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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Kenth shakes hands with Morton 29 June 2018

Photo:  Launceston City coach Jez Kenth (left) shakes hands with South Hobart coach Ken Morton [PlessPix]

League-leaders Launceston City travel south tomorrow to take on third-ranked and reigning champions South Hobart at 2pm at South Hobart Oval in an important NPL Tasmania showdown.

Launceston City currently have a 6-point lead over second-placed Devonport City and are 9 points ahead of South Hobart.

Jez and Kenny

Photo:  Jez Kenth (left) and Ken Morton at today's pre-match media conference [PlessPix]

Launceston City coach, Jez Kenth, said games against the other four leading teams were always testing encounters and that he had been pleased to get Olympia Warriors out of the way last weekend.

Launceston City beat Olympia 4-1 to remain the only unbeaten team in the competition.

Kenth said it all depended on the day and the leading sides were all fairly evenly matched.

He said he and his players had not even discussed the possibility of winning the title and took a game at a time.

He said Launceston City deserved to be on top, but the third round would be the time when title prospects could be discussed.

Kenth said City would be far more competitive tomorrow than they were when they lost 3-1 to South Hobart in the semi-final of the Lakoseljac Cup.

He said there were two or three players with niggling injuries who would probably not play if the team was not top of the ladder.

Being top was added incentive for players to compete despite having minor injuries.

Shane Cartwright appeared to be limping at City’s final training session this week and it will be interesting to see if he makes tomorrow’s starting line-up.

South Hobart will still be without the injured Alex Walter, while captain and central defender Daniel Brown is not 100 per cent fit but should play.

Central defender Hugh Ludford has a groin injury and will be missing again, while Kobe Kemp may not yet be quite ready to resume after many weeks out with a knee ligament injury that did not require surgery.

South Hobart’s line-up is expected to be the same as last week, when they went down 1-0 away to Devonport City at Valley Road.

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said his side was still in with a chance of retaining the title.

“If Zebras are still in with a chance, then so are we,” Morton said.

“But, we have to win our games and this is a big game for us and we can’t afford to drop points here because we would be out of it then I would think.

“It’s a big game for us but we go into it no different to [other games]. We want to put in a good performance and we want to play well and try and excite the crowd and entertain the crowd and get the three points as well.

“We’re looking for the bigger players in the team to step up and put on a big performance and take the game to them.

“I think it’ll be a good contest and a physical contest and you expect that. They certainly have some strong players, but they can play football as well and so we expect a tough football match and we would want to match them not just physically but in terms of possession and getting forward and in the box and getting crosses in and testing them.

“They’re 9 points clear at the top and deservedly so, which means they’ll be the favourites.

“We’ll be a good second-favourite on the day and we’ll go in and make a fight of it.”

Second-placed Devonport City should be too strong for sixth-placed Northern Rangers when they meet at Valley Road at 4.30pm tomorrow.

Seventh-ranked Kingborough Lions United host bottom-side Clarence United at 6pm at Lightwood Park tomorrow.

The Lions have come very close to winning games in recent weeks and they will be confident of coming out on top in this bottom-of-the-table clash.

Clarence are not as bad as their league position indicates and could be in with a chance in this game.

On Sunday, fifth-ranked Olympia Warriors entertain fourth-placed Hobart Zebras at Warrior Park at 2pm.

Zebras will have striker Iskander Van Doorne back after suspension.

Zebras coach, Gabriel Markaj, is again banned from entering the ground so it will be interesting to see his vantage point this week.

Last weekend, he was atop a step ladder positioned outside the ground.

There are many points around the outside of Warrior Park that afford a good view of the game so I don’t think he’ll have to climb the phone tower nearby.

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This weekend’s NPL Tasmania schedule is:

South Hobart v Launceston City, Saturday, 30 June, 2:00pm, South Hobart Oval

Devonport City v Northern Rangers, Saturday, 30 June, 4.30pm, Valley Road

Kingborough Lions United v Clarence United, Saturday, 30 June, 6:00pm, Lightwood Park

Olympia Warriors v Hobart Zebras, Sunday, 1 July, 2:00pm, Warrior Park

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday, 24 June 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Launceston City

11

9

2

0

34

7

29

Devonport City

11

7

2

2

29

12

23

South Hobart

11

6

2

3

30

18

20

Hobart Zebras

11

6

2

3

29

25

20

Olympia Warriors

11

5

1

5

22

21

16

Northern Rangers

11

3

1

7

21

32

10

Kingborough Lions

11

1

2

8

18

26

5

Clarence United

11

0

2

9

8

50

2

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+1 #2 Anon 2018-06-30 01:52
Quoting drew port exile:
well should be some good games, souths v city the pick, warriors v zebs, keep the rivarly going lads, hope for gabby's sake it is a balmy 14c, so his runner isn't looking for the masked man.

Is the masked man Zorro?
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+4 #1 drew port exile 2018-06-29 13:00
well should be some good games, souths v city the pick, warriors v zebs, keep the rivarly going lads, hope for gabby's sake it is a balmy 14c, so his runner isn't looking for the masked man.
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