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 A, South Hobart, Saturday, 27 February 2010)


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South Hobart 1 (Lo 60)

New Town Eagles 0


HT: 0-0 Att: 120 Ref: I Jozeljic


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


New Town Eagles: Minty - Kent - Page, Louden, Clark - Whitehall, Anderson, Clamp, Menzie, Vernon - McKeown [Interchange: Fennell, Jones, Gonzalez, Pope] [Coach: George Krambousanos]


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South Hobart needed just a point from this game to qualify for the Summer Cup final.


It looked for a long time as if they would get it from a goalless draw, but with just seconds remaining, Jonathon Lo scored to give South all three points.


New Town Eagles, nowhere near full strength, proved stubborn opponents and on one or two occasions might actually have stolen the match.


These were only quarter chances, however, and the truth is that South might have won by three or four goals.


That they didn’t was a combination of poor finishing on their part, sheer bad luck, and last-ditch defending by Eagles.


There was also a superb save from Eagles keeper Craig Minty, who turned a Liam Scott effort over the bar in fine style.


South were unlucky in the 12th minute when Scott headed Greg Downes’s high ball into teh box against the crossbar.


The ball rebounded to Kostas Kanakaris, but he took precious seconds to control the ball and ended up by shooting into the side-netting.


Eagles brought on Chris Jones six minutes into the second half. Four minutes later, he was shown the yellow card.


But, South Hobart then introduced Garry Upton and Jones’s physical menace was negated.


Upton won everything in the air and used the ball effectively to initiate South Hobart attacks, which had often foundered prior to that because of misplaced passes by the midfielders.


Eleven minutes from the end, South’s pressure started to wear down Eagles’ resistance and Steve Louden, Shane Kent, Andrew Clark and Mark Page began to run out of legs.


Minty turned Scott’s shot over the bar, while Bart Beecroft’s half-volley narrowly cleared the bar.


With seconds remaining, Scott pumped a long ball upfield to the left of the box and Kanakaris brought it down and slipped it inside for Lo to shoot home.


It was a cruel blow for a courageous Eagles outfit, but a deserved outcome for the dominant South Hobart.


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· South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:


“We missed a couple of chances early in the first half, and the one that hit the post and another couple of efforts that perhaps we should have put away.


“The further the game went, you always expect a breakaway, but I thought we had a lot of possession territorially and, I mean, a draw was always going to get us through to the final.


“I think we were comfortable, if not a little bit agitated at maybe not scoring.”


· New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:


“We had three or four young lads in there who actually trained with the seniors on Tuesday and Thursday.


“The lads performed very, very well.


“Deep down, I knew that we wouldn’t be thrashed, but Kenny’s boys had a lot of possession and they played good football.


“We went back to basics and talked about how to penetrate and how to keep the ball if we could and, at the end of the day, you can’t take anything away from the young lads.


“I’m very, very happy.


“I keep repeating myself, but we’ve still got four or five players to come in.


“But, sometimes the ones you put in are the ones who perform, maybe a little bit better than the ones who are out, especially on the day.”