Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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R John in attack

Photo:  University's Ronald John (centre) tries to get past Clarence United's Michael Hollow last weekend [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League leaders University should maintain their 8-point lead at the top of the table this weekend.

The Students should account for third-placed Taroona at home at Olinda Grove at 2.30pm tomorrow, while second-placed Clarence United should also win away to second-last Nelson Eastern Suburbs at North Warrane at the same time tomorrow.

Reigning champions Beachside are fourth and should win when they host bottom-side New Town Eagles at Sandown Park at 2.30pm tomorrow.

“University had a hot encounter with Clarence last weekend,” said University coach, Romilton Amaral.

“Nevertheless, I was happy with the outcome as we managed to get out of there with three points.

“We controlled the game by creating a couple of opportunities but we could not finish it in the first half.

“One of their defenders managed to save a header from Huigsloot with his hand and the referees did not spot it.

“Then, a of couple minutes later, justice was served when Ronald [John] converted a cracker of a goal.  He slammed it in the top corner, lifting up the net.  It was great.

“Our next game is against Taroona and they are a kind of mystery team to me.  They lost players to the mainland and World Cup in Brazil.  But, instead of dropping down, they keep performing well and getting win after win.

“They are currently third on the ladder and a win could well place them second.  This is a huge motivational factor for them and we need to take it into account.

“We are training well and numbers have never been so good.  The club has a very positive and disciplined environment and, on top of that, we are fortunate enough to have quality players fighting for positions.

“As a result, our three sides, seniors, reserves and Under-20s, are all very competitive.

“We just had a meeting with our players to reflect and understand what is happening with us and clearly identify the positive points that put us in the right direction.

“Our players recognise the importance of their hard work, their commitment and dedication as building blocks to achieve success.

“Huigsloot and Ronald have been great assets for us.  They have been very consistent in finishing scoring opportunities that George [Kamano], Jake Undy, Alex Buga, Kiwi [Aaron Hindmarsh], Solomon [Lagu] and Alex Bull have been creating.

“Our defence is very solid with Johnathon [Merry], Lindsay [Millington] and Pete [Frank].  We are also very pleased with both our fullbacks, Eithan [Mazey] and Toby Macgregor].  They are doing a great job, not only defending, but also supporting the attack.  This is a real plus as it is difficult to develop the confidence to do so.

“James Galloway, our new converted goalkeeper, has been brilliant this season, keeping us in the game several times.  I’m really grateful to work with this group.”

In the other game of the round, Beachside host the Eagles. Beach will look to return to form and topple the Eagles to ignite a table climb.

Clarence United should have few problems in vanquishing Nelson Eastern Suburbs.

“Obviously, the boys are upset at the loss on the weekend,” said Clarence United coach, Alan Jablonski.

“Now the league title is out of our hands and we need another team to take points off University, plus win all our games, so a big ask.

“What hasn't helped us is the number of senior players who haven’t been available for selection.

“We still have Jeremy Price, Henry Lush and Dipendra Kunwar still unavailable because of injury.

“In saying that, they are all making good recoveries and hopefully our second half of the season we can come home with a wet sail.

“Sam Karas will come back in this week, with Takayuki Mizuno impressing in the ressies and will most likely get a senior gig.

“We are slowly building to full strength and on the rebound so I am confident the boys will be extremely hard to beat this Saturday.

“For this week’s game, we travel to Nelson for the current Eastern Shore derby.  Olympia always had trouble beating us in the derby before the Victory League came along and, hopefully, we can keep our run over Nelson going this week with a victory.”

In the remaining match of Round 9, Beachside should be comfortable winners against New Town Eagles at Sandown Park.

SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (After Round 8, as at 24 May 2014))

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

University

8

8

0

0

38

9

24

Clarence United

8

5

1

2

31

9

16

Taroona

8

5

0

3

27

16

15

Beachside

8

3

1

4

28

20

10

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

8

1

0

7

6

40

3

New Town Eagles

8

1

0

7

10

46

3

 

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+4 #5 Anonymous 2014-05-31 07:48
Results from North Warrane, CUFC winning SPL Reserves 10 nil, SPL Seniors 6 nil.
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0 #4 Zombieland 2014-05-31 07:44
Quoting Anonymous:
Walter, Ben Whitehall has signed for Zebras.


Who would have expected that.

The Zebras have 7 new players in their 1st 11 (excluding Stone who has moved on). A clear lack of confidence in the club's depth.
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-6 #3 Pelican 2014-05-30 23:50
My man Benny Whitehall what a champion!
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+1 #2 Walt 2014-05-30 14:13
Thanks, Anonymous #1. Have amended accordingly. Cheers!
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+5 #1 Anonymous 2014-05-30 13:38
Walter, Ben Whitehall has signed for Zebras.
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