Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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 captain Jacob Huigsloot embraces his coach Chris Hey [PlessPix]

(Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy, Semi-Final, KGV Park, Sunday, 27 May 2012)

Glenorchy Knights 0

South Hobart 0

AET: 0-0   Penalty Shoot-out: 5-4   Att: 160   Ref: C Phillips

Glenorchy Knights: Le Rossignol  -  Nowicki, Johnson, Holmes, J Hey  -  Huigsloot  -  Robb, Griffin, Dawes (Clay 56)  -  Letiko (Marney 80), Strang (Sherman 113)  (Subs not used:  M Smith, Peter)

South Hobart: Ferguson  -  Duffy, Ludford, Bladel, Williams  -  Merkuzic, Eaves (N Morton 113), Feral  -  Brennan, Hickey, Postma (Wain 83)  (Subs not used:  W Ross, N Clarke, McGoldrick)

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Photo:  Knights' Alex Holmes (centre) and Jade Clay leave the pitch after the win [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights beat South Hobart, the holders of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy, 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after neither side could find the net in 120 minutes.

Knights will now meet New Town Eagles in the final on 11 June.  Eagles had beaten Taroona 5-1 in the other semi-final on Saturday.

The start of the match was delayed for 15 minutes when referee Mr Phillips decided that there was a clash of socks, both sides wearing shades of blue.  South Hobart eventually re-emerged after their warm-up wearing red socks.

South Hobart played the better football and showed the better teamwork, with the Knights reduced to sporadic counter-attacks.  At times, there were 21 players in the Knights’ half of the field for minutes at a time.

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Photo:  South's 'offending' socks [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' blue socks.  Can you see a clash of colours?  [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart eventually played in red socks [PlessPix]

Having said that, Knights could have won the game in open play in the second half of the regulation 90 minutes as they gradually came into the fray and as South Hobart became frustrated and tired.  Simon Strang missed two excellent chances, while central defender Alex Holmes landed a back-header onto the South Hobart crossbar after a long throw-in from the left by substitute Jade Clay.

And, in extra-time, substitute Aaron Marney refused to shoot when presented with a clear chance by substitute Tom Sherman.  He delayed and delayed and was forced wide, where he eventually ran into a cul-de-sac and the chance vanished.

Jayden Hey again did extremely well in a man-marking role on South Hobart dangerman Andy Brennan.  He kept him scoreless, just as he had done in the 1-0 loss to South Hobart in the league.  But, luck also played a part.  Brennan broke free on at least three occasions but shot wide when a goal seemed certain.  Knights proved again that if you keep Brennan scoreless, you are at least half-way to victory.

South Hobart captain and central defender, Hugh Ludford, once more played a libero role, which involved pushing forward into attack.  He almost scored twice, his powerful low drives missing the far post by centimetres.

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Photo:  Knights' Andrew Robb, Matthew Nowicki and Callen Griffin come off and are congratulated by fans [PlessPix]

Trent Le Rossignol in the Knights goal had a solid game, but he had only a couple of real saves to make as South’s shots, when they did come, were mostly off target.

Defender Cameron Williams had an early shot that sailed over the bar, while Uros Merkuzic’s early goal attempt was comfortably dealt with by Le Rossignol.

The Knights survived a tense situation just before the break when Brennan slipped free of Hey and his shot was blocked, while minutes later, Loic Feral fired narrowly wide of the far post.

Knights did manage some counter-attacks, but they were not clinical and poor passing meant they came to nothing.  On one occasion, Knights broke quickly out of defence and outnumbered South, but with at least three options available to him, Andrew Robb tried to go on his own, only to lose control of the ball.  He was caught in two minds and neither shot nor passed, the ball easily being regained by South Hobart and cleared.

Just before the hour mark, Knights had their first shot at goal.  A long kick by Le Rossignol was misjudged by the South defence and Strang was through on his own, but with only Matthew Ferguson to beat, he mis-hit his shot and the ball sailed well wide.  Seconds later, he had another chance, but with the goal at his mercy, he shot over the bar.

In the 76th minute, Brennan managed a shot that was saved by Le Rossignol.  Brennan was first to the rebound and crossed from the left, only for Greg Duffy to head over the bar.

Knights counter-attacked immediately and Strang fired a low shot narrowly wide of Ferguson’s right-hand post.

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Photo:  Knights' number one fan, Ivan Stefanovic (left) poses with coach Chris Hey and Brendon and Bradley Lakoseljac [PlessPix]

Three minutes from the end of normal time, Brennan gave Knights a fright when he broke down the right, but he blazed wide.

A minute later came Holmes’s header on to the top of the bar and it was South Hobart’s turn to breathe a sigh of relief.

In stoppage time, Brennan again wriggled free on the left, but his low shot flew just wide of the far right-hand post.

In the first period of extra-time, South Hobart played as they had in the opening half, dominating possession but not creating any genuine chances.

Knights again worked their way into the match and, near the end, came Marney’s chance, which went begging.

And so, a penalty shoot-out was required to settle the outcome.

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Photo:  Chris Hey addresses the Knights players in the dressing room after the win [PlessPix]

Clay put Knights ahead, but Ludford levelled with South’s first spot-kick.

Sherman, Robb, Huigsloot and Hey all scored, as did South’s Brennan, Williams and Duffy to make it 5-4 in the Knights’ favour.

With South needing to score from their fifth penalty, Le Rossignol saved Hugo Bladel’s tame effort and the Knights were in the final of the competition named after one of their famous past strikers.

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Photo:  Knights coach Chris Hey and assistant Anthony Grundy (adjusting cap) surrounded by supporters [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights assistant coach, Anthony Grundy, said:

“It’s obviously a fantastic result for our club.  As you can see, like the guys, it means so much to them.  I think the last month of soccer, we’ve really stepped up.  We have been one of the form teams, even though we’ve given away a few points to the Zebras last week, our form and our commitment amongst all the players have been fantastic.

“Credit to South today.  At the end of the day, we set out with a game plan to obviously man-mark Andy [Brennan] and it worked.  But, everyone had a job to do.  At the end of 120 minutes it went to penalties and that’s a lottery either way.

“South would have been deserving winners as well if they got the penalties in.  Today it was our day.  Hopefully, in a couple of weeks’ time, it’ll be our day again and we can walk off with the cup.”

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Photo:  Knights coach Chris Hey is congratulated by his wife Kendra [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“That’s football.  We didn’t score any goals in the allotted time, so we’ve lost on penalties, but disappointed because they didn’t play to win the game.  They were happy to sit in and defend.  They did that very, very well, as they have done in the past to us, but that’s football as they say, Walter.

“They deserve it.  They did their jobs by defending well and we didn’t take our chances.  We had chances to win the game.  They had chances on the break, but we had chances to win the match and we didn’t take them, so good luck to Chris and his team.  We wish them well.”

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Photo:  Knights coach Chris Hey (left) with club president Paul Woodham [PlessPix]


STATISTICS


GLENORCHY KNIGHTS

SOUTH HOBART

11

Goal Attempts

22

4

Shots on Target

3

2

Corners

11

11

Fouls Committed

9

0

Off-Sides

3

3

Yellow Cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

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+1 #25 Mr Slave 2012-06-01 02:31
Quoting Anonymous:
Sammy J is looking fit...


must be those hamstrings
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+1 #24 no no no 2012-05-31 22:13
Quoting Anonymous:
Sammy J is looking fit...


No sarcasm, he was bending on his knees every single second. He might be the tiredest boy in that game. But, at least he last 120 minutes anyway...
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+3 #23 mouse 2012-05-31 19:34
Quoting Yummy Yummy:
No matter whether knights dropped players into defence to stack and hold out South Hobart I'm sorry ken but on the day it just shows knights defence was to good for your attack, if they did do this it's still 11 players vs 11 players you cannot blame it on stacking defence because in the format of the game nothing changes.....
And with knights why is it that as a team youse can defend so well when you stack your defence but are unable when playing a formation which you could score against a team like south Hobart with??? Is it Laziness ? Fitness ? Mentally ? Learn to play and defend in a formation which will allow to win more games instead of getting more draws, you've showed you can hold teams out and defend well now get a formation which you can score and defend all over the field not just the back line.


knights deee was solid but ken knows that andy and his team had the chances to win as did knights with strang and holmes all close to score! but thats how pens go brudda
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-3 #22 Anonymous 2012-05-30 08:21
Sammy J is looking fit...
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+5 #21 Anonymous 2012-05-30 06:50
Quoting Yummy Yummy:
No matter whether knights dropped players into defence to stack and hold out South Hobart I'm sorry ken but on the day it just shows knights defence was to good for your attack, if they did do this it's still 11 players vs 11 players you cannot blame it on stacking defence because in the format of the game nothing changes.....
And with knights why is it that as a team youse can defend so well when you stack your defence but are unable when playing a formation which you could score against a team like south Hobart with??? Is it Laziness ? Fitness ? Mentally ? Learn to play and defend in a formation which will allow to win more games instead of getting more draws, you've showed you can hold teams out and defend well now get a formation which you can score and defend all over the field not just the back line.

Knights issue is that they havent been able to hold on to leads and ended up with draws... please don't ask specific questions when you don't know the general issues.
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-8 #20 Yummy Yummy 2012-05-30 06:25
No matter whether knights dropped players into defence to stack and hold out South Hobart I'm sorry ken but on the day it just shows knights defence was to good for your attack, if they did do this it's still 11 players vs 11 players you cannot blame it on stacking defence because in the format of the game nothing changes.....
And with knights why is it that as a team youse can defend so well when you stack your defence but are unable when playing a formation which you could score against a team like south Hobart with??? Is it Laziness ? Fitness ? Mentally ? Learn to play and defend in a formation which will allow to win more games instead of getting more draws, you've showed you can hold teams out and defend well now get a formation which you can score and defend all over the field not just the back line.
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+12 #19 Julian Proud 2012-05-29 12:26
It's amazing how much brendan looks like his dad....(i guess the age that we are at now is around about the age that he would have been when i can first remember meeting him....) and how bradley looks like brendan when he was a boy...

i wonder if Bradley will ever lift the laka trophy in the years ahead. I'd like to see that one day....

Great to see you at the game Brendan and Bradley.
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-5 #18 Yummy Yummy 2012-05-29 06:42
Too bad for knights the southern premier leagues not called the Milan Lakoseljac otherwise they might do well outside this cup competition :(
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+10 #17 knights. 2012-05-29 05:28
Hello Walter. good report and some great photos in there, particularly the one of hey giving his skipper a cuddle! Any idea when the full highlights to this game will be up?
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+10 #16 G krambousanos 2012-05-29 05:21
Well had the time to be at the game on Sunday .yes the G. K did defend but not to the point that they parked the bus 2teams and both played to win S. H had many chances and had 65 percent of the play especial in the 1st half but goals win games and they didn't come great cup game but looking from the stand yes 1 side playing the football that many people love to watch and the other playing to the game plan we all love pretty football but if things are not going to plan then you need to make things happen Ken has a great young side and doing very well with them Chris he to has a young side with many new players if only they gave him just that little bit more I'm talking on the training track they will be top 4 . Not having a go at anybody have sat and watched a few training nights you need numbers to achieve , well done G. Knights
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