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:  Action from today's women's match between Tilford Zebras and Taroona [PlessPix]

Southern League One

Hobart United 2 beat Nelson Eastern Suburbs 1 (W Hanley)


Hobart United 2-1 Nelson Eastern Suburbs


Photo:  Melbourne Victory players in front of 200 enthusisatic youngsters at the Showgrounds today [PlessPix]

Two hundred youngsters attended a football clinic conducted by Melbourne Victory at the Showgrounds this afternoon.

All 22 players of the A-League club attended and the day has been judged a huge success for the new partnership between Melbourne Victory and Football Federation Tasmania.


Photo:  Michael Edwards, the FFT/NTC women's football coach [PlessPix]

Seven Tasmanian female footballers leave for Canberra tomorrow to participate in Football Federation Australia’s National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge for Women.

The tournament commences on Tuesday, 21 August, at the Australian Institute of Sport and teams from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory will compete.


Photo:  Tasmania's goalkeeper Nathan Pitchford forced out of squad through injury [PlessPix]

Goalkeeper Nathan Pitchford has withdrawn from the Tasmanian side to play Melbourne Victory on Tuesday after breaking bones in his left hand while playing for New Town Eagles in the match against Kingborough Lions United yesterday.

Pitchford’s fingers stuck in the ground as he dived to keep out a goal-bound shot from Kingborough’s Wade Hawkins and his entire body weight fell on his hand.


Photo:  Eagles' Liam Scott shoots for goal [PlessPix]


(Courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video)


Photo:  Kingborough's David Cooper (left) challenges Eagles' Adam McKeown, who scored a goal and hit the woodwork with another effort [PlessPix]

South Hobart won their fifth Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League title in a row on Saturday, the final day of the roster season.

South, who started the day in second place, beat fifth-placed Olympia Warriors 2-1 away at Warrior Park, while New Town Eagles, who just needed a win away to fourth-placed Kingborough Lions United to pip the reigning champions for the honours, went down 3-2 at Lightwood Park to hand the title to South.


Photo:  Kingborough's Nick Cuthbertson (right) tackles Eagles' Ben Whitehall [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Kingborough Lions United 3 (M Marchioli 17, W Hawkins 52, J Schuth 59) beat New Town Eagles 2 (A Leszczynski 19, A McKeown 32)

Olympia Warriors 1 (C Kumpulainen) lost to South Hobart 2 (H Ludford pen, A Brennan)

University 1 (H Booth) lost to Tilford Zebras 4 (K Engels, D Walsh 2, H Fagg)

Clarence United 1 (A Hedge) beat Glenorchy Knights 0


Photo:  Derwent United coach Hyo Suk Jin may rest some players against Taroona [PlessPix]

Derwent United, who took out the Southern League One title last weekend, will rest of their Korean contingent for tomorrow’s away match against third-placed Taroona at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm.

“This week, Mr Jin has decided to rest some of the senior players and we are hoping this is not taken as a sign of disrespect by Taroona as they are quality side,” said a Derwent United spokesman.