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:  David Clarkson (left) and Dane Sharp, who is now an accomplished singer, at Maldini's in Hobart [PlessPix]


One of Tasmania’s greatest football exports, David Clarkson, was back in Hobart today.

Clarkson played with Rapid and Juventus before moving overseas and turning out for Brighton and Hove Albion in England.

He also played professionally in Hong Kong before returning and playing in the old NSL.

He captained South Melbourne Hellas.

“In partnership with two other guys, we’ve opened a football store in Oakleigh in Melbourne and, through that, I’m looking after team sports,” Clarkson said.


Photo:  120 local youngsters on trial at Cornelian Bay ground today [PlessPix]


One-hundred and twenty young Tasmanian male and female footballers participated in a trial at Cornelian Bay this evening for soccer scholarships to American colleges.

The trials are part of the national scouting program run by National Scouting Recruiting Soccer Australia.

This organisation is keen to recruit players born between 1992 and 1996 to go to America for soccer scholarships.

Will_Roberts_crossingGlenorchy Knights 2 (Garth 43, Robb 79)

New Town Eagles 2 (Whitehall 17, Vernon 37)

[Glenorchy Knights won penalty shoot-out 3-2]

HT: 1-2   Att: 100   Ref: I Colhoun

Glenorchy Knights: Peter, J Huigsloot, A Holmes, Millington, Garth, Robb, Marsh, Nowicki, Sherman, Frank, Roberts (Interchange:  Grainger, Delaney, Langdale)

New Town Eagles: Pitchford, Clark, Bates, Vernon, Whitehall, Strang, Cox, Quan, McKeown, Clamp, Page (Interchange:  Barabara, Ayres, B Holmes)

Photo: Knights' Will Roberts gets in a cross [PlessPix]


Photo:  Nelson attack against Metro [PlessPix]
Metro 4 (Engisch 31, Morris 35, Woodward 59, Brown 71)
Nelson Eastern Suburbs 0
HT: 2-0   Att: 60   Ref: S Collins
Metro: Grandin, McQueen, Hawkins, Daniels, Tuill, Thurley, Engisch, Cowen, Woodward, Brown, Morris (Interchange:  Wicks, Binning, George, Lewis)
Nelson Eastern Suburbs: Burdon, A Mills, Caulfield, R Mills, Endall, N Mills, Stalker, Dredge, Flynn, Ireland, French (Interchange: Priest, Westbury, Roach)
Lars Engisch, Metro’s 17-year-old German exchange student, scored their opener in the 31st minute in his first competitive match in Tasmania. 
It was an excellent strike from just outside the box and was just reward for the pressure Metro had applied on their opponents to that point. Shortly before the goal, metro had a penalty appeal turned down when Jeremy Morris got inside the box and appeared to be brought down by Nelson keeper Ollie Burdon. Seconds later, Burdon did well to turn Daniel Brown’s header wide.                                                          Photo:  Nelson's Adam Mills controls the ball [PlessPix]

Burdon was by far the busier of the two keepers and, in the 32nd minute, he got down well to deny Adam Woodward.
Morris made it 2-0 in the 35th minute and Metro looked comfortable with that lead at the break.
Woodward made it 3-0 just short of the hour mark, while Brown capped a fine performance with Metro’s fourth in the 71st minute.  Burdon could only parry a shot and Brown was on hand to smash home the loose ball. 
Metro coach Matthew Rhodes was more than satisfied with his side’s performance and victory, while Nelson coach, Michael Roach, expressed disappointment at his side’s display which acknowledging some key players had been missing.
This was a cross-group match in the Summer Cup competition  -  Nelson are in Group B and Metro in Group D  -  and the win put Metro on top in their group.