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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Terry Kent slide tackle - Copy

Photo:  Metro's Terry Kent slide-tackles a Phoenix opponent [PlessPix]

Metro succumbed 3-1 at home at North Chigwell tonight to Phoenix in a pre-season friendly.

Phoenix have yet to begin pre-season training so this game was, in effect, their first session.

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Photo:  Metro's Number 5, Matthew Cure, controls the ball as two Phoenix opponents move in [PlessPix]

James Hope, Wayne Jackson and Scott Priest were the Phoenix marksman.

Brodie Pennystone netted Metro’s consolation goal.

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Photo:  A Phoenix player gets his side out of trouble as Metro's Matthew Cure tries to intervene [PlessPix]

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Two NPL Tasmania clubs in northern Tasmania have made interesting signings from overseas for the coming season.

Devonport City have signed a Lithuanian midfielder, 27-year-old Gediminas Krusa, who has also played in Poland and Estonia.

Northern Rangers have signed an Argentine striker, 25-year-old Federico Colaianni Cano.

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One of the top Victorian NPL sides, Bentleigh Greens, will be in Hobart for two games from tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Australia Day, Bentleigh Greens take on NPL Tasmania champions South Hobart at South Hobart Oval at 6pm.

South Hobart have yet to win in pre-season against Victorian opponents, but they did brush aside Hobart Zebras 6-0.

They lost 3-1 last weekend to Hume City from the Victorian NPL. They had previously lost 1-0 to Pascoe Vale in Melbourne.

On Saturday, Hobart Zebras will meet Bentleigh Greens at South Hobart Oval at 5pm.

Zebras have had a dismal pre-season, losing 6-0 to South Hobart and 4-0 to Hume City, but they did beat Southern Championship side Metro 7-1 earlier this month.

They have not scored in their past two outings but have conceded 10 goals.

Hobart Zebras last won a league title in 2007, while their last piece of silverware was last year’s much devalued Summer Series pre-season trophy.

New coach Gabriel Markaj has a mountain of work to do to make Zebras competitive in the league this season.

Their strike force looks excellent on paper with the likes of Jakub Sklenar, Adam McKeown, Mathew Sanders, Luke Huigsloot and Dwayne Walsh all in the mix.

But they have yet to produce on the pitch against quality opponents and Saturday’s game will be a real litmus test for them.

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Photo:  Phoenix on the attack against Metro as Sean Robb gives chase [PlessPix]

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Photo:  A Phoenix attacker shoots from range before Metro's Sean Robb can tackle [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Metro's Shane Kent directs a header downwards [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Metro's Kye McQueen intercepts a Phoenix attacker [PlessPix]

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+13 #4 Spectator 2018-01-26 10:10
Metro are in for a long season after last nights display they were arguing amongst themselves after 20mins they showed there coach no respect when he was giving his instructions. Where Phoenix who are yet to commence there pre season turned up for a game and played for each other and there shirt could have quite easily put another 4 or 5 past a full strength metro side who have been in pre season since November they should be embarrassed
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+5 #3 Walt 2018-01-26 03:55
#2 anon, sorry, I've now corrected it. Cheers!
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0 #2 anon 2018-01-26 00:33
Walter, you mention South are yet to win, then you go on to say Zebras lost to South 6-0.
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+12 #1 Anonymous 2018-01-25 22:45
I think Metro were the heaviest team ... just!
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