Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Hill and D Brown - Copy

Photo:  Two of the main combatants were Olympia's Lucas Hill (left) and South Hobart's Daniel Brown, who were once team-mates at South [PlessPix]

(PS4 NPL Tasmania, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 9 July 2017)

South Hobart 3 (J Turner 7’, B Hamlett 60’, O Thomas 91’)

Olympia Warriors 2 (J Sklenar 25’, M Ortmann 58’)

HT: 1-1   Att: 500  Ref: C White

South Hobart: K Brown (Wilson 54’) - Gorrie, D Brown, Ludford (Thomas 51’), Schmidt - Turner - Hall, Kemp, Morton, Walter - Hamlett (Leszczynski 80’) (Subs not used: Feral, Kass)

Olympia Warriors: Cole - Callan, Vandermey, Stevens, Sammut (Bellini 80’) - Ortmann, Hickey, Cartwright (McCarthy 51’) - Hill - Wadawu, Sklenar (Subs not used: Stalker, Little, Nkoso)

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Photo:  Queuing up and hanging out for a header are (L-R) Daniel Brown, Jakub Sklenar, Alex Walter and Jack Turner [PlessPix]

An amazing goal from the half-way line by substitute Oscar Thomas 2 minutes into injury time gave South Hobart a 3-2 win over Olympia Warriors at South Hobart Oval.

The win gave South Hobart a 4-point lead over second-placed Devonport City at the top of the PS4 NPL Tasmania standings.

South Hobart had Olympia on the back foot for the opening quarter of an hour but managed only one goal.

That came in the 7th minute when a free-kick from deep on the right found the unmarked Jack Turner at the far post and he headed home.

South Hobart were tearing Olympia apart down the flanks but the final pass usually failed to find a team-mate and Olympia were able to clear.

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Photo:  Olympia's Paul Stevens battles South Hobart's Ben Hamlett while the other players set up a piece of arithmetic, namely 4+14=18 [PlessPix]

Olympia equalised in the 25th minute. Warren Wadawu sent a free-kick from the right o the far left-hand post where Lucas Hill outjumped Daniel Brown and nodded the ball across the face of goal to Jakub Sklenar, who netted the equaliser.

Olympia can consider themselves unlucky not to have earned a penalty in the first half when Jake Vandermey appeared to be brought down close to goal, but Mr White waved play on.

South Hobart goalkeeper Keiran Brown had to be replaced in the 54th minute when he collided with Wadawu. James Wilson came on in goal and took the free-kick. His second touch was minutes later as he picked the ball out of the net after Mark Ortmann had been released down the left and shot past the keeper and inside the far post to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead.

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Photo:  Olympia's Jakub Sklenat celebrate's Mark Ortmann's goal [PlessPix]

Ben Hamlett made it 2-2 on the hour when he flicked home a Gorrie cross from the right. Gorrie was having a superb game at right-back and continually made forward runs and delivered telling crosses.

In the 67th minute, Nick Morton should have put South Hobart ahead, but his close-range effort smacked the underside of the bar and rebounded into play.

In the 92nd minute, a back-heel inside the centre circle by Hill found Thomas, who hit the ball as hard as he could towards goal. The look on Thomas’s face was surprise, followed by glee, while the look on keeper Jakob Cole’s face was one of horror as the ball sailed over his head and under the crossbar and into the net for South Hobart’s winner.

Hamlett and Vandermey header - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Jake Vandermey heads clear [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“I thought we started well and obviously didn’t finish them off and we allowed them to gte back in the game through set plays by giving silly free-kicks away on the half-way line, middle of the pitch and corners and that put us under a lot of pressure.

“But, we worked hard throughout the 90 minutes and we came up with something special at the end. I’ll not say we practised that all week, but it would have been nice if we had.”

“[The injury to goalkeeper Kieran Brown] Terrible. I thought it was a foul on the goalkeeper without a doubt. That’s the way it is. I mean he’s in hospital until now with concussion.”

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Photo:  Olympia's Jake Vandermey can't understand why he wasn't awarded a penalty [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Kenny Weston, said:

“It’s an interesting situation because the way I measure football is based on effort and determination and desire and collective team spirit, and the result didn’t go our way.

“But, there was so much positivity of what we delivered on the pitch and moving forward, if we have that, you know, things like that happen in football.

“We’ve shown amazing character and the boys are hurting, but I feel the future is really bright, really bright.

“These boys are just going to get stronger and stronger. Yeah, the result didn’t go for us. We had a foothold on the game at 2-1 and you just hoped we’d be able to stand strong and see the game out, but it just didn’t happen.”

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Photo:  Darcy Hall is like a contortionist as he takes on Olympia's Joel Sammut [PlessPix]

Sammut tumbles ahead of Hall - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Joel Sammut takes a tumble after a clash with Darcy Hall [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Paul Stevens slide-tackles South Hobart's Darcy Hall [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's ten outfield players celebrate Ben Hamlett's goal as their substitute keeper James Wilson is deep in thought [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia coach Kenny Weston (left) shakes hands with South Hobart coach Ken Morton after the game [PlessPix]

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+1 #20 On the Sidelines 2017-07-14 08:00
Enjoyed this match. Was a contest; scrappy in parts, but a contest. Disappointed by the Wadawu challenge on Brown. A draw was probably more fitting, but South play out games to the bitter end. Zebras and Olympia have learnt this lesson the hard way, and the season will probably be decided by it!
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-2 #19 anon 2017-07-13 22:28
All these comments about Paul Stevens are a little harsh.He is one of those unfortunate players who has been hit by injury after injury.You may find that his left ankle( I think)was broken (or almost broken) when he was at the NTC with Dean.He has never recovered fully and the ankle is so painful every day that he doesn't get as fit as he should and therefore must make adjustments to how he plays.
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-1 #18 foot police 2017-07-13 12:26
Quoting Offside:
Paul Stevens is tackling with the wrong foot. He would've been better off tackling with his left foot with his body position facing away from goal.

did you see that naughty Sydney defender at about 3.19, wrong foot. He is of course playing a world class team and doing what he needs to.
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+1 #17 Anonymous 2017-07-13 10:25
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Observer:
Re Offside #2 and Statistician#5 I noticed that when he was with Zebras. Just the way he does it I guess, but wouldn't or shouldn't have been coached that way. Bearing in mind he is still usually very effective.

Paul was coached by Dean May as a youngster

I'm sure Paul like most players has had many coaches over the years.
Players style is developed from so many factors that trying to attribute any one feature of their play to one coach is pointless.

Pretty sure spent 3 or 4 years with Dean so Paul's major development happened with Dean
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-1 #16 Observer 2017-07-13 09:24
I need to make this very clear, I have not meant to be disparaging towards Paul, I think he is a very effective player. I simply made an observation about a quirk he has in a particular tackling style. I also said "BEARING IN MIND HE IS STILL USUALLY VERY EFFECTIVE'' as far as being great. Lets just say I think of the greats of the game in a different way to others I guess. There might be local "greats" but I was thinking of a higher level. That's all no offence meant to Paul.
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+2 #15 Anon 2017-07-13 07:39
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Observer:
Re Offside #2 and Statistician#5 I noticed that when he was with Zebras. Just the way he does it I guess, but wouldn't or shouldn't have been coached that way. Bearing in mind he is still usually very effective.

Paul was coached by Dean May as a youngster

I'm sure Paul like most players has had many coaches over the years.
Players style is developed from so many factors that trying to attribute any one feature of their play to one coach is pointless.
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+2 #14 Steve Lees 2017-07-13 04:45
I'm with # 10, could play Paul anywhere down the centre of the park. Defensive mid as he is an excellent distributor or also as a back to goal striker a la Viduka or Alby locally. He executed a copybook sliding tackle on Conor Schmidt coming down the left wing with his preferred right foot but when soon after confronted by Darcy coming down the right (pictured) he turns his back to him instead of using a left footed slide tackle. This type of challenge is rife in the modern game and think it is not if but when all back to player sliding challenges will be considered an offense. No room here to list why.
You might see "great" players doing these "whatever it takes ""challenges on your tv but I also see even greater players sitting in the stands for a week, a month,a season as a consequence!
Simple really "great" players should learn to tackle with both feet.
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0 #13 Anonymous 2017-07-13 03:07
Quoting Observer:
Re Offside #2 and Statistician#5 I noticed that when he was with Zebras. Just the way he does it I guess, but wouldn't or shouldn't have been coached that way. Bearing in mind he is still usually very effective.

Paul was coached by Dean May as a youngster
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+1 #12 anon 2017-07-12 05:43
Quoting Anon:
I wonder if George had a punt on this? Juicy odds at 15/1.

You should have take the bet you would have won at least a grand if not more.
No guts no glory.
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0 #11 Basics 2017-07-12 02:57
Observer. It should be: while you sit on your potty.
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