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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Photo:  Luigi Fraraccio (shown chesting the ball against Beachside) played in goal for Zebras last weekend but returns to the outfield against Kingborough this weekend [PlessPix]

Beachside will be without Brett Pullen and Michael Connolly when they meet fifth-placed Olympia Warriors at 4.30pm at Sandown Park tomorrow.

The Southern Premier League leaders will bring in former South Hobart player Michael McGoldrick, as well as Campbell Stewart and Callan Paske.

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Photo:  Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat will be at the Taroona versus NTC game tomorrow [PlessPix]

“Olympia SPL team are in good form and had some impressive results recently,” said Beachside’s coach, Nathan Robinson.

“They have an experienced coaching team and we know this game will be a close contest.

“McGoldrick will play his first senior game for the club since transferring from South Hobart.

“He will add some more pace to the flanks.

“However, the state of the pitch is going to be a concern for both teams.”

New Town Eagles did well to beat Clarence United last weekend and they must now be confident of toppling bottom-side University at 2.30pm at KGV Park tomorrow.

“We had a very weak first round and as a result we finished on the bottom of ladder,” said University coach, Romilton Amaral.

“Considering that we had some very close games, including three draws, we could have finished the first round in a better shape.

“We discussed our current situation with our boys and there is a clear feeling and understanding that we have been underperforming.

“We expect them to play as hard as they have been training.

“They have given us 100 per cent at training, but we are failing to translate it into good results on the field.

“I believe that the players’ confidence will increase as soon as we start to 'crawl’ up the ladder.

“This weekend, we will have only Patrick Watts out due to injury, but overall, we should have a very good squad available.

“If they play as we have been training, we certainly would not have a problem to get the result this weekend.”

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Photo:  Dale Itchins is getting the best out of a New Town Eagles side that has few experienced players [PlessPix]

Second-placed Taroona host fourth-ranked NTC at home at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm tomorrow before the watching Melbourne Victory scout and assistant coach, Kevin Muscat.

The NTC will field their usual squad, while Taroona welcome back John Burridge in goal and James Cherry, who replaces Llewyn Tubb, at fullback.

“The NTC have gone from strength to strength this season and we look forward to the return bout at Kelvedon on Saturday,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.

“We only fell over the line in the previous encounter and were probably fortunate considering we came from two goals back to pinch it.

“The game was a great spectacle, with both sides playing attractive football.

“For the NTC to have played so well early in their program, we can only assume that they will be that much harder this time around.

“The boys have a good record at home this year and will be keen to keep it going.”

Third-placed Tilford Zebras travel to Lightwood Park tomorrow to face 10th-placed Kingborough Lions United at 2.30pm.

“Luigi Fraraccio will return to his usual defensive role this weekend after a starring role in goal last week in the 3-0 win at Nelson,” said Zebras coach, Nick Harrison.

“David Cox is out injured and both Ryan Smith and Grant Malcolm are doubtful due to illness.

“The final squad will not be finalised until after the V league game on Friday evening.

“We will be looking to continue our winning ways and keep the pressure on the other top teams, but we know it is never easy down at the Den.”

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Photo:  Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Harrison [PlessPix]

Eighth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs take on second-last Glenorchy Knights at North Warrane at 2.30pm tomorrow in what should be a close contest.

“The starting eleven from last week’s match versus Zebras should also start this week’s game, though midfielder Jackson Marsh has a fitness concern and will be assessed on Saturday,” said Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach.

“If he is unable to play, defender Max Caulfield will come into the starting eleven and usual defender Matt Fone will likely take on a midfield role.”

Marsh will be keen to play against his former team.

Sixth-placed South Hobart welcome seventh-ranked Clarence United to the South Hobart Oval at 2.30pm on Sunday.

“We have a few out either injured or close to coming back from injury but still doubtful,” said South Hobart coach, Nick Di Martino.

“Having said that, we should still have a very competitive group available to meet Clarence.

“Last time we played them, we were very poor.  I would say the worst this group has played since coming together as a group a few years ago in the Under-19 competition.

“I believe we have improved since then, however, and the last three or four games we have played we have done quite well.

“Attitude and commitment is good, but can always be a little better, and the results have been better due to this.

“We have been creating ample opportunities but not converting enough.

“The majority of the players we have are around 17, other than the few drop-downs from the senior side.

“They need to be pushed at 17 or 18 if they are going to improve and take the next step in the next year or two.

“Clarence are a good young side also.  They will be organised and keen to grab a win away from home.”

Clarence United will be without the suspended Rowan Heggie, while Harry Reading broke his nose in last week’s loss to New Town Eagles.

“This gives the opportunity for players from the Under-20s to have a starting berth this week,” said Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton.

“We face a tough opponent in South Hobart, but that’s a challenge that the players and the coaching staff relish.”

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Photo:  Clarence United coach Ronnie Bolton [PlessPix]

 

SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (After Round 12 as at 23 June 2013)

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Beachside

12

11

0

1

43

9

33

Taroona

12

8

2

2

42

27

26

Tilford Zebras

12

7

3

2

41

20

24

NTC

12

8

0

4

24

17

24

Olympia Warriors

12

6

2

4

43

23

20

South Hobart

12

5

2

5

31

36

17

Clarence United

12

4

3

5

33

28

15

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

12

3

3

6

16

27

12

New Town Eagles

12

3

2

7

24

40

11

Kingborough Lions Utd

12

3

1

8

17

44

10

Glenorchy Knights

12

2

1

9

16

45

7

University

12

1

3

8

26

40

6

 

 

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-2 #8 Anonymous 2013-07-01 00:54
How come Kingborough never get a write up?
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0 #7 Anon 2013-06-29 06:53
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anon:
Then they should' be relegated. That's the absurdity of the V League teams playing in the SPL .

Bitter twisted!!
Eagles or Clarence comment!!


Why shouldn't they be if there 20s come last they must go to div one if UNI finishes second last and a VL club finishes last how will UNI feel been relegated? That's why there should be two leagues should be a state wide u20s comp for the VLs 2nds
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-2 #6 Anonymous 2013-06-29 05:49
Bitter twisted!!
Eagles or Clarence comment!!

#5

You 5 can always take the NTC with you and play in your own comp.
Im sure the 10 remaining SPL and Div 1 sides could manage pretty well without your elite teams.
Oh I forgot their the same cattle playing in a flashier paddock.
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+1 #5 Anonymous 2013-06-29 02:47
Quoting Anon:
Then they should' be relegated. That's the absurdity of the V League teams playing in the SPL .

Bitter twisted!!
Eagles or Clarence comment!!
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0 #4 Anon 2013-06-28 23:56
Then they should' be relegated. That's the absurdity of the V League teams playing in the SPL .
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+4 #3 Anon 2013-06-28 16:26
Quoting Anonymous:
very interesting three way contest in Div 1 between Metro Beachside & Southern all three would not be out of place in the Premier league


How can there be promotion relegation in the spl with the VL clubs in there... What if they come last?
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+17 #2 Anonymous 2013-06-28 13:04
Muscat would rather watch Beachside ;)
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+2 #1 Anonymous 2013-06-28 12:54
very interesting three way contest in Div 1 between Metro Beachside & Southern all three would not be out of place in the Premier league
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