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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Gurson Gordy 1 June 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Gordy Gurson is in goalscoring mood [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors will again be without their American import goalkeeper, Brett Johnson, when they travel to Valley Road tomorrow to take on Devonport City at 2pm.

Johnson has a broken thumb and has already been out for three weeks and he has another two or three weeks to go before he can play again.

Gordy Gurson and Brett Johnson Olympia Warriors 1 June 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's two American imports, Gordy Gurson (left) and Brett Johnson.  Keeper Johnson has a broken thumb and will not play against Devonport, but striker Gurson will be looking for goals. [PlessPix]

Neither side can afford to lose this game and an enthralling contest is on the cards.

Darby Randall has been standing in for Johnson and is expected to play against Devonport.

Olympia striker Gordy Gurson, an American import, is in fine form, having scored five goals in the last four games.

Much will be expected of him and he is certain to be tightly marked by the robust Devonport defence.

Brayden Mann is Devonport’s main weapon and his battle against Lucas Hill, Alex Holmes and Jake Vandermey will see sparks flying.

Devonport are second, 4 points adrift of leaders Launceston City, who should have few hiccups against the visiting last-placed Clarence United (4.30pm on Saturday at Buckby Landrover Park at Prospect, Launceston), so the North-West Coast side will be desperate for the 3 points in order to stay within striking distance of the leaders.

Olympia are fourth and must win if they are to be sure of staying in the top-four.

Third-placed South Hobart travel down the Southern Outlet tomorrow evening for a 6pm kick-off against second-last Kingborough Lions United.

South Hobart are at full strength and, despite drawing 2-2 with the Lions a few weeks ago, should come away with the three points.

Fifth-ranked Hobart Zebras welcome sixth-placed Northern Rangers to Grove Road on Sunday at 2.30pm and the Zebras must win if they are to retain any interest in the title race.

Zebras were disappointing last week in the 5-2 loss to South Hobart.

They are their own worst enemies as they create enough chances to win but let themselves down through poor finishing.

Rangers badly miss their striker, Federico Cano, who has gone to Russia to watch the World Cup.

They are not as potent in attack without him and will probably struggle against Zebras, although the home side’s defence is a worry.

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday, 27 May 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Launceston City

8

6

2

0

19

6

20

Devonport City

8

5

1

2

24

10

16

South Hobart

8

4

2

2

20

15

14

Olympia Warriors

8

4

1

3

16

12

13

Hobart Zebras

8

4

1

3

18

21

13

Northern Rangers

8

2

1

5

17

20

7

Kingborough Lions

8

1

2

5

11

15

5

Clarence United

8

0

2

6

6

32

2

 

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