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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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Glenorchy Knights 0 lt South Hobart 3 (K Kanakaris 60, 74, Lo 77)


Glenorchy Knights 1 (T Sherman) lt South Hobart 2 (A Brennan, E Lovell)


Draw for first qualifying round of Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy, to be played on 5 April 2010:

FFT Under-15s v Taroona

Kingborough Lions United v Launceston City

Somerset v University

Launceston United v Tasmanian Institute of Sport

Burnie United v Beachside

Olympia Warriors v New Town Eagles

Metro v Ulverstone

Hobart United v Nelson Eastern Suburbs

James Sherman may be available for Glenorchy Knights when they entertain South Hobart in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League match at KGV Park on Friday night.

The midfielder, who scored a hat-trick against New Town Eagles last weekend, is due to travel to London on Sunday but may play one final game before leaving.

Knights’ veteran defender Tony Dzelalija has not recovered from an injury and will not play.

It looks likely, therefore, that Knights will field the same side that scraped home 4-3 against Eagles last Friday to go to the top of the ladder with two wins from two outings.

“We hope to have an unchanged side from last week, but this will be a different game to the Summer Cup final,” said Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly.

“They’re a class unit and well organised.

“We had our shocker last week and now that we’ve got that out of the way we can move forward from here.

“We still have a long way to go with our fitness, though.”

Apart from Liam Scott, South Hobart should be at full strength.

Scott had the plaster removed from his broken elbow this week but is still not ready to resume.

Shae Hickey trained this week but will need to pass a fitness test on his injured ankle before being considered for selection.

Andy King will come into the South Hobart senior squad.

“We’re cautious,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“We’re well aware that Corey Smith and Amadu Koroma are scoring a lot of goals and have formed a good partnership in attack, although I suspect Corey may play in midfield.

“They distribute the ball well, too, while Josh Fielding is very crafty in midfield.

“We’re well aware of their strengths, but we’ll be focusing on how we want to play.”

Hobart Olympia host New Town Eagles at South Hobart on Saturday in a bottom-of-the-table clash that is very important for both sides as a win will be invaluable.

This is a make-or-break game for both sides as they need to pick up points soon if morale is not to drop in the respective camps.

Eagles will be without central defenders Chris Wass, who is injured, and Steve Louden, who is unavailable.

Midfielder Jamie Vernon is unavailable because of work commitments.

Shane Kent and Jacob Clamp will come into the starting line-up.

“This is an important game for both sides and we’ve trained well for it,” said Eagles coach, George Krambousanos.

“Our goalkeeper, Nathan Pitchford, even travelled down from Launceston for our Thursday night training session.

“I’m setting up my team to win this game and we’re not looking at Olympia’s past record against us or their recent performances and we’ll concentrate on our game.”

Olympia will be without Peter Tsakiris, while Mark Wakefield and Nick Meredith are away on interstate holidays.

New African recruit Warren Wadawu is still injured.

Chris Kumpulainen, a former senior player at the club, will come into the side after returning from overseas and playing in the reserves in mid-week, while Emmauel Tsakiris came through the mid-week game all right after recovering from a calf injury and he will start on the bench.

Kosta Grillas poses a huge threat and he scored in the mid-week game and Eagles will need to be fast and well organised to cope with him.

Sixteen-year-old Brady Cronk, from the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, is a newcomer for Olympia and will play in attack.

Adam Hedge also returns after injury and is likely to fill a midfield role.

Adam Powell and Rory McCallum will start on the bench, so Olympia will need to form a new central defensive partnership and it could be Robert Lebski and Fletcher Tracy.

Olympia coach Chris Hey said his team had watched video footage of last weekend’s game against Clarence and that a final training session will be held on Saturday morning.

The other game on Saturday is at Kelevdon Park between home-side Taroona and visitors Clarence United.

Both have one win and one loss under their belts going into this contest.

“For some reason, we’ve always performed reasonably well against Clarence without ever managing to look like beating them, so we need to change that this weekend,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.

“I thought we played some good football last week, barring the mistakes for Zebras’ third goal, and if we maintain that form but eliminate those silly defensive errors, we should do okay.

“Jack Elliott will return to the side, but I’m still waiting to see whether our captain, Sam Johnson, has recovered sufficiently from the head injury which has been bothering him for the last week or so.

“He’s been cleared of concussion, but I’ll need to be sure that he’s one hundred per cent right before confirming that he’ll play.

“Otherwise, it will be a similar line-up to the side which played against Zebras.”

On Sunday, Tilford Zebras welcome Kingborough Lions United to KGV Park, the venue for some amazing clashes between these two teams in the past.

Both sides will be unchanged from last weekend.

“We have no injuries and a full squad from which to choose,” said Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani.

“We had some good training sessions this week and I’m happy with the way we’ve started the season and I just hope it continues that way.”

Lions coach Geoff Freeman said his side had played really well against South Hobart last weekend and could have come away with at least a point and possibly three but for the own-goal and a couple of superb saves from South’s Sam Kruijver.

He said he was looking forward to this meeting with the Zebras.

Adelaide United top Group H in the Asian Champions League with three wins from three games after they downed Japanese outfit Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-2 at home at Hindmarsh Stadium on Wednesday night before a crowd of 12,841.

With captain Travis Dodd in fine form, Adelaide dominated the opening stages and it was not until the 18th minute that Hiroshima had their first shot at goal - an effort from Masato Yamazaki, which flew straight at goalkeeper Eugen Galekovic.

In the 8th minute, Dodd broke through the visitors’ defence, but a last-ditch tackle by a Japanese defender saved the situation for his side and conceded a fruitless corner.

A minute later, Iain Fyfe missed an easy header for Adelaide from close range.

The breakthrough for the home side came in the 11th minute when Marcos Flores beat Tsubasa Yokotake on the left and crossed for Dodd to elude Ryota Moriwaki and head beyond keeper Shusaku Nishikawa and inside the far post.

Lucas Pantelis might have increased Adelaide’s lead on the quarter-hour, but his shot was tame and easily saved by the keeper.

Matthew Leckie went close for Adelaide in the 21st minute with a low drive from the left that forced Nishikawa to concede a corner.

Sergio Van Dijk shot straight at Nishikawa in the 23rd minute as Adelaide kept up the pressure.

Hiroshima were almost level in the 26th minute, but Hisato Sato drove his shot straight at the keeper.

Hiroshima suffered a set-back in the 32nd minute when they had defender Ilian Stoyanov sent off after a foul on Leckie.

The Malaysian referee correctly punished the Bulgarian as he was the last defender and Leckie was on his way into the box for a chance on goal.

Sanfrecce came back strongly after the interval, despite being a man short, and 10 minutes into the second period drew level when a poor clearance by Robbie Cornthwaite was pounced on by Kazayuki Morisaki, who drove home a left-footed shot from 22 metres.

In the 75th minute, Issei Takayanagi headed Sanfrecce into a 2-1 lead following a free-kick from the right.

Adelaide were not finished, however, and their one-man advantage proved decisive as they netted twice in the final 12 minutes to snatch victory.

In the 78th minute, Cornthwaite atoned for his earlier defensive lapse by heading Adelaide level from a corner.

And, with 8 minutes remaining, substitute Cassio hit the winner from a free-kick that took a deflection off the defensive wall.

The sides meet again in Japan next week.

Hiroshima are bottom of Group H.

The Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League was officially launched this evening at Devonport City’s Valley Road headquarters, with Football Federation Tasmania’s referees’ manager Robert Freke and Forestry Tasmania’s Ken Jefferies hosting the proceedings.

Mr Freke publically posed questions to club representatives, while Mr Jefferies informed the attendees about his company’s sponsorship plans for the coming season, which kicks off on Saturday.

Devonport City, Prospect Knights, Northern Rangers, Ulverstone, Burnie United and Riverside Olympic were the only Northern Premier League clubs in attendance.

The absentees were Launceston City, Launceston United and Somerset.

Mr Jefferies said that his company has had to reduce the level of its community sponsorship from $100,000 in 2009 to $70,000 in 2010 because of the downturn in the forestry industry, but that its support for FFT would remain the same as in 2009.

The Women’s Northern Premier League was represented by Ulverstone’s two women’s teams, Burnie United and Northern Rangers.

The opening round of the men’s Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League this weekend features reigning champions Northern Rangers taking on Prospect Knights away at Harley Parade, Riverside Olympic hosting Launceston City, Burnie United welcoming Launceston United, and Somerset taking on Ulverstone.

[I am indebted to Brendan Lichtendonk for the above information and the photographs.]