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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Photo:  Nick Lapolla points from the South Hobart bench while son Daniel Lapolla points from the Beachside technical area [PlessPix]

South Hobart survived a strong comeback from Beachside to run out 4-2 winners in a pre-season friendly at South Hobart Oval on Saturday.

South Hobart led 3-0 before being pegged back to 3-2 and eventually getting a fourth near the end to kill off their opponents.

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Photo:  Father and son embrace after the game.  Brendon Lakoseljac is on the left. [PlessPix]

South Hobart: Nick Becker; Keenan Douce, Odaine Demar, Loic Feral, Yianni Skalkos, Reilly Morton, Ethan Grigg, Antonio Saracino, Isaac Degetto, Sam Leszczynski, Ryan Cook (Interchange: Samson Juju, Sam Cornelius, Lachie Hart, Bradley Lakoseljac, Ned Goodsir)

This South Hobart side was, in reality, a Challenge League line-up, with some players on the verge of senior selection. There was also a handful of older players.

Players such as Odaine Demar (signed from Clarence United), Loic Feral and Ryan Cook have NPL Tasmania experience under their belts.

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Photo:  South Hobart on the attack.  Odaine Denar is on the left. [PlessPix]

Others, such as youngsters Antonio Saracino, Sam Leszczynski and Bradley Lakoseljac will be given their chance this season and could be regulars in the senior South Hobart squad, if not in the starting line-up.

Sam Leszczynski netted twice and Isaac Degetto and Bradley Lakoseljac once each.

Sam is the cousin of South Hobart’s experienced striker Alex Leszczynski, while Bradley is the son of one of South Hobart’s new assistant coaches, Brendon Lakoseljac, who made his name as a goalscorer with Glenorchy Knights and Hobart Zebras (Juventus).

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Photo:  Beachside's Ben Whitehall (left) on the attack [PlessPix]

Beachside: Robert Lapolla; Brett Andrews, Nick Cuthbertson, Henry Fagg, Henry Jones, Joseph Juma, Adam Lapolla, Tom McDonald, Nathan Rees, Ryan Thurley, Ben Whitehall (Interchange: Matthew Bomford, Aaron Brazendale, Liam Heffernan, Shae Hickey, Nicholas MacDonald)

Beachside should mount a serious challenge for the Southern Championship title this season.

Their squad had plenty of experience at top senior level, with Brett Andrews, Nick Cuthbertson, Henry Fagg, Joseph Juma, Tom McDonald, Nathan Rees, Ben Whitehall, Aaron Brazendale and Shae Hickey all having played regularly in the top-flight league in Tasmania.

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Photo:  Shae Hickey will be a welcome addition to the Beachside ranks [PlessPix]

Hickey really made his name with South Hobart after joining then from Glenorchy Knights and has won several league titles and individual awards.

He joined Olympia Warriors after South Hobart and has probably stepped down a notch now with Beachside as he reaches the veteran stage of his career. He will be an asset in this company.

Robert Lapolla is the only one of the Lapolla family to play AFL rather than soccer and he was used in goal because of his attributes in that sport.

Shae Hickey and Ben Whitehall were Beachside’s scorers.

Hickey had a penalty saved by South keeper Lachie Hart, but he poked away the rebound, which counts as a goal in open play and not as a penalty.

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Photo:  Aaron Brazendale in action for Beachside [PlessPix]


The Lapolla family was represented on both sides of the fence in this contest.

The paterfamilias of the Lapolla clan, Nick, was assistant coach of South Hobart, while one of his sons, Daniel Lapolla, is coach of Beachside.

Two other sons, Robert and Adam, played in the Beachside team.

Quite a few of the South Hobart side will feature in the club’s NPL Tasmania title defence this season.

Demar and Feral will probably get plenty of game time in the seniors, while Sarcino, Degetto and Cook will also feature.

Sam Leszczynski and Bradley Lakoseljac will be given the opportunity to show what they have to offer but may have to bide their time this season before getting regular senior starting berths.

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Photo:  Joseph Juma (right) has joined Beachside from Hobart United [PlessPix]


-3 #13 anonymous 2018-01-26 06:18
#11 get off your high horse Beach Bogan and Knights to spank you from pillar to post in 2018
+2 #12 anonymous 2018-01-26 06:15
#Really ..Zebs couldn’t really care what Beach do as they have plenty of big things happening at AIC in federal street at the moment and don’t always think it’s Zebs commenting under anonymous as these keyboard warriors only have one thing in mind and that is to cause hate amongst certain clubs and by your remarks they have succeeded with you.
It’s good to see Beach travelling well and yes there maybe lots of ex Zebs there and most are still friends with current and past players.
-2 #11 Really !! 2018-01-25 23:59
So it appears some zebra people wish to throw some stones , must be they are loosing players again !! Beach a retirement village ?? The real juventus proved that experience plus youth wins trophies lets look up how many titles the current zebra squad have won at senior level
Non were about they last time Zebras won the title in 2007 , so what has happened in the last 11 yrs ??? $$$$$$ trying to buy a title
I recon beach are fine and not just with the “ oldies” who are what “ 30”
The youth at beach are more then capable and over the past 5 years have been far more successful then the black and white stripes
Maybe stones should not be thrown from within glass houses !!
A nice compliment from a “ powerhouse” of tassie football to appear intimidated by such “ Minos “ as the Beachside “ resort”
+6 #10 Anon 2018-01-25 03:35
Quoting anonymous:
rumour is that beach are making their money by heavily investing in retirement homes for the future.

Good business decision.
That's called looking after your players.
And the future of the club lol
+2 #9 Anonymous 2018-01-25 02:47
Quoting anonymous:
rumour is that beach are making their money by heavily investing in retirement homes for the future.

Not all clubs try to make money, mate. You’ll find that is what is killing certain clubs (Zebras).
+5 #8 anonymous 2018-01-24 00:06
rumour is that beach are making their money by heavily investing in retirement homes for the future.
-10 #7 Oh Yeah 2018-01-22 11:01
lets all remember its pre-season Knights got smashed , Beachside played a South Challenge side, Clarence have not made an appearance but apparently have a few aces up their sleeves. King borough got smashed by South and have since not made an appearance. Zebras have played around 20 players in their few games. Lets just see how it all unfolds in the next 6 weeks.
+17 #6 Anonymous 2018-01-22 07:33
Beachside have the best oldies
+6 #5 wow 2018-01-22 03:30
South have incredible depth, even at under 18 level, Saracino, Morton, Lakoseljac, Hart, Degetto to name a few look good.
+6 #4 Anon 2018-01-22 02:39
Quoting Anonymous:
The best youth in Tasmania is at Olympia. Of this there is no doubt.

How can you make such a dumb comment.
South and Olympia have the best youth players at the moment and South have the points on the board over the past 2 years.
Try being truthful and modest before you write.

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