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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South Hobart coach Ken Morton will be in Sydney until Wednesday attending a coaching conference.

TIS head coach Dean May will also attend this annual conference conducted by the FFA.

National coach Pim Verbeek will be one of the presenters.

Morton will also be meeting Francis Awaritefe with a view to strengthening contacts between Morton's Soccer Schools and the Johnny Warren Foundation and Academy.

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The Igor saga continues.

Glenorchy Knights are in the dark about the Brazilian midfielder's plans.

South Hobart, on the other hand, claim he was down to play for them on Saturday against New Town Eagles in the Summer Cup but could not get a flight from Brisbane in time.

Officials said that he would be playing for South Hobart against Launceston City in today's Steve Hudson Cup match in Launceston.

Knights officials viewed this news with some consternation as he has an agreement with Vikings Futsal, who brought him here from Brazil, that he will play for the Knights.

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The attendance at South Hobart yesterday was excellent for the opening day of the Summer Cup competition.

A minute's silence was observed before the start of the first match in memory of the victims of the Victorian bushfires.

The pitch was, unfortunately, not looking as good as it usually does.

The area in front of the old grandstand looked the worse for wear, with large patches of bare ground or ground with minimum grass cover.

Usually, at this time of the year. the South Hobart pitch is looking like the old Wembley.

And, a dispute about South Hobart as a home ground is looming.

Hobart Olympic are, apparently, scheduled to play some home games there, and South Hobart are not too impressed at having to share the facility with another club.

David Abbott congratulates Greg Downes on his goal


South Hobart strolled to an easy 6-0 win over New Town Eagles in Group B of the Premier League section of the Summer Cup competition at South Hobart on Saturday.

Three goals in each half did the trick and Eagles were never in the hunt.

South Hobart were missing Billy Gasparinatos, Hugh Ludford, Julius Ross and Igor, while Eagles had Andrew Savage in goal in place of the injured Nathan Pitchford.

South employed a 4-2-3-1 system, with David Abbott the lone striker up front.

Abbott weighed in with two goals - the first and the last.

Greg Downes, Liam Scott and Jonathon Ladic netted a goal apiece, while the remaining goal was an own-goal by Ben Whitehall.

Eagles were disappointing and coach George Krambousanos has a lot of work to do if the side is to avoid relegation.

They showed little imagination, poor technique and no tactical nous at all, despite the presence of all those young promising players from the end of last season when the team was beginning to click.

Cormac Collins was back after studying in the north, while new signing Jacob Kavanagh started in attack.

Alex Gordon, signed from South Hobart, was not fully fit and started on the bench, as did Jamie Vernon and Matthew Rybak.

South Hobart goalkeeper Marl Moncur had a very quiet afternoon and was never extended.

Abbott opened the scoring with a blistering volley from the edge of the box in the 6th minute.

On the quarter-hour, Gary Upton crossed from the right towards the far post. The ball was knocked back across goal and Whitehall, under pressure from a couple of South players, inadvertently forced the ball into his own net.

In the 31st minute, Downes attacked down the right and beat Savage with a low drive to make it 3-0 at the interval.

Ladic shot narrowly wide five minutes after the resumption as South continued to dominate the game.

Richard Delara showed some clever touches for Eagles and worked hard all over the pitch, but he could not influence the course of the match on his own.

Midway through the half, Scott made it 4-0, while eight minutes from the end, a neat build-up involving Scott and Shae Hickey allowed Ladic to volley home the fifth.

Three minutes from the end, Ladic played Abbott through and he lobbed the advancing goalkeeper to make it 6-0.

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  • South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“We played well. Once we get the ball down and the passing going and the triangles and the movement, it’s good.

“And, we’re starting to get a lot more penetration this year than last year with people coming from behind.

“So, I’m quite happy with that performance.

“Six-nil to start with, in a one-hour game of 30-minute halves, is a good result for us.”

  • New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:

“It shows that South are way ahead of probably any team in the State.

“They’ve only had about three weeks off since last year, so they’ve been working right through.

“It’s a long year and we’ve got a bit of work to do.

“It’s good to play a team in their category rather than an easier team and beat them and think that we are champions.”

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South Hobart: Mocur, Abbott, Beecroft, D Brown, M Brown, Cooper, Downes, Hickey, Ladic, Scott, Upton [Substitutes: Kruijver, Pennicott, Di Falco]

Booked: Abbott

Goals: Abbott 6, 57, Whitehall 15 og, Downes 31, Scott 48, Ladic 52

New Town Eagles: A Savage, Clark, Collins, Delara, Kavanagh, A Leszczynski, Malakoff, McKeown, Page, Wass, Whitehall [Substitutes: Gordon, Pope, Rybak, Vernon]

Ref: K Barker

Att: 300


[ZEBRAS win penalty shoot-out 4-3]

Akuel Guot almost scored on his debut for Olympic when an error by Michael Connolly in the 4th minute allowed him a clear run at goal. But, the striker panicked and shot early, straight at keeper Troy Kaden.

Kaden's opposite number, Dmitri Nester, saved his side a minute later when he denied Aaron Brazendale.

In the 8th minute, a fine pass from the right by Ricky Self found new signing Dwayne Walsh, who smashed the ball past Nester to make it 1-0 for Zebras.

Kaden did well to save from Guot in the 21st minute, following a corner by Chris Tsakiris.

Kaden almost made a horrible mistake in the very next minute when a sloppy clearance cannoned off Guot, but the ball went out for a throw-in.

Self should have added a second for Zebras in the 27th minute when a delightful ball by Walsh put him through on the right, but he fired into the side-netting with the goal beckoning.

Olympic drew level in the 37th minute when Daniel Lapolla conceded a penalty by fouling Adam Hedge. Paul Kaproulias netted with the spot-kick.

Zebras were unlucky before the end as both Josh Thorpe and Ben Crosswell hit the Olympic woodwork.

Three minutes from the end, Carl Larzabal played Fred Assenheimer through on the right, but he blasted his shot wide of the far post.

In the penalty shoot-out, Thorpe, Crosswell, Walsh and Henry Fagg netted for Zebras, but Nester saved against Brazendale and Kurt Engels.

Kaden proved to be the hero for Zebras as he saved from Kaproulias, Peter Tsakiris and Robert Lebski. Nester, Assenheim and Guot scored for Olympic.

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  • Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

"At this time of the year, I think it's a pretty good hit-out.

"Both teams were very aggressive and it was end-to-end stuff.

"I think both teams are going to go away and think about defensive duties.

"It was a promising start for some of the new boys, Akuel Guot and Colin Banks.

"There are more players to come in, just like everyone else."

  • Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:

"That was our first game, our first hit-out, so it wasn't too bad.

"Penalties are a silly way to go, but we'll take the two points and look forward to next week."

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Hobart Olympic: Nester, P Tsakiris, Lebski, C Tsakiris, Larzabal, Richardson, Djekanovic, Kaproulias, Assenheimer, A Hedge, Guot [Substitutes: Plomaritis, McNeill, Banks]

Goals: Kaproulias 37 pen

Booked: Kaproulias, Richardson

Tilford Zebras: Kaden, Pace, Fagg, Connolly, Telega, Brazendale, D Lapolla, Self, Walsh, Crosswell, Thorpe [Substitutes: F Lapolla, K Engels, Hall]

Goals: Walsh 8

Booked: Brazendale

Ref: I Jozeljic

Att: 300

This was virtually a youth match, with not many players on view on either side who were out of their teens.

Kingborough missed the injured Charles White, and Gary Upton, who has joined South Hobart.

There were only two incidents worthy of note in the scoreless opening half - Michael Palmer's fierce shot, which was well blocked by Michael Moschogianis, and Matthew Chapman's effort, which came back off the Kingborough crossbar.

The two Huigsloots then came to the fore for Clarence.

In the 43rd minute, Luke Huigsloot headed home at the far post to put Clarence in front, while eight minutes from the end, Jacob Huigsloot converted a penalty - awarded for Marc Iseli's foul on Stefan Hamilton - to make it 2-0.

Voss saved Jacob Huigsloot's spot-kick, but Huigsloot was first to the rebound and he smashed the ball home from close-range but an acute angle.

Iseli atoned for his misdemeanour by rattling home a consolation goal for the Lions, his shot from 20 metres in stoppage time giving Michael Moschogianis no chance.

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  • Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

"I thought it was a fantastic effort when you consider there were three players over 19 years of age and no state players and no representative players.

"We deserved the victory.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the way we conceded towards the end. Maybe that's expecting a bit much out of the young boys."

  • Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:

"It was our first game of the season and I'm not too disappointed.

"We probably let ourselves down with mistimed tackles. I'm not terribly pleased with that.

"But, I thought we played okay for the first game of the season.

"It was a nice goal by Marc to finish it off."

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Clarence United: Moschogianis, Ling, Parker, J Huigsloot, Hunt, Toghill, Chapman, Hamilton, L Huigsloot, Knapek, Barron [Substitutes: Lewis, Phillips, Sweetten, McIntyre]

Goals: L Huigsloot 43, J Huigsloot 52 pen

Kingborough Lions United: Voss, Iseli, Andrews, Marchioli, Bevan, Wells, Palmer, McDonald, Schuth, Pearce, Bremner [Substitutes: Greg Freeman, Geoff Freeman, R Hinkley, Leaney]

Goals: Iseli 61

Ref: S Collins

Att: 300