Who Is 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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Alex Cisak did not play for Accrington Stanley against Newcastle United this morning in the Carling Cup, but he was on the substitutes’ bench.

Ian Dunbavin replaced Cisak in goal, while Newcastle left out up to four regulars from their line-up.

Newcastle won 3-2 to progress to the next round.

Accrington Stanley, one of the oldest and most famous names in English football, made about 200,000 pounds from the visit of the Toon Army.

The ground was packed, with rooftops on nearby houses also holding spectators who could not get tickets.

The Newcastle substitutes had to wait outside their tiny dressing-room while the selected line-up got changed.

Accrington had beaten Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in the previous round, but they have never progressed beyond round 2 of this competition.

Accrington went out of existence in 1960 but were re-established in 1968 and made their way back to the Football League through the minor leagues such as the Unibond League. The town is situated in the Lancashire hills between Blackburn and Burnley.

Accrington did well to score twice as they have lost their top three scorers from last season.

In other Carling Cup matches this morning, Everton beat Huddersfield Town 5-1, while Fulham overcame Port Vale 6-0.

If you want to watch Tasmania’s Alex Cisak in action in England tomorrow [Thursday], tune in to FOX Sports 3 at 4.45am when Division Two side Accrington Stanley take on the mighty Newcastle United of the English Premier League in a Carling Cup match.

Cisak, the former South Hobart junior goalkeeper, started for Accrington a couple of weeks ago after being signed from Leicester City, where he has been in the senior squad for the past four years.

He has already represented Australia at Under-20 level.

The manager of Accrington Stanley won’t announce his line-up until just before kick-off, but chances are that Cisak will play.

If he doesn’t start, he’ll be on the bench, so you’ll probably still get a glimpse of him and, if there is an injury, he may get a run.

Premier Reserve League (KGV Park, Wednesday, 25 August 2010)


Tasmanian Institute of Sport 3 (D Foley 20, J Walker 82, S Hamilton 85)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (J Brown 21)

HT: 1-1 Att: 20 Ref: K Barker

Tasmanian Institute of Sport: Prendergast - McClung, De Smit (Ochaya 46), Abbott, Mearns - D Foley, Curran (Devine 57), Ince - Walker, H Foley, Hamilton

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - T Wailes, Polmear, Lucas, Davis (Laning 63) - G Wailes, While (Shimizu 63), J Brown, Watkins - L Brown, T Pearce (Hartog 63)


The Tasmanian Institute of Sport finished second on goal-difference on the Premier Reserve League ladder with this 3-1 win over sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United. They are level on points with third-placed Clarence United and 5 points adrift of champions South Hobart.

For a long time in this match it looked as if it would end in a draw, despite the TIS having more and better chances than the Lions.

But, two times in the last 10 minutes of the match, Kingborough lost possession in midfield and the TIS scored with two lightning counter-attacks.

The TIS had to re-arrange their line-up from that which played the Lions on Saturday. In the absence of Lucas Hill, Jamie De Smit partnered Will Abbott in the centre of defence. De Smit was substituted at the interval and Declan Foley then moved to centre-back with Abbott.

Jeremy Walker almost put the TIS ahead in the 13th minute following Hugh Foley’s left-wing cross, but he drove his shot wide from close range.

Ben Watkins missed a great chance for Kingborough in the 17th minute when he got onto the end of Travers Wailes’s right-wing cross but blasted over the bar from close range.

A minute later, an error at the back by Tim Polmear, whose clearance cannoned off a TIS attacker, almost led to the TIS taking the lead. Walker gained possession and played the ball inside for Hugh Foley. He was put off by goalkeeper David Leamey, who dived at his feet but could not gain possession. The ball rolled out to Sam Hamilton, whose shot was blocked by Travers Wailes.

The TIS did take the lead in the 20th minute, however, when a superb through-ball by Hugh Foley found Declan Foley in the middle and he took the ball on for a few paces before beating Leamey with a shot from just inside the box.

Kingborough were level a minute later when a short chip into the box from the left by Watkins found Jeremy Brown, who beat Tristan Prendergast with a fine half-volley from 12 metres.

Kingborough almost added a second in the 25th minute after Trent Pearce’s free-kick. A poor punch by Prendergast sent the ball to Peter While, whose hurried shot flew wide.

Two minutes later, a free-kick from the left by Sam Hamilton was not properly cleared by the Kingborough defence and the ball fell to Declan Foley, whose instant shot from outside the box was superbly saved by Leamey.

Declan Foley shot over from 20 metres 5 minutes before the interval as the TIS continued to dominate possession without being able to add to their score.

The Lions were still dangerous at times, however, and two minutes before the break, after an excellent passage of play in midfield involving several players, Liam Brown sent in a powerful shot, but it was directed straight at the goalkeeper.

Leamey’s distribution was generally poor and usually found an opposition player, as did many of the passes from the midfielders, but this last attack showed what the Lions could do.

The TIS, with Gift Ochaya on for De Smit at half-time and leading the attack, were on the offensive from the start of the second period. In the opening minute, Walker tested Leamey with a fierce shot that the keeper held.

In the 51st minute, a snap shot from the left by Jesse Curran, following a corner by Hamilton, clipped the outside of the far right-hand post.

The Lions launched a dangerous and direct attack in the 55th minute when Isaac Lucas put Liam Brown away on the right. Brown managed to outpace Abbott but shot wide of the target.

Kingborough made three substitutions in the 63rd minute, with Iwao Shimizu, Tim Laning and Dylan Hartog replacing Pearce, While and Davis.

With 13 minutes remaining, the excellent left-footed Hamilton took advantage of a poor defensive header by Kingborough to get in a strike at goal, but his volley flew wide.

In the 82nd minute, Kingborough gave the ball away with a wayward pass in midfield and the TIS counter-attacked quickly and Ochaya set up Walker, whose shot from the right of the box gave Leamey no chance and put the TIS 2-1 ahead.

Incredibly, a minute later, the Lions again lost possession in midfield and Hamilton seized the opportunity to score with a vicious volley with his ‘wrong’ right-foot from the edge of the box.

The Lions had one more bite left and, in the 87th minute, Tim Laning forced a fine save from Prendergast.

It was a disappointing end for Kingborough, who must have learned a lesson or two from Saturday’s confrontation and seemed about to hold out for a point before the calamity of the final 10 minutes.


Kingborough Lions United coach, Warren Iles, said:

“A much better performance than Saturday.

“We had a few changes in the team and our first half, I thought, today was excellent.

“We worked hard. We had a set plan and you have to allow for the fact that they are going to have a lot of possession. They’re technically very good.

“I thought we defended well. We had a style we wanted to defend and I thought we did that very well. I thought the three under-19s we played tonight - Will Davis, Ben Watkins and Dylan Hartog, who came on as a sub - were outstanding.

“An excellent start. Hopefully, they’ll be part of the reserve set-up next year.

“It was just disappointing to concede two goals like that. Whilst they had a lot of possession, I thought we were good value for a draw and worked pretty hard towards that.

“But, that sums up our season.”

The Central Region under-12s returned from their trip to South Korea yesterday having made many international friends and being worthy representatives of their country and Tasmania.

Their full list of results is:

Central Region 3-4 Valladolid (Spain)

Central Region 0-7 Chungmu (Korea)

Central Region 0-6 Yokohama Mariners (Japan)

Central Region 4-3 Usan (Korea)

Central Region 0-6 Kashima Antlers (Japan)

Ben Wade netted all three goals against Valladolid, while Harrison Briant and Jack Hale each scored a brace against Usan.

“The lesson we learned was how to run a junior football tournament,” said Central Region coach, Rob Clarke.

“It was superbly organised, from the opening dinner and traditional ceremonies, and everyone was treated with respect.

“All the players got to meet each other and the Korean Football Federation president and the mayor of the city of Gyeong Ju, which is where the tournament was held, were present.

“The best thing was how all the kids from all the participating countries mixed and how they were able to communicate.

“They exchanged email addresses and swapped shirts and were given gifts at every stage.”

Clarke said it took his squad 36 hours to reach Gyeong Ju from Hobart. The bust trip from Seoul to Gyeong Ju in the south of the country alone took 5 hours.

Temperatures during the tournament were in the 30s and the humidity was 80 per cent.

Assistant coach of the Central Region squad, Nicole Hale, said: “The football was of a very high standard, especially from the Koreans, Japanese and Chinese.

“It was amazing to see the discipline the other countries implement.

“The Korean head coach, for example, is allowed to beat his players of they do not perform, play well or win. They even have to sit in silence.

“It took us 36 hours to get there, though, so the boys were quite tired for the first few days.

“The English boys, from the Swindon Town Academy, were very arrogant, but they didn’t win a game.

“All their players were already on contracts, which were being reviewed while they were there.

“They were quite strict as well and didn’t let the boys experience the fun activities or see any cultural places.

“For them, it was football, football and more football.

“I was of the opinion that if we travelled all that way it was good to take the boys to see temples, Buddhist statues and other such things and to experience a completely different way of life.

“We even took our lads out for a Korean barbecue, where we all sat on the floor and cooked out own meat over hot coals.

“It was so much fun and something the boys will always remember.

“The Chinese were very tall. One player, who I originally thought must be a member of the coaching staff, was a bit over 180cm and our boys looked so small in comparison.

“Our national anthem was played before our games and that in itself was an amazing feeling.

“The biggest factor for us was the heat. When we played against the Japanese side, they were out in the heat an hour prior to the game. They then played the game and afterwards played another game amongst themselves while we were putting our players in ice baths, wrapping cold towels around them and getting them into ice vests and making sure they were all drinking plenty of water.

“The hospitality that we were shown was second to none. We couldn't have been looked after any better.

“We have a long way to go. It was a fantastic football experience.”