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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Metro’s hopes of winning the Division One title rest on their encounter today against league-leaders Beachside away at Sandown Park.


Metro currently lie third on the ladder, five points adrift of Beachside and one point behind second-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs, who also have a tough game today at home against fourth-ranked University at North Warrane.


Metro will have Danny Cowen available again, but Jayden Wiggins is a doubtful starter because of injury.


Beachside will include Patrick Dunne and Ben Davis in their squad after both were unavailable last weekend.


“We are expecting a very difficult game as Metro are a strong team,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.


“They have had some good results away from North Chigwell, including a win against Hobart United, so we will not be underestimating them.”


Nelson hope to welcome back Craig Stockdale from injury, but there is the problem of possible work commitments. If he can play, it will help them in a tricky match against University.


Matt Fone also returns after recovering from an ankle injury, but central defender Cameron Rush is out because of a corked thigh.


Young midfielder Patrick Lenck has decided the appeal of a surfing holiday in Bali is greater than that of trudging through mud at North Warrane and so is unavailable for the next three weeks.


Defender Troy Hoppitt is likely to keep his place at fullback, while Nick Roberts will be on the bench and on standby to replace Stockdale if he cannot play.


Striker Jordan Brighella is also likely to retain his place in the attack, while Richard Flood and Oliver Burden are on the bench.


“This will be another tough match against an improving University team,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach. “We need a win and three points to stay in the race for the league.


“University will feel the same way, of course, with Beachside already five points clear.


“We have some key players out with injury, work, and also holidays, though we have a couple of good players back in, too.


“I’m sure Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t have to put up with players taking off on a surfing holiday mid-season.”


The other game today is the bottom-of-the-table match between second-last Southern FC and bottom-side DOSA.


On Sunday, Hobart United entertain the FFT Under-15s at Pontville.


In the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League today, the focus of attention will be Valley Road, where second-ranked Devonport City host leaders and reigning champions Northern Rangers.


This promises to be a tight contest with a draw a distinct possibility.


Third-placed Ulverstone travel to Montello to take on sixth-placed Burnie United.


“This is an important game for both clubs as we currently sit in third spot on the ladder and need a win to keep in touch with the top two clubs, Devonport and Northern Rangers,” said Ulverstone coach, Kim Rigby.


“Burnie, after a promising pre-season and start to the regular roster, are now needing a win to get their season back on track after four losses in a row.


“We have injury concerns over two of our regulars, but if they pull up all right we will go with the same starting eleven from last week’s win over Launceston City.


“Against Launceston City, we gave a debut off the bench to 15-year-old Connor Meaney for the last 15-20 minutes and he performed well and did not look out of place at this level.”


In other games today, seventh-placed Somerset welcome fifth-placed Riverside Olympic to Cardigan Street, and second-last Launceston City entertain fourth-placed Prospect Knights at Mitsubishi Park.











Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (KGV Park, Friday, 28 May 2010)


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Glenorchy Knights 0

Kingborough Lions United 1 (T McDonald 20)


HT: 0-1 Att: 90 Ref: S Collins


Glenorchy Knights: Peter - Millington (Kamba 76), Grundy, Holmes, J Huigsloot - Clay, Dzelalija (Hope 31), Fielding, Marsh - Smith (Green 89), Koroma [Substitute not used: Grainger] [Coach: Nick Harrison]


Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Brown, Davies, Iseli, R Hinkley - Freeman (T Pearce 78), Andrews (Schuth 78), Marchioli, Bevan - McDonald, Bremner [Substitutes not used: D Pearce, B Hughes] [Coach: Tim Dale]


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Glenorchy Knights have earned only two points from a possible 12 in their past four league matches.


They have drawn twice and lost twice in the league, and also lost a State-wide cup match in their past five games.


This latest defeat will be hard to stomach as they had enough chances to at least draw.


Corey Smith hit the post and also lobbed an effort against the crossbar. He also fired narrowly wide and headed just over the bar and also just past the post on other occasions.


Amadu Koroma was wide with one shot, while Josh Fielding had an excellent low drive brilliantly turned wide for a corner by Lions keeper David Leamey.


Jackson Marsh also went close, firing narrowly wide after a corner.


Having said that, Kingborough also squandered some marvellous openings after taking the lead in the 20th minute when Tom McDonald scored with a well-placed free-kick from the edge of the box.


Greg Freeman should have done better in the 25th minute when McDonald picked him out with a cross from the right, but he somehow lifted the ball over the bar.


In the 31st minute, Brett Andrews lobbed an effort over the bar when he should at least have worked the keeper.


In the 41st minute, Freeman raced free on the left but side-footed a tame effort straight at keeper Ben Peter.


Two minutes before the interval, Smith’s poor attempt at a clearance went straight to Andrews, who fired over the bar.


It was generally all Knights in the second half, but try as they might, they could not find a way past Leamey, who produced some good clearances by punching the ball out of a crowded goalmouth.


Marc Iseli battled hard, as did Andrew Davies, Ross Hinkley and Jeremy Brown at the back for Kingborough, and Knights simply could not break them down.


McDonald was always a threat with his speed, but it was an overall team effort that secured this win, with Marcello Marchioli, Ryan Bevan and and Marcus Bremner also playing their part.


Tim Dale coached Kingborough on the night as Geoff Freeman is in Queensland.


The victory lifted Kingborough from fifth to fourth spot on the ladder at the expense of Clarence United. Kingborough now have 14 points and are three points adrift of third-placed Zebras and second-ranked Knights.


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· Glenorchy Knights coach, Nick Harrison, said:


“When your luck’s out, your luck’s out. You saw the game as well. We dominated probably 95 per cent of the time, but they got a free-kick, and a great strike.


“Other than that, we camped in their half the rest of the game and did everything but score a goal.


“We worked hard at training this week and the players were up to it as far as I was concerned. I can’t do much more than that.


“We hit the crossbar and post but we just couldn’t score tonight.


“We’ll go away disappointed again. We’ll see what we can do against Zebras next week.


“Very disappointed tonight. Very disappointed.”


· Kingborough Lions United coach, Tim Dale, said:


“We’re really pleased to keep a clean sheet. We haven’t had many of those this season so that was really good.


“It’s a big three points for us. We’ve only played here once this year and so to come out and play well, you know, is good.


“It was important that we played to the way we wanted to play. We played to plan. We were dangerous on the break.


“We’re really stoked with the result.”

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


Glenorchy Knights 0-1 Kingborough Lions United (T McDonald 20)


Reserves


Glenorchy Knights 4 (M Nowicki 2, C Fuentes, J Hope) b Kingborough Lions United 1

The Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition is already a one-horse race, with South Hobart leading the chasing pack by 11 points.


If results go South’s way this weekend, they could be 14 points in front and that would surely mean the title is wrapped up.


And, the results could well go South’s way.


They should play their part by disposing of cellar-dwellers Olympia Warriors without any problems. The tension of their centenary celebrations is over and they can relax and play their normal disciplined and effective game.


South have obtained clearances this week for three of their Koreans and one of these, a brilliant centre-back, is likely to play.


Josh Heerey is unavailable because he is in Melbourne.


Coach Ken Morton has the most powerful squad on the island and a win over a dysfunctional Olympia should be a mere formality.


Olympia may have been unlucky against New Town Eagles last weekend in the 1-1 draw, but this will be a different kettle of fish and South should romp home.


Second-placed Glenorchy Knights face a dangerous assignment at home at KGV Park on Friday night against fifth-placed Kingborough Lions United.


The Lions have a good record at KGV Park and, given the fact that Knights suffered a humbling 7-1 defeat to South Hobart last weekend, a victory for the visitors in not out of the question.


It is true that Knights could bounce back with a vengeance as they try to erase memories of last week’s thrashing, but they’ll have to experience a massive turnaround in form and apply appropriate tactics and utilise the right personnel. These are things they haven’t done in recent weeks.


Third-placed Tilford Zebras, level on points with second-placed Knights, are away to fourth-ranked Clarence United at Wentworth Park at 6.30pm on Saturday.


Clarence will miss Mattias Toghill, who will be in Brisbane, but they have adequate replacements and should be close to full strength.


Zebras are a hit-and-miss side this season and Saturday night could be a miss. If they lose, South Hobart will be the beneficiaries.


The final match of the round is at Clare Street on Sunday, when sixth-ranked New Town Eagles entertain second-last Taroona.


Eagles will again be without injured captain Chris Wass. They will have Simon Stang and Ethan Menzie back, while Mark Page is doubtful. He is taking a long time to recover from a leg injury.


Jamie Vernon and Shane Kent may be on the bench for what is an extremely important game for both sides.


A win for Taroona would move them up a place at the expense of Eagles, who would drop to second-last position.


Taroona will have Hugo Luttmer back after injury and Lucas Wyatt from Melbourne, but Rick Nettlefold is going to Canada and will be replaced in goal by Rob Hortle.


“Rob has been in pretty good form in reserves, so we’re well covered there,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.


“We’ve struggled against the more physical sides like Eagles, so I’ve gone with a stronger, more defensive line-up because we can’t continue to concede three goals per week and expect to win many games.


“We need to start picking up some points against the teams around us to drag ourselves out of a relegation battle so this is an important game for us and the boys need to show a bit more determination than last week’s effort against Clarence.”