Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Headed ball - Copy

Photo:  Two opponents vie for a header [PlessPix]

(Southern League 3, Racecourse Road, Brighton, Sunday, 10 June 2018)

Brighton Storm 8 (S Ryan 5’, 56’, T Gill 15’, Z Hurd 42’, 72’, J Fewkes 62’, 83’, J Langford 77’)

Barnstoneworth Golden Gordons 2 (R Shafe 20’, B Garth 70’)

HT: 3-1   Ref: S Fagg

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

Barnstoneworth Golden Gordons: Scott Edwards; Jonathon Darby, Anthony Dare, Rory Donohue, Brendan Garth, Jonathan Greenwood, Stephen Jackson, Robert Joyce, Joshua MacLure, Chris Schofield, Robert Shafe (Interchange: David Gunning, Glyn Matthews, David Rooney)

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Photo:  A Golden Gordon (right) stretches sinews dangerously as he goes for the ball [PlessPix]

It was a perfect day for football at Brighton. The sun burned in the clear blue sky and the crisp air was invigorating.

Brighton Storm and Barnstoneworth Golden Gordons served up a goal feast, with the home side triumphing 8-2 after leading 3-1 at the interval.

The tackling was ferocious at times. It was partly due to keenness, but partly due to mistiming caused by age and lack of pace.

Brighton Storm’s players tended to be younger and faster, although up until today, Barnstoneworth’s Golden Gordons had had the better of the league and cup meetings between the sides.

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Photo:  Barnstoneworth's Jonathon Darby in possession [PlessPix]

Referee Stephen Fagg had his hands full calming tempers on the verge of boiling and explaining the difference, for example, between a fair shoulder charge and a foul tackle.

Exhortations to play to the whistle punctuated the air as both sides went for it.

No quarter was asked for, nor given, and there were some tense situations involving the goalkeepers when faced with one-on-one situations. The red mist sometimes descended, but order was quickly restored.

Only two yellow cards were issued, and no reds. The yellows went to Brighton’s Gill and Fewkes.

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Photo:  Brighton defender Ben Smith (left) comes to grips with a Barnstoneworth opponent [PlessPix]

There were some walking wounded on both sides, but to the credit of both sides, there was a reluctance on the part of all players to leave the fray, even for a short rest.

Brighton tended to play long balls to their front-runners, who generally outpaced the Barnstoneworth defence, and that is what proved decisive in the end.

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Photo:  Action from today's match at Racecourse Road, Brighton [PlessPix]

There were some cracking goals scored.

They came from powerful direct shots, while others came from balls slipped past the keeper on the ground. One fine goal was even chested over the line after a cross from the right wing.

Overall, the game was played in a sporting spirit and both teams congratulated each other after the final whistle and thanked the referee for his handling of the game.

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Photo:  A Barnstoneworth player controls the ball ahead of a Brighton opponent [PlessPix]

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Photo:  A tussle for the ball [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Barnstoneworth's Brendan Garth (left) gats away from Brighton defender Ben Smith, who had two assists and almost scored with a long-range shot [PlessPix]

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Photo:  In contradiction of coaching manuals, eyes shut while heading, but still effective [PlessPix]

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Photo:  A Brighton Storm player volleys the ball forward [PlessPix]

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-1 #2 neil 2018-06-10 13:15
benjamin smith of tassie football central?
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+4 #1 drew port exile 2018-06-10 11:57
well done walter, showing some lads doing what they love.
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