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.

Donoghue draws team

Photo:  Tilford Zebras coach Jed Donoghue draws out South Hobart to meet his side [PlessPix]

The semi-finals will be played at KGV Park next Saturday.

The Zebras versus South Hobart game is at noon, while the Warriors will meet Rangers at 2.30pm.

Zebras and South have met five times this season already.

In the league meetings this season between Zebras and South Hobart, each has won once and the third game was a goalless draw.

Morton draws team

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton draws Tilford Zebras [PlessPix]

South Hobart beat Zebras 3-0 in their first league meeting and Zebras triumphed 3-0 in their second encounter.

Zebras beat South Hobart in the Summer Cup series, while South Hobart overcame the Zebras in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final.

Olympia have beaten Rangers twice in the league this season (4-3 and 1-0) and the third meeting ended in a 1-1 draw.


Captains shake

Photo:  Tilford Zebras and Glenorchy Knights reserve side captains shake hands before their game yesterday [PlessPix]

Southern Women’s Premier League

Taroona 2 (Roche, Rose) drew with Olympia Warriors 2 (Gavalas, Berry pen)

Glenorchy Knights 2-2 Tilford Zebras

Brkic and ball

Photo:  Knights' Marina Brkic beats a Zebras opponent to the ball [PlessPix]


Taroona 1-4 Olympia Warriors

Glenorchy Knights 1-6 Tilford Zebras

two race

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights beat Tilford Zebras in a race for the ball [PlessPix]


-3 #61 Anonymous 2014-09-03 08:41
Quoting Spider-Man:
Has any tassie youngsters made it , as we r in Tas. We can all drop names of players around the world, but we are talking abou Tas. Well I'm waiting ...,,

+7 #60 brian 2014-09-03 06:57
Good News . See the Mercury this week

The new CEO intends to recommend the expansion of the "Finals Series " to include the top NPL/SPL teams presumably into an 8 team competition.

Let us hope that eventually we see a return to a 16 member K O series at years end.
+6 #59 TasFootball 2014-09-03 04:31
Quoting Spider-Man:
Has any tassie youngsters made it , as we r in Tas. We can all drop names of players around the world, but we are talking abou Tas. Well I'm waiting ...,,

Jeremy Walker
+4 #58 whatabout 2014-09-03 00:34
Quoting Spider-Man:
Has any tassie youngsters made it , as we r in Tas. We can all drop names of players around the world, but we are talking abou Tas. Well I'm waiting ...,,

-1 #57 Spider-Man 2014-09-02 11:19
Has any tassie youngsters made it , as we r in Tas. We can all drop names of players around the world, but we are talking abou Tas. Well I'm waiting ...,,
+9 #56 Games over training 2014-09-02 00:36
Couldn't agree more, TasFootball #55. There should be more games. As a player, we always wanted to play. Besides, if you play games you can cut down on the number of training sessions so I don't see a problem.
+14 #55 TasFootball 2014-09-02 00:03
Quoting The Egg and Lettuce:
Quoting TasFootball:
My suggestion for next season - Abolish the concept of where teams finish in Victory League standings, and include all 8 teams in the end of season Victory Cup. Can play the cup off in one week - Saturday (last 8), Wednesday Night(Semis) with Grand Final following Sunday. Otherwise, top 4 needs to be structured (1 vs 4, 2 vs 3), random draw seems pointless???

You obviously don't play. Playing 3 games in just over week is ridiculous.

Ridiculous reply. Playing 3 games in a week is what occurs in most organised leagues. are we not seeing a national FFA cup getting played midweek, some teams have played 4-5 midweek fixtures to get to the last 16. This is an end of season winner-takes-al l cup for our 8 'elite' Victory League squads comprising 20 player rosters, its not for the local over 35 teams. This attitude is why the game stagnates here, we need much more football.
+1 #54 Chris 2014-09-01 23:03
#47 NTE is New Town Eagles(apologie s for using abbreviations), It was an u16 team with a combo of players from their Div 1 and Div 2 teams.
The real issue is that there is not a level playing field. NTC players playing up several divisions then being dropped back to play at cup youth level is counter to what the NTC program is trying to achieve. No consideration is given to players who aren't considered good enough to play at the NTC level.
Perhaps if FFT made a greater effort to work with coaches and youth teams we'd see a far greater pool of very talented players, may of which would still be playing in club teams strengthening the competitions.
How good would it be to see an experienced coach come out to a clubs training session and offer to help, provide some feedback and some support and guidance to the predominantly volunteer coaches.
-3 #53 Anonymous 2014-09-01 21:37
Quoting Anom:
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Dad:
My son has been involved in the NTC program for the last 3 years ,and thank goodness, has not taken any notice of the innane and disrespectful comments about the program from the writers in this forum, unlike his father. Thank you everyone who has discredited the program, maligned the coach and chastised the boys!!! I hope in your wisdom, you have identified something better that will provide hope for any young soccer player who may have aspirations for a professional future. Good luck and please let me know when you have come up with a viable alternative .

The are many players who have gone on to higher levels without going through the system. you need to get out more. If your kid is really that good you won't have to ring too many numbers

Really name one in the last 6 years

Robbie Kruse
+5 #52 Anonymous 2014-09-01 12:34
Quoting Anonymouse:
Actually there is prize money to play for - $4K for Winner, $2K for 2nd and $1K each the the losers of the Semis.

Quoting Mike McKenna:
No reward for finishing top or second in this instance.

Why does it have to be played at KGV?

Understand what you are saying Captain Australia but this is a case where the presidents need to stand up. This isnt in the best interest of the local game.

I believe that's what Mike and the rest of us are saying. Once you allocate prize money shouldn't you be rewarded with an easier game?

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