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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Melbourne Knights' Amadu Koroma watches as his cheeky back-heeler comes back off the far post before being cleared; Goalkeeper Cameron Sweeney and centre-back Alex Holmes stop a Melbourne Knights attack; The Melbourne Knights line-up; Match officials (L-R) were assistant referee Stratos Plomaritis, referee Sean Collins, and assistant referee Richard McCallister; Glenorchy captain Alex Holmes (left) and Melbourne captain Ben Surey at the toss with referee Sean Collins; Alex Nandan shields the ball from a Melbourne opponent; Melbourne Knights got hot under the collar after this tackle by Tom Sherman; Amadu Koroma has a shot at goal; Sean Romein keeps the ball away from Cam Rodgers; Cam Rodgers (right) moves in on Sean Romein; Substitutes Callem Griffin, Mizael Linhares Caires and James Hope warming up; Alex Holmes clears the ball ahead of Amadu Koroma; Declan Foley (No. 8) forces Jason Colosimo to put the ball out of play; Declan Foley cannot get to the ball, which is in the possession of Andy Colosimo; Coaches Nick Harrison and Dean May watch the play; Amadu Koroma leaves Jamie de Smit in his wake; Jacob Huigsloot recovers as Andy Colosimo wins the ball; Ridvan Saglem has a shot at goal [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights/NTC Squad 0-7 Melbourne Knights

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Melbourne Knights scored a comfortable 7-0 win over a combined Glenorchy Knights and NTC squad at KGV Park on Sunday afternoon.

It was 3-0 at the interval. The Melbourne outfit then put on some substitutes and three of them scored in the second half to run out comfortable winners. On the chances, they could easily have doubled their tally.

The Tasmanians, again, were brave and combative, but the lack of understanding between the players, brought about by the limited time for preparation, did not help them.

It was local boy Amadu Koroma who put his new club in front in the 13th minute. He almost also scored later in the half with a cheeky back-heeler that hit the inside of the far post but stayed in play.

Jacob Colosimo made it 2-0 in the 41st minute with a powerful low shot from the edge of the box.

Melbourne Knights captain Ben Surey added the third on the stroke of half-time.

In the 51st minute, it was 4-0 through a finely worked goal. Jean Charles Dubois fed Craig Sweeney in the middle and he played the ball wide and into the path of substitute Ridvan Saglam, who advanced on goal and smashed an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net from an angle on the left.

Three minutes later, the busy and skilful Sweeney added the fifth with a low shot inside the far left-hand post from the edge of the box.

Substitute Josip Magdic made it 6-0 second before the hour mark, while Frenchman Dubois completed the scoring in the 75th minute after a low cross from the right by Jacob Colosimo.

The Melbourne Knights keeper was never tested and the home side rarely got a look at goal.

The shop-floor language of some of the visitors caused raised eyebrows and it was unusual that referee Collins booked only one player, and that was for a foul on Corey Smith.

An early reckless tackle by Tom Sherman led to an unsavoury incident near the Melbourne bench, with a player striking Sherman and another person racing off the bench to physically grab Sherman. Both incidents escaped the attention of the officials.

Alex Holmes, Jacob Huigsloot, Corey Smith and Matthew Nowicki had played against Melbourne the previous day and must have been exhausted by the end of this match.

Hugh Foley, Declan Foley, Jamie De Smit, Cameron Sweeney and Alex Nandan had also played the previous day for the NTC and must have felt the pressure.

Dean May, the coach for the day of the combined Glenorchy Knights/NTC squad, said that, in future, a second match for visiting sides during a tour should be played against a truly representative Tasmanian side that was better prepared and which should give local youngsters a chance to catch the eye of the visiting coach, which could lead to development or career opportunities.

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Glenorchy Knights/NTC Squad coach Dean May said:

“At the end of the day, the result wasn’t the object. The object of today’s game was to develop Glenorchy Knights and their understanding of the 4-3-3 system. That’s the system they want to play. That’s the system they asked me to come in and give the boys an experience of.

“As you can see, goals, especially in the first half, the goals came from individual errors. The heads then go down and it’s difficult to keep having the confidence to play the system.

“From my point of view, and certainly from the NTC boys, it was great to see them out there getting that experience.

“To me, Melbourne Knights seemed four gears faster than they were yesterday. Yesterday seemed to be a stroll. To see them out there today, they seemed a different team. I thought their pace, their technical ability was the difference between the teams today.

“There was no coaching at all. There was no opportunity to get in and get training. I think, talking to the clubs, we need next year, when these clubs come over, it’s difficult to get boys who have played a full game the day before to play again. This second game, in my view, should be an opportunity to highlight all of Tasmania, not just one team.

“I thought Paul Stevens, as a 14-year-old, did very well. The same with Cam Rodgers, another 14-year-old, who did well. I thought Cam Sweeney coming back into goals did very well, as did Jamie de Smit. I thought everybody did well. The effort was there, but the technical aspect at times let them down, and that’s the difference between the VPL and Hobart.”

Melbourne Knights coach Ivan Duzel said:

“I think we showed good distribution of the ball, playing to feet, overlapping, and we scored seven goals.

“I was very happy with our second game.

“I saw a couple of promising Tasmanian players. There was number 11 [Alex nandan] and number 12 [Matthew Nowicki], and I’ve already spoken with the big boy at centre-half [Alex Holmes] and I’ve already out his name in my book. Maybe we’ll give him an invitation to come with us for a couple of weeks and we’ll see how he goes over there.

“In the future, we’ll probably look a little more at players over here. There are a lot of good talented kids here.”

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Glenorchy Knights/NTC Squad: Sweeney - Rodgers, Holmes, Huigsloot, J Stevens - D Foley, De Smit, H Foley - Sherman, Smith, Nandan (Subs: Nowicki, Hope, Griffin, Mizael Linhares Caires, P Stevens)

Melbourne Knights: John; Filipovic, Shin, Surey, Cetkin, S Romein, Sweeney, Koroma, A Colosimo, J Colosimo, Dragicevic (Subs: A Romein, Zilic, Alinejad, Magdic, Dubois, Kozic, Saglem, Franjic)

Booked: Surey

Goals: Koroma 13, J Colosimo 41, Surey 45, Saglem 51, Sweeney 54, Magdic 59, Dubois 75

Att: 150

Ref: S Collins














Photos (Top to Bottom): Glenorchy Knights' Jade Clay (left) tries to get to teh ball ahead of his Melbourne Knights opponent; Glenorchy Knights' Corey Smith (left) holds off Melbourne Knights' Leo Shin; Michael Furjanic (left) presents the trophy to Melbourne Knights captain Ben Surey; Glenorchy Knights coach Nick Harrison was pleased with his boys; Melbourne Knights coach Ivan Duzel; The match officials (L-R) are Kim Barker (fourth official), Hanna Manuela (referee's assistant), referee Brenton Kopra, and assistant referee Patrick Galloway; The Glenorchy Knights starting XI; The Melbourne Knights starting XI; Melbourne Knights' Amadu Koroma (left) gets a foot in as Corey Smith tries to get a pass away; Glenorchy Knights' Callen Griffin (right) in a tussle with former team-mate and now Melbourne Knights player Amadu Koroma; Will Roberts (left) goes for the ball with Amadu Koroma; Corey Smith (right) holds off Leo Shin as Matthew Nowicki looks on; Will Roberts (right) in a battle for possession with Melbourne Knights Jacob Colosimo [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights 1-2 Melbourne Knights

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Glenorchy Knights were flattered somewhat by this 2-1 score-line at KGV Park on Saturday evening, although no one can doubt their courage and commitment.

They were denied possession for long periods, and they had few chances. But, they were resolute in defence and did try to attack.

Melbourne Knights lacked penetration. They used the flanks well and played the ball around at the back without really threatening to score. When they did create chances, poor finishing and good goalkeeping by Ben Peter denied them.

Glenorchy Knights took a shock lead in the 65th minute through a penalty, awarded for Ryan Filipovic’s foul on Corey Smith. Jacob Huigsloot scored easily from the spot-kick.

The match changed when substitute Jean Charles Dubois came on during the second half.

In the 72nd minute, the French striker headed the equaliser from Ben Surey’s cross from deep on the right.

Two minutes later, Peter did well to turn the Frenchman’s shot from an angle on the right out for a corner.

In the 75th minute, Daniel Dragicevic cut the ball back from the left and Dubois made it 2-0 with a cool and clinical finish.

Peter kept his side in contention in the closing minutes. In the 81st minute, he denied Craig Sweeney, while in the 90th minute he blocked with his feet as the same player threatened to score.

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Glenorchy Knights coach, Nick Harrison, said:

“I was pleased to only get beaten 2-1, I suppose, because all week we’ve been thinking we don’t want to get hammered and outplayed.

“I think the biggest factor was fitness. The 10-minute spell before half-time we were just hanging on and half-time came at a good time for us.

“We rewarded everyone who’s been training with us for the past couple of months with a game and I think we did well.

“Fitness did tell, but they’re not a bad side. They’re a good side and they pass the ball well. If they’d taken all their chances, it could have been a bigger score-line.

“I’m proud of our boys. They’ve done well and, overall, it’s a good result, even though we lost 2-1.

“I think extra-time would have killed us. There are a few positives we can take away from tonight.”

Melbourne Knights coach, Ivan Duzel, said:

“I think the game was very competitive. We pushed the ball around a little better and had more possession, obviously, than them.

“But, after going down 1-0 we brought on that French striker. He’s a quality player and he scored twice.

“It was our 90 minutes of running and trying to score that came good in the end.

“I’m happy with the performance and it was a friendly game. We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game.

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Glenorchy Knights: Peter - Roberts, Holmes, Huigsloot, Millington - Garth, Russell, Clay, Griffin - Smith, Nowicki (Subs: Robb, Grainger, Knight, Bolonja, Frank, Langdale, Grundy)

Goals: Huigsloot 65 pen

Melbourne Knights: John - Filipovic, J Colosimo, A Colosimo, Shin - Zilic, Surey, S Romein, Sweeney - Koroma, Dragicevic (Subs: Cetkin, Franjic, Dubois, Magdic, Saglam, Kozic, A Romein, Alinejad, Stefanou)

Goals: Dubois 72, 75

Att: 350

Ref: B Kopra

A-League

Wellington Phoenix 4-0 Perth Glory

Central Coast Mariners 2-2 Sydney FC

Friendly Match (KGV Park)

Glenorchy Knights/Tasmania Institute of Sport 0-7 Melbourne Knights (Koroma 13, J Colosimo 41, Surey 45, Saglam 51, Sweeney 54, Magdic 59, Dubois 75)

Friendly Match (Sandown Park)

(Seniors)

Tilford Zebras 9 (Fagg 30, D Lapolla 56, 82, 88, Ladic 60, S McIntyre 67, J Welch 85, 89, Self 87) beat Launceston City 1 (Throup 32)

(Line-ups, with interchange)

Tilford Zebras: F Mainella, T Rolle, A Telega, P Cairns, B Andrews, L Scott, H Fagg, J Ladic, S McIntyre, L Cripps, J Welch, R Self, D Lapolla, M Hall

Launceston City: J Wilson, S Throup, L Keddie, J Hart, M Dent, D Greer, T Allan, A Sciulli, S Elaw, D Rodman, D Smith, L Kolajasnic, J Dunlaw

(Reserves)

Tilford Zebras 8-1 Launceston City

Asian Cup (Quarterfinals)

Australia 1-0 Iraq (aet)

Iran 0-1 Korea Republic (aet)

English Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Liverpool

Arsenal 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Blackpool 1-2 Sunderland

Everton 2-2 West Ham United

Fulham 2-0 Stoke City

Manchester United 5-0 Birmingham City

Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotpsur

Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City

England (The Championship)

Derby County 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Barnsley 1-1 Swansea City

Cardiff City 4-2 Watford

Crystal Palace 0-0 Bristol City

Ipswich Town 3-2 Doncaster Rovers

Leicester City 4-2 Millwall

Middlesbrough 1-1 Preston North End

Portsmouth 2-2 Leeds United

Reading 1-1 Hull City

Sheffield United 1-2 Norwich City

Scunthorpe United 0-0 Burnley

Italy (Serie A)

Palermo 1-0 Brescia

Parma 2-0 Catania

AS Roma 3-0 Cagliari

Spain (Primera Liga)

Sevilla 4-1 Levante

Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

Valencia 4-3 Malaga

Germany (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich 5-1 Kaiserslautern

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Stuttgart

Freiburg 1-1 Nurnberg

Hannover 0-1 Schalke 04

Mainz 0-1 Wolfsburg

1. FC Cologne 3-0 Werder Bremen

France (Coupe de France)

Chambery 1-1 Brest (Chambery win on penalties)

Clermont Foot 1-3 Reims

Angers 1-0 Bordeaux

Boulogne 0-1 Drancy

Nimes 1-2 Nancy (aet)

Nantes 2-1 Raon L Etape

Quevilly 1-1 Martigues (Martigues win on penalties)

Vendee Fontenay Foot 0-1 Lorient (aet)

Cherbourg 0-1 Le Mans

Strasbourg 1-0 Evian Thonon Gaillar

Holland (Eredivisie)

Heracles Almelo 0-0 AZ Alkmaar

NEC Nijmegen 2-2 NAC Breda

Willem II Tilburg 1-0 Vitesse Arnhem

Feyenoord Rotterdam 0-1 De Graafschap

Belgium (Jupiler League)

Cercle Bruges 3-0 Lierse

Charleroi 0-0 KV Mechelen

Germinal Beerschot 3-0 Zulte-Waregem

Racing Genk 3-2 Kortrijk

Westerlo 3-0 Saint-Truiden

Portugal (Liga Sagres)

Olhanense 2-1 Academica Coimbra

Pacos Ferreira 1-1 Uniao Leiria

Braga 2-2 Vitoria Setubal

Rio Ave 2-3 Vitoria Guimaraes

Beira Mar 0-1 FC Porto

Associacao Naval 1-1 Portimonense

Benfica 4-2 Nacional

Scottish Premier League

Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-1 Hamilton

Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee United

Motherwell 2-0 Hibernian

St. Johnstone 0-0 St. Mirren