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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Mearns clears

Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns clears the danger [PlessPix]

[Victory League, Warrior Park, Saturday, 23 August 2014]

Olympia Warriors 0

South Hobart 4 (A Brennan 2, 44, B Mann 32, 62)

HT: 0-3   Att: 270   Ref: B Kopra

Olympia Warriors: Nester - S Page (Kabangu 60), Holmes, Vandermey, Phillips - Bellini (Guerra 72), Mearns, Nichols, Meredith - E Tsakiris, Wadawu (Subs not used: Almeida, Herbert, Paradisis)

South Hobart: Pierce - Lewis (Hunt 73), Lamont, Ludford (Hey 68), Scott - Kass, Ludlow, Morton, Undy (Walter 86) - Mann, Brennan (Subs not used: J Stevens, Moncur)

Warriors soul search

Photo:  With goalkeeper Dmitri Nester receiving treatment after being injured in a tackle by Andy Brennan, which earned Brennan a yellow card, the rest of the Warriors gather for a war pow wow [PlessPix]

There was an occasion last year when South Hobart were greeted with hostility and gamesmanship when they visited Warrior Park. There was no space for a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room and loud music disrupted the pre-match address by South Hobart coach Ken Morton, who was shown little respect despite the fact he has won league titles and cups as coach of Olympia in the past.

It was all respect and congratulations on Saturday night for the league champions. The Warriors even provided a guard of honour as South Hobart took the field.

It did not change the outcome. When things were made difficult for South Hobart last year, they shrugged off the cold shouldered welcome by winning. Last night, they repaid the warm welcome by again taking the Warriors apart and running out easy 4-0 winners. And, it should have been by a larger scoreline.

The visitors had the perfect start as Olympia centre-back Jake Vandermey, in trying to clear a low ball into the box, succeeded only in teeing it up perfectly for Andy Brennan to slot home after just 2 minutes.

In the 32nd minute, it was 2-0 as a deep cross from the right by Caleb Ludlow was superbly headed home by Brayden Mann.

Mearns and Kopra

Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns gets rid of the ball as former team-mate and now South Hobart's Hugh Undy breathes down his neck [PlessPix]

With a minute of the first half remaining, Brennan rifled home his second and Olympia’s third from all of 25 metres. It was his 25th league goal of the season.

South Hobart showed why they are the champions. Their speed of thought and fleetness of foot mesmerised the Warriors, who were forced to clear the ball long in an attempt to gain vital breathing space. More often than not, however, the ball came straight back on the ground in a series of one-touch passing and interchange play that had the hosts chasing shadows.

The technical skill of the visitors was impressive and their understanding was almost telepathic.

Emmanuel Tsakiris headed Nick Meredith’s left-wing cross over the bar in the 53rd minute, while three minutes later, Warren Wadawu fired into the side-netting as Olympia finally showed some heart.

It was short-lived and, in the 62nd minute, a low cross from wide on the right by Brennan was allowed to pass across the penalty area to the far post, where Mann netted his 29th goal of the league campaign.

Morton with ball

Photo:  South Hobart's long-stockinged Nick Morton decides what to do as Olympia's Alessandro Bellini and Warren Wadawu prepare to pounce [PlessPix]

It was a worrying sign for South Hobart when two key defenders, captain Hugh Ludford and Matt Lewis came off during the second half. They seemed to be carrying niggling injuries and were forced changes.

Olympia, on the other hand, brought on Hector Guerra, their Mexican import, and Brian Kabangu in an endeavour to liven up their attack, but it proved futile.

Olympia have now failed to beat South Hobart in their last 11 league meetings. Their president, George Mamacas, remains unrivalled in calling bluffs when it comes to cards, but in terms of football, he simply cannot out-psyche South Hobart, be it by making life difficult or by rolling out the welcome mat.

Phillips clears

Photo:  Olympia's Ben Phillips clears upfield to relieve the intense pressure imposed by South Hobart [PlessPix]

Statistics

Shots

Olympia Warriors 8

South Hobart 24

Shots on target

Olympia Warriors 2

South Hobart 10

Corners

Olympia Warriors 4

South Hobart 6

Fouls

Olympia Warriors 4

South Hobart 4

Off-sides

Olympia Warriors 2

South Hobart 4

Yellow cards

South Hobart 1 (A Brennan 15)

Brennan and Wadawu

Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan (left) and Olympia's Warren Wadawu play a game of toe-tapping [PlessPix]

TASMANIAN VICTORY LEAGUE (As at 23 August 2014)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

20

17

1

2

85

18

52

Tilford Zebras

20

14

2

4

60

19

44

Olympia Warriors

20

12

2

6

50

33

38

Northern Rangers

20

11

3

6

51

37

36

Devonport City

20

8

2

10

43

46

26

Kingborough Lions

20

5

1

14

32

78

16

Glenorchy Knights

20

3

2

15

27

63

11

Launceston City

20

3

1

16

29

82

10

 

Kass and Wadawu

Photo:  South Hobart's Connor Kass (left) engages in a race for the ball with Olympia's Warren Wadawu [PlessPix]

Comments   

0 #24 Rhodes for President 2014-08-28 06:48
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Pundit:
They are just like every other player in the league, they work, go to school or have other life committments that go with playing football. Why is there so much power in having a full-time coach when he cant train his players full time?


He does nothing but coach. He has more hours, more time and more resources dedicated to getting the very best out of his players.

He has more time to identify the best, to recruit the best, and then he has the additional time necessary to train them to be the best they can.

Of course he does it better. As a result, his team is better - better disciplined, better drilled, better trained.

He demands the very best, because he (and the rest of us) knows he's the best coach in Hobart. As a result he gets the best.


I disagree, Matthew Rhodes is the best. He coached Kingborough to their first summer cup title.
#truefact
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+1 #23 Realist 2014-08-28 01:26
No way there were 270 people there. Barely 100 by my reckoning. Stop pretending the game is going well
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0 #22 Anonymous 2014-08-26 02:18
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Coach:
It's important to play players in a position that will most benefit a side. Ben Phillips is totally wasted at full back. Should be played in midfield where his strength and stamina could thwart opposition attacks while his vision and range of passing could turn defense into attack in the blink of an eye.


Your kidding right?


agreed. he has ben used across many positions this year.
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+5 #21 Anonymous 2014-08-25 22:43
Quoting Pundit:
They are just like every other player in the league, they work, go to school or have other life committments that go with playing football. Why is there so much power in having a full-time coach when he cant train his players full time?


He does nothing but coach. He has more hours, more time and more resources dedicated to getting the very best out of his players.

He has more time to identify the best, to recruit the best, and then he has the additional time necessary to train them to be the best they can.

Of course he does it better. As a result, his team is better - better disciplined, better drilled, better trained.

He demands the very best, because he (and the rest of us) knows he's the best coach in Hobart. As a result he gets the best.
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-2 #20 Anonymous 2014-08-25 22:33
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Coach:
It's important to play players in a position that will most benefit a side. Ben Phillips is totally wasted at full back. Should be played in midfield where his strength and stamina could thwart opposition attacks while his vision and range of passing could turn defense into attack in the blink of an eye.


Your kidding right?


hmmm...I gotta agree with Coach that he's wasted at Oly who have lots of 'cookie cutter' fullbacks who arent as versatile as he is in just about any other position.

Exactly the type of player Knights need to screen that back 4 I reckon.
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+4 #19 Anonymous 2014-08-25 22:27
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting anon:
Another thrashing for the super coach.


oh crap, wonder if I'm going to get blamed for this too


boof?
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+3 #18 Anonymous 2014-08-25 22:26
Quoting Anonymous:
#14 why do they need Philips for that when they have Alex Holmes


read the other post again - it referred to 'range of passing', something that Holmsey doesn't excel at particularly under any pressure (implied or otherwise).

Having said that I'm not sure BP is as wasted as the Copach suggests but he would make a decent defensive mid.
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-1 #17 Anonymous 2014-08-25 21:11
#14 why do they need Philips for that when they have Alex Holmes
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+6 #16 Anonymous 2014-08-25 11:13
Quoting Coach:
It's important to play players in a position that will most benefit a side. Ben Phillips is totally wasted at full back. Should be played in midfield where his strength and stamina could thwart opposition attacks while his vision and range of passing could turn defense into attack in the blink of an eye.


Your kidding right?
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+7 #15 Anonymous 2014-08-25 08:15
Quoting anon:
Another thrashing for the super coach.


oh crap, wonder if I'm going to get blamed for this too
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