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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Launceston United's goalkeeper turns a cross over the bar and to safety; South Hobart's Jon Foley-Donohue (right) chasing Launceston United's Agele Luate; Jim Pennicott opens the scoring for South Hobart; South Hobart's central defenders Hugh Ludford and Daniel Brown keep a close check on Launceston United's Agele Luate; South's Jonathon Lo receives the ball as a couple of prospectors from Port Headland talk about the weather and look for gold; South Hobart's Tom Roach controls the ball despite the attentions of a couple of Launceston United players; Tom Roach (left) and Jonathan Lo (rear) watch patiently as a Launceston United player demonstrates some ball skills; South Hobart's Shae Hickey in possession and about to weave some magic; Jim Pennicott puts South Hobart into attack; South Hobart's Nick Di Falco (right) gets ready for a challenge; Mark Egan, the Launceston United coach; Callan Paske played in goal for South Hobart [PlessPix]

South Hobart beat Launceston United 3-1 at Wellesley Park on Saturday afternoon in a pre-season friendly.

It could have been regarded as a match in which one of two records may have been brought to an end. South Hobart’s record run of unbeaten games would have been ended if they lost, which would have meant also that Launceston United’s record run of games without a win would have ended.

South led 1-0 at the interval through a fine goal by Jim Pennicott, who hammered home from the right after being put into the box by a pass from midfield.

Launceston United equalised in the second half when Agele Luate out-fought Pennicott and got into the box before scoring inside goalkeeper Callan Paske’s left-hand post.

Paske was filling in as goalkeeper in the absence of Sam Kruijver, who is still recovering after suffering concussion in the game against South Melbourne.

Mark Moncur has been persuaded to come out of retirement and is likely to play in the Summer Cup for South Hobart.

An own-goal by Amos Gibsie restored South Hobart’s lead before Nick Cuthbertson netted the home-side’s third.

South Hobart also had Jon Foley-Donohue in their line-up.

“It was a good work out for us,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“We had a first phase of pre-season, which was the match against South Melbourne.

“Now, obviously, we’re preparing for the Hudson Cup and the Summer Cup and we start all over again.

“I thought possession was all right from back to middle third, but from middle third to front third it wasn’t as sharp as it could have been. We delayed making those passes.

“Until Dean Willcock came on, we didn’t put the crosses in. But, all of a sudden, when he went forward, the crosses started to come in behind defenders and we looked dangerous again.

“It was a good work out for us.

“I thought they played really well. The young lads worked hard for each other and I wish them all the best, but our focus really now is to use these practice matches and the Summer Cup to put us in good shape for the premiership.

“Nothing changes. We’re out to win every game we play. That’s what we have to do.

“So, a little bit disappointed in the final third, but I thought, generally, we controlled the pace and the tempo of the game.

“When you have a lot of new faces in, the rhythm just changes a little. We just need to get our pace and our rhythm back. A good work-out.”

Launceston United coach, Mark Egan, said: “I was very impressed with my boys.

“Obviously, we were under the cosh for quite a bit of the game, but you expect that against South Hobart.

“Last year, we just haemorrhaged goals, but today we restricted them to two and an own-goal and I’m pleased with that.

“This was our first hit-out for the season. Now it’s straight into the Hudson Cup. Our first game is next week.

“Mr Morton has been involved with Launceston United before and there’s a connection there, and so we’re trying to build on that and develop a good rapport.

“South Hobart have always been good to Launceston United with the Hudson Cup. They’ve always supported that, so as a gesture of friendship, I suppose, we came down here.

“We’ve brought in a few new players and the players that have been there have worked very, very hard.

“We mustn’t get ahead of ourselves. On paper it wasn’t a bad result, but South Hobart had a lot of the ball, a lot of the ball. So, I’m not getting too excited.”

Photos (Top to Bottom): South Hobart captain Daniel Brown tackles Launceston United's goalscorer Agele Luate; Olympia Warriors' Alex Nandan eludes Metro's Geoff Wicks [PlessPix]

Friendly (Wellesley Park)

South Hobart 3 (J Pennicott, A Gibsie og, N Cuthbertson) beat Launceston United 1 (A Luate)

Friendly (North Chigwell)

Metro 2 (A Marney, D Brown) beat Olympia Warriors 1 (N Meredith)

Ref: M Sprod

[Match reports, coaches’ comments and more photos later.]


Brisbane Roar 2 (Solorzano 5, Meyer 62) beat Melbourne Heart 1 (Sibon 75)

Ref: M Breeze

[Brisbane Roar set new Australian top-flight record of 23 games unbeaten in a row.]

Adelaide United 1-2 Central Coast Mariners

Perth Glory 0-2 Sydney FC

Asian Cup (3rd/4th place match)

Uzbekistan 2-3 South Korea

Photo: Jeremy Walker has signed with VPL club Oakleigh Cannons [PlessPix]

Ulverstone youngster Jeremy Walker has been signed by Victorian Premier League club Oakleigh Cannons.

Another Tasmanian, Billy Gasparinatos, also plays for Oakleigh.

Former South Hobart and University goalkeeper Neil Young had a brief stint at the club some seasons ago after he moved to Victoria to study.

Walker, a scholarship holder with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport/National Training Centre, had been expected to play with Kingborough Lions United in the Southern Tasmanian Premier League this year.

But, he recently attended a trial for Melbourne Heart’s youth team and this led to him being signed by Oakleigh.

Heart will enter the A-League Youth competition for the first time in June for the 2011-12 season and, depending on the outcome of his trial, Walker may be part of their set-up.

In the meantime, he will play with Oakleigh Cannons and await the outcome of his trial.

He is back in Tasmania now but returns to Melbourne next week.

Last month, Walker spent two weeks with the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and, after that, Oakleigh coach Arthur Papas agreed to sign the youngster for his club.

Walker was a standout player at the 2008 Under-15 Nationals and won a scholarship with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.

In 2009, he was voted top player in the Southern Tasmanian Premier Under-19s competition and was named in the top 16 players at the National Training Centre Challenge.

Last year, Walker was selected in the Top 15 of Foxtel’s Football Superstar program and spent three weeks training in Brisbane with the Brisbane Roar. Injury forced him to leave the program.

His ultimate ambition is to earn an A-League contract.

Photos (Top to Bottom): Glenorchy Knights' Andrew Robb in possession; Knights' Jacob Huigsloot (right) prepares to shoot; Injured Knights player Jason Dawes (right) and friend; Glenorchy Knights score their first goal; Knights' scorer beats a Nelson defender; Knights' Matthew Nowicki (right) plays the ball out of midfield; Knights' Peter Frank (right) takes on a defender; Knights' Will Roberts gets in a cross [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights drew 3-3 with Nelson Eastern Suburbs in a pre-season friendly at Prince of Wales Bay on Thursday night.

Knights were without several injured players, including goalkeeper Ben Peter, who has a groin strain, and striker Corey Smith, who has a sore knee.

The match was played in 30-minute thirds.

Knights led 1-0 at the end of the first third, but Nelson did hit the woodwork.

The second third ended with Knights leading 3-1.

Nelson’s Bill Hanley then scored twice more to complete his hat-trick and ensure that the match ended as a 3-3 draw.

Hanley’s first came shortly after the start of the second third, while his second goal was a penalty.

His third was from a free-kick at the corner of the penalty area. The keeper got his fingers to the ball but could not keep it out.

“It was a good hit out for us and I thought we played quite well after an ordinary start,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“It wasn't a full strength Knights team and we were also looking at some players in different positions and rotating 16 players as well, but I think we got a lot out of the game.

“Bill Hanley, Will Stalker and goal keeper Ollie Burden, in particular, performed really well.

“I’d like to thank Nick Harrison and the Knights again for the game, and Michael Thain also for coming out and refereeing.

“We are playing Zebras on Sunday at Sandown Park as well and that will be another good opportunity for the players to get ready for what will be a tough Summer Cup.”