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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Photo:  Jets grounded again, like this redundant brand [PlessPix]

(A-League, Ausgrid Stadium, Saturday, 31 December 2011)

Newcastle Jets 1 (Jeffers 62)

Perth Glory 1 (Mehemt 9)

HT: 0-1   Att: 10,439   Ref: S Delovski

Newcastle Jets: Kennedy  -  Elrich, Regan, Calvano, Byun  -  Zadkovich, Wehrman, Kantarovski [(Jeffers 56) Haliti 69]  -  Brockie, Bridges, Griffiths  (Subs not used:  Topor-Stanley, Nash)

Perth Glory: Vukovic  -  Risdon, Ven Den Brink, Pantelidis, Howarth  -  Miller, Burns  -  Dodd, McGarry, Sterjovski (Berger 69)  -  Mehmet  (Subs not used:  Hughes, Taggart, Italiano)

Perth Glory held on with 10 men to draw 1-1 away to Newcastle Jets before a crowd of 10,439 at Ausgrid Stadium in Newcastle this afternoon.

Striker Billy Mehmet was sent off 12 minutes before the interval for a tackle that Mr Delovski deemed reckless.

The visitors were leading 1-0 at that stage through a 9th-minute goal by Mehmet, who glanced the ball into the net with his head by beating Calvano to a right-wing cross.  It was Mehmet‚Äôs third goal of the season.

Newcastle were defending poorly in the first half and one can only guess what might have been if the Glory had 11 men for the whole game.

The equaliser came in the 62nd minute through substitute Francis Jeffers.  Kasey Wehrman went on a run down the inside-right channel and into the box, beating four players in the process, before crossing for Jeffers to nod home from close range.

Travis Dodd played his heart out for Glory against his former club in the second half, but good defending by Taylor Regan prevented him from scoring a winner.

Glory are seventh and the Jets eighth on the A-League ladder.  Both have 14 points.

The result dropped Adelaide United down to ninth spot.