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:  Beachside keeper Smee punches clear [PlessPix]

Premier League Reserves (KGV Park, Wednesday, 29 June 2011)

NTC/TIS 4 (Mearns 68, Thomas 74, H Foley 82, 92)

Beachside 0

HT: 0-0   Att: 40   Ref: S Natoli

NTC/TIS: Prendergast  -  Undy, Hill, Stevens, Mearns  -  D Foley (Thomas 71), De Smit, Kenyi (Ince 65)  -  Rogers (Williamson 69), H Foley, McClung

Beachside: Smee  -  Brown, Hedge, Ikin, Howarth  -  Hay (Stoneman 80), Keygan, Willcock (McManus 65), Chadwick, Wraight (Driver 35)  -  Gordon


Photo:  Substitute Harrison Thomas (No. 15) wheels away after scoring [PlessPix]

It took until the second half for the NTC/TIS to hit their stride, and when they did, Beachside had few answers.

Beachside relied on quick counter-attacks through Hay, Willcock and Gordon, but Prendergast really only had one save to make in the opening half when he turned a shot wide for a corner.

In response, McClung hit a post and Smee had to make a snappy save at his near post.


Photo:  Beachside's Paul Willcock wins a header in midfield [PlessPix]

Mearns put the NTC/TIS in front midway through the second half when he worked his way through the defence and finished clinically.

Six minutes later, Thomas came on and scored the first time he was in possession.  He demonstrated some nimble footwork to throw a couple of defenders off balance and hit a low drive into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.


Photo:  The two captains, Stevens and Brown, shake hands before the toss [PlessPix]

Hugh Foley grabbed the first of his two goals in the 82nd minute, and he made it 4-0 in stoppage time when he collected a low cross from the right and finished perfectly from beyond the far post.

Beachside coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

“It’s always nice playing against them because it’s nice to see what’s coming through and they played very well.

“They played some nice football.

“From our point of view, it’s disappointing to lose.  We had a couple of players injured early.

“We fought it out and we got a couple of young players on ourselves.

“They finished, and we can’t.”


Photo:  An aerial duel in midfield [PlessPix]

Photo Below:  Hill clears his lines for NTC/TIS [PlessPix]