Who Is Walter Pless?

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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): Marcello Marchioli scored a penalty against Beachside; Peter Frank netted for Knights against Ulverstone; Matthew Nowicki was on target for the Knights against Ulverstone; The Knights' Andrew Robb scored against the North-West Coast outfit [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United drew 3-3 with Beachside in a pre-season friendly on an excellent pitch at Lightwood Park on the weekend.

Ryan Bevan gave the Lions the lead after 10 minutes, but Liam Brown made the most of a long ball out of defence to beat David Leamey and equalise.

Kingborough led 2-1 at the break after Marcello Marchioli scored from a penalty.

David Cooper had three chances in the second half to put Kingborough further ahead, but he converted only one.

He fired over the bar with the first, hit the post with the second, and converted the third with a clever back-heeler to make it 3-1 for the home side.

Two goals in the last five minutes by Beachside made it 3-3.

Newcomers Sam Crosswell, Ricki Eaves and Tom Gordon played for Beachside, while Kingborough’s new faces were David Cooper and Andy Taylor.

In the reserves curtain-raiser, Beachside beat Kingborough Lions United 3-1, Benn Watkins netting for Kingborough.

Liam Brown scored one of the Beachside goals.

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Glenorchy Knights beat Ulverstone 3-1 in a pre-season friendly on the weekend.

Ulverstone coach, Nick Owen, was satisfied with the exercise and considered it a valuable pre-season hit-out.

“It was good for us to have our first hit-out for the season and there are some good signs from the match to say that we will push into the top-4 this season,” Owen said.

“In the first half, our we played the ball well through the midfield and probably should have been one or two up early, however, the knights keeper made some good saves and our finishing needs a bit more fine-tuning.

“A mix-up between Will Cox-Haines in goals and Kyle Baldock at the back cost us the first goal, but we still stuck to our game plan and were rewarded by a well-taken goal by Dallas Baldock from a Brayden Mann through-ball.

“The game deteriorated midway through the second half due to some tired legs, which gave both teams opportunities to win.

“We thought we went ahead from a Brayden Mann header, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

“The Knights went on to score another two opportunistic goals in the last 10 minutes to take the victory, one of which was due to another keeping error.

“It was positive for me to see some composed play in the middle of the park by Adrian Foote, who was in and out of the seniors last year, but who has worked hard in the off-season to get himself fit and firing.

“I was also happy with our centre-back, Tom Maine, a young reserve player from last year, who wore Corey Smith like a glove in the first half.

“Joel Stone was also a solid performer who did a power of work throughout the game.

“Most of our other players showed they are capable at senior level and will be sure to gain consistency soon.

“We certainly need someone soon to commit to being goalkeeper as we had two outfield players sharing the role.

“Will Cox-Haines would be a good option as senior keeper, but he is a solid player at sweeper.

“Hopefully, a keeper shows up soon.

“Knights played a solid game and held their formation well. I would say, overall, that we had more chances, but they took their opportunities and we didn’t.

“Knights were very hospitable after the match, putting on drinks and a barbecue, which the lads and I greatly appreciated.

“Thank you to Nick Harrison and the club.”

Knights scorers were Matthew Nowicki, Peter Frank and Andrew Robb.

In a reserves friendly, Nelson Eastern Suburbs beat Glenorchy Knights 5-4.

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Corey Smith has been selected for the Vikings Australian side to contest the Futsal World Cup.

Yosef Kolele was chosen for the Australian under-16s for the Vikings Junior World Cup series in New Zealand.

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Tilford Zebras beat Nelson Eastern Suburbs 10-0 in a friendly at Sandown Park on Sunday.