Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

South Hobart 6 (Scott 35, Kanakaris 38, Ross 55, 82, Ladic 56, Abbott 88) b Hobart Olympic 0
New Town Eagles 3 (Ferrall, McKeown 2) dw Tilford Zebras 3 (Self 2, Crosswell)
University 1 dw Kingborough Lions United 1

Reserves

South Hobart 3-0 Hobart Olympic
New Town Eagles 4-2 Tilford Zebras

Under-19s

New Town Eagles 3-2 Tilford Zebras
South Hobart 3-2 Hobart Olympic

Division One

DOSA 1-2 Taroona
Nelson Eastern Suburbs 2-2 Christian United
Beachside 1-1 Metro

Reserves

Beachside 6-1 Metro

Under-19s

Beachside 1-7 Metro



Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League

Devonport City 1 (McKenna pen) dw Northern Rangers (Ambrose)
Burnie United 0-4 Ulverstone
Riverside Olympic 2-0 Launceston City
Launceston Unuited 1-3 Prospect Knights
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GLENORCHY KNIGHTS 3-1 CLARENCE UNITED
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This win for second-placed Glenorchy Knights took them to within four points of Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders Tilford Zebras, who have a game in hand.

Clarence United stay fifth, also with a game in hand.

Goalkeeper Michael Moschogianis was missing from the Clarence line-up, not because of any legacy of last week’s collision with team-mate Sam McIntyre, but because he dislocated a thumb at training on Thursday.

Ben Parker and Luke Cripps both suffered nose bleeds during the game and had to change into fresh shirts and wear bandages across their noses.

Tom Sherman was missing from the Knights team.

Clarence’s defending was atrocious and the Knights could have tripled their score had they been clinical in their finishing.

Twice Amadu Koroma rounded goalkeeper Sam Sweetten, only to shoot across the face of goal with an empty net beckoning.

On the second occasion, substitute Corey Smith got to the ball beyond the far post and also had a shot at goal, but the ball again went across the face of goal and straight into the arms of Sweetten, who was desperately trying to get back into the goalmouth.

The 16-year-old McIntyre had a promising game for Clarence. This lad seems a star of the future.

He was generally reliable in defence and frequently pushed forward and joined in the attack. He saved what appeared to be a certain goal in the first half when he managed to thwart James Hope and concede a corner, while he made the goal for Luke Cripps.

In the second half, he should have scored one himself, but he volleyed wide when a goal beckoned. He was clearly annoyed with himself.

McIntyre is tall, has an air of confidence and good technical ability, and he reads the game well.

Alex Tatnell, a former Clarence goalkeeper, was brilliant for the Knights. His reflex save from Parker’s header, following a free-kick awarded against Jade Clay and taken from deep on the left by Mattias Toghill, was outstanding.

Clarence’s first defensive error came in the 18th minute. Adrian Lawler crossed the ball to the edge of the box from deep on the left and Hope eluded the defenders and raced at goal. Before he could shoot, however, McIntyre got a vital tackle in and deflected the ball for a corner.

In the 21st minute came the second error. Matt Lewis literally gave the ball to Koroma, who rounded the advancing keeper but rolled the ball across the goalmouth instead of scoring.

Jacob Huigsloot was lucky to stay on the park in the 28th minute after an awful tackle on Clay, which left the Knights player limping. Six minutes later, Huigsloot was substituted by Andy Barron as coach Andrew Brown obviously wanted to finish the game with 11 players.

Knights took the lead in the 29th minute when a poor clearance by Sweetten fell to Hope, who immediately played Koroma through and he rounded the keeper and stroked the ball into an empty net.

In the 38th minute, Tatnell produced his superb save from Parker’s header, but within two minutes, the Knights should have increased their lead.

A long ball forward by Will Roberts found Josh Fielding, who put Hope away on the right, but his rising shot from a good position cleared the bar.

The half ended with Parker’s flicked header releasing Cripps down the inside-right channel, but his powerful shot was directed straight at Tatnell.

Three minutes after the resumption, Cripps’s shot from an acute angle on the right glanced the crossbar and stayed in play, but the Knights cleared.

In the 54th minute, the excellent McIntyre, venturing forward once more, chipped a delightful ball into the box and Cripps steered an accurate header beyond Tatnell and inside the keeper’s right-hand post to make it 1-1.

Clarence were lucky in the 76th minute when George Stevens, positioned at the near post for a corner, sliced Clay’s corner back towards his own goal and straight into the arms of a grateful Sweetten.

A minute later, Koroma and Smith combined for their near misses at the open goal, but in the 85th minute, the Knights did go ahead again.

Julian McMahon’s foul on Lawler was punished with a free-kick deep on the left. Fielding floated the ball into the box and Alex Holmes rose above a pack of players to beat Sweetten with a firm header to make it 2-1 for the Knights.

Two minutes later, an amazing passage of play by the Knights, reminiscent of a pack of seals playing with a ball, led to their third goal. They worked the ball forward from defence and through the midfield without it touching the ground through a series of headers by Jackson Marsh, Hope, Fielding and Koroma.

Koroma’s final header put Smith through on goal. Smith nodded the ball down and then stroked it past the advancing Sweetten to make it 3-1.

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  • Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

“It was a good game of football, the second-best game of football we’ve played all year.

“We played football like we know we can play football. You know, ball on the ground.

“We were a bit shaky in the first half, but in the second half we came out and I think we dominated,

“I think Amadu [Koroma] had a great game, and James Hope had a good game and [Alex] Tatnell had a brilliant game.

“The back-four did well. We’ve been working on the back-four pivoting and I think we’ve got the stability there now and we’ve got the right formation there.

“We most probably need to settle on what we’re going to do up front and who we’re going to play up front.

“Amadu is definitely there, but it’s a question of who is going to work alongside him and who we’re happy with.

“We were a little bit light this week not having [Tom] Sherman there, but you know, he’ll be back next week.

“The boys enjoyed it tonight. There was some good constructive football and we kept possession in the second half.

“I think Alex Holmes and Alex Tatnell have been the finds of the year for me. They’ve been very good. We put these young lads on and we told them if they do the right thing and persevere, we’ll do the right thing and persevere and have confidence in them.

“And that’s what the aim is. You know, take each game as it comes each week. We’re not worried about, and we’ve got no aspirations about, winning premierships.

“All we want to do is keep winning games. The rest will look after itself.”

  • Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“I thought Knights were thoroughly deserving of the victory today.

“We weren’t at our best. Even so, the quality of the football wasn’t great, but it was still entertaining for the crowd.

“There were plenty of opportunities. We were never going to win the game, from the first minute, really.

“And, in the end, it was a matter of who capitalised on the mistakes, and there were plenty out there.

“We weren’t good enough to capitalise on theirs, and they were more than good enough to capitalise on ours and the score really flattered us.”

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Glenorchy Knights: Tatnell - Wiggins, Green (Vavoulas 90), Holmes, Lawler (Paite 85) - Clay, Fielding, Marsh, Roberts (Smith 70) - Koroma, Hope (Substitute not used: Peter)

Booked: Clay 37, Roberts 59

Goals: Koroma 29, Holmes 85, Smith 87

Clarence United: Sweetten - J Huigsloot (Barron 34), Lewis, McIntyre, Toghill - Stevens (Knapek 80), Parker, Cannamela, McMahon, Hunt - Cripps (Substitutes not used: Phillips, T Hamlett)

Booked: Huigsloot 28, Cripps 88

Goals: Cripps 54

Att: 143

Ref: I Jozeljic
Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Glenorchy Knights 3 (Koroma 29, Holmes 85, Smith 87) b Clarence United 1 (Cripps 54)

Reserves

Glenorchy Knights 1 (Bolonja 45 pen) B Clarence United 0
The game of the round in the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League is undoubtedly the one between second-placed Devonport City and league-leaders Northern Rangers at Valley Road on Saturday at 2.30pm.

The winner will be a clear leader at the top, so there is everything to play for.

Devonport will miss Kurt Howard, who is unavailable, but everyone else is fit and coach Tom McGinn will keep faith with a largely unchanged squad from past weeks.

Ben Pizzirani, Jordan Douce, Connor Lizotte and Miles Barnard have all impressed in the reserves and may be added to the squad in Howard’s absence.

“It’s important that we have a good crowd this week as this game is shaping up as the match of the season so far with first against second,” said Devonport City coach, Tom McGinn.

“Both teams are scoring plenty of goals, so it should be an exciting match to watch.

“Rangers are certainly a quality team with some very good individual players.

“Sean Howe and Kamil Douglas will have to win the midfield battle.

“The experienced Chris McKenna is starting to find last season’s form now he is over early season injuries and is striking a good partnership with Paul Scicluna, but we would like to see some more goals.

“Defensively, we have been a lot more solid with Simon Wilson and Nathan Gratton being solid at the back.

“And, it’s great to have the versatile Scott Wilson back from long-term injury.”

Northern Rangers will have virtually the same side that started against Ulverstone.

“We are going into this game with the under-dog tag and we will be very happy with a draw away from home,” said Rangers coach, Roslan Saad.

“We always struggle playing Devonport and would like to do one better than last season, that is, to get some points from them.

“I’m really looking forward to playing a well-organised team and I believe our team this year has what it takes to match Devonport.”

Fifth-placed Riverside Olympic entertain second-last Launceston City at Windsor Park at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Riverside coach Troy Scott has been in Sydney most of the week but was certain of one definite change to his side.

Scott Hansen is out because of a hamstring strain, but Scott said he would not make a decision about a replacement until Friday.

Seventh-placed Burnie United faces sixth-ranked Ulverstone at Montello at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Burnie will be without influential centre-back Johnson, who is unavailable, while his brother, Ayston Johnson, one of the club’s main strikers, is still out injured.

“Hopefully, we will have Jason Mole back from his university studies,” said Burnie United coach, Ray Parke.

“We have also signed a youngster from Somerset, Sam Phillips Croule and, barring any hold-ups, he will go straight into the seniors.

“Even with home advantage, we are expecting a real tough game, but to get our season back on track, we need a result this week.”

The final match of the round is at Birch Avenue at 2.30pm on Saturday, when bottom-side Launceston United host fourth-placed Prospect Knights.

“We have the same regard for Launceston as we do for every team in our league, and there are no easy games,” said Prospect Knights coach, Dane Hudson.

“We will work hard to commit to our structures and look to play good football.

“We have Atherton, Pickering, Harris and Young all unavailable, so I will be looking to our younger players to fill those positions and gain some further experience.”

Launceston United coach, Brian Dracup, said some of the Prospect players are former Launceston United players and this would add interest to the match.

“Some of their team are ex-United, and so are well known to us,” said Dracup.

“In terms of our team selection, we have gone for stability and will have nine starters from last week, together with Nick Bean from last week’s bench, plus Dave Loy, promoted from the reserves after having played well in their drawn game against Devonport.

“We anticipate a hard game and expect our players to put in well against familiar faces.”

The big news out of Somerset, even though they have the bye, is a change of coach, with Kevin Considine making way for Nick Reed and Sam Cocks.

“I have been forced to resign as senior and club coach due to ongoing problems with my right knee and leg resulting in several major operations over the past two years,” said Considine.

“I have now been off work for the last six weeks and have relied on my assistant, Sam Cocks, along with Jonathon Lo, Bobby Eaves and Tom Roach to take the majority of our training sessions, while I basically have been bench coach during this time.

“Unfortunately, the latest operation has caused immense pain and I am basically now bed-ridden for another six to twelve weeks before I can even return to work.

“The pain and discomfort has become that unbearable over the past few weeks so, unfortunately, I cannot continue, even on Saturdays, which is very disappointing considering the great bunch of guys we have at Somerset.

“Nick Reed has been appointed as senior coach for the remainder of the season, with Sam Cocks continuing as his assistant, and I am sure that the guys will continue to improve and they will form another great partnership.”