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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European Championship Qualifying

Croatia 3-0 Malta

Finland 8-0 San Marino

The FA Cup

Luton 4-2 Corby

York 3-0 Rotherham

Under-21 Friendly Match

Scotland U21 3-1 N Ireland U21

Wales U21 1-0 Austria U21

International Match

Albania 0-0 FYR Macedonia

Argentina 1-0 Brazil

Austria 1-2 Greece

Bulgaria 0-1 Serbia

China PR 1-0 Latvia

Denmark 0-0 Czech Republic

Egypt 3-0 Australia

England 1-2 France

Estonia 1-1 Liechtenstein

Hong Kong 0-7 Paraguay

Hungary 2-0 Lithuania

Israel 3-2 Iceland

Luxembourg 0-0 Algeria

Montenegro 2-0 Azerbaijan

Netherlands 1-0 Turkey

Northern Ireland 1-1 Morocco

Oman 0-4 Belarus

Poland 3-1 Ivory Coast

Portugal 4-0 Spain

Rep of Ireland 1-2 Norway

Romania 1-1 Italy

Russia 0-2 Belgium

Slovakia 2-3 Bosnia-Hercegovina

Slovenia 1-2 Georgia

South Africa 0-1 USA

Sweden 0-0 Germany

Switzerland 2-2 Ukraine

Photos (Top to Bottom): Jackson Nugent (left) battles with a TIS opponent; Charlie Wilkes can't catch the speedy TIS Number 3; Charlie Wilkes does manage to get in a tackle; Jackson Nugent manages to outplay the TIS attacker; Jessie Williams of the TIS in possession; Jessie Williams gets a pass away to a TIS team-mate; A midfield tussle [PlessPix]

The Tasmanian Institute of Sport women’s football team had a hit-out yesterday at Olinda Grove against a team from the Morton Soccer School.

The Morton Soccer School, composed of many of the players who recently visited Manchester United, ran out 10-0 winners, but both sides benefited from the experience.

The TIS squad contained many newcomers and it will take some time for them to get up to speed and reach the level of last season’s squad.

The TIS are practising for the forthcoming National Training Centre Challenge and coach Michael Edwards will have his team in shape by then.

Morton Soccer School coach, Ken Morton, said he was only too pleased to be able help the TIS out with practice matches.

Morton said he was pleased with his own side and at how they kept their shape and played as a team.

He placed no importance on the score-line and said development was the aim for both squads.

Photos (Top to Bottom): NTC's Will Abbott (in black) shields the ball; Will Abbott (left) tries to stop his brother, David, from crossing; Beachside's Ben Crosswell (left) stretches for the ball; Bernhard Klasen makes it 2-0 for Beachside; NTC goalkeeper retrieves the ball from the back of the net; Beachside's Sam Howarth (left) and NTC's Jamie De Smit watch a midfield duel; NTC's Jeremy Walker; Glenorchy Knights players Alex Holmes and Corey Smith watch the game with Knights coaches Nick Harrison and Anthony Grundy [PlessPix]

National Training Centre 2-2 Beachside


Beachside sparred with the National Training Centre or TIS squad yesterday evening at Olinda Grove.

The match was played in three thirds and was a practice session for the NTC before they play in the NTC Challenge series.

Beachside led 2-0 at the end of the first third, while there was no change to the score in the second third.

Ben Crosswell gave Beachside the lead after 14 minutes, while Bernhard Klasen added the second in the 20th minute.

The NTC team recovered in the final two thirds of the match and goals by Jamie De Smit and Josh Williams for the NTC in the final third made it 2-2 at the end.

Beachside looked very good in the opening third but then ran out of legs somewhat for the rest of the game.

The NTC had up to half a dozen new players from last season’s team.

Brett Pullen and Nathan Robinson played for part of the game for Beachside, while New Town Eagles’ under-19 keeper Liam Ferrall was a guest player for them.

Taroona’s David Abbott also played for Beachside and was often opposed by his brother, Will.

The match attracted some interest and Glenorchy Knights’ coaches Nick Harrison and Anthony Grundy were watching.

Photo: Jets soar to draw with Roar [PlessPix]

Newcastle Jets 1-1 Brisbane Roar


Brisbane Roar extended their lead at the top of the A-League ladder to 5 points over second-placed Adelaide United despite being held to a 1-1 draw away against 9th-placed Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium in Newcastle tonight.

Roar goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos saved his side on several occasions with fine saves, but he almost conceded a silly goal in the 14th minute.

With the ball at his feet, he delayed his clearance and allowed Francis Jeffers to dispossess him inside the penalty area. Jeffers tried to pass to a team-mate, by which time other defenders had got back and the chance went begging, much to the relief of an embarrassed Theoklitos.

In the 20th minute, Theoklitos came flying out of the penalty area to clear ahead of Jeffers and, although the ball hit his arm, referee Peter Green judged it not to have been deliberate handball.

Brisbane had a good chance a minute later, but Reinaldo, who had returned from suspension for this match, hit the ball straight at Jets keeper Ben Kennedy.

In the 24th minute, Theoklitos showed his true abilities when he produced a fine save from Ben Kantarovski’s chip from the left.

Reinaldo again shot straight at Kennedy in the 35th minute as the opening half proved goalless.

Eight minutes after the resumption, Kantarovski headed Newcastle in front from Kasey Wehrman’s corner from the right.

Brisbane are a very good side, however, and they kept up their tempo and Mitch Nichols was desperately unlucky not to equalise on the hour when his shot hit the post.

Newcastle were feeling the pressure and both Ruben Zadkovich and Ljubo Milicevic were booked within 5 minutes of each other. The yellow card rules Milicevic outof Newcastle’s next game, which is against Wellington Phoenix.

Substitute Jean Carlos Solorzano grabbed the equaliser 10 minutes from the end. Nichols’s superb diagonal pass from midfield to the right put Ivan Franjic away and he played the ball across the 6-yard box to the far post, where Solorzano knocked it into the net.

Newcastle protested that Franjic was off-side, but replays showed he wasn’t. Even Jets coach Branko Culina admitted after the game that there was no off-side and apologised for berating the officials.

This Brisbane side never gives in and continues to attack to the final whistle.

They were almost caught out 2 minutes from the end, however, when a Newcastle counter-attack resulted in Zadkovich’s fierce shot being turned against a post by the lightning-quick Theoklitos.


Newcastle Jets: Kennedy - Elrich, Milicevic, Topor-Stanley, D’Apuzzo - Kantarovski, Abbas, Wehrman, Zadkovich - Jeffers (Haliti 68), Jesic (Subs not used: Nash, Petrovski, Patafta)

Booked: Zadkovich 59, Milicevic 64

Goals: Kantarovski 53

Brisbane Roar: Theoklitos - Susak (Mundy 62), DeVere, Smith, Franjic -- Murdocca (Solorzano 62), Paartalu, Nichols - Barbarouses (Visconte 85), Reinaldo, Broich (Sub not used: Redmayne)

Goals: Solorzano 80

Att: 7,829

Ref: P Green