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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Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy Semi-final (Clare Street, Saturday, 24 July 2010)


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New Town Eagles 1 (A McKeown 4)

South Hobart 2 (J Lo 6, K Kanakaris 78)


HT: 1-1 Att: 90 Ref: I Jozeljic


New Town Eagles: Pitchford - Clark, Kent, Anderson, Wass - Whitehall, Page, Leszczynski, Strang - Clamp, McKeown [Substitutes: Menzie, Quan, Gonzalez, Minty]


South Hobart: Kruijver - Pennicott, Ludford, D Brown, Scott - Beecroft, Roach, Hickey - Kanakaris, Brennan, Lo [Substitutes: Downes, Wokbum Heo, Williams, Moncur]


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New Town Eagles coach George Krambousanos had to reshuffle his pack just before kick-off, which must have been unsettling for his side.


Shane Kent had not been due to play because of a supposed suspension, but a late phone call brought him to the ground with his gear and he was included at the last minute. He had missed a game earlier because it was thought he was suspended after accumulating five yellow cards, but that had not been the case. He had needlessly sat out the league game.


He was eligible for this cup game, apparently because Football Federation Tasmania had failed to give Eagles the required three days’ notice of suspension.


As it was, he slotted into the line-up because a dressing room bust-up between Krambousanos and midfielder Blayne Hudson saw the player dropped. He left the rooms after shaking the hands of his team-mates but not the coach.


Whether Hudson plays for Eagles again is an interesting question.


Eagles got off to the perfect start when Adam McKeown netted after just four minutes. Ben Whitehall floated a precise cross to the far post from wide on the right and Alex Leszczynski did well to nod it back across goal. South Hobart keeper Sam Kruijver was caught in No-Man’s Land and, with the rest of the defence flatfooted, McKeown nodded the ball home at the right-hand post.


Poor defending by Eagles gifted the visitors an equaliser two minutes later. With the Eagles defence moving out, a cross from deep on the left by Liam Scott left Jonathon Lo unmarked and he met the ball and prodded it past Nathan Pitchford from just inside the box.


Eagles almost regained the lead in the 10th minute, but Simon Strang’s powerful drive from the left was parried by an acrobatic Kruijver. The ball fell for McKeown, but a last-ditch tackle by Daniel Brown thwarted the striker and prevented him from grabbing his second goal.


On the quarter-hour, a corner from the right by Whitehall found Strang on the far side of the box, but his shot across the face of goal whistled just past the far post.


South should have taken the lead in the 28th minute when Pitchford couldn’t deal with Shae Hickey’s right-wing cross into the box and Lo played the ball into the path of Kostas Kanakaris, but he blazed high over the bar when confronted by an open goal.


Ten minutes into the second period, Pitchford failed to hold a low cross from the left by Kanakaris, but the keeper recovered in the nick of time and managed to punch the ball clear while lying on the ground before Lo could nip in.


The winner came in the 78th minute from a Scott free-kick from the left. The ball eluded everyone in the box and Kanakaris materialised on the right and nodded the ball past Pitchford to make it 2-1 for South Hobart and earn them a ticket to the final, where they will meet Clarence United, who downed Burnie United 4-3 away at Montello the same afternoon.


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· New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:


“We scored a great goal in the first five minutes and then we just gave them a goal. It was just stupidity what happened there.


“You can’t have players running backwards. They’ve got to be focused on what’s going on. Two of my players were just running backwards and the ball was there and that was the biggest mistake.


“That let them back in the game. It was a hard-fought game. We had our share and they had their share.


“We stopped them from playing their pretty football in the first half, but they started to play it in the second half, in the first twenty minutes.


“But then again, we stopped them.


“A good goal for them. Congratulations, and I hope they go further and do well.”


· South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:


“I think it was a typical semi-final match. It was hard fought from start to finish and we had to fight for everything we got.


“In the second half, there was no doubt that we controlled the pace of the game. We had a lot of good possession and I was always confident that we could get one. I would have preferred two to finish it off, but, having said that, the boys did well.


“And, we defended the long ball well. I mean, I’ve watched Eagles play in the last two or three weeks in their games and they hurt teams with the long ball and a knock-on, and McKeown is bloody quick and he’s sharp and he gets in there, so we were happy to come away with that. It’s a good result for us today.”








The attendance at this evening’s coaching clinic at KGV Park conducted by the Central Coast Mariners’ coaching staff was excellent.


It showed that local coaches are crying out for such sessions and everyone in attendance enjoyed the clinic and found it beneficial.


The Mariners’ Phil Moss demonstrated coaching points with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport men’s squad, while the Mariners’ goalkeeping coach, John Crawley, did a session specifically for goalkeepers.


“It was a great turnout from local coaches, which is fantastic,” said Phil Moss.


“It just shows how enthusiastic Tasmanian football people are about the game, which I think I already knew, but to see the proof tonight was very pleasing.”


Football Federation Tasmania’s new CEO, John Boulos, was delighted at the attendance.


“It was great to see so many local coaches here,” said Boulos.


“The more opportunities that we can put on for coaches to better themselves can only benefit football in Tasmania.”


Boulos was delighted at the condition of the KGV Park pitch.


“The [Glenorchy City] Council have been very supportive. It’s not very often that we host an A-League team.


“The Council have picked up the ball and run with it and made the ground look very nice for the game [tomorrow evening].


“I’m hopeful of a good turnout. It’ll be the first time a senior Hyundai A-League team has come down and we’re hoping the Mariners might want to make Hobart their home and, you know, coming down more and more often for games.”


Boulos was initially appointed as an interim CEO of FFT by Football Federation Australia but was recently appointed as the new CEO of FFT following a selection process.


He said he was enjoying the role.


“It’s going really good,” he said. “I’ve just been tying up my FFA job this month.


“I officially start on Monday, but I’m down for the game, obviously.


“It’s a great challenge and a good opportunity to work with the many passionate people down here to develop football further.”


TIS men’s coach, Dean May, said that 16-year-olds Will Abbott and Jeremy Walker had been invited for further trials with Brisbane Roar next month.


He had recently taken the two TIS players for a trial with the Roar and they had impressed club officials and earned an invitation to return.


Abbott has been selected for the senior Tasmanian side to play Central Coast Mariners at KGV Park tomorrow [Tuesday] at 7pm.













Central Coast Mariners had a light training session at KGV Park this evening in preparation for Tuesday night’s match against the Tasmanian state side, which kicks off at KGV Park at 7pm.


KGV Park has been spruced up for tomorrow’s game and was looking in superb condition, especially for this time of the year.


The A-League outfit will train again at KGV tomorrow [Tuesday] from 10.30am until 12.30pm.


“I think you can expect a good, open exhibition of football,” said Mariners’ assistant coach, Phil Moss.


“Talking to the Tassie state team coach tonight, he’s looking to come here and play tomorrow night and we certainly need the hit-out.


“We’re only eight or nine days away from the start of the league.


“But, just to have the support of Football Federation Tasmania and Wrest Point to bring us down here, the players, the coaching staff and the club as a whole, are very, very indebted to Tasmanian football.


“We want to come here tomorrow night and out on a show and play a hard but fair game and make sure that we’re prepared for the start of the A-League.”


Moss was impressed with the facilities at KGV Park.


“Fantastic,” he said. “A great surface.


“We had a session on it this afternoon and the boys are really looking forward to passing the ball around.


“We couldn’t have asked any more of our hosts. The hospitality has been fantastic in Launceston and down here in Hobart and we want to repay that with a good game of football tomorrow night.”


Moss said he hope the Mariners would finish higher in the A-League than last year.


“Pre-season has been building well,” he said. “Touch wood, we’ve got a fit squad at the moment.


“Of our four young boys, two of them are over in England at the moment with Sheffield United and two of them are away with the Young Socceroos and they come back next weekend so that gives us a full deck of cards for the first A-League game.


“We just want to start the season well and be competitive and aim for the top six.”


Although the training session was light, there was much of interest for local coaches and clubs.


For example, even the injured players participated, walking laps together while the rest of the squad ran laps and engaged in ball work.


The injured players also did light ball work, concentrating on technique.


The goalkeepers, under the supervision of goalkeeping coach John Crawley, worked separately for part of the session, concentrating mainly on kicking.


Their kicking was superb and, over a distance of 50 metres, the receiver rarely had to move a centimetre to receive the ball.












A-League pre-season friendly (Aurora Stadium, Launceston)


Melbourne Victory 0-0 Central Coast Mariners


Intrastate Youth Match (Aurora Stadium, Launceston)


North 1 (Hughes) lost to South 6 (Brennan 3, K Engels, A Holmes, own goal)