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:  Tasmania's Caleb Ludlow (left) tackles Victory's John Buceto [PlessPix]

[Friendly, Kingston Twin Ovals, Sunday, 29 September 2013]

Tasmania 1 (S Brassington 11)

Melbourne Victory Youth 6 (G Finkler 8, 29, 38 pen, A Proia 36, 71, A Duzel 90)

HT:  1-4   Att:  3,000   Ref:  B Kopra

Tasmania:  Ferguson  -  Scott, Ludford, Hill, Engels  -  Ludlow, Hingston, Morton  -  Brassington, Mann, McKeown  (Subs:  Kanakaris, Hey, Hunt, Williams, Templin, Hickey, Pierce)

Melbourne Victory Youth:  Thomas  -  Jeggo, Karvelis, Ridesic, Murnane  -  Mahazi, Finkler, Buceto  -  Nabbout, Makarounas, Proias  (Subs:  Duzel, Miskulin, Coulter, Clarke, Korkmaz, Dover)

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Photo:  Tasmania's Shane Brassington (left) in pursuit of Melbourne Victory's Dylan Murnane [PlessPix]

Tasmania were totally outclassed by Melbourne Victory’s Youth team and lost 6-1 at Kingston’s Twin Ovals on Sunday.

Passing is the essence of the game and Tasmania failed badly in this regard, frequently giving the ball away through inaccuracy, even when not under pressure.

Regardless of whether it was long balls out from defence or short passes in midfield, Tasmania often found it difficult to find their man, which played into the hands of the Melbourne Victory youngsters.

They, on the other hand, strung together pass after pass.  Often, even in the tightest of situations, they just got a toe to the ball, but it always went to a team-mate.

Melbourne Victory were confident of their own ability and had the technical and physical qualities to justify this belief.

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Photo:  Guilherme Finkler (No.14) scores a penalty [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory took the lead in the 8th minute, Guilherme Finkler slotting his shot home and to the left of keeper Matthew Ferguson.

Tasmania equalised 3 minutes later with an excellent counter-attack.  Brayden Mann made ground down the left and his cross to the far post was rifled home by Shane Brassington, who ended up in the back of the net with the ball after being clipped by keeper Lawrence Thomas.

Finkler restored Victory’s lead in the 29th minute with an easy finish, while Anthony Proia smashed the ball into the roof of the net in the 36th minute to make it 3-1.

Two minutes later, a foul by Liam Scott saw Victory given a penalty, which was easily converted by Finkler, who sent Ferguson the wrong way and completed his hat-trick.

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Photo:  Melbourne Victory's John Buceto (right) takes on Tasmania's Victorian Caleb Ludlow [PlessPix]

Tasmania made changes galore for the second half, bringing on Jayden Hey, Shae Hickey, Chris Hunt, Jordan Templin, Cameron Williams, Kostas Kanakaris and, most importantly, goalkeeper Kane Pierce.

Pierce produced a brilliant performance for Tasmania and the side conceded only twice in the second half.

Pierce made his first save as early as the 49th minute, acrobatically turning Proia’s chip over the bar.

Victory should have added to their tally in the 53rd minute when they carved open the home side’s defence, but Proia, with the goal gaping, shot over the bar.

Pierce produced a fine save from Dylan Murnane in the 62nd minute, while Hickey also blocked on the line to deny Victory a fifth goal.

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Photo:  Tasmania's Todd Hingston looks for a passing opportunity [PlessPix]

That fifth goal came in the 71st minute from Proia, who played a neat one-two before scoring with a low shot that went in off the far right-hand post.

Finkler laid the ball off perfectly for substitute Anthony Duzel in the 89th minute, but he volleyed over the bar.

Duzel made amends in the final minute when Finkler again set him up with a square pass, shooting low past Pierce from 15 metres to make the final score 6-1.

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Photo:  Tasmania's Todd Hingston under pressure from Victory's Jesse Makarounas [PlessPix]

Tasmania coach, Ken Morton, said:

“I’m very excited from the game because I think we’ve just seen Melbourne Victory’s youth side or reserve side play some wonderful football reminiscent of the first team.

“We can see the system flows through the football club and I think it’s a great learning curve for me, for Tasmania, for those boys who played today that were miles away in terms of fitness and sharpness, dedication and discipline.  We have a long way to go.

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Photo:  Melbourne Victory's Dylan Murnane steals the ball from Tasmania's Adam McKeown [PlessPix]

“But, I think the boys will take great heart from it.  We scored one of the best goals in the game and I thought we worked very hard for the 90 minutes.  For a 15-minute spell in the second half, we had them down a little bit.  They’d lost their shape, their passing was not the usual two-touch, three-touch.  They started to take extra touches but we made a silly turnover and they got in and scored.

“While you’re settling down, that’s significant.  These top-class sides take their chances and put them away.  We tend to struggle at finding the net so, I think, overall, from my perspective, a great day for football.

“I’m looking forward to this match now [Melbourne Victory versus Western Sydney Wanderers] and I’ll certainly learn a lot from it.”

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Photo:  Melbourne Victory praised the excellent Twin Ovals pitch [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory coach, Darren Davies, said:

“It was a good opportunity for our new youth team to come together and try and play together as a team.  Obviously, the Tasmanian public have turned out in force on a beautiful day on a beautiful pitch and it’s a good exercise all round.

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Photo:  Darren Davies after the game [PlessPix]

“There’s a lot of work to do with the young boys so I just see that as a starting point and something to build on.

“It’s been for us to come over here as a group and to play on a fantastic surface here.

“In fairness to Kenny [Morton], I know it’s difficult to put a squad together which is from a number of different clubs, so, in fairness to the boys from Tasmania, they put up a good fight, a good effort and they should be commended for that.”

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Photo:  Tasmania's Brayden Mann (left) beats Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas to the ball [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Victory's Rashid Mahazi controls the ball as Tasmania's Caleb Ludlow approaches [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Tasmania's Nick Morton gets a pass away [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Tasmania's Todd Hingston races away from Victory's Dylan Murnane [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Tasmania's Nick Morton in possession [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Victory's Milos Ridesic beats Tasmania's Brayden Mann [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The crowded bank at Twin Ovals [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The Tasmanian substitutes.  They all came on in the second half, but the problem was that players had to come off. [PlessPix]

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0 #84 Anonymous 2014-01-07 10:09
Tasmanian football is a joke the players lack any sought of athletiscm, they are slow and have little pace which I found is the key difference between football in tassie compared to the mainland. This is especially found out when tasmania youth teams head to the mainland for the nations, unless you have alot of pace youll find you wont succeed at the top level. I know of and grew up with some of these players in tasmanian football who think they are kings down in tassie, when they compete against the athletiscm of the mailand footballers they look like boys, 1 word to describe Tasmanian football and its players imbarrassing
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+1 #83 Anonymous 2013-10-04 21:21
Quoting Too little too late:
Game last week. Not best team strange player movement. Shae at 10, Cam Williams CB but played left back all season. Jayden Hey right back but played CB & MF all year to win medal. Can't recall last time Hey played right back.
Saville now playing Hey at left back in 20s & hating it. Don't understand logic given his good season. Obviously looking after someone else.
I would be pretty pissed off if in that situation, obviously don't rate him otherwise this would not hhappen

if i was hay i would stop complaining about where i was playing and be greatful that i get to rep the state again, if he is as good a player as everyone thinks then sliding one spot to the side of his normal position should be to hard, and i can remember when he was a good fullback,stop complaining and rep the state as the MVP you are.
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+10 #82 Too little too late 2013-10-03 15:26
Game last week. Not best team strange player movement. Shae at 10, Cam Williams CB but played left back all season. Jayden Hey right back but played CB & MF all year to win medal. Can't recall last time Hey played right back.
Saville now playing Hey at left back in 20s & hating it. Don't understand logic given his good season. Obviously looking after someone else.
I would be pretty pissed off if in that situation, obviously don't rate him otherwise this would not hhappen
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-1 #81 No idea 2013-10-03 04:04
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Richo, there were standouts, I agree - not from South tho'. South have been held to account by two teams over the past two seasons at least. Last year, they only won, because Eagles lost the last game. Clarence had fheir number as well. Zebras were their bogey team this year and many team pushed them this year. They are a great team, but across the STATE there are players of equal, if not better calibre. I was hugely disappointed in the selection process, the glaring omissions from the squad, the match day selections and the choice of substitutions. We took off performing players and left under performing ones on.


And zebras beat them this year because it was made up of mainly eagles and Clarence players. South got what they wanted they were scared of eagles and scared of the youth Clarence are brining through look at the u20s this year. I hope Eagles or Clarence makes the v league one day and makes south there bunnys

This is probably the funniest thing I've ever read.
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-5 #80 Richo 2013-10-02 20:48
There's little fertility in futility.
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-7 #79 Anonymous 2013-10-02 12:05
Quoting Anonymous:
Richo, there were standouts, I agree - not from South tho'. South have been held to account by two teams over the past two seasons at least. Last year, they only won, because Eagles lost the last game. Clarence had fheir number as well. Zebras were their bogey team this year and many team pushed them this year. They are a great team, but across the STATE there are players of equal, if not better calibre. I was hugely disappointed in the selection process, the glaring omissions from the squad, the match day selections and the choice of substitutions. We took off performing players and left under performing ones on.


And zebras beat them this year because it was made up of mainly eagles and Clarence players. South got what they wanted they were scared of eagles and scared of the youth Clarence are brining through look at the u20s this year. I hope Eagles or Clarence makes the v league one day and makes south there bunnys
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+6 #78 Anonymous 2013-10-02 11:58
Quoting Anonymous:
The problem that I had with the selection is that it was presumed that because sh won the league, they had all the best players in the state. What a recruiting coup to have achieved that. Obviously not so. The best performed and drilled maybe but not all the best in the land. The leagues best player only got a half. If he wasn't fit, shouldn't have been there. Shae up forward, did his best work on the back line. Nick has potential but certainly should not have had 90 minutes ahead of some others. If there is a next year, reward the players for what they have done and not who they play for. Also neutral coaches.


Aaron cairns a class above the rest including Jayden hey not cairns'a fault he has someone to steal votes from him unlike Jayden
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-3 #77 Anonymous 2013-10-02 11:04
Ok last year all didn't want fft coaches and now don't want club coaches for the state team. Are we going to fly someone in or can any of you geniuses nominate someone that will make you happy next year? Oh and captain Australia you don't sound very Australian with all your whining!
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+9 #76 Anonymous 2013-10-02 08:58
The problem that I had with the selection is that it was presumed that because sh won the league, they had all the best players in the state. What a recruiting coup to have achieved that. Obviously not so. The best performed and drilled maybe but not all the best in the land. The leagues best player only got a half. If he wasn't fit, shouldn't have been there. Shae up forward, did his best work on the back line. Nick has potential but certainly should not have had 90 minutes ahead of some others. If there is a next year, reward the players for what they have done and not who they play for. Also neutral coaches.
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+10 #75 Anon 2013-10-02 07:21
Quoting Anonymous:
#26 Ronnie Bolton I can't wait for you to open up your football school so you can than become a full time soccer coach. You seem to have all the answers on the world game. Also can't wait to see which 1 of the numerous coaching offers you must have on he table that you accept.


I guarantee you Ronnie Bolton will be at 90% of Clarence's SPL games he's no buddy franklin ;)
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