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:  Dwayne Walsh and Alexis Bull (right) battle for the ball in midfield [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, KGV park, Friday, 29 June 2012)

Tilford Zebras 1 (H Fagg 27)

University 0

HT: 1-0   Att: 100   Ref: C Phillips

Tilford Zebras: McKenna  -  Otte, K Engels, Smith, Muller (Beven 88)  -  N McDonald, Self, Chadderton (J Foley-Donoghue 80), Fagg  -  Welch, Walsh (E Engel 49)  (Subs not used:  Hughes, Minty)

University: D Kruijver  -  Andrews, Barnard, Conroy  -  D Booth, Watts, Bull, Hindmarsh, Scott, H Booth  -  Proud (Spurr 89)  (Subs not used:  Fletcher, Driver)


Photo:  University's Julian Proud is tightly marked by Zebras' Ryan Smith [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras beat University 1-0 and moved from fifth to third on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, but their performance was far from impressive.

When you are on the bottom, nothing goes your way, and that was the story for University.

They could have taken the lead early on but for two great saves by Michael McKenna, who denied Miles Barnard and Aaron Hindmarsh after consecutive corners.

Having missed those two chances, it was always going to be a Zebras win after they took the lead in the 27th minute.

David Kruijver’s goalkick was won by Zebras on the half-way line and Danny Chadderton released Ricky Self down the left.  He played the ball inside to Henry Fagg, whose low shot slipped under the diving Kruijver for the only goal of the match.

Kruijver was an interesting choice in goal for the Students.  Martin Piesse and American Dane Fernandez both played in the outfield in the reserves curtain-raiser.

Fagg and Jordan Muller were both shown yellow cards after the half-time whistle as they complained to referee Craig Phillips about an incident just before the break involving Barnard.  This was to prove costly for Fagg, who was shown a second yellow in the last seconds of the game for a bad tackle on Barnard.


Photo:  Univesrity's Patrick Watts (No.13) and Miles Barnard keep a close eye on Zebras' Dwayne Walsh [PlessPix]

Barnard, incidentally, became the new chairman of University during the week, following the appointment of former chairman, Hume Moase, to the position of president.

Zebras had a few more chances in the second half, with Jayden Welch hitting the outside of the stanchion and also heading substitute Jon Foley-Donoghue’s cross wide late in the game.

Kurt Engels, who was man-marking Julian Proud, also had a free-kick turned wide for a corner in the dying seconds.

Dwayne Walsh was substituted after just a few minutes of the second half commencing.  His replacement, Ethan Engels, who had netted four goals in the reserves, went close 12 minutes from the end when he fired into the side-netting.

This was a game Zebras will want to forget in a hurry.

For University, it was so near yet so far and they will be contemplating what might have been.  Time seems to be running out for them, although if they reproduce this type of brave and committed performance against the lower sides they may yet be rewarded.


Photo:  Zebras' Ryan Smith tries to get a foot in as University's Julian Proud moves towards the ball [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras assistant coach, Nick Harrison, said:

“You always get a battle from Uni and you’ve seen that all season from them.  It was a hard-fought game.  At the end of the day, we’ll take the three points to get us back into that top-four before the other games are played this weekend.  It wasn’t pretty by any means.

“I don’t think Eamonn was too impressed with that performance.  They battle and battle and they’re big and strong and we knew we were in for a battle tonight.  Some of the discipline probably wasn’t good enough.

“Last week, I thought was the best we’ve played and we didn’t build on that tonight.  Was that because Uni wouldn’t let us, or was it a poor performance by us?  To play poorly and get three points is the main thing.  Results are the main thing and we got the three points tonight.”

University coach, Gary Slicer, said:

“I changed things around.  We had a new defensive line-up this week.  It was time to make a change and I thought they played brilliantly, the defence.  They’re a hard team to defend against.  I mean, they’re not in the position they’re in for no reason.

“I thought the boys really worked hard all across the park today, but, you know, when you’re defending hard, the percentages of striking a goal diminish.

“We had our chances.  McKenna stopped, or pulled two out of the back of the net, basically, but that’s what he’s there for.”


0 #9 Anonymous 2012-07-05 03:06
zebras were not to great out there Ethan Engels best young player such a jet
+1 #8 Anonymous 2012-07-02 08:54
Scott Gallacher - What a coach! a well deserved pat on the back for you mate!
+4 #7 Anonymous 2012-07-01 10:17
Hi Walter,
What happened to John Parry?
+4 #6 2007 What a shot 2012-07-01 02:14
Quoting Anonymous:
U/19, zebras had all the play and lots of shots on goal, just couldn't get them between the sticks, which is what it's all about. Zebras still looked the stronger team, uni goalie did good job.

Didnt Zebras 19's win last week against Clarence? Who was coaching them then?
+4 #5 Anonymous 2012-06-30 23:59
U/19, zebras had all the play and lots of shots on goal, just couldn't get them between the sticks, which is what it's all about. Zebras still looked the stronger team, uni goalie did good job.
+8 #4 Anonymous 2012-06-30 11:03
McKenna is very open about getting paid at zebras. Although he says it is not as much as at derwent. Good on him! If my club offered to pay me I would take it too! Why wouldn't u?
+17 #3 Anonymous 2012-06-30 05:42
Uni have some serious keeping issues! it seems like they have a new one each week.
They could do with McKenna in goals!

I cant see Krujiver holding his place after that gaff!
+11 #2 Anonymous 2012-06-30 04:22

I well written. Were Zebras poor or uni finally showing some heart! I suppose we will find out in the last round. Great keeping by McKenna again worth all the money Zebras dont pay him.
+13 #1 Anonymous 2012-06-30 04:05
University beat Zebras 2-1 in 19! Surely Scott Gallacher is coach of the year!

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