Who Is Walter Pless?

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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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

New Town Eagles 2 (Anderson 3, Wass 31) b University 0

Hobart Olympic 3 (Bulis 23, 54, D Pearce 90+3 og) b Kingborough Lions United 1 (Freeman 34)


A Korean junior team (under-12s) arrives in Launceston today to begin a series of six matches against Tasmanian youth sides for the Tasko Cup.


The tournament is the brainchild of Korean businessman Solomon Choi, who farms on Tasmania’s North-West Coast.


The 30 Korean players and coaches will travel to Hobart tomorrow for games against local youth teams at South Hobart starting at 2.30pm on both Thursday and Friday.


They will then travel to Launceston and Burnie on the weekend for games against northern junior sides before returning to Korea next Tuesday.


A Tasmanian junior team will leave for Korea on 29 September in a reciprocal gesture to participate in a junior international tournament in early October involving teams from China, Japan, Germany, Korea, and Spain.


Mr Choi hopes that business links between Tasmania and Korea can be forged on the strength of such sporting links.


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South Hobart’s promising young defender, Liam Scott, is currently in Adelaide for a trial with A-League club Adelaide United.


The 17-year-old, who has attended Joeys (Australia’s under-17 national team) camps in the past, is also reported to be on the verge of attending trials for the Young Socceroos, Australia’s under-20 national team.


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Fourth place in the Premier League soccer competition will be decided this evening at a double-header at KGV Park.


New Town Eagles play relegated University at 6pm, while Kingborough Lions United take on Hobart Olympic at 8pm.


Clarence United are currently in fourth spot, but fifth-placed Kingborough can finish fourth by beating Olympic and thus earn a place in the State-wide final-four series commencing on Saturday, 29 August.


The fourth-placed side will meet Northern Premier League champions Northern Rangers in Launceston.


The other game in Launceston will be between Glenorchy Knights and the team that finishes second in the northern Premier League.


The double-header in the south will feature South Hobart and Riverside Olympic, and Tilford Zebras against the third-placed northern side.


The four winners will meet in the semi-finals and the final will determine the State premiers.
















Nelson Eastern Suburbs 2-0 Northern Suburbs DOSA

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Fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs moved six points ahead of fifth-ranked Northern Suburbs DOSA when they won their Division One encounter 2-0 at North Warrane on Sunday.


Nelson led 2-0 at the break and, despite playing into a fierce breeze in the second half, held on for a comfortable victory.


Even with the elements in their favour in the second half, DOSA were reluctant to shoot from range and paid the penalty.


Nelson attacked from the opening whistle and youngster Jordan Brighella put them in front in the 16th minute.


DOSA failed to deal with a cross and, when Joel Richardson inadvertently played the ball into Brighella’s path, he smashed it past keeper Justin Farrugia to make it 1-0.


Tom Gordon scored his second league goal for the club in the 26th minute with a long-range effort to give the home side a 2-0 lead at the break.


Despite being without key defender Craig Stockdale, Nelson held DOSA at bay in the second half and might even have added to their tally.


Gordon was clean through on goal near the end but fired over the bar when he should really have scored.


The game was shortened after the referee was 20 minutes late.


His assistant eventually started the game, with two club personnel as assistants on the line.


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· Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach, said:


“We were well in control in the first half and might have scored more in the second, but it was three points and a good win.”


· Northern Suburbs DOSA coach, Joe O’Hea, said:


“I am a bit disappointed with the refereeing over the last two games.

“We’ve lost 17 mins of actual playing time.


“Sunday’s game was shortened by 10 minutes because the referee was late and never advised the visiting team.


“They could have played the full time as there was plenty of daylight left.


“The previous week, against Hobart United, the game was inexplicably finished 7 minutes early in the 2nd half. It only went for 38 minutes. The referee chose not to continue.


“In both these games, we had a chance to either draw or win if the correct time was played.


“But, to the match - we had enough chances to win, but didn’t take them.


“That pretty much sums it up. The players were disappointed, but some good things came from it.


“We dominated the game for periods, and passed quite well in difficult circumstances.


“We backed each other up quite well and defended positively. The things to work on are finishing, obviously, and trying to get on the scoreboard first.”


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Nelson Eastern Suburbs: De Carpentier; Brooke, Futumura, Gordon, Roberts, Gaskell, Gibbs, Wallace, Vanderslink, Sakul, Brighella (Substitutes: Stockdale, Roach, Rush)


Goals: Brighella 16, Gordon 26


Northern Suburbs DOSA: Farrugia; Richardson, D Parry, J Visentin, Korn, MacCrum, Wakefield, hey, D Visentin, Butt, Swift (Substitutes: Whitty, Langshaw, Mason, J Parry)


Att: 20 (North Warrane)


Ref: R McCallister

South Hobart went into this game as the new champions, while for Clarence United, a win was essential to try and hold on to fourth spot and qualify for the final-four series.


Clarence had their chances in the first half but had only one goal to show for it.


South Hobart goalkeeper Mark Moncur was in fine form and as early as the 7th minute he was called upon to block a fierce Sam McIntyre shot.


The ball rebounded to Luke Cripps, but Moncur was alert and brave and managed to smother the ball at the striker’s feet.


In the 9th minute, Michael Moschogianis did very well to turn Julius Ross’s shot over the bar for a corner.


Moncur was again at his best in the 21st minute as he blocked a Luke Huigsloot header.


His luck was up in the 26th minute, though, as he conceded the first goal.


Andy Barron crossed the ball from the left and, although Moncur blocked McIntyre’s shot, the ball rebounded to Ben Phillips, who picked his spot and finished clinically with a carefully controlled lob.


It was a fine finish from such a young player and demonstrated calmness under pressure and great maturity.


South suffered another blow immediately after the goal as central defender Hugh Ludford limped off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Gary Upton.


Seven minutes after the resumption, Kostas Kanakaris made it 1-1 when he picked up a pass in the inside-left channel and calmly stroked the ball past Michael Moschogianis and inside the far corner of the net.


South almost took the lead in the 65th minute when Bart Beecroft found Shae Hickey and he put Kanakaris through, but Moschogianis saved and conceded a corner.


In the 71st minute, a left-wing cross by Liam Scott towards the far post found substitute Seth Otte, but his downward header was collected by Moschogianis on the first bounce.


Moschogianis blotted his copy book in the 77th minute, however, and effectively handed the three points to South Hobart.


He went for a harmless low ball across the box from the left and somehow fumbled it as he went to pick it up and ended up sprawled on the ground minus the ball.


A surprised Otte gained possession and stroked the ball home into an empty net before Julian McMahon could come to Moschogianis’s assistance.


With three minutes remaining, Clarence had a great chance to snatch a draw following a corner.


Chris Hunt chipped the ball back across goal, but Cripps somehow steered his header wide of the target with the goal beckoning and Moncur on the back foot.


Clarence must now await the outcome of the Kingborough Lions United versus Hobart Olympic match to see if they or the Lions will finish fourth.


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· Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:


“Disappointing to lose the game.


“Two scrappy goals that we conceded.


“Man of the match, Mark Moncur. I don’t know how he saved the goals he saved in the first half, but I guess that shows you he’s been there before.


“He had a super game.


“We’re very proud of our players. We actually went out to try and play positive attacking football.


· South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:


“A nice stroll in the park and a nice easy game.


“Nothing to say about it.


“End of the season game for us, so no pressure and it was easy to play.


“We got through the game comfortably without any hassle.”


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Clarence United: Moschogianis - Toghill, Lewis, Parker, McMahon - Barron (Hunt 66), L Huigsloot, S McIntyre (Stevens 89), Hamlett (Hoppitt 80) - Phillips, Cripps (Substitute not used: Sweetten)


Booked: Huigsloot


Goals: Phillips 26


South Hobart: Moncur - Pennicott, Ludford (Upton 27), Cooper, Scott - Eaves, Beecroft, Heerey, Hickey - Ross (Otte 62), Kanakaris (Substitutes not used: Bladel, Kruijver)


Booked: Pennicott, Upton


Goals: Kanakaris 52, Otte 77


Att: 90 (Wentworth Park)


Ref: C Phillips