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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Photo:  Kingborough's Isaac Lucas (right) tackles Olympia's Warren Wadawu [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors 3 (W Wadawu 1, 90, A Reason 40)

Kingborough Lions United 0

HT: 2-0   Att: 70   Ref: I Colhoun

Olympia Warriors: McKenna;  Phillips, Cronk, J Hey, Vavoulas, Wadawu, Grillas, Stockdale, Meredith, Fielding, Kumpulainen (Interchange:  Mson, Woolley, Reason, Nester)

Kingborough Lions United: Coleman;  Iseli, W Abbott, T Pearce, Marchioli, Schuth, McDonald, D Cooper, Lucas, A Hinkley, Davies (Interchange:  McConnon, Bremner)

 

Olympia Warriors appear to be going from strength to strength.  After thrashing DOSA in mid-week, they followed that up with this convincing 3-0 win over Kingborough Lions United.  It was a win that earned them a semi-final spot in the southern Summer Cup.  They were also due to contest the semi-finals of the Steve Hudson Cup in Launceston the next day.

The impressive form of Warren Wadawu was a huge plus for Olympia in this game.

Wadawu opened the scoring in the first minute, while his second on the stroke of full time was marvellously executed.  He was put away down the left and he drew the keeper before expertly lifting the ball over him and into the net.

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Photo:  Trent Pearce (right) tackles Olympia's Nick Meredith [PlessPix]

Andrew Reason had made it 2-0 five minutes before the break with an amazing header from the edge of the box that sailed over keeper Adam Coleman and dipped under the bar and into the net.

Josh Fielding was a guiding light in midfield and he is proving to be an invaluable signing.  His experience and skill are serving as an example and inspiring confidence in the young players around him

Michael McKenna was reliable in goal and his distribution and reading of the game were excellent.

Kingborough did have their chances, but they were unable to capitalise and were well beaten at the end.

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Photo:  Nektar Vavoulas (left) and David Cooper in a tussle for the ball [PlessPix]

Tom McDonald might have got them back into the match when he beat a couple of defenders and the keeper, but his awkward and half-hit attempt at goal enabled the ball to be cleared off the line.  It was that sort of day for the Lions.

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Olympia Warriors coach, Chris Hey, said:

“I thought we might be a little bit tired from the game the other night, but absolutely superb.

“I was just rapt that we had the composure on the ball to keep possession at the back.  We moved it around very, very well.

“We got our fullbacks forward and opened up spaces in behind them.

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Photo:  Olympia's Jayden Hey (left) in possession ahead of Kingborough's Tom McDonald [PlessPix]

“The big difference between us and them today was our ability to pressure as a unit in their back third, especially in the first half and early in the second half.  The amount of turnovers they had in their back-third where we actually pressured as a team, I thought was superb.

“There was a really good spirit there today. I couldn’t have asked for any more, to be quite honest.  I thought that was a superb performance by everybody.”

Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:

“I was still a bit disappointed with the way we played.  Having said that, at this stage of the season, we’re a new group that we put together, and we’re trying to play a different style.

“We’re trying to possess the ball a little bit better, which, at times, we did okay today.

“In all three goals, we lost the ball in key areas and that’s probably what cost us the goals.

“A couple of key moments in the game.  It could have been 1-1 when Tom McDonald got around the keeper but the ball was saved on the line.  They went down the other end and it was 2-0 and that probably hurt us quite a bit.

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Photo:  Olympia's Nick Meredith (left) and Kingborough's Adam Hinkley in a fight for the ball [PlessPix]

“We had another chance later to get back into it, but Olympic deserved it today.  Defensively they were very solid.  Particularly in central midfield they were very disciplined and made it tough for us to play through there.

“But, it’s the second game of the Summer Cup.”