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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G Rumney and Cowen

Photo:  Kingborough's Danny Cowen tackles Olympia's Gus Rumney as he attempts to clear [PlessPix]

(Victory League, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 24 May 2014)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (D Cowen 66, T Young 93)

Olympia Warriors 4 (L Nichols 39, W Wadawu 60, E Tsakiris 77, A Ralph 85)

HT:  0-1   Att:  350   Ref:  B Kopra

Kingborough Lions United:  Gillam  -  Gasparinatos  -  W Davis (J Davis 82), Cuthbertson, Young, D Watkins  -  Collins (T Pearce 63), Turner, Verdouw  -  Schuth (B Watkins 73), Cowen  (Subs not used:  Coleman, Farquhar)

Olympia Warriors:  Nester  -  Rumney, Vandermey, Phillips, Griffiths (Booth 88)  -  Mearns, Nichols (Kumpulainen 85), Meredith  -  Wadawau, Tsakiris, Ralph (Bellini 85)  (Sub not used:  Paradisis)

a Shirt pulling

Photo:  Kingborough's Will Davis (No.19) wants to swap shirts with Olympia's Alex Ralph before the game is even over [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors played some beautiful possession football in the opening half, assisted at times by Kingborough sometimes utilising a sweeper and a back-four in front of him.

The Warriors should have scored when Emmanuel Tsakiris was presented with a wonderful chance, but he somehow shot wide.

Kingborough keeper Roan Gillam also did well to catch a somewhat tame header from Warren Wadawu but which might have been a goal.

Alex Ralph was finding a lot of the ball down both flanks, but the visitors were unable to capitalise on this possession.

The home side had a flurry of chances during a 5-minute period late in the half, Jack Turner being thwarted by Dmitri Nester and Nick Cuthbertson sending a header over the bar, both from good deliveries by Billy Gasparinatos.

B Gasparinatos beats Ralph

Photo:  Kingborough's Bill Gasparinatos comes away with the ball and leaves Olympia's Alex Ralph in his wake [PlessPix]

The opening goal came about through a defensive error by the Lions.  Sweeper Gasparinatos carelessly gave the ball straight to Lachlan Nichols who, with a grin on his face, hit a low first-time shot beyond Gillam and inside the far right-hand post in the 40th minute to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the interval.

It was 2-0 on the hour as Jonathon Griffiths crossed low from the left and Nick Meredith’s short pass found Wadawu, who easily beat Gillam.

Kingborough’s spirits were lifted in the 66th minute when Turner crossed from deep on the left and Danny Cowen leaped high at the far post to head the ball past Nester and pull a goal back for the hosts.

Tsakiris restored Olympia’s two-goal buffer in the 77th minute when Gillam punched Ralph’s corner straight to him and he gleefully hammered the ball home from inside the box.

After Wadawu had landed an effort against the Kingborough crossbar, Ralph added Olympia’s fourth, slotting home Meredith’s pass from the left.

D Cowen and Griffiths

Photo:  Kingborough's Danny Cowen wins a header against Olympia's Jonathan Griffiths [PlessPix]

Kingborough drew last blood when Tom Young headed home Turner’s corner from the right, but the Lions were well beaten by a polished Olympia outfit who will be strengthened next week with the arrival of Mexican Eduardo Cabello.

His presence will make up somewhat for the absence of Alex Holmes and Will Roberts, who had gone to Brazil to watch the World Cup.

Where is that ball

Photo:  Olympia's Alex Bellini and Kingborough's Joe Davis look for the ball [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Stephen Pitchford, said:

“I think, probably, the first 20 or 25 minutes they had much more of the game than us, but I thought we actually got into the game and were starting to press them a bit when we gave them the goal that let them come in one-nil up.

“I think both had chances.  We had two really good heading chances.  I think Jack [Turner] had a one-on-one with the keeper, so it could have been any score at half-time, but it was fairly even, so one-nil, we were reasonably happy that we were still in the game.

“Second half, we looked to tighten up a little bit in a couple of areas.  We did that and it was probably more of a 50/50 game, but, when you give them goals, it hurts.  And, again, at 2-0, I think we had a chance on the 6-yard box, didn’t take it, comes up at the other end and you’re down a goal.  Obviously, at 2-0 we were always going to chase the game.  I thought we did that reasonably well.

“We created some chances, but they could possibly have had one or two as well, but it’s a huge improvement on our performance in round one and I’m confident we can build on what we’ve done today.”

a Tackle on Ralph

Photo:  Kingborough's Will Davis launches a tackle on Olympia's Alex Ralph [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Glen McNeill, said:

“I think in the first half we were dominant in possession, particularly in that first half hour, but we still had problems converting.

“It was quite the opposite in the second half.  It was a bit tighter but our finishing was much better.

“Look, I thought that we were in control of the match for the best part of it.  Certainly they’re [Kingborough] very good, particularly at set-pieces.  We were aware of that, but fantastic headers both of them.

“I thought we were in control for the best part of the match.  We just have to be patient.  A win’s a win and now we look forward to next week against Devonport.

“For us, [Cabello] last year was a different class.  He’s been training and playing very well over in Mexico, so we’ll see how he is and how jet-lagged he is over the course of the week, but I’m sure he’ll be involved next week.”

G McNeill and Pitchford

Photo:  Rival coaches Glen McNeill (left) and Stephen Pitchford shake hands after the match [PlessPix]

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+1 #17 Anonymous 2014-05-31 00:40
Quoting clueless:
Quoting Anonymous:
cabello different class, ralph different class - different class to andrew brennan and brayden mann for sure


This comment. lol.


never said they were better ... the comment was made in context to quotes in Walter's write up. It was sar-cars-tic

What is really disappointing is all the dumbasses on this site who think they're smart
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0 #16 clueless 2014-05-30 08:47
Quoting Anonymous:
cabello different class, ralph different class - different class to andrew brennan and brayden mann for sure


This comment. lol.
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0 #15 Anonymous 2014-05-30 08:43
Round 1 Oly 6 K'bro 2
Round 2 Oly 4 K'bro 2
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+11 #14 Bobby 2014-05-29 22:55
Quoting makes me laugh again:
Quoting Anonymous:
cabello different class, ralph different class - different class to andrew brennan and brayden mann for sure



The may be a different class but at least andrew brennan and brayden mann are local boys rather then paid imports.



Locally paid players if that is what you prefer.
When are people like you actually going to realise imports improve the league...please remove yourself from your little bubble an get a clue
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-9 #13 makes me laugh again 2014-05-29 12:25
Quoting Anonymous:
cabello different class, ralph different class - different class to andrew brennan and brayden mann for sure



The may be a different class but at least andrew brennan and brayden mann are local boys rather then paid imports.
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-2 #12 makes me laugh 2014-05-29 12:12
Quoting The Verdict:
If the Kingborough coaches are happy to hang their hat on set pieces the team is on the road to nowhere. Outplayed by Olympia for the majority of game. Olympia must of had around 10 corners for the game and at least 14 shots at goal plus 20 odd balls played into the 18 yard box from wide areas. Kingborough had maybe 10 in total of the above. When the game was 2-1 it flattered them.Passing Kingborough had around 3 passages of play the whole game where they strung 4 or more passes together..Long and Direct and running with the ball thats the style they play.


I honestly question whether or not you were at the game. Theres no way Olympia had that many chances, and hey, at least Kingborough hasn't purchased most of their places.
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+1 #11 Mitt 2014-05-29 08:03
Quoting Advertising Agency:
Quoting Mitt:
not sure about the attendance figure...
350 seems a bit high when I could only see 10 kids behind the goals in one photo... just wondering.

Probably a tad under the correct figure actually given the many Juniors there on the day, maybe 400?? Membership at the Lions is the strongest in the State, edging I hear towards 600. Great to see the junior & youth players participating on the day & not to forget their parents!

my mistake... I thought only paying patrons were classed as the attendance, otherwise FFT would be able to brag about it's crazy spreadsheet figures.
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+4 #10 The truth 2014-05-28 11:04
#anno6 maybe different class but not as pretty
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+6 #9 Advertising Agency 2014-05-28 11:02
Quoting Mitt:
not sure about the attendance figure...
350 seems a bit high when I could only see 10 kids behind the goals in one photo... just wondering.

Probably a tad under the correct figure actually given the many Juniors there on the day, maybe 400?? Membership at the Lions is the strongest in the State, edging I hear towards 600. Great to see the junior & youth players participating on the day & not to forget their parents!
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+6 #8 Advertising Agency 2014-05-28 10:56
Sponsors getting great exposure at the Den, well done Boro!
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