Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  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:  Knights will expect big things from Jal David (second from left) and Justin Letiko (right) tomorrow [PlessPix]

This will be the fourth meeting between the clubs and Zebras have yet to win.

But, this could be the day that Adam McKeown and Alex Leszczynski re-establish their understanding that proved so effective for them at New Town Eagles last season.

Devonport were let off the hook by Zebras two weekends ago, and Devonport lost to Olympia Warriors on Saturday, which indicates that the Coastal side isn’t exactly firing on all cylinders yet either.

The Warriors host Riverside Olympic at noon at Warrior Park and the home side should win comfortably.

South Hobart should make light work of Glenorchy Knights, despite the two teams drawing 3-3 recently.

Knights are struggling for a goalkeeper after Michael McKenna was injured in the 5-0 loss to Northern Rangers on Saturday.

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Photo:  Jayden Hey (right) will be a key player for the Knights against South Hobart tomorrow [PlessPix]

Sam Cornish is too inexperienced, while Ben Peter is still recovering from a broken collarbone.

“I have no doubt South are going to be totally focussed on putting half a dozen in the back of the net on Monday and putting on a totally dominating display of football,” said Knights coach, Chris Hey.

“Last week’s gains in credibility by us will mean nothing if we allow this to happen as all the doubters will cry louder than ever.”

Ulverstone face giant-killers Taroona at Ulverstone at noon tomorrow and the home side will need to be wary of the southerners.

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Photo:  South Hobart's 'three Musketeers', Shae Hickey, Nick Morton and Kostas Kanakaris, will spell trouble for Knights [PlessPix]

“We travel away to Ulverstone for the quarter final clash of the State-wide cup in pretty good form,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.

“John Burridge returns in goal releasing Darragh Carey to his normal position in defence.

“Hugo Luttmer, however, was injured in our clash with the NTC on Friday night and will be replaced in the squad by Jordan Wright.

“Ulverstone have been very strong for a number of years and, although they have lost a number of players to the Victory League, I would expect them to provide stiff opposition, especially at home.

“We are pretty confident of producing enough chances to kick a winning score but need to tighten our overall defence to continue our improvement to date.”

My tips (in capitals):

TILFORD ZEBRAS v Devonport City (KGV Park, 2.30pm)

OLYMPIA WARRIORS v Riverside Olympic (Warrior Park, noon)

ULVERSTONE v Taroona (Ulverstone, noon)

Glenorchy Knights v SOUTH HOBART (KGV Park, 4.45pm)

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Photo:  Taroona's James Cherry (white shirt) in action against Somerset.  Somerset came without a strip and had to borrow Taroona's ornage away-strip.  Win or lose, Taroona will give a good account of themselves away to Ulverstone. [PlessPix]

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+2 #18 Anonymous 2013-04-02 08:37
Both Coaches were much happier after Monday's games, than they were Saturday. Fickle thing, football.
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+12 #17 RJ 2013-04-01 07:47
Taroona 6 Ulverstone 2, good game thanks for the hospitality Ulverstone.
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+8 #16 Anonymous 2013-04-01 05:32
Convincing wins from both Zebra teams today.
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+4 #15 Anonymous 2013-04-01 00:34
Quoting Anonymous:
Photo of the three musketeers looks more like Nick Morton is shooting daggers at Kanakaris. But with a smile on his face. "Keep away from my Shae you nasty man!"

Kosta in return has a "relax guys" kind of look about him.


What are you on?

Walter, this is a very strange comments, to have posted.
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+12 #14 Anonymous 2013-03-31 23:12
Annon 7,
Yes it was quite embarrassing for us but a lot worse for our coach who now is our major sponsor for our end of year players trip to qld.
But seeing that it has now been published and we forgot them 4 weeks ago, a big thank you to Taroona for allowing us to wear their away strip.
S.C
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+6 #13 Anonymous 2013-03-31 22:59
Quoting Anonymous:
Photo of the three musketeers looks more like Nick Morton is shooting daggers at Kanakaris. But with a smile on his face. "Keep away from my Shae you nasty man!"

Kosta in return has a "relax guys" kind of look about him.


OMG
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-4 #12 The Red Eye 2013-03-31 22:47
Big task for Devonport to beat Zebras, travelled to play Olympia on Saturday then back to the Coast and then back on the Red Eye this morning. They wear yellow and blue the same as the Eagles. Walter may I suggest you coin the phrase that this road trip either up or back be called " The Red Eye" after all Redline coaches are the transport. That being said Devonport can beat Zebras if so big big question marks in the Zebra camp.
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+4 #11 Anonymous 2013-03-31 22:38
#7 Yep sure was, but we did have 2 bags of warm up jackets LOL. Bit too far to go home to get them too.
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+7 #10 Nick Owen 2013-03-31 21:51
#4 the Taroona boys won't be silly enough to squeeze the Ulvie boy's nuts so they should be fine without the gloves.
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-8 #9 Anonymous 2013-03-31 20:48
Photo of the three musketeers looks more like Nick Morton is shooting daggers at Kanakaris. But with a smile on his face. "Keep away from my Shae you nasty man!"

Kosta in return has a "relax guys" kind of look about him.
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