Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Eli Cropp and Isabelle Dadswell 8 June 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Taroona's Eli Cropp (left) and Kingborough's Isabelle Dadswell at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Taroona will start as firm favourites to take out the Women’s State-wide Cup when they meet Kingborough Lions United in the final at KGV Park at 11.30am on Monday.

Both sides caused shock results in reaching the final and their performances belie their league form.

Taroona are currently fourth in the league and Kingborough are seventh.

Cropp and Dadswell shaing hands 8 June 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Eli Cropp (left), a third-year medical student, and Isabelle Dadswell, a first-year Arts/Law student, will be direct opponents in the cup final as Cropp plays on the left wing and Dadswell at right-fullback. [PlessPix]

Kingborough have won just one game in the Women’s Super League competition and that was against bottom-side Clarence United.

But, cup competitions are different to league games and anything can hppane in a cup final.

Taroona are handicapped by the absence of three key players through injury - goalkeeper Isolina Ottavi, defender and captain Hanna Manuela and midfielder Adelyn Ayton.

To reach the final, Taroona beat Hobart Zebras 6-5 and Olympia Warriors 2-1.

The Zebras and the Warriors would often be expected to contest the final so Taroona have strong claims for success in the cup final after disposing of two of the favourites.

Zoe Horgan, Marion Dunbabin, Eli Cropp and Lily Hulton will be four players to watch in the Taroona line-up as they should be key influences on the outcome.

Kingborough also had an impressive run to the final, beating Northern Rangers 2-1 and the highly fancied Ulverstone 1-0 through a goal by Emille Tatton.

Laura Davis is one of the Lions’ main weapons as she has scored 12 goals in 9 games.

Taroona and Kingborough have met once in the league this season and Taroona came out 5-2 victors, with Ashlee Tolman netting four goals.

There could be lots of goals on offer, then, but Taroona should be the side to lift the trophy on Monday.

“We’re incredibly excited to play and have our chance at the State-wide Cup,” said Taroona’s Eli Cropp.

“We’re pretty confident in our preparation.

“It’s been a while since we played Kingborough and we’ve both progressed a lot since then, but our last match was pretty competitive so we expect more of the same in this one.

“I don’t think we were surprised to make the final. It was a really competitive semi-final, but I think we were confident in the way that we played to make it to the final.

“I think the past couple of weeks have shown the depth that we have in our squad and just how good our players are in rearranging the formation when we need to in order to get things done.

“We have a lot of depth in the squad.”

Cropp, a left-winger, will be in direct competition with Kingborough’s right-back, Isabelle Dadswell.

“I think we had a pretty good run through the competition and we were lucky to play Ulverstone the week before the cup game against them as we were able to take away from that the idea that we could actually beat them,” Dadswell said.

 “We learned things in that game that we were able to use when we played them in the cup.

“I think that really helped us and made us confident.

“I think it’ll be a close final, but I do think that our girls definitely have the capability and the strength to come out on top.”

In the Under-20 Cup Final at KGV Park at 7m this evening, Olympia Warriors should prove too strong for opponents South Hobart.

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