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:  Shane Brassington of Northern Rangers on the ball, but it looks as if he could have been playing for Nelson, too [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras qualified for the semi-finals of the Division A section of the Summer Cup by finishing top of Group D with a 4-2 win over South Hobart at KGV Park on Friday night.

Olympia Warriors are the semi-finalists from Group C after beating Metro 5-1 on Saturday morning.

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Photo:  Metro's Brendan Garth and Olympia's Nicholas Mearns in a battle for the ball [PlessPix]

The remaining semi-final spots are up for grabs, with Beachside and Northern Rangers in contention from Group A, and Launceston City and Kingborough Lions United from Group B.

Northern Rangers scored a 1-0 win over Nelson Eastern Suburbs, the goal coming from a crisp shot from the edge of the box by Harry Thannhauser in the 66th minute.

Nelson were not overawed by their Victory League opponents and fashioned some clever attacking moves, the best of which came in the first half when Liam Pitchford was denied by keeper Michael McKenna after a neat one-two with Lachlan Masters.

Rangers were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute after a foul on Patrick Lanau-Atkinson, but Nelson keeper Josh McInerney saved Shane Brassington’s spot-kick.

Brassington was first to the rebound, but McInerney saved the striker’s shot again.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Matt Lewis and keeper Kane Pierce can only watch as the ball is about to cross the line [PlessPix]

South Hobart fell behind to an own-goal against Zebras after only two minutes.  A long throw-in from the right by Kurt Engels saw keeper Kane Pierce and defender Matt Lewis in total confusion and the ball went into the net off Lewis.

South drew level in the 8th minute through new signing from Devonport, Brayden Mann, who fired low past Matthew Ferguson and inside the far left-hand post.

In the 17th minute, Adam McKeown restored the Zebras’ lead when he turned sharply on the edge of the box and scored with a low drive that went in off the left-hand post.

Ethan Engels almost increased the Zebras’ lead in the 22nd minute, but he curled his shot just wide of the post.

South hit back immediately and Ben Hamlett attacked down the left but struck his shot into the side-netting.

In the 29th minute it was 3-1 as Jonathan Ladic’s header put McKeown through the South Hobart defence and the striker beat Pierce with a rather tame shot that the keeper got a hand to but could not keep out.

The South defence was looking rather shaky, while the midfield was finding it difficult to create chances for their strikers.

South survived miraculously in the 41st minute when a Ladic free-kick from deep on the right found McKeown, whose shot was parried by Pierce.  The ball fell to Alex Leszczynski, whose header came back off the bar and Jacob Clamp lifted the rebound high over.

Leszczynski made amends 7 minutes from the end when he spun around on the edge of the box and sent an unstoppable shot past Pierce to make it 4-1.

Darcy Hall lobbed the ball over Ferguson in the final minute to pull a goal back for South, but the game finished 4-2 in favour of the Zebras.

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Photo:  Rangers' Adam Edwards goes on a run against Nelson [PlessPix]

Conceding four goals is a rare event for South Hobart.  They conceded 5 to Zebras last season, going down 5-3 in the Steve Hudson Cup, and they lost a game 4-3 back in 2008.

Glenorchy Knights overcame Taroona 2-0 on Friday night, the goals coming from Jeremy Marshall in the 66th minute and Blayne Hudson in stoppage time at the end of the match.

Launceston City led University 3-1 at the interval through two goals by Nathan Bartlett and one by Toby Omenihu, but had Shane Egan sent off seconds before the break.

Justin Letiko had scored for the Students in the first half.

In the second half, Alexis Bull’s goal made it a goal the difference before Alex Buga made it 3-3.

Jake Undy hit University’s winner in the dying seconds.

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Photo:  Olympia's Nick Meredith (right) gets past metro's Jayden Wiggins [PlessPix]

Nick Meredith opened Olympia’s account against Metro when he tapped home a cut-back from the right in the 25th minute following a free-kick.

Lachlan Nichols set up Emmanuel Tsakiris for Olympia’s second two minutes later, while Jacob Herbert made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute when he squeezed his shot through the legs of the keeper.

Warren Wadawu’s penalty in the 72nd minute made it 4-0 before Matt Garth netted for Metro, his shot going in off the underside of the bar.

Bruno Almeida hit Olympia’s fifth in the final minute.

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Photo:  Olympia's Jacob Herbert in a tussle for possession [PlessPix]

Division A Group A

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Beachside

2

2

0

0

7

1

6

Northern Rangers

3

2

0

1

9

4

6

Nelson Eastern Suburbs

3

0

1

2

1

7

2

Clarence United

2

0

1

1

3

8

1

 

Division A Group B

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Launceston City

3

1

0

2

16

9

3

Kingborough Lions Utd

2

1

0

1

4

7

3

New Town Eagles

2

0

0

2

1

18

0

 

Division A Group C

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Olympia Warriors

3

3

0

0

13

3

9

Glenorchy Knights

3

2

0

1

4

4

6

Taroona

3

1

0

2

6

9

3

Metro

3

0

0

3

4

11

0

 

Division A Group D

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Tilford Zebras

3

3

0

0

12

3

9

South Hobart

3

2

0

1

15

4

6

University

3

1

0

2

5

12

3

 

 

Comments   

0 #30 Anonymous 2014-03-18 09:36
Shane Brassington on his own is better than any strike partnership. He is a one man force. You don't need two of him!
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-2 #29 Anonymous 2014-02-26 10:49
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
All the pre match Zebs/South hype was about the Mann-Brennan pairing but it was the Zebras strikers who stole the show! Mckeown and Leszczynski were brilliant and led the way for Zebs.... I have not seen a better strike partnership in the last 10 years at least!

If you guys think this is the best partnership in last 10 years you must not have seen much football
Brennan + Mann (Sth Hobart)
Sanders + Huigsloot (Knights)
Brazendale + Falzon (Zebras)
Kanarakis + Brennan (South)

and the list goes on............



Mies and Couch 1998

I thought harbo and klassen at south was pretty impressive
I think you'll find sanders played on the left and Lincoln conquest played up front with Tom .

Knights played 343 with sanders huigsloot conquest as front 3. Had crosswell ladic begovic fielding behind them in midfield
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-1 #28 Anonymous 2014-02-26 07:33
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
All the pre match Zebs/South hype was about the Mann-Brennan pairing but it was the Zebras strikers who stole the show! Mckeown and Leszczynski were brilliant and led the way for Zebs.... I have not seen a better strike partnership in the last 10 years at least!

If you guys think this is the best partnership in last 10 years you must not have seen much football
Brennan + Mann (Sth Hobart)
Sanders + Huigsloot (Knights)
Brazendale + Falzon (Zebras)
Kanarakis + Brennan (South)

and the list goes on............



Mies and Couch 1998

I thought harbo and klassen at south was pretty impressive
I think you'll find sanders played on the left and Lincoln conquest played up front with Tom .
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-1 #27 Anonymous 2014-02-25 19:54
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
All the pre match Zebs/South hype was about the Mann-Brennan pairing but it was the Zebras strikers who stole the show! Mckeown and Leszczynski were brilliant and led the way for Zebs.... I have not seen a better strike partnership in the last 10 years at least!

If you guys think this is the best partnership in last 10 years you must not have seen much football
Brennan + Mann (Sth Hobart)
Sanders + Huigsloot (Knights)
Brazendale + Falzon (Zebras)
Kanarakis + Brennan (South)

and the list goes on............



Mies and Couch 1998
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+3 #26 Anonymous 2014-02-24 11:48
Quoting james:
how did mckenna make it into the match report. has he made an invisible come back, I think its a typo Water :)


A comeback?
When did he leave?

Where have you been?
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-9 #25 Anonymous 2014-02-24 10:13
trevor carson and adrian venetacci
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0 #24 Anonymous 2014-02-24 06:47
Great to see that once again South Hobart will not be competing in the final of this competition. This can only be healthy for the game. Hope is not that 1 of the other 7 teams win the League and Statewide Cup - both opportunities to play mailand opposition.
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0 #23 Anonymous 2014-02-24 03:26
Best partnership Laka and Freddy in the Tasmanian youth teams, imagine if they had only played together at club level?
What defence would have stopped them?
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0 #22 Anonymous 2014-02-24 01:49
Quoting Anonymous:
All the pre match Zebs/South hype was about the Mann-Brennan pairing but it was the Zebras strikers who stole the show! Mckeown and Leszczynski were brilliant and led the way for Zebs.... I have not seen a better strike partnership in the last 10 years at least!

If you guys think this is the best partnership in last 10 years you must not have seen much football
Brennan + Mann (Sth Hobart)
Sanders + Huigsloot (Knights)
Brazendale + Falzon (Zebras)
Kanarakis + Brennan (South)

and the list goes on............
Quote
+3 #21 james 2014-02-24 00:42
how did mckenna make it into the match report. has he made an invisible come back, I think its a typo Water :)
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