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 looks back as he dives - Copy

Photo:  Diving Clarence keeper Matt Dyson looks back in despair as a shot beats him [PlessPix]

Devonport City tuned up for Tuesday’s FFA Cup clash away to Northcote City by beating third-ranked Hobart Zebras 3-0 at home in driving rain at Valley Road to maintain their 5-point lead at the top of the NPL Tasmania standings with just four game remaining.

It took Devonport just over an hour to grind down the visitors, but three goals in the latter stages of the second half brought the league-leaders a 13th victory.

Shot goes over the bar - Copy

Photo:  To Dyson's relief, the ball goes over the bar [PlessPix]

Kieran Mulraney headed Devonport’s first in the 64th minute, while Joel Stone then netted twice to end the Zebras’ faint title hopes.

Second-ranked Launceston City kept up their challenge with a 4-1 win at home against Northern Rangers in the Launceston derby.

Two goals by youngster Noah Mies and one each by Daniel Syson and Daniel Smith gave Launceston City their win and Rangers’ late goal was a mere consolation gesture.

Reigning champions South Hobart kept their title hopes alive with a 7-1 thrashing of bottom-side Clarence United at South Hobart Oval on Sunday.

Turner takes on Hedge - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Jack Turner takes on Clarence's Adam Hedge as FFT President Bob Gordon looks on [PlessPix]

South Hobart meet Devonport City next Sunday at South Hobart Oval in a crucial match that will either end the reining champions’ title quest or enable Devonport to put one hand on the trophy.

South Hobart took the lead against Clarence after just 2 minutes through Kobe Kemp, while further goals by Nick Morton and Brazilian import Renato De Vecchi Marins put them 3-0 up before the interval.

Paul Palmer pulled a goal back for Clarence on the stroke of half-time to make it 3-1 at the break, but any hope of a revival by the visitors was dashed early in the second half with a second goal by Marins.

Kemp opens the scoring - Copy

Photo:  Kobe Kemp opens the scoring for South Hobart against Clarence [PlessPix]

Morton, Jack Turner and Adam Gorrie completed the rout by South Hobart.

The win moved South Hobart up a place to third and 6 points adrift of leaders Devonport with next Sunday’s game looming.

Fifth-placed Olympia Warriors easily accounted for sixth-ranked Kingborough Lions United 4-0 away at Lightwood Park.

Joffrey N’Koso hit a hat-trick for the Warriors, who opened the scoring through Joel Sammut after just 17 minutes.

Holmes stretches at Baker - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Alex Holmes gets a leg in ahead of Kingborough's Tim Baker [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday, 5 August 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

17

13

2

2

53

14

41

Launceston City

17

11

3

3

50

20

36

South Hobart

17

11

2

4

52

27

35

Hobart Zebras

17

10

2

5

51

32

32

Olympia Warriors

17

7

2

8

37

35

23

Northern Rangers

17

4

2

11

29

56

14

Kingborough Lions

17

3

3

11

30

42

12

Clarence United

17

0

2

15

12

88

2

Johnson and Baker - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's American goalkeeper Brett Johnson takes a cross against compatriot Tim Baker of Kingborough [PlessPix]

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+6 #11 Anon 2018-08-07 13:59
Quoting anonymous:
Really Port u guys suck ..... northcote 2-0 and partyyyyyyy


Hope it was a good party mate cause I believe you had egg on your face
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+4 #10 drew port exile 2018-08-07 11:43
glory glory devonport

thats a result to be so proud of

remember when port beat metro in the ampol cup so many years ago, that was huge then, but beating a npl vic club, tassie has been done proud.

glory glory
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+6 #9 Yellow mellow 2018-08-07 11:35
Let's all ave a disco
Let's all ave a disco
Na na na na
Na na na na
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+5 #8 Unbelievable 2018-08-07 11:29
Devonport the history makers
Twice into last 16
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+13 #7 Anon 2018-08-07 02:50
No expenses spared by FFT paying for a party of employees to go over !
Must be great having Clubs money to splash about !
Strikers to win 2-0 !
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+3 #6 Hmmm 2018-08-07 01:29
Quoting anonymous:
Really Port u guys suck ..... northcote 2-0 and partyyyyyyy


Yeah Port! Take that harsh comment from a deadbeat keyboard warrior haha.
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+5 #5 drew port exile 2018-08-06 11:35
will be hopeing port can push them to the limit.

required game conditions

torrential rain
ice cold weather
a bunch of lads with heart and belief

fine and warm don't bode good for the coasters

come on you blues
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-23 #4 anonymous 2018-08-06 10:32
Really Port u guys suck ..... northcote 2-0 and partyyyyyyy
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+14 #3 Anon 2018-08-06 09:37
Quoting Do it for tassie:
Good luck port watch out for the one who wears white swimming’cap .got a touch of class similar to de Vecchi game changer


Respect your opponents by all means but don't forget they will have their handsful of problems against a side that plays as a team.
You have proven you are a top side by your performances over the past 3-4 years in Tasmania grasp the moment and believe in yourselves you can do it.
Believe
Believe
Believe
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+15 #2 On der plane 2018-08-06 07:26
We're all on the march with Gallo's aarmy
We're all going to Melbourne!
Come on strikers
Come on strikers
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