Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Tilford Zebras coach Tommy Fotak said his side can still improve [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Friday, 28 June 2013)

Tilford Zebras 5 (A McKeown 19, 56, J Ladic 43, A Cairns 48, A Clark 89)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (A Telega og 59)

HT:  2-0   Att:  120   Ref:  P Galloway

Tilford Zebras:  Norval  -  Toghill, Telega, Clamp, K Engels  -  P Palmer (Page 70), Cairns (S McIntyre 85), Ladic  -  Clark, Leszczynski, McKeown  (Subs not used:  Kay, N MacDonald)

Kingborough Lions United:  Leamey  -  A Hinkley, Cuthbertson (W Davis 70), Cooper, D Pearce  -  Hawkins, Bilson, M Palmer, J Davis  -  T Pearce (Cowen 59), T McDonald  (Subs not used:  Duncan, Verdouw)


Tilford Zebras moved to within 5 points of Victory League leaders South Hobart with this 5-1 win over sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United.

The absence of Joel Schuth, Marcello Marchioli and Cormac Collins was a huge blow to the Lions.  Schuth is in dispute with the club and it looks as if he will play for their Southern Premier League side.  Marchiloi had tonsillitis and Collins had a hip injury.

Both sides were guilty of poor passing.  Kingborough repeatedly got themselves in trouble at the back and in midfield with inaccurate passing, while in the front third it cost them at least three good scoring chances.

Zebras also suffered from this affliction.  They also frequently tried the long speculative ball that just did not come off.

The technical quality of many of the players was deficient, with the first touch frequently letting players down.  There were exceptions, but even the better players were inconsistent and disappointing.

A poor square pass by David Cooper in the 10th minute provided Zebras with their first chance, but Aaron Cairns surprisingly shot wide when he should have scored.  He was being man-marked by Tom Bilson but frequently escaped.  For a brief period late in the first half, Damian Pearce took over the role to give Bilson a rest at left-back.

A minute later, David Leamey did well to turn Jonathan Ladic’s free-kick from long range and wide on the left over the bar.

Kingborough’s first chance came after 16 minutes when Damian Pearce released Tom McDonald on the left.  He played the ball inside to Trent Pearce, who laid if back into the path of Bilson, but the youngster shot high and wide.

Zebras responded with a goal in the 19th minute.  Leamey could only parry a Cairns shot and when Alex Leszczynski hit the ball back into the goalmouth, Adam McKeown chested it home from close range.

In the 32nd minute, a Ladic corner from the right was headed powerfully over the bat by McKeown.

A minute later Kingborough hit back when Adam Hinkley picked out a surprisingly unmarked Joe Davis in the box, but he gave the ball away and the threat evaporated.

Hinkley led a Kingborough raid down the right in the 36th minute, but McDonald’s shot was straight at Ryan Norval.

A minute later, Trent Pearce set up Joe Davis, but his shot flew straight at Norval.

With two minutes of the first half remaining, Ladic made it 2-0.  McKeown released Clark down the right and his low cross found the unmarked and onrushing Ladic, who placed his shot into the roof of the net.

Two minutes after the resumption it was 3-0 as Cairns scored with a low drive that went in off the left-hand post.

Kingborough might have had a penalty in the 53rd minute after a clumsy challenge by Kurt Engels on Wade Hawkins, but there were no real appeals.

Three minutes later, Cairns released Clark down the right and his miscued shot flew across the face of goal to McKeown, who netted comfortably to make it 4-0.

Norval was finally brought into action in the 57th minute as he tipped a long-range Damian Pearce free-kick over the bar.

In the 59th minute, Adam Hinkley’s free-kick from deep in midfield was turned into his own net by Zebras defender Andrew Telega, but the goal did not really enhance Kingborough’s chances of salvaging something from this match.

Zebras almost had a fifth goal in the 61st minute when McKeown got onto the end of a corner from the right and flashed in a powerful shot, but Michael Palmer glanced the ball over the bar with his head right on the line.

Zebras’ fifth goal came with a minute remaining when McKeown outfoxed Cooper on the left and sent in a low cross that was turned in by Clark from close range and while under pressure from a defender.

Tilford Zebras coach Tommy Fotak said:

“A turn-around from the way we performed last week.  Still not up to scratch.  Hot and cold tonight, but the hot was good and that’s what we need to do to beat teams in this competition and five goals is a bonus.

“I was satisfied that we were looking to pass instead of running with the ball.  The decisions we were trying to make at times were good, but the execution wasn’t quite there.  At other times, the decisions weren’t the right ones, but at least we were looking to move the ball on.

“So, it’s a step in the right direction from where we’ve been in the last few weeks and we’ll continue to work on that through training and see if we can get better.

“I have five players essentially playing for three positions in there [midfield] and no-one, I suppose, plays the number 10 as well as Cairns, so he’s a lock there.  And then you’ve got the ground that Jonno [Ladic] covers and the balls that he knocks, so he’s pretty much a lock there.  We’ve got Sam McIntyre, Palmer and Mark Page all vying for that last spot.  They all bring many of the same qualities and they all bring slightly different qualities, but Paul [Palmer] was picked tonight because Kingborough are a bit more of a bigger physical side and so I wanted a bit more strength in there.

“But then you saw when Page came on, his mobility caused them lots of problems and he used the ball really well, so it’s a good problem to have.  It’s difficult for the players and I’ve spoken to them about it and that you’re going to get rotated in and out based on who our opponents are, but when you play, you play as you can and relaxed and they play well when they do that.”

Kingborough Lions United coach Steve Adkins said:

“We had a couple of important players missing.  It certainly made a difference, two of our midfield three out and probably two of our best players for the year.  It certainly makes a difference.

“The boys that stepped in tried hard and we certainly weren’t disgraced.

“A couple of our guys aren’t used to a 90-minute Victory League game and that kind of showed a bit in the second half.  They ran through our midfield a bit.

“In the first half, I thought we really needed to take a couple of our chances.  It may have been a chance of being 2-2 instead of 2-0 at half-time.  That could have made a lot of difference.

Tilford Zebras midfielder Jonathan Ladic said:

“The boys are upbeat about it [the 5-1 win].  We weren’t happy for the full 90 minutes.

“I think, in patches, we were really good and we were playing in to feet and one and two touches, but Kingborough pressed us a fair bit as well and they were marking Cairns, and that made it a bit hard as well as he’s obviously very important for us.”

Kingborough Lions United defender Nick Cuthbertson said:

“I think we were on top for patches in that first half and we were probably unlucky to be 2-0 down at half-time.  It’s been our story this year.  We just haven’t taken our chances when they’ve come and that’s something we need to work on.

“Definitely, we were certainly in the game at least for the first hour.

“We were in the game up until 1-0 and we were going forward and creating chances but a goal right at half-time kills you and then conceding straight after half-time, it’s certainly not what you want.”

 

TILFORD ZEBRAS

 

KINGBOROUGH

23

Goal Attempts

8

12

Shots on Target

4

8

Corners

6

4

Fouls Committed

6

2

Off-Sides

4

0

Yellow Cards

2 (M Palmer 31, D Pearce 39)

0

Red Cards

0

 

Tilford Zebras:

 

PLAYER

GOAL ATTEMPTS

SHOTS ON TARGET

P Palmer

1

0

Cairns

3

2

Ladic

3

2

McKeown

8

4

Clamp

1

0

Clark

3

1

Leszczynski

1

1

K Engels

2

2

Page

1

0

 

Kingborough Lions United:

 

PLAYER

GOAL ATTEMPTS

SHOTS ON TARGET

J Davis

3

1

Cuthbertson

1

0

Bilson

1

1

T McDonald

1

1

T Pearce

1

1

Cowen

1

0

 

 

Comments   

+2 #35 Anonymous 2013-07-01 06:08
# 35 Mckewon has been consistenly scoring goals over the past few years. Only this year and last did he play with Albie as a partner. Both are great players and you are intent on causing trouble. I don't thinks zebs intend to lose either player, so moot point.
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+1 #34 Anonymous 2013-06-30 23:43
Quoting Anonymous:
# 26 silly comment. Strikers are supposed to play together; it's a team game!


yr missing the point, being that if zebs lost one of them, albie would be the bigger loss imho
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+5 #33 Anonymous 2013-06-30 22:11
Quoting Anonymous:
I said last week I wouldn't watch Boro again and was told I was moaning. At seasons end it would be interesting to compare crowd figures at each club's home and way fixtures. Boro will be well down the list as the neutrals will not pay for that kind of tedium.


King Kenny aside, only Hey could turn that bunch into an entertaining proposition.
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+8 #32 Anonymous 2013-06-30 08:08
I said last week I wouldn't watch Boro again and was told I was moaning. At seasons end it would be interesting to compare crowd figures at each club's home and way fixtures. Boro will be well down the list as the neutrals will not pay for that kind of tedium.
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+8 #31 Anon 2013-06-30 02:34
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting The Headline Maker:
Zebras now rest and await the Warriors slaughter of South Hobart after a job well done.

Slaughter ??? You have no idea and your " Headlines " show it on a regular basis .

See I told you ! Totally clueless . South should have " slaughter " the Spartans . Score line flatters Olympia
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+3 #30 Anonymous 2013-06-29 16:04
Quoting Anonymous #1:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Zebras showing they have the men to make a real run at the cup from here. Despite Cairns being marked the others stood up. Still not sure why they're playing Page as a holding midfielder, he's anything but. Palmer a much better choice at that position.

What would you suggest as a Zebras midfield lineup Walter?


Definitely not Palmer. Page and McIntyre are leaps ahead technically and have at least 6 years on him.


Anonymous #1 here.

Fair enough, I disagree with you though - Page is no midfielder and at best is a serviceable full-back. McIntyre is another issue altogether [would be a better choice than Palmer] but doesn't want to play there - is much better as the centre forward or #10.

Still think with Palmer screening the midfield Zebras have more grunt and less showiness, makes them look a better team overall.


I think Palmer gets a bit of a rough slate of things, he came to tassie as a forward from England, and has been doing that defensive job that nobody wants since he got here, yes he may be lacking some fitness, but that can be worked on, but nobody should be arguing about his footballing capabilities.
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+8 #29 Anonymous 2013-06-29 12:01
# 26 silly comment. Strikers are supposed to play together; it's a team game!
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+6 #28 Anonymous 2013-06-29 11:55
Good game tonight at warrior park. South had great intensity, especially in the first half. The warriors made the most of the chances they had, however these were few and far between. Midfield for warriors was non existent and passes lacked direction. Scott kept Jin quiet, wadawu was one dimensional. Olympia defence drifted away from their opponents, classic example of this was the last goal. Holmes had a good night. I was expecting a closer contest. Oh well, there is always next round!!
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+4 #27 Anonymous 2013-06-29 09:35
Quoting Anona-mouse:
Quoting Anonymous:
Rhodesy was (well is) a much better coach...

and i suppose you are a current coach or possibly a past coach or even better your name is Rhodesy ,stop comparing coaches ,unless you are qualified or have a proven record in the coaching domain ,I doubt that cause then you would be Ken .he has the only consistant proven record. you talk rubbish!!!

I can guarantee that wasn't Matty, although it does appear he thinks he knows a thing or two about Joel Schuth's plans for next year.
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+9 #26 Anonymous 2013-06-29 08:16
Albie is more important to Zebs than McKeown for mine.

In fact if Albie wasnt his partner I really doubt Sunday would be half as effective.
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