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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Some former Howrah players at KGV Park are (Back L-R) Geoff Frame, Dave Auton, Steve Kannegiesser, and Andrew Dobbie and Alistair Hales; The Howrah team of the 1990s; Bruce Pears and Sergio Pace (right) in their playing days [PlessPix]; Peter Brine and Rocco Travierso [Photo courtesy of Rocco Travierso]

The former Howrah club are holding a reunion on Saturday, 12 February 2011.

To assist members in compiling a book of the club’s history, anyone with photos, articles or other memorabilia is asked to contact former players Dave Auton or Andrew Dobbie.

Dave can be contacted on 6273 1577 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , while Andrew’s contact details are 6235 1074 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Howrah are now known as Beachside, of course.

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Sergio Pace has been appointed coach of Tilford Zebras/ Premier Reserves side for the 2011 season.

He takes over from Rodney Bones.

Three of Zebras’ top coaches - Nick Lapolla, Romeo Frediani and Sergio Pace - are former star players of the club.

Garry Burgess has been promoted from the Zebras’ under-16 side to be Pace’s assistant.

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Another former Juventus player, goalkeeper Rocco Travierso, has his own goalkeeping academy in Brisbane.

Check out his academy at:

www.gk1academy.webs.com

Melbourne Heart 0-2 Adelaide United

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Adelaide United are back on track after this 2-0 away win over Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park this evening.

The win, which came after three losses from four outings, put Adelaide just 2 points adrift of A-League leaders Brisbane Roar.

Heart remain 5th and 2 points ahead of city rivals Melbourne Victory, who are in 6th spot.

Robbie Cornthwaite headed Adelaide in front in the 5th minute following Cassio’s free-kick from the right.

The visitors’ second goal came in the 73rd minute after Sergio Van Dijk has slipped the ball into the box for substitute Cameron Watson. He played the ball wide to the left for substitute Iain Ramsay, whose chip was headed against the underside of the bar by defender Aziz Behich. The ball bounced down and off the underside of the bar again before Marcos Flores forced it over the line.

Van Dijk had a couple of good chances to increase Adelaide’s tally, but he was off target on both occasions.

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Melbourne Heart: Bolton - Marrone, Thompson, Beauchamp (Kalmar 77), Behich - Skoko, Sibon, Srhoj - Zahra (Terra 60), Aloisi (Babalj 67), Worm (Sub not used: Zois)

Booked: Worm

Adelaide United: Galekovic - Barbiero, Fyfe, Cornthwaite, Cassio - Keenan, Hughes - Dodd (Watson 72), Flores (Norton 90+1), Pantelis (Ramsay 46) - Van Dijk (Sub not used: Birighitti)

Booked: Van Dijk

Goals: Cornthwaite 5, Flores 73

Ref: C Beath

Melbourne Victory 2-2 Central Coast Mariners

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Melbourne Victory produced a good second-half performance to salvage a 2-2 draw against Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park in Melbourne this evening.

Victory remain in 6th place, while the Mariners are 3rd with three games in hand. If they were to win those three games now, they would be on top of the A-League ladder.

Daniel McBreen gave the Mariners the lead in the 29th minute when he ran onto Alex Wilkinson’s deep cross from the half-way line on the right. McBreen nodded the ball forward and outran two defenders before hitting the ball past Michael Petkovic from inside the box.

Archie Thompson could have had a first-half hat-trick for Melbourne, but he is not as sharp as he usually is, having had a forced 8-months lay off because of injury, and the chances went begging.

Melbourne’s back-three combined for the equaliser in the 62nd minute following Carlos Hernandez’s short corner. Billy Celeski floated the ball from the right towards the far post, where Kevin Muscat headed it back across goal for Adrian Leijer to back-head to the feet of Rodrigo Vargas, and he poked it home from close range.

Two minutes later, Victory were in front. A somewhat dubious free-kick was awarded against Pedrag Bojic when Robbie Kruse went down easily outside the left-hand side of the box. Hernandez sent his free-kick around the inside of the defensive wall and the ball curled back again and inside the top left-hand corner of the net with keeper Matt Ryan floundering.

Twelve minutes from the end, the Mariners grabbed a rather fortunate equaliser following a low corner delivered from the right and into the goal area. Wilkinson could only force the ball towards goal from the edge of the 6-yard box and Grant Brebner, in trying to clear, forced the ball off Petkovic’s leg and into the net for an own-goal.

Melbourne had two more excellent chances to earn the 3 points.

In the 82nd minute, a perfect cross from the right by substitute Tom Pondeljak was headed wide by Kruse when he should have hit the target.

And, 3 minutes from the end, a back-heel by Kruse put Marvin Angulo clear, but he sent his low shot wide of the right-hand post.

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Melbourne Victory: Petkovic - Leijer, Muscat, Vargas - Broxham, Celeski (Pondeljak 79), Brebner, Angulo - Kruse, Hernandez (Dugandzic 83), Thompson (Ferreira 76) [Sub not used: Mattei]

Booked: Leijer, Brebner

Goals: Vargas 62, Hernandez 64

Central Coast Mariners: Ryan - Bojic, Wilkinson, Zwaanswijk, Rose - McGlinchey, Griffiths, Amini (Kwasnik 71), Bozanic - Simon, McBreen (Lewis 90) [Subs not used: Doig, Henderson]

Booked: McBreen

Goals: McBreen 29, Petkovic 78 og

Att: 9,674

Ref: G Parsons

Egypt 3-0 Australia

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Australia, 20th in the FIFA ratings list, were always going to be up against it when they faced The Pharaohs in Cairo, given that preparation was minimal and the conditions unfamiliar.

Egypt are the reigning African champions, a title they have held for the past three African Nations Championships and which they have won seven times overall.

They are 10th in the FIFA rankings and have now gone 15 games without loss at home in Cairo. Their last home defeat was against Argentina in 2008. But, they have conceded 8 goals in their past 4 games.

Having said that, this was only the 5th loss in 22 games for Australia, but more ominously, it was the 4th in the past nine games.

The previous biggest most recent defeat for the Socceroos was the 4-0 loss to Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Sasa Ognenovski made his Socceroos debut for Australia, partnering Lucas Neill in the centre of defence.

Egypt had a couple of early chances that had Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer scampering about his 6-yard box.

Australia’s only real chance came in the 26th minute when Brett Holman played the ball to the left of the box for Tim Cahill, but, uncharacteristically, the Everton striker pulled his shot wide of the far post.

Three minutes later, Egypt took the lead after a through-ball to the left by Ahmed Abdul Zaher, which found Islam Awad. When Luke Wilkshire tackled Awad, the ball rolled loose to Zaher, who smashed it home from 12 metres.

Two minutes later, Egypt went close as Ahmed Fathi blazed wide.

Australia suffered a blow in the 34th minute when Brett Emerton went off with a hamstring strain. He was replaced by Richard Garcia.

Four minutes into the second half, Cahill, who has scored 21 goals in 45 appearances for Australia, headed narrowly wide from Jason Culina’s corner.

Egypt coach Hassan Sheehata made the first of his many substitutions in the 53rd minute when Sunderland’s Ahmed El Mohamady came on. It was he who raced down the right and crossed for substitute Gedo to score with his first touch. It was his 8th goal in 12 games for Egypt.

A minute from the end, Egypt were awarded a penalty by the Bulgarian referee when Neill was adjudged to have pushed an opponent in the back. Zidan despatched the spot-kick inside the right-hand post to make it 3-0.

Egypt played with a back-three, something that Australia also did in the second half but not as effectively.

Australian starting XI: Mark Schwarzer, Luke Wilkshire, Lucas Neill, Sasa Ognenovski, David Carney, Brett Holman, Jason Culina, Mile Jedinak, Brett Emerton, Tim Cahill, Scott McDonald

Egyptian starting XI: Abdul-Wahed El-Sayad, Mahmoud Fatah Alla, Ahmed Samir Farag, Ahmed Fathi, Islam Awad, Ahmed Eid Abdelamalak, Ibrahim Salah, Mohamed Abou-Trika, Ahmed Abdul-Zaher, Ahmed Elmedhamady, Wael Gomaa