Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Photo: Adelaide United's Travis Dodd changed the game when he came on [PlessPix]

Adelaide United 3-0 Wellington Phoenix

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Adelaide United set a new A-League record with this 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at home at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight. It was Adelaide’s 13th unbeaten match in a row.

The victory put them 6 points clear at the top of the A-League ladder. They have 25 points, while second-placed Brisbane Roar have 19.

Wellington, who have now lost 5 away games this season, are 6th with 12 points.

Wellington had the better of the opening half but were unable to score.

Three goals in 7 minutes in the second half gave Adelaide what was ultimately a comfortable win.

The introduction of Travis Dodd early in the second half and the return after injury of Marcos Flores were the key to Adelaide’s win.

Dodd moved to the right flank, freeing Lucas Pantelis to move to his favoured left flank and these two positional changes helped to destroy the visitors.

Wellington goalkeeper Mark Paston produced a brilliant save in the 69th minute, diving full length to his right to turn a fierce shot from Paul Reid against the outside of the post and out for a corner.

Van Dijk headed over the bar from the corner, but these two chances signified the beginning of Adelaide’s revival.

In the 71st minute, Flores put Pantelis away on the left and Van Dijk headed his accurate cross in off the bar to give Adelaide the lead.

A minute later, Dodd’s perfectly weighted pass across the front of the penalty area found Flores, who advanced on goal before nonchalantly lifting the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.

The third goal was as direct as they come. A long kick by goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic found Dodd wide on the right and deep in the Wellington half. He outpaced Manny Muscat and scored with a powerful shot across Paston and into the far corner of the net.

Galekovic was unbeatable between the posts, too, denying Mirjan Pavlovic and Chris Greenacre and preventing the visitors from making a contest of it.

The only downside for Adelaide was that Dodd limped off in stoppage time with an Achilles tendon strain. This was his third game back after a long lay-off and it would be a huge blow if the injury delayed his return to the starting line-up of the team he captains, especially given that Adelaide’s next game is against Melbourne Victory, who have beaten Adelaide in all 9 of their past meetings.

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Adelaide United (4-3-3): Galekovic - Mullen, Cornthwaite, Fyfe, Cassio - Hughes, Flores (Barbiero 79), Reid (Shin 86) - Ramsay (Dodd 53), Van Dijk, Pantelis [Substitute not used: Birighitti]

Booked: Cornthwaite, Dodd, Hughes

Goals: Van Dijk 71, Flores 72, Dodd 77

Wellington Phoenix (4-4-2): Paston - Hearfield, Durante, Sigmund, Muscat - Ifill (Daniel 74), Brown, Lia, Bertos - Pavlovic (Ward 70), Greenacre [Substitutes not used: North, Vukovic]

Booked: Brown

Att: 11,206

Ref: A Milliner



Photos: Nick Lapolla (top) is Tilford Zebras' new director of coaching; Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni (bottom) is delighted with the appointment [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras have appointed former senior coach Nick Lapolla as their director of coaching for the 2011 season.

“Nick has been involved with the Zebras for a great many years and has held coaching positions within the club,” said Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni.

“He brings a wealth of coaching experience to the role.

“He has also been involved with coaching a number of Southern Tasmania and State teams.

“Nick will be liaising with all junior and senior coaches within the club in order to provide on-going support and helping the Zebras stay a great club which will be competitive from under-9s, junior to seniors for the next 50 years, just as they have been for the last 54 years.

“I think we are one of the first clubs in Tasmania to create a paid position as a director of coaching and looking after over 14 teams, from juniors to seniors, in both men and women.

“Not only will the coaches benefit, but also the young children coming through the ranks knowing someone else apart from a parent is looking after their interests.”

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University are running end-of-season activities for players from uner-9 to under-12 levels.

The activities will include 30-minute coaching sessions dealing with topics such as ‘facing forward’, ‘changing feet’, ‘passing’ and ‘shooting’, and small-sided no-coaching games of 20 minutes each way.

Players will be divided into groups based on ability, age and gender.

The sessions will be held on Thursday nights at Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson, from 5pm to 6.30pm, and will cost a total of $55. Dates for the sessions are 28 October, 4 November, 11 November, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December and 9 December.

Coaches involved are Scott Gallacher (University head junior coach), Kevan Wright (University senior men’s coach), Brent McKay (assistant girl’s under-13 State coach), Karen Lawler (University senior women’s coach), John Parry (University junior coach) and Andrew Binny (University coach).

Numbers will be limited, so those interested are asked to enrol on-line at:

www.footballfedtas.com.au

or

www.utassc.org.au

Group A

Inter Milan 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur

FC Twente 1-1 Werder Bremen

Group B

Schalke 04 3-1 Hapoel Tel Aviv

Lyon 2-0 Benfica

Group C

Manchester United 1-0 Bursaspor

Glasgow Rangers 1-1 Valencia

Group D

Barcelona 2-0 FC Copenhagen

Panathinaikos 0-0 Rubin Kazan

Group E

Bayern Munich 3-2 CFR Cluj

Roma 1-3 Basle

Group F

Spartak Moscow 0-2 Chelsea

Marseille 1-0 Zilina

Group G

Real Madrid 2-0 AC Milan

Ajax 2-1 Auxerre

Group H

Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtor

Braga 2-0 Partizan Belgrade

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What an amazing game at the San Siro, where Inter led 4-0 against Tottenham.

Inter captain, the Argentine international Zanetti, scored in the opening minute to become the oldest player to score in the Champions League.

But three brilliant goals by Tottenham’s Welsh international, Gareth Bale, in the second half almost salvaged a point for Spurs.

The left-footed Bale showed how lethal his left peg is when he scored all three goals in similar fashion with low strikes from the left and inside the far right-hand post.

Watch out for the return leg at White Hart Lane because it should be a classic.

In London, Arsenal demolished their Ukrainian visitors 5-1 in fantastic style, but how often does one see a home crowd applaud a goal by the visitors? Well, that’s exactly what happened in this one. The Arsenal supporters clapped as one when their former star striker Eduardo netted a consolation goal for the visitors near the end. Eduardo did not celebrate his goal but returned quietly to the centre ready for the restart.

AC Milan are not the force they used to be and succumbed meekly to Real Madrid, for whom Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of his trademark free-kicks.

Bayern Munich struggled without their stars, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, and just sneaked home 3-2 against the visiting little-known team from Romania, CFR Cluj, in Munich.

Roma’s coach Claudio Ranieri, the former Cheslea supremo, was embarrassed when his side went down 3-1 to Swiss side Basle at the Olympic Stadium in the Eternal City.

The Rooney-less Manchester United beat Turkish outfit Bursaspor 1-0 at Old Trafford through a marvellous strike by Nani to top their group on Match Day 3.

Barcelona disposed of Danish side FC Copenhagen 2-0 at the Nou Camp, while the only goalless draw in this round of matches was in the meeting between Greek club Panathinaikos and the Russians of Rubin Kazan.

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If you have a genuine interest in the world game, make sure you buy the October edition of the London-based magazine “World Soccer”.

It’s the 50th anniversary edition of the magazine and contains 50 interviews with living legends of the game, including such former stars as Maradona, Bobby Charlton, Pele, Eusebio, Denis Law, Zinedine Zidane, Ian Rush, Tostao, Mario Zagallo, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Zico, Michel Platini, Franco Baresi, Paulo Rossi and Marco Van Basten, to name just 16.

The questions are intriguing, and the answers nothing short of fascinating.

At $10, it’s certainly worth the outlay.

And, this edition also has the complete squad lists of all the Champions League teams.


















Photos (Top to Bottom): The cover of "Soccer Forum" from June 1971, a publication that cost just 10 cents, showing Joe Hanna of Juventus heading at the White Eagles goal; Match photos by Bruno Nester and published in "Soccer Forum"; Photos by Bruno Nester of the Tasmania versus England FA game at North Hobart; It was a wet winter in 1971 and these photos by Bruno Nester in "Soccer Forum" were proof of that; Croatia's George Sarfalvy outjumps Juventus goalkeeper Bruno Cengia while Mario Falzon and John Genovesi look on; A team photo of Eastern Suburbs appeared in "Soccer Forum"; More match photos by Bruno Nester; Were there more spectators at South Hobart in those days? Have a look for yourself, and note the Keens Curry sign which is still on the hill today; Juventus goalkeeper John Howlin (who later became a referee) in action in a game against Olympia, with the late Hugh Robertson on the left; Juventus Under-19s featured in "Soccer Forum"; Kingborough Lions; South Hobart Under-19s, including John Barker; St Virgils team photo with former goalkeeper, STSA committee man and White Eagles official John Steenhuis at the left of the back row; Taroona High School team of 1971; Taroona United Metropolitan Division 2 team; The 1971 Juventus squad; The cover of the August 1971 edition of "Soccer Forum" [Courtesy of the Ralph Dymond Collection]

A popular publication about local soccer in the early 1970s was “Soccer Forum”.

It was produced monthly by the Southern Tasmanian Soccer Association (STSA) and a copy cost just10 cents.

Bruno Nester was a prominent photographer at the time. He was the father of current Olympia goalkeeper, Dmitri Nester.

Bruno was a regular at games and his photos were used in “Soccer Forum” and provided a valuable pictorial record of the time.

Each club was asked to contribute news each month. Most clubs obliged, but there were some months when certain clubs failed to provide copy.

The ‘letters-to-the-editor’ section produced lively debate about topics of the day.

There were a couple of local radio programmes at that time, too, and two of the hosts, Fred Cunningham and Benny Woods, had their own column in “Soccer Forum”.

They often trod on the toes of the STSA on their programme, while the STSA would sometimes hit back at the two radio personalities in the magazine’s editorial.

And many years later, along came the internet, where topics can be highlighted instantly on a daily basis and responses and comments published immediately.

Followers of the game no longer have to wait a month for issues to be aired in a magazine.

Most clubs have their own websites, while there are several blog sites operating.

And, game highlights can be seen within hours on YouTube because of the excellent work of Mr Video, Stefano Lufi.