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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a Luttmer and Plomaritis

Photo:  Hobart United guest player Hugo Luttmer tries to beat Referees' keeper Stratos Plomaritis, but the ball goes wide [PlessPix]

The Referees beat Hobart United 4-1 in a charity match at KGV Park today.

The funds raised will go to assist Hobart United goalkeeper Manoli Katsaros, who badly broke his arm in the final league game of the season.

b White shakes hands with United captain

Photo:  The captains shake hands before kick-off [PlessPix]

The injury has prevented Katsaros from working as a martial arts instructor and completing other qualifications that he was pursuing.

With all due respect, if this was a charity match, why was there no admission fee? A gold coin donation collected at the gate would have been a good initiative to help the cause.

And, why was the game being live streamed? Surely this would have cut the attendance and deprived the worthy cause of funds.

g White and David

Photo:  Charles White and Jal David go for a corner [PlessPix]

There may be good answers to these questions, but I feel compelled to ask.

The goal of the match was the Hobart United one by Jal David.

His dipping shot from range gave Referees goalkeeper Stratos Plomaritis no chance.

It was good also to see sisters Jessica and Hanna Manuela back in action as the assistant referees.

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Devonports’ successful coach for the past two seasons, Chris Gallo, has left the club and gone to coach in MacKay in Queensland.

Football Federation Tasmania’s Northern development officer Anthony Alexander will join him there as the club’s technical director.

It will be interesting to see who replaces Gallo at Devonport after two highly successful seasons in charge.

Speculation is mounting that David Smith will return to Tasmania to coach Hobart Zebras.

Smith is currently with Hume City in Victoria and had been director of coaching in Northern NSW and Victoria since leaving Tasmania some years ago.

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Former Football Federation Tasmania CEO Mike Palmer is reported to have left his job with The Southern Football and Netball League in Victoria.

Palmer had just finished his first season with that organisation before resigning.

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I wonder about the new governance arrangements voted in by Football Federation Australia this week.

I feel that it will reduce even further the very limited voting power that FFT had on the national body.

I worry that the A-League clubs will be the big winners in the new arrangement and everything is being geared to help the top-tier professional clubs at the expense of the various State NPL clubs.

The A-League clubs are not exactly a successful financial model for the game and to give them even more power could be to the detriment of grassroots football and possible the Socceroos and Matildas.

Time will tell, I guess.

I have read two books recently dealing with the A-League and Australian football and it was a depressing picture.

The books are Jpe Gorman’s “The Death and Life of Australian Soccer”, and “A-League: The Inside Story of the Tumultuous First Decade”, by John Stensholt and Shaun Mooney.

These are essential reads for anyone interested in the game in Australia, but you may not come out full of optimism at the end.

c Hamilton challenges

Photo:  A Hobart United defender (left) foils Referees' James Hamilton [PlessPix]

e Refs score opener

Photo:  Hobart United's keeper is left helpless as the Referees open the scoring [PlessPix]

f United concede a goal

Photo:  It's 2-0 to the Referees and Hanna Manuela signals a goal [PlessPix]

d Ivan Jozeljic attacks

Photo:  The Referees' Ivan Jozeljic (right) in a race for the ball [PlessPix]

h Toby Butler and Aubert Ruzigandekwe

Photo:  Four referees try to contain Hobart United's Aubert Ruzigandekwe, a former professional in Belgium and an import for Hobart Zebras more than a decade ago [PlessPix]

i Westwood appeals for off-side

Photo:  Hobart United guest player Craig Westwood appeals for off-side [PlessPix]

j Kopra shoots

Photo:  Referees' Brenton Kopra shoots for goal [PlessPix]

k Refs looking

Photo:  Referees watch their man race down the wing [PlessPix]

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+14 #19 Bananarama 2018-10-11 03:25
Good to see Rod bringing in another top young coach
Good luck Brayden thanks for your outstanding goals
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+8 #18 Ring Ring 2018-10-11 03:17
Did any of the Northern Clubs see young Anthony Alexander around much in the last 5 years or so..like regularly being monthly ?..please step forward.
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+4 #17 Anon 2018-10-11 00:51
Quoting Shane:
Quoting Anon:
Big loss gallo & Anthony for tassie


we talk about stability within the governing body technical dept.
Anthony has provided this with around 9 years in the state. Not only has Anthony taken the game forward he has also developed himself into a very good operator.
All the best.
Big job for FFT to find a replacement for Anthony.

Very well said Shane. Anthony has been outstanding with the kids up North
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0 #16 Shane 2018-10-10 01:05
Quoting Anon:
Big loss gallo & Anthony for tassie


we talk about stability within the governing body technical dept.
Anthony has provided this with around 9 years in the state. Not only has Anthony taken the game forward he has also developed himself into a very good operator.
All the best.
Big job for FFT to find a replacement for Anthony.
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+2 #15 Anon 2018-10-10 00:55
Quoting Anon:
Big loss gallo & Anthony for tassie

Agree.
I wonder when FFT will advertise the Northern TD job
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+7 #14 Fyi 2018-10-09 06:40
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
I decided to check out the live stream while I was on my break at work.
I don't think the score line is a true indication of standard of play.
For a start most of the Hobart players are from their social team and also some very old refs.
If Hobart played their first team the refs team would have been slaughtered.



Huh?


What's your question ?
My post is self explanatory.


I was confused as to why you would find it necessary to make such a statement. Why you would find it necessary to comment on the performance of Hobart Utd when most intelligent people would understand that this was a simple fun game for charity.


Because they can and it's a fact simple.
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+8 #13 Charles Calthrop 2018-10-09 05:53
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
I decided to check out the live stream while I was on my break at work.
I don't think the score line is a true indication of standard of play.
For a start most of the Hobart players are from their social team and also some very old refs.
If Hobart played their first team the refs team would have been slaughtered.



Huh?


What's your question ?
My post is self explanatory.


I was confused as to why you would find it necessary to make such a statement. Why you would find it necessary to comment on the performance of Hobart Utd when most intelligent people would understand that this was a simple fun game for charity.

I think you should make a donation to the charitable cause for trying to denigrate the actions of people who were simply trying to help...do the right thing!
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+2 #12 Notallhufcplayers 2018-10-09 01:25
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
I decided to check out the live stream while I was on my break at work.
I don't think the score line is a true indication of standard of play.
For a start most of the Hobart players are from their social team and also some very old refs.
If Hobart played their first team the refs team would have been slaughtered.



Huh?


What's your question ?
My post is self explanatory.


I was confused as to why you would find it necessary to make such a statement. Why you would find it necessary to comment on the performance of Hobart Utd when most intelligent people would understand that this was a simple fun game for charity.


Simple really a lot of people would look at the result and possibly think it's a poor effort by united.
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-5 #11 Anonymous 2018-10-08 09:37
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
I decided to check out the live stream while I was on my break at work.
I don't think the score line is a true indication of standard of play.
For a start most of the Hobart players are from their social team and also some very old refs.
If Hobart played their first team the refs team would have been slaughtered.



Huh?


What's your question ?
My post is self explanatory.


I was confused as to why you would find it necessary to make such a statement. Why you would find it necessary to comment on the performance of Hobart Utd when most intelligent people would understand that this was a simple fun game for charity.
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+18 #10 Notallhufcplayers 2018-10-08 06:26
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Notallhufcplayers:
I decided to check out the live stream while I was on my break at work.
I don't think the score line is a true indication of standard of play.
For a start most of the Hobart players are from their social team and also some very old refs.
If Hobart played their first team the refs team would have been slaughtered.



Huh?

Why would you live feed this game!
Next we will be live feeding training sessions!
Way over the top it will kill the game !


WTF mate can you not read.
Can you please re read it I'm sure the penny will drop.
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