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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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders Tilford Zebras were held to a 3-3 draw by sixth-placed New Town Eagles at Clare Street this afternoon.

Second-placed Glenorchy Knights closed the gap on Zebras to 5 points with a 3-1 win over fifth-placed Clarence United at KGV Park on Friday night.

Third-placed South Hobart halted their run of three consecutive losses by trouncing Hobart Olympic 6-0 at South Hobart today, their biggest ever victory over Olympic.

And, bottom-side University collected only their second point of the league campaign by holding fourth-placed Kingborough Lions United to a 1-1 draw at home at Olinda Grove this afternoon.

Two goals by Ricky Self and one by second-half substitute Ben Crosswell near the end appeared to have given Zebras a 3-2 win over Eagles, but Adam McKeown ensured the home side of a draw with an equaliser with the last kick of the match.

McKeown and Nick Ferrall scored the other goals for Eagles.

Terrible defending was at the heart of Clarence’s loss to Knights, who took the lead through Amadu Koroma in the 29th minute.

Luke Cripps equalised in the 54th minute, but late goals by Alex Holmes, in the 85th minute, and Corey Smith, in the 87th minute, gave Knights the three points.

South Hobart squandered several easy opportunities before Liam Scott put them ahead in the 35th minute, scoring from close range after Kostas Kanakaris had nodded Jonathon Ladic’s free-kick into the 6-yard box.

Former Olympic player Kanakaris made it 2-0 three minutes later when he raced onto a ball down the left from Scott and beat Chris Tsimiklis before cutting inside and shooting past a hesitant Chris Tsakiris and inside Dmitri Nester’s right-hand post.

The second half was one-way traffic as Julius Ross added South’s third in the 55th minute with a rocket into the roof of the net from Kanakaris’s cross.

Ladic made it 4-0 in the 56th minute from another Kanakaris cross, while Ross added his second, and South’s fifth, 8 minutes from the end following Shae Hickey’s chip to the far post, which seemed to confuse Nester, who could only palm it down into Ross’s path.

David Abbott nut-megged goalkeeper Nester for South’s sixth after being put through by Hickey’s pass.

South’s previous best win against Olympic was in 1996, when they won 5-1 against a far better Olympic side than this one.