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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Metro easily won the Division One Summer Cup final, beating New Town Eagles 7-0 at KGV Park this evening.

Metro led 4-0 at the interval through goals by Ricky Orr, Nathan Brown, Jason Dawes and Aaron Marney.

After the break, Dawes, Wade Hawkins and Marney netted again to complete the rout.

The Tasmanian Institute of Sport women's team produced a polished performance to down Hobart Olympic 5-1 in the women's Summer Cup final.

Olympic took the lead through Nic Hale, but Lucy Foote equalised before the break.

The TIS ran away with the match in the second half as Foote, Tayla Thomas, Rani Cavarretta and Madeline O'Brien all found the back of the net.
The four Tasmanian players in Victoria's top-flight competition were all in action last weekend.

Billy Gasparinatos and James Sherman locked horns in the Oakleigh Cannons versus Melbourne Knights match, which Knights won 1-0 away at Jack Edwards Reserve, last Friday night.

Gasparinatos came on as a substitute for Oakleigh's star striker Billy Karpeh a minute before half-time, while Sherman played the whole match for the Knights.

Gasparinatos almost scored with his first touch, bringing a fine save from the Knights keeper.

Daniel White and Mathew Sanders both played the whole match for Green Gully Cavaliers in the 0-0 draw with Dandenong Thunder at home at Green Gully Reserve.

Green Gully are equal leaders of the Victorian Premier League, while Melbourne Knights are fourth and Oakleigh Cannons seventh.
The second round of the Forestry Tasmania Premier League is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

South Hobart top the table after the first round with 3 points, level with Glenorchy Knights, who have an inferior goal-difference.

Third on goal-difference are Tilford Zebras and Kingborough Lions United, followed by Clarence United and Hobart Olympic. All four sides have one point each.

The bottom two, in order of goal-difference, are New Town Eagles and University.

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KINGBOROUGH LIONS UNITED V NEW TOWN EAGLES
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The Lions host the Eagles at Lightwood Park at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Eagles coach George Krambousanos has also coached the Lions in the past and will be very familiar with the venue.

“I reckon we’ll do well,” said Krambousanos. “We respect them.

“They did very, very well on Sunday [against Zebras].

“I think we’ll do very well against them.

“I reckon it’ll be a really good game. If they perform the same way as they did on Sunday, it’ll be a good game.”

Eagles will miss defender Andrew Clark, who has the flu, and midfielder Jacob Kavanagh, who is unavailable.

Barry Pope will play in the reserves, while defender Wade Savage is still injured and is restricted to simple running at training.

“Our boys who study and train up north have done well,” said Krambousanos. “They’ll be down and they’ll be ready to go.”

Greg Freeman is in doubt for the Lions, which means Tom McDonald and Marcus Bremner may get a start.

“We’re looking to build on a good first-up performance,” said Lions coach, Geoff Freeman.

“If we don’t turn out a better performance against Eagles, we might struggle.

“You don’t go into these first few games thinking of relegation.

“But, the first priority for the club is safety and so you’ve got to win games like these, especially at home.”

Prediction: Draw

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UNIVERSITY V CLARENCE UNITED
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University host Clarence United at Olinda Grove at 2.30pm on Saturday in a contest for premiership points as well as for the Andrew Hoppitt Memorial Trophy, named after the late University goalkeeper.

University are almost back to full strength.

Alexis Bull and Aaron Hindmarsh played for the first time this season last weekend, while Nigel Blundell is back in training.

Goalkeeper Rory McCallum should be back after going off injured last weekend.

James Wilkinson suffered an ankle injury at training but hopes to be fit.

“We’re getting back to the full lot,” said University team manager, Hume Moase.

“Ben Hewson, from Sydney University, impressed in the reserves last week.

“He looked very comfortable in a defensive role and coach Scott Gallacher is keen to get him registered.”

Clarence striker Luke Cripps is out because of a hamstring injury, which he has been carrying for a few games.

“He’s been running the gauntlet for a few weeks and not getting any fitter,” said Clarence coach, Andrew Brown.

“I’ve decided to give him a rest this week.

“David Hoppitt is in the squad and there’s no rocket science in that. We’re playing for the Andrew Hoppitt shield.

“Everyone else is fit and well and all our niggles appear to be over, although as soon as you say that, someone will keel over tomorrow.

“Julian McMahon has a sore foot, but he’s a strong boy and should play.

“I think if we play well and to our potential, that we’ll get whatever we deserve.

“Bear in mind, it’s a different Uni side now. They’ve got good players back and it’s always hard at Olinda Grove.

“To be fair, though, as a coach, I do have a good record at Olinda Grove.”

Prediction: Draw

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HOBART OLYMPIC V TILFORD ZEBRAS
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Tilford Zebras will be without Ben Crosswell for their match against Hobart Olympic at KGV Park at 6pm on Saturday.

Crosswell was sent off in last week’s 4-4 draw with Kingborough Lions United and is suspended, which also means he cannot retain the Vic Tuting Silver Medal this year.

“We’ve appealed against it, but there’s a stupid clause in there that says even if you’re successful in appealing, the applicant must still serve a one-week suspension,” said Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla.

“So, he’s been given a three-week ban.

“All you can appeal is the two- and three- week portion of the ban. The one-week ban must stand.

“I find that unbelievable, incomprehensible.”

Zebras were hoping to use video footage of the incident to support their case, but with no regular and extensive Aurora TV coverage this year, there was no film of the incident.

WIN TV did have a cameraman there, but only for a brief period.

“They didn’t even get the goals,” said Lapolla. “They were only there for a couple of minutes.”

Daniel Lapolla is also out because of a back injury.

“It’s a big game for both sides,” said Nick Lapolla.

“The side that loses is going to go five points behind.

“They beat us twice last year. They’ll be hard to beat.

“The boys have had a good run on the training track this week and we’ve worked on a few things and we’ll change things to suit us with the two players out.”

Olympic must improve in the scoring department and, if they do, they could win this traditional derby.

Olympic should be at full strength.

Prediction: Hobart Olympic

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SOUTH HOBART V GLENORCHY KNIGHTS
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Reigning champions South Hobart will be without captain and key midfielder Bart Beecroft for Sunday’s game at 2.30pm at South Hobart against Glenorchy Knights.

Beecroft will have surgery on a nose injury on Monday and may also require treatment on his eye. He suffered the injuries against University last weekend.

David Abbott is still out because of a hamstring injury, while Matthew Brown is overseas.

Josh Heerey should have recovered from the flu, while experienced midfielder Gary Upton also returns.

Julius Ross and Ricky Eaves come into contention for places in the starting line-up.

“I watched Knights against Eagles and they’ve got a bit of pace in the team,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“Tom Sherman is also now settling in a little bit with Amadu Koroma.

“We’re ready for a hard game, but we’re confident in our own ability.”

Knights will have Jayden Wiggins back from injury, while James Hope, signed from Metro, should start.

“The debate is about who will miss out,” said Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly.

“There weren’t too many people who went missing last week, apart from the last 15 minutes.

“We’ll have a final training session on Friday night.”

Knights are hoping to import a couple of Brazilian players soon.

“It’s looking brighter and brighter every day, so I’m led to believe at this point of time,” said Kelly.

“Apparently a couple of resumes came through.

“I know there’s definitely one coming, possibly two, but I haven’t seen the resumes yet.

“Against South, it’s not necessarily a case of putting your best team on the park.

“It’s a case of putting the people that we know will do jobs for us on the park.

“We’ve worked hard this week and, as I said, we will have another training session on Friday.

“We’ve been concentrating on a fair few things. The boys have really put in a good effort.

“I think they realise the error of their ways last week when we let Eagles back into the game.

“This week will be another story, another chapter in the book.”

Prediction: Glenorchy Knights
Metro will be the favourites when they take on New Town Eagles in tonight’s final of the Division One section of the Summer Cup competition at 6pm at KGV Park.

With their three Scottish imports in fine fettle and scoring and making goals, it is difficult to envisage anything but Metro lifting the trophy.

Ricky Orr is proving a clinical finisher in attack, Colin Sweeney is providing the ammunition from midfield, and Grant Malcolm is shoring up the defence.

In addition to the three imports, Metro have the able captain/coach Darrin Chaffey and the experienced Matthew Gasparin at the back, while Nathan Brown has returned to the club and is scoring goals in attack.

Michael McKenna should start in goal and he will be difficult to beat.

Eagles’ Steven Bukowiecki will retain his spot, while under-19s Stefan Sommerville and Adam Colgrave will also be included.

Richard Leszczynski, Adam Jones and Richard Ketchell will be rested in preparation for the beginning of the league season next weekend.

“We had a fantastic win over Taroona last weekend, but it has taken its toll on the boys,” said Eagles coach, Marty Nidorfer.

“I doubt if they will be able to fire on all three cylinders again this Friday night.”

The Women’s Summer Cup final kicks off at 8pm, with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport taking on Hobart Olympic.

TIS have done very well to reach the final and will be slight favourites going into this match.

The squad is going to China next month and every girl will be keen to cement a place in the starting line-ups for the tour matches.

Hobart Olympic’s team comprises most of last year’s Nelson team, nearly all of whom transferred to Olympic.

Their experience will be considerable, but their fitness and speed will be tested by the young guns of the TIS.