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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Tilford Zebras 1-1 Glenorchy Knights


Glenorchy Knights had the first chance of this match - the last league match of the season for both sides - as early as the 4th minute when Bianchi Dos Santos released Amadu Koroma down the left.

Koroma might have had a shot himself but chose instead to pass across the face of goal to Mynonge Kamba, but he fired wide.

Tilford Zebras hit back immediately and they took the lead in the 7th minute when Jayden Welch gained possession wide on the left of the box and rolled the ball home.

Knights goalkeeper Alex Tatnell had started the match with an elbow bandaged heavily and he injured it in the opening minutes and had to be replaced by the club’s under-19s keeper, Trent Le Rossignol, in the 9th minute.

Luke Engels had a great chance on the right for Zebras in the 17th minute, but he blazed wide when he should have worked Le Rossignol.

Three minutes later, Welch shot wide from the left as Zebras began to squander some good openings provided by an over-worked Knights defence.

Knights hit back in the 24th minute when Andrew Robb was presented with a chance, but he directed his shot straight at keeper Troy Kaden.

Paul Cairns must have been annoyed with himself when he left Knights off the hook in stoppage time at the end of the first half as he volleyed over the bar from close range, the ball taking a slight deflection and going out for a corner.

Ten minutes into the second half, Le Rossignol dived to his left and punched out a cross, but the ball fell to Josh Thorpe, who might have scored but instead volleyed over the bar.

Three minutes later, a poor header by substitute Lindsay Millington allowed Cairns in, but he blazed over the bar when a goal seemed imminent.

Zebras were applying tremendous pressure at this stage and Ryan Smith was the next to miss when, on the hour, he volleyed over from close range after a corner.

Knights fashioned a chance in the 63rd minute, but Kaden did well to deny Jade Clay.

Zebras were caught by a sucker punch in the 70th minute after Koroma was fouled wide on the left and Mr Barker first allowed play to continue but then awarded a free-kick.

Clay floated the free-kick towards the back post and there was the unmarked James Hope to head home the equaliser.

Knights survived a late scare when Andrew Telega’s free-kick in the 82nd minute was not cleared and the ball fell to substitute Matt Hall, but he powered a close-range shot wide.

Engels also fired narrowly wide in the 87th minute as Zebras had to settle for a draw after dominating for long periods and having by far the most chances.


· Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:

“It was a Saturday afternoon game and the last game of the season.

“There was not much to play for. There was only pride in there.

“Both sides had their chances. I suppose we had more chances in the second half to finish it off.

“One bit of slack marking at the back gave them a goal.

“But, it’s hard to get them motivated when there’s nothing to play for.

“We’ll just concentrate on the top-four now.”

· Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

“I thought we had nothing else better to do on a Saturday afternoon and so we came here.

“That’s what it looked like, for both sides.

“I was just talking to Nick there, and there’s just no interest.

“It’s all over and done and dusted.

“I just can’t see, personally, what the final-four series is going to achieve.

“I think it’s going to be the same, Everyone has played 21 games and, you know, we’re just about at the end of our tether, and plus the cup games.

“Every club has got injuries. Yeah, sure, we’ve had a pretty hectic schedule, but so have they.

“Yeah, I think everybody is just about over it.

“It wasn’t a bad game of football, really. I mean, we weren’t in it the first half.

“Second half, we did well. Young Trent Le Rossignol came on, the goalkeeper, you know, thrown in at the deep end, and he accredited himself well and he did a good job and he did what we wanted him to do.”


Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Fagg, Telega, Smith, Pace - K Egels, Cairns, Self, Welch (Hall 80) - Thorpe, Walsh (Substitutes not used: Connolly, Fotak)

Booked: Fagg 62, Cairns 76

Goals: Welch 7

Glenorchy Knights: Tatnell (Le Rossignol 9) - Green (Millington 56), Grundy, Holmes - Robb, Fielding, Kamba, Dos Santos (Sherman 64), Clay - Hope, Koroma (Substitute not used: Roberts)

Booked: Kamba 87

Goals: Hope 70

Att: 100 (KGV Park)

Ref: K Barker

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 today.

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 a defender 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.

“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,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

DOSA coach, Joe O’Hea, lamented the late start to the game, which meant it had to be shortened by about 10 minutes, making it a little more difficult for his team to get back into contention.

Tilford Zebras and Glenorchy Knights finished in second and third places, respectively, on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder after drawing 1-1 in their final league match at KGV Park today.

League champions South Hobart finished six points in front of Zebras after downing fourth-placed Clarence United 2-1 at Wentworth Park tonight.

Clarence must now await the outcome of the postponed game between fifth-placed Kingborough Lions United and sixth-placed Hobart Olympic to see if they will contest the final-four series.

Zebras should have beaten Knights comfortably, but poor finishing cost them dearly.

Jayden Welch gave Zebras the lead in the 7th minute when he collected a cross from the right and was left with the simple task of steering the ball home.

Knights lost goalkeeper Alex Tatnell through injury after nine minutes.

His replacement was under-19s goalkeeper Trent Le Rossignol. He generally did well, but on two occasions in the second half punched the ball to opponents who could have scored with their shots.

Kurt Engels, Welch and Paul Cairns all fired wide for Zebras in the first half, while Andrew Robb had the best chance for Knights, but his shot went straight at keeper Troy Kaden.

Mynonge Kamba was in shooting mood for Knights, but his efforts were always wide or high of the target.

In the second period, Josh Thorpe, Cairns, Ryan Smith, Matt Hall and Engels all squandered good chances for Zebras, while the Knights’ Jade Clay tested Kaden but was denied by good keeping.

Knights equalised in the 70th minute when Clay’s free-kick from wide on the left, awarded for a foul on Amadu Koroma, was headed home at the far post by an unmarked James Hope.

Ben Phillips put Clarence ahead against South Hobart in the 26th minute with a cool finish after a fine left-wing cross by Andy Barron had set up a stinging shot by Sam McIntyre, which was blocked by keeper Mark Moncur.

Kostas Kanakaris equalised for South Hobart seven minutes after the resumption with a cool finish from inside the box on the left.

A terrible goalkeeping error by Clarence’s Michael Moschogianis gifted South the winner in the 77th minute.

Moschogianis inexplicably fumbled the ball in a harmless situation and young substitute Seth Otte gained possession and calmly slotted the ball into the net.

Northern Rangers won the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League when they beat second-placed Devonport City 1-0 at home at the NTCA Ground.

Sixth-placed Ulverstone downed seventh-ranked Burnie United 3-2 at home at the Ulverstone Showgrounds, while Prospect Knights ensured a miserable ending to the season for bottom-side Launceston United by beating them 3-1 at home at Harley Parade.

The win lifted third-placed Knights to level on points with Devonport City.

Fourth-placed Riverside Olympic overcame second-last Launceston City 2-1 away at Mitsubishi Park.

In the Reserves in the south, Glenorchy Knights beat Tilford Zebras 2-1 and Clarence United drew 1-1 with South Hobart.

With a State-wide final-four series scheduled, albeit in a strange format, some teams still have something to play for in this final round.

Clarence United, currently fourth, can pip fifth-placed Kingborough Lions United for fourth spot by beating champions South Hobart at home at Wentworth Park on Saturday at 6.30pm.

Bob Gordon, from Forestry Tasmania, will present South Hobart with the league trophy before the match.

Clarence have 26 points and Kingborough have 24, while both have the same goal-difference of minus 4.

Kingborough have scored more goals than Clarence and so a draw for Clarence and a win for Kingborough might be enough to enable the latter to finish fourth.

Kingborough had the easier task as they were due to face sixth-placed Hobart Olympic away at South Hobart on Sunday and were far more likely to win than are Clarence against South Hobart, but the Kingborough game has now been postponed.

Second-placed Tilford Zebras face third-ranked Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park on Saturday at 4pm, while the New Town Eagles versus University game at Clare Street has now been postponed.

Neither Zebras nor Knights can improve their position, so only pride is at stake in this match.

The strange format for the State-wide final four series begins on 29 August with a double-header in the south and a double-header in the north.

The final round in the north will be played this weekend, with all top four positions still up for grabs.

The double-header at KGV Park will feature South Hobart against the fourth-placed Northern Premier League side, and Tilford Zebras against the third-placed northerners.

In the north, the northern champion will meet the fourth-placed southerners, and the second-placed northerners will play Glenorchy Knights.

Who will the champions be is the big question in the north.

Current leaders of the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, Northern Rangers, host second-placed Devonport City at the NTCA Ground on Saturday.

Only one point separates the sides, but Devonport City have a game in hand.

This means that Northern Rangers must win to be absolutely sure of taking out the title.

A draw will not be good enough for Rangers.

“It’s a nervous week for Northern Rangers,” said Rangers coach, Roslan Saad.

“The boys are very excited over the prospect of winning the first championship for this young club.

“We are looking good in training and all the players are available.

“Many may disagree, but to me, Luke Connors will be the player to watch for Rangers.

“He will be one hundred per cent and has shown the form that he had in the beginning of the season.

“For our system to work, we require the team to play for and with each other.

“No-one has any special role. The boys understand this and I can see the hunger in them.

“Devonport is a strong team and coach Tom McGinn always has my respect.

“I believe both teams deserve to be where they are now and I am looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

Prospect Knights are third and should draw level on points with Devonport should the latter lose as they face a relatively easy match at home to bottom-side Launceston United.

Fourth-ranked Riverside Olympic travel to Mitsubishi Park to take on second-last Launceston City and should be worth at least a draw.

Sixth-placed Ulverstone are at home at the Showgrounds to seventh-placed Burnie United in what should be a keenly contested North-West Coast derby.