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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Melbourne Victory took a huge step towards claiming the A-League minor premiership with a 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at Telstra Dome on Friday night.

Victory have now completed their 21-match program and are 3 points ahead of second-placed Adelaide United, who play fourth-placed Central Coast Mariners away at Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday.

Victory have a goal-difference of +12, while Adelaide go in to Sunday's game three points adrift of Victory and with a goal-difference of +11. Adelaide must, therefore, win by two goals to pip Victory for the minor premiership.

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How lucky is Melbourne Victory striker Daniel Allsopp?

He collected a yellow card against Wellington for kicking out at Manny Muscat.

But, he could easily have been sent off for the offence.

Similarly, when he shoulder-charged Sydney FC coach John Kosmina recently, he escaped punishment completely.

Allsopp has only received a couple of yellow cards in the past three seasons, but he was mighty lucky not to receive red cards for the two incidents mentioned above.

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The decision by AC Milan's Brazilian superstar Kaka to turn down a move to Manchester City was a refreshing development in a game that seems to be ruled by money these days.

Kaka earns $10 million a season in Italy and is that country's highest-paid player.

Manchester City offered $150 million dollars to AC Milan for his services and a considerable wage increase to the player, but Kaka was content to stay in Milan and demonstrate commendable loyalty to the shirt.

How refreshing in this day and age of fleeting loyalty and million-dollar wages for mediocre players.
The Tasmanian Institute of Sport men's team had better results later in this week at the Football Federation of Australia's Institute Challenge series in Canberra.

Sam McIntyre excelled and netted two goals.

TIS beat the highly rated Western Australia Institute 1-0 through a McIntyre penalty.

TIS were then trounced 6-0 by the Queensland Institute before bouncing back with a 1-1 draw against the ACT Institute.

McIntyre scored against the ACT with a brilliant header from a free-kick by Will Abbott.

TIS have a chance of playing off for fifth and sixth places if other results go their way.

The Tasmanian Institute of Sport men's team, coached by Dean May (left), has won one game and lost three of its opening four games at the Football Federation of Australia's Institute Challenge series in Canberra this week.

Tasmania's sole victory was against Northern New South Wales, coached by Gary Phillips.

Tasmania won 2-1 through a penalty by Sam Abbott and a goal by Andy Brennan.

Inthe opening game, TIS went down 3-1 to the South Australian Institute, with Hugo Bladel netting for the Tasmanians.

Tasmanian then lost 2-0 to the Victorian Institute and 2-1 to New South Wales. In the latter game, TIS led 1-0 at the interval through a strike by Jeremy Walker.