Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Midfield action

Photo:  Kingborough's Benn Watkins swings and misses as Olympia's Eduardo Cabello looks on [PlessPix]

Sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United’s disastrous form continued when they lost 5-0 away to third-ranked Olympia Warriors at Warrior Park on Saturday night.

Three goals in the opening 6 minutes by Olympia destroyed the Lions, who improved in the second half, but to use a different analogy, the horse had bolted and the visitors never recovered.

Wadawu and Schuth

Photo:  Olympia's Warren Wadawu breaks free down the left flank against the Lions [PlessPix]

Date: 19 July 2014

Result: Olympia Warriors 5-0 Kingborough Lions United

Scorers

Olympia Warriors:

Cabello 3

Holmes 5, 26

Wadawu 6

E Tsakiris 68

Venue: Warrior Park

Attendance: No official figure available

Match Overview: Kingborough Lions United goalkeeper, 15-year-old Roan Gillam, was given a rude shock on his return after injury, conceding three goals in the opening six minutes.

Eduardo Cabello, Olympia’s Mexican import, struck the opener direct from a free-kick in the 3rd minute. A Cabello corner two minutes later provided Olympia’s second goal for Alex Holmes, a central defender, who headed home from close range. And, a minute after that, Warren Wadawu made it 3-0, again from a Cabello corner from the left.

When Holmes added his second and Olympia’s fourth in the 26th minute, firing home after Gillam could only parry the initial shot, that was game, set and match for the home side and it was a question of how many they would score.

As it turned out, the Warriors managed only one more - a penalty converted by Emmanuel Tsakiris in the 68th minute.

Key Moment: The third goal, scored by Wadawu, to make it 3-0 after just 6 minutes. The Lions were in shock at that stage. It is to their credit that they rallied and conceded only one more goal in the opening half and a penalty in the second half.

Man-of-the-Match: Mexican import Eduardo Cabello stole the show. He scored the first and made the next two with his corners. His passing was generally first-class, although I wonder how long it will take for opponents to deal with his trademark move, which involves turning sharply on the ball and pulling it away with the sole of his boot.

Matter of fact: Kingborough Lions United have now lost six games in a row, scoring just three times in that run and conceding 33 goals. Their last win was a 3-1 victory over bottom-side Launceston City on 31 May 2014. Since he took over as coach, Colin Robbins has presided over three defeats, his side scoring 1 goal and shipping 16.

Talking point: Will Kingborough Lions United win another game this Victory League season? They have changed coaches and results have largely not improved. They will not finish last, but they could easily be overtaken by second-last Glenorchy Knights. With such a large catchment area, what will it take to make the Lions a competitive and successful Victory League club?

Stats:

Goal attempts

Olympia Warriors 18

Kingborough Lions United 12

On target

Olympia Warriors 10

Kingborough Lions United 7

Corners

Olympia Warriors 7

Kingborough Lions United 1

Fouls

Olympia Warriors 7

Kingborough Lions United 11

Off-sides

Olympia Warriors 8

Kingborough Lions United 2

Line-ups:

Olympia Warriors:

1 Nester

14 Griffiths

15 S Page

8 Holmes

5 Phillips

6 Mearns

12 Nichols

7 Wadawu

8 Cabello (16 Vandermey 88)

20 Ralph (11 Meredith 73)

9 E Tsakiris

Kingborough Lions United:

1 Gillam

12 D Watkins

5 Cuthbertson

9 Young

17 McEldowney

14 T Pearce

8 Verdouw

4 Bilson

11 Schuth

7 Cowen

10 B Watkins

Yellow Cards

Kingborough Lions United:

Cuthbertson 51

Schuth 65

Referee: Mr Kim Barker

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Photo:  Olympia substitutes Nick Meredith (left) and Jake Vandermey wait to come on [PlessPix]

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+4 #23 Amused 2014-07-24 12:50
Quoting Anonymous:
even the more experienced Lions like Schuth, Pearce, Cowen and Cuthbertson look to have gone backwards this year.


Right so Cowen who had hip surgery late December, had 2 weeks pre season before the first vl game and has made it into double figures goal tally has gone backwards?

Schuth was hi own worst enemy this season leaving knights only to come back and not being settled at either would suggest yes he has had a great season.

Pearce has terrible luck with injuries and being able to get any sort or consistency.

And last but not least Cuthbertson has been the only constant player in defense for the lions in a back 3 most of the season unable to form a defensive partnership with anyone wouldn't have helped.

So summing up yes they may or may not have had the best season but to they have gone backwards as players isn't that realistic
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-1 #22 Anonymous 2014-07-23 23:21
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anonymous:
Lions still play the worst style of any VL team, even City.
Can't see how Colin can find so many positives in that performance.

You were not obviously at the game! They played ok barring the early set backs. Get that right and they should be ok. It was better play than I observed under the zztop guys!


Wasnt at this particular game but have seen dozens of Lions games over the past 3 years and I stand by my comments even if there's been a slight improvement since the coaching group changed although it isn't discernable from last week's highlights.

There's scarcely been a technically gifted player on their list for the last 3 years.
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+3 #21 Walt 2014-07-23 13:35
Bobby and Anonymous #20, I remember Ivan Zilic well. He was one of the best players to have played here. In the 1999 grand final, in front of 1,000 at KGV Park, Glenorchy Knights beat Olympia 4-3 after extra-time and Zilic was brilliant. He made a goal for Raymond Benson and scored a fantastic one himself. Nebojsa Vukosavljevic netted the other for Olympia, while for Knights, Brendan Lakoseljac scored twice and Guido Corno and Brett Pullen one each. I have the match report. In the 1970s, Ken Worden played here (for Juventus, White Eagles, Knights and Launceston City) and he had a similar trick which he used all the time. Everyone knew it but no-one could stop him. Worden went on to take Melbourne Knights to an NSL title and he coached the Malaysian national team. He still coaches in South-East Asia.
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+2 #20 Anonymous 2014-07-23 11:27
Bobby, you are spot on.
I was going to write about Ivan & how he had the same move but even though everyone knew it was coming, they were hopeless in stopping him doing it over & over again.

I think Eduardo will be a very similar scenario.
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+1 #19 Fredrick 2014-07-23 07:07
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+1 #18 Anonymous 2014-07-23 06:40
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#10 Site, you've got me worried now. A few other people have had problems, but through accessing it on their phone, I think. I have had no problems and as far as I know the site has been up all the time. Could it be your server? I welcome calls or emails when my site is down because it's very frustrating, but as far as I know, it hasn't been down for a while now. Feedback welcome. Cheers!


Will screenshot next time it doesn't work for me as I've had issues at home and at work..


I have the same problem, but only when using Chrome. No issues when using Internet Explorer, Firefox or on my phone. The site hasn't worked for me when using Chrome for a few days now.


yep me too on my home computer which uses Chrome - I'd assumed my IP address had been blocked ;)
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+6 #17 Anon 2014-07-23 06:02
Quoting Anonymous:
Lions still play the worst style of any VL team, even City.
Can't see how Colin can find so many positives in that performance.

You were not obviously at the game! They played ok barring the early set backs. Get that right and they should be ok. It was better play than I observed under the zztop guys!
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+2 #16 Anonymous 2014-07-23 04:58
Quoting Site:
Quoting Anonymous:
#10 Site, you've got me worried now. A few other people have had problems, but through accessing it on their phone, I think. I have had no problems and as far as I know the site has been up all the time. Could it be your server? I welcome calls or emails when my site is down because it's very frustrating, but as far as I know, it hasn't been down for a while now. Feedback welcome. Cheers!


Will screenshot next time it doesn't work for me as I've had issues at home and at work..


I have the same problem, but only when using Chrome. No issues when using Internet Explorer, Firefox or on my phone. The site hasn't worked for me when using Chrome for a few days now.
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+1 #15 Site 2014-07-23 04:30
Quoting Anonymous:
#10 Site, you've got me worried now. A few other people have had problems, but through accessing it on their phone, I think. I have had no problems and as far as I know the site has been up all the time. Could it be your server? I welcome calls or emails when my site is down because it's very frustrating, but as far as I know, it hasn't been down for a while now. Feedback welcome. Cheers!


Will screenshot next time it doesn't work for me as I've had issues at home and at work..
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-2 #14 Anonymous 2014-07-23 03:58
Lions still play the worst style of any VL team, even City.
Can't see how Colin can find so many positives in that performance.
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