Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  APIA Leichhardt coach, Danial Cummins, is a frequent visitor to Tasmania [PlessPix]

APIA Leichhardt arrived in Hobart this morning for tonight’s Round-of-32 FFA Cup match against Olympia Warriors at KGV Park at 7.30pm.

The squad is staying at Wrest Point Hotel Casino and will return to Sydney tomorrow on a 6am flight.

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Photo:  The APIA Leichhardt squad at Hobart Airport this morning [PlessPix]

APIA coach, Danial Cummins, 40, is no stranger to Tasmania. He is, in fact, a frequent visitor to Hobart and Launceston as the company for which he works has an office in Tasmania.

“We’re looking forward to the game,” Cummins said. “It’s the first time we’ve been in the last 32 and it’s a nice opportunity for the boys to come and see how we go.

“We know bits and pieces [about Olympia] and as much as we can.

“We’ve done a little bit of homework on them.

“We know they’re a physical side and we know they’re running second in the league and we know they’ve got some players that can hurt you, so we’re looking forward to that.

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Photo:  APIA Leichhardt coach Danial Cummins (second from right) with club officials and support staff shortly after arriving in Hobart this morning [PlessPix]

“I think we’re confident that we’ll do well. It’s cup football, so anything can happen in cup football.

“We know they’re going to be a good side and we know it’s going to be a tough battle, so we’ve come prepared for that and we’re looking forward to it.”

APIA’s home ground of Lambert Park is an artificial pitch, so KGV Park will present no unexpected problems for the visitors.

APIA have brought a 17-man squad to Hobart for tonight’s match.

The APIA Leichhardt squad is:

1 Ivan Necevski, 2 Nathan Millgate, 3 Paul Galimi, 4 Joshua Symons, 7 Sean O’Connell, 8 Corey Biczo, 9 Matthew West, 10 Franco Parisi, 11 Jordan Murray, 12 Dominic Cox, 13 David Dapuzzo, 15 Themba Muata-Marlow, 16 Sean Symons, 17 Adrian Vlastelica, 18 Adrian Ucchino, 19 Brandon Lundy, 20 Tasuku Sekiya, 21 Cameron Stephan, 23 Luke Turnball, 23 Mathew Cook

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Photo:  APIA Leichhardt president Tony Raciti (right).  It was disappointing that not one FFT or Olympia official met the APIA squad on arrival today. [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The APIA players upon arrival in Hobart [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Some of the APIA squad pose for a photo in the arrival lounge at Hobart Airport [PlessPix]

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+9 #6 Anon 2017-08-01 12:08
Quoting hyperbole:
come on Apia flog em

They did
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+15 #5 Harry Wilmott 2017-08-01 08:20
You provide brilliant coverage Walter. I appreciate the effort you make.

I'm sure APIA appreciated your interest too.
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+20 #4 hyperbole 2017-08-01 06:59
come on Apia flog em
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+11 #3 Mudrunner 2017-08-01 06:40
Good luck Leichhardt.
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+19 #2 Traveller 2017-08-01 05:59
#1 omfg, you have no idea about football diplomacy and practice. You've never been anywhere, and if you have, you've stayed five minutes. There are certainly things that host teams do for the visiting team. I don't mean a welcome party, but just a presence to show you are a gracious host.
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-12 #1 omfg 2017-08-01 05:44
APIA Leichhardt president Tony Raciti (right). It was disappointing that not one FFT or Olympia official met the APIA squad on arrival today.

Seriously as if, who do they think they are like really come on.

Do the FA or any London team officials go to the airport to greet a team from another club I would say Not.
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