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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A Clark and Hall

Photo:  Zebras' Andrew Clark (left) and South Hobart's Darcy Hall vie for possession [PlessPix]

Victory League

South Hobart 0 drew with Tilford Zebras 0

Northern Rangers 3 (N Lanau-Atkinson, T Hingston 2) beat Glenorchy Knights 1 (M Kamba)

Tom Roach passing ball

Photo:  Former Vic Tuting Medal winner Tom Roach is back at South Hobart [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s Jeremy Walker is trialling with English Championship (second tier, just below the English Premier League) side Millwall FC.

The 20-year-old Walker, a product of Tasmania’s NTC, was released by A-League club Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart) after 16 first-team appearances.

I Delgetto clears

Photo:  Isaac Delgetto (No.13) clears the Launceston City lines [PlessPix]

Launceston City, the bottom side in the Victory League, scored an important win on Saturday, beating sixth-ranked Kingborough Lions United 2-1 away at Lightwood Park.

After a goalless opening half, City struck twice in the second period before conceding near the end and having to endure a nail-biting finish before collecting the three points.

PScicluna and Cuthbertson

Photo:  Kingborough's Nick Cuthbertson gets to the ball ahead of Launceston City's Paul Scicluna [PlessPix]

Victory League

Kingborough Lions United 1 (D Cowen 83) lost to Launceston City 2 (N Bartlett 49, A Hedge og 80)

Devonport City 1 (C Vickers 50) lost to Olympia Warriors 2 (E Tsakiris 33, A Holmes 46)

[Vickers of Devonport and Nichols of Olympia sent off.]

Beachside, the reigning Southern Premier League champions, host current leaders University at Sandown Park at 2.30pm today in what should be a close game despite the huge gap between the sides on the standings.

University lead with 40 points, whereas Beachside are fourth and a massive 14 points adrift.

M Kamba and Brennan

Photo:  Andy Brennan (No.10) breaks through the Glenorchy Knights defence last week.  South will expect goals from Brennan against Zebras [PlessPix]

Sunday will be the time of reckoning in the Victory League for leaders South Hobart and second-placed Tilford Zebras when the sides meet at South Hobart Oval at 2pm.

Zebras desperately need to win this one to move to within 3 points of the reigning champions.

T Lunnon Prior and McNeill 24 July 2014

Photo (L-R):  Tim Lunnon, Spencer Prior and Glen McNeill at today's announcement of Tasmanian coaches [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors’ coach Glen McNeill and Northern Rangers’ supremo Tim Lunnon have been appointed as the head coaches of the Tasmanian Victory League All-Stars team to play Melbourne Victory later this year.

Football Federation Tasmania’s technical director, Spencer Prior, has been appointed as the team’s technical assistant and head of selection.

B Lakoseljac today

Photo:  Brendan Lakoseljac (left) today, with son Bradley.  Lakoseljac was man-of-the-match in the 1999 Grand Final [PlessPix]

Some comments recently have referred to Ivan Zilic, a brilliant winger with Hobart Olympic in 1999. They have compared him to current Olympia Warriors star Eduardo Cabello.

Here is my match report of the 1999 Grand Final between Hobart Olympic and Glenorchy Knights, in which Zilic starred, just for old time’s sake.