Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Adam McKeown helps out his defence with a clearing header [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Clare Street, Sunday, 15 July 2012)

New Town Eagles 1 (A McKeown 44)

Olympia Warriors 1 (B Phillips 57)

HT: 1-0   Att: 100   Ref: P Galloway

New Town Eagles: N Pitchford  -  Page, Cox, Marshall  -  Whitehall (Quan 84), Hudson, Scott, Clamp (Anderson 84), Collins  -  Leszczynski, McKeown  (Subs not used:  Bunt, Ingles)

Olympia Warriors: Nester  -  Y Mohamad (W Page 69), Begovic, P Tsakiris, Phillips  -  Woolley (Kunwar 77), Mason, Kumpulainen, Meredith  -  Wadawu, Fielding  (Subs not used:  Stockdale, Voss)

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Photo:  Olympia's Peter Tsakiris tries to catch Adam McKeown [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors produced a fine performance in the heavy conditions and could have won the match.  They hit the woodwork three times and had what looked like a clear penalty denied them.

Who said they couldn’t play away from their plastic pitch?  They played excellent football in the second half and handled the conditions perfectly.  They passed the ball well, did not rely on the long kick, and built their attacks with intelligence and technique.

Warren Wadawu presented a huge danger to the home side.  He displayed speed, fine ball control, trickery and a determination to win every ball.  Josh Fielding complemented Wadawu perfectly in attack and the pair caused Eagles plenty of headaches.

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Photo:  Olympia's Josh Fielding appeals for a free-kick [PlessPix]

Peter Tsakiris did well at the back marking Adam McKeown, although the latter took his goal brilliantly.

New Town Eagles were a tad unlucky.  They were much more direct than their opponents.  They spurned the fancy stuff and went for goal via the shortest route.  They had a late goal cancelled out for off-side, which would have given them the three points, but they hardly deserved to win.

Liam Scott had a very good game in midfield for the home side and he largely managed to subdue Chris Kumpulainen while also creating scoring chances for himself and team-mates.  His performance was even better given that his sphere of action was often the slippery cricket pitch in the middle.

Olympia almost opened the scoring after just 40 seconds.  That is usually the preserve of Eagles, but this time, Olympia’s Fielding smacked a shot against the Eagles crossbar and then lobbed the rebound wide to let the home team off the hook.

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Photo:  Eagles' Adam McKeown (left) in pursuit of Olympia's Youssef Mohamad [PlessPix]

Blayne Hudson proved Eagles’ saviour shortly after as Harry Woolley’s service presented Wadawu with a chance, only to see the Eagles player block in the nick of time.

Dmitri Nester showed why he is back in goal for Olympia when, in the 19th minute, he produced a brilliant diving save to deny Alex Leszczynski’s snap shot.

In the 25th minute, Kumpulainen escaped Scott’s shackles and broke through, but his shot was straight at Nathan Pitchford.

Eagles took the lead with a minute of the first half remaining.  Pitchford’s clearance was knocked on by Whitehall on the right and Clamp slipped the ball inside for McKeown, who beat the off-side trap and fired under the advancing Nester.

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Photo:  Chris Kumpulainen (left) and Liam Scott had an epic struggle in midfield [PlessPix]

Everyone thought it was 2-0 ten minutes into the second half when Page’s long ball out of defence was nodded on by McKeown to Jacob Clamp, who rounded Nester and walked the ball into the net, but after consulting his assistant on the right, Mr Galloway disallowed the goal, much to Olympia’s relief.

Olympia drew level in the 57th minute when Wadawu wriggled free inside the box and played the ball square to Fielding, who laid it back for Ben Phillips to shoot from just outside the box.  The shot took a deflection off Whitehall and carried through and dropped just short of Pitchford, who was deceived by the lack of bounce and allowed it to slide over the line.

An example of how well Olympia were handling the conditions and purposefully constructing their attacks came in the 61st minute.  Nick Meredith played a ball down the left touch-line for Wadawau, whose sheer determination enabled him to beat Mark Page and reach the byline.  With Fielding unmarked and waiting in the middle, Pitchford came off his line and cut out Wadawu’s cross, thus snuffing out the danger.

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Photo:  Olympia's Ben Phillips heads the ball upfield [PlessPix]

Eagles had a stroke of luck in the 72nd minute when Woolley’s corner from the left was headed onto the top of the bar by Wadawu.

Wadawu earned a free-kick two minutes later when he was brought down by Page just outside the box and he took the free-kick, which beat the ball and Pitchford but came back into play off the far left-hand post.

Both sides made substitutions in an attempt to swing the game in their favour.  The emphasis was clearly still on attack, which was a credit to both teams and coaches.

Six minutes from the end, Olympia substitute Dipendra Kunwar cut in from the right and was brought down by Page, who looked awfully sheepish as he got up and looked at the referee.  Mr Galloway indicated a corner and the game then inevitably petered out to a draw.

The point puts Eagles 3 points behind leaders South Hobart, while Olympia remain sixth, 8 points ahead of second-last Glenorchy Knights and 5 adrift of fifth-ranked Tilford Zebras.

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Photo:  Eagles celebrate McKeown's goal [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford, said:

“We’re disappointed to drop a couple of points at home.  Having said that, conditions were hard for both sides and it was just a struggle to the end.

“The goal we gave away was a bit soft, but they had a few other chances that might have gone in as well.  We’ll all have a look at the highlights to see why some of the decisions went the way they did.  It’s pretty hard to tell from the bench.

“The boys played for 90 minutes.  They just kept playing and had chances right at the end and, probably, a win either way in the last 10 or 15 minutes for either side would have been hard for the losing side.”

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Photo:  The coaches and subs make their way off at half-time [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Glen McNeill, said:

“I thought we were good enough.  We hit the woodwork three times and I think we really took the game to them today under terrible conditions.  The ground got steadily worse throughout the afternoon.

“All credit to the lads.  I thought they did very well and were unlucky not to get a result today.

“The boys have really re-invented themselves in the last six weeks.  The boys are very upbeat about the result today and just disappointed that we didn’t get a win.”

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Photo:  The officials are escorted off the field by Bill Shackcloth with the umbrella [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

Comments   

0 #29 Anonymous 2012-07-18 07:18
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Don't worry Olympia I would be upset too if it took me that long to get a goal and a lucky goal at that, which was helped along by the puddles on the ground, while your opponents are able to score a goal with just three of their players touching it. Poor Olympia, they never will be good enough.

Out of the 3 games that have been played against these teams, the results look like this:

Olympia; Won: 1 Draw: 1 Lost: 1
Eagles; Won: 1 Draw: 1 :Lost: 1

So it seems that if Olympia are not good enough in games against Eagles, then Eagles are not good enough either.
Results of games shows that the points were shared evenly.
So everyone, let's just move on.

oh well,at least eagles will play finals!!!


and based on last two results you should be hoping that Olympia don't
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+4 #28 CSE 2012-07-18 06:48
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Don't worry Olympia I would be upset too if it took me that long to get a goal and a lucky goal at that, which was helped along by the puddles on the ground, while your opponents are able to score a goal with just three of their players touching it. Poor Olympia, they never will be good enough.

Out of the 3 games that have been played against these teams, the results look like this:

Olympia; Won: 1 Draw: 1 Lost: 1
Eagles; Won: 1 Draw: 1 :Lost: 1

So it seems that if Olympia are not good enough in games against Eagles, then Eagles are not good enough either.
Results of games shows that the points were shared evenly.
So everyone, let's just move on.

oh well,at least eagles will play finals!!!


At least Olympia will make T-League
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+6 #27 Simon Poidevon 2012-07-18 06:40
#26, I am and Eagles fan, and Olympics rise this year reminds me of NTE last year, did all the right things and made it into the final 4 and went on to finish runner up. This year even better. So I wouldnt be surprised at all if OFC make it too the finals
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-3 #26 Anonymous 2012-07-17 10:25
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Don't worry Olympia I would be upset too if it took me that long to get a goal and a lucky goal at that, which was helped along by the puddles on the ground, while your opponents are able to score a goal with just three of their players touching it. Poor Olympia, they never will be good enough.

Out of the 3 games that have been played against these teams, the results look like this:

Olympia; Won: 1 Draw: 1 Lost: 1
Eagles; Won: 1 Draw: 1 :Lost: 1

So it seems that if Olympia are not good enough in games against Eagles, then Eagles are not good enough either.
Results of games shows that the points were shared evenly.
So everyone, let's just move on.

oh well,at least eagles will play finals!!!
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+9 #25 anonymous 2012-07-17 05:43
#24 you,re spoton with your comment.Two teams playing 4-3-3 ,although it may look good technically, after about 10 minutes it becomes a snorefest & you wish it would quickly end. This noticeably occurs at the highest level of the game. So kudos go out to all those coaches who change it up & run with their beliefs in the way their team should play.
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+18 #24 Anonymous 2012-07-17 02:06
interesting game. Eagles long ball game seemed to have them on top of the game early on but they appeared to tire more quickly from this kick and run and hope style of play. I dont think people should critisise the way eagles play, the thing that makes our league great is how teams match up against eachother with different styles of play. Whilst some styles are inevitably better than others, itd be boring if all teams played the same.
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+19 #23 Anonymous 2012-07-17 02:01
Quoting Anonymous:
Don't worry Olympia I would be upset too if it took me that long to get a goal and a lucky goal at that, which was helped along by the puddles on the ground, while your opponents are able to score a goal with just three of their players touching it. Poor Olympia, they never will be good enough.

Out of the 3 games that have been played against these teams, the results look like this:

Olympia; Won: 1 Draw: 1 Lost: 1
Eagles; Won: 1 Draw: 1 :Lost: 1

So it seems that if Olympia are not good enough in games against Eagles, then Eagles are not good enough either.
Results of games shows that the points were shared evenly.
So everyone, let's just move on.
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+14 #22 Anonymous 2012-07-17 01:33
Quoting Anonymous:
Don't worry Olympia I would be upset too if it took me that long to get a goal and a lucky goal at that, which was helped along by the puddles on the ground, while your opponents are able to score a goal with just three of their players touching it. Poor Olympia, they never will be good enough.



it was bad goalkeeping, nothing to do with luck or the puddle, pitchy knows he should have got his body behind the ball, if he had done that eagles would have the 3 points
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-9 #21 Anonymous 2012-07-17 00:56
Don't worry Olympia I would be upset too if it took me that long to get a goal and a lucky goal at that, which was helped along by the puddles on the ground, while your opponents are able to score a goal with just three of their players touching it. Poor Olympia, they never will be good enough.
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+15 #20 Anonymous 2012-07-17 00:29
Thanks Anon 19,
Olympia feel very lucky. Not so much because of the points you made, but due to making it out of your wonderful facility without injury.
You can blame the HCC as much as you like, but at the end of the day it is the Eagles home and it is rubbish. It is an embarrasment for Football in Tasmania that our highest level of football is played at such a cesspool.
Olympia thought about leaving your changerooms in the disgraceful way Eagles left the rooms at Warrior Park, but they were already worse than that when we arrived.
Eagles = Embarassment 101
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