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):  Darrin Chaffey, the Metro president, Tony McMullen, the Glenorchy City Council general manager, and Greg Barrett, Metro's senior vie-president, at last Friday night's event [PlessPix]

Metro switched on their new floodlights at North Chigwell on Friday night.

The club should be able to play night games this coming season, while training will be much better under the new lights.

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Photo:  The drivers of the new lighting project at Metro (from left) are Darrin Chaffey, Janet Biggar, Ron Cure, David Lipscombe, Greg Barrett, Sharon Cure and Lisa Barrett [PlessPix] 

A grant from the Glenorchy City Council and fundraising by the club paid for the new lights, which cost about $120,000.

The former floodlights were progressively destroyed by winds over the past three years and this had a devastating effect on the club as there were no training facilities and players moved on.

The new lights are of excellent standard and it shouldn’t take the club long to get back on its feet.

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Photo:  Tony McMullen, Elise Archer MHA, Darrin Chaffey, Kristie Johnston and project manager James Patterson [PlessPix]

Up to forty players are attending pre-season training and the club again has a women’s team.

The lights were switched on by Glenorchy City’s new general manager, Tony McMullen.

Elise Archer MHA, former Glenorchy mayor Kristie Johnston, and Santa Clause in a fire truck were in attendance at North Chigwell on Friday night.

An intra-club practice game was played under the new lights and everything proved very satisfactory.

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Photo:  The practice match was well illuminated [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Santa Claus visits North Chigwell [PlessPix]


+1 #3 Brian Young 2017-12-23 06:01
Good to hear that they are up and running again.
-2 #2 .... 2017-12-20 11:15
no chance im keen to play there at night. what's wrong with day games?
+18 #1 Matthew Gasparin 2017-12-19 20:05
Thanks for the article, your attendance and ongoing support Walter, greatly appreciated from Metro FC.

The lights will have a huge impact on our ability to coordinate night games for Senior Men's, Women's, Social and Junior team moving forward.

The lost revenue over the past few years because of the need to train elsewhere is almost impossible to measure, a welcome return to the club financially and to our players/support ers who can now enjoy our great facilities again.

Merry Christmas and stay safe, to all.

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