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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Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown tries to get past a Knights opponent [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras beat Glenorchy Knights 6-1 in a pre-season Victory League friendly at Cornelian Bay on Friday night.

And, in a women’s friendly at KGV Park the same evening, Tilford Zebras downed Glenorchy Knights 3-2.

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Photo:  Adam McKeown scores for Zebras as Knights keeper Sam Kruijver is held down by a team-mate [PlessPix]

In the men’s game, Zebras won comfortably after leading 4-0 at half-time.

Adam McKeown and Kostas Kanakaris were impressive for Zebras and scored several goals between them, while Alex Leszczynski netted a couple of penalties.

Blayne Hudson netted a consolation goal for the Knights after Zebras goalkeeper Matthew Ferguson could only parry Joel Schuth’s shot.

Both sides had a player sent off.  Nick Hill was dismissed for Knights and Dwayne Walsh for Zebras.

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Photo:  Zebras' Jonathon Ladic (right) tries to get past Knights' Jeremy Marshall [PlessPix]

Walsh is returning to the top flight after playing in the lower leagues last season.

Zebras’ other goalkeeper, Nathan Pitchford, suffered a leg injury and the limb was heavily iced as Pitchford sat out the second half.

Knights had Sam Kruijver in goal, as well as Jason Voss for some of the match.

Kruijver suffered a cut lip during a goalmouth scramble in the first half that saw him tangled up with a team mate, allowing McKeown to score.

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Photo:  Nicole Hale (right) in action for Zebras [PlessPix]

In the women’s match, Zebras had several new players on view but were struck by two injuries early on.

New signing from Clarence United, Danielle Kannegiesser, was carried off after injuring an ankle while shooting for goal in the opening minutes.

Shortly after, Niahm O’Brien was also injured and had to leave the field.

The Zebras goals came from Zoe Nichols, who scored twice, and Monique Undy.

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Photo:  Zebras' Dwayne Walsh (left) clears while under pressure from Knights' Emmanuel Tsakiris [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras' Adam Mckeown tries to get around Knights goalkeeper Jason Voss [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Knights' Joel Schuth contorts himself while going for a header [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Knights' Emmanuel Tsakiris (left) shadowed by Zebras' Andrew Telega [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The Knights' Joel Schuth brings a pass under control [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras goalkeeper Nathan Pitchford with ice on his ankle watches the game with team-mates David Cox and Henry Fagg [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Knights keeper Sam Kruijver has blood on his finger as he checks his cut lip [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras' Nick MacDonald controls the ball while under pressure from a Knights opponent [PlessPix]

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+11 #49 Anonymous 2014-01-28 06:05
Quoting Anonymous:
Knights will win Summer Cup .

South will win World Cup
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-14 #48 Anonymous 2014-01-27 21:09
Knights will win Summer Cup .
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+13 #47 Anonymous 2014-01-27 09:16
I'm surprised by the people that are tipping Olympia for the top four, they have lost all there imports and gained very little.
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+3 #46 Anonymous 2014-01-26 14:24
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
# 32 - I partly agree.

Jayden Hey is quality and adds value through-out the team. Jayden can play many positions, is a regular goal scorer, good leader, high work rate, very reliable...

He would have been a major loss to Knights, however I understand he is back for the 2014 V League season and highly motivated.

McKenna is good keeper and I am sure a star in his prime. However over the past 2 or 3 seasons he struggles to stay focused (4 different clubs (and also a reason why))and for my liking too focused on match payments.

With only 4 Southern teams playing in the V League the shortage of quality keepers is not as much of an issue as it was a couple of season ago. I don't see McKenna being the 1st keeper for any of the 4 Southern Clubs, which means no payments and possible his retirement. (time will tell).


McKenna would only have to turn up to be number 1 at Knights


There are many fit and reliable keepers going around today. I don't think McKenna will play In the V league this season.
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+2 #45 Anonymous 2014-01-26 11:43
What is the news re Jayden? Here or not here, that is the question!
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-2 #44 Anonymous 2014-01-26 11:14
#35 No wrong! This is what happens when you type silly things.
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0 #43 Anonymous 2014-01-26 11:08
#33 do you smoke crack??
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-2 #42 Aaron Browning 2014-01-26 08:45
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I put my name to it because I don't really Care and manny is quality anyone who has played with him would know
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-6 #41 Anonymous 2014-01-26 07:21
Quoting Anonymous:
# 32 - I partly agree.

Jayden Hey is quality and adds value through-out the team. Jayden can play many positions, is a regular goal scorer, good leader, high work rate, very reliable...

He would have been a major loss to Knights, however I understand he is back for the 2014 V League season and highly motivated.

McKenna is good keeper and I am sure a star in his prime. However over the past 2 or 3 seasons he struggles to stay focused (4 different clubs (and also a reason why))and for my liking too focused on match payments.

With only 4 Southern teams playing in the V League the shortage of quality keepers is not as much of an issue as it was a couple of season ago. I don't see McKenna being the 1st keeper for any of the 4 Southern Clubs, which means no payments and possible his retirement. (time will tell).


McKenna would only have to turn up to be number 1 at Knights
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+5 #40 Anonymous 2014-01-26 06:49
zebs look great up front and midfield looks solid but defence still shaky without really being tested.

Knights experimenting with players/positio ns - will know more after that hit out but anyone who writes them off based on a practice match is making a mistake.
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