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: Olympia's Gift Ochaya controls a pass as Zebras' Andrew Telega moves in [PlessPix]

Leaders South Hobart can claim the inaugural Victory League title if they beat sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United at home next Sunday at South Hobart Oval.

After the weekend’s Round 17 games in the State-wide competition, South Hobart lead second-placed Devonport City by a massive 12 points with just four rounds remaining.

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Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Paul Palmer chips the ball forward before Olympia's Nick Meredith can block [PlessPix]

Even if South were to lose next week’s match, they would undoubtedly collect the title because they have such a great advantage over their pursuers in terms of goal-difference.

South Hobart beat Northern Rangers 3-2 away on Saturday at Launceston’s NTC Ground through goals by Jordan Templin, Josh Fielding and Kostas Kanakaris.

Rangers’ goals came from Josh Burk and Aidan Rigby.

According to the usual script, the match appeared to be heading for a draw when Kanakaris popped up to hit the winner.  How many times has this happened this season?

Tilford Zebras slipped to third place after losing 3-2 to fourth-placed Olympia Warriors at KGV Park on Friday night.

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Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Jonathan Ladic sizes up his options [PlessPix]

Zebras rode some early pressure and led 2-0 at the interval through goals by Alex Leszczynski and Adam McKeown, but it should have been more as both players missed other good chances.  Leszczynski went awfully close with a free-kick and then fired wide just before the interval when close to goal but at an acute angle.

He also put McKeown through the Olympia defence with a well-timed pass, but his team-mate shot wide of the far post.

Zebras rued those missed chances as Olympia took over in the second half and netted through Gift Ochaya on the hour, Lachlan Nichols in the 73rd minute and Seungyong Jin 9 minutes from the end to snatch victory and shatter the Zebras.

Olympia have now beaten Zebras four times this season.  Perhaps having their own artificial pitch helps them when they play at KGV Park.

Devonport City moved into second place with a resounding 9-0 win over bottom-side Launceston City at home at Valley Road.

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Photo:  Kingborough's David Cooper (centre) confronts Knights' Aaron Marney (left) and Jayden Hey [PlessPix]

Surprisngly, the visitors kept Devonport goalless for the first 45 minutes.  The floodgates opened after the interval, however, with Devonport amazingly scoring 9 goals in the second half.  Brayden Mann led the charge with four goals.

The other goals came from Brody Denehey, Kieran Mulraney, Bobby Eaves, Ben Foote and Joel Stone.

In the remaining match of the round, second-last Glenorchy Knights scored a surprise 3-2 away win over third-last Kingborough Lions United with two late goals by defender-turned striker Harry Booth.

A diving header by Danny Cowen from Thomas Bilson’s cross from the right gave the Lions a 1-0 lead at the break.

Within a minute of the resumption, Booth set up Jayden Hey for the equaliser.

An own-goal by Ben Robinson, after keeper Michael McKenna had parried a stinging Marcello Marchioli shot, restored Kingborough’s lead, but goals in the 88th and 89th minutes by Booth spoiled the home fans’ party at Lightwood Park.

Two minutes from the end, Adam Hinkley made a hash of Hey’s long throw-in from the right and Booth was on hand to poke home from close range.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Blayne Hudson (red shirt) was danerous at set-pieces such as corners [PlessPix]

Within 60 seconds, Booth repeated his effort to snatch the winner from Aaron Marney’s low cross from the right.

In the Southern Premier League, leaders Beachside scraped home 3-2 against second-last University at home at Sandown Park to maintain their 9-point lead at the top.

Second-placed Tilford Zebras had walloped last-placed Glenorchy Knights 9-2 at KGV park on Friday night just to remind Beachside they were not home and hosed yet.

NTC had their goalkeeper sent off and succumbed  7-0 with 10 men against South Hobart, while Taroona’s title hopes took a further dent when they were held to a 1-1 draw away to ninth-placed Kingborough Lions United at Lightwood Park.

Olympia Warriors had a comfortable 4-1 win over Eastern Shore neighbours Clarence United, while fellow Eastern Shore outfit Nelson Eastern Suburbs borrowed a ground at Clarence’s Wentworth Park to overcome New Town Eagles 4-0 through two goals by Ryan Mills and one apiece to Adam Cronk and Andrew Reason.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Jade Clay takes a tumble after a tangle with Kingborough's Trent Pearce [PlessPix]

 

VICTORY LEAGUE (As at Saturday, 27 July 2013)

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

17

14

2

1

64

23

44

Devonport City

17

10

2

5

57

32

32

Tilford Zebras

17

8

5

4

53

35

29

Olympia Warriors

17

8

4

5

41

29

28

Northern Rangers

17

6

5

6

48

29

23

Kingborough Lions Utd

16

5

3

8

32

39

18

Glenorchy Knights

17

3

4

10

27

47

13

Launceston City

16

0

1

15

8

96

1

 

SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at 28 July 2013)

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Beachside

16

15

0

1

62

14

45

Tilford Zebras

16

11

3

2

63

26

36

Taroona

16

10

4

2

49

32

34

Olympia Warriors

17

9

2

6

59

37

29

NTC

17

9

0

8

35

36

27

South Hobart

16

7

4

5

48

40

25

Clarence United

17

5

4

8

44

51

19

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

17

5

3

9

26

38

18

Kingborough Lions Utd

16

4

3

9

26

52

15

New Town Eagles

15

3

2

10

26

54

11

University

16

2

4

10

34

47

10

Glenorchy Knights

17

3

1

13

26

71

10

 

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' skipper Jayden Hey (left) shadows his opposite number, Kingborough's Marcello Marchioli [PlessPix]

 

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+3 #21 Anonymous 2013-07-31 04:58
It will interesting to see what happens next year with players. Some good players not playing to their potential, some being paid, some not etc etc. I reckon players will be a bit more mercenary next preseason re clubs, in the list/out of the list, potential payments etc. Not sure if it's for the better but it comes with the way the sport is administered. Could even be an opening for a Player's Manager?
Throw in some sort of points rating system & the mind boggles.
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+6 #20 Anymouse 2013-07-31 04:47
Quoting K Roberts:
The Summer League of 1994-95 was over 28 Rounds. Riverside Olympic's goals read 45 for 117 against. However break it down to the averages. Riverside Oly per game 1.6 for to 4.17 against. Lton City currently 0.5 for to 6.0 against.


Great stuff.
You'll never get half an answer from a Roberts!
I'd have responded "Yes"
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+1 #19 Anonymous 2013-07-31 03:46
Quoting Hell Freezes Over:
Very unlikely the Olympia Powers to be will go after a player who while yes he can play, He wants to be on a pedestal and the club for the good of its culture wont go on bended knee at fantasy figures.


Unless they're rich, of course.
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-1 #18 Anonymous 2013-07-30 11:47
Anybody calling for Olympia to go after Kanakaris doesn't understand the Club.
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-1 #17 Anon. 2013-07-30 11:15
So with Tsakiris coming back into the squad for an "injured player" does gift have to give up his number 9 I think soo! Won't get another game this season
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+6 #16 Anon 2013-07-30 10:29
# 15 bit of a dilemma considering that a culture of imports, fly-ins and genuine ego at management level, already exist. No criticism of this, but let's not be hypocritical in our commentary. It is what it i.
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-1 #15 Hell Freezes Over 2013-07-30 09:47
Very unlikely the Olympia Powers to be will go after a player who while yes he can play, He wants to be on a pedestal and the club for the good of its culture wont go on bended knee at fantasy figures.
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-14 #14 Anonymous 2013-07-30 05:58
Kanakaris is the money man for a reason. He hits the money shot at the death which drags his team across the line to win for the nth time. Come on Olympia,sign him up. What are you waiting for? Dangle the carrot.ie $400-00 plus captaincy. You will recoup your investment in spades. He is THE DIFFERENCE.
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+3 #13 Anonymous 2013-07-30 01:03
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting anon:
Gee Souths goals were scrappy.


Agreed, but it does show that if you continue to put the ball in dangerous areas then something is bound to happen.


I did not make the journey north but looking at the highlights & Ken's comments it appears that South were a bit lucky on the day. Hickey & Les Miz on late again, maybe keeping a few card up his sleeve for the post league comp?
South fortunate not to concede more & seem reluctant to shoot, Rangers attack with pace and space - though can't really tell much from a few minutes of highlights re balance of play etc.


As an outsider, I wonder if there is something more going on with Hickey riding the pine? I would have thought that he has been good enough this year to avoid the bench? I spose you never know what goes on inside a club.
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+7 #12 Anonymous 2013-07-29 23:53
#7 at the end of the day,doesn't matter how they go in.
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