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

Clarence United 0

South Hobart 1 (B Eaves 20)

HT: 0-1   Att: 80   Ref: I Jozeljic

Clarence United: Cornish  -  Toghill, Lewis, Hedge, Price  -  Hoppitt (Aldridge 75), Cairns, Malcolm, Cannamela, McIntyre  -  E Tsakiris  (Subs not used:  Nicholson, W Reibel, Lush, Aitken)

South Hobart: Ferguson  -  Duffy, Ludford, Bladel, Williams  -  Hickey, Feral, Eaves  -  Lantouris (Ince 90), Brennan, Morton  (Subs not used:  Rogers, Kruijver, M Clarke)


You need a little bit of luck, even when you’re on top of the ladder, and South Hobart got that luck on Saturday night in the 1-0 win over third-placed Clarence United.

The visitors scored a fine goal in the opening half, but were on the back foot in the second half and survived a disallowed ‘goal’ for off-side and cleared another certain goal off the line.

Hugo Bladel was reinstated at the heart of the South Hobart defence after Ned Clarke suffered a foot injury at work and was unable to play.

Clarence were without the injured Carlos Ortiz and Trent Cornish took his place in goal.

South’s Konstantinos Lantouris started in lively fashion but, after receiving a yellow card for dissent early in the game, virtually faded away completely.

South threatened the Clarence goal from the start but without any fortune and it was not until the 20-minute mark that South took the lead.

Shae Hickey, Greg Duffy and Andy Brennan engaged in some impressive triangular passing on the right before Brennan slipped the ball through for Bobby Eaves, who had time to chip a delightful ball beyond Cornish and inside the right-hand post.

South threatened to run away with the game after that, but some brave goalkeeping by Cornish kept them out and Eaves had another effort ruled out for off-side.

Clarence went close through David Hoppitt, while the visitors were off target through Nick Morton and Brennan.

It was a different game after the interval as the home side went all out for an equaliser and perhaps even a winner.

In the 65th minute, a superb through-ball by Aaron Cairns put Emmauel Tsakiris clear of the defence and he had the ball in the net, only to be ruled off-side.  He seemed to have timed his run to perfection, but there was no arguing with the assistant referee’s flag.

Five minutes later, South keeper Matthew Ferguson did very well to get down to a firm shot from Grant Malcolm and turn it wide for a corner.

Lantouris popped his head up for a minute in the 82nd minute after a good build-up down the right, but his shot was wide.

A minute later, Clarence almost got the goal they deserved, but Cameron Williams was South’s saviour as he cleared Tsakiris’s shot off the line with Ferguson well beaten.

South substituted Lantouris in the final minute, but it was more of a delaying tactic than a genuine attempt to score another goal.

Neither side could come up with a goal in stoppage time and South were grateful for the three points.

It was difficult to say who was more disappointed  -  Ronnie Bolton, the Clarence coach, or the watching Stephen Pitchford, coach of second-placed New Town Eagles, who now trailed South by 6 points ahead of their game against Tilford Zebras on Sunday.

Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton, said:

“I thought it was a good game of football.  Entertaining.  No doubt they’re the best football side in the league and I thought our boys stood up to them and, with a bit of luck, we could have got an equaliser.

“I’d like to see the off-side again.  I thought it was a bit dubious.  But, that’s football.  It’s a cruel game at times, but South are a good side.

“But, we can take something out of the game and that’s that we’re a decent side ourselves.

“I think we had the better of the second half.  They relied on the break more in the second half.  With a bit of luck we could have got one back but it wasn’t to be on the night, so congratulations to South.”

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“I thought it was a very tough game for us tonight.  I thought Clarence played good football, with a lot of good commitment and they worked really hard and put us under pressure.

“But, I was very happy with the performance from our lads because we dug deep and we battled through the game.  We got a good goal in the first half and even though they had a big chance in the second half I think we had chances on the break, though we took too many touches to put them away.

“I thought it was a very dour match, and a very, very hard match.”

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+2 #24 Steffan Elliott 2012-08-01 09:41
Quoting FACTS AND DATA:
Quoting CUFC:
anon#19

I like how you have written "Nelson and Olympia SEEM to have stronger numbers currently"

Big guess mate and you are wrong in your assumtion.
Clarence are stronger than both those clubs, christ, if someone "donated" 3/4 of a million to Clarence instead, Olympia would be merging with Huonville about now.

We didnt get in for the simple reason that when FFT run out of money, and they will, they needed to know the clubs picked will keep forking out the cash to keep the league alive. CUFC dont have money = no VLeague for us.


Olympia have 5 youth teams for males and clarence have 4. This uis a massive turnaround on previuos years.

Meanwhile Clarence has 3 youth teams for females and Olympia 1.

That would be 4 girls teams thanks .
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-2 #23 FACTS AND DATA 2012-08-01 08:01
Quoting CUFC:
anon#19

I like how you have written "Nelson and Olympia SEEM to have stronger numbers currently"

Big guess mate and you are wrong in your assumtion.
Clarence are stronger than both those clubs, christ, if someone "donated" 3/4 of a million to Clarence instead, Olympia would be merging with Huonville about now.

We didnt get in for the simple reason that when FFT run out of money, and they will, they needed to know the clubs picked will keep forking out the cash to keep the league alive. CUFC dont have money = no VLeague for us.


Olympia have 5 youth teams for males and clarence have 4. This uis a massive turnaround on previuos years.

Meanwhile Clarence has 3 youth teams for females and Olympia 1.
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+4 #22 anonymous 2012-07-31 12:22
good to see cufc taking such bad news in their stride, cant wait to play against this club again in the future' i just hope that when this occurs i'm not on my walking stick love ya jabba
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+12 #21 DJ 2012-07-31 05:08
#Love your work and passion Ronnie and all the positive things you have to say, welcome at Zebras anytime for a cold ale and free Pizza.
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+12 #20 CUFC 2012-07-31 04:16
anon#19

I like how you have written "Nelson and Olympia SEEM to have stronger numbers currently"

Big guess mate and you are wrong in your assumtion.
Clarence are stronger than both those clubs, christ, if someone "donated" 3/4 of a million to Clarence instead, Olympia would be merging with Huonville about now.

We didnt get in for the simple reason that when FFT run out of money, and they will, they needed to know the clubs picked will keep forking out the cash to keep the league alive. CUFC dont have money = no VLeague for us.
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-10 #19 anonymous 2012-07-31 03:51
Gordon I think you would even admit the youth structure at Clarence is far from rosy and not what it used to be. Nelson and Olympia seem to have stronger numbers currently, this was probably a key BUP BOW for Clarence's submission.
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+18 #18 Ronnie Bolton 2012-07-30 21:56
#17 Our club is certainly not up the creek. We may well be in the second tier of football next year but that will not dampen my spirit or drive for my club . FFT have made a decision and I just have to accept that. CUFC will be aiming to be in as strong a position as possible both on and off the park. Our planning has started now. Football is about character when you are down and we shall see in time how CUFC overcomes this , remember it's not the first time we have been written off. Just a small example was the experts prediction about us finishing 7th this year.We are facing the facts , dealing with them and moving on. Sure we will develop youngsters and some will be picked up by other clubs , that's been going on for years.Say hello if you see me around the grounds and then you will understand what being passionate about football and your club means.
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-14 #17 Anonymous 2012-07-30 09:52
well said Ronnie but surely u can see that your club is up the creek. Where do u honestly think u will be in 3 years. u will lose 6 senior players minium next year and much tge same for the next two years after that. Any good youngsters u have will leave.Time to face facts. The club has dropped the ball off the field and you may never recover
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+19 #16 Gordon Jablonski 2012-07-30 07:23
Quoting anon:
Not to stick the knife in but would it be the same result for Clarence if Gordon or Leigh Maybe were president?

What a poor thing to say. I cannot speak for Leigh but I know that Phil has done a lot of positive things for Clarence and certainly does not deserve that kind of stab in the back in such an anonymous and cowardly source. At least have some courage in your convictions.
I have no real idea how the decision was reached however it is fairly apparent that geographical location was an unmentioned criteria.
Personally I think that Clarence deserved a spot over and above a couple of the clubs that made it...but we didn't get there. What we do now is to realign our goals for the next three years and achieve the best we can for our club, the region and the game as a whole, which is what we have always tried to do.
In three years time we will see if we are in a position to become part of the T League...or even if we will want to be at that time dependant upon the success or failure of the project.
Good luck to those that were successful.
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+3 #15 WTF 2012-07-30 05:13
#11

"The whole league can't wait for another dour game this week against the eagles."

I agree. That would be one of those rare occasions. Eagles are definely the second best team this year.
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