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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Midfield action

Photo:  Kingborough's Benn Watkins swings and misses as Olympia's Eduardo Cabello looks on [PlessPix]

Sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United’s disastrous form continued when they lost 5-0 away to third-ranked Olympia Warriors at Warrior Park on Saturday night.

Three goals in the opening 6 minutes by Olympia destroyed the Lions, who improved in the second half, but to use a different analogy, the horse had bolted and the visitors never recovered.


Photo:  Devonport's Joel Stone (right) controls the ball as former Zebras' team-mate David Cox moves in [PlessPix]

Second-placed Tilford Zebras stayed on the heels of pace-setters South Hobart with a 4-0 win over fifth-ranked Devonport City in Saturday’s Victory League double-header at Grove Road.

It was the Zebras’ seventh win in a row, but the litmus test for them will be next Sunday when they meet the champions, South Hobart, away at South Hobart Oval.

Minutes silence

Photo:  The teams observed a minute's silence in memory of the Australians who died in the Malaysian Airlines tragedy [PlessPix]

Victory League leaders South Hobart proved far too good for second-last Glenorchy Knights in the opening fixture of a double-header at Grove Road.

The league-leaders hit the front after just 27 seconds, but only led 2-0 at the interval before scoring three more goals in the second half to run out 5-0 winners.

Weidinger and Ridler

Photo:  Clarence United's Abbie Weidinger (left) clears the ball ahead of Tilford Zebras' Rachel Ridler [PlessPix]

(Women’s Southern Premier League, KGV Park, Sunday, 20 July 2014)

Tilford Zebras 1 (S Morris 35)

Clarence United 1 (E Wilson-Mayne 25)

HT: 1-1   Ref: L Phillips

Tilford Zebras: Baker; Bowden, E Delaney, Kannegiesser, Morris, Nichols, O’Brien, Price, Toghill, Tsamassiros, Undy (Subs: A Jarvis, J Jarvis, Moutsatsos, Orlowski, Ridler)

Clarence United: Vanderniet; Downham, Hall, L Johnston, Johnstone, Marmion, Nellis, Roy, Sammut, Weidinger, Wilson-Mayne (Subs: Crocker, Dixon, Pagano, Hibberd, A Johnston)

Johnston and Price

Photo:  Clarence United's Loren Johnston (left) battles with Tilford Zebras' Natalie Price for possession [PlessPix]

Women’s Premier League

Tilford Zebras 1 (S Morris) drew with Clarence United 1 (W Wilson-Mayne)

Olympia Warriors 2 (B Cantrell, S Vienna-Hallam) beat University 1 (C Stalker)

Taroona 3 (Cupit, Dunbabin, Rose) beat Glenorchy Knights 2 (Rogers, Nowicki)


Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan heads for goal as the Knights' Vincent Kamano and Mynonge Kamba give chase [PlessPix]

The top four sides in the Victory League had comfortable wins over the bottom four sides in Round 15 of the competition this weekend.

Leaders South Hobart took just 27 seconds to take the lead against second-last Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park on Saturday.

Victory league publish 1

Photo:  South Hobart's Brayden Mann shields the ball from Glenorchy Knights' Jade Clay [PlessPix]

Victory League

Glenorchy Knights 0 lost to South Hobart 5 (A Brennan 1, H Ludford 30 pen, B Mann 48, 93, C Kass 60)

Tilford Zebras 4 (A Leszczynski 27, 45 pen, 57 pen, D Walsh 60) beat Devonport City 0

Olympia Warriors 5 (E Cabello 3, A Holmes 5, 26, W Wadawu 6, E Tsakiris 68 pen) beat Kingborough Lions United 0

Reigning Southern Premier League champions and second-placed Beachside take on third-ranked Clarence United at Warrior park at 2.30pm today.

Beachside are more than likely to relinquish their title to University as they currently trail the Students by 11 points with six games remaining, but to keep alive their faint hopes of retaining the title, they must beat Clarence.