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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N Lanau Atkinson and Clay

Photo:  Northern Rangers' Pat Lanau-Atkinson (left) and Glenorchy Knights' Jade Clay fight for possession [PlessPix]

Victory League

Glenorchy Knights 1 (C Griffin 13) lost to Northern Rangers 3 (N Lanau-Atkinson 16, S Brassington 31, 59)

Olympia Warriors 5 (N Meredith 3, E Cabello 44, 63, E Tsakiris 75, S Page 89) beat Devonport City 1 (B Denehey 16)

Tilford Zebras 3 (E Engels 52, A Leszczynski 58, A McKeown 85) beat South Hobart 0

Launceston City 1 (P Scicluna) lost to Kingborough Lions United 3 (D Cowen, L Verdouw, B Gasparinatos)

R John in attack

Photo:  University's Ronald John (centre) tries to get past Clarence United's Michael Hollow last weekend [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League leaders University should maintain their 8-point lead at the top of the table this weekend.

The Students should account for third-placed Taroona at home at Olinda Grove at 2.30pm tomorrow, while second-placed Clarence United should also win away to second-last Nelson Eastern Suburbs at North Warrane at the same time tomorrow.

Hoti and Donoghue 30 May 2014 KGV

Photo:  Tilford Zebras' BeQo Hoti (left) and coach Jed Donoghue at a media conference today [PlessPix]

Triple-headers aren’t new in Tasmanian football, so let’s get that straight from the start.

They were a regular feature of Tasmanian top-flight football at South Hobart in the 1950s.

Postecoglu Ange 2013

Photo:  Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou [PlessPix]

Australia’s 1-1 draw with South Africa in Sydney last night did not augur well for our chances at the World Cup in Brazil.

Our official slogan does not inspire confidence, but the slogans from some of the other competing nations are just as corny.

G Rumney and Cowen

Photo:  Kingborough's Danny Cowen tackles Olympia's Gus Rumney as he attempts to clear [PlessPix]

(Victory League, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 24 May 2014)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (D Cowen 66, T Young 93)

Olympia Warriors 4 (L Nichols 39, W Wadawu 60, E Tsakiris 77, A Ralph 85)

HT:  0-1   Att:  350   Ref:  B Kopra

Kingborough Lions United:  Gillam  -  Gasparinatos  -  W Davis (J Davis 82), Cuthbertson, Young, D Watkins  -  Collins (T Pearce 63), Turner, Verdouw  -  Schuth (B Watkins 73), Cowen  (Subs not used:  Coleman, Farquhar)

Olympia Warriors:  Nester  -  Rumney, Vandermey, Phillips, Griffiths (Booth 88)  -  Mearns, Nichols (Kumpulainen 85), Meredith  -  Wadawau, Tsakiris, Ralph (Bellini 85)  (Sub not used:  Paradisis)

A Woodham Harrison and Mann

Photo:  Knights' keeper Alex woodham (left) and defender Tyler Harrison on their toes as South Hobart's Brayden Mann goes for a cross [PlessPix]

(Victory League, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 25 May 2014)

South Hobart 3 (D Hall 5, P Willcock og 12, B Mann 44)

Glenorchy Knights 0

HT:  3-0   Att:  300   Ref:  C Phillips

South Hobart:  Pierce  -  Hey (P Stevens 54), Lewis, Ludford, J Stevens  -  Walter (Kass 57), Scott, N Morton  -  Brennan, Hall (C Downes 74), Mann  (Sub not used:  Thomas]

Glenorchy Knights:  Woodham  -  Di Falco, Johnson, Harrison, Willcock  -  Wilson (Robinson 77), Marshall (Clay 89), Hickey, Woolley  -  Choi (V Kamano 60), Griffin  (Subs not used:  Farrugia, D Holmes)

Josh Bradshaw has been appointed the interim CEO of Football Federation Tasmania.

He takes over From Richard Welsh, who resigned on 16 May after just six months in the position.

A Brennan and Willcock

Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan gets in a cross despite the attentions of Glenorchy Knights' Paul Willcock [PlessPix]

Victory League

South Hobart 3 (D Hall 5, P Willcock 12 og, B Mann 44) beat Glenorchy Knights 0