Who Is 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:  Eagles' Nick Ferrall wins a header [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Premier League (Sandown Park, Sunday, 27 March 2011)

Beachside 3 (Keygen 13, Sweeney 21, Wass 70 og)

New Town Eagles 1 (Clamp 88)

HT: 2-0   Att: 120   Ref: C Phillips

Beachside: Soszynski  -  Atkin, Robinson, Douglas, Westland  -  Sweeney (Turner 75), Jarvis, Bigg, T Gordon (Henderson 55)  -  Rogers (Klasen 50), Keygen  (Sub not used:  A Bigg)

New Town Eagles: Pitchford  -  Clark, Kent, Anderson, Cox  -  Strang, N Ferrall (Page 60), Barabara (Wass 60), Whitehall  -  McKeown (Clamp 78), A Gordon  (Sub not used:  L Ferrall)

Third-placed New Town Eagles spurned the chance to go to the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League when they lost 3-1 away to bottom-side Beachside.

It was Beachside’s first home game as a Premier League outfit and the win, their first of the league season, lifted them to sixth place on the ladder.

On the chances, Eagles should have won by the proverbial mile.  But, they were terrible in their finishing and, when their shots were on target or threatened danger from the air, Beachside goalkeeper Michael Soszynski was up to the task against one of his former clubs.


Photo:  Adam McKeown sends a header ove rthe Beachside crossbar [PlessPix]

Eagles dominated play, but Beachside were terrier-like in their defending and made the visitors work hard to create chances.

When Beachside fashioned their own, they took them.  John Rogers, their new cricketer-turned footballer, made the first two goals.  In the 13th minute, he crossed from the right for Andrew Keygen to slam home and make it 1-0.  In the 21st minute, his corner from the right was headed home by Cameron Sweeney and the visitors were in trouble.

Eagles hit back hard, but their sights were set high and the ball inevitably crashed into the uppermost branches of the trees behind the goal or into the spectators nearby.


Photo:  Cameron Sweeney heads Beachside in front [PlessPix]

Adam McKeown saw an effort well saved by Soszynski, while David Cox headed high over the bar.

In the 37th minute, Michael Anderson smacked the crossbar with a fine shot, but no goals came, despite the pressure.

The final ignominy came in the 70th minute when substitute Chris Wass chipped his own keeper, Nathan Pitchford, to make it 3-0 for the home side.


Photo:  Shane Kent is left to collect the ball from the back of the net [PlessPix]

Two minutes from the end, a free-kick by Shane Kent was headed home by the tall Jacob Clamp, but it was scant consolation for an Eagles side that should have scored half a dozen.


Beachside coach, Brett Pullen, said:

“Obviously our first home game, our first win, so I’m delighted with that.

“We went out with a game plan to show we’re not going to sit behind the ball and we will have a go and I think that worked today.

“We scored some good goals and introduced a new striker, who nobody has seen yet, so I’m even happier.  He came in and set the first two goals up for us.


Photo:  Eagles' ben Whitehall (left) and Michael Anderson (No.4) battle a Beachside opponent [PlessPix]

“I think two or three of our 19- and 20-year-olds sort of stood up today and said I wasn’t to play.  That’s what it’s about.

“They continued to play their sort of game, but I think we countered that.  Nice to see Soszynski back to his best and he covered just about everything in the air.  When you’ve got a keeper like that and a good solid sweeper like Nathan Robinson, we can open up the other boys.

“Huw Jarvis started showing what he’s going to be about for us, and Andrew Keygen is stepping up.  It’s a building process.

“You don’t get a lot of time to set up a new team.  Give us two seasons, three seasons, and I think we’ll be a lot better.  We’re not going anywhere.  We’re staying where we are [Premier League] and that’s our aim.”

New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:

“I’m glad it’s over.  I really am.  We had a bad one today.

“You can’t take anything away from Beachside.  They just kept on coming and we fell into thetrap of putting high balls into the 18-yard box and Soszynski was brilliant.  We made him brilliant.


Photo:  Eagles' Alex Gordon shields the ball from Beachside's Cameron Sweeney [PlessPix]

“We were very flat today.  The expectations got to the lads.  I am very, very disappointed.

“We probably could have scored more than eight goals, but we didn’t score them.  Goals are what win games and we even scored one for them.

“I’m very disappointed.  It’s a sad day for me.”