Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Tilford Zebras 3 (Welch 25, Telega 60, Walsh 70) b New Town Eagles 1 (McKeown 75)

Reserves

Tilford Zebras 8-0 New Town Eagles

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The new FFT coaching and development manager is rumoured to be Stephen Paine, who has been working recently in Canada.

And the new directors to join the FFT Board are rumoured to be William Lo and Damien Bones.
Metro must beat third-placed Beachside at home at North Chigwell on Saturday if they are to retain their 3-point lead over second-placed Taroona on the southern Division One ladder.

Metro will miss striker Steve McClung, who has returned to Scotland for family reasons after only a couple of appearances.

They still have their three other Scottish imports and striker Ricky Orr should be fit to resume his goalscoring spree which has seen him hit 21 goals in 11 matches.

Metro president Jim Mackinnon is reported to have stepped down, while Darrin Chaffey and Mathew Gasparin are expected to resume playing shortly.

Beachside will have Colin Wain, Sebastian Milford and Craig Pitt in their side, but Sam McDonald is out because of an ankle injury.

“Our last encounter with Metro was our best performance of the year and so we are confident of getting a victory that would cut their lead to three points,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.

If Metro do falter, Taroona can move level on points with them by defeating fifth-placed Northern Suburbs DOSA away at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

DOSA will miss centre-forward John Visentin, who is Melbourne for work, and goalkeeper Jeremy Parry.

Justin Farrugia returns to goal after several weeks out with a broken nose sustained against Hobart United, while 16-year-old Michael Langshaw retains his place in the side after a promising debut last weekend.

Steve Swift, normally a striker, played successfully as a man-marker last weekend and will be used in this role again, while 16-year-old Nick Butt will make his debut as a striker.

Taroona coach Ben Horgan is delighted that goalkeeper Tom Shepperd will be back, while Darragh Carey returns after suspension and will play at left-back to allow Chris Cox to resume in a striker’s role.

Horgan has not decided who Cox’s partner will be up front, but Toby Dove, Hamish Macgregor and Duncan Carey are all candidates.

“Last time we played them there we had a lot of possession but struggled to create many clear cut chances as it is a very small pitch and they defended very well,” said Horgan.

“We’ll need to be a bit quicker and more incisive with our passing and movement and more clinical in front of goal this time around.

“We will be strengthened defensively by the return of goalkeeper Tom Shepperd. We’ve been very unsettled in that position for the last few years really.

“Nathan Meyers is a great keeper when fit but really only intended to coach the keepers this year until I asked him to play and he’s struggling now with injuries.

“Rob Hortle and Jon Burridge have done well at times when called upon but both are still learning and it is asking a lot to expect them to hold down such a key position week in, week out.

“Provided he can stay injury-free, Tom will give us some stability there as he is a confident, unbelievably athletic shot-stopper, who is quick off his line and strong overhead.

“He played in goals for the first time in probably two years in the reserves last week and looked very sharp, like he’d never been away really.

“We’ve gotten away with some defensive lapses this season which might otherwise have proven costly. but I expect Tom will help us to improve in that area.

“I haven’t decided yet on who the striking partner will be for Chris Cox.

“I’ve got some good options in Toby Dove, Hamish Macgregor and Duncan Carey, who can all be dangerous around goal, but overall this season we’ve been poor at finishing the chances we create and these guys need to start finding the back of the net regularly to cement a spot in the side.”

The remaining match of the round us at Sherburd Park on Saturday, where second-last Christian United host fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs.

Christian will be anxious to win this game and put four points between it and bottom-side Hobart United, who have the bye.

Christian trained on Thursday night with a beach run at Blackman’s Bay because the surface at Sherburd Park was very wet.

Christian will miss Ash Page because of an ongoing knee injury which could see him out for the rest of the season and he may be replaced by Brodie Whayman, who did well after coming on as a second-half substitute last weekend.

There is an air of confidence around the Christian United camp and Nelson must be wary.

“We are very confident of a result against Nelson this week despite our numerous injury concerns,” said Christian’s Jesse Arnold.

“We felt we were very unlucky to only come away with one point in our last encounter.

“With the way the ladder sits at the moment, we have every belief in ourselves and that we can finish in fourth place.

“Currently, Nelson occupies that position with 9 points and we firmly believe we can knock them off.

“I have no doubt Taroona were shocked with the way we came out against them last week.

“We know as a group that we are improving and now it's time to show it to the rest of the division.”

Nelson will have captain and midfielder Adam Mills, as well as defender Lewis Gibbs, back this week, but Tom Roach and Nick Roberts are out through injury and illness, respectively.

Ben Gibson retains his spot in goal, and Natsuki Futumura will again be used wide on the left flank.

Centre-back Rick Chew has a knee injury that may have ended his season.

“It was a good comeback by us last week from 2-0 down against Hobart United,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“This will be another difficult match away for us, but if we can play with the intensity we showed in the second half of last week’s match, we should be able to get a good result.

“It’s good to have Adam Mills back and that will add a bit of quality to the team.

“We look as if we might be ready to show some form now, and we'll see on Saturday, I guess.”
Second-placed Devonport City can close the gap on Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League leaders Northern Rangers to just one point if they can beat third-placed Somerset away at Cardigan Street on Saturday.

It will be a huge task, though, especially if Bobby Eaves is on fire for the home side.

Jonathon Lo and Tom Roach return to the Somerset line-up after both players missed last weekend's match and this should strengthen the Sharks.

Devonport were trailing Burnie United 1-0 last weekend when the match was abandoned by the referee in the 54th minute because the pitch had become dangerous.

This frustrating turn of events could affect Devonport psychologically as they go into this needle match against a side that is level with them on 25 points.

Devonport were unable to demonstrate their resilience and ability to come back from being behind and they know they cannot afford to trail against a side of the calibre of Somerset.

It should be a close match and a draw would not surprise.

Northern Rangers have the bye and can only sit and watch and await the outcome, which they hope will be a draw.

Fourth-placed Ulverstone entertain sixth-ranked Riverside Olympic at the Ulverstone Showgrounds on Saturday and must be confident of winning after last weekend’s 3-1 victory away to Prospect Knights.

“We had a great win against Knights last week and hope to continue that form with a win against Riverside on Saturday at the Showgrounds, but we are expecting a very hard game,” said Ulverstone coach, Kim Rigby.

“We were light on last week with regulars John Cornel, Will Cox-Haines and Daniel Bell all missing, along with Jason Singleton, who has just got over a broken wrist to pick up a knee problem playing for his school team.

“It has been one of those seasons for Jason and I doubt he will play again until next year.

“Ben Foote, our stand-out player last week, has had a minor operation on his hand and should be okay to play, but I doubt very much if Will and John will be fit enough to play.

“Riverside have performed very well and beaten us convincingly 3-0 earlier in the season.

“It is a very important game for both sides as both are pushing to finish in the top-four and make the finals, so this will be a true six pointer.”

In other matches on Saturday, seventh-placed Burnie United host fifth-ranked Prospect Knights at Montello, and in a bottom-of-the-table clash at Mitsubishi Park at the later time of 4.30pm, second-last Launceston City entertain last-placed Launceston United.

Prospect Knights may just have the edge over Burnie, although it will not be easy, while Launceston City should be too good for Launceston United.
Tilford Zebras will welcome back midfielder Paul Cairns and striker Ben Crosswell for Friday night’s showdown with New Town Eagles at KGV Park at 8pm.

Defender Henry Fagg is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.

Cairns will strengthen an already potent midfield, while Crosswell poses a huge threat to a brittle Eagles defence.

Zebras are top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, while Eagles are second last on the ladder and in danger of becoming embroiled in the relegation battle.

Zebras have beaten Eagles 4-2 and drawn with them 3-3 this season, so Eagles must have some chance, but only if their finishing improves.

They have missed goals galore in recent games and this has exasperated coach Georg Krambousanos.

Eagles will be without striker Cormac Collins, who is still injured, which means that Adam McKeown will carry much of the responsibility for scoring.

Defender Mark Page will return to the Eagles line-up.

Eagles also have two or three players who must travel down from Launceston on Friday to play and this will not be the ideal way for them to go into this match.

“This is an important game for both sides, but for different reasons,” said Krambousanos.

“Zebras must win to stay on top, while we must win to stay ahead of bottom-side University.”

Second-placed South Hobart travel to KGV Park on Saturday to take on fourth-placed Hobart Olympic at 6pm and South Hobart must win to stay in touch with leaders Zebras.

Both sides should be at full strength and, with Olympic having taken some big scalps in recent weeks, South cannot afford to be complacent.
Michael Bulis will pose the major threat to South and their defence will have to be alert if he is to be kept scoreless.

South have been having a lot of possession in games, but the goals have not always followed.

If this failing is not rectified, the reigning champions may well come unstuck against an Olympic outfit that has new-found self-belief and is enjoying a high level of morale.

Young defender James Pennicott may be included in South’s starting line-up.

South Hobart have three more tough games coming up - against University, Tilford Zebras and Glenorchy Knights - and they need a good win against Olympic so that they can go into those games full of confidence.

Third-ranked Glenorchy Knights are away to sixth-placed Clarence United on Saturday at 6.30pm and a win is essential if the Knights are to stay in touch with the leading pair.

Clarence have beaten Knights 4-1 this season, while the Knights have beaten Clarence 3-1, so both teams will feel they have a chance.

But, Clarence has struggled in recent weeks and will be hard-pressed to get even a point from this meeting.

Clarence will have Chris Hunt back in their squad, but Andy Barron has not trained because of the ‘flu and may be rested.

Goalkeeper Michael Moschogianis should also be back after missing last week’s game because of a finger injury.

Knights will have Brazilian midfielder Breno Bianchini Joviano Dos Santos back after a few weeks out through injury.

Will Roberts will start in midfield and Mathew Nowicki in attack, but Lindsay Millington will be rested because next weekend’s bye means he will have a couple of weeks more to recover from an injury sustained against Somerset in the Milan Lakoseljec Memorial Trophy quarterfinals last month.

“We will continue our youth policy,” said Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly.

“We had no aspirations to win the Premier League title this year but we did wasn’t to build up a squad of youngsters.

“We are out to win games and not the Premier League title, but if winning games leads to us winning the title, then so be it.

“We need to improve for this game, though, especially the technical side of our game.”

Bottom-side University entertain fifth-ranked Kingborough Lions United at home at Olinda Grove on Saturday at 2.30pm and anything less than a win for the home side will be unacceptable for the Students.

University are 4 points adrift of second-last Eagles and are running out of time to avoid relegation.

Kingborough have slumped in form after a promising start to the season and must improve considerably to win this game and avoid being sucked into the relegation dogfight.

University are only 6 points behind Kingborough and Clarence, and a win will give them great confidence in the remaining games of the season.

Kingborough’s chances would be improved somewhat if striker Greg Freeman is fit to start.

Michael Palmer and Brett Andrews are unavailable due to interstate travel, while Ross Hinkley will be limited to bench duties due to a torn cartilage in his knee.

Ryan Bevan and Andrew Kerr will be the replacements for Andrews and Palmer.