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:  Eagles' Mark page is carried off at a very wet North Chigwell [PlessPix]

Only three senior matches in the Premier League section of the Summer Cup were played today because of the inclement weather.

The four games scheduled for Olinda Grove were all called off.  They were Tilford Zebras versus University, Kingborough Lions United against Hobart United, Beachside versus Taroona, and Olympia Warriors versus DOSA.

New Town Eagles beat Clarence United 5-2 at North Chigwell in a cross-over game between Groups B and D.

Metro drew 2-2 with Glenorchy Knights in their group D clash at North Chigwell, the Knights winning the resulting penalty shoot-out 4-2.

And, South Hobart downed Nelson Eastern Suburbs 9-0 at South Hobart in a Group B match, all the goals coming roughly between the half-hour and the hour-mark of the match.


Photo:  Mariners sunk by Roar [Photo of Seven Seas Mariner by PlessPix]

Central Coast Mariners 0-2 Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar won the first leg of the A-League major semi-final when they beat Central Coast Mariners 2-0 away at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford tonight.

It was Brisbane’s 26th game without defeat, which is a record for any football code in Australia.

Second-half strikes by Kosta Barbarouses and Matt McKay secured the win for the minor premiers.

The Mariners had over 20 shots at goal compared with the Roar’s dozen and they hit the Brisbane woodwork three times, but it’s balls that hit the back of the net that count, and that’s where Brisbane were superior.


Photo:  Metro keeper Nathan Grandin blocks Knights' Matthew Nowicki's penalty [PlessPix]

Summer Cup Premier League

Cross-over Group B & D

New Town Eagles 5 (Barabara 9, 27, McKeown 21, Cox 45, Leszczynski 73 pen) beat Clarence United 2 (Rees 43, Malovnek 81)

Group B

South Hobart 9 (Pennicott 28, 41, Brennan 32, Kanakaris 38, 39, 60, Roach 43, 55, Downes 50) beat Nelson Eastern Suburbs 0

Group D

Metro 2 (Morris 5, Cowen 48) drew with Glenorchy Knights 2 (Robb 9, Nowicki 43)

[Knights won penalty shoot-out 4-2 through spot-kicks by Sherman, Nowicki, Robb and Langdale.  Metro scored through Engisch and Cowen.]


Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Fuentes 2, S Langdale) beat Metro 2 (R Chipping, T George)

[All matches at Olinda Grove postponed.]

Travis_Dodd_15_July_2007Photo:  Adelaide captain and scorer of the decisive goal, Travis Dodd [PlessPix]


Adelaide United 1-0 Wellington Phoenix

Adelaide United beat Wellington Phoenix 1-0 at a wet and windy Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night to progress to the next stage of the A-League finals series.

Wellington must take consolation in the fact they finished sixth on the ladder because their season is now over.

After a goalless opening half, during which the best chance came Wellington’s way when Nick Ward’s header was superbly saved by Eugene Galekovic, Adelaide scored the decisive goal with 20 minutes remaining.

Cassio won the ball off Troy Hearfield and found Marcos Flores, who, despite falling over, fed the ball to Travis Dodd.  The Adelaide skipper played a one-two with Sergio Dijk and advanced into the box before slotting the ball past Danny Vukovic for the winner.

Adelaide now have a home tie against the winner of the match between Gold Coast United and Melbourne Victory.