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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The Tasmania United Taskforce has responded to the demise of A-League franchise North Queensland Fury.

Taskforce spokesman Martyn Wells issued the following media release a short time ago:

"TUFC acknowledge the decision made by the FFA regarding North Queensland Fury FC.

"This decision, we believe confirms TUFC’s continuing determination to apply due diligence to our A-League aspirations.

"The business case will be completed by the end of March, and will provide information TUFC can use moving forward.

"When future plans for the A-League are clarified by the FFA, TUFC will be in strong position to further our endeavours"


Photo:  Tasmanian A-League Taskforce members John McGirr (left) and Martyn Wells [PlessPix]

I wonder what the reaction from the Tasmanian United Taskforce members will be following the demise today of North Queensland Fury?

The door to the A-League may be slightly ajar.

Is there any hope for a Tasmanian team in the A-League now?  Is there a wealthy sheikh waiting in the wings?


The West Sydney bid collapsed some months ago, and now the North Queensland franchise has bitten the dust.

Is Tasmania ready to make a bid to get through the revolving door?

Here is the Football Federation Australia media release issued this afternoon about the end of North Queensland Fury.


 Photo:  University's Iain Fletcher (left) leads Akuel Guot in a chase for the ball [PlessPix]


Tilford Zebras 3 (A Guot 63, 81, M Hall 90)

University 0

HT: 0-0   Att: 60   Ref: P Galloway

Tilford Zebras: Mainella;  Guot, Fagg, Scott, Ladic, D Lapolla, Self, M Hall, S Hall, Telega, Jarvie (Interchange:  S McIntyre, Kaden, Muller)

University: Piesse;  Anderson, Merry, Spurr, Hindmarsh, Hewson, Perkins, Atem, Alalawi, Barnard, Fletcher (Interchange:  Alqahatani, Cruz-Huallpa, Weller, Wech)


Tilford Zebras made sure of a semi-final place in the Summer Cup with this 3-0 win over University at Olinda Grove on Sunday.

They will now meet Olympia Warriors in Wednesday’s semi-finals at KGV Park.

Zebras had by far the better of the opening half, but resolute defending by the Students, good luck and sheer poor finishing by the Zebras saw the game goalless at the break.