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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Mike Palmer and cup

Photo:  Mike Palmer, the FFT CEO, with the Victory Cup at today's semi-final draw [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras will meet South Hobart in one semi-final of the Victory Cup, while Olympia Warriors and Northern Rangers will contest the other semi-final.

The draw was made at KGV Football House at lunch-time today.

Hickey and Fagg and referees

Photo:  Knights captain Shae Hickey (No.7) shakes hands with Zebras skipper Henry Fagg.  Zebras wore black armbands in memory of Fagg's grandfather, who passed aweay during the week [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Saturday, 30 August 2014)

Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Clay 67)

Tilford Zebras 3 (H Fagg 27, A McKeown 34, R Courtney 39)

HT: 0-3   Att: 150   Ref: J Hortle

Glenorchy Knights: Kruijver (Woodham 56) - Woolley, Willcock, Harrison, Clay - Robinson (Thorne 56), Kamba, Hickey - Kamano, Wilson (D Holmes 46), Aldridge

Tilford Zebras: Ferguson - Walsh, Courtney, Fielding, Toghill - Clark, Fagg, McKeown, Ferns (Marchioli 71) - Whitehall, Leszczynski (Sub snot used: Muller, Pitchford, Telega)

A McKeown header

Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Adam McKeown gets in a header against Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]

Victory League

Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Clay 67) lost to Tilford Zebras 3 (H Fagg 27, A McKeown 34, R Courtney 39)

South Hobart 4 (B Mann 71, 81, C Hunt 80, A Brennan 89) beat Launceston City 0

Kingborough Lions United 3 (N Taylor 40, N Cuthbertson 45, L Verdouw 60) lost to Devonport City 6 (M Holden 11, B Denehey 30, 53, 72, Mulraney 34, M Barnard 84)

Northern Rangers 0 lost to Olympia Warriors 1 (W Wadawu 28)

Holmes and badge

Photo:  Olympia's Alex Holmes at a pre-match media conference yesterday [PlessPix]

Round 21, the final round, of the Victory League kicks off today and there are unlikely to be any changes to the standings.

If there is a change, it is most likely to be in the third and fourth positions, where fourth-placed Northern Rangers host third-ranked Olympia Warriors at 2pm at the NTCA Ground today.


Photo:  Somerset celebrate their NPL title [Photo by Greg Deal]

Jimmy Nettleton netted five goals on Saturday as Somerset beat Burnie United 8-0 to win the Northern Premier League title.

Billy Mathews, Chris Smith and Keegan Wells were Somerset’s other marksmen.

Teams emerge

Photo:  The Zebras and Lions walk out onto the artificial veldt [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Friday, 22 August 2014)

Tilford Zebras 2 (J Fielding 7, A McKeown 52)

Kingborough Lions United 0

HT: 1-0   Att: 120   Ref: K Barker

Tilford Zebras: Ferguson - Walsh, Courtney, Fielding, Toghill - Ferns, McKeown, Fagg - Whitehall (Clark 75), Leszczynski, E Engels (Subs not used: Telega, Pitchford, Cox)

Kingborough Lions United: Duncan - D Watkins, Cuthbertson, Young, Schuth - Verdouw (Collins 60), Turner, Pearce, McEldowney (J Davis 60) - B Watkins, Cowen (Subs not used: Gillam, Loh)

Lunnon at training

Photo:  State coach Tim Lunnon puts Todd Hingston, Matthew Ferguson and Nick Morton through their paces at training at Wentworth Park yesterday [PlessPix]

The Tasmanian squad currently training for the game against Melbourne Victory Youth on 28 September at North Hobart Oval will not be reduced to 18 players until 22 September.

This decision has been made because the availability of the South Hobart players is in doubt because of the club’s coming NPL Finals series commitments.

Mearns clears

Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns clears the danger [PlessPix]

[Victory League, Warrior Park, Saturday, 23 August 2014]

Olympia Warriors 0

South Hobart 4 (A Brennan 2, 44, B Mann 32, 62)

HT: 0-3   Att: 270   Ref: B Kopra

Olympia Warriors: Nester - S Page (Kabangu 60), Holmes, Vandermey, Phillips - Bellini (Guerra 72), Mearns, Nichols, Meredith - E Tsakiris, Wadawu (Subs not used: Almeida, Herbert, Paradisis)

South Hobart: Pierce - Lewis (Hunt 73), Lamont, Ludford (Hey 68), Scott - Kass, Ludlow, Morton, Undy (Walter 86) - Mann, Brennan (Subs not used: J Stevens, Moncur)