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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Pennicott_plays_backPhoto:  South's Jim Pennicott beats Knights' Will Roberts with a pass [PlessPix]

Premier League Section Summer Cup (Cross-over Groups B and D, at South Hobart)

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South Hobart 10 (Lo 2, Hickey 2, Williams 3, Brennan, Kanakaris, Grundy og)

Glenorchy Knights 0

HT: 4-0   Att: 80   Ref: B Kopra

South Hobart: Moncur;  Pennicott, Brown, Ludford, Hickey, Roach, Kanakaris, Lo, Downes, L Huigsloot (Interchange:  Bladel, Williams, Brennan, Foley-Donoghue)

Glenorchy Knights: Peter;  Holmes, Marsh, Sherman, Delaney, Frank, Roberts, Johnson, Kolele, Letiko, Smith (Interchange:  Grainger, Grundy, Readett, Gill)

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This was Glenorchy Knights’ worst result against South Hobart since 1960, when they were thrashed 10-1.

Missing from the Knights line-up were Jacob Huigsloot, Andrew Robb, Brendon Garth, Matthew Nowicki and Lindsay Millington.

South Hobart were 1-0 up after 29 seconds and it was 2-0 with less than 10 minutes gone.  They missed some good chances after that but led 4-0 at the break, Jonathon Lo and Shae Hickey each having scored a brace.

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Photo:  Knights keeper Ben Peter under pressure [PlessPix]

South Hobart piled on six more goals after the break and the Knights were never in the hunt, despite some plucky individual performances.

Kostas Kanakaris netted the easiest of goals when Andy Brennan took advantage of a defensive lapse by keeper Ben Peter and squared the ball for his team-mate to fire home.

Knights’ assistant coach, Anthony Grundy, chimed in with an own-goal while under pressure, while Cameron Williams hit a hat-trick, including a penalty awarded for Peter’s foul on Greg Downes.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Cameron Williams (right) hit a hat-trick [PlessPix]

Tom Roach had set up Williams for his second with a firm cross from the right and a powerful header by the youngster.

The final goal said it all.  Luke Huigsloot’s through-ball put Andy Brennan clear in the inside-left channel and the teenager put it through Peter’s legs as the keeper came out to shut the striker down.

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South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“We’re happy with the performance.  We know the Knights are a top side who were obviously a little depleted today.

“But, you’ve still got to play football and you’ve still got to score goals.  We’ve had similar games this year and last year when we haven’t put our chances away.  Today, we were a little more clinical.  We had good opportunities and we stuck them away.

“When you have so much possession, you’ve just got to guard against getting into bad habits and getting a bit sloppy.  I thought for long spells we did really well, but at times we were a little bit careless and sloppy.

“But, overall, a good performance.”

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Photo:  South's Kostas Kanakaris (left) takes on Knights' Trent Delaney [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach, Nick Harrison, said:

“I’m a bit pissed off, because our game plan was to keep it under ten.

“If you go 2-0 down in the first 10 minutes against South Hobart, the game is over.

“We can make all the excuses in the world that we didn’t want to play it today and we’d rather have played last night at KGV, but the South Hobart canteen has done really well today.

“No, seriously, it’s hard work.  The positive thing today is that we had seven under-15s in the reserves and two in the seniors.  Looking from it from that perspective, it’s a big call when you’re struggling to get two teams out.

“Nevertheless, it’s another work-out, another run-out, but you can’t take anything from a game like that, I’m afraid.”

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Photo:  South Hobart defender Hugh Ludford (left) thwarts the Knights' Corey Smith [PlessPix]