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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Photos (top to Bottom): Dozens of youngsters participate in today's under-13 trials; Kurt Reynolds sets up a practice exercise; Under-13 triallist Sam Bradford running with the ball; Former Young Socceroos captain Kurt Reynolds issues some instructions; Anthony Alexander (left) tells the youngsters what the next routine will be; (L-R) Scott Gallagher, Dean May, Anthony Alexander and Michael Edwards watch the trials; Rober Freke makes a point at the referee trials, while Steve Pitchford and Adrian Lockley have a discussion [PlessPix]

Southern trials were held today at the University Rugby Ground for the State under-13 side for next season.

Dozens of youngsters attended the trials, conducted by Southern Development Officer Anthony Alexander and Northern Development Officer Kurt Reynolds.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport men’s coach, Dean May, TIS women’s coach, Michael Edwards, and TIS men’s assistant coach, Scott Gallagher, were also in attendance to assist in the selection process.

The participants had been identified at regional carnivals during the season.

Trials in the North-West, at Ulverstone Showgrounds, and in the North, in Launceston, have already been held.

Forty players will soon be selected from the three trials held so far and those boys will attend further trials at Campbell Town.

A State-Under-13 squad will then be chosen to compete interstate next season.

A trial for referees was also held at the same venue today to select a young referee to accompany the State Under-13s to their interstate tournament.

Photos (Top to Bottom): Leigh Broxham...got an assist for the Victory goal but also played a part in Roar's winner; Melbourne Victory coach, Ernie Merrick, rang an early change to try and turn the game in his side's favour; Melbourne Victory defender Adrian Leijer contributed to Roar's winning goal but almost scored for his side near the end [PlessPix]

Brisbane Roar 2-1 Melbourne Victory


Brisbane Roar remain second and moved to within 3 points of A-League leaders Adelaide City with this stirring 2-1 win over fifth-placed Melbourne Victory at SunCorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight.

The Roar took the lead in the 26th minute through a close-range shot by Mitch Nichols after a short-corner routine on the left.

Former Roar star Robbie Kruse equalised three minutes after the resumption following an excellent attack by Victory involving Leigh Broxham and Carlos Hernandez.

Victory coach, Ernie Merrick, had brought Broxham on during the first half for Mate Dugandzic in an effort to spark his team into life.

Ivan Franjic squandered a great chance for the Roar in the 56th minute after Thomas Broich’s shot was partially blocked and the ball looped up and landed at Franjic’s feet, leaving him with a clear sight of goal.

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou brought on Kosta Barbarouses and Jean Carlos Solorzano in place of Reinaldo and Nichols in the 64th minute and this had the required effect.

Solorzano hit the winner in the 77th minute after a marvellous run from his own half by Luke DeVere, who beat three opponents on the way. A desperate tackle by Adrian Leijer finally dispossessed DeVere, but the ball rebounded off broxham and into the path of Solorzano, who netted with ease from close range.

Victory, inspired by their cool-headed captain, Kevin Muscat, continued to press for an equaliser, but Roar keeper Michael Theoklitos was able to deal with everything they threw at him.

Theoklitos produced three first-class saved in the closing six minutes to thwart the visitors, who suffered their first defeat at the hands of the Roar since September 2008.

And, Melbourne Victory are the only side that have beaten Roar this season, so this result was sweet revenge for the Queensland outfit, which has now gone seven games without defeat.

They are now unbeaten at home for eight matches.


Brisbane Roar: Theoklitos - Franjic, Devere, Smith, Mundy - Paartalu - Murdocca, McKay, Nichols (Barbarouses 64), Broich (Visconte 83) - Reinaldo (Solorzano 64) [Substitute not used: Redman]

Goals: Nichols 26, Solorzano 77

Melbourne Victory: Petkovic - Leijer, Muscat, Vargas - Dugandzic ([Broxham 30] Angulo 81), Celeski, Pondeljak (Kellaway 81) - Ricardinho, Hernandez, Kruse [Substitute not used: Mattei]

Booked: Petkovic

Goals: Kruse 48

Att: 9,425

Ref: P Green

Melbourne Heart 0-0 Gold Coast United


Melbourne Heart should have beaten Gold Coast United at AAMI Park before a crowd of just over 6,000 but, in the end, they had to settle for a goalless draw.

The Heart were without the suspended Gerard Sibon and the injured Alex Terra, while Simon Colosimo was relegated to the bench and Dean Heffernan was dropped.

The Heart had all but one of the chances in the opening half.

Josip Skoko forced Gold Coast keeper Glenn Moss to make a brilliant save in the 10th minute, while the visitors’ only chance came when Bruce Djite forced Joel Porter’s low cross from the left over the bar while under pressure.

Rutger Worm was causing problems on the left for Heart and, in the 27th minute, he wriggled free of his marker but fired just wide of the far right-hand post.

On the stroke of half-time, Heart produced a superb attack down the right through Matt Thompson, whose cross was knocked down for Worm, but he again shot wide of the target.

Gold Coast made two changes at the interval as coach Miron Bleiberg sought to revitalise his side. James Brown and Steve Pantelidis replaced Robson and Bas van den Brink.

Moss was again forced to make a fine save in the 56th minute, turning Aziz Behich’s long-range drive wide for a corner.

In the 61st minute, Moss was again the hero with an outstanding save. Thompson put Wayne Srhoj away with a magnificent pass out of defence and he slipped the ball through to Ali Babalj, who was denied by Moss’s heroics.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock and shared the points to put Gold Coast United in third place and Melbourne Heart in sixth.


Melbourne Heart: Bolton - Marrone, Thompson, Beauchamp, Behich - Skoko, Srhoj (Colosimo 72), Kalmar (Taseski 84) - Zahra (Hoffman 67), Babalj, Worm [Substitute not used: Zois]

Booked: Van Den Brink, Srhoj, Worm

Gold Coast United: Moss - Curtis, Djulbic, Thwaite, Traore - Van Den Brink (Brown 46) - Culina, Robson (Pantelidis 46), Caravella - Djite, Porter (Mebrahtu 77) [Substitute not used: Higgins]

Booked: Curtis, Brown

Att: 6,000

Ref: C Beath


Melbourne Heart 0-0 Gold Coast United

Brisbane Roar 2 (Nichols 26, Solorzano 77) beat Melbourne Victory 1 (Kruse 48)