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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Morton and Anastasiadis 26 January 2018 - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton (left) and Bentleigh Greens supremo John Anastasiadis [PlessPix]

South Hobart will be missing key centre-backs Daniel Brown and Hugh Ludford when they take on NPL Victoria outfit Bentleigh Greens at 6pm today at South Hobart Oval.

Goalkeeper Kieran Brown will also miss, but midfielder Nick Morton will play after being cleared of a broken hand and Kobe Kemp is fit after a hip flexor problem.

Morton’s hand is badly bruised but not broken. He sustained the injury last Friday in the 3-1 loss to Hume City.

Odaine Demar is likely to come in at centre-back, while youngsters such as Antonio Saracino and Ollie Conforti will also get a run at some stage.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton said his side will go all out for a win as this game was serious preparation for the coming season.

“We’re looking forward to a difficult game tonight,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“They’ll have lots of possession and we’re going to have to defend really well to be in this contest.

“We were very happy with the first 70 minutes [of the game against Hume City] and we want more of the same and for a bit longer.

“We played some good football last week and, hopefully, we can get on the ball as well and make it difficult for Bentleigh.

“We’ll have three or four in tonight who are fringe players and from that side it’ll be interesting.

“We’re in a good space and we’ll have most of the players from last year, except Benny Hamlett, Liam Quaile and Jack Turner.

“The rest of the side is pretty much together, so we’ll be looking for a good performance.”

South Hobart Oval 26 January 2018 - Copy

Photo:  The South Hobart ground is in pristine condition [PlessPix]

Bentleigh Greens coach, John Anastasiadis, said his side enjoyed visiting Hobart and they would be trying out a new playing system as a rehearsal for their upcoming league season.

“We come down here for the football and also for the players to get to know each other as a bonding session,” Anastasiades said.

“We take a lot away from the games here in playing teams like South Hobart, who are a top-class team.

“We’re still in pre-season mode at the moment so it’s not going to be an easy game.

“We’ve worked a lot on our new system. We’ve got a new system now so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes against a team like South Hobart.

“These are the type of game you look for to work out what’s right and what’s wrong and what you want to put across to the boys.

“These are the games where our season starts and I’ve told the boys our season starts now.

“It’s not on 22 February, which is the start of the championship, but it starts now so we’ve really got to start now and see where we’re at and what the issues are.

“There’s players here who are on the fringe at the moment, so these are good games to see where they’re at and if they’re worth putting on a first-XI jumper.”