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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Mann and Morton - Copy

Photo:  Devonport's Brayden Mann (left) and South Hobart coach Ken Morton at today's media conference [PlessPix]

South Hobart and Devonport City will fight out the Lakoseljac Cup Final at 2pm at KGV Park on Monday.

The winner will qualify for the Round-of-32 of the FFA Cup nation-wide competition.

The sides also met in the 2016 Lakoseljac Cup Final, when Devonport City won.

This will be South Hobart’s sixth Lakoseljac Cup Final in the past nine seasons.

They have won four and lost one in their previous five appearances, the defeat being to Devonport.

Both sides are in excellent form in the league, with Devonport second and South third in the standings.

Devonport have won eight of their past nine games, including a 2-1 win over South Hobart, while South have won six games in a row.

These statistics point to an evenly contested final tomorrow.

“We’ve done all our preparation and we’re ready for the game,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“It’s going to be an excellent football match from two sides that like to go forward and attack, so it should be a pleasing game for people to watch.

“Devonport are a quality side with good players in every position and I’ve said all year they’ve got that good mix of youth and their own local players among a couple of really good import players as well.

“Brayden Mann is one of the best goalscorers in football in Tasmania, so it’ll be a tough game.

“I think we’re getting a little bit better but we’ve still got a way to go to peak.

“Certainly, in a final, you’ve got to play your best football and we need to play our best football of the season to win this game.”

Brayden Mann has played for both South Hobart and Devonport and has excelled with both.

He is a quality marksman and South Hobart will need to contain him if they are to win.

“We’re really excited about this game,” said Mann. “Our form leading into it has been good so we’re just raring to go.

“We’ve got some players who played in the 2016 team and I think it’s important to have that experience.

“We play a completely different style of football now, though, and I think that makes for a better spectacle.

“The two best teams are going into this game and I think that’ll be something for the spectators to enjoy.

“I’m not thinking about the FFA Cup and I think iot’s important to focus on the game at hand.

“If we win, then that’s a bigger incentive, but this final is the focus now.

“We’ve got to come out strong and put on a really good performance because South Hobart are a good team.

“The Lakoseljac Cup means a lot to me as I’m pretty close to the Lakoseljac family.”

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0 #13 Anonymous 2018-06-12 13:20
#10 Seems to me mr realist you failed reading and comprehension.

Quoting Realist:
Quoting Anonymous:
Olympia Devonport and South Hobart have now won it 2 times each since the State League started. Seems even to me you goose.

Quoting Realist:
Pft Olympia were lucky. It's been a south port cup since it started. We do want to present the mainland with the best we have and these 2 have been.


Only 5 have been for FFA cup you goose!!
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-2 #12 Respect 2018-06-12 08:41
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Easy to Predict:
At the moment Launceston City is yes. But happy to tip South Hobart or Devonport for the title. When either win it you can admit you were wrong and I was right on here. How much more evidence will you need? The clubs that pay the most win.
( Accept for Zebras they have no clue)

Your not giving City the respect they deserve.
City have the sav factor even though he is not head coach.
The only way they will implode is injuries.


Not sure you can just get instant respect when you just try and buy a premiership all of a sudden. Hopefully they can win the league otherwise it’s been a waste of $ this year
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-1 #11 Anonymous 2018-06-12 07:22
Aside from you being not just a goose but an illiterate goose which part of my sentence was incorrect?

[quote name="Realist"] [quote name="Anonymous "]Olympia Devonport and South Hobart have now won it 2 times each since the State League started. Seems even to me you goose.
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+4 #10 Realist 2018-06-12 06:10
Quoting Anonymous:
Olympia Devonport and South Hobart have now won it 2 times each since the State League started. Seems even to me you goose.

Quoting Realist:
Pft Olympia were lucky. It's been a south port cup since it started. We do want to present the mainland with the best we have and these 2 have been.


Only 5 have been for FFA cup you goose!!
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-3 #9 Anonymous 2018-06-12 04:37
Olympia Devonport and South Hobart have now won it 2 times each since the State League started. Seems even to me you goose.

Quoting Realist:
Pft Olympia were lucky. It's been a south port cup since it started. We do want to present the mainland with the best we have and these 2 have been.
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+1 #8 Realist 2018-06-11 15:56
Pft Olympia were lucky. It's been a south port cup since it started. We do want to present the mainland with the best we have and these 2 have been.
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-1 #7 Anon 2018-06-11 12:17
Quoting Easy to Predict:
At the moment Launceston City is yes. But happy to tip South Hobart or Devonport for the title. When either win it you can admit you were wrong and I was right on here. How much more evidence will you need? The clubs that pay the most win.
( Accept for Zebras they have no clue)

Your not giving City the respect they deserve.
City have the sav factor even though he is not head coach.
The only way they will implode is injuries.
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-9 #6 Easy to Predict 2018-06-11 08:24
At the moment Launceston City is yes. But happy to tip South Hobart or Devonport for the title. When either win it you can admit you were wrong and I was right on here. How much more evidence will you need? The clubs that pay the most win.
( Accept for Zebras they have no clue)
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+8 #5 Annonymous 2018-06-11 06:01
Handing out medals "first and foremost the match officials"
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+7 #4 Hold up 2018-06-11 01:13
Quoting Easy to Predict:
Boring more of the same. Just 3 clubs across all competitions since it started have won something. Impossible to predict? I do not think so. Pick South Hobart Olympia or Devonport and you will do more than ok. The rest are just making up the numbers.

South Hobart Npl Winners 2013 2014 2017
Laka Cup Winners 2014 2015
Summer Cup Winners 2016

Olympia NPL Winners 2015
Laka Cup Winners 2013 2017
Summer Cup Winners 2013 2014 2015

Devonport NPL / Laka Cup winners 2016


First of all, clearly Walter meant impossible to predict this specific game. So you need to work on your inference skills.

Secondly, who is currently top of the NPL ladder?

Thirdly, the biggest leagues in the world are dominated by a handful of clubs and people still love them so why does it matter if a couple are setting the bar high?
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