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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Premier League Section Summer Cup (Group B, Sunday, South Hobart, 28 February 2010)


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Glenorchy Knights 1 (D White 28)

Kingborough Lions United 0


HT: 1-0 Att: 80 Ref: K Barker


Glenorchy Knights: Tatnell - Dzelalija, Grundy, Holmes, J Huigsloot - Garth, Fielding, Smith, J Sherman, Koroma - White [Interchange: Hope, Roberts, Robb, T Sherman] [Coach: Eamonn Kelly]


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


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Glenorchy Knights qualified for the Summer Cup final with this 1-0 win over Kingborough Lions United in Group B of the Premier League section of the competition.


Both teams observed a minute’s silence before the game in memory of the late Jack Huigsloot, the grandfather of Knights’ Jacob Huigsloot. Knights also wore black armbands.


The early stages of the game were fairly even, but Knights should have scored midway through the half when David Leamey committed himself and came off his line, only to fail to win the ball from Josh Fielding.


Fielding managed to get a touch and deliver the ball to James Hope, but he somehow scuffed his shot and the ball rolled across an empty goalmouth and to safety beyond the far post.


Three minutes later, Brendan Garth released Fielding down the inside-right channel and he fired a low shot centimetres wide of the far left-hand upright.


Two minutes before the break, a neat attack initiated by James Sherman and involving one-twos between Amadu Koroma, Corey Smith and Daniel White resulted in White shooting for goal from close range.


Leamey beat out the shot, but the ball rebounded to White, who smashed it home from 5 metres for the only goal of the game.


Two minutes after the interval, youngster Andrew Robb flashed a cross over from the right and the ball glanced off the Kingborough crossbar and back into play before being cleared.


With six minutes remaining, Kingborough were offered the chance to equalise when Tony Dzelalija tackled Greg Freeman and was adjudged to have brought the Kingborough striker down.


Mr Barker sent off Dzelalija and awarded a penalty.


But, Alex Tatnell came to teh Knights’ rescue by saving Trent Pearce’s soft spot-kick.


Knights coach Eamonn Kelly maintained that Dzelalija had got the ball, a view that Dzelalija insisted was correct.


Kingborough coach Geoff Freeman felt it should never have got to that as Greg Freeman should have shot much earlier.


Dzelalija later lamented the fact that he would miss the final at this late stage of his career and after making his senior comeback this season.


Knights will meet South Hobart in next Saturday’s final at 7pm at KGV Park.


Kelly will not be there as he has a wedding to attend in Newcastle.


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· Glenorchy Knights coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:


“It was a good performance and the 2-1 scoreline was good enough to get us into the final.


“It was a pity we’ve lost Tony Dzelalija for the final now.


“It wasn’t a penalty because he got the ball.


“It’s now between a champion team and a team of champions.


“I’ll let you figure out which is which.”


· Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:


“I was a bit disappointed with our first half. We let ourselves down in skill areas.


“We didn’t hit targets and we didn’t create anything from the potential that we sort of had a couple of times, particularly in the first half.


“We had the potential to break well down this right channel and sort of missed our targets so it didn’t eventuate into anything.


“Second half, I thought we improved. We seemed to have, because we changed formation this year, and we seemed to be getting a better understanding as we go along, and the second definitely was an improvement on that.”



Premier League Section Summer Cup (Group A, South Hobart, Sunday, 28 February 2010)


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Olympia Warriors 2 (E Tsakiris 6 pen, J Wiggins 21)

Tilford Zebras 1 (R Self 5)


HT: 2-1 Att: 100 Ref: B Kopra


Olympia Warriors: Farrugia - Lebski, P Tsakiris, Percy, J Hey - Richardson, Powell, Wiggins, Meredith - Phillips, E Tsakiris [Interchange: Nester, Mason, Kunwar, Tracy] [Coach: Chris Hey]


Tilford Zebras: Voss - Fagg, Telega, Smith, K Engels - Hall, Self, Crosswell, L Engels - Welch, Young [Interchange: Fisher, Thorpe, D Cox, Walsh] [Coach: Romeo Frediani]


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Tilford Zebras failed to qualify for the Summer Cup final for the first time in four years.


They lost this final group match 2-1 to Olympia Warriors, but their fate was in the hands of other teams even before the start of the match.


Then again, they were in a similar position last year and yet made the final. This time, their luck ran out.


Olympia finally started to put some things together and managed to win their first match of the tournament against their traditional rivals.


The situation looked bleak for Olympia when Ricky Self put the Zebras in front with an excellent shot from range in the 5th minute.


But, Olympia were level within a minute when Zebras goalkeeper Jason Voss brought down Emmanuel Tsakiris as he threatened to zoom past him inside the box.


Emmanuel Tsakiris stepped up and struck home the penalty, but he had sustained a calf injury which saw him leave the field and not return.


Ben Crosswell almost restored the Zebras’ lead in the 12th minute with a header, but the ball was cleared off the line as Olympia packed their defence.


Justin Farrugia did well to deny Self in the 20th minute by diving to his left and turning the ball wide.


Adam Powell, who was making his comeback for Olympia after a facial injury, almost conceded a penalty when he tangled with Self in the 21st minute, but the referee waved play on.


Foolishly, Powell continued to jostle with Self and was fortunate not to be reprimanded.


Seconds later, Olympia counter-attacked and new signing Jayden Wiggins put Olympia ahead once more with a fine volley from 20 metres.


Farrugia was again called on to save from Self before the half ended.


Neither side was able to add to its tally in the second half and the game petered out in a narrow win for Olympia.


Olympia Warriors will announce a new sponsorship deal on Friday with Performance Automobiles at a function at the motor dealer's show rooms in Argyle Street.


A function at Hellenic House will be held afterwards.


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· Olympia Warriors coach, Chris Hey, said:


“A bit scrappy there in the second half.


“We tried to work on a little bit better possession and I think we did that.


“We tried to work on penetration down the flanks, which we hadn’t been doing. I think we did that today.


“And, I think the team unity was there. There was certainly a lot of talking out there.


“A couple of times we lost our shape - probably the last five minutes of the first half - we started getting our midfield line sitting back on our backs, but generally, you know, an improved performance certainly on last week.


“I thought last week, you know, we were disappointed, but this week we worked on a lot of things and they started to happen.”


· Tilford Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani, said:


“It was okay, but I was a bit disappointed at the scoreline.


“Two-one was not a scoreline I would have liked, but, yeah, we’ll work on that over the next two weeks before the season starts.


“Yeah, not too disappointed, but there are things we need to work on.”













Premier League Section Summer Cup (Group B, South Hobart, Saturday, 27 February 2010)


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Clarence United 3 (Hamlett 10, S McIntyre 37, A Nandan 42)

Taroona 0


HT: 1-0 Att: 80 Ref: S Collins


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


Taroona: Nettlefold - Darragh Carey, Wyatt, Johnson, Tubb - Dove, Duncan Carey, James, Atkinson - Luttmer, Hamilton [Interchange: Gates, Hortle, Wright] [Coach: Ben Horgan]


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Taroona finished the tournament in last place in Group B and without having scored a goal.


They deserved better than that as their play was promising at times. But, their finishing was atrocious.


Clarence needed to win to stay in contention for a place in the final, and they did that comfortably.


Ben Hamlett put Clarence in front in the 10th minute with a fine shot from range on the right and they went in leading 1-0 at half-time.


Seven minutes into the second period, a precise left-wing cross by Alex Nandan gave Sam McIntyre the easiest of goals as he prodded the ball into the net from close range.


Midway through the half, Nandan showed how good his corners can be and how poor the Taroona defence is when he scored the third direct from his in-swinging, left-footed corner from the right.


It was a soft goal to concede and Taroona have much to work on before their Premier League debut.


Failure to finish was again evident when Taroona’s Hugo Luttmer put Marc Gates away on the right.


His shot was partially blocked by Clarence keeper Cameron Sweeney and the ball fell to Garry Hamilton, who missed an open goal.


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· Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:


“There were some pleasing patches today.


“We were disappointed last week that we didn’t have much penetration.


“Today, we worked on making sure our wingers and our forwards were taking players on, which was nice to see because we scored some good goals out of it, which is always pleasing.


“We still have areas to work on defensively, but I thought we improved and are moving forward.


“The result is a good one for the competition because it means Knights and Kingborough have got something to play for tomorrow and, with a bit of luck they’ll go at each other and Kingborough will get a result, but only just.”


· Taroona coach, Ben Horgan, said:


“Just poor concentration for the first ten minutes of both halves coughed up some easy goals.


“Second half, Alex Nandan on the left killed us and it took us a while to get to grips with him.


“By that stage, it was all over.


“I still don’t know what we have to do to get the ball in the back of the net.”




Jacobus Theodorus Huigsloot, or Jack as he was fondly known, passed away last week in his 80s.


Jack, who came to Tasmania from The Netherlands in the middle of last century, was the patriarch of a well-known football family.


His son, the late Peter Huigsloot, played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians and Rapid.


I coached him at Croatia, where he revealed his versatility. He could play in goal, or in the outfield, as either a defender or striker.


Perhaps his versatility came from Jack, who sometimes also played in goal for Hollandia back in the 1950s.


Jack’s other football-playing sons, Tom and Robbie, also made their names with Croatia.


Robbie, too, could play in goal, while Tom could play anywhere required and proved to be an ace goalscorer. Tom was a winner of the Vic Tuting Silver Medal.


Jack's grandsons, Jacob and Luke, currently play for Glenorchy Knights and Clarence United, respectively.


Jack and his wife, Betty, who were married for 51 years, could often be seen together at KGV Park watching their sons playing.


They lived in Grove Road, just across from KGV Park.


Jack was a great supporter of football in Tasmania and he will be missed by all who knew him.