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:  Taroona will officially open their new facilities at Kelvedon Park before their game against University today [PlessPix]

Beachside will have new signing from Victoria, John Moore, in their line-up when they take on the NTC in the Southern Premier League at Sandown Park today [Saturday] at 4.30pm.

Brett Pullen, Callan Paske and Daniel Brown are also recalled to the team to replace Huw Jarvis, Nathan Robinson and Henry Jones.


Photo:  Taroona's Kelvedon Park is one of the most picturesque grounds in Tasmania [PlessPix]

“It will be a difficult game,” said Beachside player-coach Nathan Robinson.  “NTC are an organised and compact team.

“They defended well when we played them in the Summer Cup and they looked dangerous going forward.

“Thankfully, we have some strong and experienced players coming back in to bolster the team.”


Photo:  In Tristan Prendergast, the NTC have one of the finest goalkeepers in the competition [PlessPix]

Nelson Eastern Suburbs will be missing a few key players when they travel to KGV Park to meet Tilford Zebras at 2.30pm today.

Defender Matt Fone and new signing and utility player Matt Russell from Glenorchy Knights are unavailable.

Midfielder Jordan Brighella is out because of a knee injury and he may be absent for some time.

Midfielder Ethan Brighella and defender Ollie Ireland are back after missing the Summer Cup campaign.

New recruits Toby Colgrave, who is a defender-cum-midfielder, and Nathan Mills, a forward, will come into the side.

Mills joins his brothers Adam and Ryan in the starting eleven.

“It was a tough pre-season for us with many senior players unavailable for the Summer Cup, and we still have a few out, but we should have a competitive squad this week for the opening SPL match,” said Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach.

“The players are looking forward to playing on KGV after enjoying a light training run on the new surface there last Monday.”


Photo:  Taroona coach Andy Tye sets up a training exercise at KGV Park [PlessPix]

One of the most interesting games will be at Kelvedon Park, where Taroona entertain University at 2.30pm today.

Taroona will officially open their new  canteen and referee change rooms prior to this match.

"Taroona are looking forward to the official opening of our new facilities at Kelvedon Park and welcome University in the season opener as part of the celebrations,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.

“Having played at the highest level last season, I expect Uni to be a difficult opponent for us.

“They have lost a few players to the Victory League, as have most of the SPL teams, but I expect them to be well organised under their new coach Romilton.

“We will make two changes for this week’s game.

“Felix Kang failed to overcome the injury he sustained in last week’s Summer Cup final and will be replaced by Josh Quigley, while and Jeremy Stevens returns to his position at centre-back for James Cherry.

“Our preparation to date has been good and we will be looking to continue our good form with a win on Saturday."

Taroona had a training session on the new surface at KGV Park on Thursday evening.


Photo:  Eduardo Garza Cabello (right) with JOhn Parry at a University Summer Cup match [PlessPix]

University will be without key player Harry Booth, who has joined Victory League club Glenorchy Knights, while Mexican striker Eduardo Garza Cabello has slipped from under their noses and joined Victory League outfit Olympia Warriors.

In other games in what promises to be a competitive and intriguing league, Kingborough Lions United entertain Olympia Warriors at Lightwood Park at noon today, Clarence United host New Town Eagles at Wentworth Park at 4.30pm today, and South Hobart meet Glenorchy Knights at South Hobart Oval tomorrow [Sunday] at noon.


Photo:  Promising young University goalkeeper Aiden Jackson [PlessPix]


+6 #12 Anonymous 2013-03-24 02:14
Quoting Anonymous:
What you guys reckon to the zebras vs nelson game? nelson got a good few signings there

Nelson had a few quality chances including missed penalty and a shot off the outside of the post. Nelson keeper had a couple of good saves. But credit goes to Zebra's for taking their chances. Relatively even game with nelson running out of puff towards the end
-2 #11 Anonymous 2013-03-23 23:47
Quoting summernats:
What was the eagles line up heard the keeper was sent off after 10 not bad Clarence cant be that good

You can judge that by not being at the game?
That's pretty impressive
+3 #10 Anonymous 2013-03-23 15:35
What you guys reckon to the zebras vs nelson game? nelson got a good few signings there
+2 #9 summernats 2013-03-23 15:03
What was the eagles line up heard the keeper was sent off after 10 not bad Clarence cant be that good
+2 #8 Anonymous 2013-03-23 02:29
Lets go Taroona!!!!

tipping them for back to back SPL titles then V-league.
+12 #7 C 2013-03-23 01:46
Thanks for the SPL write up Walter, it's good to see we arent totally off the radar just yet.
+6 #6 Anonymous 2013-03-23 00:28
Chalky biggest signing of the SPL
+1 #5 Anonymous 2013-03-23 00:20
Was curious to read about the eagles side Walter was the information not passed on?
+7 #4 Anonymous 2013-03-23 00:11
2 good signings for Nelson
+5 #3 Anonymous 2013-03-22 22:35
i'm going to kick so many balls into the ocean today

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