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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Division One (North Warrane, Sunday, 15 August 2010)


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Nelson Eastern Suburbs 0

Metro 2 (D Cowen 10, J Dawes 77 pen)


HT: 0-1 Att: 30 Ref: N Clements


Nelson Eastern Suburbs: Clamp - Stockdale, Rush, Stalker, Gaskell - A Mills, R Mills, Flynn, Lenck (Hanley 63) - Fone, Gordon [Substitutes not used: Burden, Caulfield, Ireland]


Metro: Grandin - Gasparin, Thurley, Hawkins, Wiggins - Brown, Jackson, Marney, Morris - Dawes, Cowen [Substitutes not used: Delaney, Richardson, Porter, Van Den Heuvel]


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Metro gained ground on Division One leaders Beachside with this 2-0 away win over fourth-ranked Nelson Eastern Suburbs.


Beachside had been held to a 1-1 draw by third-ranked University on Saturday and their lead over second-placed Metro was cut to 8 points.


Nelson seemed off their game in this encounter and they were largely reduced to long-range shots that missed the target.


Metro keeper Nathan Grandin had one genuine save to make and that came late in the match. In the 84th minute, and with Metro down to ten men after Daniel Brown had been sent off in the 61st minute after planting his studs in the face of Patrick Lenck as they both lay on the ground, substitute Bill Hanley drove a powerful shot towards the top corner at the near post, but Grandin produced a brilliant save, deflecting the ball wide for a corner.


Hanley had replaced the unfortunate Lenck, who left the field with blood streaming from his face.


It wasn’t the only spiteful incident in the match. Nelson’s Tom Gordon was cautioned by referee Nigel Clements, even after being awarded a free-kick, after an incident involving Aaron Marney in the first half.


Metro took the lead in the 10th minute following a terrible error by Nelson keeper Tom Clamp, who got down to a cross from the right by Jeremy Morris but failed to hold the ball. Danny Cowen nipped in and netted an easy goal.


Cowen was unlucky on the half-hour when his tremendous shot hit the underside of the bar and rebounded into play. Metro’s half-hearted appeals that the ball had crossed the line were turned down by Mr Clements.


Even playing with ten men, Metro were still dangerous and in the 67th minute Morris fed Jason Dawes but he fired wide when facing a one-on-one with keeper Clamp.


In the 72nd minute, Clamp produced an outstanding save from Marney’s shot to atone for his first-half error.


Five minutes later, Dawes was fouled by Cameron Rush and took the resulting spot-kick himself to make it 2-0 for the visitors.


The referee deserved a medal afterwards. He had refereed the reserve curtain-raiser and had sustained an injury, but when the referee appointed for the senior game did not show, Mr Clements decided to officiate, with the assistance to two club linesmen.


He was only able to hobble around for most of the game, but he refereed very well in the circumstances. The New Zealander has an air of authority and he obviously knows the laws of the game well.


If it had not been for the referee, this game would not have gone ahead.


That is something for FFT and those responsible for referee appointments to ponder.


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· Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach, said:


“I thought Metro were very physical and aggressive today. I think a lot was let go early in the game.


“I don’t think we played very well and I don’t think we got the ball to feet enough and retained possession.


“I think when they were reduced to ten men, it didn’t improve and they were well worth their win today.”


· Metro coach, Matthew Rhodes, said:


“It was a good win today.


“Whenever you’re down to ten men and keep a clean sheet and fight it out, it’s good.


“We had a good first 20 minutes in the first half, but dropped a bit from there.


“In the second half, the boys fought really hard and it was a good win. They were very happy.”

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (KGV Park, Saturday, 14 August 2010)


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Tilford Zebras 2 (B Crosswell 19, R Self 50)

Olympia Warriors 2 (A Nandan 16, C Kumpulainen 35)


HT: 1-2 Att: 400 Ref: B Kopra


Tilford Zebras: Voss - Fagg, Telega, Muller, K Engels - Self, Cairns, Ladic, Welch - Walsh (M Hall 76), Crosswell (Macgregor 91) [Substitutes not used: L Engels, Jambie]


Olympia Warriors: Nester - J Hey, Richardson, Fletcher, Mohamad (Wadawu 25) - Phillips, Mason (A Hedge 68), Cronk, Nandan - Kumpulainen, Grillas (Meredith 70) [Substitute not used: Farrugia]


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Olympia Warriors needed a point from this match to escape the drop to Division One. With Taroona having drawn with Glenorchy Knights the previous evening, the pressure on the Warriors was intense.


As it turned out, Olympia led twice and eventually got a 2-2 draw, which was enough to save them.


The game could have gone either way. Both sides squandered excellent chances to win.


Olympia almost came undone in the closing stages as several players came down with cramp after all three substitutes had been used.


But, they hung on and could even have won as Nick Meredith hit the woodwork and Warren Wadawu chipped a good chance over in the closing seconds.


Chris Kumpulainen missed two good openings for Olympia in the early stages of the match, but the side’s endeavour was rewarded when Alex Nandan put them ahead in the 16th minute.


Kosta Grillas found a way to the goal-line on the left and his cross eluded two Zebras defenders inside the box and reached Nandan, who fired home.


Zebras were level three minutes later, however, as Jayden Welch beat his fullback on the left and played a low ball across the goalmouth and beyond the far post, where Ben Crosswell netted from close range.


Olympia goalkeeper, Dmitri Nester, who seemed rooted to the spot as Welch’s low cross rolled across the 6-yard box to Crosswell, did much better in the 24th minute. Dwayne Walsh was put through the defence and Nester was quickly off his line and deflected the striker’s shot for a fruitless corner when a goal seemed imminent.


Warren Wadawu, Olympia’s recruit from Zimbabwe, replaced the injured Youssef Mohamad after just 25 minutes and he soon showed his impressive array of skills and deft touches.


Zebras almost took the lead on the half-hour when Welch raced into the penalty area and had a clear shot at goal, but to Olympia’s relief, the effort flew wide.


Ten minutes before the interval, Kumpulainen restored Olympia’s lead in somewhat fortuitous fashion. He received a pass down the inside-right channel but mis-kicked. That was enough to deceive the advancing keeper, Jason Voss, who over-ran the ball. Kumpulainen was able to recover and round the keeper and score and send the Olympia supporters into delirium.


The half ended with Zebras’ left-back, Kurt Engels, sending a shot from the left just over the bar.


The second half was just five minutes old when Rickey Self turned in Walsh’s low right-wing cross to make it 2-2.


Three minutes later, the Olympia supporters and players breathed a collective sigh of relief as Andrew Telega somehow headed a corner wide with the goal at his mercy.


Adam Hedge and Nick Meredith came on midway through the second half for Lee Mason and Grillas, both of whom had run out of legs.


In the 72nd minute, Wadawu sent in a shot straight at the goalkeeper. The ball came back to him and his cross from the left found Hedge unmarked and close to goal, but Hedge had obviously not picked up the pace of the match as yet and his tame header was grasped by Voss.


Four minutes later, the marauding Telega again went close from a corner, this time heading the ball narrowly over the bar.


In the next minute, Self managed a toe-poke at goal, but it lacked power and Nester was able to save comfortably.


Zebras were really applying pressure at this stage and, within seconds, Telega sent in a shot from range that drifted wide.


It was then Olympia’s turn to apply the pressure and, with 4 minutes remaining, Kumpulainen directed a shot straight at the goalkeeper.


Deep into injury time, Meredith hit the angle of bar and post with a cheeky chip from the left, while Wadawu might have done better than chip over the bar when well placed.


But, 2-2 was enough for Olympia to avoid relegation and, when Mr Kopra blew the final whistle, their fans raced onto the pitch to celebrate survival with the players.


The Olympia fans were there in numbers and they were loud and enthusiastic. One could not help but wonder that if the team had received similar support and vocal encouragement during the season they might not have found themselves in this predicament going into the last league match of the season.


Coach Chris Hey intends commencing pre-season training in the middle of October.


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· Tilford Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani, said:


“It was pretty intense there, but the game was all right. It sort of went from one end to the other.


“I mean, a few more goals from us would have been nice. We could have had a lot more possession in the second half. We outran them in terms of fitness but just couldn’t put any away.


“I mean, good for them. They’re still up next year. They put 120 per cent in, so, yeah, they’ll be there again next year.


“I was surprised we had to come back from behind twice. When we score first, we often keep going.


“The first time we came back, I thought, yeah, we’ll put another couple away. The second time we came back, I thought we were going to finish it.”


· Olympia Warriors coach, Chris Hey, said:


“It was a game from the heart tonight from the boys.


“I was standing on the sideline and listening to the crowd’s reaction and it was a fantastic game, particularly for the crowd.


“It was a relief. The players really worked hard for each other.


“I feel sorry for Taroona. I don’t agree that either club deserves to go down and I really feel that FFT should have solved the problem of relegation with play-offs this year and I hope that Taroona keep their heads up and I hope they keep their players together because they’ve showed this year, as we have, that we’re competitive with the best teams in this competition.


“I wish Ben Horgan and the lads at Taroona the best of luck.


“From our perspective, it was touch and go there for a while, with people going down with cramp, and it just showed the heart of the players, and we will be a force next year.”





Second-last DOSA moved to within a point of third-last Southern FC when they beat bottom-side FFT/Under-15s 5-1 in their Division One clash at a wet and windy KGV Park this evening.


The match had been scheduled for the Showgrounds on Saturday but was postponed and moved to KGV Park.


The sides were level at 1-1 at the interval, Kyle Dermody having put DOSA ahead before Frances Kenyi equalised for the Under-15s after an error by the DOSA keeper.


DOSA raced to a 3-1 lead early in the second half and added two more goals before the end to put 5 points between themselves and their last-placed opponents on the Division One ladder.


Kyle Dermody and Michael Langshaw each scored a brace to remain DOSA’s two top scorers. Gustavo Vu netted DOSA's remaining goal.


Langshaw has netted 9 league goals this season and Dermody 8.


Kenyi is the leading scorer for the FFT Under-15s and tonight’s goal took his tally to 14 league goals for the season.

The death has occurred in Hobart of Olympia stalwart Tasso Manis, who was aged 54.


Manis played 300 games for Olympia in a career that spanned three decades. Club records indicate he made his senior debut as a 14-year-old.


One of his most memorable matches was the 1975 Ampol Cup Final, in which Olympia played Juventus in what some billed as the ‘match of the decade’.


The teams were locked together at 2-2 after 90 minutes and Manis scored the first Olympia goal and set up the second for Roger Norman from a corner.


Eamonn Kelly was in that Olympia team, which lost the subsequent penalty shoot-out 7-6, with Manis having the crucial spot-kick saved by Juventus keeper Kark Jaegar after he had to re-take it.


Some of Manis’s other team-mates in that game were Chris Broughton, Danny Spendiff, Keith Parr and Mick Roussos.


Juventus boasted players of the calibre of Erik Owen, Joe Hanna, John Genovesi, Chris Hargrave, Domenic Fraraccio, Ron Di Felice, Mike Bailey and Jaegar.


Peter Cagialis coached Olympia the following year and new players included Ronnie Bolton and Chris Hargrave.