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' Adam McKeown eludes the Knights' Alex Holmes; The Knights' Adrian Lawler heads clear; Adrian Lawler pursued by Adam McKeown

South Hobart were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom-side University at South Hobart today but still moved a point clear at the top of the Premier League standings.

The result paves the way for Tilford Zebras to move to the top if they can beat Kingborough Lions United away at Lightwood Park on Sunday.

“They came to defend and to get a point, and that’s what they did,” said Ken Morton, coach of South Hobart, whose side twice hit the woodwork.

Sixth-placed Glenorchy Knights beat fifth-placed New Town Eagles 3-1 away at Clare Street after trailing to an excellent goal by Adam McKeown after just 19 minutes.

Second-half goals by Jackson Marsh and Amadu Koroma, the latter netting twice, gave Knights the points and enabled them to switch places with Eagles on the ladder.

The Knights had a very young team, with Ben Peter, Tony Dzelalija, Josh Fielding and Mynonge Kamba all on the bench.

Alex Tatnell took Peter’s place in goal and produced two outstanding saves, against Shane Kent and Andrew Clark.

Clark also hit the woodwork from close range for Eagles.

Eagles keeper, Michael Soszynski, produced a miraculous save against Tom Sherman in the second half.

Second-last Hobart Olympic scored twice through Michael Bulis just before the break against Clarence United to make it 2-2 at the interval in their match at Wentworth Park last night.

Luke Cripps and Chris Hunt had put Clarence 2-0 up before Olympic’s revival.

But, Cripps completed his hat-trick in the second half with a penalty and a far-post header from substitute Rowan Heggie’s marvellous cross to give the home side a comfortable win.

Olympic were without goalkeeper Dmitri Nester, who was interstate, and Chris Tsakiris, who was injured.

Olympic were caught off-side an incredible 14 times and had substitute Lincoln Conquest sent off the bench. He was injured in the warm-up and did not play, but was still on the team-sheet.

Beachside beat Christian United 7-2 in last night’s Division One match at Sandown Park.

Bernhard Klasen hit a hat-trick and Sebastian Milford and Colin Wain each scored a brace for Beachside, who led 2-1 at the break.

Ashley Page and Isaac Golo, the latter with a penalty conceded by Ben Davis, netted for Christian, who had Jesse Arnold sent off in the second half with his side trailing 4-2.

In the Premier Reserve League, Eagles downed Knights 3-2 and Olympic beat Clarence 3-0 through goals by Colin Banks, Emmanuel Tsakiris and Omar Shabanel.

Eagles' marksmen were Ben Whitehall, Adam Shackcloth and Matt Fennell, while Matt Nowicki and Nektar Vavoulas replied for Knights.

Goals by Rowan Franklin and Jai David gave South Hobart a 2-0 win over University.

In the Under-19s, Knights overcame Eagles 4-2, Clarence beat Olympic 5-0, and University accounted for South Hobart 5-0.

Clarence's Chris Nicholson grabbed a hat-trick, while Sam Jacob abd Luke Wilcock scored once each.

In Division Two, Beachside lost 4-2 to Eagles White.

In the Northern Premier League, Devonport City beat Somerset 3-1 through goals by Nathan Gratton, Sean Howe and Chris McKenna.

Jonathon Lo replied for Somerset.

Prospect Knights beat Burnie United 3-2, Launceston City overcame Launceston United 4-1 away, and Riverside Olympic were 3-0 victors over the visiting Ulverstone.

Photos (Top to Bottom): DOSA will miss John Visentin; Craig Stockdale is back from holidays and will play for Nelson; Colin Shepherd is a vital cog at Beachside; Metro's Colin Sweeney is suspended after being sent off for the second time this season; Christian United's Wilson Lumago (right) is an important player in the team; Hobart United's Austin Chong plays a vital role in defence

Metro have the chance to take over at the top of the Division One ladder this weekend.

Metro are currently level on 10 points with leaders Taroona but are second on goal-difference.

With Taroona having the bye, Metro only need to beat bottom-side Hobart United away at Pontville on Sunday to become the outright leaders.

This should be a relatively easy task, even though one of Metro’s Scottish imports, Colin Sweeney, is suspended after being sent off for a second time recently.

Hobart United are but a shadow of last season’s team and will not be able to withstand the challenge of the visitors.

Third-placed Beachside should make up ground on the leading pair by overcoming second-last Christian United at home at Sandown Park in an evening match on Saturday kicking off at 6.30pm.

Amazingly, this will provide competition for spectators as Premier League sides Clarence United and Hobart Olympic are doing battle at the same time at Wentworth Park.

It used to be that there was competition for spectators on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but this situation is ridiculous.

If we don’t watch it, Saturday night will be the preferred match time for both divisions.

Such evening kick-offs make it very awkward for my deadlines at The Mercury, too. And, it means there will be no match photographs from those games in Sunday’s paper.

But hey! That’s only the media talking.

Beachside lost 6-0 during the week to Premier League leaders South Hobart in a practice match and this added training will stand them in good stead for Saturday night’s match.

Colin Wain and Luke Atkin will return to the Beachside line-up after missing the last game, which was a win in a State-wide Cup match in Launceston some weeks ago.

Kurt De Jong has left for Europe and will be lost to the club until August.

“We are looking to carry on our good form from three consecutive victories in the league and Milan Lakoseljac Cup,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.

“Not having played a game since then has been unfortunate considering all leagues except Division One seemed to have rostered matches last weekend.

“It makes it difficult to gather momentum and gain match fitness when there is a bye in the roster, and then an unnecessary break.

“A practice game against South Hobart seniors on Tuesday night provided some much-needed competition and, despite being beaten 6-0, there were many positives from that match.”

Christian United will have midfielder Angus Livingston back after a knee injury kept him out for two weeks.

The remaining match of the round pits fifth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs against fourth-ranked Northern Suburbs DOSA at North Warrane on Sunday.

Nelson will welcome back Craig Stockdale from holidays and captain Richard Flood and Adam Mills after injury.

Rowan Sakul and Dean Melville are omitted, while under-19s captain Cody Flynn will also be out.

“It’s been a tough few weeks with lots of injuries and the unavailability of key players and the standard of our football has dropped,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“We should have a couple of important players back in for this match pending fitness assessments on Friday, although Adam Mills in particular will be lacking match fitness.

“We will be looking for an improved performance at home against DOSA and we know from past experience that they can be a difficult opponent.

“We need to win this one, but it starts with us getting back to playing the good-quality football that we are capable of.”

DOSA coach Joe O’Hea is away and Richard Korn will take charge of the team.

Calvin Frith and John Visentin are both unavailable because of work commitments, but Jason McGurk and Mark Wakefield are back, while newcomer Nick Radovanovic, the former Metro and Hobart Olympic player, will make his debut.

“Our record at North Warrane is not good, so any points we can earn there will be valuable,” said Korn.