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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Van Doorne and opponent - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Iskander Van Doorne (left) tackles Launceston City's Charlie Dyer [PlessPix]

Launceston City beat Hobart Zebras 3-1 at KGV Park on Sunday to move 4 points clear at the top of the NPL Tasmania standings.

It was City’s first win over Zebras at KGV Park in the NPL Tasmania competition.

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Photo:  A passing Bobby keeps an eye on Alexander Turner's throw-in for Launceston City [PlessPix]

City took the lead in the 16th minute when Tyler Fischer collected a long clearance from keeper Niko Giantsopoulos and squeezed past two defenders on the right before beating Zebras keeper Sheku Kamara with a low drive inside the near right-hand post.

Jayden Hey was a constant danger for Zebras down the left flank, but his finishing was poor. Zebras used excellent diagonal balls to pick out Hey on the left and his speed created all sorts of problems as he got behind the defence, prompting City to switch fullbacks, with Alexander Turner moving to the right to try and combat Hey and Shane Egan moving to left-back.

Zebras almost drew level when Jan Charuza smacked a great shot against the crossbar.

On the stroke of half-time, City made it 2-0. Fischer wriggled free on the right and his low cross was missed by at least two Zebras defenders, the ball carrying to Noah Mies, who drove home.

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Photo:  Launceston City's Noah Mies shields the ball from Zebras' Aleksander Markaj [PlessPix]

City were on the back foot for most of the second half but conceded just the one goal, in the 76th minute, when Iskander Van Doorne passed to new signing from South Hobart, Olaf Conforti, the substitute forcing the ball home from close range on his debut.

That was the time for City goalkeeper, Giantsopoulos, to rise to the occasion. He had been safe all game, but in the second half he produced a world-class save to keep his side in front when he somehow turned Mathew Sanders’s downward header from close range over the bar when a goal seemed certain.

It was all Zebras in the second half after coach Gabriel Markaj had made personnel and positional changes at the interval. Matthew Pace and Lachlan Burt were replaced by Luke Bighin and Conforti, with Bighin going to centre-back to partner the solid Aleksander Markaj, and Charuza moving to left-back.

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Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown faces a challenge from City's Alexander Turner.  McKeown did not take kindly to being substituted and kicked the side of the dugout in frustration before sitting down [PlessPix]

Charuza attacked constantly down the left flank in support of Hey and City’s Fischer was forced to move inside to get some room and support Mies.

City managed a few counter-attacks, but it was generally all Zebras as they stormed forward in search of an equaliser.

In the dying seconds, City forced a corner but, instead of wasting time, as Zebras thought they would, Mies scored a brilliant goal to make it 3-1 and take his tally to two for the game. The youngster played a short one-two at the corner flag and waltzed past two defenders before heading for goal and beating Kamara with a well-placed shot.

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Photo:  Olympia's Eduardo Castaneda shields the ball from Clarence's Jeremy Price [PlessPix]

The result was Zebras’ second loss of the league season and they are third on goal-difference and level on points wityh second-placed Devonport City, who beat Kingborough Lions United 3-1 at valley Road on Saturday with two goals by Daniel Jackson and one by Brayden Mann.

Chris Downes replied for the visiting Lions.

South Hobart, the reigning champions, moved into fourth spot with a 3-2 away win over Northern Rangers at the NTCA Ground in Launceston on Sunday.

Alex Walter netted the opener for South Hobart and Jack Turner grabbed the remaining two goals, while Rnagers’ marksmen were Harry Thannhauser and Nick Lanau-Atkinson.

Clarence United, who celebrated their 40th anniversary on the weekend, were beaten 3-1 away by their Eastern Shore rivals, Olympia Warriors, at Warrior Park on Saturday.

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Photo:  Olympia's Lucas Hill (right) outjumps Clarence's Kane Hatcher to win a header [PlessPix]

Sam Reibel made it two goals in two games when he fired Clarence ahead in the 28th minute, but Warren Wadawu scored the equaliser without knowing much about it in the 41st minute, an attempted goalmouth clearance by Lachlan Hardwick cannoning off the Olympia striker and into the net.

Wadawu knew a lot more about his second goal 10 minutes after the resumption when he curled a free-kick from wide on the left past Clarence keeper Mathew Dyson and inside the far corner of the net to give the Warriors the lead.

Gordon Gurson wrapped up the win with Olympia’s third in the 63rd minute. A slip by Chris Kannegiesser gave Gurson a clear run at goal and he hammered a powerful shot from the right past Dyson.

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Photo:  Zebras' Mathew Sanders gets past City's Lindsay Millington [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania

Olympia Warriors 3 (W Wadawu 41’, 55’, G Gurden 63’) beat Clarence United 1 (S Reibel 28’)

Devonport City 3 (B Mann, D Jackson 2) beat Kingborough Lions United 1 (C Downes)

Hobart Zebras 1 (O Conforti 76’) lost to Launceston City 3 (T Fischer 16’, N Mies 45’, 90+4’)

Northern Rangers 2-3 South Hobart

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Photo:  Zebras' Jordan Muller gets the better of City captain Daniel Syson [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday, 13 May 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Launceston City

7

5

2

0

14

5

17

Devonport City

7

4

1

2

19

10

13

Hobart Zebras

7

4

1

2

16

16

13

South Hobart

7

3

2

2

15

13

11

Olympia Warriors

7

3

1

3

13

12

10

Northern Rangers

7

2

1

4

17

17

7

Kingborough Lions

7

1

2

4

10

10

5

Clarence United

7

0

2

5

6

27

2

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Photo:  City keeper Niko Giantsopoulos need not worry as Zebras' Jan Charuza cannot keep the ball in play [PlessPix]

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-1 #27 Anon 2018-05-18 07:46
Can anyone explain the FFT/Laka semi debacle? I have seen so much about it the past few days but don't understand what's happening!
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-2 #26 Mudrunner 2018-05-16 10:32
Quoting Deja vu:
Quoting Anon:
Gabriel comment's in today paper woeful he needs to be saved from himself showed no respected to City .

I thought I watched Devonport 2016 on Sunday or was it city in disguise


Seems to work ok ??
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+2 #25 Anon 2018-05-16 01:41
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anonymous:
On the Terraces.... are you saying Hey is not fast? I reckon he'd do Walsh in a 100m race! That formation would give Zebras the quickest fullbacks in the league and the way they play they would basically be wingers. Conforti is not a winger and Sunday has consistently shown over the course of the NPL he's one of the best wingers in the league so not sure where you got that idea from?

I thought Jayden was outstanding on the weekend,

He was good not outstanding.
If he scored once or twice he would have been outstanding.
His goalscoring is lacking but his work rate and being in position to have a shot on goals puts him in good stead.
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+2 #24 impressed 2018-05-16 01:17
Great post match interview by Markaj, he showed a confidence in his squad and an optimism in his football philosophy.

I wish this young man all the success that will undoubtedly come his way.
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-4 #23 Anon 2018-05-15 11:37
Quoting Anonymous:
On the Terraces.... are you saying Hey is not fast? I reckon he'd do Walsh in a 100m race! That formation would give Zebras the quickest fullbacks in the league and the way they play they would basically be wingers. Conforti is not a winger and Sunday has consistently shown over the course of the NPL he's one of the best wingers in the league so not sure where you got that idea from?

I thought Jayden was outstanding on the weekend,
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+5 #22 On the Sidelines 2018-05-15 09:06
For me watching this game, it was perplexing to see Zebras consistently passing backwards and then not passing to the channels created by strikers. Saw many a great run made in the front third, but no delivery. Game became very easy to read.
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+7 #21 Anon 2018-05-15 08:32
Agree for all the potential balls to be delivered into the box can only remember 1 good ball and that was which Muller delivered and Niko saved. There quality of delivery was awful and cost them points
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+10 #20 Horses for courses 2018-05-15 06:27
Quoting Anonymous:
On the Terraces.... are you saying Hey is not fast? I reckon he'd do Walsh in a 100m race! That formation would give Zebras the quickest fullbacks in the league and the way they play they would basically be wingers. Conforti is not a winger and Sunday has consistently shown over the course of the NPL he's one of the best wingers in the league so not sure where you got that idea from?

Tony Daley was one of the fastest wingers in epl but couldn't deliver a ball. Digger was slower but better technically & could deliver so speed is only one thing
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-4 #19 Anonymous 2018-05-15 04:26
On the Terraces.... are you saying Hey is not fast? I reckon he'd do Walsh in a 100m race! That formation would give Zebras the quickest fullbacks in the league and the way they play they would basically be wingers. Conforti is not a winger and Sunday has consistently shown over the course of the NPL he's one of the best wingers in the league so not sure where you got that idea from?
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0 #18 Anonymous 2018-05-15 03:06
Something not quite right in the formation.

3 5 2 better

Kamara

Walsh, A Markaj, Charuza

Muller Hey

Van Dorne Sklenar Mckeown

Sanders Huigsloot

Huigi wouldn't like it but he drifts too far. Forwards need to be where they can score goals. McKeown and Hey interchangeable , as are Walsh and Hey. Also Sanders and Sklenar. If he argued, Huigi coulod swap to 10 but better up front with his height.
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