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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Gab Markaj 30 July 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Zebras coach Gabriel Markaj has completed his five-game suspension and will be back on the bench for the game against Devonpprt on Saturday [PlessPix]

Third-placed Hobart Zebras should close the gap on NPL Tasmania leaders Devonport City by winning their encounter at Valley Road, Devonport, at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Zebras have already beaten Devonport 2-1 at Valley Road earlier in the season and they should repeat the dose tomorrow.

Markaj Gabriel 30 July 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Zebras coach Gabriel Markaj admitted he sometimes verbally abuses his players but insisted that they still love him [PlessPix]

The other meeting between the teams resulted in a 1-1 draw at KGV Park.

Although the Devonport players deny it, their minds must surely be focused on next Tuesday’s FFA Cup Round-of-32 encounter against Northcote City in Melbourne.

Both sides will be at full strength and Zebras have the incentive and quality to win.

Launceston City, in second place, can also close in on Devonport y winning the Launceston derby against Northern Rangers at 4.30pm at home at Buckby Landrover Park.

City have emerged from a disastrous run of three losses, which had cost them the leadership, by drawing with Kingborough Lions United two weeks ago and then winning 5-0 away against bottom-side Clarence United last weekend.

Fourth-placed South Hobart will also place pressure on Devonport when they beat bottom-side Clarence United at South Hobart Oval at 2pm on Sunday.

If results go the way I have predicted, Devonport’s lead will have been whittled down to just 2 points, and they will only be 3 points ahead of Zebras and South Hobart.

Devonport meet South Hobart the next weekend and a loss there could well see them deposed as the league leaders.

With just five games remaining, the contest for the title could not be tighter, with four sides all in the running.

This weekend’s schedule is:

Kingborough Lions United v Olympia Warriors, Saturday, 4 August, 2:00pm, Lightwood Park

Devonport City v Hobart Zebras, Saturday, 4 August, 2:30pm, Valley Road

Launceston City v Northern Rangers, Saturday, 4 August, 4:30pm, Buckby Landrover Park

South Hobart v Clarence United, Sunday, 5 August, 2:00pm, South Hobart Oval

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

 

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+3 #19 Anon 2018-08-07 02:51
#17 Could not agree more, you cannot abuse 17 year olds and expect them to play for you, as most of the ones left at Zebras won't, they will sit the year out in Challenge and then make decisions on their futures!
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+1 #18 anon 2018-08-06 01:58
#17.Are you for real? Work Place? And who polices work place bullying at a sporting club?
Please.........
Having said that the behaviour is a disgrace. No argument there.
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+2 #17 Anonymous 2018-08-05 18:50
There is no room for verbal abuse. This is classed as work place bullying. To say they still love you. Think again.
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+8 #16 Striker Liker 2 2018-08-05 08:07
Walter's prediction may have been based on logic and past results, however he forgot the Markaj factor - otherwise known as an inability to read a weather forecast and bring the appropriate game-plan to beat the Strikers on a cow paddock.
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+2 #15 Anonymous 2018-08-04 12:00
I think Walters prediction was based on some sound logic, as stated in his article. Just turned out to be wrong.
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+5 #14 Next season 2018-08-04 10:33
Zebras squad good enough keep gab and next season should be there.keep building youth u12 & up
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+12 #13 Anon 2018-08-04 10:30
Quoting Anonymous:
I thought 7-8 would have been a stretch but 4 good enough. Good call from you anyway.

Quoting Anonymous:
You might be right I hope so but I think Olympia will win by a little bit less than 7 or 8.

Quoting Anon:
So many turns could fold.one thing won't be paying $$$ to watch my team win 7 or 8 nil Against pub team

Only one pub team bottom & knights should replace them scoring for fun
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+6 #12 Altogether port 2018-08-04 10:21
Quoting Anonymous:
I thought 7-8 would have been a stretch but 4 good enough. Good call from you anyway.

Quoting Anonymous:
You might be right I hope so but I think Olympia will win by a little bit less than 7 or 8.

Quoting Anon:
So many turns could fold.one thing won't be paying $$$ to watch my team win 7 or 8 nil Against pub team

They play Sunday mate
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0 #11 FFTASS 2018-08-04 09:13
after watching todays match, and observing 1/2 of Zebras games this year I have come to the conclusion that the club has a good depth of quality in its playing staff. However their structure is baffling. Natural strikers playing as holding midfielders, wide players not attacking at speed at isolated defenders, slow build up play thru midfield and no variety at set pieces. What is needed is obvious, but the admin folks know better apparently. Bring on season 2019.
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0 #10 Arthur 2018-08-04 09:08
Quoting Anonymous:
Ha ha Markaj and Zebras deserve each other

Ha ha... idjot
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