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:  Devonport's Ben Foote (left) and Knights' Harry Booth in a tussle for the ball [PlessPix]

Devonport City consolidated their second placing in the Victory League with a 2-0 win away over second-last Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park on Saturday.

Devonport moved to within 9 points of leaders South Hobart, who need just a draw on Sunday at home against Kingborough Lions United at the South Hobart Oval to clinch the inaugural Victory League title.


Photo:  Devonport City's Adam Gorrie gets to the ball ahead of Glenorchy Knights' Jeremy Marshall [PlessPix]

Victory League

Glenorchy Knights 0 lost to Devonport City 2 (P Gilham 82, J Stone 89)

Launceston City 1 (A Kargbo 78) lost to Olympia Warriors 5 (H Undy 13, N Meredith 24, 74, E Tsakiris 27, 35)

Southern Premier League leaders Beachside will have five key players back for Saturday’s important away match against third-placed Taroona at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm.

Brett Pullen, Alex Gordon, Ben Whitehall, Callan Paske and Paul Willcock all return to the side, which will make Beachside almost invincible.


Photo:  The Launceston City side that lost the State League title in their last game of the 1999 season at Wentworth Park [PlessPix]

Tomorrow's scheduled Victory League game at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston between hosts Launceston City and Olympia Warriors has been transferred to KGV Park tomorrow [Saturday] at 4.30pm.

This makes for a Victory League double-header, with the opening fixture at 2pm at KGV Park being between Glenorchy Knights and Devonport City.


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' brains trust, coach Chris Hey (left), assistant coach Matthew Rhodes and goalkeeper Michael McKenna, plan the demise of Devonport straight after last week's victory over Lions [PlessPix]

South Hobart should wrap up the inaugural Victory League title on Sunday by beating or drawing with sixth-ranked Kingborough Lions United in a home game at South Hobart Oval.

Three points, or even just a single point, for South Hobart would give them an unassailable lead with three games remaining.