Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Jackson Nugent clears for South Hobart's Development Squad, who beat the Knights 9-1 in Friday night's curtain-raiser, which surely must have had the alarm bells ringing in the Knights' camp [PlessPix]

1.  South Hobart will be difficult to stop as they seek to retain their Victory League title.

The reigning champions got off to a perfect start with an 8-1 demolition of a disappointing Glenorchy Knights.

South Hobart certainly looked championship material, but one must not forget that they were playing against a poor team.

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Photo:  Devonport's Michael Holden comes away with the ball and leaves Zebras' Adam McKeown in his wake [PlessPix]

South Hobart clearly showed they will again be the team to beat in the 2014 Victory League.

South Hobart won the inaugural 2013 title by a massive 15 points and they continued where they left off with an 8-1 thrashing of Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park on Friday night in the opening match of the 2014 campaign.

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Photo:  Zebras' Marcello Marchioli (left) moves in on Devonport's Callum Moore [PlessPix]

Victory League

Tilford Zebras 2 (J Stone 26, D Walsh 79) beat Devonport City 0

Olympia Warriors 6 (B Phillips 10, N Mearns 19, N Merdith 36, 37, 55, A Holmes 66) beat Kingborough Lions United 2 (F Kenyi 73, D Cowen 77)

Launceston City 1 (N Bartlett) lost to Northern Rangers 4 (A Edwards 2, N Lanau-Atkinson, A Rigby)

The Southern Premier League kicks off today with three close games scheduled, all kicking off at 2.30pm.

Taroona welcome Clarence United to Kelvedon Park, New Town Eagles host Nelson Eastern Suburbs at Clare Street, and University take on Beachside at Olinda Grove.

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Photo:  The cup that Launceston City and Rangers will compete for this season [Photo courtesy of Northern Rangers]

Tilford Zebras tackle Devonport City and Kingborough Lions United take on Olympia Warriors in a Victory League double-header at 4.30pm and 7pm, respectively, at KGV Park today.

In the remaining game of the opening round, Launceston City host Northern Rangers at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston at 7pm.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan (left) and Knights' Mynonge Kamba go through a ballet routine in tonight's match [PlessPix]

Victory League

Glenorchy Knights 1 (A Wilson 85) lost to South Hobart 8 (B Mann 14, 29, 43, A Brennan 17, 40, 56, N Morton 22, 64)

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights coach Chris Hey (right) and goalkeeper Alex Woodham at Thursday's media conference [PlessPix]

South Hobart begin their defence of the Victory League title when they travel to KGV Park tonight to take on Glenorchy Knights in the opening league game of the season.

South Hobart will come up against their former players, Shae Hickey and goalkeeper Sam Kruijver, for the first time since they left the league champions.

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Photo:  Beachside's Callan Paske nods the ball back into the goalmouth against Kingborough [PlessPix]

South Hobart stole the show in terms of goals and University in terms of scalps in the Round-of-16 matches in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy on the weekend.

South Hobart demolished Nelson Eastern Suburbs 11 -1 at South Hobart Oval, while University upset Glenorchy Knights 1-0 at KGV Park.