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:  TFI's Mitch Farmer outjumps an NTC opponent to win a header [PlessPix]

The visiting Total Futbol International academy side from Sydney wound up their Tasmanian tour this evening with a 3-1 win over the NTC at KGV Park.

The tourists from New South Wales played six games in Hobart, winning four and losing two.

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Photo:  The Total Futbol International squad before tonight's match [PlessPix]

In their opening game, they lost 3-2 to the NTC and they then beat South Hobart 4-1, Launceston City 4-1, South Hobart 4-0 and the NTC 3-1.

Last night, they went down 2-1 to Olympia Warriors.

In tonight’s match, the NTC took the lead a minute before the interval against the run of play.

Two minutes after the resumption, Michael Amed nodded home the equaliser for the visitors.

Julian Aguirre put Total Futbol International ahead direct from a free-kick before the visitors added a third goal with 20 minutes remaining.

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Photo:  NTC's Vincent Kamano (right) beats TFI's Bruno Pivato to the ball [PlessPix]

NTC were down to nine players at that stage through injury.

NTC coach Mark Broadbent did not want to risk any of his players as the squad leaves for interstate on the weekend for a youth tournament.

Tempers were frayed at one stage and referee Kim Barker asked the respective coaches to remove a player from each side rather than send them off.

Moves are afoot to make the Tasmanian tour by Total Futbol International an annual event.

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Photo:  TFI's Hye Min Yun with an NTC posse on his tail [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Referee Kim Barker watches the action [PlessPix]

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Photo:  TFI's Julian Aguirre gets a pass away [PlessPix]

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Photo:  TFI keeper Nikolas Loe takes a cross [PlessPix]

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Photo:  An NTC player gets in a tackle [PlessPix]

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Photo: A battle in midfield [PlessPix]

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-4 #14 Anonymous 2013-11-28 01:07
More Referees need to show "Common Sense" as you but it Ivan during the seasons then.Quoting Ivan Jozeljic:
If kim was to show the red card there would've been no punishment served as it was a friendly game. I did the same thing on Monday night and coaches appreciate a little bit of common sense.

It all comes with experience
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+15 #13 Adrian 2013-11-27 23:30
Rules are rules, regardless if points are at stake or not. Any officially sanctioned game, then we need to be consistant to protect players etc.. If a red is warranted, then issue it - no time for those who think the rules dont apply to them.
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+11 #12 Anonymous 2013-11-27 21:49
[quote name="Anonymous "]why didn't Wayne Rooney get a red against Cardiff? quote]

Because the ref made a pathetic call which changed the outcome of the game!
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+11 #11 Anonymous 2013-11-27 21:24
#9 - if its a red card offence then a red card should be shown. To do otherwise encourages other players to do the same as there has been no consequence. Not showing Red card is a very dangerous path for the referee to tread.

Rooney definitely should have been sent off. He did not not just trip his opponent he kicked him = Violent Conduct = Red Card.
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+7 #10 Anonymous 2013-11-27 20:06
Quoting Anonymous:
I agree with Ivan and anom #5,

This is a friendly game and when a player is sent off players fire up. Kim did a very smart thing as players only get sent off when they're frustrated with something someone has done. If both these players deserve red cards then why didn't Wayne Rooney get a red against Cardiff? Lets use some common sense ourselves people! No one was playing for points, let the players calm down and bring them on again after their temper tantrum has finished!


Both players didn't deserve a red. That's why only one was sent off.
And players that are sent off aren't always frustrated with someone else. Sometimes they are frustrated with themselves. Or are just an angry person.
Plus, when a player scruffs another one, well sorry, they shouldn't be allowed back on, friendly or not (and he wasn't). Its football not UFC
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-10 #9 Anonymous 2013-11-27 13:15
I agree with Ivan and anom #5,

This is a friendly game and when a player is sent off players fire up. Kim did a very smart thing as players only get sent off when they're frustrated with something someone has done. If both these players deserve red cards then why didn't Wayne Rooney get a red against Cardiff? Lets use some common sense ourselves people! No one was playing for points, let the players calm down and bring them on again after their temper tantrum has finished!
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+7 #8 Anonymous 2013-11-27 08:45
Quoting Anonymous:
NTC players .........di not touch them protect players !!!!!!


Obviously weren't at the game.
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+11 #7 Anonymous 2013-11-27 08:30
It all comes with experience ...

If the player deserves a red he is likely doing something to endanger other players or at least cause some angst which appears to be the case here.

It's not a popularity contest. Show the RED!!!
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+8 #6 No No 2013-11-27 06:41
Sorry Ivan

.......thats not correct.

It is a game sanctioned by FFT and the governing body in NSW ....otherwise the game/s would not proceed.

As a result, all teams should have been advised that in the event that anything untoward should occur, the relevant sanctions would be applied.

Otherwise the potential is that the game can get out of hand and there is a free for all.
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+10 #5 Anonymous 2013-11-27 06:22
Quoting Ivan Jozeljic:
If kim was to show the red card there would've been no punishment served as it was a friendly game. I did the same thing on Monday night and coaches appreciate a little bit of common sense.

It all comes with experience

I was going to make this point too.

Ivan was very good on Monday as the same situation occurred in that game.

Ivan used, as he says, common sense & by doing this, did not ruin or mar this game.

Not sure if this is a fault of one or both teams letting their tempers fray or to get out of control but both referees handle it correctly.
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