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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Sisters Harkana (left) and Marlugu Dixon will play against each other; Hanna Manuela...star defender for the South

The Southern Tasmanian women's squad to play the Northern Women at Aurora Stadium on 26 July has been announced.

The squad is: Holly Ayton, Madeleine Jona, Alex McNeill, Melinda Minstrell (University), Hanna Manuela, Brigitte Raymond, Danielle Raymond (South Hobart), Emily Mangione (Tilford Zebras), Kathryn McLeod, Michaela Brighella (Clarence United), Sarah Fitzgerald, Vanessa Jihnson, Darah Morris, Amelia Jones, Bliss Cantrell (Hobart Olympic), Isolina Ottavi, Ashlee Tolman, Harkana Dixon, Tayla Thomas, Lucy Foote (Tasmanian Institute of Sport).

Coach: Jean-Pierre Raymond; Manager: John Fiotakis; Trainer: Sandra Chisholm

This power-packed squad will do well against the northerners (squad named earler this month and available on this blog).

Sarah Fitzgerald is, of course, one of Tasmania's best-ever players and has interstate and international experience, while Melinda Minstrell has played professionally in Japan and America and has appaered for University's senior men's side in the southern Premier League.

Vanessa Johnson and Bliss Cantrell have loads of top-level local experience with Nelson and New Town Eagles.

Jean-Pierre Raymond is an experienced senior coach and has been in charge of men' and women's teams at Premier League level.

The match will kick-off at 3.15pm, immediately after the A-League friendly between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United.











Photos (Top to Bottom): Referee Mr Kavanagh tosses the coin; Hobart United coach Mark Broadbent deep in conversation with Mr Kavanagh; Nelson's Jayden Andrews gets in a sliding tackle; Nelson's Rowan Sakul clears the ball; Nelson scorer Robert Brooke tries to win the ball in midfield; Nelson's Nick Roberts goes for the ball; Nelson's Nick Roberts goes on a run; Hobart United's Lucas Prouwer clears upfield; Nelson's Luke Wallace closes in on United's Akuel Guot; Hobart United on the attack; Hobart United's Alessandro Bellini clears ahead of Nelson's Andrew Gaskell
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HOBART UNITED 2-2 NELSON EASTERN SUBURBS
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Nelson Eastern Suburbs started strongly and had several good chances before Hobart United found their feet.

Luke Wallace headed a free-kick just over the bar and went close on another occasion, while Natsuki Futamura struck the United woodwork with a fine shot.

Solid displays by Nick Roberts, Jayden Andrews and Robert Brooke also put pressure on United, while Craig Stockdale, Rowen Sakul and Joe Vanderslink were up to the task at the back despite the clever and fast United strikers.

United soaked up the early pressure and then took the lead in the 32nd minute when Akuel Guot converted a pass from the right from Ngeeny Deng.

Alessandro Bellini made it 2-0 in the 50th minute when the assistant referee adjudged that the ball had crossed the line in a goalmouth skirmish.

Robert Brooke reduced the arrears when he netted for Nelson in the 66th minute following a corner by Wallace.

With two minutes remaining, Nelson were awarded a free-kick when Ian Walker fouled Craig Stockdale on the edge of the box.

Stockdale took the free-kick quickly and passed to Andrew Gaskell on the right and, when his shot was parried by goalkeeper Nathan Grandin, Wallace followed up to score and make it 2-2.

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  • Hobart United coach, Mark Broadbent, said:

“I thought it was a well-contested game.

“I thought that our ratio was ten per cent in front of goal in the second half. Ten opportunities with one major, so really, it’s shooting at a ten per cent aggregate.

“That’s not good enough, especially when you’re looking at getting a promotion.

“So, whether it be now or next season, there’s a lot to work on, especially in front of goal.

“Defensively, we played well, but I think in front of goal we let the rest of the squad down.

“There’s too carefree an attitude. We expected another opportunity to come, so we thought we’ll finish the next one instead of being cross about not finishing the first one.

“It was unfortunate that we had Alex [Bellini] sent off there at the end. I’ve spoken to the referee and that shouldn’t be an issue as far as not getting a full reprimand out of something that he didn’t do. That’s not too bad. We’ll get out of that.

“I’m disappointed with the point. Very much so. Yeah, I am.

“I thought it should have been a guaranteed three points and that would have got us out of the bottom position on the ladder.

“Yes, I am disappointed.

“We’ve got three players coming back next week, which could make us a bit better, with Jackie Kuel, John Otto and Peter Otto. It gives us a bit more stability where we need it now.”

  • Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach, said:

“I thought we probably should have closed the game out in the first half.

“I thought we had probably two or three good chances. We probably had four shots on but two of those should probably have been put in.

“We were very rusty because we haven’t been able to train outdoors for a while. It’s been a bit of Futsal when we can do that.

“So, yeah, that was a problem.

“Hobart are a very pacy team . They’ve got a couple of players back now and they’re very quick and I thought we had trouble all day with their forwards, Akuel Guot and Deng, just one on one.

“Eventually, they got their goal to go in front with our centre-back slipping. He sort of weaved at him and he fell over and put that one away. It was cut back over and Akuel finished it off.

“Disappointing that we fell behind and we continued to have trouble with their forwards.

“A bit of a messy goal, their second one that got them in front. We think it didn’t go over the line, but that’s football. I don’t know.

“We changed things a little bit after about 15 or 20 minutes and put Stockers [Craig Stockdale] in midfield, took off Nick Roberts, our striker, and put on Jordan Brighella and a young guy, Ollie Ireland. He’s only 15, I think, and came in at right-fullback.

“That just seemed to give us a bit more run and dash and we got that first goal back and fired home and then got the equaliser. That was just quick thinking for a free-kick.

“But, I think we had more of the game in the second half and for us, because it’s been a very, very difficult season for us with injuries and rain and basically just lack of confidence, you know, playing very inconsistently and poorly, I think today was a decent result.

“And Hobart have got some players back and they’re not a rubbish team and so we took something out of the game.”

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Hobart United: Grandin - Smedley (Shaw 85(, Bellini, Walker, Brouwer - Woodward, J Letiko (Vu 71), A Otto (G Letiko 30), Rume - Guot, Deng

Sent off: Bellini 90

Goals: Guot 32, Bellini 50

Nelson Eastern Suburbs: Gibson - T Roach [Flynn 12 (Ireland 65)], Sakul, Stockdale, Venderslink - Gaskell, L Wallace, Andrews, Brooke, Futamura - Roberts (Brighella 62) (Substitute not used: Burden)

Booked: Gibson 50, Wallace 89

Goals: Brooke 66, Wallace 88

Att: 60

Ref: T Kavanagh
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CLARENCE UNITED 1-4 TILFORD ZEBRAS
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Tilford Zebras hit Clarence United with a goal after just 50 seconds. A high ball forward was held up by the wind and confused goalkeeper Sam Sweetten, enabling Kurt Engels to gain possession and lift the ball over the keeper and into the net.

Sweetten was in goal in place of Michael Moschogianis, who suffered a finger injury during the week.

Zebras were missing injured striker, Ben Crosswell.

Clarence created more than enough chances to get back into the game and Andy Barron and Ben Hamlett both went close, while Zebras keeper Troy Kaden was also called upon to make a fine save.

The final ignominy came in the last minute of the opening half when Ricky Self fouled Barron and Mr Phillips awarded a penalty. Luke Cripps fired wide with his spot-kick.

Three minutes into the second half, Matt Hall made it 2-0 for the visitors after good play by Engels and Dwayne Walsh had carved open the home side’s defence.

Kaden then did well to keep out a header from Cripps, but Clarence finally found a goal when Hamlett crossed from the right and Ryan Smith slipped inside the box. Cripps gained possession and advanced on goal before slipping the ball past Kaden to make it 2-1.

Hall restored the Zebras’ two-goal advantage in the 64th minute, while a fine individual effort by Walsh in the 75th minute made the game safe.

The win keeps Zebras three points ahead of second-placed and reigning champions South Hobart, who have two games in hand.

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  • Clarence United acting coach, Franco Previdi, said:

“It could have gone the other way a round in the first half.

“We just didn’t put the goals away and that cost us.

“I mean, we did everything we could to win it, but, obviously, we felt the effects of Thursday night’s game.

“I don’t think it’s good enough to play Thursday and Saturday.

“They put the goals away.

“But, we could have won it easily as well.

“It was the same on Thursday against Eagles. If you don’t put the goals away, you don’t win the game. Eagles didn’t put them away and we won.

“At half-time I told the boys to keep working hard, but again, a goal early on cost us.”

  • Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:

“It was a win we needed in the end, and now we’re not mourning Michael Jackson any more.

“The boys were mourning Michael Jackson.”
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Clarence United: Sweetten - Toghill, Lewis, A McIntyre, McMahon - Stevens, Parker (Knapek 83), S McIntyre, Hamlett - Cripps (Barabara 74), Barron (Substitutes not used: Garth, Moschogianis)

Booked: Toghill 90

Goals: Cripps 60

Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Fagg, Telega, Smith, Pace - Hall, Self, Fotak, Welch - K Engels, Walsh (Substitutes not used: Connolly, F Lapolla, Young, Mainella)

Booked: Fagg 89

Goals: K Engels 1, Hall 48, 64, Walsh 75

Att: 100

Ref: C Phillips





Photos (Top to Bottom): Hobart United's George Letiko (left) and Nelson's Natsuki Futamura; Nelson's Craig Stockdale being pursued by United's Akuel Guot; Nelson's Nick Roberts (right) and United's Ngeeny Deng; Nelson's Andrew Gaskell gets in a cross; Nelson's Joe Vanderslink is tackled by United's Akuel Guot

Taroona moved to within 3 points of Division One leaders Metro with a 4-2 win over second-last Christian United at home at Kelvedon Park today.

Bottom-side Hobart United drew 2-2 with fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs at home at Pontville today to move to within a point of Christian United.

Taroona led Christian 3-1 at the interval after a flurry of goals in the space of seven minutes late in the first half.

Goals by Jack Elliott in the 31st minute, Hugo Luttmer a minute later, and Cian Carey in the 36th minute put Taroona 3-0 ahead, but Mathew Sly pulled a goal back for Christian in the 37th minute.

Tim Wierenga’s strike in the 61st minute made it one goal the difference, but Duncan Carey made the game safe for the home team by netting their fourth in the 72nd minute.

Hobart United soaked up early pressure from Nelson and then took the lead in the 32nd minute when Akuel Guot converted a pass from Ngeeny Deng.

Nelson hit the woodwork through Natsuki Futamura and also went close through Luke Wallace on a couple of occasions, but trailed by a goal at the break.

Alessandro Bellini made it 2-0 in the 50th minute when the assistant referee adjudged that the ball had crossed the line in a goal-mouth skirmish.

Robert Brooke reduced the arrears when he netted for Nelson in the 66th minute following a corner by Wallace.

With two minutes remaining, Nelson were awarded a free-kick when Ian Walker fouled Craig Stockdale on the edge of the box.

Stockdale took the free-kick quickly and passed to Andrew Gaskell on the right and, when his shot was parried by goalkeeper Nathan Grandin, Wallace followed up to score and make it 2-2.

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Ireland made a promising debut for Nelson as a substitute, coming on in the 65th minute for substitute Cody Flynn, who had replaced Tom Roach after only 12 minutes.