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:  Tilford Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni will be praying that his team wins tonight ]PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras have Buckley’s chance of beating South Hobart in their Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League match at 8pm at KGV Park on Friday night.

South Hobart beat the Zebras 4-0 in their first league meeting this season and then inflicted a 9-1 thrashing on the Zebras in the quarterfinals of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy, the Zebras’ worst defeat in the club’s history.


Friday is the first day of winter and the Zebras’ prospects appear just as bleak as the season.

They are fourth on goal-difference on the ladder, but they could be on the way down the steps again after this encounter.

South Hobart have much to prove after being knocked out of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy competition last Sunday by Glenorchy Knights and they should bounce back in style.

Zebras have no one capable of man-marking Andy Brennan and he is likely to cause mayhem with his scintillating runs and powerful, accurate shooting.

If Mizael has returned from New Zealand in time for this match, that will spell double trouble for the Zebras.

South Hobart goalkeeper Matthew Ferguson has recovered from the shaking he received after an aerial clash with Knights’ Alex Holmes last week and he will be keen to do well against his former club.

South skipper Hugh Ludford also has the potential to cause problems for Zebras with his forward runs from defence and his powerful shooting.  He could have had two goals against the Knights with shots that flew centimetres wide.

A South victory will give them a 7-point lead at the top and make them favourites to retain their title.

A Zebras loss could see them drop out of the top-four and into fifth spot.

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Photo:  Michael Anderson leads his team-mates out at Clare Street...Eagles must beat Knights to gain ground on South Hobart [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles are 4 points adrift of South Hobart and in second place and they must beat second-last Glenorchy Knights at home at Clare Street at 2.30pm on Saturday to stay in touch with the leaders and keep alive their title hopes.

Eagles should field an unchanged side from that which beat Taroona 5-1 in the semi-finals of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy competition.

Eagles won the first-round encounter 3-2, but the Knights felt they should have won that game and considered themselves desperately unlucky to lose.  They conceded a bizarre goal near the end direct from a corner which cost them the points.

Knights have certainly improved in recent weeks, but away from home they are not as good as at KGV Park and Eagles should earn the three points.

There is a fitness cloud of the Knights’ Jayden Hey, who appeared to injure his knee last week against South Hobart.  He recovered and played on, but he may well have sustained an injury that could keep him out of this game.

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Photo:  Knights coach Chris Hey will expect another gritty performance from his players [PlessPix]

Fifth-placed Clarence United should have a relatively easy task against the visiting University at 6.30pm on Saturday at home at Wentworth Park.

Clarence will be without suspended goalkeeper Carlos Ortiz, who copped a 4-game ban after being sent off against Kingborough Lions United, while Nathan Rees is unavailable.

“We will be looking to pick up maximum points,” said Clarence coach, Ronnie Bolton.

“Having said that, we know Uni will put up plenty of resistance and make life as difficult as possible.”

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Photo:  Nathan Rees's absence is a huge blow for Clarence [PlessPix]

University will have Alexis Bull back after a long lay-off through injury, while new American goalkeeper Dane Fernandez will make his debut.

“We have a very strong squad that has been training over the past two weeks and the break has been good for injured players,” said University coach, Gary Slicer.

“We see the return of Alexis Bull from injury and Ben Spur has been training well.

“Selecting the starting eleven will be a difficult decision and will be made on Saturday, but it will probably be the strongest squad available for some time.

“Our new signing from the States, goalkeeper Dane Fernandez, has been cleared and will make his debut on Saturday.

“We will be looking for a win this weekend and realise that it will be a tough game at Wentworth Park against an in-form Clarence.”

Clarence beat University 7-0 at Olinda Grove in the first round and may well repeat the dose on Saturday night.

Kingborough Lions United captain Marcello Marchioli has only a fifty-fifty chance of playing against Olympia Warriors at Lightwood Park on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Striker Tom McDonald is still four weeks away from playing after tearing a hamstring against South Hobart in the first round.

Ryan Beven returns to the Lions line-up, while Felix Kang,w ho scored against Clarence, is included in the starting eleven.

Andrew Davies retains his place after returning from injury against Clarence.

Olympia won their first match under new coach Glen McNeill and will be looking to earn another three points and move farther away from the two bottom sides.

Kingborough won 6-1 the first time these sides met in the league this season and, although hsi game should be closer, the Lions should earn another three points.

SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at 20 May 2012)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

9

7

1

1

27

6

22

New Town Eagles

9

6

0

3

21

14

18

Kingborough Lions United

9

3

5

1

23

16

14

Tilford Zebras

9

4

2

3

32

26

14

Clarence United

9

4

2

3

23

18

14

Olympia Warriors

9

2

1

6

14

23

7

Glenorchy Knights

9

1

3

5

15

22

6

University

9

0

4

5

9

39

4

Comments   

0 #29 anonymous 2012-06-04 01:41
good to read all these positive comments on Craig Minty be interesting to see if he leaves next year how many of these other clubs put thheir hand up for him as their no 1 keeper .... will leave you with that thought.
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+1 #28 Anonymous 2012-06-03 08:52
Love reading back over these posts after the fact! Noone predicted the results, which is indicative of the interesting nature of this season.
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+2 #27 Anonymous 2012-06-02 12:17
Well done Minty; always good to prove the critics wrong.
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+4 #26 Anonymous 2012-06-02 05:09
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one word

WEAPON
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-2 #25 Anonymous 2012-06-02 01:50
Quoting Anonymous:
i have just read this article and everyones comments and it looks like your all eatin your own words now zebs have buckleys chance hahahhahaah from what i seen south only dominated in the last 15 minutes come on lets be honest what did they do the first 75 minutes anyone please please anyone please feel free to let me know


Zebras Played defensively from the start and wanted a draw or a narrow loss. Don't be impressed or satisfied with a 0-0 score line as that shows how bad the game was. I suppose you could be happy that you can sleep at night knowing you werent treated like little boys on the field again
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-4 #24 Anonymous 2012-06-02 01:02
i have just read this article and everyones comments and it looks like your all eatin your own words now zebs have buckleys chance hahahhahaah from what i seen south only dominated in the last 15 minutes come on lets be honest what did they do the first 75 minutes anyone please please anyone please feel free to let me know
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+13 #23 Anonymous 2012-06-01 08:03
#20 I agree. I have watched, a few Zebs matches, and have to agree.When your defenders put their hands on their hips and let the strikers run 1-1 on the keeper, the result is similar to a penalty: the striker is expected to score. Give the kid a break!
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+13 #22 Anonymous 2012-06-01 08:03
Quoting Anonymous:
From today's Mockery

"We've looked at the highlights [of the match against Knights] and we created enough chances to win the game. In other games those chances have gone in for us," Morton said

Arrogant comment Kenny - Knights could say the same....

You nearly always create enough chances to win Ken. Your finishing lets you down. Poorest conversation rate in the comp.
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+15 #21 Anonymous 2012-06-01 07:15
Hope Eagles win, and Zebs, as then the comp still has life in it. South need to work for the title: please let's not give it to them.
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+12 #20 Sloane Kettering 2012-06-01 06:08
Get off Minty's back. i wonder how well other goalkeepers would be doing in his position being hung out to dry by the defence
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