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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The 2011 senior and reserves Summer Cup competitions have been partly revamped in terms of the composition of groups and the length of matches.

The Premier Men’s Summer Cup will be open to teams from the Southern Men’s Premier League and the Southern Men’s Division One.

The draw will be seeded, with no more than two Southern Premier League sides to be in any one group.

The National Training Centre teams (aka TIS) will be included in the Premier Men’s and Women’s Summer Cup competition.

Clubs who want to participate in the Premier Men’s Summer Cup competition must also enter a team in the Premier Men’s Reserve Summer Cup. Clubs cannot enter the reserves section of the competition if they do not enter the Premier Men’s competition.

The games will be 45-minute halves rather than the former 30-minute halves.

Group matches that are draws at the end of normal time will be decided by penalty shoot-outs, but the semi-finals and finals will go into 15-minutes each way extra time, followed by a penalty shoot-out if required.

The dates for the 2011 Premier Men’s and Women’s Summer Cup are:

Round 1: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February

Round 2: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 February

Round 3: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February

Semi-finals: Wednesday 2 March for Men’s competition and Thursday 3 March for Women’s competition

Finals: Saturday 5 March

The format for the Social Men’s and Social Women’s Summer Cup competitions remains unchanged from last year.

Reading 3 (Harte 28, 59, Long 60 pen)

Norwich City 3 (R Martin 16, Holt 26, C Martin 32)

HT: 1-3 Att: 15,934 Ref: M Oliver

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Reading: Federici - Griffin, Mills, Khizanishvili, Harte - McAnuff, Karacan, Howard (Antonio 53), Hunt - Long, Church (Subs not used: McCarthy, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Cummings, Pearce, Armstrong)

Norwich City: Ruddy - R Martin, Barnett, Ward, Lappin - Smith, Fox (Gill 82), Crofts, McNamee (Jackson 68) - C Martin (Daley 83), Holt (Subs not used: Rudd, Hoolahan, Johnson, Askou)

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Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici conceded three goals in the first half of this match at Reading’s 24,224-capacity Madejski Stadium.

Reading pulled a goal back before half-time and were then thrown a lifeline when Norwich striker Grant Holt was somewhat harshly sent off on the stroke of half-time for a tackle on Ian Harte.

Referee Michael Oliver has now sent off six players in 12 matches, and he has twice sent off two players in games.

Facing 10 men, Reading fought back and two goals in 2 minutes, the latter from a penalty, enabled them to salvage a point in a 3-3 draw that left them 9th on the Npower Championship ladder, 2 points behind 8th-placed Norwich.

Russell Martin out the visitors ahead in the 16th minute when he played a one-two with Korey Smith and cut into the box on the right before shooting over Federici from an angle and into the far corner of the net.

A disastrous back-pass by Matthew Mills in the 26th minute gave possession to Grant Holt, who rounded Federici and netted from an acute angle to make it 2-0 for the away side.

Ian Harte reduced the arrears in the 28th minute following a corner. Noel Hunt flicked on Brian Howard’s corner from the right at the near post and, when a desperate David Fox struggled to clear the ball on the line, Hart hammered it home from close range.

Four minutes later, Chris Martin restored Norwich’s two-goal buffer with a free-kick from 25 metres that flew over the wall and lodged inside a diving Federici’s right-hand post.

Hunt went close with a header for Reading in the 33rd minute, but the visitors threatened again soon after and Federici produced a fine save in a one-on-one with Holt to concede a corner.

Howard shot straight at Norwich keeper John Ruddy in the 38th minute as the home side battled to stay in the game.

Two minutes later, Long tested Ruddy with a long-range effort and the keeper was not found wanting.

In the 45th minute, off went Holt after the red card and there was an air of expectation in the 60 per cent full stadium about the second half, which would pit 11 players against 10.

Reading were in full stride from the start of the second period, but to Norwich’s credit, they kept two strikers up front and seemed intent on winning this match.

In the 50th minute, Ruddy produced a fine save, diving to his right and turning Simon Church’s ferocious shot against the post.

In the 59th minute, Jem Karacan slipped the ball through for Hunt on the right of the box and he skilfully chipped it over the advancing Ruddy to make it one goal the difference.

A minute later, Simon Lappin was adjudged to have fouled Long and Reading were awarded a penalty, which was clinically despatched by Long to make it 3-3.

Reading should have won it when, in the 68th minute, Harte sent over a perfect cross to the far post from the left, but Hunt nodded the ball over the bar.

Norwich were still dangerous, however, and Chris Martin headed just wide from a left-wing cross in the 69th minute.

Norwich made three substitutions in the second half and Reading only one, but neither side could add to its tally.

In the 70th minute, Jobi McAnuff’s shot was turned wide for a corner by the hard-working Ruddy, who, in the 75th minute, made a brilliant save from Long, who had only the keeper to beat.

Reading had 75 per cent of the possession in the second half but could not break down the visitors’ defence.

Reading had 21 shots on goal, 14 of which were on target, while Norwich had 6 and 4, respectively.



Photos (Top to Bottom): Stefano Lufi, known as Mr Video; Pedro Ramirez will coach Metro's reserves next season [PlessPix]

Stefano Lufi will be filming all of South Hobart’s matches next season.

The club has hired Mr Video and all their games will be available on the South Hobart website.

It will be interesting to see if other clubs go down this path.

Some may wait until they play South Hobart and then they can view that game.

Until now, Stefano has been contracted by Football Federation Tasmania to film some State League games in both the south and the north during the season and the highlights have been available on YouTube.

He also used to film the Tasmanian Premier League Show, which was shown on Aurora Channel.

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Metro have appointed Pedro Ramirez as their Reserves coach for the 2010 season.

Ramirez coached DOSA last season.

Prior to that, he was involved with Hobart United.

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If you're looking for a game to watch, go up to Olinda Grove tomorrow at 5.30pm to see Beachside skirmish with the National Training Centre squad, sometimes known as the Tasmanian Institute of Sport men's football team.

TIS is, after all, the name they played under in the Premier League reserve competition last season.

Troy Scott has been reappointed as coach of Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League outfit Riverside Olympic.

Riverside finished fourth last season, level on 30 points with third-placed Burnie United.

They were 6 points adrift of second-placed Devonport City and 9 behind champions Northern Rangers.

They scored 47 goals and conceded 28, which is a mid-table style performance.

Scott will be looking to improve in 2011, starting with the Steve Hudson Cup, when he will be able to experiment.

I caught up with Troy Scott this week and the interview I conducted follows:

Walter Pless: Tell me about your playing and coaching background, Troy.

Troy Scott: I have been playing most of my life with Riverside and, as a kid, I played in representative and and State teams. I started playing seniors when I was 15, playing in the Northern League and Summer State League, and over the years won a premiership or two. I also spent a couple of years playing in the Gold Coast Premier League. I have spent the last two years coaching the seniors at Riverside and played a couple of games when I had to.

WP: What do you hope to achieve with Riverside this next season?

TS: We will be aiming for the title. The last two years, I feel the senior team has under achieved, with most people passing it off as being a young group on the up, short of experience. Both the player group and myself are over hearing that we are not experienced enough to challenge for the title.

WP: How long have you been with the club?

TS: I started at the club about 24 or 25 years ago. I think it’s a great club that has experienced a lot of success in the past and promotes a family atmosphere.

WP: Will you have any new players?

TS: I am not sure at the moment. The rumours are plentiful, as always. We start training on Thursday, 18 November, so we may find out then. Our Under-18 team were runners up last year and we have some exciting talent coming through that team, as well as our existing list. The squad should be strong for the season.

WP: What is your coaching philosophy?

TS: Over the years, I have played under who I believe are some great coaches, including Chris Hey, Tony Walmsley and Peter Davidson. They all emphasised the need to retain possession and move the ball with speed, encouraging minimal touches on the ball and the need for a lot of movement off the ball. At Riverside, I like to think that when we play football well, we are entertaining and capable of achieving results.

WP: Who will win the Northern Premiere League title in 2011?

TS: Riverside Olympic 2011 Premiers, if I have my way. Rangers and Devonport would probably be the favourites. Burnie no doubt had the most talented team last year. If they can perform consistently, they will be very dangerous. All this is mere speculation, though, and we should wait to see who is playing where. The competition is fairly close. A couple of signings at a club could make a big difference.

WP: Which teams will be your most difficult opponents?

TS: Almost any team can win on their day up here. We always struggle against Prospect, Rangers, Devonport and Burnie, so we will have to be on our game every week if we are to challenge for the title.

WP: Do you think the Northern Premier League is a good competition?

TS: Yeah, it’s a good competition. The lack of depth in the North is a massive problem. The gap between reserves and seniors at some clubs is far too big.

WP: Can you think of ways in which it could be improved?

TS: Speaking as a senior coach, more help for senior players and coaches would have to help. The need to train the 10-15 year old kids is very important, but after that, if you do not make it through the TIS or get trials, the ability for very good players to improve is greatly reduced. In the next 10 years the competition should become stronger due to junior development, but 10 years is a long time to wait. Some help now at the senior level may help both competitions.

WP: Will you be entering the Steve Hudson Cup in 2011?

TS: Yeah, we will be playing in the Steve Hudson Cup. It is a good time to try different player combinations and formations as a coach. The interchange system is a great tool to help educate the players.