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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Mr Collins tosses the coin; Clarence's George Stevens up against Jonathon Ladic and Daniel Brown; Clarence's Sam Cannamela challenges South's Costas Kanakaris; Four Clarence defenders looking after the sole South attacker, Kanakaris; Clarence defend at a corner
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SOUTH HOBART 6-0 CLARENCE UNITED
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Clarence United were never in this match and trailed 3-0 after just 14 minutes and 4-0 at the break.

Sam McIntyre was out of position in the first half at right-back and South Hobart found acres of space on the left and made the most of it. The first three goals came from that flank.

Liam Scott continually overlapped down the left, with Shae Hickey dropping deep to cover him.

Scott made the first two goals with runs to the byline and crosses, while he scored the fourth himself in an excellent performance.

Gary Upton played successfully at right-back and might even have had a goal. It was a shrewd move by coach Ken Morton. Had he played in the middle, Upton would probably have been caught up in the sticky conditions and awkward tackles and might not have lasted the match.

In the drier areas, he was able to utilise his skills and create moves rather than become involved in fifty-fifty physical midfield challenges which have often got him in trouble in the past.

Clarence made positional changes in the second half and they were much better for it. They might even have scored one or two goals with a little more luck.

McIntyre moved to the centre of defence, where he was far more effective, while David Hoppitt moved to right-back and Sam Cannamela forward into midfield.

Luke Cripps got into some good positions, but he found the conditions difficult and he struggled to connect properly with the ball and trouble keeper Mark Moncur.

South hit the front in the 9th minute when Scott’s low pass from the left into the box was met by Costas Kanakaris, who slid the ball home before keeper Michael Moschogianis could cut out the pass.

In the 11th minute, another low cross from the left by Scott found Kanakaris, who hammered the ball home off the underside of the crossbar.

In the 14th minute, Daniel Brown won the ball wide on the left near the half-way line and put David Abbott through the middle. Abbott got to the ball a fraction of a second before Moschogianis and as his shot ricocheted off the keeper, he swept it into the net to make it 3-0.

In the 38th minute, Abbott put Jonathon Ladic through, but he shot straight at Moschogianis with Kanakaris waiting unmarked in the middle.

Three minutes before the break, it was chaos in the Clarence 6-yard box and Matt Lewis, lying on the ground, could only prod the ball to Scott, who rammed it home for goal number four.

In the 64th minute, Kanakaris dispossessed Cripps on the right of mid-field and fed Ladic through the middle. Ladic’s shot was partially stopped by Moschogianis, but the shot had too much power and the ball slithered over the line to make it 5-0.

Upton headed Kanakaris’s cross over the bar in the 69th minute, while four minutes later, Kanakaris missed a sitter from point-blank range after a cross from the left and clever dummy by substitute Julius Ross.

Four minutes from the end, David Cooper ventured forward and beat Moschogianis to a left-wing cross. The ball went straight up in the air and plopped in the mud at Cooper’s feet, leaving him with an easy task to shoot home and make it 6-0.

Ross almost added a seventh from Ladic’s corner, but Moschogianis did well to turn the effort over the bar.

In the 89th minute, Ladic cracked a free-kick against the post. The ball rebounded to Upton, but Moschogianis did well to get down and turn his shot wide for a corner.

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  • South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“A good win. We played well today in the conditions.

“Obviously, it was a little bit of a problem for us, the heavy ground, when we’re a side that likes to get the ball down.

“But, I thought we played to the conditions well.

“We had a bit of space to get in behind them in the first half and I thought we exploited that.

“A good performance and a good victory for us.”

  • Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“I think we looked like a team that hasn’t trained for a month.

“We’ve had a difficult period weatherwise with the grounds closed incessantly.

“The club hasn’t been able to organise meaningful training, and we looked like that today.

“As I said to the boys, we were nine out of ten to everything, and if you add it all up, that means you didn’t rate in the game at all.

“I thought we improved as the game went on and in the second half we showed periods.

“That being said, it may bode well for next week.

“But, the game was gone in the first twelve minutes. All over, Red Rover.

“You can’t afford to let South Hobart score three goals in eight minutes or nine minutes, or whatever it was, and expect to get something out of a football match.”
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South Hobart: Moncur - Upton, Ludford, Cooper, Scott - Abbott (Eaves 61), Heerey, Brown (Pennicott 77), Ladic, Hickey (Ross 65) - Kanakaris (Substitute not used: Bladel)

Booked: Scott 42, Ladic 57

Goals: Kanakaris 9, 11, Abbott 14, Scott 42, Ladic 64, Cooper 86

Clarence United: Moschogianis - McIntyre, Lewis, Cannamela, Toghill (J Huigsloot 74) - Hoppitt, Stevens, Parker, Hunt (Barabara 74) - Barron (McMahon 63), Crisp (Substitute not used: Cornish)

Booked: Cripps 76

Att: 110

Ref: S Collins

Photo: South Hobart defender Daniel Brown heads clear

Third-placed South Hobart produced a fine display of soccer in heavy conditions at South Hobart today to demolish fifth-placed Clarence United 6-0.

South, who led 4-0 at the interval, is now 6 points behind Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders Tilford Zebras and one adrift of second-placed Glenorchy Knights.

The home side repeatedly carved open the right flank of the visitors as fullback Liam Scott and midfielder Shae Hickey caused chaos down the left and South led 3-0 after just 14 minutes.

Striker Costas Kanakaris made it 1-0 in the 9th minute when he slid home the ball after Scott’s low cross from the left.

Scott provided Kanakaris with the second in the 11th minute, while Daniel Brown’s pass enabled David Abbott to score the third in the 14th minute as Clarence crumbled.

Scott added the fourth in the 42nd minute after a Clarence defender gifted him possession in a goalmouth scramble.

The visitors made some positional changes and improved in the second half but could not prevent Jonathon Ladic making it 5-0 in the 64th minute after a pass from Kanakaris, who had dispossessed Luke Cripps.

Defender David Cooper beat keeper Michael Moschogianis to a cross four minutes from the end to score an easy sixth.

South won the reserves 3-2 through goals by Rowen Franklin, Simon Burrett and an own-goal. Angus Flakemore and Juma Barabara replied for Clarence.

Clarence won the under-19s 8-1.

In Division One, third-placed Beachside easily beat fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs 7-1 away at North Warrane, Bernhard Klasen scoring twice and Colin Shepherd, Anthony Grzinic, David Lowe, Sam Ryan and Sebastian Milford once each.

Lewis Gibbs netted Nelson’s consolation goal.

Beachside won the reserves 9-0.

Photo: Clarence captain Ben Parker (No. 4) and South Hobart captain Hugh Ludford greet the officials (L-R) Kim Barker, Sean Collins and Simon Natoli

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


South Hobart 6-0 Clarence United

Reserves

South Hobart 3-2 Clarence United

Under-19s

South Hobart 1-8 Clarence United

Southern Division One

Nelson Eastern Suburbs 1-7 Beachside

Reserves

Nelson Eastern Suburbs 0-9 Beachside
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UNIVERSITY 2-1 NEW TOWN EAGLES
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This 2-1 win for bottom-side University was only their second league win of the season.

They were missing several key players, including Alexis Bull, Julian Proud and Nigel Blundell.

The result will have sent shivers up the Hobart Olympic camp as University are now just three points adrift of second-last Olympic, who managed a 2-2 away draw with Kingborough Lions United.

Eagles did enough to at least draw, but their finishing was generally poor and they fell to a controversial goal.

University had new English signing Andrew King on view. The right midfielder is reminiscent of Raymond Benson, in terms of appearance, physique and style of play.

University took the lead in the 7th minute when Richard Delara, the former Eagles player, took a free-kick from wide on the left and Rory McCallum, the goalkeeper-turned-striker, headed home.

Eagles lost Wade Savage with yet another knee injury after just a quarter of an hour and Ben Whitehall came on in his place, but wide on the right.

It wasn’t until 6 minutes into the second half that Eagles equalised, Adam McKeown side-footing Whitehall’s corner from the right through a crowded goalmouth and into the net.

Aaron Hindmarsh should have restored University’s lead from close range on the right, but with an empty goal confronting him, he failed to get power to his effort and a defender cleared on the line.

In the 67th minute, University goalkeeper Hamish Peacock produced a brilliant save to deny Alex Gordon.

Minutes later, he got down well to a low shot by Gordon to again thwart the Eagles striker.

The winner came in the 78th minute after a long goal-kick which was flicked on off the head of an Eagles player to McCallum, standing in an off-side position. He raced through and beat a helpless and unprotected Michael Soszynski to make it 2-1 for the home side.

The assistant referee had his flag up for off-side, but Mr Phillips allowed the goal to stand, explaining that the chance had come from a goal-kick. A player cannot be off-side from a goal-kick. The legitimacy of the effort therefore depended on whose head the ball came off - a defender or an attacker.

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  • University coach, Scott Gallacher, said:

“They had us under the pump for a long time, but I thought we gave as good as we got.

“It could have been a draw, I suppose, but we needed a bit of luck and we got it today.

“I don’t know if Olympic will be sweating. I’m just concentrating on our team.

“We just managed to put a side together today. We had six players out, believe it or not.

“I was really happy today because I wasn’t expecting too much but it came together for us.”

  • New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:

“I have problems with the winning goal, which we thought was off-side.

“Conditions were pretty bad. University won, so fair enough.

“There is a question mark. Why have we had a referee, I think, eight times out of twelve? I don’t understand. The same referee.

“I’m not saying the guy was bad or good, but I just don’t understand why we have this referee week after week.

“I thought we had 75 per cent of possession but we just couldn’t score again.

“We scored one great goal but, I’ll say it again, again and again, we have the opportunities but we don’t take them.

“If you don’t take them, you can’t win games.

“I’m disappointed. Very disappointed.”
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University: Peacock - Besley, Hewson, Andrews, Griffiths - King, Delara, Merry, Hindmarsh - Temby (Cropp 89), McCallum (Substitutes not used: Venettacci, Madden, Wilkinson)

Booked: Delara 53, King 61, Griffiths 71

Goals: McCallum 7, 78

New Town Eagles: Soszynski - Page, Savage (Whitehall 15), Wass, Clark - Ferrall, Leszczynski, Malakoff, Vernon (Anderson 85) - McKeown, Gordon (Quan 85) (Substitute not used: Minty)

Goals: McKeown 51

Att: 70

Ref: C Phillips