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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Kingborough Lions United face a difficult task in making it two wins in a row when they take on South Hobart in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition at South Hobart at 2.30pm on Saturday.


Central defender Andrew Davies has only a 50/50 chance of playing, while Trent Pearce is unavailable and Ryan Bevan will take his place.


“It’ll be a tough game against South and it’s important for us to build on last week’s comeback,” said Lions coach, Geoff Freeman.


South Hobart will be without defender Liam Scott, who has a broken elbow, and Shae Hickey, who injured an ankle at training, while Tom Roach is unavailable.


Jim Pennicott may, therefore, be used as a right-fullback, with Josh Heerey switching to the left-back berth.


David Abbott will be in with a chance of starting.


“We’re very aware of them and the fact that they’re well-organised defensively,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.


“If they’re out for a draw, it’ll be difficult for us and an early breakthrough would be handy.


“Geoff Freeman has had that team together for a few years now and they should be starting to gel because they haven’t really changed their system.”


Taroona will also be out to make it two wins on the trot when they host Tilford Zebras at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm on Saturday.


“I don’t expect to have to make too many changes to the team that played Olympia,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.


“Everyone is fit, apart from a couple of guys with minor niggles, but nothing I need to worry about.


“Zebras had a good result against South Hobart last weekend and some of us still remember and are embarrassed by the Zebras game two years ago, so we really want to try and make amends with a respectable performance this time around.”


In other matches, Glenorchy Knights take on New Town Eagles at KGV Park on Friday night, while Olympia host Clarence United at South Hobart on Sunday.


Eagles captain Chris Wass will be playing his 150th match for the club.


Simon Strang is injured, while Jacob Clamp and Shane Kent will be on the bench.


“We’ll give Knights a run for their money,” said Eagles coach, George Krambousanos.


The Division One and Social Summer Cup finals are scheduled for Olinda Grove on Saturday.


Kingborough Lions United meet University in the women’s Social Summer Cup final at 10am, while New Town Eagles take on Metro in the men’s final at noon.


“Ben Michell is unavailable this weekend due to his wedding, and an ocean liner of players are unavailable due to joining his celebrations,” said Eagles coach, Martyn Nidorfer.


“They include Nathan Stingle, Ash Geard, Matt Williams, Andrew Zeilinski, Corey O'Brien, Steven Drinkwater, Brent Leonard, Damien Crowle, Craig Crawford, Matty Smith and Jack McCann.


“Brian Zielinski has osteo pubis and Michael Murray a lacerated back and they won’t be risked, meaning youngsters Patrick Shackloth and Steve Vernon will be in the squad.


“The squad, in the diamond formation, is Dave Kruvier, Marcus Proud, Dave Reeve, Damien Bones, Patrick Shackloth, Steve Vernon, Jarred Jones, Richard Leszczynski, James Mackey, Adam Shackloth, Alastair Russell, Richard Ketchell, John Holliday, Marty Nidorfer and Scott Young.


“We are disappointed that so many guys are out, but that happens in football. We will have to make do with the guys available.


“We realise the depth that Metro has and look forward to the challenge ahead.


“It is great to get Damien Bones back into the mix, after the biggest richochet flirt I have witnessed in FFT history, transferring back from University.


“Last week, we played the ball too wide for long periods, and training has focussed on getting the ball into the ‘pinball machine’ as often as possible.”


In the Division One Summer Cup final at 2pm, the Tasmanian Institute of Sport meet Hobart United.


Hobart United will be at full strength and coach Mark Broadbent is confident about his team's chances.


"We've got a full squad and we're feeling fit," said Broadbent.


"There are no injuries and it's out biggest game for a while, probably since we beat Metro in the last game of the season last year to give Taroona the title.


"There's excitement there and we're confident but wary.


"It'd be an upset if they beat us. Our average age is only about 18, too."


In the Southern Women’s Premier League competition on Sunday, Glenorchy Knights meet Taroona at the Showgrounds, Kingborough Lions United take on Clarence United at Lightwood Park, and University host Olympia Warriors at Olinda Grove, with all games starting at 2.30pm.









Premier David Bartlett has promised South Hobart $90,000 if his government is re-elected on Saturday.


Bartlett pledged the money when he attended a Morton Soccer School training session this evening.


The Premier said the money would be used to refurbish the South Hobart club rooms, provide extra lighting for the ground, and to make Wellesley Park a suitable home for the Morton Soccer School.


He inspected the club rooms and also went out on the pitch to demonstrate his own soccer skills to the assembled youngsters.


He scored a fine goal at one stage.


Several of the youngsters also demonstrated impressive skills for the Premier.






Tasmanian Institute of Sport 2-2 Tilford Zebras Reserves


The TIS and Tilford Zebras drew 2-2 in their match at KGV Park this evening.


Oliver Bird put Zebras in front early in the match and they held that advantage at half-time.


Toby MacGregor then netted to make it 2-0 for the Zebras.


TIS fought back strongly in the second half, however, and they managed to score twice to share the points.


“I couldn’t believe we led 2-0 and then let it slip away,” said Zebras coach, Michael Connolly.


“To be fair, though, TIS had most of the possession in the second half.”


The TIS lost 5-1 to South Hobart reserves last week in the first of their regular midweek matches against Premier League reserve sides.


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This week's edition of the Melbourne paper "Goal!Weekly" features the southern and northern Tasmanian Premier League rosters.


If you cut out the page - which also features a colour photo of last season's title-winning Clarence United squad - you won't have to rely on the internet to see when your team is playing. The roster will be there at your fingertips for ready reference.


It's a pity FFT couldn't print a fold-up roster on cardboard as they once did and distribute them to schools and the wider community.


"Goal!Weekly" also has the regular half-page Tasmanian report, complete with a colour action photo of Taroona's Marcus Atkinson and Olympia's Ben Phillips.


The paper is available at Ellison Hawker, Angus & Robertson, and The Mall Newsagency in Hobart for $4.






Mr Patrick Barlow, the new CEO of Football Federation Tasmania, has resigned.


He attended Monday evening's meeting of club presidents and was due to start in the job on Tuesday.


But, he has now decided to relinquish the position.


An FFT spokesperson confirmed Mr Barlow’s decision not to continue in the position and said that he had cited ‘personal reasons’ for the decision.


Mr Sean Collins, the president of FFT, confirmed the situation and that Mr Barlow had resigned because of 'personal reasons'.


Mr Collins said that FFT would now look at other applicants who had come close to being appointed.


In the event that no-one was available, new applications would be invited.


Meanwhile, Mr Steve Payne, the FFT technical director, is on sick leave.


He started sick leave recently and is not expected back at work for some weeks.


He is due to return to Canada on holiday in April.