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:  Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy kicks off on Monday, 12 March [PlessPix]

The first-round draw for the State-wide Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy competition to be played on Monday, 12 March, 2012, has been made.

There will be eight matches played, while eight other teams have been seeded and will not participate until the round of 16.


Photo:  Derwent United coach  Hyo Suk Jin (left), club official Jim Mackinnon (third from right) and club president Ron Cure (right) welcome the club's new Asian players at Hobart Airport this evening [PlessPix]

Derwent United’s recruits from Asia arrived in Hobart tonight and will have their first training session tomorrow.

Six South Koreans and one Japanese player were welcomed at Hobart Airport this evening by Derwent United president Ron Cure and club official Jim Mackinnon.


Photo:  Harry Kewell was substituted after an hour [PlessPix]

(A-League, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday, 4 February 2012)

Melbourne Heart 0

Melbourne Victory 0

Att: 26,395   Ref: M Gillett

Melbourne Heart: Bolton  -  Marrone, Colosimo, Good, Goodwin  -  Worm, Sarkies, Srhoj (Reid 78)  -  Germano, Babalj, Terra (Williams 69)  (Subs not used:  Hamill, Mattei}

Melbourne Victory: Covic  -  P Franjic, Leijer, Milligan, Fabio  -  Broxham, Brebner, Rojas, Kewell (Allsopp 60)  -  Thompson, Solorzano (Hernandez 70)  (Subs not used:  Vargas, Velaphi)


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Akuei Guot tries to break through the Taroona rearguard [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights crushed Taroona 8-2 in a pre-season friendly at Prince of Wales Bay this afternoon, with both teams being under-strength.

And, six Koreans and one Japanese player will arrive in Hobart tomorrow evening [Sunday] to join League One newcomers Derwent United.


Photo:  Jack Johnston, a member of the FFT Board, was Tasmania's first and so far only FIFA referee [PlessPix]

The State’s referees will be preparing for the coming season with two major events this weekend involving the nation’s most-qualified referee assessor, Sharon O’Neil.

A referees’ refresher course will be held at KGV Park today from 11am-3pm, while tomorrow at The Grange, in Campbell Town, the whistlers will conduct their annual seminar between those same hours.


Photo:  Adelaide United coach John Kosmina thought his side played well [PlessPix]

(A-League, Hindmarsh Stadium, Friday, 3 February 2012)

Adelaide United 1 (Djite 10)

Wellington Phoenix 2 (Brown 13, Sanchez 38)

HT: 1-2   Att: 8,425   Ref: G Parsons

Adelaide United: Galekovic  -  Watson, Boogaard, Levchenko, Cassio  -  Barbiero, Malik, Vidosic (Melling 75), Ramsay (Caravella 63)  -  Djite, Van Dijk  (Subs not used:  Usucar, Izzo)

Wellington Phoenix: Paston  -  Muscat, Sigmund, Durante, Lochhead  -  Bertos, Smith, Brown, Sanchez  -  Greenacre (Lia 70), Ifill  (Subs not used:  Daniel, Downey, Warner)


Photo (L-R):  Nick Vialle, Will Davis, Joel Schuth and Marcello Marchioli model the new Kingborough strip [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United are gearing up for a possible State League competition next year and last night announced a major new sponsorship deal.

The Kingston Landscape Centre and Maveric Builders have both chipped in to the tune of $21,000 for the next three years.


Photo:  Clarence United's Matt Lewis and Sam Cannamela move in on a University player in possession [Plesspix]

Clarence United beat University 4-1 and Glenorchy Knights overcame South Hobart 5-1 in practice games played this evening.

Ben Hamlett netted twice for Clarence, whose other goals came from Grant Malcolm and David Hoppitt.