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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Hickey and Fagg and referees

Photo:  Knights captain Shae Hickey (No.7) shakes hands with Zebras skipper Henry Fagg.  Zebras wore black armbands in memory of Fagg's grandfather, who passed aweay during the week [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Saturday, 30 August 2014)

Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Clay 67)

Tilford Zebras 3 (H Fagg 27, A McKeown 34, R Courtney 39)

HT: 0-3   Att: 150   Ref: J Hortle

Glenorchy Knights: Kruijver (Woodham 56) - Woolley, Willcock, Harrison, Clay - Robinson (Thorne 56), Kamba, Hickey - Kamano, Wilson (D Holmes 46), Aldridge

Tilford Zebras: Ferguson - Walsh, Courtney, Fielding, Toghill - Clark, Fagg, McKeown, Ferns (Marchioli 71) - Whitehall, Leszczynski (Sub snot used: Muller, Pitchford, Telega)

A McKeown and Kamba

Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown skips past the Knights' Mynonge Kamba [PlessPix]

Second-placed Tilford Zebras completed their Victory League campaign for 2014 with a lacklustre but comfortable 3-1 win over second-last Glenorchy Knights.

It might have been more but for some fine saves by both Knights keepers - Alex Woodham replaced Sam Kruijver just short of the hour mark - and some glaring misses by Zebras.

Zebras led 3-0 at the interval but did not finish the job in the second half, failing to add to their tally, while the Knights scored once and were denied on another occasion by an excellent save by Matthew Ferguson from Vincent Kamano.

Zebras started like the proverbial house on fire and Adam McKeown had a wonderful chance in the opening minutes but delayed his final shot, which was then saved by Kruijver.

In just the third minute, Alex Leszczynski chipped against the inside of the far right-hand post from wide on the left.

C Ferns and Kamano

Photo:  Zebras' Curran Ferns tries to squeeze past Knights' Phineas Aldridge and Vincent Kamano.  Ferns did not take kindly to being substituted [PlessPix]

The breakthrough came in the 27th minute when Kruijver failed to hold a low cut-back from the right by Ben Whitehall and Henry Fagg was on hand to smash the ball home and give Zebras a deserved lead.

McKeown added the second in the 34th minute with a clever lob over Kruijver.

Russell Courtney made it 3-0 in the 39th minute when he nodded home Whitehall’s cross from the right after a quick Zebras free-kick. The Knights’ marking should have been tighter as the centre-back was given a free header and he laps up such chances.

The Knights looked much more threatening and polished after the break and Phineas Aldridge shot just wide when given a great chance in the 59th minute.

Knights pulled a goal back in the 67th minute when Jade Clay skilfully sliced his shot past Matthew Ferguson to show his team-mates how it is done.

D Walsh and Hickey

Photo:  Knights' Shae Hickey under pressure from Zebras' Dwayne Walsh and Ben Whitehall [PlessPix]

Marcello Marchioli replaced Curran Ferns in the 71st minute and Ferns made sure the bench knew how he felt, swearing as he headed for the pine and asking how he could be replaced by someone who hadn’t trained during the week. If Zebras coach Jed Donoghue heard it, he remained unmoved.

Nine minutes from the end, a superb shot by Kamano forced Ferguson to an acrobatic save as he tipped the ball over the bar for a fruitless corner.

With two minutes remaining, Whitehall, whose crosses were always dangerous, clipped the crossbar with an effort from wide on the left, but 3-1 it stayed.

H Fagg and Kamba

Photo:  Zebras' Henry Fagg (left) fights for possession with Knights' Mynonge Kamba [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights assistant coach, Peter McBeath, said:

“I thought, in the first half, when Tilford had the ball, our positioning was poor and our transitioning, when we had the ball, and we tried to push forward, and we turned it over endlessly. We weren’t getting back into the right positions and the right sort of shape.

“They kept moving the ball around and shuffling us from one side to the other and we couldn’t keep our shape in the first half and that cost us at least a couple of the goals.

“We talked about it at half time and changes things around a little bit and I thought we had a better shape and we played some good football in the second half. We were pleased with the second-half effort. That’s been the story of our year. Some good passages of play and then we let ourselves down by giving away soft goals.”

Jed D takes notes

Photo:  Zebras coach Jed Donoghue taking notes during the game [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras coach, Jed Donoghue, said:

“It’s the classic cliché - a game of two halves. I thought we had the better of them in the first half but they came out in the second half and did very well.

“They got us on the back foot, got a goal and were looking for a second.

“I was pleased in the first half the way we moved the ball around quickly and we created chances. In the second half, we assumed they’d roll over and give up the game, but they came out and fought for everything and were first to the ball.”

S Hickey and Fagg

Photo:  Knights skipper Shae Hickey gets the better of Zebras captain Henry Fagg [PlessPix]

Statistics

Shots

Glenorchy Knights 6

Tilford Zebras 16

Shots on target

Glenorchy Knights 3

Tilford Zebras 9

Corners

Glenorchy Knights 4

Tilford Zebras 3

Fouls

Glenorchy Knights 8

Tilford Zebras 6

Off-sides

Glenorchy Knights 0

Tilford Zebras 1

Yellow Cards

Glenorchy Knights

D Holmes 70

Tilford Zebras

B Whitehall 71

A Leszczynski 92

Tumblers in wake

Photo:  Mayhem in midfield as both teams fight for possession [PlessPix]

S Hickey beats McKeown

Photo:  Knights' Shae Hickey tries to get away from Zebras' Adam McKeown [PlessPix]

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+6 #66 KCC 2014-09-01 09:22
Quoting Anonymous:
Frontline 3 Whitehall 0


Also,
Frontline 1 -- rangers army 0
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+5 #65 Anoon 2014-09-01 08:32
Quoting The truth hurts:
Playing their regular u/20 player darcy hall helped.....

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Fact:
Quoting Anonymous:
South have now won the seniors title, vdl, 20's and 16's title. Clearly now South are the best club in the State by a long way. More dominance to come in the coming years.


I know this is going to get thumbs down, but it's true south wouldn't have won anywhere near as many of these if eagles and CUFC weren't kicked out. Look at the Clarence reserves side 90% under 20 and there g/d is +103 next closet team is UNI on +53.

South still would of won them, they showed that by beating Clarence in the U20 final!


He's under 20 and didn't take part in the seniors cup.. Why wouldn't you play him? you would be stupid if you didn't.
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+1 #64 Anon 2014-09-01 08:09
Quoting The truth hurts:
Playing their regular u/20 player darcy hall helped.....

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Fact:
Quoting Anonymous:
South have now won the seniors title, vdl, 20's and 16's title. Clearly now South are the best club in the State by a long way. More dominance to come in the coming years.


I know this is going to get thumbs down, but it's true south wouldn't have won anywhere near as many of these if eagles and CUFC weren't kicked out. Look at the Clarence reserves side 90% under 20 and there g/d is +103 next closet team is UNI on +53.

South still would of won them, they showed that by beating Clarence in the U20 final!

in the VDL? he played over half the season in VDL squad, he didn't play at all in the U20 league so check your facts
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0 #63 The truth hurts 2014-09-01 04:01
Playing their regular u/20 player darcy hall helped.....

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Fact:
Quoting Anonymous:
South have now won the seniors title, vdl, 20's and 16's title. Clearly now South are the best club in the State by a long way. More dominance to come in the coming years.


I know this is going to get thumbs down, but it's true south wouldn't have won anywhere near as many of these if eagles and CUFC weren't kicked out. Look at the Clarence reserves side 90% under 20 and there g/d is +103 next closet team is UNI on +53.

South still would of won them, they showed that by beating Clarence in the U20 final!
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-5 #62 Anonymous 2014-09-01 03:44
Quoting anon:
28 Help
The issue lies in your own comment. "Watching" from how far away I wonder. Croatian heritage you say. Community board have shun the club in recent times. No Croatian youth coming through unless at other club.

44 Glenn is already signed off on for 2015 so Dean May would most likely end up in role with FFA interstate, given he already has a role at top level.


Glen will continue to run the senior squad. Dean should have a more over seeing role for the club and it's development.
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-3 #61 anonymous 2014-09-01 02:50
#57 no-one gives a rats about South but you and South themselves.
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+1 #60 Anonymous 2014-09-01 01:29
Quoting 40y supporter:
I believe these is the worst result in Croatia- Knights History not only State league but all div. Changes has to be made in coaching staff at all levels to became successful club again


hmm...I reckon the Knights side this weekend would have hammered some of the ones that Kelly, Harrison and Ahmad coached in the last few seasons of the SPL
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+6 #59 Metro Fc 2014-08-31 23:08
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting had faith:
Walter a big congratulations to Mick garth and the metro boys on winning div 1 yesturday how many coaches,have one a league and a cup in there 1st season ? Great year guys


onya Garthy but it's a bit like shooting fish in a barrel - Mets should been in SPL

Well done on winning the league and the cup.
Especially playing in a competition that is considered to be social in both league and cup.......

All Leagues in Tas are social so not sure where your going with that one.
That being said League 1 is the highest level FFT have allowed Metro to participate though certain Criteria.
You can only win what is put in front of you.
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+2 #58 anon 2014-08-31 23:01
28 Help
The issue lies in your own comment. "Watching" from how far away I wonder. Croatian heritage you say. Community board have shun the club in recent times. No Croatian youth coming through unless at other club.

44 Glenn is already signed off on for 2015 so Dean May would most likely end up in role with FFA interstate, given he already has a role at top level.
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+8 #57 Stan Darsh 2014-08-31 22:54
Quoting anonymous:
#37 hope there are some nice 50/50 balls with Ferns v Morton and Ferns v Ludlow and I wonder who will pull out , may the best man win .
Looking forward to the midfield war , bring it on South boys.



As much as this is adding fuel to the fire, i'm not too sure it is a smart statement.

Here are my reasons why:

1. 'i wonder who will pull out' - If a player pulls out of a tackle, then it isn't a 50/50 tackle, as they would have pulled out early making it around a 76.4/23.6 tackle.
2. You have contradicted yourself in the last 2 lines of your statement. 'may the best MAN win', followed up by your cheap remark about 'south boys'

I do agree however, it will be a quality game. I look forward to watching.

Regards,
Stan
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