Who Is Walter Pless?

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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With two rounds of the PS4 NPL Tasmania competition remaining, all interest surrounds the lower half of the standings as teams fight to avoid the wooden spoon and possibly qualify for the top-six, end-of-season League Cup competition.

Kingborough Lions United face a huge task to avoid the wooden spoon and they are away to sixth-ranked Northern Rangers tomorrow at 2.30pm at the NTCA Ground in Launceston.

The Rangers drew away to Olympia last week in a game that they might easily have won, while the Lions lost at home to Clarence United and dropped to last place.

It is difficult, therefore, to see the Lions coming away with even a point in Launceston.

They will rely heavily on goalkeeper Sheku Kamara, but their outfield is too inexperienced to trouble a Rangers side that had the youngest average age but which is performing well.

Clarence United remain in danger and they host third-placed Devonport City at home at Wentworth Park at 2pm today.

Devonport have been trapped in a bad patch for a month now, but they may well triumph against a Clarence side that has unfulfilled potential.

Second-placed Olympia Warriors travel to Bucky Landrover Park in Launceston today to take on fifth-placed Launceston City at 4.30pm.

The Warriors are one of the disappointments of the season, whereas Launceston City are showing potential since coach Ben Brookfield decided to play.

City are safe as far as a top-six finish is concerned and will pose a real danger to the visitors.

The remaining match of the round is at South Hobart Oval tomorrow at 2pm when champions South Hobart entertain fourth-ranked Hobart Zebras.

Zebras have been one of the big disappointments this season and they will be up against it when they take on a South Hobart side that has probably forgotten what losing a game means.

South Hobart have won 13 games in a row and this run is unlikely to end tomorrow against a Zebras outfit that may not be at full strength because of injury.

PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 5 August 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

19

17

0

2

78

17

51

Olympia Warriors

19

12

3

4

54

26

39

Devonport City

19

12

2

5

50

28

38

Hobart Zebras

19

8

5

6

41

17

29

Launceston City

19

5

3

11

25

49

18

Northern Rangers

19

4

5

10

22

44

17

Clarence United

19

3

3

13

18

65

12

Kingborough Lions

19

2

5

12

14

57

11

 

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+5 #3 Anan 2017-08-12 12:55
Quoting Got to be joking:
The wooden spoon is neither here nor there. Who cares? The last three teams are no better or worse than each other. Apart from the top 3-4 teams it's just a poor comp and demonstrates the poor standard of Tasmanian soccer.

Yes the team that represented us on the national stage was a bit embarrassing as well hope we have a more professional rep next year.
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+5 #2 Out 2017-08-12 08:56
Zebras under tommy
11 games 3 wins
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-3 #1 Got to be joking 2017-08-12 03:13
The wooden spoon is neither here nor there. Who cares? The last three teams are no better or worse than each other. Apart from the top 3-4 teams it's just a poor comp and demonstrates the poor standard of Tasmanian soccer.
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