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:  Seventeen-year-old Jang In Ho will not play against Olympia this time because of yet more red tape [PlessPix]

Derwent United will see serious action for the first time this season when they take on Premier League outfit Olympia Warriors at 7pm tomorrow at Warrior Park in the preliminary round of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy State-wide competition.

And, they will have six of their imports on view, as well as former Olympia goalkeeper Michael McKenna.


Photo:  The victorious Olympia Warriors women's team with the Summer Cup [PlessPix]

(Women’s Premier Summer Cup Final, KGV Park, Saturday, 10 March 2012)

Olympia Warriors 7 (Cantrell 15, 26, 45, Johnson 22, 50, Cavaretta 25, 61)

National Training Centre 0

HT: 5-0   Att: 400   Ref: G Birnie

Olympia Warriors: Ottavi;  O’Brien, McNeill, Jones, Johnson, Jarvis, Hale, Cook, Chambers, Cantrell, R Cavaretta  (Interchange:  N Cavaretta, Price, Brakey, E Vienna-Hallam, Saunders)

National Training Centre: Wedge;  Williams, Pearce, S Vienna-Hallam, Stalker, Young, Hutchinson, Gavalas, Marmion, Edwards, Tsamassiros  (Interchange:  MacGregor, Gee, Cropp)


Photo:  Kingborough's Marc Iseli clears up at the back [PlessPix]

(Summer Cup Final, KGV Park, Saturday, 10 March 2012)

Tilford Zebras 0

Kingborough Lions United 2 (Marchioli 42, D Pearce 70)

HT: 0-0   Att: 671   Ref: S Natoli

Tilford Zebras: Minty  -  P Foley-Donoghue, Smith, Telega, Fagg  -  Otte, J Foley-Donoghue, S McIntyre, Welch  -  Brazendale, Walsh  (Interchange:  Palmer, Wilcock, Heggie, Barabara, F Lapolla)

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey  -  A Davies, Cowen, Iseli, D Pearce  -  Bevan, Hawkins, Marchioli  -  McDonald, Cooper, Schuth  (Interchange:  Palmer, Herweynen, T Pearce, J Otto, Dand)


Photo:  Kingborough Lions United celebrate their first trophy since 1985 [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United won their first ever trophy at senior level when they beat Tilford Zebras 2-0 in the final of the men’s Premier League section of the Summer Cup competition at KGV Park this evening.

Kingborough Lions United were formed through a merger with Caledonians and the last trophy Caledonians won was the 1985 Summer Cup.


Photo:  Joel Schuth (left) and Fabian Lapolla contest the ball in midfield [PlessPix]

Summer Cup Final (Men’s Premier League)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (Marchioli 42, D Pearce 70) beat Tilford Zebras 0

Women’s Summer Cup Final

Olympia Warriors 7 (Cantrell 15, 26, 45, Johnson 22, 50, Cavaretta 25, 61) beat NTC 0

Northern Rangers finished third in the Steve Hudson Cup competition when they beat Launceston United 4-0 in Launceston tonight.

Rangers, who only had about three-quarters of their regular side, led 2-0 at half-time through two goals by Agele Luate.


Photo:  Newcastle Jets found it difficult to break through the Gold Coast defence [PlessPix]

(A-League, Hunter Stadium, Friday, 9 March 2012)

Newcastle Jets 1 (Topor-Stanley 90)

Gold Coast United 1 (Bowles 24)

HT: 0-1   Att: 10,258   Ref: R Shepheard

Newcastle Jets: Kennedy  -  Regan (Bridges 65), Calvano, Topor-Stanley, Byun  -  Pepper, Kantarovski (Brockie 45), Wheelhouse  -  Griffiths (Abbas 74), Jeffers, Elrich  (Sub not used:  Nash)

Gold Coast United: Tyson  -  McGowan, Anderson, Thwaite, Traore  -  Brillante, Jungschlager, Barker-Daish  -  Bowles, Rigters, Harold (Minniecon 77)  (Subs not used:  Severino, Bragg, O’Connor)


Photo:  The draw for the next round of Asian World Cup qualifiers was made this afternoon [Photo courtesy of World Sport Group (East Asia)]

AFC Asian Cup champions Japan will meet Australia in the final round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals after the two nations were drawn to face one another at AFC House on Friday afternoon.

The Alberto Zaccheroni-coached Japanese defeated Australia in the final of the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar in January last year thanks to a goal in extra time from Tadanari Lee while the two nations previously met in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.