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, KGV Park, Saturday, 16 May 2009
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Tilford Zebras 11 (Crosswell 9 pen, 30 pen, 68, Cairns 15, Welch 21, 43, 92, Walsh 47, Fagg 51, 77, Brazendale 63)
Hobart Olympic 0

HT: 6-0 Att: 120 Ref: K Barker
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Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Fagg, Telega, Smith, Pace - Brazendale, Cairns, Self (F Lapolla 64), Welch - Walsh (Hall 68), Crosswell [Substitute not used: Thorpe] [Coach: N Lapolla]

Hobart Olympic: Nester - Lebski, Mohamad, P Tsakiris, Kaproulias - C Tsakiris, Richardson, Mason (Tsimiklis 46), A Hedge (M Hedge 70) - Bulis, Kunwar (E Tsakiris 77) [Substitute not used: Plomaritis] [Coach: F Shaw]
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This was Hobart Olympic’s biggest loss in the club’s history.

The previous biggest loss was also to Zebras, in 1994, in the days of the Summer State League, when the score was 8-0.

The win lifted Zebras 5 points clear of second-placed South Hobart and the title is now well and truly Zebras’ to lose, given their goal-difference of plus 24.

One sensed that this was not going to be Olympic’s day when they conceded a penalty after just 9 minutes.

It is difficult to judge what possessed Youssef Mohamad when he jumped into the air with a raised arm and deliberately handled Jayden Welch’s cross from the byline on the left aimed at the lurking Ben Crosswell. Even his team-mates seemed perplexed.

Crosswell was on the edge of the box and the goal-mouth was crowded, limiting the possibility of a clear shot at goal.

Mr Barker had no choice but to point to the spot, and Crosswell duly despatched the penalty to make it 1-0 for Zebras.

Olympic were almost back into it in the 14th minute when Michael Bulis’s excellent shot produced a magnificent save from Troy Kaden, who somehow got an arm to the ball and deflected it over the bar for a corner.

A minute later, however, it was 2-0 as Aaron Brazendale raced down the right and crossed for Paul Cairns to glance a header inside the far post.

In the 21st minute, it was 3-0 as Crosswell’s fine pass found Welch free on the left. Olympic goalkeeper Dmitri Nester was caught in two minds. He first went for the ball, then decided against it, and retreated. It was too late, however, and he was caught in No-Man’s Land. Welch easily rounded him and stroked the ball into the net.

On the half-hour, another sudden rush of blood to the head saw Mohamad bring down Crosswell on the right of the box and the Zebras striker slotted home his second spot-kick of the match to give Zebras a commanding 4-0 lead.

If that did not signify the end of Olympic’s challenge, the events that unfolded four minutes later did.

Mohamad wiped out his own goalkeeper, Nester, as he went for a cross, and as the ball fell loose, Welch’s shot clipped the crossbar. Mr Barker awarded a goalk-kick, which Peter Tsakiris prepared to take.

Before he could, Mr Barker, who had been running up-field, stopped, turned and ran back to Tsakiris and showed him the red card.

Mohamad and Robert Lebski then approached and there seemed to be a verbal exchange between the players and the official, whereupon Mr Barker showed Mohamad a second yellow card, followed by a red.

After the match, Mr Barker explained that he had shown Tsakiris the red card because he had uttered words in Greek that appeared to him to be abusive and directed at him. Mohamad had been shown a second yellow for dissent.

Tsakiris said later that he had indeed uttered a phrase in Greek, but as a gee-up to his team-mates, and that it was not offensive or directed at the official.

If Olympic appeal, it will be up to FFT to sort out.

Be that as it may, the outcome was that Olympic were down to nine men and had no hope of getting back into this contest.

That was made clear as the Zebras scored twice more before going in at the interval with a 6-0 lead.

In the 43rd minute, a deep cross from the right by Henry Fagg was spilled by Nester, and Welch was left to roll the ball into the net for goal number five.

In the 47th minute, Brazendale cut the ball back from the right and Dwayne Walsh netted the Zebras’ sixth.

Six minutes after the resumption, Nester could only parry Welch’s low shot from the left into the path of Fagg, who netted goal number seven.

Lebski went on a rare forward foray for Olympic in the 62nd minute, but fired harmlessly wide.

A minute later, as if to punish Olympic for their impudence, Zebras added their eighth goal. Walsh’s initial shot was blocked, but the ball came back to him, and he squared it for Brazendale to hammer home.

Crosswell completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute when he scored from close range after a fine run down the right and cross from Brazendale.

Fagg made it 10-0 in the 77th minute when he stooped low and looped a header, from Brazendale’s right-wing cross, over Nester and inside the far post.

Two minutes into stoppage time. Welch completed his hat-trick with an easy goal to complete a black day for Olympic.

It was certainly not the type of traditional derby one expects from these two sides.

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  • Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:

“Three points and goal average. We did what we had to do.

“Eleven nil. Between these two sides, it shouldn’t have been, but it was.

“It was a good run out for us. That’s all you can say.

“I think we had the majority of play and things well under control before the send-offs.

“I didn’t think that made a great difference to the game, other than to the score. Possession-wise it didn’t.”

  • Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

“The game was over in the first half, really.

“It was over before the send-offs.

“It just makes it hard to bring a club back up again after that sort of loss.

“I’m proud of the players who finished the game off. They battled hard.

“Yeah, it’s tough at the moment.

“There’s a lot of people at this club who have to sit down and think about the future.”
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STATISTICS

TILFORD ZEBRAS HOBART OLYMPIC
27 Goal Attempts 3
19 Shots on Target 1
2 Corners 4
10 Fouls Committed 6
12 Off-Sides 1
0 Yellow Cards 4 (Mohamad 30, 34, Lebski 49, Richardson 74)
0 Red Cards 2 (P Tsakiris 34, Mohamad 34)

Tilford Zebras:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
Crosswell 7 6
Welch 7 6
Cairns 2 1
Self 1 0
Walsh 1 1
Fagg 5 4
Brazendale 3 1
F Lapolla 1 0

Hobart Olympic:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
Bulis 1 1
Lebski 2 0







Photos (Top to Bottom): Ricky Orr congratulates Colin Sweeney on opening the scoring for Metro; Sweeney wheels away after putting Metro ahead; Zebras reserves scored their sixth goal against Olympic; Olympic's Abdaltam tries to stop a Zebras opponent in the reserves curtain-raiser; Zebras Brett Pullen takes on an Olympic opponent in the reserves clash; Metro's Rahni and Malcolm try to stop a Nelson opponent; Sweeney has opened the scoring for Metro

Tilford Zebras opened up a 5-point lead at the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder when they thrashed second-last Hobart Olympic 11-0 at KGV Park today.

Glenorchy Knights moved into third spot after beating reigning champions and second-placed South Hobart 3-1 at KGV Park on Friday night.

Tonight’s Clarence United versus University match, scheduled for Wentworth Park, was postponed because of the wet ground conditions.

Zebras raced to a 4-0 lead over Olympic in half an hour with two penalties by Ben Crosswell, both conceded by Youssef Mohamad, and goals by Paul Cairns and Jayden Welch.

Catastrophe then struck Olympic as Peter Tsakiris and Mohamad were both sent off in the 34th minute, Tsakiris for alleged inappropriate language in Greek directed at an official, and Mohamad after collecting a second yellow card for dissent.

Mohamad had a disastrous game. He needlessly handled the ball to concede the first penalty, and then brought Crosswell down for the second.

That opened the floodgates and further goals by Welch and Dwayne Walsh made it 6-0 at the interval.

Henry Fagg struck twice in the second half and Aaron Brazendale once, while Crosswell and Welch both completed their hat-tricks.

A 20th minute goal against the run of play by Jackson Marsh put the Knights ahead against South Hobart, who equalised in the 73rd minute through a Julius Ross glancing header from a Kostas Kanakaris cross from the left.

As South Hobart pushed forward in search of a winner, the Knights counter-attacked and took advantage of poor defending to score twice in the closing minutes.

In the 88th minute, substitute James Hope headed home Jade Clay’s free-kick to put the Knights ahead 2-1, while in the final minute, Josh Fielding released Amadu Koroma down the right and he rounded the advancing goalkeeper, Mark Moncur, to slot home the third.

Metro maintained their 3-point lead at the top of Division One with an 11-2 victory over Nelson Eastern Suburbs at North Chigwell today.

Scottish imports Ricky Orr and Colin Sweeney each scored four goals, while Danny Cowen netted twice and Scotsman Grant Malcolm once for Metro, while Craig Stockdale scored both goals for Nelson.

Second-placed Taroona kept up the chase by downing third-placed Beachside 5-3 at home at Kelvedon Park.

Taroona scored through Marcus Atkinson, Ben Horgan, Hugo Luttmer, Duncan Carey and an own-goal, while Beachside’s marksmen were Luke Atkin, Colin Shepherd and Nathan Robinson.

Goals by Ashley Page and Matthew Sly gave second-last Christian United a 2-1 win over bottom-side Hobart United, who replied through Adam Woodward.

Sly and Hobart United goalkeeper Alex Dand were both sent off by referee Chris Ware.

In the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, Somerset beat Prospect Knights 3-1 at Cardigan Street after trailing 1-0 at the interval through a 3rd-minute own-goal.

Strikes by Hamilton, Nettleton and Hamilton again in the first 20 minutes of the second half gave Somerset a 3-1 lead before a long-range shot by Sean Harris made for a tight finish.

Launceston City were no match for the visiting Devonport City at Mitsubishi Park.

The visitors led 2-0 at half-time through goals by Sean Howe and Kiren Mulraney, while second-half goals by Howe and Scott Wilson completed the victory.

Burnie United succumbed 2-0 at home at Montello to Riverside Olympic.





Photos (Top to Bottom): Metro keeper Simon Land blocks shot from Joe Vanderslink; Nelson's Joe Vanderslink on the attack against Metro's Grant Malcolm; Zebras' reserves' Tommy Fotak directing operations at the back; Brett Pullen and Tommy Fotak clear up at the back against Hobart Olympic reserves; Action from the reserves game between Tilford Zebras and Hobart Olympic

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League

Tilford Zebras 11 (Crosswell 9 pen, Cairns 15, Welch 21, Crosswell 30 pen, Welch 43, Walsh 47, Fagg 51, Brazendale 62, Crosswell 68, Fagg 77, Welch 92) b Hobart Olympic 0

Reserves

Tilford Zebras 6 (Pullen, Viney, Fotak, Thorpe 2, Young) b Hobart Olympic 0

Division One

Metro 11 (Orr 4, Sweeney 4, Cowen 2, Malcolm) b Nelson Eastern Suburbs 2 (Stockdale 2)

Christian United 2 (Page, Sly) b Hobart United 1 (Woodward)

Taroona 5 (Atkinson, Horgan, Luttmer, D Carey, own-goal) b Beachside 3 (Atkin, Shepherd, Robinson)

Division One Reserves

Christian United 3-1 Hobart United

Division One Under-19s

Christian United 6 (Isaac Golo 3, Francis Kenyi 2, Allan Ladiong) b Hobart United 5 (Adam Woodward 2, Kyle Balmer 2, Lucas Brouwer)

Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League

Somerset 3 (Hamilton 2, Nettleton) b Prospect Knights 2 (Own goal, Harris)

Launceston City 0 lt Devonport City 4 (Howe 2, Mulraney, S Wilson)

Burnie United 0 lt Riverside Olympic 2
Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, KGV Park, Friday, 15 May 2009
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Glenorchy Knights 3 (Marsh 20, Hope 88, Koroma 90)
South Hobart 1 (Ross 73)

HT: 1-0 Att: 130 Ref: S Collins
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Glenorchy Knights: Tatnell - Wiggins, Holmes, Green, Lawler - Sherman, Fielding, Marsh (Hope 75), Roberts - Clay, Koroma [Substitutes not used: Daniels, Vavoulas, Peter] [Coach: E Kelly]

South Hobart: Moncur - Pennicott, Ludford, Cooper, Scott - Abbott (Ross 60), Hickey, Upton, Ladic, Eaves - Kanakaris [Substitutes not used: Otte, Di Falco, McGoldrick] [Coach: K Morton]
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Glenorchy Knights moved from fifth to third spot on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder as a result of this 3-1 win over second-placed South Hobart.

It was the Knights second win over South in successive weekends. They beat South 1-0 last weekend in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy State-wide competition.

South had gone 313 minutes without scoring, until Julius Ross broke the goal drought after 73 minutes of this match to make it 1-1.

But, it wasn’t enough to take the three points, despite South dominating possession.

Ninety-nine per cent of the Knights goal-kicks, and nearly all of goalkeeper Alex Tatnell’s distributions, went to South Hobart players.

Only late in the match, when Tatnell allowed Alex Holmes to take the goal-kicks because of a leg injury, did Knights players gradually start to get on to the end of these clearances.

South were superior in midfield, winning most tackles and passing well, while the South defence stood firm against rare Knights counter-attacks.

But, South lacked penetration in attack most of the time and got few shots on target.

David Abbott was having a wretched game on the right and things did not improve much when he switched to the left.

His first touch was often clumsy and, when he did manage to control the ball, he ran in circles and gave the ball away with wild passes.

Kostas Kanakaris looked slow and missed two good headers which should have been goals.

South were simply unable to convert their overall superiority into goals - they earned 11 corners to the Knights’ one - and they paid for slack defending and poor goalkeeping in the end.

Mark Moncur might have kept out the first goal from Jackson Marsh, and he committed himself unnecessarily for the third, allowing Amadu Koroma to round him and roll the ball home.

He almost conceded another to Koroma with a fluffed clearance, but the Knights striker fired wide with an open goal beckoning.

South Hobart were in total control for the opening 19 minutes, and yet it was the Knights who took the lead in the 20th minute.

South Hobart played the ball out from the back, but former Knights player Shae Hickey failed to control Gary Upton’s pass and lost possession in midfield to Josh Fielding.

Fielding took the ball to the edge of the box before laying it into the path of Jackson Marsh, who drove it low and inside Moncur’s right-hand post from 20 metres. Moncur appeared to get both hands to the ball but could not keep it out on the slippery surface.

In the 25th minute, Knights were fortunate to clear Abbott’s corner from the right, the ball almost sneaking in at the near post.

On the half-hour, David Cooper missed a relatively simple chance, heading Liam Scott’s deep cross from the left, after a corner, over the bar when unmarked.

Two minutes later, Alex Holmes slid to cut out a pass but succeeded only in playing the ball to Upton’s feet. He crossed to the far post, but Abbott could not reach the ball.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, Abbott’s right-wing cross found Kanakaris unmarked at the far post, but instead of hitting the target, he headed tamely across the face of goal.

Ross replaced Abbott on the hour and looked very busy in an advanced role.

Ross was unlucky in the 64th minute when Kanakaris unlocked the Knights defence on the left and cut the ball back from the byline, but the pass was too soft and the Knights cleared before Ross could get in a shot.

The combination between the two strikers bore fruit in the 73rd minute, however, as Ricki Eaves released Kanakaris down the left and, with two Knights defenders keeping their distance, Kanakaris was able to cross unopposed for Ross to glance home a header and make it 1-1.

Ten minutes from the end. Moncur almost gifted the Knights a goal when he cut out a through-ball but failed to clear and instead lost possession.

The ball fell to Koroma on the left, who had a clear sight of goal and a comfortable shooting angle. But, Koroma stroked the ball across the face of goal and it rolled harmlessly beyond the far post.

In the 87th minute, Fielding took the ball down the right and got to the byline before flashing over a cross. Koroma missed the ball, which carried to Tom Sherman, but he blazed wide of the target.

South were proving vulnerable to the counter-attack in the closing minutes as South threw everything into attack.

Two minutes from the end, Scott fouled Koroma in midfield and Jade Clay’s free-kick found substitute James Hope on the left of the box, where, unopposed, he beat Moncur with an accurate header to put the home side in front 2-1.

In the 90th minute, a Knights goal-kick found Fielding on the right and he played the ball down the line for the speedy Koroma.

Moncur and Hugh Ludford were caught in two minds and it was Moncur who raced from his goal in a vain attempt to intercept the pass. Koroma simply rounded the keeper and stroked the ball home to make it 3-1.

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  • Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

“It was a good win.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved our win.

“We showed people we can put three games together.

“I think we’ve turned the corner. I’m not saying we’re going to set the world on fire, but we’re starting to play good football.

“The young lads that are coming through are starting to do what we want them to do and what they’re good at.

“When we play football, we look good, and I think we can destroy anybody.

“When we start to be lone soldiers and lone rangers, then we start to lose control.

“Consistency is what we’ve been asking them for all week and consistency is what we got tonight.

“We protected a one nil lead and we built on it.

“Young Amadu [Koroma] played the lone ranger all night and finished off with a great goal.

“[James] Hope, coming back after injury, a great goal.

“A great win.”

  • South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“Disappointing. We dominated the match from start to finish.

“We haven’t put the chances away, so Glenorchy Knights have gone on and I think they’ve had four chances in 90 minutes and scored from three of them.

“Disappointing because we didn’t get on with the game, but happy with the way we played.

“We passed the ball well, and we packed the middle third and retained possession very well, but in the front third we lacked penetration until late in the game.”
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STATISTICS

GLENORCHY KNIGHTS SOUTH HOBART
8 Goal Attempts 15
3 Shots on Target 4
1 Corners 11
10 Fouls Committed 12
1 Off-Sides 6
1 (Sherman 75) Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

Glenorchy Knights:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
Sherman 3 0
Marsh 2 1
Koroma 2 1
Hope 1 1

South Hobart:

PLAYER GOAL ATTEMPTS SHOTS ON TARGET
Eaves 3 1
Ladic 2 1
Cooper 1 0
Hickey 2 0
Scott 1 0
Kanakaris 3 1
Upton 1 0
Ross 2 1