Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Sandown Park, also known as 'The Tropicana', is where Beachside will host Derwent United tomorrow [PlessPix]

Second-placed Derwent United will have their latest South Korean signing, Song Min Shin, on view against League One leaders Beachside at Sandown Park at 2.30pm tomorrow.

A win for Derwent will put them on top and a point in front of Beachside.

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Photo:  Derwent United coach Hyo Suk Jin knows his team will be tested by Beachside [PlessPix]

Beachside coach Brett Pullen acknowledged the importance of this game and said it would be a close match.

“The weather and ‘flu have hurt us this week with ground closures and illness,” said Pullen.

“I’m looking at changing our squad, but again, this will give somebody an opportunity.

“Having watched Derwent’s results, they appear to still be scoring goals freely, so this will be a battle of the best offence versus the best defence currently in the league.

“Jack Turner returns to the Tropicana wearing a different strip and I’m sure he will be made welcome.

“With all the recent talk from FFT about T-League looking good for next year, the question of promotion and relegation may not mean as much this season as in others, but nevertheless, finishing on top is a goal and this game will go a long way to determining that result at the end of round 21

“In our first game against Derwent we were without five of the players who are now first-team regulars.

“We led 4-1 in that game and mistakes cost us that day, so we will have to ensure that mistakes don’t cost us this time around.”

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Photo:  Kelvedon Park, where Taroona will entertain Metro tomorrow and where Dr Ian Syson will provide a live blog of the match [PlessPix]

Fifth-placed Taroona host sixth-ranked metro at Kelvedon Park at 2.30pm tomorrow in what should be a fiercely contested game.

Andrew Tye, the Taroona coach, is a former Metro player.

“Our side to meet Metro this week has undergone a number of changes for varying reasons including availability and injury,” said Tye.

“Rob Hortle comes in to the side for his first start of the year as a result of an injury to John Burridge, while Hugo Luttmer, Gary Hamilton and Darragh Carey also return.

“Hugo’s inclusion bumps the average age of our side up to 22, which shows that the team is still relatively inexperienced, but with youth comes energy, enthusiasm and an eternal optimism.

“Whilst our last couple of weeks have been poor, the team has trained well and are a talented enough group that I feel 90 minutes of consistent football is just around the corner.

“Metro are a team that will always provide a stern contest, as they showed in our last match, where they came from behind to beat us.

“They have players that can hurt you and are particularly strong in the air.  We will have to be at our very best to beat them.”

Fourth-placed Southern FC welcome bottom-side Nelson Eastern Suburbs to Sherburd Park at 2.30pm tomorrow.

“Last week’s great win at Taroona has come at a cost for Southern FC,” said Southern FC coach, Mick Trotter.

“Isaac Gwolo is suspended for one week, Scott Pepper has cracked ribs, and a few of our players are carrying niggles and a couple have been sick.

“In addition, we have been unable to train on a very heavy Sherburd Oval, which after two games prior to the seniors on Saturday will not be in pristine condition.

“We are looking to carry our form of last week into this game as our game plan from last week worked in our favour.

“Taroona played some great football, but maybe they lacked a cutting edge in the last third, whereas we played a more direct game in the conditions and had a cutting edge in Francis Kenyi, who had a hand in all four goals.

“We will give all our players until Saturday morning to come up and then look at how we will approach the game depending on the players at our disposal.

“However, we are confident we have enough depth this year to cover where need be.

“Nelson are a hard-working unit, so we will need to match them in that department.

“One thing we do know is it will be a difficult game in difficult conditions.  There are no easy points in this league this year.”

Nelson will be without midfielder Pat Lenck, who has left for seven months of travel.

He will be replaced by Max Caulfield,w ho will play at fullback, allowing Andrew Gaskell to play in midfield.

Winger Bill Hanley sustained an ankle injury at training on Wednesday and is a doubtful starter.

Two possible replacements for Hanley are 16-year-olds Clive Williams and Alexander Fleming,w ho both play in Nelson’s under-19s.

“We will miss Pat Lenck, a good solid player in the middle of the park, but with Pat and Rhys Endall  the latter has a knee injury  -  out for the season, we are looking at some other young players coming through,” said Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach.

“Clive and Alex are both 16 and are technically good players, so it's a great opportunity for them, though it’s a big step up from 19s in terms of pace of the game and physicality.

“Southern were well worth their first round win over us, and they have continued to pick up points and we know this will be a tough game.

“I expect another close match and, hopefully, we can take the points this time.”

SOUTHERN LEAGUE ONE (As at 16 June 2012)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Beachside

9

7

1

1

24

11

22

Derwent United

8

6

2

0

43

20

20

Hobart United

9

3

3

3

17

26

12

Southern FC

8

3

2

3

15

19

11

Taroona

9

2

2

5

23

27

8

Metro

9

2

1

6

12

21

7

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

8

1

1

6

7

17

4

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+1 #3 Anonymous 2012-06-22 10:18
Quoting Anonymous:
Great work derwent developing the gsme again where are all the local players that have been attracted to Derwent ?

At the club with no articles written about them?
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+5 #2 Paolo Maldini 2012-06-22 07:18
Very lucky that there isn't a gate at the Tropicana otherwise Jack Turner won't be able to fit his shoulders through. Should be a cracker, but will the new signing play if he hasn't trained yet? Could be a bit rough for whoever has to make way
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+7 #1 Anonymous 2012-06-22 07:13
Great work derwent developing the gsme again where are all the local players that have been attracted to Derwent ?
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