Who Is Walter Pless?

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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I wonder how many readers remember Hobart City, the Italian-backed club in the southern Tasmanian competition?


Southern Tasmania had two Italian-based clubs as early as the 1960s, when there was Juventus and Inter, the latter wearing the traditional FC Internazionale Milano strip of black and blue vertical stripes.


After the demise of Inter, another Italian-backed club sprang from it in 1979 - Hobart City Azzurri.


This club changed its name to Hobart City in 1981.


George Marino was a leading light at the club during its heyday.


It had many prominent players during those years, some of whom went on to play leading roles at other clubs.


Kim Barker, the current leading referee in the State, was a noted goalscorer for Hobart City.


Leno Taglieri, Nick Marchioli, Bruno Cengia, Rod Sanders, Angelo Pignalosa, Robbie and Pompeo Marino, Luigi Sorghi, Paul Kaproulias, Matthew Rhodes, Mark Broadbent, Brett Anderton, Kevan Wright, Matthew Sly and Michael Pace are just some of the players who have represented the club.


Otto Klaus was one of the coaches the club has had and he was in charge when the team walked off in protest at a goal during a game against Caledonians at KGV Park in mid-1987.


City had been reduced to nine men when the walk-off occurred.


The club was heavily fined and expelled from the league and demoted to the second division.


It was the beginning of the end for the club, which eventually disbanded.

This game was postponed last weekend and is the only outstanding game before the semi-final fixtures are confirmed.


Rangers carry the northern banner as the other three semi-finalists - South Hobart, Hobart Zebras and Glenorchy Knights - are all from the south.


“The boys will go into the game with a little more at stake than usual because we are the only northern side than can progress to the next round,” said Rangers coach, Roslan Saad.


“I hope the boys will be able to match the intensity that Clarence showed in the recent cup final.


“The last training session of the season was attended by 22 players and, as coach, I couldn’t have asked for more.


“We have averaged 25 players at training this season, which has been an excellent response.


“I hope we can play at Birch Avenue as the alternative venue will be Ulverstone and wouldn’t want Clarence to have to travel all that way.”


Luke Tuma, Luke Connors and Mark Ambrose will be missing for Rangers as they are not one hundred per cent fit.


Rohan Pooley will have his first start after a knee injury suffered at the beginning of the season.


Stefan Jago, a promising under-18 player, has also been called into the squad.


Clarence should be at full strength and will probably field the same side that beat Northern Rangers 2-0 in the recent Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final.


Chris Hunt should cause Rangers plenty of problems down the flanks with his speed, while Luke Cripps and Ben Hamlett will be a threat up front.


The Clarence back-four is a well-drilled unit and should be able to contain the Rangers strike force.




South Hobart’s 17-year-old defender, Liam Scott, had an exciting week last week.


The youngster had a trial with A-League club Adelaide United and also spent time at a training camp for the Young Socceroos, Australia’s national under-20 side, in Canberra.


The camp was for under-19 players and was held with a view to selecting the under-20 side for the Youth World Cup in two years’ time.


Scott is rapidly shaping up as Tasmania’s next international football representative.


“It was really good playing with the best players in Australia,” said Scott.


‘All of them were on A-League contracts, apart from me.


“I played as a left-back for the full 90 minutes against the Australian Institute of Sport, so it was good.”


Scott participated in two training sessions which were based on technique, movement and how to play at a higher level.


“It was certainly a step up from here,” Scott said. “Just the pace of the game itself is a lot different.


“Kenny Morton has taught me well, so it all went well, which is good.


“I’ll be told if I’m in the squad or not.


“I’ll probably go to another couple of camps as well, which are all part of the process leading to the World Cup in two years’ time.”


Scott said he had also trialled with Adelaide United and hoped to move from Tasmania soon.


He has already won two Premier League titles here with South Hobart, so there is little left for him to achieve here.


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The State Cinema in North Hobart is hoping to screen “Looking for Eric” soon, a movie starring the former Manchester United player, Eric Cantona.


A big night with an impressive guest list is planned for the Tasmanian premiere of the movie, which is not just about football, but life and the search for meaning.


It should appeal to more than just football fans.


The latest edition of “Four Four Two” (the English edition) contains a rather long feature about the movie.


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Daniel White is back in Tasmania after his sojourn with Whittlesea Zebras in the Victorian top-flight competition.


He was at KGV Park on Saturday to watch the double-header.


The former - if only briefly - South Hobart player went to Melbourne to join Green Gully Cavaliers but, after failing to gain a senior berth there, moved on to Whittlesea.


Whittlesea have been relegated and White had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club on a free transfer if they were relegated.