Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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The Division One title race was blown wide open on Saturday when leaders Metro were held to a 2-2 draw at home at North Chigwell by fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs.


And, Nelson even squandered an early penalty when Tom Gordon’s spot-kick was saved by Simon Land.


The result leaves Metro just one point ahead of second-placed Taroona, who beat third-placed Beachside 4-0, and both sides have just two games remaining.


Metro must meet second-last Hobart United home and away, while Taroona have dates against Hobart United and bottom-side Christian United.


Ricky Orr gave Metro the lead in the 31st minute, but Luke Wallace equalised with a penalty 11 minutes after the interval.


Danny Cowen restored Metro’s lead just past the hour mark, but Andrew Gaskell levelled for the visitors with a tremendous shot with just 38 seconds of the match remaining.


Metro had also been unlucky when the half-time whistle blew a fraction of a second before an Aaron Marney shot hit the back of the net. The ball was in the air and on its way as the whistle blew.


Hobart United beat Christian United 6-3 at home at Pontville on Saturday night, with Akuel Guot hitting a hat-trick.


John Otto netted twice and Justin Lotico once to complete Hobart United’s tally.


“It was a good win and perhaps we can even finish in fifth place now,” said Hobart United coach, Mark Broadbent.


South Hobart won the Premier League Reserve title today when they beat University 6-0 away at Olinda Grove.


Seth Otte grabbed a hat-trick, while Paul Wilcox, Jai David and Gerard O'Brien netted a goal apiece.


There was some pressure on both these sides in their final league game of the season.


Kingborough Lions United had to win to finish fourth in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League and qualify for the intrastate top-four series.


Olympic had been overtaken by Eagles in the curtain-raiser and they had to win to avoid finishing second-last.


Kingborough didn’t make it, going down 3-1 to Hobart Olympic, who jumped New Town Eagles into sixth place.


It was also Kingborough midfielder and State representative Charles White’s final match before retirement, so it was unfortunate that his team-mates were unable to see him off with a win.


KIngborough went straight into the attack early on and both Michael Palmer and Tom McDonald went close to scoring.


McDonald fired into the side-netting from the left, while Palmer, playing as a right-midfielder, sent a powerful shot just over the bar.


In the 16th minute, White shot wide from Ryan Bevan’s pass.


Olympic took the lead in the 16th minute with the simplest of goals, involving just two passes and a perfect finish.


Goalkeeper Dmitri Nester found Chris Tsakiris wide on the right with a long kick and Tsakiris cut inside before squaring the ball across the box to Bulis, who finished clinically.


Palmer was unlucky in the 32nd minute when his stinging shot smacked against the Olympic woodwork.


Two minutes later, however, Kingborough were level as Greg Freeman showed what a fine striker he is when he finished with panache.


David Leamey did well in the 37th minute when he denied Chris Tsakiris, who seemed certain to score after a fine run into the box.


Two minutes before the break, Aaron Percy had a go from long range and the ball narrowly cleared the bar.


In the 44th minute, Chris Tsakiris fired just wide with a very good effort as Kingborough were on the back foot.


Bulis restored Olympic’s lead in the 54th minute with another fine finish, prompting Kingborough coach Geoff Freeman to make three substitutions just past the hour mark.


Nester had to be at his best in the 82nd minute as he denied Freeman, who had cleverly worked his way into a shooting position.


Three minutes into stoppage time, a corner by Olympic found Bulis, whose header was blocked on the line and then accidentally back-heeled into his own net by substitute Damien Pearce.

Bulis had deserved to score a hat-trick, but it was not to be.


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· Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:


“Obviously, the two teams haven’t trained much due to the wet weather.


“They had chances, we had chances in the first half and we put them away, basically.


“I feel a bit sorry for them because they’ve been one of the better teams all year and improved since last year, but they’re probably the only other team we haven’t beaten ourselves.


“It’s just nice to get that out of the way for the year.”


· Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:


“We probably paid the price for not taking our chances.


“We created some good opportunities and their keeper made some good saves.


“We also failed to hit the target a few times when we had a chance to score.


“Olympic were good, though, and it’s best to give them credit.


“They deserved to win tonight and it probably showed the difference between taking chances and not taking chances.


“I’d also like to congratulate Charlie White as this was his final match. He’s been a great player at the club and has contributed much to Tasmanian soccer over the years.


“I hope he enjoys his retirement.”


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Hobart Olympic: Nester - Lebski (Djekanovic 79), P Tsakiris, Percy, Tsimiklis - C Tsakiris, Mason (Kunwar 88), Richardson, Larazabal - A Hedge, Bulis (Substitutes not used: Mohamad, Plomaritis)


Goals: Bulis 23, 54, D Pearce 90+3 og


Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Lucas, Kerr, Iseli, Wells (D Pearce 64) - Palmer, Andrews, Bevan (Schuth 64), McDonald - White (White 64), Freeman (Substitute not used: Voss)


Booked: Andrews 31


Goals: Freeman 34


Att: 60 (KGV Park, Wednesday, 18 August 2009)


Ref: S Collins

New Town Eagles had the chance to move one place up the ladder to sixth, which they did as a result of their win, but they returned to finish the season in seventh spot a couple of hours later as Hobart Olympic beat Kingborough Lions United.


University were without three regulars - goalkeeper Hamish Peacock, striker Alexis Bull, and midfielder Richard Delara, the latter a former Eagles player.


They fell to two set-pieces from Eagles and, although they came back strongly in teh second half, they were unable to peg back their opponents.


Eagles took the lead after just two minutes. Martin Piesse turned Jamie Vernon’s shot out for a corner, which was taken by Ben Whitehall and headed home by central-defender Michael Anderson.


Eagles had several more chances in the opening half but it was not until the 31st minute that they added their second goal.


University were slow learners on the night and they succumbed to a carbon copy of the first goal.


Piesse turned Andy Clark’s shot out for a corner, which was again taken by Whitehall, but this time it was Eagles’ other central-defender, captain Chris Wass, who headed home to make it 2-0.


University were much better after the break and Nigel Blundell powered one rocket just over the Eagles crossbar from Rory McCallum’s square pass in the 55th minute.


Eagles had the final say, however, as Shane Kent’s shot was tipped over the bat by Piesse in the last minute.


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· New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:


“Both teams were under strength. Uni had about three players out and we had all our northern boys out.


“At the end of the game, we had another two reserves on.


“It wasn’t a pretty game, but a win is a win.


“I’m sad to see Uni go down. I think it should be a ten-team league for next year.


“I mean, it’s so sad. But, that’s how it goes.


“I’m happy that all our lads turned up for the game. We had one training session, a proper training session, for the last four or five weeks.


“But, every other team was in the same situation.


“I’d just like to say congratulations to everyone else, to Zebras and South Hobart, of course, and the Knights, for making the top-four, and now we’ve got to wait and see who is going to make fourth place, Clarence or Kingborough.”


· University coach, Scott Gallacher, said:


“The second half was much better than the first half, obviously. I thought we looked a bit ordinary.


“The shirts that the boys had to wear, it took a few of them a while to get used to wearing them, to be honest.


“We gave them too much room. We knew that, but that’s just the way it is.


“The second half was much better and we competed a bit more.


“But, good luck to New Town and good luck to George. He did a good job this year.”


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New Town Eagles: Soszynski - Page, Anderson, Wass, Ferrall (Wilson 84) - Malakoff, Clarke, Vernon (Pope 75), Whitehall - Fennell (Kent 66), McKeown (Substitute not used: Minty)


Goals: Anderson 3, Wass 31


University: Piesse - Besley, Andrews (Wilkinson 75), Merry, Blundell - King, Griffiths, Gooch, Burgess (Jones 46) - McCallum, Hindmarsh (Substitute not used: Delara)


Booked: King


Att: 50 (KGV Park, Wednesday, 19 August 2009)


Ref: C Phillips








Clarence United won the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy by beating Northern Rangers 2-0 in today’s final before a large and vocal crowd at KGV Park.


The match was played amidst a marvellous atmosphere created by the rival sets of fans.


Clarence also won the under-19 cup final with a 1-0 victory over Tilford Zebras to make it two out of three trophies on the day for the Eastern Shore club.


In the Women’s State-wide Cup final, Hobart Olympic came back from a goal down to beat Clarence United 4-1.


Clarence got off to the perfect start against Rangers when a Sam McIntyre free-kick after just two minutes gave them the lead.


The ball took a deflection on the way and beat Rangers goalkeeper Marshall Pooley, despite his full-length dive which enabled him to get a hand to the ball but not keep it out.


Derek Schipper went on a great slalom run through the Clarence defence in the 7th minute, but just when it seemed he must score, he trod on the ball and the chance went begging.


Former Clarence player Paul Bremner was in excellent form for Rangers and demonstrated some great ball artistry in midfield, while Thataetsile Kakadumane also did well for the visitors.


Bremner, a striker, and Kakadumane, a midfielder, changed roles at times, while Mark Ambrose and Andrew Nicholson also switched flanks in vain endeavour to bring Rangers back into the game.


Clarence’s use of the wings caused the Rangers back-four many problems and the speed of Chris Hunt and Ben Hamlett, as well as the creative midfield play of Joseph Stevens, were a constant source of danger.


Luke Cripps, Luke Huigsloot, Hamlett, McIntyre and Ben Parker all went close to scoring for Clarence, while Rangers’ Sam Nugteren and Bremner forced fine saves late in the match from Clarence keeper Michael Moschogianis.


Pooley, who was agile and brave, had an excellent game for Rangers and saved several certain goals, while the Clarence back-four of Mattias Toghill, Matt Lewis, Parker and Julian McMahon were outstanding.


Clarence’s second goal came in the 66th minute with a marvellous move started by McIntyre on the right as he picked out Chris Hunt on the left with a long diagonal pass.


Hunt crossed for Hamlett to force a save from Pooley, who saved again within seconds from Cripps, but Huigsloot scored from the rebound to make the game safe and give Clarence their first trophy at this level.


A 79th-minute goal by Sam Reibel, from Brendan Garth’s cut-back, gave Clarence their victory over Tilford Zebras in the Under-19 cup final, but it took some expert goalkeeping by Clarence’s Trent Cornish to prevent Zebras from scoring.


In the women’s final, Clarence, who had two excellent midfielders in Kathryn McLeod and Jane Archer, took the lead against Olympic through Paris Crow, but a hat-trick by Bliss Cantrell and a goal by Sarah Morris gave Olympic the silverware.


In Division One, Taroona beat Beachside 4-0 through goals by Marcus Atkinson, Hugo Luttmer, Jack Elliott and Toby Dove.