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:  Beachside goalkeeper Michael Soszynski cleras upfield in the semi-final against Taroona [PlessPix]


(Video footage courtesy of Ash Wilkes.)


Photo: Ken Morton accepts full blame for the disqualification of South Hobart [PlessPix]


(My thanks to Ash Wilkes for this interview.)


Photo:  Saturday's crowd at South Hobart watched two games that were all for nought [PlessPix]

Beachside has been disqualified from the Men’s Section A Summer Cup Final after fielding two ineligible players in last Saturday’s semi-final win over Taroona.

This follows the earlier disqualification of South Hobart for fielding Brazilian Mizael Linhares Caires against Olympia Warriors in the other semi-final on Saturday when he was ineligible.


Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns got the better of South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris on this occasion [PlessPix]



(My thanks to Ash Wilkes for providing this video footage.)


Photo:  Mizael Linhares Caires was inelgible to play for South Hobart's senior side in Saturday's semi-final win over Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

South Hobart have been disqualified for the Men’s Section A Summer Cup Final after fielding an ineligible player in Saturday’s semi-final against Olympia Warriors, which they won 3-0.

According to the rules of the Summer Cup, a player must have played for a team in the preliminary round to be eligible to play in the semi-finals and final.


Photo:  A young boy watches as Josh Thorpe smashes home Beachside's first penalty in the shoot-out with Taroona [PlessPix]

(Summer Cup, Men’s Section A Semi-Final, South Hobart, Saturday, 9 March 2013)

Beachside 2 (P Willcock 18, T Gordon 64)

Taroona 2 (S James 27, E Luttmer 79)

HT: 1-1   FT: 2-2   Penalty Shoot-out: 4-1   Ref: K Barker

Beachside: Soszynski;  Brazendale, Chadwick, Doran, T Gordon, Gaskell, Jarvis, Neilson, Westland, Willcock, Robinson (Interchange:  Jones, Seeney, Thorpe, Fazackerley, McManus)

Taroona: Burridge;  Darragh Carey, Cherry, Abbott, Dove, James, E Luttmer, H Luttmer, Schaap, Stevens, Tubb (Interchange:  Kang, Haslewood, Quigley, Young)


Photo (L-R):  Hobart Specsavers co-owner Linda Higginson, FFT CEO John Boulous and referees Kim Barker and Allira Barker at today's media conference announcing the Specsavers sponsorship deal [PlessPix]

Referees and goalkeepers will benefit from a new sponsorship deal announced today between Specsavers and Football Federation Tasmania.

Specsaver stores in Hobart, Glenorchy, Launceston and Rosny Park are part of the sponsorship deal.


Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown (right) in pursuit of the Lions' Nick Hill [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United 2 (N Cuthbertson 51, D Cooper 87) lost to Tilford Zebras 4 (J Ladic 14, A McKeown 47, H Fagg 58, R Self 91)

Taroona 3 (F Kang 63, H Luttmer 87, S James 90) beat Somerset 1 (S Cocks 43 pen)