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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South Hobart should reach the final of the Steve Hudson Cup competition in Launceston by beating fellow southerners Olympia Warriors in their semi-final at Birch Avenue at 3pm on Sunday.

Both sides will have played on Saturday in the southern Summer Cup and may be a little weary, but South Hobart have the quality in depth that will help them triumph.





Photo:  The Foley brothers scored both goals for the TIS against the Kiwis [PlessPix]




The Tasmanian Institute of Sport men's football team began their Trans Tasman tournament in Newcastle yesterday with a commendable 2-0 win over Capital Kaizen, a New Zealand side from Wellington.

Hugh and Declan Foley were the TIS scorers.




South Hobart are assured of a place in the Summer Cup semi-finals regardless of the outcome of their final game against Glenorchy Knights at 2pm at South Hobart on Saturday.

This is a cross-group match, with South Hobart easily topping Group B and Knights bottom on goal-difference in Group D.

South Hobart have won both their games to date and have 6 points and a goal-difference of plus 10, while Knights have 4 points from their two drawn games and penalty shoot-out wins and a goal-difference of zero.

South Hobart will have one eye on Sunday’s semi-finals of the Steve Hudson Cup in Launceston, where they face Olympia Warriors, but they should still field a strong line-up against a Knights outfit that will have many absentees.

Corey_Smith_13_08_10Photo:  Corey Smith [PlessPix]

Corey Smith has been selected in the Australian Viking Futsal team to palt at the World Cup in France later this year.

I interviewed Corey about his selection and what it will mean.

Walter Pless: What does Australian selection mean to you?

Corey Smith: Well, although it does come as a bit of a surprise, it really means the world to me.  It’s the biggest achievement in my footballing/futsal career by far and it is something I will never forget.  The chance to represent your country in a national team is unbelievable.  It’s also a great honour in my position to be able to represent Tasmania and show people that you can achieve things if you set your mind to it.