Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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:  Trent Pearce wheels away in celebration of his goal against Launceston City [PlessPix]

(Victory League, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 25 May 2013)

Kingborough Lions United 4 (J Schuth 27, 71, T Pearce 37, M Farquhar 38)

Launceston City 1 (S Bin Sumaida 47)

HT:  3-0   Att:  120   Ref:  P Galloway

Kingborough Lions United:  Leamey  -  W Davis, Hill, Cuthbertson, D Pearce  -  A Hinkley, Collins, Palmer, Farquhar  -  T Pearce, Schuth (J Davis 80)  (Subs not used:  Cooper, Hawkins, Jun)

Launceston City:  Farrell  -  Rossetto (Keddie 72), Bartlett, Sciulli, D Egan  -  J Duncan (Jones 76), L Duncan (Hawksley 61), Campbell, Bin Sumaida  -  Kennedy, Leonard

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Photo:  Kingborough's Cormac Collins gets a pass away despite being under pressure [PlessPix]

Launceston City began this match well in extremely windy conditions and fashioned a few early chances, mainly through Saeed Bin Sumaida on the right.  He was unlucky not to score and only some desperate defending by the home side saved them from an early setback.

Kingborough gradually settled down and, playing with the strong wind, began to penetrate the visitors’ defence.

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Photo:  City keeper Patrick Farrell is beaten at his near post by Kingborough's Joel Schuth [PlessPix]

Joel Schuth put the Lions ahead in the 27th minute with a low drive that beat keeper Patrick Farrell at his near post.

Ten minutes later, Trent Pearce made it 2-0 with a powerful shot from the inside-left channel.

A minute later, Martin Farquhar broke through on the right and hit a low drive across Farrell and inside the far left-hand post to make it 3-0 at the break.

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Photo:  Patrick Farrell is beaten by Martin Farquhar's shot to make it 3-0 for the Lions [PlessPix]

It could have been 4-0 but Nick Hill’s free-kick five minutes before the interval struck the Launceston City crossbar.

Two minutes after the resumption, Saeed Bib Sameida got the reward his fine performance warranted as he slipped the ball home to pull a goal back for the visitors.

Schuth went close for Kingborough in the 56th minute, his free-kick sailing just wide in the wind.

In the 63rd minute, Kingborough’s Michael Palmer forced a fine save from Farrell, the keeper tipping the ball over the bar for a fruitless corner.

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Photo:  Launceston City's Aaron Leonard heads the ball clear of Kingborough's Cormac Collins [PlessPix]

Kingborough’s fourth goal came in the 71st minute from a Cormac Collins corner from the left, the ball being nodded on by Damian Pearce and cannoning off the head of a surprised Schuth and into the net.

Palmer shot narrowly wide in the 72nd minute as Kingborough continued to press their opponents, but they were reduced to ten men in the 87th minute when Hill was shown a red card for violent conduct.  City’s Mitch Hawksley was shown a yellow card at the same time.  Hill took a long time to leave the field, stopping at one stage to fiddle with his laces and socks.

In stoppage time, City keeper Farrell produced a marvellous save from Farquhar, who had brilliantly beaten two defenders to give himself an unimpeded run at goal.

The win left the Lions in sixth place, while City have yet to earn a point.

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Photo:  Kingborough's Nick Cuthbertson (right) comes away with the ball [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Steve Adkins, said:

“We’ve been chasing a three-point result for quite a while and it’s good to get three points.

“I thought Launie were very good today.  When they scored that one in the second half, they were in with a show and credit to our guys [because] they hung on.

“I didn’t really see what happened [the red card].  A couple of stories have been told to me, but I’ll have to wait and have a look at it [video].  To me, it’s not a good result as far as that goes.

“I thought it wasn’t our best performance of the year.  To Launie’s credit, they really took it up to us.

“Not very happy at all [Hill’s slow departure from the field after being sent off].  We’ll have a chat.”

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Photo:  Kingborough's Nick Hill (right) wins a header against Launceston City's Aaron Campbell [PlessPix]

Launceston City coach, Mark Egan, said:

“The boys worked extremely hard for each other and I was pleased with the performance.

“Both sides had to play in the conditions, but I can’t fault our boys.  They tried their hardest.

“We’re not going to celebrate the fact that we’ve only scored two goals for the season, but it is a positive.”

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Photo:  City's Alex Rossetto goes for the ball against the Lions' Damian Pearce (nearest camera) and Adam Hinkley [PlessPix]

Launceston City’s Alex Sciulli said:

“It was better, definitely better [our performance].  The windy conditions were terrible.  Our hats off to Kingborough.  They got good goals.

“[A couple of half-chances in the first half] would have definitely made a difference [if we’d have scored].  It would have got the boys up more a bit.

“[Any other team] is within range.”

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Photo:  Kingborough's Damian Pearce wins the ball [PlessPix]

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-2 #41 Anonymous 2013-05-31 02:16
Quoting Anonymice:
@#39
OK...here is a variation for you.

V League Seniors
V League U20
V League teams do not play in regional leagues

SPL & NPL Seniors
SPL & NPL Reserves (This will bring back the 22 year olds that didn't make V League. The better young players will make these teams anyway).
Then U18 to juniors

V League squad size restricted to a maximum number (30...maybe slightly more?)
If an up an coming player at an SPL or NPL club is signed by a V League club...the player that they replace MUST go back to the club that the signed player came from (perhaps for the coming season...would need a ruling to stop rorting).. This way the clubs developing juniors are rewarded for their efforts.

Leave the junior development to the SPL clubs and let the V League concentrate on being the showcase that we all want it to be.

Thanks for improving on my proposed structure. Great job.
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-3 #40 Anonymice 2013-05-30 08:12
@#39
OK...here is a variation for you.

V League Seniors
V League U20
V League teams do not play in regional leagues

SPL & NPL Seniors
SPL & NPL Reserves (This will bring back the 22 year olds that didn't make V League. The better young players will make these teams anyway).
Then U18 to juniors

V League squad size restricted to a maximum number (30...maybe slightly more?)
If an up an coming player at an SPL or NPL club is signed by a V League club...the player that they replace MUST go back to the club that the signed player came from (perhaps for the coming season...would need a ruling to stop rorting).. This way the clubs developing juniors are rewarded for their efforts.

Leave the junior development to the SPL clubs and let the V League concentrate on being the showcase that we all want it to be.
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+2 #39 Anon 2013-05-30 01:59
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Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Harvey:
[quote name="Anonymous"]#8 Anonymous 2013-05-28 10:29
Quoting Anonymous:
?Beachside are a mature, strong side,? Well, they are certainly older, mature, not so much.

FFT there is clearly a massive disadvantage for younger teams both NTC and V League team playing against larger sides like Beachside and hope this will not continue again next season, 1) it's not enjoyable to watch, 2) Smaller/younger players are getting smashed 3) Minimum development gained from these type of matches.


What? so bring in a rule that no one older than 23 can play? or make every league an underage league except v-league? silly comment on your behalf

or just not restrict the v league clubs who also have an spl team to play under 20's against unrestricted clubs, make it one rule for all, otherwise it is simply not consistent


Best Option 2014 - 2016

V League Comp
V League 20's Comp (also curtain raiser)

SPL & NPL Comp (top 2 play off each season and both leagues in the Statewide Cup).

V League 18, 16, 14 12.

SPL & NPL Reserves 16, 14

Social Div 1,2,3

2016



So all the youth goes to VLeauge ? That's never going to work . Only fault in a very sensible idea
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+2 #38 Anonymous 2013-05-30 01:44
Quoting Anonymous:
#34 What happens if the bottom Northern V finishes 3rd? ( Dev Rangers City 1st 2nd 3rd)

It should be an easy play off then.

Doubt it will ever happen.
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+7 #37 Anonymous 2013-05-29 14:17
Quoting Anonymous:
#8 Anonymous 2013-05-28 10:29
Quoting Anonymous:
?Beachside are a mature, strong side,? Well, they are certainly older, mature, not so much.


FFT there is clearly a massive disadvantage for younger teams both NTC and V League team playing against larger sides like Beachside and hope this will not continue again next season, 1) it's not enjoyable to watch, 2) Smaller/younger players are getting smashed 3) Minimum development gained from these type of matches.


Agree! FFT should make teams like Beachside smaller...lol wtf - too many mums and dads still at the coal face of tassie soccer
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+2 #36 Anonymous 2013-05-29 10:47
Best Option 2014 - 2016

V League Comp
V League 20's Comp (also curtain raiser)

SPL & NPL Comp (top 2 play off each season and both leagues in the Statewide Cup).

V League 18, 16, 14 12.

SPL & NPL Reserves 16, 14

Social Div 1,2,3

2016

Top SPL Team to play bottom Southern V League Team for possible promotion.

Top NSL Team to play bottom Northern V League Team for possible promotion.

Great idea, I support this 100%.
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+5 #35 Anonymous 2013-05-29 08:21
#34 What happens if the bottom Northern V finishes 3rd? ( Dev Rangers City 1st 2nd 3rd)
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+1 #34 Anonymous 2013-05-29 04:15
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Harvey:
Quoting Anonymous:
#8 Anonymous 2013-05-28 10:29
Quoting Anonymous:
?Beachside are a mature, strong side,? Well, they are certainly older, mature, not so much.

FFT there is clearly a massive disadvantage for younger teams both NTC and V League team playing against larger sides like Beachside and hope this will not continue again next season, 1) it's not enjoyable to watch, 2) Smaller/younger players are getting smashed 3) Minimum development gained from these type of matches.


What? so bring in a rule that no one older than 23 can play? or make every league an underage league except v-league? silly comment on your behalf

or just not restrict the v league clubs who also have an spl team to play under 20's against unrestricted clubs, make it one rule for all, otherwise it is simply not consistent


Best Option 2014 - 2016

V League Comp
V League 20's Comp (also curtain raiser)

SPL & NPL Comp (top 2 play off each season and both leagues in the Statewide Cup).

V League 18, 16, 14 12.

SPL & NPL Reserves 16, 14

Social Div 1,2,3

2016

Top SPL Team to play bottom Southern V League Team for possible promotion.

Top NSL Team to play bottom Northern V League Team for possible promotion.
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+4 #33 Anonymous 2013-05-28 23:12
Quoting Anonymous:
#8 Anonymous 2013-05-28 10:29
Quoting Anonymous:
?Beachside are a mature, strong side,? Well, they are certainly older, mature, not so much.



FFT there is clearly a massive disadvantage for younger teams both NTC and V League team playing against larger sides like Beachside and hope this will not continue again next season, 1) it's not enjoyable to watch, 2) Smaller/younger players are getting smashed 3) Minimum development gained from these type of matches.

[quote name="Anonymous "]#8 Anonymous 2013-05-28 10:29


Olympia and zebras are still managing to gain development in their SPL sides? And I find most of their games enjoyable? IN fact Olympia were in front against beachside and only lost 2-1... silly South Hobart
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+3 #32 Anonymous 2013-05-28 23:05
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I have been critical of refs over the past 5 weeks however Patrick did a good job this week

He can do a good job, he just has to get out of his own way. His problem is attitude not ability.


What do you mean? Genuinely interested...

If you are genuinely interested I will point you at a couple of things. First it is not the job of referees to look down on players or treat them as lesser beings. Walking past players with your hand in the air holding a yellow card without engaging the player in the action is both contemptuous and arrogant and the players will reciprocate with their poor attitude.Player s will show the referee respect if they are given respect by the referee. Unfortunately I believe that this has a lot to do with the education young referees receive as they learn. Secondly do not allow the actions of players and coaches to affect you personally and therefore start to favor the opposing side. It can even be an unconscious action but it should be guarded against at all times. The first time I saw Patrick as a young referee I was impressed by his knowledge and the way he approached the game. He should get back to that and let the outside influences of both some of the old senior referees and the personal way he reacts on the field out of his game.
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