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 Jez Launceston City coach 6 July 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Launceston City coach Jez Kenth knows his side has a fight on their hands tomorrow [PlessPix]

Launceston City’s top spot on the NPL Tasmania standings is in danger tomorrow when they host second-placed Devonport City at Buckby Landrover Park at 4.30pm.

City, who lead Devonport by 3 points, suffered their first league defeat last weekend when they went down 4-2 away to third-ranked South Hobart.

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Photo:  Coach Jez Kenth has seen the gap between Launceston City and the chasing pack narrow  [PlessPix]

If they lose to Devonport, they will drop to second on goal-difference and Devonport will be the new league leaders.

Launceston City coach, Jez Kenth, said he had a few injury problems but declined to name the players.

He rejected suggestions this was City’s most important game of the season and said there were still several big games coming up.

He admitted there had been some committee unrest during the week but would not be drawn on the nature nor causes of this.

Devonport are likely to be at full strength and will give this game their best shot as the league and cup double beckons for the North-West Coast outfit.

South Hobart should coast home against fifth-placed Olympia Warriors away at Warrior Park at 2pm on Sunday.

If they do, and if Launceston City and Devonport somehow manage to draw, South Hobart will be in the box seat after Round 13 and with just 8 rounds to go.

Olympia Warriors don’t quite seem to have that winning edge and they meekly succumbed 5-0 at home against Hobart Zebras last weekend.

Olympia will be without central-defender Lucas Hill, who has a hamstring strain.

His absence makes the defence a little more vulnerable and South Hobart’s dangerous attackers should take full advantage.

Fourth-ranked Hobart Zebras should stay in touch with the leading trio by easily accounting for bottom-side Clarence United at home at KGV Park tomorrow.

The Zebras have won both games since coach Gabriel Markaj was banned from entering grounds where his side are playing so it seems every cloud has a silver lining.

Clarence will be without defender Adam Hedge and utility player Sam reibel after both were sent off in the 3-2 defeat to Kingborough Lions United last weekend.

Sixth-placed Northern Rangers visit Lightwood Park tomorrow to take on seventh-ranked Kingborough Lions United at 2pm.

Both sides are probably safe from the wooden spoon, given Clarence’s recent performances, but Rangers are probably within reach of fifth-placed Olympia if they string together some decent results so there is certainly something to play for.

Round 13 Schedule:

Hobart Zebras v Clarence, Saturday, 7 July, 2:00pm, KGV

Kingborough Lions United v Northern Rangers, Saturday, 7 July, 2:00pm, Lightwood Park

Launceston City v Devonport, Saturday, 7 July, 4:30pm, Buckby Landrover Park

Olympia Warriors v South Hobart, Sunday, 8 July, 2:00pm, Warrior Park

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday 1 July 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Launceston City

12

9

2

1

36

11

29

Devonport City

12

8

2

2

36

12

26

South Hobart

12

7

2

3

34

20

23

Hobart Zebras

12

7

2

3

34

25

23

Olympia Warriors

12

5

1

6

22

26

16

Northern Rangers

12

3

1

8

21

39

10

Kingborough Lions

12

2

2

8

21

28

8

Clarence United

12

0

2

10

10

53

2

 

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-2 #24 Anon 2018-07-09 23:45
Quoting Mills:
Quoting anon:
The HCC closed grounds for Friday but emailed clubs to say that they would be open for the weekend
is it also up to the clubs to check on game day as well.

This has been a common practice by the council for years.

Then this is usually relayed onto FFT.


I rang HCC Friday afternoon at 5pm and was advised that certain grounds would be closed on the weekend. This caused some confusion on Saturday morning which was thankfully worked out by the home team and our visiting team agreeing to postpone a game. End of story... no. FFT decides to forfeit the game (youth) pocket the fee and cost. Thanks FFT hang your head in shame.

Maybe there was a referee assign to the game so there maybe your reason why you coped a fine
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+1 #23 Anon 2018-07-09 23:43
Quoting Mills:
Quoting anon:
The HCC closed grounds for Friday but emailed clubs to say that they would be open for the weekend
is it also up to the clubs to check on game day as well.

This has been a common practice by the council for years.

Then this is usually relayed onto FFT.


I rang HCC Friday afternoon at 5pm and was advised that certain grounds would be closed on the weekend. This caused some confusion on Saturday morning which was thankfully worked out by the home team and our visiting team agreeing to postpone a game. End of story... no. FFT decides to forfeit the game (youth) pocket the fee and cost. Thanks FFT hang your head in shame.

What club are you whinging from?
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+1 #22 Mills 2018-07-09 01:53
Quoting anon:
The HCC closed grounds for Friday but emailed clubs to say that they would be open for the weekend
is it also up to the clubs to check on game day as well.

This has been a common practice by the council for years.

Then this is usually relayed onto FFT.


I rang HCC Friday afternoon at 5pm and was advised that certain grounds would be closed on the weekend. This caused some confusion on Saturday morning which was thankfully worked out by the home team and our visiting team agreeing to postpone a game. End of story... no. FFT decides to forfeit the game (youth) pocket the fee and cost. Thanks FFT hang your head in shame.
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+9 #21 overrated 2018-07-07 12:20
Quoting Anonymous:
Not fooling anyone, Jez! You're favourites! Biggest player budget and top of the table. At home, you should be winning against an overrated Devonport.

now who is overrated
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+1 #20 anon 2018-07-07 07:40
The HCC closed grounds for Friday but emailed clubs to say that they would be open for the weekend
is it also up to the clubs to check on game day as well.

This has been a common practice by the council for years.

Then this is usually relayed onto FFT.
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+4 #19 stayathome 2018-07-06 22:33
Zebras the "dark horse", (at least the striped horse). Danger games are Clarence and Rangers, always can struggle in games they should win. They will beat all the others in a "canter".
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+14 #18 Anon 2018-07-06 20:10
We could have 4 teams within 3 points after today and every1 is sooking. South won by daylight last year everyone sooking???? Get a grip people this is the closest league in years who cares if its local boys, imports or fly ins playing the league has improved
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+8 #17 Anon 2018-07-06 13:08
My bet is on the winner of the Devonport v city game to win the championship.
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-1 #16 anon 2018-07-06 12:39
Quoting Anon:
Quoting anon:
Does FFT communicate closed grounds anymore? There's a lot more to Tas football than just NPL.


Yes called game guru download it its free


I stuffed up my last response. I have got Game Guru, it tells me my game is still on, but the council has closed the ground. A bit confusing.
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-1 #15 anon 2018-07-06 12:15
Quoting Anon:
Quoting anon:
Does FFT communicate closed grounds anymore? There's a lot more to Tas football than just NPL.


Yes called game guru

Yeah got it. It says ground open while the council say the ground is closed. Works well.

download it its free
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