Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

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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Ackerley runs ball out of play - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' James Ackerley (No.4) runs the ball out of play after attacking down the left wing.  Acklerley disputed the goalk-kick, claiming the Bentleigh Greens defender had got the last touch but referee Mr Jozeljic would have none of it. [Photo by Toby Butler]

(Pre-season Friendly, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 27 January 2018)

Hobart Zebras 0 lost to Bentleigh Greens 8 (C Lucas 27’, 32’ pen, J Hicks 37’, D Hatzimoratis 42’, 43’, 64’, L Huigsloot 50’ og, J Xydias 84’)

Huigsloot wins slide tackle - Copy

Photo:  Luke Huigsloot and Dwayne Walsh played as centre-backs for Zebras in an unusual ploy.  Here, Huigsloot wins a last-ditch sliding tackle against a Bentleigh Greens striker. [PlessPix]

(Challenge League Friendly, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 27 January 2018)

South Hobart 4-3 Hobart Zebras

Goal for Bentleigh - Copy

Photo:  Chris Lucas opens the scoring for Bentleigh Greens by chipping the ball over keeper James Wilson.  Lucas looked at least a metre off-side but the goal stood. [PlessPix]

Walsh and Hicks - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Dwayne Walsh on his own in a battle for possession [PlessPix]

Penalty beats Wilson - Copy

Photo:  Zebras keeper James Wilson is beaten by Chris Lucas's penalty [PlessPix]

How much time is left - Copy

Photo:  How much time left?  [PlessPix]

Dimi Hatzimoratis scores - Copy

Photo:  Bentleigh's Dimi Hatzimoratis (left) makes it 4-0 against the Zebras [PlessPix]

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+1 #12 Anon 2018-01-29 06:38
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Heat Wave:
The first game of the league is around 8 weeks ago, make judgement after the NPL Summer series against this years opposition. Zebras will be fine. Clarence and Kingborough are the worry.

How sad is it that zebras are comparing themselves to Clarence and Kingborough. The club is better then that, players and coaching staff play for the club and youself.

And not themselves
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-1 #11 Anon 2018-01-28 12:13
Quoting Heat Wave:
The first game of the league is around 8 weeks ago, make judgement after the NPL Summer series against this years opposition. Zebras will be fine. Clarence and Kingborough are the worry.

How sad is it that zebras are comparing themselves to Clarence and Kingborough. The club is better then that, players and coaching staff play for the club and youself.
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+7 #10 Anon 2018-01-28 07:26
Quoting Heat Wave:
The first game of the league is around 8 weeks ago, make judgement after the NPL Summer series against this years opposition. Zebras will be fine. Clarence and Kingborough are the worry.

That maybe but Zebras are classified as a Big Club that have had the best squads on paper in the past but cannot deliver.
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+7 #9 More concerning is ? 2018-01-28 01:57
Do things not keep coming back to the decisions the people in charge at Zebs are making. Why would any player want to go to the club who continues to change their top coaches every five minutes. That is the issue. none will be able to satify the committee unless there is silverware involved and looking at the stock they used yesterday, that is a long time off
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-2 #8 Schadenfreude 2018-01-28 00:02
Second bottom photo: extra caption, Markaj gone in 5 minutes; the linesman is timing it!
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+2 #7 Heat Wave 2018-01-27 23:25
The first game of the league is around 8 weeks ago, make judgement after the NPL Summer series against this years opposition. Zebras will be fine. Clarence and Kingborough are the worry.
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+3 #6 Polli 2018-01-27 22:32
One feels like some senior council should have forewarned mr markaj about biting off too big a mouthful too early in pre season. Morale and confidence may be gone long before season day 1
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+6 #5 Pre season 2018-01-27 22:15
The only loss Markaj should be judged upon is the first game of the season. These games are PRE season and zebras wont play anybody better than Hume or Bentleigh in the tas NPL.
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+12 #4 release him 2018-01-27 11:49
please release Markaj as he is just not up to senior coaching level YET. in time maybe but way off the pace in all areas. Zebras please before the season starts. 0 goals for and 18 goals against in 3 games, the lions all over again. If we persist with him , he WILL track again.......... ..
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+8 #3 Are we suprised ? 2018-01-27 10:50
Go Zebs - awesome job today - great attempt at a new style of game - the message of how to loose and look awesome at it is working Bravo
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