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:  Eagles score their fifth against the Lions [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Clare Street, Saturday, 30 June 2012)

New Town Eagles 6 (McKeown 1, 83, Clamp 3, Leszczynski 12 pen, Scott 62, Page 65)

Kingborough Lions United 0

HT: 3-0   Att: 120   Ref: I Jozeljic

New Town Eagles: N Pitchford  -  Clark, Cox, Page (Bunt 77), Anderson  -  Whitehall (Quan 67), Hudson, Scott, Leszczynski  -  Clamp (Marshall 67), McKeown  (Sub not used:  Graham)

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey  -  Hawkins, Cowen, Iseli (T Pearce 72), Cooper  -  Di Falco, Bevan (Herweynen 66), Cuthbertson, D Pearce  -  Schuth, Farquhar (F Kang 66)  (Subs not used:  Duncan, Hartog)

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Photo:  Lions keeper David Leamey punches clear [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles knocked in six goals without reply against the visiting Kingborough Lions United to go 2 points clear at the top of the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League.

It was Kingborough's heaviest defeat in the league this season.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton was watching.  His side can regain the lead on Sunday with a win over Olympia Warriors at South Hobart.

It took Eagles just 18 seconds to take the lead and the Lions did not touch the ball until keeper David Leamey had to pick it out of the net.  A series of passes in an attack down the right ended with Alex Leszczynski back-heeling the ball for Adam McKeown to fire home from close range.

It was 2-0 in the 3rd minute when Whitehall played the ball across the face of goal for Jacob Clamp to score easily.

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Photo:  Eagles' Alex Leszczynski is airborne as the Lions' Marc Iseli gets stuck in [PlessPix]

Kingborough recovered their composure by the 8th minute and Ryan Bevan’s low drive clipped the outside of Nathan Pitchford’s right-hand post, while seconds later, Pitchford did well to get down to a powerful shot from Joel Schuth.

A minute later, Schuth failed to connect with a high ball that should have provided him with a headed goal.

Marc Iseli brought down McKeown for a penalty in the 12th minute and Leszczynski converted the spot-kick to make it 3-0 against a now shell-shocked Kingborough outfit that had no answer to Eagles’ speed and tenacity.  The home side could smell blood and were in the mood for a slaughter.

On the half-hour, McKeown almost had a second when Andrew Clark drove the ball forward.  The ball took a slight deflection and floated to McKeown, stationed at the far left-hand post.  His header was turned against the underside of the bar by Leamey before the ball was cleared.

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Photo:  The Lions' David Cooper tries to loop the ball over his head as Alex Leszczynski moves in [PlessPix]

Two goals in four minutes just after the hour-mark continued the Eagles rampage.  Liam Scott netted in the 62nd minute after a well-executed attack, while Mark Page made it 5-0 in the 65th minute as the Lions capitulated.

The visitors and the home side made several substitutions at this stage.  For Eagles, it was to give their substitutes a run.  For Kingborough, it was a desperate ploy to attempt to salvage something from the game and limit further damage.

It didn’t work for the Lions.  With 7 minutes remaining, McKeown rounded the advancing Leamey on the right and stroked the ball home for goal number six.

Just before that, McKeown had two good chances.  His low shot was well stopped by Leamey, while he headed an inviting cross over the bar shortly after.

Schuth was unlucky not to pull a goal back for the visitors with 10 minutes left, his powerful shot coming back off the crossbar.

It was the second week in a row that Eagles had scored six goals and kept a clean sheet.  That is an ominous sign for the other teams in the competition as we reach the business end of the campaign.

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Photo:  Eagles' Adam McKeown controls the ball on his chest ahead of the Lions' Marc Iseli [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford, said:

“A very good performance backing up from last week.  A really good start for us, simple passing moves resulting in goals.

“We probably should have finished off a bit better in the second half, but the fact we kept going for 90 minutes on a pretty heavy field  -  although not as heavy as it might have been  -  was really good to see.

“We brought three boys off the bench who continued to put in as well and the pressure kept going.  "Very good to have a clean sheet again and, hopefully, we’ll be able to continue in the weeks ahead.

“It should have been double figures, probably, looking at some of the shots.  Sometimes we held onto it and probably didn’t finish as clinically as we’d like, but if you’re knocking in six in a game, then you can’t complain.”

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Photo:  Eagles' Mark Page clears the ball ahead of the Lions' Felix Kang [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Matthew Rhodes, said:

“It was terrible.  When you give away a goal in the first 15 seconds, you’re always in trouble.  The truth of the matter is, and people can say what they like, we’ve been struggling in midfield all year.

“We’ve put stopgaps in there and, at the moment, we haven’t got a genuine midfielder that can control the game.  We’re losing in there every week.  How we are where we are, sometimes, I wonder.

“Until we can get that midfield right  -  and we keep trying people in there  -  we’re going to struggle.  At the moment, we’re just filling gaps in there, and some of our better players haven’t had a great year either.  It’s always hard.”

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Photo:  Kingborough's Damien Pearce controls the ball while under pressure from Eagles' Liam Scott [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Eagles' Liam Scott goes on a run [PlessPix]

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+8 #40 Anonymous 2012-07-02 23:33
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Rhodes they knock you ever week win lose or draw whatever the private agenda against you is i have no idea . Its crap and sounds very personal to me first year coach young team trophy in the cabinet handy recorded .
I am tired of reading these personal attacks on people talk about the game etc but this is crap not needed .

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Take your private agenda elsewhere it does not belong in our game and i think people deserve a little bit of respect Ken Morton is they only full time coach in the game the rest work for a living .

If they were full time yes you could question them but there part time doing the best they can in the limit time they have .Give it a rest people to much crap has gone on this year between clubs etc at the end of the day its a game not life or death.


Thanks for your self defence Matt. You give it away by your lack of punctuation and crap spelling. It's probably best to be quiet.


sour metro supporter?


Certainly not. Let's be realistic, he's been to more than one club and left due to the pressures of coaching. History repeats itself.
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-4 #39 Anonymous 2012-07-02 22:06
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Rhodes they knock you ever week win lose or draw whatever the private agenda against you is i have no idea . Its crap and sounds very personal to me first year coach young team trophy in the cabinet handy recorded .
I am tired of reading these personal attacks on people talk about the game etc but this is crap not needed .

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Take your private agenda elsewhere it does not belong in our game and i think people deserve a little bit of respect Ken Morton is they only full time coach in the game the rest work for a living .

If they were full time yes you could question them but there part time doing the best they can in the limit time they have .Give it a rest people to much crap has gone on this year between clubs etc at the end of the day its a game not life or death.


Thanks for your self defence Matt. You give it away by your lack of punctuation and crap spelling. It's probably best to be quiet.


sour metro supporter?
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+9 #38 Anonymous 2012-07-02 11:48
Quoting Interested Observer:
Someone has to say it, and it may as well be me! Eagles are finally demonstrating their potential. Consistent list, injury free, good coaching, quality players, or all of the above - your guess is as good as mine. Expected the result against Uni, but was not expecting the same result against Lions!! Pity it was not videoed as I would have liked to have viewed this match.


Eagles are grouse
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+10 #37 Interested Observer 2012-07-02 11:06
Someone has to say it, and it may as well be me! Eagles are finally demonstrating their potential. Consistent list, injury free, good coaching, quality players, or all of the above - your guess is as good as mine. Expected the result against Uni, but was not expecting the same result against Lions!! Pity it was not videoed as I would have liked to have viewed this match.
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0 #36 Argus Tuft 2012-07-02 06:29
Thought & hoped KL were a chance to take some points of NTE but not in the hunt this round. However there is time for Rhodes take a breath, settle down the team and challenge NTE at the Den in the last round of the league. Would like to see KL win that one.
Signed
SH Supporter.
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+5 #35 Anonymous 2012-07-02 05:59
I'm not sure he was too worried about anybody else when he went on his mad rant on this site last year.
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0 #34 Anonymous 2012-07-02 04:00
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Rhodes they knock you ever week win lose or draw whatever the private agenda against you is i have no idea . Its crap and sounds very personal to me first year coach young team trophy in the cabinet handy recorded .
I am tired of reading these personal attacks on people talk about the game etc but this is crap not needed .

Take your private agenda elsewhere it does not belong in our game and i think people deserve a little bit of respect Ken Morton is they only full time coach in the game the rest work for a living .

If they were full time yes you could question them but there part time doing the best they can in the limit time they have .Give it a rest people to much crap has gone on this year between clubs etc at the end of the day its a game not life or death.


Thanks for your self defence Matt. You give it away by your lack of punctuation and crap spelling. It's probably best to be quiet.

The Guy has a sick daughter at the moment think you will find reading the blog is the last thing on his mind.

Give a rest people !
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+6 #33 Doug 2012-07-02 03:00
#28, I am not sure why you chose to put #27 in your response. You may as well have just named the man. I think it's fairly obvious to everyone who it is.

However you do raise some legitimate points. I certainly remember the pasting on here that Metro copped from Rhodes when he walked and the supposed reasons for it. It is therefore interesting to read any comments about the Kingborough Coach focussing on the referee.
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+5 #32 Anonymous 2012-07-02 01:35
From the sidelines, looked like there was only three players from KLUFC that had the same position the week before against South? Keeper, Schuth and Cowen? That can't help.....
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+9 #31 Anon 2012-07-01 22:42
The teams be changed to much.. Simple as that, coops in the back line? It's thrown around every week, leamy needs to work
On his positioning, the reserves team looked better than the seniors. You might have to change the team again, I was impressed with the reserves centre backs and left back, good to see abott back on the park too, even the keeper ( although his distribution wasn't good from goal kicks) led the team better than the seniors, but honestly, you can't change where people play week in week out, it was never going to work
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