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:  FFT CEO John Bouolous (left) and South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris at the official announcement today of the hat-trick record [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s Kostas Kanakaris now holds the record of having scored the fastest hat-trick in Australian football.

He netted the hat-trick in 2 minutes and 51 seconds in South Hobart’s 11-0 win over Launceston City in Round 7 of the Tasmanian Victory League match at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston on 12 May 2013.


Photo:  Kostas Kanakaris with his award from FFT [PlessPix]

Kanakaris scored four goals in that game.

Football Federation Australia Statistician Andrew Howe said the South Hobart striker’s hat-trick is a new national record for semi-professional football in the country and eclipses the national league hat-trick record of six minutes, set by Jason Bennett, of the Newcastle Breakers, in a 6-1 win over West Adelaide in 1996.

“We've been scouring the records and can't find any evidence of a faster hat-trick in Australian national or state league history,” said Howe.

“While national league luminaries such as Damian Mori, Shane Smeltz and Con Boutsianis have each scored hat-tricks in under ten minutes, it looks like no-one has ever done it in less than three minutes before.

“Kanakaris's name is certainly up alongside some Australian goal-scoring legends now.”

Kanakaris returned from Greece to play in the Victory League this season and has been a focal point for South Hobart in what has been a great start to their season.

Kanakaris’s record is yet another milestone in a hugely successful inaugural Victory League season.

Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) has honoured the achievement with a plaque detailing Kanakaris’s feat.

“It is a fantastic achievement for Kostas and an indication that the Victory League is an exciting, record breaking competition with national relevance,” FFT CEO John Boulous said.

“It was a remarkable achievement to score a hat-trick in two minutes and fifty-one seconds.”


Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous (left) announces the official record to Kostas Kanakaris at today's media conference at KGV Park [PlessPix]

Kanakaris said he hadn’t realised the significance of his hat-trick during the game and it was not until South Hobart president Victoria Woods mentioned the possibility of it being a record that he started to take notice.

“I’m very happy at what I’ve done,” Kanakaris said at a media conference at KGV Park today.

“I didn’t realize during the game that it happened in under four minutes.

“To tell you the truth, the first goal was a lucky one from a corner.  It was probably a mistake by the goalkeeper.

“The other two goals were pretty good quality.  One was from a free-kick and the other from a good finish in the top corner.”

South Hobart FC President Victoria Woods said:  “We are exceptionally proud that the record was made in our club colours and hope Kostas can score many more this season.

“This is a fantastic achievement for both Kostas and the club, and an indication that the inaugural Tasmanian Victory League is already an exciting, vibrant competition.”

Vision of the hat-trick can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w2p6gUU3gQ



0 #24 Brian killcline 2013-05-31 20:32
QPR and reading don't get beat 7 to 10 nil every week. If CIty were competitive nobody would be on there back. The fact is they as a club have created one of the worst squads in world football.
+5 #23 Anonymous 2013-05-29 03:22
#20 - one poor side does not define a league. QPR and Reading were poor this season yet the epl is considered one of, if not, the best league in the world.
the v league is an evolving league and for a league to transition from amateur to semi-profession al is going to take more than 7 rounds.
judgement should be reserved for the end of the year, and more likely the end of the 3 year process.
of course it was only once that arsenal conceded 3 in 4 mins and 33 secs to liverpool's robbie fowler but who would have thought such a great club would concede goals so easily
+5 #22 Anonymous 2013-05-28 08:35
City had given up by that stage. Statistical brilliance, little more. The next door neighbours pet monkey would have got on the score sheet on that sad day.
+5 #21 Anonymous 2013-05-28 01:22
Its also on Melbourne Victorys home page guys..
+2 #20 Anonymous 2013-05-28 00:38
As great as this may be, it just highlights how amatuer our league is here that a team can be scored against by a single indiviual so easily in two seperate games, McKeown and Kanakaris.

I cringe when I think of what Australia did to American Samoa beating them 31-0 and now our league and state will be thought of in the same context.

Read this as you will........
+1 #19 Anonymous 2013-05-27 22:20
goal socring legend? you have to be joking this is tasmanian soccer, not nation wide soccer.
secondly, i did not know referees noted what time goals were scored to the exact second. thirdly, it was against launceston city so...
+5 #18 Jaspers Friend 2013-05-27 20:56
Silly Jasper, always at the canteen buying chips when the goals go in.
+7 #17 The Yapper 2013-05-27 16:14
Quoting yoda:
Football needs characters and kk is a character.
Always something to debate about, keeps things interesting.

yup, hes the Suarez of our league, no doubt!
+4 #16 yoda 2013-05-27 13:12
Football needs characters and kk is a character.
Always something to debate about, keeps things interesting.
+10 #15 Brian Kilcline 2013-05-27 12:12
As if that Launceston City team wasn't the laughing stock it is they now have to put up with this. It will get country wide exposure and those players in black and white on the video look like a right joke.

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