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:  Glenorchy Knights' Jal David (left) and South Hobart's Lucas Hill in a race for the ball [PlessPix]

(Victory League, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 24 March 2013)

South Hobart 3 (C Hunt 31, C Williams 64, K Kanakaris 88)

Glenorchy Knights 3 (J David 52, A Marney 60, J Marshall 74)

HT: 1-0   Att: 375   Ref: C Phillips

South Hobart: Ferguson  -  Lewis, Hill, Ludford (Thomas 81), Williams  -  Fielding (Rogers 55), Hickey, Mizael (Hye Min Yun 61)  -  Kanakaris, Hunt, Morton (Sub snot used:  M Clarke, Moncur)

Glenorchy Knights: McKenna  -  Robinson, Hey, Johnson, Roberts  -  Marshall, D Foley, Kamba (H Booth 78)  -  Marney, David, Letiko (Kamano 61) (Subs not used:  Bellini, Cornish-Young, Robb)


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Ben Robinson (left) moves in on South Hobart skipper Hugh Ludford [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights produced a surprise in their first Victory League game by earning a point against South Hobart in a 3-3 draw at South Hobart Oval this afternoon.

Glenorchy Knights exceeded many people’s expectations, while South were hugely disappointing.

South Hobart had the better of the early exchanges and Knights goalkeeper Michael McKenna showed what a valuable asset he is as he produced a superb and well-judged save from Nick Morton, who had earlier fired wide.

As South failed to press home their advantage in terms of possession, the Knights gained confidence and with Jayden Hey solid at the back and Mynonge Kamba and Jeremy Marshall in fine form in midfield, started to find openings.

The Knights’ Justin Letiko had a penalty claim turned down on the quarter-hour after a tackle by Lucas Hill before Kanakaris hit the base of a post with a corner and McKenna snatched the ball and held it tight.


Photo:  Jeremy Marshall is proving a valuable signing for Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]

South Hobart finally hit the front in the 31st minute after an error by Sam Johnson, who had been playing with fire in several risky situations.  A Kanakaris free-kick from the left was played straight into the path of Chris Hunt by Johnson and the South Hobart striker volleyed a left-foot shot across McKenna and inside the far right-hand post.

Just before the interval, McKenna did well to keep out a cross-shot from the right by Nick Morton.

The Knights almost scrambled an equaliser in stoppage time as panic reigned inside the 6-yard box, but Jal David was unable to find the net as South keeper Matthew Ferguson blocked with his body.

The visitors levelled in the 51st minute when David beat Hugh Ludford and Ferguson to a low cross from the right by Ben Robinson and slid the ball home.

Aaron Marney put Knights in front on the hour after Marshall and Declan Foley missed gilt-edged chances from close in as South tried desperately to clear the danger.


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Justin Letiko (yellow boots) caused problems for South Hobart on the flanks [PlessPix]

South brought on Hye Min Yun immediately and took only 4 minutes to draw level, Cameron Williams heading home the ball in the middle after Kanakaris had raced clear down the right and provided the service.

Ten minutes later, Marshall turned home David’s cross from the left against a very slow South rearguard to make it 3-2 for the visitors and an upset seemed on the cards.

South refused to give in, however, and McKenna had to get down quickly to his right to turn a Morton shot wide.

Knights then replaced the excellent Kamba with new signing from University, Harry Booth, while South skipper Ludford hobbled off to be replaced by Harrison Thomas.

With 8 minutes remaining, Knights survived a huge goalmouth scrimmage, Johnson preventing a certain goal with a last-ditch block.


Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Jal David and Justin Letiko causing problems for South Hobart central defenders Hugh Ludford and Lucas Hill [PlessPix]

South’s Williams was shown a red card for striking in the 84th minute after a touch-line altercation.

The home side refused to allow this set-back to affect them, however, and with 2 minutes remaining, a square ball inside the penalty area from Morton found Kanakaris, who squeezed home the equaliser, curling the ball just inside the far right-hand post to make it 3-3.

South had one final chance when Kanakaris released Hunt down the right, but he fired high and wide of the target when he should really have worked McKenna.


Photo:  South Hobart's Matt Lewis (left) tries to stop Glenorchy Knights' Justin Letiko [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“[We were lucky to get a away with a point] without a doubt.  We were second best all day.  We didn’t turn up.  We weren’t on the park today.  There was no effort, no commitment.  A dismal performance.  Glenorchy Knights were unlucky not to take all three points.

“I’m hoping it was just one of those days.  Normally, the first day of the season we snatch a draw and we don’t particularly play well.  We can blame the Summer Cup for that.  We can’t blame the Summer Cup for today’s effort.  We have ourselves to blame.

“I’m just hoping we’ve had our little blip early.  We got out of gaol by getting a draw and we’ll go back into training this week and hopefully build and make things better again.”


Photo:  South Hobart's Cameron Williams (right) leaves Glenorchy Knights' Ben Robinson on the floor [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach, Chris Hey, said:

“Fantastic.  I think, overall, an entertaining game of football from both perspectives.

“Playing the champions of the last five years in the first game was always going to be tough, but what I take away from the game today is the way the guys kept their shape as a unit, played for one another and I think we maybe could have pinched it.  But, a draw for both teams and the entertainment value for the crowd, you could tell at the end everyone appreciated the game.

“To be honest with you, I’m disappointed we didn’t take the extra two points.  But, obviously, we’ll take the point.  It’s a good start to the season.  We were aiming for four points from the first three and that’s one.

“I suppose it could have gone anybody’s way in that last 15 minutes.  Both teams had chances, but, yeah, I’m a little bit disappointed.”


Photo:  South Hobart's Chris Hunt tries to throw Glenorchy Knights' Declan Foley off balance [PlessPix]


Photo: South Hobart's Kostas Kankaris on the hunt, pursued by Glenorchy Knights' Declan Foley and Jayden Hey [PlessPix]


+2 #38 Anonymous 2013-03-27 06:48
When the referee seminar was on in February the referees were told by Ben Wilson from FFA that as long as they have the shin pads and meet the requirement in law 4 Quoting Anonymous:
When it comes to shin pads FFT made a rod for it and the referees back last year insisting they had to be a certain size.Law 4 says Shinguards
? are covered entirely by the stockings
? are made of rubber, plastic or a similar suitable material
? provide a reasonable degree of protection.

Then referees don't need to worry about it. If players are stupid to put themselves in danger and wear the small shin pads well that's their problem if they get hurt and are unable to work for certain period of time or play because of there stupidity not the referees problem
+3 #37 Anonymous 2013-03-26 07:18
When it comes to shin pads FFT made a rod for it and the referees back last year insisting they had to be a certain size.Law 4 says Shinguards
? are covered entirely by the stockings
? are made of rubber, plastic or a similar suitable material
? provide a reasonable degree of protection.
+6 #36 Anonymous 2013-03-26 00:04
who else would be knights captain? nobody there has been at the club longer than 5 years except Jade Clay who is injured.
+9 #35 Anonymous 2013-03-25 20:36
Quoting Martyn Wells:
As a sidenote, don't mind South mentioning their supporters, that's fine, but do they have to beg the crowd to spend their dollars with them? Sure, mention them but don't start telling people how to spend their dollars, it's tacky...and the bloke on the speaker should learn the names before he reads them out.

Thanks for that anon #7.As "the bloke on the speaker" I agreed my pronunciation needs improvement. Sure I did mention Souths supporters, I also mentioned Souths sponsors and yes I urged (not begged) those in attendance yesterday to patronize the businesses whose generosity supports South, a common commercial practice. I trust this is sufficient clarification anon # 7 ?

Congratulation South on a well organised day. Football, halftime entertainment and food.
+4 #34 Too little too late 2013-03-25 12:40
Last years captain Huigsloot nominated the next captain & that nomination was accepted. Dont think Chris gets involed in matters that will only compkicate situations involving his son. Told he refused votes for best player as jayden was a player. Good choice but.z5p5s
+2 #33 Anonymous 2013-03-25 10:21
Quoting Anonymous:
If you have a close look to that picture of Justin Letiko and Lucas Hill, you could actually see Lucas Hill pulling Justin Letiko's shirt inside the 18yard which I believe the penalty should of been given to Knights

What a great energy that Letiko's kid have

Quoting Anonymous:
If you have a close look to that picture of Justin Letiko and Lucas Hill, you could actually see Lucas Hill pulling Justin Letiko's shirt inside the 18yard which I believe the penalty should of been given to Knights

What a great energy that Letiko's kid have

Is Hugh holding hands with Jai?
0 #32 Martyn Wells 2013-03-25 07:00
Quoting Anonymous:
Dear Martyn Wells,

The Greek forward that all and sundry go on about. His name is Kostas Kanakaris.

NOT Kostas Kanakis or Kostas Kanarakis. You managed three different versions of his name yesterday and only once got it correct.


PS. He is your star player and apparently your beloved club pays him $400 per game. Might pay to get his name correct

Anon # 27 thank you for listening so attentively to my announcements, as I stated previously I agree that my pronunciation needs improvement. Whilst I admire the way South Hobart is run, my beloved team plays in a land far, far, away, as I suspect yours might too! ? Keep up the banter who ever you are, Anon # 27, the more the better.
-2 #31 Anonymous 2013-03-25 06:50
Quoting Anonymous:
Last Photo.
Are those shin pads he's wearing even legal.
I was made to jump through hoops with my shin pads last season.
Those shin pads aren't even covering 5cm of his shin!!!

i thinnk they've changed the regulations on shinpads, that or they've just stopped checking
+3 #30 Anonymous 2013-03-25 06:33
Quoting Anonymous:
How can Harrison Thomas and Max Clarke be in both the SPL and VPL teams on the same day? Not enough players at South?

And you will find that south have to double up with the SPl and U/20s as not enough to field the U/20s
-4 #29 Anonymous 2013-03-25 06:08
Quoting Mike McKenna:
Both Jayden Hey(c) and Sammy Johnson(vc)have led the club both on and off the pitch in outstanding fashion so far this year.

I for one am proud to have them as our captains

Look out boys

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