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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Hennicke saves - Copy

Photo:  University keeper Manny Hennicke saves a shot [PlessPix]

(Division 3, KGV Park, Thursday, 20 September 2018)

Brighton Storm 7 (Tait Gill 6, 27, Jade Fewkes 33, 66, 89, Sean Ryan 41, 45)

Uni Bombers 1 (Steven Shellard 75 pen)

HT: 5-0   Ref: D Green

Brighton Storm: Nick Rolle; Jake Clark, Jade Fewkes, Tait Gill, Zach Hurd, Benjamin Nelson, Samuel Nelson, Brendan Ransley, Sean Ryan, Benjamin Smith, James Williams (Subs: Joshua Cassidy, Jackson Langford, Timothy Steele)

Uni Bombers: Adam Dimsey; Dylan Archer, Christian Arellano, Cheng Chen, Christopher Hargrave, Manuel Hennicke, Peter Leung, Lei Ma, Llewllyn Maiden, Grant Parkes, Tghomas Pilkington, Andrew Poole, Steven Shellard

Brighton Storm league champions 20 September 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Division 3 champions, Brighton Storm [PlessPix]

Brighton Storm wrapped up the Division 3 league title with this comfortable 7-1 win over bottom-side Uni Bombers.

The win is a credit to coaches Jake Clark and Carl Ryan.

Brighton adopted a direct style of play and were unafraid to use the long ball to launch attacks.

They had some speedy players and the tall and fast Jade Fewkes was always a threat.

The fast Tait Gill opened the scoring after just 6 minutes and he made it 2-0 in the 27th minute.

Gill about to score

Photo:  Tait Gill about to score his first for Brighton [PlessPix]

Fewkes ended up netting a hat-trick. The pick of his goals was the first - Brighton’s third. He rose to a cross from the right and powered an unstoppable header past Uni keeper Adam Dimsey.

Fewkes had an eventful opening half. He was involved in a one-on-one with Dimsey, who was injured as a result but managed to see out the half.

Dimsey was replaced at the interval by Manuel Hennicke, who had an excellent second half, keeping the score down with some fine and brave saves.

Smiths assist - Copy

Photo:  Ben Smith's assist for Sean Ryan to score [PlessPix]

Sean Ryan about to score

Photo:  And Sean Ryan about to tuck it away [PlessPix]

Sean Ryan scored two excellent goals to end the half - in the 41st and 45th minutes - and fullback Ben Smith set him up for one of these with a fine assist.

There was no way back from the 5-0 deficit for Uni Bombers, but they continued to play some neat possession football. They lacked a cutting edge up front, however, and managed few shots at goal.

The Uni goal came courtesy of a penalty converted by Steven Shellard 15 minutes from the end. He placed a low shot inside the right-hand post, giving Nick Rolle no chance.

Brighton header

Photo:  Brighton storm into the Uni penalty area for a high ball [PlessPix]

The penalty was awarded for a foul by Jake Clark, who not only denied an opponent a goal-scoring opportunity, but also pulled the opponent’s shirt and was therefore shown the red card as well as conceding the spot-kick.

Either side of the penalty, Fewkes scored two goals to complete his hat-trick and make the final margin 7-1 in favour of the Storm.

A Brighton scoring opportunity

Photo:  Uni keeper Adam Dimsey saves a Brighton shot [PlessPix]

Gill scores the opener

Photo:  Brighton's Tait Gill scores against Uni Bombers [PlessPix]

Fewkes hat-trick hero

Photo:  Brighton's hat-trick hero Jade Fewkes tees up a shot [PlessPix]

Fewkes against keeper - Copy

Photo:  Brighton's Jade Fewkes in a one-on-one with Uni keeper Adam Dimsey [PlessPix]

Injured keeper - Copy

Photo:  Referee David Green checks on injured Uni keeper Adam Dimsey.  The linesman is Uni substitute Chris Hargrave and the Uni player near the keeper is Manny Hennicke, who took over in goal for the second half. Hargrave, a star of Tasmanian football in the 60s and 70s (and an accomplished cricketer), played in attack for Uni in the second half.  Although not very mobile, given his age, Hargrave's passing was pretty good and showed that vision and technical ability are just as important as mobility and pace. He was always on the lookout for the one-two with team-mates. [PlessPix]

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+1 #14 Anon 2018-10-20 06:19
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Div 3:
Div 3 is a social league, usually played by older players past their prime. Players in this division don't want to come up against a team of young, fit players that they can't keep up with.

No real victory in Brighton winning this comp, they should play under 20s next year, poor form!

Poor form my a..se they are a newly formed club going through the grades.
Don't blame them for what's happened it's great to see a club in the area who may in years to come be championship or state league.


They will never be a state league club the will struggle to continue playing social league when they play players that can actually play
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+2 #13 Anon 2018-09-29 00:07
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Div 3:
Div 3 is a social league, usually played by older players past their prime. Players in this division don't want to come up against a team of young, fit players that they can't keep up with.

No real victory in Brighton winning this comp, they should play under 20s next year, poor form!

Poor form my a..se they are a newly formed club going through the grades.
Don't blame them for what's happened it's great to see a club in the area who may in years to come be championship or state league.


State league? Jumping the gun a bit there I think.
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+1 #12 Anon 2018-09-28 08:22
Quoting Div 3:
Div 3 is a social league, usually played by older players past their prime. Players in this division don't want to come up against a team of young, fit players that they can't keep up with.

No real victory in Brighton winning this comp, they should play under 20s next year, poor form!

Poor form my a..se they are a newly formed club going through the grades.
Don't blame them for what's happened it's great to see a club in the area who may in years to come be championship or state league.
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+1 #11 Div 3 2018-09-27 02:48
Quoting Info:
Just for the record there isnt an u20 comp


There should be though!
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+3 #10 Info 2018-09-26 09:30
Just for the record there isnt an u20 comp
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+2 #9 Anon 2018-09-25 23:47
Quoting Div 3:
Div 3 is a social league, usually played by older players past their prime. Players in this division don't want to come up against a team of young, fit players that they can't keep up with.

No real victory in Brighton winning this comp, they should play under 20s next year, poor form!


Will they not now be in Div 2 next year?
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-1 #8 Div 3 2018-09-24 22:42
Div 3 is a social league, usually played by older players past their prime. Players in this division don't want to come up against a team of young, fit players that they can't keep up with.

No real victory in Brighton winning this comp, they should play under 20s next year, poor form!
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+5 #7 Anon. 2018-09-22 00:33
Congratulations Brighton Storm! Great to see an up and coming team. Great season
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+10 #6 Lovethegame 2018-09-21 21:34
Some people just want to play for the love of the game. Many talented players play at social kickabouts in Hobart but never play for a club, even though they could play in the Championship or NPL.

As long as playing gives your joy it doesn't matter what level it is at!
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+4 #5 Brendan Garth 2018-09-21 15:52
Some of these kids I had the pleasure playing against. Some of them played footy prior. If they stick with it. They're are going to be a great team but they should have a crack in the under 20 league. I think they would be competitive. Well done boys.
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