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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Holmes Alex of Olympia

Photo:  Alex Holmes will play his final game for Olympia before retirement [PlessPix]

Devonport City should win the NPL Tasmania title tomorrow with an away win against second-last Kingborough Lions United at Lightwood Park at 2pm.

Even if Devonport lose, second-placed South Hobart would have to beat sixth-ranked Northern Rangers by something like 18 goals if they are to retain their title.

Brayden Mann v SH

Photo:  Brayden Mann has scored 33 goals for Devonport this seasona nd he should add to his tally against Kingborough.  He remains my favourite for the Mitsubishi Motors Best Player Award to be announced at the FFT Awards night on Saturday.  He is also the winner of the Golden Boot as the NPL Tasmania leading goalscorer. [PlessPix]

My money is on Devonport City depriving South Hobart of their title, won in 2017.

All four games kick off at 2pm tomorrow and are in the south of the State.

Bottom-side Clarence United host fifth-ranked Olympia Warriors at Wentworth Park and the home side are unlikely to get their first win of the season.

Alex Holmes will play his last game for Olympia as he has announced his retirement at the relatively young age of 28.

Holmes, who started his career with Taroona before moving to South Hobart, Glenorchy Knights and finally Olympia, has been plagued by a knee injury and this has prompted his retirement.

Northern Rangers will also bid farewell after their game against South Hobart to Harry Thannhauser and Nick and Pat Lanau-Atkinson.

Hobart Zebras entertain Launceston City at KGV Park and the prize for a win is third-placed in the final standings of the year.

This will be Zebras’ coach Gabriel Markaj’s final game in charge and he may not be in Tasmania next year.

Launceston City topped the standings for half the season before hitting a slump, but coach Jez Kenth will be pleased if City finish third.

South Hobart FC v Dev

Photo:  South Hobart will probably relinquish their NPL Tasmania title to Devonport City on Saturday [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania schedule this Saturday:

Clarence United v Olympia Warriors, Saturday, 1 September, 2pm, Wentworth Park

Kingborough Lions United v Devonport City, Saturday, 1 September, 2pm, Lightwood Park

Hobart Zebras v Launceston City, Saturday, 1 September, 2pm, KGV Park

South Hobart v Northern Rangers, Saturday, 1 September, 2pm, South Hobart Oval

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday, 26 August 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

20

15

2

3

65

18

47

South Hobart

20

14

2

4

60

31

44

Hobart Zebras

20

12

2

6

61

40

38

Launceston City

20

11

3

6

52

28

36

Olympia Warriors

20

9

2

9

44

39

29

Northern Rangers

20

6

2

12

38

65

20

Kingborough Lions

20

4

3

13

35

50

15

Clarence United

20

0

2

18

15

99

2

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Sherman James 19 August 2016 blog

Photo:  James Sherman will be coach of Knights next season after being assistant coach to Franco Previdi [PlessPix]

Meanwhile, Glenorchy Knights, who won the Southern Championship and are promoted to an expanded 10-team NPL Tasmania competition in 2019, have announced James Sherman as their coach for next season.

He replaced Franco Previdi, who coached the Knights to three Southern Championship titles in a row.