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:  The Newcastle Jets have well and truly taken off [PlessPix]

(A League. Hunter Stadium, Friday, 26 October 2012)

Newcastle Jets 2 (E Heskey 54, 56)

Melbourne Victory 1 (A Thompson 71)

HT: 0-0   Att: 13,912   Ref: A Milliner

Newcastle Jets: Birighitti  -  Brillante, Calvano, Mitchell, Ritter  -  Zadkovich, Wheelhouse, Kantarovski  -  R Griffiths (Taggart 90), Heskey (Bridge 85), Goodwin (Virgili 79)  (Sub not used:  Kennedy)

Melbourne Victory:  Coe  -  Foschini, Franjic, Leijer, Traore  -  Bru, Milligan, Celeski (Jeggo 64)  -  Rojas (Markelis 73), Flores, Thompson  (Subs not used:  Broxham, Velaphi)


Photo:  Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglu still has a lot of work to do [PlessPix]

Emile Heskey is proving a true marquee player.  The 34-year-old former Liverpool player and England international netted twice on Friday night to make it 4 goals from four games as Newcastle Jets sank Melbourne Victory 2-1.

It was Newcastle’s third win in a row and it took them to the top of the Hyundai A-League standings with 9 points, 3 ahead of second-placed Adelaide United.

The result made a mockery of Melbourne Victory’s name as they have now lost three of their four opening matches.

Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglu used his third goalkeeper in as many games when he gave a debut to Nathan Coe and kept Tando Velaphi on the bench.

Marco Rojas should have put the Victory in front after just 2 minutes, but Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti produced a fine save.  Birighitti went on to deny Archie Thompson in the first half and he also made some splendid saves in the second.

In the post-match interview, the Young Socceroos keeper praised his own performance and virtually credited that for the Jets’ win.  But hey!  Goalkeepers need to be confident, I guess.

After a goalless opening half, Heskey put the Jets ahead in the 54th minute when Josh Brillante’s deflected cross from the right was met by the Jets’ marquee player, who powered home a first-time shot with his right foot.

Two minutes later, Victory failed to clear a corner from the left by Ruben Zadkovic and, in the twinkling of an eye, Heskey controlled the ball and beat Coe with a shot on the turn to make it 2-0.

Archie Thompson pulled a goal back with 19 minutes remaining when he met a lofted but misplaced clearance by Jets defender Tiago Calvano with his head and expertly directed the ball over Birighitti and into the far left-hand corner of the net.

That goal showed what Thompson is capable of, but gee, he misses so many easier chances, which makes him so frustrating to watch at times.

This was not a great match.  Some of the passing was woeful and the first-touches were often awful.

It’s not the EPL, though, and hopefully things will improve as the season wears on.

Melbourne Victory are second last and Postecoglu has heaps to work on.  They have 3 points, the same as Sydney FC and 2 more than bottom-side West Sydney Wanderers.


+4 #5 Anonymous 2012-10-29 02:28
off topic, but on the FFT website there is only four board members named.
Is that normal, and if not, should that not be address immediately and governed by FFA.?
I wonder if the board of large corporations keep seats vacant very long.
+3 #4 nigel smith 2012-10-29 01:27
Watched first jets game and although heskey didnt find his aussie legs at that stage he showed enough to expect goals from him - jets should have won but a sloppy bit of defending a minute or so into the game gave the winning goal to there opponents but looking good so far and heskey seems to be settling in ok
my first time at the new stadium and word of warning dont sit right up the back the wind will blow your head off haha
-1 #3 Anonymous 2012-10-28 22:47
Victory in some trouble. It makes you wonder just who was making all the decisions at Roar last year because Ange doesn't seem to be making the right ones this year, and there is nothing wrong with his list.
-1 #2 Captain Australia 2012-10-28 11:20
Once again, if it takes 4 weeks to chirp your first crow, it doenst count!
+2 #1 king leo 2012-10-28 00:02
wanderers are up and about


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