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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Tasmania’s Boys’ Under-14s trounced Northern Territory 5-0 at the Nationals in Coffs Harbour, NSW, today.

Tasmania led 2-0 at the interval before piling on three more goals in the second half.

Jesse Curran netted twice and Alex Bellini, Hugh Undy and Cameron Rogers grabbed a goal apiece.

“Northern Territory have done very well, but we played some good football,” said Tasmania’s coach, Dale Itchins.

“They’ve competed this year and they’ve obviously had some improvement and we thought it would be a danger game for us.

“We’re down to 14 players. Our second keeper and our right-fullback are scratched for the rest of the tournament. That restricts you a little bit.

“The first 15 minutes we played some good football. We started off slowly but then we created three or four really good chances. We probably should have scored three or four, but our finishing was ordinary. We weren’t clinical at all.

“We mis-hit, mis-timed and didn’t connect and I thought, the longer we go, the longer they’re in the game and the more danger.

“And then we scored two great goals to make it 2-0 at half-time. The second half, it just opened up. Having said that, they probably should have scored.

“We then scored three very nice goals and the build-ups were great.”

Tasmania plays Country NSW tomorrow, a side that has won all four of its games.

Tasmania’s Under-15s lost 3-0 to Queensland Metro today.

“The boys performed very well, considering two of the goals we gave away,” said assistant coach, Anthony Alexander.

“The boys probably played one of their best games of the tournament.

“It was a very even game, really, but Queensland just finished their chances more than anything. They played to percentages and maximised them.”

Tasmania play Victoria Country tomorrow.