Who Is Walter Pless?

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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Third-placed Gold Coast United drew level on 44 points with A-League leaders Melbourne Victory last night when the Queenslanders beat the visiting Victorians 1-0 at Skilled Park.


Melbourne’s far better goal-difference keeps them on top, while Sydney FC are now third, two points behind the leading pair.


The match did not reach great heights, although a brilliant strike in the 76th minute by Zenon Caravella won the match for Gold Coast.


It was Caravella’s first A-League goal and he was booked as he took off his shirt in celebration of the occasion.


The first half was very physical and Gold Coast’s Steve Pantelidis was lucky not to see red after an off-the-ball incident with Robbie Kruse, which saw the Melbourne striker unable to continue.


Pantelidis had earlier collected his 12th yellow card of the season.


Melbourne’s Kevin Muscat was also lucky to stay on the park after an elbow to the side of Jason Culina’s head.


Six yellow cards were eventually issued - three to each side.


Melbourne were without striker Archie Thompson, who failed a fitness test before the match.


“I never saw either incident so I won’t make any comment on it,” said Melbourne coach, Ernie Merrick, after the match.


“It [the game] was pretty well a stalemate. Neither side had really clear-cut chances. In the end it was the Caravella striker that was the difference between the two teams.


“We did struggle up front. We fitness-tested Archie [Thompson] this afternoon and there was no way he could play. He was pretty keen to play, but he couldn’t, and when we lost our second striker, we really struggled up front.


“But, we did our job and, I think, in the end fatigue really got to us, but I thought we were heading to a draw.”


Gold Coast coach, Miron Bleiberg, said: “The ugly horse is still going on.


“You’ve got two thoroughbreds like Sydney and Melbourne and then you’ve got the grey ugly horse and we’re still there.”


The attendance was 7,249.



Former Hobart Juventus goalkeeper Rocco Travierso caught up with former Hobart Juventus and Middlesbrough midfielder Peter Brine in Brisbane this week.


They and a group of Middlesbrough fans from Brisbane had a reunion at the Pig and Whistle and recalled the old days on Teeside.


“We all had a great time chatting and laughing about the good old days when footballers were real men and not mercenaries, and players really played for the shirt and the club,” said Teeside Trev, the organiser of the shindig.


“Peter kept us all entertained with his stories about Big Jack Charlton and all of his team mates from the golden era of the 70s.


“We also enjoyed watching an old video entitled “Boro's 101 Greatest Goals”, which included a Peter Brine super goal against Bristol City.


“Peter is hoping to catch up with us all next time he visits Brisbane, and said that his old mate, Jim Platt, is visiting in 2011, and he hopes to bring him to Brisbane to meet up with us.”


Oh for this sort of thing in Hobart! I tell you, the guys that used to play here...


Incidentally, Rocco Travierso wrote a book a few years back about goalkeeping and he listed some of Tasmania’s greatest that he played with or against.




There are several friendlies coming up in the next few days.


On Saturday, Metro take on Beachside at North Chigwell at 1pm.


On Sunday, Tilford Zebras meet Hobart United at 2pm at Sandown Park, Taroona play Clarence United at Rokeby High School at noon (reserves meet at 10am), and South Hobart tackle New Town Eagles at Wellesley Park at 3pm (reserves at 1pm).


Next Wednesday, Metro will host Olympia Warriors at North Chigwell at 6.15pm.


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Metro will be entering a team in the Women’s Premier League of the Summer Cup competition as well as in the Social Division section of the Cup.


“It will be a tough assignment, but an opportunity for the girls to gain some experience against tough opponents,” said Metro coach, Adrian Pickin.


“This type of opportunity does not come around often, so we will be relishing the challenge.


“This tournament will also provide the club with valuable feedback about the depth of the squad and whether or not we will field a team in the Premier League for the season.


“We are always on the lookout for new players and training is every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at North Chigwell from 6.30pm.”


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The draw for the Summer Cup will be made at FFT headquarters at KGV Park on Monday at 6pm.


FFT's new Administration Manager, Michael McKenna, reminded clubs that nominations must be received by 31 January.





South Hobart’s youth side was trounced 7-1 by the Wollongong Wolves Under-18s in Wollongong this evening.


The home side, which has won two of the three past championships, led 2-0 at the break.


Andy King, an over-age player for South, netted for the visitors.


“In the first 25 minutes, we missed three or four big chances,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.


“They then got two good goals and we started making basic errors.


“I suppose five of the seven goals were soft goals.


“We lost our way and, once we did that, it was game over.


“We lacked discipline and concentration at the start of the second half and that was it.”


The teams meet again on Saturday.


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Vicki Woods has been elected president of South Hobart and becomes the first female to hold that position.


Jed Donohue is vice president.


Rod Hill stood down from the presidency because of his business commitments.


“I’m privileged to be the first female president, especially in the club’s one hundredth anniversary year,” Vicki Woods said.


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New Town Eagles played a practice match at New Town High School this evening between the senior side and the reserves in preparation for Sunday’s friendly against South Hobart at 3pm at Wellesley Park.


The reserve clash between the sides is at 1pm.


Tilford Zebras’ senior side practised attacking play at their training session this evening at Queen’s Walk.


Senior coach Romeo Frediani took the session, but a notable absentee was Ben Crosswell.


Goalkeeper Jason Voss was training with the reserves.


There was a good turn-out at Hobart United’s training at Cornelian Bay and physical fitness seemed to be emphasised.


New Northern Suburbs DOSA coach Pedro Ramirez said that he has lost most of last season’s senior players.


He said some young players from Hobart United would be joining DOSA and the club looked as if it would have a very young senior line-up.