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:  Will the Zebras be lambs to the slaughter against South Hobart? [PlessPix]

South Hobart, the leaders in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition, should beat fifth-placed Tilford Zebras at home at South Hobart on Saturday and apply further pressure on second-placed New Town Eagles, who trail by 3 points.

South Hobart beat Zebras 4-0 at this venue in the first round and then drew 0-0 at KGV Park in the second.

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Photo:  Zebras coach Eamonn Kelly does not look like a man under pressure [PlessPix]

That second result may sound promising for Zebras, but they will have to be at their best to earn at least a point this time around.

The goalless draw had much to do with Zebras’ tactical approach to the game, the key to which was man-marking South’s Andy Brennan.

Brennan and South have moved on since then and the reigning champions have adapted and are spreading the goals around much more.

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Photo:  What tactical instrictions will Zebras coach Eamonn Kelly impart to his players this time around against South Hobart? [PlessPix]

Zebras are unlikely to be able to neutralise the many avenues of attack that South have and goalkeeper Michael McKenna is probably in for a torrid afternoon.

Zebras should field the same line-up that was held to a 1-1 draw by Glenorchy Knights last Friday and a side that struggled to draw against the league’s second-last team is unlikely to pose too many problems for the league leaders.

South thrashed University, the bottom side, 10-0 last weekend and that lust for goals should manifest itself again when the Zebras are the potential victims.

The Zebras’ Aaron Brazendale has gone into the restaurant business and is reported to have retired, which is hardly good news for the club in terms of football.

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Photo:  The brilliant and experienced Dmitri Nester is back between the sticks for the Warriors [PlessPix]

Round 17 begins tonight when sixth-placed Olympia Warriors entertain fourth-ranked Kingborough Lions United at Warrior Park at 8pm.

The Warriors are in promising form, while the Lions are running hot and cold.

Kingborough will be without their suspended skipper, Marcello Marchioli, who collected a fifth yellow card against Clarence United last weekend.

Ryan Bevan is in doubt because of a leg injury, which forced him off just before half-time in the 3-0 loss to Clarence.

Andrew Davies and Felix Kang will come into Kingborough’s starting line-up.

“Over the past few weeks, Eagles and Clarence have shown us the type of football that’s required to play finals football,” said Kingborough coach, Matthew Rhodes.

“It’s fair to say that in the past we have faltered at this time of year.

“I suppose it’s something that Geoff Freeman has thought about, having had such a talented side that has not made it at the end of the day.

“The players are the ones that need to address this issue and over the next five weeks they can show they are good enough.

“It’s up to them now to make the next step.”

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Photo:  Olympia vice-president Julia Rabitsch and former president George Mamacas enjoy some food at Warrior Park.  Will tonight's clash between the Warriors and the Lions be another goal feast? [PlessPix]

Kingborough trounced Olympia 6-1 at Lightwood Park in the first round so the venue holds no fears for the visitors.

The second meeting between the sides, at Lightwood Park, ended in a 4-4 stalemate.

This augurs well for this clash as far as entertainment is concerned as there could be a feast of goals.

Third-placed Clarence United beat University 1-0 at Wentworth Park this season, while the Eastern Shore outfit thrashed the Students 7-0 at Olinda Grove in the first round.

When the sides meet again at 6.30pm at Wentworth Park on Saturday, anything could happen, but the home side must start as favourites.

The inclusion of goalkeeper Carlos Ortiz in the Clarence line-up is a positive.  This has nothing to do with the form of previous custodian Trent Cornish, who was in goal for both the earlier games against University and who played extremely well.  It merely reflects the fact that Colombian import Ortiz is in a rich vein of form and on top of his game.

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Photo:  Clarence goalkeeper Carlos Ortiz has been producing match-winning performances since returning from suspension [PlessPix]

Sam Cannamela returns from suspension and will strengthen the Clarence side, as will the inclusion of Grant Malcolm, who returns from overseas,

Phineas Aldridge has recovered from illness and is also available for selection.

“University will be looking to bounce back with an improved performance this week and we will treat them with respect,” said Clarence coach, Ronnie Bolton.

“But, we will be looking to build on last week’s form to make sure we get some momentum up as we head towards the final-four placings.”

University always have the potential to upset opponents, but they have yet to win a game this season.  They are unlikely to get even a point from this encounter.

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Photo:  University will be looking for great contributions from Harry Booth (No.4) and Aaron Hindmarsh against Clarence [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles have beaten Glenorchy Knights twice this season in the league and they should make it a hat-trick when the sides clash at KGV Park at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Knights have yet to overcome their crisis of confidence, caused by three losses in a row before their 1-1 draw with Tilford Zebras last week.

They will be without the suspended Jacob Huigsloot, while Callan Griffin is interstate and unavailable.

Justin Letiko is away in Launceston and goalkeeper Trent Le Rossignol is still injured.

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Photo:  Knights coach Chris Hey will hope to be smiling after Sunday's agme against Eagles, as he was in this photo after Knights beat Eagles in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final this season [PlessPix]

This is a bleak picture for the Knights.  The only consolation for them is that they are 6 points ahead of bottom-side University, who are unlikely to topple Clarence and pick up points to close the gap.

New Town Eagles are likely to reinstate Michael Anderson, who was on the bench last weekend because of illness.  He would replace Cormac Collins.

Collins will be joined on the substitutes’ bench by Chris Stingle, while Josh Quan will play for the reserves.

“With the Hobart City Council not able to tend to Clare Street this week, the squad spent Tuesday in a lengthy spin and swim session and Thursday indoors working on quick-release combination plays,” said Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford.

“We will be taking an attacking formation into this game and looking for all three points against a Knights outfit that has proven difficult for us over the last few years.

“They had a good start to last week’s match and we will be mindful of their early pressing that proved so fruitful for them in the Cup Final.”

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Photo:  Jacob Huigsloot (left) is suspended for the Knights while goalkeeper Trent Le Rossignol (in background) is injured [PlessPix]


FORESTRY TASMANIA SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at 15 July 2012)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

16

12

2

2

50

11

38

New Town Eagles

16

11

2

3

42

17

35

Clarence United

16

8

2

6

33

26

26

Kingborough Lions Utd

16

6

6

4

36

33

24

Tilford Zebras

16

6

5

5

41

35

23

Olympia Warriors

16

5

3

8

33

39

18

Glenorchy Knights

16

2

4

10

19

35

10

University

16

0

4

12

11

69

4

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+2 #28 Anonymous 2012-07-24 08:48
Minty is a good young keeper and as all good keepers need time to develop. This is where Zebras failed, 1 to reconise the talent and 2 to be prpared to develop it.
If your defence is poor or your team can't defend then don't blame the keeper blame the players and coach. You can do training drills to improve your defensive play
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+9 #27 Anonymous 2012-07-20 12:53
Quoting Anonymous:
Jin from derwent to coach zebra's i here nexted year?????.


Whoever you heard that from must be smokin' some good stuff.
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+1 #26 Anonymous 2012-07-20 10:14
#18, who said the juniors are leaving as far as i know there has not been one player left from 15s and under , they are juniors #18. If you want to play 19s and this is your age group then i would say it requires a lot of hard work and commitment and some players have obviously are not committed
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-1 #25 Anonymous 2012-07-20 09:27
Jin from derwent to coach zebra's i here nexted year?????.
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+1 #24 Anonymous 2012-07-20 09:05
Quoting Anonymous:
I think you may have overated Eagles chances.
Given that they haven't really trained this week due to their sub-standard ground, I think Knights might surprise them and take a point or three off them.
How can the Eagles be taken seriously when their facilities are so crap. It's no wonder their juniors are abandoning them.


Gutless! Ripping on a community club because of their facilities that aren't their own. They have NO control over the facilities but they DO have control of their results and they are looking fine.

You must remember that they plan on this ground as much as any other team and have to train at facilities that are below par so they do pretty well in the league considering...
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0 #23 Anonymous 2012-07-20 07:24
He has taken over marti zuccos.
They do a 2 large special from $23.50.
And also deliver alcohol.
Support that lad.
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+8 #22 Anonymous 2012-07-20 06:25
Eagles love a spin session
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-9 #21 scorpio 2012-07-20 06:24
Anon#1
In response to your dumb arse comment, let me give you some food for thought. If your proposal happened, there could well be a complain about match fixing??
FFT would have to investigate and Walters blog site would be compromised as there would be a search of your email deatils etc. If you are involved in a club, given your suggestive comment, you could end up in the big POOH.
So think about that. You have just potentially jeopadised a number of people and clubs with your stupid comment. YOU IDIOT
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+11 #20 Anonymous 2012-07-20 05:48
kang gets a start for K'bro but farquar doesn't.

it makes no sense.
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+3 #19 Anonymous 2012-07-20 05:04
Yooo and 2nd last in the league....Not kidding
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