Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Southern FC goalkeeper Monday Taban was almost a brick wall for his side against Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]

The weekend’s round of Men’s Section A Summer Cup matches caused a few raised eyebrows, cries of triumph and dented egos.

Group A and Group B are all but decided, while Groups C and D may go to the wire.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Alex Bellini is tackled by a Southern FC opponent [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors lead Group A with 7 points and a massive plus 12 goal-difference and they should make qualifying for the semi-finals a formality when they meet Southern FC at Warrior Park next Friday at 8pm.

Glenorchy Knights are second on goal-difference.  They have 3 points, the same as Southern FC.

Nelson Eastern Suburbs are bottom with zero points and a poor goal-difference.

Olympia Warriors easily accounted for Nelson Eastern Suburbs 6-0 on Saturday night, after leading 2-0 at the break.

Seong Yong Jin set the ball rolling when he scored in the 8th minute, while in the 12th minute, he carved open the Nelson defence on the left and set up Nicholas Mearns for an easy second.

Lachlan Nichols added the third 10 minutes into the second half when Nelson’s goalkeeper dropped a cross from the right by Luke Wilcock and Nichols swept home the loose ball.

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Photo:  Nelson's Bill Hanley clears an Olympia corner [PlessPix]

An Alex Holmes header, a right-wing cross by Matthew Nowicki that caught in the wind and lodged in the top corner of the net, and a low drive by Dipendra Kunwar completed Olympia’s tally.

Northern Rangers and Clarence United fought out a 3-3 draw on Saturday, with Rangers winning the penalty shoot-out to earn the bonus point.

Rangers can only qualify if Clarence beat South Hobart next Saturday and if they then overcome Tilford Zebras.

South Hobart has disposed of title-holders Kingborough Lions United 2-0 on Friday night through goals by Yun Hye Min and Nick Morton.

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Photo:  A midfield tussle in the Clarence versus Northern Rangers game [PlessPix]

Sam Nugteren headed Rangers into the lead on the half-hour, but Lachlan Hardwick nodded home Daniel Thurley’s corner on the stroke of half-time to make it 1-1.

Alex Fisher restored Rangers’ lead 7 minutes after the resumption before Takayuki Mizuno levelled again for Clarence.

Josh Burk netted for Rangers and Lachlan Brown for Clarence to take the game to a penalty shoot-out.

Tilford Zebras came unstuck against Taroona, going down 2-1 in a game they were expected to win.

It was only after the introduction of Jonathan Ladic and Ricky Self that the Zebras moved up a gear, but it was too late.

Zebras had chance after chance on the closing stages but were unable to find an equaliser, let alone a winner.

Taroona played some very good football, featuring excellent passing, one-touch play and one-twos, and swift counter-attacks.

Taroona coach, Andy Tye, said it was a 4-2-2-2 system.  Whatever it was, it worked.

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Photo:  A fight for the ball in the Taroona versus Tilford Zebras match on Saturday [PlessPix]

Sam James opened Taroona’s account with a free-kick in the 18th minute, while Toby Dove’s diving header on the hour made it 2-0.

Zebras pulled a goal back through Ricky Self in the 66th minute, but they were unable to close the gap and possibly take the game to a penalty shoot-out.

Beachside moved to the top of Group C after a 3-1 win over New Town Eagles on Sunday.

Alex Gordon but Beachside in front and Aaron Brazendale made it 2-0 on the half-hour after a long run down the left and a withering finish.

Eagles’ cause was not helped by the dismissal of Michael Anderson for a second yellow card, but they were handed a lifeline when Beachside conceded a penalty near the end and had goalkeeper Cameron Sweeney sent off.

Blayne Hudson converted the spot-kick, but a last-minute counter-attack and goal by Daniel Brown saw Beachside 3-1 victors.

The group will be decided next Sunday when Eagles take on winless University and Beachside come up against the NTC.

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Photo:  The officials for the NTC versus University game.  Ben Cornish (left) was ill for a time and had to be replaced by Kim Barker (second from left) for part of the first half. [PlessPix]

The NTC defied their critics by beating the older, bigger and more experienced University 3-0 yesterday in a fine display of football.

Josh Hope stunned the Students with a goal after just 5 minutes, while a Paul Stevens free-kick made it 2-0 in the 12th minute.

NTC had the ball in the net again, but the effort was ruled out because of off-side.

University had their chances in the second half, but fine goalkeeping by Tristan Prendergast ensured that University would not get back into the game.

Isaac Kenyi sealed the win with a third for the NTC in the 61st minute.

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Photo:  Hugh Foley (left) and Declan Foley each scored for Knights against Southern FC [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights wore down Southern FC’s resistance and eventually won 5-0 yesterday after leading 1-0 at the breakthrough a goal by Hugh Foley.

Declan Foley added a second midway through the second half before Jal David made it 3-0.

George Kamano netted a brace before the end to complete the 5-0 win.

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+2 #27 Anonymous 2013-02-27 09:27
Quoting jerry kruijver:
the best formation is one that makes you score one more goal then the opposition.

No no no jerry,that's too simple lets make the game confusing.
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+2 #26 Nick Owen 2013-02-27 07:38
1-4-3-3 is not a strict formation. We aren't in Brazil. We aren't all messi. There is a national curriculum including a rationale that explains the formation and how to use it. There are courses also to help you coach this formation and adjust it according to your vision and philosophy. You're philosophy is if you're good enough you'll make it regardless of your coaches, formations, work ethic, fitness levels. Great players don't always have success when they change clubs because they aren't used to the formation/style of play that there new club uses. I would think that the A-League youth teams (the next step beyond Victory League for 16-17yo) would want players who can play this formation.
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-1 #25 Roxy 2013-02-27 05:36
Quoting Nick Owen:
When I say young players I mean 16-17 year olds looking to go further with there football, not younger kids playing youth football. What I am saying is that these 16-17 year olds would be wasting there time playing SPL/NPL IF they wish to go further. Will the SPL/NPL be scouted? No. Will the Victory League be scouted? Yes. I didn't say that Andy's 1-4-2-2-2 wasn't a variation of the 1-4-3-3. What I said was that I don't think it matters what formation any SPL/NPL club uses. Being taught a 1-4-3-3 formation has done wonders for Jeremy Walker. When people say if you're good enough you'll make it, Jeremy wasn't good enough originally but he made it because he was taught a couple of positions in this formation and worked his arse off. Being good enough alone just doesn't cut it any more. there were plenty of players as good as Jeremy a few years ago.

So messi, wouldnt make it unless he was taught the 4-3-3 rule??...You think the thousands of talented players that come through south america are taught to play 4-3-3 at local clubs.no. they are just naturally talented gifted players, and those type of players have a natural instinct for the game. Maybe for average to poor, club players have to be indoctrinated with this strict/regiment ed style. So that they dont kick it in their own goal!
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+1 #24 jerry kruijver 2013-02-26 22:03
the best formation is one that makes you score one more goal then the opposition.
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+5 #23 Nick Owen 2013-02-26 21:51
When I say young players I mean 16-17 year olds looking to go further with there football, not younger kids playing youth football. What I am saying is that these 16-17 year olds would be wasting there time playing SPL/NPL IF they wish to go further. Will the SPL/NPL be scouted? No. Will the Victory League be scouted? Yes. I didn't say that Andy's 1-4-2-2-2 wasn't a variation of the 1-4-3-3. What I said was that I don't think it matters what formation any SPL/NPL club uses. Being taught a 1-4-3-3 formation has done wonders for Jeremy Walker. When people say if you're good enough you'll make it, Jeremy wasn't good enough originally but he made it because he was taught a couple of positions in this formation and worked his arse off. Being good enough alone just doesn't cut it any more. there were plenty of players as good as Jeremy a few years ago.
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+1 #22 Anonymous 2013-02-26 12:31
Nick, Andy's formation is a simple variation on the 1-4-3-3. Playing with two 10's

It's 2-3-4-5 across the back
6-8 in front of them
7-11 out wide.
Instead of 10 at the top of the middle triangle 9 drops back.
It could just as easily be called 1-4-2-4

That's the power of that style of coaching - it teaches you how to play.
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0 #21 Anonymous 2013-02-26 11:16
Quoting Nick Owen:
The whole formation thing is an issue that will always be debated. If your at a Victory League club you are almost doing your players a disservice by not coaching them in a 1-4-3-3. State teams are picked using this formation and a number of A-League teams use it or slight variations of it. Now that Victory League clubs are, rightly or wrongly, considered 'pathway' clubs to the higher levels, they should be sticking pretty close to 1-4-3-3 (I know you won't agree, Rhodesy). Taroona aren't currently considered as a club you would play for if you wanted to further your 'career' so the formation they use is not going to matter in the bigger picture. If there are young players at any SPL/NPL club (excluding NTC) looking to further their career then they should be at a Victory League club that advocates a 1-4-3-3 formation.

So Nick can you now see why an out field player taking goal kicks is a waste of time
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-1 #20 Anonymous 2013-02-26 11:15
Quoting Nick Owen:
The whole formation thing is an issue that will always be debated. If your at a Victory League club you are almost doing your players a disservice by not coaching them in a 1-4-3-3. State teams are picked using this formation and a number of A-League teams use it or slight variations of it. Now that Victory League clubs are, rightly or wrongly, considered 'pathway' clubs to the higher levels, they should be sticking pretty close to 1-4-3-3 (I know you won't agree, Rhodesy). Taroona aren't currently considered as a club you would play for if you wanted to further your 'career' so the formation they use is not going to matter in the bigger picture. If there are young players at any SPL/NPL club (excluding NTC) looking to further their career then they should be at a Victory League club that advocates a 1-4-3-3 formation.

Nick you will find that 99% of youth teams have been playing 1-4-3-3 for a while
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-2 #19 Anonymous 2013-02-26 11:13
Quoting Nick Owen:
The whole formation thing is an issue that will always be debated. If your at a Victory League club you are almost doing your players a disservice by not coaching them in a 1-4-3-3. State teams are picked using this formation and a number of A-League teams use it or slight variations of it. Now that Victory League clubs are, rightly or wrongly, considered 'pathway' clubs to the higher levels, they should be sticking pretty close to 1-4-3-3 (I know you won't agree, Rhodesy). Taroona aren't currently considered as a club you would play for if you wanted to further your 'career' so the formation they use is not going to matter in the bigger picture. If there are young players at any SPL/NPL club (excluding NTC) looking to further their career then they should be at a Victory League club that advocates a 1-4-3-3 formation.

Sorry Nick your are behind the times, most clubs have been playing the 4-3-3 with youth for a while.
I know of a lot of teams that have been playing this system for al least 4 years
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+4 #18 Anonymous 2013-02-26 10:42
Quoting Nick Owen:
The whole formation thing is an issue that will always be debated. If your at a Victory League club you are almost doing your players a disservice by not coaching them in a 1-4-3-3. State teams are picked using this formation and a number of A-League teams use it or slight variations of it. Now that Victory League clubs are, rightly or wrongly, considered 'pathway' clubs to the higher levels, they should be sticking pretty close to 1-4-3-3 (I know you won't agree, Rhodesy). Taroona aren't currently considered as a club you would play for if you wanted to further your 'career' so the formation they use is not going to matter in the bigger picture. If there are young players at any SPL/NPL club (excluding NTC) looking to further their career then they should be at a Victory League club that advocates a 1-4-3-3 formation.


Not really the point, but Taroona have played 1-4-3-3 in almost every match since Ben Horgan took over in 2008. The weekend was definitely an exception, as Pitchford's comments prior to the match demonstrate.
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