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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George Mamacas 31 July 2017 - Copy

Photo:  George Mamacas, president of Olympia Warriors, at today's media conference [PlessPix]

APIA Leichhardt arrive in Hobart tomorrow morning to take on Olympia Warriors at KGV Park at 7.30pm the same day in the Round-of-32 FFA Cup match.

APIA beat Manly 5-0 on the weekend, while Olympia downed Hobart Zebras 2-0 on Friday night in the two teams’ final games before tomorrow night’s cup game.

Olympia Warriors president, George Mamacas, fronted the media today and said he wasn’t surprised APIA were not coming to Hobart earlier.

“FFA has a budget and they have to stick to it,” Mamacas said. “It would have been an immense cost to the club in order to bring them down earlier.

“But, having said that, APIA have got over $500,000 in wages to pay for their club [so an earlier arrival would have cut into their budget]. They’re clearly confident of winning. I’ve been told that.

“The game [Friday’s 2-0 win over zebras] was a bit ordinary, but we got a win and we took some things out of the game that we’ve been working on over the weekend and tonight.

“[Jakub] Sklenar will be doing a fitness test this evening, but we’re reasonably confident that he will be a starter in the first XI.

“He could get run over by a bus before he gets to the ground, so I’m never certain [he’ll play], but there’s a 90 per cent chance.

“Nick [Mearns] will play. We’ve been resting him. He could have played on Friday night but we decided just to leave him sitting on the sidelines and be 100 per cent able to play on Tuesday.

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Photo:  George Mamacas was impressed with the publicity surrounding Devonport City's FFA Cup exploits last season [PlessPix]

“I’m just focused on making sure that the coaching staff and the players have what they require to get the job done. That’s my role in this. Everything else is just noise to me.

“We’ll certainly be prepared. It’s all down to the players to execute the game plan. If they’re able to do that, then we’ll certainly be in the game for sure. If they’re not able to execute Kenny Weston’s game plan, then we could find ourselves in trouble.

“We will be playing to win the game. We’re not playing a game to lose a game. In terms of tactics and what the coaching staff have discussed over the past week about this game, that’s not for me to disclose right now.”

Mamacas agreed there was some national exposure for Olympia after reaching the Round of 32, but it wasn’t necessarily blanket exposure.

“I think if we progress through to the final 16, the opportunity is a lot bigger because there’s more of a chance of getting an A-League team in that draw of 16,” Mamacas said.

“There’ll be more focus on the tournament at that point. All we’ve done now is win the Lakoseljac Cup. That’s all we’ve done.

“Until we win tomorrow night, I don’t believe there’ll be much to talk about other than the fact we played in the Round of 32.

“Thirty-two clubs left. I mean, it’s not the final 16 or the final 8, so in terms of exposure, it’s fantastic, but I would still put the game we played against South Melbourne [NPL Finals series] as a bigger event.”

Mamacas was impressed with Devonport City’s showing last year and the publicity that generated.

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Photo:  Andrew Cooling, media manager of FFT {centre, in blue top), and Mike Cockerill, Sydney Morning Herald and FOX Sports TV, at today's media conference quizzing Olympia president George Mamacas [PlessPix]

“In Devonport, that was fantastic,” he said. “That was something else.

“I don’t think that part of the State has ever seen that kind of thing before in any code of football. It’s a different dynamic up there, a different area. There’s a lot more support between the clubs for the club that was in it.

“I think, down here, there’s a little more competition and competitiveness around southern Tasmania.

“So, in terms of support, I don’t know what support we’ll have. We’ll certainly have our own supporters, obviously, but quite frankly, it’s not my care whether anyone goes for Olympia or doesn’t go for Olympia. I‘m just focused on winning the game, as is the team.

“They [APIA] shouldn’t underestimate us, but they may. If they viewed the vision from Friday night, they’d be confident.”

In terms of Olympia competing in the proposed second-tier national competition comprising NPL clubs from all States, Mamacas is of the view that Olympia is the only possible representative from Tasmania, given that it would probably cost a club around $2 million a year to be involved.

South Hobart president, Victoria Morton, is vice chair of the group planning a national NPL competition, which would be a second-tier to the A-League. She attended a meeting of interested NPL clubs in Brisbane recently.

“I think Olympia’s the only club in Tasmania that could possibly afford to be in that competition,” Mamacas said.

“South Hobart has got no chance in being able to afford it. They’re a poor club. Ken Morton said that. How could he possibly be involved in that?”

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Photo:  Olympia president George Mamacas dismissed South Hobart's chances of competing in a second-tier nation-wide NPL competition just below the A-League [PlessPix]


-2 #32 Oldfarts 2017-08-05 02:25
Hey give credit where it's due, at least Olympia didn't bring in a 40 year old has been to try and win unlike the desperate knights who ate still wiping the egg of their faces.
+1 #31 Anon 2017-08-02 01:45
He must think Tassie football clubs are pathetic.How sad!
+4 #30 Anon 2017-08-02 01:43
#19. Real plodders.You know nothing obviously
+9 #29 Greg 2017-08-01 22:52
Mike Cockerills' body language says it all.
+19 #28 Tony Scaramucci 2017-08-01 11:59
Cash can not buy class, Lucky to escape without double firgues, maybe fourth tier for this club in 30 years or so
+16 #27 Frank Singnatra 2017-08-01 10:08
I heard a rumour that Devonport will back South Hobarts bid in return to play a few home games at Valley Road. Two clubs working together. Wow.
-25 #26 Throw In 2017-08-01 08:24
Good idea to interview George Mamacas, Walter.

The interview has certainly evoked considerable response.

Many of the respondents obviously have no idea how condescending many stakeholders in Sydney are to regional football in Australia, exemplified by their attitude towards Tasmanian football.

Some of these supposed Tasmanian soccer fans are boycotting tonight's game, the biggest of the year in Tasmania, which is downright stupid. Parochialism and narrow mindedness at its worst.

There is a much bigger picture than the machinations of club football in Tasmania.
-18 #25 Foul 2017-08-01 07:58
Quoting Anonymous:
Well done Olympia in giving the footballing public a well priced drink promotion to enjoy. That is what it is all about. Clubs are all to willing to take take take. I for one will enjoy a Mooie at the football this evening!

Good to see more football fans with good taste in alcohol.

Agree with you 100 percent, mate. Gee, there are some sanctimonious, goody two shoes on here.

I'm a neutral who is even more passionate about a Tasmanian NPL team getting to the next round. Now George has subsidised top notch beer I want to see Olympia win even more.

I'll be enjoying a Moo Brew or ten, hoping to see Olympia burying a cocky APIA in an hour or so.
+19 #24 George P 2017-08-01 06:55
Quoting Observer.:
Changed my mind...on the back of George M I will not be going to the game. I will not support Olympia and I certainly wont be drinking his cheap booze. Gone from making a buck from me to 100% of nothing George. Hows them odds stack up. I hope your players don't get embarrassed in the game because from what hear they are by you.

Quoting Ralph Harris:
I can't even make a joke about this.
You poor poor bloke. I wish the players all the best. Not you Georgie, not you my friend.

You wonder why players want to play for south? Culture. Something money can't buy.

George please read both these comments and learn that even though you are right about Kens comment best say nothing cause you gain no friends.
You should have let it go through to the keeper.
-6 #23 whocares 2017-08-01 05:49
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Mamacas:
All drinks will be $2.00 (two dollars) from the Moo Brew truck at KGV tomorrow. This includes beer wine soft drink and water.

Don't Glenorchy Knights lease the Bar from FFT for the season, how can FFT allow Olympia to undercut them with cheap drinks on the night, when Knights provide bar service for the rest of the year?

Knights have enough money .

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