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:  Zebras defender Jacob Clamp comes away with the ball [PlessPix]

Victory League

Tilford Zebras 2 (A Leszczynski 38, A McKeown 44) lost to Olympia Warriors 3 (G Ochaya 60, L Nichols 73, Seungyong Jin 81)

Tilford Zebras should wipe aside the challenge of Glenorchy Knights when the Southern Premier League sides meet at KGV Park at 6pm today.

Zebras are in top form and keen to close to the gap on leaders Beachside, while the Knights are languishing at the foot of the table.


Photo:  South Hobart's Liam Scott at Friday's media conference [PlessPix]

South Hobart should move one step closer to the inaugural Victory League title by overcoming fifth-placed Northern Rangers away at the NTCA Ground in Launceston at 4.30pm on Saturday.

The league-leaders have a full complement of players and appear almost invincible at this stage of the season.


The good thing about biographies is that they tell readers how others see a person and not how that person sees himself or herself.

Autobiographies can be self-serving, so Luca Caioli’s biography of former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is a much more honest appraisal of the man.


Photo:  Robbie Slater addresses the audience at the breakfast [PlessPix]

The United Against Cancer breakfast was held at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive last Friday and was hosted by Robbie Slater.

Slater is a commentator on Fox Sports nowadays, but he won the English Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers in 1995.


Photo:  Rangers' Todd Hingston (left) keeps on eye on the ball and one on Knights' Callen Griffin [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Sunday, 21 July 2013)

Glenorchy Knights 1 (G Kamano 82)

Northern Rangers 4 (S Brassington 10, 69 pen, A Luate 73, N Lanau-Atkinson 91)

HT:  0-1   Att:  100   Ref:  P Galloway

Glenorchy Knights:  McKenna  -  Robinson, Clay, David, Booth  -  Kamba, Hudson  -  Aldridge, Hey, Marshall (Marney 70)  -  Griffin (Kamano 70)  (Subs not used:  S Cornish-Young, D Foley)

Northern Rangers:  Pooley  -  Burk, McCarragher, Tuma, Demeijer  -  N Lanau-Atkinson, Hingston, Rigby, P Lanau-Atkinson (Towns 83)  -  Brassington, Luate  (Subs not used:  Fisher, Lichtendonk)


Photo:  Olympia's Alex Holmes has been excluded from the squad [PlessPix]

The Tasmanian squad to face Melbourne Victory in September has been reduced to 27 players in preparation for the next training session, which will be held at KGV Park on Sunday, 28 July 2013, from 11am to 1pm.

Olympia Warriors’ Hugh Undy, Warren Wadawu, Seungyong Jin and Alex Holmes, as well as Northern Rangers goalkeeper Marshall Pooley and Kingborough Lions United midfielder Cormac Collins have been dropped from the squad.


Photo:  Devonport's Peter Gilham (left) threatens Olympia keeper Juan Cale as the visitors threw everything, including chairs and the kitchen sink, at the home side [PlessPix]

(Victory League, Warrior Park, Saturday, 20 July 2013)

Olympia Warriors 2 (B Phillips 43 pen, G Ochaya 48)

Devonport City 4 (B Foote 57, 71, P Gilham 75, B Eaves 83)

HT:  1-0   Att:  132   Ref:  I Jozeljic

Olympia Warriors:  Cale  -  Wilcock, Holmes, Kumpulainen, Phillips (Kunwar 70)  -  Undy, Mearns, Jeong Bin Kim, Meredith  -  Ochaya, Seung Yong Jin (Griffiths 61)  (Subs not used:  Herbert, Nester)

Devonport City:  C Eaves  -  Chilcott (Gilham 46), Gratton, Mulraney, Simon Wilson  -  Gorrie, B Eaves, B Foote  -  Holden, Stone, Denehey  (Sub not used:  Ashdown)