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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A Brennan beats Lakic

Photo:  Tasmania's Andy Brennan is tackled by Victory's Tom Lakic [PlessPix]

(Friendly, North Hobart Oval, Sunday, 28 September 2014)

Tasmania 2 (S Brassington 21, M Holden 70)

Melbourne Victory Youth 1 (J Katebian 95)

HT: 1-0   Att: 5,000   Ref: J Hortle

Tasmania: Pierce - Kass, Vandermey, Courtney (Ludford 68), Scott - Nichols (Thannhauser 58), Ludlow, Morton - Brennan, Mann (Leszczynski 73), Brassington (Holden 58) (Sub not used: Nester)

Melbourne Victory Youth: Thomas (Spinella 46) - Deng, Lakic, Ridesic (Miskulin 55), Cavallo - Dover (Duzel 54), O’Doherty, Nigro - Howard, Katebian, Cristaldo (MacLean 65)

B Mann heads

Photo:  Tasmania's Brayden Mann wins a hader against Victory's Thomas Deng [PlessPix]

Tasmania produced a fine performance to beat Melbourne Victory Youth 2-1 at North Hobart Oval on Sunday in hot and windy conditions.

It was only the eighth win for a Tasmanian State team in 81 games.

The last win was against a South Australian Amateur selection at KGV Park in 2007, and before that it was a 2-0 away win against Victoria in 1981, when Steve Darby was the coach. That same year, Darby coached a Tasmanian All Stars side to a 2-0 win over South Melbourne Hellas at South Hobart.

Incidentally, Darby has just finished a coaching contract in Malaysia and will now coach in India as assistant to former Manchester City defender Peter Reid.

Tasmania began strongly and confidently and were not overawed by the visitors, who had only flown in that morning.

A Brennan takes on rival

Photo:  Tasmania's Andy Brennan takes on two opponents [PlessPix]

In the 20th minute, the home side should have taken the lead when Niock Morton’s low left-wing cross provided Shane Brassington with an easy chance, but he somehow missed from close range.

Brassington made amends five minutes later when he fired home from 8 metres after Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas twice denied Brayden Mann from close range in a matter of seconds.

Victory’s first shot on target came in the 42nd minute and Kane Pierce handled it with confidence.

Tasmania survived a scare on the stroke of half-time when Joey Katebian broke clear on the left, but his powerful, low shot flew just wide of the far right-hand post.

With 20 minutes remaining, Tasmania increased their lead through substitute Michael Holden, who broke through on the left after an Andy Brennnan pass and beat substitute goalkeeper Lucas Spinella to make it 2-0.

In the 81st minute, it was almost 3-0, but Brennan’s bullet-like drive from the right came back off the crossbar.

Three minutes later, Brennan squandered a marvellous chance when he lifted the ball over the bar following Andrew Leszczynski’s pass.

George Howard left and Liam Scott a

Photo:  Victory's George Howard (left) under pressure from Tasmania's Liam Scott [PlessPix]

Victory hit the bar in the 90th minute and, as the ball came back down, Connor Kass handled and conceded a penalty. Pierce dived to his left and beat out Katebian’s spot-kick, to the consternation of the visitors and the delight of the home team.

Katebian made amends five minutes into stoppage time when he scored a terrific goal, his powerful shot from the right beating Pierce and going in off the inside of the far left-hand post to make it 2-1.

Jake Vandermey and Russell Courtney were impressive at the heart of the Tasmanian defence and were rarely troubled, while Caleb Ludlow and Lachlan Nichols worked industriously and effectively in midfield.

Jake V on the ball

Photo:  Tasmania's Jake Vandemey has the situation undfer control as Victory's John MacLean approaches [PlessPix]

Tasmania joint-coach Glen McNeill said:

“I think [the win] it’s a bit of step forward for the local game. I think not only did we get the result, we played good football to get that result.

“Very happy. Rapt.

“It was a huge day. I think it’s fantastic for the local game. Lovely to see some people really barracking for Tasmania. For the boys to clap a crowd off as they leave after getting a great result was fantastic for them.

“It’s just a fantastic day for the local game.”

T Deng tackles Morton

Photo:  Thomas Deng (left) tackles Tasmania's Nick Morton [PlessPix]

Melbourne Victory Youth coach Darren Davies said:

“It was an enjoyable game, but just a shame about the wind. It was very windy in the first half. I thought our dugout was going to blow away.

“It was a good game, a good game for our boys and obviously we’re preparing for the season so it was our second game and, yeah, it was a good game for us.

“Obviously, it’s a new batch [of players]. We’ve only had these boys in for a week. We’ve had them training for a week and this was our second game so it’s very early in our preparation.

“But, the Tasmanian team were very organised, very well structured and you could see they’ve been together for a little while and it was a good test for us. It was good.”

D Davies and team

Photo:  Coach Darren Davies addresses his player after they lost to Tasmania [PlessPix]

Statistics

Shots

Tasmania 15

Melbourne Victory Youth 10

Shots on target

Tasmania 9

Melbourne Victory Youth 4

Corners

Tasmania 5

Melbourne Victory Youth 6

Fouls

Tasmania 15

Melbourne Victory Youth 6

Off-sides

Tasmania 5

Melbourne Victory Youth 3

Yellow cards

Tasmania 3 (Brassington 13, Ludlow 73, Brennan 77)

Melbourne Victory Youth 0

Tasmania salute their fans a

Photo:  The Tasmanian players salute their fans after the game [PlessPix]

R Courtney and Deng

Photo:  Victory's Thomas Deng (No.4) is about to come off second best against Tasmania's Number 4, Russell Courtney [PlessPix]

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+1 #64 Anon 2014-10-02 03:11
Great action shots. Really enjoyed the game.On the fashion front Morton's haircut is a shocker. Must be moving on from South as I don't think it would be within the dress code there.
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+5 #63 Coach Watch 2014-10-01 12:06
Quoting Cool story:
Lol this post is hilarious...
"Australia's answer to Gareth Bale" hahahah.... Ahhh Tasmanian, so obviously isolated sometimes.


Kid is strong, very fast and powerful, can burn off senior defenders and break lines with ease. Just needs greater range of take on moves when running at players with ball. Mathew Leckie was raw and just playing state league when scout spotted him and took him to Adelaide, now he is Australia's fastest striker playing at world cups. Needs to be in a full time program that's all. Addressing ignorance in football is our biggest challenge.
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-2 #62 Cool story 2014-10-01 08:11
Quoting Coach Watch:
[quote name="Anon"]

Nichols had a stand out game and played better with better players. Holden and Morton have the best chance at crack at A League Youth given their age, skill and speed. Brennan could have been Australia's answer to Gareth Bale, but requires concentrated individual skill and technical training to go up two to three levels, it can be done, but he needs the right skills coaching and personal motivation. He needs to learn a range of cutting moves (inside and outside of both feet).


Lol this post is hilarious...
"Australia's answer to Gareth Bale" hahahah.... Ahhh Tasmanian, so obviously isolated sometimes.
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+2 #61 Walt 2014-10-01 04:41
Anon #60, of course you are correct. I initially had Brennan and then was persuaded by another person who commented and said it was Nichols so I changed. I usually check boots to try and determine identities but I didn't do that this time. Anyway, you are very observant and I've changed it back, so thanks, Greatly appreciated. Perhaps I'm past it, mate? Cheers!
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0 #60 Anon 2014-10-01 02:48
Walter,
I'm pretty sure the first photo is Brennan not Nichols. Nichols has white boots.
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-8 #59 Coach Watch 2014-09-30 10:56
Quoting Anon:
I agree with most people who have named Courtney, Scott, Holden and Ludlow as standouts.
I thought Lachlan Nichols had a good game while he was on too, providing the defence splitting pass for the first goal and distributing and winning the ball in midfield very effectively.

While Brennan is obviously talented, I think he has been the 'big fish in a small pond' for too long.
He seems to hold onto the ball too much. When he didn't in this game....


Nichols had a stand out game and played better with better players. Holden and Morton have the best chance at crack at A League Youth given their age, skill and speed. Brennan could have been Australia's answer to Gareth Bale, but requires concentrated individual skill and technical training to go up two to three levels, it can be done, but he needs the right skills coaching and personal motivation. He needs to learn a range of cutting moves (inside and outside of both feet).
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+5 #58 Anon 2014-09-30 10:31
I agree with most people who have named Courtney, Scott, Holden and Ludlow as standouts.
I thought Lachlan Nichols had a good game while he was on too, providing the defence splitting pass for the first goal and distributing and winning the ball in midfield very effectively.

While Brennan is obviously talented, I think he has been the 'big fish in a small pond' for too long.
He seems to hold onto the ball too much. When he didn't in this game, he was great, providing some great cross field balls to Holden. Although he is good at beating players, it gets a little predictable.
It'd be great to see him challenge himself against some better opposition next year. Hopefully he succeeds !
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+7 #57 Logic 2014-09-30 06:32
Quoting Anonymous:
Melbourne Victory played Goald Coast United in a competitive A-League fixture in Launceston on 1 February 2012 and the attendance was 5,268. Victory played Adelaide in Launceston in a friendly on 24 August 2012 and the attendance was 3,147. There's just not enough interest in Tassie. Short of, say, a ManU v Barcelona game, complete with all their stars, we'll never get above 10,000. Sad but true in Tassie.


I agree, but the key word there is Launceston. Playing games in Launceston was always a terrible idea, as it forces the majority of the population to spend more money and time to attend than is warranted. There's not enough people (interested in the sport) in Launceston to get numbers on their own without people travelling from Hobart. As they're now seeing with less travelling from Hobart for AFL also.
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+7 #56 anon 2014-09-30 04:38
North Hobart is the prefered venue for A league games, just look at the crowd numbers as there wouldn't have been many come down from the North, NW coast to watch the game
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0 #55 Anonymous 2014-09-30 03:18
Melbourne Victory played Goald Coast United in a competitive A-League fixture in Launceston on 1 February 2012 and the attendance was 5,268. Victory played Adelaide in Launceston in a friendly on 24 August 2012 and the attendance was 3,147. There's just not enough interest in Tassie. Short of, say, a ManU v Barcelona game, complete with all their stars, we'll never get above 10,000. Sad but true in Tassie.
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