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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Apart from some problems when one venue was unexpectedly closed because of poor ground conditions, things generally went smoothly.

Central Region won the boys’ under-10 and under-12 sections, while Eastern Region came out on top in the under-11 boys.

Southern Tasmania took out the under-13 boys’ title, while Northern Tasmania’s under-14s were successful in the combined boys’ under-14 and under-15 section.

Central Region girls won the under-10s and Northern Suburbs the girls’ under-12 section.

The North-West Tasmania girls’ under-14 side was champion in the combined under-13 and under-14 girls’ section, while the Southern Tasmanian under-16 girls came up trumps in that age group.

With the honours thus spread around fairly widely, it seems that there are many promising youngsters coming through the sport in all areas of the State.

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The draw has been made for both the under-14 and under-15 Football Federation Australia National Youth Championships to be played in Coff’s Harbour next month.

In the under-14s, Tasmanian is in Group B and will face Victoria Metropolitan, South Australia, Northern NSW, Victoria Country and Queensland Country.

Group A comprises NSW Metropolitan, Queensland Metropolitan, Football West, Capital Football, Northern Territory and NSW Country.

Tasmania is also in Group B in the under-15s and will come up against NSW Metropolitan, Queensland Country, Northern NSW, Victoria Country and Northern Territory.

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The Tasmanian premiere of the movie “Looking for Eric” will be screened at the State Theatre in North Hobart on the evening of Friday, 18 September, and the Premier, Mr Bartlett, a Manchester United fan, will be there with Mrs Bartlett.

The movie is about a Manchester postman who is a fanatical ManU fan and who is trying to sort out his life.

He seeks counsel from Eric Cantona, the former ManU superstar, who plays himself in the movie.

The movie uses archival footage of games but is more than just about football.

Cantona is already an accomplished actor and has appeared in several French-language films, including “The Overeater”, in which he stars as a detective with an eating disorder.

It’s a pity that the screening clashes with the Top-Four series final.

Photos (Top to Bottom): Bruce Pears and Sergio Pace of Juventus; White Eagles goalkeeper Peter Groenewoud comes off after the final, followed by Neil Morrison and Mark Leszczynski, while the Juventus players on the left of the picture are Sergio Pace and the blond Steve Kannegiesser; The victorious White Eagles side

The final of the Bohemian Restaurant State-wide Cup was played at KGV Park that day between Hobart Juventus and White Eagles.

The squads are listed below.

Hobart Juventus: N Connell, B Williams, M McIntyre, J McIntyre, N Di Martino, B Tickner, B Pears, S Kannegiesser, D Nichols, F Genovesi, S Pace, R Fabrizio, R Frediani, W Stanford, J Broadhouse

White Eagles: P Groenewoud, N Morrison, E Banasik, M Driessen, M Leszczynski, R Nicholson, C Pitt, S Young, D Stoddart, F Previdi, B Harwood, A Leszczynski, R Leszczynski

White Eagles won the final 2-0, after leading 1-0 at the interval, through goals by Brett Harwood on the half-hour and Richard Leszczynski in the 73rd minute.

It was a fascinating match and probably the save of the game was by Peter Groenewoud against his own captain, Mark Leszczynski, midway through the second half.

Richard Leszczynski also hit the post while under intense pressure from Michael McIntyre, who was also unable to cut out Bob Nicholson’s pass to Richard Leszczynski for the second goal.

Juventus’s reserve keeper, Brett Williams, who married a doctor and now lives in Victoria, later played for Croatia Glenorchy.

He spent a season or so with Notts County in England, a move facilitated by Eamonn Kelly.

Juventus’s Michael McIntyre is, of course, now Football Federation Tasmania’s CEO, while keeper Neil Connell, who played professionally in England and South Africa before coming to Tasmania, works for the Commonwealth as a sports coaching consultant.

Romeo Frediani, Sergio Pace and Nick Di Martino are now involved in junior coaching in Hobart.

White Eagles’ Bob Nicholson is the current coach of Metro, while Franco Previdi is assistant coach at Clarence.

Michael Driessen recently played a Premier League match for University against Clarence at Wentworth Park on a Thursday night, while Craig Pitt has played this season for Beachside.

Northern Suburbs DOSA 5-7 Christian United


The referee failed to turn up for this Division One bottom-of-the-table match and the official who had been in charge of the reserve curtain-raiser had to do a second game in succession.

There was one official assistant referee, while a Christian United substitute had to run the other line.

The two Division Four games played on either side of the Showgrounds pitch that this game was played on also did not have any officials, which, understandably, caused a lot of grumbles from the players.

They said they pay their registration fees and yet seldom get officials.

Ashley Page almost put Christian in front after just four minutes when he hit a free-kick centimetres wide of the target.

DOSA settled down after that and they led 3-0 with just 26 minutes gone.

In the 13th minute, a cross by John Visentin enabled Stephen Swift to head home and give DOSA the lead.

In the 18th minute, Mark Wakefield was somewhat lucky to score from the penalty spot as the ball rolled between the keeper’s legs. But, they all count and it was DOSA 2, Christian nil.

In the 26th minute, another cross from John Visentin was powered home by Jayden Hey to make it 3-0 for the home side.

Page missed a marvellous chance to peg DOSA back when he was clean through in the 32nd minute, but he somehow blazed over the bar.

He made amends three minutes later. Mathew Sly chased a through ball and keeper Justin Farrugia just got a hand to it and prevented Sly from scoring.

But, Sly’s momentum enabled him to catch the ball before it rolled out for a corner and he cut it back to Page, whose chip from the left of the box deceived Farrugia, who had recovered his ground by this time, and dropped into the far corner of the net to make it 3-1.

Christian pulled another goal back in the 39th minute when Tim Wierenga crossed from the right and Sly headed the ball down for Leno Taglieri to smash it home.

The closing minutes of the first half were frantic, with Christian’s Isaac Gwolo missing a good chance from the left and DOSA’s Wakefield placing a back-header over the bar.

As the game went into stoppage time, Sly volleyed a cross from Page wide of the target.

A minute after the resumption, David Visentin’s dangerous shot was tipped over the bar by Christian’s keeper, Steven Dixon.

In the 52nd minute, superb goalkeeping by Farrugia kept DOSA’s lead intact as he turned Taglieri’s left-wing cross onto the bar. The ball rolled along the top of the bar before dropping out of play for a corner.

DOSA conceded a penalty in the 56th minute for handball and Sly scored with a low shot to Farrugia’s left to make it 3-3.

In the 67th minute, DOSA were dealt a huge injustice when substitute Wilson Lumago scored. He was at least three metres off-side when the ball was played through to him, but he was allowed to continue and he scored easily to put Christian in front.

DOSA’s players were livid and captain John Visentin was cautioned after he got no satisfaction from the referee and then ran to the club linesman to voice his disapproval.

In the 69th minute, Farrugia grabbed Sly as he chased a ball to the left side of the box and Mr Ambler had no choice but to award another penalty, which Sly despatched with ease, again to Farrugia’s left, to make it 5-3 for Christian.

Farrugia was booked for the indiscretion and shortly after he dislocated a finger and required treatment for some minutes.

John Visentin pulled a goal back for DOSA from Derrick Parry’s cross from the right in the 72nd minute.

Three minutes later, Sly had the ball in the net from Taglieri’s corner, but the goal was disallowed for a push by an attacker on a defender.

Taglieri, who seemed to be everywhere, set up another goal in the 79th minute as Angus Livingston converted his left-wing cross to make it 6-4 for Christian.

With eight minutes remaining, Wakefield netted his second penalty of the game and there was just one goal separating the sides.

But, two minutes later, Tim Wierenga headed home a throw-in from the irrepressible and omnipresent Taglieri to give Christian a match-winning 7-5 lead.

Christian finished with a flurry as Farrugia was forced to make a marvellous save from Sly in the 85th minute and concede a corner.

From the corner, Farrugia again denied Sly, while Wierenga hit the post with his shot.

Three minutes from the end, Christian again forced a corner and Page hit the post with a powerful drive.

The brave Farrugia was then finally replaced by Jeff Whitty, who comfortably saw out the remaining minutes of this goal feast.

The win lifted bottom-side Christian to within a point of second-last DOSA and the destination of the wooden spoon is still in doubt, but it will go to one of these sides.


· Northern Suburbs DOSA striker, Mark Wakefield, said:

“I thought after half-time we were pretty ordinary.

“I don’t know what happened. We stopped talking and we stopped running as hard, and I won’t say anything about the refereeing.

“We dropped our heads after that [the off-side goal] and you could see it from where I was, so that doesn’t say much.

“I guess that’s what happens when it’s a Sunday and there’s no other games on and we get one referee, plus Rex [Natoli].

“The first penalty was horrible. I scuffed it and I don’t know how the keeper let it go through his legs.

“The second one was better. I hit it sweetly and to the left and I didn’t think he was going to save it.

“But, the first one was very ordinary. It was the worst penalty I’ve ever taken but somehow it managed to go in.”

· Christian United coach, Tony New, said:

“A goal fest.

“At 3-0 down I thought we were finished.

“We haven’t won many. It was only our second win, so we don’t even know what to sing.

“Our hope is to finish above the wooden spoon and we have two more games, so if we win them both we would do it.

“But, it’s a tall order. We’ve got Beachside next week and then Hobart United in our last game.

“So, that’s our aim, but we have to learn how to win first.


Northern Suburbs DOSA: Farrugia (Whitty 87) - Korn, Swift, J Visentin, Hey - D Visentin, Butt, Langshaw, J Parry - Wakefield, D Parry (Richardson 86) (Substitutes not used: Natoli, Alumbulwe)

Booked: J Visentin, J Parry, D Parry, Farrugia

Goals: Swift 13, Wakefield 18 pen, Hey 26, J Visentin 72, Wakefield 82 pen

Christian United: Dixon - Mrzyk, Nicholson, New, T Wierenga - Gwolo (Lumago 50), Taglieri, Livingston, Page - Whayman, Sly (Substitutes not used: Kim Dae-Won, J Wierenga)

Booked: Gwolo

Goals: Page 35, Taglieri 39, Sly 56 pen, Lumago 67, Sly 69 pen, Livingston 79, T Wierenga 84

Ref: D Ambler

Bottom-side Christian United moved to within a point of second-last Northern Suburbs DOSA when they won their Division One clash 7-5 at the Showground yesterday.

The match featured four penalties - two to each side - and DOSA had four players booked and Christian one.

Stephen Swift headed DOSA in front from John Visentin’s cross in the 13th minute, while a Mark Wakefield penalty made it 2-0 after 18 minutes.

When Jayden Hey added DOSA’s third in the 26th minute, it appeared all over for Christian, but the visitors hit back through goals by Ashley Page, in the 35th minute, and Leno Taglieri four minutes later to put them just a goal behind at the break.

A penalty converted by Matthew Sly in the 56th minute made it 3-3, while another goal by Wilson Lumago, who was clearly off-side, put Christian ahead for the first time.

Another penalty by Matthew Sly in the 69th minute put Christian 5-3 in front before John Visentin netted from Derrick Parry’s cross to put DOSA back in contention.

Angus Livingston restored Christian’s two-goal buffer 11 minutes from the end, but Wakefield netted his second penalty of the match 8 minutes from time to make for a tense ending with Christian leading 6-5.

Tim Wierenga headed home a Taglieri cross in the 84th minute to seal Christian’s win.

Sly and Wierenga had further chances for Christian but were denied by an excellent save from DOSA keeper Justin Farrugia and the woodwork, respectively.

Page hit the DOSA woodwork yet again for Christian in the closing minutes.