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:  The Olympia fans greet their players as they come off the pitch [PlessPix]


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Photo:  Olympia players are applauded off the pitch by their fans [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Olympia Warriors 1 (C Kumpulainen 8) beat New Town Eagles 0


Photo:  Beachside prepare for their showdown at Sandown with Hobart United [PlessPix]

Fourth-placed Southern FC take on Southern League One leaders Derwent United at home at Sherburd Park at 2.30pm tomorrow in what should be an exciting and entertaining match.

It will take a good performance by Southern FC to dent the title aspirations of the league leaders.

Devonport City should stay top of the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League standings by beating fourth-placed Prospect Knights away at Prospect Park at 2.30pm tomorrow.

City are likely to retain the squad from last weekend.


Photo:  Former Olympia player and now coach, Glen McNeill (right), with some former Olympia team-mates [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles can regain top spot in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League with a win over second-last Olympia Warriors away at Warrior Park at 8pm today.

Victory would put Eagles 2 points clear of current leaders South Hobart, but this would probably only last less than 24 hours as South Hobart should beat University away at Olinda Grove on Saturday and thus regain first place.


Photo:  Beachside's youth players at training at the Tropicana with plenty of footballs available [PlessPix]

I went and watched a couple of Southern League One clubs train tonight and was pleasantly surprised.

The emphasis at both Beachside and Taroona was on technical skills and functional play.


Photo:  Warrior Park is cleared of safety concerns and Olympia will take on Eagles tomorrow night [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania conducted a safety inspection of Warrior Park this morning and passed the ground as fit to play on.

Olympia Warriors will now be able to play New Town Eagles in a Southern Premier League match at 8pm on Friday.


Photo:  Glen McNeill is Olympia Warriors' new coach [PlessPix]

Glen McNeill has been appointed caretaker coach of Southern Premier League club Olympia Warriors.

McNeill will be in charge until the end of the current season.

McNeill captained Olympia when they last won the southern league title in 1996.