Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Peter Sawdon Northern Tasmania - Copy

Photo:  Peter Sawdon, in the Northern Tasmania representative kit, steps off the Launceston Juventus pitch at Prospect in the mid-1980s [PlessPix]

Peter Sawdon has been officially confirmed as the new coach of NPL Tasmania outfit Launceston City.

Sawdon replaces Jez Kenth, who has stepped down for personal and family reasons after just one season in charge.

George Town United in green kit - Copy

Photo:  Peter Sawdon (extreme right, back row) in the George Town United team.  To his right is the late Liam Monagle [Photo by Ralph Dymond]

Under Kenth, City finished fourth after being on top for the first 12 rounds of the 2018 season.

Sawdon was one of the finest imports to come to Tasmania at a time when imports from the United Kingdom were prominent in Tasmanian football

Liam Monagle, Peter Savill, Ken Morton, Ken Worden, Ernie and Colin Guest, Peter Brine, Eric Young, David Crosson, Nicky Cook and Bruce Ward were just some of the arrivals at the time.

Most had Football League experience in the UK and raised the standard of football in Tasmania.

Sawdon played for George Town United, Riverside Olympic and Launceston Juventus (now Launceston City) in the 1980s.

He is one of only three players to have won the Rothmans Gold Medal twice.

Sawdon won the prestigious award in 1985 and 1988.

The late Brian Davidson won it in 1979 and 1980, while the late Liam Monagle was the winner in 1983 and 1987.

Sawdon, 66, last coached Launceston Juventus in 1998.

North Tas

Photo:  Northern Tasmania representative side, with Peter Sawdon third from the right in the front row [PlessPix]

As a player, he also represented Northern Tasmania in the intrastate series.

It will be a challenging task for Sawdon after a 20-year absence from top-flight football.

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+4 #15 City till i die 2018-10-05 07:14
Quoting Dynamic duo:
Sawdon &sav just like Clough & Taylor


Yes cant wait with these two plus roger gonna be up there in it to win it
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+5 #14 Bus 2018-10-05 01:19
City have had more coaches than Redline
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+3 #13 spider 2018-10-04 08:34
Hi Walter, i doubt Peter will have a problem with adjusting to Tassie football after 20 years!!nothing much has changed, put ball in net, stop ball from going in your own net!!We seem to make things to complicated these days , the ball is still round !!Nothing really has changed!!
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+11 #12 Walt 2018-10-03 03:13
#11 Anonymous. I think it's a great list. I have known all of them personally (except John Constantinovits , whom I saw play many times) and I have coached two of them. It is difficult to compare players from different eras and each has special attributes which makes them special. There is not one in that list whom I would not play at centre-forward, and that includes Peter Sawdon.
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0 #11 Anonymous 2018-10-03 01:28
What you think about this list Walter?


Quoting Anonymous:
#5 bp.....Best number 9? How about these blokes?

Milan Lakoseljac
Don Farmery
Rodger Norman
Harry Alexiadis
John Constantinovitis
Neil Thomas
Andy Collins
Dominic Rizzolo
Braden Mann
Andy Brenan

These are names I can come up with without much thought. Dangerous territory to make absolute statements about such things.
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+3 #10 Walt 2018-10-02 14:39
No, Brian #7. That's Andy Schiebl.
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0 #9 drew port exile 2018-10-02 14:02
sawdon, target man, close ball control, goal scorer and gentleman on and off the pitch.

maybe should have been a youth coach for several cohorts of young tassie players, knowledge of the game like his is gold.

could have done better from that great league, the northern premier leauge, but more money marine welding.
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+4 #8 Tasmanian Abroad 2018-10-02 13:25
I had the privilege of playing under Peter for a couple of years at Riverside Olympic in the 90s. He was a fearless and attacking player. As a Coach/Manager, he pushed his players to the next level with an attacking style that use to beat teams in the first and last 10 minutes of games. He gave young players confidence and was always supportive. He kept things simple with a focus on fitness and pressure tactics against the opposition. He was a quality footballer who motivated and created a winning environment. Time will tell if he can adapt to the current game, but the odds are he can.
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0 #7 Brian Young 2018-10-02 06:41
Is that Mike Joss in the George Town line-up, Walter? Kneeling fourth from left (or right!).
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+4 #6 Anonymous 2018-10-02 00:52
#5 bp.....Best number 9? How about these blokes?

Milan Lakoseljac
Don Farmery
Rodger Norman
Harry Alexiadis
John Constantinovitis
Neil Thomas
Andy Collins
Dominic Rizzolo
Braden Mann
Andy Brenan

These are names I can come up with without much thought. Dangerous territory to make absolute statements about such things.
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