Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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 drew 5-5 with Hobart United in their friendly at Wellesley Park tonight.


South’s first-choice eleven led 3-1 at the interval.


Hobart United gained the upper hand in the second half and netted four goals to South’s two.


Metro youngster Jason Dawes played for Hobart United, as did South Hobart’s Jai David.


Whether they will move permanently to Hobart United is not clear.


United’s coach, Mark Broadbent, was pleased with his side’s performance.


South coach, Ken Morton, was delighted with his side’s style of play on the eve of the club’s trip to Melbourne to face South Melbourne tomorrow evening and on Saturday.


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Moreeta Pennicott is looking for photos and other material for South Hobart’s centenary celebrations this year.


If anyone has any photos or can assist with other information, Moreeta would love to hear from you.


She can be contacted by phone on 0428 323 977, or by email (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The game between Olympia and South Hobart that was supposed to have been played at Wellesley Park today at 6.30pm has been called off.


No explanation has been forthcoming from Olympia.


The club is reported to have been attracting up to 30 players to training sessions.


Olympia will train at Nutgrove Beach and South Hobart at Wellesley Park tonight.


South Hobart will now play Hobart United at Wellesley Park tomorrow (Wednesday) in a final hit-out before the club’s trip to Melbourne on Thursday morning.


South will play a South Melbourne youth side on Thursday evening and a senior South Melbourne team on Saturday at Bob Jane Stadium.


South coach Ken Morton will use the match against Hobart United to test his youngsters and senior players.


The senior side will play the first half, while the youth players, who will travel to Wollongong at the end of January, will front up in the second half.


Hobart United are reported to have had up to 40 players in attendance at training.




Watching Manchester City beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in their English Premier League match this morning brought back memories of a day in Tasmania in 1995.


The fine performance of Rovers’ number 7, Brett Emerton, rekindled those memories.


The day I was thinking of was 2 July 1995, to be exact.


At KGV Park in Glenorchy on that day, Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton were in action for the Joeys, namely Australia’s under-17 national side, against a Tasmanian Under-21 outfit.


The Joeys won 2-0 with a goal in each half.


Kewell, who played at left-back, hit a brilliant first in just the 3rd minute of the match from 20 metres, after great work on the right by Tomich.


Maisano made it 2-0 in the 68th minute with a penalty, awarded for a handball by Peter Tsakiris following a cross.


The Joeys might have had a third 10 minutes from the end, but Tomich missed after a fine pass by Emerton.


The Tasmanian Under-21 side that day was: Anthony Breadon - Adam Spicer, Peter Tsakiris, Ben Spurr, Martin Nidorfer - Jonathon Carter, Steve Weller, Mark Littlechild, Nick Anis - Adam (or was it Shaun?) Conkie, Brendan Lakoseljac (Subs: Mark Moncur, Raymond Benson, Ben Harbinson, Adam Jones)


The Joeys’ side was: Brodbeck - Azzopardi - Emerton, Coyne, Sinozic, Kewell - Bell, Maisano, Talcevski - Allsopp, Tomich


The Tasmanian goalkeeper, Anthony Breadon, or ‘Gorilla’, as he was known, went on to play in the NSL, while his replacement on the hour, Mark Moncur, is still in action for South Hobart and won a league title with them last season.


Moncur produced a great save from Maisano five minutes after coming on.


Les Scheinflug was the Joeys coach and the squad held several training sessions at South Hobart during the week.


I interviewed Kewell and Emerton, who were just 15 at the time, and Kewell told me how he was headed to Leeds United. I still have the interviews on tape.


The rest, as they say, is history.

Newcastle Jets 3-2 Melbourne Victory
(Att: 6,979)

Perth Glory 0-0 Sydney FC
(Att: 9,319)