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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It’s all still waiting to happen in the Southern Premier League today, with the championship and the top-four positions all up for grabs.

Current leaders Beachside can claim the league title with a win or a draw away to ninth-placed Kingborough Lions United at 2.30pm at Lightwood Park.


If the boys from The Tropicana lose to the Lions, Taroona can claim the title with a huge win away to Clarence United at 4.30pm today at Wentworth Park.

With the late kick-off, Taroona will either know exactly what is required of them, or they will know the title has already been claimed.

Huw Jarvis and Josh Thorpe come into the Beachside line-up and this will bolster their chances against the Lions.

“We travel to the 'Den' confident that we can get a result which would clinch the title,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.

“The return of Huw Jarvis and Josh Thorpe will certainly help our cause.

“We are aware that it will be final game for Kingborough's David Cooper and traditionally the 'Den' is a difficult venue to get a victory.

“Taroona have strung together an amazing run of consecutive victories, so credit to them for taking the league into the last day of the season.”

Taroona coach Andy Tye will replace the injured Felix Kang with Toby Dove.

Kang injured a hamstring on Tuesday night in the 2-1 win over Olympia Warriors.

"We travel to Wentworth Park to face Clarence with the prospect of either a dead rubber or needing to score heavily to win the title,” said Tye.

“Either way, I expect Clarence to be a tough assignment and Ronnie will want them to finish the season on a positive note.

“They have had some good results this season with none better than their win over the Zebras.

“We have prepared as if we have to win by a lot and can only hope that Kingborough can pull off an upset win against Beachside."

Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton, said:  “We host an in-form Taroona this Saturday with pretty much a full squad to choose from, with the exception of Ed Roberts as he has a wedding to attend.

“It could be an interesting game if Beachside slip up against Boro earlier in the day.”

Third-placed Tilford Zebras, fourth-placed NTC and fifth-ranked South Hobart will be fighting for a top-four place when they go into action today.

Zebras will be safe if they can topple South Hobart away at South Hobart Oval at 2.30pm today, while the home-side must win and hope that University can overcome the NTC.

A draw is not good enough for South Hobart, so they will give this game everything they have.

“The game against Zebras will be our last opportunity to secure a place in the top-4,” said South Hobart coach, Nick Di Martino, who was once a star with Zebras.

“We need to win by five goals in order to secure a place so that we do not have to rely on results of any other teams.

“All we can do is play for a win.  Everything else will take care of itself.  We can’t worry about what we have no control over.

“We had a good win the other night [8-0 against New Town Eagles], but our second-half performance in front of goal was lacking.

“We got the ball wide into excellent positions numerous times, managed to get round the back of them, good balls into the box, but could not convert sufficiently well.

“I hope that if we create similar opportunities today, we will convert a higher proportion of opportunities.

“We do have some illness and injury concerns, but should still have a more than competitive team available to carry out the job.

“It should be a tight, exciting game.”

University have lost twice to the NTC season, but their recent impressive run of results augurs well for the Students’ chances at Olinda Grove today at 2.30pm.

“This season we played NTC twice and they beat us on both occasions, 3-0 in the first game and 3-2 in the second game,” said University’s bRazilian coach, Romilton Amaral.

“They have proved themselves as they are currently fighting to be in the finals but we are not taking them lightly.  It will be a hard contest.

“They are playing a beautiful football and it will be a great game to watch as we have improved so much since our last encounter.

“The NTC boys are very quick, with several effective well-drilled combinations.

“If we were to cause them some harm, we might need to consider a change of formation to allow us to better neutralize their game.

“In having said that, we are not going to park the bus and wait for them.

“Our team will play the same attacking football that gave us an edge against South, Olympia, Zebras and Clarence.

“We have trained well and if the team executes our game plan as we did it at training, I'm certain that we will get a better outcome than the last two previous encounters.”

Nelson should have an unchanged line-up from last week’s loss to Beachside when they take on Olympia Warriors at 2.30pm at Wentworth Park today.

Midfielder Henry French was a late withdrawal from the Beachside match due to a virus and he is still unwell, so midfielder or forward Luke Wallace, who started against Beachside, will keep his place, while captain Adam Mills also has a fitness concern but will start the match.

“We have had a disappointing final month of the season and were not good enough against Beachside last weekend, though we did improve in the second half, but the damage was already done by then,” said Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach.

“This is our final match against Olympia, who are playing pretty well and still have a chance of a top-4 finish, so another tough game and, from our perspective, a chance to at least finish off the season with a win.”

New Town Eagles meet Glenorchy Knights at 2.30pm at Clare Street to decide the wooden spoon.

Glenorchy Knights must win if they are to avoid finishing last, while Eagles just need a draw.

“This game has a lot of meaning now as we have a chance to move off the bottom of the ladder,” said Knights coach, Jaydan Wiggins.

“This is the first time all season where I can actually do a training session with a full squad of up to 26 players to choose from due to Victory League season at an end.

“I will only play players that have played SPL games throughout the season.

“Jeremy Marshall will play against his old side and I know he will want to win.

“Chris Hey took training for most of Tuesday’s session just to bring some new ideas into our session.

“I believe we can come away with a much-needed win and the players have the same positive attitude and hunger to win games.”

Eagles will have a full squad, which will certainly improve their chances in what will be Eagles coach Dale Itchins’s swansong.

“We have struggled for the past month with availability and injuries but we will have a full squad versus Glenorchy Knights,” said Eagles coach, Dale Itchins.

“We regain Nathan Pitchford and Ronald John and we will need everyone if we are to compete against them at Clare Street.

“I know Knights will be keen to knock us off and leapfrog us on the table.

“We have had some ordinary performances recently and the younger players are cooked.

“It’s my last game with this group and I appreciate their support in keeping the club afloat during these tough times.”

 

SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at Wednesday, 28 August 2013) 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Beachside

21

17

1

3

73

21

52

Taroona

21

15

4

2

80

37

49

Tilford Zebras

21

12

4

5

84

47

40

NTC

21

13

0

8

51

36

39

South Hobart

21

11

4

6

70

41

37

Olympia Warriors

21

11

2

8

69

51

35

Clarence United

21

7

4

10

57

59

25

University

20

6

4

10

54

53

22

Kingborough Lions Utd

20

5

4

11

33

70

19

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

21

5

3

13

26

52

18

New Town Eagles

21

3

3

15

41

91

12

Glenorchy Knights

21

3

1

17

29

99

10

 

Comments   

-2 #8 Anonymous 2013-09-02 03:13
CUFC4LIFE!!
Bring on 2014
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+1 #7 Anonymous 2013-09-01 13:29
Well done Beachside:))!!! !
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+1 #6 Anonymous 2013-09-01 10:55
Quoting BSM:
Beachside!!!!

#5 jealous much! Just a tip, if u can't say something nice don't say anything at al !!!!!!!
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+7 #5 Anonymous 2013-08-31 12:29
Not a taroona boy but most of us just would have preferred to see them win, they are so much more like a deal football team than beachside
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-9 #4 Anonymous 2013-08-31 11:57
A few bitter Taroonians on here tonight I recon!
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+1 #3 BSM 2013-08-31 09:02
Beachside!!!!
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+9 #2 Anonymous 2013-08-31 08:57
Beachside premiers 2013. Well done, much deserved!!!!!!
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-7 #1 Anonymous 2013-08-31 08:27
WE ARE THE BEACHSIDE
THE MIGHTY BEACHSIDE
AND WE LOVE SUNSHINE
AND WE LOVE GOALS
WE LOVE THE 'CANA
AND WE LOVE BOROUGH
WE ARE THE BEACHSIDE
AND WE LOVE GOALS!!!!
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