Who Is Walter Pless?

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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The results of the mid-week catch-up game has enlivened matters in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition at both ends of the ladder, and the weekend schedule of matches should stir the pot even more.

Second-placed Glenorchy Knights lost 2-0 to second-last Hobart Olympic on Wednesday night through goals by Hugh Richardson and Michael Bulis.

Olympic’s win lifted them up a place to sixth, where they replaced New Town Eagles, who dropped to second-last position, while the Knights’ loss gave leaders Tilford Zebras some valuable breathing space.

Zebras can make life at the top of the ladder a little bit easier by beating Kingborough at KGV Park on Sunday afternoon.

Zebras will miss Aaron Brazendale, who has gone overseas, but Andrew Telega returns to the defence and coach Nick Lapolla said there was no pressure at all on his side and all they had to do was keep winning and the title would be theirs.

There is a lot of pressure on Knights and Eagles, who meet at KGV Park on Saturday at the slightly earlier and strange time of 2pm.

Knights are 2 points adrift of leaders Zebras and will have played two more games than the leaders after this match and so a win is imperative if they are to keep their title hopes alive.

A win would put them top for at least 24 hours, and that would put pressure on Zebras.

Knights coach Eamonn Kelly will have several tricky selection problems ahead of this match.

He substituted Corey Smith on Wednesday night after he collected a yellow card after only eight minutes, while he has other players carrying injuries, including Brazilian Breno Bianchini Joviano Dos Santos.

The game is just as important for Eagles, who have made slow progress in recent weeks - some would say they have come to a shuddering halt - and they now find themselves sucked into the relegation battle as they are a mere 5 points ahead of the rapidly improving bottom-side University.

Eagles have some injury and illness clouds over Chris Wass, Alex Leszczynski, Michael Soszynski and Mark Page, but coach George Krambousanos is hoping they will pass muster.

“I think we’ll have a very good game against the Knights, especially on KGV Park,” said Krambousanos.

Olympic will be seeking to make it two wins in less than a week when they take on Clarence at Wentworth Park in a 6.30pm game on Saturday.

A win could lift Olympic up another place to fifth and this will be a huge incentive for the visitors, who should be at full strength and brimming with confidence.

Clarence can run hot and cold and will need to make better use of their opportunities if they are to win this game.

Clarence did beat University in the cup last weekend, but their players will still have memories of the previous weekend’s 6-0 hiding against South Hobart.

The University versus South Hobart game has been postponed, as have all Division One games this weekend.
Tasmanian Institute of Sport player Jessie Williams has been selected in the Australian Under-14 girls’ national team to compete in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under 14 Girls’ Festival of Football which began in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, today and which will run until 30 June 2009.

National coach Jeff Hopkins selected the squad following the National Junior Championships which were held in Canberra in April.

“This festival has a few objectives,” said Hopkins. “It will be good preparation and give the squad an insight for future competitions in Asia.

"The team will experience differences both on and off the field in Vietnam which will no doubt be a great learning experience when travelling back to compete for opportunities such as qualifying for the AFC Women's Asian Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup.

"This festival is not about winning but about developing as players and learning from the whole international travel experience.

“We are looking forward to the experience in the days ahead.”

Australia opened its campaign today with a 1-1 draw with China, and Williams scored the Australian goal.

“I am very impressed with her,” said TIS head coach, Vicki Linton. “She really impressed at the training camp prior to the selection of the squad.

“She is playing just behind the strikers in a 4-3-3 system, that is, as the number 10.”

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Metro have officially responded to the news about the removal of Darrin Chaffey as their senior coach.

The club said that it and Chaffey had agreed when he was appointed that, should someone become available who was better qualified for the role of senior coach, then he could possibly be asked to step down.

The club also said that it wanted to give Chaffey "a chance to concentrate on playing for the remainder of the year and have a role with the exisiting staff in the senior group".

The statement went on to say that Chaffey has decided to take a break but that the club "wish to see him continue with the club as a player as we believe he has a lot to offer in [sic] current squad."


Photos: Olympic's goalscorers, Hugh Richardson (top) and Michael Bulis
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HOBART OLYMPIC 2-0 GLENORCHY KNIGHTS
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This 2-0 win lifted Hobart Olympic up a place to sixth on the ladder, a point ahead of New Town Eagles and six ahead of bottom-side University.

Eagles are now in second-last place and are in danger of being overtaken by University, who are just five points behind them.

If Glenorchy Knights had been a little luckier - they hit the Olympic woodwork three times in the first half - and if they had been more clinical in their finishing - they missed three other gilt-edged chances in the course of the 90 minutes - they would have won easily.

But, Olympic rode their luck, fought hard, never surrendered, and in the end, won the match with two superbly taken goals.

Chris Tsimiklis almost embarrassed the Knights in the opening seconds when he fired narrowly wide of Ben Peter’s right-hand post. Peter was back in goal in place of the injured Alex Tatnell.

In the 3rd minute, however, Tom Sherman rattled the Olympic crossbar with a magnificent shot from the left, the ball bouncing down and back into play.

In the 7th minute, Corey Smith flicked Jade Clay’s cross on for Amadu Koroma, but he also hit the crossbar.

As the ball rebounded into play, Smith clattered clumsily into Youssef Mohamad, who went down as if he had been pole-axed.

Mr Barker had no hesitation in brandishing the yellow card at Smith. Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, immediately substituted Smith as he probably thought he would certainly collect a second yellow during the match. Jackson Marsh came on as the replacement.

Olympic took the lead out of the blue in the 19th minute when Hugh Richardson scored with a half-volley from 25 metres that flew into the far right-hand corner of the net past the diving Peter.

Josh Fielding missed a great chance to equalise on the half-hour. He found himself in possession on the right and inside the box but pulled his shot well wide of the near post.

Olympic created another good chance in the 33rd minute, but Michael Bulis’s shot from an acute angle on the right was blocked by Peter and the ball was cleared.

Two minutes before the interval, a deep cross from the right by Jade Clay was headed at goal by Koroma, but Dmitri Nester’s agility enabled him to turn the ball against the bar.

It rebounded to James Hope, whose goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Chris Tsakiris.

Kelly was furious with his players at the break and, after voicing his feelings, stormed out of the dressing room and sat in the stand for the second half.

Fielding also let his team-mates know what he thought at the half-time break.

Dipendra Kunwar came on for Richardson in the 59th minute and it took him just ten minutes to create the second goal for Olympic when he slipped the ball expertly through for Bulis to run on to and score from inside the box.

The Knights’ final chance came gift-wrapped in the 86th minute, but they squandered it.

Clay’s deep cross from the right went to Carl Larzabal, who, in attempting to clear, succeeded only in passing the ball to Hope on the edge of the box, but with time and space, he blazed wide.

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  • Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

“Probably one of the best team performances we’ve played all year.

“Knights were unlucky. I mean, they hit the crossbar three times in the first half.

“But, then Hugh Richardson scored a screamer from about 20 odd, 25 yards, out which sort of lifted the lads.

“It’s something we’ve been lacking.

“The second half was very even. Dippa [Dipendra Kunwar] came on and did what Dippa does. He runs at players, puts panic in the back-line and created the chance for us.

“We basically then held out. We held out strongly and there weren’t too many chances, which is good. I'm happy with the lads.”

  • Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

“Absolutely woeful. It’s just like taking three steps forward and four steps back.

“The attitude that we came back away from Somerset with was the start of the rot.

“I’ve just said that to them in there. Anybody would think that we had won on Saturday coming back on the bus.

“You know, there’s just no pride. There’s no pride, there’s no commitment and until they find that pride and commitment, this is all that’ll happen week in and week out.

“You can’t have seven chances in the first half and not take them.

“There’s not much point in hitting the crossbar and hitting the post and missing by three inches.

“Goals win games, and if you don’t put it in the back of the net, that’s the result you end up with tonight.”

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Hobart Olympic: Nester - Lebski, Mohamad (Percy 73), P Tsakiris, Tsimiklis - Larzabal. Richardson (Kunwar 59), Mason, C Tsakiris - A Hedge, Bulis (Substitutes not used: Banks, Plomaritis)

Goals: Richardson 19, Bulis 69

Glenorchy Knights: Peter - Lawler, Holmes, Green, Wiggins (Roberts 70) - Clay, Fielding, Hope, Sherman - Smith (Marsh 8), Koroma (Substitute not used: Vavoulas)

Booked: Smith, Wiggins, Sherman

Att: 100

Ref: K Barker
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Hobart Olympic 2 (Richardson 19, Bulis 69) b Glenorchy Knights 0

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