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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Mike Palmer and draw

Photo:  FFT CEO MIke Palmer draws out Olympia in today's League Cup semi-final draw [PlessPix]

The draw for the semi-finals of the League cup was conducted at Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) headquarters this morning by FFT CEO Mike Palmer.

Olympia Warriors are at home to Glenorchy Knights at Warrior Park, while South Hobart will entertain Northern Rangers at South Hobart Oval next Saturday, 2 September 2017.

Previdi at media conference

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights coach Franco Previdi was satisfied with today's semi-final cup draw [PlessPix

Glenorchy Knights are the only non-PS4 NPL Tasmania side remaining and coach Franco Previdi was not unduly concerned at being draw away to the second-placed NPL side.

He said Knights would be without midfielder Declan Foley, who has just had knee reconstruction surgery, and striker Mathew Nowicki, who is suspended.

Previdi said a few other Knights players had niggling injuries but the situation would be assessed at training tonight.

“Every game is tough,” Previdi said. “We’re from the Southern Championship, but we’ve had a good ride this year.

“When I was asked which team I’d prefer to draw, I said it’s a semi-final and if you want to get into the final, sooner or later you have to play a big opponent.

“Obviously, Olympia have already beaten us in a final this season, but it’ll be a good challenge.

“We’ve got a good squad, but we’ve also had injuries and send-offs.

“I’m not going to complain and we’ll turn up and try and win the game.

“Olympia are probably confident because they’ve already beaten us this season and they’ll know we’ll be missing a few key players that they’d be worried about.

“But, mind you, we’ve still got other players coming in and we’ve got a good young squad, so it’ll be interesting.”

Previdi said it was always good to play against top-flight sides and to have the opportunity to win silverware.

“It’s not a secret that we want to get back into the NPL and we have to do a lot of homework and create a good environment for youth and make the club stronger and stronger,” Previdi said.

Previdi said he was currently in discussions with Glenorchy Knights about continuing as coach.

He said in order to be successful, a club needed good players and a coach to bring everything together.

“We’ve had a good year and I’m very happy where I am,” Previdi said.

“I know other clubs are approaching our players, but it’s no secret that we are approaching players from other clubs as well.

“That’s part of the game.

“Next year, we will try to get stronger.”

Previdi ponders the future - Copy

Photo:  Franco Previdi ponders the future [PlessPix]


0 #35 Blurred Lines 2017-09-10 08:47
Some idiot on here said foley did his hamstring in the laka cup?! Obviously was more sinister then a tweak, unsure what the hiding of info is about..
+5 #34 Fan 2017-08-30 14:13
Does anybody know if there is going to be footage on the fft youtube page from the Mitsubishi medal like there has been previously? It gives a good insight to the night for us supporters who couldn't be there.
-8 #33 Care factor 2017-08-30 09:43
Oh it's the end of year pointless cup....
-16 #32 SausageFest 2017-08-30 04:03
Why is there no League Cup for the women?
+5 #31 Anonymous 2017-08-30 03:02
Quoting anonymous:
The only reason they will talk to you is for the colour of your money , why don't you offer no $$$ and see how many will want to join your great culture or journey .

There's nothing wrong with paying players. It would be foolish to soley rely on paying players.

What you fail to acknowledge that Knights, in addition to paying players, have implemented many other measures to rebuild the club.

One aspect I have been particularly impressed with is their investment in juniors and the benefits from this will include the kids and their parents supporting the senior teams. This is already evident.

Best result will be many of those juniors playing the senior teams in years to come
+1 #30 anonymous 2017-08-29 13:36
The only reason they will talk to you is for the colour of your money , why don't you offer no $$$ and see how many will want to join your great culture or journey .
-10 #29 anonymous 2017-08-29 13:33
#28 Your journey won't be far if you relying on what you have and a lot of the supporters that have returned are the reason that your culture will once again take a downward spiral.
Out with the good and in with the bad it seems.
+13 #28 Bacic 2017-08-29 11:59
Glenorchy Knights will be just fine,we will make sure our youth are looked after , we will build,we will work on culture,friends hip,memories, and we as a committee will not get involved in on decisions on match day, our club will be targeted by others but the players we believe will want to be part of a amazing journey which no club has had,to be part and remembered as one of the best ever , a group of great blokes,mates and a place which they are always welcome and respected by all, we are happy to talk to players that want to join this great culture and be part of our journey to success
+5 #27 ? 2017-08-29 11:31
Quoting Fans ?:
Quoting Football 1:
[quote name="Anon"]Knights fan base lol? Some parents and ressies players, should be daunting for Olympia

George knows that knights fans now are what the Olympia fans used to be 5-6 years ago. The family feeling as completely gone from Olympia - knights fan base solid and growing bigger every season. Wait for their return to the NPL - you won't find an empty seat in the grand stand. Fact!

5-6 years ago?... Olympia had no fans then. I think you mean 10 years ago
-5 #26 anonymnous 2017-08-29 07:06
#12 Davor you actually think Franco is hanging around the Knights for years to come to watch your so called great structures come through ? I really need to have what your on as it must make great hallucinations.

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