Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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Mamacas at conference - Copy

Photo:  Olympia president George Mamacas doesn't rate his team's chances against South Hobart, but he promised there would be no repeat of 'Sandwichgate' [PlessPix]

South Hobart should wipe the floor with Olympia Warriors when they meet in the PS4 NPL Tasmania competition at 2pm on Sunday at South Hobart Oval.

Even Olympia president George Mamacas rates his club’s chance of winning at 15/1.

Lapolla and Weston and media conference 7 July 2017 - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart assistant coach Nick Lapolla (;eft) and Olympia senior coach Kenny Weston fronted the media today at the pre-game media conference [PlessPix]

South Hobart, who lead the standings by 2 points from second-placed Devonport City beat Olympia 6-2 at the same venue the last time they met.

In the first round, South Hobart won 3-0 away at Warrior Park.

I know football is unpredictable, and that is what makes it so appealing as a sport, but I give Olympia very little chance of winning or even drawing in this encounter.

Man for man (or boy for boy), South is superior. Pick any player in any particular position and this is the case, with the possible exception of striker Jakub Sklenar.

Sklenar is the league’s leading marksman with 20 goals in 14 games, and he did score in that 6-2 demolition.

But, he needs service and South Hobart are quite capable of denying him that.

There is no sign of Shane Cartwright reappearing for Olympia and his absence through injury leave a huge hole that is difficult to fill.

Nick Mearns got through the second half last week after injury and should start.

As a team, too, South Hobart are superior. Their team-work, or ability to work as a unit and for each other, as well as their tactics, are better than Olympia’s.

By the end of the day, South Hobart are almost certain to remain 2 points clear at the top of the standings.

Nick Lapolla and Kenny WEston 7 July 2017 - Copy

Photo:  Opposing coaches Nick Lapolla (left) and Kenny Weston...mutual respect [PlessPix]

Devonport City should stay in touch by beating bottom-side Launceston City away at Buckby Landrover Park at 4.30pm tomorrow, but victory is by no means guaranteed.

The home side will be smarting after last weekend’s 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Olympia and will be keen to atone for what was a dismal display.

City will be without the suspended Aaron Campbell, which is a considerable blow to their chances.

But, if Devonport are going to drop a point at some time, this could be the occasion.

Kingborough Lions United host Hobart Zebras at Lightwood Park at 2pm tomorrow and the football on the pitch isn’t the only point of interest.

Gabriel Markaj, who was sacked as coach by the Lions in controversial circumstances a few weeks ago, is back as assistant coach of the Zebras.

Segio Pace is listed as coach in the absence of Tommy Fotak, and Markaj is down as his assistant. Markaj is currently coaching Zebras’ Under-18s while their regular coach, Peter McBeath, is overseas.

Browns go for ball - Copy

Photo:  The attendance on Sunday should be much better than at last week's game between South Hobart and Devonport [PlessPix]

Markaj is a passionate and keen fellow when it comes to football, so all eyes will be on him to see his reaction to returning to Lightwood Park in some form of coaching capacity.

Kingborough today announced the appointment of Mark Broadbent as their senior coach for the 2018 season.

Broadbent was currently the fill-in coach following the dismissal of Markaj.

With his future at the club assured for next season, it will be fascinating to see the line-up and tactics he selects for this game against the Zebras.

The remaining match of Round 15 is Northern Rangers versus Clarence United at Launceston’s NTCA Ground at 4.30pm tomorrow.

I’d hate to be living in Launceston and have two NPL Tasmania games kicking off at the same time, and indeed, so late in the day.

The chance to see both these interesting games would surely attract supporters, but it is not to be.

Clarence won last week against Kingborough and Rangers beat Zebras, so both teams must go into this game with increased confidence.

Mamacas George 7 July 2017 - Copy

Photo:  Olympia president George Mamacas said his team will be happy with bananas and chocolate milk after the game [PlessPix]

PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 2 July 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

14

12

0

2

57

12

36

Devonport City

14

11

1

2

44

17

34

Olympia Warriors

14

9

2

3

44

22

29

Hobart Zebras

14

6

4

4

33

11

22

Northern Rangers

14

4

3

7

16

32

15

Kingborough Lions

14

2

4

8

12

44

10

Clarence United

14

2

2

10

12

51

8

Launceston City

14

1

2

11

13

43

5

Sklenar and ball - Copy

Photo:  Jakub Sklenar, Olympia's main striker [PlessPix]

Stevens and Mies

Photo:  Olympia central defender Paul Stevens (left) knows exactly what to expect against South Hobart [PlessPix]

Nick Morton v Devonport

Photo:  Nick Morton killed off Devonport with two goals.  Can he do the same to Olympia? [PlessPix]

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-11 #19 Footballfan 2017-07-08 10:20
Quoting Football Fan:
Oh spare us the grandstanding George, trying to convey your knowledge of football I hope your team wins that will surely show you up for what you are, just take your bat and ball and go and have a sulk, surely the best coach in Tasmania can provide some tactical insights to beat South


I think George might know a bit more than you moron.

Cheers the real footballfan !!!!
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+9 #18 Anon 2017-07-08 08:33
What are the odds of beating Apia George, 50/1? Way to fire up your players before a match. Beaten before they even take the park.
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+12 #17 Boy George 2017-07-08 04:09
Charlie George..really? I'd be embarrassed if he was ever one day. Players and coaches do media conferences for matches, no a President. Unless George is thinking of throwing the boots on or coaching. Do as a good as job as their current coach.
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+15 #16 Wtf 2017-07-07 23:40
Quoting anon:
Mind games at play here by Mamacas. Deflecting the pressure fully onto South is genious. If Olympia lose, well no surprises there, but should they win, well who sore that coming? Keep up the good work George.


It's only genius if you are stupid enough not to work out George is playing mind games. From my point of view it just makes him look silly, like Weston banging on about trying to stop Apia from viewing footage of Olympia games. I don't think Ken Morton or the players are likely to see this as anything other than a tough, must win match.
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+18 #15 Anny 2017-07-07 23:06
If only lose they go 10 pts behind 10 more than when the coach was sacked. Surely Weston is another desktop youth coach
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+6 #14 Anonymous 2017-07-07 23:00
Wow George, you have just got Kenny and these words would describe his coaching methods and tactics are shit. I can't believe you would put your club down considering they are in the FFA cup.
You would of been better off saying you are the underdogs and we will try and keep South Honest.
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+1 #13 Charlie George 2017-07-07 22:15
I'm a neutral, but I enjoy George's persona. It adds colour to the Tasmanian NPL!

At Warrior Park I like to hear him waxing lyrical about all the wonderful features of the businesses who are club sponsors. I also enjoy his commentary, particularly when Olympia are losing.

I think George would be a good laugh for a Tasmanian A League club president in the current format, or the recently mooted A League second division. He is a good public speaker too.

I've always thought he is rich enough to be the financial backer for a HAL team by himself.
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+7 #12 Football Fan 2017-07-07 21:31
Oh spare us the grandstanding George, trying to convey your knowledge of football I hope your team wins that will surely show you up for what you are, just take your bat and ball and go and have a sulk, surely the best coach in Tasmania can provide some tactical insights to beat South
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+18 #11 Boy George 2017-07-07 11:31
Why does George have to be always to be doing press conferences? It's a bit sad... living the dream being a president of a Tas club.
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+8 #10 anon 2017-07-07 09:22
Quoting Anonymous:
If you took the best 16 out of both these squads SH and OLY you would have the championship won already. The team would simply go unbeaten.

10 South
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