Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  Seung Yong Jin (left) and Jai Young Choi are new signings for the Lions [Photo courtesy of Kingborough Lions United [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras and Olympia Warriors are the hot favourites to reach the Summer Cup final from Division A of the competition.

Zebras meet Kingborough Lions United at 4pm at KGV Park on Saturday in one semi-final, while the Warriors take on Beachside at 2pm in the other.

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Photo:  Romeo Frediani...Zebras won't take Kingborough lightly [PlessPix]

Zebras should be at full strength and their 4-2 win over league champions South Hobart last weekend shows that they are also hitting form.

Their defence is vulnerable at times, but their midfield and attack should turn the tables in their favour.

Kingborough will be missing Nick Cuthbertson, Jack Turner, Tom Bilson and Dan Kingsbury due to injury, travel, work and school commitments, respectively.

But, the Lions have signed South Korean Seung Yong Jin from Olympia Warriors and he will be included in the squad.

“This will be another tough game with a different mix of squad players coming up against an in-form Zebras outfit,” said Lions coach Stephen Pitchford, who coached Zebras in this competition last season.

“We will need to maintain concentration throughout the full 90 minutes, restricting the combination play opportunities so well used by Zebras in recent games.

“Creation of scoring opportunities has been an aspect that has improved during the round-robin phase.

“We will be looking to lift our conversion rate in this game, where Francis Kenyi and Martin Farquhar will benefit from Jin's presence.”

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Photo:  Stephen Pitchford may start Jin on the bench [PlessPix]

Jin scored 18 goals in his 28 appearances for Olympia Warriors in 2013.

The Korean joined Olympia ahead of the inaugural 2013 Victory League season, scoring 10 goals in his debut season and playing a pivotal role in Olympia’s attack and aiding them to reach the season ending Victory Cup final series.

Prior to this, Jin played for Mokpo City FC in the Korean National League, the second tier of Korean football.

Mokpo City FC is a South Korean association football club based in Mokpo, South Jeolla.

The 19-year-old will fill one of the Lions’ two visa spots for the 2014 Victory League season.

“Having a striker of Jin’s quality join the club was an exciting prospect for our members, players, sponsors and the coaching staff alike,” said Pitchford.

“He’s a proven goal-scorer and a player that will cause plenty of headaches for opposition defenders and coaches.”

Kingborough received confirmation from Football Federation Tasmania on Wednesday that Jin is eligible for selection in the Lions’ semi-final match.

Also joining Jin at the Lions’ Den will be another Korean player, Jae Young Choi.

Last season, the Lions were unsuccessful in obtaining an International Transfer Certificate for Choi as he was under 18 years of age.

The Lions have now received this International Transfer Certificate, paving the way for Choi to play for the Lions in 2014.

Choi joins the Club from Bucheon FC 1995, which is a South Korean professional football club located in the city of Bucheon and is a member of the K-League.

Choi played for their youth team.

“The 18-year-old is an exciting prospect and will be challenging for a spot in the Lions’ 2014 Victory League squad,” said Pitchford.

Beachside will miss the injured Josh Thorpe and the suspended ben Whitehall for their semi-final against the Warriors.

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Photo:  Beachside skipper James Symmons said his side are the underdogs [PlessPix]

“This gives us a chance to play some of the up-and-coming players,” said Beachside coach, Farrell Shaw.

“It will be a big challenge for us, but one all at the club are looking forward to.

“And, on a personal note, it is always nice to coach against an old club, particularly one that I have such fond memories of.

“All we can do is our best, and hope for a little bit of luck.”

Olympia will be without striker Emmanuel Tsakiris, who is unavailable.

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Photo:  Glenn McNeill is wary of Beachside [PlessPix]

“Beachside, over the years, have proved to be worthy competitors and we anticipate a very physical match,” said Olympia coach, Glen McNeill.

“We are nearly at full strength, but Emmanuel Tsakiris is unavailable.

“However, we look forward to the resumption of the left-side partnership in Will Roberts and Jono Griffiths.

“Ben Phillips will likely play a greater role than last week, as will Alex Bellini and Warren Wadawu.”

Saturday’s program commences at 10am when Tilford Zebras meet Glenorchy Knights in a Division B semi-final, while at noon, Clarence United take on South Hobart in the other.

On Friday at KGV Park, there are two Premier Women’s Summer Cup semi-finals.

Olympia Warriors play Tilford Zebras at 6pm, and Taroona meet the NTC at 8pm.

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+3 #33 Anonymous 2014-03-01 11:43
Everyone on here "speculating" as to who metro/anyother team is going to beat seriously needs a reality check. Yes we/metro have made a good start to 2014 but it is a long season and may turn out like past seasons and end in disappointment so an idea would be to stop running your mouth and stay off this blog. It is not a good look for the club and is only a bignoting exercise. Yes this a shaping up to be a good season however there is no need to brag about it. Please stay off this blog if you are intending on giving our club a bad reputation.
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-2 #32 Anonymous 2014-03-01 06:04
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Hey Metro how can you say the title is yours you haven't played a game in the league yet do you think the other teams are going to let you win that easy, its 11 against 11 on the day.I don't think Olympia's giant killing team in div 1 will be a push over as they say lets get it onnn.


the same olympia team that barely beat Metro's second team? ok mate


What Giants have they defeated in the social summer cup vs div 2-3-4 teams ?? Or in any league ?
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+1 #31 like a boss 2014-03-01 04:06
7-2 wow clarence gees not good who scored?
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-3 #30 Anonymous 2014-03-01 04:03
olympia's div 1 playing against div 4 teams in summer cup shows a lot. well enough talk all that can be done is on match day
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+2 #29 Anonymous 2014-03-01 03:17
Quoting Anonymous:
Hey Metro how can you say the title is yours you haven't played a game in the league yet do you think the other teams are going to let you win that easy, its 11 against 11 on the day.I don't think Olympia's giant killing team in div 1 will be a push over as they say lets get it onnn.


the same olympia team that barely beat Metro's second team? ok mate
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0 #28 Anonymous 2014-02-28 23:20
Hey Metro how can you say the title is yours you haven't played a game in the league yet do you think the other teams are going to let you win that easy, its 11 against 11 on the day.I don't think Olympia's giant killing team in div 1 will be a push over as they say lets get it onnn.
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+4 #27 Anonymous 2014-02-28 22:44
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Pitchford and his president are to play Jin on Saturday , hasn't played a game , nominated him on the bench on the team sheet last week when he wasn't even in the state back from Korea yet . How the hell this is eligible once again makes the rules a complete joke and a player that hasn't played a game this year is allowed to play in a final once again makes us the laughing stock. A club scheming on how to bend the rules by challenging the wording .
Oh well Pitchy and Brian a new way of really losing respect from fellow players and opposition teams .

FFT ARE LOSING RESPECT VERY QUICKLY AGAIN !

READ THE RULES!!!! I just don't get some of you people. The rules are placed there to ensure a level playing field. Everyone plays under these rules. In this case no rule was broken. In last years final they were. No comparison. I say again, READ THE RULES. Otherwise you just look like a fool. Oh wait...!!
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+3 #26 Anonymous 2014-02-28 22:40
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Pitchford and his president are to play Jin on Saturday , hasn't played a game , nominated him on the bench on the team sheet last week when he wasn't even in the state back from Korea yet . How the hell this is eligible once again makes the rules a complete joke and a player that hasn't played a game this year is allowed to play in a final once again makes us the laughing stock. A club scheming on how to bend the rules by challenging the wording .
Oh well Pitchy and Brian a new way of really losing respect from fellow players and opposition teams .


Got to shake your head if this is true.
Makes last year's issues with Beach & South a debacle.

And this post makes you a moron!!! Read the rules!!!
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-1 #25 You all mad 2014-02-28 21:19
Stop picking and start thinking .just sit back and ask the ? Way is all this happening here in Tassie ..Answer "it's Tassie " And toooo many have big heads but that's all. Best thing that could happen , would be go back to our 10 team PL .. Let North do their thing and we all would be happy chaps .. More important all the clubs will have $$ in their pockets .. Plus it would make FFT work for their $$ not asking Clubs for 10k every year !! Just a thought .ops there's more but it falls to deaf ears .By By.
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+6 #24 Anonymous 2014-02-28 13:29
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Interesting to see the resurgence of Alex Rosetto looks to be applying himself well for Olympia, interesting that Kurt has pretty much banished their side from last year into oblivion! And I know that needed to happen, but if it goes wrong this year, they will be barely able to field an U18 side in season 3!


Good luck to Rossetto....... .a change will do him the world of good, although I doubt Glen will see him in his starting line up, he will probably be handy squad player which i imagine is what Kurt had in mind for him. Not sure that you are correct that kurt has banished last years team.....there' s been at least 8 of last years v league squad that have played in the summer cup games.
Time will tell how the recruits will fit in, but early signs are promising. Good to see some of the talented City juniors getting a run, and there's plenty more young talent running around in the NPL courtesy of city's junior program which is starting to produce results.
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