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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Photo:  Launceston City coach Jez Kenth played down his team's chances against Zebras at a media conference early this week [PlessPix]

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to be thankful for artificial pitches when the weather is like it has been for the past couple of days.

That means the two NPL Tasmania games scheduled for the south of the State will, at least, go ahead.

Tomorrow, sixth-placed Olympia Warriors host eighth-ranked - or bottom-side - Clarence United at 2pm at Warrior Park.

This is always a special game for both sides, although both deny it.

It’s the Eastern Shore Derby and the two teams desperately want to win so that they can claim the unofficial title of best Eastern Shore team {sorry, Nelson).

Olympia will need to use the chances they create better than they did against South Hobart last week in a game they could have won but lost in the final three minutes.

Clarence shocked Hobart Zebras and drew 1-1. Clarence should probably have lost, but then again, they could have snatched a win in the dying minutes.

On Sunday, at the artificial surface of Grove Road, second-placed Hobart Zebras host league-leaders Launceston City, their sister Italian-back club from the north, at 2pm.

City will go into this game as the quiet achievers, while Zebras will be under intense pressure to win.

Zebras’ defence has been porous this season and they will have to do much better at the back to stop a City side that knows how to score.

Tyler Fischer and Noah Mies are two of the visitors’ danger men and it will be interesting to see what damage they can cause.

Zebras have the firepower on paper to win this, but their psychological frame of mind may determine the outcome.

Devonport City welcome Kingborough Lions United to Valley Road at 2pm tomorrow and the North-West Coast outfit should collect the three points.

On Sunday, Northern Rangers entertain South Hobart at 2pm at the NTCA Ground in Launceston.

South Hobart are regaining their form and should be too good for a Rangers outfit that will hope to see midfielder Harry Thannhauser return from injury.

Saturday 12 May

Devonport v Kingborough, 2:00pm, Valley Road

Olympia v Clarence, 2:00pm, Warrior Park

Sunday 13 May

Hobart Zebras v Launceston City, 2:00pm, KGV Football Park

Northern Rangers v South Hobart, 2:00pm, NTCA 2

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday, 6 May 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Launceston City

6

4

2

0

11

4

14

Hobart Zebras

6

4

0

2

15

13

13

Devonport City

6

3

1

2

16

9

10

South Hobart

6

2

2

2

12

11

8

Northern Rangers

6

2

1

3

15

14

7

Olympia Warriors

6

2

1

3

10

11

7

Kingborough Lions

6

1

2

3

9

7

5

Clarence United

6

0

2

4

5

24

2

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0 #1 Anonymous 2018-05-13 06:06
Zebras defence rubbish. Where was Huigsloot today?
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