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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Photo: Greg Downes being presented with a South Hobart centenary shirt by coach Ken Morton [PlessPix]

Tasmanian youngster Greg Downes had his first training session at National Conference League club Darlington yesterday.

Last week, he trained with Division One club Hartlepool, the traditional rivals of Darlington, and he will resume training with Hartlepool next week.

Darlington, whose nickname is The Quakers, are based in the north-east of England and were relegated to the Conference League after finishing bottom of Division Two last season.

Downes said the club had two training sessions on Monday and he trained with the youth side.

“Firstly, we warmed up and then played some possession games,” Downes said.

“There were three teams and we kept rotating.

“We then went into 5 versus 5 games with plenty of shooting.

“Firstly, we played to two goals for three minutes and then went into 5-minute games in a round-robin tournament.

“The team then did some shape work ahead of their FA Youth Cup game on Wednesday [tomorrow], which if they win, they have a very good chance of playing Arsenal Youth in the next round at the Emirates Stadium.

“We finished the session with some crossing and shooting.”

Strength and conditioning exercises were the order of the day in the afternoon session.

“It consisted of plenty of push-ups, wheelbarrow walking and squats with resistance bands,” Downes said.

“I’m training again today [Tuesday] and maybe Thursday and Friday and then it’s back to Hartlepool on Monday.”


Photo: Geoff Freeman will again coach Kingborough Lions United in 2011 [PlessPix]

Geoff Freeman will continue as coach of Kingborough Lions United in 2011 and Tim Dale will again be his assistant.

It will be the second year this duo has been operating together at the Lions.

“We are looking forward to building on the progress made last season,” said Freeman.

“Whilst out final league position was disappointing, we were a young team and need to find a greater consistency in our performance.

“We have a number of young players who need to take the next step and cement themselves as regular senior players.”

Mick Trotter will coach the Kingborough reserves next season after being in charge of the club’s under-19s for the past two seasons.

Phil Cooper will take over the under-19s after being the assistant coach last season.

Kingborough’s pre-season training begins tomorrow evening and will continue each Tuesday and Thursday until the 16th December.

The focus will be on technique and all players looking to be involved with Premier and Reserves and U19s for the 2011 season should attend.

Training is at Lightwood Park, ground 3 (use Gormley Park entrance off Summerleas Road and continue driving past the Gormley ground for easiest access).

Any further contact info can be obtained from the club website http://www.klusc.org.au/club/contacts.htm

Kingborough are also interested in applications for all women’s teams coaching positions. Those interested in applying can do so by E-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

English Premier League

Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United

Manchester City 0-0 Birmingham City

Newcastle United 0-0 Fulham

Stoke City 2-0 Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspurs 4-2 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United 0-0 Blackpool

Wigan Athletic 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

League One

Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Plymouth Argyle

Hartlepool 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

League Two

Southend 1-1 Accrington Stanley

Scottish Premier League

Dundee United 1-1 Kilmarnock

Hamilton Academicals 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Hibernian 2-1 Motherwell

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

St Johnstone 0-2 Heart of Midlothian

German Bundesliga

Cologne 0-4 Borussia Moenchengladbach

FC Kaiserslautern 3-3 VfB Stuttgart

Mainz 0-1 Hannover 96

St Pauli 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Werder Bremen 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Wolfsburg 2-2 Schalke 04

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hamburger SV

Italian Serie A

Lazio 2-0 Napoli

Fiorentina 1-0 Cesena

Juventus 1-1 Roma

Spanish La Liga

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Almeria

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Osasuna

Barcelona 3-1 Villareal

Perth Glory 3-1 Melbourne Victory

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Perth Glory won their first A-League match since 5 September when they overcame Melbourne Victory 3-1 at NIB Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Robbie Fowler signalled a welcome return to form with a hat-trick, but there were still signs of a lack of confidence on his part. He had a penalty saved when his spot-kick was tame, but he was fortunate to smack home the rebound.

Melbourne Victory had 52 per cent of the possession but were unable to make the most of it, while Glory had 9 corners to Melbourne’s 3.

Victory have now only had four wins from 15 games and find themselves in 6th place, 3 points adrift of city rivals Melbourne Heart.

Glory are 8th on the ladder.

Fowler almost gave Perth the lead in the 2nd minute when put clean through by Jamie Coyne, but Michael Petkovic produced a brilliant save.

A foul by Rodrigo Vargas on Fowler in the 13th minute saw referee Chris Beath, in charge of his 45th A-League match, point to the penalty spot. Petkovic easily saved Fowler’s spot-kick, but the former Liverpool star scored from the rebound to give Glory the lead.

Fowler almost had a second 4 minutes after the interval, but Petkovic saved his downward header.

Five minutes later, Fowler made it 2-0. Jacob Burns had his shot blocked by Vargas and the ball rebounded to Neville, who passed to Fowler and he netted with ease.

In the 61st minute, Fowler completed his hat-trick when he collected a long pass from midfield from Adriano Pellegrino and cut inside the right-hand side of the box and beat Petkovic at his near post with a left-footed strike.

Substitute Mate Dugandzic pulled a goal back for the visitors after Diogo Ferreira’s pass in the 79th minute, but Victory were well beaten.

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Perth Glory: Velaphi - Neville (Fondyke 76), Todd, Harnwell, Coyne - Pellegrini, Burns, McGarry (Amphlett 80), Howarth (Griffiths 66) - Baird, Fowler [Substitute not used: Vrteski]

Booked: Harnwell, Neville, McGarry, Fondyke

Goals: Fowler 13, 54, 61

Melbourne Victory: Petkovic - Leijer, Muscat, Vargas - Pondeljak (Broxham 46), Celeski, Brebner (Ferreira 56), Sukha - Angulo, Hernandez, Thompson (Dugandzic 69) [Substitute not used: Mattei]

Booked: Broxham, Muscat

Goals: Dugandzic 79

Att: 6,217

Ref: C Beath