Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Hamlett Ben 2 August 2013 blog

Photo:  Ben Hamlett opened the scoring for South Hobart after poor defnsive play by Olympia.  Poor defending cost Olympia all three goals [PlessPix]

South Hobart began their 2017 NPL campaign with a 3-0 away win over Olympia Warriors at Warrior Park tonight.

Olympia were a huge disappointment and finished the game with 10 players after the dismissal of former South Hobart player Lucas Hill in the 75th minute after he pulled down Alex Walter, who was making a dangerous run towards the penalty area.

After a goalless opening half, Ben Hamlett put South ahead in the 51st minute with a low drive from the left of the box after Thomas Little proved indecisive and complacent in possession.

Olympia almost snatched an equaliser shortly after, but South keeper Graham Wright produced a brilliant save from Alfred Hess by turning the ball against the crossbar.

It was 2-0 in the 73rd minute. Nick Mearns inexplicably kicked the ball straight into Alex Walter, a mere two metres away, while attempting to clear and the ball and Walter leaped for the ball and sent a looping header over the stranded keeper, Jakob Cole.

Two minutes later, Hill was sent off and from the resultant free-kick, Kobe Kemp bent a side-footed free-kick curling into the far right-hand corner of the net and past a helpless Cole to make it 3-0.

Olympia’s midfielders were far from creative and provided little service to their forwards, who in turn, allowed South’s central defenders, Hugh Ludford and Daniel Brown, plenty of time to pass the ball between each other and their goalkeeper before eventually choosing to clear upfield.

Olympia’s star recruits, Shane Cartwright and Jakub Sklenar had an unrewarding evening in what was a miserable performance by the home side.

If Olympia are to pose a title threat, they will have to play much better football than their produced tonight.

South Hobart looked solid in all departments and have set the bar at a fairly high level for their opponents in the NPL.

Olympia Warriors: Cole - Vandemey, Stevens, Hill, Little (Hickey 88) - Undy, Mearns (Ortmann 81), Cartwright - Wadawu, Sklenar, Hess

South Hobart: Wright - Gorrie, Brown, Ludford, Quaile - Morton, Walter, Kemp - Cook (Schmidt 70), Hamlett (Brennan 70), Castaneda (Feral 46)

Olympia Warriors 0

South Hobart 3 (B Hamlett 51, A Walter 73, K Kemp 77)

HT: 0-0   Ref: B Kopra

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+4 #34 Anon 2017-03-13 22:52
#33. It worked for them in 2015.Their system is not that different to the way they played back then.Excuses.Sm all ground doesn't suit South either but they played better than Olympia and won I think !
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+13 #33 Royston 2017-03-12 21:59
The small pitch and artificial surface does not suit the way Olympia are set up to play.

3-0 defeat at home on the opening night of the season is the worst possible start. It's not the cake walk they expected.

Mr Shaw is delusional if he thought the performance was fantastic.
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+3 #32 Settle Petal 2017-03-12 04:39
Quoting Anon:
#23. Will not be tolerated? And what would be your solution ?

I suggest a sit down and talking to from above.
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+5 #31 Wtf 2017-03-12 02:07
Quoting anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Think that the halftime substitution by south by bringing on loic really settled the midfield and they started to control the game. His experience really showed.

Kenny had no choice but to bring off Wardi as he should of received a red for the challenge as the challenge was pay back.He was being man marked all over the field and the banter from the players was getting to him. If Kenny had left him on I have no doubt he would of been sent.


Shows Ken's game smarts compared to Shaw.
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+7 #30 Anonymous 2017-03-12 01:49
Quoting anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Think that the halftime substitution by south by bringing on loic really settled the midfield and they started to control the game. His experience really showed.

Kenny had no choice but to bring off Wardi as he should of received a red for the challenge as the challenge was pay back.He was being man marked all over the field and the banter from the players was getting to him. If Kenny had left him on I have no doubt he would of been sent.

Don't know who he was, but I certainly remember the challenge.
What I also remember is that he was finding it difficult to get into the game as he hardly touched the ball but was more wandering around and not looking for the ball or was getting very involved.

Either way, his poor performance allowed for the substitution to occur which in the end helped south with their result.

Experience certainly does count far more than youth in this instance.
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+6 #29 anonymous 2017-03-11 23:27
Quoting Anonymous:
Think that the halftime substitution by south by bringing on loic really settled the midfield and they started to control the game. His experience really showed.

Kenny had no choice but to bring off Wardi as he should of received a red for the challenge as the challenge was pay back.He was being man marked all over the field and the banter from the players was getting to him. If Kenny had left him on I have no doubt he would of been sent.
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+10 #28 anonymous 2017-03-11 23:17
Quoting Go Lions:
Soft Olympia , your going 0-2 next week at The Den home of the 2017 NPL Champions .. Go Lions

I'm not from Olympia, but they won't lose to the Lions next week if you play with 6 at the back the only message it is sending is survival..
Did the 6 at the back stop City from scoring?.
I do believe Olympia are a lot better than City, you are delusional
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0 #27 The Bottom Line 2017-03-11 21:33
Quoting PERFORMANCE:
We all know this is Tasmanian football and the if the big clubs do not perform, we all know the consequences. Olympia poor start will not be tolerated for long.

Its one game, you need to calm down.
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+6 #26 Wtf 2017-03-11 19:14
Quoting Anon:
#23. Will not be tolerated? And what would be your solution ?


George will have the imports out on a plane like last year?
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+5 #25 anon 2017-03-11 12:22
Quoting Anon:
#23. Will not be tolerated? And what would be your solution ?

Firing squad lol.
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