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:  Olympia keeper Juan Cale pulls off a save against South Hobart [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League

Olympia Warriors 1 (W Wadawu 53) beat South Hobart 0


Photo:  Knights' Sam Johnson (left) gets to the ball ahead of Zebras' Ethan Engels [PlessPix]

Victory League

Tilford Zebras 3 (A McKeown 35, 45, 78) Beat Glenorchy Knights 0

Olympia Warriors 2 (H Undy 11, T Hingston 77 og) lost to Northern Rangers 3 (A Luate 17, S Brassington 63, N Lanau-Atkinson 94)

Launceston City 0 lost to South Hobart 3 (L Scott, H Ludford pen, N Morton)

Devonport City 4 (B Denehey 22, 78, 90, A Gorrie 57) beat Kingborough Lions United 0


Photo:  Ethan Engels will present a huge danger to Knights [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras must beat Glenorchy Knights and hope that Kingborough Lions United topple Devonport City if they are to finish the Victory League season in second place.

Zebras are favoured to win against Knights at 2pm at KGV Park today, but a Lions victory away to second-placed Devonport at 2pm at Valley Road is far from assured.


Photo:  Beachside at KGV Park during the weekThe club will be having a golf day on 1 September and the football community is invited to participate.  Just contact Beachside if you are interested. [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League leaders Beachside can jump 6 points ahead of second-placed Taroona if they beat 10th-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs at 4.30pm at Sandown Park today.

But, Nelson beat Beachside the last time the teams met, so victory is not a foregone conclusion for the leaders.


Photo:  Toby Dove heads at the Knights' goal [PlessPix]

(Southern Premier League, KGV Park, Friday, 23 August 2013)

Glenorchy Knights 0

Taroona 10 (F Kang 7, T Loftus 12, 56. L Tubb 16, E Luttmer 21, 61, H Macgregor 25, D Abbott 29, T Dove 40, B Schaap 77)

HT:  0-7   Att:  50   Ref:  L Hargrave

Glenorchy Knights:  S Cornish-Young  -  Thorne, Miri, Aldridge, B Holmes  -  M Robb, S Robb (Woodham 60), G Kamano, Moore (Buckney 65)  -  Paolino (Letiko 46), Kabangu

Taroona:  Burridge  -  Tubb, Schaap, Stevens, Young  -  Dove, Macgregor (S Kang 59), E Luttmer  -  F Kang (Haslewood 31), Loftus (H Luttmer 59), Abbott


Photo: Llewyn Tubb nets for Taroona [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League

Glenorchy Knights 0 lost to Taroona 10 (F Kang 7, T Loftus 12, 56, L Tubb 16, T Dove 40, H Macgregor 25, D Abbott 29, E Luttmer 21, 61, B Schaap 77)

Second-placed Taroona can keep the pressure on Southern Premier League leaders Beachside by overcoming bottom-side Glenorchy Knights at 8pm at KGV Park today.

A win for Taroona will take them to within 3 points of Beachside and both sides will have played 20 games and have two matches remaining.


Photo:  The Salvation Army team that plays friendlies at Risdon's Minimum Secuirty facility [Photo courtesy of Simon Burrett]

I wonder if anyone remembers a local second division team called Salvos?

Well, they still exist in an informal way and since 2010 a group of Salvation Army football enthusiasts have been visiting the Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison at Risdon for friendly matches against the inmates.