Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Referee Patrick Galloway tosses the coin; Zebras keeper Troy Kaden catches a corner; Kingborough's Marc Iseli heads over the bar; Henry Fagg saves the day for Zebras

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


Tilford Zebras 3 (Crosswell 20, 54, Walsh 71) b Kingborough Lions United 2 (T Pearce 11, Iseli 89)

Reserves

Tilford Zebras 2 (Connolly, Fotak) lt Kingborough Lions United 3 (Shimizu, Kowaluk, Beaumont)







Photos (Top to Bottom): Eagles' Jacob Malakoff about to shoot; Knights' Jackson Marsh about to tackle Eagles' Shane Kent; Jacob Malakoff gives Eagles the lead; Eagles' Jamie Vernon gets away from Jade Clay; Knights' Alex Holmes clears ahead of Eagles' Alex Gordon; Eagles' Alex Gordon about to take on Knights' Nektar Vavoulas;

Glenorchy Knights missed the opportunity to go to the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home at KGV Park by second-last New Town Eagles today.

Hobart Olympic moved up a place to fifth by beating Clarence United 3-1 away at Wentworth Park tonight.

Eagles gave a good account of themselves and should have led in the first five minutes, but they could not finish from inside the box against a packed Knights defence.

Cormac Collins, one of Eagles’ most potent attackers, limped off after a quarter of an hour and was replaced By Jamie Vernon, who went on to have at least three good scoring chances without finding the net.

Eagles hit the front in the 38th minute following a short corner by Alex Leszczynski, who played the ball to Shane Kent.

Kent knocked the ball into the edge of the box, where Jacob Malakoff scored after a lightning-fast turn that wrong-footed the Knights defence.

In the second half, Knights had the ball in the net after an error by goalkeeper Michael Soszynski, but the effort was ruled off-side, much to the relief of the keeper.

Alex Holmes, who, together with Brodie Green, was formidable in the centre of the Knights defence, headed the equaliser in the 75th minute from Jade Clay’s corner.

Eagles were denied a late penalty when Adam McKeown appeared to be sandwiched between two defenders and bundled over, but referee Ivan Jozeljic was unmoved.

Soszynski produced some fine saves in the closing stages, while Eagles defender Nick Ferrall did very well to contain the nippy Amadu Koroma for the entire 90 minutes.

It was the Knights’ first draw of the league season.

Michael Bulis put Olympic in front against Clarence with a penalty, but before the first half was over, he missed from another spot-kick.

He was on target again, however, to make it 2-0, while Adam Hedge added the third to send Olympic in 3-0 up at the break.

Luke Cripps pulled a goal back for Clarence early in the second half, but Olympic were well worth their win, their second in less than a week.

Clarence slipped two places to second-last on the ladder, level on 14 points with sixth-ranked Eagles, who have the same goal-difference but who have scored more goals than the Eastern Shore side.

In the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, leaders Northern Rangers came unstuck when they went down 1-0 at home at the NTCA Ground to fourth-placed Somerset today.

A header by Tom Roach in the 26th minute settled the issue.

The win lifted Somerset a place to third on the ladder, but Rangers still hold a 4-point lead over second-placed Devonport City.

Ulverstone moved up a place to fifth by downing bottom-side Launceston United 5-0 at home at the Ulverstone Showgrounds.




Photos (Top to Bottom): Eagles in a huddle with coach George Krambousanos before the kick-off; Eagles' Adam McKeown nutmegs Knights' Alex Holmes; Knights' Jade Clay shadowed by Eagles' Alex Leszczynski; Jade Clay breaks clear with the ball from Knights' team-mate Brodie Green and Eagles' Alex Gordon

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Glenorchy Knights 1 (Holmes 75) dw New Town Eagles 1 (Malakoff 18)
Clarence United 1 (Cripps) lt Hobart Olympic 3 (Bulis pen, A Hedge, Bulis)

Reserves

Glenorchy Knights 1 (Nowicki) b New Town Eagles 0
Clarence United 5-2 Hobart Olympic

Under-19s

Clarence United 10-0 Hobart Olympic

Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League

Northern Rangers 0 lt Somerset 1 (Roach 26)
Ulverstone 5-0 Launceston United

FIFA Women's Under-14 Tournament in Ho Chi Minh City

Australia 2-1 Guam
(Tasmania's Jessie Williams scored one of Australia's goals to take her tally to two goals in two games)
There are only two Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League matches scheduled for Saturday.

The other two have been postponed because of poor ground conditions.

Northern Rangers can take the opportunity to move 7 points clear of second-placed Devonport City by beating fourth-placed Somerset at home at the NTCA Ground.

Sixth-ranked Ulverstone can move up the ladder, too, if they beat bottom-side Launceston United at the Ulverstone Showgrounds.

“Rangers are not at full strength this week and the boys know that Somerset are not going to make it easy for us,” said Rangers coach, Roslan Saad.

“In fact, after what they did against Glenorchy Knights, there are many who believe that they are the team that will beat Rangers.

“I’m looking forward to a very tight game and the hungrier team will win the game.

“My target is always full points at home and nothing less.”

Somerset showed last week that they can be a force to be reckoned with by beating the highly fancied Glenorchy Knights and, if Bobby Eaves is again in goal-scoring form, Rangers could have problems.

Ulverstone should have few problems against Launceston United.

“Our last game was two weeks ago as we had last weekend off because of the cup round,” said Ulverstone coach, Kim Rigby.

“Ben Foote has finished his three-week or three-game suspension and will come into calculation for selection.

“We have two or three players with colds and flu who haven’t trained so far this week, so will not know until just before the game if they are fit to play.

“Jason Singleton, who is only 15 or 16 years old, will also come into contention as he has got over a broken wrist and has performed well in the U18s and at training and is looking sharp.

“He is one of the four club players from Ulverstone who was in the State under-15 side last year, along with Brayden Mann and Joel Stone, who are playing regular senior soccer, and Jeremy Walker, who is at the TIS this year.

“We need to get a positive result against Launceston as we want to keep in touch with the top four and try to make the finals.

“As we have our local derby the following week away to Devonport, we hope to carry winning form into that game.”