Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  The Lions' Ryan Bevan waits for the ball to drop so he can head at goal [PlessPix]

South Hobart are back on top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League standings after they beat Olympia Warriors 3-0 at Warrior Park on Friday night.

Previous leaders New Town Eagles succumbed 2-1 away to Kingborough Lions United on Saturday and are now second, one point adrift of South Hobart.

Third-placed Clarence United lost ground when they were held to a goalless draw at home at Wentworth Park on Saturday night against sixth-placed Glenorchy Knights.

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Photo:  Danger in the Eagles goalmouth as the Lions gather [PlessPix]

Fifth-ranked Tilford Zebras are scheduled to meet bottom-side University away at Olinda Grove on Sunday afternoon.

Olympia were no match for South Hobart, the reigning champions, who took the lead through a 20th-minute penalty by Hugh Ludford.  Olympia goalkeeper Robert Kay had made a brilliant save in open play, only to see team-mate Janko Begovic then push Shae Hickey in the back and concede the spot-kick.

A piece of sheer magic by Hickey in the 32nd minute led to South Hobart’s second goal.  Hickey spun on the ball to evade an opponent and then, with his back to the Olympia goal, used the sole of his left boot to roll it forward to Loic Feral, who fed Uros Merkuzic on the left side of the box, and he scored with a skilful chip over the keeper.

South Hobart’s Brazilian striker, MIzael, was then sent crashing into the low, concrete boundary of the artificial pitch and needed paramedics from the attemding ambulance to get him back on his feet.  The delay lasted 17 minutes and Mizael took no further part in the game.

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Photo:  A dangerous ball causes problems in the Eagles penalty area [PlessPix]

Play had not resumed for long when Andy Brennan netted the visitor’s third after Hickey’s free-kick into the box had caused chaos in the Olympia defence.  Kay could not punch the ball clear and, when it fell to Brennan, he stroked it into the net from inside the box to make it 3-0 at the interval.

Olympia held out in the second half without conceding any more goals and despite being reduced to 10 men when Peter Tsakiris was sent off midway through the half after a cynical tackle on Brennan.

Two first-half goals proved decisive as Kingborough Lions United beat the visiting New Town Eagles in wild, wet and cold conditions at Lightwood Park.  It was the Lions’ first real home game.  They had been forced to play their other ‘home’ games to date away from Lightwood Park as the pitch was not ready after being damaged by maintenance work that had gone awry.

Ryan Bevan netted directly from a corner in the 15th minute, the ball ricocheting into the net off the inside of the far post, while Joel Schuth hammered home a volley out of thin air that caught everyone by surprise in the 23rd minute.

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Photo:  Eagles' Alex Leszczynski tries to get past the Lions' Marc Iseli [PlessPix]

Liam Scott pulled a goal back for Eagles in the 62nd minute when he outjumped Lions keeper Andrew Duncan to nod home a high ball from deep in the Eagles half from David Cox, but try as they might, the visitors were unable to find an equaliser, despite missing some good chances.

Clarence United and Glenorchy Knights were unable to warm the hearts of their supporters with goals in frigid conditions at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The Knights went close in the opening half when Justin Letiko’s header clipped the top of the Clarence bar and Simon Strang fired narrowly wide, while Clarence had the ball in the net near the end despite a couple of instinctive and brave saves at close range from Trent Le Rossignol, but the off-side flag cut short the celebrations by the home fans and players.

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Photo:  Kingborough Lions' Wade Hawkins clears before Eagles' Adam McKeown can pounce [PlessPix]

The point enabled sixth-ranked Knights to ease a point ahead of second-last Olympia and 2 points ahead of bottom-side University.

Clarence stay third, 3 points behind leaders South Hobart and 2 points adrift of second-placed New Town Eagles.

In the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, there was cause for huge celebrations by Launceston United, who won their first league match in something like three years with a 5-2 away win over Somerset Sharks at Cardigan Street.

Devonport City maintained top spot with a 2-1 away win over Northern Rangers, Kieren Mulraney netting both goals for the visitors and Agele Luate replying for Rangers.

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Photo:  Eagles' Adam McKeown shoots at goal [PlessPix]

Burnie United stay bottom after losing 3-2 at home to Riverside Olympic at Montello, while Ulverstone downed Launceston City 4-0 away at Mitsubishi Park.

In the Southern League One competition, Derwent United, a team comprised largely of Korean players, climbed to the top of the ladder with a 5-4 away win over Taroona at Kelvedon Park.  Soo Ho Park hit a hat-trick for Derwent and Seong Goan Kim netted twice.

Metro continued their good form with a 2-1 away win over Southern FC, their second win in a row.

Hobart United are due to play Nelson Eastern Suburbs on Sunday at Pontville.

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Photo:  Soo Ho Park hit a hat-trick for Derwent United in the 5-3 away win over Taroona [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Seong Goan Kim netted twice as Derwent United overcame Taroona 5-3 [PlessPix]


SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at 28 April 2012)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

7

5

1

1

17

6

16

New Town Eagles

7

5

0

2

19

13

15

Clarence United

7

4

1

2

20

13

13

Kingborough LionsUnited

7

3

3

1

19

12

12

Tilford Zebras

6

2

1

3

20

22

7

Glenorchy Knights

7

1

2

4

12

18

5

Olympia Warriors

7

1

1

5

12

21

4

University

6

0

3

3

8

22

3

 

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Photo:  New Town Eagles' Liam Scott races away from Kingborough Lions United's Nick Cuthbertson [PlessPix]

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at Saturday, 28 April 2012)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

4

3

1

0

14

4

10

Ulverstone

4

2

2

0

13

4

8

Riverside Olympic

3

2

1

0

6

4

7

Northern Rangers

3

2

0

1

10

5

6

Prospect Knights

3

2

0

1

6

3

6

Launceston United

4

1

1

2

9

11

4

Launceston City

4

0

2

2

2

9

2

Somerset

3

0

1

2

3

8

1

Burnie United

4

0

0

4

2

17

0

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE ONE (As at 28 April 2012)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Derwent United

4

2

2

0

16

13

8

Beachside

4

2

1

1

11

9

7

Southern FC

4

2

1

1

7

5

7

Metro

5

2

1

2

7

9

7

Hobart United

3

1

2

0

9

6

5

Taroona

5

0

2

3

12

16

2

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

3

0

1

2

2

6

1

 

(Read this Tasmanian report and round-ups from all other States at the "Goal!Weekly" website each week at:

http://www.goalweekly.com/)

Comments   

+1 #37 Anonymous 2012-04-30 20:03
#36,

my fault for not making my point clear enough (#34). I was taking the piss out of the blogger that suggested Metro had palyed for 3 minutes because that's how long it took to score the goal by his calculations.

You are 100% spot on with your comments, and the quality opposition I referred to was intended for Southern who looked pretty slick on Saturday and I think will give most sides a bit of stick.
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0 #36 Anonymous 2012-04-30 10:40
#34 Beg pardon I didn't realised Metro goals appeared out of thin air! I presumed the other Metro players would have had some great footwork, crosses, teamwork and passes (which I know they do because I know some of the players) and that it would take a few minutes to score 7 goals. Just support your team, don't put others down, because if by some wild chance your team loses there will be no excuses and they will look weak, having lost to a struggling side.
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+1 #35 Anonymous 2012-04-30 10:29
#33 see #32 (which is someone else). If Derwent is described as largely Korean then why doesn't the other (nearly half) or 11 Aussie players out of 23 get a mention? I note you still don't like talking about the Aussie players at Derwent if I'm hysterical it is because of your bigotry
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0 #34 Anonymous 2012-04-30 08:02
#30,

you are a pretty funny man. Well done. But, I imagine scoring a goal takes an average of about 2 seconds at most from the time the ball leaves the boot or head so not sure how the 3 minutes is calculated. But unlike you I'm no good at maths so will kow tow to your superior intellect.

Looks like Derwent should be a shoe in then in the next game !

I do think though that it took 90 minutes to beat a very polished side on Saturday.
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-2 #33 Anonymous 2012-04-30 07:47
Quoting Anonymous:
#15 & #18 check the FFT website these Aussies are listed as having played in the seniors match. Again #18 check the FFT website, Derwent doesn't have an U19s to "drag" from so once again you are wrong. You both obviously won't give the Aussie players at Derwent a fair go, how un-Australian, by the way #15 & #18 since you both like to cast dispersions are either of you Australian? And before you ask I'm 4th generation Australian from UK. Walter I don't mind people having different opinions and it is healthy but let's have more focus on the actual soccer and get rid of the discrimination and personal (including team) attacks as it has no place in sport. People support your team and soccer don't attack others.

Discrimination? Where's the discrimination? What has being Australian got to do with anything? You're just hysterical me thinks. One of the most ridiculous posts seen on this site. From the FFT site, there are 6 boys with Anglo-Saxon names & EIGHT with Asian (Korean & Japanese I assume) names. That makes Walter's statement correct. Is there any other topic you'd like to discuss?
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+2 #32 Anonymous 2012-04-30 07:36
- Brody Hayes
- Dong Jin Kim
- Haeseong Lee
- Ho Soo Park
- Hojin Kim
- Hyo Shuk Jin
- In Ho Jang
- Jack Morton
- Jack Turner
- Jis Ung Lee -
- Kyle Balmer
- Kyle Gill
- Matt Nogajski
- Matthew Connolly
- Michael John Mckenna -
- Michael Park
- Samuel Burns
- Sang Young Yoon
- Seong Goan Kim
- Shannon Young -
- Soo Ho Park
- Taehwan Kim
- Vincent Turner

Okay, here is to settle the debate.
This is the list of players who have at least been on the senior team sheet according to SportingPulse.

23 names. 12 Korean, 11 Aussies. Interesting. Hardly the imbalance many suggest. Sure, the Koreans start more, but that comes down to skill level, but its not like Aussies aren't given a go.
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+2 #31 Anonymous 2012-04-30 07:23
#29 - McKenna played in goals against Hobart Utd. The guy who got sent off has played goalie for Derwent in practice matches but not competitively.

Derwent do have a real goalie, he was just injured for the Taroona game.
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+1 #30 Anonymous 2012-04-30 06:51
Accept your apology #28, but the last 2 games? Why don't we just limit it to the 3 minutes surrounding the scoring of the Metro goals!
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+1 #29 Anonymous 2012-04-30 06:43
#23 It is my understanding that in the Hobart United game a fullback was playing keeper for Derwent and that it was actually him that was red carded! So with a field player filling in at keeper to replace a field player sent off and down to 10 Derwent done a great job in holding Hobart United to a draw, if anything the Derwent fill in 'keepers' should be congratulated and shame brought on the Hobart United forwards!
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-1 #28 Anonymous 2012-04-30 05:10
#7,

yeh, my apologies. I was thinking that current form was a good indicator. Metro have won 2 in a row and I was mistakenly thinking that as they were the only side to beat the previously undefeated ladder leader up to Saturday they weren't going too bad.

Obviously 40% minus 1.4 x by 1.8 divided by 3.9(2)and take away the difference is a better indicator.
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