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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Metro 1-3 Clarence United

HT: 0-1

Scorers: (Metro) Danny Cowen 55
(Clarence United) Nathan Dawes 26 og, Liam Marsh 51, Brendan Garth 64

Tilford Zebras 2-1 South Hobart

HT: 1-1

Scorers: (Tilford Zebras) Oliver Bird 25, Robert Lapolla 68
(South Hobart) Daniel Phillips 5

[Detailed match reports to follow.]
Third-placed Beachside beat second-last Christian United 6-0 tonight in their Division One match at Sandown Park.

The win moves Beachside to within a point of second-placed Taroona and 4 points behind leaders Metro.

But, Beachside has played one game more than Taroona and Metro.

Ben Davis opened the scoring for Beachside in the 5th minute with a tremendous long-range drive.

Goals by Colin Shepherd and Colin Wain made it 3-0 at half-time.

Second-half strikes by Craig Pitt, Sebastian Milford and Bernhard Klasen completed the tally.

"We will still try and pip Taroona for second place," said Beachside's player-coach, Nathan Robinson.

It was disappointing to see that two club assistant referees had to be used in support of referee Chris Ware.

This was surely the only game in town this evening and three officials must have been available.

Former Tasmanian State director of coaching, Steve Darby, is the assistant coach of the Thailand national team.

In Tasmania, he also coached club sides such as Devonport City and White Eagles, and played for South Hobart, Devonport City and University.

He moved interstate and coached at Sydney Olympic and was also the Matildas coach.

He has been assistant coach of Bahrein, coach of the Vietnam women’s team, and coached club sides in Singapore and Malaysia before taking up his post in Thailand.

Darby is married to a former Miss Vietnam and they have a young son.

Peter Reid, the former Manchester City player, is the manager of Thailand.

Thailand drew 1-1 with Liverpool in Bangkok last Wednesday and I asked Steve Darby his thoughts about the game.

"We were delighted with the result,” said Darby. “It wasn't a great game for the fans, which is a pity, but that’s something that can’t be controlled.

“We did our best to attack Liverpool and felt we made a few good chances.

“Lang was injured the day before the game, hence he only had 15 minutes, and Sutee had a swollen ankle from a Singapore league game on Sunday but was desperate to play.

“We gave the young boys such as Kawin and Suttinum a chance near the end to develop their confidence for the SEA games.

“Some of the Liverpool players were top class.

“Carragher, Babel, Mascherano and Lucas are the ones I am talking about. But, our lads matched them in technique, but we lost out in the physical challenges.

“Upper body strength differences were massive and Torres was a bit special. We were happy he only saw 15 minutes.

“Peter really proud of the players’ attitude and self belief and it was great to receive a good reception at the end.

"Let’s hope we can get the same crowd in November versus Singapore.

"The AFC sent a group of young elite coaches to monitor Thailand's preparation and they have done a great analysis of the game for us.

“It was great coaching against the team I grew up watching. I went to Anfield Road School, so I had no choice really.

“The Thai lads have got superb technique. One has moved to Melbourne.

“I expect more to follow, but if we could get visas, some would be at EPL teams now.

“Maybe they could marry an English girl.

“If Tassie could get an A-League team there is a ready-made pool of foreign talent in South-East Asia who would be a superb balance to local talent.

“I believe Tassie has the talent. I have no doubt the Lesczzynski brothers, who all had different qualities, could have played A-league, and Peter Greenwood, the keeper, could have, too.”