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): Eagles' coach, George Krambousanos, delivers the match balls; Knights' keeper, Alex Tatnell, takes a high cross; Eagles' Jacob Malakoff gets in a shot; Eagles' Alex Leszczynski heads clear; Eagles' Alex Gordon tangles with Knights' Jade Clay; Eagles' Adam McKeown shoots before Brodie Green can intercept; Knights' Alex Holmes clears from McKeown; Knights' scorer, Alex Holmes

Glenorchy Knights threw away the chance to go to the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home at KGV Park by second-last New Town Eagles.

Eagles should have led in the first 5 minutes, but poor finishing through a packed goalmouth cost them dearly.

Cormac Collins, who started the match not fully fit limped off after just 18 minutes and was replaced by Jamie Vernon, who went on to have an eventful game. He was cautioned and also missed three good scoring chances.

Eagles took the lead in the 38th minute from a move they had rehearsed in the gymnasium during the week.

Alex Leszczynski took a short corner to Shane Kent, who found Jacob Malakoff on the corner of the box. Malakoff turned sharply and scored with a low drive inside Alex Tatnell’s near post.

It was not until the 75th minute that central defender Alex Holmes equalised. He pushed forward at a corner and, when Jade Clay floated the ball into the box, Holmes rose to head powerfully past Michael Soszynski.

Holmes did a lot of attacking in this game and was virtually playing like a libero. He was able to do so because 19-year-old Brodie Green, his partner in central defence, was able to hold the fort with a powerful and intelligent display.

Eagles’ Nick Ferrall did a wonderful job marking Amadu Koroma, who had few chances.

Soszynski came into his own in the closing stages of the game. In the 79th minute, he saved well from Clay, whose nippy foray got him into a shooting position.

In the 82nd minute, Soszynski again did well to deny Jackson Marsh after a corner.

With 6 minutes remaining, Soszynski earned his keep when he blocked at Koroma’s feet after the striker for once eluded Ferrall after a precision pass from Josh Fielding had released him.

The point lifted Eagles to third-last and Clarence United, who lost 3-1 at home to Hobart Olympic at Wentworth Park that evening, are now in second-last place.


  • Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

“It wasn’t a good game by any stretch of the imagination.

“I don’t know what it was like to watch. It was bad enough watching from down there [the bench].

“It was scrappy from both sides.

“I thought it was a fair result in the end. I don’t think either side deserved really to win.

“But, nobody deserved to lose, if that makes sense.

“There weren’t too many chances throughout the whole match.

“I suppose it’s two points dropped, but it’s better than dropping three.”

  • New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:

“We came here to win the game, but once again, we had a few lads who were injured.

“As you saw, Cormac Collins came off. It was better to start him and, if he was injured, he could come off and that gives us a better chance to get on with the game.

“I honestly thought we should have won the game.

“Maybe we should have had two penalties - at least one - but I just spoke to the referee and he explained his situation and I’ll go with that.

“I’m very proud of the boys. I am a bit upset that Mr Kelly didn’t walk towards me for a handshake, but, it doesn’t matter. That’s the way things go.”


Glenorchy Knights: Tatnell - Marsh, Green, Holmes, Vavoulas (Paite 63) - Clay, Fielding, Hope, Sherman [Lawler 53 (Roberts 94)] - Smith, Koroma (Substitute not used: Peter)

Booked: Marsh

Goals: Holmes 75

New Town Eagles: Soszynski - Page, Wass, Ferrall, Clark - Malakoff, Kent, Gordon, Leszczynski - Collins (Vernon 18), McKeown (Substitutes not used: Shackcloth, Quan, Minty)

Booked: McKeown, Vernon

Goals: Malakoff 38

Att: 80

Ref: I Jozeljic