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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Clarence United will defend the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy when they meet southern league champions South Hobart at 6pm at KGV Park on Saturday.

Clarence won the trophy last year with a 2-0 win over Northern Rangers.

South Hobart will be at full strength as they have no injuries and everyone is available.

“We’ll field the best eleven we can get out,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton. “We won’t rest or save anybody and we’ll have a strong bench.

“We’ll try and get out and get at them from the start and not let them get the initiative.”

Clarence should also be at full strength, with Ben Hamlett the only absentee after he took up a sports scholarship in the USA some weeks ago.

The last time the sides met was at Wentworth Park and a 1-1 draw was the result.

South Hobart had more of the chances as they continually found a way behind the Clarence defence via the flanks, but their finishing was poor.

Clarence is sure to have worked on countering South’s strengths and tactics so a close game can be expected.

At 4pm, the TIS meet Taroona in the Women’s Statewide Cup final.

“The Institute players are keenly anticipating a strong match on Saturday afternoon against a Taroona side that has played very well in the Southern Women’s Premier League this season,” said TIS coach, Michael Edwards.

“Taroona have some very talented players and the NTC girls will have to be at their best. We are looking forward to coming up against some former TIS players in Ashlee Tolman and Molly Port, and also against Holly Ayton, sister of TIS player Adelyn. The two Ayton girls battling in the midfield should be a great contest.

“This week we have suffered badly from the flu with 4 players missing training. We also have had a poor run with injuries, Brooke Mason broke her arm at training last week, Allie Berry has an infected haematoma on her right leg, suffered in the semi final against Launceston City nearly a month ago, and Lucy Foote is still recovering from a strain to her medial knee ligaments suffered in June.

“On the positive side, Jessie Williams has recovered sufficiently from a knee operation and is likely to start at the top of the midfield triangle. Jessie is suffering muscle soreness from training but will play. The squad will also include under-13 national squad representative Lucy MacGregor. Lucy played in Vietnam in the Festival of Football tournament in June and has been playing with the State under-13 girls.

“The next step in Lucy’s development is to engage her more in the NTC program and having her as a part of the squad for Saturday is a bonus for us, because of low numbers, but also a good step for her on the national pathway.

“As a part of the National Curriculum we will play 1-4-3-3. Training this week has focused on how we build play and pass forward, so I am hoping for a high work-rate and good passing from the girls. Whether we play with a forward or backward facing midfield triangle, I’m not sure yet. It may depend on how Taroona set up and how the game progresses.

“The girls are very excited about having Sally Shipard present and they will be out to impress those that attend the match.”

Likely TIS starting line-up:

Jemma Plummer – Caitlin Stalker, Shelbi Vienna-Hallam, Mady O’Brien, Olivia Edwards – Adelyn Ayton, Jessie Williams, Georgia Foote – Rani Cavarretta, Ellie Gavalas, Caitlin Daley

Subs: Lucy MacGregor, Tamara Connolly, Nikita Bird

[Out: Brooke Mason, Allie Berry, Lucy Foote, Sacha Rose – All injured

In: Lucy MacGregor – State under-13s]

Saturday’s program at KGV Park begins at 2pm with the Reserve League match between the TIS and Kingborough Lions United, which is a catch-up game, the original mid-week game between the sides having been postponed some weeks ago.

They will meet again next Wednesday night at KGV Park at 6.30pm.

TIS beat Taroona 8-0 last Wednesday and a win against the Lions will put them in second place on the ladder.

Premier Reserve League (KGV Park, Wednesday, 18 August 2010)


Tasmanian Institute of Sport 8 (J De Smit 23, 50, H Foley, 28, 87, D Foley 38, 65, S Hamilton 50, 54)

Taroona Reserves 0

HT: 3-0 Att: 30 Ref: P Mason

Tasmanian Institute of Sport: Prendergast - Luttmer (Mearns 63), Hill, Abbott, McClung - D Foley, Ince, De Smit (Devine 73) - Walker, H Foley, Hamilton

Taroona Reserves: R Hortle - Burgess, Hagan (Richie 54), M Hedge, Darragh Carey - Wright, Sagawa, R Carey, Haslewood (Mohamad 63), James - Ryan (J Hortle 54)


Taroona held their own for the first half of the opening period, but playing only one striker took the pressure off the TIS side, who were able to build attacks down the flanks almost at will.

Once Jamie De Smit opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a fine shot from the left-hand corner of the box, it was largely one-way traffic.

Michael Haslewood was Taroona’s most dangerous player and he had at least three scoring chances which he should have put away.

Hugh Foley squeezed between two defenders on the edge of the box and beat keeper Robert Hortle with a low drive in the 28th minute to make it 2-0.

The TIS’s third, in the 38th minute, was a beauty. Sam Hamilton put Jeremy Walker away on the right with a splendid diagonal ball from the left and Walker floated a cross over from the goal-line for Declan Foley to nod home off the under-side of the crossbar.

Hamilton made it 4-0 from a right-wing cross three minutes after the resumption, while De Smit added the fifth two minutes later, again from a right-wing cross.

Taroona should have pulled a goal back in the 51st minute after Darragh Carey crossed from the left and found the unmarked Sam Ryan at the far post. Instead of shooting, he could only loft the ball in the air towards the other post, where Haslewood blazed over the bar.

It’s always dangerous to let the TIS off the hook in this way. Three minutes later, they added their sixth goal through Hamilton, whose first-time shot from an angle on the left literally whistled into the back of the net, striking the near post and crossbar on the way and giving Robert Hortle no chance.

Declan Foley grabbed his second goal of the match and the TIS’s seventh in the 65th minute when he took advantage of poor defending 12 metres out and beat a team-mate to the punch by volleying home.

Hugh Foley also netted his second three minutes from the end from Walker’s pass to make it an emphatic 8-0 win, which gives the third-placed TIS a fighting chance to finish second on the ladder.

They play Kingborough Lions United twice to finish their league program. The sides meet at 2pm on Saturday at KGV Park, and again at KGV Park next Wednesday at 6.30pm.


· Taroona coach, John Hughes, said:

“TIS are a very good young side. It’s arguable that they probably should be playing against senior boys the way they’ve played, particularly in the back half of the season.

“I think two of their back-four are probably the best in the State in their positions, in Will [Abbott] and Eli [Luttmer].

“In the first half, we actually didn’t look that bad. As always, against these boys, they tend to over-run you in the second half. They’re much fitter and they stay well organised and they do all the right things.

“So, like the last time we played them, in the second half we got over-run.

“We should probably have out one or two away, but conceding eight, you’re a fair bit off the pace.”

Premier Reserve League

Tasmanian Institute of Sport 8 (J De Smith 23, H Foley 28, D Foley 38, S Hamilton 48, J De Smith 50, S Hamilton 54, D Foley 65, H Foley 87) beat Taroona 0

[Match report and photos will follow.]

Korean Junior Tournament

Korea 6-0 Central Region Under-12s

The Central Region Under-12s have played their first game in Korea.

The Tasmanians lost 4-3 to Spanish team Real Valladolid.

The Tasmanians were leading 3-0, but eventually succumbed to the Spaniards in what were very hot conditions.