Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy Final


Clarence United 2 (own-goal 2, L Huigsloot 66) b Northern Rangers 0

Women's State-wide Cup Final

Hobart Olympic 4 (Cantrell 3, Morris) b Clarence United 1 (Crow)

Under-19 Cup Final

Clarence United 1 (Reibel) b Tilford Zebras 0

Division One

Taroona 4 (Atkinson, Luttmer, Elliott, Dove) b Beachside 0
Hobart United 6-3 Christian United
Metro 2-2 Nelson Eastern Suburbs

Reserves

Taroona 0-0 Beachside
Hobart United 3-0 Christian United

Under-19s

Taroona 6-0 Beachside
Hobart United 3-0 Christian United

Division Two

New Town Eagles White 3-4 New Town Eagles Red

Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League

Devonport City 6-2 Burnie United










Division One leaders Metro should keep their 3-point lead at the top of the ladder intact when they host fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs at North Chigwell on Saturday.


Second-placed Taroona entertain third-placed Beachside at Kelevdon Park on Saturday and the outcome could benefit Metro if it is a draw or if the visitors win.


Hobart United and Christian United clash at Pontville on Saturday at 7.30pm in a bottom-of-the-table game that should be fiercely contested as both sides try to avoid the wooden spoon.


Metro should be at full strength, but Nelson will be missing key players Tom Roach, Rowan Sakul, Jayden Andrews, captain Adam Mills, Joe Vanderslink and Natsuki Futumura.


Defender Craig Stockdale is also doubtful because of work commitments.


Cameron Rush will come in to the side, while 16-year-olds Oliver Ireland and Max Caulfield, as well as former captain, Richard Flood, will be on the bench.


“Current captain Tom Gordon is in good form up front and, with our young keeper Nic De Carpentier also in good form at the moment, we should be up for this match,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.


“It’s really good to get Cameron Rush in the starting 11 as he’s a good young defender who is strong in the air and with plenty of pace, so he'll be very handy for this game.


“We’ve got nothing to lose as we’ve been smashed twice by Metro and the players have one last opportunity to prove to themselves that they can compete.


“It’s a very different team for us this time around and a bit of a preview of next season with six youth players starting or on the bench.”


Taroona will be unchanged from their last outing for the game against Beachside, with striker Chris Cox again on the bench.


Beachside are without Sebastian Milford and Ben Davis, but Luke Atkin returns.


Christian will miss Jesse Arnold through injury for the game against Hobart United and he will be replaced by Angus Livingstone.


Wilson Lumago and John Mannaseh are also out injured.


Hobart United are confident of winning and moving further away from bottom-side Christian.


“We played well last time we met, but this time I think we can also come away with the three points,” said Hobart United’s Pedro Ramirez.


“The home-ground advantage should make us more relaxed.”

Saturday is a huge day for Clarence United as they will be represented in all three cup finals at KGV Park.

Clarence play Hobart Zebras in the under-19 cup final beginning at 12.30pm, and Clarence’s Premier League women’s side meet Hobart Olympic in the State-wide women’s final at 2.45pm, while Clarence’s Premier League men’s side take on northern league champions Northern Rangers in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final at 5pm.

“It’s unprecedented when you have a youth team, a women’s Premier and a men’s Premier team all in the finals, and all on the same day,” said Clarence’s senior men’s coach, Andrew Brown.

“It’s something we’ve been working at for the past seven years to make sure we’re a whole club, not just a men’s or a women’s club.

“If you want to judge Saturday on whether we’ve been successful, I’d say yes.”

The Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final should be a close affair and Clarence will need to keep an eye on one of their former stars, Paul Bremner, who has been playing with Rangers this season.

Bremner has scored 15 goals for Rangers this season and is the competition’s third-ranked marksman.

If anyone knows how to exploit Clarence’s weaknesses, it is Bremner.

“I know Paul Bremner, who has been three times best-and-fairest with Clarence,” said Brown.

“I’ve seen MarkAmbrose play in the National Youth League games, and I know Derek Schipper has won the George Dale Medal a number of times, and I know Todd Hingston is a really good quality player.

“They’re the only players I know, but the team must be quality to have won the northern premiership over Devonport.

“We feel very confident if we play to our ability.

“We’ll ask some questions of Northern Rangers, and whether they answer them is up to them.”

Clarence have injury clouds over David Hoppitt and Joseph Stevens, the former not having trained and the latter having trained only lightly on Tuesday.

Rangers will be full of confidence after winning the league last weekend.

They have another southerner in Thataetsile Kakadumane in their squad and he will also be familiar with Clarence.

But, Clarence’s Chris Hunt has trained many times with Northern Rangers this season and he will be a useful source of information for the southerners.

Rangers will have a few senior player out of the final and will be relying on the younger players to replace them and to do their best, according to coach, Roslan Saad.

“Some of the senior players will have to go through late fitness testing to see if they are one hundred per cent fit,” said Saad.

“This is the first time in 2009 we will be travelling down south.

“We know what Clarence have achieved along the way to be in the finals.

“They have beaten strong team from the north and south.

“I believe with that record, and the fact that we are playing at Hobart, Clarence should be the favourites for the day.

“Rangers have shown that they can achieve anything if they are hungry enough, and we will be hungry to win the cup.

“It will also be a good opportunity for the younger players to experience the big game.”

The sides will meet again next weekend in the State-wide top-four series.

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In another unbelievable bit of rostering, FTT have scheduled all three Division One games on Saturday.

Don’t they know this will clash with the three finals at KGV Park?

What are they trying to achieve?

Surely, they should be trying to promote the game. At the moment it looks as if they trying to divide and conquer.

One of those Saturday Division One games is in the evening, when Hobart United play Christian United at Pontville at 7.30pm.

I can just see the throng on the highway heading north to Pontville to watch this bottom-of-the-table clash, including those who have just sat through three cup finals that afternoon and early evening at KGV.

It is an important game because it may decide the woodenspoon.

So, why not play it on Sunday?

The other two games, scheduled for 2.30pm, are Taroona versus Beachside and Metro v Nelson Eastern Suburbs.

These are both interesting matches, yet soccer fans and the media won’t be able to watch them.

Why couldn’t they have been scheduled for Sunday?

I am sure some of the Division One players and supporters would have liked to have seen the cup finals, particularly the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final.

But, once again, FFT have divided the supporters of the game.

I know I speak from a biased perspective as a media person, but I am trying to promote the game, and yet, FFT always throw a spanner in the works.

I can guarantee you that I’ll only get space for one story in The Sunday Tasmanian.

That means I will have to try and cover six games in 14 sentences. You try it.

It’s impossible.

You either have to deal with one main game and devote half the column to it, thus virtually ignoring the other five games, or give each game about two sentences.

Try it.

And there'll be no local soccer story in Monday's paper because there aren't any games on Sunday. In this case, it's the Division One clubs that will suffer.

It does justice to none of the games. You might as well just list the results.

There won’t be a photographer from the paper in attendance, either. They won’t send a photographer to a game starting at 5pm. The light is too poor is one argument they use.

When I approached FFT about this, their answer was: Why don’t they take photos of one of the earlier games.

The answer to this is that they won’t, and with all due respect to the under-19s and the women, I can understand why.

The Milan Lakoseljac Trophy final is the main feature, the showpiece of the game for the day, so why should they have a photo of a lesser game.

That’s like saying to the British media that they should photograph a junior curtain-raiser on FA Cup Final day and ignore the FA Cup Final.

I know I exaggerate, here, in terms of standards, but the principle is applicable.

And it happens to be a game involving a southern and a northern team, something that excites the media and supporters.

I am just fed up with the way the rostering has been done this season.

Again, we don’t have any football on Sunday.

The solution would have been so easy and fair to everyone, players and supporters alike.

Are we trying to promote this wonderful game of ours, the world game, or are we trying to divide the support and destroy it?

To use the jargon of the day, I’d love to know what the stakeholders think.







The honours were even after today’s junior international football matches for the Taskor Cup played at South Hobart.


The Korean under-12 youngsters won the first match 5-0 against a combined South Hobart and Morton Soccer School under-12 team, while the local under-13s won the second game against another Korean under-12 side 10-1.


Korean head coach, Hyo Suk Jin, said it was pleasing to bring his players to Tasmania and he hoped it would be the first in a series of exchanges.


A Tasmanian side would visit Korea at the end of September and in early October to participate in an international youth tournament.


Other Korean teams would then visit Tasmania later in October.


Jin said he hoped to establish a Korean international soccer school in Tasmania which would foster sporting, educational and cultural links between Korea and Australia.


The squad currently on tour in Tasmania represents the Korean Youth Football Association and a regional association, Kyung Ki.


The Koreans arrived in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon and after a sightseeing tour flew to Launceston in the evening.


They travelled to Hobart for two games this afternoon and two games tomorrow afternoon.


This evening, they played Futsal against some Tasmanian sides and they will play matches in Launceston and Somerset before returning to Korea on Tuesday.