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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Glenorchy Knights comfortably beat a University side that was missing the injured Julian Proud and which lost defender Iain Fletcher with a torn hamstring after just 10 minutes.

Knights were without Tony Dzelalija, Janko Begovic and Tom Huigsloot from last year's side, but introduced new signings Nektar Vavoulas, William Roberts, Mynonge Kamba. Tom Sherman, Shane Kent, Jackson Marsh and Jyeren Vienna-Hallam.

Amadu Koroma had his best game for the club since joining from New Town Eagles midway through last season

Koroma and Sherman both went close for the Knights before Koroma put them ahead in the 17th minute with a low drive inside Martin Piesse's left-hand post.

Four minutes after the break, Marsh headed home Roberts's left-wing cross to make it 2-0.

Midway through the second half, Jade Clay was unlucky when his shot came back off the bar. Vienna-Hallam was the first to reach the rebound, but Piesse turned his powerful drive over the bar.

With 10 minutes remaining, Vienna-Hallam was put clean through the defence, but he shot wide.

The Knights produced some excellent passages of one-touch football and, on this performance, will be a side to challenge for honours.

They lost Eddie Mohamed with a serious knee injury shortly after he came on as a substitute.

Knights goalkeeper Ben Peter did not have a save to make.

University had just one substitute. Coach Scott Gallacher said he had several players to come into the squad.

Former Hobart Olympic player Oliver Venettacci made his debut for University after a couple of seasons out of the game.

Both teams observed a minute's silence before the match in memory of the Victorian bushfire victims.

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  • Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

"I was pleased with the first half. We played some good football in the first half. The ball was on the ground.

"In the second half, we got lazy and we started to lose a bit of shape.

"But, first-up win, good run-out, good hit-out, so we played well.

"We had some good build-ups and that's what we've worked on. We're going to play attractive football this year."

  • University coach, Scott Gallacher, said:

"We were expecting that. The boys tried their best but couldn't score.

"We've plenty to come yet.

"They gave of their best."

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Glenorchy Knights: Peter - Wiggins, Grundy, Vavoulas, Clay - Kent, Fielding, Kamba, Roberts - Koroma, Sherman [Substitutes: Vienna-Hallam, Green, Marsh, Mohamed]

Goals: Koroma 17, Marsh 34

University: Piesse - Fletcher, Wilkinson, Merry, J Andrews - Wilson, Summers, Procter, M Andrews - Venettacci, Temby [Substitute: Besley]

Ref: I Colhoun

Att: 300
Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide United 4-0 before 34.736 spectators at Telstra Dome tonight to qualify for the A-League grand final.

Melbourne won 6-0 on aggregate against a very disappointing Adelaide outfit.

Carlos Hernandez was the man of the match, scoring once and making the other three goals.

He had only arrived in Melbourne this morning after a marathon flight from Costa Rica after playing for the Costa Rican national side against Honduras on Wednesday.

Hernandez put Archie Thompson through for the opening goal in the 10th minute.

Hernandez made it 2-0 in the 24th minute and then set up Danny Allsopp for the third a minute before the break.

Tommy Pondeljac added the fourth in the 48th minute from a Hernandez cross.

The Costa Rican came off on the hour mark, having done his job.

Adelaide had two chances - from Cassio and Christiano - but both were saved superbly by Michael Theoklitos.

Cassio was sent off 10 minutes from the end after foolishly collecting a second yellow card.

Adelaide will meet Queensland Roar next weekend in the preliminary final at Hindmarsh Stadium.
South Hobart trounced New Town eagles 6-0 in their Group B match before a large crowd on the opening day of the Premier League section of the Summer Cup competition at South Hobart today.

Eagles had no answer to South’s 4-2-3-1 system, characterised by good one-touch play and retaining possession of the ball, which resulted in three goals in each half.

David Abbott, who played as the lone striker, netted the opening and closing goals, while strikes by Greg Downes, Liam Scott and Jonathon Ladic, together with an own-goal by Ben Whitehall, completed the tally.

Hobart Zebras are second in Group B after drawing 1-1 with Hobart Olympic and then earning the bonus point by winning the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

Dwayne Walsh, Zebras’ new signing from Clarence, put his side in front in the 8th minute from Ricky Self’s pass, but Paul Kaproulias equalised with a penalty, awarded for Daniel Lapolla’s foul on Adam Hedge, seven minutes after the break.

Josh Thorpe and Ben Crosswell hit the Olympic woodwork, while Fred Assenheimer and Akuel Guot missed good chances for Olympic.

Thorpe, Crosswell, Walsh and Henry Fagg netted penalties for Zebras, as did Dmitri Nester, Assenheimer and Guot for Olympic, but three consecutive saves by Troy Kaden - against Kaproulias, Peter Tsakiris and Robert Lebski - gave Zebras the win.

Olympic’s keeper, Nester, was also in excellent form and saved spot-kicks from Aaron Brazendale and Kurt Engels.

Glenorchy Knights are top in Group A after a comfortable 2-0 win over University, Amadu Koroma netting the first in the 17th minute and new signing from Nelson, Jackson Marsh, heading the second from Will Roberts’s cross four minute after the interval.

Clarence United is second in the group following a 2-1 win over Kingborough Lions United.

After a goalless opening half, Luke Huigsloot headed Clarence in front midway through the second period, while Jacob Huigsloot punished Marc Iseli’s foul on Stefan Hamilton by converting a penalty to make it 2-0 eight minutes from the end.

Iseli redeemed himself by grabbing a consolation goal for Kingborough in stoppage time with a ferocious 20-metre shot that gave keeper Michael Moschogianis no chance.
The second round of the northern Steve Hudson Cup competition will be played on Sunday.

Prospect Knights meet Northern Rangers in the first match and a Rangers victory is the most likely outcome.

Rangers won their opening match last weekend and have had over 42 players at training.

“Team captain Sam Luck, as well as Gareth and Todd Hingston will be selected to stabilise the team and to ensure that the system used in training be applied in the game,” said Rangers coach, Roslan Saad.

“We have selected new players to look at their ability. The boys are experiencing a new system of play and thus will take a while to get used to it.

“Still, we aim to be in the top four of the Hudson Cup.”

Mark Ambrose will make his first appearance since the Tasmanian under-21s were in action against A-League youth sides.

Other inclusions will be Brad Langerak, Amos Gbasie, Andrew Nicholson, Duncan Lee, Rhys Prestidge, Luke Tuma, Moe Bami, Sultan Ali, Sam Nugteren, Chad Honey and Gareth Otley.

Tuma, from last season’s under-18s, and Dubai students Ali and Bami will be making their debuts.

Paul Bremner and Derek Schipper are still unavailable, while Thataetsile Kakadumane only returned from Botswana this week and is not yet match fit.

Chris Gaskin is still in New South Wales.

The second match on Sunday pits the Tasmanian Institute of Sport against Riverside Olympic.

TIS managed a creditable 1-1 draw with Launceston City last Saturday, while Riverside Olympic were given an 8-1 hiding by cup-holders South Hobart.

Taroona take on Launceston United in the day’s third contest, while Launceston City meet South Hobart to round off the day’s program.

“We've kept most of the squad together from last season, with only a few guys trying their luck elsewhere,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.

“Chris Cox and Cian Carey are both a lot fitter than this time last year and, hopefully, will have a better run with injuries because the rest of our team is still very young.

“It was great to finally get a win last weekend against Prospect Knights in the Steve Hudson Cup, but, once again, we made life difficult for ourselves, missing chance after chance and conceding two very soft goals.

“There will be a few changes to the team this week, though, as although we are getting good numbers at training, quite a few players are unavailable this early in the season with other commitments.

“We had a few new players last week making their first senior starts, including Llewyn Tubb and Darragh Carey, and they both played very well.

“Darragh is working this weekend, unfortunately, but Llewyn will keep his spot at right back.

“Sam Johnson will return in defence against Launceston United, which will free up Cian Carey to move into midfield, which is where I'd prefer to have him because he gives us a lot of drive there.

“We've also recalled Hangover Hill's cult favourite and perennial leading reserves goalscorer, Alex Edwards.

“He will be among the substitutes, but is always dangerous when you need a goal.”

South Hobart will have been in action on Saturday against New Town Eagles in the southern Summer Cup competition and coach Ken Morton is likely to field a different looking side against Launceston City.

South Hobart should still be too strong for a City side that is in a rebuilding phase.