Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Aaron Brazendale (right) will miss the Zebras' match against University [PlessPix]

Second-placed New Town Eagles can leapfrog South Hobart once again this weekend and go to the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League standings by beating third-placed Kingborough Lions United at home at Clare Street at 2.30pm on Saturday.

But, South Hobart should move to the top again on Sunday by beating sixth-ranked Olympia Warriors at 2.30pm at South Hobart.

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Photo:  Chris Hey will need to get the best out of his team if they are to beat Clarence [PlessPix]

Fifth-placed Tilford Zebras could move into the top-four this weekend.  They look easy winners against bottom-side University at KGV Park on Friday at 8pm.

And, Clarence United, currently fourth, look far too strong for a Glenorchy Knights outfit that is second-last and who have lost three of their past four games.

New Town Eagles’ only worry is Cormac Collins.  The winger has a knee injury which will sideline him for a couple of weeks.

Everyone else is fit and home-ground advantage should assist Eagles to beat a Lions outfit that will be dangerous but which has drawn five, won three and lost one of their past nine games.

“We did not train on Clare Street at all this week, and have moved our under-15 and under-19 games so only the reserves at 12.30pm and the seniors at 2.30pm will be played there on Saturday,” said Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford.

“A rigorous spin cycle session on Tuesday was followed by a lighter spin and pool session on Thursday and that should have our squad fully fit, other than Cormac, for Saturday to take on a Kingborough team desperate for points to keep their title ambitions alive.

“Ben Whitehall may start this week having trained both nights after work commitments saw him unable to train at all the previous week.”

The Lions’ Marcello Marchioli is a doubtful starter.  He has not trained all week because of a foot injury.

Martin Farquhar will start and he should test the Eagles defence with his speed and intelligence.

Danny Cowen is expected to be used in defence and to mark Adam McKeown, one of Eagles’ most dangerous attackers.

South Hobart have thin resources compared to recent seasons but they should be much too good for Olympia Warriors, who have had a revival under coach Glen McNeill.

McNeill has presided over three wins, a draw and a loss since taking over from Franco Previdi.

South Hobart beat Olympia 3-0 the last time they met and this should just about be the story again this time.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton has the knack of getting the best out of young players promoted to the senior side and Nick Morton and Ned Clarke are settling in well.

Olympia should have defender Janko Begovic back and this should tighten the defence, but they are unlikely to hold out against a potent attack that should have put the Lions to the sword last weekend.  South did win 2-1, but it should have been by four or five goals.

This game is officially named the Tracy Ross Memorial Match in honour of Tracy, one of South's most ferevent supporters, who passed away last week.  South will accept donations at the game to aid the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Tracy and Brett Ross's sons both play for South Hobart.

Zebras will be without Aaron Brazendale for the game against University because he has work commitments.

Defender Paul Palmer will have a fitness test before the game, while Kristian Beven will be included in the Zebras’ squad.

Nick McDonald has impressed in the reserves for Zebras and may make his first senior start against the Students.

Zebras’ coach Eamonn Kelly will not underestimate University but is confident his side can earn the three points which will put them in the top-four.

University have a full-strength squad with Julian Proud back after suspension.

“This will see one of the strongest teams fielded thus far this season,” said University coach, Gary Slicer.

“There is a slight injury cloud over a couple of players, but they should be fit for Friday night.

“With still only 5 points in the relegation zone, every game is a final and we cannot afford to drop points in games where points are achievable.

“We still have a strong belief that we can take points from a number of teams  -  not only one point, but three.

“It is going to be a fiercely contested third round for us as well as Knights and, for that matter, also Olympia.

“The situation can change quite quickly and we just have to keep focussed.”

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Photo:  Will Carlos Ortiz replace Trent Cornish in goal for Clarence? [PlessPix]

Clarence United will have Colombian goalkeeper Carlos Ortiz available after a four-week suspension and it will be interesting to see if he replaced Trent Cornish, who has performed well in the absence of Ortiz.

Clarence defender Matt Lewis is unlikely to play after aggravating a hamstring injury in last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Tilford Zebras.

Midfield playmaker Aaron Cairns has the 'flu and will probably start on the bench.

Glenorchy Knights appear in disarray, despite having won the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy recently.

They have lost four of their past six games, with only one win and a draw in that time.

They only had six senior players at a training session earlier this week and they could be struggling in the goalkeeping department with Trent Le Rossignol suspended after being sent off in controversial circumstances last week in the 2-1 loss to Olympia Warriors.

Back-up keeper Ben Peter had intended retiring but may have to reconsider with Le Rossignol absent and the under-19 keeper, Alex Woodham, lacking experience.

Simon Strang will play in the reserves this weekend.

This is an important game for the Knights and it will take all of coach Chris Hey’s knowledge and psychology to lift his team to victory.

Meanwhile, Football Federation Tasmania will make an announcement about the proposed T-League next Monday or Tuesday.

The announcement had been expected earlier, but at a recent meeting of club presidents it was agreed by all present that the announcement could be slightly delayed.


FORESTRY TASMANI SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at 24 June 2012)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

13

9

2

2

33

9

29

New Town Eagles

13

9

1

3

34

16

28

Kingborough Lions Utd

13

5

6

2

32

23

21

Clarence United

13

6

2

5

28

25

20

Tilford Zebras

13

5

4

4

37

31

19

Olympia Warriors

13

4

2

7

27

32

14

Glenorchy Knights

13

2

3

8

18

29

9

University

13

0

4

9

10

54

4

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+5 #36 Anonymous 2012-06-29 23:20
Knights' best player is jayden hey anyway, and mr huge played for olympia first, guys!
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-2 #35 Anonymous 2012-06-29 12:57
that is so funny. You really reckon marnie and doors are better than woz and kumpa? pfffffffffffft
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-2 #34 Anonymous 2012-06-29 11:37
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Forza Italia:
Off topic, I know but I reckon you just might be right, Walter - Italy can win Euro 2012!

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
1 summer cup game and 2 league games against the knights!!!!


so nothing to write home about?

Look, the warriors have improved since Franco showed himself the door but maybe it's best to keep a lid on it until there's something worth getting excited about, yeah?


Don't try and dampen the Olympia spirit mate. Tell me how many teams have secured 10 points in their last 5 games.


South, Eagles, Kingborough, Clarence?
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+6 #33 Callan Paske 2012-06-29 10:43
Pt 2.

Lions definitely command respect and so they should with the calibre of players at hand. But the fact is that they have failed to translate that respect into significant results so far in the league this year.

We will continue to cover Borough games because we love the passion shown by their supporters and the efforts they are going to at the Den to continue to raise the bar on and off the field.
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+13 #32 Callan Paske 2012-06-29 10:42
#3 - normally we wouldn't respond to this comment but...

Pt 1.

Firstly, Surely you jest?! We are clearly positive about the Lions on and off the field. We have real respect for what Rhodes is trying to do down at the Den and the Summer Cup showed signs of that. I fail to see how calling Eagles favourites in this fixture is anything but fact. It's their home game, they sit higher on the ladder and have the wood over the Lions in recent times (going more than one game back). The Lions are always extremely accommodating down at the Den, both in housing us and in giving their time to answer questions before and after the game. To say we exhibit a negative view of the Lions is just simply not true. In fact, when Cowen man marked Brennan out of the game against South earlier this year there was a glowing article about it in The Mercury. He also made our team of the week. We praised the entire team on that effort.

Secondly, you say South weren't dominant in regards to hitting the target. That's not a reflection of dominance but merely a statement that they failed to capitalise on that dominance.
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-3 #31 Anonymous 2012-06-29 09:27
#30 your joking how many games has Marney won for Knights, how many goals, Usain Bolt can run quick but can't play football. Dawes on the other hand can play a bit.
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+5 #30 Anonymous 2012-06-29 09:09
Quoting Anonymouse:
Olympia have a far better technically skilled player list than the Knights but also an older list.
Knights dont have a Warren, Kumpa. Knights players are poorly skilled in both 1st touch & their general passing game. This along with thier inability to hit the target has cost them a good number of positive results this season.


They have Dawes and Marney. Marney is quicker than Warren, can knock in an equally good cross and has better 1v1 skills. Dawes is a much better technical player, Kumpa just runs and fouls.
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-4 #29 Anonymous 2012-06-29 08:21
Quoting Forza Italia:
Off topic, I know but I reckon you just might be right, Walter - Italy can win Euro 2012!

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
1 summer cup game and 2 league games against the knights!!!!


so nothing to write home about?

Look, the warriors have improved since Franco showed himself the door but maybe it's best to keep a lid on it until there's something worth getting excited about, yeah?


Don't try and dampen the Olympia spirit mate. Tell me how many teams have secured 10 points in their last 5 games.
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-3 #28 Anonymouse 2012-06-29 07:11
Olympia have a far better technically skilled player list than the Knights but also an older list.
Knights dont have a Warren, Kumpa. Knights players are poorly skilled in both 1st touch & their general passing game. This along with thier inability to hit the target has cost them a good number of positive results this season.
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+7 #27 Anonymouse 2012-06-29 07:04
As I understand, the sponsorship of b'wn 80-100k was the sums talked about. If FFT have not secured at least $80k for each of the next 3 years, then T League should not happen & the clubs need to be very careful they r not pressured by FFT to accepting a T-League position on proviso FFT are confident of that sponsorship prior to commencement of 2013 season.
I want State league but I know there r clubs who have applied who have very little financial backing but dont want to be left out.
I would erge all clubs to be strong in supporting one another if the sponsorship has not been fully secured.
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