Who Is Walter Pless?

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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Teams emerge

Photo:  The Zebras and Lions walk out onto the artificial veldt [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Friday, 22 August 2014)

Tilford Zebras 2 (J Fielding 7, A McKeown 52)

Kingborough Lions United 0

HT: 1-0   Att: 120   Ref: K Barker

Tilford Zebras: Ferguson - Walsh, Courtney, Fielding, Toghill - Ferns, McKeown, Fagg - Whitehall (Clark 75), Leszczynski, E Engels (Subs not used: Telega, Pitchford, Cox)

Kingborough Lions United: Duncan - D Watkins, Cuthbertson, Young, Schuth - Verdouw (Collins 60), Turner, Pearce, McEldowney (J Davis 60) - B Watkins, Cowen (Subs not used: Gillam, Loh)

Tilford Zebras 22 August 2014

Photo:  The Tilford Zebras starting line-up [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras comfortably beat Kingborough Lions United 2-0 at KGV Park on Friday night and temporarily cut South Hobart’s lead in the Victory League standings to 5 points.

Central defender Josh Fielding showed his strikers how to do it when he opened the scoring in the 7th minute. Alex Leszczynski had a shot blocked following a free-kick from the right and Fielding fired low and true from the edge of the box.

It was almost 2-0 on the half-hour when Adam McKeown threatened to score, but Tom Young somehow cleared off the line to save the Lions.

McKeown had better luck 7 minutes after the break when he broke through the Lions rearguard and slotted the ball past keeper Andrew Duncan to make it 2-0.

Kingborough’s Jack Turner was unlucky not to pull a goal back with 3 minutes remaining when his lob over Zebras keeper Matthew Ferguson came back off the crossbar.

Kingborough Lions United 22 August 2014

Photo:  The Lions gird their loins before doing battle with the Zebras [PlessPix]

As an aside, it was disappointing that Zebras did not recognise the passing of one of their greats and a former captain by having a minute’s silence before the game.

John Gazzignato, who passed away last week after a short illness, was a star inside forward for the club in the late 1950s and 1960s and was described in the press at the time as the brains of the side in the middle of the park. He scored many an important goal from the inside-left position. He wore the number 10 shirt with distinction.

Some of Gazzignato’s contemporaries and former team-mates are still around and include Mario Falzon, Walter Worsey, Lattanzio and the oft Zebras match manager these days, Tommy Watson. Watson transferred to Juventus from Caledonians after a protracted bureaucratic struggle in 1965.

Zebras’ remembrance relatively recently of late player Luke Cripps and late committeeman Robert Corradetti was exemplary. It did justice to the contributions made by these two gentleman.

I am saddened, though, by the only recognition by the club of Gazzignato - the wearing of black armbands by the Zebras veterans side in a recent friendly against Launceston City’s veterans at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston. Meanwhile, the flags at the Australian-Italian Club in Federal Street, North Hobart, were fluttering at half mast for several days, which was fitting indeed.

McKeown winces

Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown holds his head after receiving a blow during the midfield action [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras coach, Jed Donoghue, said:

“It’s a good result. A goal in each half. We need to take our chances and it’s a little bit disappointing to be honest. We need to take our chances. We need to finish teams off.

“We’ve got a very good defence. We’ve got pave, we’ve got skill, we’ve got experience. It’s a good defence.”

Kingborough Lions United coach, Colin Robbins, said:

“We were playing a top-four team that pressed high and put us under a lot of pressure in the first half. Whether it was luck or good defending, we kept them out.

“Second half was a lot better. I guess them not pressing so much [in the second half] allowed us to play the ball out with a lot more confidence and get the ball into our attacking-third better.”

Pearce shoots

Photo:  Kingborough Lions' Trent Pearce about to shoot at goal as Zebras' Josh Fielding moves in [PlessPix]

Statistics

Shots

Tilford Zebras 22

Kingborough Lions United 8

Shots on target

Tilford Zebras 11

Kingborough Lions United 4

Corners

Tilford Zebras 8

Kingborough Lions United 2

Fouls

Tilford Zebras 12

Kingborough Lions United 7

Off-sides

Tilford Zebras 5

Kingborough Lions United 2

Yellow Cards

J Turner 34

Fagg and Pearce

Photo:  Zebras' Henry Fagg beats the Lions' Trent Pearce to a header [PlessPix]

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-2 #35 Anon 2014-08-29 06:52
Quoting Defence defence:
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He may of collected more points with the likes of Jin, Kenyi & Billy Gas is his lineup. You're only as good as the cattle you have!



We've seen at South Hobart and Zebra's just how a reliable keeper is important to the team. For South, when Kane is not there - wow it makes a difference. This guy isn't cutting it.

They need to build....Starti ng with changes in Goals Not new news to most of us of course..but who or whom will be - not their current staff.
The keeper for South is decent but does not have a whole lot of influence. Most games you could put a cone in goals and they would still win. The problem with Boro is their defense. They are far to exposed when sides go wide. Players like Andy Brennan or Engels have a field day down the left and right hand side.
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0 #34 Defence defence 2014-08-29 04:38
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He may of collected more points with the likes of Jin, Kenyi & Billy Gas is his lineup. You're only as good as the cattle you have!


AND their remaining forwards have gone off form too - which happens from time to time of course. Defence is a worry - but that's changed too - what's with their young keeper, small he was - but looked very reliable on most occasions. Gone back to the earlier guy who fumbles around. Ok on crosses, disposal messy, a weak point, needed to thank his defenders and the Zebras forwards for keeping the score down. Constantly under pressure at the back, and need to change.

We've seen at South Hobart and Zebra's just how a reliable keeper is important to the team. For South, when Kane is not there - wow it makes a difference. This guy isn't cutting it.

They need to build....Starti ng with changes in Goals Not new news to most of us of course..but who or whom will be - not their current staff.
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+1 #33 Anonymous 2014-08-28 00:19
Quoting Yoda:
RE; Attendences pre V league compared to currently. People will come to watch competitive football when there's something on the line I.e relegation game, cup final or league game. Unfortunately 2 of those 3 arent happening at the moment. I believe the people are there and once we have a more even league with hopefully a relegation one day we can hope for crowds of 400+ (im sceptical on 1000 that's pushing the boat).


Absolutely, 1000 was never attainable. Still, that's what we were promised. I don't blame any club for that figure, I blame FFT.

That said, I've been saying that FFT also need a way to level the competition. Given South's dominance (which shows no sign of changing), one wonders how that might be achieved.
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-4 #32 Anonymous 2014-08-27 23:41
Quoting Anonymous:
#26 no one really cares what you or Walter think about attendances , all V League clubs support the V League and that's all that counts , so go and annoy someone else you negative lowlife .


Obviously, that's why 120 people (okay, okay 200! Yeesh!) show up to support all these V-League games.
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+3 #31 Anonymous 2014-08-27 21:21
Quoting Anonymous:
#26 no one really cares what you or Walter think about attendances , all V League clubs support the V League and that's all that counts , so go and annoy someone else you negative lowlife .



Haha well as long as you have v league clubs support that's all that matters.. Right?
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+8 #30 Yoda 2014-08-27 15:47
RE; Attendences pre V league compared to currently. People will come to watch competitive football when there's something on the line I.e relegation game, cup final or league game. Unfortunately 2 of those 3 arent happening at the moment. I believe the people are there and once we have a more even league with hopefully a relegation one day we can hope for crowds of 400+ (im sceptical on 1000 that's pushing the boat).
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+1 #29 Anon 2014-08-27 12:31
Quoting well:
so how many points has Robbins collected after Pitchford and Gadd ?

NOT MANY !

Poor appointment !


He may of collected more points with the likes of Jin, Kenyi & Billy Gas is his lineup. You're only as good as the cattle you have!
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-3 #28 Anonymous 2014-08-27 11:55
#26 no one really cares what you or Walter think about attendances , all V League clubs support the V League and that's all that counts , so go and annoy someone else you negative lowlife .
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+9 #27 Ben Smith 2014-08-27 11:35
Pitchford + Gadd
P W D L F A GD PTS
12 4 1 7 24 48 -24 13
Robbins +Dale
P W D L F A GD PTS
8 1 0 7 8 30 -22 3
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+3 #26 Anonymous 2014-08-27 10:51
Quoting anonymous:
#13 when will you work it out that Walter puts 120 for every game when he is not given attendances


How desperate you must be to call Walter dishonest - for the sake of an attendance of 80?

Walter puts his best estimate up if he has no numbers (and why isn't he given those numbers, I wonder?) I've seen everything from "80" to "300" and more when the situation warrants it. Just looking through the posts this year proves you wrong.

But let's say 200 were there. You're going to suggest that's okay?

The V-League has declined supporter participation in the sport. Less people are attending matches in 2014 than were in 2012, and I defy anyone to truthfully declare otherwise.
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