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:  Zebras' Alex Leszczynski (right) in action against Launceston City [PlessPix]

Kanakaris who has scored 19 goals in 17 Victory League appearances, has been diagnosed with a groin strain.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton said it had been decided to rest the player for up to three months.

Morton said Kanakaris could be back in action within a month if things went well, or he could be out for three months.

Morton was uncertain of who would replace Kanakaris in South Hobart’s Victory League squad, although Ben Hamlett was a leading candidate.

Max Clarke was another possibility, although he currently has a knee injury.

Leszczynski will be a huge loss to Tilford Zebras, having scored 12 goals in his 16 appearances.

“Alex took a heavy knock on Friday night against Olympia and, despite some pain, he trained well with the State squad on Sunday,” said Tilford Zebras coach, Tommy Fotak.

“Early Sunday evening he got in touch to say that he was in emergency with fluid around his kidneys.

“He has burst a capsule in a kidney, resulting in heavy bleeding that is going to require significant rest.

“Ethan Engels comes into the squad as his replacement.

“It is a testament to the character of Albie and his family that he trained on Sunday under duress without realising the gravity of his situation.

“He is a very popular player at the club and amongst the football community in general and his absence is a hit to the game as a whole.

“Myself, Tilford Zebras, and I am sure, all our competitors wish him a safe and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him rip it up next season.

“Albie we love you!”

Kanakaris and Leszczynski are in the Tasmanian squad that will play Melbourne Victory at the end of September but these injuries could spell the end of their representative aspirations this season.



In tonight’s Womens’ Premier League match at Warrior Park, Olympia Warriors beat NTC 6-2 after leading 3-0 at half-time.

Rani Cavarretta netted twice for the Warriors, whose other goals came from Sarah Fitzgerald, Tessa Nettlefold, Maddy O'Brien and Ashton Saunders.

Olympia remain second but are now level on points with the NTC, who have a much better goal-difference.


+6 #15 Anon 2013-08-01 10:04
No one likes to see players sidelined by injury. There have been some serious injuries this year and we have seen many quality players sidelined. Henry Fagg's spate of injuries this year, is beyond belief. Janko, Albie, Kosta, all have experienced the pain of the injury and the pain if being sidelined. I know these players all understand that they can contribute to their team beyond the contest on the park. That is the contribution that grows the game.
+6 #14 Anonymous 2013-08-01 07:43
Picture one.. Kostas got ran over by a bus then a Mack truck towing a caravan, its science .. all the best with your recovery!
+5 #13 Anonymous 2013-08-01 05:46
Good luck with your recovery lads! Hope it is quick. Best of luck lads, I hope to see you both playing again later in September!!
+7 #12 GK 2013-08-01 04:31
Sad both lads are very special to their team supporters and coaches , wishing both lads all the best and a speedy recovery .
+13 #11 melikesfootball 2013-08-01 03:20
Quoting Morton Time:
I wonder if Kennie has Bentleigh Greens on speed dial?

I reckon he will be ringing Man U first!
+32 #10 Anonymous 2013-08-01 01:08
Kostas injury is a headache for Ken - and headache relief for his team mates!
+18 #9 Morton Time 2013-07-31 22:42
I wonder if Kennie has Bentleigh Greens on speed dial?
-16 #8 R2D2 2013-07-31 22:41
All the best Albie and Kosta.

Easily the two best strikers in the state.
+12 #7 Richo 2013-07-31 22:34
Bad news for both lads, they are both terrific players. Albie's issue sounds really nasty. I really hope they both recover well and soon.
+12 #6 On the Sidelines 2013-07-31 21:40
Best wishes to both players for a speedy recovery. Look forward to seeing you back on the park next season.

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