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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Jack Turner and Ian Syson - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Jack Turner (left) vies with Launceston City's Daniel Syson for the ball [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 30 June 2018)

South Hobart 4 (R Marins 2, 66, 89. A Walter 86)

Launceston City 2 (T Fischer 17, 55)

HT: 1-1   Att: 300   Ref: S Plomaraitis

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, O Thomas, Bowman, Cook - Schmidt, Feral, Turner, Morton - Degetto, Marins (Subs: D Brown, Walter, Kemp, Wright, H Thomas)

Launceston City: Giantsopoulos - Campbell, Scott, Millington, Turner - Syson, Cartwright, Dorazio, Linger - Mies, Fischer (Subs: Clark, Egan, Dyer, Kamano, Wicks)

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Photo:  Launceston City goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos conceded the first goal after just 2 minutes by Renato De Vecchi Marins (No.18) [PlessPix]

Launceston City’s bubble burst when they lost their first league game of the season on Saturday away to reigning champions South Hobart.

South Hobart scored after just 2 minutes and, although they surrendered their lead early in the second half, they fought back and three excellent substitutions by coach Ken Morton saw them run out 4-2 winners.

Launceston City, who had conceded a miserly 7 goals in 11 games until Saturday, suddenly shipped 4 in this match and had their lead at the top of the standings reduced from 6 points to 3.

They lead second-placed Devonport City by 3 points and the sides meet next Saturday, which could see Launceston City relinquish top spot.

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Photo:  Niko Giantsopoulos got lucky as Jack Turner shoots wide [PlessPix]

South Hobart shocked the Northerners by scoring after only 2 minutes as Adam Gorrie’s shot was turned against the right-hand post by keeper Niko Giantsopoulos and the ball rebounded across the face of goal for Brazilian import Renato De Vecchi Marins to tap home from point-blank range.

The visitors were under intense pressure as South continued to attack with lightning speed and good use of the width of the pitch.

Launceston City survived somehow and the pressure was relieved in the 17th minute when the dangerous Tyler Fischer found an easy way through a hesitant defence to equalise.

The visitors were gradually gaining in confidence and Jarrod Linger was unlucky when he clipped the crossbar with a powerful shot.

Half-time arrived with Launceston City on top but with the sides level at 1-1.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Isaac Degetto (left) tangles with City's Jarrod Linger [PlessPix]

Eleven minutes after the resumption, Noah Mies set up Fischer for a wonderful goal to give City a 2-1 lead. There was no doubting the striker’s powerful left foot.

Two minutes later, only a brilliant save by Kieran Brown denied Fischer a hat-trick.

Just before the midway point of the half, Ken Morton produced a masterstroke by bringing on the experienced defender and captain Daniel Brown, in place of Frenchman Loic Feral, and midfielder Kobe Kemp, who had been out of action for months with a knee ligament injury. He replaced Isaac Degetto, the former Launceston City player. Kemp had played a half for the Challenge League team earlier in the day and was assessed as fit to resume in the seniors as a substitute.

Kemp had been on for barely a minute when his drive was parried by Giantsopoulos, but only to the feet of Marins, who equalised for the home side.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Brazilian import Renato De Vecchi Marins (left) gets some rough treatment from Launceston Cioty's Alexander Turner [PlessPix]

Launceston City were then fortunate to have a couple of off-side decisions go in their favour as South increased the tempo in a search for more goals.

Alex Walter came on in place of Ryan Cook with 7 minutes remaining and he produced the goal that put South in front, tapping in from close range in the 87th minute to make it 3-2.

With a minute remaining, Marins completed his hat-trick and netted South’s fourth by rounding Giantsopoulos and striking the ball home.

The win puts South Hobart well and truly back in title contention. They are 6 points adrift of Launceston City, but the latter’s league leadership is now on the line and they could well implode with difficult fixtures looming.

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Photo:  Launceston City's Liam Scott (No.15), a former South Hobart player, tangles with South Hobart keeper Kieran Brown [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“I think it’s a great victory for us and, obviously, it opens up the title race again and it means South Hobart is in that title race. It’s a massive effort from them today.

“[I was worried midway through the second half] and you think that, but then you have to do your job and think how you can change things to get the advantage. We needed a bit of creativity in there and somebody to steady the ship and I think Kobe Kemp did a great job [when he came on].

“[Making changes like that] is what we’re paid the big dollars for. No [I’m joking], it was quality by the boys and I was really impressed by the last 20 minutes. I thought we became strong. Overall, I think it’s a great result for us.”

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Photo:  South Hobart's ten outfield players celebrate a goal by Alex Walter [PlessPix]

Launceston City coach, Jez Kenth, said:

“A loss is always painful. [I feel] empty, especially when we know we should have buries the game in the first 60 or 70 minutes. I think we had nine corners and didn’t bury any.

“Once you go and do that, you’re gonna let the other team come in at some stage and they’ve got subs like [Alex] Walter and guys coming in, it’s hard to compete against that.

“But, saying that, I thought we were the better team for the first 60 or 70 minutes. I thought for the majority of the game we were the better team.

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Photo:  Launceston City's Daniel Syson (right) tries to intercept South Hobart's Adam Gorrie attacking down the wing [PlessPix]

“I think they’re a more experienced team with bigger bodies. They’ve been together for a long time and when you bring [Daniel] Brown on, an extremely experienced guy, I think experience [and composure] showed more than anything else.

“I think we got our pockets picked. I was fairly confident in the first 60 or 70 minutes and we were very comfortable [in that time], but in any game if you don’t take your chances the opponents will punish you, and they did. They took their chances.

“I was very shocked at the early goal we conceded. It was very soft, too. We should have cleared the header straight away. After that, we were by far the better team and I think they got lucky today.”

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Photo:  South Hobart goalkeeper Kieran Brown takes a cross in a single bound [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart goalkeeper Kieran Brown punches clear as he is challenged by Launceston City's Liam Scott [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's Renato De Vecchi Marins gets past Launceston City defender Linsay Millington [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Launceston City's Daniel Syson (left) in a race with South Hobart's Nick Morton [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Launceston City's Shane Cartwright (left) and South Hobart's Connor Schmidt in a race for the ball [PlessPix]

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0 #10 Anon 2018-07-08 08:05
Quoting World Cup 2018:
Next Sunday: Olympia 0 South 11


Your only 6 goals out for match total
8 goals out on goal difference would love to take your money any time you want to bet on goal results.
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+5 #9 Mr Darcy 2018-07-02 23:56
Calm down !.. but fact remains if south can keep Kemp and Walter on the park they are definite contenders.

All three chasers look to be gathering momentum at this crucial point of season and City should be looking VERY nervously over its shoulder.
The timely subbing on of Kobe Kemp might well turn out to be one of most consequential moments of the season.
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+1 #8 World Cup 2018 2018-07-02 12:30
Next Sunday: Olympia 0 South 11
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0 #7 Not for all... 2018-07-02 12:27
Quoting Anon:
Quoting SOUTH CHAMPIONS...:
SOUTH CHAMPIONS AGAIN!!! Done deal!

you are still 6 pts behind 1st 3 points behind 2 nd plus goal difference.
Still a mountain to climb.

Goal difference will be sorted next week vs Olympia; how many goals difference are necessary to South to catch up? Whatever is the number we will make it up with Lolympia :)
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-5 #6 SOUTH CHAMPIONS... 2018-07-02 12:23
Quoting Anon:
Quoting SOUTH CHAMPIONS...:
SOUTH CHAMPIONS AGAIN!!! Done deal!

you are still 6 pts behind 1st 3 points behind 2 nd plus goal difference.
Still a mountain to climb.

We did it already in the past; honestly, South is another league, we make football look easy
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+2 #5 Anon 2018-07-02 12:20
Quoting Deport de La Coruna:
City’s imports must be due to leave soon?

Their a one man team just fisher
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-5 #4 Here we go... 2018-07-02 12:13
South Hobart dominant for ever. Launnie looked like amateur in comparison
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+5 #3 Anon 2018-07-02 11:28
Quoting SOUTH CHAMPIONS...:
SOUTH CHAMPIONS AGAIN!!! Done deal!

you are still 6 pts behind 1st 3 points behind 2 nd plus goal difference.
Still a mountain to climb.
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-2 #2 SOUTH CHAMPIONS... 2018-07-02 10:20
SOUTH CHAMPIONS AGAIN!!! Done deal!
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+3 #1 Deport de La Coruna 2018-07-02 09:03
City’s imports must be due to leave soon?
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