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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Metro have the bye and could find themselves two points adrift of Taroona come Saturday evening.

“We have to make sure we win to keep up the pressure on Metro,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.

“We’ll have the same squad as last week and everyone is raring to go.

“I thought our first half last week against Beachside was outstanding and it is great for the club’s future that young players like Ben Schaap and Ruaidhri Carey have come into the team over the last month or so and have held down key positions.

“Ben kept Bernhard Klasen very quiet and Ruaidhri was very good in central midfield.”

Beachside, in third place, host sixth-ranked Northern Suburbs DOSA at Sandown Park on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Ben Davis is back for Beachside, but they will miss midfielder Colin Wain, who is unavailable.

“There is nothing at stake in this game, but we are looking forward to playing DOSA, who have proved to be a very difficult opponent this season,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.

Nelson Eastern Suburbs are in fourth spot and they host second-last Hobart United at North Warrane at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Nelson will miss midfielder Luke Wallace and defender Lewis Gibbs.

Robert Brooke is a doubtful starter for Nelson, while Richard Flood and Nick Roberts have junior coaching commitments and may only play a half.

Nelson’s Under-13s have won the league and are unbeaten going into the last game of the season.

Craig Stockdale, an important defender for Nelson, should be available, while Tom Roach will return to the side at fullback.

Max Caulfield and Oliver Ireland, two 16-year-olds, will come into the Nelson squad, while 18-year-olds Jordan Brighella, Andrew Gaskell and Cameron Rush are also likely to play.

“We have our usual roll call of players who are unavailable this week,” said nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“But, we fortunately have a good bunch of young players coming through and, with our goalkeeper Nic De Carpentier aged 17, that’s six teenagers in the team this week.

“So, as with last week, there’s plenty of ability and self belief in the group.

“We won’t underestimate Hobart United, who have some dangerous and fast forwards who always create us trouble.”

Hobart United’s Pedro Ramirez said his side was confident after last week’s win against Christian United.

“I hope the team can play against Nelson as they did in the first half last week against Christian, when we stuck to our game plan and scored three goals,” Ramirez said.

“It’s the only way we will win against a Nelson side that has improved greatly and which drew with Metro last week and is full of confidence.”

Some exciting games are in prospect on Saturday when the State-wide finals series commences, with the top four southern sides coming up against their northern counterparts.

Southern champions South Hobart take on fourth-placed northern outfit Riverside Olympic at 2.30pm at KGV Park and South must start as the favourites.

The suspended Gary Upton is the only absentee from South, but Riverside will be missing Sam Whinnet and Simon Napier, who are unavailable.

“We are looking forward to playing the best team from the south as it will give us an indication of where we are at,” said Riverside coach, Troy Scott.

“We haven’t been able to train this week, but that should not affect us at this time of the season.”

Northern champions Northern Rangers host fourth-placed southern side Clarence United at Birch Avenue at 2pm and these sides met in last weekend’s Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final, with Clarence winning 2-0.

Rangers will be without Paul Bremner, while Luke Connors and Mark Ambrose are doubtful starters.

“We will be doing the same things that we have been doing the whole season and will not change our game plan or system,” said Rangers coach, Roslan Saad.

“Psychologically, we hit the peak in the game against Devonport, so, logically, after hitting a peak, a downward trend will follow.

“As a coach, I am trying very hard to try to motivate the boys and I am aware that I will not get the same motivation like the game we had against Devonport.

“But, I am not accepting that as an excuse for the boys and I believe we have what it takes to win this game and we are looking forward to progressing to the next round.

“We already know what Clarence can do, and the boys should know what to expect.”

Tilford Zebras, runners-up in the south, face third-placed northerners Prospect Knights at 12.30pm at KGV Park and the southerners will have to be at their best to win.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing a team that has proved themselves over 21 games and finished second in arguably Tasmania’s top tier of football,” said Prospect Knights coach, Dane Hudson.

“We have Thomas, Claxton and Sessay unavailable, so we will be a little down on player stocks, but our replacements are very keen to do well.

“We will have to respond well to the tasks they give us and, hopefully, we will ask some questions of them also.

“It’s been a long year, but we are very excited to be a part of the finals series.”

Devonport City, runners-up in the north, host third-placed southerners Glenorchy Knights at Valley Road at 2pm and the home side should be at full strength with the return of Scott Wilson and Paul Scicluna.

Sean Howe and Kamil Douglas are the creative midfield pair for Devonport and Knights will have to neutralise them if they are to reach the semi-finals.

Northern Rangers’ Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League title win was the first in the club’s history.
Rangers were formed in 1996 as an under-16 side in the Northern Tasmania Junior Soccer Association competition and the Northern Tasmanian Christian Soccer League.
They were known as NTCSL Rangers.
In 1999, the club formed a senior side known as Northern Rangers, with headquarters at the NTCA Ground and with David Hughes as president and coach.
Rangers’ first Northern Premier League game resulted in a 14-2 loss to Launceston at Birch Avenue.
Three players who played in that first season in the top flight are still playing today.

They are Luke Connors, Derek Schipper and Brad Langerak.

Brendan Lichtendonk and Mark Ackerly have served on the committee from that time until now.

Ackerly is the current president.

Roslan Saad was appointed senior coach this season after taking the under-18s to a mid-table position last season.

Rangers have played 205 games all up in the top flight, including cup games, and have won 76, drawn 29 and lost 100 matches.

Saad is returning to Singapore in December and the club is on the lookout for a new senior coach.

A minimum qualification of the Senior Licence, or equivalent, is required for this role, to comply with the regulations set out by the governing body, Football Federation Tasmania.

This role will require the successful applicant to plan, run and oversee training twice a week, have major input in reserve and senior selection, work closely with their assistant and attend all senior and reserve grade competitive matches.

The successful applicants should understand the importance of good communication with each individual within the club including the senior/assistant coach, under-18 coach, the players with whom they are responsible, and with the club’s executive committee.

Applicants should also have a youth focus, helping the club develop and promote the young players of tomorrow.

Northern Rangers also extend an invitation to interested persons for the role of 2010 senior assistant coach.

This role will require the successful applicant to plan, run and oversee training at least six times a month, have major input in reserve and senior selection, work closely with the senior coach and attend all senior and reserve grade competitive matches.

Coaching experience at a senior level would be an advantage, but is not a requirement.

Both roles will carry a modest remuneration package, negotiated with the successful applicant and reflective of the club’s position in an amateur league.

Applications can be forwarded to:

The Chairman of Northern Rangers FC via Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by post to PO Box 412, George Town 7253.

Roslan Sa’ad has only been in Tasmania for two years and his soccer coaching achievements are already spectacular.

He coached Northern Rangers to this year’s northern Premier League title and was in charge of the North when it beat the South 2-0 in this year’s one-off intrastate representative match.

Rangers lost 2-0 to Clarence United on Saturday in the final of the Milan Lakoselejc Memorial Trophy, but Sa’ad readily acknowledged that Clarence was the better team.

The 37-year-old physical education teacher student from Singapore, who holds the Asian Football Confederation ‘B’ licence, can gain revenge this coming Saturday when Rangers host Clarence in Launceston in the intrastate top-four series.

Sa’ad arrived in Launceston last year and will complete his third year of a human movement course at university shortly and then return to Singapore to teach and to coach soccer.

“I’m a teacher back home and I’ll continue in my job when I return,” said Sa’ad after Saturday’s final at KGV Park.

“I was a coach back home and, when I came here to study, I managed to get a position coaching Northern Rangers’ under-18s.

“Coaching is my passion.

“I injured my knee and so I can’t play, which means coaching is my only avenue in the game.”

Before coming to Tasmania, Sa’ad emailed clubs here, but only received three responses - from Kingborough Lions United, Launceston City and Northern Rangers.

“Kingborough was too far from Launceston and so out of the question, while City offered me their under-16s,” Sa’ad said.

“I attended Northern Rangers training and they offered me the under-18s, which I took because I like to develop players.

“After taking the under-18s last year, they offered me the senior job this year and I took it.”

Sa’ad described winning the club’s first-ever Premier League title at his first attempt as ‘awesome’.

“I’m just so happy that the club believed in me,” he said. “I was hesitant to take the job at first, but my wife told me to give it a try.

“The club finished second last year, so there was no other option but to aim for the championship.

“We had some players away and, with my family and study commitments, it was a challenge, but I think I made the right decision.

“I must thank all the Northern Rangers committee members as they never once questioned my judgement or ability.

“They always supported me and also provided me with an experienced assistant coach, Carlo Ecole, from Riverside Olympic.

“The only thing I did differently was impose discipline. I’m a PE teacher and control and discipline are fundamental.”

Tasmanian soccer will be the poorer for the departure of this genial and able coach in December.