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 Zebras' Kurt Engels on the ball in the Taroona penalty area [PlessPix]

(Summer Cup, Men’s Section A, Pool D, Warrior Park, Saturday, 23 February 2013)

Tilford Zebras 1 (R Self 66)

Taroona 2 (S James 18, T Dove 60)

HT: 0-1   Att: 120   Ref: C White

Tilford Zebras: Kay  -  Fagg, Malcolm, Clark, Smith  -  Page, Palmer, S McIntyre, Welch  -  McKeown, MacDonald (Interchange:  Ladic, Self, Toghill, K Engels, Dand)

Taroona: Burridge  -  Cherry, Tubb, Stevens, D Carey  -  Haslewood, Schaap  -  Dove, Abbott  -  James, F Kang (Interchange:  Atkinson, Maxwell, Barlow, O’Donavan)


Photo:  Taroona's Felix Kang (left) and Tilford Zebras' Kurt Engels contest the ball [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League side Taroona are very close to qualifying for the semi-finals of the Summer Cup after beating Victory League outfit Tilford Zebras 2-1.

Sam James gave Taroona the lead after 18 minutes with a perfectly directed free-kick from just outside the penalty area.

Taroona were impudent and brave against their more highly fancied opponents and cut swathes through the Zebras ranks with fast, flowing football and one-touch play.  The boys from Kelevedon Park were far from over-awed and, although they rode their luck near the end, they ran out winners.

Kurt Engels battled hard for Zebras when he came on, but the introduction of Jonathan Ladic and Ricky Self came much too late for the Zebras.


Photo:  Taroona's Dave Abbott (left) and Tilford Zebras' Henry Fagg fight for the ball [PlessPix]

By that time, Toby Dove had put Taroona 2-0 in front with a superb diving header from David Abbott’s deep left-wing cross on the hour.

Zebras began to buzz once Ladic and Self were in action, but apart from Self’s goal in the 66th minute, after a good build-up involving Ladic and Adam McKeown, they could not get that elusive equaliser.

In the last 15 minutes, they went awfully close several times as they dominated play, but Taroona held out.

The semi-finalist from this group will now be determined next weekend, when Zebras must beat Northern Rangers.  But, it will all be for nothing if Taroona get even a point against Kingborough Lions United, their rivals from the same municipality.


Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Mark Page (right) pursuded by Taroona's Marcus Atkinson [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras coach, Stephen Pitchford, said:

“It’s a disappointing result.  We allowed them to score a couple of goals.  To be honest, it could have been about 5-all in the end.

“The most disappointing factor again this week was our inability to convert the chances that we created.  In terms of creating chances, almost double figures, but if you don’t put them in the net they don’t count.

“That’s still something for us to work on and improve.  Obviously, today we moved a few players around and they were playing in different positions again, but I think we’re now getting a lot close to knowing what our starting combination will be once the V League starts.”


Photo:  Zebras' coach Stephen Pitchford (left), his assistant, Tommy Fotak, and their suspended striker, Alex Leszczynski.  How they could have used Leszczynski [PlessPix]

Taroona coach, Andy Tye, said:

“We’re surprised, I think, as are a few other people.  But, very happy with the win.

“We tried a different formation where, I’ve been watching a bit of Melbourne Victory and we played a 4-2-2-2 and it’s helped to clog up the midfield, so there you go.  Very happy.”


Photo:  Taroona coach Andy Tye was very pleased with the win over Zebras [PlessPix]


Photo:  Zebras' Andy Clark (left) challenged for a header by Taroona's Toby Dove [PlessPix]


Photo:  Taroona's Toby Dove (left) dispossesses Tilford Zebras' Jonathan Ladic, who has just rejoined the Zebras after a season in Queensland [PlessPix]


Photo:  Taroona's Toby Dove controls the ball ahead of Zebras' Mark Page [PlessPix]


Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown (right) prods the ball away past Taroona's Alex Schaap [PlessPix]


Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Sam McIntyre (left) shields the ball from a Taroona opponent, under the watchful eye of referee Charles White [PlessPix]




+2 #22 Uni 2013-02-28 00:09
Quoting Anonymous:
are there any clubs that require players for their U/20 team?

Under 20 has plenty places available.
+9 #21 The Apprentice 2013-02-27 05:56
Andy Tye should be applauded for his tactical nous. As a neutral supporter it would be great to see Taroona progress to the latter stages of the tournament. Kingborough will prove a test, but it is a test that they can overcome with confidence.
+5 #20 Anonymous 2013-02-26 21:04
Dont get carried away Boro will beat Taroona this week,And Zebras will play Beachside in Semi final and play in the Final we do get ahead of ourselves.
+6 #19 Anonymous 2013-02-26 12:16
Training for all Clarence United FC youth teams (boys & girls) has commenced at Cambridge Oval on Thursdays at 5:00pm. Any players from U/13 to U/18 are welcome to attend and coaches will be in attendance for trials, team selections and so on.

U/20s train Tuesdays & Thursdays also at Cambridge at the later time of 6:30pm. New players welcome.
+5 #18 Anonymous 2013-02-26 10:06
Jeremy did have a great game don't get carried away. The kid has probably enough pressure as it is. Well done Jezza.
+6 #17 Anonymous 2013-02-26 09:25
Quoting Anonymous:
are there any clubs that require players for their U/20 team?

I reckon eagles could do with some. i hearsd that they are fielding last years U/15 p[layers as they don't have hardly any U/20 players
+1 #16 Anonymous 2013-02-26 06:57
Quoting Anonymous:
Walter have you herd anything about the agm on Sunday are we still stuck with safarisuit S.Collins as President and did ronnie bolton ask the tough questions

herd of cows?
+12 #15 Anonymous 2013-02-26 05:53
Ethan is more than happy to be playing SPL at Zebras this season. He is also a very good cricketer and this has had a bearing on his limited training sessions with Zebras this preseason. If he starts knocking the goals in again he could well be added to the squad as one of the 3 changes upto round 10.He is also unavailable for the summer cup due to cricket, however if it rains saturday he could be making an appearance.
+14 #14 anonymous 2013-02-26 05:49
#11 ask Ethan and he will tell you why he hasn't played yet and why he is in the SPL , of course he scored 40 plus goals , won medals and is a great player but if you were half smart and new the guy and anything about the Zebras you woudn't write such utter crap.
+20 #13 Anonymous 2013-02-26 05:40
I am by any means an expert but Taroona seem to be a well coached team and play a good brand of football. They also look fit and are a pleasure to watch.

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