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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Eli Luttmer, the 15-year-old Tasmanian Institute of Sport player, will know this week whether he will be included in the Australian under-16 squad to compete in the Asian Football Confederation under-16 championships later this year.


Luttmer returned on Saturday night from a 4-day training camp in Canberra, where he was the only Tasmanian participant.


“The first day I arrived, we had a session in the afternoon and the next two days we had two sessions each day, and on the last day we had one session,” said Luttmer.


“Most of the sessions were just eleven versus eleven, with a couple of people on the bench.


“I played a bit at centre-back and at right-back.


“It was good fun and good experience.”


Luttmer said he should know on Wednesday whether he has made the final cut for the squad.


“At the start, I was a bit nervous and shy, but towards the end, I got more confident and I think I matched it with most of them,” he said.


“The pace of play was a lot quicker than here and they like to knock the long diagonal ball occasionally.


“Most of the time that works to switch play quickly.”


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Next year is the centenary of organised league soccer in Tasmania, the first competition having been launched in 1910.


Football Federation Tasmania should organise appropriate events to celebrate this milestone.


The South Hobart club was formed the same year and will be celebrating its centenary with an appropriate function.


Games were played before 1910, of course, and “The Mercury” carried results such as ST Artillery 0 TR Regiment 0 (27 August 1898), University 1 Artillery 1 (31 July 1899), and University 4 HQ Company 0 (26 August 1899).


Victoria’s first league competition started in 1909, NSW’s in 1885, Queensland’s in 1893 and South Australia’s in 1903.


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Taroona’s women’s Division Two side has done the club proud by winning its second consecutive league title with a 4-1 win over Kingborough Lions United.


Meanwhile, Hobart Olympic easily won the Women’s Premier League title, while Clarence United Red won the Women’s Division One (Green) league, and Beachside the Division One (White) league.















Hobart United 0-3 Taroona

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Taroona needed to win this game - their last league match of the season - to have any chance of taking out the Division One title.


They did win it and moved two points clear of Metro on the ladder, which means that Metro must now beat Hobart United at home at North Chigwell next Saturday to win the title and gain promotion to the Premier League.


Hobart United started brightly enough and Justin Letiko crossed from the left in the 3rd minute to Akuel Guot at the far post, be he knocked the ball wide.


Taroona hit back, with Hugo Luttmer and Hamish Macgregor going close, their efforts just clearing the target.


In the 28th minute, United deserved to go ahead, but Peter Otto’s free-kick came back off the crossbar and was cleared by a relieved Taroona defence.


Four minutes later, the tide turned again and Luttmer netted from Marcus Atkinson’s free-kick on from the right to put the visitors in front.


There were obvious problems with the club assistant referee at this stage as he had his flag up for off-side but was over-ruled by the referee. A new club assistant referee then took over with the flag.


Seven minutes before the interval, Taroona went 2-0 up when central defender Ben Schaap came up and forced home a corner.


Ruaidhri Carey made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute with a scorching shot from 25 metres from the right.


United continued to make promising attacks, but they broke down at the final stage through good defending by Taroona, or because of United delaying that final pass or shot by attempting to walk the ball into the net.


Toby Dove might have added a fourth for Taroona in the 72nd minute, but he fired wide.


United have a tough week ahead. They play Christian United a KGV Park on Wednesday and then travel to North Chigwell on Saturday to take on Metro.


Three games in seven days will certainly test Mark Broadbent’s charges.


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· Hobart United coach, Mark Broadbent, said:


“I thought it was a very good game.


“The physical aspect was very good.


“I thought the competition was very strong. They are very good in the midfield and on the flanks and they prised apart our defence on a couple of occasions through lack of dropping back by our players to support the defence.


“Full credit to them. They run all day and they’ve got a good bunch of youth coming through, so full credit to them.


“We’ll see how we go against Metro.”


· Taroona coach, Ben Horgan, said:


“It took us a while to get on top of them.


“They’re a much better team than they were earlier in the year.


“I thought we got better over the course of the game, but it took us a while to get on top.


“The pressure is on Metro, but really, it’s out of our hands so I’d rather be in their shoes than ours.


“The boys have had a good year. We can’t be too disappointed.


“We’ve only lost one game all season and, unfortunately, that decided it for us.”


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Hobart United: Grandin - A Otto (Rume 55), Bellini, Walker, J Otto - G Lotiko, Letiko, P Otto, Woodward - Guot, Taban-Kuel (Substitutes not used: Chatwin, Smedley)


Booked: Taban-Kuel


Taroona: Shepperd - C Carey, Schaap, R Carey (Cox 79) - Macgregor, Tubb, D Carey, Atkinson, Elliott - Luttmer, Dove (Substitutes not used: Horgan, Burridge, Clarke)


Goals: Luttmer 32, Schaap 38, R Carey 53


Att: 60

Ref: N Mele





Glenorchy Knights 2-4 South Hobart

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South Hobart dominated play and possession yet again in a match without turning that superiority into goals.


Even after extra-time, and with Knights down to ten men after 51 minutes and nine men after 88 minutes, South could not find a goal.


They will have to do better against Clarence United in next Friday’s grand final if they are to win.


Amadu Koroma could have put Knights ahead in the 3rd minute when he broke through on the left of the box, but his shot from an acute angle was blocked by South keeper Mark Moncur.


It was generally all South from then on and Kostas Kanakaris was unlucky when his shot hit the right-hand post on the half-hour.


In the 36th minute, Kanakaris set up Josh Heerey at the far post, but he mis-cued his shot high and wide of the target.


Knights were dealt a major blow six minutes into the second half when Mynonge Kamba was sent off for a foul on Daniel Brown.


Brown went off for treatment and, although he came back on, he soon had to be replaced.


Ten minutes from the end, Heerey had another chance but shot straight at keeper Alex Tatnell.

An amazing incident in the 81st minute almost cost Knights the match.


A through-ball by South Hobart failed to find an attacker and Tatnell slowly shepherded the ball as it rolled towards goal, hoping to use up precious seconds and take the match into extra-time.


He was not alert to his surroundings, however, and almost allowed Kanakaris to nip in and steal the ball.


In the 88th minute, substitute Julius Ross put substitute Seth Otte through to the edge of the box, with Tatnell racing off his line to intercept.


Tatnell managed to deflect the ball wide of goal as Otte shot, but Tatnell immediately fell to the ground and rolled about in agony.


He has had a bad ankle for some time now and it was obviously this injury which had been aggravated, although whether he and Otte actually made physical contact with each other was difficult to determine.


Tatnell could not continue and, with Knights having already used their three substitutes, outfield player Tom Sherman, who had come on in place of Koroma in the 72nd minute, donned the gloves and keeper’s jersey.


Sherman was up to the task and saved well from a Kanakaris header in the dying seconds of normal time.


He denied Kanakaris again in stoppage time, while Bart Beecroft also hit the bar with a shot.


The Knights held on during the 30 minutes of extra-time, despite some close shaves and glaring misses from South, so it came down to a penalty shoot-out.


Corey Smith, who had played at the back for Knights, hit his spot-kick high over the crossbar, while Beecroft converted for South to put them in the box seat.


Breno Dos Santos scored for the Knights to make it 1-1, but Hugh Ludford beat Sherman to give South a 2-1 advantage with each side having three penalties left.


Alex Holmes struck the post with his spot-kick for the Knights before Liam Scott scored to make it 3-1 for South.


Although Jade Clay netted the Knights’ fourth penalty, David Cooper then strode up and scored to give South a 4-2 win and dash Knights’ hopes of pulling the game out of the fire.


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· Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:


“Well, I would have thought it would have been embarrassing for South Hobart if we’d won.


“They showed a fair bit of bottle, our guys, to go to nine men.


“To last out as long as we did, you know, to go to penalties, I think was a credit to them.


“They showed the commitment that we’ve been asking for all year and, yeah, the result is immaterial.


“I just praise them for what they’ve done and what they’ve shown the crowd and how entertaining we can be, even with nine men.”


· South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:


“My initial thoughts were that we wasted too many opportunities in the front third and, certainly, when the Knights went down to nine men we should have finished the game off.


“Full credit to them. They battled it out right to the end.


“They’re always a problem for us because they play aerially.


“They play a lot of balls from the back to the front quickly looking for knockdowns, so we had to obviously keep our concentration and discipline.


“But, if you miss chances, they’re still in the game, and they were always in the game.


“Thankfully, we put the penalties away.


“I thought we would have lost it on penalties.”


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Glenorchy Knights: Tatnell - Lawler (Green 46), Holmes, Smith - Robb (Roberts 80), Fielding, Kamba, Dos Santos, Clay - Hope, Koroma (Sherman 72) (Substitute not used: Peter)


Sent-off: Kamba


Penalties missed: Smith, Holmes


Penalties scored: Dos Santos, Clay


South Hobart: Moncur - Pennicott (Wardle 68), Ludford, Cooper, Scott - Eaves, Brown (Ross 56), Beecroft, Heerey, Hickey (Otte 83) - Kanakaris (Substitute not used: Kruijver)


Penalties scored: Beecroft, Ludford, Scott, Cooper


FT: 0-0


Penalty Shoot-out: 2-4


Att: 500


Ref: C Phillips


Tilford Zebras 4-5 Clarence United

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Clarence United won this 9-goal thriller in extra-time, but it could have gone either way in the normal 90 minutes but for some glaring misses by both sides.


Dwayne Walsh missed a great chance for Zebras on the quarter-hour when he was played through by Ricky Self, but he fired over the bar.


Clarence went 1-0 up in the 24th minute when a square pass inside by Tommy Fotak was too short for Andrew Telega and Ben Hamlett nipped in, stole the ball, advanced on goal and beat Troy Kaden with his shot.


Goalkeeper Michael Moschogianis rescued Clarence in the 33rd minute when he saved from Matt Hall, who had been put through by Jayden Welch.


Luke Cripps missed three good chances for Clarence, one of these coming in the 36th minute after an excellent attacking move.


Hamlett put Sam McIntyre away on the right but missed the return ball from the cross. The ball went through to Cripps, but he drove it over the bar from close range.


Kaden did well in the 39th minute to block a shot by Hunt as Clarence sought to extend their lead.


Four minutes from the break, Kaden held McIntyre’s long-range free-kick, which was powerful enough but directed straight at the keeper.


Eleven minutes after the resumption, Cripps missed an absolute sitter from Hunt’s perfect pass across the box.


The Clarence goal led a charmed life in the 61st minute when Ben Parker failed to cut out a Zebras corner and Ryan Smith managed two quick close-range headers, both of which were blocked by keeper Michael Moschogianis, who seemed as if he were playing volleyball with Smith and spiking at the net.


Less than a minute later, Zebras equalised when Kurt Engels’s sweeping pass put Walsh away on the left. He played the ball into the middle and substitute Adam Young fired it home with his first touch of the game, having come on only seconds earlier.


Chris Hunt fired across the face of the Zebras goal in the 67th minute when he might have scored.


Three minutes later, Walsh did well to bring down Hall’s right-wing cross on the edge of the box and turn before shooting past Moschogianis to put Zebras 2-1 ahead.


Engels might have sealed the match in the 82nd minute when Young beat Matt Lewis on the left and crossed the ball low towards the far post, but he mis-kicked and the chance went begging.


Six minutes from the end, indecision by the Zebras defence as they looked for a non-existent off-side enable Hunt to gain possession on the left of the box and beat Kaden with a cross-shot to make it 2-2 and take the match into extra-time.


Cripps atoned for his earlier profligacy when he netted twice in as many minutes shortly after the start of extra-time to put Clarence 4-2 up, his second coming from Hunt’s free-kick from the right.


But, Zebras were not done yet and Welch hit two goals in two minutes shortly after to level the match at 4-4.


His first, in the 96th minute, came after he went on a long run and dribble down the inside-right channel before rolling the ball home.


His second came in the 97th minute when he beat the off-side trap - McIntyre had played him on - and beat Moschogianis with a firm strike.


Hamlett capped a fine game with the winner in the 106th minute when he was left unmarked on the penalty spot and was able to rifle home substitute Andy Barron’s low cross from the right.


Barron had been thwarted a minute earlier by Kaden when Hunt’s cross from the left had put him in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.


Hunt almost added another goal for Clarence when Hamlett’s excellent pass put him away on the left, but he fired into the side-netting.


Clarence were still on the attack as the game drew to a close, Parker even finding the time for a header against the base of Kaden’s right-hand post.


This was Nick Lapolla's final match in charge of Zebras as he has decided to call it a day.


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· Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:


“A brilliant game of soccer by both sides.


“A nine-goal game which was entertaining for the crowd.


“Proud of the blokes that did the job for us today.


“The ones that came on proved that they could do it and hopefully they’ll go on with it next year.


“All the best to Clarence.”


· Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:


“Unbelievable. Traumatic from a coaching point of view, and then ecstatic.


“We have the utmost respect for Hobart Zebras. We’ve had some cracking games with then this year.


“I’m not one hundred per cent sure, but I think that makes us three games each and equal goals each.


“We both play positive attacking football, which is what FFA have recognised that the Australian culture is.


“We leave ourselves open and create space. We acknowledge that and they were good enough to capitalise on the chances they had.


“We maybe could have scored a few more early and put our nerves at rest, but great character.


“They’re very, very young boys and they’ve had a very, very long run playing away from home against really good sides, and then to dig deep again the way they did, two up in extra time, equal, and then still have enough left to go at them, it means that we have a very fearless attitude next week.


“Beastly careless. We’ll go at them.”


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Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Fotak (F Lapolla 91), Telega, Smith, Connolly (Young 61) - Welch, Cairns, Self, Hall (Pennicott 99) - Engels, Walsh


Goals: Young 61, Walsh 70, Welch 96, 97


Clarence United: Moschogianis - Toghill, Parker, Lewis, McMahon - McIntyre (Knapek 120), Stevens, L Huigsloot (Barron 70), Hunt - Hamlett (Phillips 114), Cripps (Substitute not used: Sweetten)


Goals: Hamlett 24, Hunt 84, Cripps 93, 94, Hamlett 106


HT: 0-1 FT: 2-2 AET: 4-5


Att: 500


Ref: S Collins