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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I have written before about Tasmanian soccer fanatic Glenn Thompson (pictured left).

He is a maintenance man at the school in Borroloola, on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory.

Glenn, whenever he returns to Tasmania, can usually be found watching the Summer Cup tournament at South Hobart or KGV Park.

We always catch up on his trips home and yarn about the good old days of Tassie soccer.

Glenn has been fighting a battle to wean the Indigenous youngsters of Borroloola off Australian Rules and turn them to soccer.

Borroloola is, incidentally, the town where John Moriarty was born.

I have written about John Moriarty before, too. He is FFA's Indigenous ambassador for football and is behind the Indigenous Festival of Football which is to be held in Townsville this July.

He was in Hobart on Sunday to watch the first selection trial for Indigenous youngsters trying out for the Tasmanian team which will play in the Festival of Football.

Now, back to Glenn Thompson.

Last week, he took a team of Indigenous youngsters from Borroloola to Darwin for the Arafura Games.

If you've never heard of the Arafura Games, it's not surprising. The southern Australian media rarely, if ever, mention it.

But, it's a huge event at the Top End. I once attended the opening ceremony at the Arafura Games and it was the sort of event that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

It involves a whole range of sporting events - athletics, track and field, soccer, boxing - and is like a mini Olympic Games.

Forty or so countries from South-East Asia and the Pacific Rim countries send teams.

That's where Glenn took his team, the Borroloola Cyclones, an under-18 soccer team.

They were the revelation of the Games and The Sydney Morning Herald published a story, accompanied by a big colour photo of Glenn and his boys , on the front page on Saturday.

Have a look at:

http://www.smh.com.au/cgi-bin/common/popupPrintArticle.pl?path=/articles/2009/05/15/1242335880618.html

(or just Google 'Glenn Thompson' on The Sydney Morning Herald website)

The Borroloola Cyclones won only one of their four games, a 4-0 victory over the Northern Territory 'B' side.

They lost 3-0 to Macau, 7-1 to Aceh (Indonesia), 7-2 to Timor, the eventual gold medal winners, and 5-3 to the Northern Territory 'A' team.

But, it was a marvellous experience for the boys and they were the toast of the Games.

Well done, Glenn, our very own Tassie football ambassador.

Glenn would love to bring his team to Tasmania on tour. Let's hope that one day we see them here.



Photos (Top to Bottom): Kingborough's Michael Palmer (left) takes on Jacob Kavanagh; Kingborough's Trent Pearce centres the ball; Kingborough's Ryan Bevan (No. 4) forces a save from Michael Soszynski

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Clare Street, Sunday, 17 May 2009

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New Town Eagles 4 (McKeown 72, 78, 86, Collins 84)
Kingborough Lions United 1 (Freeman 67)

HT: 0-0 Att: 123 Ref: C Phillips
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New Town Eagles: Soszynski - Page, Savage, Wass, Clark - Malakoff, Kent, Leszczynski, Kavanagh - McKeown, Gordon (Collins 78) [Substitutes not used: Quan, Grabek, Fennell] [Coach: G Krambousanos]

Kingborough Lions United: Voss - Palmer, D Pearce, Iseli, Wells - Bevan, A Kerr, White, R Hinkley (McDonald 82) - Freeman, T Pearce (Marchioli 78) [Substitutes not used: McConnon, Leamey] [Stand-in Coach: T Dale]
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Kingborough Lions United had beaten New Town Eagles 6-3 the last time they met. That was at Lightwood Park.

Eagles coach, George Krambousanos predicted it would not happen this time, and he was right.

After a dull opening half in which the best chance fell to Kingborough’s Charles White, whose shot clipped the top of Michael Soszynski’s crossbar, the visitors took the lead midway through the second period.

In the 67th minute, Greg Freeman found a way past Mark Page on the right and beat Soszynski with a powerful low drive that zipped into the far bottom corner of the net.

Eagles’s best chance had come on the hour mark, when Jacob Kavanagh’s excellent shot was turned wide by keeper Jason Voss.

Five minutes after falling behind, Eagles were level when Adam McKeown headed home Kavanagh’s corner from the right.

Six minutes later, a free-kick from his own half by Wade Savage enabled McKeown to outpace two defenders in the inside-right channel and shoot past Voss to give the home side a 2-1 lead.

In the 84th minute, McKeown slipped the ball to the left and perfectly into the path of substitute Cormac Collins, who hit the back of the net without changing stride to make it 3-1 for Eagles.

Four minutes from the end, another Savage free-kick, this time from midfield, saw McKeown rise above the Knigborough defenders inside the box and nod the ball past Voss to make it 4-1.

The win put Eagles level on 12 points with the Lions, but they remained sixth and the Lions fifth because of the latter’s slightly better goal-difference.

Tim Dale was the stand-in coach for the Lions because Greg Freeman’s wife was expecting a baby that afternoon.

An interested spectator at the game was John Moriarty, the first Aboriginal player to be selected for Australia. That was back in the 1960s. Moriarty was in the South Australia state team that drew 0-0 with Tasmania at South Hobart in 1963.

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  • New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:

“There was no way we were going to lose 6-3 like we did last time.

“I was very confident. The boys trained well.

“Four brilliant goals, a hat-trick by Adam [McKeown], and we changed things.

“The lad that came on, Cormac Collins, scored a beautiful goal.

“But, it’s not just about individuals. It’s a team effort and the boys clicked very well and deserved their win.

“Kingborough fought well.”

  • Kingborough Lions United’s stand-in coach, Tim Dale, said:

“I think we’ve been punished for two things.

We’ve been punished for not making the most of our chances and then we’ve been punished for when we’ve made mistakes at the other end.

“A combination of the two. Obviously, you need to take your chances and, if you make blues at the back, then teams can score against you.

“Pretty much, I thought we had a good piece of the game. We looked compact and went ahead, but then mistakes sort of let us down.”
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STATISTICS

NEW TOWN EAGLES KINGBOROUGH
16 Goal Attempts 9
9 Shots on Target 5
4 Corners 7
8 Fouls Committed 14
1 Off-Sides 0
1 (Collins 84) Yellow Cards 1 (Voss 47)
0 Red Cards 0

New Town Eagles:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
McKeown 5 4
Malakoff 2 0
Leszczynski 1 0
Gordon 2 2
Kavanagh 1 1
Kent 2 0
Wass 1 0
Collins 1 1
Clark 1 1

Kingborough Lions United:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
White 5 3
Freeman 1 1
D Pearce 1 0
R Hinkley 1 0
R Bevan 1 1




Photos (Top to Bottom): The Lions faile to make the most of a corner; The Lions' Marc Iseli clears the ball; Greg Freeman (left) and Mark Page wait for the ball to drop; Eagles' Andrew Clark tries to prevent Greg Freeman from crossing

New Town Eagles beat Kingborough Lions United 4-1 at home at Clare Street today, but were unable to improve their position on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder.

Eagles remain sixth and the Lions, with a slightly better goal-difference, fifth.

After a dull opening half, in which Kingborough’s Charles White clipped the Eagles bar with a fine shot, the visitors took the lead in the 67th minute through Greg Freeman.

Freeman eluded Mark Page down the right and fired low inside the far post with goalkeeper Michael Soszynski helpless.

Adam McKeown headed Eagles level in the 72nd minute from Jacob Kavanagh’s corner.

In the 78th minute, Wade Savage put McKeown through on the right with a free-kick from his own half and he netted to give Eagles a 2-1 lead.

Six minutes from the end, a perfect pass by McKeown to Cormac Collins on the left saw the substitute hammer home Eagles’ third.

Eagles added a fourth in the 86th minute when another Savage free-kick found McKeown, who completed his hat-trick with a header.

In the reserves, Eagles beat Lions 4-2, after being level at 2-2 at half-time, through two goals by Matt Fennell and one apiece from Adam Shackcloth and Michael Anderson.

Eagles beat Lions 2-1 in the under-19s.




Photos (Tip to Bottom): Greg Freeman gets ina shot for the Lions; Eagles defending a corner; Ryan Bevan passes the ball past Mark Page; Alex Gordon is tackled by Michael Palmer

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


New Town Eagles 4 (McKeown 72, 78, 86, Collins 84) b Kingborough Lions United 1 (Freeman 67)

Reserves

New Town Eagles 4 (Shackcloth, Fennell 2, Anderson) b Kingborough Lions United 2 (Bremner, Schuth)

Under-19s

New Town Eagles 2-1 Kingborough Lions United