Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Olympia's Josh Fielding (right) challenges Kingborough's Tom McDonald [PlessPix]

South Hobart will meet New Town Eagles and Tilford Zebras will take on Olympia Warriors in next Wednesday’s Summer Cup semi-finals at KGV Park.

South Hobart trounced Glenorchy Knights 10-0 at South Hobart today to finish top of Group B with three wins from their three games.

It was a record win for South Hobart over Glenorchy Knights, the previous highest score having been a 10-1 win in 1960.  The Knights’ record defeat was a 12-0 loss to Olympia in 1966.  These details were kindly supplied by statistician Keith Roberts.


New Town Eagles easily overcame Metro 5-0 at North Chigwell to finish top in Group D, while Olympia Warriors downed Kingborough Lions United 3-0 at Olinda Grove to earn first place in Group C.

Tilford Zebras finished first in Group A after overcoming Beachside 2-0 at Olinda Grove.

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In other matches, Clarence United defeated Nelson Eastern Suburbs 6-1 at North Chigwell in a Group B match, while Taroona won 2-1 against University in a Group A tussle at Olinda Grove.

In group C, Hobart United registered their first win of the tournament with a 9-0 annihilation of DOSA at Olinda Grove.

South Hobart hit the front against Glenorchy Knights after just 29 seconds and led 4-0 at the interval through two goals apiece by Jonathon Lo and Shae Hickey.

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Photo:  Knights' Corey Smith (left) takes on South Hobart captain, Daniel Brown [PlessPix]

It was 5-0 in the 72nd minute when Andy Brennan gained possession wide on the right after an error by Knights keeper Ben Peter and squared the ball for Kostas Kanakaris to smash past two defenders who had tried to cover for their goalkeeper.

An own-goal by Anthony Grundy in the 73rd minute made it 6-0, while Cameron Williams added the seventh in the 77th minute.

Tom Roach’s firm cross from the right was headed home by Williams for South Hobart’s eighth, while Williams scored from a penalty in the 84th-minute after Peter’s foul on Greg Downes to make it 9-0.

Luke Huigsloot put Brennan in on goal two minutes from the end and the youngster nut-megged Peter to complete the 10-goal demolition of the Knights.

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Photo:  Eagles' Ben Whitehall (left) tangles with Metro's Kye McQueen [PlessPix]

Juma Barabara put Eagles ahead against Metro in the 36th minute after Adam McKeown’s pass, while 4 minutes after the break, Esteban Gonzalez made it 2-0 with a low drive inside the far post from the right.

Alex Leszczynski added Eagles’ third in the 52nd minute, while Jacob Clamp made it 4-0 four minutes later.

Jamie Vernon swept home the fifth from beyond the far post after a cross from the right in the 1st minute of stoppage time.

Warren Wadawu gave Olympia Warriors an opening-minute lead against a disappointing Kingborough Lions United outfit.

A header from 20 metres by Andrew Reason in the 40th minute made it 2-0 at the interval.

Wadawu capped a fine performance with his second goal, and his side’s third, in the final minute when he raced down the left and lifted the ball expertly over the advancing keeper Adam Coleman.

Strikes by Jonathon Ladic in the first half, and Luke Cripps in the second, gave Zebras their 2-0 win over a Beachside outfit that played with 10 men for the last hour after Adam McGuire was sent off for a bad tackle.

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Photo:  Olympia's Brady Cronk (left) tries to elude Kingborough's Marc Iseli [PlessPix]

A header by Ben Schaap after 12 minutes gave Taroona the lead against University, while Jon Darby netted Taroona’s second in the 20th minute.

Mansour Alalawi scored University’s consolation goal in the 55th minute.

Bill Hanley netted for Nelson in their 6-1 loss to Clarence United.