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 Brennan and Roach

Photo:  Tom Roach and Andy Brennan (background) at South Hobart training at KGV Park tonight [PlessPix]

South Hobart trained at KGV Park this evening because their home ground of Wellesley Park is closed because of the wet conditions.

South Hobart will meet Northern Rangers at KGV Park on Saturday at 4pm in a Victory League match and then Tuggeranong United from the ACT at 7.30pm on Tuesday in an FFA Cup Round-of-32 match.

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Photo:  Peter Savill (left) and Ken Morton at training tonight [PlessPix]

The NTC women’s side cancelled their regular training to accommodate South Hobart.

Tilford Zebras trained at KGV Park immediately after South Hobart.

The South Hobart Victory League squad were wearing orange bibs and the club’s Development squad players wore green bibs.

New signings Tom Roach and Chris Hunt were clad in green, which seemed to indicate they would not feature in the Victory League squad this weekend.

New signing from America, Scott Lamont, wore orange and may feature after being on the bench and not getting a run against Tilford Zebras last Sunday.

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Photo:  South coach Ken Morton (right) has a word with Scott Lamont as Brayden Mann runs with the ball in the background [PlessPix]

The goalkeepers trained separately but there was no sign of Mark Moncur, although Nicholas Becker was there.

Coaches Peter Savill, Nick Di Martino and Chris Oddie were there in addition to Ken Morton.

Savill, the former Leeds United player and who travels to Hobart from Launceston several times a week, took some of the session, with input from Morton.

Brayden Mann, who has a back strain, trained and should be fit for Saturday, although it would not be a surprise to see him rested in readiness for the game against Tuggeranong on Tuesday.

Liam Scott was an absentee - he has a leg injury.

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Photo:  Some of South Hobart's younger goalkeepers go through their paces tonight [PlessPix]

Pierce is on the team list for South Hobart contained in the FFA media package for the FFA Cup, but he definitely won’t be playing.

Given the current weather conditions, it’s wonderful that we have two artificial pitches in Hobart as no Victory League games will be postponed.

It would not surprise to see some other games rescheduled to KGV Park over the weekend.

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Photo:  Peter Savill working with the Victory League squad [PlessPix]


0 #18 lol 2014-08-02 09:07
Quoting Anonymous:
Hoping that Rangers can get over South but I kinda think they are pretenders rather than contenders based on their current form.

Real pretenders
-1 #17 Anonon 2014-08-01 11:51
Quoting Anonymous:
So apart from Warriors who of course have their own, does that mean every V-League club trained at KGV this week?

At the risk of asking a silly question, why not play all games there as well? All southern football could be either at KGV or at warrior park. It'd save clubs a fortune.

Considering artificial pitches are horrible to play on especially warrior park. Honestly don't mind KGV when it's wet.I doubt anyone other than zebs, oly and knights would go for it haha
+2 #16 ground keeper 2014-08-01 09:39
Some one should ask Sav if they cut the grass at the KGV.
-7 #15 Non 2014-08-01 06:43
Quoting Anonymous:
Hoping that Rangers can get over South but I kinda think they are pretenders rather than contenders based on their current form.

Top by 6 points and unbeaten in how many games? Must be real pretenders those south lads.
+3 #14 Anonymous 2014-08-01 06:16
Hoping that Rangers can get over South but I kinda think they are pretenders rather than contenders based on their current form.
+1 #13 Anon 2014-08-01 05:48
Quoting Anonymous:
Does Jayeden Hey look disinterested in that last photo?
I reckon ay! Must want to go back to knights lol.
+5 #12 Anonymous 2014-08-01 04:46
Does Jayeden Hey look disinterested in that last photo?
+2 #11 Anonymous 2014-08-01 04:45
Quoting third surface:
Pity South Hobart's new artifical surface at Wellesley Park hasn't come to pass.All that soil from North Hobart to level the ground but no artifical surface as promised to the club a year or two back.

I only hope that if it did happen that Morton would be charged commercial rates by HCC to use it to run his business which is separate from South Hobart by all accounts.
+3 #10 Anonymous 2014-08-01 04:21
Quoting Hmmmm:
Still pathetic that we don't have a grass pitch to host FFA cup games, A-League games etc. though. Foresight would've been to turn a different ground into an artificial pitch (ie. South Hobart), as KGV was our best one (as sad as that is..)!

meh! it's only one or two games a year which those precious pups at FFA should allow to be played on plastic.

If South Hobart Oval had an artificial surface paid for by FFT, you wouldnt need 3 guesses as to who would have benefitted most.
+1 #9 Anonymous 2014-08-01 04:01
Quoting Anon:
That tall guy in the blue jacket (Second Last Photo) - Why doesn't he get selected for the goalkeeping gig? Looks big enough.

He is a social keeper. He is good but not better than Mark.

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