Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Japan beat Bahrain 1-0 last night in a World Cup qualifying match in Saitama, Japan.

The goal came from a Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick two minutes into the second period.

Nakamura plays for Celtic, of course, and is a free-kick specialist.

The win puts Japan on top of Group A with 11 points, one point ahead of second-placed Australia, who take on bottom-side Uzbekistan in Sydney next Wednesday.

Japan had three European-based players in their line-up.

North Korea moved to the top of Group B after downing the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Pyongyang last night.

Photo: South Hobart squad for the game aaginst Kingborough

Forestry Tasmania Premier League, South Hobart, Saturday, 28 March 2009

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South Hobart 0
Kingborough Lions United 0

HT: 0-0 Att: 100 Ref: I Jozeljic
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South Hobart (4-2-3-1): Kruijver - Pennicott, Ludford, Cooper, Scott - Hickey, Downes (Di Falco 93) - Eaves, Ladic, Abbott (Wardle 76) - Ross [Substitutes not used: David, McGoldrick] [Coach: K Morton]

Kingborough Lions United (4-4-2): Voss - Palmer, D Pearce, Iseli, Wells - Schuth (Bevan 67), White, Marchioli, R Hinkley (T Pearce 81) - Greg Freeman, McDonald [Substitutes not used: Kerr, Leamey] [Coach: Geoff Freeman]
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South Hobart will rue the two lost points after this goalless draw with Kingborough Lions United.

South Hobart stayed on top of the ladder on goal-difference from Clarence United, who beat Tilford Zebras 3-1, while Kingborough dropped two places to fourth.

The home side had 24 chances, only eight of which were on target, while the visitors had just four goal attempts, three of which were on target and had to be saved by Sam Kruijver.

The fourth came after a good run by Tom McDonald, which ended with Kruijver bravely saving at his feet before the striker could shoot.

South were missing several key players. Gary Upton, the former Kingborough player, was at a wedding in Melbourne, captain Bart Beecroft and Josh Heerey were injured, while Matthew and Daniel Brown were unavailable and overseas and interstate, respectively.

In came 15-year-old Jim Pennicott at right-back and Julius Ross at striker, while David Abbott made his return from injury in midfield.

Jonathon Ladic had the first chance for South in the 6th minute when Abbott found him with a pass, but the midfielder swivelled and fell, his shot flying wide.

Five minutes later, South goalkeeper Sam Kruijver produced a superb save, getting down and clutching the ball as it threatened to elude him after McDonald had squeezed between Hugh Ludford and Pennicott.

In the 13th minute, Lions keeper Jason Voss did very well to turn Greg Downes’s shot to the far post wide for a corner.

Voss almost caused his side embarrassment in the 17th minute when he gave the ball away to Ladic, but the South midfielder blazed high over the bar.

Abbott missed a glorious chance on the half-hour when he got on to the end of a Ross cross from the right, only to head straight at a grateful Voss.

In the 38th minute, Voss managed to deal with an awkward shot from Abbott that threatened to bobble past him.

The first half ended with Kruijver turning an effort by Charles White wide for a corner.

Five minutes after the resumption came Kruijver’s save at McDonald’s feet.

In the 69th minute, Downes ran on to a pass from Ladic, after Ricky Eaves’s throw-in from the left, and advanced on goal. He beat three opponents on the way, but eventually lost control of the ball.

But, the ball rolled into Ross’s pass and he scared the life out of Voss as his curling shot just drifted wide of the far post.

In the 71st minute, a quick South counter-attack caught the Kingborough defence flat-footed and Abbott’s pass put Eaves free on the left and with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Voss was off his line in a flash, however, to narrow the angle and Marcello Marchioli saved the day by dispossessing Eaves, who hesitated and failed to get in a shot.

In the 90th minute, White’s shot was plucked out of the air by Kruijver, who dived to his left.

Downes was then injured in a tackle and required treatment for several minutes before being carried off on a stretcher.

At first, it was feared he might have broken his leg. Ambulance officers seemed to think he had not and advised him to have the injury X-rayed at a hospital on Sunday morning.

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  • South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“Lots of possession, lots of territorial advantage.

“We didn’t take advantage of the wind in the first half and test Jason Voss enough, and the back-four.

“And obviously, second half again, even against the wind, we had a lot of possession, but then it became a bit scrappy and a lot of long stuff played instead of trying to go through them and around them.

“But, nil-nil. We went to win the game. They came and sat in and that’s the way football is.

“Good luck to them. They stayed organised, fought hard for each other and were good.”

  • Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:

“Defensively, we were excellent today.

“We restricted them to long shots and they didn’t really manage to get in behind us.

“We created some good opportunities. We didn’t create many, but we did create some good opportunities.

“I was really pleased with the performance.

“We can play better, especially going forward, than we did today, but defensively, it was probably our best performance so far.”
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STATISTICS

SOUTH HOBART KINGBOROUGH
24 Goal Attempts 4
8 Shots on Target 3
6 Corners 3
7 Fouls Committed 6
2 Off-Sides 1
1 (Abbott 64) Yellow Cards 2 (White 85, Marchioli 88)
0 Red Cards 0

South Hobart:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
Ladic 6 0
Downes 6 4
Abbott 3 1
Ross 3 0
Pennicott 1 1
Scott 1 0
Ludford 1 0
Eaves 3 2

Kingborough Lions United:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
McDonald 1 1
White 2 1
Marchioli 1 1


Photo: (Top) Vitor Sobral of SBS Television at South Hobart preparing a show about Tasmanian soccer to screen on The World Game next Sunday
(Bottom) South Hobart players in a huddle as team-mate Greg Downes receives treatment


South Hobart clung to top spot on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder on goal-difference despite drawing 0-0 with Kingborough Lions United at South Hobart today.

Clarence United are second after beating Tilford Zebras 3-1 at KGV Park today.

And, Glenorchy Knights are third following their 3-0 win over bottom-side University at KGV Park on Friday night.

South Hobart managed 24 scoring shots without success, while Kingborough had just four opportunities, all of which required fine saves by South keeper Sam Kruijver to deny Tom McDonald, twice, Charles White and Marcello Marchioli.

Greg Downes had a fine game in midfield for South, but the youngster was carried off on a stretcher near the end after sustaining a leg injury.

He will undergo precautionary X-rays on Sunday morning to rule out a break.

Downes, David Abbott, Ricky Eaves, and Julius Ross all went close for South, but a determined Lions outfit battled bravely for the draw.

McDonald did get the ball in the net for Kingborough, but the effort was ruled off-side.

A penalty by Luke Cripps and a goal by Ben Hamlett gave Clarence a 2-0 lead at half-time against Zebras, while Cripps finished clinically after a great run down the left by Chris Hunt to make it 3-0.

Jayden Welch pulled a goal back for the Zebras, who missed good openings that fell to Dwayne Walsh and Ben Crosswell.

The Clarence fans gave their former star striker, Dwayne Walsh, a hard time by mocking him every time he had a scoring chance and fluffed it.

University held the Knights to a goalless opening half, but only good goalkeeping by the Knights’ Ben Peter prevented Alexis Bull and Aaron Hindmarsh from scoring.

The Knights hit back through James Hope, Amadu Koroma, and Jade Clay, but good keeping by Rory McCallum and the woodwork kept them at bay.

Corey Smith put the Knights ahead in the 50th minute, clipping a shot just under the bar despite University goalkeeper McCallum getting his fingers to the ball.

Hope made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute following fine work on the left by Koroma and Will Roberts, while Tom Sherman netted the third eight minutes from the end when he headed home Josh Fielding’s cross.

Peter had to stretch to tip a Bull free-kick over the bar near the end, but the Knights had the final chance when Fielding hit the post.

Metro confirmed their status as Division One competition title favourites with a 5-2 win over Beachside at North Chigwell today.

Two goals by Scottish import Ricky Orr and one by Aaron Marney gave the home side a 3-0 lead at the break, while second-half strikes by Scottish import Colin Sweeney and Nathan Brown completed the tally.

Patrick Bigg and Colin Shepherd replied for the visitors.

Taroona easily disposed of DOSA Northern Suburbs 7-0 at home at Kelvedon Park, Marcus Atkinson netting twice and Ben Horgan, Sam Johnson, Hugo Luttmer, Toby Dove and Hamish Macgregor once each.

Nelson Eastern Suburbs downed Christian United 3-2 away at Sherburd Park in a match which saw Nelson miss a penalty and Christian have a player sent off.

Richard Flood, Luke Wallace and Andrew Gaskell netted for Nelson, while Wilson Lumago and Ash Page replied for Christian.

Wallace missed the penalty in the 55th minute, while John Manasseh was dismissed by referee Nino Mele for allegedly spitting at an opponent in the 73rd minute.

In the Reserve League, goals by Simon Burrett, Jai David and Travis Wailes gave South Hobart a 3-0 win over Kingborough Lions United, while two goals by Jayden Welch and one each by Alex Viney, Adam Young and Adrian Venettacci powered Tilford Zebras to a 5-0 win over Clarence United.

Glenorchy Knights beat University 4-1 through two goals by Shane Kent and one each by Jyeren Vienna-Hallam and Nektar Vavoulas, while Charles Cropp replied for University.


Photos: Vitor Sobral of SBS was at South Hobart today (top) with a cameraman to film some of the action for a forthcoming SBS show

South Hobart defend a Lions corner (bottom)

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


South Hobart 0-0 Kingborough Lions United
Tilford Zebras 1-3 Clarence United

Reserves

South Hobart 3-0 Kingborough Lions United
Tilford Zebras 5-0 Clarence United

Under-19s

South Hobart 6-1 Kingborough Lions United
Tilford Zebras 0-2 Clarence United
Glenorchy Knights 1-6 University

Division Two

New Town Eagles 3-2 Tilford Zebras

Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League

Burnie United 1-4 Northern Rangers
Devonport City 0-6 Prospect Knights
Riverside Olympic 7-0 Launceston United
Somerset 3-0 Ulverstone

Southern Division One

Taroona 7-0 DOSA
Metro 5-2 Beachside
Christian United 2-3 Nelson Eastern Suburbs