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

Tilford Zebras 3 (B Crosswell 62, 65 pen, 84) lost to Taroona 4 (G Hamilton 3, H Luttmer 13, T Dove 22, D Abbott 91 pen)


Tilford Zebras 1 (J Thorpe) lost to Taroona 2 (M Hedge, S Hall og)

Second-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs have the chance to go to the top of the Division One ladder if they can topple leaders Beachside away at Sandown Park on Saturday.

But, it will be a tough task for the visitors against the well-oiled home-team machine.

Defender Craig Stockdale returns for Nelson and he will replace Rhys Endall, who is relegated to the bench.

Striker Tom Gordon is again unavailable, and this will count against Nelson.

Ryan Mills retains his spot in attack, while Nick Roberts and Troy Hoppitt are again on the bench but may see action, as they did last weekend in the 2-0 win over Hobart United.

“We have a settled side at the moment,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach. “Adam Mills has been in good form in central midfield, as have Pat Lenck and Cody Flynn.

“Our back-four is solid and Tom Clamp has been impressive in his first season at the club as goalkeeper.

“Craig Stockdale back in gives us a bit more experience and physical strength as well and I don’t think he’ll do any favours to his mates at Beachside.

“Tom Gordon is away again this week and won’t be back until the day before next week’s State-wide Cup match, but Ryan Mills is a good replacement.

“Beachside is scoring very heavily and are top so deserve to be favourite for this match, while we are not letting many goals in but are not scoring heavily either.

“But, one goal more than your opponent is all you need for three points.

“We know about their experienced players, but I haven’t seen them play since the Summer Cup and I know they have some new signings as well, so they may be a little different now.

“Our players are highly motivated for this match and, even though it’s only the end of round one, we’ll know more about where we stand in terms of challenging for the league after this weekend.”

Beachside will include Jamon Pennicott and Tony Ortuso after both were unavailable last weekend. They replace Daniel Gardner and Anthony Grzinic.

“We are expecting a very difficult encounter this week against Nelson,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.

“Michael Roach has his team playing well and they have had some impressive performances, including a strong home win last week against Hobart United on the back of away results against University and Metro.

“Tony Ortuso and Jamon Pennicott will be good inclusions for our squad, adding some pace and strength and midfield.”

The other match on Saturday pits the FFT Under-15s, who are second-last, against Southern FC at the Showgrounds.

The Under-15s were annihilated 16-0 last weekend by Beachside but should bounce back with a better showing against third-last Southern FC.

On Sunday, Hobart United host DOSA at Pontville, the latter being coached by former Hobart United man Pedro Ramirez.

Metro host University at North Chigwell, also on Sunday. The two sides are traditional rivals and it should be a close contest.

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders South Hobart face a difficult game away to fourth-ranked Kingborough Lions United at Lightwood Park at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Kingborough will be keen to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 loss to New Town Eagles and home-ground advantage will count in their favour.

The return of striker Greg Freeman and midfielder Marcello Marchioli is also a huge bonus for the Lions.

“Last week’s performance was very disappointing and we are looking to have a positive response against South Hobart this week,” said Lions coach, Geoff Freeman.

“They have a group of individuals who can turn a game by themselves and we know that we will be up against it, but we feel we are capable of getting another positive result against them.”

South Hobart won the first-round meeting between the sides 1-0.

South will be missing central defender Hugh Ludford, who has a knee injury, but defender Josh Heerey is fit and likely to be selected.

“We’re not going to rush Hugh Ludford back and so he’ll miss the game, but Josh Heerey has recovered and he trained well this week,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton. ‘We’ll have a full-strength squad to pick from.

“We’re confident, but we expect another tough game down there.

“I don’t think they’ll sit so deep on their home ground. They’ll want to get points down there, especially after losing last week.

“I’m very respectful. I think they’re a very well organised side and, when you’re strong and organised at the back, and with Marcello Marchioli, who is a very creative player, in midfield, and Greg Freeman and Tom McDonald up front as the strikers, they’re quick and sharp and keep you under pressure, so we have to be careful.

“We have to be very respectful of them.

“But, having said that, we have to play our football and try and win matches by playing attacking football.”

Third-placed Tilford Zebras are in action at KGV Park on Friday night at 8pm against second-last Taroona.

This will be the first game at KGV Park in a month, the ground having been closed so that the goalmouths could be repaired.

Zebras will be without midfielder Ricky Self, who is unavailable, and he will be replaced by Jonathon Ladic, who has been signed from South Hobart.

David Cox is injured and Jordan Muller regains his place in the side as a result, while Matt Hall is also available.

“I hope we play better than last week,” said Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani. “I can’t see why we can’t recover, especially on our home ground.

“If we play like we can, there shouldn’t be any problems.

“If we’re not going to put it together and create chances, then we can’t win games.”

Taroona should be at full strength.

“I don’t expect to make too many changes to the side,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan. “After a slow start, I thought we played reasonably well against Olympia on Sunday and it was only a really good strike by Lee Mason and our failure to make the most of our chances that cost us a win.

“Dave Abbott was excellent in his first game for us and adds some width to out attacks.

“Zebras will be very dangerous with strikers like Crosswell and Walsh, so we’ll need to improve defensively and Cian Carey might come into the starting line-up to help tighten things up.

“We’ll also need to start converting more of our opportunities in attack because our build-up play has generally been pretty good, but we’re just not finishing well enough.”

Fifth-placed New Town Eagles have been hit by injuries and player unavailability and may have up to five or six regulars missing for their home clash against second-placed Glenorchy Knights at Clare Street at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Chris Wass, Steve Louden and Mark Page are injured, while Jacob Clamp, Shane Kent and Jamie Vernon are unavailable.

Page may attempt a comeback after light training during the week.

Coach George Krambousanos only had eight first-team players at training on Tuesday and this does not augur well for the game against Knights.

“We did well against Kingborough last week and I was hoping to have the same starting eleven against the Knights this weekend,” said Krambousanos.

“But, certain circumstances have conspired against us. There are injuries and personal circumstances and this means we are not going to be as strong as we should be.

“There might be a couple of surprises and I’ve been looking at a couple of our under-19 players and maybe a reserve player.

“We’re looking forward to this game because our first clash against them was a good game. I mean, they broke away with three or four goals, but we hit back hard and should probably have draw it or even won it.

“They’re hard to beat and hard to play and they’re a hard team, but we’re slowly, slowly getting there and we hope it’ll be a good game.”

Knights will be without defender-cum-midfielder Tony Dzelalija, who has a calf injury sustained at training. He may be out for two or three weeks.

Striker Danny White is back in England because of personal reasons and will miss a second match in a row.

Chris Mrzyk will replace Dzelalija at the back, while Will Roberts and Mynonge Kamba are in line for a starting berth.

“It’ll be a tough game because they’re coming off a win,” said Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly. “They’re not to be taken lightly.

“They’ve been building in confidence week in and week out. The first time we played them, it would have been one of the better games they’ve played this year and, although I didn’t see their game last weekend, we certainly won’t be underestimating them.”

Kelly is suspended from the coaching technical area after being sent from there by the referee last week in the 2-2 draw with Clarence United.

Bottom-side Olympia Warriors travel to Wentworth Park on Saturday evening to take on third-last Clarence United at 6.30pm.

If Olympia lose, they will create a new club record of 10 games without a win.

Olympia will be without injured midfielder Nick Meredith, who has a suspected broken toe, and he will be replaced in the squad by Youssef Mohamad.

“The rest of the squad will remain the same,” said Olympia coach, Chris Hey, who has been suspended for two games by Football Federation Tasmania for inappropriate behaviour and remarks to officials during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Taroona.

“I’ll accept the suspension and take it on the chin.

“Clarence are obviously picking up and starting to play well as a unit and it’s a tough game for anybody over there with their good vocal crowd support.

“We’ll find it tough, but I still feel we are improving every week and playing better football every week, as we have in the last four games.

“We need to keep positive as a team and the results will eventually come, but hopefully not in round 21, when it’s too late.”

Clarence may use Dipendar Kunwar as an impact player in the closing stages against his former club, while Emmanuel Tsakiris, also a former Olympia player, may earn a place on the bench.

South Hobart’s reserves beat the Tasmanian Institute of Sport 5-3 at Wentworth Park this evening.

Greg Downes headed South in front in the 8th minute, while Seth Otte made it 2-0 in the 38th minute.

South led 3-0 before the TIS pulled two goals back to make it 3-2 and set the scene for an exciting finish.

Downes finished with a hat-trick and Otte with a brace for South, while for the TIS, Hugh Foley netted twice and Declan Foley once.

"I was happy with us going forward, but I'm not happy with having two holding midfielders and four defenders letting in three goals," said South Hobart coach, Jed Donohue.

"There's no point in having holding midfielders, who, when they're beaten, stand and watch. They've got to keep going.

"I mean, those Foley boys, showed a great level of energy. They got the ball down the channels.

"When it was 3-2, it was very interesting.

"It was a good game and I enjoyed it."


Members of sport and recreation clubs and associations are invited by Womensport and Recreation Tasmania to attend a free networking function with representatives of Hobart-based print, television and radio media outlets.

Tori Hodgman will facilitate a panel discussion with media representatives including Blair Brownless of the ABC, Brent Costello from WIN TV, and Hanny Alston, the elite runner and world-class orienteer.

One of the aims of the function is to help increase the coverage of women’s and girls’ sports.

The function will be held at the Premiership Room, Bellerive Oval, from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday, 11 May.

While on the topic of women’s sport, Metro women’s coach, Adrian Pickin, is appalled that FFT has scheduled women’s matches this coming Sunday, which is, of course, Mother’s Day.

Pickin feels that FFT should have postponed games in deference to the occasion.