Who Is Walter Pless?

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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Mamacas and Castaneda 22 March 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Olympia president George Mamacas (left) welcomes new signing Eduardo Castaneda to the club [Photo courtesy of Olympia FC Warriors]

Olympia Warriors have signed South Hobart midfielder Eduardo Castaneda.

Castaneda, 17, who has played for Australia at Under-16 level and was a scholarship holder at the Canberra Centre for Excellence, is seeking more game time and decided to join the Warriors after limited appearances in South Hobart’s senior side.

Olympia president George Mamacas welcomed Castaneda to the club yesterday, saying the player’s father, Douglas, was a long-time supporter of the Warriors who had for years brought his young son to watch Olympia play.

Olympia entertain Devonport City at Warrior Park at 2pm on Sunday in the second round of NPL Tasmania matches this season.

Johnson Brett making a point 23 March 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's new American goalkeeper, Brett Johnson, makes a point at today's media conference [PlessPix]

The Warriors’ goalkeeper, Brett Johnson, an American, fronted the media at Football Federation Tasmania headquarters this morning and said he was really looking forward to playing against one of Tasmania’s top sides.

He said such clashes were what players looked forward to and he could hardly wait to take on one of the title favourites.

“It’s always fun going in against good players,” Johnson said. “It’s exciting more than anything and you want to play against the best players you can and just hope for the best result.

“I think we’re kind of still gelling a little bit, but there’s definitely quality on the team and a good work ethic throughout the entire organisation.

“We’re always looking for improvement and it looks like we’re on the right road.

“I feel like we’re getting our form right now, at a good time of the season, and just making sure that everyone’s healthy and fit.

“I’m feeling good and feeling excited.

“I think we’ve got one more import to come in and that should help the team a lot and bring in extra quality and enthusiasm.”

Brett Johnson Olympia Warriors 23 March 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Olympia goalkeeper Brett Johnson is looking forwatd to playing against Devonport [PlessPix]

Johnson, who played in the US college system and had an agent in Chicago, went to London for trials but eventually played in the fifth league in Germany.

Visa issues prevented him for re-signing and a former Olympia import recommended Olympia to him as the club was looking for a goalkeeper.

He didn’t have time to do much research on the club but met president Mamacas in the US and signed for the club and flew out to Tasmanian to join them.

“It seems like a really exciting league to play in,” Johnson said.

“It’s pretty competitive, which is good.”

Olympia will have Jake Vandermey back after illness, and Lucas Hill after injury, but Nick Mearns looks as if he will miss the entire season through injury.

Devonport should be at full strength, with Joel Stone available after suspension.

Devonport won the 2017 title with a win over Olympia at Warrior Park and memories of that success should give the visitors confidence for this game.

Reigning champions South Hobart host Kingborough Lions United at South Hobart Oval at 2pm tomorrow and both teams will be seeking their first win.

Hobart Zebras take on Northern Rangers at Grove Road at 4.30pm tomorrow, while Launceston City host Clarence United at Buckby Land Rover Park, also at 4.30pm tomorrow.

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Glenorchy Knights meet University in the Summer Cup Final at Groove Road at 8pm tonight.

The Knights will not be at full strength, according to coach Franco Previdi, with some players unavailable.

Kingborough Lions United meet Olympia at Grove Road at 6pm tonight in the Men’s Social Summer Cup Final.

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+4 #16 anon 2018-03-25 06:34
Quoting Anomalous:
Well done Eduardo, you understand that you need to develop when you are still young, on the ground rather than on the bench. Ken just wanted to keep you in his 'bank'; I wish others would understand that in South.

I hope young Brown considers a move.
Helped south win the title last year and can't get a gig in front of Wright.
Wright can't distribute the ball just goes long just like the warriors keeper.
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+15 #15 Anomalous 2018-03-24 04:43
Well done Eduardo, you understand that you need to develop when you are still young, on the ground rather than on the bench. Ken just wanted to keep you in his 'bank'; I wish others would understand that in South.
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-2 #14 Anon 2018-03-24 01:28
Quoting well then:
Playing reserves for a reason at South. Not that great a pick up.


Played for Joeys & was Captain, so can play you would think. Great decision to move for more top level games. Give these guys an opportunity, not just for a handful of games or sitting on the bench, but actually play them & they will shine. You never mentioned the reason?
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+1 #13 Anonymous 2018-03-23 23:42
Quoting Bryan Danielson:
Quoting Typical:
Looking for more game time after 1 round of football, what a joke, why don't they just come out and be honest, chasing cash, just another soccer journeyman !!


Who cares if he's chasing cash? I could go play country league football down here for $100 a game if i wanted to. Why's playing for cash such a big deal down here. Get a grip.



small mind, jealous, petty people Bryan
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0 #12 Anonymous 2018-03-23 23:40
Quoting well then:
Playing reserves for a reason at South. Not that great a pick up.


only young, plenty of improvmeent in a differnet environment
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+1 #11 Anonymous 2018-03-23 22:34
Quoting Anonymous:
Pity about Mearnsy, good player & nice kid. hope he recovers well


What’s he done to himself?
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0 #10 Anonymous 2018-03-23 22:10
Well you are genius. Reserves players always playing reserves for the duration of their natural life. They never improve and they never get to the next level. Good thinking. You really are not that smart. You must struggle through life.

Quoting well then:
Playing reserves for a reason at South. Not that great a pick up.
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+3 #9 well then 2018-03-23 20:25
Playing reserves for a reason at South. Not that great a pick up.
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+3 #8 Keep It Real 2018-03-23 09:17
Quoting Typical:
Looking for more game time after 1 round of football, what a joke, why don't they just come out and be honest, chasing cash, just another soccer journeyman !!

Play the ball and not the man. He was not happy and moved on.
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+10 #7 Anonymous 2018-03-23 08:00
Pity about Mearnsy, good player & nice kid. hope he recovers well
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