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 beat Taroona 1-0 with a late goal by Ben Hamlett at Rokeby High School today in a pre-season friendly refereed by Dirk Gadd.

In the Reserves, refereed by John Meehan, Clarence ran out 8-1 winners.

“We were happy to have a hit-out,” said Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown.

“We did the same thing last year with Taroona. A great club and lovely people.

“Conditions weren’t the best, but both sides tried to play football, which was good.

“It was a really good chance to have a look at some of the fringe players.

“We had quite a few out, so it was great to give people an extended run.

“We thought it was beneficial anyway, and we were lucky enough to get Dirk Gadd to referee and he did a really good job.

“I don’t know how many players Taroona will get back in, but it’s only pre-season.”

In another friendly, Tilford Zebras beat Hobart United 8-1 at Sandown Park in a match refereed by Sean Collins.

Josh Thorpe hit a hat-trick for the Zebras, who conceded a soft goal to the Division One outfit.