.

The project at Lightwood Park is the first stage of a broader vision for developing a premier football facility in Kingborough.

A working group of the Lions, Kingborough Council and Football Federation Tasmania is also undertaking a feasibility study, funded with $15,000 from the State Government, into the potential for additional all-weather synthetic football grounds and associated facilities at the Kingston Sports Centre.

The Kingborough Lions United club has approximately 600 members, from juniors and youth programs to elite teams, for men and women.

“This project is supported through our Community Infrastructure Fund which is investing $14 million on important community facilities and infrastructure right across the State,” said Nic Street, the Liberal Member for Franklin.

“It’s further demonstration of our commitment to increase spending on public infrastructure by 20 per cent over the next four years.”


0 #5 Anon 2017-09-29 03:32
#4 .100% spot on.No different to FFA. Look at the mess they are in.Consequently the mess the game is in in this country beginning with the performance of the national team.Disgrace.
+2 #4 Anon 2017-09-29 00:27
Good on Borough for doing this, always great to have better facilities as it improves the professionalism of the sport.

I question why clubs such as South Hobart, Taroona, Kingborough etc have managed to get funding to upgrade their facilities yet our "premier" ground is a disgrace with outdated stands and change rooms. FFT have no vision in this space and it's embarrassing when mainland teams have to come down here and play there.

Why aren't FFT doing all they can to get state and federal funds to upgrade KGV? Every other sport in the state managed to do this years ago. FFT has a leadership devoid of vision. I doubt they even realise how outdated KGV is or how to even go about getting funding to bring it into the 21st century.
+10 #3 Anon 2017-09-25 11:53
Greta to hear a club is putting back into the sport
+11 #2 Ex tasmanian 2017-09-25 08:07
Quoting 2018 keep ahead:
Well done boro glad to see a club pushing forward definitely need another Astro pitch for that side of Hobart with games & training called off many times

Nice to hear some good news for once.
This will be a move that should strengthen football for the Kingborough area.
+14 #1 2018 keep ahead 2017-09-25 06:10
Well done boro glad to see a club pushing forward definitely need another Astro pitch for that side of Hobart with games & training called off many times

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