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 Melbourne beat South Hobart 7-0 at Bob Jane Stadium today after leading 2-0 at half-time.

This follows South's 1-1 draw with Oakleigh Cannons on Friday.

“It was a great learning curve for us and it’s certainly improved our fitness,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“We had some injuries against Oakleigh and playing a second game in two days in the heat proved too much.

"Ricky Eaves and Matthew Brown picked up ankle injuries and we had to take Matthew off against South Melbourne and that left a soft centre after the break.

“There were some very good performances from our players, though.

"South Melbourne had twenty players and rotated them well."

Meanwhile, the Matildas drew 2-2 with Italy in their international women's match in Parramatta.

Italy is 12th in the FIFA rankings, while Australia is 14th.

The sides meet again next Saturday, this time in Canberra.
New Town Eagles beat Launceston City 2-1 in a friendly at Sandown Park today.

The match conisted of three 30-minute periods and Eagles 'loaned' City three players as the northerners only had 11 players.

Jacob Kavanagh and Adam McKeown scored for Eagles.

City's scorer was one of the Eagles loan players, who played for the club's under-19s last season.

"I was happy with the result," said Eagles coach, George Krambousanos.

"We had twenty players and I gave everyone a run and we gave City three reserve players because they were short.

"We had six first-team players out because they were unavailable or injured.

"But, it was a good run and I'm pleased."

Ivan Jozeljic was the referee.

Incidentally, the draw for the southern Summer Cup will be made at FFT headquarters on Monday at 10am.

German Bundesliga:

Hamburg 1 (Petric 44') b Bayern Munich 0
South Hobart drew 1-1 with Oakleigh Cannons at North Melbourne this evening.

After a goalless opening half, South Hobart took the lead in the 55th minute with a well-worked goal.

A cross by David Abbott was fired at goal by Igor, and when the goalkeeper could only parry, Shae Hickey netted to give the Tasmanians a deserved lead.

Oakleigh equalised near the end through a penalty, awarded for a handball by Liam Scott.

"It was a good display by our team," said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

"The pitch was a bit bumpy but the temperature had dropped by game time and so conditions weren't too bad.

"Oakleigh probably had the better of the first half, but we came back well in the second and probably should have won as it was a 'home' penalty.

"Liam tried to clear and the ball bounced up and struck his hand. It wasn't deliberate.

"Now we've got to regroup for tomorrow's game against South Melbourne."
Australia wasn’t the only side to draw 0-0 in the Asian Cup on Wednesday.

Thailand, where former Tasmanian director of coaching, Steve Darby, is assistant coach to Peter Reid, also drew 0-0 in Bangkok with Australia’s old nemesis Iran, in their Group E match.

Iran leads the group, a point ahead of second-placed Singapore and two ahead of third-placed Thailand, which has drawn its two matches to date 0-0 - away to Jordan and at home to Iran.

“It was a great result against Iran last night,” said Darby.

“Ali Daei [the Iran coach] was not a happy man.

“We could have lost it on set-pieces, and we could have pinched it.

“Iran are an ageing side and I will be surprised if they qualify for the World Cup.

“We have two days off now and then it’s off to Japan.

“The lads and Peter and I are knackered, but the bonus was good for the draw last night.”

In their previous game, Thailand drew 0-0 away to Jordan in temperatures of minus one degree Celsius.

This is one of the attractions for Australia now that it is in the Asian Confederation - the different conditions and opponents to be faced.

I don’t know about you, but I find it far more exciting to follow our team in Asia than used to be the case when we were in the Oceania Confederation.

Thailand will play Saudi Arabia in Sendai, Japan, on Monday, in a friendly.

Saudi Arabia invited Thailand to play them in this practice match before the Saudi’s face Japan in a competitive match.

It’s a case of one nation helping another to prepare for an important match.

Perhaps Australia may receive such invitations in the future, but I doubt it.

Asian nations seem to be wary of facing Australia, and given the long distances that would be involved, and the fact that we would probably field our third-string side, it’s unlikely.

Darby said there were some great players in Thailand who would walk into the A-League.

As well as being coaching director in Tasmania, Darby coached and/or played for Devonport City, University, White Eagles and South Hobart.

Ali Daei rates Thailand as one of the best teams in South-East Asia.

Reid, Thailand's coach, has managed Manchester City and Sunderland in the past.

After leaving Tasmania, Darby was active in the NSL with Sydney Olympic, coached the Australian and Vietnam women's teams, and then coached in Singapore and Malaysia before recently being appointed as Reid's assistant with Thailand.