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:  Rangers coach Peter McBeath at today's pre-game media conference in Launceston [Photo courtesy of Brendon Lichtendonk]

Two of the best footballing sides on the island meet in the Tasmanian Top-Four series grand final at 5.30pm at KGV Park tomorrow when South Hobart take on Northern Rangers.

South Hobart, five times champions in a row of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, will start as favourites against Rangers, who took out the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League title.


Photo:  Olympia's star striker Bliss Cantrell (second from left) at training [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors women’s team trained at warrior Park on Thursday night in preparation for Saturday’s State final against Launceston City at KGV Park at 3pm.

Vanessa Johnson, one of the stars of the team did not train.


Photo:  Macquarie Under-11s on the attack aaginst Eastern region Under-11s tonight [PlessPix]

The visiting junior teams from the Hunter Valley and Macquarie District in New South Wales are having a successful tour of southern Tasmania.

The tourists had mixed results last night, with a win, a draw and a loss to their credit.


Photo:  Peter McBeath, coach of Northern Rangers [PlessPix]

Northern Rangers coach Peter McBeath is in his first season at the helm of the Northern champions, who face South Hobart in the State final on Saturday at KGV Park at 5.30pm.

A registered nurse, McBeath, who was born in Thurso on the north coast of Scotland, has been with the club for ten years.

South Hobart may well win the State-wide Top-Four series on Saturday against Northern Rangers, but their players will not be able to rest on their laurels.

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, has said the club will be out to recruit in time for next season’s Victory League.


Photo:  Devonport coach Chris McKenna (right) with his new signings from Ulverstone (L-R) Ben Foote, Joel Stone and Brayden Mann [Photo courtesy of Devonport City]

Victory League clubs will soon be signing new players in preparation for next year’s inaugural season of the State-wide competition and Devonport City today announced a huge coup in terms of new players and coaching staff.

Brayden Mann, Joel Stone and Ben Foote have joined Devonport from Ulverstone, while Ulverstone coach, Nick Owen, will be assistant coach to Chris McKenna.


Photo:  One of the visiting Hunter Valley sides

Three junior teams from New South Wales arrive in Hobart tomorrow to participate in the weekend McDonald's Hobart Carnival to be played at the Showgrounds and at Wentworth Park next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Warrior Park will be the venue for matches between the Hunter Valley and Macquarie District teams of NSW and Southern Tasmania’s Central and Eastern Region sides tomorrow and Thursday.


Photo:  The vanquished Ulverstone side after the game [PlessPix]

(State-wide Top-Four Semi-Final, South Hobart, 1 September, 2012)

South Hobart 5 (N Morton 25, A Brennan 51, 60, 71, C Williams 70)

Ulverstone 1 (A Mann 90)

HT: 1-0   Att: 140   Ref: I Jozeljic

South Hobart: Ferguson  -  N Clarke, Ludford, Duffy, Wlliams  -  Merkuzic (Hall 76), Feral, Hickey  -  N Morton, Brennan (M Clarke 81), Lantouris (Wain 72)  (Subs not used:  Ince, McGoldrick)

Ulverstone: Cox-Haines  -  Roberts-Thomson, D Baldock (Maine 68), Tabrett (K Baldock 61), A Foote  -  S Thomson, Stone (Laing 76), B Foote, Crocker  -  S Conkie, Mann  (Sub not used:  Singleton)