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:  South Hobart's Chris Hunt occupies three Tilford Zebras opponents [PlessPix]

Northern Rangers and Olympia Warriors are the only teams with a perfect record after the second round of the Victory League competition.

Rangers beat Glenorchy Knights 5-0 away on the new artificial pitch at KGV Park in Glenorchy.  It was the Northerners’ second 5-0 win in succession and they have yet to concede a goal.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris (right) refusing to give the Zebras' ball back to Paul Palmer [PlessPix]

English import Shane Brassington gave Rangers the lead on the half-hour with a shot from wide on the right that went in off the inside of the far left-hand post.

Derek Schipper made it 2-0 three minutes later when his powerful shot deceived Knights goalkeeper Michael McKenna, who fumbled the ball and saw it cross the line after it ricocheted off his near post.

Knights changed tactics in the second half and moved central defender Jayden Hey into midfield in place of Alex Bellini, who was replaced by Ben Robinson, who took up the right-fullback position.

The move worked for a while and the Knights began to get more of the play, but they were unable to find the net.

They suffered a huge blow in the 75th minute when McKenna injured a calf and had to be replaced by the young and inexperienced Sam Cornish.

Cornish’s first task was to pick the ball out of the back of the net in the 78th minute when Nick Lanau-Atkinson scored direct from a corner from the right.

The very next minute, Agele Luate was put through and he rounded Cornish in a one-on-one situation and stroked the ball into the net to make it 4-0.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Jeremy Marshall in possession as Northern Rangers' Derek Schipper approaches [PlessPix]

Cornish was fortunate in the 86th minute to receive just a yellow card when he upended Agele Luate and conceded a penalty, which was converted easily by Brassington to take the score to 5-0.

In the final minute, the Knights’ Aaron Marney rattled the Rangers crossbar with a volley, but that is all the home side had to show for their endeavours.

Tilford Zebras’ flirtation with last year’s New Town Eagles side is proving a failure.  With five of the Eagles’ line-up from last season in their ranks, they went down to their second successive defeat, this time 2-1 against South Hobart at home at KGV Park

And again, it was the former Eagles strikers from last season that let them down, Adam McKeown and Alex Leszczynski missing glorious chances which might have given Zebras victory.

Leszczynski gave Zebras the lead from the penalty spot in the 17th minute after Josh Fielding brought down Aaron Cairns.

Fielding played at centre-back in place of the injured Hugh Ludford and he was assigned the task of marking Leszczynski, which he did successfully.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights trainer John Mure tends to injured goalkeeper Michael McKenna [PlessPix]

South Hobart equalised in the 23rd minute when Nick Morton collected a pass from Shae Hickey and then returned the ball to the overlapping Hickey on the left.  Hickey skilfully floated the ball inside the far top corner, past a desperately back-pedalling Zebras keeper Rob Kay.

Leszczynski should have scored from Cairns’s cut-back from the left in the 52nd minute, but he lifted his shot high over the bar.

Two minutes later, a poor back pass by South Hobart central defender Lucas Hill allowed McKeown to gain possession and advance unimpeded on goal, but his tame shot was brilliantly saved by the agile Matthew Ferguson, who had read the situation to perfection.

In the 61st minute, McKeown provided a perfect left-wing cross for Leszczynski, but his shot was saved by the impeccable Ferguson.

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights substitute goalkeeper Sam Cornish flaps at the ball as it flies past him and into the net direct from a corner [PlessPix]

South Hobart hit the front in the 67th minute when Chris Hunt bamboozled the Zebras defence down the right and passed the ball inside to substitute Mizael.  The Brazilian’s shot was parried by Kay, but only to the feet of Morton, who slotted the ball home.

In the 82nd minute, Mizael showed what Brazilians are famous for when he beat three defenders with some great footwork before clipping the bar with a tremendous shot from 20 metres.

In the 90th minute, Ricky Self crossed the ball from the left to McKeown, but the Zebras striker was unable to control and the chance went begging.

Three minutes into stoppage time, Andrew Clark rattled the South Hobart woodwork with a powerful shot from wide on the right.  The ball fell to Cairns, who hooked it over the bar from two metres out, which summed up Zebras’ match.

Zebras, touted as one of the favourites for the inaugural Victory League title, are second-last with two straight losses.

Beneath them are their sister club from Launceston, Launceston City, who were hammered yet again, this time 4-0 by Kingborough Lions United at Mitsubishi Park.

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Photo:  Northern Rangers' Patrick Lanau-Atkinson gets past Glenorchy Knights' Aaron Marney [PlessPix]

Cormac Collins, the former New Town Eagles player, opened the scoring, the other goals coming from captain Marcello Marchioli and Danny Cowen, the latter netting twice.

This was an important win for Lions, who have been disappointing in the pre-season and in last weekend’s opening round.

Olympia Warriors are second on goal-difference after a 2-1 win over the visiting Devonport City at Warrior Park, the goals coming from Emmanuel Tsakiris and Korean import Seung Yong Jin.

Brayden Mann netted Devonport’s consolation goal.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Nick Morton is proving to be a chip off the old block as he emulates his father's goalscoring feats [PlessPix]

VICTORY LEAGUE (After Round 2 as at 30 March 2013)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Northern Rangers

2

2

0

0

10

0

6

Olympia Warriors

2

2

0

0

7

2

6

South Hobart

2

1

1

0

5

4

4

Devonport City

2

1

0

1

6

4

3

Kingborough Lions Utd

2

1

0

1

5

5

3

Glenorchy Knights

2

0

1

1

3

8

1

Tilford Zebras

2

0

0

2

3

7

0

Launceston City

2

0

0

2

0

9

0

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Photo:  South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris invites Tilford Zebras' Paul Palmer to try and get the ball, but Palmer did keep Kanakaris scoreless [PlessPix]

Leading Goalscorers

4  Shane Brassington (Northern Rangers)

3 Brayden Mann (Devonport City), Emmanuel Tsakiris (Olympia Warriors), Alex Leszczynski (Tilford Zebras)

2 Cormac Collins (Kingborough Lions United), Danny Cowen (Kingborough Lions United), Nick Lanau-Atkinson (Northern Rangers), Agele Luate (Northern Rangers)

1  Kostas Kanakaris (South Hobart). Nick Morton (South Hobart), Jeremy Marshall (Glenorchy Knights), Aaron Marney (Glenorchy Knights), Jal David (Glenorchy Knights), Marcello Marchioli (Kingborough Lions United), Shae Hickey (South Hobart), Nick Meredith (Olympia Warriors), Seung Yong Jin (Olympia Warriors), Lachlan Nichols (Olympia Warriors), Chris Hunt (South Hobart), Cameron Williams (South Hobart), Bobby Eaves (Devonport City), Kieran Mulraney (Devonport City), Daniel McGinn (Devonport City), Patrick Lanau-Atkinson (Northern Rangers), Warren Wadawu (Olympia Warriors), Derek Schipper (Northern Rangers)

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Harry Booth (left) gets in ahead of Northern Rangers' Nick Lanau-Atkinson [PlessPix]

Comments   

+1 #63 Anonymous 2013-04-01 05:18
Quoting walter:
Anonymous #45, what do you mean 'two games'? What about the Summer Cup and the Steve Hudson Cup? No silverware yet from two competitions and no points from two league games.

You didn't answer the 2 questions
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+5 #62 Anon 2013-04-01 01:32
Quoting Anonymous:
Funny #51 Just checked FFT website and it clearly states Olympia won the Summer cup semi final 3-0. I cannot see them changing the the result anytime soon. I might just go down to Warrior Park and polish the Summer Cup trophy just to make sure I am right about winning it and by default not losing any games during the final series of that tournament. ;)

Everyone else knows you finished 3rd . Only way you will win anything is by DEFAULT .
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-1 #61 Anonymous 2013-03-31 13:05
#20 loving this comment. It was clear to everyone that this was a shot and not a cross
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-3 #60 Anonymous 2013-03-31 10:40
south will win the league because that's what Morton does & that's why he's the best coach that has coached in Tassie for at least 20 years!!
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+1 #59 Anonymous 2013-03-31 10:37
#45 zebras seem to be a very talented side on paper...BUT..ve ry little team spirit & more importantly very little heart..
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+4 #58 Anonymous 2013-03-31 10:16
heard that rhodsey is putting the gloves on for knights tomorrow
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+5 #57 Anonymous 2013-03-31 09:56
The only way eagles or Clarence's successes from last year could be replicated, was if they were in the v-league. They are not and that debate has been done to death. As a consequence, players from both team have left and gone elsewhere - no real choice if they wanted to play at a higer level. Add to the mix the inclusion of players from overseas and teams are starting off anew. Of course they take time to gel! what they need is a consistent line up, not radical changes. Zebras in particular,need to show a bit of faith in each other, and the club needs to show faith in their team and their coach. They did not do this last year, at their peril.
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+6 #56 Anonymous 2013-03-31 09:55
An injection of qualaity is rarely an guarantee of success - it really depends on the chemistry between players and coach that determines the outcome.

One could equally suggest the same at Kingborough where although they only recruited two extra players with ability, the team is struggling to match their best from 2012.
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-2 #55 Anonymous 2013-03-31 09:43
Funny #51 Just checked FFT website and it clearly states Olympia won the Summer cup semi final 3-0. I cannot see them changing the the result anytime soon. I might just go down to Warrior Park and polish the Summer Cup trophy just to make sure I am right about winning it and by default not losing any games during the final series of that tournament. ;)
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+1 #54 Anonymous 2013-03-31 09:32
Quoting Anonymous:
Hey Anonymous #48, we're talking about Zebras here, not also rans. Zebras set the bar high. They are one of THE teams in the comp. Failure, mate! Nothing else.

There are 8 teams in the comp cobber. To call any team or experiment at this stage a failure, or for that matter, a success, is narrow minded.
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