Who Is Walter Pless?

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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 and Glenorchy Knights still lead the pack in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition after both won their matches on Saturday.


Knights took a 2-point lead at the top after downing Olympia Warriors 4-1 at South Hobart in the afternoon, but South Hobart regained their earlier 1-point lead when they accounted for Clarence United 2-0 away at Wentworth Park in the evening.


Knights almost took the lead against Olympia in the 19th minute when Amadu Koroma broke free on the left and played a tantalising ball across the goalmouth, but Ben Phillips had time to clear the danger.


In the 24th minute, Olympia’s resistance was broken. Daniel White’s corner from the left was flicked on by Koroma and goalkeeper Dmitri Nester could only punch the ball wide of his goal. Alex Holmes nodded it back into the danger area and Juma Barabara fired it home to give Knights the lead.


Olympia were level three minutes later following a Nick Meredith free-kick from deep on the right. Holmes and fellow defender Jacob Huigsloot impeded each other and failed to clear the ball, allowing Brody Cronk a strike at goal. Knights keeper Ben Peter could only parry the shot and Olympia defender Adam Hedge knocked the ball into the net.


Olympia striker Kosta Grillas came off a minute later with a recurrence of a hamstring injury and he may now miss many weeks of action. He had suffered the injury two weeks ago but persuaded coach Chris Hey that he was fit for this match. He had obviously returned to action much too soon.


Olympia’s Zimbabwean recruit Warren Wadawu should have given his side the lead in the 34th minute when he collected a perfect pass from Meredith, but faced with only the goalkeeper to beat, he mis-hit his shot and the ball rolled tamely into Peter’s arms.


Having been let off the hook in this way, Knights restored their lead in the 36th minute after a long throw-in from the left by Jade Clay. The ball was flicked into the 6-yard box by Koroma and Olympia keeper Nester could only flap at it and force it on towards the far post, where White came steaming in to smash a bullet-like shot into the roof of the net.


Two minutes later, it was 3-1 for the visitors after they were awarded a penalty when Hedge was adjudged to have handled Huigsloot’s fierce drive at goal. White easily despatched the spot-kick to claim his second goal of the game.


Phillips hit the bar for Olympia in the second half, while they should also have had a penalty when Tony Dzelalija brought down Chris Kumpulainen, but it was the Knights who extended their lead in the 72nd minute through Koroma, who tucked home White’s cross from the left.


Knights might have had another couple of goals, too, as Nester turned a Huigsloot header against the woodwork and White missed a simple header from close range.


Olympia probably deserved something from this game, but life is tough at the bottom of the table.


A 10th minute deflected shot by Tom Roach put South Hobart ahead against Clarence United, while the home side had an ‘equaliser’ by Luke Cripps disallowed through off-side 13 minutes from the end.


South were down to 10 men at that stage as Garry Upton had been sent off for striking Ben Hamlett.


Jonathon Lo sealed the victory when he scored a simple goal after David Abbott’s long cross from deep on the left had found his team-mate in space with not a defender in sight.


[Detailed match reports and more photos to follow.]


Northern Premier League


Burnie United 2-4 Prospect Knights

Devonport City 5-0 Somerset

Launceston United 0-7 Ulverstone

Riverside Olympic 2-2 Northern Rangers



Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


Olympia Warriors 1 (A Hedge 27) lt Glenorchy Knights 4 (J Barabara 24, D White 36, 38 pen, A Koroma 72)


Clarence United 0-2 South Hobart (T Roach 10, J Lo 86)


Reserves


Olympia Warriors 1 (L Mason) lt Glenorchy Knights 4 (M Nowicki 2, B Garth, A Robb)


Clarence United 1 (C Hunt) b South Hobart 0


Under-19s


Olympia Warriors 2-5 Glenorchy Knights


Clarence United 6 (A Barron 2, L Marsh 2, J Undy, C Jacobs) b South Hobart 0


Southern Division One


University 3 (A Hindmarsh 2, J Proud) dw Beachside 3 (B Pullen, P Dunne, N Robinson)


DOSA 2-2 FFT Under-15s


Metro 1 (D Cowen) dw Nelson Eastern Suburbs 1 (C Flynn)


Reserves


Metro 2-5 Nelson Eastern Suburbs


Under-19s


Metro 1-3 Nelson Eastern Suburbs


Division Two


New Town Eagles 2 (R Leszczynski, B Michell) dw University 2


Division Four


DOSA 4-5 Kingborough Lions United

DOSA will have their best chance so far of winning three points when they take on the FFT Under-15s in their Division One clash at the Showgrounds at 2.30pm on Saturday.


“We have been training well and concentrating on 50/50 challenges,” said DOSA coach, Pedro Ramirez.


“We won’t underestimate the Under-15 boys as they have been playing some really good football.


“Their first touch and passing are good, so we have to play attacking football to have a chance of winning this game.


“Richard Korn will still be missing from our squad, so Delaney Reid will make his first appearance for the seniors in attack.


“It will be a game of youth versus youth. We played well against Beachside, but this time we’ll have to play for 90 minutes.”


Two other games on Saturday will be fascinating encounters. Leaders Beachside travel to Olinda Grove to take on fifth-ranked University, while third-placed Metro entertain second-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs at North Chigwell.


Beachside will include Patrick Dunne in their squad and no other players are missing, so they should be at full strength and they will also have benefited from their 0-0 draw with Premier League outfit South Hobart in a mid-week friendly.


“The players have trained well during the week and are looking forward to the challenge of playing University away this week,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.


“University have a strong squad led by Julian Proud and with Kevan Wright as their coach they will be well organised and we are expecting a difficult game.


“It will be a special occasion for Colin Shepherd, who returns to Olinda Grove for the first time to play against a club where he was a key member of some very successful teams, won two Vic Tuting Medals and where he is a life member.”


Nelson will introduce Under-19 midfielder Rhys Endall into their starting line-up for the game against Metro. He replaces Craig Stockdale, who is unavailable.


Matt Fone will move back into defence as Stockdale’s replacement.


Under-19 defender Ollie Ireland and midfielder Nick Roberts join forward Ryan Mills on the bench.


“We were a bit flat last week and had a close match in the end with Southern FC on a bandicoot-affected North Warrane Oval,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.


“But, the players should be up for this match against Metro, who caused us trouble in the Summer Cup, particularly on the flanks, and they jumped us early for an easy win.


“But, we’re a different squad now and have strengthened in all areas with a few games under our belt.


“I’m expecting a close match, but we can definitely get a result if we play the way we are capable of.”


The only match on Sunday is between third-last Southern FC and fourth-ranked Hobart United, which kicks off at the earlier time of 12.30pm at Sherburd Park.


Hobart United must be favoured to win against the home side, who are still finding their feet at this level.





Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders South Hobart and second-placed Glenorchy Knights will be very keen to stay ahead of the chasing pack and, to do so, they will have to beat third-last Clarence United and bottom-side Olympia Warriors, respectively, away from home on Saturday.


South Hobart travel to Wentworth Park for a 6.30pm kick-off, while Olympia entertain Knights at South Hobart at 2.30pm.


This means that a Knights victory earlier in the afternoon will put pressure on South Hobart to overcome Clarence in the evening.


South Hobart will make few changes to their squad, if any, although central defender Hugh Ludford may start. He was a substitute last weekend.


“It’ll be pretty much the same team as last week,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.


“Having won 5-1, I don’t anticipate making too many changes.


“Wook Bum Heo is cleared and will be on the bench, as will David Abbott.


“Wook Bum Heo has looked quite sharp at training. He’s only back from injury, though, so we might sit him on the bench and play him in the reserves for half a game.”


South Hobart drew 0-0 with Division One side Beachside in a mid-week practice match.


“Beachside were hungry,” said Morton. “They were at it.”


Morton said mid-week games against Beachside may become a regular exercise each month.


“As for Saturday’s game, Clarence whooped us fair and square in the final last season and we’ve got to be up for this game.”


Glenorchy Knights will make no changes from the team that beat Tilford Zebras 4-0 last weekend when they take on Olympia Warriors.


“Corey Smith will have to come back through the reserves,” said Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly.


“Whether he’ll play in the reserves on Saturday will depend on how he pulled up after Wednesday’s game against the TIS. He certainly won’t be in the starting line-up.


“I’m loath to make any changes to the side we had last week.


“We won’t be taking Olympia lightly. They’re a good squad just waiting to happen and waiting to click.


“Let’s hope we’re not the team they click against. They’ve been a bogey team for us in the past, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens on Saturday.


“Everyone has been training this week and it’s a nice position to be in not having to scratch for players. They’re queuing up.”


Olympia will make no changes to the side that went down 2-1 to Kingborough Lions United last weekend.


“We’ll have the same squad as last week,” said Olympia coach, Chris Hey. “I’m trying to get some normality in the squad instead of people coming in and out all the time.


“Knights are a very good side. They’ve got a number of multiple goalscorers through their midfield and front line and they’ve got plenty of speed.


“It’s something we need to be aware of and, at the other end, we’ve got to take shots earlier.


“We’ve been working on our passing game this week. It cost us last week.


“I suppose if we can take a step forward from where we were last week, it’ll be good. We actually played some good football last week, but we let ourselves down in the second half.


“We need to take it a step further this week and we’ll see what happens.


“We’ve got two more games in the round and it’d be nice to pick up a couple of points between now and the end of the first round to keep a few people happy and put a smile on some people’s faces.”


Third-placed Tilford Zebras must win against fifth-placed New Town Eagles away at Clare Street on Sunday at 2.30pm to stay in touch with the leading pair.


Zebras will call up Ben Crosswell and Jayden Welch from last weekend’s reserve side, although both did come on as substitutes in the senior side.


David Cox injured an ankle at training during the week and may be doubtful, while Daniel Lapolla is still injured.


“After last week’s defeat, we haven’t dwelt on the negatives and have tried to look at the positives during the week,” said Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani.


“I think another loss, or dropping too many more points, is going to stretch out the top two.


“If we’re not within six points of the top, then it’s going to be tough to come back.”


New Town Eagles will field the same line-up that drew 0-0 with Clarence United last weekend.


“They won’t have the same side that played the Knights,” said Eagles coach, George Krambousanos.


“I think Romeo will have been working on them because he would have been a very disappointed man last week. I’m expecting a different side to the one that played the Knights.


“I think we can win and it’s going to be a really good game.


“We had a lot of preparation during the week and a lot of ball work and a lot of shots, as well as attack versus defence.”


The remaining match of the round pits second-last Taroona against fourth-placed Kingborough Lions United at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm on Sunday.


“Our performances have dropped off in the last couple of weeks so there will probably be a couple of changes to the starting line-up to try and spark us up again, but I won’t finalise the team until I see how the boys train,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.


“We’ve got no injury worries and everyone is available, so there are no excuses.


“We need to be switched on and more solid defensively than we’ve been in the last two games.


“Jordan Wright did quite well for us in midfield after coming on as an early substitute against South Hobart, and Lucas Wyatt is available this week and gives us another option in midfield or defence.


“Hamish Macgregor also added some spark in attack and he’s started to find some good form in the reserves, so he’s another in the running for a start.”


Kingborough will also have to watch the experienced Hugo Luttmer, who can create and score goals, while Garry Hamilton netted a fine goal against South Hobart from Luttmer’s pass and will be a threat.


Kingborough coach, Geoff Freeman, is aware of the task his team faces.


“I anticipate a tough game this weekend against Taroona in the Kingborough derby,” said Freeman.


“Brett Andrews is suspended but Ross Hinkley comes back into the squad.


“Isaac Lucas will, hopefully, also be added if he can get through our final training session after he suffered cracked ribs against Zebras.”