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:  Devonport City coach Chris McKenna has done his homework for the game against Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors entertain Devonport City at 2pm at Warrior Park on Saturday in a top-of-the-table Victory League clash which promises to be an enthralling contest.

Northern Rangers, who share top spot with Olympia and Devonport  -  all three have 3 points after the opening round of matches  -  travel to KGV Park to take on fourth-placed Glenorchy Knights, also at 2pm on Saturday.


Photo:  Devonport City in their Pelada kit last weekend [PlessPix]

The Pelada shirt sponsorship for the Victory League is no more.

It would seem that the company has gone out of business and Football Federation Tasmania will need to look for a new kit sponsor for the 2014 and 2015 Victory League seasons.


Photo:  Australia and Oman line up for the national anthems [Photo by Jim Vafakos]

Australia are within a whisker of failing to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year after managing only a 2-2 draw against Oman in Sydney yesterday.

Oman led 2-0 through an early goal by Abdulaziz Al Maqbali and an own-goal by Mile Jedinak just after the interval.


Photo:  Flares go off before the Sydney Derby Version 3 at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday [Photo by Jim Vafakos]

My good friend in Sydney, Jim Vafakos, is a fervent supporter of Sydney FC and earlier this season I published his observations of the Sydney FC versus Western Sydney Wanderers clash.

He attended last Saturday's derby against A-League leaders Western Sydney Wanderers, the third version of the Sydney derby, and filed this report and photos.


Photo:  The colourful scene before the Victory League game between South Hobart and Glenorchy Knights at the South Hobart Oval [PlessPix]

1.  The numbers on the shorts of the Pelada strips make it so much easier to identify players.

When one is not familiar with players or teams, it’s sometimes very difficult to identify players.

This is especially true for photographers.


Photo:  Rangers' Agele Luate (left) and City's Josh Duncan go for the ball [PlessPix]


(Thanks to Stefano Lufi, Mr Video)