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:  Beachside's Callan Paske nods the ball back into the goalmouth against Kingborough [PlessPix]

South Hobart stole the show in terms of goals and University in terms of scalps in the Round-of-16 matches in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy on the weekend.

South Hobart demolished Nelson Eastern Suburbs 11 -1 at South Hobart Oval, while University upset Glenorchy Knights 1-0 at KGV Park.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Cameron Rogers in a tussle with Nelson's Bill Hanley (right) [PlessPix]

In other games, Kingborough Lions United overcame Beachside 5-0 away at Sandown Park, Clarence United came away from Kelvedon Park with a 1-0 win over Taroona, and Launceston City accounted for Somerset 3-1.

One of the surprises of the round was Northern Rangers’ 3-0 triumph over the fancied Olympia Warriors, while Devonport City downed North-West Coast rivals Ulverstone 6-0.

Liam Scott put South Hobart ahead against Nelson in the 11th minute when he turned a right-wing cross in with his knee.

Andy Brennan almost grabbed a second five minutes later, but Nelson keeper Josh McInerney turned the ball against the base of his right-hand post.

Brennan made amends in the 18th minute when McInerney hesitated for a split second in going for Paul Stevens’s low right-wing cross and the South Hobart striker hit the ball into the net from 12 metres.

Liam Scott scores first

Photo:  Liam Scott hits the first goal for South Hobart with his knee [PlessPix]

Ben Hamlett made it 3-0 in the 31st minute and Nick Morton added a fourth two minutes later as South Hobart dominated possession and attacked relentlessly.

In the 35th minute, Morton put Cameron Rogers down the left with a short pass and the youngster sent a powerful shot across the keeper and inside the far post for goal number five.

In the second half, Brennan came into his own and took his tally to seven with strikes in the 57th, 70th, 72nd, 75th, 79th and 80th minutes to make it 11-0.

William Stalker hit a consolation goal for Nelson in the final minute, his free-kick finding a way through the South Hobart defensive wall and beating keeper Kane Pierce, much to the annoyance of coach Ken Morton.

Woolley and Macgregor

Photo:  Knights' Harry Woolley (in blue) and University's Toby Macgregor in a tangle [PlessPix]

A goal by Alex Buga in the 36th minute was enough for University to eliminate Glenorchy Knights from the competition.

Buga attacked down the right and expertly lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper, Sam Kruijver.

The Knights had enough of the play to warrant a better outcome, but they lack penetration and finishing ability.

The poor result was compounded by the loss of midfielder Jayden Hey with a serious leg injury.  He was stretchered off late in the game and will miss up to two months of action.

A hat-trick by Danny Cowen was the highlight of Kingborough’s 5-0 drubbing of Southern Premier League opponents Beachside.

Joe Davis and Dean Watkins were the Lions’ other marksmen.

The Uni coaching staff

Photo:  A contented University coaching staff during the game against Knights [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors, missing several key players, fell flat on their faces against Northern Rangers, going down 3-0 to a hat-trick from Rangers’ English import Adam Edwards.

Brody Denehey hit five of Devonport’s six goals against Ulverstone, the other coming from Cory Vickers.

Launceston City’s fortunes may have changed this year, indicated by their 3-1 victory over Somerset.

Toby Omenihu, Mark Cristy and John McSorely netted the goals for City, while Kyrone Johnson replied for the Sharks.

The results mean that the quarterfinals will be contested by six Victory League teams  -  three from the south and three from the north  -  and two Southern Premier League sides.

Two Heys and Hickey

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights coach Chris Hey (centre) in deep discussion with Jayden Hey (left) and Shae Hickey before they go into the dressing rooms at half-time to join the rest of the team [PlessPix]


+1 #3 A noni mouse 2014-03-28 04:24
Last picture Chris Hey " I am telling you guys the one that got away was this big"
+1 #2 Brentmused 2014-03-27 08:16
You love to give Callan a good stitch up photo Walter!
+3 #1 Tas Stats 2014-03-27 00:49
Fastest 5 haul goal in Tasmanian football? 10 Mins.

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