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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Glenorchy Knights began their league campaign in style with a 5-1 thrashing of Clarence United at KGV Park on Friday evening.

And, the enfant terrible of Tasmanian football, Corey Smith, grabbed a hat-trick in the process.

Jade Clay and James Sherman were also on target for the Knights, while Chris Hunt replied for Clarence.

The biggest shock of the opening round came on Saturday afternoon when newly promoted Taroona downed Olympia Warriors 3-1 at home at Kelvedon Park.

Olympia opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Adam Powell played a sweeping pass out of defence to the right to Nick Meredith, whose cross was not dealt with by Taroona.

The ball fell to Fletcher Tracy, who hammered it past Taroona keeper Richard Nettlefold to give the visitors the lead.

Taroona refused to be cowered by the set-back, however, and midfielder Duncan Carey put them level in the 21st minute when he cut in from the right and placed a shot inside the far top corner of the net.

This inspired the home side and their vocal supporters and it came as no surprise when veteran Hugo Luttmer put Taroona in front six minute later.

Garry Hamilton worked his way into the Olympia penalty area and was upended, but Luttmer struck home the loose ball, negating the need for the referee, Ivan Jozeljic, to make a decision about a penalty.

Four minutes before the interval, Toby Dove added the third after the ball cannoned off the goalkeeper as he tried to block a pass and fell perfectly for the Taroona midfielder to stroke it into the net.

The Saturday evening game was at KGV Park, where reigning southern champion South Hobart took on Tilford Zebras.

A minute’s silence was observed before the game in honour of Luciano Longo, father of former Young Socceroo, Dominic Longo.

South Hobart dominated the early possession without being able to score and it was the Zebras who took a shock lead midway through the opening half when they were awarded a penalty by Kim Barker for Garry Upton’s trip on Jayden Welch.

South Hobart keeper Sam Kruijver blocked Ben Crosswell’s spot-kick, but the Zebras midfielder got to the rebound and scored.

Kostas Kanakaris and Jim Pennicott had missed chances for South earlier, but they were now up against a stubborn Zebras outfit that were determined to protect their lead.

It did not last long, however, and the sides were level in the 32nd minute. Kanakaris played a long ball from the left to the right, where the advancing fullback, Josh Heerey, gained possession.

Heerey cut the ball inside to Jonathon Lo, who controlled, turned and fired into the roof of the net to make it 1-1.

South could smell Zebras blood now, but try as they might, they were unable to find a winner.

Zebras keeper Troy Kaden turned a Kanakaris effort over the bar before the end, and South substitute David Abbott forced Kaden to get down to his near post to concede a fruitless corner.

Zebras also tested the South defence on a couple of occasions as Kruijver blocked at the feet of Welch and the same player also drove narrowly over the bar.

South's Liam Scott went off in stoppage time and has a suspected fractured elbow.

A-League semi-final

Sydney FC 4-2 Wellington Phoenix

(Att: 13,196)

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Taroona 3 (Duncan Carey 21, H Luttmer 27, T Dove 41) b Olympia 1 (F Tracy 11)

Tilford Zebras 1 (B Crosswell 22) dw South Hobart 1 (Lo 32)

Premier Reserves

Taroona 1-0 Olympia

Tilford Zebras 0-1 South Hobart (A King)


Taroona 5-1 Olympia

Social Summer Cup Semi-finals

New Town Eagles 2 (R Leszczynski 2) b Kingborough Lions United 0

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Glenorchy Knights 5 (C Smith 3, J Sherman, J Clay) b Clarence United 1 (C Hunt)

Premier Reserves

Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Hope 2, T Sherman) b Clarence United 1 (P Enkelaar)

The semi-finals of the Division One section of the Summer Cup competition are scheduled to be played at North Chigwell on Sunday.

At noon, the Tasmanian Institute of Sport take on Beachside, while at 2pm, Metro clash with Hobart United.

Beachside will miss their talisman Colin Shepherd, who is suffering back spasms.

They will also be without tough defender Ben Davis, who has work commitments.

Tony Ortuso, Andrew Reason and Adam Direen will come into the squad.

“It should be a game of two contrasting styles,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.

“TIS are a young, energetic team, while at Beachside we will have to use our experience, try to keep possession and dictate the play.

“It will be a game that will obviously benefit both teams and over the now 90 minutes format will provide us with good preparation for the league season starting on the 27th March.”

They may also have goalkeeping worries with Tristan Prendergast having coming off with a knee injury towards the end of last week’s match.

This could mean another young keeper taking his place, as per the side that played against South Hobart reserves on Wednesday evening, or coach Dean May playing.

Metro will include Trent Delaney and Wade Hawkins in their squad for the clash with Hobart United.

Both games should be close and extra-time and penalty shoot-outs are possibilities.

South Hobart meet Ulverstone in the final of the Steve Hudson Cup in Launceston on Sunday.

Shae Hickey, who has an ankle injury, may start for South after being left out of the side for South’s opening southern Premier League match against Tilford Zebras on Saturday evening at KGV Park.

South should pick up their second trophy of the season by downing surprise-packet Ulverstone.

South’s resources are such that they should be able to front up for their second game in less than 24 hours and win this northern trophy to add to the southern Summer Cup that they won last Saturday.