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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Niko Giantsopoulos Launceston City - Copy

Photo:  Goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos is a huge signing for Launceston City [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

Hobart Zebras take on champions South Hobart at North Hobart Oval at 7.45pm on Friday in the opening game of the 2018 NPL Tasmania season.

With no season’s launch and no television advertisement to herald the forthcoming season, this is one of the quietest and most low-key starts to the season since the launch of the Victory State-wide League in 2013.

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Photo:  Shane Cartwright will be good value for Launceston City [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

South Hobart will start as the favourites on what is a neutral venue as far as both teams are concerned.

Zebras coach Gabriel Markaj was a little uncomfortable at the choice of venue. He said his team trained on artificial grass and South Hobart on natural grass, which means South could have a slight advantage.

South Hobart will be without centre-back Hugh Ludford, who is still away after his recent wedding, but everyone else is available, including fullback Adam Gorrie, who played in last weekend’s Summer Series 3-0 win over Olympia despite being on two yellow cards.

Football Federation Tasmania have, as far as I know, said nothing about Gorrie playing and any consequences, although an official did say it was a meaningless competition and there was nothing riding on it.

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Photo:  Tyler Fischer, another former Devonport City player, has signed for Launceston City [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

Zebras showed something like decent form when they beat Kingborough Lions United 5-1 in their last Summer Series game and they should make South Hobart work for a win.

They looked quite sharp at training on Tuesday night and were taking it easy on Thursday night, their final workout before Friday night’s game.

Import Iskander Van Doorne, a Canadian winger, is attracting attention with his excellent performances, while another import, the Czech defender, Jan Charuza, seems solid at the back.

Seeing the attendance will be interesting as the action will be far from the spectators and the atmosphere won’t be as intimate as at KGV Park.

Launceston City host Kingborough Lions United at Buckby Land Rover Park at 2pm on Saturday and the home side has enough new recruits to install themselves as favourites in this game.

They have a brilliant goalkeeper in Niko Giantsopoulos, who was largely responsible for Devonport City’s success in 2016, as well as Shane Cartwright, Liam Scott, Tyler Fischer and Daniel Syson.

Fischer and Syson are also former Devonport players.

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Photo:  Daniel Syson and Harrison Wicks are two more former Devonport palyers who have joine dtheir former coach, Peter Savill, at Launceston City [Photo by Matthew Rhodes]

Kingborough will field two imports in Timothy Baker and Gilly Desouza, but there is no sign in their squad list of a third import that coach Mark Broadbent hinted at in a media conference earlier in the week.

They have named only 14 players, so there could be a late inclusion if the mysterious Canadian can be found.

Olympia Warriors entertain Northern Rangers at Warrior Park at 2pm on Saturday in what could be a very close game. Both sides will field some very good imports.

The final match of the round is at Valley Road at 2.30pm on Saturday, where Devonport City are at home to Clarence United.

Devonport appear much too strong for the southerners, who will be without the rugged and powerful Paul Bremner.

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-1 #17 Magic 2018-03-16 12:13
Quoting The Jazz Man:
Quoting Mudrunner:
Thanks Walter
Love your work.
Some interesting references here, looks like Jez the Recruiter has been busy up North, definitely knows a good player when he sees one. Those late night games at Prospect are going to be worth the trip.
Great to see the clubs having a go, also reminds you how good that league winning D’port side was.
FFT are a disgrace.


Not true the Black and White do fine on there site!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Actual when you look at the site your 100 Percent correct .
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+3 #16 Anon 2018-03-16 11:30
Quoting South For The Title:
Walter there is a season launch. It's taking place as a function at the game tonight and also acting as Palmer's farewell.

Anyway good luck to all teams but for mine its South to defend their title. Devonport next and then the rest.

Zebras have shown how to beat South by hitting them on the flanks and moving the ball quickly.
Wonder how many other teams will try and beat South that way.
Well done Zebras on a great victory.
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+7 #15 Anon 2018-03-16 05:41
Credit needs to be given to the series of 4 articles written this week in sliceofcheese. To me this is far better value than a glitzy launch. Good journalism beats 20 seconds of ‘boom boom’ every time for me.

I think NPL 2018 is going to be a dramatic and epic contest, so let it all begin!
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+11 #14 Anon 2018-03-16 04:41
Quoting South For The Title:
Walter there is a season launch. It's taking place as a function at the game tonight and also acting as Palmer's farewell.

Anyway good luck to all teams but for mine its South to defend their title. Devonport next and then the rest.


Great idea when a game's on and a Friday Night really makes it easy for the Northern TEAMS.

They really are thinkers NOT !!!!!!!!!!
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+4 #13 Anon 2018-03-16 04:31
Quoting fftass:
A season launch? they couldn't organise their own lunch.
What really happens at KGV....who does what?

FFT Marketing should be closed down and all communication responsibility be given to TFC and Walter (money saved should be divided between Walter and TFC).
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-6 #12 Brad 2018-03-16 04:05
Jez is looking in amazing touch for CUFC!
Cannot wait to get around the young fella bomb forward from full back
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+8 #11 Anon 2018-03-16 03:50
#6. Season launch my backside.It is a very low key one then.FFT have been poor in promoting the season and this year no TV advertisement ? Having said that if the previous ads are anything to go by then maybe we are better off without them. They were shocking and second rate.
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+7 #10 fftass 2018-03-16 02:14
A season launch? they couldn't organise their own lunch.
What really happens at KGV....who does what?
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-1 #9 The Jazz Man 2018-03-16 02:04
Quoting Mudrunner:
Thanks Walter
Love your work.
Some interesting references here, looks like Jez the Recruiter has been busy up North, definitely knows a good player when he sees one. Those late night games at Prospect are going to be worth the trip.
Great to see the clubs having a go, also reminds you how good that league winning D’port side was.
FFT are a disgrace.


Not true the Black and White do fine on there site!!!!!!!!!!! !!
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+4 #8 Anon 2018-03-16 01:37
Jez or Sav ???
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