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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Sydney FC failed to go top of the A-League ladder when they lost 2-0 away to Perth Glory at members Equity Bank Stadium tonight.

After a goalless opening half, Scott Bulloch headed Perth in front from Jamie Coyne’s right-wing cross in the 57th minute.

Branko Jelic made it 2-0 two minutes from the end when Mile Sterjovski drew the keeper and squared the ball for his team-mate to score.

Perth are fifth and Sydney second on the ladder.

The result was a relief for Perth, who had collected a mere one point from four outings before this game.

The attendance was 8,932.

Wellington Phoenix beat Newcastle Jets 1-0 away in Newcastle this afternoon.

It was Phoenix’s first away win in 12 games, a run that stretches back to last season.

The win leaves Wellington in fifth place on goal-difference, while the Jets stay second-last.

A 14th-minute goal by Paul Ifill settled the match, while Ben Sigmund was excellent at the back for the visitors.

The game was played in a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius, necessitating regular drinks breaks, and only 4,239 showed up to watch, which was the Jets’ lowest-ever attendance.

Steve Gasparinatos, the former president of Football Federation Tasmania, passed away on Thursday at the age of 59.

Gasparinatos was still a member of the FFT Board at the time of his death.

He was first elected to the Board in 2002 and became president in 2004.

He stood down as president earlier this year due to ill health and Sean Collins, a Board member, took over as president.

Gasparinatos was a prominent member of the Tasmanian fishing industry and served on several boards.

He had been involved in the abalone industry since moving to Tasmania from Sydney in the early 1980s.

His two sons are involved in football as players and Steve watched them play as often as possible.

Billy transferred from South Hobart to Oakleigh Cannons in Victoria last season, while Jesse still plays for South Hobart.

Steve took a practical as well as administrative interest in the local game and attended coaching courses in recent years and played for some time in the social leagues.

He played a key role in the appointments of Martin Shaw and, more recently, Michael McIntyre, to the position of CEO of FFT.

He aimed to make the administration of FFT more efficient and to place the organisation on a sound financial footing based on modern business principles.

Steve is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Madeleine, and sons Jesse and Billy.

The funeral is on Tuesday.

Central Coast Mariners scored five goals in one match for the first time in their history this evening as they downed bottom-side North Queensland Fury 5-1 away at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.

The win leaves the Mariners in fourth place.

The Fury twice hit the woodwork, through Robbie Fowler and Dyron Dahl, while David Williams had a ‘goal’ disallowed, so it could have been a lot closer.

Pedj Bojic put the Mariners ahead after 22 minutes, while Nik Mrdja added the second in the 35th minute.

Mrdja netted the third, and his second of the night, in the 59th minute with a free-kick.

Ahmed Elrich made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute before Rostyn Griffiths pulled a goal back for the Fury in the 68th minute.

John Hutchinson completed the scoring by notching the Mariners’ fifth 8 minutes from the end.