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:  Warren Wadawu emerges with the ball in a crowded goalmouth against Knights [PlessPix]

Former A-League star Daniel Allsopp hit a hat-trick on Saturday to help Launceston City to a 4-2 victory over Tilford Zebras, their first win in the Victory League in 26 starts.

Allsopp was making a one-off appearance as a marquee player for City and certainly proved his worth.

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Photo:  Danny Allsopp (centre) lines up with Launceston City yesterday [Photo courtesy of Raelene Hennicke]

He made one appearance for City last year, when they lost to Northern Rangers.

He had been due to guest for City earlier this month, but a back injury forced him to postpone the appearance.

He was certainly in top condition for this game and netted in the 11th, 18th and 65th minutes to sink Zebras.

Toby Omenihu added City’s other goal in the 70th minute after Allsopp had done the groundwork, while a 28th-minute strike by Adam McKeown and an 88th-minute penalty by Alex Leszczynski was the only response the visitors could muster.

The win lifted Launceston City into sixth spot on the standings, the highest they have been since the Victory League was established last year.

The Frontline

Photo:  One has to admire the enthusiasm of the Frontline, who continue to support the Knights despite their poor results [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights remain rock bottom after losing 2-0 to Olympia Warriors at KGV Park on Anzac Day in the first-ever Anzac Cup match.

The Knights’ best chance came just before the interval when Shae Hickey smacked a tremendous shot against the Olympia crossbar from 25 metres.

But, the Knights were already 2-0 down at that stage.  Emmanuel Tsakiris put Olympia ahead after just 42 seconds when he nodded home Alex Ralph’s left wing cross.

Ben Phillips added Olympia’s second in the 37th minute, firing home the loose ball after Knights keeper Alex Woodham could only parry Warren Wadawu’s shot.

Olympia had also almost scored midway through the opening half when Wadawu chipped Woodham, but Jayden Hey managed to scoop the ball off the line.

In stoppage time at the end of the first half, Olympia’s Jonathan Griffiths rattled the Knights crossbar with a tremendous shot from 30 metres.

Griffiths set up Wadawu for what should have been an easy chance in the 49th minute following good work by Ralph, but Wadawu lifted the ball over the bar.

Woodham did well to turn Ralph’s low drive directed towards the far post wide in the 55th minute, while two minutes later, Ralph finished a great run down the left with a perfect cross for Tsakiris, but he stumbled over the ball and the chance went begging.

So, it could and should have been a massacre, but it ended just 2-0, with the Knights completely subdued and meekly succumbing to their opponents.

Ralph collected the Anzac Medal as the best player of the match.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan is airborne as he wins the ball against Devonport City [PlessPix]

On Saturday, South Hobart regained top spot in the standings with a 4-0 win over Devonport City on a heavy South Hobart Oval pitch.

Andy Brennan opened the scoring for South Hobart in the 33rd minute with a first-time shot from just outside the box, but it was not until 8 minutes from the end that they grabbed their second.

Three goals in six minutes made it 4-0 as Brayden Mann and substitute Ben Hamlett took the visitors apart.

Devonport keeper Casey Eaves produced a heroic display and ultimately was responsible for South having to work hard for their win.

Devonport had two excellent scoring opportunities.  Early in the game, they should have taken the lead when Callum Moore put Mitchell Blake away down the right with a long pass out of defence, but South keeper Kane Pierce managed to tip the striker’s chip wide of the target.

In the second half, Blake somehow blazed over the bar from Michael Holden’s left-wing cross.

In the 82nd minute, Devonport’s resistance finally crumbled as Mann netted South’s second.  His celebration was subdued as the goal was against his former club.

In the 85th minute, substitute Hamlett was on hand to rifle home the rebound after Eaves could only parry Mann’s shot, while Hamlett made it 4-0 with his second goal of the match in the 87th minute, slotting home Brennan’s cut-back from the right.

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Photo:  Rangers have a shot at the Lions goal today [Photo by Julie Pearce]

Kingborough Lions United slumped to second-last after going down 7-1 away to Northern Rangers at the NTCA Ground in Launceston on Sunday.

The Lions, who have struggled to find a goalkeeper in the past two games as all three of their custodians have been either injured or unavailable, threw 15-year-old Roan Gillam to the wolves in this match.

The youngster was beaten seven times and dislocated a finger in the closing minutes of the game.

Nick Lanau-Atkinson and Adam Edwards each scored a brace for Rangers, while an own-goal and strikes by Aiden Rigby and Shane Brassington completed the rout.

Seung Yong Jin netted a consolation goal for the Lions, who returned to Kingston with their tails between their legs.

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Photo:  Knights' Shae Hickey relieves the pressure at the back as he clears ahead of Nick Mearns of Olympia [PlessPix]

VICTORY LEAGUE (As at 27 April 2014)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

5

4

0

1

20

5

12

Northern Rangers

5

4

0

1

16

7

12

Olympia Warriors

5

4

0

1

13

5

12

Tilford Zebras

5

3

0

2

9

7

9

Devonport City

5

2

0

3

10

11

6

Launceston City

5

1

1

3

14

21

4

Kingborough Lions

5

1

1

3

13

24

4

Glenorchy Knights

5

0

0

5

4

18

0

 

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+11 #38 striker! 2014-04-29 09:11
well done to Launceston City. I'm an impartial spectator and that was the most enjoyable atmosphere I've witnessed in the short time of the V League.

The music was great (I must have been asleep when "we are the champions" was played!) The players whilst very happy with the result, acted with great respect to Zebras.

....And why wouldn't they be happy? They just knocked of the "annual" league favorites and got to spend 90mins running around with a former socceroo!
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+5 #37 Football fan 2014-04-29 08:25
#20. You cannot have been at the city game or you know nothing about football.!
City have been creating plenty of chances and were due for a win. Glen McNeill was relieved to get three points last week.
Great atmosphere at the game against a very talented zebras lineup that just didn't gel on the day but will win a lot more than they lose.
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-1 #36 Stayaway 2014-04-29 07:04
Quoting Chelsea Style:
Quoting Anonononon:
Quoting Vleague doomed:
Quoting hmmmmm:
Young Gillam did as well as any other keeper would have walter. Kingborough midfield non existent and defense stretched.

Bit of a shambles.


It's a disgrace that you can't sign keepers from other clubs when we put at risk a 15 year old.


No one wants to play there. There's more to life and soccer then playing in the top flight. So far you've asked 2 from my club one dosent even keep anymore and your $50 incentives a game really dosent do it for anyone.


Bit of sour grapes coming from a team that parks the bus! Why do you blame them for trying to recruit a GK? Can't recruit from VL so SPL & social leagues are next best thing.


Have fun with that what about UNI there keeper looks pretty decent.
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+11 #35 Alf Ramsey 2014-04-29 06:14
Good to see this sort of stuff!

Credit to Launceston City for bringing a high calibre player like Allsopp, a former Socceroo, to the V League.
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+4 #34 My Opinion 2014-04-29 03:57
City have improved miles and are contesting every game this year. Great for the league!
They are creating goal scoring chances this year which is great to see.
They have been scoring enough goals each game it has generally been the defence letting them down.
If the had a player who could finish more often and not they would be a few points better at this stage.
Would they have one with out Danny? I think it is a strong chance as they dominated over the park. It could have gone either way.
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+3 #33 anonymous 2014-04-29 01:25
#32 quick to make judgement mr Splash the Cash , why dont you ask Nathan how much he is getting paid you moron , there are some players in the VL who are quite happy to play because they love to play in a good environment with good people and their services are at no cost to the club. You obviously dont the lad too well.
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-2 #32 Anonymous 2014-04-28 22:44
Quoting Vleague doomed:
We have keepers like Kay, Pitchford and McKenna who all should be playing V League week in week out but due to these terrible rules are restricted.

Weakening the competition and the brand

I think you'll find that the latter two may be receiving some form of financial assistance, the second one for sure from Zebras and maybe even the first one as Zebras are happy to splash the cash.

But if Kingborough can't get one of their 3 keepers in their squad to play each week, then their keepers are not taking the league seriously and Lions need to attract a keeper for next year who will be serious in playing out the season.
Anyway, they are based in the most AFL dominated area and I'm sure they could find a strong marking forward or ruckman to convert to a goalkeeper for next season!!!
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+14 #31 glass half full 2014-04-28 21:56
Not really sure what all the fuss is about. The kid has been training with premier League clubs and looked the goods. We all say where are the quality young gks coming through and it looks like we have one in Gillam. I'd rather see him out there than others that have failed previously or average gks rehashed.
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+4 #30 Chelsea Style 2014-04-28 12:51
Quoting Anonononon:
Quoting Vleague doomed:
Quoting hmmmmm:
Young Gillam did as well as any other keeper would have walter. Kingborough midfield non existent and defense stretched.

Bit of a shambles.


It's a disgrace that you can't sign keepers from other clubs when we put at risk a 15 year old.


No one wants to play there. There's more to life and soccer then playing in the top flight. So far you've asked 2 from my club one dosent even keep anymore and your $50 incentives a game really dosent do it for anyone.


Bit of sour grapes coming from a team that parks the bus! Why do you blame them for trying to recruit a GK? Can't recruit from VL so SPL & social leagues are next best thing.
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-7 #29 Vleague doomed 2014-04-28 11:56
Quoting Anonononon:
Quoting Vleague doomed:
Quoting hmmmmm:
Young Gillam did as well as any other keeper would have walter. Kingborough midfield non existent and defense stretched.

Bit of a shambles.


It's a disgrace that you can't sign keepers from other clubs when we put at risk a 15 year old.


No one wants to play there. There's more to life and soccer then playing in the top flight. So far you've asked 2 from my club one dosent even keep anymore and your $50 incentives a game really dosent do it for anyone.


We have keepers like Kay, Pitchford and McKenna who all should be playing V League week in week out but due to these terrible rules are restricted.

Weakening the competition and the brand
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