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): Chris Kumpulainen won Olympia's senior best-and-fairest award; Lee Mason won the senior coach's award; Ben Walters and Stuart Page were the Under-19 trophy winners; Jake Undy and Duncan Peppiatt took the honours in the reserves; Milly Jones (left), Bliss Cantrell (centre) and Ellie Longo were the Women's Premier League award winners; Bliss Cantrell was the best-and-fairest player in the Women's Premier League side; (L-R) John Boulous, Sean Collins and Scott Thompson represented Football Federation Tasmania at the dinner; Bliss Cantrell was presented with the Golden Boot award as the club's top scorer by life member Jim Karipides; Olympia president George Mamacas (left) and his band provided the musical entertainment on the evening [PlessPix]

Chris Kumpulainen won Olympia Warriors’ John Kalis best-and-fairest award in the Premier League section and was presented with his trophy at the club’s trophy presentation dinner at the Hellenic Hall this evening.

Lee Mason was presented with the Coach’s Award by senior coach Chris Hey.

Bliss Cantrell, who plays in Olympia’s Premier League women’s side, won the Golden Boot Award as the club’s top scorer.

She was presented with her trophy by one of the club’s life members, Jim Karipides.

Cantrell also collected the Women’s Premier League team’s best-and-fairest award. She polled 29 votes, 10 ahead of second-placed Milly Jones.

Alex McNeil won the Women’s Premier League ‘most improved’ honour, while Ellie Longo and Milly Jones shared the Coach’s Award.

The Craig Nichols Best Clubman Award went to Sava Kaponis, while the President’s Award was won by the Hickey family.

In the Men’s Premier League Reserves team, Duncan Peppiatt won the Coach’s Award and Jake Undy was named the best-and-fairest player.

Ben Walters took out the Coach’s Award for Olympia’s Under-19s, while Stuart Page collected the Best-and-Fairest Award.

In the Women’s Premier Reserves, Theresa Fiotakis and Irini Moutsatsos shared the ‘most improved’ honour, while Mel Cowen was the best-and-fairest player and Klaire Carrick collected the Coach’s Award.

In Men’s Division Two, Marty Behrakis was the best-and-fairest award winner, while in Division Three, that honour went to John Kydas.

Football Federation Tasmania was represented at the dinner by president Sean Collins, CEO John Boulous and finance officer Scott Thompson.

President of Olympia Warriors, George Mamacas thanked everyone involved with the club during the past year in what had been a very difficult year.

He called for volunteers to assist next season, when Olympia hope for a much better 50th anniversary year.

Olympia will play their matches next season on the new artificial pitch at the club’s new ground in Warrane.

North Queensland Fury moved up a place to 9th on the A-League ladder when they beat 7th-ranked Perth Glory 2-1 at home at a rain-drenched Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville tonight.

It was only the second win of the season for the Fury, while it was Glory’s fifth loss in a row.

Glory started strongly and went close early on when Steven McGarry forced keeper Justin Pasfield to turn his bending shot wide for a corner. Anthony Skorich should have done better than head over the bar from 10 metres from that corner.

Chris Payne put Fury in front in the 16th minute with his 3rd goal of the season after poor defending by the visitors. David Williams played the ball wide and Payne had time to advance and take the ball into the right side of the box before shooting across and past keeper Aleks Vrteski and into the far top corner of the net.

Williams blazed wide in the 20th minute after a poor clearance by the Glory defence following a corner.

A minute later, Glory were level. Michael Baird broke through the middle and, although he was foiled by Mark Hughes, the ball ricocheted wide to Skorich, who was clearly off-side. Play was allowed to continue, however, and Skorich knocked the ball back into the middle to the unmarked Baird, who stroked it into an empty net.

Fury almost regained the lead minutes before the break, but Brad McDonald’s shot from the left clipped the top of the crossbar.

With the torrential tropical rain absolutely pelting down, Payne went close for the home side in the 71st minute with a shot that drifted just wide.

A minute later, however, Williams was put away on the right by Payne and scored with a low drive from an acute angle to make it 2-1 for the home side. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Williams might have had another three minutes later when a quick counter-attack by the Fury caught Glory outnumbered at the back. Andy Todd managed to block the ball and, as it rolled back to Williams, he shot over the bar.

In the 75th minute, Glory’s McGarry crossed from the left and found Mile Sterjovski, but he hit the ball into the ground and it bounced up and landed harmlessly onto the roof of the net.

It was the first game in charge for new Glory coach Ian Ferguson. The Glory were also missing former Fury star Robbie Fowler, who is still in England after last weekend’s international break.

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North Queensland Fury: Pasfield - Storey, Akoto, Hughes, Kilian - Hingert (Sseppuya 59), Talay (Malik 70), Edds - Williams, Payne (Grossman 78), McDonald [Substitute not used: Usai]

Goals: Payne 16, Williams 72

Perth Glory: Vrteski - Neville, Coyne, Todd, Sekulovski (Harnwell 77) - Sterjovski, McGarry, Burns, Howarth (Pellegrino 79) - Baird, Skorich (Jelic 60) [Substitute not used: Velaphi]

Booked: Coyne 53, Sekulovski 64, Baird 85

Goals: Baird 21

Att: 4,011

Ref: G Parsons (Sydney)












(Photos (Top to Bottom): Adam Woodward was the seniors' best-and-fairest player; Alexander Ramirez; Dave MacGuiness; John Wallace; Josie Freeman being presented with her award; Llewellyn Ross; Michael Langshaw; Nick Butt; Pedro Ramirez; Tim Chadwin, Rachel Langshaw [Photos courtesy of DOSA]

Adam Woodward won DOSA’s senior best-and-fairest award at the club’s

trophy presentation evening on 9 October.

Sixty people attended the occasion.

Tim Chadwin was the club’s senior side’s ‘most consistent’ player, Dave MacGuiness the ‘most improved’ and Nick Butt the players’ player-of-the-year.

The leading scorer was Michael Langshaw.

In the reserves, Gama Ali was the ‘best and fairest’, Salvador Iraheta the ‘most consistent’ and Chase Stub the ‘most improved’.

Marcus Wilde was the recipient of the “Players’ player-of-the-year” award for the reserves, while Kyle Dermody was the leading marksman.

Nick Stowe took out the ‘best-and-fairest’ award in DOSA’s Division Four side.

Eugene Rosenzweig was the ‘most-consistent’ player and Adam Leon the ‘most improved’.

John Wallace won the “Players’ player-of-the-year” award and Kadir Karadoc was presented with the coach’s award.

Llewellyn Ross was DOSA’s Under-14 side’s ‘best and fairest’, with Alexander Ramirez the ‘most consistent’ and the players’ player of the year.

Josie Freeman was the ‘most improved’ and Monica Langshaw received the coach’s award.

In overall club awards, Pedro Ramirez won the most-committed award and Rachel Langshaw was names as the ‘best club person’.


Photo: A football pitch beside the Eiffel Tower in Paris...France beat Luxembourg 2-0 [PlessPix]

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

International Match

Costa Rica 2-1 El Salvador

Honduras 2-0 Guatemala

Mexico 2-2 Venezuela

Panama 1-0 Peru

USA 0-0 Colombia


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

European Championship Qualifying

Armenia 4-0 Andorra

Azerbaijan 1-0 Turkey

Belarus 2-0 Albania

Belgium 4-4 Austria

Denmark 2-0 Cyprus

England 0-0 Montenegro

Estonia 0-1 Slovenia

Faroe Islands 1-1 Northern Ireland

Finland 1-2 Hungary

France 2-0 Luxembourg

FYR Macedonia 0-1 Russia

Greece 2-1 Israel

Iceland 1-3 Portugal

Kazakhstan 0-3 Germany

Latvia 1-1 Georgia

Liechtenstein 0-2 Czech Republic

Netherlands 4-1 Sweden

San Marino 0-2 Moldova

Scotland 2-3 Spain

Slovakia 1-1 Rep of Ireland

Switzerland 4-1 Wales

UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying

Romania U21 0-0 England U21 (agg 1-2)

International Match

China PR 0-4 Uruguay

Croatia 2-1 Norway

Ecuador 2-2 Poland

New Zealand 0-2 Paraguay

Oman 0-1 Chile

Qatar 1-2 Iraq

South Korea 0-0 Japan