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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M Marchioli and Moore

Photo:  Zebras' Marcello Marchioli (left) moves in on Devonport's Callum Moore [PlessPix]

Victory League

Tilford Zebras 2 (J Stone 26, D Walsh 79) beat Devonport City 0

Olympia Warriors 6 (B Phillips 10, N Mearns 19, N Merdith 36, 37, 55, A Holmes 66) beat Kingborough Lions United 2 (F Kenyi 73, D Cowen 77)

Launceston City 1 (N Bartlett) lost to Northern Rangers 4 (A Edwards 2, N Lanau-Atkinson, A Rigby)

Duncan takes cross

Photo:  Lions keeper Andrew Duncan catches a cross while under pressure [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League

New Town Eagles 0 lost to Nelson Eastern Suburbs 3 (A Finch 2, W Stalker)

Taroona 0-3 Clarence United

University 4 (L Huigsloot, J Letiko, G Kamano 2) beat Beachside 3

A McKeown on run

Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown on the counter-attack against Devonport [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League Reserves

New Town Eagles 2-0 Nelson Eastern Suburbs

University 5 (P Watts, J Buga, K Gear, R John 2) beat Beachside 1

Taroona 2-9 Clarence United

Nichols and ball

Photo:  Olympia's Lachlan Nichols wins a header in midfield against the Lions [PlessPix]

Development League

Tilford Zebras 5 (E Engels 2, J Muller, J Brennan, A Lapolla) beat NTC 2 (N Atkinson, A Farquhar)

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+2 #86 Gyms Mowing 2014-04-03 03:53
Enough with NTC already
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0 #85 NTC Bubble 2014-04-03 00:15
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
I agree with the NTC program, however people in Tasmania are getting sick and tired of the ever changing rules set out by the NTC. Let the boys play against their competitors like every other club and I am sure they will gain respect.


I think you ll find its not the NTC program that keep changing the rules

It's the board

Crap, the board has more important things to do and think about, then to come up with ways to make the NTC more competitive.
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+1 #84 Anonymous 2014-04-02 05:59
Quoting Anonymous:
I agree with the NTC program, however people in Tasmania are getting sick and tired of the ever changing rules set out by the NTC. Let the boys play against their competitors like every other club and I am sure they will gain respect.


I think you ll find its not the NTC program that keep changing the rules
It's the board
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-2 #83 Anonymous 2014-04-02 04:21
Quoting Anonymous:
I agree with the NTC program, however people in Tasmania are getting sick and tired of the ever changing rules set out by the NTC. Let the boys play against their competitors like every other club and I am sure they will gain respect.


I think you ll find its not the NTC program that keep changing the rules

I think you will find it is.
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-1 #82 Anonymous 2014-04-02 03:21
I agree with the NTC program, however people in Tasmania are getting sick and tired of the ever changing rules set out by the NTC. Let the boys play against their competitors like every other club and I am sure they will gain respect.

I think you ll find its not the NTC program that keep changing the rules
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-2 #81 open your eyes 2014-04-01 09:42


a real game is when you are able to adapt to different styles in a game and not play like robots. Too many players come out of this program nad struggle at clubs cos they're only taught one way. A select few go onto better things.

I don't know how much you know about the game, but surely knowing how to play at least one structured way (with encouragement of possession and movement off the ball) is preferential to not really having a clue what you're doing but being good in a man-on-man situation? I would be interested if you could name some of the players who have come out of the NTC program and struggled at clubs because they have only been taught how to keep the ball, pass it on, and move into a position to help out team-mates, not because they have been thrown into a club with little to no tactical structure.
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+3 #80 Anonymous 2014-04-01 08:12
[quote name="Anonymous "]I think the general consensus from Rangers coaching staff is that we were a bit too direct early. Once we got second goal, we relaxed and began to play properly.
Agree, it was really only in the last 10/15 minutes that city started to play balls over the top in a bid to get back into the game. As for ugly football that last I looked sides weren’t awarded points for an entertaining performance. Can you recall Greece winning the Euro’s? Arsenal winning league titles with “one nil to the Arsenal” or let go as far as Paul Roos winning the flag with Sydney Swans with a brand of football that had all the TV experts up in arms because it was “ugly”. The game Saturday night was no classic I agree but getting the job done is what is going to keep your place in a team and getting the job done is what going to keep a coach in a job.
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+2 #79 Anonymous 2014-04-01 07:57
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anon 66 incorrect Rangers have 2 Visa players in their VL as is the maximum under competition rules. I suuspect after the weekend so do City, Im just wondering whom out of the Korean lad and Mcsorley step out

There are plenty of Coaches that would love to have that problem, but I’m sure all the experts on here will put forward arguments for either player or both! Only to then turn around and shred the players in question, the coaching staff and the club in general if it turns pear shaped…….see if I’m wrong.
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0 #78 Anonymous 2014-03-31 22:05
I think the general consensus from Rangers coaching staff is that we were a bit too direct early. Once we got second goal, we relaxed and began to play properly.

In the end you arent always going to get a beautiful game. I mean City won ugly for years, pump a long ball for JD to flick onto Roger. However you are right we didnt play the pass and move play we are know for at Rangers on Saturday night. The week before we did.
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+9 #77 Macaroni Stallion 2014-03-31 21:41
"I am expecting a top two finish" (in SPL).
Really? It's a little too early in the season for jokes.

I'm sure New Town will improve but from what I saw, top 2 is as unlikely as finishing top 5. SPL should be a ripper competition this year.
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