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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Photo:  Wentworth Park, the home of Clarence United [PlessPix]

(Southern Premier League, Wentworth Park, Saturday, 28 April 2012)

Clarence United 0

Glenorchy Knights 0

Att: 90   Ref: K Barker

Clarence United: Cornish  -  Hardwick, Hedge (Malcolm 60), Lewis, Price  -  Cannamela, Cairns, Rees, Karas  -  Hoppitt, E Tsakiris (S Reilbel 70)  (Subs not used:  Brown, Aldridge, W Reibel)

Glenorchy Knights: Le Rossignol  -  Nowicki, Johnson, Holmes, Clay  -  Marney, Hey, Huigsloot, Letiko  -  Strang, Dawes (Roberts 70)  (Subs not used:  Marsh, Robb, Peter)

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Photo:  The view of Wentworth Park from behind the fence and in the 'terraces' [PlessPix]

I must apologise for the lateness of this match report.

I have two excuses.  First, it took me until today to thaw out after what was a bitterly cold and damp night at Wentworth Park.  Second, it was a scoreless draw and I was struggling to remember noteworthy incidents in what was a dull and tedious match.

Huddled with a group of other spectators under the overhanging roof of the clubrooms, it reminded me of watching a non-league match in England from the terraces behind the goal as one had to continually stretch and stand on tip-toes to get a glimpse of the action.

Glenorchy Knights had the better of play for all but the final 15 minutes and they might have scored twice.

Justin Letiko clipped the top of the bar with a header after a quarter of an hour, while Simon Strang shot low and wide into the side-netting.

Clarence had the ball in the net near the end, but Mr Barker negated the effort with an off-side call.

Aaron Cairns again showed a tendency to hold on to the ball and look for a killer pass rather than shoot as space opens up in front of him.  This can be a little frustrating as he could possible have scored once or twice if he had been willing to shoot.

Clarence’s new Colombian goalkeeper, Carlos Ortiz, is due to arrive this week and he should be ready to play within a week or so.  It’s probably just as well he didn’t play in this match as he would surely have frozen.

Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton, said:

“A poor performance from our side, but a very good performance from Knights.

“They were a better team on the night and they wanted it more.

“Some people might say it’s two points dropped, but, at the end of the night, I think it was a point gained, to be honest.

“Credit to the Knights.  They played well.”

Glenorchy Knights coach, Chris Hey, said:

“We did things a bit differently this week and you could tell the guys were focused tonight.

“In the first half, I was really pleased with the way we really dominated the play.

“I don’t think they tested us, and I think we may have tested their keeper once or twice, which still isn’t enough.

“The second half was a lot more open.  I thought towards the end there we lost our shape a little bit and they started getting around the back of us a little bit.  Cairns started to become a little more of a force.

“Really proud of the guys tonight.  Last week was disastrous, to be honest, but this week was an improvement.

“A point is a good point at this time of the year and where we’re sitting.  We look forward to next week with the Lakoseljac Cup.”

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+1 #24 Anon 2012-05-02 22:03
Defenders are quality but someone that is given the task of just man marking obviously doesn't have the skill or ability to change a game on his own. Obviously if he can be spared for a marking job
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+7 #23 Anonymous 2012-05-02 11:24
Quoting Anonymous:
Bad players get the roles of taking players out a game . No ability just does the job that will get him a game


lol the guy was the best player on the pitch you wally! Plus, what you say is not even correct? Teams need balances. Good players are not just creative midfielders who can change a game. A CB may be a great player for his ability to mark and be strong in the air, where as a full back may be able to run all day? Different traits for different positions, clueless comment
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+6 #22 sick of hearing crap 2012-05-02 07:48
#20 and people with attitudes like yours ruin that game.
leave the lad alone and let him play football something i dont think you have the common sense or ability to do
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+1 #21 Anonymous 2012-05-02 07:39
Quoting Anonymous:
Bad players get the roles of taking players out a game . No ability just does the job that will get him a game


You'll find that's a man marker. and I agree with you to an extent. but you'll find that knights play with a CDM in Huigsloot. they protect the back 4 and hugiey did this extremely well. No one marked cairns. Jayden hey played alongside Huigsloot in there and played excellently also. These two players provided knights with their spine. heys performance shouldn't be overlooked.
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-3 #20 Anonymous 2012-05-02 04:57
Bad players get the roles of taking players out a game . No ability just does the job that will get him a game
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+2 #19 Anonymous 2012-05-02 04:26
Quoting Westham elite:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Difference between Lewis and Huigsloot is that Lewis does it cleanly. Cairns was chopped down all night !


get over yourself big shot. huigsloot made a poor tackle and was booked for it, end of story. he recognised it was poor and i think he apologised straight afterwards for it. The knights skip took the Scotsman out of the game and this was effective. As a coach, im sure you would want this also, would you not?

On that basis, there were at least 3 poor decisions, and yes, the card was because the ref determined enough was enough. I'd apologise too is I was late so many times. History shows it's a common problem.


hold on ill get you a tissue.


Its not "tough" to be late in the tackle, its "tough" to be the first one there.


who the hell is saying its tough? we arent even discussing tackling! Above ppl were discussing best afield and somehow we are on the topic of late tackles? Nobody is perfect, people make late challenges. Get over it to those who are unhappy about it. A few late challenges does not change the fact Huigsloot took Cairns out of the game
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+1 #18 Westham elite 2012-05-02 01:25
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Difference between Lewis and Huigsloot is that Lewis does it cleanly. Cairns was chopped down all night !


get over yourself big shot. huigsloot made a poor tackle and was booked for it, end of story. he recognised it was poor and i think he apologised straight afterwards for it. The knights skip took the Scotsman out of the game and this was effective. As a coach, im sure you would want this also, would you not?

On that basis, there were at least 3 poor decisions, and yes, the card was because the ref determined enough was enough. I'd apologise too is I was late so many times. History shows it's a common problem.


hold on ill get you a tissue.


Its not "tough" to be late in the tackle, its "tough" to be the first one there.
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+7 #17 Jez Price 2012-05-02 01:05
I'm a jet!
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+1 #16 Anonymous 2012-05-01 14:58
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Difference between Lewis and Huigsloot is that Lewis does it cleanly. Cairns was chopped down all night !


get over yourself big shot. huigsloot made a poor tackle and was booked for it, end of story. he recognised it was poor and i think he apologised straight afterwards for it. The knights skip took the Scotsman out of the game and this was effective. As a coach, im sure you would want this also, would you not?

On that basis, there were at least 3 poor decisions, and yes, the card was because the ref determined enough was enough. I'd apologise too is I was late so many times. History shows it's a common problem.


hold on ill get you a tissue.
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+2 #15 Anonymous 2012-05-01 10:46
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Difference between Lewis and Huigsloot is that Lewis does it cleanly. Cairns was chopped down all night !


get over yourself big shot. huigsloot made a poor tackle and was booked for it, end of story. he recognised it was poor and i think he apologised straight afterwards for it. The knights skip took the Scotsman out of the game and this was effective. As a coach, im sure you would want this also, would you not?

On that basis, there were at least 3 poor decisions, and yes, the card was because the ref determined enough was enough. I'd apologise too is I was late so many times. History shows it's a common problem.
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