Who Is Walter Pless?

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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Photo:  Colin Shepherd (left) is ready to resume his career with Beachside [PlessPix]

The battle at the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League continues this weekend with leaders Beachside and second-placed Taroona both facing tough opponents.

Beachside visit Olinda Grove on Sunday to take on 9th-placed University at 2.30pm, while Taroona entertain 4th-ranked Kingborough Lions United at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm on Saturday.

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Photo:  Beachside's Colin Shepherd is a former Vic Tuting Medal winner [PlessPix]

Both sides must win to stay ahead of the chasing pack.

Beachside will have Tom Gordon and Alex Gordon back for this clash, as well as veteran Colin Shepherd, who is a former University star.

“Last week’s results show that University are on the move,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.

“As a club, they normally hit their straps at this stage of the season.

“It will be a massive challenge for us on Sunday afternoon.

“The Gordon brothers will return to the squad after being unavailable last week.

“Colin Shepherd is expected to be available, which is another bonus [he has been gaining fitness through diving for crayfish].

“Like Brett Pullen, both multiple Vic Tuting Medal winners, Shepherd remains a class player.”

University will be without several important players and coach Romilton Amaral knows how important this game is for the Students.

“This will be a huge game as somebody has to stop Beachside before it’s all over,” Romilton said.

“They're already 6 points clear from 4th place.

“I guess this is the challenge presented to us.  So far, we have not been able to take advantage of our home games and our boys are keen to change it this weekend.

“We have several changes in our squad this weekend.  Damien Scott and Toby Macgregor are both away travelling and Lindsay Millington is unable to play due to work commitments.

“Miles Barnard and James Galloway are still undergoing treatment and fitness tests on Sunday morning will confirm whether or not they will be able to play.

“Nevertheless, we are very confident after a good result against Kingborough.

“We will have the debut of two younger Under-20s, Obsa Abdulhakim and Alan Silva.

“They have been doing extremely well and they're looking forward to this opportunity.

“On top of that, Jesse Gasparinatos from South Hobart has signed and will also be introduced to the team.”

Marcus Atkinson will make his first league appearance of the season for Taroona when they play Kingborough Lions United.

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Photo:  Marcus Atkinson (right) returns for Taroona this Saturday [PlessPix]

“This Saturday has us facing another team in Kingborough whose form is hard to pick,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.

“They currently sit fourth and appear to have been a bit inconsistent.

“We can't afford to assume anything, however, and will be expecting a tough contest.

“Marcus Atkinson comes in for his first game of the year as Mike Haslewood is currently in Spain.

“James Cherry also comes in for Jeremy Stevens, who suffered an ankle injury against Nelson.

“We are still striving to produce a consistent performance, week in, week out.

“Whilst we are comfortable going forward, we still lose concentration when the opposition has the ball.

“We have been improving on this front is recent weeks and will look for this trend to continue.”

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Photo:  Zebras coach Nick Harrison (left) is not dismissing the challenge taht Glenorchy Knights pose [PlessPix]

Third-placed Tilford Zebras should put pressure on the two leading sides by overcoming bottom-side Glenorchy Knights at 2.30pm at KGV Park on Saturday.

“We have two changes from the team that defeated the NTC last weekend,” said Zebras coach, Nick Harrison.

“Henry Fagg replaces Ryan Smith, and Kurt Engels comes in for Jayden Welch.

“We will not underestimate the Knights as I am sure they will be looking for their first points of the season.

“But, it’s a game that we need to win to stay on the heels of the top two.

“On a personnel note, it will be nice to coach against my old mate Zac [Baltic].”

New Town Eagles, currently ranked eighth, host second-last Nelson Eastern Suburbs at 2pm on Saturday at Clare Street.

Eagles coach, Dale Itchins, will again need to reshuffle his back-four and find a new goalkeeper.

“This week I have Craig Minty, Grant Nutting and Michael Anderson out of the starting 11, which again means we have a different back-4 against Nelson,” Itchins said.

“Craig is in Queensland for family reasons, Grant has flown back to Western Australia for work and Michael has bone bruising on his foot from last week.

“Having a regular back-4 has been our issue all year and at times has been our Achilles heel.

“We get Chris Stingle and Ben Whitehall back in to the squad and we are promoting our Under-20 keeper Justin Graham.

“This allows us to keep Nathan Pitchford in the back-4 as he has done extremely well over the past few matches.

“Omar Shabenah will start this week after coming off the bench against South Hobart.

“Although we haven’t picked points up, I’m pleased with our overall performances, but it would be great to get a win for the players who are working really hard on the track.

“Our playing style this year is different, with a strong emphasis on passing and movement.

“The younger guys that were introduced earlier this year, Jordan Quan, Ronald John and Elliott Idstrom, have now blended in nicely and are performing well.”

Fifth-placed Clarence United take on 10th-ranked Olympia Warriors at 4.30pm at Wentworth Park on Saturday.

“We are hoping to have Will Reibel and Harry Reading back this week, along with Rowan Heggie,” said Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton.

“We need to get back to winning ways and so it's crucial that we use our home-ground advantage against Warriors this Saturday.

“The SPL is proving to be tough and I think that squad depths are so important and so that the teams that are able to minimize injuries will be there come the business end of the season.

“Hopefully, we will be one of them.”

Seventh-placed NTC will retain the same squads as last week when they meet sixth-ranked South Hobart at 11,30am on Saturday at the South Hobart Oval.


SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (After Round 5 as at 21 April 2013)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Beachside

5

5

0

0

17

5

15

Taroona

5

4

1

0

21

10

13

Tilford Zebras

5

3

1

1

15

6

10

Kingborough Lions Utd

5

3

0

2

11

17

9

Clarence United

5

2

1

2

17

11

7

South Hobart

5

2

1

2

15

17

7

NTC

5

2

0

3

12

12

6

New Town Eagles

5

1

2

2

11

12

5

University

5

1

2

2

14

14

5

Olympia Warriors

5

1

1

3

15

13

4

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

5

1

1

3

6

14

4

Glenorchy Knights

5

0

0

5

3

26

0

 

Comments   

+1 #14 Anonymous 2013-04-30 10:09
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Tell me what sort of future does beachside have if it continues to play has beans...just they were good in their day but is the club looking after youth or is this another 3rds team!!

Has beens you half wit.

Mustn't have bean listening in English class
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+7 #13 Anonymous 2013-04-28 09:46
I'm guessing you we're a never was anon 10 ????
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+6 #12 Anonymous 2013-04-28 09:09
Quoting Anonymous:
Tell me what sort of future does beachside have if it continues to play has beans...just they were good in their day but is the club looking after youth or is this another 3rds team!!

Has beens you half wit.
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+5 #11 Anonymous 2013-04-28 08:28
Anon 10 please shep is not even registered it was a piss take !! Hook line and sinker, currently beach have a team generally made up of mid to late 20 players, a couple of older, and also half a dozen between 18-22 that's called a balance and if you look at the 20s abs the 10 teams between u12 and under 16 I'd say beach are doing alright how is your club going ?
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-4 #10 Anonymous 2013-04-28 05:07
Tell me what sort of future does beachside have if it continues to play has beans...just they were good in their day but is the club looking after youth or is this another 3rds team!!
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0 #9 Anonymous 2013-04-28 01:57
Quoting Anonymous:
#3 classic comment could nt agree more beachside are pathetic

why do you say that???
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-1 #8 Anonymous 2013-04-27 23:38
#3 classic comment could nt agree more beachside are pathetic
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-2 #7 Anonymous 2013-04-27 10:00
Over 35 winners medal last year will put Shepard in good position. Just easing back to the lower leagues.
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+13 #6 Anonymous 2013-04-27 08:01
NTE beaten by Nelson.
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+2 #5 Anon 2013-04-27 04:26
#2 there is no way the Olympia will score 3 .
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