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:  Kingborough's Marcello Marchioli takes on the Knights' Jayden Hey [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Saturday, 28 July 2012)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (J Schuth 34)

Glenorchy Knights 2 (G Kamano 22, J Dawes 84)

HT: 1-1   Att: 80   Ref: K Barker

Kingborough Lions United: Duncan  -  D Pearce, Iseli, Cuthbertson, Di Falco  -  Bevan (Hawkins 46), Marchioli, T Pearce (Cowen 65), Schuth  -  F Kang (Cooper 72), Farquhar  (Subs not used:  Leamey, Davis)

Glenorchy Knights: Peter  -  Hey, Johnson, Holmes, A Robb (Robinson 69)  -  Marney, Huigsloot, Nowicki, Clay  -  Kamano, Strang (Dawes 78)  (Subs not used:  M Robb, Langdale)

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Photo:  The match officials [PlessPix]

This was the first meeting between teams that have been selected in next year’s Victory League and so both had something to prove.

Glenorchy Knights came out on top, winning 2-1, their first victory in six outings.

For Kingborough, it was their third consecutive loss, which must be hugely disappointing for everyone involved at the club.  Their top-four spot is now at risk.

The home side began confidently and Felix Kang soon showed he was well worth his place in the starting line-up.  He was prepared to shoot at every opportunity and from any range.  One of his efforts, after just 2 minutes, brought out the best in Knights keeper Ben Peter, who flew through the air to his right and turned the ball wide for a corner.

In the 17th minute, a Trent Pearce free-kick from midfield was headed over the bar by Marcello Marchioli as Knights looked a little fragile.

But, it was the visitors who took the lead midway through the first half when a counter-attack ended with Simon Strang floating a left-wing cross into the box for George Kamao to beat keeper Andrew Duncan to the ball and flick it home with his head.

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Photo:  Sam Johnson (right) pressures David Cooper [PlessPix]

Kingborough fought back and Joel Schuth equalised in the 34th minute when he collected a pass on the left and rounded Peter before slotting home from an acute angle.  Peter should probably not have committed himself, but Schuth did finish well.

Knights had the better of the second half and deserved their win against a Kingborough side that lacked penetration and finishing.  They certainly missed Danny Cowen at the start.  He was left on the bench because he has had tonsillitis and, even when he did come on, he was unable to make an impact.

Four minutes after the resumption, Duncan had to stretch to turn Jade Clay’s long-range free-kick over the bar.  Clay had a good game and seems to be regaining some of the form he showed last season.

In the 58th minute, Matthew Nowicki’s dangerous shot was turned wide for a corner by Duncan as the Knights searched for a winner.

Both sides made substitutions as the second half wore on, but the introduction of Jason Dawes by the Knights was to prove decisive.  He replaced Simon Strang, who had a recurrence of a hamstring strain, with 12 minutes remaining.

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Photo:  Kingborough's David Cooper (on ground) is unable to beat the Knights' combination of Jacob Huigsloot and Sam Johnson [PlessPix]

In the 81st minute, Alex Holmes headed a corner over Duncan’s bar as Knights started to increase the pressure.

Three minutes later, a poor pass out of defence by Nick Cuthbertson went straight to Nowicki and he slipped the ball through for Dawes to run onto and slot past Duncan for the winner.

Kingborough has one more chance to salvage a point in stoppage time, but substitute avid Cooper’s chip from range was easily fielded by Peter.

The result leaves Kingborough clinging to fourth spot, but they are level on 24 points with Olympia Warriors, while the Knights are all but mathematically safe from finishing last as bottom-side University lost 3-0 to Olympia Warriors the same afternoon.  This means University would have to win their three remaining games by huge margins and Knights would have to lose their three remaining games for the two teams to swap places.

This just is not going to happen and University have, for all intents and purposes, collected the wooden spoon.

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Photo:  The Knights' Jade Clay (left) holds off Kingborough's Nick Cuthbertson and Damien Pearce [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Matthew Rhodes, said:

“A disappointing result.  I really feel for the people who spent so much time on our fantastic Victory-League application and people like Bernie Siggins who, tonight, will go home and wash two sets of strips for next week.

No doubt, the usual people will want me sacked.  That’s fine.  I have given 150 per cent to the job.  I have done my best and that’s all I can do.

“The disappointing thing was that the other side we were playing were showing more passion and desire to win, and that’s hard to take.  I have been pretty loyal to the player group, but it’s a grand final next week for us and I will be making some changes.

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Photo:  Kingborough's Joel Schuth (right) tries to get past Knights' Jade Clay [PlessPix]

“If we win two of the next three games, we are still in with a chance to finish in the top-4.  Even tonight, we still are in fourth spot.

“It doesn’t matter who coaches.  The same questions have to be answered:  How bad to we want to win?  How bad do we desire it?  Only the players can answer these questions because they are playing for a great club that it’s not a right to play for, but should be considered a privilege to play for.”

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Photo:  Kingborough keeper Andrew Duncan punches the ball clear at a corner [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights assistant coach, Anthony Grundy, said:

“Obviously, an excellent result for our guys today.  I think once we found out about the announcement about the Victory League, we had a training on Friday night and all the boys were quite buoyed about it.  We just wanted to go out there and show what we put on the park last week against Eagles isn’t who we really are and that we’re a much better outfit than that.

“Today, hard conditions and it wasn’t the prettiest of games to watch, I don’t think, but at the end of the day we got three points and that’s really important for us as it probably makes us safe, definitely, from that last position, which is good.”

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Photo:  The Lions' Felix Kang (left) and Marc Iseli challenge the Knights' George Kamano for the ball [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Trent Pearce and George Kamano in a tackle for the ball as the Knights' Jade Clay and Jacob Huigsloot await the outcome [PlessPix]

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+4 #18 anonymous 2012-07-31 12:46
#16 ...and they are in the V-League. I hope you recruit well.
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-1 #17 Anonymous 2012-07-31 05:53
Quoting Anonymous:
Fair comments from Rhodsey, he has given 150% and should be congratulated. However, it was clear early on that Rhodsey was not the righ coach for Kingborough. People should not be firing shots at him!!! He has done his best. The shots should be fired at Brian or the Committee - whoever made the appointment - they need to be held accountable.

Intresting comment and your the same guy who was standing in the photo after the Summer Cup win enjoying it Fickle Fickle!
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+5 #16 Anonymous 2012-07-31 00:01
If you look at just about every other team in the SPL, there is much more expeirnce in their lineups compared to Kingborough.

I believe this very young group needs to be supported by the most experienced players the club has at least until next year.

To that end, I'd line up this way for the remaining matches.

Duncan
Abbott, Cuthbertson, Iseli, Pearce
Di Falco, Cooper, Marchioli, Schuth
Farquar Cowen

I know ppl will question Abbott at fullback but he played his best football there for South.
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+5 #15 Roy 2012-07-30 08:20
In Rhodesy defence he has not got a lot of expirence players .First year Coach it's all about results his being trying to cover up hole's and get results .

Give him sometime to develop his player's he will get there. But i don't think they will. To sack a Coach who won the First Trophy for the club ever at this level and if they get in the four mmm.

To my mind is more than harsh 5 is spot on he pick up Three Ressie players from South And Two Div One Players from Metro .

His done well really and I think Boro people Should remeber his played 4-3-3 and still is playing attacking Football.

Boro people have been happy in the past to support the Coaches so what's change maybe it's because his not part of the Boro Family.
Roy
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-5 #14 Anonymous 2012-07-30 08:06
Quoting Anon #6 Is there any chance of K'boro's forwards (Kang and Farquar) holding level with the opposition's defensive line rather than pushing deep to get the ball and squeezing space for the mids?

Frustrating to watch.

This comes down to inexperience. Maybe Farquhar should be rested for the rest of the season and battle it out in the ressies comp.
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+3 #13 Anonymous 2012-07-30 06:22
I for one, would like to see Rhodes stay next year but some of the gripes of K'boro supporters are legitimate in terms of the inconsistent team lineup, balance and game philosophy, all of which could do with some improvement.
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+9 #12 Anonymous 2012-07-30 03:21
Chello [quote name="Anonymous "]Chello and Marco being really poor this year![/quote

Were to now for Boro and what is the right Coach for them .One Answer some one who will not rock the Boat and play nice,Result happy people that will be crushed in the V-League.

Zebras could do a lot worse than Rhodesy to have his team fourth with two top players down on form!!!

You have to shake your head at clubs supporters sometimes they were all there when the Summer Cup was won now they going to stab the guy in the back unreal.

Can't have it both way's Boro Faithfully !
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+4 #11 Anonymous 2012-07-30 02:21
Where was Abbott this week? Has he spat it?
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+13 #10 Anonymous 2012-07-30 02:18
Quoting Anonymous:
You can't expect Kingborough to compete when their team is made up of over seven old south hobart reserve team players...


ha! if you're going to recruit reserves players, you might as well get them from South who up until this year had won the ressies title 7 years running.
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+9 #9 Anonymous 2012-07-30 01:52
You can't expect Kingborough to compete when their team is made up of over seven old south hobart reserve team players...
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