Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Premier League Section Summer Cup (Group A, South Hobart, Sunday, 14 February 2010)


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New Town Eagles 1 (A McKeown 6)

Olympia Warriors 1 (D Kunwar 13)


HT: 1-1 FT: 1-1 Penalty Shoot-out: 4-3 Att: 200 Ref: B Kopra


New Town Eagles: Pitchford - Page, Wass, Louden, Clark - Vernon, Anderson, Kent, Leszczynski - Fennell, McKeown [Interchange: J Clamp, Quan, Menzie, Hadfield] [Coach: George Krambousanos]


Olympia Warriors: Farrugia - Lebski, P Tsakiris, M Hedge, J Hey - Phillips, Richardson, Powell, McCallum - E Tsakiris, Kunwar [Interchange: Nester, Mason, Smith-Richards] [Coach: Chris Hey]


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New Town Eagles collected the bonus point for winning the penalty shoot-out and this put them in second place in Group A.


Ben Phillips looks a good acquisition for Olympia and he tested Eagles’ goalkeeper Nathan Pitchford as early as the 6th minute, forcing the custodian to produce a brilliant save to his right.


Pitchford missed all of last season with a knee injury, but he looks in form already.


Whether the shoulder injury he sustained in this match during the penalty shoot-out will hinder his progress remains to be seen.


Eagles were lucky to survive early on when Mark Page had to clear off the line as Olympia pressed.


Eagles took the lead a little against the run of play in the 9th minute when the Olympia defence went to sleep.


Jamie Vernon’s accurate cross from the right found Adam McKeown unmarked on the edge of the box and in the D and he had time to draw keeper Justin Farrugia before slipping the ball past him and into the net.


Farrugia then tipped a dangerous long-range effort over the bar as Eagles sought to increase their lead.


But, the 13th minute proved unlucky for Eagles as Dipendra Kunwar raced on to Phillips’s through-ball and fired past Pitchford for the equaliser.


In the 22nd minute, Shane Kent shot over the bar from range as both sides traded blows without being able to score.


The second half proved a stalemate, the only incident being when Olympia’s Adam Powell was involved in a clash of heads with an opponent and had to leave the field with blood streaming from a wound above his right eye.


He later went to hospital to have the wound stitched.


In the penalty shoot-out, Olympia goalkeeper Dimitri Nester, who had taken over from Farrugia for the second half, took his side’s first spot-kick but fired against Pitchford’s left-hand upright.


Andrew Clark scored to give Eagles the advantage, while Phillips’s second penalty for Olympia was saved by Pitchford.


Shane Kent netted to make it 2-0 for Eagles before Emmanuel Tsakiris was successful for Olympia.


Alex Leszczynski made it 3-1 for Eagles and Aaron Smith-Richardson then netted for Olympia to make it one goal the difference.


McKeown blazed Eagles’ fourth effort high over the bar and it was 3-3 as Kunwar scored for Olympia with their final penalty.


It was then left to Josh Hadfield to score and give Eagles a 4-3 win in the penalty shoot-out and a 5-4 triumph overall.


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· New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:


“I’m happy. We passed the ball around well.


“For a team that’s had only one hit-out, and that was against the champions, I think we’ve done very well.


“We could have scored more goals.


“Josh Hadfield has a good head on his shoulders and he took the winning penalty well.”


· Olympia Warriors coach, Chris Hey, said:


“We still failed up in the front third. We didn’t penetrate enough.


“We played long balls from the back, but we can’t continue and compete against a team that’s so tall.


“Instructions were to play it out from the back through the keeper and we failed to do that.


“I felt the easy turn-over of the ball with poor passing and without moving the ball quickly enough cost us also.”





Premier League Section Summer Cup (Group B, South Hobart, Sunday, 14 February 2010)


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Clarence United 2 (L Cripps 20, L Huigsloot 23)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (Greg Freeman 57)


HT: 2-0 Att: 200 Ref: P Galloway


Clarence United: Sweeney - Toghill, Lewis, Parker, A McIntyre - S McIntyre, Stevens, L Huigsloot, Nandan - Cripps, Hamlett [Interchange: Rees, Ling, Sweetten] [Coach: Andrew Brown]


Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Palmer, Davies, Lucas, R Hinkley - Bevan, Iseli, Bremner, T Pearce - Greg Freeman, McDonald [Interchange: Marchioli, Brown] [Coach: Geoff Freeman]


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Clarence United deserved to win this encounter.


They missed some clear chances early on before Luke Cripps put them ahead in the 20th minute, sweeping the ball home from inside the 6-yard box after Luke Huigsloot had cut it back into his path from the byline on the right.


Huigsloot added the second with a back-header in the 23rd minute from Sam McIntyre’s deep cross from the right.


Sam McIntyre and Alex Nandan were causing problems for the Kingborough defence with their speed, height and agility, as well as with their ball skills.


Kingborough rarely got behind the Clarence back-four and keeper Cameron Sweeney had a quiet debut.


The second half was a little more even and, with three minutes remaining, the Lions were back in contention when poacher-supreme Greg Freeman grabbed a goal.


Ryan Bevan took a dubious free-kick from deep on the right and Freeman appeared out of nowhere to get to the ball and knock it in from close range.


That set-back caused Clarence to up the tempo a bit and Nandan was unlucky not to score two minutes from the end when he smashed a header against the post from Sam McIntyre’s delicate chip from the right.


Kingborough had left their run too late, however, and Clarence collected the three points to move into second place on goal-difference on the Group B ladder.


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· Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:


“An important win. It’s the only one that we’ve played this year that matters.


“We played really well in the first half. We looked quite sharp and bright.


“The goals we scored were good, top quality.


“And, we started the second half well, I thought, to be fair.


“It’s disappointing. It’s like déjà vu. We did this last year against Kingborough and then conceded a late soft goal.


“But, if we can repeat last year and make the final, then that’d be great."


· Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:


“I thought we started brightly in the first half and probably played okay until they scored.


“It went downhill a bit after that. Not downhill, but they probably got the better of it until probably half-time.


“The second half, I thought, was relatively even. We defended better in the second half than we did in the first half and, although we didn’t create too much, we were more solid. Not necessarily better, but just more solid in the second half.


“We didn’t make their keeper work at all. We got into opportunities to shoot and we didn’t take those, but that’ll come.”










Premier League Section Summer Cup (Group A, South Hobart, Saturday, 13 February 2010)


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South Hobart 1 (K Kanakaris 25)

Tilford Zebras 0


HT: 1-0 Att: 200 Ref: C Phillips


South Hobart: Kruijver - Heerey, D Brown, Ludford, Scott - Beecroft, Downes, Ladic, Pennicott, Hickey - Kanakaris [Interchange: M Brown, Lo, D Cooper, King] [Coach: Ken Morton]


Tilford Zebras: Kaden - Fagg, Smith, Telega, K Engels - Walsh, Crosswell, Self, Hall - Thorpe, Young [Interchange: P Cairns, Macgregor, Fisher, D Cox] [Coach: Romeo Frediani]


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South Hobart were clearly ‘in the groove’ and could easily have won this match by more than the solitary goal.


They have not really stopped training since the end of last season and their preparation for this season has been non-stop, with friendlies nearly every weekend this year, and two interstate trips thrown in - to Melbourne (where they faced giants South Melbourne) and Wollongong.


Eight of South Hobart’s senior side from the tail end of last season played in this match. The missing players were goalkeeper Mark Moncur, defender David Cooper and midfielder Ricki Eaves.


Cooper was on the bench, while Moncur played in the reserves. Eaves’s future at South is uncertain.


In effect, then, it was business as usual, with South spreading play about confidently and building up attacks down the flanks.


But, they still lack that finishing which is so vital for a team’s success.


The Zebras side also had a different look about it.


In the starting line-up, gone were Tommy Fotak, Michael Connolly, Paul Cairns and Jayden Welch, although Cairns was on the bench.


The major changes were positional. Dwayne Walsh and Ben Crosswell were in midfield, while Kurt Engels was at left-back (a la Michael Zullo, a left-winger converted to left-back at Brisbane Roar).


Youngsters Matt Hall and Adam Young acquitted themselves well, but Crosswell looked out of sorts in midfield. He might have worried the South Hobart defence had he been up front.


South’s goal came in the 25th minute when Kostas Kanakaris was put through down the inside-right channel and he fired past the advancing Troy Kaden.


Kanakaris looked suspiciously off-side, but the goal stood.


Zebras’ only response came shortly after when Adam Young forced a brilliant save from Sam Kruijver.


In the second half, Kaden did well to deny Kanakaris, while Kanakaris also miscued another chance set up for him by a cut-back from Greg Downes on the right.


Jonathon Lo also missed a gilt-edged chance from close range when he somehow fired wide with the goal at his mercy.


The win put South Hobart on top of Group A, while the Zebras will have to regroup in preparation for their meeting with New Town Eagles next Sunday.


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· South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:


“A good run. Zebras played well. They played with a lot of spirit as well, and passed the ball around.


“I just thought we should have done better in the front third. We had a lot of possession in behind them, where we should have done better.


“But, still, it’s a good opening game for us and a good three points.”


· Tilford Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani, said:


“It was good. I was happy.


“I think the boys had a really good hit-out.


“I think the young guys that came in did well, so, yeah, no complaints.


“We came up against the league champions, obviously, first up, and as I said before, it was going to be a tough challenge.


“But the boys were up to it and one nil is not a bad scoreline.”










Clarence United beat Kingborough Lions United 2-1 at South Hobart today to go second on the Group B ladder in the Premier League section of the Summer Cup competition.


Several youngsters caught the eye for Clarence, who deserved to win against a Lions outfit that was too cautious at times.


Sam McIntyre and Alex Nandan were excellent for Clarence and their combination play caused constant headaches for the Lions’ rearguard.


Nandan, a 16-year-old left-footer, is fast, powerful and a wonderful striker of the ball. His corners, extremely accurate and taken with ease, are a delight to watch.


In the second half, he showed his power in the air when he got onto the end of a delightful chip from Sam McIntyre and thundered a header against David Leamey’s left-hand post.


Clarence hit the lead in the 20th minute when Luke Huigsloot cut the ball back from the byline on the right and Luke Cripps swept the ball home from inside the 6-yard box.


Luke Huigsloot headed Clarence’s second in the 23rd minute from Sam McIntyre’s deep cross from the right.


It took Kingborough until three minutes from the end to get on the scoresheet, Greg Freeman reaching Ryan Bevan’s free-kick from the right and tapping the ball home from close range and past a static Clarence defence.


In Group A, New Town Eagles and Olympia drew 1-1 before Eagles won the penalty shoot-out 4-3.


Nathan Pitchford marked his return to action after an injury kept him side-lined all last season by producing a brilliant save from Olympia’s Ben Phillips in the 6th minute.


Eagles went 1-0 up in the 9th minute when Jamie Vernon’s cross from the right found Adam McKeown unmarked on the edge of the box and he drew keeper Justin Farrugia before slipping the ball past him and into the net.


Farrugia then did well to tip another long-range effort over the bar, while Eagles cleared an Olympia shot off the line.


The Olympia equaliser came in the 13th minute when Phillips slipped the ball through for Dipendra Kunwar to score.


The second half was goalless and a penalty shoot-out was required to settle the issue and deliver the bonus point.


Olympia’s Adam Powell suffered a deep gash above his right eye after a clash of heads with an opponent late in the match and went off with blood streaming from the wound.


He later went to hospital for stitches.


Olympia goalkeeper Dimitri Nester, who had taken over from Farrugia for the second half, took his side’s first spot-kick but fired against Pitchford’s left-hand upright.


Andrew Clark scored to give Eagles the advantage, while Phillips’s second penalty for Olympia was saved by Pitchford.


Shane Kent netted to make it 2-0 for Eagles before Emmanuel Tsakiris was successful for Olympia.


Alex Leszczynski made it 3-1 for Eagles and Aaron Smith-Richardson then netted for Olympia to make it one goal the difference.


McKeown blazed Eagles’ fourth effort high over the bar and it was 3-3 as Kunwar scored for Olympia with their final penalty.


It was then left to Josh Hadfield to score and give Eagles a 4-3 win in the penalty shoot-out and a 5-4 triumph overall to take them to second place on the Group A ladder.


Liam Marsh scored a hat-trick for Clarence in the reserves match against Kingborough.


Grant Malcolm, who was one of Metro’s Scottish imports last season, grabbed Clarence’s remaining goal, while Jeremy Brown replied for Kingborough.


Olympia beat Eagles 2-0 in the other reserves match after a goalless opening half.


Olympia were terrible in front of goal, with Nick Meredith due for some nightmares with his misses.


Saad Mohamad had gone close for Olympia early on, his shot scraping the outside of a post.


With nine minutes remaining, Fletcher Tracy, back from overseas after a year’s absence, volleyed home from a through-ball to give Olympia the lead.


Five minutes later, Chris Tsakiris received a short pass from Tracey and lobbed the keeper to make it 2-0.


In the Steve Hudson Cup, two goals by Jonathon Lo and one each by Tom Roach and Jim Pennicott, as well as an own-goal, gave South Hobart a 5-1 win over Riverside Olympic.


Launceston City kept its two English imports - a centre-back and a centre-forward - on the sidelines and still beat Western Knights 1-0.


Ulverstone caused raised eyebrows with a 3-0 win over northern league champions Northern Rangers, while Taroona made a great start with a 6-0 demolition of tournament hosts Launceston United.