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:  Nick Owen of Ulverstone could be the title-winning coach after tomorrow's games [PlessPix]

Leaders Ulverstone can win the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League title without kicking a ball tomorrow if second-placed Northern Rangers do not beat seventh-placed Somerset at home at the NTCA Ground at 2.30pm.

Ulverstone have the bye and will await the outcome on tenterhooks as even a draw will be enough to give the Coastal side the title.


Photo:  Eagles coach Stephen Pitchford appears to be pointing to where he wants the Premier League title [PlessPix]

The Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League title and the rest of the top-four spots will be decided on a blockbuster day of football tomorrow, with all four matches kicking off simultaneously at 2.30pm.

Either New Town Eagles or South Hobart will win the championship, while third and fourth places will be fought out between Clarence United, Kingborough Lions United, Olympia Warriors and Tilford Zebras.

And, second-last Glenorchy Knights and bottom-side University will also have a say in developments as they can affect the top-four positions.


Photo:  Tasmanian captain Hugh Ludford at KGV Park [PlessPix]

Newly appointed Tasmanian captain, Hugh Ludford, is confident of a strong performance by the State side against A-League outfit Melbourne Victory at KGV Park at 7pm next Tuesday, 21 August.

And, he is honoured to have been appointed skipper after captaining South Hobart this season in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition.


Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous is very optimistic about the coming week in Tasmanian football [PlessPix]

John Boulous, the CEO of Football Federation Tasmania, is excited at the prospect of Melbourne Victory playing two games in Tasmania during a week-long stay in the Apple Isle.

“The interest that has come in has been phenomenal,” Boulous said.


Photo:  Olympia's Warren Wadawu (left) takes on Glenorchy Knights' Will Roberts [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, KGV Park, Saturday, 11 August 2012)

Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Hey 59)

Olympia Warriors 0

HT: 0-0   Att: 120   Ref: P Galloway

Glenorchy Knights: Peter  -  Robinson (Clay 77), Johnson, Holmes, Roberts  -  Huigsloot, J Hey, Nowicki, Letiko  -  Strang, Marney  (Subs not used:  Kabangu, Griffin, Le Rossignol)

Olympia Warriors: Nester  -  Mohamad, Begovic, Stockdale (P Tsakiris 64), Phillips  -  Woolley (W Page 74), Mason, Kumpulainen, Meredith  -  Wadawu, Fielding (Herbert 81)  (Sub not used:  Voss)


Photo:  Tasmania State coach Kurt Reynolds (left) with captain Hugh Ludford [PlessPix]

Tasmanian State coach Kurt Reynolds has announced a 16-man squad to play A-League side Melbourne Victory at KGV Park on Tuesday, 21 August 2012, at 7pm.

There are 13 southerners and three northerners in the squad, while 13 of the players are active in the top-flight, one is from Southern League One and two are members of the FFT/NTC squad which competes in the Southern Premier Reserves competition.


Photo:  University's Aaron Hindmarsh under pressure from Jacob Clamp [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Clare Street, Saturday, 11 August 2012)

New Town Eagles 12 (A Leszczynski 6, 37, 39, 49, 71 pen, 90, A McKeown 19, 60, J Clamp 22, L Scott 53, B Whitehall 46, B Hudson 72)

University 0

HT: 5-0   Att: 80   Ref: A Cook

New Town Eagles: N Pitchford  -  Page, Cox (Clark 65), Marshall, Anderson (McCormack 89)  -  Whitehall (Collins 77), Scott, Hudson, Clamp  -  McKeown, Leszczynski  (Subs not used:  Graham, Quan)

University: Hoysted  -  Conroy (D Booth 60), Andrews, Barnard, Scott  -  H Booth, Hindmarsh, Bull, Galloway (De Paoli 65)  -  Proud, Watts  (Sub not used:  Hewson)


Photo:  Brayden Mann (Tasmania) has a shot at goal [PlessPix]

State coach Kurt Reynolds will name his 16-man Tasmanian squad to face Melbourne Victory tomorrow [Monday] at 12.30pm.

This follows today’s practice match between the 20-man State squad and the FFT/NTC side at Warrior Park, which was won 5-3 by Tasmania.