Who Is 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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The Bellinis - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Thomas Bellini is pressured by his brother, the Knights' Alex Bellini [PlessPix]

League Cup Semi-Finals

South Hobart 3 (B Hamlett 22’, 61’, A Leszczynski 94’) beat Northern Rangers 0

Olympia Warriors 6 (T Bellini 28', L Hill 42', H Undy 45'+2, J N'Koso 63', K Vincent 80', 90'+4) beat Glenorchy Knights 2 (C Brown 47', 57')

Turner and Thannhauser shoulder charge - Copy

Photo:  Shoulder to shoulder.  Rangers' Harry Thannhauser (right) tries to dispossess South Hobart's Jack Turner [PlessPix]

Southern Under-18s B

South Hobart 0-0 Kingborough Lions United

Southern Under-18s A

South Hobart 2 (B Lakoseljac 13’, J Carter 40’) drew with Beachside 2 (Z Pullen 28’, Ashlin 89’)

Liam Banasik in pursuit - Copy

Photo:  Beachside's Liam Banasik (right) in pursuit of a Huon Valley opponent in an Under-13 game at KGV Park today [PlessPix]

Youth Knights v Oly - Copy

Photo:  Action from the junior game between Glenorchy Knights and Olympia Warriors at Prince of Wales Bay today [PlessPix]

GK v SH and ref - Copy

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights take on South Hobart in a youth game at Prince of Wales Bay today [PlessPix]

Zebs v SH youth - Copy

Photo:  Action from the Under-13 game between Hobart Zebras and South Hobart at Queen's Walk today [PlessPix]

Kensley and Quaile - Copy

Photo:  Northern Rangers' Kwin Kensley launches a tackle at South Hobart's Liam Quaile [PlessPix]

Mearns and James - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns shields the ball from Knights' Sam James [PlessPix]

Jones and Quaile - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' Mitch Jones (left) shadows South Hobart's Liam Quaile [PlessPix]


+2 #55 Anonymous 2017-09-06 03:02
Quoting Uju:
#51 they played 6 games against NPL opposition won 3 drew 1 lost 2.

Not a bad ratio for 1 off games.
Bad point well made buddy.

And both losses came against one side. I'm sure a few teams lost 2 games to Olympia this season...
+2 #54 Anon 2017-09-06 00:21
#52.So that indicates that if they were in the NPL they would be competitive against the bottom sides and not the top sides. The Devonport win was the one off game against decent opposition I was referring to.Devonport LOST that one.
-4 #53 Anon 2017-09-05 15:40
[quote name="The Bottom line"]#43 A salary cap is the only solution but that would only work if everything is above board and transparent.
That's only half the solution salary cap will help but the problem has been one side gets most of the good players whilst other sides don't.
The only good thing to come from spending
-9 #52 Uju 2017-09-05 13:33
#51 they played 6 games against NPL opposition won 3 drew 1 lost 2.

Not a bad ratio for 1 off games.
Bad point well made buddy.
-2 #51 Anon 2017-09-05 04:44
#50.South had half a squad.Knights have proven they can compete in one off games.Not consistently over many games.
#48 Chris.The NPL may be here to stay in principle.If it becomes a shambles don't put it past FFA to exclude Tassie from the NPL.NPL is a state league and FFT cant force anyone to be part of it.If four of the eight clubs decide they want 'out',no more state league.Finished .I doubt that will occur however if the bottom four in particular don't lift their game, the day may come when they decide it is just too hard and pull out.Worse still, FFA look at the league and decide that four good sides and four rubbish sides is no longer acceptable and may re-structure the competition.I doubt that promotion and relegation will fix anything.
0 #50 Anonymous 2017-09-05 02:28
Quoting Anon:
With all these comments regarding spending dollars no one has bothered to give a solution on how to make the competition better and bridge the gap between the top 4 and bottom 4.
All negative comments against the sides that spend money but no solution to make the league closer.
Just face it Tasmania has only room for eight teams state wide and we still have problems with 3-4 of those teams not being competitive enough.
The million dollar question is how do we bridge the gap between the top 4 and the bottom 4 because as it stands the game has reached its top and can not get better until the gap is bridged.

Surely Knights and Somerset have players of a quality to challenge NPL teams. Somerset took South Hobart to Xtra time FFS.
+5 #49 Anon 2017-09-05 01:46
#43, I dont think there is any way to bridge the gap because we are just 500,000 people in Tasmania with many other sports competing. In Tasmania you can hardly put together 2-3 competitive decent teams at every age group; we should change the competitions accordingly perhaps.
-1 #48 chris Hey 2017-09-04 23:56
I played in the 2 previous State League comp's. & changes are; More money, more capable players choosing not to travel & play in their respective Challenge Leagues. More accountability on clubs with respect to youth development programs in place. Depth of comp even with 8 teams was basically the same & yet we are talking about increasing numbers. If you want the comp to grow u need hard games each and every week. There is talk about the WSL going to 6 teams in 2018? and I feel that is the way the NPL needs to go, to build the strength and viability of the comp long term. Fact is NPL is here to stay as it is an FFA requirement, so we won't be going back to regional comps. I agree that we have plateaued in the NPL & we are only 5 yrs done, so we need to look at changes to strengthen the comp. Just my thoughts
+1 #47 Anon 2017-09-04 23:56
#43.The solution is that the bottom 4 clubs need to lift their game.They need to improve in many areas in order to gain improvement on field.Structure s need to be put in place club goals and aspirations need to be set.How the goals will be met needs to be communicated and who is responsible for what.It takes time and effort to improve. It should not be a case of finding a way to make it harder for the top four clubs to bring them back to the pack,unlike the thinking from some at FFT.The clubs that struggle need to lift .Maybe FFT can provide some advice /assistance /guidance in order to achieve this?
+2 #46 Anon 2017-09-04 23:48
#44. Incorrect.Read my post closely.I indicate that Olympia's spending still did not result in success.Not that it did.

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