Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Northern Rangers should maintain their lead on the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League ladder by beating fourth-placed Prospect Knights away at Prospect Park at 2.30pm tomorrow.

Rangers currently have a one-point lead over second-placed Ulverstone, who are at home to fifth-ranked Riverside Olympia at the Showground at 2.30pm tomorrow.


Seventh-placed Launceston United host sixth-ranked Launceston City at Birch Avenue tomorrow at 2.30pm, while at 4.30pm, third-placed Devonport City take on bottom-side Burnie United.

Ulverstone make only one change to their squad, with Adam Conkie coming in to replace Ben Foote, who is in Melbourne for medical tests.

“Ben is in Melbourne getting tests done on a growth in his shin,” said Ulverstone coach, Nick Owen.

“We wish him the best and his leadership will be sorely missed.

“Adam is a handy replacement, however.

“Riverside is a massive danger game for us.  The past few years have seen draws or a goal either way, so it will be important that we are at our best.

“The lads were sharp at training during the week and we will look to work harder at breaking down their defence, something that we did a pretty ordinary job of last time we played them.”

Devonport City will make two changes to their side for the visit of Burnie United.

Kamil Douglas and Kieran Mulraney will return to the side after being unavailable last weekend.

“At this stage we’re not 100 per cent decided on who they will replace, but I will more than likely go out for Kieran,” said Devonport City player-coach, Chris McKenna.

“Jesse Curran will again miss with his groin injury. 

“Michael Holden was excellent on debut last week and didn’t look at all out of place.

“He scored the winning goal and was a really good contributor for us all day.

“We’ll be looking to give him more game time at Premier League level to accelerate his development, as we have done all season with Adam Gorrie.

“Adam has far exceeded our expectations this year and has been very consistent, which is pleasing for a 16-year-old in his first season out of the Under-18 competition. 

“Burnie obviously haven’t had a great year and have struggled with numbers a bit, but I’m surprised they haven’t picked up any points to date as I think they’re a better team than they’ve showed.

“We’ll look to continue on with the improvement we showed for the majority of last weekend’s game against Riverside.

“If we can do that, I’m confident we’ll get a positive result.” 

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at Saturday, 23 June 2012)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Northern Rangers

8

7

0

1

34

10

21

Ulverstone

9

6

2

1

34

9

20

Devonport City

9

6

1

2

26

17

19

Prospect Knights

9

5

1

3

15

17

16

Riverside Olympic

9

4

3

2

18

20

15

Launceston City

9

2

3

4

12

23

9

Launceston United

9

2

1

6

15

24

7

Somerset

9

1

3

5

14

23

6

Burnie United

9

0

0

9

10

36

0

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