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:  Coach Enzo Botte with the Zebras Under-11 Kanga Cup squad [Photo courtesy of Raelene Hennicke]

Hobart Zebras sent two teams to this year’s Kanga Cup tournament in Canberra this week.

“The club brought home the tournament cup in 2011 and hope a repeat performance in both the U11 and U12 boys,” said Zebras Under-12 team coach Marcus Hardwick.


Photo:  Action from the under-15 game between Tasmania and NSW Country [Photo courtesy of Kurt Reynolds]

The Tasmanian Under-14 girls’ football team has done extremely well so far at the national championships at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

The Tasmanians have won three games and lost one going into day four of the competition.

Second-placed Devonport City must beat Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League leaders Northern Rangers at home at Valley Road at 2.30pm tomorrow to have any chance of snaring the league title.

A point separates the sides and a win for Devonport will put them on top.


Photo:  Grant Malcolm (with ball) is in Norway for his brother's wedding and will be a huge loss for Clarence [PlessPix]

The Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder has three clear zones and nothing much is likely to change after this weekend’s round of matches.

Leaders South Hobart and second-placed New Town Eagles are out on their own, as are last-placed University and second-last Glenorchy Knights, while in the middle zone are four teams vying for top-four places.


Photo:  Derwent's Seong Hoon Kang can do the 100 metres in less than 12 seconds [PlessPix]

Southern League One leaders Derwent United will give their latest Korean import, Seong Hoon Kang, his first start when they take on fourth-placed Southern FC at Weiley Park at 2.30pm tomorrow.

Kang can run the 100 metres in under 12 seconds and will pose a serious threat to the visitors.

Peter Maddox, the former Launceston Juventus goalkeeper, has provided me with a link to the YouTube clip of the 1995 State League grand final at KGV Park between Juventus and White Eagles.

Have a look and see some of those great names from the past, such as ‘Snow’ Compagne, David Stoddart, the Leszczynski brothers, Colin Shepherd and referee Kim Barker to name just a few.



Photo:  Referee Simon Natoli (yellow shirt) was probably unsighted for the handball that earlier ended with a goal [PlessPix]


(Footage courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video)


Photo:  David Abbott (left) was back in action for Kingborough's senior side today [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Olinda Grove, Sunday, 8 July 2012)

University 1 (A Bull 3)

Kingborough Lions United 4 (T Pearce 16, own-goal 28, J Schuth 58, D Cowen 87)

HT: 1-2   Att: 70   Ref: B Kopra

University: D Kruijver  -  D Booth, Barnard, Andrews (Rapley 60), Conroy  0  H Booth, Bull, Hindmarsh, Scott, Watts (Watts 73)  -  Proud  (Subs not used:  Driver, Fernandez)

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey  -  Cooper (Herweynen 77), Islei, Cuthbertson, D Pearce  -  Di Falco, Marchioli, T Pearce, D Abbott (Cowen 57)  -  Schuth (Kang 75), Bevan  (Subs not used:  Hawkins, Duncan)