Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  Metro's Jason Rozynski on the attack as Kingborough's Llewellyn Maiden can only watch [PlessPix]

(Men’s Social Summer Cup Final, Warrior Park, Friday, 15 March 2013)

Kingborough Blue 0

Metro 1 (R Stern 8)

HT: 0-1   Att: 90   Ref: T Prendergast

Kingborough Blue: Coleman;  Jarman, R New, Ahmed-Zeki, Aliste, P Cooper, R Daley, Harms, Jarman, McKay, Richardson, M Vavoulas (Substitutes:  Walton, Shabala, Nuttall, Maiden, Hansen)

Metro: Biggar;  Chaffey, Chatwin, Daniels, McQueen, Stern, Knight, McGuinness, Medhurst, Jason Rozynski, Woodward (Substitutes:  Land, Brooks, Richards, James Rozynski)

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Photo:  Metro were not accepted into the Southern Premier League but the Division One club have started the season well with a first cup win [PlessPix]

A ten-man Metro side held on to beat Kingborough Blue 1-0 in the Men’s Social Summer Cup Final at Warrior Park tonight.

Kye McQueen was shown the red card in the 23rd minute after an off-the-ball incident.  Mr Prendergast consulted one of his assistants and then sent off the Metro player.

A fine goal by Ronald Stern after just 8 minutes settled the issue.  Stern fired a low shot in from the right and the ball flew inside the far left-hand post with Kingborough goalkeeper Adam Coleman unable to move.  He had injured his quadriceps minutes earlier and limped off shortly after conceding the goal.

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Photo:  A heading duel in midfield [PlessPix]

Metro were the more mobile and quicker side in what was largely a case of youth versus age.

Stern, Edward Medhurst and Jason Rozynski were livewires in attack for Metro and they made life difficult for Kingborough defenders Paul Jarman, Robbie New, Phil Cooper and Manuel Vavoulas, whose experience was evident but who could not quite match the pace of the opposition youngsters.

Metro should have had a few more goals.  Veteran central defender and captain Darrin Chaffey volleyed just over the Kingborough crossbar early in the second half following a free-kick by Adam Woodward.

Two minutes later, Nathan Daniels sent in a powerful shot that flew narrowly over the bar.

Midway through the second period, Trent Knight turned beautifully to fashion an attempt at goal, but the ball just cleared the angle of crossbar and post.

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Photo:  Kingborough defend a Metro corner [PlessPix]

Kingborough, for whom George Harms showed clever ball skills and keen vision, had their best chance in the second half, but Robert Daley’s thunderous drive missed the target.

Kingborough were skilful but much too slow and they were unable to grab that elusive equaliser against the First Division outfit, who were presented with their trophy and winners’ medals by Football Federation Tasmania’s George Kalis.

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Photo:  Kingborough's Manuel Vavoulas (No.4) tries to cut out a Metro pass [PlessPix]

Metro coach, George Krambousanos, said:

“This is roughly the side I coached last year, minus the two Irishmen.

“They are young, keen and enthusiastic and that’s what persuaded me to coach them again this season.

“They are playing clever passing football and not just kick-and-rush and I’m proud of the boys for picking up this trophy.”

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Photo:  Darrin Chaffey (left), the Metro skipper, collects the trophy from FFT's George 'Clooney' Kalis [PlessPix]

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Photo:  A Kingborough defender gets in a tackle on a Metro opponent [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Kingborough keeper Adam 'Bear' Coleman is injured [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Metro's Kye McQueen (left) shoots as Kingborough's Paul Jarman tries to block [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Metro on a quick counter-attack [PlessPix]

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0 #4 Darren Anderton 2013-03-18 01:03
Well done Metro, keep on smiling G.K.
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0 #3 Anonymous 2013-03-18 00:22
first photo is not Llewellyn Maiden
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+3 #2 Richo 2013-03-16 01:52
Congratulations Metro! Onya Georgie baby! Have a fabulous 2013 Mets. Claremont rocks!
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+14 #1 Anonymous 2013-03-15 13:43
Ha unlike him to get sent off!
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