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:  Melbourne Victory players warm up during training at Twin Ovals [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory completed their final training session this morning before Sunday’s game against Tasmania and the Western Sydney Wanderers.

The squad trained at Kingston’s Twin Ovals, which is where Sunday’s double-header will be played.


Photo:  Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat (left) and Ange Postecoglu confer before training  this morning [PlessPix]

Several of the club’s youth team players will arrive in Hobart tomorrow morning.

The team to play Tasmania in the curtain-raiser is expected to be a mixture of senior and youth team players.

Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson, who played for Australia in the 6-0 loss to Brazil recently, is looking forward to Sunday.

“Every game that we have now before the start of the season is important,” Thompson said.

“We want to know where we’re at against good A-League opposition.

“It’s going to be a good match.

“The pitch is amazing and I’m just hoping we can get the supporters down here.

“Every player in our squad needs game time for fitness leading into the season because every player is going to be needed during the season due to injuries, national selections and all that sort of stuff.

“I think we’ve got the depth to really, really challenge this year.

“I think we’ve got players who can step up.

“I say it every year, but I think this is one of the strongest squads we’ve had.”


Photo:  Archie Thompson speaks to the media after today's training session [PlessPix]

Thompson believes that Western Sydney Wanderers are an all-round good team.

“They’re a very good attacking side, but I actually think they’re a very good defensive side,” he said.

Thompson said Melbourne Victory had enjoyed their game against Tasmania last year.

He said Victory would probably field five or six senior players against Tasmania this time around.

Meanwhile, reliable sources close to the Tasmanian team said the starting side could well be:

Matthew Ferguson  -  Liam Scott, Hugh Ludford, Jayden Hey, Kurt Engels  -  Todd Hingston  -  Shane Brassington, Caleb Ludlow, Nick Morton, Adam McKeown  -  Brayden Mann.

This looks a powerful line-up with plenty of goalscorers in its ranks.

Brassington, Morton, McKeown and Mann have scored more than 89 goals between them in the 2013 Victory League season.


Photo:  Goalkeeping session today at Twin Ovals was run by Steve Mautone (left) [PlessPix]


Photo:  The players take a drinks break at training [PlessPix]


Photo:  Melbourne Victory's Brazilian midfielder Guilherme Finkler at training today [PlessPix]


Photo:  A trio of Melbourne Victory players limber up [PlessPix]


0 #11 Zebra 2013-09-28 04:19
#10 great , south will definitely lose , go the Victory who all Tasmanians will be supporting .
0 #10 in the know 2013-09-28 01:06
the back four will be south hobart, fact
+2 #9 B. Smith 2013-09-27 09:59
That's the tassie team I would chosen
0 #8 Anonymous 2013-09-27 09:56
Will Victory play with 2 number 10s, training suggest that. Archie and Connor playing wide speed to burn.
+3 #7 Eggs on Toast 2013-09-27 09:08
You are a funny man/woman anon 3 I am still rolling around the floor
+1 #6 Anonymous 2013-09-27 08:53
Quoting Nick Owen:
#1 this formation is only a slight variation of 1-4-3-3. The 7 and 11 just sit a bit deeper.

thanks Nick
+4 #5 Nick Owen 2013-09-27 08:02
#1 this formation is only a slight variation of 1-4-3-3. The 7 and 11 just sit a bit deeper.
+2 #4 Anonymous 2013-09-27 07:59
Hingston will have his work cut out trying to get people to come back and help. 5-5??
-4 #3 anonymous 2013-09-27 07:24
#3 surely all 11 South players will start as Ken will put his strongest team out first
+2 #2 Walter Pless 2013-09-27 06:57
#1 In the no. I am not messing with you, mate. Believe me, my source is impeccable. I agree, however, that Hill may well replace Hey in the starting 11 and that was acknowledged by my source. Cheers!

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