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:  South Hobart's Nick Morton (left) is tackled by Glenorchy Knights' Mynonge Kamba [PlessPix]

South Hobart beat Glenorchy Knights 7-1 in a Victory League pre-season match at South Hobart today.

In a curtain-raiser between the clubs, South Hobart ran out 11-2 winners, but they fielded several senior players, including Shae Hickey, Hugh Ludford, Matt Lewis, Chris Hunt and Mark Ambrose.


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Brodie Holmes (right) collides with South Hobart's Hye Min Yun [PlessPix]

In the senior match, Mizael gave South Hobart the lead after just four minutes of the opening third.

Nick Morton added the second and Josh Williamson the third to put South Hobart in control.

Andy Brennan then hit a hat-trick as South Hobart over-ran their opponents.

Knights pulled a goal back through George Kamano, but Williamson netted his second and South Hobart’s seventh before the end.

Both sides were missing players because of the Australia Day long weekend.


Photo:  Newcomers Alessandro Fici (left) of South Hobart and Hugh Foley of Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]

But, both had new faces on view.

South Hobart had their new English midfielder, import Nick Hill, a recent Italian arrival in Alessandro Fici, Harrison Thomas, from the FFT/NTC side, and a 21-year-old Korean midfielder, Hye Min Jun, who has also been training with Olympia Warriors.

Hill only arrived in Hobart this morning from England, while Fici, a midfielder or defender, is far from fit and carrying a slight injury.

Glenorchy Knights’ new faces included Hugh and Declan Foley, from the FFT/NTC side, Jeremy Marshall, and Bradley Ayres from New Town Eagles, Mynonge Kamba, from Hobart United, Rohan Heggie from Tilford Zebras, Alex Bellini from Olympia Warriors,  Phineas Aldridge from Clarence United and goalkeeper Sam Cornish.


Photo:  South Hobart's new English import, Nick Hill (left), tries to stop Glenorchy Knights' Corey Moore [PlessPix]

In the curtain-raiser, South Hobart’s marksmen were Colin Wain, with four goals, Max Clarke, with a hat-trick, Chris Hunt, with a brace, and Mark Ambrose and Chris Downes with a goal apiece.

Meanwhile, Tilford Zebras have a new goalkeeper, 21-year-old Luca Lentini, arriving from Sydney next week.

Lentini had a trial with A-League club Sydney FC last week but nothing has eventuated yet as a result.

Lentini and Fici are family friends of former Zebras and Olympia coach Franco Previdi, who persuaded both players to give Tasmania’s Victory League a try.

Nothing too much can be read into these pre-season games.  They tend to be played in three thirds of 30-minutes each, designed to give the entire squad a run.


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Declan Foley (left) clears ahead of a South Hobart opponent [PlessPix]

That means a team can be massively disrupted by the changes and that can often affect the outcome.

Coaches, quite rightly, wish to see what talent they have at their disposal and that is usually more important than the result.

In a follow-up story, I will interview both of today’s coaches, Ken Morton, of South Hobart, and Chris Hey, of Glenorchy Knights, to ascertain their view of today’s proceedings.


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Jayden Hey (right) in possession [PlessPix]


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Phineas Aldridge (right) shields the ball from a South Hobart opponent [PlessPix]


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Jeremy Marshall tries to head a cross clear as South Hobart attack [PlessPix]


Photo:  South Hobart's Hye Min Yun takes on Glenorchy Knights' Rohan Heggie (No.12) and Alex Bellini [PlessPix]


0 #57 too little too Late 2013-02-01 04:54
#30 Would be interested to know what players, other than "Strang" who have been turned away?
0 #56 Anonymous 2013-01-31 20:17
Quoting Anonymous:
I think it's too early for you gimps to call where teams are going to finish. players are still moving about, checking different clubs and environments although its coming to the time when they should settle.
Zebras will have depth but too many egos I see. They had just as good of a squad last year and look what happened but hopefully pitchford gets them to click. South gonna be the team to beat again simply because they have the winning mentality and whoever they put on the park will do the job. Havnt heard anything from kingborough? Recruits? Also knights will be fine this year after seeing the Olympia game and some of the players out there. They were the better team against olympia for 2/3 when their better players came on but as I said its too early to tell. Summer cup shall give us a better understanding of where clubs are at.

Contradiction much? Gimp.
0 #55 Anonymous 2013-01-31 05:18
Quoting Tommy:
#27 raises some interesting questions.

The first and biggest problem clubs face is player retention. Every club has a few gun 16 year olds, they either disappear or don't develop much further. The problem used to be that it was far too easy to reach the top, also there's the age, pretty soon partying and sex enter their lives and football goes down a few rungs of importance. We've all been there and done that.

This retention problem is noted by FFA along with the fact that at that age for the truly committed best there is competition from other sports - credit to them they are trying to address this and there is documentation at a common level aka the National Curriculum that highlights this issue and how to possibly address it.

The Victory League with its 20 man squads creates a concentration effect that I believe will have a positive impact. No longer can people rock up mid February and expect to get games in the 1s, so those names that are missing for #27 will be playing SPL at best. They are missing for all the reasons #27 has listed.

Tommy some clubs price people out of the game by charging like wounded bulls, i'll leave it at that
+3 #54 Two Bobs Worth 2013-01-29 21:20
Quoting Anonymous:
So the V League clubs name now 25 players on thursday and then cut to 20 the day before the Summer Cup where is the logical sense in that. Who is the rocket scientist who made this decision.
This is not how you want football to be, surely thursday would of been a good cut off point as it would enable those players who didn't make the cut to find another club to play senior football

An appalling decision if true. The summer cup is a pre-season test ground for up coming players, not another comp for a 20 man restricted squad. Will make a long and boring season for the 20, too much. Remember these players are amateurs & have other lives. Many will drop out. If true it's decision making on the fly & very poor at that.
-7 #53 Anonymous 2013-01-29 13:25
I heard Kumpa is not playing V league this year any truth in this ??, a good player who could walk into most starting 11
-1 #52 Anonymous 2013-01-29 13:23
So the V League clubs name now 25 players on thursday and then cut to 20 the day before the Summer Cup where is the logical sense in that. Who is the rocket scientist who made this decision.
This is not how you want football to be, surely thursday would of been a good cut off point as it would enable those players who didn't make the cut to find another club to play senior football
+6 #51 Darren Anderton 2013-01-29 02:54
#33 Must be a number put on imports?

Why? Firstly it invariably improves the standard, and secondly many an 'import' has stayed in Tasmania for the betterment of the game.
examples; I.Parker, K.Morton and many others.
-1 #50 Anonymous 2013-01-29 02:49
Yea I think Rhodesy was pretty successful last year.And didn't Hey win a Trophy as well .Intresting thoughts #47
+1 #49 Anonymous 2013-01-28 23:54
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
I mourn the days where pre season training was taken seriously by all. A break was always welcome but, when the call came in early jan, everyone was there pushing for the top spots. I don't think that we were technically better back then but our attitude was better. I actually think that futsal has made our players technically better in general. To progress in tas we need better players playing better players, day in day out. An increase in commitment would create strong leagues from top to bottom. So many players swan in to training as they feel like it and then wonder why they aren't consistant and take half a season to get going. The best players anywhere, in any sport, are the best trainers. If anyone has a cure for the malaise we are facing in football, I reckon we would be all ears.

Here are some points.

Players need to consider their commitment:

* Are they prepared to meet the club's training requirements (2, 3 or 4 nights per week).
* Are they prepared to fight for their positions at whatever the cost (return to training earlier, not miss any pre-season matches, give up cricket....)
* Are they prepared to do extra training and preparation.

If they are not prepared to do ALL the things above then they will not be play in the 2013 V League Competition.

You will have a great squad hahahaha
0 #48 LOL 2013-01-28 23:14

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