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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South Hobart have trained for only short periods in the heat of Melbourne as they prepare to take on Oakleigh Cannons and South Melbourne this weekend.

The Tasmanians trained for half-an-hour yesterday after arriving in Melbourne and for 45 minutes at Bob Jane Stadium this morning, both sessions being conducted in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

There will be regular drinks breaks in both matches and bottled water will be available around the touchlines for the players.

The South Hobart line-up for tonight's [Friday] match against Oakleigh Cannons at Port Melbourne at 8pm is: Mark Moncur - Greg Downes, Hugh Ludford, Matthew Brown, Liam Scott - Ricky Eaves, Bart Beecroft, Gary Upton, David Abbott - Shae Hickey, Billy Gasparinatos.

The South Hobart team for the game against South Melbourne at Bob Jane Stadium tomorrow [Saturday] at 4pm is: Sam Kruijver - Greg Downes, Hugh Ludford, Matthew Brown, Liam Scott - Ricky Eaves, Bart Beecroft, Jonathon Ladic, Julius Ross - Billy Gasparinatos, Igor.

South Melbourne officials will meet with South Hobart officials on Saturday to talk about a proposal to conduct an end-of-season tournament at South Hobart this season involving South Melbourne, Sydney Olympic, Hobart Olympic and South Hobart.



Photos: Beachside training at Sandown, conducted by coach Nathan Robinson

Many clubs are busy playing friendlies as the pre-season tournaments approach.

Hobart Olympic have already drawn 4-4 with Beachside, while South Hobart beat Beachside 2-1 at senior level and 7-1 in the reserves.

Clarence United beat Taroona 2-0 on Thursday.

On Saturday, Launceston City head south to take on New Town Eagles at Sandown Park at noon.

Beachside will play Clarence at Wellesley Park on Sunday, the reserves kicking off at 10am and the seniors at noon.

On Sunday, Metro are up against Kingborough Lions United at South Hobart.

South Hobart are, of course, in Melbourne to play Oakleigh Cannons at North Melbourne on Friday at 8pm, and South Melbourne at Bob Jane Stadium at 6pm on Saturday.

Let's hope the temperatures ease a little bit in Melbourne.
The second-string Socceroos, made up entirely of A-League players, drew 0-0 with Indonesia in Jakarta in their Asian Cup qualifying match today [Wednesday].

It was Australia's fifth clean sheet in a row and Indonesia's fifth game in which they have failed to score.

Australia, ranked 29th by FIFA, was disappointing against an Indonesia team ranked 144th in the world.

It is quite clear that the A-Leaguers are not up to it, even against such modest opponents.

The visitors had the better of possession but rarely tested the Indonesia defence, while Australia's goalkeeper was never really under any pressure.

A point is better than none and that is about all that Australia can be pleased with in regard to this game.

It was Indonesia's second 0-0 draw in the qualifying group and they are on top of a group in which a goal has yet to be scored after two games.
The selection process for the State under-14s and under-15s has commenced, with trials conducted in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart this week.

"We commenced our trials in Devonport on Monday," said State under-14s coach, Ken Morton.

"We went all right. From the North-West squad that Micky Denton coaches up there, fourteen of the sixteen players turned up and there's some quality in there.

"Young Alexander Goggin, or 'Moo' as they call him, has been identified by Liverpool, Derby County and one other club.

"Tommy McGinn's lad, Daniel, is a smart player.

"Brady Grey, the defender, is a talent. He's a good player.

"He reads the game well, plays at the back and is a good distributor and a natural leader.

"I like the look of him.

"Out of fourteen, there were some promising players, some of whom I'd class as fighting to get into the final squad, so that was a good try-out for me."

Morton said he was disappointed with the trial in Launceston.

"The turn-out was not so strong and maybe only one or two showed the credentials that are needed to become a State player," he said.

Trials for the under-14s and under-15s, the latter coached by Chris Hey and assisted by Mark Loftus, were held at the Cornelian Bay grounds this morning.

"This morning, we had a group of 38 in the under-14s, and the under-15s had 31, making a total of 69 players trying out," Morton said.

"The next step, now that we've had a look at them in the regions, is to ask them if they feel confident of going forward.

"If they do, then they should attend the next training session, which will be at Churchill Park in Launceston on Sunday, 8 February.

"That'll be for players from all the regions.

"From there, we'll start to cut the numbers down and get to a better working level of maybe 25, 26 or 27 players, or something like that."

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Meanwhile, the Tasmanian Institute of Sport men’s team has returned after competing in the Institute Challenge in Canberra and finishing joint fifth with the Victorian Institute of Sport and the ACT Institute.

“On a count-back, Tasmania was placed seventh because we missed out on a play-off with Northern NSW, which was unable to field a side on the final day because of injuries,” said TIS head coach, Dean May.

“Overall, it was a good performance by the TIS and allowed us to truly gauge where we are nationally.”