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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Photo:  Zebras' Jayden Welch under pressure from Chris Kumpulainen and Jayden Hey [PlessPix]

No wonder I can never win the Pools.

My predictions for this weekend’s cup and league matches so far stand at 33 per cent correct.

I was way off the mark with the Burnie United versus Taroona quarterfinal tie in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy competition.


Photo:  Olympia's Lee Mason gets in a shot despite Sam McIntyre's tackle [PlesPix]

Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy Quarterfinals

Devonport City 2 (McKenna, Mulraney) beat Glenorchy Knights 1 (Roberts)

Olympia Warriors 2 (Corbett 41, Colosimo 76) beat Tilford Zebras 1 (Self 70)

Burnie United 1 lost to Taroona 3 (Hoppitt, Luttmer, Dove)


Photo:  Hugh Ludford will be missed by South Hobart [PlessPix]

I’m going to stick my neck out this weekend and predict the semi-finalists in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy State-wide competition.

Burnie United, Devonport City, Tilford Zebras and South Hobart are the teams I think will progress from this weekend’s quarterfinals, which will make it two Northern sides and two Southern teams to play for a berth in the final.