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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Photos: (Top) Thunderstorm at South Hobart
(Bottom) It was 7 v 2 in some areas of the pitch

The referee, Mr Jozeljic, wisely delayed the start of this match by ten minutes because of a thunderstorm. Flashes of lightning were clearly visible in the area.

Most of the action was in midfield and the heavy rain and slippery conditions made things difficult for both sides.

The first real chance came midway through the first half, but Clarence striker Luke Cripps drove his shot just over the bar.

In the 31st minute, Ben Parker hit a free-kick just wide of the Olympic goal.

Ten minutes before the interval, Olympic had their first chance when Michael Bulis’s shot was blocked by Dmitri Nester and Carl Larzabal drove the rebound wide.

Olympic missed a glorious chance 10 minutes into the second period. Adam Hedge put Kostas Kanakaris away on the right and his low cross found Bulis, but his shot was straight at Michael Moschogianis.

In the 59th minute, Clarence were desperately unlucky not to score when Cripps made a run down the left and chipped the ball in to edge of the six-yard box for the on-rushing Ben Hamlett.

Nester blocked the first shot from Hamlett from point-blank range, but the ball then rebounded off Hamlett’s legs and hit Nester in the head before rebounding to safety.

It was a close call and neither player probably knew much about it.

Olympic introduced Danijel Djekanovic as a replacement for Akuel Guot with 20 minutes remaining and he missed a good chance five minutes from the end when she shot straight at the goalkeeper from the left. A deft chip would surely have resulted in a goal.

In the 78th minute, referee’s assistant Jeong-Soo Lee pulled a leg muscle and was replaced by Saad Mohamad, a qualified referee but an Olympic player, with the approval of the Clarence coaching staff.

Before the end of the match, Mr Jozeljic ordered Franco Previdi, the Clarence assistant coach, to leave the technical area.

Previdi thought it a stranger decision as he had been there for the entire match up until that time.

  • Hobart Olympic coach, Farrel Shaw, said:

“It’s a game that got away. I really believe that.

“I think the style of football we played out there in these conditions, I’m very, very happy.

“I think we kept the ball, we knocked the ball around beautifully at times.

“We created chances but unfortunately it wasn’t Michael’s [Bulis] day to stick the ball in the back of the net.

“I think they only had a couple of chances. Dmitri [Nester] created one of them there with a double save with a header.

“Overall, happy, but disappointed we can’t finish them off.”

  • Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“As I said, it took a lot out of the players, the cup final.

“We gave them every opportunity to recover.

“We knew that Olympic were an incredibly good football team and, all things considered, to come away from home and play a very good football team, five days after an extra-time cup final, I’m very thrilled, very satisfied with a nil-nil result.

“Even though we rode our luck at times, I thought in the last fifteen minutes Olympic looked as if they were out on their feet and we could have pinched the game.

“But, that being said, we’ll take a point away from home against one of the title favourites.”

Hobart Olympic (1-3-4-2): Nester - P Tsakiris - Mohamad (Mason 64), Richardson, Lebski - Larzabal, C Tsakiris, Kanakaris, A Hedge - Bulis, Guot (Djekanovic 70) [Substitutes not used: Banks, Plomaritis]

Booked: Guot

Clarence United (4-4-2): Moschogianis - Toghill, Lewis, Ling, J Huigsloot - McMahon, Parker, Cannamela, Hunt - Hamlett, Cripps (Chapman 86) [Substitutes not used: Knapek, L Huigsloot, Cornish]

Ref: I Jozeljic

Att: 120

8 Goal Attempts 9
4 Shots on Target 2
5 Corners 2
8 Fouls Committed 11
7 Off-Sides 1
1 (Guot) Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

Hobart Olympic:

Bulis 2 1
Larzabal 1 0
Kanakaris 1 0
A Hedge 2 1
Djekanovic 2 2

Clarence United:

Cripps 2 0
Hamlett 3 1
Parker 1 0
Hunt 1 1
Cannamela 2 0

Metro outclassed Beachside to win this semi-final easily and qualify for next Friday’s Division One section Summer Cup final.

Beachside were in shock as they went in at the break 3-0 down, but to their credit, they rallied strongly in the second half and only some fine goalkeeping by Metro’s substitute Michael McKenna prevented them from getting back into the match.

Metro’s decision to import three Scottish players - striker Ricky Orr, midfielder Colin Sweeney and defender Grant Malcolm - was again vindicated in this match.

Orr scored once and made two other goals, including one for Sweeney. Orr had hit the winner last weekend in the 3-2 win over Nelson, which gave Metro this semi-final berth.

Nathan Brown, who rejoined Metro this season after having last year off, put Metro ahead in the 5th minute, nodding home Orr’s cross from the left.

Colin Wain had a rare chance for Beachside in the 8th minute, but he shot wide of the far post.

On the quarter-hour, Sweeney’s pass picked out Orr in the inside-left channel and he slotted the ball past Alex Bigg to make it 2-0.

Two minutes later, Brown was given time and space to pick his spot and it was 3-0 for Metro.

In the 18th minute, Colin Shepherd set up Wain with a chance, but he again shot wide of the target.

Six minutes after the resumption, Sweeney outjumped Shepherd and put Orr away on the left with a header.

Orr raced to the byline and cut the ball back for Sweeney to hammer home Metro’s fourth.

Beachside then rallied and Patrick Bigg shot wide, while McKenna did well to turn Nathan Robinson’s free-kick wide for a corner.

Beachside forced McKenna to a couple more saves, but they were never going to get back into this game.

The Metro win is significant for the coming league campaign. They are obviously going to be strong challengers for the title.

As for Beachside, it is back to the drawing board and a time for reassessment of the club’s playing resources.

  • Metro coach, Darrin Chaffey, said:

“It was a good win. It’s probably been three weeks coming for us to get it all together on the day.

“Quite frankly, we got it all together in the first half. We’ve been a bit sluggish starting, so it was good.

“I hope it’s some indication for the league.

“We’ve still got a couple more to come in, so we’ve just been playing the same squad because we don’t want to cup-tie people.

“But, yes, it’s good. We’ve got a bit of depth now and all the boys are happy and enjoying it again, so it’s good.”

  • Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson, said:

“It was disappointing. The start was disappointing as they caught us cold.

“With all due respect to the teams we’ve played against previously, we haven’t played against the quality of their strike force.

“They well deserved their lead at half-time. I think in the second half we applied ourselves a lot better and we’ll be better for the experience when we play them on the opening day of the season.

“We’re really looking forward to that. But, they were well deserving of their victory today.”

Metro (4-4-2): Land - Hawkins, Chaffey, Malcolm, Gasparin - Marney, Dawes, Sweeney, Cowen - Brown, Orr [Interchange: Rahni, McQueen, Farley, McKenna]

Booked: Chaffey, Gasparin, Sweeney

Goals: Brown 5, 17, Orr 15, Sweeney 36

Beachside (4-4-2): A Bigg - Davis, Howarth, Robinson, Atkin - Wain, Szoka, Klasen, P Bigg - De Jong, Shepherd [Interchange: Chadwick, Lowe]

Ref: D Gadd

Att: 80

Photo: It was obviously too wet to change the scoreboard from the reserve game

Reigning Premier League champions South Hobart resumed where they left off last season by winning their opening league match 3-0 away to University at Olinda Grove today.

A free-kick by Jonathon Ladic gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break, while Hugh Ludford and Greg Downes completed the scoring in the second half, the latter in injury time.

University lost goalkeeper Rory McCallum with the score at 2-0 and finished the match with ten men as they had already used their three substitutes.

Matthew Besley went in goal for the Students.

South Hobart had earlier lost midfielder Bart Beecroft with a suspected fractured cheek.

Hobart Olympic and Clarence United drew 0-0 at South Hobart in a match of few real chances, the start of which was delayed for 10 minutes because of lightning.

Clarence’s Luke Cripps and Ben Parker both shot wide, while Olympic’s goalkeeper, Dmitri Nester was fortunate to foil Ben Hamlett, whose close-range shot rebounded off the keeper’s head.

Michael Bulis, Carl Larzabal and Danijel Djekanovic squandered chances for Olympic.

Glenorchy Knights scraped home 4-3 against New Town Eagles at KGV Park on Friday night, the latter hitting the woodwork three times - twice through Jacob Kavanagh and once through Chris Wass - and also conceding an own-goal, which ultimately cost it the match.

The Knights appeared to be cruising at half-time when they led 2-0 through goals by Josh Fielding and Amadu Koroma.

But, when Eagles brought on substitutes Cormac Collins, just before the break, and Alex Leszczynski and Jacob Malakoff at half-time, the balance of the game changed.

Collins pulled a goal back seven minutes after the interval, while a re-taken penalty by Leszczynski in the 66th minute made it 2-2.

Ben Whitehall had initially won the penalty when he was pushed by Knights goalkeeper Ben Peter at a corner, but when Peter saved Kavanagh’s spot-kick, referee Craig Phillips ordered the penalty to be re-taken because of encroachment by Mynonge Kamba.

Substitute James Hope restored the Knights’ lead a minute later with a superb long-range strike, which took a slight deflection as it left his boot.

When Matthew Rybak headed past his own goalkeeper, Andrew Savage, four minutes from the end to make it 4-2 for the Knights, the game seemed over, but a header by Chris Wass in injury time made the scoreline 4-3 and much more respectable for Eagles.

Metro will meet New Town Eagles next Friday in the final of the Division One section of the Summer Cup competition after both won their semi-finals at Olinda Grove today.

Metro easily overcame the highly fancied Beachside 4-0, while Eagles drew 1-1 with Taroona and then won the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

Beachside were no match for Metro, who led 3-0 at the interval through two goals by Nathan Brown and one by Scottish import, Ricky Orr.

One of Metro’s other Scottish imports, midfielder Colin Sweeney, netted the fourth six minutes after the break.

Orr created two of the goals and netted his second in two games, which means Metro’s decision to import the three Scotsmen is certainly paying off.

Beachside hit back strongly in the second half, but good goalkeeping by substitute Michael McKenna kept them at bay.

Richard Leszczynski put Eagles ahead against Taroona, but a goal by Ruaidhri Carey made it 1-1 and a penalty shoot-out then decided the outcome.

Steven Bukowiecki, Matt Williams, Steve Louden and John Holliday netted spot-kicks for Eagles, while Marcus Atkinson, Toby Dove and Stefano Flonta were successful for Taroona.

Marcus Proud missed for Eagles, as did Hamish Macgregor and Alex Edwards for Taroona.

[Detailed match reports to follow.]
Forestry Tasmania Premier League, Saturday, 14 March 2009

Hobart Olympic 0-0 Clarence United
University 0-3 South Hobart (Ladic, Ludford, Downes)

Reserve League

Hobart Olympic 3 (M Hedge, P Otto, S Rume) dw Clarence United 3 (D Hoppitt 2, J Undy)
University 0-2 South Hobart (S Burrett 2)

Under-19 League

University 4-0 South Hobart
Hobart Olympic 3-5 Clarence United

North-West Summer Cup

Burnie United 2-2 Devonport City
Ulverstone 0-2 Somerset