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:  Olympia's Eduardo Cabello (left) in a tussle with Rangers' Tenzing Anderson [PlessPix]

Victory League

Devonport City 8 (J Gleeson 2, 43, B Denehey 18 pen, 57, 90, M Holden 48, 81, C Moore 85) beat Kingborough Lions United 1 (L Verdouw 13)

Launceston City 0 lost to South Hobart 8 (A Brennan 24, 66, 67, B Mann 30, 56, 82, 86, H Undy 44)

Olympia Warriors 4 (A Holmes 6, W Wadawu 22, E Tsakiris 26, N Mearns 32) beat Northern Rangers 3 (A Fisher 18, S Brassington 40, own-goal 93)

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Photo:  Kailey Gear (left) in action for University [PlessPix]

American striker Kailey Gear, 24, has been a revelation since coming to Tasmania this season and playing for University’s Women’s Premier League team, and occasionally for the men’s reserves.

Gear, who hails from Chicago, has scored 21 goals in 10 games and tomorrow will be her last appearance [University v Tilford Zebras, KGV Park, 2.30pm] in Tasmania before returning to the US on Tuesday.

I interviewed her on the eve of her final game for University.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Shae Hickey in possession as Tilford Zebras' Curran Ferns gives chase [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras notched up their 10th Victory League win this season with a 5-2 triumph over second-last Glenorchy Knights on Friday night.

They are just 3 points adrift of leaders South Hobart, who play today [Saturday], but the deficit should mover back to 6 points by the end of Round 14.

University can take another major step to winning the Southern Premier League title by beating fourth-placed Taroona away at Kelvedon Park today.

The Students currently have a 14-point lead over second-placed Beachside, the reigning champions, with just 7 games remaining.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Jeremy Marshall (right) gets the ball past Tilford Zebras' Josh Fielding, who went off injured midway through the opening half [PlessPix]

Victory League

Tilford Zebras 5 (E Engels 16, 23, 46, A Leszczynski 47, 68) beat Glenorchy Knights 2 (B Robinson 78, A Wilson 87)

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Photo:  Ben Hamlett (left) and Scott Lamont will team up for South Hobart after playing college football in America [PlessPix]

South Hobart should continue their march towards the Victory League title by beating bottom-side Launceston City away at Mitsubishi Park at 4.30pm on Saturday.

The league leaders are 6 points ahead of second-placed Tilford Zebras and will need to lose three games out of the remaining eight to be in danger of relinquishing their title.

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Photo:  Tony Franken [PlessPix]

Tony Franken, goalkeeping coach of the Socceroos, is in Hobart this week after returning from the World Cup in Brazil.

Franken, and national under-20s goalkeeping coach Dean May, are holding an Advanced Goalkeeping Level 2 course at KGV Park for ten interstate candidates.

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Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton is always looking for new players to strengthen his side and will not allow his current squad to rest on their laurels [PlessPix]

South Hobart, the current leaders of the Victory League, have signed a new Scottish import, 23-year-old defender Scott Lamont.

Lamont has been playing college football in the United States of America and is a friend of South Hobart striker Ben Hamlett, who also played college football in the USA.