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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Most people would know by now that the South Hobart club is celebrating its centenary this year.

The club is inviting past members to attend the South Hobart ground on Friday, 5 February, from 10am until noon, to share memories on film and/or audio tape.

You don’t have to be filmed or recorded, but if you would like to recount stories and memories, this is the time.

The club is producing a book and video of its history, so if you are a past member of South Hobart and think you have something to say, be there.

If you have any questions, please phone Brian Roberts on (03) 6223 3081.

Melbourne Victory again took over top spot on the A-League ladder with a comfortable 4-0 win over Wellington Phoenix this Australia Day evening at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

Melbourne are now two points ahead of second-placed Sydney FC, while sixth-ranked Wellington are four points in front of seventh-ranked Central Coast Mariners and two points adrift of fifth-placed Perth Glory.

The roof was left open at the stadium and the re-laid 120-yard pitch was in excellent condition.

Melbourne gave an indication of their intentions as early as the 11th minute when Rodrigo Vargas headed Leigh Broxham’s free-kick from the left against the crossbar.

The ball rebounded to Archie Thompson, whose shot was saved by Liam Reddy.

Wellington hit back three minutes later as Tim Brown fired just wide in a rare counter-attack by the visitors from across the Tasman.

The home side took the lead in the 16th minute through an own-goal by Brown.

Ben Sigmund fouled Thompson wide on the left and Carlos Hernandez’s free-kick glanced off the head of Brown and over Reddy and into the roof of the net.

Wellington had their second chance two minutes later, but Paul Ifill drilled his left-footed shot high and wide.

Ifill had another chance in the 21st minute when he beat Kevin Muscat and cut inside, but keeper Mitch Langerak got down to the ball and saved comfortably.

Langerak pulled off a fine save in the 38th minute after Eugene Dadi had put Brown through the home defence.

Five minutes after the resumption, Melbourne increased their lead with a beautifully contrived goal.

Marvin Angulo dispossessed Ifill deep in the Melbourne half and released Thompson, who outpaced Jon McKain down the middle before beating Reddy with a low shot with the outside of his right foot from 11 metres.

In the 65th minute it was 3-0. Robbie Kruse broke down the right and, with Muscat also charging forward as a decoy against an outnumbered Phoenix defence, Kruse played a delightful ball across the box to Hernandez on the far side and the Costa Rican side-footed his shot to the left of Reddy and into the far corner of the net.

Wellington still had some sting in their tail, however, and in the 69th minute Diego shot narrowly over the bar from 20 metres.

Matthew Kemp wrapped up the match with the fourth goal three minutes from the end after a clever back-heel by Nick Ward left him with only the keeper to beat.

Thompson’s goal was his 10th of the season and his 48th overall in the A-League.

The attendance was 18,819.

The Woodbridge Soccer Club is on a recruiting drive and making it well worthwhile for potential players.

The club is looking for junior and senior players, according to club president, Dalles Hayes.

“We are rebuilding our former glory and striving for a stronger club,” said Hayes.

“As a family club, our strength is in our co-operative spirit and sense of fair play.

“We aim to encourage these qualities in our players and, therefore, in all of our games.

“This year we not only have our juniors and our Division 4 Men’s team, but we also anticipate fielding a Division 1 Senior Women’s team, the first in the history of the club.

“We hope to provide a women’s soccer team south of Kingston and to provide it at an affordable cost.

“Our seniors’ fees will be $180 per player.

“The aim of the team is to have a core group of players to take responsibility for games and team management.”

Training for the women is being run by Hayes, but the club is keen for senior teams to be self-managed.

Senior women began training on Wednesday 13th January 2010 at 6.30pm at West Hobart Oval (off Lansdowne Crescent, with off-street parking access via Hamilton Street).

Full support for this women’s team, in terms of, equipment, training facilities and a new strip, is provided.

“Woodbridge Soccer Club is very keen to provide opportunities for women to play football in the south of this state,” said Hayes.

“Similarly, we are committed to providing pathways for our younger players.

“Our senior men are looking to continue in 2010 with a few new faces and, hopefully, a coach/manager at the helm.

“Training will be held as usual at the Woodbridge Oval, times and dates to be confirmed.

“We are intending to enter both senior teams into the Summer Cup as it is an excellent way to prepare for the season ahead.

“Team nominations for the Summer Cup need to be in by the 31st of January.

“We need to have sufficient players registered for both teams by this date to enter.

“As a family club, we work to provide the best for all of our players, young and old.

“This can be difficult without the generous help of sponsors.

“With this in mind, WSC is interested in hearing from anyone who is looking to support both the young and old in their sporting endeavours by sponsorship at all levels.

“If there is anyone who is interested in playing either men’s or women’s soccer, or is keen to support our club, please contact Dalles Hayes on 0427 043 566, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Also please check out the website: www.woodbridgewhalers.org.au and, finally, we can be contacted on Face book at Woodbridge Soccer Club, friends of.”

Sydney FC are back on top of the A-League ladder after downing fourth-placed Newcastle Jets 3-1 away at EnergyAustralia Stadium this afternoon.

Alex Brosque missed two good chances for the visitors in the opening half.

In the 13th minute, his angled drive was superbly saved by goalkeeper Ben Kennedy, while 10 minutes later he swept his effort wide of the far post from John Aloisi’s low cross from the left.

Jobe Wheelhouse put Newcastle in front in the 32nd minute when he ran onto a well-timed and accurate pass by Matt Thompson before planting a left-foot shot inside Clint Bolton’s near post.

But, Aloisi equalised on the stroke of half-time when the ball fell perfectly for him and he stroked it past and across Kennedy with his left foot and inside the far right-hand post.

Stuart Musialik put Sydney ahead five minutes after the resumption, while Chris Payne netted Sydney’s third, and his first of the season, in the 4th minute of stoppage time.

It was not a good ending to Newcastle coach Branko Culina’s 300th game as a coach in Australia’s top-flight competitions.

The attendance was 9,892.