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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North Chigwell is a world away from Somervell Park, near Glasgow, where Colin ‘Sam’ Sweeney played his football before joining Division One leader Metro this season.


Somervell Park is the home of Cambuslang Rangers, a club formed in 1899 and whose record attendance is 13,500.


Sweeney, 22, was a midfielder for Rangers and joined Metro this season after club president Jim Mackinnon spoke to former import Steve Pettit about possible recruits from Scotland.


A qualified plumber, Sweeney found employment in Hobart and is playing a key part, together with his two fellow Scottish recruits Ricky Orr and Grant Malcolm, in steering Metro towards the Division One title and promotion to the Premier League.


Metro leads second-placed Taroona by three points and is the favourite for the title.


“I’m pretty confident we’ll win the title,” said Sweeney, who is playing in the centre of midfield for Metro.


“We should win it, but we’ll take it game by game.”


Metro has had a few scares this season, mainly against Taroona and third-placed Beachside.


Metro threw away a 3-1 half-time lead against Taroona recently and only salvaged a 4-4 draw eight minutes from the end through a penalty.


“There’s too many young kids in the team and we don’t know how to hold on to a lead,” said Sweeney.


“It’s happened to us twice now down at Taroona.


“You try and speak to them, but they get nervous when we’re ahead.


“I think there’s too much inexperience and I’m used to playing with older guys.


“I’ve come from being one of the younger players in a team to being one of the more experienced, and that’s a little bit difficult.”


Sweeney is enjoying his football, but would like to play in the Premier League, which he considers as different as night and day to Division One.


Sweeney rates Taroona’s Jack Elliott as one of the best opponents he has encountered this season.


“Taroona have got a couple of young kids in the middle of the park who are cracking players,” he said.


“I feel sorry for Taroona because they’re a right good side who are second at the moment.”


Sweeney is considering his options for next season and they include a couple of interstate clubs who have expressed interest in him.


“Then again, work might keep me down here,” he said.











Nelson Eastern Suburbs 1-3 Taroona

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It was a bleak afternoon at North Warrane on Sunday and Taroona had a sense of foreboding as it always a difficult venue for them.


They needed the three points to stay in touch with Division One leaders Metro, but it was not until the final three minutes that they made certain of the points, and even then, they required two penalties.


Taroona absolutely dominated the first half. They attacked down the flanks and sent in dangerous crosses, but a good display by Craig Stockdale at the heart of the defence and goalkeeper Nic De Carpentier denied them a goal.


Toby Dove should have headed the visitors in front in the 28th minute from Jack Elliott’s cross, but he steered the ball wide.


Hugo Luttmer also got through on a couple of occasions but could not find the net.


Chris Cox remained on the bench, too injured to risk in what should have been an easy game for the second-placed team.


Nelson attacked sporadically, and usually from deep positions, with the moves petering out before they reached the Taroona penalty area.


Taroona’s frustration had been clearly evident early on when Jack Elliott crudely fouled Stockdale and earned a yellow card after a mere 10 minutes.


After a goalless opening half, the tide turned somewhat when Nelson surprisingly took the lead.


In the 53rd minute, a corner by Jayden Andrews was thumped home by Tom Gordon from inside the box for his first league goal for the club.


Gordon had shown some neat touches in the first half and this finish was just reward for his efforts.


Taroona were clearly worried as they could see this game slipping away from them as Nelson grew in confidence and looked dangerous at set-pieces.


Duncan Carey was brought on for Toby Dove in the 63rd minute and he provided some useful momentum down the left flank.


His presence meant that four of the Carey brothers were now on the park.


In the 66th minute, De Carpentier again proved his worth as he punched the ball clear from off the head of the dangerous Luttmer.


Nelson changed Nick Roberts for Jordan Brighella in the 68th minute in an endeavour to keep their momentum going. The goal had given them renewed confidence.


With time running out, Taroona coach Ben Horgan came on in place of Darragh Carey, while Cian Carey was pushed up from centre-back.


Natsuki Futumura missed a great chance for nelson in the 79th minute when he fired over the bar instead of hitting the target.


The changes and the pressure told when, in the 83rd minute, Taroona equalised through a fine strike from range by Cian Carey.


Three minutes from the end, a handball by Futumura handed the initiative to the visitors and Taroona hit the lead when Marcus Atkinson converted the penalty.


On the stroke of full-time, Taroona were awarded a second penalty when Thomas Roach brought down Duncan Carey on the left of the box.


Duncan Carey took the spot-kick himself, but De Carpentier capped a fine display by saving.


Carey was first to the rebound, however, and scored to make it 3-1 for the visitors.


It was cruel way for Nelson to go down.

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· Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach, said:


“I’m a bit disappointed.


“We battled very hard and took a chance from a set-piece.


“We gave a bit more possession to Taroona in the game, but still had plenty of opportunities.


“When we were one up, we had the opportunity to wrap it up at two nil but didn’t.


“I was disappointed with their first goal, the equaliser, and more disappointed with the two silly penalties.


“So, that’s life, I guess. Disappointed.”

· Taroona coach, Ben Horgan, said:


“I thought they made it very difficult for us to play, to be honest, with ten people behind the ball for nearly the whole game.


“Conditions weren’t good and we should have had two absolutely clear-cut blatant penalties early in the game which would probably have settled us down a bit.


“So, when they got that goal, it was a bit of a worry.


“I thought we did enough to win in the end, but they certainly made it hard for us.”


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Nelson Eastern Suburbs: De Carpentier - T Roach, Stockdale, Gaskell, Sakul - Wallace, Vanderslink, Andrews, Futumura - Roberts (Brighella 68), Gordon (Substitutes not used: Mills, Hoppitt, Gibson)


Goals: Gordon 53


Taroona: Shepperd - Schaap, C Carey, Darragh Carey (Horgan 72), Tubb - Elliott, R Carey, Atkinson - Macgregor, Luttmer, Dove (Duncan Carey 63) (Substitutes not used: Clark, Hortle)


Booked: Elliott 10


Goals: C Carey 83, Atkinson 87 pen, Duncan Carey 90


Att: 40


Ref: R McCallister



Second-placed Taroona stayed three points behind Division One leader Metro after beating fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs 3-1 away at North Warrane today.


Taroona left it late to win, despite dominating the opening half.


The visitors could not find a way past the excellent Nelson keeper, Nic De Carpentier, in the opening half and needed two penalties near the end to gain victory.


Taroona’s best chance of the first half fell to Toby Dove, but he headed wide from Jack Elliott’s cross.


Nelson rarely ventured into Taroona’s half in the opening 45 minutes, but Tom Gordon, Luke Wallace and Nick Roberts showed some neat touches as they tried to get into their own attacking third of the field.


Nelson took a shock lead 8 minutes into the second-half when Gordon hit his first league goal for the club, firing home a Jayden Andrews corner from inside the box.


With only 7 minutes remaining, Taroona pushed centre-back Cian Carey forward and he equalised with a superb drive from 25 metres.


Three minutes from the end, Taroona won a penalty when Natsuki Futumura handled the ball and Marcus Atkinson put the visitors ahead with the spot-kick.


A second penalty, awarded in the final minute for Thomas Roach’s foul on Duncan Carey, sealed the win, Carey tucking away the spot-kick himself at the second attempt after De Carpentier had saved his initial effort.


Four of the Carey brothers - Cian, Duncan, Darragh and Ruaidhri - played for Taroona in this match.


In the reserves, Taroona beat Nelson 2-0, while the under-19s’ meeting between the clubs ended in a goalless draw.




University 1-3 Tilford Zebras

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University ended two decades of life in the top flight when they were beaten 3-1 at home by second-placed Tilford Zebras.


Next season, they will play in Division One and who knows when they will return.


Zebras were determined to win in case South Hobart lost to New Town Eagles, which would have kept the title race open.


They hit the front in just the third minute when Jayden Welch scored with a low drive from the left.


University were far from overwhelmed, however, and Andrew King had a shot blocked by Troy Kaden, while Matthew Besley also went close.


Josh Thorpe hit back for the visitors in the 17th minute, his shot going just wide.


Dwayne Walsh fired over the bar for the Zebras in the 20th minute as they sought to kill off a University revival.


In the 27th minute, a great run down the left by Richard Delara resulted in the equaliser.


Delara skipped over one tackle on the left of the box which would have been a penalty if he had gone down and his low cross across the face of goal was hammered home by Rory McCallum.


Ricky Self had a header blocked at the far post following a corner in the 33rd minute, but the Zebras’ pressure paid off five minutes before the break.


Kurt Engels cut inside from the right and fired against the bar, the ball dropping inside the six-yard box where Walsh forced it home to give Zebras a 2-1 lead at the interval.


Engels made it 3-1 ten minutes into the second half with a fine finish.


University then created several excellent chances but poor finishing cost them the chance of earning at least a point.


The heavy conditions in the goalmouth the Students were attacking certainly did not help.


In the 68th minute, Andrew King squared the ball across the goalmouth from the right and into the path of Besley, but he appeared to over-run the ball and failed to get in a shot and the chance went begging.


In the 77th minute, only a timely intervention by substitute Matthew Hall saved Zebras, his tackle preventing McCallum from getting in a shot.


Zebras hit the post through Hall in the 80th minute, but three minutes from the end, an excellent shot by Alexis Bull was parried by Kaden, but Brayden Pace cleared before King and McCallum could pounce.


It was a solid performance by University and one which will rarely be bettered by their opponents in Division One next season.


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· University coach, Scott Gallacher, said:


“I thought it was probably the best overall performance we’ve put in all year.


“We worked the whole game.


“The difference between them and us today was that we had more chances but they finished better than us.


“I thought the boys really stood up, but unfortunately we’re down.”


· Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:


“I thought the first half was a bit scrappy in the conditions.


“But, in the second half we started to play the ball around a bit more and started to get a bit more possession.


“We opened them up a bit and finished up with two more goals.”


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University: Peacock - Andrews (Hewson 78), Bones, Merry, Blundell - Hindmarsh, Bull, Delara (Griffiths 59), Besley - McCallum, King (Substitutes not used: Burgess, Gooch)


Booked: Hewson 63


Goals: McCallum 27


Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Fagg, Telega, Smith, Pace - K Engels, Thorpe, Self, Welch (F Lapolla 81) - Walsh (Hall 74), Crosswell (Substitutes not used: Pennicott, Mainella)


Goals: Welch 3, Walsh 40, Engels 55


Att: 60 (Olinda Grove)


Ref: S Natoli