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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South Hobart, Tilford Zebras and Kingborough Lions United should be the winners in this Anzac Day weekend’s round of matches in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League.

South Hobart, who are on top of the ladder, should be too strong for fifth-ranked New Town Eagles at South Hobart at 2.30pm on Anzac Day [Sunday].

South coach Ken Morton said he is unlikely to tinker with his squad, which means Eagles will face a formidable opponent.

Garry Upton is suspended for three games after being sent off last weekend, which means Jonathon Ladic is likely to resume in midfield for South Hobart.

Eagles should also be at full strength, but they won’t be strong enough to worry the league leaders.

Eagles coach George Krambousanos said his side had trained well during the week, but he also said he has been worried about the team’s goalscoring abilities. Missed chances last weekend cost them victory against Zebras.

Krambousanos said his strikers need to take the chances that come their way if the team is to move back into the top-four.

Third-placed Tilford Zebras will still be without defender Henry Fagg, who has his neck in a brace, and midfielder Daniel Lapolla, who has not recovered from a hamstring problem, when they take on bottom-side Olympia Warriors at South Hobart at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Zebras coach Romeo Frediani said he would not take Olympia lightly, despite their league position.

He said Olympia should never be underestimated and that they could spring a surprise at any time.

Olympia have lost defender Jayden Wiggins, who is reported to be training with Glenorchy Knights, his former club.

Kosta Grillas is injured, which adds to coach Chris Hey’s woes.

Hey said he would bring in Youssef Mohamad and Youssef Assi after the latter impressed in the reserves.

“We have also signed Jake Undy from Clarence and he’ll get a game in the reserves this weekend,” said Hey.

“I don’t want to make too many changes to the side.”

Lee Mason will be on the bench and may get a run at some stage.

The only other Premier League match is at 2.30pm on Saturday at Lightwood Park, where fourth-ranked Kingborough Lions United entertain third-last Clarence United.

Kingborough will miss defender Michael Palmer, who had a broken bone in his foot and could be out for 6 to 8 weeks.

Central defender Andrew Davies is unavailable because of work commitments.

Jeremy Brown and Isaac Lucas are in contention as the replacements.

“We are looking to continue our good form, but we expect a tough game,” said Kingborough coach, Geoff Freeman.

The game between second-placed Glenorchy Knights and second-last Taroona, which had been scheduled for Friday night at KGV Park, has been postponed because KGV is closed until 7 May.

THE North Queensland Fury has hand-picked a panel of football experts to lead the worldwide search to appoint a coach for the new team.

FFA National Technical Director Han Berger, former Colchester United owner Jonathan Crisp, North Queensland resident and former English first division player Peter Brine, and Fury Interim CEO Archie Fraser head up the selection panel, announced in Townsville today.

Fraser said: “We will be appointing a coach for North Queensland who has the credentials to lead the Fury to its first premiership. We have brought together a panel of people with many years’ experience in the football industry and an excellent understanding of the technical aspects of the game, to select the right coach for the new Fury.

“Coaches from across Australia and around the world have already applied for the head position and we are talking to several coaches who we have identified as having the right set of credentials for the role.

“The coach will have at the minimum an A-Licence badge, which is now a standard for the Hyundai A-League.

“They will also be eager to exploit the competitive advantage the Fury can have over away sides during the North’s humid summer and be passionate about working with the local community to grow the game in this region.”

The panel will now set to work to identify a shortlist and will conduct a series of intensive interviews with preferred applicants.

Brine, who has lived in North Queensland for 24 years, brings to the table first-grade playing experience in England and a vital understanding of the local community.

Brine played 102 first team games for Middlesbrough AFC from 1972 to 1977 in the English first division before a serious knee injury cut short his playing days at age 24.

He came to Australia in 1981 to play for Hobart Juventus in Tasmania.

He moved to Townsville in 1986 to pursue his career in the casino business before opening A Touch of Salt restaurant with his family.

“The selection of a coach is paramount to the future of the Fury going forward,” Brine said.

“We need to find the right style of coach for our local community. Our fans want a coach who has the credentials to win them a premiership and they want someone they can connect with.

“With the selection panel Archie has formed, I am confident we will find the right coach for the new Fury and I’m excited to represent North Queensland in that process.”

Fellow panel member Jonathan Crisp is a former owner of Colchester United and is based on the Gold Coast, where he has lived for a number of years. Crisp is a successful businessman with particular expertise in the areas of management and marketing, and has been a board director of the PGA Tour for 16 years.

Formerly of the UK, Crisp founded and ran the largest independent management and marketing consultancy in Europe, which advised a number of sports organisations specifically in football, including Ipswich Town and Leeds United. He was also a board director of World Sport Group for 10 years, which is the largest sports marketing company in Asia.

Tommy Strickland, one of northern Tasmania’s foremost football identities, passed away suddenly in Launceston yesterday.

He was in his late 60s and was coaching director of the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association Academy.

Strickland came to Tasmania from Scotland with his parents when he was a youngster and began his senior career with George Town.

He then transferred to Launceston Juventus in 1963, where he became an institution.

He played with Launceston Juventus for the rest of his long and distinguished career.

A half-back, he also represented Northern Tasmania for many years in the regular intrastate series against the North-West and South.

He had been a prime mover in junior coaching and development circles in the north since his retirement as a player.

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