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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Photo:  Rangers' four-goal man-of-the-match Shane Brassington eyes the ball [PlessPix]

Sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United were no match for fourth-ranked visitors Northern Rangers and succumbed 8-0 to the Launcestonians.

Both sides came into this game with two straight losses, but no-one thought it would be a near repeat of the last time the sides met, when Rangers won 7-1.

Date: 28 June 2014

Result: Kingborough Lions United 0-8 Northern Rangers

Scorers

Northern Rangers:

  • Brassington 2, 25, 35, 89
  • Rigby 18, 20, 79
  • McCarragher 52

Venue: Lightwood Park

Attendance: 100

Match Overview: The writing was on the wall for the Lions when Brassington headed Rangers’ opener after just 2 minutes. When Brassington struck a post in the 6th minute, the Lions were definitely in trouble. Two goals by Rigby within two minutes of each other and two goals by Brassington to complete his hat-trick before the interval put the Lions 5-0 down and with no way of coming back. McCarragher added Rangers’ sixth within 7 minutes of the restart, while Rigby and Brassington scored again before the end to complete the rout. The Lions came close to the mark on three occasions, but most of their efforts were way off target. When they finally did get the ball in the net in the dying moments, it was ruled off-side. It was the only time they were off-side all game.

Key Moment: Rangers’ drive and determination was clearly evident in the 25th minute when fullback Tenzing Anderson fired in a tremendous shot from range that Gillam could only parry. Brassington was there to hammer home the loose ball and make it 4-0. That said it all about the two teams and there was clearly no way back for a demoralised Lions outfit.

Man-of-the-Match: Brassington, with a four-goal haul, but closely followed by Rigby, who netted a hat-trick at centre-forward and who might have had a couple more.

Matter of fact: Rangers have now put 15 goals past the Lions in their two meetings this year. This latest result was a clear signal that Rangers want to finish in the top four. The Lions have now suffered three defeats in a row and alarm bells must surely be ringing in their camp as their famous roar becomes a meow.

Talking point: Why was young goalkeeper Roan Gillam risked when he was injured (‘corkie’) earlier in the week at training? He was taken off after 33 minutes with his side trailing 4-0 and the substitution was put down to a quadriceps injury.

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Photo:  Rangers' Ryan McCarragher foils a raid by Kingborough's Benn Watkins [PlessPix]

Stats:

Goal attempts

Kingborough Lions United 13

Northern Rangers 24

On target

Kingborough Lions United 3

Northern Rangers        17

Corners

Kingborough Lions United 1

Northern Rangers 3

Fouls

Kingborough Lions United 10

Northern Rangers 13

Off-sides

Kingborough Lions United 1

Northern Rangers 9

Line-ups:

Kingborough Lions United:

1 Gillam (21 Coleman 33)

19 W Davis

5 Cuthbertson

14 Pearce

16 D Watkins

15 Collins (3 David 46)

18 Turner

8 Verwoud

17 Young

7 Cowen

10 B Watkins (13 Bilson 75)

Northern Rangers:

1 Pooley (21 McKenna 83)

17 Dent

8 McCarragher

2 Demeijer

16 Anderson

9 Thannhauser

13 Hingston

14 Towns

3 P Lanau-Atkinson

5 Rigby

11 Brassington

Yellow cards:

Kingborough Lions United:

Cuthbertson 51

Northern Rangers:

Dent 50

Referee: Mr Craig Phillips

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+4 #1 Anonymous 2014-06-29 22:46
Boro have seriously overrated their playing list - lots of huff and puff but little technical capability particularly after Billy left.

Also why is Schuth not playing regularly after returning to the club? Not that I'm suggesting he's not in the 'huff and puff' camp
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