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:  Eagles coach Stephen Pitchford surveys Clare Street during today's game [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

New Town Eagles 2 (A McKeown 13, A Leszczynski 18) beat South Hobart 1 (A Brennan 5)


Photo:  University and Glenorchy Knights observe a minute's silence before their game [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Olinda Grove, Saturday, 16 June 2012)

University 0

Glenorchy Knights 2 (I Fletcher 27 og, J Dawes 62 pen)

HT: 0-1   Att: 80   Ref: B Kopra

University: Peacock  -  D Booth, Merry, Fletcher, Hewson  -  Hindmarsh, Barnard, Scott, Galloway  -  Sheppard (Spurr 60), Bull  (Subs not used:  Andrews, Driver, Piesse)

Glenorchy Knights: Le Rossignol  -  Clay, Holmes, Johnson, Hey  -  Huigsloot (Letiko 38)  -  Robb, Griffin, Marney  -  Strang, Dawes (Roberts 85)  (Subs not used:  Nowicki, Peter, Kamano)


Photo:  Jason Dawes scores a penalty for Knights against University today [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

University 0 lost to Glenorchy Knights 2 (I Fletcher 27 og, J Dawes 62)

Kingborough Lions United 3 (J Schuth 15, M Marchioli 37, R Bevan 45) beat Tilford Zebras 1 (E Engels 6)

Clarence United 3 (E Tsakiris 7, D Hoppitt 17, A Cairns 80) beat Olympia Warriors 1 (C Kumpulainen 16)


Photo:  Brett Pullen won't be calling the shots for Beachside against Metro this weekend [PlessPix]

Southern League One pacesetters Beachside will be without player-coach Brett Pullen when they travel to North Chigwell on Saturday to take on second-last Metro.

Pullen is coaching a Southern Under-13 side at the Devonport carnival this weekend.

Northern Rangers, the leaders in the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, have the bye this weekend and this will give second-placed Ulverstone and third-ranked Devonport City the chance to overtake them.

The only problem for the two Coastal sides is that they play each other at Ulverstone Showgrounds at 2.30pm tomorrow and each needs to win to go to the top.


Photo:  Eagles' Adam McKeown (pictured) and South's Andy Brennan have both had lean spells in recent weeks, but they can be expected to cause fireworks on Sunday at Clare Street [PlessPix]

The top and bottom sides in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League should be well and truly isolated from the rest of the field come the end of the weekend.

Leaders South Hobart should beat second-placed New Town Eagles away from home at Clare Street on Sunday and extend their lead over their nearest challengers to a massive 7 points, while second-last Glenorchy Knights should account for bottom-side University away at Olinda Grove tomorrow and put 5 points between themselves and the Students.


Photo:  Emma Bridge is the newest member of the FFT Board [PlessPix]

Emma Bridge, a former president of Taroona, has been appointed to the Board of Football Federation Tasmania.

Bridge assisted at last Monday's medal and trophy presentations for the various cup finals being played at KGV Park.


Photo:  Carlos Ortiz on his debut for Clarence United [PlessPix]

Clarence United’s Colombian goalkeeper, Carlos Ortiz, has only played twice in Tasmania since arriving and is suspended for four games after being sent off.

I spoke to the 26-year-old, who stands 193cm tall, about his background and future, the game and his impressions of Tasmania so far.