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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J Clay and Choi

Photo:  Knights' Choi (left) fights to control the ball as Olympia's Mearns moves in [PlessPixRetroLook]

Olympia Warriors confirmed their second placing on the Victory League ladder with a comfortable 5-0 win over second-last Glenorchy Knights at home at Warrior Park on Saturday night.

The Knights were completely outclassed and seldom had a look-in at goal.

Olympia looked composed on the ball and pressed their opponents for all but the opening few minutes.

B Kabangu and Choi

Photo:  Olympia's Brian Kabangu (left) in hot pursuit of Knights' Dae Young Choi [PlessPixRetroLook]

Date: 28 June 2014

Result: Olympia Warriors 5-0 Glenorchy Knights

Scorers

Olympia Warriors:

L Nichols 9

E Cabello 37

E Tsakiris 69, 73

W Wadawu 81

Venue: Warrior Park

Attendance: 222

Match Overview: The Knights would not give Olympia the ball in the opening few minutes, but once they did lose possession, the game changed and the Warriors dominated.

The Knights were without midfielder Callan Griffin, while the Warriors started with Alex Ralph and Warren Wadawu on the bench and, surprisingly, had Stuart Page partnering Jake Vandermey at centre-back, with Ben Phillips at left-back.

The Knights failed to mark Lachlan Nichols and Nicholas Mearns in midfield and the duo pulled the strings for their side and called the tune throughout.

Nichols showed his dominance with a fine goal after just 9 minutes, while Mexican Eduardo Cabello hit the second from range in the 37th minute, the ball going in off the base of the left-hand post.

Seung Yong Jin and Dei Young Choi buzzed about up front for the Knights but ultimately lacked penetration.

Emmanuel Tsakiris added Olympia’s third in the 69th minute when he rounded keeper Alex Woodham and eluded Tyler Harrison before walking the ball into the net.

Substitute Warren Wadawu’s low cross from the right was swept home by Tsakiris for goal number four in the 73rd minute, while Wadawu rifled home the fifth in the 81st minute with a low shot from the right that went inside the far post.

Knights lost promising central defender Tyler Harrison in the 78th minute following a tackle by Wadawu. He had to be helped from the pitch and Knights will be hoping the youngster isn’t seriously injured.

Key Moment: Eduardo Cabello’s splendid strike in the 37th minute rewarded Olympia for their efforts and killed off any chance the Knights had of coming back. It showed that the Warriors were in charge and would not be challenged on their home pitch on this evening.

Man-of-the-Match: Lachlan Nichols was a dominant figure for Olympia, leading by example and stamping his authority on the match. He was everywhere, winning tackles and spraying short and long passes in all directions to his team-mates. His opener showed his team-mates the way.

Matter of fact: Olympia beat Knights 2-0 away in the first round of the Victory League and 5-0 at home in the second round this evening. Olympia stay second, 5 points adrift of leaders South Hobart.

Talking point: Can the Knights improve their record against the Warriors in the third round? They have conceded 7 goals without reply now to Olympia, so can they stem the tide next time?

Stats:

Goal attempts

Olympia Warriors 24

Glenorchy Knights 13

On target

Olympia Warriors 10

Glenorchy Knights 6

Corners

Olympia Warriors 5

Glenorchy Knights 2

Fouls

Olympia Warriors 3

Glenorchy Knights 4

Off-sides

Olympia Warriors 4

Glenorchy Knights 1

Line-ups:

Olympia Warriors:

1 Nester

13 Rumney

15 S Page (14 Griffiths 87)

16 Vandermey

5 Phillips

2 Kabangu (7 Wadawu 62)

12 Nichols (20 Ralph 80)

6 Mearns

11 Meredith

8 Cabello

9 Tsakiris

Glenorchy Knights:

21 Woodham

15 Di Falco

5 Clay

6 Harrison (13 D Holmes 78)

16 Willcock

17 Robinson

7 Hickey

12 Wilson

9 V Kamano (2 Thorne 76)

20 S Jin

11 D Choi (14 Hudson 46)

Referee: Mr Jim Hortle

15 and Jin

Photo:  Olympia's Stuart Page (left) stops Knights' Seung Yong Jin [PlessPix]

Comments   

0 #30 the spudman 2014-07-03 03:04
Quoting Middle Earth:
Steffan there are 3 teams on the Eastern Shore.. Nelson..Olympia and Phoenix..When will Phoenix rise from the ashes?

phoenix have rose from the ashes they did a few years ago the are a bunch of mates having a kick in league 3 after winning league 4 last year they are travelling along nicely
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-1 #29 Anon 2014-07-02 07:23
Quoting Middle Earth:
Steffan there are 3 teams on the Eastern Shore.. Nelson..Olympia and Phoenix..When will Phoenix rise from the ashes?

And only 1 of those 3 was started here the other 2 are blow ins :-)
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-4 #28 Middle Earth 2014-07-02 05:53
Steffan there are 3 teams on the Eastern Shore.. Nelson..Olympia and Phoenix..When will Phoenix rise from the ashes?
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-7 #27 Ben fan club 2014-07-02 03:43
Quoting Anonymous:
Why's Phillips not playing central back?
he's been solid as a rock there for weeks with Jake and should stay there for the rest of the season for mine.


Couldn't agree more. Ben is a true champion and an inspiration at the club. Best on ground last 3 weeks for me.

Go Ben you champ
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+6 #26 Anonymous 2014-07-02 02:48
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Ouch:
Quoting ????:
Quoting Ouch:
How much longer Knights Board.


I'm pretty sure the Knights board cannot fix the problem with a young and developing squad.......

Same song for three years.


Players are there. Management is not.



their positions is both Victory and VD leagues suggest cattle is not there - YET
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+1 #25 Anonymous 2014-07-02 02:47
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Ouch:
Quoting ????:
Quoting Ouch:
How much longer Knights Board.


I'm pretty sure the Knights board cannot fix the problem with a young and developing squad.......

Same song for three years.


Players are there. Management is not.


nah - Hey is an excellent coach and their playing list is mainly in a development phase with only Clay, Hickey, Willcock and Grifin in their mid 20's.
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+8 #24 cattle 2014-07-02 02:06
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Ouch:
Quoting ????:
Quoting Ouch:
How much longer Knights Board.


I'm pretty sure the Knights board cannot fix the problem with a young and developing squad.......

Same song for three years.


Players are there. Management is not.


I Keep hearing this sort of comment - and the following applies to city and borough as well.

which players are there that are in the top bracket of players in the competition?

You can't really expect them to knock over the top teams until they have players in key positions in the 'top bracket' of Vleague talent.

Some good battlers there - but not many elite players. They are out-gunned player for player most weeks.
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+3 #23 ???? 2014-07-02 02:01
Quoting Ouch:
Quoting ????:
Quoting Ouch:
How much longer Knights Board.


I'm pretty sure the Knights board cannot fix the problem with a young and developing squad.......

Same song for three years.


Unfortunately these things can go on for years and years. Its an amateur competition and sometimes it hard to persuade good players to your club. And even when you, it just means the clubs they came from will start having issues. It's an endless cycle. You'll always have a big difference between the top teams like South Hobart and the bottom teams like the Knights. Just ask AFL supporters of teams like Melbourne and Richmond. Even with millions of dollars to entice players to their clubs they continue to struggle for years, sometimes decades.......
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-5 #22 Anonymous 2014-07-02 01:19
Quoting Ouch:
Quoting ????:
Quoting Ouch:
How much longer Knights Board.


I'm pretty sure the Knights board cannot fix the problem with a young and developing squad.......

Same song for three years.


Players are there. Management is not.
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+6 #21 Centre Stage 2014-07-01 23:49
Elliot vs Mamacas going pound for pound in a battle of "The most grown up." Who will win? Can there be a winner? Keep those eyes glued to to your dash boards and mouse clickers hovering above the "gladiator styled" thumb up/thumb down to find out.

In other less important news, as a "neutral" supporter, I am looking forward to South vs Olympia this weekend, should be a Persian army vs 300 Spartans type show down. See you there ;)

Quoting Steffan Elliott:
Quoting #dislike:
Steffan, why do you continue to post s**t on this blog? I can guarantee more people will be there instead of your league 2 game

The original post I answered to alluded that if the games had been at different times then a large crowd could be expected at the top of the table clash . I was simply pointing out that thats bullshit .
Oh and George old boy I am grown up but my auto correct appears to not be . Have a nice day now .
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