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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Photo:  Tasmania's coach Michael Edwards and player Holly Ayton at today's media conference [PlessPix]

The Tasmanian women’s football team flies to Melbourne early tomorrow to play Victoria in the annual Bass Strait Cup match.

Victoria beat Tasmania at KGV Park 5-0 last year, and Tasmania also lost in 2015.

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Photo:  Tasmania's Holly Ayton concedes it will be a tough match [PlessPix]

Tasmania won the Bass Strait Cup in 2013 but there was no game in 2014.

Tasmania will be bolstered by the inclusion of Aimee Medwin, Olivia Edwards, Isabella Gee and Jessie Williams.

The first three have been playing in the WNPL Victoria competition that their Victorian opponents all play in.

Williams plays in the ACT with Belconnen United.

The rest of the side has been selected from the local Women's Super League.

Hobart Zebras have four players in the Tasmanian squad of 16, while Olympia Warriors have three representatives.

Taroona and Launceston City have two players each in the squad.

The Tasmanian squad is:

Holly Ayton (Taroona)

Adelyn Ayton (Taroona)

Alyssa Bowden (Hobart Zebras)

Georgia Burt (Hobart Zebras)

Bethany Bygrave (Launceston City)

Olivia Edwards (FC Bulleen Lions)

Olivia Gardner (Kingborough Lions United)

Isabella Gee (FC Bulleen Lions)

Lucy Johnson (Olympia Warriors)

Danielle Kannegiesser (Hobart Zebras)

Kayla Mason (Hobart Zebras)

Aimee Medwin (South Melbourne)

Innocent Michael (Olympia Warriors)

Caitlin Roberts (Olympia Warriors)

Caitlin Storay (Launceston City)

Jessie Williams (Belconnen United Blue Devils)

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Photo:  Michael Edwards and Taroona's Holly Ayton at today's pre-game media conference at FFT Headquarters [PlessPix]

“I think every year we out together a good State squad,” said Tasmania’s coach, Michael Edwards.

“The girls that we’ve finally chosen in the squad have done well this year.

“We’ve got four from interstate, so I’ve been very pleased with what we’ve been able to put together.”

Edwards said that it had been difficult to organise training times as some players are interstate and some are in Launceston, while some have school or university exams.

“Pulling things together has been difficult, but fortunately, the girls from Melbourne came down a couple of times, so it was good to have them about,” he said.

“We always think our level here is a good level, but until we actually experience the level that is interstate, we’re not exposed to it enough, so I don’t think our girls really understand the level they have to be playing at.

“It’s been difficult the last couple of times to get a really good competitive squad together.

“Two years ago, when we were in Melbourne, it was a really hot day and at that stage we just weren’t prepared for that weather.

“Last year, we had a terribly windy day, so conditions last year didn’t help us, but I guess it’s the same for both teams.

“We just have to step up.

“We see a progression every year in the development of the girls and the way they play.

“The biggest difference I’ve found when you go away and watch interstate games and then you come back here is the speed with which they play and the pressure they are under throughout a game.

“I think that’s what we have to adjust too pretty quickly, namely the pressure we’ll be put under.”

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Photo:  Speed and pressure are factors the Tasmanians will have to cope with believes Tasmania's coach, Michael Edwards [PlessPix]

Tasmanian player Holly Ayton predicts a tough match,

“But, the squad we’ve got this year is strong and the Super League this year was at a higher quality,” Ayton said.

“The players that are involved will, I believe, be able to go out and give Victoria a very good run.”

The Victorian squad is:

Aneta Komijat (Geelong Galaxy United)

Sarah Richardson (Heidelberg United)

Sarah Sumner (Heidelberg United)

Lujeyn Al-Huneidi (Geelong Galaxy United)

Christine Fonua (Southern United)

Emily Coppock (FC Bulleen Lions)

Marianna Anthony (Alamein FC)

Elly Torre (Heidelberg United)

Daniella Galluccio (FC Bulleen Lions)

Lisa Fonua (Southern United)

Emma Robers (Calder United)

Caitlin Greiser (South Melbourne)

Milla Jowett (Southern United)

Sarah Lorca (Calder United)

Savanna Anastasopoulos (Southern United)

Alycia Eicke (Calder United)

Football Federation Victoria v Football Federation Tasmania

3pm kickoff, Saturday, October 14, 2017 at David Barro Stadium, Veneto Club, Bulleen

Live on FFV Radio in the Mixlr app & mixlr.com/ffvradio


+19 #22 Anon 2017-10-18 23:47
Quoting Anonymous:
Are you saying Mike Edwards was sent from the ground?

Poor show if true so much for FFT setting standards.
-2 #21 Anon 2017-10-18 08:36
Quoting The Bottom line:
Regardless of who the Vics put out why do some feel the need to downgrade what our girls did?
Its about exposure and the experience and they did well.

Well said don't worry about the thumbs down the morons who write these negative comments need to take a good hard look at themselves.
Well done girls I hope you enjoyed yourselves and the experience you had against Victoria A B C side
+19 #20 What is going on 2017-10-18 07:06
Off topic but still women's football

1- Has Olympia been kicked out of Super League

2- why?
+21 #19 Anonymous 2017-10-18 00:55
Are you saying Mike Edwards was sent from the ground?
+5 #18 The Bottom line 2017-10-17 19:13
Regardless of who the Vics put out why do some feel the need to downgrade what our girls did?
Its about exposure and the experience and they did well.
+6 #17 Third div 2017-10-17 08:17
The Victorians ran out a third div team ,
You must remember that this league feeds 2 Wleague teams.
Quality is way above what we have here
+5 #16 Money ball 2017-10-17 04:46
LOL, no where near Vic NPLW best team.

Melina Ayres (South Melbourne), Lisa DeVana (South Melbourne) both would have scored 10.

But, you can only play who is in front of you.
+11 #15 Statue 2017-10-16 02:32
Is it illegal to dive for the ball in penalty shootouts now?
+11 #14 Anon 2017-10-15 21:44
It was a Victorian Youth Side !
Against our Senior Women !
+6 #13 Hmmm 2017-10-15 16:21
Quoting anon:
Is that all the Vics could muster for a squad? Both keepers seemed very hesident to dive during the shoot out.

Agreed, and goalkeepers are always the weakest part of the women's game. Although I don't think anyone likes going to ground on a synthetic pitch..

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