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:  Brett Pullen, Beachside's player-coach, hit the bar with a header [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (Sandown park, Sunday, 31 July 2011)

Beachside 1 (T Nielson 9)

Olympia Warriors 3 (B Cronk 36, N Meredith 84, C Kumpulainen 89)

HT: 1-1   Att: 250   Ref: K Barker

Beachside: Soszynski  -  Turner, Pullen, Robinson, Sweeney  -  Atkin (Brown 79), Jarvis (Eaves 55), Rogers, Douglas  -  M Hedge, Neilson (Westland 88)

Olympia Warriors: Voss  -  Hey, Van Der Mey, Stockdale, Colosimo  -  Meredith (Kumpulainen 88), Mason, Fielding, Phillips (Wadawu 70)  -  Nandan (Grillas 70), Cronk  (Subs not used:  Mohamad, Kay)

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Photo:  Olympia's Nick Meredith tries to evade the attentions of Beachside's Huw Jarvis [PlessPix]

Beachside knew they had to win this game to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.

They received a huge boost to their confidence when they took the lead after just 9 minutes.  A throw-in on the right by Andrew Douglas was played back to him by Matthew Hedge and Douglas’s cross eluded Josh Fielding and enabled Taylor Neilson to score easily at the far post.

It took Olympia until the 36th minute to equalise.  Joshua Colosimo’s corner from the left was missed by Beachside keeper Michael Soszynski and Brady Cronk didn’t even have to jump to nod the ball home.

Fielding went close for Olympia with a long-range effort in the 53rd minute, while in the 6th minute, Beachside player-coach Brett Pullen landed a header on the Olympia crossbar with Jason Voss beaten.

The introduction of Warren Wadawu and Kosta Grillas with 20 minutes remaining livened up the Olymia attack and kept the Beachside defenders on their toes.

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Photo:  Olympia's Alex Nandan on the attack [PlessPix]

Wadawu should have put Olympia ahead just a minute after coming on, but his header cleared the bar.  He also had some powerful shots, but they were also high.

Six minutes from the end, Olympia scored a finely worked goal to give them the lead.  Colosimo’s throw-in from the left found Cronk, who shielded the ball from Neilson before turning and playing it into the box on the left, where Nick Meredith eluded Liam Brown and fired inside the far right-hand post to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

With a minute to go, substitute Chris Kumpulainen killed off the match with his second touch of the game after being on the field for just a minute.

Lee Mason passed to Kumpulainen, who knocked it back for Colosimo, who deserved much of the credit for the goal from that second on.  His outside-of-the-foot pass found Grillas on the left and, when the striker held off Nathan Robinson and played the ball back to Colosimo, the Melbourne fly-in crossed towards the far post, where Wadawau hit the ball back across the face of goal for Kumpulainen to score.

Olympia knew at that minute that they were safe, while Beachside knew they were going down.

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Photo:  Olympia's Nick Meredith (right) prepares for a challenge by Beachside's Jack Turner [PlessPix]

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Beachside coach, Brett Pullen, said:

“The game was a bit like the season.  Silly mistakes cost us.  Other teams have taken chances [while] we haven’t.

“It was a good game all round.  Tough conditions.  Olympic supporters were excellent today.  Our supporters have been brilliant all year.

“Let’s see if FFT have got the courage to actually look at what the competition needs, and that’s if they’re building a State League, I think a 12-team comp next year and let’s see who is viable and who isn’t for State League in a year or two.

“Otherwise, we’re still about.  We’ll rebound back up.  Two games now against the two top teams to test us again and see if we can take some points.”

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Photo:  Olympia's Brady Cronk controls the ball as Beachside's Brett Pullen and Nathan Robinson rally their troops [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Franco Previdi, said:

“This was going to be the decider, but I wasn’t too worried about losing or drawing.  If you look at the players, they were very comfortable and we weren’t panicking even when we were behind.

“We persevered and we had a lot of chances in the end.

Yeah, they hit the bar.

“It’s hard to play there [Sandown Park], but I’ll take the 3-1.  I was very happy with the effort.

“[It was ] a very good day for the club.  We sang the song and we had a lot of supporters in the change rooms.  It’s been a long week.  We had the boys from Melbourne down on Wednesday.

“It’s been a long season and there’ve been ups and downs and we came from six or seven positive games, apart from the 7-0 against Zebras.  I was very happy.  We played good football as well.”

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Photo:  Olympia's Josh Fielding hounded by Beachside's Jack Turner [PlessPix]

SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at 31 July 2011)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

19

15

3

1

73

18

48:9

Tilford Zebras

19

9

7

3

58

36

34:23

Clarence United

19

8

7

4

36

40

31:26

New Town Eagles

19

7

8

4

38

34

29:28

Kingborough Lions United

19

8

2

9

35

43

26:31

Glenorchy Knights

19

4

5

10

27

45

17:40

Olympia Warriors

19

4

4

11

29

49

16:41

Beachside

19

1

4

14

19

50

7:48

 

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Photo:  Beachside's Cameron Sweeney is tackled by Olympia's Alex Nandan [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Beachside's John Rogers (left) and Olympia's Jayden Hey jostle for the ball [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Alex Nandan tries to get past Beachside's Brett Pullen [PlessPix]