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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Oh and Ebini - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Matthew Oh and Olympia's Jackson Ebini in a tangle [PlessPix]

(Under-20 State-wide Cup Final, KGV Park, Friday, 8 June 2018)

Olympia Warriors 1 (S Hills 88’)

South Hobart 0

HT: 0-0   Att: 150   Ref: N Coad

Olympia Warriors: Murfitt; Allan, Bygraves, Curtis, Ebini, Hardwick, Hills, Lesek, Mulungula, Smithies-Sharples, Tuyishime (Subs: Attfield, Baddiley, Harris)

South Hobart: Hart; Carter, Dayton,, Goodsir, Lakoseljac, Larby, R Morton, Oh, Tooze, Van Toor, Wilkes (Subs: Cornelius, Fleming, Grigg, Juju, Williams)

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Photo:  Sam Hills is mobbed by his Olympia team-mates after his outstanding goal which won the match [PlessPix]

This cup final seemed destined for extra-time before a brilliant goal by Sam Hills 2 minutes from the end decided the contest in Olympia Warriors’ favour.

Hills received a pass just outside the box and in the middle and turned sharply before rifling a bullet past South Hobart keeper Lachlan Hart and into the roof of the net.

It was a goal worthy of deciding a closely-fought cup final.

Hart had earlier produced a magnificent save to keep South Hobart in the game.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Bradley Lakoseljac volleys at goal [PlessPix]

South Hobart dominated the first half but the closest they came to scoring was when Charlie Wilkes rattled the crossbar with a tremendous shot.

Olympia relied on counter-attacks and they did have the ball in the net from one of these, but Mason Attfield was adjudged off-side.

It was a very physical final and a couple of players from each side earned yellow cards for overly robust tackles.

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Photo:  Olympia skipper Jairus Lesek gets to the abll ahead of a South Hobart opponent [PlessPix]

Olympia got back into the game in the second half and made good use of the width of the pitch, where Attfield was a constant danger as he was released wide down the left.

With extra-time looming, Hills produced his moment of magic to snare the cup for the Warriors.

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Photo:  Olympia Warriors with their Under-20 State-wide Cup [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart goalkeeper Lachlan Hart is on his toes as Olympia threaten [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart, the losing finalists [PlessPix]

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+7 #11 Great club 2018-06-09 05:58
Great game enjoyed it well done olympia keep producing young talent thats the way forward kids will keep coming
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+7 #10 anon 2018-06-09 05:36
Glad to see Dale and Rob have finally got the message through to George.
Yes Olympia do have the best young talent but most are former NTC/NDC players.
Give a couple of years of patience and Olympia will be a serious force to be reckoned with.
Winning the Cup 2 years in a row says that these kids are serious players and the gap could widen even more. The challenge is to keep these players together for Olympias fruits to be rewarded.
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+3 #9 Hardwick 2018-06-09 03:53
Hardwick is an amazing young player. So composed on the ball for a CB!
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+7 #8 Walt 2018-06-09 02:22
#4 Anonymous, as a reporter who got it wrong, I apologise profusely. Please forgive me. I shall correct it. Cheers!
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+5 #7 Kappa 2018-06-09 01:52
Congratulations on the win lads.
Super proud of you all.
Let's keep it up during the season and finish top of the league.

Good bunch of kids in that team and if you can all stick together, you'll be the future of the club.

Well done again.
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+5 #6 Anonymous 2018-06-08 22:26
What a great game to watch with some fantastic young talent emerging. Best on pitch had to be Hardwick in defence, Hills all round, Van Toor and Hart in goals. Congratulations .
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+4 #5 Juice 2018-06-08 20:47
Well done to all at Olympia, particularly to the coaches, Michael Moz and Dale. Some great young players that no doubt will start feeding into the NPL team over the next year.
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-6 #4 Anonymous 2018-06-08 14:26
As a person that knows "Jonathon" Oh, I would like to inform you that his name is actually Matthew Oh
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+4 #3 Two years on a trot 2018-06-08 12:46
Some quality players in that Olympia side . A club with good academy program
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+7 #2 Anonymous 2018-06-08 12:11
Olympia's first goal only about 1-2 metres ON side.
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