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:  Archie Thompson, shown here signing an autograph at the Showgrounds during Melbourne Victory's week-long Tasmanian tour recently, scored Australia's goal against Jordan [PlessPix]

Australia must surely slip down the FIFA rankings soon.

The Socceroos are currently 25th in the world and Jordan, who beat the Aussies 2-1 overnight in a World Cup qualifier, are 87th.


Photo:  Shae Hickey (passing the ball) must be one of the favourites for this year's Vic Tuting Medal [PlessPix]

The top three vote-getters for each club have been named in the lead-up to the best-and-fairest awards in the Southern and Northern men’s and women’s leagues.

The Vic Tuting Medal is the Southern men’s award, while the George Dale Medal is awarded to the North’s best-and-fairest player.


Photo:  Olympia's Sarah Fitzgerald (second from right) heads clear [PlessPix]

(Women’s State Top-Four Series Grand Final, KGV Park, Saturday, 8 September 2012)

Olympia Warriors 2 (B Cantrell 34, R Cavarretta 62)

Launceston City 4 (S Morris 13, 33, J Hall 47, H Savill 73)

HT: 1-2   Att: 300   Ref: J Hortle

Olympia Warriors: Ottavi;  Catrell, R Cavarretta, Fitzgerald, N Hale, Jarvis, Johnson, Amelia Jones, Nettlefold, O’Brien, Vienna-Hallam (Subs:  Baker, Braky, N Cavarretta, C Hale, Saunders)

Launceston City: Goodwin;  Barnes, Couch, Hall, Ashlee Jones, Moloney, Morris, Robinson, Savill, Storay  (Subs:  B Henryk, R Henryk)


Photo:  An attacker (in yellow and blue) prepares to control the ball in the windy conditions [PlessPix]

The McDonald's Hobart Cup tournament continued today in blustery conditions at the Showgrounds.

There were also games at Wentworth Park.


Photo:  Launceston City celebrate their opening goal [PlessPix]


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


Photo:  Northern Rangers gather before kick-off [Photo courtesy of Brendon Lichtendonk]

(Forestry Tasmania State Final, KGV Park, Saturday, 8 September 2012)

South Hobart 2 (A Brennan 46, 76)

Northern Rangers 1 (A Luate 90+1)

HT: 0-0   Att: 450   Ref: K Barker

South Hobart: Ferguson  -  N Clarke, Ludford, Duffy, Williams  -  Merkuzic (Wain 87), Hickey, Hall (Ince 63)  -  Brennan, Morton, Lantouris  (Subs not used:  M Clarke, Kruijver, Bladel)

Northern Rangers: Pooley  -  Beard, Tuma (Towns 81), Cuschieri, McIntyre (Anderson 69)  -  Lanau-Atkinson, Dumbaya, Hingston, Ambrose  -  Tams, Hunt (Luate 87)  (Subs not used:  Bligh, Nugteren)


Photo:  Launceston City, the State women's champions [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania State Championship

South Hobart 2 (A Brennan 46, 75) beat Northern Rangers 1 (A Luate 90+1)