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:  A Northern Rangers shot flies just wide of Olympia's goal [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras v Glenorchy Knights



Photo:  John Harbin at Warrior Park on 1 April 2013.  With the departure of Kurt Reynolds, he would be an ideal candidate for Football Federation Tasmania's technical director position. [PlessPix]

John Harbin recently attended some games in the north and south of Tasmania and I caught up with him at Warrior Park.

Harbin is a highly respected coach in the UK and worked with several top-flight clubs and managers and with The FA before returning to Australia, where he is contemplating a move to Tasmania.

I spoke to Harbin this week about his work in football and his plans for the future.


Photo:  Zeljko Kalac, who is currently A-League outfit Sydney FC's goalkeeping coach, was with AC Milan from 2005 until 2009 [PlessPix]

Former Socceroos and AC Milan goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac. 40, arrives in Hobart tomorrow [Thursday] ahead of his guest appearance for Tilford Zebras on Saturday against Devonport City.

Kalac hopes to meet many members of the local football fraternity during his brief stay in Hobart.


Photo:  Tommy Fotak...Zebras have won four out of four under his command [PlessPix]

Tommy Fotak took over from Stephen Pitchford as Tilford Zebras’ Victory League senior coach on 13 April 2013.

The change came the day after Zebras threw away a 4-0 lead and drew 4-4 with Northern Rangers.

Zebras have won four games in a row under Fotak  -  three league games and one cup match.

I spoke to Fotak on the weekend to see how things were going.


Photo:  Blayne Hudson (left) and Mathew Nowicki (centre) at Glenorchy Knights training last night [PlessPix]

Mathew Nowicki has returned to the Glenorchy Knights after spells with Olympia Warriors and Beachside.

He was at Knights training last night, together with New Town Eagles midfielder Blayne Hudson.


Photo:  Eagles' Alvaro Gonzalez (left) takes on the Lions' Will Davis [PlessPix]

(Southern Premier League, Lightwood Park, Sunday, 12 May 2013)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (P Dordhain 9, T Bilson 32)

New Town Eagles 4 (N Pitchford 35, J Vernon 57, P Equipart 86, A Gonzalez 93)

HT:  2-1   Att:  100   Ref:  B Kopra

Kingborough Lions United:  Davie; Bilson, Braddock, Cooper, Davis, P Dordhain (Kearsley 83), J Dordhain, Fleming, Kingsbury, Lewis (Ewing 66), Sanderson (Subs not used:  J Ayres, Hansen)

New Town Eagles:  Minty;  Amderson, Equipart, Gonzalez, Idstrom, John (Stingle 65), Nutting, Pitchford, Jordan Quan, Vernon, B Ayres  (Sub not used:  Graham)


Photo:  Eagles' Pierre Equipart tries to win the ball against a Lions opponent [PlessPix]

Victory League

Launceston City 0 lost to South Hobart 11 (K Kanakaris 4, C Hunt 2, N Morton 2, C Williams, B Hamlett, own-goal)


Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns (left) beats Knights' Callen Griffin to the ball [PlessPix]


(Courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video, Ash Wilkes and FFT)