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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It will probably be business as usual for the top four sides in Division One this weekend. All games are on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Leaders Beachside have a relatively easy task against second-last Southern FC at home at Sandown Park, while second-placed University should be too strong for fifth-ranked Hobart United at home at Olinda Grove.

Third-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs should wipe the floor with bottom-side DOSA at North Warrane.

Fourth-placed Metro entertain the FFT Under-15s at North Chigwell and, unfortunately, it should be another blood bath.

Beachside will be without Ben Davis, who is unavailable, and his place will be taken by Tony Ortuso.

There will be no other changes from the side that beat Nelson in the previous match.

“After a week off, the players are looking forward to getting back into action and we are confident of a home victory,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.

Nelson are still without the injured Craig Stockdale, while Matt Fone picked up an ankle injury in the State-wide Cup loss to New Town Eagles and is doubtful. Fone’s replacement will be Troy Hoppitt.

Rhys Endall is also out because of injury and the leading goalscorer in the reserves, Jordan Brighella, may come onto the bench to join Nick Roberts.

“Our team played well for most of last week’s cup match against Eagles and I think all of the players will have got a lot out of the game, though we are all disappointed to be out,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“It was good to play against a tough Premier League outfit and I must congratulate George [Krambousanos] and his players on their win and thank them for the gracious way they conducted themselves throughout the day as hosts.

“It’s time now for us to re-focus on the league and we can’t afford to relax against DOSA at home, particularly with a couple of injuries creeping into our side.

“They will be desperate for points and, therefore, will be a dangerous opponent.”

Mykel Porter will retain his place in goal for Metro ahead of Nathan Grandin for the match against the FFT Under-15s.

Geoffrey Wicks and Daniel Brown will come into the Metro line-up in place of Jadyden Wiggins, who is injured, and Danny Cowen, who is in Melbourne and unavailable.

“I’ve made a couple of changes to the side that lost to University and I hope we can bounce back,” said Metro coach, Matthew Rhodes.

In the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, leaders Devonport City host fourth-ranked Riverside Olympic at Valley Road and the home side should be capable of earning all three points.

Second-placed Northern Rangers are at home against seventh-ranked Somerset at the NTCA Ground and should send the Sharks home without them having engaged in a feeding frenzy.

Ulverstone, in third place, entertain eighth-ranked Launceston City at the Ulverstone Showgrounds and, although the visitors have shown some improvement, the Reds should win.

Bottom-side Launceston United visit fifth-placed Prospect Knights at Harley Parade and are unlikely to come away with any points.

South Hobart can go 11 points clear at the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder on Sunday by beating second-placed Glenorchy Knights at Washington Street.

The match is the main feature of a gala day organised by South Hobart to celebrate the club’s centenary.

The South Hobart team will wear a replica kit dating back to the 1912-14 period and based on the strip worn by a South Hobart side that features in a photograph from that era.

The South Hobart team (with numbers) will be: 1. Sam Kruijver 2. Jim Pennicott 3. Daniel Brown 4. Matthew Brown 5. Liam Scott 6. Bart Beecroft 7. Shae Hickey 8. Tom Roach 9. Andy Brennan 10. Kostas Kanakaris 11. Jonathon Lo [Substitutes: 12. Greg Downes 13. Hugh Ludford 14. Josh Heerey 15. Mark Moncur

South Hobart beat Knights 3-0 in their first-round meeting and should be capable of winning this game.

Glenorchy Knights have not won in the past two games. They drew 0-0 with New Town Eagles in their last league match and then went down 2-1 at home to Burnie United last weekend in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy competition.

They are finding it difficult to score goals and, even though club president Zac Baltic has said they will spoil South Hobart’s celebrations, it seems a big ask.

South Hobart are the only unbeaten side in the competition. They have scored more goals than any other side and conceded fewer than any other team.

The Knights rank second in the number of goals scored and so do have a chance, but they will have to experience a reversal of recent form to win this one.

“It’s a big game for many reasons and it’s an important game for us,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“If we win this game, it will take us 11 points clear and this is a huge gap at this stage of the season.

“Celebrating a hundred years of the football club, it’s going to be a big day for us.”

Third-ranked Tilford Zebras are away to fourth-ranked Kingborough Lions United at Lightwood Park on Saturday.

Zebras can draw level with second-placed Glenorchy Knights on points if they win, while the Lions urgently need a victory in order to stay in the top four.

Both sides are expected to be at full strength and a repeat of the first-round 1-1 draw is on the cards.

Fifth-placed Clarence United host second-last Taroona at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Taroona will be without injured defender Cian Carey, who sustained an injury in last weekend’s cup match against Riverside Olympic. He may miss a couple of weeks.

Ben Schaap returns in Carey’s place at centre-back, while striker Garry Hamilton returns after being unavailable last weekend.

Central midfielder Lucas Wyatt is in Melbourne and will miss his second game in a row. Hamish Macgregor will, therefore, retain his spot in central midfield.

“I won’t finalise the side until our last training session,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan.

“We had a few guys who were a bit down on form last weekend so they will need to bounce back and show some resolve because Clarence at Wentworth Park on a Saturday night will be a tough game.”

Sixth-ranked New Town Eagles entertain bottom-side Olympia Warriors at Clare Street on Saturday and the visitors will be desperate for their first win of the season.

Eagles will start with Shane Kent in midfield and Jacob Clamp may be assigned the task of marking Olympia dangerman Kosta Grillas.

Eagles’ Chris Wass, Simon Strang and Mark Page are all carrying injuries and will probably be omitted.

Ethan Menzie may start on the bench, while Jamie Vernon is likely to be back in a wide-midfield role.

“Olympia will come here to win, but we’ll be ready for them,” said Eagles coach, George Krambousanos.

The South Hobart Football Club unveiled its centenary shirts after training on Thursday night at the club rooms at Wellesley Park.

The shirts are replicas of those worn by South Hobart in the period 1912-1914 and are based on those shown in team photos of the time.

South Hobart played their first match on 21 May 1910.

The game was against a team from the steamship Westralia and South Hobart won 4-1.

The match was the first played at the new Washington Street ground, which soon became synonymous with Association Football in southern Tasmania.

The replica shirts, numbered from 1 to 15, were presented to the players who will face Glenorchy Knights at South Hobart on Sunday in a Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League top-of-the-table clash.

South Hobart currently leads second-placed Knights by 8 points.

“The centenary shirts will be worn only once and will then be caringly framed for posterity,” said Brian Downes, representing the South Hobart club.

“There will be fifteen players selected in the squad for this historic and iconic match with the whole essence of the framing being to continue the history of the club by effectively writing the fifteen players into the South Hobart Football Club’s history books.”

South Hobart’s senior coach, Ken Morton, said: “The players are looking forward to the day as they recognise the importance of the match.

“However, at the end of the day, it is just another match and everyone concerned will be working hard to make sure that we go out there and play good attacking football as we have been doing all season.”

Upon the framing of all the shirts, they will be auctioned at the South Hobart Football Club Centenary Dinner to be held on Friday 1 October 2010.

The auction process is yet to be fully confirmed, but it will be promoted internationally as well as extensively throughout Australia and Tasmania.

South Hobart President, Vicki Woods, said: “We are very excited and really proud of this achievement by the club as it is testimony to all the players, committee members and supporters over the past 100 years.

“I am not sure that Mr Honeysett and the 1910 team ever thought that their club would still be going 100 years later”.

The Governor of Tasmania, His Excellency The Honourable Peter Underwood, and Mrs Underwood held a reception at Government House this evening to mark the centenary of the South Hobart Football Club.

Almost 200 guests attended the reception, including many life members of the club and the current senior and reserve team players.

The club played its first match on 21 May 1910 against the crew of a visiting freighter and South Hobart won 4-1.

South Hobart’s match against Glenorchy Knights next Sunday will be part of a huge gala day for the club and it will also involve the local community and all football supporters.

“The reception has been absolutely fabulous,” said Vicki Woods, the president of South Hobart FC. “There’s been a great turnout of football supporters from all clubs and it’s nice to see presidents of other clubs and coaches here.

“I was able to invite 280 and I’d estimate there are 200 here.

“It’s good to see politicians and members of the public and lovers of football.

“I really hope we have a good day on Sunday.

“It’ll be a day for all football followers and we really hope a lot of people will attend.

“The committee talked about it and we wanted tonight and Sunday to be about football and not just our club.

“We want to get a really big crowd there and for everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good time.”

South Hobart’s senior squad will be presented with special edition centenary shirts after training on Thursday night.

On Friday, the players will be presented to the media with their centenary shirts at Mawson Place.

In Sunday’s game against Glenorchy Knights, the South Hobart team will wear the special centenary shirts.

Coincidentally, today is also the 45th anniversary of the tragic death of one of South Hobart’s brightest young stars, Steve Watson.

Watson and four of his South Hobart team-mates - Ron Manson, John Barker, Roy Scott and Colin West - were driving home from training when they were involved in a collision with a petrol tanker. Watson was killed and his team-mates seriously injured.