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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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Hobart Olympic 2 (Kunwar 44, Bulis 60) b New Town Eagles 1 (Collins 87)
HT: 1-0

Reserves

Hobart Olympic 2 (D Kanakaris, G Kalis) dw New Town Eagles 2 (B Whitehall, J Thomas)
HT: 1-1
With Division One leaders Metro having the bye this weekend, second-placed Taroona can catch up to Metro on points by beating second-last Christian United away at Sherburd Park on Saturday.

“We came out of last week’s game against Beachside without any injury worries and everyone is a bit fitter for finally having had a run, so I don’t expect to make any changes to the starting line-up,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.

“Hugo Luttmer played last weekend, which was a surprise to everyone as we genuinely thought he’d miss at least the next three games with a broken foot, but they must breed them tough on the North-West coast.

“The under-19s’ Will Darling, a central defender, and Phil Gale, a striker, will both keep their places in the squad and, hopefully, I’ll get an opportunity to give them a good run off the bench.”

Christian United will be without Dave Noble, who is in Sydney, goalkeeper Scott Nicholson, who is in Brisbane, and Matthew Sly, who is suspended.

Leno Taglieri is also out because of a rib injury, while captain, Angus Livingston, is in Western Australia.

Munday Taban will play in goal, while Adam Van Sant, Andrew Pilgrim and Jesse Arnold will also come in to the side.

“Things are starting to turn in the right direction for us,” said Christian’s Jesse Arnold. “It was good to get our first win of the season out of the way and now we just have to forget our previous results and keep looking forward.

“Our training sessions have stepped up and we're really looking an improved side.

“Now we just need to transfer our energy and positive attitude from training over to match day and start putting in 100 per cent for the full 90 minutes.”

Third-placed Beachside entertain fourth-placed Northern Suburbs DOSA at Sandown Park on Sunday without Bernhard Klasen, who is injured, and Sebastian Milford, who is unavailable.

Damien Lowe and Colin Shepherd come into the starting line-up for Beachside.

“If we are to stay in touch with the top two, this is a must-win game against an improving DOSA outfit,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.

“Our defending last week was extremely poor and conceding nine goals in our last two games is a concern and something we have concentrated on in training this week.”

John Visentin returns for DOSA in place of Aaron McGurk, while Calvin Frith replaces Simon Natoli, who has coaching and refereeing commitments.

Sixteen-year-old Jayden Hey makes his debut after returning from an interstate athletics carnival.

The remaining match of the round is at North Warrane on Saturday, where fifth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs host bottom-side Hobart United.

Ben Gibson and Robert Brooke come into the Nelson side in place of Rowan Sakul and Dean Melville.

“We simply have to put a decent performance together for 90 minutes this Saturday against Hobart United and then concentrate on playing good football for the balance of the season,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“We have shown glimpses of what we can do, but we need to be more consistent and ruthless in all areas, and that's the challenge for us now.”
Clarence United can do other Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League teams a huge favour if they can beat league-leaders Tilford Zebras at home at Wentworth Park at 6.30pm on Saturday.

Clarence beat Zebras in the first round, away at KGV Park, so a win at home is a distinct possibility.

Zebras lead with 22 points, five ahead of second-placed South Hobart and eight points in front of fourth-placed Clarence.

Zebras are the in-form team and are scoring freely and will be extremely difficult to conquer.

Clarence’s hopes are boosted by the return of midfielders Ben Parker and Julian McMahon and key defender Toby Ling.

But, Ben Hamlett is still injured and will be rested for another week.

“Last week’s postponement has done us a world of good because it has helped some of our players to recover from niggling little injuries,” said Clarence coach, Andrew Brown.

South Hobart are away to fifth-placed Kingborough Lions United at 2.30pm at Lightwood Park on Saturday and utility player Daniel Brown should be available and he will add some bite to South’s game.

Central-defender Josh Heerey is a doubtful starter against a Lions outfit that suffered a severe set-back last Sunday when they lost 4-1 to New Town Eagles.

“We’ll play in the same manner as we have been and attack them,” said South coach, Ken Morton. “We won’t be there just to defend.

“We’ll try and make the most of our penetration and we have to believe in our own ability.

“We weren’t champions last season by chance and we won’t be leaving our undoubted ability on the training track.

“The players have got to come and deliver now.”

Sixth-ranked New Town Eagles take on second-last Hobart Olympic at KGV Park on Friday night and Eagles coach George Krambousanos is confident of a win, but says it won’t be easy.

He will field an unchanged line-up from last week, which means Cormac Collins will again start on the bench.

Olympic appear to be in crisis, judging from last weekend’s 11-0 loss to Zebras, a game in which two players were also sent off.

Peter Tsakiris and Youssef Mohamad are suspended as a result and Matthew Hedge and Chris Tsimiklis are now likely to be in the starting line-up.

The remaining match of the round is at Olinda Grove on Saturday, where bottom-side University host third-placed Glenorchy Knights.

In the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, leaders Northern Rangers should come away with the three points against Ulverstone at the Ulverstone Showgrounds on Saturday.

Devonport City, in second place and just a point behind Rangers, should stay in touch by overcoming bottom-side Launceston United at home at Valley Road on Saturday.

Third-placed Somerset travels to Windsor Park on Saturday to take on fifth-placed Riverside Olympic.

“We had a great win last week against Prospect Knights, but will lose another defender, in Jordan Wright to injury this week against a strong Riverside Olympic outfit,” said Somerset coach, Kevin Considine.

“Our meetings with Riverside over the past few years have generally ended up being decided by a single goal.

“There is never much between either teams on the park.

“Hopefully, the youngsters who played so well the last couple of weeks can step up again, and the regulars play above themselves as our depth is really being tested at present.

“We are really looking forward to the bye the following week.

“This will enable a few players to get over their niggling injuries, including the experienced Nick Reed and Casey Eaves, and a couple of others to get over the flu.

“But, unfortunately, we then lose a couple of players to travel for the first few matches of the second round.”

The remaining match of the round pits second-last Launceston City against fourth-ranked Prospect Knights at Mitsubishi Park on Saturday and the visitors should be in with a good chance of winning.





Photos (Top to Bottom): John Moriarty; Ivan Stefanovic, John Moriarty and Sean Collins at Clare Street; One of the Indigenous youngsters testing his skills; The trialists are all ears as the coaches explain what is required; Franco Previdi puts the trialists through their paces

The first trials to select a Tasmanian Indigenous youth soccer team were held simultaneously in Hobart and Launceston on Sunday.

Fox Sports TV host Andy Harper conducted a training session and trial in Launceston, while local coaches Dale Itchins and Franco Previdi did the same at KGV Park.

Also in attendance at KGV was John Moriarty, Football Federation Australia’s Indigenous ambassador for football and the first Aboriginal ever to be selected to play soccer for Australia.

A dozen young Tasmanian Indigenous players attended the Launceston trials, while 14 trialed at KGV.

A Tasmanian squad of 15 will be selected after further trials to represent the State at a national Indigenous festival of football in Townsville from the 4th to the 10th of July this year.

“I’m here specifically to see the kids train and play and be coached as part of this selection process,” said Moriarty.

“They look very keen and a couple are just bursting out of their skins, which is what we like to see in kids of this age coming into the sport.

“This is particularly so because the festival in Townsville is the first time that something like this has been done with football in the Indigenous community in this country.

“At the Launceston clinic, we’ve even got a couple of kids from Cape Barren Island, which is a fantastic thing for those kids to be involved in.

“These clinics are the first part of the process to bring Indigenous kids together for the football festival in Townsville and we hope that many more will come out and provide their names to Football Federation Tasmania to get involved.

“It’s not a closed shop and we’d like all kids who are interested to come out and have a kick and be involved.”

Moriarty was impressed with some of the talent on display at KGV and he later attended a Premier League match at Clare Street between New Town Eagles and Kingborough Lions United.

“I saw one particular kid who has a tremendous amount of talent,” said Moriarty. “He’s pretty mobile, pretty switched on and can anticipate where the ball will be and, importantly, where it’s going to go.

“His instinctive play can be picked out even at this early age.”

FFT coach, Dale Itchins, said it was a welcome new initiative and almost 30 players had attended the two trials.

“None bar one of the kids plays for a club and they’ve come from the Indigenous community and, generally, they’ve been okay,” said Itchins.

“They’re willing to learn and discipline is good and things are going well.

“FFA will fund the Tasmanian squad to go to Townsville and there’ll be a staff of three accompanying them, namely a coach, manager and an assistant coach.

“We’d like to get a squad of 15 together in the end in which the emphasis is on talent.

“Franco and I are both enjoying working with these kids because they’re so enthusiastic.”