Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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' Ben Robinson (No.17) moves in on Kingborough's Trent Pearce [PlessPix]

(Victory League, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 27 July 2013)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (D Cowen 43, B Robinson og 58)

Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Hey 46, H Booth 88, 89)

HT:  1-0   Att:  150   Ref:  B Kopra

Kingborough Lions United:  Leamey  -  Hawkins, Cooper, A Hinkley, D Pearce  -  Bilson, Marchioli, J Davis, Verdouw  -  Cowen, T Pearce (W Davis 73)  (Subs not used:  Choon, Duncan)

Glenorchy Knights:  McKenna  -  Robinson, Clay, David, Robb (Roberts 73)  -  Marney, Hudson, Hey, Aldridge (Kamano 46)  -  Booth, Griffin (Kamba 67)  (Subs not used:  Marshall, S Cornish-Young)

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Photo:  Kingborough's Joe Davis (left) confronts Knights' skipper Jayden Hey as Mr Kopra looks on [PlessPix]

Second-last Glenorchy Knights scored only their third win of the Victory League season with this 3-2 triumph over third-last Kingborough Lions United away at Lightwood park on Saturday.

The Lions were missing striker Tom McDonald, whose flight from Melbourne was delayed.

The Knights started with impressive midfielder Mynonge Kamba on the bench because of personal reasons, but he did come on during the second half.

The opening half was a frantic affair, involving lots of long balls out of defence and rushed passing up front.

It wasn’t until two minutes before the interval that Kingborough took the lead, Danny Cowen diving to power a header past keeper Michael McKenna from Thomas Bilson’s right-wing cross.

Knights drew level less than a minute after the break.  Harry Booth fed Jayden Hey with a square pass across the box and the skipper scored with a low shot past David Leamey.

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Photo:  Knights' Blayne Hudson (No.13) contests a header with the Lions' Thomas Bilson [PlessPix]

Kingborough regained the lead in the 58th minute when Marcello Marchioli’s powerful shot was parried by McKenna straight to the feet of team-mate Ben Robinson, who had no time to react and inadvertently stroked the ball into his own net.

McKenna kept his side in the game when he blocked a fine effort after a well-rehearsed Kingborough set-piece from the right.

Marchioli missed a glorious chance in the 85th minute as he volleyed over the bar instead of hitting the target.

Two minutes from the end, a long throw-in by Hey on the left was not cleared by Adam Hinkley and Booth, playing as a striker rather than in defence, forced the ball home to make it 2-2.

Sixty seconds later, Booth scored the winner from Aaron Marney’s low cross from the right.

Two goals and one assist made for an exemplary performance by Booth, a defender-turned-striker, who had signed for the Knights from University at the start of the season.

The win out Knights 12 points ahead of bottom-side Launceston City and 5 poinst adrift of the Lions.

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Photo:  Knights' Jayden Hey tries to work an angle for a shot as team-mate Aaron Marney (No.2) arrives in support and Lions keeper David Leamey is on full alert [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Steve Adkins, said:

“The second goal, from the throw, we should have dealt with and should probably have cleared it.  They took advantage of our mistakes.  A bit of concentration.

“We blazed a few over the bar and McKenna saved one of them.  We had a few chances, but it certainly wasn’t our best display today.

“I thought our first half was pretty ordinary.  We got a little bit better second half, but yeah, the quality was missing today.”

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Photo:  Kingborough skipper Marcello Marchioli (left) keeps an eye on Knights' Callen Griffin [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United captain, Marcello Marchioli, said:

“It was very disappointing.  It was a very scrappy game and we could have come away with a win in the end.

“I think so [we did enough to win].  We got forward a fair bit and had a few good chances that we couldn’t quite get in the back of the net.”

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Photo:  Kingborough's Trent Pearce (left), in his attacking third of the pitch, was so determined to win this ball that he hit it so hard it went all the way up the other end of the pitch and out for a corner to the Knights [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights assistant coach, Matthew Rhodes, said:

“We went in a played some really good football and I felt we were down 2-1 and a bit unlucky.  We came out after half-time with a lot of energy and zest and the boys never lost it.

“The guys are great this year.  Everyone thought they’d get whipped and they’ve done a tremendous job.  They deserve all the credit today.  They played great football.

“We took a chance on Harry Booth.  I thought we might give it a bit of a run, and I look good today, don’t I?  It worked for us.

“I thought when we got that goal [Jayden Hey] we were really in the match and then, unfortunately, Benny [Robinson], it was just unfortunate.  The boys never gave up and we showed a tremendous fight today and they deserved their three points today.  It’s worth six points down here.”

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Photo:  Knights' Harry Booth (left) and Kingborough's Damian Pearce do battle [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights midfielder, Blayne Hudson, said:

“Lightwood is always difficult to come and play at, but we’ve had a change of formation and a change of personnel around different roles, but we always knew that if we put the right game forward and pushed out and played our game we’d always have a chance to come down here and get a result.  I think we did really well.

“I don’t think it [the own-goal] did [make our heads drop].  The boys got around Ben [Robinson] straight away and we made sure that he didn’t drop his head.  E knew it was just one of those things.  It was our problem.  It wasn’t them getting a goal but us conceding a goal.  We knew we could still work hard and play hard and get a result.

“Harry [Booth showed his versatility].  He’s been playing centre-back the past few weeks and doing really well, and left-back.  He’s come forward today and just shown just how well he can play around the pitch.  He battled all day today and he deserves man-of-the-match.  He was unbelievable.”

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Photo:  The Lions' David Cooper (left) hounds Knights' skipper Jayden Hey as Knights' Aaron Marney looks on [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Referee Brenton Kopra (centre) and his assistants, Craig Phillips (left) and Jimmy Hortle [PlessPix]

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0 #46 Anon. 2013-08-01 12:17
Quoting Mike McKenna:
Quoting Dallas:
Mike just for all those up and coming keepers, can you give is your top 5 tips for slowing the game down when protecting a lead and only say 15 minutes to go..lol


Just for you Dallas
1. Ball up the shirt... In my case you wouldnt know the difference.
2. Pull the pegs out at half time make the ref aware when you need a breather.
3. Have a chat to the people behind the goals when getting ready to take a goalkick.
4. Mine and Kosta's favourite... Laying on the ball after a goal is conceeded
5. MY FAVOURITE. Make sure you have a young goalkeeper as a ball boy who understands the importance of time wasting and slowing the game down... Like against Kingborough at KGV.



Haha I was at that kgv game and wondered weather you told that kid to waste time haha
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+8 #45 Dallas 2013-07-31 08:23
Futsal Finale, i am just getting off the floor. Mike that is Gold
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+1 #44 Mother Goose 2013-07-31 06:52
Real Goose-
Interesting how duck duck goose doesnt comment on the same thread as the real goose ;)
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+2 #43 Tweety Bird 2013-07-31 06:13
Anon #40 I think if you look down their are already 3 toes missing off one foot and just the big toe left on the other.
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+5 #42 The Real Goose 2013-07-31 05:34
Quoting Anonymous:
3:18 on the replay, if you think that is really worth a free kick go play netball.. the tackle afterwards probably should have been a free


You clearly don't understand what is or isn't a foul. Even a tug of a shirt is a foul, so grabbing someones arm is 100% a foul. They are both deliberate attempts away from the ball. Two players going shoulder to shoulder to win a ball is different. That is where contact is allowed. Refs and you fail to see this difference. Instead of arguing with me, watch professional soccer to see for your self.

Relax Boothy
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+4 #41 Anonymous 2013-07-31 04:33
3:18 on the replay, if you think that is really worth a free kick go play netball.. the tackle afterwards probably should have been a free

You clearly don't understand what is or isn't a foul. Even a tug of a shirt is a foul, so grabbing someones arm is 100% a foul. They are both deliberate attempts away from the ball. Two players going shoulder to shoulder to win a ball is different. That is where contact is allowed. Refs and you fail to see this difference. Instead of arguing with me, watch professional soccer to see for your self.
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0 #40 Anonymous 2013-07-31 03:12
Quoting Tweety Bird:
Anon 17 The only 2 players I would keep are Marchioli and Cowen..Always liked Cowen as a player ( mind you have only see him play twice that was last year). Olympia should put him on the shopping list.

LOL are you stupid?

Teams generally bring in 2 or 3 new faces each season... you rarely see more than 5 new players in a team... So if Kingborough get rid of everyone but two.. then they would have shot themselves in the foot!
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+3 #39 Anonymous 2013-07-31 03:10
It was very clever as Knights had just scored two very quick goals and by slowing the game down it allowed the adrenalin to cease and Knights to gain some structure and control of the last few minutes
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+9 #38 Futsal Finale 2013-07-31 03:07
Quoting Dallas:
Mike just for all those up and coming keepers, can you give is your top 5 tips for slowing the game down when protecting a lead and only say 15 minutes to go..lol


Worse time wasting tactic ever was in a Futsal final I saw him through the ball out of the stadium.
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+6 #37 Anonymous 2013-07-31 03:04
Quoting Anonymous:
How does Mckenna get away with some of his time wasting tactics?

That stuff with the free kick was comical


It's funny because I was watching the game and saw the Boro keeper trying to waste time with around 15 minutes to go...

Doesn't alway work.

Remember first game of the year McKenna wasting time with 80 minutes remaining and getting booked in the final minute for talking to a spectator on the fence while taking a goal kick.
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