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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Photo:  Zebras' new signings Niklas Wenderyd (left) and Jakub Sklenar on opposing sides at training tonight [PlessPix]

Many clubs have commenced pre-season training and will have a shot break over Christmas before resuming in the New Year.

Hobart Zebras have a new Swedish signing in 26-year-old defender Niklas Wenderyd.

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Photo:  Ben Robinson looks as if he will move to Zebras from Kingborough [PlessPix]

Czech striker Jakub Sklenar has joined Zebras from Olympia Warriors and scored a cracker of a goal in an intra-club game at KGV Park this evening.

Zebras also have Deans Bloomfield from Metro, while goalkeeper James Wilson is considering a move from South Hobart.

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Photo (L-R):  Jeremy Price, Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni and George Hallard [PlessPix]

Clarence United’s George Hallard and Jeremy price were watching Zebras training this evening and may make the move.

Hallard said it may depend on his visa as he has had a change of visa.

Former University and Kingborough defender Ben Robinson was training with Zebras this evening so a move for him is on the cards.

Zebras will play Victorian outfit Hume City in a pre-season friendly before the start of the 2018 campaign.

Mathew Sanders will again be a weekly fly-in from Melbourne.

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Photo:  Zebras coach Gabriel Markaj (centre) refereed the first half of tonight's practice match [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Luke Huigsloot slides in during tonight's practice match [PlessPix]

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Devonport City are preparing to mount a serious title challenge again and have Joel Stone back from Queensland and they have signed former Zebras and New Town Eagles keeper Nathan Pitchford, one of the outstanding custodians in the Tasmanian game in the past.

Pitchford moved to Melbourne to pursue his studies in physiotherapy and has now settled in Launceston and has been signed by Devonport.

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Photo:  Goalkeeper Nathan Pitchford has signed for Devonport City [PlessPix]

Beau Blizzard has also returned to Devonport after a season with Somerset in the Northern League, while the club has also signed promising Burnie United youngster Kynan West.

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Launceston City are thinking outside the box and have appointed former University coach Jez Kenth as ‘manager’ for the NPL senior side for 2018.

The new role is akin to the manager’s role in English football, where a manager has coaches under him to work with the players.

Rumours are rife that Peter Savill will be one of those coaches.

Kenth won a couple of league titles with University before joining Hobart Zebras as an assistant coach. He was names on the coaching staff at Kingborough a few weeks back but is apparently now headed north.

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South Hobart will travel to Melbourne next weekend to take on Pascoe Vale and Hume City in pre-season friendlies.

Attendance at training at Cornelian Bay has been good and coach Ken Morton is pleased with progress.

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Photo:  Hugo Luttmer is all smiles as he watches his Taroona players training [PlessPix]

Taroona have been getting excellent numbers at training for both their men’s and women’s sides.

Anton Rohner and Hugo Luttmer are coaching the club this season.

Plans for a new clubroom and change-room complex at Kelvedon Park are well under way.

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Photo:  Some of the Taroona women's side at training [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Taroona men in training [PlessPix]

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Olympia Warriors are the only NPL Tasmania club yet to name their coach for the 2018 season.

Things were thrown into disarray after the sudden and unexpected resignation of Kenny Weston, who was in charge of the Warriors for only two-thirds of last season.

NPL coaches confirmed are: Ken Morton (South Hobart), Chris Gallo (Devonport City), Daniel Markaj (Hobart Zebras), Jez Kenth (Manager, Launceston City), Lino Sciulli (Northern Rangers), Alan Jablonski (Clarence United), Mark Broadbent (Kingborough Lions United).

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Photo:  Jez Kenth (left) watching Hobart Zebras training tonight alongside James Robinson [PlessPix]

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0 #32 Anonymous 2017-12-23 13:55
Quoting Fan:
Walter can you confirm is there a player from NPL going to the Brisbane Strikers? Perhaps a player from South Hobart?


Wonder if Jack Gates wrote this....
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+7 #31 The Truth 2017-12-23 09:46
What is going on at Clarence? as a CUFC person i'm a little concerned with the state of affairs, good players leaving, none coming, more of the same.
Odds on for wooden spoon and relegation
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-2 #30 Anon 2017-12-23 07:32
Jack gates
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-5 #29 Fan 2017-12-23 03:06
Walter can you confirm is there a player from NPL going to the Brisbane Strikers? Perhaps a player from South Hobart?
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+4 #28 Nathan Meyers 2017-12-18 22:27
Quoting Anonymous:


we'll see. plenty of stats to show possession is over rated.


Indeed. There's plenty of cases for when a direct style of play is beneficial.

Handy for Port thought that Pitchy has some great foot skills as well, though hopefully he's developed more than that 1 step over trick.

Overall it's fantastic to have another talented home grown goal keeper back in the league and I wish him all the best.
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+8 #27 Anonymous 2017-12-18 09:36
Quoting Nathan Meyers:
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Great player and guy and its awesome to have him back in the state.
It will be interesting to see how port play as Pitchy can kick from box to box but the modern game is about playing out from the back.
Teams should now be able to deal effectively with this technique and rebound.
The Eagles team basically relied on these clearing kicks to score without any other really build up. The days of hoofball are obsolete


we'll see. plenty of stats to show possession is over rated.
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+2 #26 Nathan Meyers 2017-12-18 02:12
Quoting Anon:

I can the back four of opposition teams sitting on their own 18 yard box.
Pitchy has the best drop kick going around, can easily put the ball in the oppositions 18 yard with speed and precision.
I personally believe that Pitchy was the main reason for Eagles being very good just before the NPL was started up.
Teams will definitely have to change the way the play against Port than any other team.This will actually make the NPL interesting.

Great player and guy and its awesome to have him back in the state.
It will be interesting to see how port play as Pitchy can kick from box to box but the modern game is about playing out from the back.
Teams should now be able to deal effectively with this technique and rebound.
The Eagles team basically relied on these clearing kicks to score without any other really build up. The days of hoofball are obsolete
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+5 #25 Anon 2017-12-17 21:38
[quote name="Harry Knackers"]Looki ng forward to an exciting season, 3 of the top 4 are up and about, South/Zebra's are up and Olympia are about - dragging their feet with the coach - one application apparently. And what a sensational gig this one is, working with a supportive President and a revolving door at the training camp. Ladies gone as well, now thats a big turn off. Poor old Clarence getting picked off by a pack of vultures. Launceston City are the dark horses, rumour has it they will use their own home grown players, who are they kidding when you can go out and buy expensive soccer smart backpackers and rejected Canadian ice hockeys players. My pick for the silver plate is Devonport Dock Strikers, cunning signings to bolster last years development and a coach with a plan. A plan to develop. Lone Rangers threatened to sign a number of imports, but ultimately fell short of bitcoins, good looking side, why change a strong catwalk.
Olympia are in huge trouble .
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+7 #24 Anon 2017-12-17 01:50
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I thought Walker was good value against Wellington and Atkinson was fantastic the week before.
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+12 #23 Harry Knackers 2017-12-16 07:45
Looking forward to an exciting season, 3 of the top 4 are up and about, South/Zebra's are up and Olympia are about - dragging their feet with the coach - one application apparently. And what a sensational gig this one is, working with a supportive President and a revolving door at the training camp. Ladies gone as well, now thats a big turn off. Poor old Clarence getting picked off by a pack of vultures. Launceston City are the dark horses, rumour has it they will use their own home grown players, who are they kidding when you can go out and buy expensive soccer smart backpackers and rejected Canadian ice hockeys players. My pick for the silver plate is Devonport Dock Strikers, cunning signings to bolster last years development and a coach with a plan. A plan to develop. Lone Rangers threatened to sign a number of imports, but ultimately fell short of bitcoins, good looking side, why change a strong catwalk. Inter Kingborough mmmm...... 8 teams bring it on.
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