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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Adam Powell and Madeline OBrien at media conference 30 August 2017 - Copy

Photo:  Adam Powell and Madeline O'Brien at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras women’s team completed the PFD Super League season undefeated.

They won 27 of their 28 games and drew the other game.

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Photo:  Adam Powell (left) and Chris Hey [PlessPix]

They started the season well by winning the Summer Cup and eventually completed the treble of league and State-Wide Cup.

“It all comes down to just the commitment of the girls and the squad that we had,” said Zebras’ assistant coach, Adam Powell.

“Nine months ago, it wasn’t in our wildest dreams that we’d be where we are, but we had no doubt that with the girls we had that we could win.

“But, how we won it, going undefeated, wasn’t in our wildest dreams.”

Chris Hey is determined

Photo:  Chris Hey had a successful first year as women's coach at Zebras [PlessPix]

Powell attributes the success partly to the culture at the club.

“I think it was the culture,” he said. “We got three or four [new players] but it was more about changing the culture a little bit and getting them used to winning and, I feel, once we won the Summer Cup, it started progressing the way it has and they just kept moving forwards.

“I feel there were some games which we didn’t deserve to win, but we did.

“That’s the sign of a good team, when you can actually get a result when you’re not playing at your best.”

He said new coach Chris Hey was a stickler for discipline and it paid off.

“Chris imposed discipline and it was out the door for anyone that didn’t knuckle down,” Powell said.

“We didn’t lose anyone. They strived to get better and they pushed themselves.

“We used about 31 players in our squad, which is probably a lot.

“A lot of other clubs couldn’t do that as they were struggling to field two teams.

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Photo:  Adam Powell will continue as Chris Hey's assistant [PlessPix]

“I hope we keep every player [for next season] that we’ve already got, but I also hope that there are other girls from other clubs that would look at coming to try their hand.

“We’re looking at starting pre-season in November, but we need to get better as everyone is going to be trying to beat us next year. It was Olympia last year.

“I still feel we can improve about 50 per cent and we’ll look at any players from other clubs and if they’re willing to join the culture that we’ve got and push themselves.

“We’ll be very happy to take them.

“We’ve achieved everything we wanted to achieve this year, so next year, every game we’ve got to be looking over our shoulders.

“I’ve enjoyed winning everything and getting the treble and at no stage do I want to lose a game and I want to go back-to-back and I’m pretty sure Chris and the girls feel the same way.”

Hey has been reappointed and Powell had agreed to be his assistant.

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Photo:  John Moutsatsos [PlessPix]

Captain Madeline O’Brien paid tribute to the work of former coach, John Moutsatsos, which paved the way for this season’s success.

“I’d like to thank John Moutsatsos for the culture at the club,” O’Brien said.

“He has been there quite a few years and he stepped down this year to have a bit of a break, but since he’s been at Zebras he’s just created such a good atmosphere with the girls.

“He was everyone’s mate and was there as a coach and there for everyone on the outside as well, which was awesome.

“I think since he’s been there, that’s been a massive big thing for Zebras and the club, so he’s done a pretty good job with that.

“Chris [Hey] had a very strong approach to us and we knew that was coming. Most of our girls were prepared for that.

“We’ve worked so hard for everything we’ve got this year and the girls were just excited to hear that final whistle on Saturday after the win over Ulverstone.”

O’Brien said she has been sceptical about the Super League at first, but agreed that it’s been run well.

She said the club’s winning run was outstanding and that the one draw, against Launceston City, was to be expected in a way.

“We knew it was coming,” she said. “Launceston City are a fantastic team and they wanted it on the day and I think they deserved to win then.

“They’ve got a good-quality team and they’ll come out even stronger next year.

“We knew Olympia were going to be our biggest rivals this year and that big win over them was more like a final than an ordinary game.

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Photo:  Zebras captain Madeline O'Brien [PlessPix]

“We just want to go out there and have fun.

“Chris and Adam have both stepped up to coach us and we knew we were going to be in for a hard season,but after that win we knew that we could kind of do anything.

“If we want to put our minds to something, we know that we can do it and we’re just happy that we could finish off the year with a good strong finish.”

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Photo:  Chris Hey (left) and Adam Powell will continue their coaching partnership with the Zebras women's team next season [PlessPix]

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+1 #23 anon. 2017-09-03 23:26
#22. What team mum or dad are you referring to?
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0 #22 anon 2017-09-03 12:02
Experienced quality coaching staff and good club structure is imperative in attracting adept players. Having mums and dad's in these jobs often causes nepotism and grumbling amongst players and staff alike.
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0 #21 Anon 2017-09-03 07:27
Quoting Who next:
The players that have been approached by zebras there will be a lot of ex Olympia players there.
Then there will be a lot of Zebras at other clubs as they will want to play supee league.

That's good for the league if your right that will mean all clubs can get more good players and the balance will be spread across the league.
It will be a matter of which club can click fastest.
Zebras clicked and romped it in.
They deserved the title.
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+2 #20 Who next 2017-09-03 03:27
The players that have been approached by zebras there will be a lot of ex Olympia players there.
Then there will be a lot of Zebras at other clubs as they will want to play supee league.
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-1 #19 anon 2017-09-02 23:14
Congratulations to the Zebra girls this year and well deserved. Just noting that the Zebra girls do have some ex NTC players from a few years ago and also 5 ex Olympia senior players who played with Olympia 3 years ago and won titles with Olympia. Well now you are now the hunted and its a harder to defend a title than to win one. I do recall Olympia Women on e 3 in a row in 2012/13/14 ...so it can be done.
Mmmmm what club are you from I wonder.
from Olympia. But facts are facts. Zebras team comprises mainly from ex Olympia and Clarence players. But lets not take away the success they had this year and as I said before well done and well deserved.
They are Zebra players now and won some silver wear for the club.
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+4 #18 anon 2017-09-02 22:51
Quoting How mny:
If they keep approaching so many players at other clubs they wont have anyone to play against.

I think you'll find some will actually leave Zebras as many seeking the winning formula are attracted to the club. Pretty sure the coaching panel want to win and they'll obviously play their best eleven. Loyalty doesn't always go both ways and it is abut winning surely.
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+3 #17 Anon 2017-09-02 11:13
Quoting anon:
Quoting All about culture:
Zebras have developed their women's program beautifully. Both Super League and Championship have won everything this year.
Amazing when you consider they didn't sign any NDC girls last year

Congratulations to the Zebra girls this year and well deserved. Just noting that the Zebra girls do have some ex NTC players from a few years ago and also 5 ex Olympia senior players who played with Olympia 3 years ago and won titles with Olympia. Well now you are now the hunted and its a harder to defend a title than to win one. I do recall Olympia Women on e 3 in a row in 2012/13/14 ...so it can be done.

Mmmmm what club are you from I wonder.
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-5 #16 anon 2017-09-01 23:32
Quoting All about culture:
Zebras have developed their women's program beautifully. Both Super League and Championship have won everything this year.
Amazing when you consider they didn't sign any NDC girls last year

Congratulations to the Zebra girls this year and well deserved. Just noting that the Zebra girls do have some ex NTC players from a few years ago and also 5 ex Olympia senior players who played with Olympia 3 years ago and won titles with Olympia. Well now you are now the hunted and its a harder to defend a title than to win one. I do recall Olympia Women on e 3 in a row in 2012/13/14 ...so it can be done.
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+4 #15 Anon 2017-08-31 22:19
#12.I am not against womens football at all.However it is only now that it has reached a level where more support should be given.Up until now the overall standard has not been what it should be.If we are honest in the early days it was treated very much as a social event by the players.This was evident through lack of attendance at training and dedication to the sport.Slowly things have changed and now it is at a level that is may deserve more support.Other than a one side in the early days,Nelson, all other clubs were playing catch up.Then the introduction of the NTC squad etc things started to move along and now there is a league that warrants some attention.Up until now I argue that the game was still not at a standard where additional resources were warranted.
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+1 #14 Anon 2017-08-31 22:09
#11.Cant compare mens v womens game/coaching Should have won title last year.Hands down.
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