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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Hosts Launceston United have the bye in Sunday’s fourth round of the Steve Hudson Cup competition, which gives them an automatic 3 points and moves them up from third-last to 4th on the standings.

They will be level on 6 points with second-placed Ulverstone and third-ranked Northern Rangers before a ball is kicked.

The fun really starts at 11am, though, when the first ball is kicked as bottom-side Prospect Knights take on Northern Rangers.

Prospect Knights are the reigning league champions in the north, but they are having a miserable start to the season and should fall to Rangers in this encounter.

Fifth-placed Riverside Olympic meet second-last New Town Eagles at 1pm and the southerners will again field a depleted team, which makes one wonder why they even bothered to enter the competition.

Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford, is, however, putting a brave face on things.

“Having not reached the semi-finals of the Southern Summer Cup, we again anticipated fielding a strong first team in the Hudson Cup clash with Riverside Olympic on Sunday,” he said.

“However, injuries, combined with work and family commitments, leave only eight of our 18-member first-team squad available.

“Accordingly, those eight will again be joined by those seeking to break into the first team squad.

“Teenagers Josh Fitzpatrick , Ben Karagiannakis, Jack Van Der Linden, Bradley Ayres and Brodie Holmes have all performed well in the earlier Hudson Cup matches and continue to gain in confidence as the competition continues.

“The match against an improved Prospect Knights last week provided passages of play resembling the form of late last season and we will be looking to continue the improvement this week against what we expect to be a very competitive Riverside combination.”

Holders and current leaders South Hobart take on Launceston City at 2.30pm and it should be business as usual with the southerners maintaining top spot.

The final game of the day is at 3pm, when Glenorchy Knights meet Ulverstone.

Knights are fourth, a point behind second-placed Ulverstone, which indicates this could be an interesting match.

The Knights rattled in the goals against Metro in the Southern Summer Cup last weekend and Ulverstone will need to have a tight defence to get something out of this encounter.

In the North-West Summer Cup at Montello in Burnie today, Burnie United take on Ulverstone at 2.30pm and Somerset Sharks meet Devonport City at 4.30pm.