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:  Three Derwent United players at the half-time break last week in the game against Beachside [PlessPix]

Derwent United, the leaders of the Southern League One competition, entertain fifth-placed Taroona at Weiley Park at 2.30pm this afternoon and a win will extend their lead to 4 points over second-placed Beachside, who have the bye.

Derwent will be at full strength and their excellent form should ensure victory.

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Photo:  Derwent United coach Hyo Suk Jin will be visited by the Korean Natioanl Women's team coach next week [PlessPix]

An Jong Goan, the Korean national women's team coach, will be in Hobart next week to visit Derwent United's esteemed coach, Hyo Suk Jin.

I do hope that Football Federation Tasmania utilises Goan's expertise with perhaps a women's or men's coaching session during his stay.  He is believed to be keen on the idea.

Taroona will have Eli Luttmer back after injury and he will replace his father, Hugo Luttmer, who has been a little short on match fitness after a long absence because of a knee injury.

Defender Ben Schaap comes in for his first game of the season, while John Burridge will be in goal. They replace players who are away on holiday.

“We travel to Weiley Park to take on a Derwent team that passes the ball better than most teams that we have faced this season, including Premier league teams,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.

“They move well off the ball and are so well drilled that we will have to be at our defensive best to keep them out.

“Our last encounter was in atrocious conditions and saw us narrowly lose 4 -5.

“I felt that Derwent could have moved up another gear, which certainly won’t help us.

“Derwent has proven to be streets ahead this year and presents a great challenge.

“We are second in the league for goals scored and a 10 per cent improvement in our defensive effort would give us a great chance of a win at the weekend.

“The lack of width at Weiley Park will help in this regard.”

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Photo:  Metro coach George Krambousanos will pit his wits against his mate, Southern FC coach, Mick Trotter [PlessPix]

Third-placed Southern FC travel to North Chigwell today to take on second-last Metro, who are making heavy weather this season.

The game kicks off at 2.30pm.

All is well down Southern way and there are no injuries to speak of and the return of Isaac Gwolo from suspension and John De Vries from holidays will strengthen the squad that enjoyed a hard fought win against Nelson,” said Southern FC coach, Mick Trotter. 

“Scott Pepper will have a run in the reserves after a muscle injury, along with Dylan Twine and Wilson Lumago.

“Southern are looking to stretch their winning streak to three games, but are under no illusions Metro will have other ideas.

“Southern, however, have shown some grit and determination to get the desired results in its past two games. 

“We had a good week on the training track, despite Sherburd being closed.

“We trained well and the players enjoyed the change in routine.

“Our line-up is still not finalised and condition of the park may determine this somewhat.

“The players are keen to keep the points ticking over in what has been an enjoyable season so far. 

“But, whatever the result, we will enjoy a bit of banter with the Metro boys after the game.” 

Bottom-side Nelson Eastern Suburbs welcome fourth-ranked Hobart United to North Warrane on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Nelson will miss goalkeeper Nic DeCarpentier, who is unavailable, as is last week’s debutant, Clive Williams.

Their replacement will be Bill Hanley and reserves’ keeper Jack Fennell.

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Photo:  Hobart United coach, Aubert Ruzigandekwe, knows his side will be in for a hard time against Nelson [PlessPix]

Hobart United will be without their Congolese contingent as they are attending a football competition in Adelaide in celebration of their country’s independence.

“We are trying to recover after a shower of goals against Derwent,” said Hobart United coach, Aubert Ruzigandekwe.

“We are short of players, which makes our game against Nelson hard.” 


SOUTHERN LEAGUE ONE (As at 23 June 2012)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Derwent United

9

7

2

0

47

21

23

Beachside

10

7

1

2

25

15

22

Southern FC

9

4

2

3

17

20

14

Hobart United

9

3

3

3

17

26

12

Taroona

10

3

2

5

26

28

11

Metro

10

2

1

7

13

24

7

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

9

1

1

7

8

19

4

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-2 #28 Whyalwaysme? 2012-07-06 05:58
And the first thing I will be learning I's us winning div 1. Quote me on that one.
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+1 #27 Anon 2012-07-06 03:05
You can tell its all turner, can't
Manage to afford a computer with a space bar?
Jack you have a lot to learn.
Well said by mike, derwent and Hobart have bad sportsmanship simple
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+12 #26 Itsneveryou! 2012-07-04 08:38
Quoting Whyalwaysme?:
McKenna, this I's a blog where you post what you feel, true? As you just have, many people say there part, as did I for the first time. It's not who gets the most likes or dislikes it's about everyones verbal contribution to all the league. I said it how it is. People need to understand and not get so serious. As for a different alias um not sure why you say that. I believe in being who you are, not anonymous.


You have a lot to learn Jack
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+13 #25 Mike McKenna 2012-07-04 08:26
Quoting Whyalwaysme?:
McKenna, this I's a blog where you post what you feel, true? As you just have, many people say there part, as did I for the first time. It's not who gets the most likes or dislikes it's about everyones verbal contribution to all the league. I said it how it is. People need to understand and not get so serious. As for a different alias um not sure why you say that. I believe in being who you are, not anonymous.


I nearly wasnt going to waste my time in replying to this but...

Firstly you didnt lose... You drew
Secondly Taroona deserved more respect than that keeping a side as polished as Derwent United to a draw
Thirdly and finally it does nothing to help a club who has copped so much crap and has so many good people involved

The people we look up to in sport arent always the best athletes... They are good people
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+15 #24 Anonymous 2012-07-04 07:08
Quoting Anonymous:
#21.
Are you serious? It's not even that bad


Unfortunately Mike is right. It is a pretty dumb statement by Turner.

It shows a lack of maturity
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-13 #23 Whyalwaysme? 2012-07-04 06:20
McKenna, this I's a blog where you post what you feel, true? As you just have, many people say there part, as did I for the first time. It's not who gets the most likes or dislikes it's about everyones verbal contribution to all the league. I said it how it is. People need to understand and not get so serious. As for a different alias um not sure why you say that. I believe in being who you are, not anonymous.
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-15 #22 Anonymous 2012-07-03 19:53
#21.
Are you serious? It's not even that bad
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+19 #21 Mike McKenna 2012-07-03 11:35
I've never been one to agree with the whole anonymous posting but jack if you are going to write stuff like that I would use another alias.

This type of post doesn't help Derwent at all.
You are doing a great job on the pitch mate... Leave it there
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-25 #20 Jackturner 2012-07-03 06:26
Anonymous.. Why no names? I myself didn't shake hands with a couple of players I admit. This happens I'n frustration alot. As the team we are it was very disappointing to loose to a team I'n 5th place after coming off two very strong wins, at the level we train and play. I can see why people would scratch there heads and ask themselves where the good spirit is. At the end of the day I myself am not out there to just have a kick I'n div 1 at 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon and make some friends, We prepare ourselves every week to win not loose nor draw. We want to make a point and to give a 100% every weekend to win. If the hands were not shook than so be it. This will happen I'n peoples careers, move on. No time lost. Don't be so hung up on it! Thanks.
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+6 #19 Anonymous 2012-07-02 21:42
Quoting Jackturner:
They are not all Korean players, Kyle gill and myself also play along side them.

So jack can you enlighten us as to why your 'team mates' refused to shake hands after what seemed to be a game played in good spirit?
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