Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Mark Moncur saves Daniel Lapolla's spot-kick

SOUTH HOBART 1-1 TILFORD ZEBRAS


[South Hobart win penalty shoot-out 6-5]
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South Hobart are one draw away from reaching the Summer Cup final in the Premier League section of the competition after drawing 1-1 with Tilford Zebras and then winning the penalty shoot-out and earning the bonus point.

There can be no repeat of last year's final, therefore, when Zebras beat South 3-2.

South need only a point against Hobart Olympic, the team at the bottom of Group B, when they meet next week, to qualify for the final.

They appeared to have suffered an early set-back against Zebras when goalkeeper Mark Moncur brought down Aaron Brazendale on the left of the box in the 3rd minute.

But, Josh Thorpe's spot kick was easily saved by Moncur.

The Zebras' Henry Fagg and South's Bart Beecroft clashed heads in the unlucky 13th minute and both required treatment.

Beecroft was bleeding form a head wound, while Fagg appeared groggy. Both had to be helped from the field but eventually returned to the fray.

South should have taken the lead in the 25th minute when Daniel Lapolla inexplicably gave the ball to Greg Downes, but the youngster advanced on goal and thumped a shot against the base of the far post instead of into the back of the net.

Three minutes later, South were again unlucky when Matthew Brown headed a corner against the post.

In stoppage time at the end of the first half, David Cooper fired straight at Zebras keeper Troy Kaden, while a minute later, Ricky Eaves shot narrowly wide as South searched for that elusive opening goal.

With 11 minutes of the match remaining, Downes put South ahead.

Casual play by Ryan Smith, making his first appearance for Zebras since returning from a year overseas, put the Zebras defender in trouble. He managed to extricate himself from the initial spot of bother, but the ball was not cleared and he was again confronted by Jonathon Ladic.

This time, Ladic found a way past Smith on the right and curled a teasing ball across the goalmouth. Kaden, caught in two minds, was unable to get to it and Downes stroked the ball home from the left side of the box.

Ricky Self came to the Zebras' rescue four minutes from the end when he powered home a magnificent equaliser from just outside the box.

In the penalty shoot-out, Ladic, Hugh Ludford, Downes, Liam Scott, Cooper and Josh Heerey netted for South Hobart, while Gary Upton, the most unlikely of players to miss, struck the crossbar with his effort.

Thorpe, Brazendale, Ben Crosswell, Fagg and Andrew Telega scored for Zebras, while Moncur denied Walsh and Lapolla to give South a 6-5 win in the shoot-out and the bonus point, which kept them top of Group B.
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  • South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

"I thought we had enough possession, territorial advantage and chances to have won the game in the hour.

"We don't get a lot out of these games, but one thing we know is that Zebras will be there or thereabouts again.

"They're formidable up front. They've got some dangerous players and they'll always keep you on your mettle.

"Ricky Self had one chance today and it's in the back of the net.

"We've had a few chances and failed to take them."

  • Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:

"Given the quality of the two sides, I don't think games like these are going to be open games.

"They're always going to be tight contests and I think that was shown today.

"Yes, we missed a penalty. It probably would have opened up the game a bit more.

"But, overall, I was pretty happy with the boys. It was only the second game in."
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South Hobart: Moncur - Cooper, Ludford, M Brown, Scott - Heerey, Upton, Beecroft, Ladic, Hickey - Eaves [Substitutes: D Brown, Downes, Kruijver, Ross]

Goals: Downes

Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Telega, Smith, Connolly - Self, D Lapolla, Fagg, Crosswell, Brazendale - Walsh, Thorpe [Substitutes: Pace, K Engels]

Booked: Thorpe, Lapolla

Goals: Self

Ref: B Kopra

Att: 250
Steve Hudson Cup

Launceston City 1 (Josh Duncan) b Riverside Olympic 0
Prospect Knights 1 (Jack Hudson) dw Launceston United 1 (Brad Reeves)
Northern Rangers 2 (Mark Ambrose, Todd Hingston) b Taroona 0
South Hobart 5 (Jonathon Ladic 2, Liam Scott 2, Greg Downes) b TIS 0

North-West Summer Cup

Ulverstone 1-7 Burnie United
Somerset 1-1 Devonport City

Reserve League Summer Cup

New Town Eagles 3-3 Hobart Olympic [Eagles won the penalty shoot-out]
Kingborough Lions United 5-0 University
HOBART OLYMPIC 0-1 NEW TOWN EAGLES
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New Town Eagles desperately needed to win this Group B match in the Premier League section of the Summer Cup to erase memories of last weekend's 6-0 thrashing at the hands of South Hobart.

And win they did, despite being down to nine men with 7 minutes remaining.

Coach George Krambousanos had tried to restore morale at training during the week and he worked on his defence and on a game plan to counter Olympic.

It worked - but just.

Olympic threw everything at Eagles, but their own inadequacies were only too evident and they were left ruing a missed opportunity and occupying the bottom rung of the Group B ladder with one round remaining.

After surviving early pressure, Eagles took the lead in the 23rd minute through a penalty.

Adam McKeown rattled the Olympic crossbar and, when the ball rebounded to the edge of the box, Youssef Mohamad, making his first appearance this season for Olympic, brought down Alexander Leszczynski in a clash of legs and torsos.

Mohamad required treatment and was off the pitch as Leszczynski rifled home the spot-kick.

Adam Hedge narrowly missed an equaliser a minute later as he failed to get to a low cross from the left.

With the first half drawing to a close, Olympic's Daniejel Djekanovic squandered a good chance by shooting over the bar from the left of the box.

Two minutes after the resumption, Leszczynski almost made it 2-0 after a corner, but his header at the far post was cleared off the line by Chris Tsakiris.

Chris Tsakiris then appeared at the other end as Olympic counter-attacked, but he shot over the bar.

Eagles' Richard DeLara was cautioned shortly after, which was to prove significant later in the match.

In the 38th minute, a powerful drive by Peter Tsakiris almost ensettled Eagles' goalkeeper, Andrew Savage, but he kept his head and the ball without conceded a goal or a corner.

Midway through the half, Djekanovic found a way down the left, but his shot-cum-cross drifted wide of the far post.

It was at this point that DeLara again spoke out of turn and Mr Colhoun brandished a yellow card and then a red.

Within three minutes, Eagles' captain and sweeper, Chris Wass, saw yellow as he almost cut Akuel Guot in two with a tackle.

Things were becoming desperate and Hedge was shown a yellow card for a late tackle 9 minutes from the end.

Two minutes later, Wass was shown a second yellow for a handball and headed for the dressing room.

Olympic failed to use the width of the pitch against their nine opponents and played into the hands of a desparate Eagles team.

Mohamad blazed over the bar from range in a forlorn attempt at goal, while former Eagles player, Robert Lebski, had an effort blocked by Andrew Savage.

Olympic's final chance came in the last minute when Ben Whitehall fouled Michael Bulis on the goal-line on the left, just outside the box.

Chris Tsakiris floated the free-kick into the goalmouth, but Lebski glanced his header wide of the target.

The result put Eagles in third place on the Group B ladder and with a faint chance of qualifying for the final.

Olympic, whose coach, Farrell Shaw, was in Melbourne on business, are out of contention.

Watching from the sidelines was Eagles' State representative goalkeeper, Nathan Pitchford, who could be out for months after sustaining a knee injury in a pre-season friendly.

He is being treated by a specialist but the full extent of the injury is yet to be determined.

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  • Olympic's stand-in coach, Glenn McNeil, said:

"It was disappointing that they had two sendings-off and we couldn't capitalise at the last, really.

"That was the disappointing thing.

"We couldn't really buy a goal today. That's the way it goes, isn't it?

"It's still early days, so we're happy."

  • New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:

"We trained well and we actually brought to the park what we did at training.

"All the boys were switched on, much better than last week.

"The best part about it was that they are fit lads and that showed in the last five or ten minutes when we had two men off and only nine men on the park.

"I'm very, very happy, but sad with the two cards.

"A little bit of indiscipline there, I suppose, but we can't do much about it."
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Hobart Olympic: Nester - P Tsakiris - Mohamad, Tsimiklis - Lebski, Banks, C Tsakiris, Richardson, Djekanovic - Bulis, Assenheimer [Substitutes: Kaproulias, A Hedge, Guot, Plomaritis].

Booked: A Hedge

New Town Eagles: A Savage - Wass - Clark, W Savage, Page - Kavanagh, Malakoff, DeLara, Collins - Leszczynski, McKeown [Substitutes: Pope, Rybak, Whitehall, Vernon]

Booked: DeLara, Wass

Sent-off: DeLara, Wass

Goals: Leszczynski 23 pen

Ref: I Colhoun

Att: 200
Adelaide United showed a remarkable form reversal to beat Queensland Roar 1-0 tonight at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide and qualify for their second grand final.

Adelaide will meet Melbourne Victory at the Telstra Dome next Saturday in the grand final.

A 25-th minute bullet by Fabian Barbiero gave Adelaide victory.

A long clearance by goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic was headed sideways by Queensland captain and defender Craig Moore and straight into the path of Barbiero, who drove an unstoppable shot past Liam Reddy from the edge of the box on the right and into the roof of the net.

Queensland pinned Adelaide into their own half for the last 20 minutes but could not score.

Sasa Ognenovski, who has decided to make himslf available for the Macedonian national team after not receiving a call-up from the Socceroos during the past two years, was brilliant at the back for Adelaide and thwarted quite a few opponents as they sought an equaliser.

Substitute Charlie Miller was excellent for Roar, but he was introduced much too late in the match. When he did come on, he went close on a couple of occasions and also fashioned chances for his team-mates.

Adelaide have also again qualified for Asia as a result of them making the grand final.

"It was important that we won tonight," said Adelaide United coach, Aurelio Vidmar.

"How we played tonight was how we played for the majority of the season.

"There was a real will and intent about our game tonight."

Queensland had only lost once in twelve outings before tonight's match.

"We lost to a wonder goal," said Roar coach, Frank Farina. "We had our chances.

"What really won Adelaide the game tonight was scoring first. If we'd scored first, it would have been different.

"They'll go into the grand final with no pressure."