Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (KGV Park, Friday, 9 April 2010)


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Glenorchy Knights 4 (J Clay 5, J Huigsloot 18, A Koroma 36, 76)

Tilford Zebras 0


HT: 3-0 Att: 150 Ref: I Jozeljic


Glenorchy Knights: Peter - Green, Grundy, Holmes, J Huigsloot - Barabara (Roberts 83), Fielding, Dzelalija, Clay - White (Kamba 91), Koroma [Substitutes not used: Garth, Grainger] [Coach: Eamonn Kelly]


Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Fagg (Cairns 35), Smith, Telega, K Engels - Hall (Crosswell 63), Cox, Self, L Engels (Welch 70) - Walsh, Young [Substitute not used: Voss] [Coach: Romeo Frediani]


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A minute’s silence was observed before the match in memory of the best friend of Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, who passed away during the week, as well as for the uncle of Knights player Juma Barabara, who also died this week.


The match was delayed by ten minutes as the goalmouth at the Glenorchy end of the ground was repaired. Referee Ivan Jozeljic considered the area dangerous and the sand had to be compacted before he would allow the game to commence.


Knights adopted a very offensive formation which often looked like a 3-4-3, which reverted to a 4-4-2 when they were under pressure.


Jacob Huigsloot and Jade Clay often pushed forward into attacking positions and, indeed, both players scored fine goals.


Barabara’s finishing could again have been better as he had several good chances, while Amadu Koroma produced two classy finishes to net twice.


Josh Fielding had a great game in midfield for the Knights, creating three of the four goals.


Danny White got into some excellent positions but failed to score. His one shot that did find the net was ruled off-side.


Knights’ keeper, Ben Peter, was back to his best and denied Zebras on a couple of occasions with timely saves.


Zebras had some good chances, but the team looked a little lightweight. Ben Crosswell was used as a second-half substitute, which was understandable as he had only returned from Europe this week, but on the whole, the team was outclassed.


Knights got off to a good start when Clay scored in just the 5th minute after Fielding’s pass had put him through in the inside-left channel. Kaden might have been quicker off his line, but Clay’s low shot whistled past him and into the net.


Zebras should have been level in the 14th minute when Matt Hall played Dwayne Walsh through on the left, but the alert Peter came off his line and smothered the shot. The ball fell to Adam Young, whose shot was blocked on the line by Huigsloot. The ball then came to Hall, who was thwarted by a timely intervention by Alex Holmes.


Having survived this relentless Zebras pressure, Knights counter-attacked immediately, but Barabara fired tamely and Zebras were able to clear.


Kaden produced an excellent save from White in the 16th minute after Barabara had set up the chance with a cross from the right.


Knights’ speed and mobility were telling, however, and they increased their lead in the 18th minute when Fielding chipped the ball in from the right and Huigsloot gained possession on the left, cut inside and smashed a superb dipping shot under the bar from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.


A minute later, David Cox was cautioned for a foul on Huigsloot, who was presenting a serious threat to the Zebras whenever he ventured forward.


In the 20th minute, Knights almost grabbed a third goal after they were awarded a free-kick in midfield. Holmes launched a long free-kick towards the far right-hand post where White was first to the ball, but his stinging shot was brilliantly turned over the bar by Kaden for what proved to be a fruitless corner.


In the 23rd minute, Fielding released White down the left and he outwitted Henry Fagg to get to the by-line and cross to the far post, but Barabara’s shot was aimed straight at Kaden.


Two minutes later, Tony Dzelalija put White clear, but his lob sailed over the crossbar.


Peter produced a wonderful save in the 27th minute from Ryan Smith, who had been put in the clear by Young. Smith, a central defender, constantly went forward in this match and might have gained better reward from his efforts than he actually did.


Fagg went down injured in the 28th minute after an aerial challenge with Huigsloot at Zebras’ left-hand post. There was no malice in the incident and Fagg appeared to fall awkwardly. The game was held up for seven minutes as Fagg received attention and he was finally carried off on a stretcher. An ambulance later took him to hospital with his neck in a brace. It was a wise precautionary measure, even though he did not have any tingling or numbness.


Paul Cairns came on as Fagg’s replacement in the 35th minute, but the Knights went further in front within a minute through a brilliant goal by Koroma, who collected a low cross into the penalty area from the left by Fielding, after a throw-in, and back-heeled the ball past Kaden.


Hall shot wide for Zebras in the 39th minute, but that was as close as they came for the remained of the extended first half.


In the 45th minute, the Knights should have added their fourth when Huigsloot put Barabara through the middle. He rounded Kaden but was slow in shooting and eventually stumbled on to get in a shot, but it was cleared by Kurt Engels.


The Knights’ Anthony Grundy was booked on the stroke of half-time.


Eight minutes after the resumption, Kaden again saved a shot from White, who was certainly having no luck on the night.


The Knights’ Dzelalija saw yellow on the hour, while in the 63rd minute, Crosswell was introduced by the Zebras in place of Hall.


In the 66th minute, Peter produced a save from Ricky Self, who then shot wide from the rebound.


Koroma almost scored his second of the evening in the 73rd minute when Kaden could only parry Clay’s shot, but the youngster stabbed the rebound wide from close range.


The next minute, Grundy came to the Knights’ rescue when he did very well to block a shot by Self.


The Knights made it 4-0 in the 76th minute when Barabara put the speedy White away on the right flank and his cross was hammered home by Koroma.


Zebras still had some fight left in them, however, and in the 79th minute, Walsh blazed wildly over the bar after a pass from Self.


Three minutes from the end, Andrew Telega shot straight at Peter, after which the game petered out in a comfortable win for the Knights, which put them on top of the ladder, two points clear of second-placed South Hobart, who are in action at home on Sunday against Taroona.


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· Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:


“It was a great game of football. It was probably the best we’ve played all year. We played football consistently tonight for 90 minutes, as I know we can play.


“We kept the ball on the ground and it was all over at half-time.


“I was pleased we didn’t take the foot off the pedal and kept the consistency going and kept the pressure on.


“We let them back into the game for ten or fifteen minutes through the midfield, but we blocked that and everybody enjoyed it.


“It was a good game to watch.”


· Tilford Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani, said:


“First half, terrible. We allowed them to play. They put their chances away. We didn’t create anything in the first half.


“Second half, better. But still, big gaps at the back. We just didn’t play at all.”


· Tilford Zebras trainer, Sandra Chisholm, said:


“[Henry Fagg has] mild concussion and some neck pain. We’ve just got to wait for results and see what happens.”

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League


Glenorchy Knights 4 (J Clay 5, J Huigsloot 18, A Koroma 36, 76) b Tilford Zebras 0


Reserves


Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Hope 2, M Nowicki) lt Tilford Zebras 6 (J Thorpe 3, M Cairns, J Welch 2)


2010 FFA National Boys’ Junior (Under-13) Championships (Canberra)


Tasmania 2-4 NSW Metropolitan


Tasmania 1-3 NSW Country



Premier League Reserves, KGV Park, Thursday, 8 April 2010


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Tasmanian Institute of Sport 4 (J de Smith 12, F Kenyi 15, J Walker 88, 90+2)

New Town Eagles Reserves 3 (M Fennell 24, A Gonzalez 59, J Quan 69)


HT: 2-1 Att: 80 Ref: B Kopra


Tasmanian Institute of Sport: Prendergast - McClung, Hill, Abbott, Mearns - Green (Curran 57), de Smith, D Foley - Walker, Kenyi, Hamilton (Devine 74) [Substitute not used: Ince] [Coach: Dean May]


New Town Eagles: Minty - Abrana, Lebski, Wilson, Hay - Foster (Atalay 46), Shackcloth (Quan 59), Pope, Hadfield (Gonzalez 43) - Strang, Fennell [Substitute not used: Ferrall] [Coach: William Cuellar]


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Jeremy Walker had an excellent match for the TIS, making one goal and scoring two late goals to give his side a 4-3 victory over New Town Eagles.


TIS led 2-0 after just a quarter of an hour, but then trailed 3-2 with just 21 minutes remaining.


That is when Walker stepped up, eluding two physically aggressive opponents who were intent on stopping him before driving home a superb shot from 20 metres to make it 3-3 and then smashing home a marvellous free-kick from 25 metres to give his side the win.


Eagles recovered well when they were 2-0 down and the introduction of three substitutes made the difference. Two of the substitutes scored to put Eagles in front.


But, Eagles also missed some good chances that might even have won them the match.


TIS were well-disciplined and kept their shape, and they did not shy away from the physical challenges.


They almost seemed to be playing a 4-4-2 at times, with Nicholas Green wide on the left and Sam Hamilton on the right adding great width in attack and providing Walker and Frances Kenyi in the middle with plenty of passing options.


Jamie de Smit and Declan Foley often controlled the midfield on their own, while Will Abbott organised his fellow defenders, Lucas Hill, David McClung and Nicholas Mearns, so that they were a solid back-four that covered each other and also pushed forward to bolster the midfield and attack.


Walker might have put TIS in front as early as the 4th minute, but he headed Hamilton’s left-wing cross over the bar.


TIS keeper Tristan Prendergast was called into action in the 7th minute as he blocked an Eagles shot at his near post and low down.


De Smith put TIS ahead in the 12th minute when he beat Craig Minty from all of 25 metres with a low drive into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.


Minty did well in the 14th minute to prevent Eagles from falling further behind. Hamilton’s astute pass put Walker through the middle, but Minty came off his line and stole the ball from off the striker’s toes.


But, it was too no avail because a minute later it was 2-0 as TIS cut Eagles to pieces. McClung started the move deep in his own half and on the right and he put Hamilton away on the left. Hamilton found Walker, who took the ball to the left by-line before squaring it for the unmarked Kenyi to tap home the easiest of chances from close range in the middle.


Eagles pulled back a goal in the 24th minute with a stunning strike by Matt Fennell from the left-hand corner of the box after a short corner by Josh Hadfield. The ball rocketed past a helpless Prendergast and lodged inside the far corner of the net to make it 2-1.


In the 32nd minute, Fennell was presented with a half-chance after Hadfield’s corner was only partially cleared, but he volleyed over the bar.


Adam Shackcloth also shot high in the 39th minute when he gained possession just outside the box after an Eagles throw-in on the right and a cross-field pass found him in space.


Two minutes before the interval, TIS hit back, but Hamilton drove wide of Minty’s right-hand upright.


Hadfield limped off seconds later and Alvaro Gonzalez came on as his replacement.


Eagles were becoming a little frustrated by this stage and Barry Pope was cautioned in the 44th minute, becoming the second Eagles player to go into Mr Kopra’s book, Hadfield having seen yellow after just 20 minutes.


The first half ended with Foley firing narrowly wide of the target.


Eight minutes after the resumption, Prendergast had to deal with a dangerous corner from Eagles substitute Gezachew Atalay - he had replaced new English signing Anton Foster at the interval - by punching the ball clear.


Gonzalez showed his worth in the 59th minute, however, when he collected a throw-in from the left, cut inside and chipped Prendergast from 20 metres and dead in front to make it 2-2.


Eagles really piled on the pressure just after the hour mark and TIS were clearly wobbling. In the space of a minute, Eagles had three good scoring chances.


Fennell first shot weakly, but that signalled the beginning of a serious assault on the TIS goal. Within seconds, Prendergast had to block an effort from Retbe Abrana after Atalay passed the ball in from the right, while seconds later, Fennell’s free-kick was turned against the bar by Prendergast. As the ball fell on the line, Atalay over-ran it and a great chance went begging.


In the 64th minute, Pope toe-poked a corner wide, but the ball had taken a slight deflection and Eagles were awarded a corner, which came to nothing.


A quick break by the TIS in the 65th minute almost produced a reward as Walker outfoxed Lebski on the left and cut the ball back for substitute Jesse Curran, but the youngster mis-kicked and Eagles were spared.


Hamilton shot straight at Minty as TIS seemed to revive, but it was illusory as they suffered a major set-back in the 69th minute when substitute Joshua Quan put Eagles 3-2 ahead after collecting a throw-in from the left and beating Prendergast from range.


It was all hands to the pumps for TIS after that and they gradually righted their ship and regained control.


De Smit fired wide in the 73rd minute, but as if to signal their refusal to surrender, Eagles’ Abrana chipped just wide from the right in the 79th minute.


With two minutes remaining, Walker produced his magic. Eagles tried desperately to impede the youngster as he made a diagonal run from right to left in midfield, but he shrugged off two strong challenges and, fortunately, Mr Kopra kept his whistle away from his lips and played the advantage.


Having wriggled free, Walker made it 3-3 with a ferocious shot from 20 metres that gave Minty no chance.


TIS might have had a penalty in the 90th minute as Kenyi was tackled by two defenders on the right of the box, but after going down, he was shown the yellow card for allegedly diving.


Seconds later, Walker gave a sign of things to come when he smacked a great shot against Minty’s left-hand post. The ball rebounded to de Smit, whose follow-up shot produced a fine save by Minty at full stretch.


Two minutes into stoppage time, TIS won a free-kick 25 metres from goal and dead in front. Walker’s shot beat the wall and whistled past Minty and into the net to give his side a last-gasp 4-3 win.


On this display, he is sure to do well in the Football Superstar talent search in Brisbane in May.


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· New Town Eagles manager, Segundo Vargas, said:


“It was a very good game for New Town Eagles, but, for some reason, the boys didn’t play well in the last seven minutes.


“That’s when the TIS took the opportunity to score two goals and win the match.


“Our substitutions all worked well and they’re all under-17 players and we’re looking to develop them.


“They have a great opportunity at our club and they changed the game when they came on.

Division One leaders Beachside may go clear at the top this weekend because they should beat DOSA at Sandown Park on Sunday, while Hobart United may have problems against Metro at Pontville on Saturday.


Beachside and Hobart United are both on 6 points, but Beachside have a better goal-difference and that puts them top.


Beachside welcome back striker Bernhard Klasen, but Anthony Grzinic and Damien Lowe are both out injured.


“DOSA have had some disappointing results in the last week, but we know they are a young team who can rebound quickly, so this will be a test for us on Sunday at Sandown,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.


“Having Bernhard back will be a huge bonus, though, as he scored 25 goals last year and players capable of doing that in any division are hard to find.”


DOSA coach Pedro Ramirez knows what his team is up against.


“The game on Sunday will be a physical game as Beachside are a very experienced squad,” said Ramirez.


“We just need to try and have possession of the ball and try to use it to our advantage.


“Beachside is a team who play the ball around well and we need to have eleven players defending.”


DOSA will be handicapped by the absence of Richard Korn, Tim Chadwin, Webetu Aboye and Dominic Phillips, said Ramirez.


Third-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs entertain second-last Southern FC at North Warrane on Sunday and a win will keep the pressure on the leading pair.


Nelson’s Matt Fone is doubtful because of a foot injury.


Nelson coach, Michael Roach, has selected a 14-man squad which will include Rhys Endall, Ryan Mills and Troy Hoppitt as the substitutes.


Young left-fullback Max Caulfield failed to make the cut and will play in the reserves.


“If Matt Fone is unavailable, Ryan Mills will start on the left,” said Roach. “Otherwise, he play a role off the bench.


“Rhys Endall will also start on the bench but will definitely play a part in the second half.


“Cody Flynn returns to the starting line-up after coming off the bench last Monday and will join Pat Lenck and Adam Mills in the midfield.


“We know very little about Southern FC because they did not participate in the Summer Cup and I have not seen either of their opening two matches in the league.


“I do recognise a few names from Christian United teams from last year, though.


“We are playing well at the moment and should go into our first home match of the year with confidence after two wins last weekend.


“Matt Fone being out would be a blow, though, because he’s been among our best since the regular season started.”


Fifth-ranked University travel to the Showgrounds on Saturday to take on the FFT Under-15s and the visitors should be too experienced and physically strong for the youngsters.


The Hobart United versus Metro game should be a cracker and memories of the last game of last season will still be strong as that was when a United win cost Metro the title and promotion.