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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Shai Maynard goes through his paces; The players listen to coach Dane Hudson; Hudson demonstrates juggling skills; Hudson explains a point during training; Tasmania's coach, Dane Hudson, also coaches Prospect Knights in the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League; Shai Maynard...a unique young footballer

There would not be many young association football players who travel to training by light aircraft.

Shai Maynard, 15, a member of Tasmania’s representative youth indigenous soccer team is one.

Maynard lives and goes to school on Cape Barren Island and must travel by light aircraft each week to the mainland before attending state training in either Launceston or Hobart.

He is in grade 9 at the small school on the island and his soccer activities are encouraged and supported by teacher Judy Hunter.

Maynard is looking forward to an even longer trip by commercial jet early next month when the Tasmanian indigenous team travels to Townsville for the inaugural national Indigenous festival of football, which will be held from the 4th to the 10th of July.

“I’ve played soccer for the school before, but this is the first time I’ll have played for Tasmania,” Maynard said at State training at the Showgrounds in Derwent Park on Sunday.

“It’s a good game and we have a kick around at school.

“I can’t wait to go to Townsville for the tournament because it’s going to be fun.”

Maynard would love to become a professional soccer player and follows the progress of two of Australia’s leading A-League indigenous players, Jade North and Travis Dodds.

Coach of the Tasmanian indigenous team, Dane Hudson, 47, of Launceston, is pleased with the way preparations are going.

“Training is going really well,” said Hudson, who coaches Prospect Knights in the northern Premier League.

“Each one of the boys has turned up consistently over the weeks so it’s just a matter now of becoming a team and making sure the boys get to know each other well enough.

“Each boy has a twinkle in his eye and they’re all keen to do well.

“As a senior club coach, I can see a pathway now developing for these boys, even though some of them haven’t yet become a part of football in Tassie.

“I’m sure that those who are already involved in football will continue on.”

Hudson said the team will fly out on 3 July and, apart from the actual games, there will also be coaching sessions for all the teams.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to tap into some coaching up there and see what is being done at a junior level.’ Hudson said.

“There’ll also be some time away from the games for the boys just to relax a little bit and enjoy each other’s company outside the game.”

Photos (Top to Bottom): Eagles' Alex Leszczynski (left) and South's Kostas Kanakaris chase the ball; The loneliness of the goalkeeper...Eagles' Michael Soszynski was unwell; Soszynski beaten for the third time; Eagles' Nick Ferrall (right) beats South's Jonathon Ladic in the air; South's Ricki Eaves faces Eagles' Jacob Malakoff and Andrew Clark; Malakoff (left) and Eaves vie for the ball; Leszczynski plays a pass in midfield; Ladic on the attack while Ferrall tries to impede Kanakaris; Mr Barker awards a goal; Daniel Brown about to score South's first; Mr Barker cautions Brown while Adam McKeown writhes on the ground

New Town Eagles recovered well to equalise just before the break, but they fell apart badly midway through the second half and conceded two goals in three minutes, which broke their resistance.

Goalkeeper Michael Soszynski was unwell because of a lung infection and should probably not have played.

But, Eagles’ defending was also at fault in the goals and South Hobart used the width of the pitch to good effect.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton was absent in Melbourne, but the team played its usual style and assistant coach Jed Donoghue did not have any major decisions to make.

They missed Gary Upton, but coped without him.

South Hobart took the lead in the 22nd minute when Jonathon Ladic’s corner from the left was flicked on by Kostas Kanakaris and tapped home by Daniel Brown.

Brown had an eventful first half. He was also booked for a bad tackle on Adam McKeown.

Eagles’ equaliser in the 38th minute came from an excellent build-up down the left.

Shane Kent released Cormac Collins wide on the left and he cut inside and shot against the crossbar. The ball rebounded to Adam Shackcloth, who was making a rare senior appearance, and he slotted it beyond goalkeeper Mark Moncur and inside the far post.

Josh Heerey restored South’s lead in the 63rd minute after the visitors had torn open the Eagles defence in style.

A minute later, a low cross from the left by Liam Scott found Kanakaris free and his sloppy shot struck the base of a post. Before Eagles could react and clear, Kanakaris threw himself at the ball and forced it over the line to make it 3-1.

Soszynski complained that the striker had thrown himself into the fray with studs showing, but the goal stood.

A minute from the end, Kanakaris played substitute Julius Ross through on the left and he deftly lifted the ball over Soszynski and into the net to complete the scoring.

South Hobart are now a point adrift of second-placed Glenorchy Knights and three behind leaders Tilford Zebras, whom they meet shortly.


  • New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:

“I thought we gave them a good run for their money.

“First half, we had a few things up our sleeve and the plan was going well.

“We stopped their attacks down the flank.

“Very proud of the boys in the first half.

“Second half, they exploited that flank again and did very well. We just lost our momentum for three minutes and they scored two goals and that opened the game up for them.

“But, I’m happy with my lads. Very happy.”

  • South Hobart assistant coach, Jed Donoghue, said:

“I thought it was a good game.

“A bit of a battle in the first half. I mean, they showed a lot of spirit and theyw on some of those fifty-fifty balls, which are critical.

“We didn’t take our chances, but I think the boys showed that in the second half they just kept at it, were disciplined, kept at the task, got the ball out wide, closed them down and created a few more chances.

“So, it was a good performance in the second half.”


New Town Eagles: Soszynski - Page, Wass, Clark, Ferrall - Shackcloth, Leszczynski, Kent, Malakoff - McKeown, Collins

Booked: Leszczynski

Goals: Shackcloth 38

South Hobart: Moncur - Pennicott, Ludford, Cooper, Scott - Abbott, Ladic, Heerey, D Brown, Hickey - Kanakaris

Booked: Brown, Hickey

Goals: Brown 22, Heerey 63, Kanakaris 64, Ross 89

Att: 90

Ref: K Barker

Photos (Top to Bottom): Referee Kim Barker tosses the coin for the captains; Eagles' Shane Kent gets the ball away from South's David Abbott and Jonathon Ladic; South's Costas Kanakrisis confronted by Eagles' Nick Ferrall; Kanakaris is bundled over by a posse of Eagles players; Eagles' Adam McKeown squeezes between South's Daniel Brown and David Cooper

Third-placed South Hobart moved to within 4 points of Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders Tilford Zebras by beating sixth-placed New Town Eagles 4-1 away at Clare Street today.

South Hobart took the lead through Daniel Brown in the 22nd minute, following a corner.

Eagles equalised in the 38th minute after an excellent build-up down the left.

Shane Kent put Cormac Collins through and, when his shot hit the crossbar, Adam Shackcloth stroked home the rebound.

Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half killed off Eagles, while a goal in the final minute sealed the three points for the visitors.

In the 63rd minute, Josh Heerey made it 2-1, while in the 64th minute, a low cross from the left by Liam Scott saw Costas Kanakaris initially hit the post with his shot.

The ball was blocked on the line, but Kanakaris was able to bundle it into the net as Eagles were too slow in reacting.

Substitute Julius Ross netted the fourth after being put through on the left by Kanakaris and then deftly chipping the ball over goalkeeper Michael Soszynski.

Goals by Akuel Guot, Andrew Otto and Alex Bellini gave Hobart United a 3-1 win over Northern Suburbs DOSA at Pontville and moved United off the foot of the Division One ladder, at the expense of Christian United.

In the Premier League Reserves, goals by Jared O’Brien, Seth Otte and Simon Burrett gave South Hobart a 3-1 win over Eagles, who replied through Matt Fennell.

In Division One Reserves, DOSA downed Hobart United 2-1, while in the Under-19s, Eagles defeated South 4-1 and Hobart United overcame DOSA 3-0.

Eagles’ scorers in the under-19s were Kain Davey, Andrew Hagger, Matthew Ball and Alexander Ayers, while Dylan Postma replied for South.

Photos (Top to Bottom): Clarence captain Ben Parker greets the match officials; University's Richard Delara takes on Clarence's Chris Hunt; Clarence's Chris Hunt and Matt Lewis tangle with University's Michael Andrews; University's Aaron Hindmarsh (No. 17) is tackled by Clarence's Chris Hunt; Clarence striker Luke Cripps tries to get in a shot in a crowded goalmouth

Clarence United progressed to the semi-finals of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy state-wide competition for the second year in a row with this 2-0 win over University at Wentworth Park.

They join Tilford Zebras, Northern Rangers and Somerset in the semi-final draw.

University had the better of the first half but did not seem to know what off-side meant.

They missed a couple of easy chances and Nigel Blundell also struck a fine shot against the Clarence crossbar.

University suffered a blow early on when Ben Hewson suffered a bad cut to the head and had to be replaced. He went to hospital for treatment.

And, they had Rory McCallum and Andrew King booked yet again. At this rate, they’ll both be suspended before much longer.

Clarence gained the ascendancy in the second half and Ben Hamlett, returning after many weeks out through injury, put them ahead on the hour, converting a low cross from the right by Luke Cripps.

University keeper Hamish Peacock got his hands to the ball but could not keep it out.

Substitute Ben Phillips made the game safe with a strike two minutes from the end, following David Hoppitt’s low cross from the right.


  • Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“After last week, it was a very big effort by the players.

“We actually found a training ground on Thursday to train and I think you saw an improvement today.

“We know we’re a long way off where we want to be, but as the game unfolded - I thought we rode our luck a little but early when they hit the woodwork and had another couple of decent chances - but as we got into the game, the players seemed to be recovering some of their confidence in their own ability.

“The first goal was a little bit fortuitous, but all the same, it was a good strike by Hamlett. We’ve missed that, someone who can just pop up in the box and out it in the net.

“But, the second goal was really good. I was very happy.

“To turn the corner? We’ll see. Next week is a long way away.”

  • University coach, Scott Gallacher, said:

“A game of two halves.

“We sort of fell away and couldn’t match it fitness wise.

“But, I thought the first half we played really well. We could have sneaked a goal there and might have been able to hold on.

“I think they’re a good side, Clarence.

“I’m a bit disappointed today. Normally, I’m not that competitive with the cup, but I was hoping to get through today.

“I think the boys can hold their heads up high because we gave it to them in the first half.”

Clarence United: Moschogianis - Toghill, S McIntyre, Lewis, J Huigsloot (Hoppitt 70) - McMahon, Cannamela, Parker, Hunt - Cripps, Hamlett (Phillips 83) (Substitutes not used: Barron, Grainger)

Booked: Parker 75

Goals: Hamlett 60, Phillips 88

University: Peacock - Hewson (Besley 25), Andrews, Fletcher, Griffiths - King, Merry, Delara (Burgess 74), Blundell - Hindmarsh (Narulla 83), McCallum (Substitute not used: Cropp)

Booked: McCallum 5, King 26

Att: 80

Ref: I Jozeljic