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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Dyson reaches for the ball - Copy

Photo:  Clarence keeper Matt Dyson punches the ball clear of Launceston City's Lindsay Millington [PlessPix]

Devonport City scored in the dying minutes of the first half and in stoppage time at the end of the game to down Olympia Warriors 2-0 away at Warrior Park on Sunday and maintain their 5-point lead at the top of the NPL Tasmania standings with just five games remaining.

The league’s leading marksman, Brayden Mann, put Devonport ahead in the 40th minute after team-mate Michael Holden served the ball to him on a platter following an error by Olympia’s Warren Wadawu.

Hur Ali Ercan with ball - Copy

Photo:  Neither Hur Ali Ercan (left), nor his two American compatriots, played for Clarence on Saturday [PlessPix]

Olympia had had a couple of decent chances earlier in the half, but Devonport goalkeeper Nathan Pitchford was up to the challenge and denied Gordon Gurson twice.

Devonport were on edge in the closing stages before Dom Smith killed the game off with a goal following a corner in the second minute of stoppage time.

The game was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Olympia’s star of the 1960s, Harry Alexiadis, who passed away the previous week at the age of 76.

Alexiadis was a brilliant goalkeeper and, when injury prevented him continuing between the posts, he became an outstanding centre-forward.

Johnson punches off Mulraneys head - Copy

Photo:  Olympia goalkeeper Brett Johnson punches a corner clear against Devonport [PlessPix]

Launceston City beat bottom-side Clarence United 5-0 away at Wentworth Park on Saturday to maintain second place, 5 points adrift of Devonport.

A minute’s silence was observed by both teams prior to kick-off in memory of the father of Launceston City coach, Jez Kenth. The City coach was absent as he was in Malaysia for his father’s funeral.

A Noah Mies goal in the 20th minute gave Launceston City a 1-0 lead at the interval and it took until the hour-mark for the visitors to add a second, through Tyler Fischer.

Mies completed his brace with a goal in the 67th minute to make it 3-0 before Daniel Smith added the fourth in the 73rd minute.

Defender Lindsay Millington wrapped up the scoring with Launceston City’s fifth in stoppage time.

None of Clarence United’s three American imports took the field in this match. One was reported to be injured, another was ill, while the third is reported to be returning home.

Launceston City were without their Melbourne fly-in, defender Liam Scott.

Minutes silence for Kenths dad 28 July 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Clarence and Launceston City players observe a minute's silence in memory of the father of City's coach, Jez Kenth [PlessPix]

Third-placed Hobart Zebras won 4-0 away against Northern Rangers at a water-logged NTCA Ground in Launceston on Sunday.

Mathew Sanders netted twice, including a penalty, while Matthew Pace and Jayden Hey scored the other goals.

South Hobart, who are fourth, trailed at half-time to a Lewis Verdouw goal against Kingborough Lions United away at Lightwood Park on Saturday night.

South Hobart squandered an early penalty, awarded when Lions keeper Nicholas O’Connell brought down Alex Walter. O’Connell redeemed himself by saving Adam Gorrie’s spot-kick. It was the second penalty that Gorrie has missed this season.

Kobe Kemp drew South Hobart level with a free-kick, while goals by Jack Turner and Nick Morton gave the visitors a 3-1 win.

Lucas Hill and Brayden Mann - Copy

Photo:  Devonport's Brayden Mann (right) under pressure from Olympia's Lucas Hill [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday 29 July 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

16

12

2

2

50

14

38

Launceston City

16

10

3

3

46

19

33

Hobart Zebras

16

10

2

4

51

29

32

South Hobart

16

10

2

4

45

26

32

Olympia Warriors

16

6

2

8

33

35

20

Northern Rangers

16

4

2

10

28

52

14

Kingborough Lions

16

3

3

10

30

38

12

Clarence United

16

0

2

14

11

81

2

Marins and Cowen - Copy

Photo:  Kingborough's Danny Cowen tackles South Hobart's Renato De Vecchi Marins [PlessPix]

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0 #39 north of Sassafrass 2018-08-07 11:48
Quoting Coffee please:
#5 All south of Sassafrass are waiting for Port v Northcote game , be so nice to see the north of Sassafrass get their arses spanked.

THAT WILL DO PORT THAT WILL DO
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+2 #38 Anonymous 2018-08-04 02:21
Quoting Anonymous:
Only 3 clubs have won anything since the NPL started 6 years ago. Nothing will change.


Unless City win this year ;)
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+9 #37 Anon 2018-08-03 13:54
It’s only clubs who have had no success that criticise those that do or those who can attract sponsors because clubs are run professionally. , not like social clubs. Continue to act like social clubs and that is what you will continue to be referred to as.
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-9 #36 Troll 2018-08-03 12:59
#35
I think people get pissed when all the pathetic hangers on take all the credit for what a great club they support when it's all the work of one rich benefactor pumping heaps of cash into the club.
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+3 #35 Anon 2018-08-03 11:00
Quoting The Bottom line:
Clubs have always had sponsors and people or members that have financially helped out. Anyone that played in the 70s 80s can tell you stories of driveways getting concreted if you played at Juve etc.
Why the sudden fuss?

Beats me what the fuss about all clubs did it back then and they still do it.
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+6 #34 Anon 2018-08-03 09:52
Quoting The Bottom line:
Clubs have always had sponsors and people or members that have financially helped out. Anyone that played in the 70s 80s can tell you stories of driveways getting concreted if you played at Juve etc.
Why the sudden fuss?

Yes futbol always been about $$$$$ players sponsers owners. People should stop moaning about knights Olympia zebs & anyone else
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+3 #33 The Bottom line 2018-08-02 22:48
Clubs have always had sponsors and people or members that have financially helped out. Anyone that played in the 70s 80s can tell you stories of driveways getting concreted if you played at Juve etc.
Why the sudden fuss?
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+10 #32 Hugo Luttmer 2018-08-02 21:40
I had this thread pointed out to me at training last night. I just want to make it clear that this 'Hugo' is not me.

If you want my two bobs worth, any club that has someone pouring piles of cash into it is a lucky club, the rest of us are all jealous.
Cheers
Hugo Luttmer
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-3 #31 anonymous 2018-08-02 13:09
just looking at the ladder, if clarence win 4 of their next 5 games they'll pip kingborough for 7th
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-3 #30 Anonymous 2018-08-02 12:11
Only 3 clubs have won anything since the NPL started 6 years ago. Nothing will change.
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