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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Turner No.8

Photo:  Jack Turner scored on his debut for Olympia [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights lost 7-0 to Olympia Warriors in a pre-season friendly at KGV Park on Saturday.

All the goals came in the first half and, although Olympia had the ball in the net near the end of the game, it didn’t count as it was off-side.

Bellini shoots - Copy

Photo:  Knights' Alex Bellini shoots as Olympia's Thomas Little tries to block [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights: Tom Sherman; Alex Nandan, Ben Phillips, Tyler Harrison, James Sherman, Mathew Nowicki, Siyar Kurdistan, Jason Szoka, Alex Bellini, Corey Moore, Sean Coleraine (Interchange: Phil Chusri, Aaron Browning, Josh Newell, Declan Brown, Jacob Herbert, Teddy Kadisha, Nick Deveraux, Will Roberts)

Knights had Tom Sherman, brother of James, in goal in the absence of Dmitri Nester, who is overseas.

Tom Sherman has just come out of the navy and he must have got a shock as his side shipped seven goals without reply.

Siyar Kurdistan was a surprise inclusion. He and his brother, Kawa, were touted as the great new signings for the Knights in 2016 but nothing came of it as work commitments apparently prevented them from getting much game time.

Noah Smithies-Sharples tackles Declan Brown - Copy

Photo:  Knights' Declan Brown evades a tackle by Olympia's Noah Smithies-Sharple as Olympia's Nick Mearns keeps apace [PlessPix]

Declan Brown played, but his brother Callum was not on view. There has been discussion as to whether the two speedsters would be with Knights this season. It seems that at least one of them will be.

Coach Franco Previdi will have been disappointed with this result, but it is early days and it was only a pre-season friendly.

Beachside are sure to be one of Knights’ main rivals for the title again and their 4-2 loss to a second-string South Hobart outfit the same afternoon was a much more promising display than this performance by the Knights.

Jack Turner in action for Olympia 20 January 2018 - Copy 2

Photo:  Knights' Jason Szoka clears ahead of Olyumpia's Jack Turner [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors: Michael Moschogianis; Thomas Little, Noah Smithies-Sharples, Lucas Hill, Nick Mearns, Joel Sammut, Jono Griffiths, Jack Turner, Joffrey Nkoso, Mark Ortmann, Warren Wadawu (Interchange: Hugh Undy, Tommy Bellini, Zak Eadle, Darby Randall)

It was a surprise to see Michael Moschogianis in goal for the Warriors. He was a superb keeper in his day but is now a veteran.

Former Clarence keeper Darby Randall was on the bench, but by all accounts, Olympia are awaiting the arrival of an American keeper.

Undy and Harrison - Copy

Photo:  Knights' Tyler Harrison in possession but threatened by Olympia's Hugh Undy [PlessPix]

New signing Jack Turner from South Hobart made his mark by opening the scoring.

New English signing Zak Eadle was used and got on the scoresheet.

Olympia appear to have a media blackout in force and information is difficult to come by.

They haven’t announced a permanent coach as yet and Dale Itchins was in charge for this game.

Warren Wadawu and Joffrey Nkoso each scored a brace, with the other goals coming from Jack Turner, Zak Eadle and Hugh Undy.

Wadawu stumbles over Nowicki - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Warren Wadawu stumbles over Knights' Mathew Nowicki [PlessPix]

Summation

Olympia will be pleased with their goalscoring feat, even though it was against second-tier opponents.

But, their supposed three American imports, including a goalkeeper and a centre-back, will be a welcome boost to their strength.

Wadawu and Nkoso showed the sort of goalscoring touch that then team will need if they are to challenge for the 2018 NPL Tasmania title.

Defender Paul Stevens was not on view for Olympia.

Neither was Jake Vandermey, who is in America.

Turner and Harrison - Copy

Photo:  Knights' Tyler Harrison in possession as Olympia's Jack Turner closes in [PlessPix]

Knights will need to strengthen their side if they are to win the Southern Championship and regain a berth in the top flight.

Their line-up probably wasn’t anything like the one that will start the league campaign, but one must then ask what is the point of all this pre-season preparation?

Practice games at this time should involve a club’s strongest line-up as the season is not too far away and, come the opening league game, the team should already be a well-oiled machine.

Turner wins header and clears - Copy

Photo:  Olympia keeper Michael Moschogianis (left) watches as team-mare Jack Turner heads clear [PlessPix]

Zak Eadle with ball - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's new English signing Zak Eadle gets ready to take a throw-in [PlessPix]

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+7 #18 anon 2018-01-23 12:42
Quoting Goneknights:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Northern Knights:
hmm - Knights had at least 6 first 11 players from last season - should have done better than this IMHO.



First XI from last year would include Nester, E Engels, H Foley, D Foley, C Brown, J Clay, K Engles.



Engels brothers won't be at the knights.

And which particular club would they be going too
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-4 #17 Anonymous 2018-01-23 06:54
Quoting Goneknights:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Northern Knights:
hmm - Knights had at least 6 first 11 players from last season - should have done better than this IMHO.



First XI from last year would include Nester, E Engels, H Foley, D Foley, C Brown, J Clay, K Engles.



Engels brothers won't be at the knights.


The conversation is about last seasons starting XI.
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+6 #16 anon 2018-01-22 22:06
Quoting Anon:
What did people think to Olympia’s new signings?

Looked ok and was physical when required. Corey Moore wasn't too happy
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+3 #15 Anon 2018-01-22 12:27
What did people think to Olympia’s new signings?
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0 #14 Goneknights 2018-01-22 11:28
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Northern Knights:
hmm - Knights had at least 6 first 11 players from last season - should have done better than this IMHO.



First XI from last year would include Nester, E Engels, H Foley, D Foley, C Brown, J Clay, K Engles.



Engels brothers won't be at the knights.
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+4 #13 Wait & See 2018-01-22 08:46
Considering Knights were missing half a team - particularly, a keeper - I wouldn't read too far into this just yet.
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+7 #12 Anonymous 2018-01-22 08:00
Quoting Northern Knights:
hmm - Knights had at least 6 first 11 players from last season - should have done better than this IMHO.



First XI from last year would include Nester, E Engels, H Foley, D Foley, C Brown, J Clay, K Engles.
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+3 #11 Anonymous 2018-01-22 07:57
Quoting Walt:
#2 Anonymous, yes, I did. Why? It's a different format. First I discuss Knights, the home team, and them Olympia, the visitors.


Yeah, I thought it was an OK presentation, that's all. Hadn't seen it done like that before.
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-6 #10 Anonymous 2018-01-22 07:56
Quoting Promotion:
Knights need the Browns or they'll be in trouble to get promoted


Callum should be first XI and Declan should be in best XVI, so yes they will contribute positively towards Knights' tilt at a threepeat
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+5 #9 goneknights 2018-01-21 23:52
they will not win the championship this year. It's beachsides to loose.
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