Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  South Hobart will need to pull their socks up if they are to beat Devonport in the fourth time of asking this season [PlessPix]

The two most important NPL Tasmania games this weekend are the South Hobart versus Devonport City clash on Sunday, and Saturday’s showdown between Olympia Warriors and Launceston City.

Clarence United will never get a better chance of chalking up a first win for the season when they visit Northern Rangers in Launceston on Saturday, while tonight’s game at KGV Park between Hobart Zebras and Kingborough Lions United promises to induce collective yawning.

Reigning champions South Hobart must win against league-leaders Devonport City at 2pm on Sunday of they are to retain any hope of retaining the title.

If any side can beat Devonport, it must surely be South Hobart.

Devonport have the wood on South Hobart this season, however, having won all three meetings between the sides 1-0 this season.

Devonport also enhanced their reputation when they beat Northcote City 3-1 away in Melbourne in the FFA Cup on Tuesday.

The North-West Coast side will go into Sunday’s game full of confidence and it will take an outstanding performance by South Hobart to beat them.

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Photo:  The astute Chris Gallo, coach of Devonport, will have his players fit and in the right frame of mind for Sunday's game [PlessPix]

The talk of Devonport being tired for their third game in nine days is rubbish. Any side unable to complete such a program of matches is not worthy of being in the top flight.

Players would rather play a game than train and so the clever strategy when facing this number of fixtures is to reduce the number of training sessions or decrease the intensity of sessions that are held.

If a team doesn’t know what to do at this stage of the season without having training sessions, it’s a poor reflection on their abilities.

Fitness should not be an issue and it’s just a case of keeping things ticking over.

Sunday’s showdown will, I hope, be a classic, but I won’t hold my breath going on the past meetings between these sides.

It is important, however, so there may be some drama to entertain the audience.

Second-placed Launceston City must beat the Warriors away on Saturday to keep the pressure on Devonport and to keep their own title hopes alive.

Olympia do not inspire confidence, but they just could prove to be the party poopers that Launceston City dread.

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Photo:  The Clarence line-up last week.  Where's Paul? [PlessPix]

The official squad list issued by FFT and, I suppose, Clarence, again lists Paul Bremner in the Clarence line-up.

If Bremner does play, can someone please ring me and let me know. He’s appeared on every list in recent weeks, although not on the last team-sheet, and I’m intrigued as to what is going on.

The Rangers versus Clarence game promises to be a dour struggle and I somehow reckon that home-ground advantage might just swing things in Rangers’ favour.

Tonight’s Zebras versus Lions fixture at Grove Road will probably be a bore.

Perhaps Zebras coach Gabriel Markaj can liven things up a bit by placing a step ladder near the fence separating the football pitch from the next-door Aussie Rules ground.

He could don the ninja gear again and spectators could try and maintain interest by trying to spot him.

I do hope there is something of interest to spot on the pitch during the game, but it’ll all be for nothing anyway as the outcome of this match has no bearing on anything really.

I wonder of Zebras will fly Mathew Sanders down from Melbourne for this one?

I don’t think Matty can win the golden boot award, and the team can’t win any silverware, so, with all due respect (Matty is a friend whom I respect), it could be a waste of money.

This weekend’s NPL Tasmania schedule is:

Hobart Zebras v Kingborough Lions United, Friday, 10 August, 8:00pm, KGV Park

OlympiaWarriors v Launceston City, Saturday, 11 August, 2:00pm, Warrior Park

Northern Rangers v Clarence United, Saturday, 11 August, 4:30pm, NTCA Ground, Launceston

South Hobart v Devonport City, Sunday, 12 August, 2:00pm, South Hobart Oval

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday, 5 August 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

17

13

2

2

53

14

41

Launceston City

17

11

3

3

50

20

36

South Hobart

17

11

2

4

52

27

35

Hobart Zebras

17

10

2

5

51

32

32

Olympia Warriors

17

7

2

8

37

35

23

Northern Rangers

17

4

2

11

29

56

14

Kingborough Lions

17

3

3

11

30

42

12

Clarence United

17

0

2

15

12

88

2

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+1 #12 Laughable 2018-08-12 03:42
Quoting Herb Garden:
Quoting Walt:
#8 Herb Garden: And where does second place get you?

Hey Walt ... gets you working harder to be number 1 the following year!


One would think you didn’t finish 1st the any position on the ladder other than that would get you working harder next year? Silly statement
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0 #11 Herb Garden 2018-08-11 07:44
Quoting Walt:
#8 Herb Garden: And where does second place get you?

Hey Walt ... gets you working harder to be number 1 the following year!
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+4 #10 Walt 2018-08-11 02:06
#8 Herb Garden: And where does second place get you?
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+2 #9 the tea lady 2018-08-11 01:15
#5:Yes City have all to play for and Oly nothing.I am no Oly fan but think you are wrong, it will be a close game.
On the tight warrane pitch and with Gurson gone would be worth trying Stevens at 9 and Undy in the pocket. They have been playing together since they were nine (futsal as well) and have the chemistry.
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-1 #8 Herb Garden 2018-08-11 00:58
What a poor statement made by you Walter ... Zebs v Lions to be a Friday night yawn. Comments like that do nothing to put bums on seats.Zebras fighting for 2nd spot hardly seems a yawn to me!
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0 #7 Anonymous 2018-08-10 22:59
you sound a bit jaded Walter. Should have gone to the Chargers game last night :)
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+9 #6 Anon 2018-08-10 06:51
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Npl avin alarf:
Yes Clarence been treating it like a Mickey Mouse comp from fish & chip shop paper for line ups then another week got no tape.now taken false number nine to a new level


Explain how they are taking a false 9 to a new level by playing someone in the normal 9 role?

I think it’s a piss take with a player on team sheet that’s never there it’s in the catch phrase
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0 #5 Anon 2018-08-10 06:39
Warriors are no chance! Have they beaten anyone decent this year? City by at least 3 and will be only 2 points behind by the end of Sunday.
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-4 #4 #happy hour 2018-08-10 04:30
there was no crowd at the games last week. saw in another thread someone suggested happy hour. think this could really work at brining people to the games. Get it in fft!!!
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+15 #3 npl heavy weights 2018-08-10 03:17
Clarence big chance to hit the century.
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