Who Is Walter Pless?

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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Nelson Eastern Suburbs must beat third-ranked Taroona away at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm tomorrow if they are to have any chance of avoiding the wooden spoon in the Southern League One competition.

Nelson currently trail second-last Metro by a point and Metro will have a game in hand as they have a bye tomorrow.


Nelson will be without defender Matt Fone and goalkeeper Nic DeCarpentier as both are unavailable.

Fullback Max Caulfield will also be missing because of injury.

Jack Fennell will take over in goal, while utility player Troy Hoppitt and under-19 side winger Clive Williams also come into the starting line-up.

“Last week’s loss highlighted our season-long problem of not scoring goals when we are in control of games, which often comes back to bite you,” said Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach.

“We have a few guys out this week, but good replacements in, and if we can match Taroona in midfield, which is our strength, but Taroona's also, it should be a good contest between two teams that play a similar passing game, and a nice way to finish the year.”

Taroona will be without Hugo Luttmer, who suffered a hamstring injury in the game against Derwent United.

He will be replaced by Gary Hamilton.

“Our last game comes at home against a Nelson team desperate to get off the bottom of the ladder,” said Taroona coach, Andrew Tye.

“A win for them gives them every chance of overtaking Metro, whilst a win for us sees us finish in third position, a reasonable result considering how inconsistent we were for the first half of the season.

“It’s the second-best defence against the second-best attack and promises to be a tight contest.”

“We had been in good scoring form against Derwent, but that is two weeks ago because of the bye and, as a result, nothing can be taken for granted.”

In other games tomorrow, champions Derwent United travel to Gormley Park to take on fifth-placed Southern FC, while second-placed Beachside host fourth-ranke4d Hobart United at Sandown Park.

 

Southern League One Standings:


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Derwent United

17

12

3

2

79

47

39

Beachside

16

10

2

4

36

25

32

Taroona

17

7

3

7

53

37

24

Hobart United

17

6

5

6

34

47

23

Southern FC

17

5

4

8

29

47

19

Metro

17

4

3

10

32

44

15

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

17

4

2

11

20

36

14

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+3 #4 Anonymous 2012-09-02 01:25
#3,

pretty difficult to play players that are back in Korea.

You really should not believe the guff about wanting to give the young players a game. Of course they have to or like anybody else they would forfeit.
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-3 #3 Anonymous 2012-09-01 12:39
I know its their prerogative to do so but leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth that Derwent have rested their senior players for the last three weeks of the season. Considering that teams were aiming for the top four, to basically give teams the three points by playing reserves players is disappointing. But as I said it's their entitlement to do so and cannot begrudge them the fact that they could do so for the last three rounds and still win the title.
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+3 #2 Darren Frost 2012-08-31 12:05
Just on another thing Walter. I see that Scott Barlow is Chairman of Sydney FC. Massive thing for a bloke from Tassie. If this was someone from Tassie in an AFL role such as this then the Mercury would be all over it. Well done Scott. Great signing too. Can't wait to see one of the current best footballers in the the World runnning around in the A-League
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+13 #1 Anonymous 2012-08-31 09:09
Disappointing season for Nelson after talking the talk in pre-season game against Olympia, honestly what were they thinking. Taroona will win and easily.
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