Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Callan Hamlett and Stevens - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Ben Hamlett (right) could score a bag full against his former club[PlessPix]

South Hobart can establish an almost unbeatable lead at the top of the PS4 NPL Tasmania standings this weekend if results go their way.

If South Hobart beat Clarence United at South Hobart Oval on Sunday, and if Hobart Zebras win against Devonport City at Grove Road tomorrow, South Hobart will have a 7-point lead with just five games remaining.

Brown out cold - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart keeper Kieran Brown appears to be out cold after a collison with Olympia's Warren Wadawu (No.7) [PlessPix]

The South Hobart part of the equation is all but guaranteed. They should beat second-last Clarence at a canter.

South will have James Wilson in goal in place of Kieran Brown, who was injured against Olympia last weekend.

Clarence United are expected to field their best possible line-up, but it is unlikely to be enough to stop South Hobart’s progress.

Hobart Zebras may win against a Devonport City side that looks as if it has hit the wall.

The North-West Coast outfit has earned just a point out of six from its past two games, whereas Zebras could well get on the winner’s list after a poor recent run which must surely end soon given the talent they have at their disposal. Surely, they must click soon.

Adam Gorrie crosses against Olympia - Copy

Photo:  Former Devonport player Adam Gorrie is performing very well for South Hobart [PlessPix]

Zebras will still be without striker Adam McKeown, but Dwayne Walsh will be on the bench and could get a run.

Devonport are never easy-beats, but Zebras may just have the edge tomorrow.

Olympia Warriors host Kingborough Lions United at Warrior Park at 7pm tomorrow and should be good enough to collect all three points.

Lions don’t have a good record at Warrior Park and their chances of coming away with even a draw must be slim.

The remaining match of the round is at the NTCA Ground in Launceston at 4.30pm tomorrow when Northern Rangers host bottom-side Launceston City.

Darcy Hall shoots against Olympia - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Darcy Hall has speed, but his shooting and final pass must be perfected [PlessPix]

PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 9 July 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

15

13

0

2

60

14

39

Devonport City

15

11

2

2

44

17

35

Olympia Warriors

15

9

2

4

46

25

29

Hobart Zebras

15

6

5

4

34

12

23

Northern Rangers

15

4

4

7

17

33

16

Kingborough Lions

15

2

5

8

13

45

11

Clarence United

15

2

3

10

13

52

9

Launceston City

15

1

3

11

13

43

6

Brown wins a header - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Daniel Brown wins a header against Olympia last week [PlessPix]

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+3 #7 Anonymous 2017-07-15 06:58
Quoting 2018 no relegation:
Quoting Champions:
Id say its all over can't wait for relegation dog fight to start next season


There's no relegation next year mate, two teams are being added...



not next year 2019
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+5 #6 Anon 2017-07-15 03:58
Quoting 2018 no relegation:
Quoting Champions:
Id say its all over can't wait for relegation dog fight to start next season


There's no relegation next year mate, two teams are being added...

They should keep it at eight and add relegation to keep it stronger at bottom and top of promotion teams
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+3 #5 2018 2017-07-15 02:31
2 extra teams from Hobart?
Launceston don't have a big enough talent pool for another team to be challenging the top teams and same goes with the NW Coast.
Most of the better players that aren't playing for their area State League clubs obv won't commit to it and are happy playing in the northern league.
I think they should leave it at 8 and get all teams to try and be more competitive. The attraction of playing in the state league seems to be heading like the TSL. Downhill
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-1 #4 Southfan 2017-07-15 01:35
Get the feeling that this last round will be less predictable than the first two. Still one game at a time...(now where is that black and white beenie!)
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+8 #3 Benjamin Smith 2017-07-15 01:25
https://footballfedtas.com.au/promotion-and-relegation-to-be-introduced-to-npl-tas/

Tasmania’s top tier men’s football competition – the PS4 NPL Tasmania, will be extended to include 10 teams from 2019. This major change will also include promotion at the end of the 2018 season to allow for the increase to 10 teams. From every season thereafter, the competition will include promotion and relegation.
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+2 #2 2018 no relegation 2017-07-14 20:17
Quoting Champions:
Id say its all over can't wait for relegation dog fight to start next season


There's no relegation next year mate, two teams are being added...
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0 #1 Champions 2017-07-14 12:37
Id say its all over can't wait for relegation dog fight to start next season
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