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:  Mariners coach Graham Arnold deep in thought [PlessPix]

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

Central Coast Mariners 0

Gold Coast United 0

HT: 0-0   Att: 14,838   Ref: R Shepheard

Central Coast Mariners: Ryan  -  Bojic, Wilkinson, Zwaanswijk, Rose  -  McGlinchey, Hutchinson, Amini (McBreen 65). Bozanic  -  Simon, Ibini-Isei (Hearfield 71)  (Subs not used:  Sainsbury, Passfield)

Gold Coast United: Tyson  -  McGowan, Anderson, Rozic, Traore  -  Salley, Thwaite, Jungschlager  -  Brown, Rigters, Halloran  (Subs:  Mebrahtu, Harold, Bowles, O’Connor)

Central Coast Mariners may be top of the A-League standings, but they found it impossible to break down bottom-side Gold Coast United before a handy crowd of 14,838 at Bluetongue Stadium this evening.

Matt Simon was playing one of his last games for the club as he will joining a Korean club next week.

Mariners goalkeeper Matt Ryan was the least busy of the two keepers, but he did have to produce one save out of the bag near the end when he raced off his line to thwart James Brown, who was through on his own.

Gold Coast keeper Jarrad Tyson proved unbeatable, although most of the shots were straight at him.

Gold Coast have kept a clean sheet now for 396 minutes.  The last team to score against them were Perth Glory on 3 December.

Central Coast Mariners took their unbeaten run to 10 games, seven of these at home.