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:  Kostas Kanakaris (left) is a huge loss for South Hobart [PlessPix]

South Hobart striker Kostas Kanakaris has been ruled out of playing through injury for between one and three months.

Tilford Zebras will also be without the services of striker Alex Leszczynski because of injury and he will be replaced in the club’s Victory League squad by Ethan Engels.


Photo:  Sean Collins (left), the president of FFT, and John Boulous, the FFT CEO, at today's announcement of the new NPL finals series [PlessPix]

It looks very much as if South Hobart will play the champions of South Australia for a place in the final of the inaugural Australia-wide National Premier Leagues (NPL) finals series in October.

The winner of the Victory League seems almost certain to be South Hobart and the new competition devised by Football Federation Australia commences at the end of the current season.


Photo:  Knights' Ben Robinson (No.17) moves in on Kingborough's Trent Pearce [PlessPix]

(Victory League, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 27 July 2013)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (D Cowen 43, B Robinson og 58)

Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Hey 46, H Booth 88, 89)

HT:  1-0   Att:  150   Ref:  B Kopra

Kingborough Lions United:  Leamey  -  Hawkins, Cooper, A Hinkley, D Pearce  -  Bilson, Marchioli, J Davis, Verdouw  -  Cowen, T Pearce (W Davis 73)  (Subs not used:  Choon, Duncan)

Glenorchy Knights:  McKenna  -  Robinson, Clay, David, Robb (Roberts 73)  -  Marney, Hudson, Hey, Aldridge (Kamano 46)  -  Booth, Griffin (Kamba 67)  (Subs not used:  Marshall, S Cornish-Young)


Photo: Olympia's Gift Ochaya controls a pass as Zebras' Andrew Telega moves in [PlessPix]

Leaders South Hobart can claim the inaugural Victory League title if they beat sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United at home next Sunday at South Hobart Oval.

After the weekend’s Round 17 games in the State-wide competition, South Hobart lead second-placed Devonport City by a massive 12 points with just four rounds remaining.


Photo:  Olympia's Kim wins the ball off Zebras' Leszczynski [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Friday, 26 July 2013)

Tilford Zebras 2 (A Leszczynski 38, A McKeown 44)

Olympia Warriors 3 (G Ochaya 60, L Nichols 74, Seungyong Jin 81)

HT:  2-0   Att:  302   Ref:  K Barker

Tilford Zebras:  Norval  -  Toghill, Telega, Clamp, K Engels  -  Palmer (Welch 71), Ladic, Page (MacDonald 79)  -  Clark (McIntyre 84), Leszczynski, McKeown  (Subs not used:  Siedler, Smith)

Olympia Warriors:  Nester  -  Wilcock (Griffiths 46), Kumpulainen, Holmes, Phillips  -  Jeong Bib Kim, Nichols, Undy  -  Seungyong Jin, Ochaya (Mearns 82), Meredith  (Subs not used:  Cale, Herbert, Kunwar)


Photo:  Tim Undy in the treatment room at Warrior Park [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League

Nelson Eastern Suburbs 4 (R Mills 2, A Cronk, A Reason) beat New Town Eagles 0

NTC 0 lost to South Hobart 7


Photo:  The Twin Ovals complex at Kingston [PlessPix]

It was confirmed at a media conference this morning that Melbourne Victory would play Tasmania and the Western Sydney Wanderers in a double-header at Kingston’s Twin Ovals on Sunday, 29 September, 2013.

Melbourne Victory will play Tasmania at noon, and then fellow A-League outfit Western Sydney Wanderers at 2.30pm.


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Jayden Hey (left) tangles with Kingborough Lions United's Marcello Marchioli [PlessPix]

Victory League

Kingborough Lions United 2 (D Cowen 44, B Robinson og 58) lost to Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Hey 46, H Booth 88, 89)

Devonport City 9 (B Denehey 47, B Mann 51, 81, 83, 90, K Mulraney 54, B Foote 75, B Eaves 76, J Stone 90) beat Launceston City 0

Northern Rangers 2 (Burk, Rigby) lost to South Hobart 3 (Templin, Fielding, Kanakaris)