Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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1 David Smith 11 May 2017

Photo:  David Smith was limping markedly tonight as he weaved his magic under a full moon at training at KGV Park [PlessPix]

David Smith took Hobart Zebras training for the first time this evening in preparation for Saturday’s away PS4 NPL Tasmania game against sister club Launceston City at Buckby Land Rover Park at 4.30pm.

Romeo Frediani and Sergio Pace had taken training on Tuesday, while tonight, Smith, who is overseeing Zebras training and is Football Federation Victoria's technical director, had Frediani and Jez Kenth as his assistants.

2 Frediani Smith and Kenth 11 May 2017

Photo:  David Smith watches training with Romeo Frediani and Jez Kenth [PlessPix]

This is an important game for Zebras and one they simply must win.

They are in fourth place and 4 points behind Olympia Warriors and Devonport City an d 3 points adrift of third-ranked South Hobart.

Olympia, Devonport and South Hobart are all expected to win, so Zebras must get 3 points to stay in touch with that trio.

Launceston City are experiencing somewhat of a resurgence at the moment and have won their past two matches.

They beat South Hobart 2-1 in the Lakoseljac Cup, which was a shock result, while last weekend in the league they overcame Clarence United 5-0 away at Wentworth Park.

3 Smith addresses players

Photo:  David Smith addresses the Zebras squad at training tonight [PlessPix]

South Hobart should make light work at Lightwood Park of Kingborough Lions United at 2pm on Saturday.

Ben Hamlett returns to the South Hobart line-up after suspension, while Jack Turner made his debut last week and has added a bit of muscle to a young side.

Kingborough Lions badly need points but they are unlikely to get any from this game despite the acquisition of Majok Piok from interstate.

Leaders Olympia Warriors entertain Clarence United at 8pm at Warrior Park on Friday and should win comfortably in front of their own supporters.

New coach Kenny Weston got off to a good start last weekend with a 4-1 away win over Northern Rangers and his influence over the team’s style of play and tactics should soon become evident.

Devonport City host Northern Rangers at Valley Road at 4.30pm on Saturday and the home side should win to stay level on points with Olympia.

PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 7 May 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Olympia Warriors

8

6

1

1

25

9

19

Devonport City

8

6

1

1

23

11

19

South Hobart

8

6

0

2

31

9

18

Hobart Zebras

8

4

3

1

24

7

15

Northern Rangers

8

1

2

5

8

19

5

Clarence United

8

1

2

5

6

26

5

Kingborough Lions

8

1

2

5

8

32

5

Launceston City

8

1

1

6

10

22

4

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+2 #13 Anonymous 2017-05-13 09:05
#11 Wake up , indeed wake up 5-0 Zebs now that awakens anybody.
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+4 #12 observer 2017-05-12 13:39
David Smith was a very decent player, he has been and is a good coach and man manager, he will do as good as job as anyone could at Zebs in the short term. As far as continuous success goes. Which club has had the most success in the last 10 years. South Hobart. What have they had that no other club has had. THE ONE BLOODY COACH.........w ith a great deal of support from committees supporters and community. Just a thought........ .
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-2 #11 Wake up 2017-05-12 07:56
Launceston City to win 3-1!
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-2 #10 Anonymous 2017-05-12 07:16
Quoting Cookie Monster:
That player on the left of the last photo looks like he is hiding from something or someone.
He must not like what David is saying.



why are players lying on the ground when being addressed by their coach?
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-3 #9 Anon 2017-05-12 07:13
Obviously standards are low in Victoria as no player is wearing shin guards
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+2 #8 Anon 2017-05-12 06:08
WHat are all these referecnes to full time positions for assistants ?The two Kennys are the only full time coaches in the true sense of the word and don't coach just the NPL squad .ALl other coaches are not full time , but they are committed full time as much as other commitments allow.Senior coaching jobs are not necessarilly FULL TIME .
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+2 #7 Anonymous 2017-05-12 05:33
Am sure it's the board that appoints the coach , this is not Warrior Park.
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+2 #6 Centrelink 2017-05-12 04:58
Quoting Future:
Something need to chang at the zebras or it will be another season without silverware. Every year on paper they have probably the best squad but can't deliver when it counts. At the end of the day who appoints the coach it's the president and once he will run out of money the club will be in deep troubles . Maybe it's time to encourage youth development . Build and sustain a profitable club with the necessary facilities and players to accomplish the first grade needs.a

Run out of money?
Yes you are right he must spend every cent he has and mortgage his house to keep Zebras afloat....
Or just maybe, he has enough disposable income to play this game for every ? Just like Olympia and Knights.
Don't wait too long for these clubs to run out of money, their owners get richer each year not poorer
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+1 #5 Cookie Monster 2017-05-12 03:24
That player on the left of the last photo looks like he is hiding from something or someone.
He must not like what David is saying.
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+6 #4 Future 2017-05-12 02:06
Something need to chang at the zebras or it will be another season without silverware. Every year on paper they have probably the best squad but can't deliver when it counts. At the end of the day who appoints the coach it's the president and once he will run out of money the club will be in deep troubles . Maybe it's time to encourage youth development . Build and sustain a profitable club with the necessary facilities and players to accomplish the first grade needs.a
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