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:  Glenorchy Mayor Stuart Slade and Senator Carol Brown address the crowd at KGV Park today [PlessPix]

The revamped KGV Park football pitch was officially opened today.

Glenorchy Mayor Stuart Slade, Labor Senator Carol Brown and Football Federation Tasmania president Sean Collins addressed the invited dignitaries and the crowd during the break between the two Victory League matches.

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Photo:  Coaches Stephen Pitchford (left) and Chris Hey have big decisions to make [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras have the opportunity to get things right when they host Devonport City at KGV Park at 2.30pm tomorrow in the quarterfinals of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy.

It’s a bit early in the season to have reached this stage of the competition as teams have yet to hit form, but Zebras have much to prove after a dismal start to their league campaign and will go flat out to reach the semi-finals.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Chris Hunt occupies three Tilford Zebras opponents [PlessPix]

Northern Rangers and Olympia Warriors are the only teams with a perfect record after the second round of the Victory League competition.

Rangers beat Glenorchy Knights 5-0 away on the new artificial pitch at KGV Park in Glenorchy.  It was the Northerners’ second 5-0 win in succession and they have yet to concede a goal.

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Photo:  South Hobart's L:uke Hill (left) tangles with Tilford Zebras' Aaron Cairns [PlessPix]

Victory League

Glenorchy Knights 0 lost to Northern Rangers 5 (S Brassington 30, 87 pen, D Schipper 33, P Lanau-Atkinson 78, A Luate 79)

Olympia Warriors 2 (E Tsakiris 6, Seung Yong Jin 41) beat Devonport City 1 (B Mann 50)

Launceston City 0 lost to Kingborough Lions United 4 (C Collins 30, M Marchioli 56, D Cowen 74, 90)

Tilford Zebras 1 (A Leszczynski 17 pen) lost to South Hobart 2 (S Hickey 23, N Morton 67)

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Photo:  Under the light of an almost full moon, Taroona's Eli Luttmer heads a corner at the NTC goal [PlessPix]

(Southern Premier League, KGV park, Friday, 29 March 2013)

NTC 3 (A Wilson 14, L Quaile 44, V Kamano 71)

Taroona 4 (T Dove 70, 85, S James 89, E Luttmer 90+4)

HT: 1-0   Att: 80   Ref: A Barker

NTC: Prendergast  -  Schmidt, McClung, Thomas, Eyles  -  Kemp (Ortmann 87), Hope, Pizzirani  -  Quaile (Lesek 84), Kamano, Wilson  (Subs not used:  Castenada, Sculthorpe, Witte)

Taroona: Darragh Carey  -  Cherry, Schaap, Stevens, Tubb  -  Quigley (Haslewood 85), H Luttmer (F Kang 58)  -  E Luttmer, James, Abbott  -  Dove

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Photo:  Melesse Asayhe completes his hat-trick for Zebras against the Lions [Photo by Raelene Hennicke]

Southern Premier League

NTC 3 (A Wilson 14, L Quaile 44, V Kamano 71) lost to Taroona 4 (T Dove 70, 85, S James 89, E Luttmer 90+4)

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Photo:  Dean May and his NTC team will be familiar with the KGV Park artificial surface when they take on Taroona tonight [PlessPix]

Taroona will experience the new artificial surface at KGV Park for the first time in a match when they play the NTC in a Southern Premier League game at 8pm tonight.

“We trained on the new surface last week and were very impressed,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.

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Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous, flanked by Tilford Zebras' Jonathon Ladic (left) and Glenorchy Knights coach Chris Hey at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania CEP John Boulous expressed regret at a media conference that the Pelada kit sponsorship for the Victory League had come to an end.

But, Boulous said that other companies had already approached FFT about taking over the kit sponsorship for the 2014 and 2015 Victory League seasons.