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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MacGregor and Naden - Copy

Photo:  University's Toby MacGregor tries to outwit Knights' Nick Naden [PlessPix]

(Summer Cup Final, KGV Park, Friday, 23 March 2018)

Glenorchy Knights 5 (C Brown 8’, D Brown 25’, S Kurdistan 44’, 82’, N Naden 53’)

University 0

HT: 3-0   Ref: I Jozeljic

Glenorchy Knights: Wilson; Bellini, C Brown, D Brown, Harrison, James, Kadisha, Kurdistan, Ladic, Naden, Warrener (Subs: E Engels, Nandan, Kupsch, Marney, A Woodham)

University: Philpott; Carnaby, Depaoli, Fahey, Kalimnios, MacGregor, Mahlangu, Merry, Roach, Sekiguchi, Trac (Subs: Hennicke, Howcroft, Ottavi, Ryan-Buchanan, Witte)

Merry and Harrison - Copy

Photo:  An aerial contest between University's Jon Merry and Knights' Tyler Harrison [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights easily beat University 5-0 in the Summer Cup Final played on a beautiful balmy evening at Grove Road.

The speed of Callum Brown was too much for the University defence and he opened the scoring after just 8 minutes and his twin brother, Declan Brown, made it 2-0 in the 25th minute.

This Knights side was missing key players - goalkeeper Dmitri Nester, defender George Hallard, striker Mathew Nowicki, and midfielders Hugh Foley and James Sherman - so one can only wonder what will happen when they finally field a full complement.

Kalimnios Brown and Merry - Copy

Photo:  Knights' Callum Brown scattered University opponents in his wake with his pace [PlessPix]

Siyar Kurdistan punished lax University defending just before the interval when he latched onto a misdirected clearance and hit a first-time bullet into the net from range to make it 3-0.

The Students rallied a bit after the break and had considerable possession, but they missed a couple of easy chances which might have got them back into the match, and they even squandered a penalty, which was saved by James Wilson.

Nick Naden added a fourth for the Knights shortly after the resumption, while Kurdistan completed his brace with 8 minutes to go.

Knights look like the team to beat in the league, especially if they can, for once, get their best line-up on the park.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights skipper Sam James with the Summer Cup trophy [PlessPix]