Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  The NTCA Ground, the venue for tonight's semi-final between Northern Rangers and Devonport City [PlessPix]

Two exciting and close games should be in store for Tasmanian football fans as Northern Rangers take on Devonport City and South Hobart meet Ulverstone in the semi-finals of the State-wide Top-Four Finals series.

Rangers and Devonport are in action at the NTCA Ground at 8pm today, while South’s showdown with Ulverstone is at South Hobart at 1pm tomorrow.


Nat Cochrane and Michael Holden return to the Devonport line-up after both were unavailable last weekend when Devonport overcame New Town Eagles 3-2 at Clare Street.

Devonport’s big loss, though, is Irishman Joe Toner, who has returned to Ireland.

“He'll be missed,” said Devonport City player-coach, Chris McKenna.  “He had a great ability to bring other players into the game with his creativity and we'll have to fill the void he leaves through other avenues this week.

“Grant Ashdown will move to the bench to make way for Holden.

“It's another big game and one we're very much looking forward to.

“We're aware of the quality football Rangers can play and we know that we'll have to perform at least as well as we did last weekend against Eagles if we want to progress to the final.

“Our boys are confident and ready so, hopefully, both teams can put on a game worthy of the occasion.”

Devonport have beaten Rangers twice already this season  -  4-1 and 2-1  -  and Rangers will need to produce something special to reverse this trend.

They looked good last weekend when they downed Kingborough Lions United in a penalty shoot-out to reach the penultimate stage of the tournament.

But, they will need to be sharper in front of goal and more alert in defence if they are to topple a Devonport side that hit the winner against Eagles in the dying seconds of the game last weekend.

South Hobart should be favourites against Ulverstone, but they will be without Frenchman Loic Feral, who has returned to France after a successful couple of seasons in Tasmania.

Sam Kruijver, who has hardly seen any senior action this season, may be in goal again if Matthew Ferguson is still injured.

Ulverstone will be without Adam Conkie, who is unavailable, and he will be replaced by Sam Thomson, a talented youngster.

“We haven't started too many games this year where we have been underdogs,” said Ulverstone coach, Nick Owen, who is a former South Hobart player.

“South Hobart have beaten us twice in recent history, and both times it has been 5-0.

“In last year's final-4 and this year's Hudson Cup we have had depleted sides out on the park, but this time we are nearly at full strength and should put in a much better showing.

“Joel Stone has asked to play in the middle of the park against Shae Hickey, so I have moved him in to the centre and will push Thomson out to the right of midfield.

“Brayden Mann pulled up a little bit sore on Tuesday night, so he has been rested but should be ready to go on Saturday.

“Cedric Cox-Haines will be in goal again.  I was really pleased with him last week and I am confident he will do a good job again for us this week.

Ben Foote has been the big motivator within this team all year and he is getting the squad pumped up and ready to give a battle worthy of a state semi-final.”


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+4 #44 Anonymous 2012-09-03 12:07
#35 you may want to think before you write. Hickey, ferguson, eaves, duffy (not to mention the previously 4 referred to players) aren't exactly south progeny??
Sth side on Saturday had 4-5 'home grown' players so please don't pretend ken develops all from scratch.
Hickey ferguson and eaves had all already won titles elsewhere before joining sth.
Zebras have just as many 'locals' - Brazza, Ricky, Jayden, Kurt, tex, Ethan, nick mac, Fagg all played juniors at zebras.
I Don't pretend the entire team did, but no club could, or should. Diversity and learning from others might be useful now and then!?
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-2 #43 Anonymous 2012-09-02 05:53
#41 No not really. Just stating facts about a situation thats all. Not talking anyone up . Sorry.
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+2 #42 Anonymous 2012-09-02 04:21
Quoting Anonymous:
Imports are exactly that , imports. Loic was here on holiday and asked someone where he may get a game and went to South.That leaves three according to you.The Melbourne player is from Melbourne,hardly an import. Now that leaves two. Not bad in my opinion.I would imagine that young local players may learn a thing or two about the game wouldnt you ? Now lets look at your "imports". Palmer, Cadderton,Juma, Foley brothers etc etc . Your junior development going along quite swimmingly isnt it ? Not.Foley boys not from outside Tas but none of these are products of your development either so where is the difference? Your language also gives away who you are.


Palmer was not imported by zebras,he moved to Tasmania and was just looking to play soccer. And how can the foley's be imports when they are local boys.
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+6 #41 anonymous 2012-09-02 01:16
Why is a Zebra talking up South and bagging Zebras , very odd dont you think ?
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+3 #40 anonymous 2012-09-02 00:36
Funny zebra , we don't have blue and red strips DH .
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-4 #39 Anonymous 2012-09-01 22:41
#37 I forgot to mention I actually am a Zebra ??????
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-2 #38 Anonymous 2012-09-01 22:25
#37 ....Incorrect my friend. Think longer and harder.
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+1 #37 anonymous 2012-09-01 14:24
# 35 you are really one smart cookie if you know someone by anonymous texts , but upon reading both of you people texting i think we know one thing pro south supporter you are a bitter x- zebra who now associates with Kenny .
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+4 #36 Anonymous 2012-09-01 10:21
Quoting Realist:
Hindmarsh signed for Lions yesterday.


great news for kingo if true. Kiwi is genuine quality.
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-6 #35 Anonymous 2012-09-01 09:32
Imports are exactly that , imports. Loic was here on holiday and asked someone where he may get a game and went to South.That leaves three according to you.The Melbourne player is from Melbourne,hardl y an import. Now that leaves two. Not bad in my opinion.I would imagine that young local players may learn a thing or two about the game wouldnt you ? Now lets look at your "imports". Palmer, Cadderton,Juma, Foley brothers etc etc . Your junior development going along quite swimmingly isnt it ? Not.Foley boys not from outside Tas but none of these are products of your development either so where is the difference? Your language also gives away who you are.
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