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: Premier League Football Show to be revived for YouTube by South Hobart and Mr Video, Stefano Lufi [PlessPix]

Beachside have made four important signings for the 2011 Premier League season.

Former Somerset and South Hobart midfielder-cum-striker Ricki Eaves has signed, as have former Nelson Eastern Suburbs striker Tom Gordon, ex-Olympia striker Jamie Walker, and former University winger-cum-striker Sam Crosswell.

These four players will considerably strengthen Beachside’s goal-scoring potential.

Eaves is an experienced and skilful player and knows how to score, as does Gordon.

Walker will be a useful addition to the club, while Crosswell, younger brother of Ben Crosswell, was a very promising player with University.

Crosswell had a wonderful turn of speed, great vision and tactical awareness.

He decided to concentrate on his very promising athletic career but was somewhat hampered by injury, so it’s wonderful to see him back in football.

Beachside have a couple of friendlies coming up prior to the Summer Cup.

They will play Kingborough Lions United at Lightwood Park on Sunday, 30 January, and South Hobart at South Hobart on Saturday, 5 February.

Beachside are also pleased to announce a junior sponsorship to the value of $3,000 which will enable the club to set up new junior teams from under-10s up.

And, the club extends an invitation to all young boys and girls to attend Sandown Park on Sundays at 3pm for a fun summer kick-about.

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Some of you may remember the Tasmanian Premier League Soccer Show which was shown on the Australia-wide Aurora channel about three years ago.

South Hobart are reviving the program in the same format for YouTube.

It will be a weekly show filmed by Mr Video and featuring all of South Hobart’s matches.

The show will have a couple of hosts and a guest each week to discuss the weekend matches.






Photos (Top to Bottom): Josh Fielding has signed with Olympia after recent games with South Hobart; Michael McKenna has returned to his first Tasmanian club; Brady Cronk (in blue) will train with South Melbourne; Alex Nandan (left) and Ben Phillips will also train with South Melbourne; Olympia fullback Jayden Hey (left) is in the party of four to train with South Melbourne [PlessPix]

Goalkeeper Michael McKenna and midfielder Josh Fielding today signed for Olympia Warriors.

Both played for South Hobart last Sunday in the match against South Melbourne Hellas.

McKenna has not played for three seasons, but before that, he played for Olympia, Taroona and Metro.

Fielding, who has won the past two Vic Tuting Silver Medals as the Southern Premier League’s best-and-fairest player, was captain of Glenorchy Knights.

“It’s a good coup for us,” said Olympia’s senior coach, Chris Hey.

“McKenna certainly showed against South Melbourne Hellas that fitness may be an issue, but technically, there are no issues.

“It’s a fantastic coup for the club to secure two players who will bring to the club tremendous experience and leadership, which are needed to assist in guiding our young group of players on the park.”

Meanwhile, Olympia will send young senior Premier League players Jayden Hey,17, Ben Phillips 17, Brady Cronk, 16, and Alex Nandan, 16, to train with South Melbourne Hellas.

The players, accompanied by senior coach Chris Hey, will leave for Melbourne on 31 January and return on 4 February.

More young players will be sent to train with South Melbourne during the next school holidays at Easter.

Olympia’s new ground at Warrane will be completed tomorrow evening.

The club will hold a working bee at the ground on Saturday just to tidy up and a training session will be held on the new artificial pitch on Saturday afternoon.




Photos (Top to Bottom): Taroona keeper pulls off a save against Glenorchy Knights in last night's practice match; Local boy Amadu Koroma will play with Melbourne Knights against his former club; Things could get physical, as they did last night between Glenorchy Knights and Taroona [PlessPix]

Melbourne Knights arrive in Hobart at 8am on Saturday and will have breakfast at the Australian-Croatian Club in Glenorchy before relaxing at their motel in preparation for the game against Glenorchy Knights at 6pm at KGV Park the same day.

The visitors will also play a select XI comprising players from the Glenorchy Knights and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport at KGV Park at 4pm on Sunday before returning to Victoria on a 10pm flight.

Melbourne Knights coach, Ivan Duzel, 46, who is in his second year with the club, said he will bring a strong squad of 20 players to Tasmania.

It will include local youngster Amadu Koroma, who was with Glenorchy Knights last season but was signed by the Melbourne Knights a couple of weeks ago after a second trial with the club.

Duzel said he had been impressed by Koroma at the trial and was happy to sign him as the club enters a rebuilding phase.

He said last season was a difficult year for the club, which finished 9th in the Victorian Premier League, but things were going well and several new players had been signed from overseas, including a Brazilian, an Italian central defender, and two Croatians - a striker and an attacking midfielder - from that country’s second division.

They were not expected until the end of January and would, therefore, not be included in the squad coming to Tasmania.

“We’re bringing about 20 players, all of whom are under contract,” said Duzel, who was an attacking midfielder in his playing days.

“We have information about Glenorchy Knights from your local boy, Amadu Koroma, who played with Glenorchy last year and is with us now.

“He told us they finished third last year and he has been able to give us a comparison of the two sides.

“Obviously, we have more quality, but you never know.

“But, we are coming to show our quality and to win the game.”

The squad will include striker Jean Dubois, a Frenchmen, who scored 15 goals for Knights last season. He is not fully fit yet and may not complete the two games on this tour.

Duzel said the club’s pre-season preparations were going well, three or four weeks out from the season.

“When our four overseas signings arrive, we should have a quality squad,” said Duzel, who has been a coach for the past six years.

“The Victorian title is not one of our priorities this year because we aren’t in the financial situation where we can pay too much to players.

“What we are doing is developing again the Melbourne Knights and putting the club back on its feet.

“We are developing our young players and all the rest is a bonus.

“We had a very hard season last year. When I took over at the club, we had lost 22 players and we had to start again from scratch.

“We did a good job at the end of the day and had some quality in the team. Adrian Zahra, for example, went to Melbourne Heart.

“That’s a good sign for the future of the club and it shows we are a good place for youngsters to develop.”

Duzel said he had been told that the KGV Park ground had an excellent surface.

“That will enable us to play a quality game, with the ball to feet, quick passing and an attacking 4-3-3 style,” Duzel said.

“Let’s hope it’s going to work for us.”

The likely Melbourne Knights squad is: Ante Loncaric, Matthew Vrbec, Ryan Filipovic, Scott Lucas, Ben Surey, Bryan Bran, Daniel Rocco, Tomislav Skara, Liam Cannell, Josip Magdic, Ivica Pratz, Daniel Gleize, Gazmend Hajdini, Tiago Rodriques, Amadu Koroma, Tomislav Ples, Kevin Townson, Jean Dubois, Jacob Colosimo, Anthony Colosimo.











Photos (Top to Bottom): The Mariners won far from home (The Calypso in the Aegean Sea photographed by PlessPix); Glenorchy Knights' Matt Russell (left) in pursuit of the ball; Matt Russell attempts to get possession for Knights; Matthew Nowicki gets in a cross for the Knights; A midfield tussle; Taroona's Hugo Luttmer gets in a shot; Hugo Luttmer shields the ball near one of the specially imported Croatian corner flags; The Knights' Corey Smith shapes up to shoot; Brendan Garth, who netted twice, in possession; Alex Holmes, who scored the opening goal, watched by Jacob Huigsloot [PlessPix]

A-League

Melbourne Heart 1 (Terra 17) drew with Gold Coast United 1 (Djite 40)

Att: 5,187

Ref: S Delovski

Perth Glory 1 (Howarth 38) lost to Central Coast Mariners 2 (McBreen 23, Simon 24)

Att: 6,828

Ref: J Gillett

Friendly

Glenorchy Knights 5 (Holmes, Nowicki, Robb, Garth 2) beat Taroona 0

Ref: M Thain