Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Clarence's Monique Undy (left) tries to reach the ball ahead of Olympia's Bliss Cantrell [PlessPix]

The National Training Centre will meet Olympia Warriors in next Saturday’s Women’s Premier League Summer Cup Final at KGV Park.

The NTC beat Tilford Zebras 9-2 in one semi-final at KGV Park today, while the Warriors downed Clarence United 7-2 in the other.

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Photo:  Clarence's Monique Undy (left) in pursuit of Olympia's Bliss Cantrell [PlessPix]

Williams and Gavalas both hit hat-tricks for the NTC, while Cropp netted once and the remaining goal was an own-goal.

Nicholls scored both goals for Zebras.

NTC coach Michael Edwards had mixed feelings about his team’s performance.

“I thought today’s result, in the end, reflected the dominance that the NTC had over Tilford Zebras,” said Edwards.

“I was very impressed with the way Zebras came out in the first half and pushed us.

“I think we weren’t up to standard in the first half.  We were well below par, but we had a stern word at half-time about the need to improve and I think, in the second half, we played much better.

“Conditions today were really suitable for good football.

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Photo:  Olympia's Rani Cavaretta (left) trying to catch Clarence United's Georgia Fox [PlessPix]

“The ground is in good condition.  The weather allowed us to play good football, but we didn’t in the first half.”

Bliss Cantrell produced another superb performance for Olympia, scoring four times against Clarence.

Rani Cavaretta netted twice and Amelia Jones once, while Clarence replied with a goal from Allie Berry and a penalty by Paris Crowe.

Olympia coach, John Fiotakis was delighted that his side had reached the Summer Cup final.

“It’s been a long time for us,” said Fiotakis.

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Photo:  John Fiotakis (left) in the Olympia technical area during the game [PlessPix]

“We’ve been rebuilding in the last couple of years and we lost a couple of good quality players in the last two years and we’ve had some youngsters there.

“We’ve recruited well and it’s great to be there.

“I thought it would have been a bit closer than that.

“Clarence has been our rivals for many years, as they have been with the senior men.

“We were very good and stuck to the instructions and we were playing to feet.

“We were a bit tired after last week.  Last week was a pretty hectic game with the heat.

“But, they did well.”

Clarence United coach, Steve Kannegiesser, was disappointed by the result.

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Photo:  Steve Kannegiesser (right) in the Clarence United technical area during today's semi-final [PlessPix]

“She’s a tough job these coaching positions,” Kannegiesser said.

“In the second half we played well.  We started off slowly and they scored three goals in the first 10 minutes.

“We were 3-0 down and it’s hard to come back, especially against a quality team like Olympia.

“We’ve got to learn from our mistakes.  We did make some mistakes.

“We tried a few young girls and we gave them the opportunity throughout the pre-season, so it’s up to them to step up now and earn their spots, I guess.

“There are a few young girls that we’ve got in the team and I thought a few of them played well.

“Obviously, I’ll be giving them the opportunity throughout the year and just see how we go.

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Photo:  Olympia's Rani Cavaretta races down the wing as a Clarence defender moves in [PlessPix]

“Obviously, Olympia’s going to be the team to beat this year.  They played brilliant football, I thought, at times.

“But, then again, we gave silly goals away.

“We pulled it back to 5-2 and I thought, if we could pinch another one, put them under pressure, who knows?  But, another couple of silly goals and it was 7-2.

“In the end, it wasn’t a true indication of the game and I don’t think we deserved to lose 7-2, but all credit to Olympia.  They took their chances and we didn’t.

“We’ll see how the season goes.  We’re looking forward to it, and it should be a tough year.  But, I’m looking forward to it.”

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Photo:  Olympia goalkeeper Isolina Ottavi takes a cross as Clarence United's NIamh O'Brien moves in [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Action from the NTC versus Tilford Zebras semi-final [Photo by Raelene Hennicke]

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Photo:  NTC on the attack against Tilford Zebras today [Photo by Raelene Hennicke]

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Photo:  Clarence United's Paris Crowe launches an attack from midfield [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Nicole Hale turns on the ball [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Amelia Jones emerges with the ball [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Vanessa Johnson starts an attack from midfield [PlessPix]