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:  Sandown Park, also known as 'The Tropicana', is where Beachside will host Derwent United tomorrow [PlessPix]

Second-placed Derwent United will have their latest South Korean signing, Song Min Shin, on view against League One leaders Beachside at Sandown Park at 2.30pm tomorrow.

A win for Derwent will put them on top and a point in front of Beachside.

Second-placed Northern Rangers should take over at the top of the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League tomorrow when they meet  sixth-placed Somerset away at Cardigan Street.

Ulverstone, the current leaders, have the bye and must sit back and watch their lead slip away.


Photo:  University's Julian Proud (left) will test Eagles keeper Nathan Pitchford (right) if Proud plays [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors are likely to be without key players Janko Begovic and Josh Fielding for tonight’s Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League game against Glenorchy Knights at 8pm at Warrior Park.

The funeral of Begovic’s one-year-old son, Kobi, will be held today and Janko and close friend Fielding will probably be absentees from the match.

Olympia had requested a postponement of the fixture, but it is believed the two teams were unable to come to an agreement.


Photo:  Ian Syson (right) chatting with former Leeds United player and current South Hobart Under-19 coach, Peter Savill, at Clare Street last Sunday.  Ian is blogging local games on his site while he is in Tasmania [PlessPix]

Dr Ian Syson, the visiting Victorian academic with a passion for the world game, tells me that tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of North versus South games in Tasmania.

He has uncovered a reference to the event and you can read it on Ian’s blog site:


Nelson Eastern Suburbs’ women’s side will be wearing a new pink strip for their games next Sunday.

It’s all part of the club’s fund-raising day for the National Breast Cancer Foundation at North Warrane on Sunday.


Photo: Eagles substitute Jeremy Marshall warms up as coach Stephen Pitchford watches the action [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Clare Street, Sunday, 17 June 2012)

New Town Eagles 2 (A McKeown 13, A Leszczynski 18)

South Hobart 1 (A Brennan 5)

HT: 2-1   Att: 120   Ref: S Natoli

New Town Eagles: N Pitchford  -  D Cox  -  A Clark, M Page  -  M Anderson  -  B Whitehall, B Hudson, L Scott, C Collins (Marshall 77)  -  A McKeown, A Leszczynski  (Subs not used:  Quan, J Clamp)

South Hobart: Ferguson  -  Duffy, Ludford, N Clarke (Rogers 69), Williams  -  Hickey, Feral, Eaves (Bladel 36)  -  Postma (Ince 67), Brennan, N Morton  (Sub not used:  Moncur)


Photo:  Taroona's beautiful Kelvedon Park home ground [PlessPix]

Work on upgrading the facilities at Kelvedon Park, the home of Southern League One outfit Taroona, will commence this week.

The referees will have their own change rooms and amenities and a new kiosk will be built.


Photo:  The two teams and officials observe a minute's silence before the game [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Wentworth Park, Saturday, 16 June 2012)

Clarence United 3 (E Tsakiris 7, D Hoppitt 17, A Cairns 86)

Olympia Warriors 1 (C Kumpulainen 16)

HT: 2-1   Att: 100   Ref: C Phillips

Clarence United: Cornish  -  Canamella, A Hedge, Malcolm, Price  -  Aldridge (Richardson 73), Stevens (S Reibel 62), Toghill, Cairns  -  E Tsakiris (Mizuno 90), Hoppitt  (Subs not used:  W Reibel, L Brown)

Olympia Warriors: Kay  -  W Page, Begovic, Taylor, Phillips  -  Wadawu, Mason, Kumpulainen, Meredith  -  Fielding, Woolley  (Subs not used:  Lapolla, Nester, Stockdale, Hickey, Fry)