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:  Knights' Aaron Marney (right) takes on Eagles' David Cox [PlessPix]

(Southern Premier League, KGV Park, Friday, 30 March 2012)

Glenorchy Knights 2 (Dawes 42, Marney 65)

New Town Eagles 3 (McKeown 36, 74, Whitehall 86)

HT: 1-1   Att: 120   Ref: K Barker

Glenorchy Knights: Peter  -  Hey, Johnson, Holmes, Clay  -  Robb (Roberts 87), Griffin, Huigsloot, Marney  -  Dawes (Letiko 91), Strang  (Subs not used:  Marsh, Smith, Le Rossignol)

New Town Eagles: Pitchford  -  Clark, Page, Cox, Collins (Hudson 69)  -  Whitehall, Marshall (Quan 91), Anderson  -  Leszczynski (Scott 46), J Clamp, McKeown  (Subs not used:  T Clamp, Ayres)

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Photo:  The Glenorchy Knights squad for tonight's match [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles went to the top of the Southern Premier League standings with this 3-2 win over Glenorchy Knights.

It was a fierce contest that was eventually settled by a goal from Ben Whitehall direct from a corner from the right 4 minutes from the end.  Knights goalkeeper Ben Peter misjudged the flight of the ball and virtually palmed the ball into his own net.  There were defenders nearby and it was amazing that no-one covered the near post.

Knights should have taken the lead in the 12th minute when Jade Clay picked out Jayden Hey with a cross from the left, but Hey chested the ball against the crossbar and it rebounded into play.

Two minutes later, Peter did well to deny Adam McKeown in a one-on-one after the Eagles striker had shown the Knights defence a clean pair of heels.

McKeown again broke clear on the half-hour and looked as if he might score, but Callen Griffen recovered his ground and dispossessed McKeown in the nick of time.

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Photo:  Eagles' Ben Whitehall (left) and Knights' Callen Griffin in a battle for possession [PlessPix]

Simon Strang, the former Eagles player, chipped just over the bar in the 33rd minute, but it was Eagles who took the lead 3 minutes later.  Alex Holmes failed to shut down McKeown on the right of the box and he curled a low shot beyond Peter and inside the far left-hand post.

Knights were level in the 42nd minute when Jason Dawes played a neat one-two with Aaron Marney and fired home from the edge of the box, beating Nathan Pitchford at his left-hand post.

Liam Scott made his senior debut for Eagles at half time.  The former South Hobart defender replaced the injured Alex Leszczynski and played in midfield.

Pitchford tipped a stinging shot from Griffin over the bar in the 57th minute, while at the other end a couple of minutes later, Peter acrobatically turned Whitehall’s effort over the bar.

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Photo:  Ben Whitehall of Eagles shields the ball from Knights' Jade Clay [PlessPix]

Knights hit the front in the 65th minute when Peter punched a corner clear and Marney collected the ball on the half-way line.  He made a beeline for goal and then made a diagonal run from right to left, beating five opponents on the way before shooting inside Pitchford’s left-hand post.

Eagles equalised in the 74th minute when Peter fluffed Sam Johnson’s back-pass and gifted the ball to Jacob Clamp, who squared it for McKeown to slam home from close range.

In the 78th minute, Eagles almost took the lead, but Michael Anderson’s header, from Whitehall’s free-kick from deep on the right, came back off the crossbar.

Peter denied Scott in the 86th minute, turning the midfielder’s effort over the bar for the fateful corner from which Whitehall scored the winner.

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Photo:  Eagles' Mark Page clears upfield before Knights' Jason Dawes can intervene [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights assistant coach, Anthony Grundy, said:

“Obviously, very disappointed tonight.  I thought we played well enough to beat Eagles.

“In fact, I think we lost it as opposed to Eagles winning with just silly mistakes.  Definitely, the two goals in the second half were from our mistakes.

“I even thought the first goal was from an error which allowed McKeown to score from a one-on-one with Holmes.  Quality finish, obviously, but it was just the little things that led up to it.

“If you don’t capitalise and put goals away, you don’t win games and that’s what happened today, unfortunately.”

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Photo:  The New Town Eagles' starting eleven for tonight's match [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford, said:

“It was what we expected.  It was always going to be a hard game.  We knew they’d run at us.

“Chris [Hey] had his midfielders working overtime, backwards and forwards, one side of the ground to the other, moving our defence around and our midfield around.  Obviously, that made us work very, very hard.

“I think the couple of goals we leaked were poor goals on our part.  For a bloke to run around five blokes almost from the half-way line isn’t good from our defensive point of view.

“But, the boys showed that they’ve got that fighting spirit and that they will work for each other.”

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+1 #27 spider 2012-04-03 10:24
a spectator hey, spectating what ?? Not the game obviously.lol
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+2 #26 Anonymous 2012-04-03 02:53
#25 knights fan.... you said it yourself, your a spectator so stfu and watch the game!!
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-1 #25 knights fan 2012-04-03 00:19
Quoting spider:
Serenity now and a few others!!!Listen here you spinless bogans, what is wrong with steve coaching from the sidelines what is this tennis.He could hop the fence and walk around the ground if he wanted to give his players instruction.That is the problem with a lot of the players in this league, they are more concerned with what the coaches are doing on the sidelines than what they are doing on the pitch.Over inflated ego's who are div3 quality at best, and that is probably an insult to the some of the div3 players going around.

spider get back on your web and stay there rules are rules he should not be coaching outside the technical area end of story oh btw i am not a player but a parent and spectator of football for 30 + years
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+5 #24 spider 2012-04-01 22:11
Serenity now and a few others!!!Listen here you spinless bogans, what is wrong with steve coaching from the sidelines what is this tennis.He could hop the fence and walk around the ground if he wanted to give his players instruction.Tha t is the problem with a lot of the players in this league, they are more concerned with what the coaches are doing on the sidelines than what they are doing on the pitch.Over inflated ego's who are div3 quality at best, and that is probably an insult to the some of the div3 players going around.
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+5 #23 Anonymous 2012-04-01 00:00
Seriously guys? Calling for someone to step aside on a blog? I know its freedom of speech on here but seriously come on.
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+1 #22 Serenity now 2012-03-31 11:51
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting serenity now!:
good win for eagles that make life easier for UNI and Olympia. I hope this time you stayed in your technical area and not wondered on the park just like last week. thank your lucky stars stephen.


mmmm. what I thought was a tad inappropriate was stephen walking the subs to the half way line and then taking the opportunity to talk to his players (calling out) as he was doing that. is that coaching from

outside the tech area? doing very well tho - like the passion and spirit
around eagles at present
when ur a coach and a ex referee u should know better not to push the boundaries with the officials and expect to get away with everything. Really he should have been sent packing and before any pinhead says " he's not player so cannot get a red card" a coach can be ordered to eject the technical area if deemed he's is in any form a trouble maker!
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+3 #21 Anonymous 2012-03-31 08:16
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Just watched the goals
WOW Eagles were lucky to get a win!!

Benny Peter is a good friend of mine but gee he is having a nightmare at the moment.

Chin up old mate, youll be right.


ben peter is giving teams their goals and loosing the game for the knights seriously if you are his freind then tell him to step aside asap or the knights will be relagated

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Just watched the goals
WOW Eagles were lucky to get a win!!

Benny Peter is a good friend of mine but gee he is having a nightmare at the moment.

Chin up old mate, youll be right.


ben peter is giving teams their goals and loosing the game for the knights seriously if you are his freind then tell him to step aside asap or the knights will be relagated

here here well said
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+3 #20 Anonymous 2012-03-31 08:14
Quoting Anonymous:
where were all the croatians at the game support your team!

bit hard to find the passion for a team when they keep loosing maybe if they did a swaparoo with the keepers things might be different
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+5 #19 Anonymous 2012-03-31 08:12
Quoting Anonymous:
Knights simply threw game away

no the team did not throw the game away the keeper did absolute disgraceful display lets hope he dose the right thing for the team and club and step aside and give le rosignool a crack
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0 #18 Anonymous 2012-03-31 07:31
Walter Beachside U/19 defeated NTE 5-1
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