Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Australia earned a creditable 1-1 draw away to Japan at Saitama last night, but the Socceroos are not out of the woods yet.

They remain third and Oman have moved into second spot in Group B of the Asian qualifying series after their 1-0 win at home against Iraq.

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Photo:  Kingborough Lions United's Joel Schuth went off injured in the first half [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights v Kingborough Lions United

http://youtu.be/Vqu2QzZwf68

Olympia Warriors v Tilford Zebras

http://youtu.be/oqGhpasyuEw

  

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Photo:  Richard Wilson has always been a supporter of Tasmanian football and will be missed [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory Chairman, Anthony Di Pietro, today announced that Australia’s most successful A-League club had commenced a search for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the Club in the next phase of its growth after Managing Director, Richard Wilson, decided to step down.

In making the announcement, Mr Di Pietro praised the contribution of Richard Wilson, who was asked by the Board two-and-a-half years ago to take on the role of re-shaping the club’s direction.

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Photo:  Tristan Prendergast makes a save [PlessPix]

National Training Centre (NTC) goalkeeper, Tristan Prendergast, will be joining Hyundai A-League club Sydney FC on June 24 in preparation for signing a Youth League contract for the 2013/14 season.

The signing of the 17-year-old will come as another feather in the cap for the NTC program that has also produced Melbourne Heart FC and Young Socceroo squad member Jeremy Walker and Heart Youth League player Will Abbott.

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Photo:  Steve Darby, who recently worked in China for Everton FC, believes Australia will qualify for the World Cup, but it may get down to a play-off

Steve Darby, a former Tasmanian director of coaching and club coach with Devonport City and White Eagles, is an expert on Asian football.

He has coached successfully in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Bahrain.

He has just finished a coaching stint in India and is, as I write, on his way back to his home in Hanoi.

South Hobart have signed two young players from Victorian Premier League club Bentleigh Greens.

Jordan Templin is an 18-year-old striker and Caleb Ludlow, also 18, is a midfielder.

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Photo:  Chris Hunt at today's media conference [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s Chris Hunt was delighted to score the winning goal on Saturday against his former club, Northern Rangers.

He had been the subject of some good natured banter by the travelling Rangers fans, who said they’d got the best of his potential in the past two seasons.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Chris Hunt juggles the ball while under pressure from Northern Rangers' Gabriel Tams [PlessPix]

(Victory League, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 1 June 2013)

South Hobart 2 (Mizael 11, C Hunt 88)

Northern Rangers 1 (A Luate 81)

HT:  1-0   Att:  265   Ref:  I Jozeljic

South Hobart:  Ferguson  -  Scott, Hill, Ludford, Williams  -  Rogers (Stevens 84), Hickey, Kanakaris  -  [Mizael (Hamlett 27) Fielding 91], Hunt, Morton  (Subs not used:  Thomas, Pierce)

Northern Rangers:  Pooley  -  Rigby (Luate 78), Tuma, MacCarragher, Demeijer  -  N Lanau-Atkinson, Hingston, Schipper, P Lanau-Atkinson, Tams  -  Brassington  (Subs not used:  Burk, McIntyre, Fisher, Nugteren)