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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Craig Deayton hands over shield - Copy

Photo:  Craig Deayton presents the SATIS Shield to Guilford Young's Sam Hills [PlessPix]

(SATIS State Final, Guilford Young College, Wednesday, 26 September 2018)

Guilford Young College 2 (K Vincent 7, J Mulungula 80)

St Patrick’s College 1 (W Tedeschi 32)

HT: 1-1   Ref: Z Van Toor

Guilford Young College: Reid - Harris, Smithies-Sharples, Morton, Bygraves - Hills, Pullen, Castaneda - Attfield, Vincent, Lakoseljac (Subs: Backhouse, Watling, Mulungula, Ogenrwot)

St Patrick’s College: Smith; Ross, McTigue, Aganas, Gardner, Simeoni, Fulton, Tantari, Altendeitering, Thorne, Koryom, Tedeschi, Lyons, Murray-Skey, Eade

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Photo:  Guilford Young display the SATIS Shield after the game [PlessPix]

St Patrick’s, the holders of the SATIS State Championship, relinquished the title to Guilford Young on Wednesday when they were beaten 2-1 away at Guilford Young College in Glenorchy.

A minute’s silence was observed before the kick-off in memory of former St Patrick’s teacher, Liam Monagle, who also played top-tier football in Tasmania with George Town United, Ulverstone and Launceston Juventus.

Monagle, who graced the Tasmanian football scene in the 1980s and returned to his native Ireland in 2000, passed away last week in Donegal.

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Photo:  The action was fast and furious [PlessPix]

A large crowd, made up of Guilford Young students and staff, as well as parents, attended the game. It would have exceeded the average NPL Tasmania top-flight attendances easily.

Guilford Young set the early pace in this match, but only had a 7th-minute goal by Kyle Vincent to show for it.

Their superiority was not surprising given that ten of their players have appeared in the NPL Tasmania competition at least once this season, compared to only two of St Patrick’s players.

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Photo:  St Pat's Kaleb Lyons (left) about to be tackled [PlessPix]

Solid and brave goalkeeping by Will Smith, who had played for Northern Rangers, kept the southerners out.

Guilford’s keeper Nathan Reid had little to do for most of the game, which was just as well as he was playing with a broken nose, which required surgery [he underwent successful surgery today].

To St Patrick’s credit, they managed to play their way back into this game and equalised through Will Tedeschi in the 32nd minute.

By the second half, the sides were matching each other in what was a fierce contest. Tempers frayed midway through the half as Guilford’s Jake Pullen and St Pat’s Nic Thorne almost came to blows. Team-mates had to separate them and referee Zac Van Toor showed both players yellow cards.

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Photo:  The beginning of the push-and-shove which saw two players yellow-carded [PlessPix]

Bradley Lakoseljac, who had squandered a couple of chances in the opening half, then had the ball in the net, but the off-side flag was raised by assistant Steven Roach and the ‘goal’ did not count.

Eduardo Castaneda largely controlled the midfield and he seemed to have time and oodles of space whenever he was in possession.

With 10 minutes remaining, he wriggled free on the right and crossed to the far post, where Brad Lakoseljac nodded the ball back into the middle for Jonathan Mulungula to fire into the net for the winner.

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Photo:  A smiling Jonathan Mulungula (second from right) has just beaten keeper Will Smith and grabbed the winner [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Guilford Young players celebrate the winning goal [PlessPix]

Guilford Young principal and SATIS chairman Craig Deayton presented the SATIS Shield to Guilford Young co-captains Sam Hills and Kyle Vincent at the end of the match.

The two teams then enjoyed afternoon tea together before the northerners headed home to Launceston.

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Photo:  Eduardo Castaneda crossing the ball for what proved to be the winning goal [PlessPix]

Tedeschi flies through air - Copy

Photo:  St Patrick's Will Tedeschi takes a tumble after being tackled [PlessPix]

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Photo:  St Patrick's players celebrate their equalising goal [PlessPix]

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Photo:  St Patrick's squad pose for a photograph before the game [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The match officials before the game (L-R), Steven Roach, Zac Van Toor and Liam Mills [PlessPix]

The SATIS Shield - Copy

Photo:  The SATIS Shield was the trophy on offer [PlessPix]

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+1 #9 The Bottom line 2018-10-07 09:25
Why does the Clarence / Olympia thing have to rear its head here?
A great bunch of young blokes getting the job done vs their northern opponents end of story.
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-7 #8 Realist 2018-09-30 07:36
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anon:
Yes could be called an Npl side

They definitely beat clarence


Silly comment, A bunch of 17 year old kids agains men with no men to help them physically would get bullied, but yes they would compete not win, if they could George might be interested in splashing some cash so he Dosent have to draw with them two years in a row ahaha
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+1 #7 Anon 2018-09-30 01:24
Quoting Anon:
Is that player in the scuffle the same one who gift a red card about 3 or 4 weeks ago for Zebras?

yep
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+4 #6 Anon 2018-09-29 12:03
Is that player in the scuffle the same one who gift a red card about 3 or 4 weeks ago for Zebras?
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0 #5 Paul C 2018-09-29 10:32
Some familiar names there Walter - next generations coming through. Seeing that shield brings back some good memories of coaching the GFC in ‘95 in Launceston
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+2 #4 Anon 2018-09-29 04:08
I must say there are some very good players that missed out for GYC.
If all these players have had NPL experience it shows how well St Pats played.
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+2 #3 Anonymous 2018-09-29 02:57
Quoting Anon:
Yes could be called an Npl side

They definitely beat clarence
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+5 #2 Anon 2018-09-28 09:21
Yes could be called an Npl side
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+7 #1 Nik 2018-09-28 08:38
Thanks for covering the game Walt. Your write up and photos are fantastic as per usual, It is very much appreciated :)
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