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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South Hobart, Glenorchy Knights and Tilford Zebras all eliminated northern opponents today to qualify for the semi-finals of the intrastate top-four series.


Clarence United’s match against Northern Rangers at Birch Avenue was postponed because of poor ground conditions and will be played next Saturday.


South Hobart beat Riverside Olympic 2-0 at KGV Park, while Tilford Zebras squandered chances galore before eliminating Prospect Knights 4-2 at KGV.


Glenorchy Knights downed Devonport City 4-3 in a match which was shifted from Valley Road to the Ulverstone Showground.


South Hobart had more chances than Riverside, but it was not until 18 minutes from the end that they opened the scoring when a cross from the left by substitute Seth Otte found Ricki Eaves on the edge of the box.


Eaves controlled the ball expertly and spun around to volley past goalkeeper Joseph Simmons and give South the lead.


With 12 minutes remaining, a pass by Eaves put Kostas Kanakaris through the Riverside defence and he slotted the ball past Simmons to make it 2-0.


Riverside had their chances, with Will Guy hitting the South Hobart crossbar in the 79th minute and South goalkeeper Mark Moncur making a fine save shortly after.


Eaves, Kanakaris, Bart Beecroft and Shae Hickey all missed good chances for South, while Riverside, who were well served at the back by Scott Hanson, also went close when Hanson ventured forward and had a header deflected to safety by Hugh Ludford.


A penalty by Nathan Balym in the 9th minute gave Prospect Knights the lead against Tilford Zebras, but a fine left-footed strike from the edge of the box by Brayden Pace a minute later made it 1-1.


Dwayne Walsh put Zebras ahead in the 57th minute, while a right-wing cross by Walsh in the 74th minute enabled Matt Hall to make it 3-1.


Sean Harris reduced the arrears for the visitors in the 78th minute when he was unmarked at the far post and rammed home Chris Pickering’s low cross to make for a tense finish.


Four minutes from the end, Jayden Welch set up Walsh for his second goal and the Zebras’ fourth.


A last-minute goal by Corey Smith saw Glenorchy Knights home against Devonport City, who led 2-1 at the interval.


Smith’s penalty was saved, but he was the first to the rebound and netted to put Knights into the semi-finals.


Jade Clay, Josh Fielding and Mynonge Kamba were the other Knights marksmen, while Sean Howe hit two goals - one from a free-kick and one from a penalty - and Kamil Douglas one for Devonport.

Taroona opened up a 2-point lead at the top of the Division One ladder when they beat bottom-side Christian United 3-0 at Queen’s Walk today.


Two goals by Toby Dove and one by Cian Carey lifted Taroona above previous leaders Metro on the ladder.


Metro had the bye and have a game in hand, while Taroona have just one game remaining.


Hobart United may well determine the championship as they must face Taroona once and Metro twice to complete the season.


Second-last Hobart United did well to down fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs 3-2 away at North Warrane.


Akuel Guot netted twice and Justin Letiko once for United.


Craig Stockdale scored a penalty for Nelson after Tom Gordon had been fouled, while Gordon grabbed the second with a header from a set-piece.


The win lifted Hobart United above Northern Suburbs DOSA and into fifth place.


Third-placed Beachside overcame DOSA 5-1 at Sandown Park.


Bernhard Klasen hit a hat-trick and Colin Shepherd and Kurt De Jong netted a goal apiece for Beachside.


David Visentin replied for DOSA with the last kick of the match.





Photos (Top to Bottom): South Hobart's Liam Scott is flattened; Riverside's Jonathon O'Neill tangles with South Hobart's Liam Scott; Referee Mr Craig Phillips looks on as South Hobart's Seth Otte is pressured by a Riverside opponent; South Hobart's Daniel Brown clashes with a Riverside opponent as South HObart's Hugh Ludford looks on

Top-Four Finals Series


Tilford Zebras 4-2 Prospect Knights
South Hobart 2-0 Riverside Olympic
Devonport City 3-4 Glenorchy Knights
Northern Rangers v Clarence United (postponed; to be played next Saturday)

Division One

Taroona 3-0 Christian United
Nelson Eastern Suburbs 2-3 Hobart United
Beachside 5-1 Northern Suburbs DOSA

Reserves

Nelson Eastern Suburbs 1-1 Hobart United
Taroona 16-0 Christian United

Under-19s

Taroona 10-0 Christian United
Nelson Eastern Suburbs 7-1 Hobart United









One of the stars of Tasmanian football in the 1950s and 1960s, Hugh Robertson, passed away in Hobart this week.


Robertson, one of the finest players of his generation, was aged 67 and died of cancer.


I used to watch Robertson when I was a child and as a teenager and admired him greatly.


He was a left-winger for Caledonians and later Olympia.


Robertson was tall, slim, athletic and fast and was one of the fairest players in the game.


He was one of the first players in Tasmania to wear Adidas boots. I still remember the distinctive black boots with the three white stripes and the blue linings.


Robertson represented Southern Tasmania, and he played for Tasmania against Chelsea at North Hobart in 1965.