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:  Former player and now Olympia Warriors president, Paul Kaproulias, took senior training at Olympia on Wednesday night [PlessPix]

Paul Kaproulias, Olympia Warriors’ new president, conducted training for the club’s senior squad at Warrior Park last night [Wednesday].

There were eleven senior players training, and that included two goalkeepers.


Photo:  Knights' Simon Strang tries to turn past Kingborough's Wade Hawkins [PlessPix]


(Courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video)


Photo:  Olympia's Harry Woolley in possessiona gainst three Taroona opponents [PlessPix]


(Courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video, and filmed by Rob Reibel)


Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Welshman Paul Palmer [PlessPix]

Paul Palmer is a 27-year-old Welshman who is in his first season with Tilford Zebras.

Palmer came through the reserves briefly and is now a regular member of the senior side, where he generally plays in defence.

I spoke to Palmer this week about his footballing background and his impressions of life at Zebras, who are making heavy weather of the season so far.


Photo:  Luciano Fabrizio, pictured at KGV Park, began his career with Hobart Juventus and went on to play for the Young Socceroos and four NSL clubs [PlessPix]

Luciani Fabrizio was back in Hobart recently and attended the Tilford Zebras versus Clarence United match at KGV Park on Friday. 20 April.

Fabrizio, 48, started his career with Hobart Juventus in the early 1980s before obtaining a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

As well as playing in midfield for the Young Socceroos, he played in the old National Soccer League, the precursor to the A-League, for Brisbane City, Brunswick Juventus, Footscray JUST and Sunshine George Cross.

(Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy Quarterfinal, South Hobart, Saturday, 5 May 2012)

South Hobart 9 (Brennan 28, 31, 55, 68, 77, Mizael 68, 74, Postma 80, Hickey 85)

Tilford Zebras 1 (K Engels 51)

HT: 2-0   Att: 200   Ref: C Phillips

South Hobart: Ferguson  -  Duffy, Bladel, Ludford, Williams  -  Feral, Merkuzic, Eaves  -  Mizael (Postma 78), Hickey, Brennan (Ince 83)  (Subs not used: W Ross, Moncur)

Tilford Zebras: Minty  -  Muller, Telega, McIntyre, Palmer (J Foley-Donoghue 69)  -  Brazendale, Fagg, Chadderton (Smith 46), Welch (Self 46)  -  Walsh, K Engels  (Subs not used: Otte, Heggie)


Photo:  Franco Previdi...took Zebras to a Southern Premier League title but has been battling to save Olympia from relegation [PlessPix]

Franco Previdi has resigned as coach of Southern Premier League club Olympia Warriors.

Previdi made the shock announcement in the dressing rooms at Warrior Park this evening.


Photo:  Taroona keeper Rob Hortle scoops up the ball at South Hobart [PlessPix]

Taroona’s Robert Hortle is keen for people to donate to the “Live Below the Line” cause running from tomorrow until 11 May.

Thousands of Australians will participate this year and it is aimed to raise $2 million for this worthy cause.

Participants feed themselves on $2 a day for five days.  Two dollars is the Australian equivalent of the extreme poverty line and this small amount has to cover everything, from food to rent to medical expenses.