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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Nelson coach Ossie Fitzgerald - Copy

Photo:  Ossie Fitzgerald as coach of Nelson [PlessPix]

Well-known football identity Oswyn (Ossie) Leigh Fitzgerald passed away in Hobart yesterday aged 70.

Ossie, as he was known to football aficionados, was a player before becoming a coach.

He coached Nelson and was actively involved as a coach and administrator of women’s football.

His daughter, Sarah, was a national representative in women’s football and one of the best female players to have graced the local game.

Ossie and Sarah had strong links with the Olympia club.

Olympia Warriors president, George Mamacas, who is in America, issued a statement yesterday after hearing of the passing of Fitzgerald.

“This morning I received the news on the passing of Ozzie Fitzgerald.

“On behalf of all at Olympia FC it is with great sadness that I express our sincere condolences to his wife Jeanette, Sarah and family.

“Ossie was a great supporter of Olympia FC and the game in general and especially loved women's football.

“His passion had no bounds.

“In his latter years, he served the club as our groundsman at Warrior Park.

“He will be sadly missed by all those that were blessed to know him.”


+5 #3 Anon 2017-03-21 22:08
Great Man fantastic word's Walter .
Shame nothing from FFT and the board in the paper !!
Ossie will be missed by all .
+13 #2 Matthew Gasparin. 2017-03-20 19:14
Ossie, the nicest bloke I have ever met on the football field. An absolute gentleman, who would do anything for you.
A good measurement of a man is his family and what a great family the Fitzgerald's are.
What a legend.
+17 #1 Anonymous 2017-03-20 03:12
Nice piece Walter. Good words also from George. I knew Ossie through work and also the great game. He was indeed a good man.

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