Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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Photo:  Kingborough's Damian Pearce clears off the line befoer Olympia's Brady Cronk can strike [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (Warrior Park, Saturday, 9 July 2011)

Olympia Warriors 0

Kingborough Lions United 0

Att: 100   Ref: K Barker

Olympia Warriors: Kay (Voss 84)  -  Hey, Stockdale, Van Der Mey, Phillips  -  Colosimo, Mason, Fielding, Meredith  -  Cronk (Shabaneh 75), Hedge (Grillas 61)  (Subs not used:  Undy, Nandan)

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey  -  Palmer, Iseli, Herweynen, D Pearce  -  Watkins (Davis 65), Bevan, Davies (McConnon 87), Tyalor  -  Schuth, Cooper  (Subs not used:  Davey, Farquhar)


Photo: University coach, Scott Gallacher

Scott Gallacher is facing one of his toughest seasons as a coach.

The 55-year-old, who came to Australia from Scotland when he was 17, coaches University in the Premier League and the club is all but relegated.

University are 7 points adrift of second-last New Town Eagles.

University have three games left, as do Eagles.

Gallacher is in his second year as coach of University, but is undecided about his future.

“If we get relegated, it won’t reflect well on the coach,” Gallacher said.

“I like this club so I’ll just wait and see what happens.”

Gallacher came to Tasmania from NSW three years ago and was assistant to Eamonn Kelly for three months at Glenorchy Knights.

“When Eamonn left, I decided to leave too but saw out the season with the club’s under-13s,” Gallacher said.

“University advertised their coach’s position and I applied and this is my second year with the club.

“I think Uni has got a few problems, especially in the youth department, but we’re working on it.

“I’d say it’s going to take five years, but with the youth program we’ve got in place now, it’ll come to fruition and we’ll actually have players that are based more in Hobart than elsewhere.”

Gallacher does not swap clubs often as a coach and he was with Hills United in Sydney for ten years before moving to Tasmania.

He played in the Kuringai District of NSW when he came from Scotland and found he enjoyed coaching after his playing career ended.

“I enjoy coaching and get a lot out of it,” he said. “I’ve been doing it for a long time now.

“I like to see players improving.

“Taking a player on and making a player do something he didn’t think he was capable of doing is the challenge.

“I enjoy developing players, and I enjoy winning, too.

University must win all three of their remaining games - against Hobart Olympic, Tilford Zebras and New Town Eagles - and Eagles must lose all three of theirs if University are to survive.

University play Hobart Olympic at South Hobart on Saturday and a loss would condemn them to Division One next year.
Hobart United, the bottom side in the Division One competition, can move off the foot of the ladder by beating second-placed Taroona away at Kelvedon Park on Sunday.

United are a point behind second-last Christian United, who have the bye, and even a point against Taroona will enable them to change places with Christian United.

The return of key central defender Alex Bellini will boost Hobart United’s chances.

He appealed successfully against his suspension after being sent off against Nelson Eastern Suburbs a couple of weeks ago.

“It’ll be nice to have a mature head around the field with the return of Alex Bellini,” said Hobart United coach, Mark Broadbent.

“Nathan Grandin is back from the army and will be in goal, while John and Peter Otto are also available.

“It’s a big game and a huge one for us.”

Taroona coach, Ben Horgan, said last week’s draw against leader Metro had all but ended his side’s title chances.

“We haven’t played Hobart United since round 3 and, apparently, they’ve got a few good players back since then, so we’ll need to be switched on and make sure we show them some respect as they have some very quick and dangerous forwards,” Horgan said.

“Chris Cox came off the bench last week and caused havoc, hitting the back of the net twice, although one goal was ruled offside, so I will have to find room for him in the starting line-up.

“Goalkeeper Tom Shepperd has had stitches in his back and may not be fit by Sunday, in which case Jon Burridge will play.”

Third-placed Beachside host fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs at Sandown Park on Saturday, while Metro are at home to fifth-ranked Northern Suburbs DOSA at North Chigwell.

Nicholas Roberts returns for Nelson as Robert Brooke is unavailable, and Ben Gibson retains his place in goal while Nic DeCarpentier returns through the reserves.

Oliver Ireland, 15, will be on the bench, together with striker Tom Gordon, who has returned from a European holiday, and Jordan Brighella.

“We have played okay in our last two games and are starting to look like we can play some football, but we'll need to be at a higher level again for Beachside,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“This is our last chance to get a decent result against them this season, so we can’t afford any sloppy mistakes at either end of the field and we’ll need to work hard to get some pressure on them as well over the full 90 minutes.”

Beachside will be without Luke Atkin, who is unavailable, while Sam McDonald returns to the line-up.

“We are looking forward to playing at home again and following up from the six goal victory on Monday night,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.

“The pitch was in excellent condition during the week and this should help us get back to playing some neat passing football.”

Metro should have no problems in overcoming DOSA.
Northern Rangers should have few problems in staying top of the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League on Saturday because they are away to bottom-side Launceston United at Birch Avenue and a win is almost guaranteed.

"It's first versus last and, with that in mind, I expect our players to put in a concerted effort, with a lot of pride,” said Launceston United coach, Brian Dracup.

“Over the last few games, we have improved and basically have been running with the same squad, which has improved the players’ ability to perform as a team.

“My expectation is for a close competitive game with home ground advantage coming into play, coupled with the heavy ground conditions.”

Rangers will miss defenders Sam Luck, who is injured, and Brad Langerak, who is unavailable because of work commitments.

“These positions will be covered by the young boys who have shown so much improvement over the season,” said Rangers coach, Roslan Saad.

“I believe they should be able to achieve our aim of not conceding any goals this week after the three goals conceded last week.

“I told the boys that three points is what we want and the points are going to win us the championship and not the goal-difference.

“At this stage of the season, we have 29 points and that is our best finish ever last year.

“So, I believe the team will create a new chapter on Saturday with the 3 points.”

Second-placed Devonport City, who are a point behind Rangers, should win against the visiting Launceston City, who are second-last on the ladder.

The only change to the Devonport side that beat Somerset in their previous outing is the inclusion of striker Christ McKenna, the second-ranked marksman in the league.

McKenna has had hamstring problems but is fit and ready to resume.

Nathan Gratton and Ben Pizzirani have been impressive in recent weeks and Devonport coach Tom McGinn will be looking for another good performance from this pair.

“With just four roster games left, it’s important that we don’t slip up against Launceston City,” McGinn said.

Third-placed Somerset and fourth-ranked Prospect Knights are locked together on 25 points and they meet at the latter’s Harley Parade headquarters on Saturday in what should be a close game.

“We are looking to be successful against another quality top-four side,” said Knights coach, Dane Hudson.

“Our preparation has been interrupted due to ground closures, but we trained on our ground for the first time in three weeks on Thursday night.

“There are no excuses, though, and we need, as always, to apply ourselves and work hard with or without the ball.

“Somerset are coming off a State-wide Cup defeat against Northern Rangers, so I’m sure they’ll be determined to get back to the level they know they can play.

“Hopefully, though, that’ll be next week and not this time out.”

Sixth-placed Riverside Olympic hosts seventh-ranked Burnie United at Windsor Park on Saturday.

Four points separate the sides and Burnie will be keen to reduce that to a single point with an away win.

But, Burnie will be without captain Ashley Smith, who was sent off last weekend and is suspended.

Sam Phillip-Croule has a back injury and will miss the game, but this makes way for promising 18-year-old midfielder Aiden Withers to make his mark.

This will be Riverside’s last home game of the season and they will be at full strength with the return after three weeks’ absence of Ryan McCarragher, who has been suffering from the effects of concussion.

“We will be going all out to win this game and to try and keep our final-four chances alive and we’ll be hoping for some favourable results in the other games,” said Riverside coach, Troy Scott.

Fifth-placed Ulverstone have the bye.