Who Is 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:  Bradley Lakoseljac takes the toss before the match [PlessPix]

(Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy Final, KGV Park, Monday, 11 June 2012)

Glenorchy Knights 3 (Dawes 3, Marney 16, Strang 52)

New Town Eagles 2 (Leszczynski 31 pen, Scott 70)

HT: 2-1   Att: 750   Ref: K Barker (I Jozeljic 90)

Glenorchy Knights: Le Rossignol  -  J Hey, Johnson (Robb 82), Holmes, Clay  -  Griffin, Huigsloot, Dawes (Nowicki 72), Marney  -  Strang, Letiko  (Subs not used:  Peter, Roberts, Sherman)

New Town Eagles: N Pitchford  -  Clark, Cox, Page, Anderson  -  Whitehall (Quan 90+2), Scott, Hudson, Collins (Marshall 62)  -  McKeown, Leszczynski  (Subs not used:  Bunt, Bates, J Clamp)


Photo:  The Glenorchy Knights squad before the match [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights collected the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy for the third time since its inception in 2000 by beating New Town Eagles 3-2 in an exciting final before an excellent crowd at KGV Park on Monday night.

The Knights had last won this trophy, named after one of their former players, in 2005, while Eagles have yet to get their talons on it.  It was appropriate, therefore, that Neridene Lakoseljac, Milan’s widow, and his son Brendan and grandson Bradley, were in attendance.  Neridene presented the trophy, while Bradley took the toss before the match.  Brendon made a large banner containing photos of his father and the Knights’ history and this was displayed prominently in the Knights’ dressing room.

A minute's silence was observed before the game in memory of the late Marko Begovic, father of former Knights players Janko, Marijan and Elena Begovic, who passed away while on holiday in Croatia last week.

The Knights were clearly hyped up for this one and they started at full throttle and took the lead after just three minutes when Jade Clay played the ball forward to the edge of the box on the left to Aaron Marney, who flicked it through for Jason Dawes to beat the advancing goalkeeper, Nathan Pitchford.


Photo:  The New Town Eagles squad before the match [PlessPix]

It was 2-0 in the 16th minute when Jacob Huigsloot chipped a high ball into the Eagles penalty area.  When Michael Anderson made a hash of trying to clear, the ball fell to Marney, who slotted it past an unprotected Pitchford.

Eagles seemed down and out, but they pulled a goal back in the 31st minute through an Alex Leszczynski penalty.  Jayden Hey lost possession in midfield and the ball was passed forward to Adam McKeown, who raced for goal.  He was brought down inside the box by Simon Strang for what was a clear penalty.  But, Mr Barker waved play on for some reason as McKeown got up and made another run.  This time he was brought down by Sam Johnson and Mr Barker awarded a penalty, which he should really have done after Strang’s tackle.  Leszczynski netted easily, placing his spot-kick to the right of Trent Le Rossignol, who dived to his left.

Knights appeared to be suffering some self-doubt at this point and must have been relieved when half-time arrived, enabling them to regroup.


Photo:  The Knights' Jason Dawes celebrates his opening goal [PlessPix]

The Knights restored their two-goal buffer 7 minutes after the resumption.  A poor clearance by Nathan Pitchford went straight to Dawes, who knocked the ball wide to the right to Strang.  The former Eagles player raced forward and then unleashed a magnificent low right-footed drive that zipped into the bottom far left-hand corner of the net to give Knights a 3-1 lead.

Dawes should have added a fourth in the 58th minute after good work by Hey on the right, but he looped his header over the bar.

Le Rossignol made a mess of a Ben Whitehall free-kick in the 66th minute, but McKeown struggled to get in a shot from close range and the chance went begging.

A minute later, Pitchford did well to save Marney’s dangerous shot, while seconds after that, Liam Scott fired wide from range for Eagles.


Photo:  Knights keeper Trent Le Rossignol cuts a lonely figure before a packed grandstand [PlessPix]

With 20 minutes remaining, Eagles got back into contention again when they scored to make it one goal the difference.  Scott released Whitehall on the right and he crossed towards the far side of the box, where Hey’s clearing header went straight to Scott, who side-footed a perfect lob into the far right-hand corner of Le Rossignol’s net.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, Scott almost found an equaliser, but Clay and Le Rossignol combined to deny the Eagles midfielder with some desperate defending.

Both sides made substitutions in an effort to find another goal, while tempers flared and Huigsloot and Whitehall both received yellow cards.

Mr Barker tweaked a hamstring before the end and fourth official Mr Jozeljic had to take over for the 6 minutes of stoppage time.

This did not change the fortunes of either side and the Knights hung on to win 3-2 in what had been a pulsating match.


Photo:  Alex Leszczynski scores from the penalty spot [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach, Chris Hey, said:

“Extremely relieved, I must admit.  That second half seemed to go on for a long time. I honestly believed we could win it.  I said all along it was going to take a very good performance to stop us with the attitude of the players that continued all the way through the games in this competition.

“I personally think a very deserved win for us tonight.”

“That third goal from Strangy in the second half was a beautiful goal and I thought it was ours from there.”


Photo:  A large crowd watched the final [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford, said:

“I feel pretty deflated, I suppose.  I think tonight we were a bit flat when we went out and they were up for it.  They punished us for our mistakes and then, when we worked hard enough to create the chances, had the ball in the right positions, we didn’t punish them for their mistakes.

“I think we could have had three or four more goals.  Obviously, at the end, we were pushing forward and pushing forward.  We were in the game for long periods and only that one goal behind but we just couldn’t get back on level terms.”


Photo:  Knights' Jade Clay foils Eagles' Mark Page [PlessPix]


Photo:  Knights' Simon Strang takes on Eagles' Cormac Collins [PlessPix]


Photo:  New Town Eagles watch the presentations [PlessPix]


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights prepare for the medal presentations [PlessPix]


Photo:  Will Roberts receives his medal from Bradley Lakoseljac [PlessPix]


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights await the presentation of the trophy with Brendan Lakoseljac (right) [PlessPix]


Photo:  Eagles' Andrew Clark gets a head to the ball befoer Simon Strang can react [PlessPix]


+6 #38 John Wayne 2012-06-14 00:10
Quoting yooo:
Summer cup does not count.

You get a Trophy no? it counts
-1 #37 Anonymous 2012-06-14 00:04
bottle that preparation and effort Chris. Beat Uni and you can enjoy the rest of your season.
-6 #36 yooo 2012-06-13 14:07
Summer cup does not count.
+8 #35 Anonymous 2012-06-13 06:54
No31 the last trophy Eagles won 1999. 2000 Sum Cup against Kenny might Knights side 2.1 coached by G. Krambousanos .
+6 #34 Anonymous 2012-06-13 03:20
Quoting Anonymous:
When was Eagles last trophy won, does anybody know

Summer cup 2000
+1 #33 yooo 2012-06-13 01:18
Quoting Anonymous:
When was Eagles last trophy won, does anybody know

lol. a long time! nah, seriously about 15 years ago i think.
+9 #32 Anonymous 2012-06-12 23:26
Quoting Anonymous:
The guy that set the flares off at the end had a Croatian flag in the other hand so I would say he was a knights supporter.

We need more of it. Also Fireworks
-2 #31 Anonymous 2012-06-12 22:54
When was Eagles last trophy won, does anybody know
+16 #30 Anonymous 2012-06-12 14:34
The guy that set the flares off at the end had a Croatian flag in the other hand so I would say he was a knights supporter.
+4 #29 Anonymous 2012-06-12 13:13
24 he had to make up for costing eagles first goal

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