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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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Callen Griffin (right) speeds past Beachside's Rob Knight [PlessPix]

Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy (Round of 16)

Launceston City 3 (Duncan, Macri, Goodwin) lost to Taroona 5 (Hamilton2, James, Dove, Loftus)

New Town Eagles 5 (Scott 11, Clamp 28, McKeown 62, Leszczynski 68, 75) beat Prospect Knights 1 (Claxton 14)

Glenorchy Knights 3 (Marney 7, Letiko 76, 84) beat Beachside 0

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Photo:  The first match of the day starts at 12.30pm at Clare Street [PlessPix]

There are five North versus South matches and three all-southern games in tomorrow’s [Monday] round-of-16 Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy State-wide competition.

Beachside, Taroona and Hobart United are the only League One sides left in the competition and all three face Premier League opponents.

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Photo:  Eagles' Michael Anderson wins a header against Zebras' Dwayne Walsh [PlessPix]

It’s strange to see New Town Eagles perched on top of the Southern Premier League ladder.

But, that is exactly where they are after they downed Tilford Zebras 4-3 at home at Clare Street on Saturday afternoon and previous leaders South Hobart lost 3-2 away to Clarence United at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Olympia Warriors remain last after they could only draw 2-2 away to University at Olinda Grove.

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Photo: Zebras' Ricky Self takes on Eagles' David Cox as Eagles' keeper Nathan Pitchford is on his toes ready for a shot [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League

New Town Eagles 4 (Leszczynski 2 pen, McKeown 43, 78, Clark 56) beat Tilford Zebras 3 (K Engels 22, Walsh 25, Fagg 69)

University 2-2 Olympia Warriors

Kingborough Lions United 2 (J Schuth, T Pearce) lost to Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Huigsloot 3 [incl 2 pens])

Clarence United 3 (S Cannamela 15, A Hedge 85, E Tsakiris 89) beat South Hobart 2 (Mizael 33, A Brennan 72)

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Photo:  North Chigwell will be in lock-down mode for Metro's game with Hobart United [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania has taken special measures to ensure there is no repeat of the trouble that plagued matches between Metro and Hobart United last season when the two sides meet in a League One match at North Chigwell at 2.30pm tomorrow [Saturday].

Sections of the ground will be cordoned off for visiting and home supporters and there will be a police presence.

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Photo:  The return of Zebras' Andrew Telega against his former club would be a boost to Zebras' chances [PlessPix]

All four Southern Premier League games are played on Saturday this Easter weekend and every one of them is an important encounter.

The teams at the bottom are going to be in trouble if they don’t win, while the top-four situation should become clearer as a result of some of the games.