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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The recent rivalry between South Hobart and Northern Rangers will be on again when the sides meet on Sunday at 3pm in the Steve Hudson Cup competition in Launceston.

South Hobart are top of Group A and well on their way to retaining the trophy, while Rangers are having a slow start to the season and have lost their first two games.

“I am sure Rangers will be a stern test and, with new signing Chris Hunt from Clarence, and Todd Hingston both expected to be fit to play, wre are not taking anything for granted,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

Roberts_and_McKeownThe Summer Cup enters round 2 on Saturday in southern Tasmania and three of the group leaders should strengthen their claims for a semi-final berth.

Tilford Zebras, who had a resounding 9-2 win over Taroona in the opening round last Saturday, should beat second-placed University in their Group A match at Olinda Grove No.1 ground at noon on Saturday.
University are no slouches, however, and the Zebras will need to be at their best to overcome the Division One side on their own ground. Beachside, who suffered a shock loss to the Students last weekend, take on Taroona, the side they have replaced in this season’s Premier League, at the Olinda Grove No. 1 ground at 2pm. Beachside have signed Andy Keygan from Somerset, but he is unavailable for this tournament. “I will be attempting to establish a base group of players over the next few weeks in the build-up to our first league game versus Knights,” said Beachside coach, Brett Pullen. 

Photo:  Eagles' Adam McKeown will be threat to Clarence [PlessPix]

The North-West Summer Cup competition kicks off on Saturday with a field of four teams.

The opening round will be played at Burnie’s Montello ground.

At 12.30pm, Devonport City take on Somerset, while at 2.30pm, Burnie United come up against Ulverstone.

A couple of new coaches will be in charge of teams, although one will only be in the role of spectator on Saturday.



South Hobart midfielder Greg Downes returned to Hobart today after some promising trials with clubs in England.

The 18-year-old tried out at Hartlepool and Darlington and then played a few matches for Whitley Bay.

Downes also attracted the attention of Newcastle United youth coach Craig Deans, who suggested he return to Australia and get more game time under his belt before returning in September.

“Bringing him back home came about after consultation with Craig Deans at Newcastle United,” said Ken Morton, coach of South Hobart.

“Craig was finding it difficult to get enough games for Greg because of the weather and he wanted him to be assessed correctly.

“Craig asked me if it was possible for Greg to come back to Australia and to return to England in July or September.  It’ll more likely be in September.

“Hartlepool are very keen to take him on, but they are financially bound at this time.

 Photo:  Greg Downes [PlessPix]