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' Sam McIntyre battles Beachside's Barry Pope and Cameron Sweeney for the ball [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (Sandown Park, Wednesday, 22 June 2011)

Beachside 1 (Sweeney 78)

Tilford Zebras 6 (Self 3, Cripps 22, 32, Welch 29, Westland og 73, Walsh 90)

HT: 0-4   Att: 50   Ref: K Barker

Beachside: Soszynski  -  Westland, Van Heyster, Robinson, Turner  -  Atkin, Markellos (Brown 46), Henderson (Dunne 60), Pope (Gordon 46)  -  Sweeney, Keygan

Tilford Zebras: Mainella  -  Muller, Telega, Smith, K Engels  -  Self, Ladic, Andrews, McIntyre (Thorpe 60)  -  Welch (Walsh 75), Cripps (F Lapolla 60)  (Sub not used:  Minty)

Tilford Zebras were never troubled in beating Beachside 6-1 away at Sandown Park and the three points moved them to within 11 points of league-leaders South Hobart.

Beachside remain last, 3 points adrift of second-last Olympia Warriors.

Ricky Self gave Zebras the lead after three minutes from Jayden Welch’s low cross from the left.


Photo:  Zebras' Sam McIntyre tries to block a pass from Beachside's Jack Turner [PlessPix]

Zebras goalkeeper Frank Mainella  -  Troy Kaden was unavailable for this match  -  did well to produce an instinctive save from close range against Andrew Keygan in the 20th minute.

In the 22nd minute, Cripps made it 2-0, while in the 29th minute, Welch added the visitors’ third after a low cross from the right by Cripps.

Cripps grabbed his second of the game in the 32nd minute to make it 4-0 at the break.

Beachside goalkeeper Michael Soszynski had done well on the stroke of half-time to turn Welch’s toe-poke wide for a fruitless corner.


Photo:  Beachside's Nathan Robinson tackles Zebras' Andrew Telega [PlessPix]

Beachside did better in the second half and managed to contain Zebras for long periods.

But, a quick attack by Zebras down the right in the 73rd minute saw Josh Westland turn a cross into his own net to give Zebras a 5-0 lead.

Soszynski then produced a brilliant save to deny substitute Josh Thorpe.

Cameron Sweeney pulled a goal back for the home side in the 78th minute, but Zebras had the last say when substitute Dwayne Walsh scored in the final minute.

Nick Lapolla was in charge of Zebras on the night as Romeo Frediani was in Brisbane with a futsal team.


Beachside coach, Brett Pullen, said:

“They played very well.  We did have a number of players out.  From a learning curve, we tried a couple of new players in different positions and I was happy with some and disappointed with some as well.

“We go into the next game, hopefully, with a few extra legs and a few extra players to choose from.  We got some things out of it, but well played, and nice to have a chance to coach against ‘Chipper’ [Nick Lapolla].”


Photo:  Zebras' Dwayne Walsh gets past Seth Van Heyster and meets Nathan Robinson [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:

“It was a cold and miserable night.  Given Saturday’s result, the boys had a bit to prove and they came out tonight and I think they knocked it around pretty well, given the conditions.

“It’s not easy to play down here, even though they do call it the Tropicana.  It wasn’t the Tropicana tonight.

“Beachside are always going to be at you.  Coming down here to play is very hard.  I thought we played well and deserved the three points.”


Photo:  Beachside keeper Michael Soszynski gets to the ball before Zebras' Jayden Welch [PlessPix]