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: Prospect Knights coach Dane Hudson [PlessPix]

Prospect Knights have appointed Dane Hudson as their Northern Premier League coach for the 2011 season.

Anton Balym will be the club’s senior manager.

Damien Nast is the Knights’ reserves manager and Nathan Balym is in charge of the under-18s.

Mark Baker and Phillip Atherton are the Knights’ technical and strategic coaches.

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Glenorchy Knights are playing a practice this evening at 6.30pm against Division One side Nelson Eastern Suburbs at Prince of Wales Bay.

On Sunday, at the same venue, Knights will play Ulverstone.

Also on Sunday, Kingborough Lions United will take on newcomers to the Premier League, Beachside, in a pre-season friendly at Lightwood Park.




Photos (Top to Bottom): Lars Engisch is naturally right-footed, but he's no slouch with his left either, as he shows here against New Town Eagles; Engisch in Metro colours; Engisch moves in on an Eagles opponent [PlessPix]

Metro’s 17-year-old German midfielder, Lars Engisch, had an excellent game against New Town Eagles on Tuesday evening.

The right-footer controlled the midfield for large spells and his work-rate was impressive.

He displayed excellent vision and technical skills as he sprayed passes around to bring his team-mates into the action.

Engisch said he was happy at Metro and had enjoyed the game against Eagles.

He is still awaiting an international clearance, but he won’t be returning to Germany for another three months, so local fans should see him in action in competitive games soon.

Engisch is from a small town near Mannheim, in south-west Germany, and he played for FC 08 Hassloch, an amateur club that has links with Bayern Munich.

He is studying at Elizabeth College.

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Goalkeeper Craig Minty has left New Town Eagles to join Tilford Zebras.

Zebras keeper Jason Voss had moved to the Gold Coast for work, so the senior position looks like being a tussle between Troy Kaden, Frank Mainella and Minty.

Zebras had to cancel their pre-season trip to Brisbane because of the floods, but they are having a full-scale training camp this week, with up to two sessions a day.

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South Hobart are playing a practice match against Launceston United at Wellesley Park on Saturday at 2pm.

On Sunday, they will take on New Town Eagles at the same venue at 11am and 1pm.

Next Wednesday, South Hobart will spar with Taroona at Wellesley Park at 6pm.

On Saturday, 5 February, South Hobart will play Beachside at Wellesley Park at noon and 2pm in another reserves and senior friendly series.

The pre-season Hudson Cup in Launceston starts the next day.

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Sam Cocks has been appointed coach of Burnie United for the 2011 Northern Premier League season.

Rumours had been rife that Cocks was finished with Burnie, but he re-signed as coach last week.


English Premier League

Liverpool 1-0 Fulham

English League Cup

Birmingham City 3-1 West Ham United (aet)

Spain (Copa Del Rey)

Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid

Barcelona 5-0 Almeria

Italy (Coppa Italia)

Sampdoria 1-2 AC Milan

Napoli 0-0 Inter Milan (Inter won penalty shoot-out)

North Queensland Fury 0-3 Melbourne Victory

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North Queensland Fury suffered their sixth loss in a row when they succumbed 3-0 at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville to Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night.

Fury coach Franz Straka again failed to attend the post-match media conference as he was too emotional to speak. At this rate, we’ll never hear from him again.

The loss left the Fury in last place, 4 points adrift of second-last Perth Glory.

Melbourne Victory are in fifth place, just ahead of Melbourne Heart.

The Fury missed at least three good chances during the match, David Williams missing the first after just 6 minutes and substitute Chris Grossman the third towards the end of the game when he missed an open goal after Victory goalkeeper Michael Petkovic was out of position.

Billy Celeski had missed a glorious opportunity for Melbourne in the 7th minute when faced with a one-on-one with Fury goalkeeper Justin Pasfield. Celeski shot straight at the keeper.

Danny Allsopp gave Victory the lead in the 27th minute, finishing off a fine move involving Carlos Hernandez and Tom Pondeljak down the right. Hernandez had put Pondeljak away on the flank and his crisp cross to the near post was swept home by Allsopp.

Substitute Mate Dugandzic headed the second in the 69th minute after Pasfield had punched a corner straight to him.

A poor back-header by Eric Akoto led to Victory’s third goal. Dugandzic intercepted the ball and appeared to have made a bad angle for himself as he rounded the advancing Pasfield and ran to the right. But, he swept the ball inside the far post, past a wrong-footed Mark Hughes, who had made it back to the goal-line.

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North Queensland Fury: Pasfield - Storey (Hingert 60), Hughes, Akoto, Kilian - Nikas, Talay (Edds 69), Cernak - Williams, Payne (Grossman 75), McDonald (Sub not used: Usai)

Booked: Talay, Cernak

Melbourne Victory: Petkovic - Ferreira, Vargas, Leijer - Pondeljak, Celeski, Brebner, Berger (Ricardinho 75) - Hernandez (Dugnandzic 62), Angulo (Foschino 45), Allsopp (Sub not used: Mattei)

Booked: Leijer, Celeski

Goals: Allsopp 27, Dugandzic 69, 73

Att: 4,093

Ref: J Gillett