Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Brisbane Roar 1-1 North Queensland Fury

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Brisbane Roar were playing their 9th game in 36 days and they were very lucky not to come unstuck against a confident North Queensland Fury outfit that are second-last on the A-League ladder.

Roar retain top spot and are 3 points ahead of second-placed Adelaide United.

Gareth Edds put the Fury ahead after 9 minutes from a perfect low cross from the right by David Williams. It was Edds’s first A-League goal.

In the 16th minute, Brisbane were almost level, but Ivan Franjic’s cross-cum-shot from the right struck the angle of crossbar and far post.

Ten minutes into the second half, Fury missed a glorious opportunity to increase their lead when Isaka Cernak released Williams on the right. His ball to the far post caught out the Brisbane rearguard and left Jason Spagnuolo with an open goal, but he somehow shot wide.

Brisbane are not the A-League leaders without good reason, however, and they continued to put together some impressive patches of play and were obviously looking to win this game rather than just draw.

Five minutes from the end, the home side equalised. Thomas Broich crossed the ball from the left and Reinaldo flicked it on with his head to the impressive Franjic on the right of the box, who smashed home an unstoppable shot to make it 1-1.

Stoppage time was a nail-biting affair, but neither side could snatch the 3 points.

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Brisbane Roar: Theoklitos - Franjic, DeVere, Smith (Susak 43), Mundy (Nichols 65) - Murdocca (Solorzano 46), Paartalu, McKay - Barbarouses, Reinaldo, Broich (Sub not used: Redmayne)

Booked: Solorzano, Barbarouses

Goals: Franjic 85

North Queensland Fury: Pasfield - Storey, Hughes, Malik, McDonald - Edds, Talay (Kilian 79), Nikas - Williams, Spagnuolo (Payne 65), Cernak (Hingert 75) (Sub not used: Usai)

Booked: Storey, Talay, Kilian

Goals: Edds 9

Att: 10,126

Ref: A Milliner


Photo: It was a bit of a bumpy landing for the Jets on their re-laid pitch [PlessPix]

Newcastle Jets 1-0 Wellington Phoenix

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Newcastle Jets moved into 7th place and level on 15 points with 8th-ranked Wellington Phoenix after this 1-0 home win over the Kiwis at EnergyAustralia Stadium last night.

Newcastle were missing central defender Ljubo Milicevic and midfielder Ruben Zadkovic, while the Phoenix were without Jade North and Tim Brown.

After a goalless opening half, Marko Jesic scored the only goal of the game in the 55th minute.

He was put through on the left of the box and, as he turned inside, Wellington defender Troy Hearfield slipped and fell, allowing Jesic an unimpeded shot at goal, his low strike going across Mark Paston and lodging inside the far post.

The pitch was terrible. It had been relaid recently after a motorcross event had made it unplayable.

The turf was unstable in patches and easily dislodged. At one stage, a groundsman with a bucket of sand had to come on and repair a large patch near the half-way line.

The pitch may also have cost Newcastle dearly in terms of injury. Sean Rooney came on in the 75th minute for Francis Jeffers but lasted only 6 minutes before going off with a knee injury which may well prove serious. There was no contact with another player and Rooney obviously wrenched his knee on the unstable surface.

Newcastle deserved the points. They had 54 per cent of the possession against a Wellington outfit that changed to a back-3 from a back-4 in the second half to try and get back into the match. The move proved unsuccessful and the visitors were very disappointing.

It was Wellington’s fifth loss from six away games this season.

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Newcastle Jets: Kennedy - Elrich, Regan, Topor-Stanley (Wheelhouse 71), D-Apuzzo - Kanterovski, Wehrman, Fiorentini - Jesic, Abbas, Jeffers [(Rooney 75) Petrovski 81] (Subs not used: Nash)

Booked: Abbas

Goals: Jesic 55

Wellington Phoenix: Paston - Hearfield, Sigmund, Durante, Muscat - Bertos (Daniel 71), Elliott, Ward - Greenacre (Pavlovic 63), Lia, Ifill (Subs not used: MacAllister, Vukovic)

Att: 12,147

Ref: G Parsons

Brisbane Roar 1 (Franjic 85) drew with North Queensland Fury 1 (Edds 9)

HT: 0-1

Att: 10,126

Ref: A Milliner


Photo: The Jets have lift-off [PlessPix]

Newcastle Jets 1 (Jesic 55) beat Wellington Phoenix 0

HT: 0-0

Att: 12,147 (EnergyAustralia Stadium)

Ref: G Parsons