Who Is Walter Pless?

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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


South Hobart 7 (A Brennan 32, 61, 64, 68, 83, J Lo 73 86) beat Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Hope 80)


Reserves


South Hobart 4-0 Glenorchy Knights

European Champions League Final [at Bernabeu in Madrid]


Inter Milan 2 (D Milito 35, 70) b Bayern Munich 0


Premier League Promotion Play-off [at Wembley]


Blackpool 3-2 Cardiff City


(Blackpool are promoted to the Premier League)






Olympia Warriors, languishing in last place on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder, were desperately unlucky not to beat sixth-placed New Town Eagles away at Clare Street on Saturday.


Olympia hit the Eagles woodwork three times and also missed a couple of open goals as they fought to secure their first win of the season.


It is the club’s 50th anniversary this season and they have just three points from 10 outings.


They are staring relegation in the face and that would hardly be a cause for celebration. They have already postponed their anniversary dinner until March next year.


Olympia almost took the lead in the 10th minute when a cross from deep on the right was met by new signing Alex Nandan at the far post, but his shot hit the far upright.


Two minutes later, Eagles hit the front after a quick counter-attack. Alex Leszczynski crossed from the byline on the left and prolific scorer Adam McKeown rifled the ball home from the edge of the box.


The goal took McKeown’s tally to nine and he is now the equal top marksman in the competition, together with Ben Crosswell of Tilford Zebras and Jonathon Lo of South Hobart.


The visitors were level 50 seconds into the second half. Ben Phillips crossed low from the right and, when Eagles goalkeeper and captain Nathan Pitchford fumbled the ball, Kosta Grillas was on hand to prod it home.


In the 69th minute, substitute Aaron Percy rattled the Eagles crossbar with a mighty shot, while two minutes later, Olympia’s Adam Hedge missed an open goal, sending his shot from Grillas’s left-wing cross over the bar.


Lee Mason almost gave Olympia the lead shortly after when he broke through the Eagles rearguard and got in a strike at goal, but the ball hit the underside of the bar and bounced down and back into play, where it was headed clear by defender Andrew Clark.


Eagles then rallied and almost grabbed a late winner. Olympia goalkeeper Dmitri Nester did well to turn a McKeown header against the bar. The ball rebounded to Alex Leszczynski, whose follow-up shot was deflected by Nester against the chest of team-mate Mason and out of play.


Eagles claimed the ball had crossed the line, but referee Kim Barker waved play on.


Leszczynski also sent a powerful shot just wide of the angle of crossbar and post, but neither side could break the deadlock and had to be content with a share of the points.


Third-ranked Tilford Zebras drew level on 17 points with second-placed Glenorchy Knights when they beat fourth-ranked Kingborough Lions United 4-2 away at Lightwood Park.


Jayden Welch fired Zebras in front in the 13th minute, but Greg Freeman levelled for the Lions within a minute.


Ricky Self restored the visitors’ advantage on the half-hour, but Freeman struck again in the 42nd minute to make it 2-2 at the interval.


Two goals by Dwayne Walsh, in the 53rd and 70th minutes, gave Zebras the three points.


In the Saturday evening match, fifth-placed Clarence United scored a comfortable 5-0 win over second-last Taroona at home at Wentworth Park.


Luke Cripps headed home Mattias Toghill’s corner in the 8th minute to put Clarence in front, while Sam McIntyre added the second in the 34th minute when the Taroona keeper, Richard Nettlefold, could only parry a Cripps shot.


Three goals in seven minutes completed the victory. Substitute Ben Hamlett set up McIntyre for his second and Clarence’s third in the 73rd minute, while Ben Parker nodded home Grant Malcolm’s free-kick in the 75th minute to make it 4-0.


Hamlett completed the scoring in the 79th minute with a left-foot drive into the corner of the net.






Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


New Town Eagles 1 (A McKeown 12) dw Olympia Warriors 1 (K Grillas 46)


Kingborough Lions United 2 (G Freeman 14, 42) lost to Tilford Zebras 4 (J Welch 13, R Self 30, D Walsh 53, 70)


Clarence United 5 (L Cripps 8, S McIntyre 34, 73, B Parker 75, B Hamlett 79) b Taroona 0


Reserves


New Town Eagles 1 (J Hadfield) dw Olympia Warriors 1 (A Langdale)


Kingborough Lions United 2-2 Tilford Zebras


Clarence United 2 (A Hardwick, L Marsh) b Taroona 0


Under-19s


New Town Eagles 0-0 Olympia Warriors


Kingborough Lions United 1-2 Tilford Zebras


South Hobart 2-3 Glenorchy Knights


Clarence United 4 (A Browning 2, S Jacob 2) b Taroona 1 (Stevenson pen)


Southern Division One


Metro 6 (Dawes 4, Marney, Morris) b FFT/U-15s 2


Beachside 8 (Klasen 3, Pullen, Harvey, Pennicott, Howarth, Direen) b Southern FC 0


DOSA 1-9 Nelson Eastern Suburbs


University 1-1 Hobart United


Reserves


DOSA 0-6 Nelson Eastern Suburbs


University 1-3 Hobart United


Under-19s


University 1-6 Hobart United


Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League


Northern Rangers 6-1 Somerset


Prospect Knights 10-1 Launceston United


Ulverstone 4-1 Launceston City


Devonport City 3-3 Riverside Olympic