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:  Ulverstone's Susanna Blackwood-Beattie clears the ball from a Clarence United opponent [PlessPix]

PFD Women’s Super League

Clarence United 0 lost to Ulverstone 3 (Jasmine Gorrie 2, Christie Cox-Haines)

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Photo:  Ulverstone's Caitlin Boerma (left) looks for a way past Clarence United's Emma Hall [PlessPix]

Veto Women’s Championship

Beachside 3-2 Clarence United

Georgia Foote shoots - Copy

Photo:  Ulverstone's Georgia Foote shoots at goal but the shot was saved by Clarence United's substitute goalkeeper Caitlin Maundrill, who replaced the injured Amelia Vanderniet [PlessPix]

Challenge League

Clarence United 3-1 University

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Photo:  Hobart Zebras White's Shannon Harris (left) tries to head the ball past a Beachside opponent [PlessPix]

Youth Summer Series Under-16

Hobart Zebras White 0-5 Beachside

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Photo:  A Beachside player shoots for goal.  The ball hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down and possibly over the line, but the referee waved play on [PlessPix]

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Photo:  A Beachside defender halts a Zebras attack as the rain comes down [PlessPix]


-2 #36 Anonymous 2018-03-24 23:49
Quoting Numbers down:
The FFT would check the sheets especially after zebras are trying everywhere to fimd players red flag to a bull.
Zebras were the team that made a fuss about Olympia last year and now they are short of players, karma.
What i cant understand why did they lose so many

Zebras didn’t make a fuss about Olympia last year, Olympia made a fuss about Zebras not accomodating changes Olympia wanted to make to games which had been rostered for months.
0 #35 Numbers down 2018-03-24 21:13
The FFT would check the sheets especially after zebras are trying everywhere to fimd players red flag to a bull.
Zebras were the team that made a fuss about Olympia last year and now they are short of players, karma.
What i cant understand why did they lose so many
+1 #34 Tad Harsh 2018-03-24 12:34
[quote name="Anon"]Sup er league didnt lose any points it was the reserve team[/quote

Oh yes they did. 3 point deduction for the Super League team
-1 #33 Anon 2018-03-24 02:31
does FFT pick up these breaches or does the opposition team have to report them?
Who identified and reported the Zebras breach this week and the Olympia breach the week before?
-3 #32 Anon 2018-03-24 01:00
Super league didnt lose any points it was the reserve team
+1 #31 South read the rules 2018-03-23 22:13
South Hobart women’s team don’t actually need to win games, they study the rules and hope to find a breach. Zebras this week and Olympia the week before in the summer cup semi final.
Kingborough this week would have spent more time studying the rules than training in preparation for the South game
+3 #30 Tad Harsh 2018-03-23 22:02
No senior starting players can play in the women’s reserve competition on the same weekend. Last year you could play 2. Zebras stuffed up and the reserve game was a rightfully called a forfeit with the points going to south.
Stripping 3 from the Super League team who did nothing wrong was very harsh.

FYI - The above “stacking” rule does not apply to the men’s NPL and challenge League
-3 #29 Veronica 2018-03-23 12:49
I said ten OF the best, not the ten best.
I didn't say get rid of the championship but I guess you're saying if they aren't required to have two teams then several would probably drop out of the championship leaving a smaller competition in the championship and less teams for championship level players to play in. At least I think that's what you're saying.
I'm not saying get rid of the championship but the current rules just aren't going to work this season. Too many clubs just don't have enough players. Breaches of rules or forfeits will occur every second week. FFT need to go back to the drawing board, talk to the clubs, take stock of clubs and teams and player numbers and capabilities and totally rewrite the rules and rethink the competitions. Maybe six southern teams in WSL is too many? Maybe more players need to be able to play WSL and Sth Champ the same week? But that would probably make Olympia angry if that's allowed.
0 #28 Someones mum 2018-03-23 06:28
With statements like the best ten players not playing in the super league you really need to get out more must be someones mum.
The standard has dropped no doubt in last few years and will continue to as players not coming through and no doubt due to poor administrators in charge of the game.
But if ee dont have under pinning championship teams then where do these girls go.
0 #27 Veronica 2018-03-22 22:32
At the moment women's football in Tas and particularly in the South is a dogs breakfast. Ten of the best players in the state aren't playing super league, the player base across many clubs has eroded by 15-20% over the past 18 months and a lot of those are high quality players, there are rules in place which everyone knows of at least 2 maybe up to 5 of the super league clubs will really struggle to meet and we can expect a season littered with more breaches and lost points and with social and over 45 players and mums propping up the championship teams. This is not sustainable and will drive more players away.
As Rupert said, lets wipe the slate clean and start again right now before it's too late. Throw the rules out and write some new ones which clubs can meet and won't be under pressure week in week out, get Olympia back in super league with strict warnings and monitoring and let's move forward now. If we stutter along until the end of the season it may be too late.

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