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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Photo:  Kingborough's Joel Schuth wins a header [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Kingborough Lions United 1 (J Schuth 34) lost to Glenorchy Knights 2 (G Kamano 22, J Dawes 84)

University 0 lost to Olympia Warriors 3 (J Fielding 24, N Meredith 30, Kunwar 86)

Clarence United 0 lost to South Hobart 1 (B Eaves 20)

Devonport City should maintain their lead at the top of the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League by overcoming the visiting Prospect Knights at Valley Road on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Devonport will field the same side as last weekend, when they beat Somerset 4-1 away at Cardigan Street.

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Photo:  Glen McNeill has changed Olympia's fortunes since taking over as coach [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors have acted swiftly following their acceptance into the Victory League and appointed current interim coach Glen McNeill as their senior coach for the next two seasons.

McNeill, a former player with the club, took over earlier this season following the resignation of Franco Previdi.

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Photo:  Football Federation Tasmania's John Boulous (left) and Sean Collins at today's media conference [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Stephen Pitchford will be in the coaching chair at Eagles again and will hope his side can topple Zebras [PlessPix]

With the cat now out of the bag, it will be interesting to see how the teams that did not make the Victory League react to their weekend matches.

Second-placed New Town Eagles and third-placed Clarence United, for example, missed the cut and have important matches against teams that did qualify for the Victory League.

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Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous (left) and FFT president Sean Collins at today's announcement [PlessPix]

Devonport City, Launceston City, Northern Rangers, South Hobart, Kingborough Lions United, Tilford Zebras, Olympia Warriors and Glenorchy Knights are the eight teams who will compete in the new Victory League commencing in March 2013.

The teams were announced by Football Federation Tasmania president, Sean Collins, at a media conference at KGV Park at noon today.

Derwent United should maintain their lead at the top of the Southern League One standings when they entertain second-last Nelson Eastern Suburbs at Weiley Park at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Some of Derwent’s players have been suffering from the ‘flu but all are expected to be fit for the match.

Football Federation Tasmania has announced a 25-man Southern Tasmanian squad and a 25-man Northern Tasmanian squad in preparation for the game between Tasmania and Melbourne Victory on Tuesday, 21 August, at KGV Park.

The squads will eventually be reduced to a State squad of 16 players.