Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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The Round-of-16 of the Lakoseljac Cup will be played tomorrow [Eastern Monday] and every game features a top-flight side against a second-tier opponent.

University and Glenorchy Knights of the Southern Championship seem to have the best chance of beating PS4 NPL Tasmania opponents.

University entertain Launceston City at home at Olinda Grove at 2.30pm.

These sides met in the 2006 final and the Students won 1-0 and must have a chance in this game as City are bottom of the top-flight competition.

Glenorchy Knights have poured money into their club and are riding high at the top of the Southern Championship standings, while Kingborough are struggling in the top flight and are second-last in the State-wide league.

Knights and Lions have met twice before in this competition.

Knights beat Lions 3-0 in the 2000 final, while in 2012, Knights won 7-1.

The Knights will be keen to win this competition as it is their 60th anniversary year and they would love to represent Tasmania in the FFA Cup.

Launceston United host South Hobart at Birch Avenue at 2pm and the southerners should win at a canter.

When the sides last met in the State-wide Cup in 1989, Launceston United won 2-0, but the football world has changed considerably since then and there are new power blocks.

South Hobart went on to huge success in the 2000s and Launceston United have stayed in the second tier.

Northern Rangers are at home at the NTCA Ground against Nelson at 2pm and, even though Rangers are finding it tough in the top flight, their 1-1 draw with Hobart Zebras in the PS4 NPL Tasmania competition on Saturday will have given them the confidence to dispose of the southern second-tier outfit.

Hobart Zebras visit Sandown Park at 2pm to take on Beachside and the Zebras will be keen to banish the memories of Saturday’s draw.

There is intense rivalry between these clubs and there has been a two-way exchange of personnel - players from Zebras to Beachside, and officials the other way - so the atmosphere will be electric beside the beach at Sandy Bay.

The teams last met in this competition in 2009 and Zebras won 4-1.

Reigning PS4 NPL Tasmania champions and cup-holders Devonport City travel south to take on Hobart United at Gunns Oval in Brighton at 2.30pm.

If the North-West Coast side actually find their way to this unfamiliar venue, they should win.

These sides have never met before so it should be a novel experience for both sides.

Ulverstone host Olympia Warriors at Ulverstone at 2,30pm and this could be a danger game for the southerners.

Rumour has it that Olympia president George Mamacas offered Ulverstone money to come south and play at Warrior Park, but the North-West Coast men refused the bait.

The sides met in the 1995 final, with Olympia winning 3-0.

Olympia won 3-0 also when they met Ulverstone in 2011.

The remaining game pits Clarence United against Somerset at Wentworth Park at 2.30pm.

Clarence aren’t exactly world beaters in the PS4 NPL Tasmania competition and they will need to be at their best against the visitors.

The sides have never met before in the Cup and so there is no form guide for this encounter.

My thanks, as always, go to Keith Roberts for providing me with the relevant statistics.

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+6 #21 Anonymous 2017-04-17 23:48
Very impressed with Knights depth. They had 3 regulars out last night and filled the positions seamlessly. James Sherman looked very good last night, finally looked over his injury niggles, and Bellini will likely have to wait for an opening. Jack Kupsch gave a very polished and vibrant display and while Kurt Engels should be in the XI when fit its not clear who would make way. Then we had Callum Brown with an excellent game up and down the wing, which puts pressure on Sam James to get back in. Also outlast night Nandan, Page, Di Falco and Herbert.
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-1 #20 anon 2017-04-17 23:15
[quote name="Anonymous "]# 10 Who the hell are you to tell us smaller clubs not to take the money? I suspect given the opportunity again Ulverstone would reconsider. On the record this has happened routinely in the EPL with smaller clubs giving their lads a chance to play for example at Old Trafford. Their fans love it. You need to Grow up.

Mate I can understand the money side of things but if your club and its supporters can't promote a game that has a top team playing at your home ground and get 200 or more extra bumbs on seats then you guys have a problem.
This is Tasmania not England.
200 extra supporters is not much to ask for and is equal to $2000 -4000 for your club.
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+16 #19 Justice 2017-04-17 12:31
Quoting anon:
Quoting Mamacas:
No rumour Walter. It is true I did offer Ulverstone an incentive to come south. Much to my disappointment they politely refused my offer. So it is now a journey north to Ulverstone for us.

Very disappointing to read this comment it's not in the true spirit of the game.
Smaller clubs thrive on playing against bigger clubs and spectators are denied the opportunity to see decent sides play against their team.All big clubs should play away in these games to advertise the game.
It should not be about the money its should be about promotion of the game.

Apparently FFT do not run the game in this state...now the clubs decide where they play. What an EGO!
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+9 #18 LOL 2017-04-17 11:51
Quoting Anonymous:
# 10 Who the hell are you to tell us smaller clubs not to take the money? I suspect given the opportunity again Ulverstone would reconsider. On the record this has happened routinely in the EPL with smaller clubs giving their lads a chance to play for example at Old Trafford. Their fans love it. You need to Grow up.


Old Trafford and Worrier Park are hardly comparable, in fact they couldn't be further apart in terms of location or quality among many other things.
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+9 #17 Paul Mavroudis 2017-04-17 09:42
Quoting When?:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Wtf:
Is it within the rules for one club to offer an inducement to another club to give away their home game?



Even happens in EPL buddy. Nothing to see here.


Never heard of this in the EPL. Can you give me an example of when this has happened?


A little different in England where FA Cup gates are split, and a lower league team may elect to have a fixture played at the bigger club's stadium in order to make more at the gate.
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+10 #16 Hmmm 2017-04-17 09:18
....and people wonder why everyone hates Olympia.
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+6 #15 Cant be bothered? 2017-04-17 08:50
Quoting Mamacas:
No rumour Walter. It is true I did offer Ulverstone an incentive to come south. Much to my disappointment they politely refused my offer. So it is now a journey north to Ulverstone for us.

Can't believe the narcissism. Don't like the 3 1/2 hour drive George? Take the learjet! Can't imagine Man Utd paying off Yeovil Town because the can't be bothered making a journey.
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-10 #14 Anonymous 2017-04-17 07:00
# 10 Who the hell are you to tell us smaller clubs not to take the money? I suspect given the opportunity again Ulverstone would reconsider. On the record this has happened routinely in the EPL with smaller clubs giving their lads a chance to play for example at Old Trafford. Their fans love it. You need to Grow up.

Quoting anon:
Quoting Mamacas:
No rumour Walter. It is true I did offer Ulverstone an incentive to come south. Much to my disappointment they politely refused my offer. So it is now a journey north to Ulverstone for us.

Very disappointing to read this comment it's not in the true spirit of the game.
Smaller clubs thrive on playing against bigger clubs and spectators are denied the opportunity to see decent sides play against their team.All big clubs should play away in these games to advertise the game.
It should not be about the money its should be about promotion of the game.
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+2 #13 gaz 2017-04-17 06:18
Quoting When?:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Wtf:
Is it within the rules for one club to offer an inducement to another club to give away their home game?



Even happens in EPL buddy. Nothing to see here.


Never heard of this in the EPL. Can you give me an example of when this has happened?


2003 Farnborough V Arsenal played at Highbury resulting in the FA ruling that future venue changes can only be to the nearest suitable venue of the 'home' team for legitimate reasons (i.e safety), but not for financial reasons..
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-3 #12 anonymous 2017-04-17 04:48
Kingborough to fill 5 new players in today's match, 2 new strikers from NPL1 Victoria
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