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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Photo:  Adelaide United coach John Kosmina was very confident when his side led 2-0 [PlessPix]

(Asian Champions League, Quarterfinal first leg, Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Wednesday, 19 September 2012)

Adelaide United 2 (Ramsay 7, Kostopoulos 18)

Bunyodkor 2 (Khasanov 44, Salamov 75)

HT: 2-1   Ref: Al Hilali Abdullah (Oman)

Adelaide United: Galekovic  -  Bowles, Fyfe, Boogaard, Watson  -  Barbiero, Vidosic (Golec 53), Cassio  -  Kostopoulos, Djite (Van Dijk 74), Ramsay (Neumann 81)

Bunyodkor: Nesterov  -  Shorahmedov, Karimov, Gafurov, Filiposyan  -  Kozak (Salamov 66)  -  Karpenko (Shomurodov 84), Ibrokhimov, Hasanov, Turaev  -  Murzoev (Soliev 76)


Photo:  Melbourne Victory captain Marcos Flores shakes hands with Tasmania's captain Hugh Ludford [PlessPix]


(Courtesy of Stefano Lufi, Mr Video)


Photo:  Chris Hunt opened the scoring for Rangers [PlessPix]

Northern Rangers reached the final of the State-wide Top-Four series this evening when they beat Devonport City 2-1 at the NTCA Ground in Launceston.

Chris Hunt gave Rangers a 1-0 lead at the interval.

Nelson Eastern Suburbs must beat third-ranked Taroona away at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm tomorrow if they are to have any chance of avoiding the wooden spoon in the Southern League One competition.

Nelson currently trail second-last Metro by a point and Metro will have a game in hand as they have a bye tomorrow.

English champions Manchester City have drawn the toughest group in the European Champions League.

The draw was made in Monaco over night and features 32 teams in 8 groups.


Photo:  The NTCA Ground, the venue for tonight's semi-final between Northern Rangers and Devonport City [PlessPix]

Two exciting and close games should be in store for Tasmanian football fans as Northern Rangers take on Devonport City and South Hobart meet Ulverstone in the semi-finals of the State-wide Top-Four Finals series.

Rangers and Devonport are in action at the NTCA Ground at 8pm today, while South’s showdown with Ulverstone is at South Hobart at 1pm tomorrow.


Photo:  Julius Ross has moved to Melbourne to be part of the A-League world [PlessPix]

Julius Ross, the 25-year-old Tasmanian football journalist who has been writing for The Mercury and The Back Post, has taken up a position with A-League club Melbourne Heart.

He started in his new job in Melbourne on Monday and is already in the thick of the action at the club, but he took time out to talk to me about his new position.