Who Is 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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Photo:  Kingborough's Damian Pearce clears off the line befoer Olympia's Brady Cronk can strike [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (Warrior Park, Saturday, 9 July 2011)

Olympia Warriors 0

Kingborough Lions United 0

Att: 100   Ref: K Barker

Olympia Warriors: Kay (Voss 84)  -  Hey, Stockdale, Van Der Mey, Phillips  -  Colosimo, Mason, Fielding, Meredith  -  Cronk (Shabaneh 75), Hedge (Grillas 61)  (Subs not used:  Undy, Nandan)

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey  -  Palmer, Iseli, Herweynen, D Pearce  -  Watkins (Davis 65), Bevan, Davies (McConnon 87), Tyalor  -  Schuth, Cooper  (Subs not used:  Davey, Farquhar)


Photo:  Olympia's Josh Fielding tries to stop Kingborough's Andrew Davies [PlessPix]

Second-last Olympia Warriors had enough chances to win this match, but they were probably grateful for a point in the end as bottom-side Beachside had also earned a point earlier in the day and the teams remained three points apart.

Kingborough had the better of the first half-hour and had a goal disallowed for off-side.  Joel Schuth had the ball in the net from a free-kick from wide on the right, but the assistant referee’s flag was up.

Leamey was also in fine fettle in the first half, denying Jake Van Der Mey from a free-kick and having to dive full stretch on a couple of other occasions to keep his side in the game.

One effort from Josh Fielding on the left was hit against the underside of the bar and cleared off the line by Damian Pearce.


Photo:  Kingborough's David Cooper gets a nudge [PlessPix]

Olympia then took over in the second half and missed some glorious chances.  Olympia substitute Kosta Grillas smacked a shot against the Kingborough woodwork with his first touch.

Brady Cronk went close at least twice, while Kingborough keeper David Leamey earned his corn with some fine saves.

With 7 minutes remaining, the game was held up for 20 minutes following a nasty injury to Olympia keeper Rob Kay, who was knocked out in an awkward landing, his head hitting the pitch in a whiplash-type motion.  An ambulance took him to hospital for treatment, but he was unable to be moved until it had arrived.

Both teams went through the motions in the remaining time and Olympia’s substitute keeper, Jason Voss, was never tested by his former team-mates.


Photo:  Kingborough's David Cooper shuts down Olympia's Josh Fielding [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Franco Previdi, said:

“I thought we had enough chances to win it.  Obviously, you’ve got to put the ball in the net.

“They had a couple of chances as well to win.

“I was happy with the players.  They fought and they created enough chances to win the game.

“Next week’s another week and we’ve got the Knights down here again and, hopefully, we can get the three points finally.”


Photo:  Kingborough's Joel Schuth gets a flick-on past Olympia's Nick Meredith [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:

“I felt we were pretty good first half.  I thought the first 30 minutes or so we were quite dominant and then we kind of made a few mistakes and allowed them back into the game and their confidence built as it went along.

“Disappointed not to in up at half-time.

“Second half, I thought they were good.  They came out quite brightly and they put us under pressure.

“The injury to their keeper probably broke our momentum.  We had kind of just arrested that dominance that we’d had in the first half and were just starting to push on and push on and push on and then the break in the game probably didn’t really help us, or either side, and no-one really got the momentum in that last 10 and it was probably almost not worth playing.  Not that you can do that.

“Disappointed with the result in the end.  I’ve never seen so many chances for a 0-0 draw, really.”