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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M Blake Turner and ball

Photo:  Kingborough's Jack Turner nods the ball forward as he rounds Devonport's Mitchell Blake [PlessPix]

Ho, hum!  Yawn!  After seven rounds of Victory League matches, a third of the season, reigning champions South Hobart are already 5 points clear at the top.

They slipped up against Northern Rangers, but got back on track immediately and it’s now up to them whether or not they relinquish the league title.

E Cropp stretches

Photo:  University's Eli Cropp goes on a run with a Knights defender in pursuit [PlessPix]

(Women’s Premier League, KGV Park, Sunday, 18 May 2014)

Glenorchy Knights 0

University 4 (K Gear 2, E Cropp 2)

HT:  0-3   Ref:  J Hortle

Glenorchy Knights:  Smith;  Ford, G Griffiths-Lee, L Griffiths-Lee, Hall, Hay, Lockley, McNally, Nowicki, Rogers, Terry  (Subs:  Allen, Negri, Ponting, Turner)

University:  Wilson;  Cropp, Dunstan, Gear, Hoystead, Lee, Lickiss, Macgregor, Papadakis, Stalker, Wood  (Subs:  Cox-Haines, De Jong, Peri)

J Nugent tackles Lapolla

Photo:  Zebras' Adam Lapolla hooks the ball away as South's Jackson Nugent tackles [PlessPix]

(Victory Development League, KGV Park, Sunday, 18 May 2014)

Tilford Zebras 1 (R Smith 48)

South Hobart 1 (A Walter 7)

HT:  0-1   Ref:  L Hargrave

Tilford Zebras:  Ferguson;  Cox, E Engels, Smith, Telega, Heffernan, A Lapolla, MacDonald, Malcolm, Muller, Warrener  (Subs:  Fraraccio, Brennan, Cooke, Oh, Woodford)

South Hobart:  Moncur;  Chorney, C Di Martino, Goddard,  Thomas, Williamson, Gofton, Nugent, Jafarii, Wain, Walter  (Subs:  Arabzadeh, Becker, Cook, Skalkos, Wilkes)

R Smith and Wain

Photo:  Tilford Zebras' scorer Ryan Smith (left) moves in to tackle South Hobart's Colin Wain [PlessPix]

Victory Development League

Tilford Zebras 1 (R Smith 48) drew with South Hobart 1 (A Walter 7)

S Collins and Buddhists

Photo:  A Buddhist altar was set up outside the dressing rooms at KGV Park [PlessPix]

Today’s Victory League double-header at KGV Park was dubbed the inaugural Multicultural Double-Header.

Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan.

J Turner on a run

Photo:  Kingborough's Jack Turner attacks the Devonport defence [PlessPix]

Victory League

Kingborough Lions United 1 (L Verdouw 26) beat Devonport City 0

Northern Rangers 1 (A Edwards) drew with Olympia Warriors 1 (N Mearns)

South Hobart 6 (D Hall 23, 86, A Brennan 30, 39, 55, C Kass 56 pen) beat Launceston City 2 (M Cristy 1, G Kim 71)

New Town Eagles beat Nelson Eastern Suburbs 2-1 in the Southern Premier League last weekend to end the longest losing streak in the club’s history.

Eagles had lost 14 games in a row until last week’s win and they face Clarence United today in a tough match at Clare Street.

McNeill and Griffiths

Photo:  Olympia coach Glen McNeill (left) and defender Jonathan Griffiths air their thoughts about today's game against Northern Rangers [PlessPix]

Today’s Multicultural Double-Header in the Victory League at KGV Park features Kingborough Lions United versus Devonport City at 2pm and South Hobart versus Launceston City at 4.15pm.

The day’s program will also feature multicultural food stalls, dancing and other multicultural activities.