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:  South Hobart players watch as Sydney United's Glen Trifiro walks away with the John Kosmina Medal [PlessPix]

Glen Trifiro, the 23-year-old Sydney United 58 FC midfielder, deserved his man-of-the-match award after Sunday’s 2-0 win over South Hobart in the NPL Final.

Trifiro, who showed excellent skills, speed of thought and movement and who scored the opening goal, was presented with the John Kosmina Medal after the game by Kosmina himself.


Photo:  South Hobart's Caleb Ludlow (right), seen here with Glen Trifiro in the background, would have been a worthy winner of the John Kosmina Medal [PlessPix]

It was also Trifiro’s corner from the left that enabled centre-back Ibrahim Haydar to head home the second goal.

“It’s special [the award],” said Trifiro after the match.

“I mean, it’s a national competition so it’s not only a New South Wales competition.

“It’s special and, for me, I’m one of 16 players that take part in each match.

“I’m only as good as the boys out there as well.  It’s very hard work and, if I can help out and do my part, then that’s good.”


Photo:  John Kosmina (left) awaits to award the medal named in his honour, as Emma Highwood, Football Federation Australia's community football manager, and ground announcer David Wood look on [PlessPix]

Trifiro, whose 24-year-old brother, Jason, plays for A-League club Wrstern Sydney Wanderers, enjoyed the match and praised South Hobart for their efforts.

“It was a good hit-out, to be fair,” he said.

“They were quite intense.  They really rose to the occasion and made it difficult for us.

“We scored two early goals which put them on the back foot, and it was very hard for them to get back into the game.

“The pitch is fantastic and the weather was up and down, but what can you expect?  The people who came out to support today were fantastic, too, so a good day.”


Photo:  Sydney United's two holding midfielders can be seen at the right of the picture, in front of their back-four [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s young midfielder from Bentleigh Greens, 18-year-old Caleb Ludlow, was unlucky not to win the John Kosmina Medal as he had an excellent match and was probably the pick of the home side.

It was interesting to see how Sydney United utilised a 4-2-3-1 formation, as opposed to South Hobart’s 4-3-3.

Apart from Trifiro, I was particularly impressed with the two holding midfielders, Mitchell Speer and Mitchell Stamatellis.

The two ‘Mitchells’ were solid in the tackle, always made themselves available to their defenders when they played out from the back, and cleverly fed the trio ahead of them, Yuichi Yamayuchi, Glen Trifiro and Mathew Bilic.

They were also technically good and handled the ball well in even the tightest of situations.


Photo:  South Hobart's Caleb Ludlow in possession as Sydney's two holding midfielders, Mitchell Speer (centre) and Mitchell Stamatellis (right) race back to protect their back-four [PlessPix]

To South Hobart’s credit, some of their counter-attacks were very quick and it took some robust defending by Sydney to eliminate the danger.

Apart from the two lapses that led to the goals, South Hobart defended quite well, too.

So well, in fact, that Sydney’s lone striker, Luka Glavas, often had to drop deep to gain possession and try and do something with the ball.

All in all, I found it an entertaining match and one well worth watching.

Had the weather been better, I am convinced the attendance might have been around the 2,000 mark.


Photo:  Michell Speer pressures South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris [PlessPix]


Photo:  Sydney's Mitchell Stamatellis (right) in a heading duel with South Hobart's Cameron Rogers [PlessPix]


Photo:  Sydney United's front man, Luka Glavas (right), marked here by South Hobart's Hugh Ludford, was often forced to drop deep to find space [PlessPix]


Photo:  South Hobart's Caleb Ludlow wins this contest with Sydney's Glen Trifiro [PlessPix]


Photo:  Players from both sides sort things out after Ben Hamlett's violent conduct towards Sydney's Benjamin Jurman (right) [PlessPix]


Photo:  South Hobart announced yesterday they would play Bentleigh Greens next pre-season.  I wonder whether Caleb Ludlow (pictured here) will return to Bentleigh Greens, his former club, or stay with South Hobart? [PlessPix]


Photo:  Caleb Ludlow is all concentration as he passes the ball accurately to a team-mate [PlessPix]


-3 #26 Anonymous 2013-10-15 13:41
Ludlow every single day of the week! Class touch, excellent movement, agility, passing, vision as well as pressure to win the ball back, actually tackling (which for his size he is very strong) and superb positional play. What more can you ask for, I rant and rave about this kid until he makes it playing professionally.
+26 #25 Anonymous 2013-10-15 10:55
I don't believe too many Sydneysiders have attacked Tasmanian football. Plenty have congratulated SH on their achievements

I'm only hear to defend my club and Trifiro from senseless bashing... Tricky was MOM, scored a goal and United won comfortably. Apparently this is enough to attract plenty of criticism from some

All a bit silly, really. Sounds like some bitter internet point scoring rather than a genuine appraisal of the match.
+9 #24 RandyMachoMan Savage 2013-10-15 08:46
Decentric maybe coaching the juniors at Zebras next year..boom ??
+12 #23 Steffan Elliott 2013-10-15 08:10
Decentric this is just a casual observation but your punching above your weight but hey if the Price is right .
-18 #22 Decentric 2013-10-15 07:00
Walter, you do realise that most of the supporters of Glen Trifiro in some of the last few posts are football fans from the mainland, namely Sydney, who were not at the game on Sunday and generally love to denigrate Tasmanian football. They expected Sydney United to win 10-0, but were already nervous when South beat Campbelltown.

They've been chastened by South's strong performance and concerned about the general amelioration of the Tasmanian football milieu. If you check their IP numbers they don't usually post here. They've struggled to answer some pretty technical questions about facets of Glen's game elsewhere on the interweb.
+9 #21 Anonymous 2013-10-15 06:21
Quoting Decentric:
Posted this in the wrong section!

Trifiro often seemed to have difficulty taking the ball away away from opponents with the first touch in tight spaces.

Trifiro was too often an inaccurate short passer, particularly under South's squeezing pressure with his weaker foot. He was overly reliant on his right foot.

With Trifiro's 1v1 attacking skills, he didn't change pace enough.

Trifiro didn't check when marked heavily.

Trifiro's handling speed wasn't quick enough. He was often closed down and blocked or intercepted. Hickey won a lot of well-timed tackles against him. Unlike Victory Youth a few weeks ago, where their handling speed was so quick Tassie struggled to get the ball.

In the position Trifiro played, he didn't disturb the SH build ups enough by causing turnovers. What was his understanding of Ball Possession Opposition and Defensive Transitions within a team plan?

When Trifiro played forwards, his game sense was adversely effected by receiving too many straight balls. This caused an unfavourable angle for him to receive the ball in an effective body shape to move or play forwards. Consequently, he played ty exceeded his game sense. Hickey was arguably more effective for SH than Trifiro was for SU.

trifiro scored and won the game for SU. How much more effective can you get?
+3 #20 Anonymous 2013-10-15 05:01
Ludlow must have been in the game a lot and warrants BOG based on the number of photos taken
0 #19 Anonymous 2013-10-15 04:54
Here you go. http://www.futboltec.com.au/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=53

0431 614 381

Give it a go #15
+13 #18 Anonymous 2013-10-15 04:42
Decentric...you must have been watching another game buddy, Trifiro was absolutely outstanding.
+8 #17 Anonymous 2013-10-15 04:36
Quoting Kleberson:
Clearly the best on the park, Walter. Awesome technique and probably the product of excellent coaching. I believe the Trifiro brothers operate their own academy. Perhaps someone in Tasmania should contact them and see if they can run some clinics on the apple isle.

I bet Decentric would love to arrange that - he could tell 'em where they're going wrong

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