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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Beachside should maintain their 7-point lead at the top of the Division One ladder this weekend with a relatively easy assignment away to bottom-side DOSA at the Showgrounds at 2.30pm on Saturday.


Beachside will not have the services of Andrew Reason and Jason Harvey, who are both unavailable.


Adam McGuire will be another absentee as he is injured.


Adam Direen, Ben Davis and Anthony Grzinic are the likely replacements.


“Despite DOSA sitting bottom of the league, they continue to develop their young players and show enthusiasm every week,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.


“We respect them as a club and know that on the awkward Showgrounds surface they can be a difficult opponent.


“Despite this, we are on a good run and will look to build on last week’s excellent performance.”


DOSA will have the Dermody brothers, Adam, Kyle and Duane, in their side.


“This is going to be one of the hardest games we’ve played for a long while,” said DOSA coach, Pedro Ramirez, who will be on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper, while Lachlan Davis plays in goal.


“Beachside is going into this game with a burst of confidence as they are on top of the table.


“I hope our team can come back from a very disappointing performance last weekend.


“We have trained well this week and I expect the players to step up and prove they are up to the challenge.


Second-placed University have a relatively routine task ahead of them in dealing with the FFT Under-15s, who occupy second-last spot on the ladder, at home at Olinda Grove at 2.30pm on Saturday.


The win should keep them in the title hunt, although as each week passes, the chase is looking more difficult.


Third-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs travel to Sherburd Park on Sunday to take on third-last Southern FC.


Nelson will miss Craig Stockdale, who has had a recurrence of a hamstring injury and who lasted only an hour last weekend against University.


Cameron Rush is still doubtful as his quadriceps injury is taking longer than expected to heal.


Nick Roberts will come into the side as his replacement if he is ruled out.


Oliver Ireland and Max Caulfield, both defenders-cum-midfielders in the under-19s, will be on the bench, while the leading scorer in the reserves, Jordan Brighella, who came on as a late substitute last weekend, will play in the reserves as he has exams.


“It was a bad game last week against University,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach. “They played their game and took their goals well, but we simply did not look ready to play when we went out.


“One of our players turned up without his boots, while several were without their brains and we managed to be 2-0 down in five minutes and couldn’t dig ourselves out of that hole, despite playing well in midfield for a lot of the match.


“Nothing went right for us in front of goal either, though credit to Martin Piesse in the Uni goal, who made two good saves.


“I even tried to demonstrate correct finishing technique to the players after the game but, sadly, took two or three kicks to boot the shirts into the toilet cubicle.


“This will be another tricky match against Southern FC away. We had a close match with them last time and, with some key players still out, we will need to put 90 minutes together to get a result.”


Fourth-ranked Metro entertain fifth-placed Hobart United at North Chigwell at 2.30pm on Sunday, which will bring back unpleasant memories of last season, when Metro lost to United on the last day of the season and lost the title and promotion to Premier League, which they all but had in the bag.


Akuel Guot made a stunning return to the United line-up last week after suspension and was in goalscoring mood and Metro will need to watch him. Guot was sent off against Metro in their previous meeting so, hopefully, cool heads will prevail this time around.


Metro have Jason Dawes out injured and Wade Hawkins is unavailable because of work commitments.


Brandon Moore will come into the squad and Mykel Porter is again in goal.


“This will be a tough game for us,” said Metro coach, Matthew Rhodes. “On any given day, any of the top five teams can beat any other top-five team.”








With South Hobart virtually assured of the title at the half-way mark of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League season, the focus of attention this weekend is the fight for top-four places and the battle to avoid relegation.


Second-placed Tilford Zebras entertain third-ranked Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park on Friday night and Zebras will start as the favourites.


The Knights have not won in five outings and will miss midfielder Tony Dzelalija, who has probably played his last senior game for the club.


He injured a calf in the 1-0 loss to Kingborough Lions United last Friday and will miss this game and is unlikely to be fit before leaving for overseas shortly.


His replacement in the squad will be Juma Barabara.


“They’ve been scoring goals, but they’ve also been conceding,” said Knights coach, Nick Harrison.


“Going forward, they look good, and Ladic had an excellent game last week.


“But, we’ve got our strengths and we think we know their weaknesses, if they’ve got any, and we’ll try and exploit their weaknesses.


“It could quite easily be a 6-4 game, but then again, it could be nil-nil.


“They’re a great side going forward with their pace, but so are we, and that’s part of the reason we’ve brought Juma [Barabara] back into the squad. Juma and Jade Clay scored against them earlier in the season.


“They’re going to be a strong side this week, but our confidence is good and I wouldn’t bet against us winning.


“If we get beaten again, then it’s a banana skin and you can see Olympia winning a game sooner or later and we’ve got them next week.


“We’ll go out and give it our best shot and see what happens. Hopefully, it’ll be a good game and it’ll go our way.”


Zebras coach Romeo Frediani will make no changes to the side that beat Clarence United 5-3 last Saturday.


“Everybody has trained really well and everybody is fit and ready to go,” said Frediani.


“We’re absolutely confident. I think, after the last few weeks, the team is starting to gel.


“I can’t see why we can’t beat Knights.”


Striker Kostas Kanakaris is a doubtful starter for league-leaders South Hobart when they face second-last Taroona away at Kelvedon Park on Saturday. He has a back injury.


Defender Daniel Brown is also doubtful. He has an exam scheduled and may be unavailable.


Taroona will be without Garry Hamilton and Hamish Macgregor as both have university exams, but Marcus Atkinson will return to the starting line-up after impressing for the half-an-hour he played against New Town Eagles last weekend.


“We’ll need to make sure we maintain our concentration for the whole 90 minutes and it will be a real challenge for us because there is still so much difference between our best football and our worst,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.


“But, if we’re switched on, we are capable of playing good football, even against a side as good as South.”


Sixth-placed Clarence United host fifth-ranked New Town Eagles at Wentworth Park at 6.30pm on Saturday.


Both sides are level on 13 points and have scored 21 goals, but Eagles have conceded only 19, compared with Clarence’s 22 goals.


Eagles will be without Mark Page, Jamie Vernon and Chris Wass. The latter broke down at training and Page did not last a full half against the TIS in the reserve match on Wednesday night.


Joshua Quan will get a start for Eagles, but Alex Leszczynski is also doubtful through injury and Ethan Menzie may miss because of exams.


“It’ll be a hard, a very hard game, especially since it’s being played at Clarence,” said Eagles coach, George Krambousanos.


“I’m very disappointed that we’ve got so many players out. Three of those players have been out for a long time anyway, so it’s not really that we haven’t got on with the job.


“It’s a very important game for both clubs as anything can happen with some of the clubs above us as there’s only 7 points separating us from the second-placed side.


“We need to win, and Clarence need to win, and we’ll be all out to win it.”


Bottom-side Olympia Warriors take on fourth-placed Kingborough Lions United at South Hobart on Sunday.


Entry will be free as the match is sponsored by Farmers’ Union Iced Coffee.


The Lions will miss midfielder Ryan Bevan, who is overseas, and he will be replaced by Trent Pearce.


Midfielder Brett Andrews has a shoulder injury and must pass a fitness test before he can play.


“Other than that, it’s a fairly settled line-up,” said Kingborough’s assistant coach, Tim Dale.


“We were happy with the three points against Knights, but we’re certainly not going to underestimate Olympia.


“They were pretty competitive against South Hobart and it would be folly for us to underestimate them.”


Dale was in charge of the Lions against Knights last week and has been conducting training, but coach Geoff Freeman returns from interstate on the morning of the match.


Olympia’s squad will be: Dmitri Nester - Jayden Hey, Youssef Mohamad, Adam Hedge, Mark Wakefield - Fletcher Tracy, Lee Mason, Ben Phillips, Brady Cronk - Kosta Grillas, Alex Nandan (Substitutes: Hugh Richardson, Jake Undy, Owyn Howell, Robert Kay).


“We’ve trained three times this week,” said Olympia coach, Chris Hey.


“I’m confident we can pick up some points in the next four games. I think we can get a win.


“We need to move the ball a lot quicker. There’s no doubt about that. We need to take our chances a lot better and tighten up at the back.


“I think it’s a winnable game for us and, at the end of the day, it’s a game we have to win.


“It’s going to be a huge eight-day period for us. If we can get nothing out of the next eight days, we’re in big strife.”


Hey said the side was really missing the injured Chris Kumpulainen, Nick Meredith and Warren Wadawu.












Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier Reserve League (KGV Park, Wednesday, 2 June 2010)


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Tasmanian Institute of Sport 9 (W Abbott 7, 30, 75, J Curran 22, H Foley 35, 41, S Hamilton 60, J de Smit 76, J Walker 89)

New Town Eagles Reserves 0


HT: 5-0 Att: 60 Ref: M Thain


Tasmanian Institute of Sport: Prendergast - Luttmer, Hill, Abbott, McClung - Walker, de Smit, D Foley - Hamilton (Devine 75), Curran (Green 60), H Foley (Ince 65) [Coach: Dean May]


New Town Eagles: L Ferrall - Hay, Kent, Page (Marshall 35), Ball - Snape, Quan, Vernon, Gonzalez (Atalay 60), Gebresilasie (Ayres 55) - Fennell [Coach: William Cuellar]


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The Tasmanian Institute of Sport easily accounted for New Town Eagles reserves 9-0 at KGV Park this evening.


The TIS led 5-0 at the interval and piled on four more goals after the break, with central defender Will Abbott notching a hat-trick and also heading against the woodwork in a magnificent display.


Abbott opened the scoring in the 7th minute by heading home a corner.


Jesse Curran made it 2-0 midway through the opening half after Eagles dawdled in defence and failed to clear.


Abbott made it 3-0 on the half-hour. He hammered a shot against the far right-hand post and when the ball came back to him he slotted it inside the left-hand upright.


Hugh Foley added the fourth in the 35th minute when he tapped home from point-blank range after a great counter-attack by the TIS and a left-wing cross by fullback David McClung.


Three minutes later, the left-footed Sam Hamilton sent a free-kick over from the left and Abbott’s header glanced off the top of the crossbar.


Hugh Foley made it 5-0 four minutes before the interval, again from point-blank range, but this time from Declan Foley’s pin-point cross from the left.


The TIS might have had another goal after a lightning attack and a neat one-two between Hugh Foley and Jeremy Walker, but Shane Kent cleared the ball off the Eagles goal-line.


In the 57th minute, Eagles goalkeeper Liam Ferrall turned a vicious free-kick from the right by Hamilton onto the crossbar and to safety. It was one of several fine saves by Ferrall in this match. He undoubtedly prevented the score-line from reaching double-figures as he made other fine saves, including one late in the match from Walker.


The excellent Hamilton added goal number six on the hour with a marvellous volley from the left-hand corner of the box after Declan Foley’s precise cross from the right.


Walker went close in the 67th minute when he went on a diagonal run from right to left and turned to shoot centimetres past the far right-hand upright.


Abbott completed his hat-trick with a cheeky goal, the TIS’s seventh, in the 75th minute. In the space of a split second, he allowed Luttmer’s free-kick from the right to pass between his legs before flicking the ball into the net with the heel of his right foot.


Jamie de Smit made it 8-0 a minute later, volleying home Walker’s corner from the right.


TIS substitute Nicholas Green fired just over the bar six minutes from the end, while Ferrall foiled Walker in the 87th minute.


Walker was not to be denied, however, and a minute from the end he was put clear down teh left and finished clinically to make the final score a resounding 9-0.


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· New Town Eagles coach, William Cuellar, said:


“We are terribly disappointed. We brought out a good team.


“On paper, they were very good players.


“We were out-played and out-muscled and we are very disappointed with the result.”





Tasmanian Institute of Sport 9 (W Abbott 7, 30, 75, J Curran 22, 75, H Foley 35, 41, S Hamilton 60, J de Smit 76, J Walker 89) b New Town Eagles Reserves 0


[Match report and more photos to follow]