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:  Aiden Rigby with the John McKenna Medal and John McKenna just behind him [Photo by Craig Porter]

Victory League

Launceston City 0 lost to Northern Rangers 2 (A Rigby, S Brassington)

HT: 0-0 [Game switched from Mitsubishi Park to NTCA Ground in Launceston.]

Mckenna medal

Photo (L-R):  Launceston City's Dan Egan, John McKenna and Rangers' Shane Brassington with the cup and medal on offer in the Launceston derby tonight [Photo courtesy of Brendon Lichtendonck]

Round 15 of the Victory League kicks off at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston tonight [Friday] when bottom-side Launceston City host fourth-placed Northern Rangers at 7pm.

Rangers have already won the previous two meetings of this Launceston Mitsubishi and Launceston Mazda derby, but the John McKenna Medal will be awarded tonight to the best player over the three matches.

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Photo:  Action at the Devonport tournament

Soccer in Tasmania used to be an egalitarian sport open to all, with thousands of participants.

I recently learned, however, that Derwent United were the only southern club represented at a junior carnival hosted by Devonport.

Schaap down

Photo:  Taroona's Ben Schaap (left) is unable to stop a University breakaway [Photo courtesy of University SC]

Southern Premier League leaders University suffered their first league defeat of the season when they went down 3-2 away to fourth-placed Taroona on Saturday.

The Students led 2-0 after just 15 minutes through goals by Luke Huigsloot and Alexis Bull, but they were pegged back by a determined home side, who played the first 20 minutes of the game with just 10 men due to the late arrival of Hugh Foley.

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Photo:  Zebras' Ben Whitehall (centre) under pressure against Knights [PlessPix]

South Hobart maintained their 6-point lead at the top of the Victory League with a resounding 8-0 away win over bottom-side Launceston City at Mitsubishi Park on Saturday.

Brayden Mann netted four goals and Andy Brennan hit a hat-trick, while Hugh Undy scored the remaining goal.

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Photo:  Harry 'The Townhouse' Thannhauser has a fine game for Rangers [PlessPix]

(Victory League, Warrior Park, Saturday, 12 July 2014)

Olympia Warriors 4 (A Holmes 6, W Wadawu 21, E Tsakiris 25, N Mearns 32)

Northern Rangers 3 (A Fisher 17, S Brassington 40, own-goal 93)

HT: 4-2   Att: 187   Ref: B Kopra

Olympia Warriors: Nester - Griffiths, Holmes, Vandermey, Phillips - Mearns, Nichols, Cabello - Wadawu (Kabangu 87), Tsakiris, Ralph (Subs not used: Bellini, Giomataris)

Northern Rangers: Pooley - Dent, Demeijer, Hingston, Anderson - Fisher (Tuma 62), Thannhauser, Towns, P Lanau-Atkinson - Rigby (Luate 79), Brassington (Subs not used: Edwards, McKenna)

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Photo:  University's Kailey Gear in top gear as she heads for goal [PlessPix]

(Women’s Premier League, KGV Park, Sunday, 13 July 2014)

Tilford Zebras 1 (M O’Brien pen)

University 3 (K Gear 3)

HT: 1-2   Ref: K Barker

Tilford Zebras: Chambers; Bowden, Dabner, Delaney, Kannegiesser, O’Brien, Orlowski, price, Toghill, Tsamassiros, Undy (Subs: Moutsatsos, Ridler, Ketley, J Jarvis, A Jarvis)

University: Wilson; Cazaly, Cropp, Dunstan, Gear, Hoysted, Lee, Macgregor, Papadakis, Stalker, Wood (Subs: Benjamin, Lucas, Tadros)

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Photo:  University's Eliza Cropp shoots for goal against Tilford Zebras today [PlessPix]

Women’s Premier League

Tilford Zebras 1 (M O’Brien pen) lost to University 3 (K Gear 3 [including 1 pen])

Clarence United 0 lost to Taroona 1 (S Rose)