Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Somerset celebrate their NPL title [Photo by Greg Deal]

Jimmy Nettleton netted five goals on Saturday as Somerset beat Burnie United 8-0 to win the Northern Premier League title.

Billy Mathews, Chris Smith and Keegan Wells were Somerset’s other marksmen.

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Photo:  Jimmy Nettleton scored five goals against Burnie as Somerset took out the NPL title [Photo by Greg Deal]

The Sharks led 2-0 at the break in a physical game well refereed by David De Cani, who was assisted by Mark Fishwick and Brian Howard.

Somerset missed an early penalty, Kyrone Johnson shooting wide of the left-hand post.

Somerset’s coach was sent from the bench after a quarter of an hour.

Jimmy Nettleton opened the scoring after rounding two defenders and the keeper to calmly slot into net, and this was followed just 10 minutes later by a similar run and goal from midfielder Billy Mathews.

Burnie didn't create many chances despite playing with the wind, but Brody Best was dangerous when he got the ball.

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Photo:  Burnie's Stuart Bat (left) and Somerset's Billy Matthews vie for a header [Photo by Greg Deal]

The first half was dominated by the opposing centre-backs. Burnie’s Connor Parke was having a great game, preventing the Sharks forwards from getting through, while Astyn Johnson was giving nothing away at the other end of the park.

The second half saw Somerset dominate from the kick-off.

A terrific drive from outside the area from Keegan Wells made it 3-0 and when Chris Smith curled a 25-metre free kick around the wall into the left-hand corner the result was pretty much settled.

Burnie lost captain Andy Gibson to an injury midway through the half and, despite the best efforts of Trent Potts and Parke, the floodgates opened for Jimmy Nettleton, who went on to score 4 more goals to make it 5 for the match.

New FFT CEO Mike Palmer presented the cup to a jubilant Sharks side.

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Photo:  Somerset's Elliott Stuart in a contest with a Burnie opponent [Photo by Greg Deal]

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University have issued a general invitation to anyone interested to participate in the Graham Smith Campus to Clubrooms Challenge, a 2.5km fun walking event on Saturday, 13 September 2014.

The walk starts at 2.30pm from Grosvenor Street on the University Lower Campus and ends at the soccer clubrooms at Olinda grove.

You can bring your dog or cat or just a friend, which should provide interesting photo opportunities.

The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students or $40 for a family of four.

The course runs up the middle of the University of Tasmania Campus to the Pepperz Restaurant, where participants can enjoy light refreshments, the cost of which is covered by the registration fee.

From there, it’s a bit of a climb through scenic scrubland to the University Soccer Clubrooms.

All participants will receive a bottle of water at the finish line and then there will be a sausage sizzle at the clubrooms.

On-line registration closes on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. You can register at http://www.utassc.org.au

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Taroona Football Club is currently seeking coaches for the 2015 season for its men’s senior, reserve and under-20 teams.

“We strongly encourage you to apply if you feel you have the necessary attributes, regardless of experience and gender,” said Taroona president Geoff Atkinson.

“The club is prepared to support the right person to attain the necessary qualifications.”

If you would like to be considered for any of the positions, please submit your expression of interest by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or contact Club President, Geoff Atkinson on 0417888610.

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This weekend, Taroona FC are embracing the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ and hosting a fundraising drive for Motor Neurone Disease (ALS).

Donations will be collected from players and supporters at all games, so please dig deep for a great cause, especially if you do not take up the challenge.

All funds will be donated to the Neuroscience Group at the Menzies Research Institute, who are researching the causes of the disease.

Taroona have a full schedule of games on Saturday and Sunday. Each team will take the Ice Bucket Challenge after their game and nominate the team playing next.

“We should also nominate Olympia to join us,” said Taroona’s technical director, Richard Bennett.

“So, bring your dollars and your bucket and be prepared to get wet.

“I'll organise the ice and the filming. At least the sun is supposed to be shining.

“I'd really appreciate it if all players volunteer some time before or after your game to collect donations from supporters. The involvement of partners and or family is most welcome.”

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+1 #11 Richard Bennett 2014-09-03 04:36
I would like to thank all those participants last weekend who raised donations of around $1200 for the Menzies Centre research unit and thanks Proffessor Tracey Dickson for being at Kelvedon on sunday to say a few words on behalf of the centre.
It's heartening that this helps a lot of people and that it raises awareness of the disease. It brings it home when you read personal experiences like yours Zlatko.
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+1 #10 Swaggy fresh 2014-08-30 11:54
Quoting Synergy:
Would be nice to see The top northern premier league team play off against the top southern prem side every year. Rivalry of north and south always creates some heat and passion. Or even play of against the victory league winners in SH. Have some more diverse games and create some synergy between the leagues.


Would love to see the finals series of SPL and NPL combined! 1st of SPL Vs 4th NPL, 1st of NPL Vs 4th SPL etc. would make it much more entertaining!!
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+10 #9 Zlatko Belanic 2014-08-29 11:22
Hi Walter,just like to mention a big thank you to all who do the water challenge for the Motor Neuron disease .....my late mum passed away suffering from this horrible disease 7 years ago this month...so it tugs at my heart ....great to have so much awareness about it in the open .....
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+3 #8 Sam Cocks 2014-08-29 08:45
Quoting brian:
Quoting Synergy:
Would be nice to see The top northern premier league team play off against the top southern prem side every year. Rivalry of north and south always creates some heat and passion. Or even play of against the victory league winners in SH. Have some more diverse games and create some synergy between the leagues.


Hear Hear , I would look forward to such a contest.

Could not agree more, there was nothing better back before the V League started and before the final 4 series. The 2 champions would play off.
Maybe for next year, do this and have it before the V League final???
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+7 #7 brian 2014-08-29 08:07
Quoting Synergy:
Would be nice to see The top northern premier league team play off against the top southern prem side every year. Rivalry of north and south always creates some heat and passion. Or even play of against the victory league winners in SH. Have some more diverse games and create some synergy between the leagues.


Hear Hear , I would look forward to such a contest.
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+1 #6 No.11 2014-08-29 07:08
Get along to see the last game of the Northern P.L between United and City @ Newstead tomorrow and check out the supporter numbers.It promises to be a good game!,
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+20 #5 Synergy 2014-08-29 03:15
Would be nice to see The top northern premier league team play off against the top southern prem side every year. Rivalry of north and south always creates some heat and passion. Or even play of against the victory league winners in SH. Have some more diverse games and create some synergy between the leagues.
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+6 #4 Roger 2014-08-28 23:08
Get onto the Kingborough council and have that ground sorted out at Kelvie!
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-6 #3 Anon 2014-08-28 22:25
Quoting James:
C'mon Football lovers out there. Taroona needs a good Senior Coach that plays "pass and move" football.


And hopefully a coach that forces that style on the U-20s team as this season they played 'bogan ball' despite having some decent technical players and a team capable of playing pass and move!
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+12 #2 nigel 2014-08-28 08:18
Thanks for the coverage Walter. The NPL has been a close run league all year and certainly kept followers interested right to the last game. I am so proud of the work that the Sharks have done over the past 2 years. I am looking forward to another great season next year.
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