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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Devonport City drew the short straw in a way in Tuesday night’s FFA Cup draw for the Round-of-32.

Devonport are away to Victorian side Northcote.

In 2016, Devonport were drawn at home twice and made it through to the Round-of-16.

Northcote are not doing well in the Victorian NPL so Devonport are certainly in with a chance, even if they are away from home.

The complete draw is:

  • Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners
  • Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
  • Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City
  • Northcote City FC v Devonport Strikers
  • Port Melbourne Sharks v APIA Leichhardt Tigers
  • Lions FC v Olympic FC
  • Heidelberg United v Charlestown City Blues
  • Gwelup Croatia v Adelaide Comets
  • Canberra FC v Broadmeadow Magic
  • Cairns FC v Armadale SC
  • Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Hakoah Sydney City East
  • Avondale FC v Marconi Stallions
  • Hellenic Athletic v Western Sydney Wanderers
  • Gold Coast Knights v Newcastle Jets
  • Bentleigh Greens v Wellington Phoenix
  • Rockdale City Suns v Sydney FC

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Southern FC goalkeeper Geoff Brown was seriously injured in the Southern Championship game against Glenorchy Knights on 16 June.

Knights won 4-0.

Brown suffered a serious kidney injury and is still in hospital receiving treatment.

Two dollars from every ticket sale at next Sunday’s NPL Tasmania match between Olympia Warriors and Hobart Zebras at Warrior Park will go to Geoff and his family to aid his recovery.

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The experts have all had their say about the Socceroos’ exit from the World Cup.

My take on it is that the failure of coach Bert van Marwijk to play Tim Cahill in the penultimate game against Denmark cost us progression to the next stage.

That was the game we had to win. We could well have won it, too, as some of the chances that came our way would have been snapped up by Cahill.

Cahill is deadly in the air and, just when the team started using dangerous crosses, he was not on the field. The chances were squandered by others.

To bring Cahill on during the match against Peru was an insult. This game was meaningless because France were always going to draw with Denmark and thus eliminate us.

We could have beaten Peru 10-0 and it would have counted for nothing because the draw between France and Denmark eliminated us.

Call me a cynic, but I reckon the France versus Denmark game was always going to end in a draw and so a win for us against Denmark was the key moment and we fluffed it because of selection errors.

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+7 #9 Anonymous 2018-06-28 08:55
Cahill had 35 mins against Peru and had one blocked shot. Bert probs played him in that game to appease Aussie fans and to maybe say, "there you go". If he didn't score against Peru who can say with ANY certainty that he would have won the game for us against Denmark. In the end we just weren't quite good enough.
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+10 #8 The Bottom line 2018-06-28 01:57
Quoting Anon:
After looking for a bit of info on Northcote City last night, stumbled upon live footage of their Dockerty Cup semi-final v NPL Vic ladder leaders Heidelberg.
Wasn't a high-quality first half but Northcote certainly had the better of their opponents. Second half was more even affair with Heidelberg awarded two penalties in final 5min to go through.
Strikers definitely a 'punchers chance' but will need a serious second goal-scoring threat to help Mann out, who will be copping plenty of attention.
Hopefully plenty of ex-pat Taswegians living in Melbourne now can get along to the game and give the team some support.

I watched the same game. Northcote created a lot of chances in the 1st half. One of Ports strengths is its defence. Should be a cracking game. Go Port
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+9 #7 Anon 2018-06-28 00:48
After looking for a bit of info on Northcote City last night, stumbled upon live footage of their Dockerty Cup semi-final v NPL Vic ladder leaders Heidelberg.
Wasn't a high-quality first half but Northcote certainly had the better of their opponents. Second half was more even affair with Heidelberg awarded two penalties in final 5min to go through.
Strikers definitely a 'punchers chance' but will need a serious second goal-scoring threat to help Mann out, who will be copping plenty of attention.
Hopefully plenty of ex-pat Taswegians living in Melbourne now can get along to the game and give the team some support.
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+12 #6 anon 2018-06-27 23:44
Is it a short straw? It'd a be great experience going over to Melbourne to play against a VPL side in a non friendly game. Good luck to them, it'd be great to see a Tassie side in the last 16 again.
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+10 #5 Glory Glory Port 2018-06-27 23:08
You can do it play for the shirt as always work as a unit and bring home round for 16.
Fantastic guesture by Olympia all one futbol family
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-7 #4 anon 2018-06-27 21:56
I think the insult was having Cahill in the squad at all. It meant that someone like Troisi missed out, who was in the prime of his career. Cahill has not played regular football for ages, doesn't even have a club.
With Arnold in charge we wont qualify now for eight years. So we are now looking to the next generation.
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+1 #3 Anon 2018-06-27 17:09
There is no reason why Devonport can not win away from home.
Northcote are an average side all the best to Devonport.
You are spot on regarding Australia the game against Denmark mattered and Cahill should have been on in the second half it was Australias only chance of qualifying.
Well done to Olympia for doing the right thing.
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+5 #2 drew port exile 2018-06-27 13:15
port, its a hard task, just do tassie proud.

denmark was the game roos needed to win, agree with you walter, cahill can score goals.

also well done olympia.
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+11 #1 Anonymous 2018-06-27 11:42
Well done Olympia.
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